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Air Canada Temporarily Lays Off Half its Workforce

Air Canada Temporarily Lays Off Half its Workforce

Air Canada said late Monday it would temporarily lay off 16,500 people – roughly half its work force, as the country’s largest airline slashes its flying by 90%.
The “extremely painful” move comes as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the closing of the borders of most countries Air Canada serves.
“The unpredictable extent and duration of the Covid-19 pandemic requires a significant overall response,” said Air …

Canadian Anti-Trust Regulator Expresses Concerns Over Air Canada-Transat Acquisition

Canadian Anti-Trust Regulator Expresses Concerns Over Air Canada-Transat Acquisition

The Competition Bureau, Canada’s anti-trust regulator, came out against Air Canada’s planned acquisition of Transat, saying it would “result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in the sale of air travel or vacation packages to Canadians.”
“Eliminating the rivalry between these airlines would result in increased prices, less choice, decreases in service and a significant reduction in travel by Canadians on a variety of routes where their existing networks …

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Walks Back Plan to Cease Operations, Will Continue Flights to 13 Countries

Emirates Airline retreated from its early Sunday announcement to suspend all passenger flights and said it will continue to service some destinations.
The Dubai-based airline said it would suspend “most” flights, however, by March 25, 2020.
The carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets.
Emirates said that “requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers” had caused it to make the change.  The airline said it …

United to Slash Its International Schedule by 95%

United to Slash Its International Schedule by 95%

United Airlines announced late Friday an additional “draw down” of its international services.
The storied airline will soon no longer operate any flights to London, Tokyo, Canada, or any of the other places which one might associate “the flying skies” with.
The Chicago-based airline announced it will suspend all transborder flights to and from Canada on April 1, 2020.
In addition, it will end all transatlantic service on March 28, when the last …

Air Canada Plans Special Flight to Repatriate Canadians from Morocco

Air Canada Plans Special Flight to Repatriate Canadians from Morocco

Air Canada said it will operate a special flight on Saturday to repatriate Canadian citizens from Morocco.
The flight will be operated in collaboration with the Canadian government.
“Our teams are working around the clock with the Canadian Government and offering our global reach to do everything we can to repatriate as many Canadians as possible,” said the airline’s president, Calin Rovinescu.
The airline will operate the flight using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft …

Air Canada to Cut Capacity by 50% in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Air Canada to Cut Capacity by 50% in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Air Canada announced it will cut capacity by approximately 50% in comparison to the same period in 2019 as it responds to a drop in demand due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
The adjustment includes a drop in capacity in the airline’s Pacific markets by 75% for April.
The airline is also reducing its 2013 order for 61 Boeing 737 Max aircraft by aa 737 Max 11 jets that were scheduled for …

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

Coronavirus Update: Italy in Lockdown, Starbucks Employee Tests Positive, Tokyo Olympics Scales Back Torch Ceremony

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now 107,936.  The death toll now stands at 3,665.
In Europe, Italian officials said that the total number of cases stood at 5,883, with 233 fatalities, the highest death toll outside of China. Health officials in France reported 103 new infections, bringing the total there to 949 including a member of the French Parliament.
The number of cases in the United …