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South African Airways, Comair to Restart Ops in September

Having grounded most of its international fleet after being placed into administration in December 2019 with the onset of the pandemic only adding salt to injury, South African Airways is now eyeing return to the skies. South Africa's flag carrier plans to restart flights to several destinations in Africa starting September 23rd, restoring services after a major restructuring and the continued disruption of air travel caused by the COVID-19 impact. Ready for Takeoff The airline initially plans to begin flying…

Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Bursts

In the wake of new strategy for dealing Covid-19 in Singapore, the travel bubble agreement between Hong Kong and Singapore has burst, both governments have announced. Singapore's government has granted Hong Kong residents the ability enter the country without quarantining as a result of the low infection rate in Hong…

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…

‘This is the worst it’s ever been:’ An Interview with…

Airline industry tycoon Bob Crandall is no stranger to the peaks and pitfalls of the airline industry. As the former president and chairman of American Airlines from 1985 to 1998, Crandall is known for his unique cost-cutting strategies and outspokenness when it comes to investing in airlines. Long since retired,…

With COVID Cases Rising, South American Aviation Expects Turbulence

While other parts of the world are already seeing rays light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic, South America is in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus cases with countries toughening mobility restrictions to aim to reduce its spread. Last week,…

Multiple European Countries Ban U.K. Flights Following Discovery of New…

Countries across Europe have made the decision to ban all flights arriving from the U.K. after the British government announced a new strain of the coronavirus had been discovered and had begun to spread within the country. Speaking to the country Saturday night, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a…

Flight Crew and COVID-19 Restrictions: Going Forward into 2021

Air travel has been significantly curtailed due to COVID-19, with international travel, in particular, being a shadow of what it once was. The international flights that have lasted through the pandemic, however, are posing an unforeseen set of challenges for airlines as they try to make it out to the…

Heathrow Airport Considers Vehicle Charge for COVID Losses

Heathrow Airport has announced that it is considering charging vehicles to access its terminal forecourts to recover losses made by COVID. The plan, which would be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2021, would bring Britain's busiest airport in line with many others across the United Kingdom. The Forecourt Access…

CAAC Provides No Date For 737 MAX Recertification In China

The Boeing 737 MAX has obtained clearance by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resume commercial flight in the U.S., but this doesn’t mean its problems are over. In fact — while in the past an FAA approval was almost automatically endorsed by other regulators around the world to allow…

Recap: Doug Parker and Oscar Munoz Speak at Talks at…

Goldman Sachs often invites executives from various industries for talks. This has been going for quite some time now, so the roster is quite large. The talks are more informal and have more of a talk show vibe than any sort of news interview, but they still reveal some interesting…