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A Japan Airlines 777-200 at the gate in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Japan Airlines Slashes Domestic Schedule Amid Covid-19 Resurgence

Japan Airlines has announced temporary changes to its domestic network in response to the Japanese government's efforts to contain COVID-19 in the country. Japan Airlines Group, the airline's parent company, is expecting a slight decline in travel demand next month in response to the rising number of Covid-19 cases reported in Japan, and it will implement several service reductions and aircraft changes between April 29 and May 31. Japan on Sunday declared its third state of emergency for Covid-19 since…

Air New Zealand Supports National Renewable Energy Mandate

The aviation industry continues its pursuit towards addressing air pollution and minimizing the carbon footprint, in a time when businesses and enterprises are being urged to formulate energy-efficient and sustainable initiatives to address climate change. Major airlines and aircraft manufacturers proposed commitments and projects, which specific agencies within national governments…

Dutch Government Approves Loan Package For KLM

As the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the commercial aviation industry, airlines are taking all measures necessary to weather the storm and survive this unprecedented crisis. During difficult times like these, more than ever cash is king, so all carriers have launched a series of initiatives to improve their cash position…

El Al Israel Airlines Agrees to Taking Government Assistance

Just days after announcing they would be indefinitely suspending all operations, El Al Israel Airlines agreed to become nationalized. This development is part of a plan regarding a bailout for the airline that has had significant financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Israel-based carrier and its controlling shareholder…

Portugese Government Takes Majority Stake in TAP Air Portugal

Portugal’s government has agreed to pay €55 million ($62 million) to increase its stake in TAP Air Portugal, the national airline, to prevent the carrier from going bankrupt. The government will own a 72.5% stake in the airline, up from the 50% stake it’s held since partially privatizing the airline…

Lufthansa Shareholders Agree to $10.1 Billion Government Bailout

Deutsche Lufthansa AG shareholders have agreed to support a bailout package from the German government which will assist the airline group to survive in a post-COVID environment. At the ‘Extraordinary General Meeting’ held on Thursday, the €9 billion ($10.1 billion) package which gives the government a 20% stake and two…

Ryanair Slashes Jobs as Low-Cost Demand Dwindles

Ryanair has announced that over 250 office jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These jobs have been cut at its offices in Dublin, Madrid, Wroclaw in Poland and Stansted near London, which are due to re-open on June 1. Ryanair staff levels will reduce in four of…

KLM Could Break-Up With Air France Over State Subsidies

The current crisis that is heavily affecting all carriers around the world could profoundly change the landscape of the airline industry for the years to come. According to the Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad, Air France and KLM may return to operate as independent carriers. The two airlines merged in…

New Alitalia Starts To Take Shape

After the decision by the Italian Government to renationalize Alitalia due to the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a few details are starting to surface concerning the future shape and size of the newly re-formed Italian flag carrier. The first rumors leaked from governmental sources were suggesting a…

U.K. Airlines Await Decision on Possible Government Bailout Packages

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has discounted reports made earlier this week that the U.K. Chancellor (the U.K. Government’s chief financial minister) would only include airlines in any industry bailouts under consideration “as a last resort." BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is unhelpful that correspondence is leaked…