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AirAsia Group Announces Major Fleet Groundings, Looks Towards Freight Operations

Malaysia's AirAsia Group Berhad announced on Wednesday its decision to ground approximately 90% of its fleet, which currently consists of more than 200 aircraft across Asia, including slightly over 100 aircraft in Malaysia. This decision had to be made due to an ongoing wave of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia, where daily cases have been consistently reported in the thousands in the past week. AirAsia Malaysia, the largest low-cost carrier in Malaysia, expects demand to start recovering in August, allowing it…

Aeroflot Adds New A320neo, Works Toward Further Domestic Recovery

Russian national carrier Aeroflot announced on Tuesday it had welcomed its first Airbus A320neo to its young fleet, becoming the first airline to operate the aircraft type in Russia. The new aircraft — registered in the airline's home country as VP-BPQ and bearing the name of Anatoly Dobrynin, a Russian…

IndiGo Chooses CFM for Next Round of Engines for Airbus…

India's biggest low-cost carrier, IndiGo, announced on May 21 that it had opted to buy approximately 620 new LEAP-1A engines from CFM International to power its massive Airbus A320neo family fleet, which consists of the A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft. Although the airline did not reveal the value of the…

Italy’s New Revamped Airline Prepares for September Launch

After years of financial trouble and being on the verge of bankruptcy dating back since May 2017, Italian national carrier Alitalia was put under emergency administration by the Italian government after the majority of its over 11,000 employees had voted against job and salary cuts as a rescue plan. The…

Thai Airways Approved for Restructuring Plan

Thai Airways International managed to get its creditors' approval on May 19 for a proposed restructuring plan that would help the airline refinance its debt in an effort to stay afloat and remain financially viable long-term, Nikkei reported. In order for the seal of approval to be given, the restructuring…

South African Airways Set to Resume Flights This Summer

South African Airways (SAA) is hoping to resume flights in July or August, but the restart date will depend on how the Covid-19 pandemic progresses and whether the airline can resolve a pilot dispute, its chief executive said on Friday. The state-owned airline was put into administration in December 2019…

Cebu Air Bleeds In First Quarter Net-Loss

Cebu Air, the listed operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, posted a net loss of P7.3 billion (US$152.6 million) in the first quarter of 2021, as the Philippines struggles to contain COVID-19 infection cases, Business World reports. Cebu Air's net loss is 516% higher than the US$25.1 million net loss…

HK Express Completes CommonPass Trial

HK Express announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight trial using CommonPass. By securely validating and storing Covid-19 tests and vaccine records, the digital health passport application will enable passengers to easily comply with health-related entry requirements globally, while still simultaneously streamlining the HK Express pre-departure experience.…

Emirates Flying Medical Supplies to Aid India’s Covid-19 Crisis

United Arab Emirates flag carrier Emirates announced on Sunday that it will fly medical supplies from its base in Dubai to nine cities in India free of charge from this week onwards to help the country battle a tragic and escalating upsurge in Covid-19 infections. India reported 4,092 new deaths…

SpiceJet Deferring Employee Salaries by up to 50 Percent

India's low-cost domestic carrier, SpiceJet, has made the decision to defer up to fifty percent of April's salaries of its many employees as a lack of cash amidst India's second wave of Covid-19 infections has tragically impacted its operations. Junior employees such as the drivers and loaders have received their…