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Seoul Court ignites green light in Asiana Airlines’ takeover
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Seoul Court ignites green light in Asiana Airlines’ takeover

The flag carrier of South Korea, Korean Air, received the Seoul court’s approval for further actions in a stock issuance to complete the planned purchase of indebted Asiana Airlines. On December 1, 2020, the Seoul central district court rejected a request filed by Korea Corporate Governance Improvement (KCGI), the local fund, asking the court to issue an injunction prohibiting the sale of Korean Air parent company’s Hanjin KAL stock to Korea Development Bank (KDB). If the court had fulfilled the request, that would have stopped the flag carrier from the takeover of Asiana Airlines. KCGI, which owns almost 20% of Hanjin KAL shares, argued that if KDB issued new shares in Hanjin KAL stock through a third-party allocation, it would reduce the power of shares held by existing shareholders. Ho...
Russian authorities ban Cyprus Airways flights
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Russian authorities ban Cyprus Airways flights

Cyprus Airways new weekly Moscow-bound flights will not be on sale after the Russian authorities placed restrictions on the airline. On November 30, 2020, Cyprus Airways announced that their planned service between Larnaca, Cyprus, and Moscow, Russia, would not start as planned. The airline said it was “arbitrarily limited or completely prohibited” to carry passengers to the Russian Federation by the country’s authorities.  Previously, the airline was planning to start operations from Larnaca to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at the end of November 2020. However, flights from Moscow to Larnaca operate normally, according to the air carrier.  “We are extremely disappointed with the discrimination and unfair treatment of the Russian authorities against Cyprus Airways, taking into consideration...
Luftwaffe breaks record for longest Airbus A350 flight
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Luftwaffe breaks record for longest Airbus A350 flight

The Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, broke the record for the longest Airbus A350 flight, after the aircraft flew 17,000 kilometers (10,500 miles) non-stop from Cologne, Germany, to Canberra, Australia.  The journey, which lasted 19 hours, was part of the testing campaign of the ACJ350-900 XWB of which the Luftwaffe took delivery in August 2020. It is the world's first government aircraft based on the A350-900. The conversion was carried out by Lufthansa Technik, with the inclusion of a conference room, a lounge, and a modern kitchen, for a capacity of 25 passengers. Airbus also fitted the A350 with special avionics, such as a Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measure system (LAIRCM) to protect the planes from incoming missiles. However, the record could be broken in the future, as the ACJ3...
Troubled flagship: Emirates’ Boeing 777X struggles
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Troubled flagship: Emirates’ Boeing 777X struggles

When you’re regarded as one of the most luxurious airlines across the globe, you want the aircraft that you fly you be up to standard. Emirates ordering an aircraft is not a common sight – after all, its only orders for the last five years was for 50 Airbus A350s, firming up an order for 36 A380s and 30 Boeing 787 aircraft. Six years ago, the Dubai-based airline committed to the newest Boeing 777 derivative, the 777X. While neither the A350 nor the 787 have yet flown bearing Emirates’ colors, the 777X is yet to be certified. However, even before that relationship begins, the drama will be already there. Boeing announced the launch of the 777X program during the Dubai Airshow 2013, which took place in November 2013. Four airlines initially committed to the aircraft upon the launch of the p...
British Airways preserve iconic 747s
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British Airways preserve iconic 747s

British Airways seemingly U-turned its decision to scrap two Boeing 747 aircraft, which bore the retro Landor and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), and instead will preserve them for the long-term. The two Boeing 747s, painted in Landor (registered as G-BNLY) and BOAC (registered as G-BYGC) were due to be shipped to the scrapyard in December 2020. The fate of the aircraft was decided following the earlier than planned retirement of the whole 747 fleet by British Airways in July 2020. Three Queens of the Skies, including the Negus livered wide-body (registered as G-CIVB) were painted in the retro liveries to celebrate the 100th birthday of British Airways and companies associated with the airline. While G-CIVB, adorned with the Negus colors from the 1970s and 1980s, found a seco...
TAP Air to cut jobs and reduce fleet size
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TAP Air to cut jobs and reduce fleet size

