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SAS Set to Operate Entire Network This Fall

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is slated to boost the number of flights it will operate and reinstate more destinations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia throughout autumn as the airline continues to see a rise in demand for travel and transport to, from and within Scandinavia. Scandinavia’s "domestic" flights — those within Sweden, Norway and Denmark — will cover almost the airline’s entire pre-COVID-19 network when it resumes flights from Stavanger, Norway to Trondheim, Norway and from Stockholm to Ronneby and…

Ukraine International Airlines Cuts Flights As Government Extends Entry Ban

Following a Ukrainian government decision restricting foreign visitors entering Ukraine until Sept. 28, Ukraine International Airlines will cancel flights to nine destinations and reduce frequencies on six routes. The Ukrainian state’s policy enforces a temporary ban on the entry of foreigners to the country with some exceptions. Between Aug. 29 and…

airBaltic Defers Airbus A220 Deliveries

Latvian airline airBaltic announced on Thursday that they had agreed with Airbus to take delivery of 28 A220-300s by early 2024. In mid-April, the airline's outstanding Airbus A220 orders were postponed to 2023. With the new agreement, airBaltic gained an extra year to implement its fleet plans in the wake…

Qantas Reports Second Highest Loss In Company’s History

Sydney-based Qantas announced its consolidated fiscal year results marking the depth of the crisis caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s flag carrier posted a statutory loss of 2.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) for the fiscal year ended June 30, which is the second-highest loss in Qantas's century-long history.…

Blue Air Announces Italian Expansion

Romania's Blue Air has announced that it will strengthen its strategic position in Italy with new routes and additional flights to Turin, Italy starting September 2020, the airline announced in a press release. The airline is slated to enhance its operations in Italy by deploying an additional aircraft to its…

EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube…

Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Plunge 90% in July

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced traffic figures for July on Thursday. Last month, Norwegian carried a total of 356,093 passengers, 90% fewer than in the same period the previous year. The airline’s capacity was 560 million, representing a 94% steep dive when compared to July 2019. The low-cost carrier resumed short-haul…

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…

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…