British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways cancels nearly 100% of flights as pilots go on strike

British Airways has cancelled nearly all of its flights today as pilot union BALPA began a two-day walkover over pay. “Unfortunately, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work, or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100% our flights,” British Airways said in a statement this morning. The strike comes as…

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China’s Fosun Tourism Group to acquire 75% of Thomas Cook

China’s Fosun Tourism Group to acquire 75% of Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook has agreed to a rescue deal with China’s Fosun Tourism Group, its banks, and a majority of its bondholders worth £900m, the group confirmed. The deal will see Fosun, which already owns 18% of the Thomas Cook Group, acquire 75% of the tour operator business and 25% of the airlines unit in return for a £450m capital injection. Meanwhile, Thomas Cook’s lending banks and bondholders will contribute a further £450m for 75% of…

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Boeing announces $3bn losses amid 737 MAX crisis

Boeing announces $3bn losses amid 737 MAX crisis

Yesterday, Boeing posted the largest loss in its history, with the American manufacturer losing an adjusted $3.7bn (£2.96bn) in the second quarter ending June. The loss comes as the 737 MAX approaches its fifth month of worldwide grounding, following two crashes which killed hundreds of people, the cause of both being attributed to the MAX’s MCAS anti-stalling software. The earnings call highlighted the impact to Boeing of the MAX grounding, as the company reported losses…

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PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

PAS19: A321XLR rakes in orders as IAG signs for 200 737 MAX

The Paris Air Show kicked off this week with Airbus’ announcement of the A321XLR. The aircraft, which has a range of 4,700nm (8,704km), has raked in hundreds of orders since, with customers including IAG, American Airlines, and Qantas. IAG kicked off by announcing that it would be placing an order for 14 A321XLR. The deal includes eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus, with options for a further 14. The twinjets will allow Aer Lingus – already…

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Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus officially unveils A321XLR

Airbus has officially unveiled a new long-range version of the A321neo at the Paris Airshow 2019, the A321XLR. The new aircraft will become the longest ranged, single-aisle jetliner when it is launched in 2023. The A321XLR comes as a result of increasing demand in the market for longer-range narrowbodies and will deliver a range of up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km) – 15 per cent more than the A321LR, but with the same fuel efficiency. Airbus expects…

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Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus has confirmed that it will be able to offer Qantas both A350 variants to enable its “Project Sunrise” nonstop flights between Sydney and London. Qantas is currently evaluating the A350 as well as the Boeing 777-8 to meet its distance requirement on nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. The longest flight currently operated by the A350 is Singapore Airline’s Singapore – Newark route, making use of the -900ULR on…

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Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus has announced the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft with the handover of an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines. By the end of April, the European manufacturer had reached a total of 11,995 aircraft deliveries, including 68 of the A220 series, formerly the Bombardier CSeries. Airbus says the milestone figure was officially reached on 20 May with the delivery of Delta’s 12th A220. The airline currently has 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s on order. In…

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SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

SAS cancels more flights as pilot strikes continue

Scandinavian airline SAS has cancelled more than 500 flights scheduled for Wednesday as pilots enter a fifth day of strikes. Pilots at the airline went on strike on Friday, grounding 70 per cent of flights. More than 300,000 travellers have been affected so far, with Wednesday’s strikes set to ground a further 47,000. The SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95 per cent of the airline’s pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, has said the dispute…

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FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

FAA grounds all 737 MAX in the US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in United States airspace as of immediate effect. The move follows an emergency order issued by President Donald Trump to ground the aircraft following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board. The disaster was the second in five months to involve Boeing’s latest generation 737 aircraft. The FAA had previously held…

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EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace. The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months. The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico….

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