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Friday, April 3rd, 2020

German government looks to bail out Condor

Talks with Polish Airline LOT to take over Condor, part of the now defunct Thomas Cook Group, are looking to grind to a halt amidst the current drop in domestic and international travel owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

Having previously rescued the struggling carrier with a €380 million (US$415 million) state bridging loan to allow the carrier to continue operating, the German government is now looking to privatize Condor on a short-term basis until the aviation industry recovers from its currently precarious situation.

LOT had offered €300 million (US$328 million) for the carrier which has the potential to cater for up to 20 million travelers a year. The deal with LOT was a long way from being watertight as there were problems relating to certain financial guarantees that the German government was not prepared to accept.

It is believed that only last week Condor approached the German government for a further loan, this time for €250 million (US$275 million), in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.


IAG further reduces capacity and accesses job retention and wage support schemes

IAG has decided to reduce capacity further to an approximately 90% reduction in April and May compared to last year.

As a result of the significant decline in flying, British Airways is making use of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme to help U.K.-based employees placed on furlough. It has reached an agreement with trade unions, GMB and Unite, to apply this scheme to more than 30,000 cabin crew and ground-based employees in April and May. Under this scheme, furloughed employees will receive 80% of their base pay and of certain allowances. This agreement is subject to union ratification.

British Airways has also reached an agreement with its 4,000 pilots to take four weeks of unpaid leave in April and May.

IAG’s other airlines have received support from similar job retention and wage support schemes for more than 17,000 employees in Spain and are seeking similar support in Ireland.

Boeing proposes layoffs on voluntary basis

Boeing is launching a compensation program in view of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was announced by Boeing CEO David Calhoun on Thursday, April 2, in a statement to the workforce.

Employees should be encouraged to leave the company voluntarily by means of the severance package. This was to avoid the need of other measures to reduce the number of employees. Further details would be announced in three to four weeks.

"One thing is already clear, it will take time for the aerospace industry to recover from the crisis. When the world emerges from the pandemic, the size of the commercial market and the types of products and services our customers want and need will likely be different. We will need to balance the supply and demand accordingly as the industry goes through the recovery process for years to come, it's important we start adjusting to our new reality now," Calhoun said in his letter.


Aviation Clean Air ramps up production

Aviation Clean Air (ACA) is experiencing increased interest and an uptick in orders for its Ionization Purification System. The patented system is certified for aircraft installation by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The ACA product is a proactive system that immediately improves interior air quality, eliminates odors and kills pathogens in the air and on surfaces wherever they live throughout the cabin and cockpit of the aircraft. The system, which operates through the aircraft’s existing environmental control system (ECS) is a proactive, natural purification process that produces no harmful ozone or chemicals and requires no maintenance with filters to be changed or charged plates to clean.

“We began manufacturing our Ionization Purification System in 2014 and it is currently installed on a variety of aircraft models,” said Howard Hackney, ACA Managing Member. “The system is proven to effectively purify the air and surfaces throughout an aircraft’s interior.”

Thales Alenia Space appoints new member to its management

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has appointed Massimo Claudio Comparini as Deputy CEO and Senior Executive Vice President Observation, Exploration and Navigation Business Line at Thales Alenia Space as well as CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italia, with immediate effect. Comparini succeeds Donato Amoroso.

Comparini, former CEO at eGeos since 2016 and Director Line of Business Geo Information at Telespazio, has a long and proven track record in the space industry, from technology to services, and in the earth observation domain. He holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, Remote Sensing and Radar Systems, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy), and a Degree in Strategy from Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, CA (U.S.A.).


Emirates to fly passengers outbound from UAE starting April 6th

Emirates has received approvals to carry passengers on certain flights. Effective Monday April 6, initial flights will commence from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich, with four flights a week to London Heathrow, and three flights a week to the other cities.

Operating from Dubai International airport Terminal 2 until further notice, these flights will only carry outbound passengers from the UAE. Emirates will also carry belly-hold cargo in both directions, supporting trade and communities with the transport of essential goods.

Emirates will operate its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on these routes.

J&C Aero and Colibri Aero develop first EASA-certified commercial Cargo Seat Bags for Airbus passenger cabins

Colibri Aero, an international supplier of aircraft parts and interior solutions, together with J&C Aero, an international aircraft design and production organization, have developed universal Cargo Seat Bags for commercial and humanitarian cargo transportation inside Airbus A319/A320/A321 passenger cabins. The newly developed interior modification kit has already been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and has received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The Cargo Seat Bag comes as a spacious 76x76x147 cm (30x30x58 inches) kit for a triple seat, with up to 75 kg (165 lbs) of cargo to be stored on the seat and additional 9 kg – under the seat, totalling 252 kg (555 lbs) per triple seat block.

The kit can be easily installed in just a few minutes and can include a wide range of cargo types: from postal correspondence, household goods, electronics and other commercial cargo to medical equipment and other kinds of humanitarian supplies.

The kits are developed in compliance with structural integrity, fire protection, and emergency evacuation requirements.


ALA – Advanced Logistics for Aerospace acquires Germany-based Industrio GmbH

ALA – Advanced Logistics for Aerospace has acquired a majority stake in Germany-based Industrio GmbH.

ALA is an Italian private company owned by entrepreneurs Fulvio Scannapieco and Vittorio Genna and specialized in distribution, logistics and service provision to the aerospace and defense, energy and industrial markets.

Industrio GmbH is an aerospace distribution company with a significant footprint in the German-market. The company, headquartered in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany, will change its name and trade as ALA Germany GmbH effective from April 1, 2020 and will be led by Bill Holler as general manager.

With facilities already in Italy, the United Kingdom and France, the acquisition now gives ALA more business opportunities in the European aerospace marketplace to serve its international customers.


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