Air New Zealand Turns 80 Years Old- Where Is The Airline Now

A birthday slipped by largely unnoticed and unmarked yesterday. Air New Zealand turned 80. The airline was founded on 26 April 1940. It wasn’t called Air New Zealand back then. Instead, the airline was known as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL). The end of the line carrier has come a long way since. But it’s unlikely there was a big birthday bash in Auckland over the weekend. These are tough times for Air New Zealand as it battles the viral headwinds of 2020.

A birthday the airline won’t forget – for all the wrong reasons

The airline’s 80th birthday will be remembered as a time of turbulent and unscheduled change. At home, the airline commands an 80% plus market share on domestic routes. Abroad, Air New Zealand has built a reputation for innovative products like the SkyCouch, interesting routes, and a great soft product. The airline’s profitability did drop 31% in 2019, prompting a cost and efficiency review, but overall it has been a sunny decade for the Auckland based airline.

President Trump Floats Purchasing Bulk Airline Tickets

President of the United States, Donald Trump, has an interesting idea when it comes to helping out airlines. In a news conference on April 24th, he floated an initiative where the US government buys four or five years of airline tickets in bulk as part of an incentive to help out airlines.

President Trump claims that the US government is the “biggest user” of US airlines. As a result, the government should negotiate with airlines to buy tickets valid for the next few years at a 50% (or more) discount.

Podcast Episode 11: Virgin Australia Administration, Social Distancing On Flights

Simple Flying’s latest podcast is live and ready for you to enjoy. Hosted by Joanna Bailey, our editor, and Tom Boon, our content manager, our 11th episode is now available for your ears!

The Simple Flying podcast is released weekly and is hot off the press for you today. We aim to cover some of the most important commercial aviation stories of the week, with commentary and occasionally a little bit of fun! Today, Tom and Jo are joined by Simple Flying’s Australia correspondent, Andrew Curran, for additional insight into the big news from his region.

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Will Delta Retire Some 767s Amid Capacity Cuts

The Boeing 767 is a workhorse for Delta Airlines and operates a number of key routes– especially to South America and Europe. However, most of the carrier’s 767s are currently parked due to international travel restrictions and a lack of demand. The question is, will Delta retire some older 767s to cut costs?

Retiring the Boeing 767s

American Airlines may have already flown its last 767 flight. Recently, the carrier also replaced some routes with Boeing 787 service. However, Delta has not laid out plans to retire the 767s from its fleet.

Per a filing from the airline, there were 56 Boeing 767-300ERs and 21 of the larger -400ERs in the airline’s fleet. The -300ERs have an average age of over 23 years. Meanwhile, the -400ERs are over 19 years old.

Cathay A350 Wing Tip Damaged In Minor Hong Kong Collision

Oops – it looks like two Cathay Pacific aircraft were damaged when they scraped by one another on the tarmac of Hong Kong’s International Airport. It appears that the sharklet of an Airbus A350 “high-fived” the horizontal stabilizer of a Boeing 777-300ER. Photos surfaced on Twitter yesterday, showing the damage to the two aircraft.

Initially reported by Danny Lee of The South China Morning Post, the incident appears to have taken place somewhat recently. In the Twitter post, we can see two photos: the close-up shot of a slightly damaged right-sharklet of an A350 and a distant view of a Boeing 777-300ER with its left horizontal stabilizer banged up.

Looking closer at the image of the 777, we can see crews at the scene, either investigating or cleaning up the debris of the accident. We can also see that the aircraft had registration B-KPD. According to Airfleets, B-KPD is a 12.5-year-old Boeing 777-300ER – one of its more unique characteristics is that it sports a special oneworld livery on its side. Data taken from shows that the aircraft flew as recently as April 13th, making a trip from Hong Kong to Sydney, then back to Hong Kong.

