Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Peach Aviation Starts Offering Free Covid-19 Testing

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation will soon start offering free coronavirus testing. The program will begin next week and continue until the end of March. Free of charge polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be available for passengers ahead of domestic flights from Kansai and Narita international airports between February 21 and March 31. […]

Aer Lingus Will Get €150 Million from Irish State Recovery Fund

Reading Time: < 1 minute The coronavirus keeps shaking the airline industry and prompting carriers worldwide to seek support from the outside. The Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has secured a €150 million recovery loan from the Ireland Strategic Investments Fund ISIF. ISIF was established in 2014 to invest in supporting economic activity and employment in Ireland. Last May, it […]

IATA: 2020 Was the Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

Reading Time: < 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year global passenger traffic results, revealing revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) fell by 65.9% because of the pandemic spread. It is the sharpest ever air travel decline in commercial aviation history. In 2020, international passenger demand was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity (measured in revenue passenger kilometers) reduced 68.1% […]

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Boeing Reports $12 Billion Annual Loss and Delays 777X Jet Delivery

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Wednesday, Boeing reported a record loss of nearly $12 billion for 2020 as it delayed its brand new 777X jet again and took a $6.5 billion charge in the fourth quarter on its latest airplane. The reported loss is the largest in Boeing’s more than 100-year history. The giant’s problems started accumulating due to […]

The UK Suspends All Travel Corridors over New Covid-19 Variants

Reading Time: < 1 minute The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from 4 am Monday, January 18, 2021, arrivals to the UK from any country will have to quarantine. All countries have been removed from the quarantine-free list, seeking to prevent new mutations from entering the country. Under the new policy, testing negative in no more than […]

Airlines’ Cabin Crew to Help With Vaccine Rollout in the UK

Reading Time: < 1 minute The low-cost airlines easyJet and Virgin have joined the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to support its Covid-19 vaccination program. The UK is currently into the third lockdown due to a new, highly transmissible variant of the virus gaining momentum. Most crew members are now furloughed, therefore they can efficiently use their time helping with […]

Norwegian Air Prepares To Return Its Leased Aircraft

Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) has started moving some of its aircraft from Scandinavian bases to Shannon Airport in Ireland as part of the new restructuring procedure. The pandemic has intensified the financial struggles faced by NAS, so in addition to the ongoing examinership process in Ireland, the airline has now filed for reconstruction under Norwegian […]

Ryanair Is Under Investigation After Its “Jab and go” Ad

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ryanair has recently posted a “jab and go” ad promoting air travel since “vaccines are coming,” which has coughed the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency’s eye and put the airline under investigation.   Once the formal investigation is finalized, ASA will update everyone on the findings. The ad featuring a small bottle labeled “vaccine” and a […]

US Airlines Urge The White House To Lift The Travel Ban

Reading Time: < 1 minute According to Reuters, the Airlines for America (A4A) has sent a letter to the White House asking “to move ahead with recommendations to rescind current entry restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil as soon as possible … concurrently with the testing program.” “We believe a well-planned program focused on increasing testing […]

U.S. Congress Set To Vote on $900bn Coronavirus Aid Package

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S. has reached an agreement on a $900bn coronavirus relief deal. It includes $16bn for the airline industry and a nearly $285bn extension of the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill, set for voting in the House and the Senate on Monday, will be the fifth piece of financial support passed in the U.S. since […]