Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Headlines
  • easyJet Grounds Entire Fleet Due to Coronavirus Outbreak - “For customers on canceled flights, please remember that you do not have to contact us prior to your original flight date. With little demand for commercial flights during the pandemic, the airline has instead been using its resources to launch over 650 rescue flights to return over 45,000 people to their home...
  • Pandemic Cuts New-Aircraft Needs 25% Through 2025, Analysts Say - While airlines are only beginning to sort out what their post-pandemic fleets will look like, speculation is that many older and larger models, including Boeing 747s, 757s and 767s and Airbus A380s, will not return from storage. Vertical’s revised analysis shows airlines would need 1,540 fewer narrowbodies and 380 fewer...
  • First Passenger Aircraft Full of Air Cargo Lands in Frankfurt - Loaded with around 30 tons of freight, a Lufthansa passenger aircraft landed in Frankfurt today at 2:14 p.m. after a flight time of 11 hours and 6 minutes. In addition to the cargo compartments of the Airbus A330, the cabin including the stowage compartments above the seats was also loaded....
  • HOW AIRLINES ARE IMPLEMENTING ‘SOCIAL DISTANCING’ RULES - As the World Health Organisation and many state governments have issued “social distancing” guidelines, different airlines have taken different tacks to implement the concept. Some operators, such as American Airlines, have formally changed their policies to reflect this. Seating assignment adjustments; Food service changes; Lounge service updates; and The ability to...
  • Governments must prioritise airlines for financial support during global COVID-19 crisis to ensure future connectivity - IATA is calling on governments around the world to “avoid an industry calamity” in the air transport sector resulting from the global spread of COVID-19 by offering financial relief measures such as direct financial support, loans and tax rebates or suspensions. Speaking at a 17 March media briefing, IATA CEO...