LOT to launch flights to San Francisco

LOT to launch flights to San Francisco

LOT Polish Airlines will launch flights from Warsaw to San Fransisco, the airline has announced. The route will commence on 5 August 2020 and will operate four times a week using the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft. The launch of the route coincides with the annoucement that Poland will be added to the United States’ visa waiver programme. LOT chief executive Rafal Milczarski commented, saying: “We do believe that now Poles will be more willing to…

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Delta takes 20% stake in LATAM

Delta takes 20% stake in LATAM

Delta Air Lines will be spending $1.9 billion (£1.5bn) in LATAM Airlines Group to take a 20% in the Latin American conglomerate, it has announced. The surprise deal will give Delta a much larger presence in the region, with the new partnership serving 435 destinations worldwide and carrying more passengers between North America and Latin America than any other partnership. As part of the deal, Delta will purchase four A350 aircraft from LATAM and will…

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Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook collapses following failed rescue talks

Thomas Cook has filed for compulsory liquidation after last-minute negotiations on recapitalisation fell through. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said this morning the tour operator had “ceased trading with immediate effect.” Just days ago, Thomas Cook Group said that it was in discussions to secure a £200 million standby fund on top of a previous capital injection — a £900 million rescue package from China’s Fosun Tourism Group and other lending banks and shareholders….

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SAS unveils new livery

SAS unveils new livery

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has unveiled a new livery ahead of the arrival of its first Airbus A350-900. The airline has opted for a sleek and modern style based on its signature blue colouring, with the ‘Scandinavian Airlines’ writing across the fuselage being replaced by a larger silver ‘SAS.’ The name ‘Scandinavian’ appears in bold on the underside of the fuselage, with an extended blue design featuring on the fin. The previously red engines are now…

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BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

BALPA calls off BA strike for 27 September

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) announced today it has called off the next strike scheduled for 27 September in the ongoing dispute between British Airways and its pilots.  Last week, British Airways pilots striked for the first time in the airline’s history, walking out for two days following failed negotiations between the airline and the pilots’ union over pay.  The strikes led to the cancellation of nearly 100% of BA flights, costing the airline…

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Virgin Atlantic aims for growth, calls for more slots at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic aims for growth, calls for more slots at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has called for changes to Heathrow Airport’s slot regime ahead of Heathrow’s expansion. The airline is currently limited to just 30 slots at the London hub, though it hopes with the construction of a third runway to grow this to 160. Although it is still an estimated seven years away, the third runway at Heathrow is anticipated to increase flight capacity by nearly 60% over the next 30 years, according to TTG Media….

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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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Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic announces launch date of São Paulo route, codeshare with GOL

Virgin Atlantic confirmed yesterday the launch date of its new London-São Paulo route. The flight is scheduled for 29 March 2020, and will be operated by one of the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  Virgin Atlantic will join British Airways and LATAM in offering flights to the Brazilian city, with the route becoming the airline’s first ever to South America. The service will operate daily all year round.  Detailed route information can be seen below:…

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Norwegian offers slots to delay bond repayments

Norwegian offers slots to delay bond repayments

Scandinavian low-cost airline Norwegian is requesting to delay the repayment of bonds in exchange for its takeoff and landing slots at London Gatwick. The airline says it is requesting extension of the maturity dates for two sets of unsecured bonds – NAS07 and NAS08 – until November 2021 and February 2022, respectively. The two bonds were originally set to mature in December 2019 and August 2020. Norwegian claims that its Gatwick slots are valued at…

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Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 (JA01XJ) officially entered service yesterday, operating as Flight 317 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. The aircraft departed Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport 16 minutes past schedule at 12:26, arriving at 14:14. JAL has decided to deploy the A350 exclusively on domestic routes, starting with Fukuoka, with plans to expand to Sapporo (New Chitose), Okinawa (Naha), and Osaka (Itami). The aircraft will feature 369 seats across three cabins, including “First Class” and…

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