British Airways set to take delivery of first Boeing 787-10 this week

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

British Airways is adding a new member to its fleet. This week, British Airways will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 aircraft. The newest variant in the Dreamliner family, the -10, will join the ranks of the other 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft that are already part of BA’s fleet. Want more travel news and …

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EU promises a summer tourist season

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

The European Union has proposed that member states lift travel restrictions for the summer holiday season in order to get the continent’s tourism industry back on its feet. “Our message is we will have a summer tourist season,” the E.U.’s Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday, “even if it’s with security measures and …

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Spain will require all arriving travelers to quarantine for 14 days

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Traveling to Spain in the near-term will require a mandatory period in isolation. On May 12, Spain announced that it was set to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine for international arrivals. Beginning May 15, Spain will require that all passengers arriving from international destinations self-quarantine for two weeks in an effort to curb the coronavirus …

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UPDATE: Everything we know about the UK’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travelers

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Earlier in May, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the country’s road map out of coronavirus lockdown. While the plan included when schools and shops could reopen, Johnson also unveiled a broad plan to require incoming air passengers to self-isolate for 14 days upon …

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British Airways owner plans to resume flights in July but warns demand won’t recover for 3 years

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British Airways expects to resume part of its operations as of July. International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, among others, said that it expects its airlines to take a “meaningful return to service” in July at the earliest. The resumption of flights by July depends on the easing …

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White sand and adventure: Why I’m planning my dream trip to Mauritius for when we can travel again

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Typically, I avoid thinking about them and just go on with my day-to-day life. But when 2020 came around, I found myself drawn to declare it the year of the bucket list — however cliché it may sound. 2020 was going to be the year I actually traveled …

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Breaking: British Airways set to cut up to 12,000 employees amid coronavirus restructuring

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British Airways is set to cut as many as 12,000 employees in light of the coronavirus crisis and the ongoing effect it’s had on the aviation industry. That’s a quarter of the workforce. On Tuesday, British Airways CEO Alex Cruz detailed in a letter to employees that the airline’s parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) …

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Norwegian says most flights will be grounded until April 2021

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Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air doesn’t expect to resume long-haul international flights until summer 2021. While 95% of the airline’s aircraft are currently grounded, the carrier is pleading with investors for a lifeline before it runs out of cash in mid-May. In a presentation to bondholders released on Monday, Norwegian indicated that it plans to ramp …

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Richard Branson says Virgin Atlantic will collapse without government support

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Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson said on Monday that the airline would not survive the coronavirus crisis if it didn’t get financial support from the government. “We will do everything we can to keep the airline going – but we will need government support to achieve that in the face of the severe uncertainty surrounding …

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Virgin Australia reportedly set to enter voluntary administration

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Virgin Australia is preparing to enter voluntary administration. According to sources close to the matter, the airline has been unable to cope with the financial strain caused by the ongoing coronavirus crisis, coupled with its history of financial woes. According to sources reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the airline’s board of directors met on …

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Coronavirus started in Wuhan; its airport finally reopened after 11 weeks

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After 76 days of lockdown, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport has officially reopened. As of Wednesday morning local time, the airport has resumed commercial operations following the city’s lockdown as the origin of the novel coronavirus. Wuhan Airport (WUH), located in central China’s Hubei province, has been closed since Jan. 23, to contain the spread of …

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Lufthansa grounds Germanwings subsidiary, retires some A380s and 747s in coronavirus restructuring

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Another airline has seen the end of its days as a result of the coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, Lufthansa Group announced that Germanwings, its low-cost subsidiary, would cease operations. In the group’s first restructuring package unveiled on Tuesday, it said that it would ground Germanwings operations as part of a broader overhaul that would also …

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Hilton and American Express donate up to 1 million free nights for medical workers

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American Express and Hilton have partnered to offer health care workers free rooms across the United States. The two companies announced on Monday that they’ll donate up to one million nights to frontline medical professionals fighting the novel coronavirus. In a press release, the two companies detailed that doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline …

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Emptier skies: New data shows that nearly 7,000 aircraft have been stored

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

It’s no shock that the airline industry has especially struggled to cope with the decrease in demand amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Airlines around the world have been forced to cut capacity, with some even suspending their entire operations. And it’s the pace at which airlines are taking to grounding operations that has truly been …

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Ryanair to suspend all commercial flights until June

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Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced on Tuesday that the ultra low-cost airline will suspend all of its commercial flights until at least June. The news comes as the result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which has forced countries to close borders and travellers to stay at home to reduce its spread. Europe’s biggest low-cost airline …

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Where is Virgin Atlantic parking its planes during the coronavirus outbreak?

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Airlines around the world have been forced to make extreme adjustments to their flight operations amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In some cases, that means cutting capacity by up to 96%, while in other cases, that means suspending operations. In both cases, airlines have been forced with the question of what to do with the …

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Norwegian Air gets a lifeline, secures $27 million in government aid amid coronavirus crisis

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air has secured the cash needed to save it during the coronavirus crisis — at least for the time being. The airline announced on Tuesday that it had fulfilled its first condition in getting a government-led rescue package, securing an initial cash infusion of 300 million Norwegian kroner (about $27 million). Last …

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Where is British Airways parking its planes during the coronavirus outbreak?

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Airlines around the world have been forced to ground large portions of their fleets as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. While some airlines have been forced to slash their operating capacity as a result of the decrease in demand and strict government-imposed entry restrictions, others have completely suspended operations. Whatever the case, airlines …

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Virgin Atlantic to cut daily capacity by 80%, ground up to 85% of its fleet

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic is reducing its daily capacity by approximately 80% as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As of March 26, Virgin said that it will begin prioritizing routes based on customer demand and will change its operations to reflect that. Most significantly, Virgin is permanently terminating its route between London Heathrow (LHR) and …

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