TAP Air Portugal is reportedly preparing to cut 3,600 jobs and downsize its fleet.  The staff cuts would reduce salary payments by around €187.5 million per year, according to the newspaper Portugal Resident. It reports that out of a workforce of 10,600 at least 1,600 contracts will not be renewed. The company could also fire around 500 pilots, 750 cabin crew and 750 ground staff. The staff cuts are reportedly part of the restructuring plan that TAP Air has to present to the European commission in December 2020. TAP Air hopes that the new plan will help to justify the €1.2 billion loan that was offered to the airline in June 2020. The Commission has given the airline six months to either pay back the loan or submit a restructuring plan. In September 2020, the air carrier received around €...
Private luxury carrier gets first Embraer Praetor 600 jet
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Private luxury carrier gets first Embraer Praetor 600 jet

Embraer announced completing a successful delivery of the first Praetor 600 jet to a private jet operator Flexjet. The air carrier also was the launch customer of the Praetor 500 business jet, which the company received in December 2019. On December 1, 2020, Embraer notified that the new deal with Flexjet was valued at up to $1.4 and comprised a fleet of Praetor 600s, Praetor 500s, and Phenom 300s business jets. According to the manufacturer‘s announcement, the brand new Praetor 600 jet would operate Flexjet flights across Europe. “We are honored to further execute on our commitment to Flexjet, our esteemed partner of over 17 years, with the delivery of this first Praetor 600 to our long-standing fleet customer,” said Michael Amalfitano, the President, and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, i...
Japan to lower aviation fuel tax by 80% to support airlines
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Japan to lower aviation fuel tax by 80% to support airlines

In an effort to support the aviation industry, Japan plans to temporarily cut its aviation fuel tax by 80%.  On December 1, 2020, Reuters reported that Japan was considering lowering the tax from 18,000 yen ($172.58) per kiloliter to 4,000 yen ($38.21) during fiscal year 2021.  The report said that the Japan government and the ruling coalition would carefully discuss the level of tax cut as the nation needs to secure funds for managing airports. Travel demand has decreased significantly in Japan, since lockdowns and stay-at-home requests were issued at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Japan’s air transport sector experienced a net loss of 349.7 billion yen ($3.3 billion) in the six-month period between April and September 2020.  As Japan’s borders remain mainly shut, the country has...
EVA Air speeds up boarding process by AI technology
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EVA Air speeds up boarding process by AI technology

EVA Airways (EVA Air), a Taiwanese air carrier, introduced a new facial recognition service that will facilitate the passenger boarding process on airline flights from San Francisco (SFO), the United States to Taipei Songshan (TSA) and Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) airports, Taiwan. On December 1, 2020, EVA Air announced the launch of a new contactless facial recognition technology as a part of the United States Biometric Exit program, following which passengers would be enabled to scan their faces before boarding the plane at the gates. Meanwhile, the personal data would be compared to information given by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection authority as well as the airline’s check-in system, announced the air carrier in a press release. The airline hopes that the implementation of artificial ...
Airbus’ SMART MRTT paves way to autonomous refueling
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Airbus’ SMART MRTT paves way to autonomous refueling

The A330 SMART MRTT program is created with the aim of developing Automatic Air-to-Air refueling (A3R) capability, which would reduce the role of the air refueling operator (ARO) to monitoring the operation rather than carrying it out.  “Once the A3R system is activated by the ARO, the Boom Flight Control System becomes fully automated and progresses to transfer fuel upon contact with the receiver,” according to Airbus Defence and Space. “In the event of an anomaly due to receiver stability deviations or malfunctions on the tanker, the A3R system is able to disconnect and/or clear the Boom away from the receiver safely.” In April 2020, a flight test campaign carried out over the Atlantic Ocean involved an A330 MRTT tanker test aircraft equipped with the Airbus “A3R” system, and an F-16 f...