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Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Strong words over EU states’ travel policies from easyJet CEO

EasyJet’s Chief Executive, Johan Lundgren, has demanded European governments focus on developing coherent air travel policies as opposed to shielding national carriers as carriers struggle to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lundgren was quite blunt in his criticism of varying restrictions and quarantine measures which he felt had contributed to the slump in air travel because of “tremendous confusion.” He added that “There needs to be a common approach when it comes to the things that have to do with testing (and) quarantine,” Lundgren said during the event hosted by Brussels-based industry group Airlines for Europe (A4E).

Pressure is currently mounting on some of the weaker airlines with the delay in recovery of passenger numbers which now threatens jobs and will likely see governments have to fund a further round of emergency funding.

According to Reuters news agency, 4.2 million European flights and 140 billion euros (US$166 billion) in revenue have already been lost to the crisis, with airlines condemning quarantines as a disproportionate response and a major travel deterrent.

A coordinated global approach is key to restoring long-haul travel, said Sebastian Mikosz of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “We are not at the stage of the recovery, we are still at the stage of the survival,” he said. “If you have any form of quarantine absolutely equivalent to closing the market.”


Delta will avoid involuntary furloughs for gound and flight attendant groups in the U.S.

Delta has effectively managed staffing between now and the peak 2021 summer season for most frontline groups.

"Avoiding involuntary furloughs in this unprecedented environment is entirely due to the innovation, hard work and shared sacrifice of our people," CEO Ed Bastian said. "Our teams have done an extraordinary job identifying opportunities to spread work around and shift people into new roles that are essential to our business."

COVID-19's impact to the airline industry has been staggering. In the early days of the crisis, Delta was faced with an unprecedented decline in customer demand, resulting in the largest capacity reduction in Delta's history. The company responded with swift, decisive action to protect the business, from immediately parking aircraft to reducing capital expenditures.

Delta people rallied just as quickly. Within days, roughly 10,000 Delta people volunteered to participate in an unpaid, voluntary leave of absence to protect the company. Since the start of the pandemic the actions of Delta people have resulted in, more than 40,000 employees volunteering to take an unpaid leave of absence and nearly 17,000 employees choosing to depart the company through a voluntary package, preserving jobs for others.

Flight attendants volunteered to assist with jobs on the ground and participate in a Fly On/Off program, a rotating month-on, month-off schedule. Airport customer service teams are considering new roles like wheelchair handling, aircraft servicing, cargo handling and into-plane fueling. Reservations specialists quickly trained in new areas to support different lines of work. To secure TechOps employment, Delta is leveraging its MRO business and partnerships with Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.


Honeywell and Aerion collaborate on flight deck for new AS2 Supersonic Jet

Supersonic aircraft company Aerion and Honeywell Aerospace are progressing through the joint definition phase for the Avionics and Connectivity suite of the new AS2 Supersonic Business Jet.

“Honeywell Aerospace is the definitive leader in cutting-edge avionics technology, and we are delighted to continue our long-standing collaboration,” says Aerion’s CEO, Chairman & President, Tom Vice. “We appreciate the considerable investment in resource that Honeywell has made in our program, and we look forward to continued collaboration as we work with our global supply team to bring the AS2 into production.”

Upon completion of commercial and programmatic agreement, the avionics suite being developed for the AS2 will represent the next generation of avionics suites for business aircraft featuring Honeywell’s next-generation, state-of-the-art flight deck, Honeywell’s advanced connectivity solutions and Honeywell Forge platform.

Aerion and Honeywell began their formal collaboration in 2018, working on preliminary design of the AS2’s avionics systems. Joining the project in the formative stages, Honeywell’s expertise is helping shape a new bespoke avionics system for the AS2.


Jet Aviation acquires Arlin’s Aircraft Service FBO operation in Bozeman, Montana

Jet Aviation has acquired Arlin’s FBO operations located at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana, U.S.A. Bozeman Airport serves the Yellowstone Club, Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park.

The acquisition continues Jet Aviation’s strategic global FBO network expansion, particularly in the Western United States. The Bozeman FBO, which will operate as Jet Aviation Bozeman, has been providing ground handling services since 1979, including fueling, de-icing, hangarage and office space. With the acquisition, Jet Aviation acquires all assets of the FBO operation, in addition to its employees.

“Arlin’s FBO in Bozeman is a most welcome addition to our FBO network,” said David Best, Senior Vice President and GM for Jet Aviation in the Americas. “As the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and in close proximity to the Yellowstone Club and Big Sky Resort, Bozeman is Montana’s busiest airport and a key destination for our aircraft management and charter customers."


BSA adds 737 family to its training portfolio

EASA Part-147 approved training organisation, British School of Aviation (BSA), has secured approval from the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deliver face to face and online synchronous engineer type rating training for the Boeing 737 Classic, NG and MAX aircraft.

Delivered by Boeing trained instructors from its facility at London Luton Airport, as well as online, BSA will provide delegates with the necessary theoretical training, group learning and revision sessions and examinations. The final practical element will be delivered on the relevant aircraft type, in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

In response to the restrictions on global travel, BSA had already pivoted its training proposition to an online model, which launched in July with a Boeing 787 synchronous type rating course for B1/B2 qualified engineers.

Commenting on its latest approval from the U.K. CAA, Shonu Bamrah, Chief Executive Officer of BSA, said that the training company was already investing in new training methodologies prior to the coronavirus outbreak, in order to reduce costs for the aviation industry:

"Even before COVID-19, BSA was in advanced discussions with a number of international customers regarding the merits of online and virtual reality based training, in response to the economic challenges faced by the industry. This process has been accelerated by the impact of the pandemic, so BSA’s successful introduction of a synchronous online platform marks an important step forward in the development of innovative new approaches to delivering cost-efficient mandated training.”


Domodedovo Airport welcomes 4.7 million passengers during summer 2020

Moscow Domodedovo Airport has served 4.7 million passengers in June-August 2020.

Holiday-related traffic grew 7% year-on-year up to 1.8 million passengers, with Simferopol, Sochi, Saint Petersburg, Anapa and Kaliningrad being the most popular destinations.

Sochi, Kaliningrad, Gelendzhik, Makhachkala and Rostov-on-Don were key growth drivers among domestic destinations. Passenger traffic on the mentioned routes reached 968 thousand people, a 46% year-over-year rise.

International air traffic is still being impacted by COVID-19. Just 220 thousand international passengers went through the gates at Moscow Domodedovo Airport during the summer season.

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