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Airbus plans to create new aerostructures companies in France and Germany

Airbus has reaffirmed its intention to build a stronger aerostructures assembly value chain across its industrial system to its social partners, and considers aerostructures assembly as core to its business. Airbus presented its plans to create two integrated aerostructures assembly companies at the heart of its industrial system in order to reinforce its value stream management and prepare the company for its short- and long-term future.

As part of these plans, and upon successful completion of the ongoing social process, the new company in France would bring together the activities currently managed within Airbus in Saint-Nazaire and Nantes together with those of STELIA Aerospace worldwide. Another company in Germany would bring the activities of Stade and Structure Assembly of Hamburg together with those of Premium AEROTEC in Nordenham, Bremen and partly in Augsburg, while rebalancing activities towards the upper part of the value chain and reviewing its involvement in the manufacturing of detail parts.

These two new aerostructures assembly companies, both wholly owned by Airbus, would no longer be suppliers to Airbus but become integrated within the Airbus perimeter, simplifying both governance and interfaces in a new industrial setup. Their distinct status would also enable them to focus on their industry segment and be leaner and more agile, fostering competitiveness, innovation, and quality to the benefit of the Airbus programs of today and tomorrow.

Airbus also intends to create a new global player in the detail parts business, anchored in Germany. Born out of today’s Premium AEROTEC, this new entity, with its scale and advanced technologies, would be empowered to capitalize on the significant long-term growth prospects with Airbus as well as external customers, on both civil and military platforms.

In Spain, Airbus continues to work on solutions with its social partners to optimize the current industrial and aerostructures set-up in the Cádiz area in order to ensure its viability, resilience and competitiveness for the future.

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Emirates may need further funding if air travel fails to recover soon

Continued low-level demand for air travel, despite the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, has led Dubai-based Emirates to admit that a further round of funding may be required later in the year, most likely through a further injection of equity from the Dubai government, the Gulf carrier’s sole shareholder.

Talking to the online World Aviation Festival, Tim Clark, Emirates’ president, commented: "We are good for another six, seven or eight months in terms of cash. We have sufficient cash coming in to be able to keep the day-to-day operation at a neutral basis," adding: "But like everybody else, if in six months global demand is where it is today then we are all going to face difficulties. Not just Emirates".

The carrier lost US$3.4 billion in the year’s first half, while it managed to obtain US$2 billion in equity from the Dubai government in 2020. While he would not say when, Clark also advised that Emirates would make a recommendation to the government on raising cash, which would likely come in the form of an equity injection or raising debt. However, Clark was also confident that should demand pick up, by September/October the cash situation could be turned round.

Emirates has resumed flights with all 151 Boeing 777 jets which mainly carry cargo, along with 20,000 to 30,000 passengers daily. He indicated that Emirates may retain some of its older 777 passenger jets that are due to retire but convert them into cargo-only planes while freight demand remains high. Clark had intended to retire in 2020 but has remained at the helm to guide the carrier through the pandemic and to set it on its future course before he retires, though he has not given a projected date when.

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Government of Panama accepts IATA Travel Pass

The Government of Panama will accept the IATA Travel Pass as a digital travel credential for passengers to store their COVID-19 test result, which is a current requirement for entry into the country.  Panama thus becomes the first nation in the region to accept this new IATA application. 

Luis Oliva, Administrator General of the Authority of Government Innovation of Panama (AIG), said: "The development of solutions that make travel easier is the result of a long history of fruitful collaboration with IATA. This latest joint initiative highlights our shared commitment to drive the adoption of digital health certificates that facilitate the resumption of international air travel."

In parallel to the Panamanian government's acceptance of the IATA Travel Pass, Copa Airlines will run a live trial of the tool in late May. Once concluded, the airline aims to make IATA Travel Pass available to its passengers as a one-stop shop for checking compliance with the travel rules and storing the applicable certificates, while providing governments with full assurance of passenger identity and the authenticity of the credentials being presented.

Rex takes delivery of sixth Boeing 737-800NG

Rex has taken delivery of another Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, the sixth to join the airline’s growing fleet of jet aircraft.

The 737, with the registration VH-RYU, touched down in Sydney after emerging from the lessor’s paint facility adorned in the distinctive Rex livery. It will soon enter service on the airline’s domestic network which now spans Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast, and Canberra.

Rex expects to take delivery of two more aircraft in July and hopes to grow its fleet of Boeing 737-800 NG by the end of the year.

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Remote delivery of Airways simulator for Malaysia’s new Mukah Airport

A large TotalControl tower simulator at Malaysia’s Mukah Airport has been successfully tested and installed remotely, in another example of an innovative approach to simulator delivery by Airways International (AIL) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

AIL partnered with International Aeradio – a Malaysian-based integrator of aviation technologies to provide a turnkey simulation solution for use by air traffic controllers at the new Mukah Airport. A 220° LCD tower simulator has been installed and commissioned, along with a procedural simulator which will shortly be operational following the US$70 million airport development. The Mukah Airport simulator is the second TotalControl simulation project to be successfully completed as a remote installation. It follows the eight-month project to remotely install a suite of TotalControl simulators for Avinor Air Navigation Services, Norway completed in early March 2021.

The TotalControl simulation solution will be used by Malaysian air traffic controllers for training at Mukah Airport, where they can control traffic in exercises that mimic the real world. The simulator imitates the full air traffic control flight information region and utilizes AIL’s unique TrueView technology for life-like graphics – enhancing the quality and speed of ATC training and significantly reducing on-the-job training time.

Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne airport first French airport to make sustainable biofuels available to its users

VINCI Airports, the Syndicat Mixte de l'Aéroport Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne (SMACFA) and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, has made sustainable biofuels available to Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne airport users, with Michelin Air Services as its first customer. These biofuels will be provided by Air bp under a fuel contract with VINCI Airports, and are produced from used food oils.

Biofuels are one of the key items of VINCI Airports' environmental commitment to decarbonize aviation, as demonstrated by its response in July 2020 to the State’s call for expressions of interest on the production of sustainable aeronautical biofuels in France. Biofuels are a decarbonization solution for aviation that can be implemented immediately, before other technological innovations such as hydrogen-powered aircraft are introduced.

As the first airport operator to implement a global environmental strategy, VINCI Airports has been committed since 2015 to a global approach of control and reduction of its environmental impacts. This has resulted in a significant decrease in its carbon footprint (a 22% reduction in gross CO2 emissions between 2018 and 2020 across its network). In parallel, VINCI Airports is committed to prepare tomorrow’s aviation, alongside local authority partners and the industry.

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Aero K goes live with Rusada’s ENVISION

South Korean start-up Aero K, has gone live with Rusada’s ENVISION software in time for its maiden flight.

Aero K initially signed up for ENVISION in December 2019 but was unable to proceed with its original launch plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier is now looking to take advantage of easing travel restrictions and a pent-up demand for travel.

Aero K conducted its first scheduled flight on April 15, flying an Airbus A320 from its base in Cheongju to popular travel destination Jeju. It will look to add international destinations such as China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam as the situation improves.

Rusada worked closely with Aero K throughout the pandemic to get them up and running on nine of ENVISION’s modules in time for their first flight. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, Rusada used an array of collaboration tools to remotely configure the system, load aircraft data and train staff. Aero K is now using the software to manage its airworthiness, maintenance, inventory, and support activities.
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