Travel News – January 14th 2021

NO more norwegian oversee travel

According to Simple Flying, the low-cost Norwegian decided to stop oversee flights starting 2021. The airline has said today that it is in talks with the government about possible aid, and will return to its roots as a short-haul European carrier. According to a statement from the airline, it will only operate around 50 narrowbody aircraft in 2021, with a plan to increase this to 70 in 2022. The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise, as the airline was noted to have flown at least six of its 787 Dreamliners to Ireland for lessor repossession last week.

You can read more about it by clicking here to access Simple Flying.


full list of travel rules – ireland – changes starting this week!

According to Irish Mirror new restrictions on international travel are set to come into effect this weekend as Ireland’s Covid situation continues to spiral.

Ireland remains under a Level Five lockdown – the most restrictive form of measures – with the public urged to remain at home in a bid to curb the further spread of the virus, with a 5km limit being enforced until the end of January. Following the recent surge in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, the Government has also announced tightened controls on travel into the Republic, extending pre-departure testing to all countries.

The new measures signed off by Cabinet this week means that all passengers arriving into Ireland will need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure and failure to do so may result in a fine. Here’s a full list of travel restrictions in place until January 31, for domestic and international travel which are set to kick in on Saturday.


Air Canada cutting about 1,700 jobs as it reduces capacity in response to pandemic restrictions

According to CBC, Air Canada’s cuts to regional routes will have lingering effects long after the pandemic is over, experts said Wednesday, after the airline announced 1,700 job cuts and a further scaling down of operations in response to a new wave of COVID-19 restrictions.

The 25 per cent reduction in service will also affect 200 employees at Air Canada’s Express carriers, the company said Wednesday morning.

Air Canada notified airports in Atlantic Canada this week that it would cut additional routes in the region, suspending all flights in Gander, N.L., Goose Bay, N.L., and Fredericton until further notice. It is also suspending passenger service to Yellowknife, Prince Rupert, B.C., and Kamloops, B.C., on Jan. 23.

Lucie Guillemette, Air Canada’s executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, said in a statement that increased travel restrictions by federal and provincial governments have had an immediate impact on the company’s bookings.

With the reduction, Air Canada’s capacity in the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20 per cent of its capacity during the first quarter of 2019, the company says. For more details, please click here to access CBC news.


FAA Increases Unruly Passenger Fines to $35,000

According to Flyer Talk, the Federal Aviation Administration is taking a “Zero Tolerance” stance. The agency will levy fines up to $35,000 to passengers who “interfere with, physically assault, or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft.”

Those planning to cause trouble on an aircraft over face mask policies, politics, or for any other reason could now face fines up to $35,000, along with potential jail time. In a press release, Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson announced a new rule aimed at stopping aggressive or threatening behavior aboard flights.

The new rule is designed to prevent passengers from behaving poorly aboard aircraft. In the days immediately after the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, several videos went viral online showing demonstrators acting unruly aboard flights, ranging from loud chanting to rallying against the use of face coverings.

Although the FAA has only pursued over 1,300 cases against flyers, the escalating incidents gives the group reason to increase fines. Citing a recent case where two Allegiant Air flyers were handed penalties for fighting with flight attendants over face covering rules, the agency says the new regulations are warranted. For more details, please click here and access Flyer Talk.


Singapore Airlines offers employees COVID-19 vaccine

According to Aerotime Hube, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) (SIA) said that Singapore-based employees have been offered to take a COVID-19 vaccine in order to join the nationwide vaccination effort in Singapore, which has started on December 30, 2020. 

However, the COVID-19 vaccine is offered only to eligible candidates, who often come into contact with passengers. Those eligible employees include cabin crew, pilots, airport-based staff and select engineers. 

“Participation is voluntary, and the SIA group strongly encourages all eligible staff to take up this offer,” Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) said.

The staff’s vaccination process started at Changi Airport’s (SIN) Terminal 4  January 13, 2021. For more details, please click here and visit Aerotime Hube.


Emirates pushes forward delivery of its first Boeing 777X to 2023

Aerotime Hube reported that Emirates airline announced the delay of the delivery of its first Boeing 777X aircraft. The airline expects to add the jet only in 2023, three years later than originally anticipated. 

Initially, the first Boeing 777X was expected to be delivered to Emirates by summer 2020 and was supposed to introduce Premium Economy Cabin, the newest product of the airline. However, the air carrier was forced to change its plans as the 777X remains in development.

The airline initially ordered 150 Boeing 777X aircraft for its non-stop long-haul operations in 2013. The order, which included 35 Boeing 777-8 and 115 Boeing 777-9 jets, worth a total of $83 billion, became the largest single aircraft order by cost in commercial aviation history at the time. 

However, in 2019, Emirates slightly reduced the original order by replacing 30 of the 777Xs with the same amount of  30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, worth $8.8 billion at list prices. 

For more details, please click here and visit Aerotime Hube.

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