News and notes from around the interweb:
- Another Emirates departure incident after the recent near crash on departure.
EK-524 began their takeoff roll without ATC clearance. Tower subsequently instructed EK-524 to stop. According to information EK-524 may have reached 130 KIAS when they rejected takeoff.
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer extends elite status, introduces new milestone benefits and pauses mileage expiration through at least end of 2022.
- Airlines pricing itineraries based on where a ticket is sold versus where a trip originates
- Priority Pass has Thai Airways domestic lounges in Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai
Thai Airways lounge Phuket
- Air France needs billions of dollars Delta used to call capital contributions from owners ‘subsidies’ when talking about Mideast airlines, but will not do so here.
This year will be decisive for Air France-KLM, which will need to conduct a new capital increase of between EUR1 billion and EUR2 billion euros (USD1.15-2.3 billion) during 2022 to survive the continued impact of Covid-19 on air travel demand, according to internal estimates seen by the French daily Les Echos.
It will then need a further EUR4 billion to EUR6 billion (USD4.5-6.8 billion) in order to remain a leading air transport group over the long term, the newspaper reported on January 6 in a story also picked up by Reuters.
After two years of unprecedented losses and more than EUR14 billion (USD15.9 billion) in aid from the French and Dutch governments, the Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines parent will have to carry out a new capital increase to rebuild its equity and meet its commitments.