For the air cargo sector, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reversal in fortunes–with complex travel restrictions suppressing passenger demand, suddenly airlines’ cargo activities are the better performers.
Breeze Airways has pushed back its planned commercial launch date and now intends to begin operations with scheduled routes from two U.S. airports, rather than fly charter services as previously planned.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is opening the doors to its training center and offering an A380 dining experience under the banner “discover your Singapore Airlines” as it searches for alternate revenue streams.
U.S. House Democrats proposed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that would extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) until March 2021, although they had only one day to pass it before the airline aid program was set to expire on Sept. 30.
Delta Air Lines will retire its Boeing 717s by the end of 2025 and speed up planned removals of its 767-300s and Bombardier CRJ-200s, parking the remainder of those-in service fleets by the end of 2025 and 2023, respectively.
IATA is now forecasting a slower than expected recovery of air travel for 2020 and into 2021, highlighting the need for further financial assistance from governments and urging the introduction of broad testing that would allow a quick reopening of borders.
Japan Air Lines (JAL) plans to work with Volocopter to promote the development of urban air mobility (UAM) for passenger and cargo transportation in Japan. The announcement comes on the heels of an agreement between JAL and Matternet to explore development of a drone healthcare delivery business in Japan.
Neste Corp. and Shell Aviation expect to eventually add more areas of cooperation to their recently signed partnership on sustainable aviation fuels, executives at both companies told Aviation Daily in a Sept. 29 interview.
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