Australia’s Qantas delays target date for international flights

The airline now says it is aiming to resume international flights in October, as it reported a 75 percent plunge in revenue. Qantas Airways Ltd says it has pushed back its target for a widespread resumption of international travel from Australia by four months until the end of October when the country’s vaccination programme is […]

US transport department faults aviation body over Boeing 737 MAX

In new report, US Transportation Department says ‘much work remains’ in fixing how aviation body certifies new planes. The United States Department of Transportation inspector general has faulted “weaknesses” in US government certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that was grounded for 20 months after two crashes killed 346 people, according to a new […]

Fears of new COVID variants lead to lengthier travel quarantines

Quarantines continue to frustrate travelers and strangle airlines a year into the pandemic, with the threat from highly infectious coronavirus variants meaning enforced isolations are mostly getting longer and stricter rather than easing up. Even as vaccines embolden countries like Israel and the U.K. to plot paths to reopening, authorities around the world are tightening […]

US aviation body orders urgent probes of some Boeing 777 engines

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it is ordering immediate inspections of Boeing 777 planes fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines after one of the jets failed on a United Airlines flight on Saturday. Operators must conduct a thermal-acoustic image inspection of the large titanium fan blades – essentially a way of […]

US to probe certain Boeing 777s as Japan grounds some of the jets

US orders extra scrutiny of Boeing 777s with same type of engine that failed on United Airlines flight forcing return to Denver airport on Saturday. United States aviation regulators announced extra inspections of Boeing Co’s 777 jets using the same type of engine that shed debris over Denver on Saturday, while Japan went further and […]

United plane suffers engine failure, scatters debris over Denver

The Boeing 777-200 plane with more than 230 on board landed safely at Denver International Airport after the right engine failed. A United Airlines flight has landed safely at Denver International Airport after its right engine failed, the Federal Aviation Administration said, with dramatic images showing debris from the plane scattered on the ground. The […]

Taking flight: UAE clears Boeing 737 Max’s return to its skies

Local airlines must first outline a plan and address concerns before they will be permitted to fly the 737 Max in Emirati airspace, UAE authorities said. The United Arab Emirates cleared Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet to fly again in its airspace, marking another step toward the aircraft’s global return to service. Local airlines must […]

Boeing backs Trump plane emission rule seen by US states as weak

In lawsuit against US environment agency, 12 states said the rule lags ‘existing technology by more than 10 years’. United States plane maker Boeing Co has backed fuel efficiency standards for new aircraft – the first of their kind – finalised by the Trump administration in its waning days that a dozen states have challenged […]

Canada to ask air travellers to wait on COVID tests in hotels

Air travellers to Canada will quarantine in a hotel starting on February 22 as they await the result of a coronavirus test, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau previously announced stricter restrictions would be imposed on non-essential air travellers in response to new, likely more contagious coronavirus variants. Government officials confirmed that – with […]

Air Canada ‘encouraged’ by government aid talks amid travel slump

The airline said it’s going to burn more cash this quarter after reporting 4Q revenue that trailed analysts’ estimates. Air Canada’s top executive sounded more optimistic on the chances of a government aid package, as a prolonged travel slump forces it to further cut capacity. Canada’s biggest airline said it’s going to burn more cash […]

Families grieve as Indonesia releases report into plane crash

Jakarta, Indonesia – One month ago, Rahmania Ekanda and her two young daughters  boarded a flight at Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport. The family lived in Jakarta, while the girls’ father worked in West Kalimantan. They were preparing to move to the Borneo province to be together. Rahmania had already changed her daughter’s school enrollment ahead of […]

Boeing lied about 737 MAX after deadly crashes, shareholders say

Boeing Co. directors, including current Chief Executive Officer David Calhoun, lied about the company’s oversight of its 737 Max 8 airliner and participated in a misleading public-relations campaign following two fatal crashes involving the plane, shareholders claim. The board ignored red flags about the 737 Max, didn’t develop its own tools to evaluate safety and […]

Boeing takes off with 26 deliveries after 737 MAX return to skies

The United States planemaker’s 737 MAX jet was cleared to fly again after Boeing addressed safety concerns, but orders have still lagged as the coronavirus pandemic keeps travellers at home. Boeing delivered an improved 26 aircraft in January, boosted by the clearing of the 737 MAX jet to fly again after a 20-month ban. The […]

This Lunar New Year, less flying in China as virus fears persist

Some airlines are offering rock-bottom fares but about 10 percent of flights have been cancelled over the coming two weeks, data show. Lunar New Year is usually a bonanza for Chinese airlines criss-crossing the country fully loaded with passengers. Not this year though, after the government took the rare step of encouraging people to stay […]

American Airlines warns 13,000 staff of furloughs amid COVID-19 pain

Carrier says COVID-19 vaccines are not being distributed as quickly as expected and travel restrictions are hurting demand. American Airlines says about 13,000 employees are at risk of furlough when a United States aid package for airline workers expires on April 1, blaming slow vaccine rollouts and new international travel restrictions for dampening demand. “We […]

Take-off delayed: COVID snuffs out fragile Asia aviation recovery

Full recovery in regional air travel may take until 2025, says data firm OAG, compared with its earlier 2024 forecast. A fragile recovery in Asian aviation is being snuffed out by a resurgence of Covid-19 in the region, pushing back forecasts for when air travel will get back to pre-virus levels and weighing on jet […]

Boeing doles out bonuses to most employees despite $12bn loss

Company’s operations were hit hard after the grounding of its 737 MAX jet and the huge drop in travel due to the pandemic. Boeing Co has said it will dole out annual performance bonuses next month to most employees despite losing $12bn over the last year during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the United States-based […]

Pakistan arrests aviation officials over pilots’ license scandal

PARIS: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed a ban on Muslim headscarves in all public places on Friday, seeking to build on a record recent poll putting her almost neck-and-neck with President Emmanuel Macron.The hijab policy, which would be contested in court and almost certainly be ruled unconstitutional, saw the 53-year-old return to a […]

UK bans UAE flights, closing world’s busiest international route

The UAE is home to thousands of British expatriates and also serves as a hub for travellers to the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific. Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. Britain […]

American Airlines shares surge after WallStreetBets shoutout

American Airlines also reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday. Shares in American Airlines Group Inc surged more than 20 percent in opening trading on Wall Street after the carrier was mentioned on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum and it posted a slimmer-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday. American joined rival Delta Air Lines in calling 2021 a […]

Pakistan aviation regulator to outsource licensing exams

After months of suspension due to widescale fraud, exams will resume through the CAAP’s counterpart in the UK. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s civil aviation regulator will outsource license examinations to the United Kingdom in response to allegations of widescale fraud in the licensing process, the regulator’s head says. Speaking at a virtual public meeting on […]

Malaysia orders release of Pakistan plane held over lease dispute

A PIA passenger plane was ordered to be released after it was held in Kuala Lumpur nearly two weeks ago. A Malaysian court has ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held back at Kuala Lumpur airport nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the […]

Boeing posts record annual loss and again delays new 777X jet

Boeing Co posted a record $12bn annual loss on Wednesday as it delayed its all-new 777X jet again and booked a $6.5bn charge for the programme. Boeing Co posted a record $12bn annual loss on Wednesday as it delayed its all-new 777X jet again and booked a $6.5bn charge for the programme. The coronavirus crisis […]

Israel ‘closes skies’ to air travel as COVID variants found

Flights will be banned for a week, as government tries to curb spread of variants, protect vaccination campaign. Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new variants of the novel coronavirus. The measure will begin at midnight (22:00 GMT) from Monday […]