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  1. Due to COVID-19, Virgin Atlantic has brought forward A340-600 retirement to 24th March 2020. https://blog.virginatlantic.com/farewell-and-thank-you-to-our-a340-600s/ The last four (Left to Right) G-VWEB "Surfer Girl", G-VWIN "Lady Luck", G-VNAP "Sleeping Beauty Rejuvenated" and G-VFIT "Dancing Queen", and are now in storage at Bournemouth Airport. G-VWEB is now re-registered as 2-EALL with European Aviation Group.
  2. Lessors exposed to more than 800 near-term jet deliveries https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/lessors-exposed-to-more-than-800-near-term-jet-deliveries/137619.article Former airline chiefs on government role in airline survival and future shape of sector https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/former-airline-chiefs-on-government-role-in-airline-survival-and-future-shape-of-sector/137694.article Interesting comment by former Malaysia Airlines former CEO: Asked if this could see some governments prop up perennially failing state-owned carriers, Mueller suggests there are some cases where airlines are crucial to wider national requirements. “There is legitimate interest of states to keep their lifelines intact,” he says, pointing to examples where connectivity is crucial to trade routes. “I think the airline industry is a piece of national infrastructure and it’s legitimate to support it where it is necessary for the local industry, particular if there is no other player with the ability to step in. “I’m not advocating government support – but I can very well understand on a temporary basis and in a very targeted way, it might be of national interest to support aviation and the airline industry in order to keep the supply chain for export-orientated places… intact.” But Mueller believes there is no justification behind propping up failing state-owned carriers simply to retain levels of national employment. “That is a distortion which we should get rid of,” he says. “I believe it is not a good use of taxpayer money because it is not an investment, it is just spending.”
  3. Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic are heading stormy clouds as both countries' government will not extend loan or bailout for them. The latter is in slightly better position as its bail out is backed by Rolls Royce, Airbus and Heathrow Airport. Scott Morrison casts doubt on billion dollar Virgin bail out https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-scott-morrison-casts-doubt-on-virgin-australia-bail-out/92e50326-d13d-4f08-b685-1d8237774b80 Virgin warns of price hikes under Qantas monopoly as bailout hopes stay alive https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-warns-of-price-hikes-under-qantas-monopoly-as-bailout-hopes-stay-alive-20200402-p54ghj.html Coronavirus: Aviation giants lobby for Virgin Atlantic bailout https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-aviation-giants-lobby-for-virgin-atlantic-bailout-11966892
  4. Yes, as long as the aircraft is up in the air, it should be earning money. Yield is another story, better than sitting on tarmac not generating any income. Current cargo delay is mainly due to nation restriction, some countries are in complete lockdown and ban flights from other countries or overflying their countries, even essential service are not working or working at limited capacity. Some nations took less restricted approach whereby essential services are still working.
  5. Air New Zealand parks up more than half its fleet 7 x Q300 aircraft 10 x ATR aircraft 23 x A320 aircraft 12 x 777 aircraft 6 x 787 aircraft https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12321321
  6. With commercial pax market decimated due to COVID-19, airlines are now re-purposing their aircraft carry medical equipment and supply from China. https://samchui.com/2020/03/31/special-flights-to-transport-medical-supplies-from-china/?fbclid=IwAR2-Y4-tp-KAe_x3A6GjerXzmn6ywX31OG3Hk0UDVo4MVxLk3NRJ3GrhtIk#.XoRxZogzZpl https://samchui.com/2020/03/30/covid-19-airbus-and-boeing-work-to-support-virus-relief-efforts-8/#.XoRx1YgzZpk Alibaba has sent their third batches of medical aid via YTO Cargo Airlines B757-28S B-2830 yesterday. YTO Cargo Airlines is KLIA's newest entrant, 11th cargo airline to fly into KUL. https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/04/01/covid-19-third-batch-of-alibabas-donation-of-medical-aid-arrived-in-malaysia/?fbclid=IwAR3y0fkOiXfykjbH6gI6eYJZdHFaQMRzXK8MbRaYIzcwyl6i4l9PG2gUyFE
  7. KLM and Qantas has retired their B747-400 all-pax fleet as a consequence of COVID-19. KLM brought forward their B744 retirement by a year, having PH-BFT doing last flight from MEX to AMS on 28th March 2020. https://www.ifn.news/posts/klm-to-retire-last-boeing-747-in-april/ It is mentioned that their three B744 Combi will remain in operation but yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile Qantas, at this moment, has not confirmed if their B744 has retired for good. Qantas had flown its last 747 service Sunday, flight QF28 from Santiago de Chile on same day 28th March 2020.
