Alaska Airlines Exercises MAX Options, Adds 17 Embraer E175s
Alaska Air Group is adding more Boeing 737 MAX and Embraer aircraft to its fleet to prepare for a full recovery in U.S. domestic travel by the summer of 2022. 
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Luxair Hopes For Improved Prospects As Leisure Bookings Strengthen
Luxembourg national carrier Luxair is cautiously optimistic about its prospects for the coming months, according to its annual report published May 10.
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Daily Memo: After 75 Years, Key U.S. Airport Funding Program Still Proving Its Worth
The official start of perhaps the key driver behind the U.S. airport system’s success can be traced to May 13, 1946—the day President Harry S. Truman signed the Federal Airport Act into law.
natalia.pelayo… Wed, 05/12/2021 - 19:16
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IAG Raises More Funds To Bolster Position Amid Pandemic
International Airlines Group (IAG) has taken further moves to bolster its balance sheet with the launch of an offering of senior unsecured bonds, convertible into ordinary shares. 
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Travel Groups Urge White House To Launch U.S.-UK Travel Corridor
A coalition of nearly two-dozen CEOs from across the travel and tourism industry called on President Joe Biden to take steps to restart air travel between the U.S. and the UK.
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Op-Ed: The Digital Health Passport Blind Spot: What The Industry Is Missing
While the concept of DHPs is not without controversy, DHPs can provide a safe and responsible solution to ease the current barriers to travel. But can they alone power a global travel resurgence? 
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Colombia Approves LATAM-Delta Joint Venture

By Lori Ranson May 12, 2021
LATAM Airlines Group and Delta Air Lines have received approval from the Colombian government for their joint venture (JV). 
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CAE Joins Jaunt Journey eVTOL Team
As it seeks strategic investors to set up operations in Canada, Jaunt Air Mobility has added to the list of suppliers working on the startup’s Journey electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi.
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Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines On Track For A320neo Family-Dominated Fleet
Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines plans to operate a fleet almost entirely made up of Airbus A320neo family aircraft by 2025.
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AerCap Shareholders Vote For GECAS Purchase
Company shareholders at AerCap’s annual meeting on May 12 approved the lessor’s acquisition of rival GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
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Singapore Airlines Begins Restoring U.S. Fifth Freedom Flights
Singapore Airlines is to resume flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) as the airline continues to rebuild its U.S. network.
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British Airways Adds Guernsey Routes, Ups Amber List Capacity
British Airways has announced plans for two additional domestic services this summer alongside frequency increases on 13 short-haul European routes.
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Tel Aviv Airport Suspends Air Traffic Amid Gaza Rocket Barrage
Israel’s transportation authority said it suspended the air traffic to and from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV) on May 11 after a barrage of rockets were fired on the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
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Airbus Restarts Work On New Narrowbody Final Assembly Line

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2021
Based on Airbus’ latest thinking that single-aisle demand will return sooner than expected, the OEM is resuming preparatory work for a new narrowbody final assembly line in Toulouse to be operational by the end of 2022.
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Qantas Postpones International Restart Plans To December
The decision comes after the Australian government released a revised forecast for the recovery of international travel that presented a gloomier outlook than previously projected.
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ST Engineering Signs JV With Temasek To Lease Freighters
The joint venture is owned equally by both parties and its incorporation is expected in the next few months.
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U.S. House Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Flag-Of-Convenience Carriers
A bipartisan group of U.S. House lawmakers introduced a bill that would prevent the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) from issuing foreign air carrier permits to so-called “flag-of-convenience” carriers, reviving a multi-year effort to restrict foreign LCCs from operating in the transatlantic market.
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April’s Boeing 787 Boost Not Enough To Offset 737 Delivery Halt
Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes unit delivered 17 aircraft in April as an increase in 787 hand-overs was more than offset by problems in the 737 program that limited deliveries to just four and continue to keep aircraft idle. 
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Allegiant Set To Add Nearly 200 Pilots As Growth Continues

Allegiant Air plans to increase its pilot roster by nearly 20% through early 2022 as it staffs up to support its aggressive growth strategy, the company said

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Collins Selected For Falcon 10X, To Deliver Avionics For X-59
Collins Aerospace has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide avionics for NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft and by Dassault Aviation as a supplier on the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range business jet, the company said in a media presentation on May 11.
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IndiGo Reverses Course, Plans To Raise New Capital
IndiGo is planning to raise INR30 billion ($408 million) through a share sale—less than three and a half months after the Indian LCC giant said it had decided against raising cash.
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Moody’s Switches Global Airline Outlook From Negative To Positive

By Ben Goldstein May 11, 2021
A team of credit analysts from Moody’s upgraded their outlook for airlines from negative to positive, reflecting rising vaccinations and easing border restrictions around the globe, although significant variation exists between geographies.
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Daily Memo: Air Cargo Targets Improvements During Its Moment In The Spotlight
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, air cargo has taken on a more important role within the broader airline industry–and industry experts believe that it may continue to occupy a greater role than it did before the pandemic as the recovery progresses.  
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Startup Green Africa Reveals Seven Domestic Destinations
Nigerian value carrier Green Africa has released details of its launch network, which includes seven domestic destinations.
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Austrian Airlines’ Dash 8-400 Retirement Creates Capacity Gap

By Kurt Hofmann May 11, 2021
Austrian Airlines’ long-planned retirement of its De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet has left the carrier with a capacity gap beneath its smallest jet aircraft, the Embraer E195, on short-haul routes.
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