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Axios: Coronavirus rattles travelers — and airlines

From Axios:

“Not since the aftermath of 9/11 has there been such a fear of flying.

Why it matters: The novel coronavirus has the airline industry bracing for the worst downturn since the Great Recession. Even though the government says it’s safe to fly domestically, the drumbeat of news about COVID-19 has cautious employers stifling business travel and worried families rethinking their summer vacation plans.

Driving the news: Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday the sudden drop in domestic air travel has a 9/11-like feel.”

  • “We could discount prices tomorrow and it wouldn’t do any good,” said Kelly.”

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AirlineRatings.com rates the safest and least safest airliners

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AirlineRatings.com has cautioned travelers to steer clear of the LET410, Antonov An-12, Ilyushin Il-76, and CASA 212 aircraft which have the worst crash rate over the past 10 years.

AirlineRatings.com which rates 425 airlines for both safety and product has completed a comprehensive analysis of the crash records of 55 different aircraft in active service.

Editor Geoffrey Thomas said that AirlineRatings.com had only looked at the records for the last ten years as they were relevant to today’s travelers.

“The crash rates of aircraft that dominated the 1970s and 1980s but are no longer in passenger service are irrelevant today,” said Mr Thomas. “We only looked at aircraft that are carrying passengers in 2013.”

“We have used the Boeing database which is an industry standard and supplemented that with our own records and those of Aviation-Safety.net and Ascend,” he said.

The survey also ignores piston-powered planes and those smaller aircraft used mainly for charter work. “Clearly flying on pure jet powered aircraft is far safer as seven out of the ten aircraft with bad crash rates are turboprops.”

“Aircraft such as the 777, A380, A340, 717 and 787 have never had a fatality,” said Mr Thomas.

However, Mr Thomas said that while some aircraft such as the Twin-Otter have a high crash rate it did not mean that it is a dangerous aircraft.

“It’s actually a great aircraft but you have to look also at which airline is operating them and how and where they are flying,” said Mr Thomas.

“For instance operating into mountainous regions in a third world country with limited navigation aids can be dangerous.”

Statistics 2003-2012
Worst Crash Rate Fatal Crashes
LET 410 20
Ilyushin 72 17
Antonov AN-12 17
Twin Otter 18
CASA 212 11
Best safety record

Boeing 777


Boeing 717


Airbus A380


Airbus A340


Boeing 787


Axis Airways suspends operations

Axis Airways (Marseille) suspended operations on December 2.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati.

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China Southern takes delayed delivery of two Boeing 777Fs

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) yesterday (December 2) took delivery of two brand new Boeing 777-F1Bs (B-2073 and B-2075).

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

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Etihad Airways’ first Airbus A330-300 is pictured at Toulouse

Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-343E F-WWYP (msn 1071) is pictured at Toulouse yesterday (December 2) arriving back from a test flight.

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) will soon take delivery of its first Airbus A330-300. We have the first pictures.

Republic Airlines (2nd) is again flying for Frontier Airlines (2nd)

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) is again operating for Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) out of DEN. This time both Republic and Frontier are owned by Republic Airways Holdings but it may lead to some confusion for the passengers (and air traffic controllers).

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Republic Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N162HL (msn 19000231), still in the Midwest Airlines brand, arrives at Seattle/Tacoma while operating a Frontier Airlines (2nd) flight from Denver.

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Air Canada Jazz starts Montreal (Trudeau)-Houston (Bush Intercontinental) daily service

Air Canada Jazz (Halifax) yesterday (November 30) launched daily Bombardier CRJ705 jet service between Air Canada’s Montreal (Trudeau) hub with its new Star Alliance partner’s (Continental Airlines) hub at Houston (Bush Intercontinental).

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Horizon Air to start two new routes from Spokane

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) will start 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) service from Spokane to both Sacramento and San Jose starting on March 26, 2010.

Copyright Photo: DJIpbb40.

A beautiful shot of Horizon Air’s DHC-8-402 N437QX (msn 4240) arriving at the SEA base painted in the new Boise State Broncos college color scheme.

MASwings to display an ATR 72-500 at Lima 2009

MASwings (Miri) will display its latest ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhi bition (Lima 2009) from December 1-5.

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Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard.

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Alaska Airlines unveils “Apolo One”

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters. N596AS stopped at Tucson with the special decal.

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) on November 17 at its SEA base unveiled “Apolo One” with a photo decal image of U.S. speed skater Apolo Ohno applied to its Boeing 737-890 N596AS (msn 35688).

The company has also created a website to follow Apolo’s activities leading up to and including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.