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Monday, July 20th, 2020

Icelandair sacks all cabin crew – spare pilots to look after passengers

After many months of negotiations with Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (Flugfreyjufelag Islands/FFI) and the signing of a five-year deal aimed at “increasing productivity and flexibility”, ten days ago, Icelandair cabin crew voted 73:27 to reject the proposals.

Iceland’s flag-carrying airline had successfully negotiated similar deals with the pilots’ and engineers’ unions. Because negotiations had broken down completely and there appeared to be no common ground upon which an agreement might be reached, Icelandair has opted to “permanently terminate the employment of its current cabin crew members and permanently discontinue the employment relationship between the parties”.

As of July 20, those pilots not rostered for flying duty will take on the “responsibility for safety on board.” The carrier has been offering a very basic service since the COVID-19 pandemic hit travel and will maintain that level for the near future. While cabin crew have now announced there will be a strike, Icelandair has indicated it is already in negotiations with cabin crew from the now defunct Icelandic carrier, Wow Air.

Icelandair is presently flying from its hub at Keflavik airport near Reykjavik to Amsterdam, Boston, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Hamburg, but not to the U.K.


Cathay Pacific Group issues profit warning

In its 2019 annual results announcement dated March 11, 2020, the Cathay Pacific Group had disclosed that it expected to incur a substantial loss for the first half of 2020. Based on the unaudited results of the Group for the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Directors of Cathay Pacific Airways estimate that the Group will record a net loss attributable to shareholders of approximately HK$9.9 billion, which compares to a net profit to shareholders of HK$1.3 billion for the same period in 2019.

Last week, Cathay Pacific’s shareholders passed the resolutions pertaining to the company’s HK$39 billion recapitalization plan. The management team is moving forward with a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Group’s operations and will make its recommendations to the Board on the future size and shape of the airlines by the fourth quarter.

This includes impairment charges amounting to approximately HK$2.4 billion, which mainly relate to 16 aircraft that are unlikely to re-enter meaningful economic service again before the 2021 summer season together with certain airline service subsidiaries assets.


New EFW cabin cargo box solution boosts freight capacity of passenger aircraft

EFW has launched a lightweight, robust cabin cargo box for flexible storage concepts. The solution is allowing airlines to boost the cargo capacity in the main cabin to its maximum. If for example, a full cargo composition is applied to an A330-200, a volume of up to 145 m³ and a payload of nearly 19 tons can be shipped with just one flight in addition to the belly capacity.

The cabin cargo box solution is an advanced opportunity to implement individual cargo solutions optimized to airlines needs with just minor modifications: flexible and reversible. 

With this solution specific load authorizations can be achieved and the capability of carrying larger and heavy items in the cabin. The solution can be issued with Supplemental Type Certification (STC) when merited, which EFW is authorized to do under its EASA-certified Design Organization Authorization (DOA).

Nasmyth TMF appoints new General Manager

Nasmyth Group has appointed Michael Steinberg as General Manager of Nasmyth TMF Inc. in Valencia, California.

Nasmyth TMF is a specialist in metal finishing, painting, and non-destructive testing for the aerospace and defence industries.

A certified FAA repair station, Nasmyth TMF offers both protective and cosmetic coatings. Capabilities include complex masking, painting, grit blasting, quality testing, electro-mechanics, tartaric sulfuric anodizing and boric sulfuric anodizing.


American Airlines introduces new technology to enhance customer experience

American Airlines is taking more action in advancing its technology capabilities to ease the customer experience and focus on the well-being and safety of customers and team members.

American has created a new touchless check-in experience for customers, allowing them to proceed to the gate without touching the kiosk screen, even if they are checking a bag.

Customers who would like to check baggage and are traveling domestically on a single itinerary can indicate how many bags they plan to check on the American Airlines app or at aa.com.

When the customer arrives at the check-in kiosk, they can scan the boarding pass on their personal mobile device or one they printed out at home. After the boarding pass is scanned, the kiosk automatically prints the bag tags, all without the customer having to touch the kiosk. This new technology will be in place at more than 230 airports.


Air bp supplies sustainable aviation fuel for Airbus delivery flights

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is collaborating with Airbus to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for delivery flights from Airbus’ facility at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport (XFW/EDHI). The first aircraft are two Air Transat A321LR destined for Montreal, Canada.

To enable SAF to be used for these flights, Air bp established a supply route, including transportation and storage facilities at the airport. As part of this agreement, Air bp also supplied SAF for transportation flights from Hamburg by the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga in December 2019.

Martin Thomsen, CEO, Air bp, said: “We are excited to extend our collaboration with Airbus to fuel delivery flights from Hamburg for the first time with sustainable aviation fuel, building on previous delivery flights from Mobile, Alabama. bp’s ambition is to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world to get to net zero. We believe SAF is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions and we are committed to supporting our customers to realise their low carbon ambitions.”

The SAF supplied is produced by Neste and is made from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials and can reduce up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions over its life cycle compared to conventional jet fuel.

Air bp has been supplying SAF since 2010 and to date has supplied 16 airports and 20 customers globally. Air bp has been supplying SAF to Germany since late 2019.

In 2018, Air bp agreed a collaboration with Neste to develop SAF supply chains, and in 2016 invested $30 million in waste to fuels company Fulcrum BioEnergy.

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