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Šta bi tek tu napravili kad bi netko javno rekao da npr. čipka nije izvorno hrvatska; da je kravata samo varijacija na temu; da je većina hrane s kojom se ponosno busamo u prsa izvorno došla iz Turske, Njemačke, Mađarske, itd.?
Kaj bi napravili? Pa to nitko niti ne spori? Još za kravatu je diskutabilno, ali kaj se hrane tiče još nisam nikog čul da tvrdi da su sarma, hobotnica ispod peke i kulen hrvatski porizvod koji ne postoji na sličnu temu nigdje na svijetu. Dapače. :dunno:

Inače, Pikoc, reklamu je napravila danska podružnica SAS-a. :D
 

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Kaj bi napravili? Pa to nitko niti ne spori? Još za kravatu je diskutabilno, ali kaj se hrane tiče još nisam nikog čul da tvrdi da su sarma, hobotnica ispod peke i kulen hrvatski porizvod koji ne postoji na sličnu temu nigdje na svijetu. Dapače. :dunno:

Inače, Pikoc, reklamu je napravila danska podružnica SAS-a. :D
Imaju jebene lego kockice. Mogli su napraviti najveci avion na svijetu od 68 milijuna lego kockica.
 

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HNA Group Take Over – What This Means For Hainan Airlines

Novel Coronavirus is continuing to take its toll on the economy of China. Hainan Airlines was already struggling with its finances before the outbreak. However, the spread of the virus has further weakened its standing and the government of China is primed to take over the carrier’s parent, HNA Group.

Hard times

HNA Group has holdings in countless multinational corporations across the globe. The multi-billion dollar company is a part-owner of Grand China Air and also owns 25 percent of Hilton Worldwide.

One of the first projects under the belt of the group is Hainan Airlines. The operator is often praised for its high-quality service in mainland China. Despite its classy offering, assets have been making way for many years in a bid to salvage cash.

The outbreak of Coronavirus in its host country is causing a massive negative on the aviation industry due to tight restrictions and suspensions in place to help curb the spread.

Those operating across the mainland and surrounding regions are feeling the strain of the situation. Cathay Pacific recently shared that its financial results for the first half of this year will be significantly down due to the disease.

Handing over control

Bloomberg reports that the government of Hainan is in talks to take control of HNA after the outbreak has further hindered its ability to meet financial obligations.

Moreover, Hainan Airlines’ assets could then be sold off to local companies to help improve the carrier’s dire state. An official announcement could be made over the next few days as the talks continue to develop.

China is under massive pressure to help contain the spread of the virus while trying to limit the damage done to its economy. Officials are looking into direct cash infusions or partnerships for the damaged airline market. Additionally, the People’s Bank of China is working to promote investment and consumption to create a demand domestically.

A lot of money at stake

HNA is one of the firms with the highest levels of corporate debt in the nation. It went on a massive shopping spree a few years ago, spending over $40 billion on businesses and properties across six continents. However, this all-in tactic didn’t pay off for the group.

Yicai Global reports that last year, the conglomerate sold its last United Kingdom-based property for a quarter less than it bought it for just three years earlier. This move is just one of many investments that were cut short for the company.

If the government does take control of HNA, it could opt to merge Hainan Airlines into one of the other state-owned carriers if it doesn’t sell it. However, with the sensitive climate across the country, authorities may want to wait and see how the situation pans out before thinking about this route.

Wider impact

It’s not just Hainan Airlines that could be subject to change following a tighter grip by the government. The business also has holdings in various other operators including Hong Kong Airlines.

With the carrier basing the majority of its operations around China and surrounding regions, it could also be up for review if the virus outbreak continues to shape the direction of the economy.

There have now been over 2,000 fatalities due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. There are also around 75,000 confirmed cases. Medical personnel and officials are continuing to work tirelessly to help those impacted while limiting the virus’ spread. Our thoughts are with those affected by the disease.

Simple Flying reached out to Hainan Airlines for comment on the sale but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.
https://simpleflying.com/hainan-airlines-take-over/


Qatar Airways Now Owns Over A Quarter Of IAG

Qatar Airways has upped its stake in the International Airlines Group. The Middle Eastern airline now owns a quarter of British Airways’ parent company.

The International Airlines Group is known for being the owner of British Airways and Iberia. Additionally, the group owns low-cost brands Level and Vueling, alongside Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus. The group is also looking to acquire the Spanish airline Air Europa. Now, Qatar Airways, which previously owned just over a fifth of the International Airlines Group, has upped its stake to just over a quarter. It now owns 25.1% of the airline group.

