Wizz Air To Raise €500M From Bonds Market; Norwegian To Issue Shares

By Victoria Moores Jan 15, 2021
Central and Eastern European carrier Wizz Air is set to issue its first bonds, adding a further €500 million ($607.5 million) to its already strong liquidity position.
Airlines & Lessors

New Leasing Platform Eyes Young Narrowbodies

By Victoria Moores Jan 15, 2021
A new $1.5 billion leasing platform called KLA Aviation Finance is being formed, through a strategic partnership between opportunistic investor Kennedy Lewis and aircraft management specialist Arena Aviation Capital.
Airlines & Lessors

Volotea Retires Last European Boeing 717 Fleet

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 15, 2021
Spanish LCC Volotea ended commercial operations with its remaining eight Boeing 717-200 on Jan. 10 after nearly a decade of service with the Barcelona-based carrier.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Air China, Sichuan Airlines Win International Route Approvals

By David Casey Jan 15, 2021
Air China and Sichuan Airlines have each been given the green light to begin new international routes.
Airports & Routes

Air New Zealand Adds Cook Islands Flights

By David Casey Jan 15, 2021
Fresh from expanding the number of quarantine-free routes flying to Australia, Air New Zealand is set to restart Cook Islands services. 
Airports & Routes

South Korea’s Eastar Jet Files For Court-Led Restructuring

Jan 15, 2021
South Korean LCC Eastar Jet has become the latest carrier to launch a rehabilitation process through the bankruptcy court in an effort to emerge with stronger financial backing.
Airlines & Lessors

Investors Buy Controlling Stake in Israir Airlines

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 15, 2021
A 51% stake in Tel Aviv-based Israir Airlines has been sold to BGI Investments, a firm controlled by supermarket tycoon Rami Levy and food trader Shalom Haim.
Airlines & Lessors

France Tightens Up COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 15, 2021
France has set out new stricter travel measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, requiring arrivals to the country from outside the EU to take a COVID-19 test both before departure and after a period of self-isolation on arrival.
Airports & Routes

What Is Trending In Passenger To Cargo Conversions?

By Paul Seidenman Jan 15, 2021
The market is growing quickly for both narrowbody and widebody passenger-to-freighter conversions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Delta Foresees Profitable Summer As Vaccine Distribution Widens

By Lori Ranson Jan 14, 2021
Delta Air Lines sees profitability on the horizon this summer once market conditions respond to widespread vaccine distribution and growing consumer confidence in air travel. 
Airlines & Lessors

Rossiya Flying Superjets Received From Parent Aeroflot

By Maxim Pyadushkin Jan 14, 2021
Russia’s Rossiya Airlines has started operating its newly acquired Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jets.
Airlines & Lessors

Oman Air Expands Network To 25 Destinations

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 14, 2021
Oman Air is continuing to restore its network, increasing to 25 the number of cities to which it connects from its Muscat International Airport (MCT) hub.
Airports & Routes

Singapore Airlines Raises Half Billion In New U.S.-Dollar Bonds

By Chen Chuanren Jan 14, 2021
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it has raised $500 million (S$377 million) in its second bond issuance in as many months. 
Airlines & Lessors

Air Canada Cuts Capacity Again, Citing New COVID-19 Restrictions

By Aaron Karp Jan 14, 2021
Responding to a newly imposed additional layer of Canadian COVID-19 restrictions, Air Canada said it will reduce 25% of its planned capacity for the balance of the 2021 first quarter.
Airlines & Lessors

FlyArystan Aims To Double Passenger Numbers in 2021

By Kurt Hofmann Jan 14, 2021
Kazakhstan-based LCC FlyArystan looks to double its passenger numbers in 2021 to three million by launching 14 new routes and adding three more Airbus A320s.
Airlines & Lessors

Norwegian To Ditch Long-Haul Flying, Focus On Short-Haul Operations

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 14, 2021
Norwegian Air Shuttle said it would focus on operations in Europe and drop long-haul flying as it moves forward with a restructuring process the airline hopes will attract new investment and allow continued operations.
Airlines & Lessors

Qantas And JAL See Partnerships As Vital To Recovery

By Adrian Schofield Jan 14, 2021
The two carriers contend that resuming Japan-Australia routes will be more viable if they are allowed to cooperate closely.
Airlines & Lessors

Boeing Jump-Starts Stored 737 MAX Deliveries

By Sean Broderick Jan 13, 2021
Boeing handed over 24 737 MAXs from its stored inventory in December 2020 but lost customers for nearly as many already-built aircraft, an Aviation Week analysis shows.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Allegiant Weighs Adding Some Operating Leases To Fleet Mix

Jan 13, 2021
Although Allegiant Air’s preference is to continue owning the majority of its aircraft, changing market conditions have resulted in the Las Vegas-based ULCC considering forging a small number of deals for operating leases. 
Airlines & Lessors

Congo Airways Doubles Embraer E2 Order

By Alan Dron Jan 13, 2021
Central African operator Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two Embraer E195-E2 regional jets, six months after ordering a pair of E190-E2s.
Crossover Narrowbody Jets

British Airways Faces Class Action For Data Breach

By Alan Dron Jan 13, 2021
A 2018 cyber-attack on British Airways (BA) that led to the data of some 400,000 passengers being leaked is the subject of what has been described as the largest class action in UK legal history.
Airlines & Lessors

Qatar Airways Will Only Bring Back Half Its A380 Fleet

By Jens Flottau Jan 13, 2021
Qatar Airways plans to permanently retire half of its Airbus A380s, according to CEO Akbar Al Baker. 
Airlines & Lessors

Scottish Carrier Loganair Promises Sustainably Powered Islanders

By Alan Dron Jan 13, 2021
The Scottish regional carrier plans to use a new contract to provide air services for one of the UK’s most remote island groups as the setting for the introduction of sustainably powered aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

French Airlines Lash Out At Paris Airport Charges Increase

By Helen Massy-Beresford Jan 13, 2021
French airlines have criticized a decision to allow Paris airports operator Groupe ADP to increase charges for 2021, saying it fails to take into account of the “catastrophic” situation the country’s air transport industry finds itself in.
Airports & Routes

JetBlue Unveils A220 Cabin Interior

By Linda Blachly Jan 13, 2021
JetBlue Airways, which recently took delivery of the first of 70 Airbus A200-300s, has unveiled an all-new cabin design.
Interiors & Connectivity