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The raw product for the production of the Butantan COVID-19 vaccine is unloaded in Viracopos Airport. (Photo: São Paulo State Government)

Brazilian Airlines Again Begin Transporting COVID-Related Cargo From China

After months of stoppage, this week a Brazilian airline operated the first flight in months connecting the South American country and China in the fight against COVID-19. This time, the cargo it brought back contained material for the production of 8.6 million vaccine doses, the country's next step in its fight against COVID-19. The flight — connecting Beijing to Campinas, Brazil via Amsterdam — was operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil and LATAM Cargo and was chartered by the São Paulo…

Air Canada Rouge Announces Suspension of Operations

According to reports from CBC News, leisure carrier Air Canada Rouge has announced that they will be suspending flights until further notice. The airline, a leisure-based subsidiary of Air Canada, will operate its last flight on Feb. 8.  Usually, Air Canada Rouge operates flights to sun and leisure destinations in…

Copa Will Become the First American Carrier to Have IATA…

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is partnering with the Panamanian government and Copa Airlines to trial the IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. According to an IATA’s press…

Pilot Unemployment a Problem as Travel Recovery Lags

There is still so much unknown about this year after a ghastly 2020. An unprecedented number of pilots are currently being furloughed throughout the world, and several airlines continue to report losses or shut down operations. The Pilot Survey 2021 – carried out by specialist aviation and pilot recruitment agency…

Ryanair Expects More Than $1 Billion in Losses

The impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented in the air transport industry as in many economic sectors around the world. Many airlines are facing serious economic difficulties this year due to the important decrease in demand. Many big legacy carriers are asking national governments to help them with big loans…

Canadian Airlines Suspend Flights to Mexico and Caribbean Until May

Many countries are still adopting restriction measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While the vaccination process is slowly advancing, governments are finding themselves having to deal with the third wave. With the appearance of new strains from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, travel restrictions, mostly…

Avianca Strengthens Network, Increases Number of Routes by 77%

Avianca started the year by strengthening its operation, increasing its routes by 77% and its frequencies by 124% compared to October throughout its network. Julián Laverde, Avianca's Vice President of Network Operations, commented in a press release that “For several months our efforts have been focused on improving operational processes…

Israel Bans International Flights to Stop COVID-19 Spread

Israel is the country that is doing the best in its vaccination process. According to Oxford University, Israel had administered vaccination doses to more than 40% of its population by Jan. 24. Those numbers are nearly double the second country in the list, the United Arab Emirates with 25%, and…

Alaska Airlines Announces 2020 Financial Results, Receives First 737 MAX

Just two days after taking delivery of their first Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft, the Alaska Air Group has announced their fourth quarter and full year earnings for 2020. Like other airlines in the United States around the globe, Alaska felt the impacts of COVID-19, posting losses both quarterly and annually. …

Kenya Airways Temporarily Cuts Netherlands, France Flights Until March

In a statement announced in Nairobi, Kenya Airways revealed a short term suspension of services that will affect flights to France  and the Netherlands through the month of February. The airline flies to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “The temporary suspension is due to the new…