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CoronaVirus (Covid-19) VS Aviation

Discussion in 'Jet Aviation Discussion' started by Jet News, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. Jet News

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    It is no secret that this virus is wreaking havoc throughout the aviation industry on many fronts but particularly in the commercial aviation industry. It has forced the reduction of flights and even grounding of many plane types by airlines in an effort to save money in the low-demand scenario caused by the world-wide spread of the virus.

    Boeing has confirmed that one of its workers tested positive for the virus. “Boeing is providing its full support to an employee at our Everett facility who has tested positive for COVID-19,” the company says in a statement. “The employee is now in quarantine receiving the care and treatment necessary for their recovery.” The employee is a worker on the 777 production line of the Everett factory.

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    In the wake of Italy being fully locked-down as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 company Leonardo has suspended all domestic and international travel only except domestically to ensure continuity of the business during the country-wide quarantine. Basically their industrial operations are still all in motion but unnecessary travel outside of Italy for its workers and executives have been cut.

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    airBaltic has reduced its current capacity and its staff amidst the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to 250 crew will be reduced from the airline workforce in the coming three months while the world continues to lock-down over the spread of the Coronavirus. "This is a hard, but necessary decision. We had a very positive start of this year in the first two months, but now we are facing extraordinary circumstances. We must do this now to be able to rehire people and be back on our growth path once the situation improves. We will go through this difficult time together and maintain a close dialogue with our employees."

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    How long do you guys foresee the effects of this virus hitting the flight world? Years?
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    My crystal ball is broken, but I wonder when the time comes, what will be involved in getting the fleet airworthy again? It can't be good for an airplane to sit for long periods.
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    Jetsuite has put down its fleet of planes and also furloughed its crew-members.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting state of emergency around the country has caused an unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in the entire aviation industry and our business in particular. As a result, effective April 15, 2020, we have grounded our fleet and furloughed most of our crew-members. For those of you who were scheduled to fly this week or in the weeks ahead, please accept our deepest apologies for this sudden, but unavoidable and necessary, cancellation of all flights until further notice. With our call center now closed, you may contact us by email so we may gather your information and follow-up accordingly."

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    The Covid-19 situation has caused airlines around the world to file for bankruptcy or cease operations totally. In the United States a few airlines have felt the pressure. According to Airlines For America, since March 1, Miami Air International, RavnAir Group, Compass Air and Trans States Airlines have been affected. The number of airlines outside of America is wider. Germanwings, Flybe, Virgin Australia, TAME, South African, Comair, AeroMexico, Alitalia, LATAM, German Airways and the list goes on. Analysts suggest that we are unlikely to see 2019 passenger levels before 2023.
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    JetBlue is an American based airline that tends to perform decently overall in terms of service and making money. However, like many other airlines Covid-19 left its negative effects on the airline. In fact for the second quarter of this year the airline posted a $320 million dollar loss and naturally can expect more losses through the remaining two quarters of the year. Capacity was down by 85 percent compared to the same period last year and naturally that will affect operating revenue which was hit by nearly 90%. With many flights grounded and planes laidup, the airline was reportedly burning through 7.7 million dollars a day. Today was the company's earning call and the chief executive officer Robin Hayes said, "It is highly likely that the recovery will not be linear."

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    Covid-19 had a negative effect on Japan Air Lines (JAL) with the airline posting 885 million dollars in losses for the April to June period. The company again withheld an earnings forecast for the current business year through March, citing uncertainty in its business environment due to the virus pandemic. The airline restarted flying domestically according to reports.

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    Porter Airlines has further delayed the restart of their services. The Canada-based airline hoped to resume flights this summer but said Tuesday that won’t be possible and it will strive for a restart service on Oct. 7 2020. "We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service," the airline said in a statement. "However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights."

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    Virgin Atlantic has declared bankruptcy which makes it the second 'Virgin' airline to do so after Virgin Australia -which filed for voluntary administration-. The type of bankruptcy is chapter 15 after filing in New York. The company had stopped flying back in April and only resumed service in July. Virgin Atlantic, is widely known to been started by Richard Branson but the airline in recent years has been owned 49-percent by Delta Airlines in the U.S. The pandemic has hit Virgin Atlantic hard and forced them to accelerate the retirement of their Boeing 747s a bit earlier than planned.

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