Shell sees 2024 global demand for aviation fuel return to level before pandemic

Shell sees 2024 global demand for aviation fuel return to level before pandemic

Global aviation fuel demand is expected to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels of 300 mln tonnes per year in the next one to two years, the head of aviation at Shell said on Tuesday. Demand in the United States is back at 2019 levels while Europe's consumption has recovered to more than 80% and is on track for full recovery in the next year, Shell Aviation President Jan Toschka told Reuters on the sidelines of the 38th Asia Pacific Petroleum Energy Conference (APPEC). "Asia has been a bit more of a bumpy road with markets opening up and closing down but…
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Lufthansa to make pilots new offer in wage dispute as union plans strike

Lufthansa to make pilots new offer in wage dispute as union plans strike

German airline Lufthansa said it would make an improved offer to pilots on Tuesday in a bid to stop an escalation of a wage dispute after the union said it would go on strike again this week. The announcement by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots' union follows a strike last week that forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, further plaguing a summer of travel chaos. Passenger pilots will strike on Wednesday and Thursday, and cargo pilots from Wednesday through Friday, said the union, which groups more than 5,000 pilots. Lufthansa said its crisis team would decide by 1200 local time (1000 GMT)…
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Airline SAS clashes with striking pilots over U.S. bankruptcy filing

Airline SAS clashes with striking pilots over U.S. bankruptcy filing

STOCKHOLM, July 5 (Reuters) - Scandinavian airline SAS SAS.ST has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States to help cut debt, it said on Tuesday, piling pressure on striking pilots it blames for deepening its financial woes and sending its shares down 10%. Wage talks between SAS and its pilots collapsed on Monday, triggering a strike that adds to travel chaos across Europe as the peak summer travel season shifts into full gear.  Chief Executive Anko van der Werff said the strike had accelerated its decision to file for Chapter 11 status. But the negotiator for SAS' Danish pilots said the scope of…
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UK to reduce Heathrow Airport landing fees

UK to reduce Heathrow Airport landing fees

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - London's Heathrow Airport will be forced to lower the landing fees it charges airlines over the next four years after Britain's aviation regulator responded to pressure from airlines in its regulatory ruling. "The average maximum price per passenger that airlines will pay Heathrow will fall from 30.19 pounds today to 26.31 pounds in 2026," the Civil Aviation Authority said. (Reporting by Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle)
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Ryanair says less than 2% of flights affected by strike

Ryanair says less than 2% of flights affected by strike

DUBLIN, June 26 (Reuters) - Less than 2% of Ryanair RYA.I flights scheduled between Friday and Sunday were affected by cabin crew strikes, the Irish low-cost carrier said.  Ryanair RYA.I cabin crew unions in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy had announced plans for action over the weekend with crews in Spain set to strike again on June 30 and July 1-2.  "Less than 2% of Ryanair's 9,000 flights operating this weekend (24/25/26 June) have been affected by minor and poorly supported crew strikes," Ryanair said in a statement.  Unions have said the Irish airline does not respect local labour laws covering issues such as the…
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Nepal says bodies of all 22 victims of plane crash recovered

Nepal says bodies of all 22 victims of plane crash recovered

The bodies of all 22 people, including 19 passengers and three crew members, who were on board a plane that crashed into a Himalayan mountainside in Nepal two days ago have been recovered, an official said on Tuesday. Two Germans, four Indians and 16 Nepalis were on the De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft which crashed 15 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, on Sunday morning. The plane was bound for Jomsom, a popular tourist and pilgrimage site, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Pokhara, on what should…
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Ukraine-made giant air cargo Mriya burnt in Russian shelling

Ukraine-made giant air cargo Mriya burnt in Russian shelling

KYIV, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The world's largest cargo plane, the Ukrainian-made Antonov-225 Mriya, was burnt in a Russian attack on Hostomel airport near Kyiv, Ukrainian state arms manufacture Ukroboronprom said on Sunday. "The Russian occupiers destroyed the flagship of Ukrainian aviation - the legendary An-225 Mriya. It happened at the Antonov airfield in Hostomel near Kyiv," Ukroboronprom said on its Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/ukroboronprom/posts/259776516325816 It said that the plane restoration would cost more than $3 billion and take a long time. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets;Editing by Andrew Cawthorne) Photo Helmuts Rudzītis from Rīga, Latvia
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Shipping group MSC, Lufthansa offer to buy Alitalia successor

