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LATAM Airlines Reveals Star Wars-Inspired Aircraft



LATAM Airlines Group will debut a Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-inspired aircraft this fall in celebration of the recent opening of the new Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Designed by Disney’s creative team in conjunction with Lucasfilm, the Boeing 777’s livery was inspired by the stormtroopers of the First Order.

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The plane, which has the capacity for 410 passengers, will begin flying from LATAM’S Sao Paulo/Guarulhos hub in Brazil to Orlando as well as other international destinations including Miami, Madrid, Frankfurt and Paris beginning in October.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated new land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opened to the public in Orlando on August 29.

The unveiling comes just months after airlines/alaska-airlines-unveils-toy-story-themed-livery.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Alaska Airlines debuted a special Toy Story-themed livery to celebrate the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 in June.

Meanwhile, JetBlue unveiled a Boston Bruins-themed livery during the team’s Stanley Cup playoff run this past spring.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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