December 31, 2020| 35 0

Will Qantas Continue Repatriation Flights In 2021?

Australia’s Qantas will continue to run repatriation flights throughout January and into February. There is also a push to operate further flights as availability remains tight on flights to Australia. Qantas has operated a series of repatriation flights in recent months. These flights have fallen outside the strict caps on weekly passenger arrival …

December 31, 2020| 31 0

State increases Air Serbia share by 31% for €100 million

The Serbian government has increased its share in Air Serbia to 82% through recapitalization for 100 million euros, just two days before the carrier’s partnership with Etihad Airways, which now holds an 18% stake, marks its seventh year. In comparison, Etihad turned a forty million US dollar loan provided to the Serbian carrier into a 49% stake on …

December 31, 2020| 27 0

Air India A320 Carrying India’s Chief Justice Diverts To Kolkata

An Air India A320 flying from Kolkata to Hyderabad was forced to return following a technical issue. The Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde, was onboard the flight and safely returned to Kolkata. The aircraft has been on the ground since the incident. The incident The incident occurred on Air India flight 530 from Kolkata to Hyderabad on 23rd D …

December 31, 2020| 27 0

Dallas Airspace Emptied As Airspace Control Center Sanitized

The airspace over Dallas emptied on Wednesday afternoon at the FAA’s request. The Dallas Regional Air Traffic Control Center required COVID-19 related sanitization. The two hours plus shut down followed several positive COVID-19 tests from personnel who work there and in other airspace control centers at various Dallas airports. The shutdown primari …

December 30, 2020| 38 0

Ethiopian’s Cargo Flights & Trouble At SAA – African Aviation In 2020

With 2021 just around the corner, we can look back at how this year has shaped different markets across the globe. Just like the rest of the world, African aviation was severely disrupted by the health crisis. Two notable developments from the situation are Ethiopian Airlines’ cargo progressions and South African Airways’ struggles. Let’s take a lo …

December 30, 2020| 36 0

Emirates Expects New Year Travel Surge

Emirates is preparing to handle a surge in traveler numbers as the new year dawns. The United Arab Emirates airline expects over 70,000 passengers to pass through Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport on January 2nd and 3rd. Many airlines are still experiencing record low numbers of passengers as a result of the current situation. Indeed, analys …

December 30, 2020| 29 0

Food And Drink Banned From Domestic Flights In Thailand

Today, the Thai authorities have announced that all food and drink is to be banned on domestic flights from New Year’s Eve. Airlines will also be prohibited from handing out magazines and newspapers in a bid to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The ban affects all flights of less than two hours. Passengers banned from eating and drinking on Thai …

December 30, 2020| 34 0

Singapore’s SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX heads home

SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft was flown back to Changi Airport (SIN) from Alice Springs Airport storage facility in Australia, where the airplane was stored after the aviation authorities grounded all Boeing 737 MAX series aircraft. Boeing 737 MAX 8, registered as 9V-MBA, took off from Alice Springs and arrived at Changi Airport on December 30 …

December 30, 2020| 27 0

Australia to acquire two more Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Australia’s Defense Minister Linda Reynolds announced on December 30, 2020, that the country was set to acquire two more Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to 14.  Based on the fuselage of the Boeing 737-800, with the wings of the -900, the P-8A Poseidon is powered by two CFM56-7B engines from CFM Inter …

December 28, 2020| 41 0

Emirates Shuffles Commercial Management Team

Dubai-based carrier Emirates announced on December 27th that it had made changes to the leadership of its commercial team. The moves, affecting positions at Dubai as well as East and West Asia and Africa, have been undertaken in response to  ‘shifting market dynamics.’  Let’s take a look at the new changes. “As Emirates works through the complexities …

December 28, 2020| 56 0

Is There Anywhere You Still Can’t Fly With ETOPS?

Twin-engine aircraft are limited in operations and routing by ETOPS ratings. The latest high ratings, though give so much flexibility there is little advantage left for four-engine aircraft. In theory, there remains a small patch of the globe twinjets cannot fly, but in practice, do they need to? ETOPS limits Twin-engine aircraft have always been lim …

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