Shipping group MSC, Lufthansa offer to buy Alitalia successor

Swiss-based shipping group MSC and German carrier Lufthansa want to buy the majority of Alitalia successor ITA Airways and have asked for an exclusivity period of 90 days to study the deal, MSC and ITA said on Monday. The state-owned airline, which began flying in October last year, is looking for an equity partner and has started informal talks with some potential suitors, in Europe and overseas, its chairman said earlier this month. MSC said the interest in ITA stemmed from "the possibility of activating positive synergies ... both in the cargo and the passenger sector". ITA Airways will examine…
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Dubai government considering Emirates IPO – airline president

Dubai government considering Emirates IPO – airline president

The Dubai government is considering an initial public offering of Emirates airline, the flagship carrier's President Tim Clark said on Monday, as authorities work to boost activity on the local stock market. The emirate's government is planning to list 10 state-backed companies on its stock exchange and set up a 2 billion dirham ($545 million) market maker fund to encourage trading activity. "Yes, there has been talk about it. Yes, there has been, perhaps a little bit more flesh on the whole subject than there has been in the past," Clark said in an interview for the upcoming Reuters Next conference when…
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Israel to provide up to $44 mln in state aid to COVID-hit airlines

Israel to provide up to $44 mln in state aid to COVID-hit airlines

JERUSALEM, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Israeli cabinet members approved an additional bailout plan for airlines further harmed over the by the COVID-19's Delta strain, the finance and transportation ministries said in a joint statement on Sunday. Total state aid would not exceed $44 million for all of Israel's carriers and would come in the form of bonds converted into shares for three years without interest. (Reporting by Steven Scheer) Reuters
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Alitalia dies after 75 turbulent years, hands over to ITA

Alitalia dies after 75 turbulent years, hands over to ITA

MILAN, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Alitalia, a one-time symbol of Italian style and glamour brought low by economic mismanagement, will operate its last flight on Thursday after 75 years, before handing over to its downsized successor Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). The traditional choice of popes, prima donnas and Italy's political elite, Alitalia has been run by state-appointed administrators since 2017 to avoid being liquidated. A night flight from Sardinia's capital Cagliari due to land in Rome at around 2100 GMT will mark the final bow for the airline founded in 1946, after a dizzying succession of restructurings and changes of ownership. The company…
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Ex-Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot indicted for fraud

Ex-Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot indicted for fraud

Mark Forkner, 49, was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on six counts of scheming to defraud Boeing's U.S.-based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing, the government said. Boeing declined to comment. A lawyer for Forkner did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the indictment, Forkner, largely in the run-up to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to approve the 737 MAX in 2017, provided the FAA Aircraft Evaluation Group with "materially false, inaccurate, and incomplete information" about a new part of the flight controls for the Boeing 737 MAX, called…
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Asia’s airlines ramp up flights, offers as tough COVID travel curbs ease

Asia’s airlines ramp up flights, offers as tough COVID travel curbs ease

Asia-Pacific airlines have lost billions of dollars this year, with jets grounded in COVID-19 transportation freezes. Now, as some of the world's strictest pandemic-related travel rules begin to ease, they're ramping up flights and ticket offers. Asian travel agencies and carriers told Reuters they're seeing a surge in bookings and travel enquiries as countries like Malaysia and Vietnam allow domestic flights to resume from this week after months of strict lockdowns. India is lifting a domestic capacity cap, while Singapore, Thailand and Fiji are opening without quarantine to vaccinated international travellers from select countries. While airline industry group IATA does…
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Alitalia kicks off brand sale with a base price of 290 mln euros

Alitalia kicks off brand sale with a base price of 290 mln euros

MILAN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Alitalia will kick off the sale of its brand on Sept. 18 with a base price of 290 million euros ($340 million) plus taxes, the airline said on Friday as it prepares to give way to a new, state-owned carrier. Last week the Italian government received the go ahead from Brussels to inject 1.35 billion euros into a new carrier named Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), which is due to start flying in place of Alitalia in mid-October. As agreed with the European Commission, Alitalia will sell its brand in an open tender and ITA can…
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BA considers Gatwick-based independent short-haul airline

