United Airlines has reported a shocking 70% drop in domestic reservation demand during the past few days and has said it will make additional cuts in the coming months to adjust to demand.
The net bookings for United Airlines (new reservations minus cancellations), have collapsed in both Europe and in Asia. Domestic net bookings are down 70% and gross bookings are down 25% at the time of this publishing.
The CEO of United Airline’s view of the Coronavirus situation is one of the ugliest yet. The airline and their competitors are rushing to cut costs and preserve liquidity until things improve.
A number of CEO’s for airlines in the United States are confident that they will weather this storm. Many airlines have multiple revenue streams like online shopping, co-branded credit cards, hotels, and more.
United Airlines has stated that they will cut flights in May by 20% and each month after that will be the same or larger until demand returns.
Airlines outside of the United States may not survive the Coronavirus crisis due to their weaker balance sheets or lack of cash reserves.
Korean Air issued a warning Monday that their survival is being threatened by the Coronavirus and the effects that the virus is having on the airline industry as well as Korea iself.
More than half of the countries around the world have blocked Korean tourists from entering, thus requiring Korean Air to ground 100 of the 145 aircraft in their fleet.
This grounding of more than half their fleet has resulted in a reduction of 80% of their international travel. This is extremely drastic compared to their last major cut, which was only 18% of their international fights during the 1997-1998 Financial Crisis.
In a memo issued by the company, they stated that if the outbreak continues for a longer period of time, the airline will have no choice but to fold.
Everything must come to an end, and quite a few airlines from around the globe had to face their own demise last year. While most of them boasted years of service, a few on this list are projects that unfortunately never came to fruition, meaning they never had the chance to take off. Issues such as challenging market conditions, politics, or high fuel prices pushed the following airline species to extinction; re-branding, mismanagement, or bankruptcy had also come into play. If you’re eager enough to know which ones took their last bow in 2018, read on!
An off-duty EasyJet pilot was heading on vacation with his family, but ended up flying the plane they were traveling on due to a missing pilot.
The EasyJet flight was due to depart from Manchester to Alicante on September 2nd, 2019, however, due to effects of the French air traffic control failure on Sunday the pilot was stuck at home in Liverpool.
Passengers were informed of the delay to their flight, so Michael Bradley (an EasyJet pilot traveling with his family on this flight) called his employer and asked if they would like him to get everyone to Alicante. 30 seconds later, they called him back and said “yes”.
A spokesperson for EasyJet confirmed these events by saying they were fully in line with regulations, as the pilot had his flying license and pilot’s ID with him.
Jazeera Airways has announced new nonstop service between Kuwait and London Gatwick beginning on October 27th, 2019.
This new service will be operated using the new Airbus A-320neo aircraft on each of the 7 flights per week.
This flight marks the first time that both the United Kingdom and Kuwait will be connected in over 55 years.
Jazeera Airways has much larger plans than just offering passengers a new nonstop route between these two capital cities. The airline offers onward connections to other cities such as Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, and New Delhi.
This new flight marks the first time a low cost Middle East carrier is launching long haul flights on the new Airbus A-320neo.
The new London service on Jazeera Airways will offer a three class configuration: Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.
The 120th anniversary of the Kuwaiti-British Treaty of Friendship is approaching and this flight is a great example of continued friendship between both nations.
Passengers panicked as smoke filed the cabin of British Airways Flight BA422 this week from London Heathrow to Valencia, Spain. The flight was noted as being normal and uneventful up until 10 minutes before landing. It was at that point when the cabin began to fill with smoke.
The passengers on board the flight said that there was no communication between the crew and the passengers, as well as the oxygen masks not deploying for them to breathe.
Once the aircraft landed in Valencia, the emergency slides were deployed and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.
Lanikai Beach in Hawaii is located on the northern shore of the island of Oahu. The water is peaceful and calm thanks to a coral reef just off its shores. This beach is the perfect place to swim or snorkel.
Eagle Beach — Aruba
Eagle Beach is located on the southern Caribbean island of Aruba. Eagle Beach is known for their wide beaches and sugar soft white sand. Eagle Beach is more relaxing and low key than it’s neighboring Palm Beach a quick ride away.
Bora Bora — French Polynesia
Bora Bora is located in Tahiti and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They feature shallow lagoons and peaceful calm azure colored water. When visiting Bora Bora make sure you stay in a unique over water bungalow in one of the many resorts that offer them. You won’t regret it!
Long Bay Beach — Turks and Caicos Islands
Long Bay Beach is located on the islands of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. The Turks and Caicos are known for having some of the best fishing in the world. Especially their abundance of Blue Marlins living in the waters.
Horseshoe Bay Beach — Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay Beach is located on the island of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean. This beach is renown for its pink sand and bathtub warm turquoise waters. A trip to this beach or one of the many others in Bermuda is sure to leave a long last memory you won’t forget.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach — Hawaii
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is located on the Big Island in Hawaii. It is the most famous and popular of all the black sand beaches found in Hawaii. In addition to the wide stretches of dark dotted sand, you might encounter one of a handful of endangered animals (such as the hawksbill turtle) that call this beach home.
Seven Mile Beach — Cayman Islands
Seven Mile Beach is located in the Caribbean on the Cayman Islands, and yes, it is 7 miles long (11.26km). Seven Mile Beach is located on the western side of the island and boasts tons of resorts, restaurants, and more.
Railay Beach — Thailand
Railay Beach is a breathtaking beach located in the country of Thailand in Southeast Asia. Railay Beach is situation in the Krabi province which is home to many other famous top beaches. Railay Beach is reached with a long tailed boat and provides many fun opportunities to kayak through the secret coves around the island.
Pampelonne Beach — France
Pampelonne Beach is situated in the French Riviera in southern France. Pampelonne Beach is the crown jewel of beaches in the French Riviera and is the busiest and longest stretch of beach in St. Tropez.
Siesta Beach — Florida
The #1 most beautiful beach in the world belongs to Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida. This beach is incredibly wide and offers white quartz sand which is so incredibly soft to the touch. No worries about getting itchy sand stuck to your body here. Siesta Key tops out the list and makes for one incredible getaway.