IATA slams EU slot decision as “out of touch with reality”


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has condemned the latest announcement form the European Commission (EC) which has set the winter slot threshold at 50%, claiming that the EC is totally “out of touch with reality”. IATA has immediately argued that the EC has ignored not just advice, but also evidence that has been presented to it by EU member states and the airline industry itself which had presented a strong case for a much lower slot use threshold.   IATA reckons that international travel will recover to 34% of its pre-pandemic level by the end of 2021. Winter demand Read more

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Collins Aerospace to install suite of ARINC airport solutions at Philippines’ Clark International Airport

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Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga, Philippines, has selected a suite of Collins Aerospace ARINC airport solutions to help provide a seamless passenger experience for the increased number of travelers expected to pass through the airport following its 2021 expansion. CRK selected a suite of ARINC passenger processing and airport operation solutions to move passenger flow through its new Terminal Two while helping to keep airport data optimized and secure. “Clark International Airport was looking for a vendor to support the airport’s expansion plans with three key areas of consideration — timeline for delivery, technical capabilities, and a dedicated and Read more

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Wright International and Flair Airlines announce maintenance partnership

Wright International will service Flair Airlines' fleet of 13 Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft ©Flair Airlines

Wright International, a subsidiary of FL Technics, and Flair Airlines has announced the start of a partnership, covering line maintenance services for the fleet of 13 Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft at Toronto Pearson Airport and the region of Waterloo International Airport. The services will include transit and overnight services as well as A checks in dedicated hangar space. This is an important milestone for both companies, securing long-term partnership in a strategic expansion plan and ensuring rapid development of operations in North America. The contract represents the mutual approach and values of both companies, with a focus on efficiency Read more

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Ryanair posts first quarter net loss of €273 million


COVID-19 continued to wreak havoc on Ryanair’s business during the first quarter of 2021, with most Easter flights cancelled and a slower than expected easing of EU Govt. travel restrictions into May and June.  Significant uncertainty around travel green lists (particularly in the U.K.) and extreme Govt. caution in Ireland meant that first-quarter bookings were close-in and at low fares.  The July 1, rollout of EU Digital COVID Certificates (DCC) and the scrapping of quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to the U.K. from mid-July has seen a surge in bookings over recent weeks.  Pricing remains below pre COVID-19 levels. First quarter Read more

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Eurowings Discover inaugural flight takes off

At 7:45 p.m. on July 24, Eurowings Discover left its parking position at Frankfurt Airport, departing on its inaugural flight (4Y134) ©Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group’s newest airline Eurowings Discover left Frankfurt Airport on July 24, departing on its inaugural flight (4Y134). Operated by an Airbus 330-200 aircraft, passengers traveled from Frankfurt to Mombasa and, after a stopover of about one hour, continued onward to Zanzibar. The Lufthansa Group’s new leisure airline has been granted its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the German Federal Aviation Authority on June 16 this year and will be commencing flight operations this summer as planned under the airline’s own flight code “4Y”. The aircraft has a total of 270 seats, 22 of which are in Business Class (lie-flat Read more

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Aero Controls completes re-certification of AS9100D Quality Management System

Aero Controls have completed the recertification of its AS9100D quality management system – requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations certification utilizing Det Norske Veritas Certification. The adoption of AS9100D has been a key commitment to continuous quality improvement for all levels of employees and management within Aero Controls in our continuing support of our aerospace and defense customers. The AS9100 quality management system is based on the widely used ISO 9001 standard, with additional requirements that are specific to the aerospace and defense industry. AS9100D, the latest revision of the standard, incorporates the entire ISO 9001:2015 requirements and adds Read more

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American Airlines reports record liquidity in second-quarter 2021 results

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American Airlines (American) has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 in which it has posted a net profit of US$19 million. However, excluding net special items, the net loss for the quarter was -US$1.1 billion on a second-quarter revenue of US$7.5 billion, an 87% increase on the year’s first quarter. The Company recognized US$1.4 billion of net special credits before the effect of taxes in the second quarter of 2021 principally related to the financial assistance received pursuant to Payroll Support Program Agreements. American ended the second quarter with approximately US$21.3 billion of total available liquidity, Read more

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U.S. fractional ownership program launched for Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

VoltAero’s pioneering Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft is now available for U.S. fractional ownership through the company’s teaming with KinectAir, joining its on-demand flight services driven by artificial intelligence and utilizing an advanced smartphone application. KinectAir’s “Pioneer” program opens opportunities for fractional owners to reserve share positions, or whole aircraft, in four-seat Cassio 330s – the first Cassio version of VoltAero’s hybrid-electric aircraft family to enter production. The Cassio 330 will be strategically positioned at U.S. airport locations based on user demand. VoltAero is advancing the Cassio family’s design phase, building on the validation of its hybrid-electric powertrain through flight trials with Read more

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Liebherr welcomes HAECO as new partner for heat exchanger servicing

Cleaning of a heat exchanger ©Liebherr-Aerospace

Liebherr-Aerospace has built up an international service network of partners in order to improve the operational availability of heat transfer equipment. The company has established test and cleaning capabilities as close as possible to flight operations around the globe. Together with Liebherr-Aerospace, those partners assure unique OEM quality with highest product reliability. The HAECO Group is the latest company to join this network to support customers in the Asia Pacific Region. Established in Hong Kong in 1950, the company has developed its industrial capabilities to perform tests and cleaning of heat exchangers manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace for the Airbus A320 aircraft Read more

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Emirates launches new passenger service to Miami

Emirates' flight EK213 was welcomed at Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute ©Emirates

Emirates is connecting global business and leisure travelers with it’s first-ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami. The airline celebrated the inaugural flight of its four-times-a-week service when it touched down in Miami on July 22. For the first flight, the airline operated its Boeing 777 Gamechanger, and on the ground, showcased the interiors of the aircraft to guests, featuring its highly popular First Class private suites. With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ First Class suites on the Gamechanger each offer up to 40 ft² of personal space, and ultra-modern design features. Read more

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