BA considers Gatwick-based independent short-haul airline

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - British Airways said on Friday it was considering setting up a new independent subsidiary for its short-haul operations at London's Gatwick airport. The airline, owned by Anglo-Spanish group IAG, said that the new unit would also be branded British Airways and would offer the same standard of service. BA said last month it was evaluating operations at the airport, London's second biggest after Heathrow, which is its main hub. "We believe that our proposals for an independent subsidiary will enable us to both maintain the British Airways customer experience and be competitive in this environment,"…
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Strong bookings keep Ryanair on course to hit targets, says CEO

Strong bookings keep Ryanair on course to hit targets, says CEO

LISBON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Ryanair is on track to hit upgraded guidance on passenger numbers, carrying more than 10 million people this month as a post-pandemic recovery continues with strong bookings to year-end, Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said. The Irish airline last month said it expected to fly between 90 million and 100 million people in the 12 months to the end of March 2022, against a peak of 149 million before the COVID-19 pandemic. "Ryanair is recovering strongly, much faster than other any airline in Europe ... Bookings are increasing very rapidly," O'Leary told a news conference…
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Germany to sell up to a quarter of its Lufthansa stake

Germany to sell up to a quarter of its Lufthansa stake

Germany plans to sell up to a quarter of its 20% stake in Lufthansa over the coming weeks, the German finance agency said on Monday, citing positive developments at the bailed-out airline. Lufthansa shares fell as much as 4.9% to 8.81 euros in early trade after the announcement. The state's 20% stake was acquired for 300 million euros ($353.67 million) as part of a bailout for the German carrier as the company and the entire aviation sector took a battering from the coronavirus crisis. Lufthansa had received a 6 billion euro package from Germany's economic stabilisation fund (WSF), which was set up to help…
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Boeing jets emissions data highlights industry’s green challenge

Boeing jets emissions data highlights industry’s green challenge

Commercial jets delivered by Boeing Co last year will account on average for emissions equivalent to 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each over their 20-year-plus lifespans, a new report from the planemaker shows. Boeing is the latest company to report so-called Scope 3 emissions that result when customers use their products, amid pressure from investors and climate activists for data on how companies are performing on limiting their environmental impact. The report sheds further light on the task facing global aviation as it faces calls by environmental groups for curbs to air travel and growing political pressure to cut…
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Europe’s Wizz Air expects to fully recovery from pandemic next year

Europe’s Wizz Air expects to fully recovery from pandemic next year

European budget carrier Wizz Air expects to fully recover from the coronavirus crisis as travel demand rebounds from the pandemic, its chief executive said on Monday. Speaking at the virtual Paris Air Forum, Jozsef Varadi repeated recent comments that the Hungary-based airline would fly more seats this summer than it was flying two years ago before the pandemic struck. "From my perspective, 2022 should be a fairly robust year in terms of delivering not just the volume of traffic but also the financial performance attached to it," he said. "I'm looking at 2022 as a year of full recovery for…
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Dubai Airshow to take place under capacity restrictions, organiser says

Dubai Airshow to take place under capacity restrictions, organiser says

The Dubai Airshow, this year's biggest aerospace trade show and a spectacle for business deals worth billions of dollars, will be held under capacity restrictions in November due to the coronavirus pandemic, its organiser said. Even though few deals are expected as the industry seeks to preserve cash, the show is seen as a psychological boost for airlines and planemakers to reset an industry battered by the health crisis.  It will also take the temperature of regional conflicts and tensions between the United States and Iran. The Dubai Airshow, scheduled for Nov. 14-18, will be the largest aerospace trade event…
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Ryanair to double size of base at Rome Fiumicino

Ryanair to double size of base at Rome Fiumicino

Ryanair is to double the number of planes it has based at Rome Fiumicino airport, the main hub of struggling rival Alitalia, the Irish airline announced in a statement on Tuesday. Ryanair will increase the number of planes it has based at the airport from three to six this summer, it said. The airline will base 14 Boeing 737 jets in Rome between Fiumicino and Ciampino airports for the summer season. 
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Airline bosses call on UK and U.S. to lift trans-Atlantic travel restrictions

Airline bosses call on UK and U.S. to lift trans-Atlantic travel restrictions

The bosses of all airlines flying passenger services between Britain and the United States called on Monday for the countries' governments to relax COVID-19 restrictions to reopen travel routes between the two countries. After more than a year of restrictions, the CEOs of American Airlines, IAG unit British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp said high vaccination rates in both countries meant travel could restart safely. The push for reopening trans-Atlantic routes on Monday comes ahead of meetings between U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 meeting of advanced economies later this week in Cornwall, southwest England, this week. The pair must use those meetings to…
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Belarus airline chief decries airspace restrictions by EU states

