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Vueling To Turn Barcelona Into an Innovation Hub

Many European airlines have received assistance funds during the last year to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Union and various national governments gave those funds with strict conditions, often forcing the carriers to present restructuring plans. One of the beneficiaries of such loans has been Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline based in Barcelona-El Prat airport. As part of the restructuring scheme following the European funds, the IAG carrier wants to execute an ambitious plan for digital innovation and the…

British Airways’ Parent Company Posts $9 Billion Loss

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced an operating loss of 7.426 billion Euros ($9 billion) for the full 2020 financial year, a massive drop in comparison to the 3.285 billion Euro operating profit the conglomerate posted in the 2019 financial year. “Our results reflect the serious impact that Covid-19 has…

British Airways Signs New Agreements to Strengthen Liquidity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines have arranged several agreements with their national governments to save the business. However, none of them expected this crisis to last so long, and some carriers are asking their national institutions for new funds to survive the months to come. That is the case…

More Airlines Support Digital Health Travel Apps

Two more carriers are joining the CommonPass mobile app initiative to establish a common platform for digital information sharing in order to restart international traffic after it has been drastically reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic have joined United Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines in…

IAG Lowers Maximum Price for Air Europa Acquisition

International Airlines Group (IAG) — the parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, among other carriers — seems to be looking to reduce the price it would pay to acquire Spanish carrier Air Europa, below the value of 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) at which both carriers had…

737 MAX May Be Back in European Skies by December

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has reportedly given approval for the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to the region’s skies. The agency had reported on Sept. 11 that test flights of the aircraft had been completed in Vancouver, Canada due to Covid restrictions. Data from those test…

British Airways Chief Alex Cruz Steps Down

British Airways has announced its chief executive Alex Cruz has stepped down from his role with immediate effect, bringing an end to a four-year spell at the top of the British flag carrier. The announcement will bring smiles to many within the airline and to many of its frequent flyers…

IAG’s LEVEL Europe Files for Insolvency Whilst Aer Lingus Proposes…

Austrian registered short-haul airline LEVEL Europe has ceased trading with immediate effect citing the Covid-19 crisis for its application for insolvency. The carrier commenced operation in 2017 as ANISEC Luftfahrt, a subsidiary of Spain’s Vueling, operating six aircraft from the Airbus A320 family. The airline operated from Vienna to destinations…

British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet Take Legal Action Against U.K. Quarantine…

The British government’s new COVID-19 quarantine policy, effective from June 8, has sprung escalating tensions between some of the country's largest airlines and the government itself. British Airlines, specifically, launched legal action in a bid to block the planned 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals beginning Monday. In addition to a…

IAG Signal ‘Meaningful Return’ to Service in July; Post Q1…

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, has announced a first-quarter (Q1) loss for 2020 of €535 million ($579 million). This compares with an operating profit of €135 million ($146 million) for the same period last year. Unsurprisingly the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted the consortium’s operations for…