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A Lufthansa A380 departs from San Francisco International Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Lufthansa Bailout at Risk from Billionaire Shareholder

The fate of German carrier Lufthansa's federal rescue package will be sealed at the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting June 25, when airline’s shareholders will vote on whether to accept the terms in the deal's current state. Although the bailout has been approved by the state, shareholders still have to give the green light for it. However, it appears that the deal hangs on knife-edge as the major shareholder Heinz Hermann Thiele, who has a stake of 15% at the company,…

Turkish Airlines Becomes Leader of Europe’s Skies in June

According to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), Istanbul-based carrier Turkish Airlines became the airline with the most flights in Europe, completing 400 out of 8226 flights performed on June 17. “It is the first time Turkish Airlines has had 400 flights since March 20 and…

Norwegian to Re-Open U.K. Operations

Norwegian announced that it is ready to re-open operations from the UK on July 1 after being suspended for three months. The Oslo-based carrier will operate a few flights from Gatwick and Edinburgh to select destinations in Scandinavia. In a statement, Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram said, “Feedback from our customers…

Azul and LATAM Brasil Team Up Through Domestic Codeshare Agreement

In a move that was unexpected by the market, Azul Linhas Aéreas and LATAM Airlines Brasil have announced a domestic codeshare agreement and a partnership between their frequent-flier programs, TudoAzul and LATAM Pass. The two are, respectively, the third and first airlines in Brazil by pre-COVID-19 domestic traffic, and plan…

Air Canada CEO: “Government Restrictions Are Preventing A Return To…

Running a commercial airline is a tough job during the best of times, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more difficult, especially when operating in an environment that restricts both domestic and international traffic. In a webinar hosted by Aviation Week, Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu has…

Latin American Low-Cost Carriers Trust They Will Recover First

After being announced as the new CEO and Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association CEO, José Ricardo Botelho, announced that airlines operating in the Latin American and Caribbean market transported 1.08 million passengers in April, 97% less compared to April 2019, the last time 1…

Lufthansa Set to Slash 22,000 Jobs Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Lufthansa plans to cut thousands of jobs in response to the financial turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the airline agreeing on a €9 billion ($9.8 billion) bailout package with the government, 22,000 jobs are at stake as the company announced on Wednesday after a bargaining summit with the…

Optimistic U.S. Airlines Reintroduce Hundreds of Airplanes to Service

The Big Three legacy carriers in the United States, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, will place substantial numbers of aircraft back into service in the coming months as demand for air travel continues to rise in the U.S. American Airlines Group will take over 200 aircraft…

Emirates Lays Off 600 Pilots, 6,500 Cabin Crew in Second…

Emirates has continued to make changes to its workforce in order to reduce costs in response to economic difficulty caused by coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the government-owned airline took the decision to lay off hundreds of employees in the second phase of job cuts. Even though the airline has not…

British Airways Threatens to Fire and Re-Hire Pilots on New…

In a letter issued by its pilot union to all members, British Airways has stated that it will fire all its pilot workforce and offer jobs under new terms and conditions, should no agreement be reached with the union. The letter sent out by the British Airline Pilots' Association, BALPA,…