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How Qantas Airbus A380s Fend Against Rattlesnakes In the California Desert

In California's Mojave Desert, specifically Victorville, Qantas's Airbus A380-800s are sitting in long-term storage, amid the coronavirus pandemic causing a major decrease in international travel in Australia. While in storage, Qantas needs to conduct weekly, biweekly and monthly maintenance involving the draining of fuel tanks of water caused by condensation, rotating the wheels, checking tire pressures and inspecting the fuselage and wings for animal nests. “Aircraft like these are highly technical and you can’t just land it at the storage…

Europe Begins Issuing Digital COVID Certificates to Facilitate Free Movement

The first European Union Digital COVID Certificates (EUDCC) have begun to be issued signaling the beginnings of a safe restart to travel for EU citizens and a positive sign for the aviation industry in the region ahead of the summer season. The certificate will be ‘proof that a person has…

British Airways Begins Trialing IATA Digital Travel Pass

British Airways has begun trialing the IATA Travel Pass on flights to Switzerland this week. The airline is trialing the travel pass on flights from London's Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich. Trials began on June 1. The travel pass comes in the form of a smartphone app. Once downloaded, passengers…

United Prepares For Summer Travel Amid Border Reopenings

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic wreaked political, social and economic havoc on the world, and the aviation industry faced substantial challenges as countries implemented strict travel restrictions and closed borders. As a result, air travel demand plummeted, causing flight operations to become stagnant, resulting in major airlines grounding countless…

Garuda Indonesia Suggests Imminent Restructuring

The Covid-19 pandemic has continuously caused severe damage to almost every industry worldwide, and the aviation sector was not spared as airlines from around the world continue to struggle. Massive declines in operating flights and passenger demand have resulted in huge losses for airlines even though many have received financial…

Brazilian Airline Startup Itapemirim Launches First Routes

After months of preparation and a relatively quick certification process, from this week Brazil will officially add a new airline in its domestic market: Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos. The company finally received the green light from the Board of Directors of the country's National Civil Aviation Agency to explore passenger services,…

Singapore Airlines Records Toughest Year in Company History

Singapore flag carrier Singapore Airlines reported on Wednesday that it had suffered a net loss of 4.3 billion Singapore dollars ($3.23 billion) for the financial year ending in March 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreck international aviation, which the airline relies on given Singapore's lack of a domestic…

Europe Eases Inbound Travel Restrictions for ‘Safe’ Countries

A European Commission proposal to update recommended restrictions to travel from third countries (those outside the European Union) has been adopted by all 27 ambassadors to the European Council. The recommendations will result in the introduction of ‘certain waivers for vaccinated persons and easing the criteria to lift restrictions for…

Delta Mandates Vaccinations for New Employees

Delta Air Lines announced it will be requiring all new hires joining the airline in the U.S  to be vaccinated as it aims to achieve employee immunity as soon as possible to operate safely. In an interview with CNN, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that all new hires will require…

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…