An increased stake

Qatar Airways has now increased its stake in the International Airlines Group. Previously the Qatari flag carrier had held a 21.4% stake in the group. However, the airline today announced that this has been increased to 25.1%. As a result, Qatar Airways now owns over a quarter of the group (just). This is in addition to stakes in a number of other airlines including, until recently, Air Italy.

Speaking of the acquisition, the airline said,

“Qatar Airways continues to consider opportunities to invest in airlines and support management teams that share our vision to enhance travel opportunities for airline passengers across the globe.”

Meanwhile, and IAG spokesperson simply told Simple Flying,

“Qatar Airways has announced today that it has increased its stake in IAG from 21.4 to 25.1 per cent. The airline has been a shareholder in IAG since 2015.”

An interesting year for IAG

2020 is set to be an interesting year for the International Airlines Group. Later this year aviation veteran Willie Walsh, the current CEO of IAG, will step down from his role in order to retire. Walsh has been the CEO of IAG since its formation from a merger of Iberia and British Airways. Prior to this, he was the CEO of IAG airlines Aer Lingus and British Airways.

While all of this is ongoing, the group is also in the midst of a new airline acquisition. In November last year, IAG signed a deal with Air Europa worth €1 billion ($1.08 billion). Pending the usual regulatory approval, the acquisition would be the third Spanish airline to join the group behind Iberia and Vueling.

Now, the latest news to involve the airline comes following a January share announcement. On the 17th of January, the group announced that it had removed a cap on the percentage of shares that could be held by “Relevant Non-EU Persons”.

It removed this maximum as the percentage held by non-EU Persons had fallen from 47.5% to 39.5%. However, with Qatar’s increased ownership announcement, this will have risen back up to 43.2%. At the time, the group said,

“The IAG Board will continue to monitor the Relevant Non-EU Persons ownership level. Under Article 11 of IAG’s bylaws, the Board is authorised to re-impose the Permitted Maximum at any time if necessary.”
https://simpleflying.com/qatar-airways-iag-ownership/
 

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We're starting to see the effects of the Corona virus devastating the Asian airline industry with HNA going bankrupt, and the government taking over the sell off the assets. Not sure what's going to happen with Hong Kong Airways either.

I hear 85 percent plus of Chinese aircraft are grounded, and not flying.

Even reports coming out EK have parked just 11 Super Jumbos at DWC, not sure what the status is with the 777 fleet.

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200218000829

Even Korea is feeling the effects with Asiana Airlines on the verge of bankruptcy. Their whole executive staff are offering resignations due to low pax numbers, and spiraling loses.

Korean Air are also hurting and I wouldn't be surprised ZAG gets canceled this season. Seoul Airport is a ghost town same as Singapore Airport.
 

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Is JetBlue’s Boston Hub Under Threat?

Within the past year, JetBlue’s outlook in its important hub city of Boston has worsened significantly. Two of the airline’s biggest competitors, American Airlines and Delta, have confirmed they will be expanding their presence at the airport. But how will JetBlue cope with this additional pressure?

While JetBlue’s main operating base is John F. Kennedy International in New York, Boston is one of the airline’s most important hubs. In total, the airport accounts for around 30 percent of JetBlue’s total capacity. Consequently, the expansion plans outlined by American Airlines and Delta could spell trouble for JetBlue going forward.

Competition from two giants

Within the past year, both American Airlines and Delta have announced their plans for a significant expansion of services out of Boston. Back in August last year, Delta revealed it would be making Boston a hub as part of its growth plans going forward. The Atlanta-based airline has set its sights on matching JetBlue’s presence in Boston, aiming for 200 departures within the next two years.

Delta sees Boston as the ideal location for an international hub that primarily serves business customers, and it will increase its volume of trans-Atlantic seats out of the airport by 30 percent in 2020. Among the new transatlantic routes Delta will be serving out of Boston in 2020 are London Gatwick, Manchester and Rome.

American Airlines recently responded to Delta’s move with its own expansion plans for Boston, which it largely pulled out of following its 2014 merger with US Airways. As reported by The Points Guy, American Airlines says that its new Boston services are a response to passenger demand, although it’s likely much more about staving off competition from Delta. Indianapolis and Wilmington are both new routes American Airlines has added to its Boston schedule, the former of which is also served by Delta.
https://simpleflying.com/jetblue-boston-hub/


It Will Cost Air France €370 Million To Retire The Airbus A380

Despite only introducing the A380 to its fleet over ten years ago, Air France is retiring its A380s. And this early retirement is apparently costing Air France-KLM a total of around €370m ($399m). In its newly released financial statement for 2019 Air France announce it took a €126m ($136m) impairment charge for withdrawing the aircraft from its fleet.

