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Boeing's 737 MAX 7 lifts off for the first time. EASA says the aircraft family could be approved for European operation by the end of 2020. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Chuyi Chuang)

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 flights has subsequently been analyzed by a Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) in the U.K. Bloomberg reported comments from Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, saying that the analysis “is…

Italian Authorities Threaten to Ban Ryanair Over COVID-19 Procedures

The largest low-cost carrier in Europe has been told it may face restrictions or even a ban on its flights to Italy should it be found to flout safety rules relating to COVID-19. Irish carrier Ryanair has been specifically mentioned by Italian authorities over its apparent failure to follow rules…

Ryanair Threatens to Close Frankfurt Base After Pilot Union Rejects…

Ryanair has announced it will be closing its base at Frankfurt-Hahn airport after German pilots rejected a proposed pay deal. Ryanair, which over the past three years has made over £3.2 billion ($4.1 billion) over the past three years, is using the coronavirus as a reason to reduce its crew…

Union Praises Ryanair’s ‘Constructive’ Approach to Minimize U.K. Job Losses

Ryanair’s U.K.-based cabin crew have followed the airline’s U.K-based pilots in accepting a deal to secure jobs as the aviation industry copes with the significant decrease in passenger demand because of the COVID-19 crisis. The 4-year agreement negotiated with the UNITE union includes productivity improvements and pay cuts of between…

Wizz Air Takes Legal Action Against Ryanair Over Buzz Brand

Europe’s two low-cost giants Ryanair and Wizz Air are in an open conflict over Buzz, a subsidiary of the Ryanair Group, as announced by Ryanair in a statement on Friday. Wizz Air previously filed a lawsuit against Ryanair to block its rival low-cost carrier from using the Buzz brand. The…

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…

Post-COVID-19 Aviation Industry: The Middle Seat

Many civil aviation offices around the world are working on what will be the restart of airline operations and a new beginning in aviation. These efforts are intended to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including protection for crew, ground personnel and passengers before, during and after flights, and preventive…

U.K.’s New Quarantine Restrictions Delay Return of Virgin Atlantic’s Passenger…

On June 8 the government of the United Kingdom will implement a 14-day mandatory self-isolation rule for all travelers arriving into the country. Throughout the crisis, there have been no self-isolation or quarantine measures in place for arrivals into the U.K. by any means of transportation. The new measures come…

Ryanair Shuts Down Lauda’s Vienna Base Following Union Disagreement

The parent company of Laudamotion, Ryanair Holdings, has decided to close the company's base in Vienna, resulting in job losses for more than 300 Lauda employees. The airline, which takes its name from the late Formula 1 legend and ex-airline owner Niki Lauda began operations in 2018 under the Laudamotion…

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…