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Accidents/Incidents

Mumbai airport staffers arrested for ‘pay and skip quarantine’ scam
Mumbai Airport (BOM) staffers allegedly took money from travelers in return for forging their entry documents and allowing them to skip the mandatory quarantine.
On January 15, 2021, Indian police arrested a 35-year-old and two accomplices, on suspicion that they were involved in the “pay and skip quarantine” scam in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM).
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Spirit Airlines Gate Agent Hospitalized Following Passenger Attack
Two gate agents working for Spirit Airlines in Detroit Metro Airport have been injured after three passengers became aggressive on Sunday. One agent was transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. Two of the three passengers have been arrested, while the third was released with a warning.
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Commercial

2020 sent aviation industry into past. How far? | Data
Aviation improves and advances every year. Costs get lower, tickets get cheaper, people travel more. But then a crisis comes along and throws the whole market into turmoil.
The 2020 crisis, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, was not an exception. Air traffic and revenue fell and for several months it looked like the whole world stopped. Now when the year is over, we can look back, count the results, and see where the industry is. How far back was it pushed?
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Airbus preparing for record A320 production rates?
Airbus, which had reached record aircraft production levels in 2019, is reportedly looking to ramp up production of its Airbus A320 aircraft family and break its own record of the monthly aircraft rate in the coming years.
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EASA to approve Boeing 737 MAX by the end of January 2021
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) intends to approve the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX by the end of January 2021, allowing it to return to the skies of the European Union almost two years after its grounding.
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Why Airbus Used To Carry New Aircraft Parts In Boeing Aircraft
Since the early years of Airbus, its decentralized nature has required the planemaker to transport aircraft components from various parts of Europe to a final assembly facility. Before developing its own Beluga and subsequent Beluga XL, it was often said that “every Airbus is delivered on the wings of a Boeing.”
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Airlines

Canada’s airlines plan Boeing 737 MAX flights
After Transport Canada (TC) ungrounded the Boeing 737 MAX, Canada’s airlines that have the aircraft in their fleets have begun preparations to once again fly passengers on the MAX.
The Canadian authority outlined that it would lift the notice to airmen (NOTAM), preventing the Boeing 737 MAX from entering Canada’s airspace, at 11:59 local time (UTC -6) on January 20, 2021.
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FedEx Express to fire up to 6,300 employees in Europe
FedEx Express reveals plans to cut its European workforce by thousands of employees, as the company plans to establish a dual-hub model in Europe.
FedEx Express plans to fire between 5,500 and 6,300 employees in Europe as part of its TNT network integration effort, the company announced on January 19, 2021. The layoffs would affect operational teams and back-office functions.
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Etihad and Emirates to launch digital IATA travel pass
Etihad Airways and Emirates airline stepped into a partnership with the International Air Transport Association to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers of both airlines. The new “digital passport“ should help travelers to manage necessary travel documentation throughout their journey.
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Thai AirAsia to ask 75% of staff to take unpaid leave
Thai AirAsia, a joint venture of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia and Thailand's Asia Aviation, is set to put 75% of its staff on unpaid leave starting from February 2021.
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Emirates airline offers employees Pfizer, Sinopharm vaccines
On January 18, 2021, Emirates Airlines began offering UAE-based employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, prioritizing cabin crew, pilots and other operational staff.
“The Emirates Group today rolled out a COVID-19 vaccination programme for its workforce based in the UAE, with priority being placed on the frontline aviation workforce, including Cabin Crew, Flight Deck and other operationally focused roles,” the statement read.
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ITA Linhas Aereas Reveals It Will Start Flying In March
The Brazilian start-up Ita Transportes Aereos is counting down the days to launch commercial operations. Additionally, the airline is still expecting to receive its first three Airbus A320 and do its certification flight with the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). So, when will it start flying?
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Delta Air Lines Won't Hesitate To Ban Disrespectful Passengers
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian revealed that Delta wouldn’t hesitate to ban uncivil passengers. Bastian announced the policy in a memo sent to employees. It comes at a time when the airline has already banned over 800 people from its flights for refusing to wear a facemask.
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American Airlines To Get $3.1bn In Additional Government Support
American Airlines and its subsidiaries entered into an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). The airlines in total expect to receive up to $3.1 billion, of which about half was already disbursed to the airlines. American Airlines received over $5 billion under the initial PSP enacted right at the start of the crisis.
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Airports

Frankfurt Passenger Numbers Decimated But Cargo Remains Strong
As we move further into 2021, more airports are reporting their traffic figures for December, giving a greater picture as to just how grim 2020 was for the aviation industry. However, it’s not all bad news. While Frankfurt Airport’s passenger numbers dropped a staggering 73% in 2020, the airport handled more cargo at the end of the year than in 2019.
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New logistics centre now in operation at Munich Airport
A new generation of storage technology has gone live at Munich Airport (MUC). Around a year and a half after construction first began, the new high-tech logistics centre at the airport was officially placed into operation on 19 January 2021.
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Military

Russian design bureau unveils new aircraft carrier concept
Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, could not return to operations before 2022. And with the new doctrine of the Russian Navy refocusing on submarines, the ship could even be condemned to an earlier retirement date. Nonetheless, the Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau (NDB) presented a concept for a new aircraft carrier, called the UMK Varan. It would use the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off Barrier Arrested Recovery) technology to operate its aircraft.
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Indian and French Air Forces to conduct joint exercise
Starting from January 20, 2021, an air group of the French Air Force will visit several countries, namely India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and finally Greece. It will be composed of four Dassault Rafale fighters, two Airbus A400M transport aircraft, and one A330 MRTT (Phénix) tanker.
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Aviation Quote

Hang onto it. Hang onto it.

- Captain Edward States, last recorded words, American Airlines Flight 587, from New York's JFK to the Dominican Republic. 09:15 Eastern, 12 November 2001.


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