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A Lufthansa A330 in Dallas. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Lufthansa Group Moves Forward With Passenger-to-Freighter Conversions

Lufthansa Technik, the MRO division of Lufthansa Group, obtained approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority for an Engineering Order Specific Tailsign for four Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft belonging to Lufthansa. These aircraft will be put to service in the cargo division of the German airline to transport medical products due to the increasing demand for cargo flights caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The transformation of each aircraft took 36 hours and a comprehensive technical documentation presentation was previously required.…

Air Mauritius Files for Voluntary Administration to Avoid Bankruptcy

The board of directors of Air Mauritius Limited met this Wednesday to disclose the state of the company's finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, it was reported that the operational disruptions related to the coronavirus make it impossible for the airline to meet its financial obligations "in the foreseeable…

Embraer to Resume Critical Operations

Embraer is resuming critical operations in an effort to maintain its production lines and is also diverting efforts to assist the Brazilian government in the production of parts for respirators to combat COVID-19. During the temporary plant shutdown period, customer support, aircraft maintenance, and manufacturing were defined as essential roles…

Singapore Airlines Set to Receive State Aid

Singapore's Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Thursday that the carrier is considering a corporate action with the support of Temasek Holdings, its state-owned majority stakeholder. Heng also stated that the action "will be announced in due course." "We will make sure SIA comes out of this in good…

Compass Airlines to Cease Operations

Compass Airlines, a regional carrier that flies for both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, has announced that it will cease operations from April 7. The company said Thursday that it is shutting down as demand suffered a significant drop, due to the public concern and fear derived from the…

The Last Gaucho: Aerolíneas Argentinas Retires Airbus A340 Fleet

On the early morning hours on Monday, Aerolíneas Argentinas' last Airbus A340-300, registration LV-FPU of Aerolineas Argentinas, had completed its last commercial flight for the company, which means the decommissioning of the aircraft type from the carrier's active fleet. The gap will be initially covered by expanding the current Airbus…

South African Airways Axes Routes to Regain Profitability

As part of the bankruptcy protection process initiated at the end of 2019, South African Airways last week announced a series of measures that seek to return profitability to its operations. The process is in the hands of two consultants specialized in these practices, led by Siviwe Dongwana and Les…

Boeing-Embraer Deal Gets Brazilian Government Approval

While the European Union is delaying its ruling on the grounds of requiring additional information that provides sufficient proof that the market is not going to be more concentrated, the Brazilian government has finally approved the joint venture between Boeing and Embraer. The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)'s General-Superintendence…

An Interview With Aerolíneas Argentinas’ New Vice President

After Alberto Fernandez took office, succeeding Mauricio Macri as Argentina's President, one of the big questions of the local commercial aviation market was who will take charge of the state-owned carrier, Aerolíneas Argentinas. Pablo Ceriani was appointed CEO of the Aerolineas holding, in a move that was perceived as a…

Airlines Reach Compensation Agreements on 737 MAX

Several operators of the Boeing 737 MAX reached compensation agreements with Boeing this week, following the grounding of the variant in March 2019. American Airlines issued a statement expressing that a portion of that confidential agreement will be shared with the company's employees: "American Airlines shared with its team today…