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Airline stocks fall today as Delta variant fears rise

The airlines in the United States were seeing a tremendous return of traffic and were adding back a lot of routes and returning laid-off employees and aircraft as the number of COVID-19 new infections dropped.

That changed in early June as summer travel increased.

All of this positive news is now being overshadowed by a gradual rise of new infections of the Delta variant, mainly by unvaccinated people. Is this a temporary blimp or a new trend?

Travel stocks, especially United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and cruise ship lines, are now on the defensive as concerns relating to the more contagious Delta variant increase. Most states are now reporting an increase in cases.

Contrary to this,  the TSA is not reporting a slowdown in airline travel for the month of July:

As traffic returns, airline prices have been on the rise. Will this continue?

Many of the returned routes were to Florida (especially for the coming winter) which is now red on John Hopkins map (above) with the highest increase in new COVID-19 cases.

How will the airlines react if this trend continues?

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United Airlines, Cruise Stocks Fall as Delta Variant Fears Rise (msn.com)

Airlines to recover after a “Longer and Deeper Crisis” in 2021

From CompanyDebt:

Here are the key facts:

  • IATA, the International Air Travel Association, has warned that 2021 will mean global losses of $47.7bn for airlines.
  • January and February figures were down 86.6 percent on 2019 levels.
  • Airline Industry Debt could rise to $550bn by end of the year.
  • The second half of the year will see improved passenger levels, as a result of vaccination progress in developed countries.
  • Domestic flights may reach 96% of pre-COVID levels by the end of the year.

Read the full article.

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.”

Read the full article.

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).

Press release:


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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.