United Airlines set to trial global health app in attempt to open up international borders

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United Airlines has announced that it will be trialing a digital health pass on a flight between London Heathrow and Newark Liberty International, New Jersey, on October 21. The digital health pass aims to set a common international standard for COVID-19 test results, together with future vaccine records, in an attempt to encourage countries worldwide to open up their borders again to international travelers. The nonprofit initiative, known as CommonPass, is supported by the World Economic Forum and The Common Project, a Swiss-based foundation. “The goal of these trials is to demonstrate to governments that they can rely on someone Read more

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Singapore Airlines to begin non-stop services to New York’s JFK International Airport

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on November 9, 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Operating to JFK International Airport would allow Singapore Airlines to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. SIA’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport. SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, Read more

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5,900 jobs to go at Cathay Pacific – Cathay Dragon ceases all operations

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cathay Pacific has announced a corporate restructuring which will see a net job loss of approximately 5,900 employees and the axing of its wholly owned regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon. The Group will be looking to obtain regulatory approval for Cathay Pacific and its other wholly owned subsidiary HK Express to operate the routes formerly covered by Cathay Dragon. Approximately 5,300 employees will be made redundant in Hong Kong, while a further 600 jobs will go from outside Hong Kong. In total approximately 8,500 positions will go from the Group, roughly 24% of the Read more

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Alaska Airlines launches Embraer 175 jet service in the state of Alaska

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Alaska Airlines has added a jet service with the Embraer 175 aircraft in the state of Alaska, operated by regional partner Horizon Air. With the reduction of air service in Alaska earlier this year, the E175 jet gives Alaska Airlines the flexibility to increase daily frequency between Anchorage and Fairbanks, and to provide year-round service to King Salmon and Dillingham. At 76 seats, the E175 is the ideal size for many communities where larger jets are not the best option throughout the year. With no middle seats, the regional jet is configured with 12 seats in First Class, 12 in Read more

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Finnair cuts approximately 700 jobs, long-term temporary layoffs continue for thousands of employees

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Finnair has completed the co-operation process started in September on its plans to reduce up to 1,000 jobs, to make other structural changes, and to implement additional temporary layoffs due to the impacts of the corona pandemic. Due to the dramatic market changes caused by the pandemic, Finnair will cut approximately 600 jobs in Finland. The redundancies will be implemented by the end of March 2021. The co-operation process concerned all Finnair employees in Finland except for cabin and cockpit crew, altogether 2,800 employees.  Similar discussions have been held outside Finland, and redundancies outside Finland amount to approximately 100 jobs. Read more

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Routes and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announce strategic partnership

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Routes have signed an exclusive strategic partnership to help identify new destinations to add to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s network. Routes’ digital platform, Route Exchange, is continuing to play an important role in the recovery of the aviation industry, as airlines and airports around the world look to rebuild their networks and stimulate economic growth. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has launched its first Request for Proposals (RFP) via the Route Exchange platform to identify new routes to add to its initial network. Wizz Air is one of the fastest growing and greenest European low-cost airlines. Read more

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Qatar Airways to launch flights to San Francisco starting December 2020

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Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate four weekly flights to San Francisco – the fifth new destination launched by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the pandemic – from December 15, 2020. The San Francisco service will be operated by Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are thrilled to welcome San Francisco as our newest destination, and our ninth current gateway in the U.S. As we navigate the crisis, we have made it a priority to not only reinstate our Read more

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Finnair flies to 51 destinations in Europe and Asia in the winter

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Finnair has trimmed its flight schedule for the winter season in line with customer demand, while planning to boost frequencies during spring 2021. The update comes as the airline responds to a temporary softening of demand in the market due to widespread travel restrictions.  From October 25, 2020, to March 31, 2021, Finnair will serve 45 domestic and European destinations with reduced weekly frequencies on almost all routes.   Finnair’s long-haul flights will focus on Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing and Bangkok, which are also important cargo destinations. On the Bangkok route, Finnair flies passengers only on the BKK-HEL leg. Read more

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United Airlines resumes nonstop service between San Francisco and Shanghai

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United Airlines will start nonstop service to China four-times weekly between San Francisco and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. Beginning October 21, 2020, United will operate four weekly nonstop flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Prior to suspending service in February due to COVID-19, United operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/Newark.

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Emirates expands network in Europe to 31 destinations

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Emirates will resume flights to Budapest (from October 21), Bologna (November 1), Dusseldorf (November 1), Hamburg (November 1) and Lyon (November 4), expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient connections via Dubai. The addition of these five destinations takes Emirates’ global network to 99 destinations, as the airline continues to gradually meet travel demand, while always prioritizing the health and safety of its customers, crew and communities. Flights to/from Budapest and Lyon will operate twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while flights to/from Bologna, Dusseldorf and Hamburg will operate twice a week, Read more

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