Aviation contractors axed jobs as U.S. delayed aid, House panel finds

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. aviation contractors laid off thousands of workers due to delays in payroll aid from the U.S. Treasury that was meant to protect jobs, an investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee found.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), companies in the aviation sector were granted funds to cover six months of their payroll as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a precipitous

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celera 500l otto aviation | Intelligent Aerospace

YORBA LINDA, Calif., – The Celera 500L is a strange-looking aircraft that its creators hope will change the way some of us fly. Its fuselage resembles a sleek blimp, or maybe the noggins of the Coneheads of Saturday Night Live yore. Odd as it may appear, this experimental aircraft has completed 31 flights so far, all of them out of California, Rob Verger writes for Popular Science. Continue reading

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi aborts October launch amid travel restrictions | United Arab Emirates | Aviation

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has delayed its 1 October launch date because of travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The UAE’s sixth low-cost carrier was set to shake up the market with its maiden flight on Thursday but the airline has confirmed to The National that the first flight will been postponed until 15 November.

The airline told the newspaper that it had made the decision to delay its

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CDB Aviation Agrees to Lease Additional Six A321neos to Wizz Air

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 6, 2020–

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced today an extension of the company’s relationship with Wizz Air Holdings Plc (“Wizz Air;” WIZZ.L) with an additional sale and leaseback transaction for a batch of six Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Wizz Air is expected to receive four A321neos in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the remaining two

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Aid of $356m for aviation as travel restrictions hinder exports

The fresh spending is the latest move by the government to prop up Australia’s lagging airline sector, which has seen 11,500 workers face the sack at major airlines Qantas and Virgin during the pandemic.

Around 24,000 staff remain stood down at the two companies and Virgin fell into voluntary administration under the strain of COVID-19, to be rescued by US private equity firm Bain Capital in a $3.5 billion sale.

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Coronavirus infections, travel restrictions making aviation outlook worse than expected: Airbus executive

The outlook for the aviation industry has deteriorated again due to rising coronavirus infections and renewed travel restrictions, Airbus chief operating officer Michael Schoellhorn was quoted as saying on Saturday.

With air travel at a fraction of normal levels due to restrictions and travelers’ fears related to the pandemic,

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Travel slump threatens 46 million jobs, aviation group says

PARIS (Reuters) – The impact of the coronavirus on travel may cost as many as 46 million jobs globally, according to projections published on Wednesday by an aviation industry group.



FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk with luggages at a terminal hall of the Beijing Daxing International Airport ahead of Chinese National Day holiday, in Beijing


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FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk with luggages at a terminal hall of the Beijing Daxing International Airport ahead of Chinese National Day holiday, in Beijing

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Air Passenger Duty to rise by 2.5% in 2021 despite aviation industry struggles



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Air Passenger Duty, the UK duty on flights, is set to increase in 2021, despite calls from the struggling aviation industry to freeze or even scrap the tax amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has announced that Air Passenger Duty (APD) will rise for economy and premium carriage on medium and long-haul flights from April next year.

The duty on economy fares will go up

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Passengers want barriers in plane cabins, aviation industry says

Airline passengers want visible plastic barriers in the cabin to reinstill confidence in flying during the pandemic, saying they do not all trust industry assurances about high air quality onboard, aviation industry executives said on Thursday.

Other pandemic-related trends could include more private business class seating on narrowbody planes, adding touchless lavatory features and permanent conversions of passenger planes to freighters, according to a panel at

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Canadian air traffic control firm slashing jobs as coronavirus hammers aviation industry



a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: NAV Canada air traffic controllers monitor air traffic at the NAV Canada control centre in Montreal on March 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes


NAV Canada air traffic controllers monitor air traffic at the NAV Canada control centre in Montreal on March 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

NAV Canada is cutting 14 per cent of its workforce and citing the ongoing financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the significant hardships facing the air travel industry.

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The company says it has until now managed by a combination of using the federal

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