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Monday, May 18th, 2020

Emirates looks to trim workforce by 30% - over 30,000 jobs may go

Emirates Group (Emirates) is looking to make substantial cuts in its workforce as it tries to mitigate the financial costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg news.

The Gulf carrier suspended all regular passenger flights in March and like all airlines has struggled to cope, financially, with the approximate 95% drop in demand for air travel on a global basis. While no official announcement has been made, it is expected that Emirates will shelve approximately 30,000 jobs, virtually 30% of its 105,000-strong workforce. A company spokesperson confirmed that Emirates was conducting a review of “costs and resourcing against business projections,” adding that: “Any such decision will be communicated in an appropriate fashion. Like any responsible business would do, our executive team has directed all departments to conduct a thorough review of costs and resourcing against business projections.”

Emirates is one of the world’s biggest long-haul carriers and has already indicated that it will raise debt to help it through the current financial crisis, though it does not anticipate that air travel will recover for at least eighteen months. It reported a 21% rise in profit for its financial year ending March 31, but admitted that the pandemic had damaged its fourth-quarter performance.

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First Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop takes flight

Textron Aviation has reported the successful first flight of its new twin utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier. The milestone flight is a significant step toward entry into service for the clean-sheet aircraft, and it kicks off the important flight test program that validates the performance of the Cessna SkyCourier.

The Cessna SkyCourier took off from the company’s east campus Beech Field Airport, piloted by Corey Eckhart, senior test pilot, and Aaron Tobias, chief test pilot. During the 2-hour and 15-minute flight, the team tested the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, as well as its propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems.

The prototype aircraft, along with five additional flight and ground test articles, will continue to
expand on performance goals, focusing on testing flight controls and aerodynamics.

Embry-Riddle and GE Aviation to enhance flight analytics and aviation safety education

A new partnership between the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and GE Aviation is improving
aviation safety education by providing students and faculty with access to a leading flight data analytics platform — opening doors to additional applied learning and research opportunities.

“Embry-Riddle intends to use the software on all campuses in our aviation safety education courses and programs, and to improve operational efficiency for flight and fleet maintenance in our flight departments,” said Dr. Alan Stolzer, dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida, campus. “This software, in particular, gives us a huge competitive advantage over other flight and educational programs.”

The university worked for more than a year to identify the best flight data monitoring tool for its use, said Stolzer. GE Aviation’s Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program is powered by the company’s flight analytics platform — the Event Measurement System (EMS). It’s the “gold standard” and is used by the majority of domestic and international airlines, and general aviation, Stolzer said.

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Lufthansa Group, ETH Zurich and Climeworks and Synhelion to cooperate on sustainable aviation fuels

Representatives of the Lufthansa Group and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) with its spin-offs Clime-works and Synhelion have signed a joint Letter of Intent for a possible cooperation. This should help to accelerate the market launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). The researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich have developed innovative processes that make it possible to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and, together with water and with the help of concentrated sunlight, convert it into a synthesis gas that can be used to produce jet fuel. Such a fuel releases only as much CO2 as was previously extracted from the atmosphere. It is the common goal of the signatories to prepare these promising technologies for later production on an industrial scale.

The partnership initiated by the Lufthansa Group subsidiaries SWISS and Edelweiss is to include, among other things, cooperation in the areas of technology and economic efficiency. It is also intended to agree on acceptance quotas of SAF at a later date in order to support future demonstration projects of the partners. Further contents of the cooperation are to be worked out by the end of 2020.

Synhelion was founded in 2016 at ETH Zurich and is working on bringing solar fuels to the market. Climeworks, a company founded at ETH Zurich in 2009, is pursuing CO2 air separation to provide the carbon required for fuel synthesis in a sustainable manner. Both companies are thus developing key technologies for the production of SAF.

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Hawaiian Airlines Promotes Robert Johnson to Vice President – Flight Operations

Hawaiian Airlines has promoted Capt. Robert Johnson, its operations chief pilot, to vice president - flight operations. Johnson will lead all flight operation activities and administrative duties for Hawaiian Airlines, including pilot qualification and the carrier's System Operations Control Center. Johnson replaces Ken Rewick, who is retiring after more than four decades with Hawaiian.

Johnson joined Hawaiian in 2019 as operations chief pilot after spending more than 30 years with American Airlines, where he notably served as managing director line operations – west, as a check airman on the Boeing 787 fleet, and managing director – flight operations.

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Ryanair cuts over 250 jobs at Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw

Ryanair has reduced its office headcount in Dublin, Stansted, Madrid and Wroclaw by over 250 through a combination of probation/fixed term contract ends, resignations and redundancies, as these people will not be required to return to work on June 1, when the Ryanair offices reopen, due to the substantial decline in traffic the Ryanair Group Airlines is facing in 2020.

Ryanair Airlines have operated less than 1% of its normal flight schedules during April, May and June, and last week announced that only 40% of its normal schedules would operate in July 2020. For the full year, Ryanair now expects to carry less than 100 million passengers, over 35% lower than the 155m+ target for the year ended March 2021.

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Finnair adds cargo capacity by removing seats from two A330 wide-body aircraft

Finnair has modified two Airbus A330 aircraft for cargo use by removing economy class seats from the cabin. This way the freight can be carried in the cabin in addition to the cargo hold.

With these changes, the cargo capacity of the aircraft up to doubles. The free cabin space will be used mainly for shipping supplies needed in the coronavirus pandemic.

In normal times, about half of the world’s freight is carried in passenger aircraft. Passenger traffic has recently dropped dramatically due to the Covid 19 pandemic, which has decreased the availability of cargo. As the global logistic network has become less accessible, there’s now increasing demand for urgent cargo shipments.
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