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Latest coronavirus spike crushing travel demand, says Delta CEO

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Delta CEO Ed Bastian urges workers to consider the airline's voluntary exit program to 'minimize involuntary furloughs'

Court allows Air Namibia to return to the skies

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Windhoek High Court lifts Air Namibia's suspension until August 3 when it examines the case

AIR NAMIBIA. An Air Namibia plane takes off from Zurich Airport in Switzerland. Photo by Rolf Wallner/Wikimedia Commons

Namibia grounds cash-strapped national airline

Jul 09, 2020 - 3:25 PM

The Namibian government says Air Namibia failed 'to provide a safe, satisfactory, and reliable air service'

Image from Air Namibia's Facebook page

How to clear the air over quarantine

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:49 PM

What else could be missing in your fancy home office? Perhaps some fresh air.

Delta, United join U.S. carriers in receiving Treasury loans

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines are the latest carriers to sign letters of intent for US government loans

DELTA AIR LINES. A Delta plane takes off. Photo from Delta website

Indonesia's Lion Air slashes 2,600 jobs as virus bites

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:20 PM

The layoffs – about 9% of Lion Air's 29,000 employees – would mainly affect contract workers

Image from Boeing website

Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The planned job cuts amount to 16% of Air France's staff and 40% of those at Hop! – part of measures 'on an unprecedented scale'

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus A330 of the airline. Photo from Air France website

Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

Norwegian Air Shuttle cancels order for 97 Boeings

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:40 PM

Norwegian Air Shuttle will no longer buy 92 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 5 Dreamliners

AIRCRAFT. A Norwegian Air Shuttle plane in New York City. Photo from Norwegian Air Shuttle website

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet crashes in North Sea

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The US Air Force says the cause of the crash and the status of the pilot are currently unknown

LOOK: Arci Muñoz undergoes Philippine Air Force reservist training

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The actress starts her training as a reservist on Independence Day

Airlines hit wall of debt after coronavirus grounding

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association notes that while state aid is 'helping to keep the industry afloat...the next challenge will be preventing airlines from sinking under the burden of debt'

BADLY HIT SECTOR. An American Airlines plane is seen from a terminal of Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 17, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Face masks, health checks, and long check-ins: The future of flying

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:00 PM

As the aviation industry attempts to find a way forward, experts warn the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be far-reaching

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows a flight attendant wearing a facemask (L) as she checks the body temperature of boarding passengers next to the door of the plane at Tianhe Airport in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. - Cabin crew in protective suits, health certification for passengers, mandatory face masks, and longer check-in times. Welcome to the new reality of mass air travel. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-aviation,FOCUS by Martin Abbugao and Haeril Halim

Airlines headed for $84-billion net loss in 2020 – IATA

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:50 PM

'The losses this year will be the biggest in aviation history.... There is no comparison for the dimension of this crisis,' says International Air Transport Association chief Alexandre de Juniac

AMERICAN AIRLINES. The carrier's planes in Chicago. Photo from Shutterstock

Air Canada raises $1.2 billion to keep flying in pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:40 AM

Coronavirus-hit Air Canada raises funds through an offering of shares and convertible senior notes

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

Latin America's stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With countries across Latin America in lockdown, flight activity plummets 93% and revenue losses are estimated at $18 billion

LATAM. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Geneva Airport schedules tentative takeoff for June 15

May 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Flag carrier Swiss Air Lines and British no-frills carrier EasyJet will resume services from Geneva on June 15 – but to a fraction of their former destinations

Norwegian Air Shuttle enters 'hibernation' to ride out virus crisis

May 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Norwegian Air Shuttle posts a loss of 3.28 billion kroner (302 million euros, $333 million) in the 1st quarter of 2020

RESCUE PLAN. A Norwegian Air plane. Photo from Shutterstock

Air France to cut 40% of domestic flights after bailout

May 27, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Air France pledges to halve its carbon emissions from domestic flights by 2024 as part of the conditions for receiving state aid

