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…

ALERT Air Mauritius goes into voluntary administration

Air Mauritius went into voluntary administration on Wednesday due to the debilitating impact of travel bans to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Air Mauritius expects not to be able to meet its financial obligations “in the foreseeable future”. The board hopes that going into administration will safeguard the interest of the company and…

ALERT Bellingcat has identified Operations Director of FSB’s Border Service in connection with the downing of #MH17

Bellingcat has identified a high-ranking figure whose identity was searched for by the Joint Investigation Team in connection with the downing of MH17 as Colonel General Andrey Burlaka, Operations Director of FSB’s Border Service. In November 2019, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced the broadening of its criminal investigation into the shoot-down of MH17…