Vilnius turns its airport into a drive-in cinema

Lithuanian capital Vilnius has put a fresh twist on the trend of drive-in cinemas – hosting one at the city’s airport! With nearly all flights scrapped due to COVID-19, the airport teamed up with the Vilnius International Film Festival. The first movie was the Oscar-winning South Korean drama Parasite on Wednesday (April 29). Around 150…

BREAKING EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 is canceled

The continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers of the world’s largest fly-in convention, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020, to cancel this year’s event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The 68th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention was scheduled to be held on July 20-26, 2020. “We looked at every possibility over…

Boeing launches $25 billion bond sale and avoids federal aid

Boeing Co. sold $25 billion of bonds in the largest offering this year, eliminating the need for more cash as the coronavirus pandemic upends the global aviation industry. The planemaker won’t seek additional funding through the capital markets or U.S. government aid at this time, according to a company statement late Thursday after the debt…

Boeing conducted first flight of the second 777X airplane

Boeing conducted a productive and successful first flight of the second 777X airplane. Capt. Ted Grady, 777X project pilot, and Capt. Van Chaney, 777/777X chief pilot, flew for 2 hours and 58 minutes over Washington state before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field at 2:02 p.m. Pacific. Designated WH002, this airplane is the second of four…

Heathrow records 97% drop in passenger numbers in April

The number of passengers travelling through Heathrow last month was down by around 97% compared with April 2019, the airport has announced. It expects passenger demand will “remain weak” until governments around the world “deem it safe to lift travel restrictions”. Heathrow recorded an 18.3% year-on-year decline in demand to 14.6 million passengers between January…

BREAKING Ryanair to cut up to 3,000 jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

Ryanair is planning to shed up to 3,000 jobs because of the “unprecedented” coronavirus crisis. The budget airline also hit out at the state bailout of competitors, including Lufthansa and Air France, which chief executive Michael O’Leary has criticised as “financial doping” and “manifestly unfair”. The jobs to go will be mainly pilot and cabin…

Airbus is developing a solution to install freight pallets directly onto the cabin floor after removal of the economy-class seats

Airbus is developing a modification for A330 and A350 family aircraft which will enable airlines to install freight pallets directly onto the cabin floor seat tracks, after removal of the economy-class seats. This solution will help with the airlines’ own business continuity, and also alleviate the global shortage of ‘belly-freight’ air cargo capacity due to…