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Empty planes and airport pictures

From the New York Times:

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The new travel document: Photograph of an empty plane

Do you have recent pictures showing the dramatic drop in flying demand? Share them with us.

Another arcticle worth reading:

Inside American Airlines’ scramble as virus grounds jets by hundreds

Farnborough Airshow 2020 is cancelled

Farnborough Airshow made this announcement:

 

It is with great regret that we announce the Farnborough International Airshow 2020, due to take place in July, is cancelled.

After very careful consideration, the unprecedented impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic has forced this decision in the interests of the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff.

This decision was reached taking into consideration several major factors surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, all of which we have concluded, make it is impossible for us to create and host the Airshow this July.

We understand this news will be an incredible disappointment to all across the international aerospace industry, not to mention our important exhibitors, suppliers and visitors. We at Farnborough International share your disappointment that we are unable to present the Airshow as planned , but rest assured, we are determined to continue to work together and will ensure  the Farnborough International Airshow  returns in 2022 better than ever.

It’s important to us that we speak directly to anyone who may have concerns about the Airshow’s cancellation; however, we are a small team and it may take a few days for us to make contact. We appreciate your patience, these are incredibly difficult times but we are absolutely committed to maintaining strong relationships.

Salt Lake City Airport reopens after experiencing an earthquake

Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) reopened yesterday afternoon after experiencing some minor damage from an earthquake. The airport made these announcements yesterday:

The SLC Airport is temporarily closed due to this morning’s earthquake. The FAA tower, terminals and concourses have been evacuated. The airport is assessing the damage and working towards becoming operational. Commercial aircraft are being diverted to other airports.

The airport has completed the security sweep and is preparing to allow passengers through at 1:15 p.m. The water line in Concourse D has been repaired and the remaining facilities have been found to be structurally safe. Flights will begin arriving and departing.

First flight has departed from SLC to DFW at 2:54 p.m. Flights that were diverted will be arriving soon. Check with your airline regarding possible cancellations or delays.

 

 

U.S. airlines seek assistance from the government

Airlines of America made this announcement on behalf of U.S. airlines:

This is an extremely fluid situation that is evolving rapidly. The rapid spread of COVID-19, along with the government and business-imposed restrictions on air travel, are having an unprecedented and debilitating impact on U.S. airlines. Carriers have seen a dramatic decline in demand, which is getting worse by the day. Carriers have been forced to remove flights from their schedule and make historic capacity cuts. Cancelations are spiking, and for U.S. carriers those cancelations are outpacing new bookings. The economic impact on U.S. airlines, their employees, travelers and the shipping public is staggering. This crisis hit a previously robust, healthy industry at lightning speed and we remain concerned that the impacts of this crisis will continue to worsen.

U.S. carriers are in need of immediate assistance as the current economic environment is simply not sustainable. This is compounded by the fact that the crisis does not appear to have an end in sight. In order to combat this unprecedented economic downfall, A4A is recommending the following combination of programs to provide immediate and medium to long-term assistance to the U.S. airline industry and protect their employees: 1) grants; 2) loans; and 3) tax relief:

U.S. airlines take great pride in the 750,000 men and women they directly employ — from pilots, flight attendants, to reservation agents and mechanics. Each U.S. carrier is having direct and continuous conversations with their employees, and everyone understands the severity of the situation. The current economic environment is simply not sustainable, and it is compounded by the fact that the crisis does not appear to have an end in sight. In order to combat this unprecedented economic downfall, Airlines for America recommends the following combination of programs to provide immediate and medium to long-term assistance to the U.S. airline industry and their employees: 1) grants; 2) loans; and 3) tax relief.

GRANTS: IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE

  • Passenger Carriers: Grants to U.S. Part 121 passenger air carriers in the aggregate amount of $[25]B to compensate for reduced liquidity (net of financing) – from Dec. 31, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020 – attributable to the novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19).
  • Cargo Carriers: Grants to U.S. Part 121 cargo air carriers in the aggregate amount of $4B to compensate for reduced liquidity (net of financing) – from Dec. 31, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020 – attributable to COVID-19
  • LOANS: MEDIUM TO LONG-TERM LIQUIDITY MEASURES

• Unsecured Loans/Loan Guarantees: A voluntary liquidity facility program in an aggregate amount up to $[25]B pursuant to which the Federal Reserve would purchase financial instruments from or provide zero interest unsecured loans or zero interest unsecured loan guarantees to U.S. Part 121 passenger air carriers and up to an aggregate amount of up to $4B to U.S. Part 121 cargo air carriers.

o The process should be simple, straight forward, and streamlined.

o Eligible financial instruments will include but not be limited to commercial paper and term loans.

o Given the credit profile of the industry prior to the onset of COVID-19, participation should be open to all carriers, no carrier shall be required to collateralize any instrument, and the particular instruments purchased or guaranteed should be structured so as to expedite the participant’s ability to re-access the private capital markets as promptly as practical and to stabilize their existing credit ratings.

• Urgency: The grant program will be designed and implemented by the Department of Treasury, and the liquidity facility program will be designed and implemented by the Federal Reserve. Treasury will implement a process for payment of the grants immediately following enactment of the legislation and the Federal Reserve will implement a process for the purchase of financial instruments within [15] days.

TAXES: RELIEF

  • 2020 Excise Taxes: Rebate to U.S. Part 121 air carriers the amount of federal excise taxes paid into the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) that have been remitted to the U.S. Government beginning January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020.
  • Temporary Aviation Excise Tax Repeal: Temporary repeal of all the federal excise taxes on Part 121 air carriers, including those taxes on tickets, cargo and fuel through December 31, 2021 (i.e., Internal Revenue Code (IRC) sections 4261(a), 4261(c), 4261(b), 4261(e)(3), 4271 and 4081(a)(2)(c)(i)), subject to a trigger for a further extension beyond 2021 dependent upon economic circumstances.

U.S. airlines are in continuous conversations with the Administration, Congress and labor unions in an effort to secure financial assistance from the federal government to protect and preserve the 750,000 jobs of hardworking men and women who are directly employed by U.S. airlines, as well the 10 million jobs supported by the airline industry. This includes pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, gate agents, ticket agents, parking attendants and many more. Our employees are truly the backbone of the U.S. airline industry and our greatest resource, and U.S. carriers are doing everything in their power to protect their livelihood.