As every Sunday, we will give you an overview of what has happened during the week in the Travel industry.
Travel industry news 2nd week April 2020
British Airways Airbus A380 “sinks” into Airport Taxiway
British Airways’ Airbus A380 G-XLED has damaged the edge of a taxiway at France’s Chateauroux Airport. British Airways uses the airport for training and storing aircraft during the Covid-19 crisis. Currently, seven of the 12 British Airways Airbus A380 fleet are parked at this Airport.
The aircraft was marshaled into position, while the plane was moved into place, it rolled onto an area outside of the taxiway that was not strong enough to support the heavy Giant. The aircraft was able to taxi out of the hole it had created.
Photo: Various sources forwarded to @airline_kitty
What will happen to Condor next?
LOT pulls out of deal to buy German airline Condor. The State-run Polish Aviation Group (PGL), which owns LOT, agreed in January to buy Condor for about 300 million euros ($327 million) after its breakup with the Thomas Cook Group.
This amount would have allowed Condor to repay a bridging loan obtained from the German government.
“I confirm that PGL informed Condor today about its withdrawal from the purchase of this company. We don’t provide any more information at this stage,” PGL communications director Katarzyna Majchrzak said to Reuters days ago.
Most airlines are currently in full cost saving mode due to the Covid-19 situation, so there won't be new offers soon and the question arises what will happen to Condor next?
Only 50 Commercial Aircraft Delivered By Boeing In Q1
Boeing handed over 149 commercial aircraft this time last year.
Five 737s, ten 767s, six 777s and twenty-nine 787 Dreamliners were delivered in this year’s first quarter.
Additionally, governmental policies have forced both Boeing and Airbus to temporality stop production at many of their sites. Therefore, there could be low delivery numbers for manufacturers across the remaining quarters.
London Heathrow only operates Terminal 5 and Terminal 2
London Heathrow airport is currently in the process of consolidating terminals with some airlines, temporarily relocating from Terminals 3 and 4 into Terminals 2 and 5, alongside the airlines that already operate there.
All British Airways flights are currently operating from Terminal 5.
Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates and Pakistan International Airlines, will temporarily be relocated to Terminal 2. Further airline moves will take place over the coming weeks.