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Friday, September 4th, 2020

Embraer to cut workforce as it deals with pandemic and Boeing U-turn

Embraer has announced it is to shed approximately 900 jobs, approximately 4.5% of its current workforce in a restructuring move. The Brazilian planemaker is struggling to deal with the dual setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic and Boeing’s cancellation of its deal with the commercial aviation arm of the company.

Deliveries of commercial jets have fallen by 75% compared to this time last year. Embraer is also facing controversy as public investigators begin to look into alleged coercing of staff to accept voluntary redundancy. According to Reuters news agency, the metalworkers union in Sao Jose dos Campos, where Embraer is based, said in a statement that employees are accusing Embraer of coercing them to join the program, the deadline for which was Tuesday, September 1. The union said it had not been involved in negotiating the layoffs, which it equated to firings, blaming the company’s financial problems on its failed merger with Boeing and not the pandemic.

Embraer confirmed in a statement that since the onset of the pandemic, there have been three voluntary redundancy programs and redundancy has been accepted by around 1,600 employees. Embraer also said it had instigated other measures to protect, including collective vacations, reduced working hours and paid leave.

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Ryanair August traffic falls 53%

Ryanair has released its August traffic statistics. The Group transported 7.0 million passengers , a drop of 53% compared to the previous year. Ryanair operated approx. 60% of its normal August schedule with a 73% load factor.

Collins Aerospace introduces Kiosk Connect solution for contactless airport journey

Collins Aerospace Systems is eliminating the need to physically touch kiosk screens during airport check-in and baggage drops. The company’s new Kiosk Connect solution provides the first full, end-to-end, contactless airport journey — a high demand as passengers return to travel. 

By simply scanning a QR code with their mobile device, passengers can quickly connect to a common-use kiosk using either the airport’s public Wi-Fi or the kiosk’s built-in Wi-Fi, with no requirement to download any apps. From there, users complete the check-in process on their phones and produce boarding passes and bag tags without ever touching the kiosk screen.

"When combined with our secure biometric solutions and self-service airport products, this new feature enables travelers to experience a contactless airport journey all the way from check-in to boarding," said LeAnn Ridgeway, Vice President and General Manager, Information Management Services for Collins Aerospace. "As we work to help the aviation industry rebuild passenger confidence in flying, it’s incredibly important to us to provide solutions to improve safety and which are easy to use."

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Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one new Embraer E175 to JSC Belavia-Belarusian Airlines

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new Embraer E175, MSN 17000852, to Belavia-Belarusian Airlines on lease. This is the final aircraft to deliver as part of a five aircraft transaction which consisted of three E195’s and two E175’s. The placement of this aircraft will be the fifth Embraer E175 in Belavia-Belarusian Airlines aircraft fleet.

Belavia is the largest air carrier of the Republic of Belarus. It is based at the National Airport in Minsk and carries out regular flights from Minsk to 56 airports in 30 countries in Europe and Asia.

Satair takes lead on material management services for Airbus A220

Satair, an Airbus services company, has taken the lead on global material support and services for A220 operators, working in close coordination with the A220 program team in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership. Since July, Airbus Canada has officially transferred the overall A220 material management services offer to Satair, as part of the integration of the program into Airbus.

The official A220 material management services have smoothly been transitioned to Satair over the summer. Overall, Satair will now be in charge of a wide range of value-adding activities including: planning and inventory; purchasing; quality inspection; certification; warehousing and distribution; customer order handling; 24/7 AOG handling; initial provisioning and tool lease. Over time, Satair will also develop the areas of parts lease, repair and exchange for the A220. The customer order handling of the A220 program is solely managed in the Satair-OEM parts and services channel with its global group of Satair companies.

The A220 program headquarters are located in Mirabel, Canada, together with main customer services functions, such as engineering expertise and 24/7/365 Customer Response Center.

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APOC Aviation acquires young A319 for teardown from Aircastle

Access to younger components that will align with commercial operators’ fleet requirements as air traffic restarts is the impetus behind APOC Aviation’s determined acquisition policy. To complement its recent purchases of other A320 family airframes for teardown, the company announced that it has closed a deal with leading lessor Aircastle for a 2008 vintage A319 (MSN 3450) that was returned from lease by Volaris in July.

Access to flexible and immediate funding to take advantage of this prime asset purchase was swiftly secured through private placement. The aircraft is heading immediately for part-out at Marana in Arizona – the location for two earlier APOC teardowns (MSN 1758 and 1790) that are now complete.

It is anticipated that the first serviceable parts, including landing gear but not engines, will be shipped back to APOC’s Rotterdam facility in Q4.

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