Taiwan’s China Airlines Open To A Name Change

Taiwan’s China Airlines is considering changing its name in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a social media post on April 11th, Taiwan’s Minister of Transportation and Communications indicated that there is the possibility for the carrier to change its name. Although, this would be a pretty significant change.

China Airlines could change its name

As reported in the Taiwan News, since February, a number of organizations have petitioned to change the airline’s name to reduce any connotations between the carrier and mainland China. In a nudge towards the airline, Taiwan’s Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung has indicated that he would be open to working with the airline on changing its name as outlined in a Facebook post:

Emirates Will Only Fly To Two Destinations This Week

Dubai-based Emirates Airline will only fly to two destinations in the upcoming week from its main base at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

In an effort to help get people stranded by the COVID-19 outbreak home, Emirates announced on April 2, 2020, that they would be operating select flights to certain European cities. Commencing April 6th, the United Arab Emirates flag carrier will fly a limited number of flights to Brussels, Frankfurt London, Paris, and Zurich.

Flights to Brussels and Zurich were available up until April 11th and to Paris until today, April 12th. This now means that one of the world’s largest airlines is now only flying to London Heathrow (LHR) and Frankfurt am Main (FRA).

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Air Tahiti Nui Will Fly Another Nonstop Papeete To Paris Flight

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Air Tahiti Nui will operate another nonstop Papeete to Paris flight on April 19th. The 16 hour and 20 minute flight will be flown with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will retain the title of the world’s longest nonstop domestic flight. This will be the third such nonstop flight Air Tahiti Nui flies from French Polynesia and Paris.

Another nonstop Papeete to Paris flight

On April 19th, Air Tahiti Nui will fly its third nonstop flight from Papeete to Paris according to scheduling data from Routesonline. The flight is scheduled to depart at 03:30 local time in Papeete. After a 16 hour and 20 minute flight hopping across multiple time zones, the aircraft will land on the next day, April 20th, at 07:50 local time in Paris. The flight number for this route is TN64.

To book this flight, you can go to the Air Tahiti Nui website. Tickets are on sale

Job Losses And Pay Cuts Possible At Ryanair Amid Current Climate

Ryanair has touted the possibility of job losses and pay cuts. The news, aimed at Irish pilots, comes as the low-cost carrier has had to ground almost all of its fleet. However, it seems as though extreme measures will only be on the cards from the start of June onwards.

Ryanair has been greatly affected the current global aviation crisis. A little over a month ago the airline’s boss told Simple Flying he expected the current crisis to pass by Easter. However, since then it has developed in ways nobody would’ve imagined.

The current situation

In a memo seen by Simple Flying the airline’s Director of Operations, Neil McMahon, discussed the issues facing Ryanair. He commented that “We do not intend to layoff any of our Irish based Pilots in April or May”.

Corona Crisis Costing Kazakhstan Air Astana $80m Per Month

As the corona crisis sweeps the globe, much of the focus is on the big name carriers and how they are impacted. But there are hundreds of commercial airlines worldwide and most of them never make the headlines. One of those is Kazakhstan-based Air Astana. Earlier this week, its CEO, Peter Foster, did an extended interview with Forbes Kazakhstan. They asked him how Air Astana was going in the face of the corona crisis. The answer? We’re down but a long way from out.

The powerhouse airline of the ‘Stans

Air Astana is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan. Flying out of Almaty, its fleet of 32 aircraft (a mix of Embraers, single aisle Airbuses, and mid-sized twin aisle Boeings) fly around the region and as far afield as Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The airline has been flying for less than 20 years and is a joint venture between Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund, Sumruk-Kazyna (51% ownership), and BAE (49%).

Peter Foster has been running Air Astana since 2005. He earned his aviation stripes at John Swire and Sons, starting there as a management trainee. He later worked at Philippine Airlines. Between 2002 and 2005, he was CEO at Royal Brunei Airlines. During his tenure at Air Astana, the airline has both benefited from and contributed to steady overall growth in Kazakhstan.