London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing 2020 Archive

London Air Travel » London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing 2020 Archive

London Air Travel’s Monday Briefing is published every Monday morning at 06:00 GMT providing a weekly digest of air travel news from London and around the world.

Here is our archive of posts from 2020:

January 2020

Monday 13 January 2020 – International Airlines Group prepares for life after Willie Walsh as Luis Gallego is appointed Chief Executive of the group.

Monday 20 January 2020 – As Flybe seeks support from the UK Government, will the Connect Airways consortium be able to turn around the airline?

Monday 27 January 2020 – South African Airways is forced to deny speculation that it is to suspend operations as its Business Rescue Practitioners prepare a restructuring plan for the airline.

February 2020

Monday 3 February 2020 – The world’s airlines suspend services to mainland China following the Coronavirus outbreak.

Monday 10 February 2020 – Europe’s airlines recover from Storm Ciara/Sabine. Meanwhile South African Airways undertakes a radical restructuring of its route network.

Monday 17 February 2020 – Tensions arise between Qantas management and its pilots over plans to launch ultra long-haul flights between London & Sydney. PriestmanGoode rebrands Aegean Airlines.

Monday 24 February 2020 – The world’s airlines cut back capacity in response to Coronavirus.

March 2020

Monday 2 March 2020 – The world’s airlines now prepare for months of depressed demand due to Coronavirus.

Monday 9 March 2020 – Aviation faces its biggest ever crisis in Coronavirus.

Monday 16 March 2020 – Global aviation comes close to a complete shutdown.

Monday 23 March 2020 – Governments prepare to provide state support for airlines around the world.

Monday 30 March 2020 – Airlines race to bolster their balance sheets.

April 2020

Monday 6 April 2020 – Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia plead for state support.

Monday 13 April 2020 – As scheduled passenger flights come close to a halt, airlines focus on cargo operations.

Monday 20 April 2020 – Virgin Atlantic continues to plead for state support.

Monday 27 April 2020 – Virgin Atlantic scrambles to secure new private sector investment.

May 2020

Monday 4 May 2020 – British Airways, under the watchful eye of its parent company IAG, plans a radical restructuring without state support.

Monday 11 May 2020 – Private equity firms circle Virgin Atlantic.

Monday 18 May 2020 – UK politicians scrutinise planned changes at British Airways; Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou seeks to oust easyJet directors and the administrators of Virgin Australia short list second round bidders.

Monday 25 May 2020 – BA engages in a war of words with its trade unions over job losses, Virgin Group raises cash to support Virgin Atlantic and Sir Stelios is undeterred having failed to oust four easyJet directors.

June 2020

Monday 1 June 2020 – Europe’s smaller airlines begin to resume flights from mid-June whilst the UK prepares to introduce a mandatory quarantine regime.

Monday 8 June 2020 – The UK’s mandatory quarantine regime comes into effect. BA braces for a showdown with its trade unions and progress with its pilots union BALPA falters.

Monday 15 June 2020 – The House of Commons Transport Select Committee strongly criticises BA over planned redundancies and changes to staff terms and conditions.

Monday 22 June 2020 – Passenger flights resume at London City Airport an Lufthansa faces a crunch shareholder to approve a government bailout.

Monday 29 June 2020 – Outgoing IAG CEO Willie Walsh says the worst is not over for aviation, and 2021 will be the toughest year ever.

July 2020

Monday 6 July 2020 – BA starts to reinstate short-haul routes at London Heathrow, ahead of the restart of flights at London City and Gatwick.

Monday 13 July 2020 – Virgin Atlantic closes in on its refinancing; BA returns to Gatwick. Creditors to vote on South African Airways’ restructuring.

Monday 20 July 2020 – BA prepares for life after the Boeing 747 and Virgin Atlantic restarts scheduled passenger flights.

Monday 27 July 2020 – IAG prepares for a rights issue to raise up to €2.75 billion from its shareholders

August 2020

Monday 3 August 2020 – Air France-KLM and IAG race to conserve cash amid mounting debt levels. Remembering BA149 from August 1990, “The last flight to Kuwait”.

Monday 10 August 2020 – British Airways contemplates its future at London Gatwick.