Low-cost airline Wizz Air, which operates 700 routes in 45 countries, declared that it would take steps to limit the losses caused by retaining the fleet on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the measures taken will be the dismissal of a number of 1000 employees, which represent 19% of the company workforce. At the same time, the salaries of the other employees will be reduced by an average 14%, while the salaries of the Board members by 22%. At this moment Wizz Air operates at a capacity of 3%, but the company has a financial situation that will allow it to overcome this moment, being together with Ryanair the only companies that will not have to resort to refinancing in order to support their activity , according to the adevarul.ro
Another commercial operator, Blue Air, requested a financial support of 45 million euro from the Romanian Government in the form of a loan with preferential interest. Blue Air is a company with 1000 employees (pilots, flight attendants, technic, commercial, IT and financial personnel). Also, a number of about 3000 employees of other companies depend on the main activity of the company. According to Oana Petrescu, CEO of Blue Air, the loan is refundable, but at a preferential interest rate, granted to a company in a situation of major crisis. At present all Blue Air flights were canceled, according to the Ziarul Fianciar.
Lufthansa decided to shut down the activity of its low-cost company Germanwings following the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The low-cost company founded in 2002 has a fleet of 30 aircraft and has 1400 employees. In recent years, Germanwings has flown under the name Eurowings, according to Der Spiegel.
On 13.04.2020 Airbus announced that the Airbus A400 ordered by the Luxembourg Air Force made the first flight with a duration of 5 hours. The aircraft will be operated by a joint unit of the Luxembourg Air Force and the Belgian Air Force. The plane will be stationed at a military base in Belgium. The Airbus A400 MSN104 will be delivered to the beneficiary by the end of April 2020. Also, we learned from Airbus that in April 2020 the first fully automatic air refueling was carried out. In the process, that took place over the Atlantic Ocean, involved an F-16 aircraft from the Portuguese Air Force and an Airbus A330 MRTT refueling aircraft equipped with the Airbus A3R system. So far, several tests have been conducted, summing up 120 hours on the ground and 45 hours during flight. The certification of the system is due to start in 2021.
A TAROM plane transported the Romanian military dispatched to ensure the replacement of personnel for the mission of the Carpathian Pumas Detachment. Four IAR-330 L-RM Puma helicopters were detached In Mali, along with a total of 120 military personnel (pilots, technical and medical personnel). Romania supports the UN in assisting the Government of the Republic of Mali to continue the implementation of the Peace Agreement. The Romanian detachment will carry out medical evacuation missions, troop and material transport, passengers transport, air patrol and observation missions, according to the Romanian Ministry of Defence.
On Wednesday, April 19th, 2020, a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter plane approached a US Poseidon P-8, a reconnaissance and patrol aircraft, in an unprofessional manner. Poseidon P-8 was above the Mediterranean Sea in international airspace when it was intercepted, over the course of one hour and a half, by the Russian plane which in two distinct cases flew dangerously close to the US Navy aircraft, with the risk of collision. The situation followed another similar incident that took place on April 15th, 2020, and involved the same types of aircraft, according to an official statement of the US Navy.