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LATAM Airlines Group announced (26-May-2020) a reorganisation plan which includes filing for Chapter 11. LATAM Airlines Chile, LATAM Airlines Peru, LATAM Airlines Colombia, LATAM Airlines Ecuador and LATAM Airlines' affiliate in the US have also filed for Chapter 11. LATAM Airlines Brasil, LATAM Airlines Argentina and LATAM Airlines Paraguay are not included in the filing. LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates will continue operating with no impact on passenger or cargo operations, reservations, vouchers or LATAM Pass miles. The group secured the financial support of shareholders, including the Cueto and Amaro families, which have lasting ties to LATAM, and Qatar Airways, to provide up to USD900 million in debtor-in-possession financing. In addition, as of the filing, the group had approximately USD1.3 billion in cash on hand. LATAM stated the following:

  • LATAM Airlines Group SA and its affiliates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights, subject to demand and travel restrictions;
  • All current and future tickets, travel vouchers and frequent flyer miles and benefits, as well as flexibility policies, will be honoured;
  • The group's employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits as provided in their employment agreements;
  • Suppliers will be paid in a timely fashion for goods and services delivered from 26-May-2020 forward and throughout this process;
  • Travel agencies and other commercial partners will experience no disruption in their interactions with the LATAM group.

LATAM intends to rely on specific relief that will allow it to pay its employees, meet benefit obligations, pay critical suppliers and conduct other day-to-day business operations as the group works with the court and creditors to resolve its case. With Chapter 11 protection, the group's management team will remain in place. LATAM is advised in this process by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Claro & Cia as legal advisors, FTI Consulting as financial advisor and PJT Partners as investment banker. [more - original PR]

Astral Aviation confirmed (21-May-2020) the expansion of its network to 13 destinations in Africa, effective 25-May-2020. New destinations include Bosaso, Kismayo, Lilongwe and Lusaka. During the coronavirus pandemic, the airline has also operated charter services transporting medical equipment to countries including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Yemen. [more - original PR]

SAP Concur SVP of global content and supplier strategy Charlie Sultan forecast (25-May-2020) international travel for business will become "more of a rarity" even with lockdowns and travel restrictions eased. According to Mr Sultan, air travel will become more expensive due to social distancing guidelines limiting available seating on aircraft. In addition, companies will also need to consider the medical capacities of the country, the incidence of COVID-19, as well as the fact that the traveller could be quarantined after returning home. Organisations must weigh whether the trip is worth the risk of potentially sidelining a key employee for up to 14 days. [more - original PR]

Aeroflot Group announced (25-May-2020) operating volumes will be gradually restored from Jun-2020, with an initial focus on the progressive resumption of domestic services. Pobeda is scheduled to resume services on 01-Jun-2020. [more - original PR - English/Russian]

Garuda Indonesia, via its official Instagram account, reported (23-May-2020) around 70% of its aircraft are grounded due to COVID-19. The carrier added GMF AeroAsia is working "day and night" to attend to the aircraft.

OAG reported (25-May-2020) that since 20-Jan-2020, airlines have cumulatively operated over 800 million fewer seats than normal. The current capacity gap compared to normal operations is around 80 million seats, meaning OAG expects airlines will pass a billion seats that have not been operated towards the middle of Jun-2020. [more - original PR]

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