Qantas Group projects domestic capacity to return to 90% of pre-COVID levels in Q4 FY21


Qantas Group has released encouraging projections for Q4 FY21, ending June 30, highlighting its recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel. While Group domestic capacity should reach 90% of pre-COVID levels for the last quarter, subsidiary Jetstar looks likely to exceed 100% thanks to a strong leisure demand. Forward projections into FY22 should see Qantas operating at 107% pre-COVID level and Jetstar at 120%. According to Group CEO Alan Joyce: “Corporate travel, including the small business segment, is now back to around 65% of pre-COVID levels, and increasing month-on-month.” The Group had been hard hit by Read more

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Delta Air Lines reports first-quarter pre-tax loss of US$2.9 billion

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Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the first quarter 2021, posting AN adjusted pre-tax loss of US$2.9 billion excluding US$1.2 billion of benefit related to the first payroll support program extension (PSP2), which is partially offset among other items, by the debt extinguishment charges incurred when pre-paying its US$1.5 billion slots, gates and routes term loan Delta reported adjusted operating revenue of US$3.6 billion a decline of 65% on 55% lower sellable capacity versus the first quarter of 2019. Total operating expense, which includes the US$1.2 billion benefit related to PSP2, decreased US$3.9 billion over the first quarter Read more

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France orders eight H225M helicopters and one VSR700 prototype

Airbus H225M helicopter ©Airbus Helicopters / Anthony Pecchi

The French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed an order to purchase eight additional H225M helicopters and a second VSR700 prototype. The H225Ms will be operated by the French Air and Space Force. The VSR700 is an unmanned aerial system being developed for the French Navy in partnership with Naval Group. This order is part of a stimulus plan to support the national aeronautical industry announced by the French government in 2020. For Airbus Helicopters, the plan also includes an order for two H145 helicopters for the Sécurité Civile and Read more

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Kellstrom Aerospace partners with Valcor Engineering and its subsidiary Electroid

Kellstrom Aerospace, a global commercial aftermarket OEM distributor, providing a comprehensive range of aircraft lifecycle solutions, has announced an aftermarket partnership with Electroid, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valcor Engineering Corporation, to offer a 100% yield overhaul exchange program for OEM Air Separation Module (ASM) Part Number 2030157-102, which is the original equipment installed on production Boeing 737NG aircraft manufactured after 2008.    The Air Separation Module is an integral component of the On-Board Inert Gas Generator System (OBIGGS) for fuel tank inerting to protect against explosions by sources of ignition such as electrical shorts, bonding failures, mechanical failures of Read more

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Aviator Finland introduces fully electrical chassis

©Aviator Finland introduces fully electrical chassis

Aviator, a Nordic one-stop shop for aviation ground handling services, has announced the introduction Vestergaard electrical chassis, able to carry a number of Ground support equipment (GSE) applications, such as water and lavatory carts, increasing the base’s operational capability and reducing Aviator’s environmental footprint. Vestergaard Company’s fully electric 12-ton chassis is equipped with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery with enough capacity to drive up to approximately 50 km and operate for around 12 hours. The machine is composed of tried and tested high quality industrial, electronic components. Aviator has chosen the version with a fully enclosed cabin with heat and Read more

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Atlas Air flight attendants ratify five-year labor agreement

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Atlas Air Worldwide has released that its provider of flight attendant services, Flight Services International (FSI), has reached a five-year agreement with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 591, which represents flight attendants who support Atlas Air’s passenger services. This is the first labor contract with FSI flight attendants since they organized with TWU. FSI provides Atlas Air with over 400 flight attendants to serve its thousands of passenger flights a year. Customers include U.S. military service men and women, sports teams, entertainers and other VIP passengers. Atlas Air has worked with FSI since 2012.

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Chorus Aviation and Cobham Aviation Services sign aircraft leasing transaction

Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC) has leased one Dash 8-400 aircraft (MSN 4224) to National Jet Express, a subsidiary of Cobham Aviation Services (Cobham). The aircraft, which CAC re-possessed in 2020, was modified and re-purposed by Chorus’ subsidiary, Voyageur Aviation, to support Cobham’s operations to both paved and unpaved runways at remote sites throughout Australia. Cobham Aviation Services provides fly-in, fly-out services in support of mining, oil and gas projects, critical freight, and VIP charters. Cobham also conducts aerial border surveillance and search-and-rescue operations spanning the country’s exclusive economic zone and SAR region.

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Aerogility appoints Martin Taylor to board of directors

Martin Taylor

Aerogility has released that Martin Taylor, a 40-year veteran of BAE Systems, is joining its Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director. Taylor is, and remains, Managing Director, Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), at BAE Systems – Air. He began his career as an Aerodynamicist at British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division. During his time at the organization he was promoted to Head of Project for the Harrier program before moving to Fort Worth, Texas, as the BAE Systems Program Director on the Joint Strike Fighter Program (now known as F-35).

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Norwegian Air to raise additional NEK6 billion before exiting bankruptcy protection


Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) has increased its target of cash being raised prior to exiting bankruptcy protection. Courts in both Dublin and Oslo had recently agreed for the airline to convert debt to stock, but only on the condition that it raised a further NEK4.5 billion. However, that figure has been increased to NEK6 billion in fresh capital to shore up its resources prior to exiting bankruptcy protection, despite the precarious situation being faced by commercial airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Norwegian’s Chief Executive Jacob Schram said in a statement: “We want to take a conservative approach at Read more

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ALC delivers one new Airbus A321-200neo LR to Air Arabia

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has delivered one new Airbus A321-200neo LR aircraft on long-term lease to Air Arabia.  This aircraft, featuring CFM International LEAP-1A32 engines, is the sixth of six new A321-200neo LRs to deliver to Air Arabia from ALC’s order book with Airbus.  ALC also disclosed that Air Astana has taken delivery of one Airbus A321-200neo LR aircraft, featuring Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engines. This is the fifth new A321-200neo LR to deliver to Air Astana from ALC’s order book with Airbus. In addition to the five A321-200neo LRs, Air Astana also has one A320-200, two A320-200neos and one Read more

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