IATA Predicts Airlines Will Lose $84 Billion This Year

The coronavirus pandemic will end up costing airlines $84 billion this year, the worst in the industry’s history according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast released on Tuesday. IATA is the main trade group for most of the world’s airlines. Between travel restrictions among countries across the world and reduced demand among apprehensive […]

US Scraps Ban on Chinese Airlines, But Limits Number of Flights

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reversed its June 3 decision to block Chinese commercial air carriers from entering the United States, instead opting only to limit the number of flights it will allow into the country, CNBC reported. The DOT had previously announced plans to suspend the privileges of Air China, China Eastern […]

Delta to Block Middle Seats, Place Cap on Passengers Through September

Delta Air Lines has announced it will continue blocking middle seats and extend its cap on seating in every aircraft cabin through September 30, 2020, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. To reduce the number of passengers on each flight, Delta is capping seating at 50 percent in […]

Air Arabia announces redundancies

Sharjah-based low-cost carrier said the cuts have been kept ‘to the possible minimum’ Last month, Air Arabia revealed a net profit of $17.3m for the first quarter of the year, down 45 percent from the same period last year. Air Arabia has become the latest airline in the UAE to announce staff redundancies. The budget […]

Godspeed, Mad Dog: McDonnell Douglas Planes Fly for Final Time

Ladies and gentlemen, the McDonnell Douglas aircraft have left the air. Thank you. Yeah, they were as iconic as Elvis Presley. The MD-88 and MD-90 planes hold a revered place in aviation history and, as of today, Tuesday, June 2, they are no longer part of the flying lexicon. Affectionately known as the ‘Mad Dog’ […]

DP World begins integration with digital container platform TradeLens

TradeLens uses data from shippers, porting operators and shipping lines, and replaced manual and paper-based documents with blockchain-enabled digital solutions Dubai-based ports operator DP World is in the early stages of integration with TradeLens, a block-chain based digital container logistics platform, the company announced on Thursday. TradeLens has been jointly developed by A.O. Moller – […]

Etihad Airways announces job losses 'across several areas'

Abu Dhabi-based carrier says Covid-19 economic impact has forced the company to make ‘difficult decisions’ A statement from the Abu Dhabi-based carrier confirmed that jobs had been lost, although there were no specific numbers announced. Etihad Airways has confirmed that it has been forced to make redundancies as a result of the economic crisis caused […]

Unnamed NFL Player Suing United Airlines Over Alleged Sexual Assault

An anonymous National Football League player and a traveling companion have filed suit against United Airlines over an alleged sexual assault during a Feb. 10 flight. The two men claim they were the victims of an intoxicated female passenger during a red-eye trip from Los Angeles International Airport to Newark-Liberty International in New Jersey, according […]

Dubai Airports CEO: Future Travel Will Be 'as Enjoyable as Open-Heart Surgery'

Everybody knows travel is going to change going forward in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. How so? Well, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths thinks he has a good analogy. “Going through an airport, the whole travel experience, will be as enjoyable as open-heart surgery,” Griffiths told Bloomberg News Service. Griffiths already has his workers […]

Emirates SkyCargo increases operations to cover 75 destinations

Carrier is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai. Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Some of the destinations recently included are Colombo, […]