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An Ethiopian Airbus A350-900XWB. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Ethiopian Takes to the Skies Again, Profits During the Pandemic

Africa’s largest airline has been working around the clock during the pandemic, becoming the go-to airline for essential travel, repatriation flights and the airlift of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) and as travel restrictions slowly ease out across the globe, Ethiopian is pleased to welcome back air travel with more emphasis on safety. As Ethiopian welcomes back business and leisure travel, it pledges more emphasis on safeguarding the health and safety of its customers and staff with the chain…

TAAG Angola Airlines Receives First of Six Dash 8-400s

TAAG Angola Airlines, the national flag carrier for Angola yesterday received its first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited. This introduction of Dash 8-400 is expected to support the growth of TAAG’s network. “We selected the Dash 8-400 aircraft to support our development of…

More Mainline Commercial Aircraft are Now Flying Than Stored

Global air travel has begun its journey to recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated almost every aspect of travel. Now, the focus of the industry is addressing the post-COVID-19 challenges to navigate the industry to recovery. As the light at the end of the tunnel begins to get clearer, the…

Turkish Carriers Resume Flights After Near Three Month Travel Ban

Turkey restarted domestic air transport earlier this month with flights to Ankara marking its first wave of the ‘new normal’ phase after an almost three-month ban on air travel brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. International air travel is also gradually picking up with the country’s national airline., Turkish Airlines…

South African Airways to Receive $1.2 Billion Government Bailout

The South African government has agreed to finance the restructuring of South African Airways (SAA) as indicated in a copy of a draft plan shown on Monday. The draft plan involves a government agreement to spend R21 billion ($1.2 billion) to restructure SAA. According to the draft plan, a working…

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…

EL AL Seeks $400 million From Israeli Government

Israeli flag carrier El Al, which has been crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking state-guaranteed bank loans of up to $400 million after finding itself in a serious cash flow crisis leading to a halt in its passenger operations. The company has already taken various measures to tackle the…

Qatar Airways Plans to Reduce Fleet by 25 Percent

Air travel has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and aircraft are gradually becoming airborne again after months of hiatus and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker may share the same idea but he is a little skeptical that air travel will take…

African Express Airways Embraer 120 Crashes in Somalia

A Kenyan-registered aircraft belonging to African Express Airways with registration 5Y-AXO crashed as it was approaching the Bardale Airstrip in Somalia on at around 4 p.m. on Monday. The aircraft was reportedly carrying six passengers aboard including two Kenyan pilots, a trainee pilot, a flight engineer and two other airline…

Air France Slated to Receive 7 Billion Euro Bailout Package

The European Union on Monday approved a French state aid of €7 Billion consisting of state loans and state-guaranteed bank loans to aid Air-France in its urgent liquidity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The European competition watchdog exercised its commission under Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the…