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Aviation

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IATA Opposes Onboard Social Distancing

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The safety of passengers and crew is paramount. But the International Air Transport Association (IATA) does not support mandating social distancing measures that would leave ‘middle seats’ empty. 

Face Masks

Face Masks Are Also Mandatory At Lufthansa Group

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As the leading U.S. airlines announced that customer-facing employees and passengers are required to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout the journey, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are also started asking all passengers to wear a mouth-nose cover onboard their flights from May 4.

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Air Transport Facing Two To Three-Year Recovery Period

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Looking ahead to the post-crisis world when passenger travel can resume at scale, airlines, airports, and other air transport industry stakeholders believe that the industry will need at least two to three years to recover.

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WestJet Saves 1,000 Pilot Jobs Through ALPA Agreements

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WestJet announced it has reached an agreement with the Airline Pilot Association (ALPA), to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop amidst the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Second Boeing 777X Completes First Flight

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Boeing conducted a productive and successful first flight of the second 777X airplane. Designated WH002, this airplane is the second of four in a dedicated flight test fleet and will test handling characteristics and other aspects of airplane performance. 

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ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Financial Assistance to Protect Jobs and Operations

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Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today come together to call for governments to quickly grant financial relief to assist airport operators and airlines during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and support the essential connectivity the industry will provide for economic recovery. 

Domestic Air Travel in China Recovers

Domestic Air Travel in China Recovers Slowly

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Chinese domestic air travel bottomed in mid-February, from which point it has been in muted recovery mode. But today, domestic air travel in China has been recovering slowly in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Vilnius Airport is Now A Drive-In Movie Theatre

Vilnius Airport is Now A Drive-In Movie Theatre

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A combination of trip cancellations, country-specific restrictions on flights, brings air traffic to a stop. And Lithuania's capital Vilnius, for the first time in history opens a drive-in cinema in Vilnius Airport's apron area, where planes are usually parked, unloaded, refuelled and boarded.

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