WestJet Raises Concerns Over Air Canada’s Purchase Of Transat

By Lori Ranson Jan 22, 2021
Nearly two years after Air Canada announced its plans to purchase Transat, Air Canada’s major rival WestJet has raised competitive concerns about the tie-up. 
Airlines & Lessors

Lufthansa Cargo Logistics Center Upgrade Gets Go-Ahead

By Alan Dron Jan 22, 2021
Lufthansa Cargo plans to upgrade and expand its logistics center at its home hub of Frankfurt. 
Airlines & Lessors

Iraqi-UK Joint Venture To Run Services At Baghdad International

By Alan Dron Jan 22, 2021
Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has awarded the contract to provide a suite of ground handling, cargo and fueling services at Baghdad International Airport (BIA) to an Iraqi-UK joint venture (JV). 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Boeing Commits To 2030 Sustainable Fuel Plan

By Guy Norris Jan 22, 2021
As part of broader company efforts to meet future emission reduction goals by 2050, Boeing has revealed plans to certify all its commercial aircraft for operation on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by 2030.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Divested American Airlines, JetBlue Slots Should Be Reserved For LCCs

By Ben Goldstein Jan 22, 2021
In approving the new Northeast Alliance (NEA) between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) instructed both carriers to shed a series of slot pairs at crowded airports in New York City and Washington, D.C. 
Airlines & Lessors

Supplier Prices Up Less Than 1%, But Double From TransDigm: Survey

By Michael Bruno Jan 22, 2021
Customers of TransDigm Group expect to pay roughly 2% higher prices this year from the key aerospace and defense parts provider, compared with an average of just 0.8% more across the whole aerospace supplier base, according to new survey results from Jefferies analysts.
Supply Chain

U.S. Airlines Welcome Mask Order; Lawmakers Reintroduce Aviation Task Force Bill

By Karen Walker Jan 22, 2021
U.S. airlines and flight attendants have welcomed a presidential executive order requiring masks to be worn at airports and onboard commercial flights.
Airlines & Lessors

Boeing’s 787 Glut Includes 80 Undelivered Aircraft, Analysis Shows

By Sean Broderick Jan 22, 2021
The program continues to be bogged down by post-production inspections and customers’ hesitance to take new widebody aircraft amid an historic demand downturn.
Aircraft & Propulsion

European Leaders Looking To Further Tighten COVID-19 Travel Rules

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 22, 2021
European travel rules aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 are set to tighten. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Qatar Airways Boosts U.S. Flying, Emirates Returns To Australia

By David Casey Jan 22, 2021
Atlanta will return to the Qatar Airways network in June as part of an expansion of services to the U.S.
Airports & Routes

BWI Marshall Airport Launches Social Distancing Technology

By Linda Blachly Jan 22, 2021
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has launched a pilot program using innovative technology to provide social distancing information and assessment for customers at a security checkpoint. 
Airports & Routes

Flydubai Becomes Latest Carrier To Reinstate Doha

By David Casey Jan 22, 2021
Flydubai has become the latest airline to announce a restart of flights to Qatar following the end of the blockade.
Airlines & Lessors

ICAO Chief Paints Gloomy Picture Of Travel Amid Pandemic

By Alan Dron Jan 22, 2021
There are few signs of near-term relief for the travel and tourism markets, given continued limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and gaps in data relating to the coronavirus’s transmission, according to ICAO’s CEO.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

KLM To Cut Up To 1,000 More Jobs As Long-Haul Recovery Falters

By Victoria Moores Jan 22, 2021
KLM has announced plans to cut a further 800-1,000 jobs as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue to prevent the Dutch flag-carrier’s recovery.
Airlines & Lessors

New South Korean Start-Up Aero K Schedules First Flights

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 22, 2021
South Korea’s latest LCC Aero K plans to begin scheduled domestic flights from its Cheongju International Airport (CJJ) base to Jeju (CJU) on Feb. 19.
Airlines & Lessors

Turkmenistan Airlines Switches To Airbus For Converted Freighter Order

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 22, 2021
Turkmenistan Airlines has placed an order for two A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft, shopping with Airbus for the first time. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Chengdu Airport Begins Test Flights, Plans For June 30 Opening

By Chen Chuanren Jan 22, 2021
The new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU) began test and verification flights Jan. 22, during which the majority of its future airline users deployed their various aircraft types.
Airports & Routes

AirAsia To Raise $113M In Rights Issue, Airbus Order Still In Place

By Chen Chuanren Jan 22, 2021
AirAsia is planning to raise MYR455 million ($113 million) in a private placement to raise cash, pay off debts and cover expenses.
Airlines & Lessors

Volocopter Aims For Concurrent EASA/FAA eVTOL Certification

By Graham Warwick Jan 22, 2021
Germany’s Volocopter plans concurrent certification and validation of its VoloCity electric air taxi in Europe and the U.S., enabling it to enter both markets simultaneously.
Emerging Technologies

United Airlines Still Uncertain About Timing Of Demand Recovery

By Ben Goldstein Jan 21, 2021
United Airlines is confident there will be an “inflection point” in the path of demand sometime in 2021, although executives are keeping mum about when exactly that might occur.
Airlines & Lessors

WestJet Flight Marks 737 MAX’s Return In Canada

By Sean Broderick Jan 21, 2021
WestJet re-launched Boeing 737-8 services with a routine flight from Calgary to Vancouver Jan. 21, becoming the first Canadian carrier to operate a 737 MAX-family aircraft following a 20-month global grounding. 
Airlines & Lessors

Buttigieg Backs Mask Mandate During Confirmation Hearing

By Bill Carey Jan 21, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) pledged Jan. 21 to enforce a presidential directive requiring people to wear masks during interstate travel to prevent against the spread of COVID-19.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Biden Executive Order Makes U.S. Travel Mask-Wearing Mandatory

By Karen Walker Jan 21, 2021
As part of a “mask up for 100 days” campaign that new U.S. President Joe Biden has prioritized in his first days in office, most air travelers in America will be required to wear a mask until April.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FedEx Express To Cut European Workforce, Pare Down Liège Hub

By Alan Dron Jan 21, 2021
Small package specialist FedEx Express plans to shrink its European organization as it approaches the final step of integrating package carrier TNT.
Airlines & Lessors

Air France CEO ‘Counting On’ Recovery Starting In Second Quarter

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 21, 2021
Air France is looking toward a second quarter recovery, with hopes to be operating around 70% of pre-crisis capacity by the end of 2021, CEO Anne Rigail said.
Airlines & Lessors