African Airlines Are Ailing As Industry Braces for Restart

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already outlined a roadmap of a proposed temporary layered approach that will help to jump-start air travel around the world. The guidelines are geared at building confidence with the aviation stakeholders to enable reopening of borders and the safe return of passenger flights amid the pandemic. There are, however, growing concerns that some African airlines may never be able to set to the skies again, especially those that were already in financial difficulty even before the coronavirus pandemic took…

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A Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamlliner resting under the JFK Airport air traffic control tower for the first time. (Photo: Tom Pallini)

Forward Air: The Little-Known Alternative for Airline Cargo

Given the recent talk about the large demand for air cargo movements in the United States, it’s common to forget that there are more than just airlines in play. Air cargo by itself is time-sensitive, but there are items shipped by airlines that are not. Time, money, or weight can determine if a good can be hauled by an alternative method other than air cargo. At these moments it’s not necessarily the best for Delta Cargo, United Cargo and AA Cargo to push every package…

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Inside a Boeing 747-400 Cargo aircraft. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Terrill Murriel)

Boeing Cuts 12,000 U.S. Jobs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Boeing announced Wednesday that it is cutting at least 12,000 U.S. jobs, including 6,770 workers who must take involuntary layoffs. The planemaker would not rule out the potential for more layoffs in the coming months, saying it has plans for “several thousand remaining layoffs.” It did say, however, that this is the largest wave of cuts it anticipates making in the U.S. The company plans to cut 10% of its worldwide workforce by the end of 2020. The manufacturer currently has about 160,000 employees, Reuters…

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A view of Boeing's facilities at Boeing Field in King County, Washington. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Eurowings Flight Turns Back to Germany After Reaching Closed Airport

Questions were this weekend after a Eurowings Airbus A320 took off from Dusseldorf, Germany, bound for the island city of Olbia, Italy, and only during its descent was the crew told their destination airport was closed to commercial traffic. On May 23, Flight EW9844, operated by Lufthansa's subsidiary airline, took off from the east German city at approximately 6:30 a.m. One hour and 30 minutes later, D-AEWJ, a three-year-old A320, entered a holding pattern located towards the northeast side of the destination island of Sardinia.…

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A Eurowings A320 at Düsseldorf Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

New Airline StarLux Recruits Pilots Amid the Pandemic

After months of the global pandemic, the aviation industry is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Taiwan-based StarLux Airlines has announced the recruitment of new pilots amid the global pandemic. In the meantime, the airline is planning to hire retired military pilots later this year. According to Glenn Chai, General Manager of the airline, StarLux will reinforce its team amid the global pandemic and let the business get back on track after the pandemic. The airline was launched in January as the…

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StarLux Airlines' first Airbus A321neo at Airbus' facility. (Photo: StarLux Airlines)

Lufthansa Group Announces Government Support for Financial Aid

German-based Lufthansa Group announced that the German government had approved a large financial stabilization package for the airline group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The total package will equate to about 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion) for the operating group. Along with Germany, Lufthansa owns airlines in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. This announcement comes following weeks of negotiations between the airline and the federal government in Germany. Initial reports from earlier this month were that the bailout was going to be in the ballpark…

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Parked Lufthansa 747s at Frankfurt. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

LATAM Airlines Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In a communication addressed to the Chilean Financial Market Commission (CMF), LATAM Airlines Group has announced that it will voluntarily file to reorganize under Chapter 11 protection of the United States Code. The requested restructuring involves subsidiaries in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, the United States of America, the Cayman Islands and the Netherlands. The subsidiaries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay are not included in this procedure. The Brazilian subsidiary has received a state monetary contribution, but there have been no news or announcements of additional…

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A LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9 departing LAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Air New Zealand Pushes Back International Schedule Resumption, Defers Aircraft Deliveries  

Air New Zealand has announced it will be pushing back the restart of international operations. Though the carrier had previously stated its plans to resume international flights by June 30, this has now been pushed back until August as demand levels remain low. From August 30, the Auckland-based carrier will resume a reduced international schedule with four weekly flights from Auckland to Sydney, three between Auckland and Melbourne and Brisbane and one weekly service between Norfolk, Brisbane and Sydney. The New Zealand flag carrier will…

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Airline Maintenance Workers Honored Despite Difficult Season for Airlines

As the aviation industry grapples with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus, many airlines took the time to publicly recognize their aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) for their dedication and hard work in providing safe and excellence in air transportation. May 24 is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, meant to honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible. The date is also the birthday of Charles Taylor, the Wright brothers' first engine mechanic. Taylor handcrafted the first engine…

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A mechanic services a Pratt and Whitney engine. (Photo: Pratt and Whitney)

Turkish Airlines Won’t Lay Off Employees for Two Years

Turkish Airlines announced it will resist layoffs and protect their skilled labor until the end of 2021, when it expects the aviation industry to return to pre-pandemic operation levels. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, airlines are conducting reviews to reduce their fleet size and replace aging aircraft with more efficient new airliners to improve economic efficiency. As in the cases of Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, some companies are even selling and leasing back some of their aircraft to raise revenue. Turkish Airlines is also considering…

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A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)
A 777 awaits its fate in storage as the coronavirus pandemic ravages global travel demand (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

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African Airlines Are Ailing As Industry Braces for Restart

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already outlined a roadmap of a proposed temporary layered approach that will help to jump-start air travel around the world. The guidelines are geared…

Forward Air: The Little-Known Alternative for Airline Cargo

Given the recent talk about the large demand for air cargo movements in the United States, it’s common to forget that there are more than just airlines in play. Air…

Boeing Cuts 12,000 U.S. Jobs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Boeing announced Wednesday that it is cutting at least 12,000 U.S. jobs, including 6,770 workers who must take involuntary layoffs. The planemaker would not rule out the potential for more…