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus aircraft of the French airline. Image from Airbus

Airlines given $123 billion in state aid – IATA

May 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM

While governments are coming to the rescue of embattled airlines, the International Air Transport Association points out that $67 billion of the $123 billion committed so far would have to be repaid

VIRUS IMPACT. This undated handout, released on March 18, 2020, shows a crew member in a protective suit serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. Photo from Vietnam Airlines/AFP

Virus prompts Air France-KLM to ditch A380s

May 21, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Air France-KLM says it will switch to a newer generation of aircraft, including smaller Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 jets

JUMBO PLANE. A file photo of the Airbus A380 of Air France after landing in Cancun, Mexico on November 27, 2013. File photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

China becomes large shareholder in Norwegian Air Shuttle

May 20, 2020 - 9:55 PM

BOC Aviation, controlled by the Chinese state, will hold 12.67% of Norwegian Air Shuttle's share capital

SUBSIDIARY WOES. A Norwegian Air plane. Photo from Shutterstock

Aviation needs confidence to take off again – industry chief

May 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association says airlines are working on developing procedures that would be safe and permit economically viable operations

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Game-worn Air Jordan sneakers sell for record-breaking price

May 18, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The signed Air Jordan 1 dethrones the Nike Moon Shoe, a pair of which sold for more than $400,000 in 2019

HIS AIRNESS. Michael Jordan dominating the NBA helped grow the legend of his Air Jordan brand. Photo by Dick Raphael/NBA Photos

Air Canada to lay off half its workforce as virus bites

May 16, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Air Canada, which employs about 38,000 people, says it does not expect a return to normal for a long time

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

PH reports significant improvement in air quality

May 15, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'The improvements in air quality at this time confirm that it is possible to reduce air pollution if efforts are targeted towards the main sources of the problem,' the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air says in a recent report

Delta hints at job cuts as it retires the Boeing 777

May 15, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Delta Air Lines estimates that it will be overstaffed by 7,000 pilots this fall, according to a memo to employees

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

Ryanair contests aid to Air France, SAS before EU court

May 12, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'We will appeal any European Commission state aid decisions that discriminate unlawfully between airlines,' says Ryanair

Air France-KLM plunges into 1.8-billion-euro loss as virus bites

May 07, 2020 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) Air France-KLM suffers a net loss of 1.8 billion euros ($1.94 billion) in January-March 2020, more than 5 times its loss in the same period in 2019

AIR FRANCE. A plane of the French airline parked at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

Aviation industry opposes leaving middle seat empty

May 06, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Eliminating the middle seat will raise costs. If that can be offset with higher fares, the era of affordable travel will come to an end,' warns the International Air Transport Association

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Air France makes masks compulsory for passengers

May 05, 2020 - 9:40 AM

Passengers would have to provide their own masks, Air France says, adding they would be notified prior to flights

AIR FRANCE-KLM. A plane of the French-Dutch group. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Air Canada's Q1 2020 loss surpasses Can$1 billion

May 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'We are now living through the darkest period ever in the history of commercial aviation,' says Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

Norwegian Air Shuttle shareholders approve rescue plan

May 04, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The shareholders of Europe's 3rd biggest low-cost carrier approve a rescue package crucial to preventing the airline from going bankrupt

SUBSIDIARY WOES. A Norwegian Air plane. Photo from Shutterstock

EU approves 7 billion euros in French state aid to Air France

May 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Without this approved aid, 'Air France would likely face the risk of bankruptcy,' says the European Commission

MAJOR ORDER. Air France-KLM is buying 60 Airbus A220-300 planes. Image from Airbus

U.S. State Department approves possible sale of attack helicopters to PH

May 01, 2020 - 7:31 PM

To give the Philippine military a much-needed boost in air power, the government is looking to buy 6 attack helicopters from US-based suppliers

