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IATA pushes recovery date back to 2024 amid ‘surprisingly weak’ demand

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that the sector will not recover fully until 2024 due to “surprisingly weak” demand – a year later than earlier predictions. Figures released by the IATA on Tuesday show that global revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) were down around 87 per cent in June versus the same month

United cuts ties with ExpressJet, consolidates feeder fleet

After informing regional feeder airlines CommutAir and ExpressJet of plans to cut ties with one of the two, United Airlines has opted for the latter. The move will allow United to consolidate all of its regional Embraer 145 feeder services under one banner, in order to simplify its network and lower overhead costs. However, it

A380 hangs in the balance amid SIA fleet overhaul

The first airline to adopt the world’s largest commercial passenger jet could soon scrap it, under plans from Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group to review the size and makeup of its fleet in the months to come. During an earnings call made earlier this week, it was made clear that the fate of Singapore’s superjumbo hangs

Lufthansa’s Frankfurt facility: The centre issuing 2,000 tests daily

Ahead of mandatory testing to be introduced on Monday, one German coronavirus test centre is already churning out 2,000 tests daily. Lufthansa’s Frankfurt Airport “rapid test” centre – operated in partnership with German pathology giant Centogene – was opened some four weeks ago in a bid to sidestep inbound quarantine requirements. Though the tests aren’t

US Air Force announces contenders for local ‘loyal wingman’ competition

The USAF Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded multiple indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to four industry partners to kick start the development of a local ‘loyal wingman’ autonomous vehicle capability. The aim of the Skyborg Vanguard program is to integrate autonomous attritable unmanned air vehicle (UAV) technology with open missions systems to enable manned-unmanned

AerCap scraps 737 MAX orders

Aircraft leasing giant AerCap said on Wednesday that it has scrapped 15 orders for the grounded Boeing 737 MAX, leaving 80 orders outstanding for the Dublin-based company. In an earnings call with company investors, AerCap boss Aengus Kelly revealed that the world’s largest aircraft leaser has seen a slump in net income over the second


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