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A Virgin Atlantic 787-9 landing in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Virgin Atlantic Announces New Routes to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to operate routes from the United Kingdom to Pakistan from December. The encouraging news comes at a crucial time for the airline that has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights from London Heathrow will operate to the Pakistani capital Islamabad and Lahore, whilst the airline's other hub, Manchester, will operate services to Islamabad, bringing direct competition with Pakistan International Airlines which operates flights to both destinations from the northern city. Heathrow to Lahore…

Virgin Atlantic Lands £1.2 Billion Rescue Package

Virgin Atlantic has managed to secure its financial future thanks to a £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) package that will assist the airline to navigate away from the financial turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saving the company from collapsing into administration. The news will bring relief to many of its…

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…

Ryanair Shuts Down Lauda’s Vienna Base Following Union Disagreement

The parent company of Laudamotion, Ryanair Holdings, has decided to close the company's base in Vienna, resulting in job losses for more than 300 Lauda employees. The airline, which takes its name from the late Formula 1 legend and ex-airline owner Niki Lauda began operations in 2018 under the Laudamotion…

Air France Announces Immediate Retirement of A380 Fleet

Air France has announced it will immediately retire its Airbus A380 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was due to retire nine A380s from its fleet by 2022, however, the French flag carrier has brought this date forward. In a statement, the airline said: "In the…

Delta Plans to Axe Boeing 777 Fleet

Delta Air Lines has announced it will retire the Boeing 777 from its fleet by the end of this year. A decision that will see the removal of eight 777-200(ER) and ten 777-200(LR) from its mainline fleet of 864 aircraft. The decision was announced by Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta,…

Lufthansa Group to Restart Flights to 106 Destinations in June

Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss Air Lines will restart a number of services to domestic and European destinations from June after seeing a growing interest in air travel by its passengers. The Lufthansa Group, the parent company of those three airlines in addition to numerous others, will bring 80 aircraft back…

SAS Looks to Cut Workforce By Up to 5,000 Jobs

SAS has announced that it will look to remove up to 5,000 full-time positions of its future workforce as the airline "adapts the business to a lower demand environment." The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden employs around 11,000 workers, albeit 10,000 are currently furloughed, but foresees the industry…

Richard Branson Offers Private Island to Secure Rescue Money for…

Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has stated in a public letter that he is willing to offer his private island as security against any deal from the U.K. government. Although the tycoon has committed $250 million of his own money, Virgin Atlantic says it requires around an extra $615…

Polish Carrier LOT Abandons Plan to Take Over Condor

LOT's parent company Polish Aviation Group (PGL) has decided not to buy German holiday company Condor, a move that brings no real surprise following the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had so far on the aviation industry. The state-owned group had announced its intention to buy Condor for around €300…