Belarus airline chief decries airspace restrictions by EU states

The head of Belarusian national airline Belavia on Saturday condemned as "despicable" the decision by numerous EU countries to impose airspace restrictions on the carrier following the forced landing of a passenger jet in Minsk. Most of Belarus's neighbours and many other European nations have banned Belavia flights amid outrage over Sunday's forced landing of a Ryanair jet en route to Lithuania from Greece and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board. The EU has proposed closing its airspace to state-owned Belavia and stopping it from landing at EU airports. In a post on his Facebook page on Saturday,…
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Wizz Air quits Norway’s domestic market

Wizz Air quits Norway’s domestic market

Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air will halt its domestic service in Norway on June 14 after just eight months in operation, business news site E24 reported on Saturday. The news comes just days after Norway's Norwegian Air was rescued from bankruptcy following a six-month court-led restructuring. Based on commercial and financial considerations, Wizz will continue to fly to Norway from foreign countries but will no longer offer flights within the Nordic nation, the airline told E24. Wizz Air was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. Shortly after launching its domestic operation in Norway last October, Wizz had…
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Air Malta drops Russia and Israel, adds Dusseldorf and Berlin to its schedule

Air Malta drops Russia and Israel, adds Dusseldorf and Berlin to its schedule

Air Malta announced that following strong booking demand coming from the German market, this summer Air Malta will be adding twice weekly direct services to Berlin and Dusseldorf. Air Malta will start operating to Berlin on the 28th June every Monday and Wednesday. Operations to the German capital will shift to Wednesday and Saturday as from the 4th August. Flights to Dusseldorf will commence on the 3 July every Wednesday and Saturday. In view of the absence of safe corridors between Malta and Israel and between Malta and Russia, and consequential weak booking positions, Air Malta has reassessed this situation…
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Ryanair raises 1.2 billion euros in oversubscribed bond sale

Ryanair raises 1.2 billion euros in oversubscribed bond sale

Ryanair raised 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) at a record low coupon rate in a five-year bond sale on Tuesday, as Europe's largest low-cost airline took advantage of favourable market conditions to bolster its finances. The sale happened a day after the Irish carrier reported a record annual loss of 815 million euros as a result of travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Senior executives said on Monday that conditions were good to tap capital markets, though they noted there was no urgent need to raise funds. Ryanair had 3.15 billion euros in cash at the end of March…
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Air France uses cooking oil to fly to Canada as green fuel debate rages

Air France uses cooking oil to fly to Canada as green fuel debate rages

Air France-KLM flew a biofuel-powered Airbus A350 from Paris to Montreal on Tuesday, demonstrating the airline's readiness to adopt low-emissions fuel despite deep industry divisions over the pace of its adoption. Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport with a 16% mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its fuel tanks, produced in France by Total from used cooking oil. The flight signalled a "shared ambition to decarbonize air transportation and to develop a SAF supply chain in France", the companies said in a joint statement with airport operator ADP . Jet fuel produced from biomass…
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EU’s Vestager says solution over Alitalia replacement possible

EU’s Vestager says solution over Alitalia replacement possible

BRUSSELS, April 30 (Reuters) - EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday that she believed that a solution regardingItaly's plan to set up a new airline to replace cash-strapped Alitalia can be found, stressing that the new carrier should be independent from the old one. Talks between the European Commission and the Italian government have foundered amid disagreement over its successor ceding half of Alitalia's slots at Milan Linate airport, the old brand and the loyalty programme. "I continue to believe we can find a workable solution. ITA has to be a real company, there has to be discontinuity…
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Ryanair to appeal UK court order to compensate strike-hit customers

Ryanair to appeal UK court order to compensate strike-hit customers

DUBLIN, April 29 (Reuters) - Ryanair is to appeal a British High Court ruling that it must compensate customers hit by a 2018 pilot strike, the airline said on Thursday. "We have instructed our lawyers to appeal this decision and we are confident that it will be successfully overturned," a spokeswoman for the airline said. (Reporting by Conor Humphries Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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More electrical problems found on some Boeing 737 MAX -sources

