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Below is a sample of the latest news headlines. 194 news briefs have been published for CAPA Members in the past 2 days.

Aeroflot launched (13-May-2021) a dedicated coronavirus vaccination incentive programme for staff members, including flight crew and cabin crew. Under the programme, each fully vaccinated employee receives one additional paid vacation day. [more - original PR - English/Russian]

CAPA - Centre for Aviation stated (13-May-2021) Emirates Airline received one new A380-800 aircraft (A6-EVP, MSN 269) as recorded by the CAPA Fleet Database. The airline now operates 119 A380s with four remaining on order.  

Geneva Airport reported (12-May-2021) the following traffic highlights for Apr-2021:

  • Passengers: 191,216, -87.5% compared to Apr-2019;
  • Cargo: 4841 tons, -28.2%;
  • Aircraft movements: 5536, -63.9%. [more - original PR]

Manchester Airports Group reported (13-May-2021) passenger numbers at Manchester Airport, London Stansted Airport and East Midlands Airport for Apr-2021:

IndiGo partnered with Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon to establish a 13 bed COVID-19 care centre for its personnel and their immediate family members (Economic Times/Live Mint/Daily Pioneer, 13/14-May-2021). The LCC stated the facility "is being set-up to help those COVID-19 positive employees who may need access to an oxygen bed with related medical facilities".

Luxair reported (10-May-2021) the following traffic highlights for the 12 months ended 31-Dec-2020:

  • Passengers: 658,873, -69% year-on-year;
  • Passenger load factor: 58.4%, -14.6pp;
  • Cargo: 947,247 tonnes, +6.1%. [more - original PR]

Royal Brunei Airlines announced (13-May-2021) plans to trial the IATA Travel Pass. The pass enables passengers to obtain and store COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories. [more - original PR]

Aeroflot launched (13-May-2021) 'Miles for Vaccination' incentive programme, for passengers vaccinated against coronavirus. The first 10,000 members of 'Aeroflot Bonus' frequent flyer programme to be vaccinated will receive 10,000 miles in their account, The programme will run between 15-May-2021 and 31-Dec-2021, or until the miles allocated under the programme have been utilised. Aeroflot Bonus programme members aged 18 or over (excluding PJSC Aeroflot staff) are eligible to participate in the "Miles for Vaccination" campaign. The initial stage of the vaccination must be taken after the start of the programme with full vaccination course completion being obligatory for the participants. [more - original PR - English/Russian]

ANA Holdings announced (13-May-2021) plans to suspend 9813 domestic frequencies between 01-Jun-2021 and 30-Jun-2021, for an operation rate of 55%. [more - original PR - Japanese]

StarLux Airlines launched (13-May-2021) three times weekly Taiwan Taoyuan-Ho Chi Minh City service on 13-May-2021. StarLux now operates to Macau, Penang, Bangkok, Osaka, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. [more - original PR]

Japan Airlines Group announced (13-May-2021) plans to further suspend 559 domestic frequencies between 18-May-2021 and 31-May-2021, for a total of 4769 (40%) frequency suspensions during the period. The suspension brings the group's operation rate for May-2021 to 63%. It also plans to operate 68% of its planned domestic schedules in Jun-2021. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Cathay Pacific announced (13-May-2021) it is "proactively" encouraging all of its employees to get vaccinated, citing this as a "crucial step" in the resumption of regular international air travel and the return to "normal life" for everyone. The carrier added that 80% of its pilots and 40% of cabin crew in Hong Kong have either booked or received their vaccination. [more - original PR]