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Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 116,359.  The global death toll from the virus is 4,091. Of the current active cases, which total 47,621, 12% or 5,788 are serious, while the other cases are mild.
Italy, which has effectively quarantined its entire population as of Tuesday morning – now has 9,172 of the world’s cases and more than 463 of at least 4,000 deaths.
The United …

Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa Group said late Friday that it may reduce capacity by up to 50% in the coming weeks. The move will impact all carriers owned by Lufthansa, including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, and Swiss International Air Lines.
The airline cited the “exceptional circumstances” of the drop in demand due the novel coronavirus as the reason for the move.
The German flagship carrier also said it is investigating the possibility of temporarily …

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Relocate to New Berlin Airport in Early November

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Relocate to New Berlin Airport in Early November

Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, and Swiss International Air Lines announced they would relocate their operations to the new Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport on November 8.  Eurowings, another Lufthansa subsidiary, will begin operations there starting on November 4.
The news came following the announcement Wednesday that the airport will finally open on October 31, 2020.
The six Lufthansa Group airlines carry up to 33,000 passengers a day to and from Berlin …

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

American, Air Canada, BA, United, Lufthansa All Suspend Flights to China

As the coronavirus continued to vex Asia, more airlines announced they would cancel flights to China.
American Airlines said it would cancel flights from Los Angeles to Beijing and Shanghai from February 9 through March 27, 2020.
British Airways said it too would cancel flights to China, but didn’t specify a timeframe for resumption of service.
Air Canada, meanwhile, said it would suspend flights to and from China from January 30 through February …

Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

As officials from Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States began to piece together evidence that pointed to implicating Iran in a possibly unintended missile attack on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, airlines serving TehranImam Khomeini International Airport began to cancel flights and suspend service to the capital city.
Ukraine International Airlines suspended all flights to Tehran following the crash of Flight 752.
On Thursday, both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa …

Lufthansa Cancels 1,300 Flights in Advance of Union Strike

Lufthansa Cancels 1,300 Flights in Advance of Union Strike

Lufthansa said Wednesday it was cancelling approximately 1,300 flights because of a planned strike by flight attendants on Thursday and Friday.
The job action will impact over 180,000 passengers, the German flag carrier said.
The Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation or UFO, the union that represents the majority of the airline’s flight attendants, called the walkout amidst a bitter dispute over pay and the union’s legal status.
The airline plans to operate 2,300 of its …

Lufthansa to Partner with IBM Watson to Improve Customer Service

Lufthansa to Partner with IBM Watson to Improve Customer Service

Lufthansa Group and IBM announced the creation of the Lufthansa AI Studio.
The Lufthansa AI Studio will use artificial intelligence to address the airline’s business challenges such as how to improve customer service.
The first project of the Lufthansa AI Studio will be to integrate IBM Watson solutions such as Watson Conversation and Watson Natural Language Understanding into the airline’s Service Help Centre, where 22 employees support 15,000 Lufthansa agents in answering …