News Roundup: Airbus, easyJet, Tui, BA, Brussels, AirBelgium, airline food donations

Airbus has cut all production by 33% for the foreseeable future – with the A320 slashed from 63 a month that it had only just reached to 43.

A350’s which were due to rise to 14 had already been cut to 10 because of deferments and will currently stay at around that number.

A330neo production will be cut to 2 per month for at least six months and probably longer.

There was no word on the A380, due to to end early next year, the last aircraft is already in assembly.

The plan to replace the A380 production line at Toulouse with an additional A321 assembly line to supplement the Hamburg line, has been scrapped as of yesterday.

Even with these cuts many analysts think its not enough and another 20% cut may be needed. This would be a massive blow as so much was invested by so many companies in Europe and around the world to raise production to record levels.

EasyJet will defer ten aircraft it was due to take delivery of this financial year, as well as a further 12 in FY21, and two in FY22. In addition the airline retains the option to defer a further five deliveries in FY22.

The airline also has 24 operating leases due for renewal in the next 16 months, which it said provided “further flexibility”, in effect it won’t bother renewing them and can loose 24 from its fleet if that seems right at the time.

The bottom line is easyJet won’t take delivery of another new aircraft until at least 2022.

British Airways has refuted claims it’s sent six A380’s to Châteauroux for scrap. The Times ran an article implying it in the headlines. However six are there and will be stored for up to six months, as I reported last week.

G-XLEA on hi speed fly past at Manston July 17 2013

British Airways have had a long relationship with Châteauroux, often using it as a training site for new aircraft types, especially after the closure of Manston in Kent in 2014, where the first A380’s trained drawing huge crowds. Manston may soon reopen as a cargo airport.

Tui AG has received a €1.8 billion credit line from the German Government. The airline was in a very strong position but needs the credit facility to tide it over the next few months.

Brussels Airlines has said it will remain grounded until May 15 at the earliest. It’s undergoing maintenance on its aircraft while it can. Rumours of the Belgian Government re-nationalising it from Lufthansa have been denied.

AirBelgium has been operating repatriation flights but is now grounded and won’t fly again until June 3rd.

AeroMexico is operating three of its 19 787’s as cargo only to bring medical supplies from China.

US airlines are pumping out reams of press releases to make sure we all know they are doing their bit – the latest from United shows them flying medical volunteers to California.

In all fairness the British airlines are just a PR active, making sure we all know that grounded staff are being loaned by the companies to help fight the pandemic. I always find this type of PR exploitative. These people are volunteering, because they care and they’re furloughed, and we ALL appreciate it, but for some of the airlines to take credit for ‘allowing’ them to do it, just seems a little wrong to me.

Another bizarre issue that’s cropped up is airline food producers have tons and tons that are potentially being wasted and both Delta and American have donated some 80,000lbs each to local food banks before it becomes unusable.

Keep safe, keep your distance, STAY AT HOME!