Ukraine determined to see Iran pay for PS752 downing
As talks started between Kyiv and Tehran, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he was determined to see Iran pay compensations for the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752.
Airbus’ expensive A380 problem
For Airbus, the A380 was supposed to become the flagship aircraft of the 21 century. At the start of the 2000s, the announced double-decker was supposed to take over the Boeing 747 on the royalty throne, becoming the icon of aviation throughout the next decades. Instead, it became a problem for the manufacturer.
Airbus posts $2.2 billion net loss in H1, deliveries cut in half
Airbus reported a $1.9 billion loss for the second quarter of 2020, as the manufacturer announced it slowed down production by 40% due to the impact of Covid-19 on air transport.
Revenues for Airbus’ commercial division were divided by two compared to the previous year, at $14 billion ($28 billion in 2019). 196 planes were delivered in H1 2020, half as many as in the first half of 2019.
Airbus Received Just 8 Commercial Aircraft Orders Between April & June
Airbus had a less-than-stellar Q2, with the aircraft manufacturer receiving orders for only eight planes. The European giant lost a massive €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) this quarter, with revenues dropping by over half. With it now becoming clear that the aviation industry is unlikely to bounce back for a few years, Airbus is preparing to batten down the hatches.
Airbus To Cut The A350's Rate Of Production As Demand Falls
As Airbus announces a €1.226 billion ($1.44 bn) loss today, the planemaker has again cut the production rate of its A350 widebody. Following in the footsteps of Boeing with its own production cut announcements yesterday, Airbus will now only generate five of the flagship planes per month.
Singapore Airlines Group loses $1B, expects rapid recovery
Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group (SIAG) can be officially chalked off with the rest of the airlines worldwide after taking heavy losses in Q1 2020 of $1.1 billion.
The Group reported that Singapore Airlines carried out 99.4% fewer passengers than in Q1 2019, while its subsidiaries’ SilkAir and Scoot’s passenger revenue dropped by 99.8% and 99.9%, respectively.
Aeroflot revenue falls 85% in Q2, all hopes on domestic flights
Aeroflot, major Russian airline group, announced their second-quarter 2020 results, and they are on par with the rest of the industry with significant year-to-year revenue fall, 92% passenger turnover decrease and 26 billion rubles ($357 million) net loss.
Why Are Copa & United's Liveries So Similar?
Have you ever noticed that Copa Airlines’ livery is very similar to the colors and structure of United Airlines? It wasn’t always the case, as the Panamanian carrier’s foundation dates back to 1947 and originally had a red stripe across its planes. So, how did Copa came to have its current livery? Let’s investigate further.
Delta Is Currently Only Operating 30% Of Its International Routes
Major US carrier, Delta Air Lines, continues to fine-tune its schedule following surges of COVID-19 that have once more slowed demand for air travel. As a result, the airline will operate only 30% of its international services in August.
Airlines Struggle To Decide The Fate Of Their Airbus A380 Fleets
The A380 is an aircraft of historical significance for both the right and the wrong reasons. While it is the largest commercial aircraft ever built, its grandeur is now butting heads with the balance sheet. It means some airlines are reflecting on how best to use the A380 in their fleets. Or, indeed, whether to scrap it altogether. Here’s a quick look at what airlines are deciding so far.
EVA Air Set To Operate Special 3 Hour Flight To Nowhere
On August the 8th, the date for Father’s Day in Taiwan, EVA Air is planning to operate a special flight with one of its Hello Kitty liveried jets. The celebratory flight will take off from Taipei Taoyuan Airport and land 2 hours and 45 minutes later at, well, Taipei Taoyuan Airport.
Delta Further Tightens Restrictions Banning Certain Masks
Beginning this week, Delta Air Lines has banned the use of face masks featuring exhalation valves onboard its aircraft. While these are often marketed as N95 masks, the one-way valve variety risks spreading virus particles further than if no mask was worn at all.
Frontier Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its 100th Airbus A320
Frontier has celebrated a new milestone that few airlines reach, accepting delivery of its 100th aircraft. Yesterday the airline received its new Airbus A320neo, painted with a very distinct ‘Chinook the Gray Wolf’ livery.
Vistara To Commence Flights To London, Paris, And Frankfurt
Indian carrier Vistara will launch new routes to London, Paris, and Frankfurt following an announcement yesterday. The carrier will operate these routes with a fleet of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with new business, premium economy and economy classes onboard.
Kansai International Airport installs e-gates within terminal
Following Lisbon Airport, where seven automatic e-gates were installed at the start of 2020, VINCI Airports has equipped Kansai International Airport with 12 e-gates; offering a new and smoother passenger experience.
New passenger departures terminal is to be built at Vilnius Airport
Lithuanian Airports has awarded the nearly €25 million public tender to build a new 14,400m2 passenger terminal at Vilnius International Airport to Mitnija.
The contract also includes transformation of another 34,000m2 of access areas.
NASA successfully launches Perseverance, the latest Mars rover
Perseverance, the new NASA rover designed to study the surface of Mars, was launched onboard ULA Atlas V rocket on July 30, 2020, on the first day of its launch window.
The spacecraft carrying the rover is set to arrive on the red planet on February 18, 2021, and land in Jezero crater, in the delta of a river that dried up billions of years ago.
Many wonderful inventions have surprised us during the course of the last century and the beginning of this one. But most were completely unexpected and were not part of the old baggage of dreams that humanity carries with it. Who had ever dreamed of steamships, railroads, or electric light? We welcomed all these improvements with astonished pleasure; but they did not correspond to an expectation of our spirit or a hope as old as we are: to overcome gravity, to tear ourselves away from the earth, to become lighter, to fly away, to take possession of the immense aerial kingdom; to enter the universe of the Gods, to become Gods ourselves.
- Jerome Tharaud, 'Dans le ciel des dieux,' in Les Grandes Conferences de l'aviation: Recits et souvenirs, 1934.
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