CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

Ryanair announces the loss of 3,000 jobs

The low-cost company has taken this decision to "survive" the crisis, which has a serious impact on air transport. Another thunderclap in the European sky. Ryanair will cut 3,000 jobs in order to be able to "survive" the air transport crisis which endangers the entire sector. The Irish carrier explains that pilots and aircrew will mainly be concerned, and that the plan covers 15% of the total workforce of around 19,000 people. The job cuts are "the minimum we need to survive the next 12 months," company boss Michael O'Leary said on the BBC. If a vaccine is not found and the traffic does not return to normal, "we may have to announce more withdrawals," he warned.
Ryanair announces the loss of 3,000 jobs

Michael O'Leary also estimated that his restructuring plan could lead to base closings in the United Kingdom. The British union Unite asked him to stop the job cuts, saying it had "large cash reserves and was better equipped than other companies" to face the crisis. Like its competitors in Europe, Ryanair is struck by the paralysis of air transport in the midst of a pandemic, which deprives airlines of revenues while their fixed costs remain enormous.

12,000 jobs cut at British Airways

British Airways had announced this week the loss of 12,000 jobs, more than a quarter of its workforce. EasyJet has strengthened its finances with a loan of £ 600 million from the public authorities. And the Virgin Atlantic company is fighting for its survival, its founder Richard Branson asking for help from the government for the moment in vain. Ryanair specifies that its flights will be stopped until at least July and that it will be necessary to wait for the summer of 2022 for a return to normal. The company predicts that employees will take leave without pay and that others will see their wages reduced by 20%. Michael O'Leary had already cut his salary by 50% for April and May, and will now extend this measure for the rest of the annual exercise, until March 2021.

Ryanair is also forced to review its growth plans and aircraft orders. He says he is in negotiations with Boeing to reduce the number of deliveries planned for the next 24 months. Ryanair will operate only 1% of its flights in April, May and June, or 150,000 passengers over the period, compared to 42.4 million expected without the pandemic. For the summer, the company plans to carry only half of the 44.6 million passengers planned. Ryanair has been hit by the consumer association Which! and many customers who are seeking reimbursement for their flights. Ryanair only offers them a voucher and does not guarantee a cash payment until after 12 months.

Ryanair in the red in the second quarter?

The recovery promises to be very gradual and if EasyJet has raised the possibility of leaving the middle seats empty at the start, Michael O'Leary firmly opposes it. In financial terms, Ryanair expects a net loss of 100 million euros for the first quarter (April to June) and should be further in the red in the second quarter. The group denounces the aid provided by governments to many of its competitors in Europe. Ryanair, who will not ask for government support, believes that this aid will distort competition for several years and will challenge it before the European courts. Airports are also struggling, like Heathrow in West London. Passenger traffic at the UK's largest airport, one of the world's major air transport "hubs", is expected to fall 97% in April. The airport postponed its third runway project by two years, work on which was due to start in 2022 for entry into service in 2026. He cited the pandemic and his appeal of a court decision which had dismissed the project in February for environmental reasons.