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Graph of commercial air traffic Jan-Feb 2019 vs 2020
Commercial traffic down 4.3% in February
Compared to 2019, commercial passenger and cargo traffic was down 4.3% in February 2020. Overall flights tracked were up compared to 2019, but at a dramatically slower rate.
See the full picture
Flights in China week by week
China flights rebound slightly
Daily departures from China’s busiest airports more than doubled from their lows the previous week, but remain down 61% for the year. Flights in South Korea, Iran, and Italy remain down as well.
See the latest data for China and other affected countries
A Flybe Dash 8
Flybe ceases operations
The regional airline, which accounted for over 30% of the UK’s domestic flights, ceased operations this week following continued financial difficulties. 
See Flybe’s fleet and routes
An Alitalia 777
Want to buy Alitalia?
You have until 18 March to submit your offer for Alitalia—either the whole airline or its various business units. The airline currently has a fleet of 113 aircraft and offers flights to 5 continents. We talked about Alitalia’s future in our latest episode of AvTalk.
See what you'd be buying
Data from TK6491
TK6491 final report released
Investigators released their final report on the crash of TK6491 on 4 March 2020. The report details the conditions and actions of the flight crew and air traffic control that contributed to the crash in Bishkek in January 2017.
Read the full report
FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Various Australian airlines at Sydney
Speacial Australian flights to celebrate women’s roles in aviation
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, 12 flights around Australia will operate with women only crews—but not just on the flight deck. The pilots, cabin crew, ground staff, dispatchers, and air traffic controllers will all be women.
Follow these special International Women’s Day flights
AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
RAM 787 deicing in Montreal
A Royal Air Maroc 787 deicing in Montreal.
Air New Zealand 777 departing LAX
An Air New Zealand 777 charging down the runway in Los Angeles.
An SAS A350 landing in Chicago
An SAS A350 landing in Chicago just before sunset.
AVIATION HISTORY
Damaged engines on Ed Force One 747
Replacing two engines on a 747
Last week we saw how Swiss replaced one engine on a 777. In March 2016, the band Iron Maiden needed to replace two engines on their 747 after a tug damaged both engines on the left side of the aircraft. While not as cold as Swiss’ work, getting the 747 back in the air was no small feat.
Putting Ed Force One back together again
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Book a bunk bed?
Air New Zealand’s Skynest is the latest in a long line of unfulfilled comfort promises, but it might actually happen this time.
Listen to Episode 78
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