Author: Clayton Stevens

Clayton is a freelance airline and travel writer. His travels have taken him around the world to 6 continents and 39 countries.

United Airlines US Bookings Drop 70% Due To Coronavirus

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.

Cathay Pacific Asks 27,000 Workers To Take Unpaid Leave

Cathay Pacific has asked it’s 27,000 employees to take 3 weeks of unpaid leave from work to help the airline stay afloat during this rough financial time with the Coronavirus.

In a video message to employees on Wednesday, CEO Augustus Tang told employees that the current situation is as grave as the 2009 financial crisis.

Cathay Pacific has announced a 90% reduction in capacity on flights to China, and a 30% reduction in other flights across the world.

Employees have been asked to take “special leave” between March 1st and June 30th. “Preserving cash is the key to protecting our business,” the airline said.

Korean Air Warns That Coronavirus Could Put Them Out Of Business

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.

Time To Say Goodbye – Defunct Airlines of 2019

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!

1. First Nation Airways, Nigeria

2. Fastjet Tanzania, Tanzania

3. Fly Africa, Zimbabwe

4. LASA, Argentina

5. Integra Air, Canada

6. Orca Airways, Canada

7. Latin American Wings, Chile


8. Nature Air, Costa Rica

9. PAWA Dominicana, Dominican Republic

10. Global Air, Mexico

11. Amaszonas Paraguay, Paraguay

12. LATAM Paraguay, Paraguay

13. LC Perú, Peru

14. Caricom Airways, Suriname

15. Aerodynamics Inc., USA

16. Centurion Air Cargo, USA

17. Dynamic International Airways, USA

18. Great Lakes Airlines, USA

19. Virgin America, USA

20. Xtra Airways, USA

21. Aserca Airlines, Venezuela

22. LTA, Venezuela

23. Taron Avia, Armenia

24. KC International Airlines, Cambodia

25. Small Planet Airlines, Cambodia

26. Zoom Air, India

27. Air Regional, Indonesia

28. Atrak Air, Iran

29. Wataniya Airways, Kuwait

30. Air Arabia Jordan, Jordan

31. Royal Wings, Jordan

32. Air Pohang, South Korea

33. Air Bagan, Myanmar

34. Air Mandalay, Myanmar

35. APEX Airlines, Myanmar

36. FMI Air, Myanmar

37. Shaheen Air, Pakistan

38. Asia Atlantic Airlines, Thailand

39. Orient Thai Airlines, Thailand

40. R Airlines, Thailand

41. VLM Airlines, Belgium

42. Cobalt Air, Cyprus

43. Blue Air Moravia, Czech Republic

44. Travel Service, Czech Republic

45. Aluu Airlines, Denmark

46. BackBone Aviation, Denmark

47. Cimber, Denmark

48. Primera Air, Denmark

49. French Blue, France

50. OpenSkies, France

51. Azur Air, Germany

52. Bin Air, Germany

53. PrivatAir Deutschland, Germany

54. Small Planet Airlines, Germany

55. Travel Service, Hungary

56. Bluebird Cargo, Iceland

57. Air Italy, Italy

58. Meridiana, Italy

59. Primera Air Nordic, Latvia

60. Aviavilsa, Lithuania

61. Small Planet Airlines, Lithuania

62. AIM Air, Moldova

63. FlyViking, Norway

64. Small Planet Airlines, Poland

65. Travel Service Polska, Poland

66. Travel Service Slovakia, Slovakia

67. VLM Airlines Slovenia, Slovenia

68. ASL Airlines Spain, Spain

69. Navegacion y Servicios Aéreos Canarios, Spain

70. Nextjet, Sweden

71. Sparrow Aviation, Sweden

72. ASL Airlines Switzerland, Switzerland

73. PrivatAir, Switzerland

74. SkyWork Airlines, Switzerland

75. Swiss Global Air Lines, Switzerland

76. DART Ukrainian Airlines, Ukraine

77. UM Airlines, Ukraine

78. Cello Aviation, United Kingdom

79. JETGO Australia, Australia

80. Norfolk Island Airlines, Australia

81. Air2there, New Zealand

82. Jetconnect, New Zealand

EasyJet Flight Flown By Off-Duty Pilot Going On Holiday

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.

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Jazeera Airways Announces New Service Between London And Kuwait

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.

Smoke Fills Cabin Of British Airways Flight

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.

The incident is being investigated.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches In The World

Lanikai Beach — Hawaii

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.

Angara Airlines An-24 Plane Crash Leaves 2 Dead

Two people have died and others are injured after an Angara Airlines Antonov An-24 aircraft crash landed in Nizhneangarsk, Russia.

The tragedy in Eastern Siberia took place after the aircraft attempted an emergency landing and ended up skidding off the runway before colliding with a sewage treatment plant.

The pilot and the mechanic on the aircraft died, and 7 passengers are currently hospitalized. The remaining 43 passengers were released and did not require hospitalization.

Passenger video from inside the cabin of this fatal flight