More electrical problems found on some Boeing 737 MAX -sources

April 16 (Reuters) - An electrical problem that led to dozens of Boeing 737 MAX jets being suspended from service has widened after engineers found similar grounding flaws elsewhere in the cockpit, industry sources said on Friday. Airlines pulled dozens of MAX jets from service a week ago after Boeing Co warned of a production-related electrical grounding problem in a backup power control unit situated in the cockpit on some recently built airplanes. Since then, suspected grounding problems have been found in two other places on the flight deck, the sources said. These include the storage rack where the affected…
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Spain’s Iberia asks public to pick summer destination

Spain’s Iberia asks public to pick summer destination

MADRID, April 16 (Reuters) - Spanish airline Iberia will let social media users choose an additional destination for its summer flights, the company said, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shroud air traffic forecasts and schedules in deep uncertainty. IAG-owned Iberia has so far announced 112 summer destinations and on Friday invited the public to pick another from seven options: Ljubljana in Slovenia; Bastia in France; three Greek cities; Portugal's the Azores; or Fez in Morocco. The unusual move underscores the uncertainties surrounding the peak season, with the European Commission promising a digital vaccine passport in time to save the…
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Next week crucial for Italy, EU talks over Alitalia – minister

Next week crucial for Italy, EU talks over Alitalia – minister

MILAN, April 11 (Reuters) - Talks between Italy and the European Commission over the revamp of Alitalia will enter a key phase next week, Italian Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti said on Sunday. Brussels and Rome have been in negotiations for months over Italy's plan to restructure the airline through the launch of a new, state-owned company called ITA. The new carrier needs the EU's approval for the government injection of 3 billion euros before it can start operating, but risks missing the summer season as talks are dragging on. "I think next week will be crucial," Giorgetti said, adding the…
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Boeing production issue prompts airlines to pull some 737 MAX jets from service

Boeing production issue prompts airlines to pull some 737 MAX jets from service

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. airlines temporarily suspended the use of more than 65 Boeing 737 MAX jets on Friday after the planemaker asked 16 carriers that operate the aircraft to address an electrical power system issue. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Boeing had notified it late Thursday of its recommendation to temporarily remove some planes from service to address a manufacturing issue that could affect the operation of a backup power control unit. Southwest Airlines removed 30 MAX airplanes from its schedule Friday, while American Airlines pulled 17 of its 41 MAX models. United Airlines removed…
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Draghi wants new Italian airline launched before the summer

Draghi wants new Italian airline launched before the summer

ROME, April 8 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday he hoped a new state-owned airline, dubbed ITA, would be launched before the summer, adding it was important that it should survive without state subsides. Industry Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti said last week that talks with the European Commission over how to restructure ailing carrier Alitalia through the launch of ITA were stalled and the government needed a new plan to keep it in business. "We are in the middle of negotiations with the commission. We cannot accept unjustified asymmetries. If there are reasons to treat Alitalia worse…
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Ryanair says Air France bailout to damage competition for decades

Ryanair says Air France bailout to damage competition for decades

A recapitalisation of Air France-KLM that will see France more than double its stake to nearly 30% will damage competition for decades to come, Europe's largest low-cost carrier Ryanair said on Tuesday. "This latest tranche of state aid to Air France combined with these ineffective remedies will damage competition in the air transport market for decades to come," the airline said in an emailed statement. "The 18 slots that Air France is being required to make available is nowhere near enough to allow others to offer a competitive challenge to Air France's dominance at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris…
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Heathrow disappointed by UK PM Johnson’s lack of clarity on flying

Heathrow disappointed by UK PM Johnson’s lack of clarity on flying

London's Heathrow Airport said it was disappointing that the government had missed an opportunity to set out when international holidays would resume, and said a clearer timeline was needed for the industry. The government said earlier on Monday that it was too soon to say if holidays could happen this summer, suggesting the planned reopening of international travel may be pushed back beyond the planned May 17th date. "Now that a safe, scientifically-backed process has been agreed upon, a clearer timeline for the return to international travel is needed," CEO John Holland-Kaye said. (Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy…
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France, Brussels have agreed on Air France-KLM refinancing – minister

France, Brussels have agreed on Air France-KLM refinancing – minister

The French government has reached the outline of a deal with the European Commission on a state-backed refinancing package to help strengthen Air France-KLM's balance sheet, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. Le Maire, speaking on LCI TV, declined to comment on the amount involved. He confirmed that the airline group's board was due to meet on Monday to discuss and approve the package, as successive coronavirus shutdowns take their toll. Air France-KLM, which last year received 10.4 billion euros ($12.2 billion) in government-backed loans, has been discussing a multi-stage recapitalisation plan to lighten the resulting debt load,…
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Air France-KLM plans board meeting on refinancing, sources say

Air France-KLM plans board meeting on refinancing, sources say

The board of Air France-KLM is expected to meet on Monday to discuss a state-backed refinancing plan designed to strengthen its balance sheet after a year of coronavirus shutdowns, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The airline group, which last year received 10.4 billion euros ($12.2 billion) in government-backed loans, has been discussing a multi-stage recapitalisation plan to lighten the resulting debt load, sources have said. But the plan, likely to include conversion of a 3 billion-euro French government loan into hybrid instruments, has been held up by wrangling over European Union demands that Air France give…
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Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts – CEO

Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts – CEO

Deutsche Lufthansa's unit Swiss could announce additional job cuts in the second quarter as the pandemic crimps air travel, its chief executive told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick. Last October, Swiss announced 1,000 job cuts through attrition over two years. The company has about 9,000 staff "From the 1,000 announced positions, we completed 500 of the job cuts through the end of 2020," Dieter Vranckx told the newspaper. "How many additional positions we will potentially have to cut is something I can answer only in the second quarter. We're in the middle of the analysis." Like most of the travel industry, Swiss…
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France and EU close to reach deal on Air France bailout conditions – report

France and EU close to reach deal on Air France bailout conditions – report

The French government and the European Union's executive are close to an agreement on the terms of a bailout for Air France, which like other carriers has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, Le Monde reported. The expected deal would see Air France give up fewer airport flight slots at its Paris base than initially sought by the European Commission, notably at Orly airport, the newspaper said in a report published late on Friday. Contacted by Reuters, a spokeswoman for the Commission said it was in contact with the French authorities. "We cannot prejudge the timing or outcome of these…
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Video – Malta Air Boeing 737 Max livery spotted in U.S.

Video – Malta Air Boeing 737 Max livery spotted in U.S.

Malta Air’s first Boeing 737 MAX has had its livery job completed in Washington. Malta Aviation Outlook revealed the new airline livery through photos taken by Captain Norman D'Amato. https://www.facebook.com/maltaaviationoutlook/posts/4150360064982789 On March 22nd, SimpleFlying reported that he first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft bound for Ryanair’s subsidiary Malta Air have been spotted leaving the production line in Renton, Washington. The aircraft form part of the Ryanair Group’s firm orders for 210 737 MAX aircraft due to be delivered to Ryanair over the coming years. https://twitter.com/KPAE_Spotter/status/1375609217353084928 Malta Air is a subsidiary of Ryanair, within the Ryanair Group. The airline operates out of…
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Government action can still save summer, European airlines say

Government action can still save summer, European airlines say

European governments can still salvage the summer tourist season despite COVID-19 vaccine setbacks and resurgent infections, if they take joint action on digital health passes and travel rules, airline chief executives said on Thursday. "Travel in Europe will be possible this summer if EU governments deliver," industry group Airlines for Europe said in a presentation hosted by the CEOs of Air France-KLM, easyJet, TUI Airlines and Volotea. Renewed lockdowns and slow vaccine rollouts have raised the spectre of another weak European summer that would leave indebted airlines in need of more cash and further damage the travel and tourism sector, which accounted for 10% of pre-pandemic jobs and 9% of economic output. Governments also face political pressures to loosen restrictions…
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Italy, Brussels to hammer out Alitalia revamp details next week

Italy, Brussels to hammer out Alitalia revamp details next week

ROME, March 5 (Reuters) - Rome and Brussels will start talks next week to iron out technical details for the revamp of ailing carrier Alitalia, three Italian ministers said after what they referred to as a "positive and constructive" first meeting between the two sides on Friday. The new Italian government held a video call with European Union Commissioner Margrethe Vestager over Rome's plan to nationalise Alitalia, the three ministers, who were involved in the call, said. They said they had agreed with Brussels that it was necessary to ensure economic discontinuity between the old airline and a proposed new…
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DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta partner to break new ground in cargo transportation

DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta partner to break new ground in cargo transportation

DHL Express and SmartLynx Malta announced the signing of a new partnership agreement for the introduction of two newly converted Airbus A321-200 freighters joining DHL's European air fleet.  The new technically advanced narrow-body fleet type is adding capacity to meet the increasing demand for express cargo transportation worldwide combined with further improving DHL's unit Co2 emissions by introducing the most fuel efficient narrow-body aircraft in its class. SmartLynx is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group fromCentral & Eastern Europe, and has extensive experience operating the A321 family of aircraft. Thisagreement sets a new hallmark…
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Airbus CEO urges trade war ceasefire, easing of COVID travel bans

Airbus CEO urges trade war ceasefire, easing of COVID travel bans

PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The head of European planemaker Airbus called on Saturday for a "ceasefire" in a transatlantic trade war over aircraft subsidies, saying tit-for-tat tariffs on planes and other goods had aggravated damage from the COVID-19 crisis. Washington progressively imposed import duties of 15% on Airbus jets from 2019 after a prolonged dispute at the World Trade Organization, and the EU responded with matching tariffs on Boeing jets a year later. Wine, whisky and other goods are also affected. "This dispute, which is now an old dispute, has put us in a lose-lose situation," Airbus Chief Executive…
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Tunisair workers to strike on Friday, union says

Tunisair workers to strike on Friday, union says

TUNIS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Tunisair workers will strike on Friday to protest the lack of a reform plan by the company and over the freezing of company accounts by an airport operator, their labour union said on Thursday. The strike is expected to affect flights, the Tunisair syndicate official for the country's main UGTT labour union Elyess Ben Miled said by phone. Tunisair officials reached by Reuters declined to comment. The Tunisian government, the union and foreign lenders have urged reforms at state-owned Tunisair. The airline has a higher proportion of staff to planes than almost any other aviation…
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Cargolux joins UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative

Cargolux joins UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative

Luxembourg's Cargolux announced that it will be part of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to transport essential medical and pharmaceutical supplies where they are most needed. The project aims to prioritize the delivery of vital healthcare products, including COVID-19 vaccines, to curb the global pandemic. The company is committed to playing its part in providing solutions for swift and seamless medical and relief transports. As demonstrated at the height of the pandemic, Cargolux strived to keep the supply chain, and essential supplies, moving. Taking part in such initiatives is part of the airline’s philosophy, a position highlighted in these unprecedented times.…
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Portugal’s TAP may need more aid than planned in 2021, minister says

Portugal’s TAP may need more aid than planned in 2021, minister says

LISBON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Portugal may have to provide more than the 500 million euros ($606 million) it budgeted for ailing airline TAP this year due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, its finance minister said. Asked how much more the Portuguese government expects to spend on TAP this year, Joao Leao told Sunday's Jornal de Negocios: "That is still being analysed". "The situation of TAP is very demanding ... that amount may have to be reconsidered because at the moment the pandemic is having a much stronger impact than expected," Leao said. In December, a government plan to rescue…
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Air Malta cancels flight to Amsterdam as Netherlands weather conditions worsen

Air Malta cancels flight to Amsterdam as Netherlands weather conditions worsen

Air Malta flight to Amsterdam KM394/5 will be cancelled today due to severe weather conditions in Amsterdam. Passengers booked on this flight will be transferred onto the Airline’s flight to Brussels. Amsterdam bound passenger will be transferred by coach to the city upon arrival in Brussels. Malta bound passengers will be also be transferred from Amsterdam to Brussels to catch the return flight to Malta. The flight details are as follows:KM422 Dep MLA 1600 Arr BRU 1900KM423 Dep BRU 1955 Arr MLA 2245 The government on Saturday issued a plea for citizens to stay at home as national weather institute…
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EU flags concern over Austrian minimum airfare plan

EU flags concern over Austrian minimum airfare plan

BRUSSELS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The EU has raised concerns over Austrian plans to set a minimum airfare, a spokesman said, weighing in on an environmental policy debate that pits traditional airlines against low-cost carriers. A minister from Austria's Greens, the junior partner in the governing coalition, announced plans last June for a 40-euro ($48) minimum fare that explicitly targeted no-frills operators. The European Commission "expects to receive more detailed information from the Austrian authorities on the precise content of the envisaged measures," the spokesman for the EU executive told Reuters on Wednesday. The Austrian environment and transport ministry did…
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Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss to cut Geneva flights further to “absolute minimum”

Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss to cut Geneva flights further to “absolute minimum”

ZURICH, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss International is reducing its Geneva flight operations further to an "absolute minimum", citing coronavirus travel restrictions, the company said on Monday. The reduction means Swiss will operate only 10% of the flights from Geneva during February that it flew from the airport in February 2019. The reduction applies from Feb. 1 and will apply until the end of the month, Swiss said. (Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Susan Fenton)
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Ryanair forecasts record annual loss as COVID-19 ‘wreaks havoc’

Ryanair forecasts record annual loss as COVID-19 ‘wreaks havoc’

DUBLIN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Ryanair expects to lose close to 1 billion euros in its current financial year, by far its worst ever performance, but Europe's largest low-cost carrier on Monday said it remains cash rich and expects a "reasonable summer". The Irish airline forecast a loss of between 850 and 950 million euros in its current financial year, which ends on March 31, around 5 times larger than its previous record annual loss posted in 2009. "COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the industry," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement. "FY21 will continue to be the…
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Wizz Air presses crisis advantage as easyJet pulls back

Wizz Air presses crisis advantage as easyJet pulls back

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Wizz Air vowed to use the coronavirus crisis to win market share from rivals including easyJet, as the no-frills airlines both posted sharp falls in quarterly revenue. As most carriers cut fleets and networks, Hungary-based Wizz has been adding new bases and aircraft, with some delayed deliveries, as it presses its competitive advantage. While Wizz is "not immune" to the travel slump in the short term, Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi told Reuters on Thursday, adding "the longer it goes, the better we will emerge" in competitive terms. Quarterly results from Wizz and easyJet came just as travel recovery hopes suffer new setbacks, with governments imposing new restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 variants.…
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Europe lifts flight safety ban on Boeing 737 MAX jet

Europe lifts flight safety ban on Boeing 737 MAX jet

Jan 27 (Reuters) - European regulators on Wednesday lifted a 22-month ban on flights of the Boeing 737 MAX after a design and pilot training overhaul in the wake of crashes that killed 346 people. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) confirmed a provisional green light given in November but dropped calls for an extra flight-angle sensor to back up a system implicated in the crashes in 2018 and 2019. "Let me be quite clear that this journey does not end here," Executive Director Patrick Ky said in a statement. "We have every confidence that the aircraft is safe,…
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Air France and Airbus face Paris trial call over deadly crash – source

Air France and Airbus face Paris trial call over deadly crash – source

PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris public prosecutor has requested that Air France and Airbus stand trial on charges of manslaughter over the 2009 crash of flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, which killed all 228 people on board, a judicial source told Reuters. An appeals court hearing to rule on the prosecutor's request has been set for March 4 at 1200 GMT, the source added on Wednesday, confirming an earlier report by Le Parisien newspaper which was published on its website. The Paris public prosecutor's office and Airbus could not immediately be reached. Air France declined to comment. …
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Flydubai Says Catania And Naples, Salzburg And Malta Will Be Joining Its European Network

Flydubai Says Catania And Naples, Salzburg And Malta Will Be Joining Its European Network

Jan 25 (Reuters) - FLYDUBAI - Flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, today announced that Catania and Naples in Italy, Salzburg in Austria and Malta will be joining its European network from May 2021. The carrier has grown its network to more than 65 destinations as countries continue to gradually lift travel restrictions. In a statement, the airline said that with the addition of Catania, Malta, Naples and Salzburg the carrier will operate flights to 20 destinations in Europe including Belgrade, Bucharest, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Prague and Sofia. flydubai flights to Malta International Airport (MLA) and Catania International Airport (CTA) will begin…
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About 500 Airbus staff under quarantine after Hamburg COVID-19 outbreak

About 500 Airbus staff under quarantine after Hamburg COVID-19 outbreak

BERLIN, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Airbus said on Sunday about 500 of its staff had gone into quarantine after 21 workers at its aircraft factory in Hamburg tested positive for the new coronavirus. The company said the staff had been asked to stay at home as a precautionary measure and it was examining whether the measures would impact production at the site. Health officials were still investigating what caused the outbreak, a spokesman of the Hamburg health authority said. It was also still unclear whether the workers had caught the more contagious variant of the coronavirus which was first discovered…
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