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A Swiss Boeing 777-300ER landing in Zurich. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Swiss Posts Steep First-Half Losses

Swiss International Airlines announced its consolidated financial results for the first half of financial year 2020. Global travel and quarantine restrictions imposed on a global scale impacted SWISS' financial results severely for the first half of 2020. Switzerland’s national flag carrier turned in an operating loss of 266.4 million francs ($291 million) in the first six months of 2020 — a figure that pales in comparison to the net profit of 245.3 million francs in the same period last year…

German Holiday Companies Condor and TUIfly Mull Merger

There are reportedly plans for the formation of a joint venture between Condor and TUI fly Deutschland, according to local outlet Boersenzeitung, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. According to the report, the driving force for the merger of the two state-supported carriers comes from local and national politicians. Condor…

Emirates Resumes Flights to Seychelles, Expands Maldives and Philippines Operations

Emirates resumed services to the Seychelles Aug. 1, boosting access to Indian Ocean destinations this summer. The resumption of flights to the island nation coincided with the country’s re-opening to international tourists. The Gulf carrier will operate five flights a week with its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, giving access to access…

Turkish Airlines Announces Deep Pay Cuts to Avoid Forced Layoffs

Turkish Airlines announced that it will implement pay cuts to protect employment and reduce its cash outflow in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes after the airline announced that the Labor Union did not respond to the airline’s offer and its expectations and calls for reconciliation remained…

Turkish Airlines Approves Codeshare Agreement with Pakistan International Airlines

Turkish Airlines approved a codeshare agreement with Pakistan International Airlines on Sunday. Pakistan's national airline has selected Istanbul as the most urgent destination for the resumption of its flight operations, as the city will be the gateway for Pakistan International, which has been banned by the United Kingdom and Europe…

Wexford Capital Acquires Bankrupt Via Airlines, Set To Launch New…

Wexford Capital, a Florida-based investment firm, announced that it and some of the firm’s partners received bankruptcy court approval to reorganize and acquire Via Airlines, a regional airline based in Maitland, Florida. The court’s approval will allow Via to relaunch flight operations when approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation…

India to Launch ‘Air Bubble’ Flights to U.S., UAE, France,…

India has signed bilateral flight agreements with the U.S. and France, under which airlines of each country will be allowed to operate international flights to and from India starting on Friday. “Air bubble arrangements with the U.S., the [United Arab Emirates], France & Germany are being put in place" by…

British Airways Announces Immediate Retirement of 747 Fleet

British Airway has announced that it will immediately retire its Boeing 747 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was forced to store all of its 28 747-400s due to reduced demand in the midst of the respiratory disease pandemic. In a letter sent out to all…

Qatar Airways Ramps Up Flights to Holiday Resorts

The Maldives is one of the latest popular summer holiday destinations to which Qatar Airways has already resumed flights, with others on the list including Athens; Tunis, Tunisia and Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. The airline's first daily flight, operated with an Airbus A350 aircraft landed, at Velana International Airport in…

Israeli Parliament Passes Bill to Save El Al from $400…

Customers have taken up a class action lawsuit against El Al Israel Airlines at the Central District Court over its actions to refund customers whose flights have been canceled due to pandemic-related restrictions, the airline announced in a statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on 12 July. Israel’s flag carrier airline…