The cost of retirement

Last year, Air France announced that it would begin phasing out its Airbus A380s. The airline stated that all 10 of the aircraft in its fleet would be retired by 2022, just 13 years after it was first introduced in 2009.

Now, the cost of retiring the aircraft early is becoming clear. Of the €126 million it paid last year, it has accredited €52 million to the accelerated depreciation of the aircraft. The rest of the charge, €74 million, applies to operational aspects of the A380 including retrofit programs, spares and penalties on contract.
https://simpleflying.com/air-france-airbus-a380-retirement-cost/


Air France’s First Retired Airbus A380 Completes Its Final Flight

The first Airbus A380 to be retired by Air France has just landed following its final flight. The aircraft had flown from Dresden in Germany to Knock in Ireland. Here, the aircraft will be disassembled and turned into spare parts.

At just 10-years old, this Airbus A380 is incredibly young to be retired, especially when compared to British Airways’ oldest aircraft. However, it’s time to wave au revoir to this A380 as it undertakes its final journey.
https://simpleflying.com/air-france-airbus-a380-final-flight/


SWISS Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A320neo

Switzerland’s flag carrier SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft. The Lufthansa Group airline collected the aircraft from a gloomy-looking Hamburg earlier today.

https://simpleflying.com/swiss-first-airbus-a320neo/
 

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Take a look at the picture from this link of parked Cathy Pacific, Dragon Wings, and Air Hong Kong aircraft.

This virus is spreading like crazy in China, Beijing from yesterday is getting totally looked down just like Wuhan.

I'll post link's latter of what's happening in Singapore, Seoul, and Japan. If things don't get better those three places are the next to be totally locked down.
 

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERNhWrzU8AAIt-u?format=jpg&

Here's a link with video how empty Singapore Airport was 11 days ago. It's like a ghost town, and it's even worse now.

I've passed through this airport many times and it's always been bustling with people.
 

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https://mobile.twitter.com/FATIIIAviation/status/1228593212232650758?s=20

Guangzhou Airport also a big parking lot. All 5 China Southern A380s are also parked here.
 

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Incredible: American Airlines Now Flies 700x Daily From Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina, is an important city for American Airlines. Recently, American has continued to grow out of the airport. Now, the carrier has reached a milestone of 700 daily scheduled departures from Charlotte International Airport.

American acquires more gates in Charlotte

This latest expansion on American’s part is a result of the carrier gaining a few new gates in Charlotte. American has leased four new gates at Concourse A of Charlotte. These four gates helped American add additional flights per day that took its daily departures to 700.

As a result of these four new gates, American now uses 93 gates of the 114 available at the airport. Alongside this, American Airlines has also invested in the space itself with new break areas for American employees and amenities. Meanwhile, for passengers, there are plenty of food and shopping opportunities across the airport.

American’s presence in Charlotte

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is American’s second largest hub. The largest hub title goes to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Nevertheless, the carrier serves 149 destinations from Charlotte. Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning, had the following to say on this new milestone:

With the addition of these new gates, we were able to add frequencies on popular routes and we now operate nearly 80 flights per day to Florida, 30 flights per day to the New York metro area and 25 flights per day to D.C. metro area

In terms of flights per day, American Airlines confirmed to Simple Flying that roughly 54% of flights in Charlotte are regional destinations served through American Eagle partnerships while roughly 45% are mainline American flights. In terms of daily departures, this equates to about 380 daily departures on American Eagle with another 320 on mainline flights.

In total, American offers about 54 million seats on aircraft every year departing Charlotte.
https://simpleflying.com/incredible-american-airlines-now-flies-700x-daily-from-charlotte/


Airbus Will Pump €1 Billion Into The A220 Program This Year

Airbus is planning to invest a significant amount of money into its A220 program. This is according to a 20 February report by Reuters. Airbus’ CEO indicates that the European manufacturer is ready to invest between 500 million euros and 1 billion euros (US$1.08 billion) this year.

The comments were made by Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury on Thursday at the company’s Canadian A220 factory in Mirabel, just outside Montreal. Earlier this month, Airbus took over part of Bombardier’s share of the program as the Canadian company was unable to invest the necessary funds to ramp up production. Airbus now has a 75% stake in the program with the other major shareholder being the Canadian province of Quebec.

Airbus has said that this will secure 3,300 jobs at Airbus Canada in Quebec. Bombardier will receive a consideration payment of $591 million with regards to the transaction.

Production ramp-up

The A220 has gained popularity since Airbus took a majority stake in the program in 2018. While its backlog is not as large as the A320-family of aircraft, the A220 still has about 550 unfulfilled orders as of the end of January. Airbus will not disclose its production rate, citing reasons of confidentiality.