ATTACK HELICOPTERS. The AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter by Bell Helicopters. Photo from the Bell Helicopters website

China's airlines, oil firms post big Q1 2020 virus losses

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

China Southern Airlines, China Eastern, and Air China post combined losses of nearly $2 billion in January-March 2020

A China Southern employee wears a face mask amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing Airport on the eve of a five-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. - China's big state-controlled airlines and oil firms said they suffered deep losses during the first quarter, when the country was at the height of its coronavirus battle, and warned of further pain to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Less air pollution means thousands fewer die

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) An unintended boon of shuttered factories and empty roads has been more breathable air

DISINFECT. Exterior cleaning contractor Malcolm Bennet from Flamingo Exterior Cleaning voluntarily disinfects the front of a cafe in Ayr town Centre on the west coast of Scotland on April 18, 2020 as life in Britain continues under lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 illness. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Air traffic plunges 53% in March 2020 – IATA

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'The industry is in free fall and we have not hit bottom,' warns the International Air Transport Association

Flight passengers are seen next to a board displaying cancelled flights and departures at the airport of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 16, 2020, where air traffic slowed down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Torsten Silz / AFP)

Coronavirus turbulence: Cebu Pacific loses P1.18 billion in Q1 2020

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Budget airline Cebu Pacific posts a sharp 135% drop in its bottom line in the 1st quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

Aviation industry warns of cargo capacity shortfall

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Air Transport Association says the gap in cargo capacity 'must be addressed quickly because vital supplies must get to where they are needed most'

A picture taken on April 6, 2020 shows medical protection supplies from China unloaded from a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Geneva Airport amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). - 92 tons of protection equipment such as masks, gloves, suits, glasses and thermometers has been delivered by air, in a private operation by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce aiming to meet the needs of local hospitals. (Photo by SALVATORE DI NOLFI / POOL / AFP)

France readying 'historic' package for Air France, Renault

Apr 25, 2020 - 7:50 AM

In exchange for a multibillion-euro loan during the coronavirus crisis, Air France would have to 'present a plan for reducing CO2 emissions and transforming its fleet to be less polluting'

AIR FRANCE-KLM. A plane of the French-Dutch group. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Middle East air traffic to plunge by half on virus impact – IATA

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines in the Middle East and North Africa to see their revenues slashed by $24.5 billion in 2020

An Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  From toothpaste to pocket knives, ink cartridges and scissors, the US cabin ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East and North Africa adds to a long list of products already blacklisted on international flights. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Delta warns of need to 'resize' after big loss on virus shutdowns

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Delta Air Lines loses $534 million in the 1st quarter of 2020, compared with profits of $730 million in the same period a year ago

Norwegian Air cuts 4,700 staff in subsidiary bankruptcy

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The bankruptcies of 4 Norwegian Air subsidiaries in Denmark and Sweden affect 1,571 pilots and 3,134 cabin crew

Airlines face uncertain future and need aid fast – IATA

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The International Air Transport Association estimates that 25 million jobs are at stake worldwide

LUFTHANSA GROUP. A Lufthansa aircraft and a plane of the company's Germanwings subsidiary are pictured at the Düsseldorf Airport in Germany on March 26, 2015. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Hungarian airline Wizz Air scraps 1,000 jobs

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic forces Wizz Air to lay off 19% of its workforce and slash salaries for remaining staff

Airline revenues to nosedive by 55% in 2020 – IATA

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'Without urgent relief, many airlines will not survive to lead the economic recovery,' warns the International Air Transport Association

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Air France-KLM sees more than 90% of planes grounded

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Air France-KLM will maintain only key routes from its two home hubs – Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle

AIR FRANCE-KLM. A plane of the French-Dutch group. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Air Canada to rehire 16,500 workers laid off due to pandemic

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:55 PM

(UPDATED) Air Canada says it will bring back the people it had furloughed, through a planned Canadian government relief package

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock