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AirAsia Group to seek financial support from the Malaysian government for the first time, as the carrier lost so much of its sales.

Condor creditors approved the carrier’s restructuring plan, which provides for a path out of the protective shield at the end of November 2020 as a healthy company. Appeals cannot be lodged this time.

Fitch Ratings expects the credit profiles of Fitch-rated Chinese bank-backed leasing subsidiaries to remain stable and supported by their parents, although their significant aircraft-leasing exposure has been affected by the global aviation downturn due to the pandemic.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to freeze development of its Spacejet as the pandemic erodes its finances and that of the aerospace industry.

Southwest Airlines estimates October 2020 capacity to decrease approximately 45%, and November 2020 capacity to decrease approximately 35%, both year-over-year, compared with its previous estimation of October 2020 capacity to decrease in the range of 40-45%, and November 2020 capacity to decrease in the range of 35-40%, both year-over-year.

The airline returned two leased B737-700s and retired one owned B737-700 during 3Q 2020, ending the quarter with 734 aircraft in its fleet. The Company expects to return three leased B737-700s during 4Q 2020.

TAP Air Portugal is one step closer to being placed under state control, as the competition regulator approved the acquisition of 22.5% of the company’s capital, in addition to the 50% already held.

Canada’s government is very aware of the challenges facing airlines and the travel sector during the pandemic and is working on possible aid.
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Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to support a conditional 18% increase in production of its A320 jet family once demand recovers from the crisis.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines signalled that they would continue to haemorrhage cash into 2021 as revenues hover around a third of 2019’s levels due to a collapse in demand.

Cathay Pacific decision to force pilots permanently onto lower-paid contracts or risk losing their jobs is “draconian” and “short-sighted”, says the head of the union representing them.

Pegasus to secure a 12-year loan from UK Export Finance to help offset the effects of the pandemic.

Qantas says that Australian state border closures due to the pandemic had cost it US$71.2 million in earnings in the 1Q and would have a negative impact in the 2Q as well.

SWISS is on track with regard to the consumption of its pandemic loan, says CEO Thomas Kluhr. By the end of 2020, the carrier will still have well over a US$1.1 billion from the loan. He is currently convinced that Swiss will not need any further loan.

Thai Airways International tells lessors it plans to reduce both its total fleet size and the number of aircraft types, plus negotiate lower lease rates.
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Air Nostrum is considering applying to the Spanish state fund managed by SEPI, which can support the carrier financially through the crisis.

Airbus has taken the industry by surprise by asking suppliers to prepare for a sharp increase in production after the coronavirus crisis – yet at the same time, it quietly delayed its timetable for recovery.

ANA Holdings plans to cut about 3,500 jobs in three years as the carrier braces for its biggest-ever annual loss due to a plunge in demand.

Atlantic Airways is looking to return its latest A320neo on lease and postpone the delivery of two more new A320neos from 2023/24 to 2027/28. The airline will obtain a capital injection of US$15.9 million from the Faroese government to help the company through the crisis. The carrier expects a loss of $22.3 million in 2020 and in 2021 a loss of $6.6 million.

Biman Bangladesh is facing another financial setback due to outstanding fuel bills. The carrier has also failed to buy the freighters it was planning.

Jeju Air will likely receive state financial support in a bid to help overcome a cash crunch. Export-Import Bank of Korea estimated it needs a capital injection of about US$150 million.

Saudia plans to resume flights to 33 destinations from November 2020, including those in the Middle East, Europe, and the US, Asia, and Africa.

Sun-Air does not plan to operate scheduled flights until August 2021, or even until 2022. The Group had to lay off 85 out of 188 employees in Denmark in June 2020.

Turkish Airlines and Airbus have reached a new arrangement to rearrange deliveries and modify outstanding orders. Turkish Airlines will also be putting foreign national pilots on unpaid leave to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on its finances. The leave starts from 01 November 2020 and that the decision would be reviewed after six months.

Canada’s government is quietly preparing an airline bailout package; something the Canadian aviation industry has been pushing for months.

France is mulling a possible temporary nationalisation of airlines hit by the travel slowdown caused by the epidemic.

Italy’s competition regulator has dropped its antitrust investigation against Blue Panorama, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling after the companies agreed to change their policies regarding refunds on flights cancelled due to the pandemic.

Madagascar decided to ban access to its territory to travellers from ten countries: Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, the UK, Ukraine, and Russia, due to travel restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
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6 x Lufthansa 747-400's, parked at Twente Airport ENS/EHTW for storage, are not allowed to take off for a flight to their final destination for dismantling. Since their landing in Twente in June/July, the Dutch aviation authority ILT (Inspection Environment and Transport) had amended the airport's permits. "The initial plan was to dismantle the 747's at Twente, and it's unsafe for such big aircraft to take off from Twente", ILT states.
On request of Twente Airport, a judge will now have to decide. EHTW runway 05-23 is 2.987m (wiki).

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omg. So the paramount of madness is also possible outside Belgium. I feel slightly better now.
Maybe they could read this https://aviation.stackexchange.com/ques ... -ft-runway (if they can read)
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Passenger wrote: 27 Oct 2020, 09:40 6 x Lufthansa 747-400's, parked at Twente Airport ENS/EHTW for storage, are not allowed to take off for a flight to their final destination for dismantling. Since their landing in Twente in June/July, the Dutch aviation authority ILT (Inspection Environment and Transport) had amended the airport's permits. "The initial plan was to dismantle the 747's at Twente, and it's unsafe for such big aircraft to take off from Twente", ILT states.
On request of Twente Airport, a judge will now have to decide. EHTW runway 05-23 is 2.987m (wiki).

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https://www.tubantia.nl/enschede/patste ... ~af9dae0d/
In English, on aviation24.be: https://www.aviation24.be/airports/twen ... therlands/
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Mouth mask incident on a Spirit Airlines flight, outbound of Puerto Rico:

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AirAsia Group has lowered its projected recovery rate in Malaysia to 60% of its pre-COVID-19 capacity by 2020-end. The Group saw a 52% increase in domestic capacity in September compared to 40% in July.

ANA Holdings will retire 35 planes early, including 22 B777s, and delay one A380 and one B777 to help rein in costs. That will reduce its fleet by a net 33 aircraft to 276 planes.

Blue Air received from Eximbank (Romania) the first tranche of roughly half of the US$73.3 million state-guaranteed loan.

Boliviana de Aviacion has yet to receive the US$24 million it requires to get out of the crisis, so the reactivation plan will be a task that could remain for the next government management.

EasyJet to make 418 crew in Germany redundant as the carrier will almost halve its fleet in Berlin.

Garuda Indonesia will start terminating contracts with 700 workers in November 2020, forced to cut costs by the prolonged pandemic.

Botswana has once again permitted charter flights from 01 November 2020. Only the international airports of Maun and Kasane will initially be open.

Slovenia’s government will provide subsidies in the amount of US$5.9 million to commercial airlines, which will be ready to provide flights to at least two aviation destinations per week next season.
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The Dutch Outbreak Management Team, which is the official advisory board to the Dutch government for corona matters, has advised the government to apply a travel ban during the whole Christmas school holidays. The Dutch aviation & travel society reacts furious to that OMT proposal. The Dutch government will take a decision on Friday.

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Damn thats a good crystal ball
It can read more than 2 months in the future !
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Aeromexico obtains court approval to dismiss up to 766 flight attendants as part of its restructuring.

Air Dolomiti, Blue Panorama and Neos are asking the Italian government to immediately release the already approved €135 million in funds aimed at helping the air transport sector.

Air Europa obtains approval from SEPI for an injection of €500 million, however, the rescue must still be approved by the Council of Ministers and the EU.

Hawaiian Airlines reached an agreement with Boeing to push back the timing of B787-9 deliveries under its purchase agreement for 10 aircraft. The carrier now expects to take delivery of B787-9 aircraft from 2022 to 2026 with its first aircraft to be delivered in September 2022.

IATA presented a new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralise severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021.

Solomon Airlines CEO Brett Gebers says it is unclear whether it can survive due to travel restrictions and a collapse in passenger demand caused by the coronavirus crisis. The airline now has minimal cash reserves.

TAP Air Portugal cabin crew to be the most affected by the restructuring, with a total of about 1,000 crew members laid off by the end of March 2021.

Taiwan’s CAA urged the nation’s international flight carriers to “save their breath” amid the pandemic or they would not survive until 2024.
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Cathay Pacific said that a majority of pilots and flight attendants had signed new contracts that will result in permanent pay cuts.

JetBlue agrees with Airbus to defer additional aircraft and associated capital expenditure over the next few years. Since the beginning of the crisis, the carrier has reduced aircraft and non-aircraft CapEx, by approximately $2 billion, between 2020 and 2022.

TAP Air Portugal needs €100 million per month by the end of 2020 as the airline will thus exhaust the total of state aid, worth €1.2 billion.
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Japan Airlines will cut its executives’ pay by half, as demand for international air travel has plummeted.

Sundair of Germany to be placed under a protective umbrella, forcing the airline to restructure. The insolvency specialist is Lucas Flother.

Thai Airways International is to cut around 10% of its workforce from December 2020 after more than 1,900 staff signed up for an immediate early retirement scheme designed to cut costs and preserve cash at the ailing national carrier. A further 2,700 staff applied to have six months of paid leave.

India has extended the ban on scheduled international commercial flights till 30 November 2020.
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One of the many decisions from the Belgian lockdown (from 02/11/2020 till 13/12/2020), announced on 30th October 2020:

De grenzen worden niet gesloten conform Europese afspraken, maar buitenlandse reizen worden ten stelligste afgeraden. Les frontières ne sont pas fermées conformément aux accords européens. Cependant, les voyages à l’étranger sont très fortement déconseillés.

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Passenger wrote: 31 Oct 2020, 10:09 One of the many decisions from the Belgian lockdown (from 02/11/2020 till 13/12/2020), announced on 30th October 2020:

De grenzen worden niet gesloten conform Europese afspraken, maar buitenlandse reizen worden ten stelligste afgeraden. Les frontières ne sont pas fermées conformément aux accords européens. Cependant, les voyages à l’étranger sont très fortement déconseillés.
Anyway, airline will reduce their capacity.

Its aldready the case, in France, since this month, before that we announce the lockdown. And with the lockdown, it's now worst.

Air France announced yesterday, that they will operate only 30% of capcity, till the end onf 2020.

Volotea seems to cancel all its domestic flights, in France, for november

EasyJet has closed Nantes and Toulouse bases, for winter. Ryanair has also closed its Toulouse base,for the winter. Vueling base at Paris Cdg is currently closed, since March 2020

Transavia has just canceled its program, from Montpellier, Nantes bases, for november 2020.

I don't know what will happen for Belgians airlines, but i guess, that hey will also reduce capacity. Kigali is currently served 1 times a week, by SN. 2 flights a week, for christmas

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Flemish newspaper HLN online:
https://www.hln.be/zaventem/van-corona- ... ~a2feb0cc/

Brussels Airport, your excuse is nonsense. When you expect that two lines will be enough, you must open three. This is no time for calculated risks. The staff costs that you have saved on Saturday and Sunday, will cause a loss that is 1.000 times bigger. Senior citizens who have read the above article, will now wait till there is a cure or a vaccine.

The EASA Covid-19 Protocol states "social distancing should be respected as much as possible". The European (or Belgian) legislator should amend this Protocol into firmer legislation "must be respected at all times. If not applied, the airport must close".

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Aeromexico will operate about 4,000 domestic flights in November 2020, with which it will achieve an 83% recovery in its domestic operations compared to November 2019.

Air Austral (a French airline based in Reunion island) is further relaxing its commercial measures, with the modification, postponement or cancellation of travel are possible and now free of charge for travel until June 2021.

Air France CEO Anne Rigail says the carrier will need further recapitalization, following a 3Q 2020 loss of €1.5 billion.

Cirium says more airlines are likely to collapse in the coming months if governments cut aid to the industry, with experts saying a full-fledged recovery is likely to be pushed back to 2024.

Delta Air Lines and the pilots’ union have reportedly settled on a preliminary cost-cutting arrangement that would enable the airline to avoid furloughs until the start of 2022.

easyJet is set to cut hundreds of flights following the government’s announcement that the country is to go into a second lockdown.

IATA says the coronavirus pandemic will result in fewer airline companies globally because firms are currently being taken over or going under.

IndiGo will trim its fleet size over the next two years as the pandemic continues to weigh on the operations. In 2022, the carrier will be down slightly, by 2023, it will be up again.

Kenya Airways is seeking to introduce a new pay structure for its pilots in a move aimed at lowering the wage bill to keep the airline afloat. Under the proposed structure, pilots will be paid per trip as opposed to a fixed monthly salary.

KLM pilots’ union declined to accept a wage freeze through to 2025, potentially endangering efforts to secure the company’s future amid the pandemic.

Mokulele Airlines, whose Hawaii commuter operations is losing US$350,000 per month, is asking the state for a backstop to protect against losses to stay in business.

Southwest Airlines is asking union employees to take 10% pay cuts, as the airline says these pay cuts are necessary to prevent furloughs and layoffs through 2021.

Turkmenistan Airlines is extended the suspension of all international flights until 31 December 2020.

Australia is expected to restart international flights later in November 2020, in a move which will also ease the capacity constraints on Australians returning home from overseas.
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At 19h tonight, the Dutch government will announce a further lockdown.
Main stream media expect a negative travel advisory for the Christmas holiday season.

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TUI cancels all UK flights for one month after the prohibition for UK citizens to go on vacation abroad.
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