  8. A320-214 4304 XA-ING Interjet ferried 26mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor (+ 4411 XA-SUN,+ 5358 XA-WAB MEX-TUS-CNO) ex OE-IAY A320-214 5221 XA-JAV Interjet ferried 30mar20 CUN-TUS-CNO on return to lessor ex D-AXAW A320-214 7238 XA-CRM Interjet ferried 30mar20 MEX-TUS on return to lessor ex F-WWDU A320-214 7264 XA-CBA Interjet ferried 30mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor ex F-WWDR A320 -214 2964 XA-NBA Interjet ferried 27mar20 MEX-TUS on return to lessor ex EI-EYS A320-214 3374 XA-BIC Interjet ferried 28mar20 MEX-TUS on return to lessor ex XA-MXL A321-251N 8353 XA-DBR Interjet ferried 29mar20 MEX-TUS-GYR on return to lessor ex D-AYAY Source: https://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=4 Apparently Interjet is in dispute with several lessors over lease hence they are returning majority of their fleet. All 22 SSJ100 are grounded too due to lack of spare parts.
  9. It is owned by Weststar Aviation but registered in Guernsey. Most probably for tax purpose. Sergey and Larry of Google put her up for sale in 2017, and was sold and flown to Malaysia in August 2018. https://www.2-reg.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/register-20200301r1.pdf
  10. Missed this one out. V8-DLD landed on 27th March 2020, ahead of V8-DLC landed on 28th March 2020. Malaysians should be one the second flight on board V8-DLC which landed yesterday 28th March 2020 at 9:05pm Brunei time. Malaysia Government also dispatched Weststar B767-238ER (BBJ) to bring back 18 Malaysians trapped at Maldives, arriving earlier this morning. These folks are so lucky! 18 pax in a widebody! Ex-Google VIP jet. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/03/29/18-malaysians-stranded-in-maldives-return-home/
  11. I can't believe what I just read. The three airlines in Malaysia now are bleeding money, and you are suggesting the government to throw out another AOC??
  12. Lufthansa parked most of her A340 and A330 on to the 07L/25R RWY of Frankfurt Airport. Photo Credit: Sybille Petersen
  13. The government will not let MH wound up because it is the only local airlines that is certified to carry stretcher and host of other special missions which Malindo and AirAsia are not certified or could not be bothered to attain such certifications. And no, I think many of us won't want AK to dominate the local and international routes. AirAsia will need to get their house in order first prior to dabbling with MH. Malindo maybe register their first profit??
  14. Royal Brunei Airlines B787 V8-DLC is currently on Cairo ground to bring back Bruneians, and Malaysians stuck at Egypt. This marks BI's one-off return to CAI where they used to fly their B76ER in 1993, until termination in 1995. Meanwhile 162 Malaysians were brought back from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 26th March 2020 using special chartered flight using MH A330-323X 9M-MTK did the honor. https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/03/27/govt-to-bring-home-51-malaysians-stranded-in-cairo-with-help-from-brunei/1850766 https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9m-mtk https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/v8-dlc
  15. AirAsia Explores Options for Long-Haul Unit Options include seeking an investor to improve finances Unit could seek state help or integrate with rest of AirAsia Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd. is weighing options for its long-haul unit AirAsia X Bhd. including introducing a financial investor to help shore up the unit’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. More information here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-26/airasia-is-said-to-explore-options-for-long-haul-unit-airasia-x
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