Air Canada to reintroduce 737 MAX on selected routes at beginning of February

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With 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in its fleet of commercial aircraft, Air Canada has announced that subsequent to Transport Canada’s (TC) Airworthiness Directive and January 20, 2021 lifting of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the aircraft ungrounding by regulatory bodies worldwide, and the carrier’s own independent assessments of the aircraft and operating procedures by its specialized safety and flight operations experts, it will be including the 737 MAX on selected commercial flights commencing February 1, 2021. Routes now covered by the 737 MAX will include Toronto to and from: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Read more

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Emirates becomes one of first airlines to trial IATA Travel Pass

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Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become one of the first airlines to trial the IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates passengers to create a ‘digital passport’ to verify that their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination country. They will also be able to share the test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel. The new app will also enable travelers Read more

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Eurowings plans first hires for summer 2021

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Eurowings and the ver.di trade union for cabin staff at Eurowings Deutschland, have agreed on a crisis package. The agreement with social partners and the crisis contribution of the cabin staff of Eurowings Germany is a necessary step to be able to overcome the severe crisis and secure the future of the company in the long term. Currently, Eurowings is assuming an upturn in tourism demand from summer 2021, which should lead to full employment in the Eurowings Germany cabin again for the first time. Eurowings will therefore shortly launch an application process to fill around 130 cabin jobs. This Read more

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Norwegian ends all long-haul flights, shelving entire 787 Dreamliner fleet

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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norwegian) has announced that the low-cost carrier is ending all long-haul flights. It will now focus on restructuring the airline by concentrating on short-haul domestic routes, flights to other Nordic countries, and key European destinations. “Our short-haul network has always been the backbone of Norwegian and will form the basis of a future resilient business model,” Jacob Schram, the CEO of Norwegian, said. Approximately 1,000 jobs are likely to go this side of the Atlantic, and a further 1,000 jobs will go on the other side in the U.S., with similar number being shed in Spain, Read more

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi commences operations in Abu Dhabi

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing on January 15, followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on February 4, 2021. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings, initially announced a route network that includes Athens, Thessaloniki, Alexandria, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan. Further destinations will be launched over the coming months.

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Air Canada to reduce workforce by 1700 under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan

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Air Canada has announced that under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan, it will be adjusting its network by further reducing first quarter system capacity by an additional 25%. This will result in the workforce being reduced by approximately 1700 employees, while a further 200 will be impacted at its Express carriers. The Canadian flag-carrying airline will be reducing approximately 25% of its planned capacity for the balance of the first quarter of 2021. With this reduction, capacity in the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20% of what Air Canada operated in the first quarter of 2019. Air Read more

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JetBlue and American Airlines advance strategic alliance following review by DOT

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JetBlue and American Airlines announced their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS). The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from the pandemic as customers are attracted to the expansion of options and enhanced service. “Through this alliance, we are one step closer to bringing customers even more competition in the Northeast, especially Read more

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Qatar Airways signs expanded codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil

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Qatar Airways has increased São Paulo services to ten-weekly flights and expanded codeshare cooperation with LATAM Airlines Brazil optimizing connectivity for both airline’s passengers to and from destinations in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. The new codeshare agreement will further strengthen the two airline’s strategic partnership, first initiated in 2016 and expanded in June 2019. The expanded agreement will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to book travel on 45 additional LATAM Airlines Brazil flights and to access over 40 domestic and international destinations on the South American carrier’s network, including Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, São Read more

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Delta and KLM to offer COVID-tested flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam

Delat and KLM are launching COVID-tested flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam ©Delta Air Lines

Trans-Atlantic partners Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are launching COVID-tested flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam, effective Dec. 15. The airline partners have worked with the Dutch government, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to deliver a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program that will allow eligible customers to be exempt from quarantine on arrival after receiving a negative PCR test result on landing in the Netherlands. Pieter Elbers, President & CEO KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, said, “This is a very important and great step forward. Until an approved working vaccine is available worldwide, this testing program represents Read more

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American Cargo operations conducting trial flights from Miami to South America

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The American Airlines Cargo team is preparing for its critical role in transporting the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine once approved. In mid-November, American’s cargo operation began conducting trial flights in conjunction with pharmaceutical and cargo partners, from Miami to South America on its Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The trial flights simulate the conditions required for the COVID-19 vaccine to stress test the thermal packaging and operational handling process that will ultimately ensure it remains stable as it moves across the globe. While the situation will be unique, the task is not new to American — the airline’s cargo operation has been shipping Read more

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