Airbus, Boeing collaborate on joint report about modernizing ATM technology

Airbus has collaborated with Boeing to write a report warning that air traffic management (ATM) technology must be significantly modernized to manage countless new small aircraft that will occupy future airspace. The paper, to be released in the coming weeks, will describe how rapidly increasing numbers of drones, and possible future small air taxis, willRead More

Qantas to ax 2500 jobs due to coronavirus impact

Qantas has announced up to 2500 jobs will be axed and all ground crew roles will be outsourced across 10 major Australian airports due to the impact of coronavirus. Under the proposed changes, Qantas and low-cost arm Jetstar will outsource ground operations, including baggage handling and aircraft cleaning at major airports. The work is currentlyRead More

IATA launches self-assessment health checklist to support ICAO’s Take-off guidance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operationsRead More

Air Canada posts $1.8 billion loss during Q2

Air Canada posted a stunning C$1.8 billion ($1.5 billion) loss during the second quarter, as the coronavirus shut down almost all air travel in the country, and government-imposed restrictions kept passengers away. The Montreal-based carrier transported just 4% of passengers carried during the same period one year ago, in what its chief executive Calin RovinescuRead More

MEA receives its first Airbus A321neo

Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines (MEA) has received its first A321neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany. The delivery is the first of nine aircraft to be delivered in the coming months. The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce MEA’s operating costs. The airline’s A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM gearedRead More

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to reach 100 aircraft in 15 years’ time, says chief executive

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi can mimic the fleet growth seen at the carrier’s European operation and reach 100 aircraft in 15 years’ time, according to chief executive Jozsef Varadi. “What we can achieve in Abu Dhabi is probably comparable with what we have been able to achieve in Europe,” Varadi states during an FIA ConnectRead More

Wizz Air announces 8 new routes

Wizz Air recently announced 8 new routes from Bucharest (OTP) to Cagliari (Sardegna / Italy), Copenhagen, Bergen (Norway), Hamburg, Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden, Memmingen (Germany), Santorini and Mykonos (Greece). Cagliari is the 11th Italian destination offered by Wizz Air from Bucharest and the 2nd in Sardegna, apart from Alghero. Bergen is the second destination in Norway,Read More

LOT Polish Airlines resume long-haul flights after 3 months of suspension

LOT Polish Airlines has resumed its first international flights since the suspension of passenger flights in mid-March. As of this month, LOT’s route network will include the first long-haul flights to Canada, South Korea and Japan, as well as flights to the UK, Albania, Montenegro and Ukraine. The first passengers flew on-board LOT planes toRead More

Emirates processes nearly 650,000 refund requests in 2 months

In the past two months, Emirates has processed nearly 650,000 refund requests, returning over AED 1.9 billion to its customers and making good on its promise to expedite refunds after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel plans for millions of customers around the world. In April, Emirates had announced that it would ramp up its refundsRead More

Emirates plans to reduce more staff as Covid-19 takes a serious toll

Emirates plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on the Gulf carrier. The Dubai-based airline said on 31 May that it has come to the conclusion that “we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked for us”. All possible scenariosRead More