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U.K. Vaccine Rollout Provides Summer Optimism for TUI

TUI Group, owners of TUI Airways, has reported an increase in advance bookings for package holidays from the over-50’s demographic in the U.K. This confidence is being linked by TUI management to increased customer confidence as the Covid-19 vaccine rolls out across the U.K. City A.M. quotes TUI’s operations manager in the U.K. Andrew Flintham advising that, “Since the end of last year, bookings from this group (over 50’s) have accounted for 50% of all our web bookings, as customers…

Norwegian Air Ditches Entire Long Haul Operation

Norwegian Air has announced it is canceling its whole long-haul network and will look to focus on domestic operations within Norway and some European routes. A new business structure outlined by the company's Board of Directors has proposed a fleet of 50 narrowbody aircraft in operation for 2021, rising to…

Ethiopian Cargo Launches New Trans-Pacific Routes

Effective Nov. 9, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, the largest cargo network operator in Africa, began Trans-Pacific routes that extends from Seoul's Incheon International Airport in South Korea to Atlanta, United States via Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Ethiopian, offerings remarkable freight services worldwide with reduced flight hours, seamless connectivity and…

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…

Africa Focused On Opening Skies, Agrees to Safety Requirements

The global pandemic, despite its downsides, has been a wake up call for the industry in Africa considering the healthy, safety and even the larger economic concerns in the continent, which have been debated for years but until now largely ignored. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the African Airlines…

Major European Flight School Charging Students $81,000 to Convert Licences

A major flight training school in Europe has issued letters to its students informing them they will need to pay an additional 64,000 pounds ($81,000) on top of their training costs for a pilot's license. L3Harris, which was formerly called CTC Aviation, has informed students studying towards a Multi-Crew Pilots…

Malaysia Airlines Remains Optimistic Amid Pandemic

Six months into the Coronavirus pandemic, Malaysia Airlines is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. According to New Straits Times, the carrier is going to add 50% of flight capacity with 150 flights daily by the end of the year. Amhad Luqman Mohd Azmi, the carrier's Chief…

Scenic Flights Could Provide Help to Airlines

Qantas Airlines recently announced a “flight to nowhere” that sold out in ten minutes. The flight will be a scenic seven-hour flight around eastern Australia. The airline has been hemorrhaging money since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively closed international borders and even state borders in the country. However,…

Rwandair No Longer Moving Forward With Its Fleet Expansion

RwandAir is no longer considering, for now, its earlier fleet growth plan of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737 Max orders that it had made via lessors. This is a major move for the African operator, re-evaluating its growth plan and re-aligning its ideas with that of Qatar Airways…

Opinion: Is History Repeating Itself?

As the airline industry grapples with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, one might be tempted to look at how the world managed and recovered from the world’s last major pandemic, the Spanish Flu of 1918. The Spanish flu infected about 500 million people worldwide and claimed around 50…