catfiddle                  (Don’t even think of saying it!)

THIS down-there  IN RECENTLY

be warned: I ain’t checked nuthin’, I’m just re-posting here* out of human interest:

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A very SAD day for a 100 year old industry of AVIATION. 

Virgin fires more than 3,000 people including 600 Pilots.

– Virgin Australia files for Bankruptcy.

– Air Mauritius goes into Administarion.

– South African Airways Bankrupt.

 – Finnair returns 12 planes and lays off 2,400 people.

 – YOU grounds 22 planes and fires 4,100 people.

– Ryanair grounds 113 planes and gets rid of 900 pilots for the moment, 450 more in the coming months.

– Norwegian completely stops its long-haul activity!!!  The 787s are returned to the lessors.

– SAS returns 14 planes and fires 520 pilots… The Scandinavian states are studying a plan to liquidate Norwegian and SAS to rebuild a new company from their ashes.

– Ethiad cancels 18 orders for A350, grounds 10 A380 and 10 Boeing 787. Lays off 720 staff.

– Emirates grounds 38 A380s and cancels all orders for the Boeing 777x (150 aircraft, the largest order for this type). They “invite” all employees over 56 to retire 

– Wizzair returns 32 A320s and lays off 1,200 people, including 200 pilots, another wave of 430 layoffs planned in the coming months.  Remaining employees will see their wages reduced by 30%.

– IAG (British Airways’ parent company) abandons the takeover of Air Europa (and will pay €40 million compensation for that).

– IAG (Iberia) grounds 56 planes.

– IAG (British Airways) grounds 34 planes.  Everyone over 58 to retire.

– Luxair reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies)

– CSA abolishes its long-haul sector and keeps only 5 medium-haul aircraft.

– Eurowings goes into Bankruptcy

– Brussels Airline reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies).

– Lufthansa plans to ground 72 aircraft (in two instalments).

– Hop is studying the possibility of reducing fleet and staff by 50%.

Additional info:

Currently, 60 new aircraft stored at Airbus with no buyers in sight (order cancellations) including 18 A350s.

They forecast a minimum of 8,000 grounded planes by September.  With an average of 5.8 crews per plane (medium and long haul combined), that would make more than 90,000 unemployed pilots worldwide.

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I haven’t checked any part of it (I just post it here ‘cos it’s there, so there).

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* More or less exactly as it arrived, in an e-mail.



but why deliberately pass the keys of the kennel and control of the leash to strangers?


in Capitalism, its weakness — is its driving force, which in simple terms is the desire for the greatest profit for the least cost.

This time, any takers?

Anyone willing to argue, or call me stupid? Hey — I’m calling YOU stupid, no? Or am I simply lamenting and making a public display of personal despair?

Have we all been little Caesars, standing on the balcony with a wee fiddle whilst below and all around our ‘new Rome’ is engulfed in flames? Why have we turned the Nelsonian ‘blind eye’ to obvious signs?


indeed. But despite your optimisms and the appearance: there ain’t no ‘return to normal’. The incoming normal ain’t no normal, and shall not be*.

Now please forgive me, I’m off to look up the word ‘watershed’. As Oates said on that sad and sorry occasion:


Oh. Yes.

Here’s your quote:

Basic ingredients often come from just a few factories in China and India — and in early March, India suspended the export of 26 active ingredients and drugs, including paracetamol and the ingredients used to produce antibiotics. A study compiled by the logistics consulting firm Resilience360, a subsidiary of DHL, warns that the current crisis has shown just how important it is to maintain multiple supply sources. “Overall, the COVID-19 outbreak may be a wakeup call to the pharma industry and governments,” the consultants write.

Read from source: CLICK HERE


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