However, the company did disclose that there were only 48 A220s delivered in 2019. Doing the math – the rate for one plant has been only four per month. However, Airbus has the intention of ramping up production of the smaller aircraft. This will partially be done through its Mobile, Alabama plant, which came online recently. Airbus says that it wants to be able to produce four per month by 2025 at this new plant. Back at its Canadian facility in Mirabel, Airbus is aiming for a 10 per month rate by 2025.

Adding the numbers, it looks like the manufacturer is aiming for 14 aircraft per month by 2025. This means a backlog of 550 would still take several years to clear, even with production ramp-up taking place in 2025.

In comparison, Airbus’ A320neo program completed 551 A320neo family aircraft in 2019. This works out to an average of 46 aircraft per month – dwarfing the production rate of the A220.
https://simpleflying.com/airbus-a220-e1-billion-investment/
 

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Hong Kong Airlines Drastically Reduces Inflight Services

Airlines are taking a variety of different approaches when it comes to inflight services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Hong Kong Airlines is now taking things further to reduce the spread of coronavirus. As a precautionary measure, the airline will be drastically cutting inflight service.

Hong Kong Airlines cuts inflight service

Hong Kong Airlines announced a few changes to inflight service in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Claiming these moves are a measure to protect customers and crew from the virus, they will also make the travel experience on Hong Kong Airlines a little less pleasant. Hong Kong Airlines has cut the following services:

  1. No more duvets or blankets and pillows will be available onboard aircraft
  2. Magazine selection will not be available. Instead, passengers will find a newspaper and other reading materials as present in the seatback pocket.
However, there is one huge change that will drastically impact the inflight experience:

Passengers on Hong Kong Airlines will no longer receive inflight catering. Instead, business class passengers will get a simple bottle of water. Economy class passengers will receive a “cuplet” of water.

This is not the first airline to eliminate onboard meal service. However, it does represent a pretty drastic cut on the part of the airline.

Hong Kong Airlines has also shut down a lounge

In addition, Hong Kong Airlines announced that one of its lounges, Club Autus, has been shut down until further notice. Meanwhile, the other Hong Kong Airlines lounge, Club Bauhinia will remain open. Passengers will be able to help themselves to individually wrapped food items or else indulge in a made-to-order Noodle Bar.
https://simpleflying.com/hong-kong-airlines-inflight-service-cut/
 

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Air New Zealand Wants To Trial Flat Beds In Economy

One of the greatest luxuries of flying in business or first class is the ability for passengers to lay back and stretch their legs out on long journeys. Those with economy tickets could also soon enjoy this benefit with Air New Zealand’s Economy Skynest.

Potential game-changer

According to a press release, the flag carrier of New Zealand has been working on a prototype that provides six full-length lie-flat sleep pods.

The airline has been working on this initiative for three years, with the help of over 200 customers in Auckland. Now, it is one step closer to becoming a reality. This is because a patent has been filed and a trademark application been made.



Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod shared how his company wants to offer greater comfort for economy passengers. He recognizes that long-distance flights are primarily a struggle for these customers.

“We have a tremendous amount of development work underway looking at product innovations we can bring across all cabins of the aircraft,” Tod said, as per the press release.

“A clear pain point for economy travellers on long-haul flights is the inability to stretch out. The development of the Economy Skynest is a direct response to that challenge.”

Good timing

One of the key routes that the pods will be appreciated on is the upcoming Auckland-New York service, which launches in October 2020. Passengers traveling between New Zealand and the United States on this flight will have to endure 17 hours 40 minutes one way. Therefore, this is the perfect route to test the Economy Skynest on.

Nikki Goodman, the carriers’ general manager of customer experience also shared her excitement about the project. She said that feedback from customers and cabin crew during the final phase of development had been fantastic. Goodman also sees other airlines following Air New Zealand’s approach and predicts that others will license the product from the firm.

What’s included?

Each pod will hold a length of 200cm, with the width at the shoulder area measuring at 58cm. Ultimately, the carrier plans to have a full-sized pillow, sheets, and a blanket included in each pod.

Furthermore, there will be earplugs, ambient lighting and a curtain for privacy. Additionally, the company is looking at other features such as reading lights, ventilation outlets, and USB outlets.


Simple Flying reached out to Air New Zealand for comment on the introduction of the Economy Skynest into operations. A spokesperson shared that since this is a prototype, the company will make a final decision on whether to operate it next year after it has evaluated the performance of its first year of Auckland-New York services.

Altogether, this project will definitely be welcomed by several passengers that struggle to catch some sleep in the air.
https://simpleflying.com/air-new-zealand-wants-to-trial-flat-beds-in-economy/
 
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