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United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reports that United will start by flying dedicated cargo flights between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Brussels Airport. As part of the flights, United has sought permission to carry more…

Qantas Enhances Services Between Sydney And Melbourne

Following the border reopenings, Qantas and its no-frills airline, Jetstar, have announced that they will operate 17 return daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, together carrying 4500 passengers a day. Victoria was the epicentre of the coronavirus in Australia, and the state has been suffered a nearly four-months lockdown that…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 23: Airlines Under Pressure

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We…

Lufthansa Presents Cost-Cutting Plan to Ground Staff

German flag-carrier Lufthansa has reached a preliminary 200 million euro ($237 million) savings deal with Verdi, the union that represents ground staff at the airline, Reuters reports. The deal applies to roughly 24,000 staff at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo. The deal will waive Christmas and vacation bonuses, continue…

Southwest Reveals Chicago O’Hare, Colorado Springs Routes

Southwest Airlines has revealed the routes it will fly from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Colorado Springs. The low-cost airline will launch 20 daily flights out of O’Hare on Valentine’s Day 2021. City pairs include Nashville, Tenn.; Denver; Dallas; Baltimore and Phoenix. Nashville, Dallas and Nashville will be served four…

European Hubs See 80% Drop in Traffic

Europe’s three biggest hub airports – London's Heathrow Airport, Frankfurt's am Main Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – reported an 80% drop in passenger counts for September, highlighted by a 95% drop in transatlantic passengers, FlightGlobal reports. Heathrow reported earlier this week that its passenger counts fell 81.5%…

Philippine Carriers Struggling, But New Airport Remains Optimistic

Cebu Pacific Air, a no-frills airline in the Philippines, is seeking a $500 million investment to strengthen its balance sheet. “We need to create a longer runway for CEB so that we can continue providing affordable and accessible air transport services for everyone,” Lance Gokongwei, the airline's president and chief…

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period…

After a seven-month hiatus, the Australian government announced that New Zealand citizens are granted to travel New South Wales and Northern Territory without a 14-day quarantine. The new policy begins on Oct. 16 as New Zealand’s coronavirus curve has been flattened. However, Australians are not being allowed to travel to…

As CARES Act Funding Expires, Thousands Brace for Job and…

CARES Act funding ran out at midnight on Thursday morning, and tens of thousands of airline employees braced for furlough as congress failed to make a job-saving funding extension.  When the U.S. passed the CARES Act in March, among its terms were a prohibition on involuntary layoffs or furloughs through…

Singapore Airlines Temporarily Converts Airbus A380 into a Restaurant

As more airlines across the world introduce “flights to nowhere,” Singapore Airlines has taken a step back from that idea with a revolutionary new way to increase cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the airline has decided to not continue its own flights to nowhere, it has introduced new…