Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

IAG’s British Airways hit with proposed £183 million fine over passenger data theft

British Airways (BA), part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) has been hit with a proposed £183 million (US$229 million) fine for a data breach which saw the credit card details, including the card number, expiry date and three-digit CVV security code, stolen from the reservations system for passengers who booked directly with the carrier over a two-week period during August and September 2018.

In addition, one month after reporting this data breach, BA confirmed that data for passengers booking through its Avios scheme between April and July 2018 was also vulnerable. Over 200,000 passengers were subsequently at risk from the August-September data breach, though BA was keen to point out that as far as it was aware, none of those whose personal data was accessed suffered any financial loss as a consequence of the data breaches.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it intends to issue the airline with a penalty notice under the Data Protection Act, with the proposed penalty of £183.4m (US$229 million) calculated at the rate of 1.5 per cent of BA’s worldwide revenue in 2017, and which equates in this instance to approximately £4.00 (US$5.00) per passenger projected to use the airline this year. Maximum penalties can extend to 4% of a company’s total global revenue under newly changed rules. The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said: “People’s personal data is just that – personal. When an organization fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft, it is more than an inconvenience. That’s why the law is clear – when you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it. Those that don’t will face scrutiny from my office to check they have taken appropriate steps to protect fundamental privacy rights.” IAG chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “British Airways will be making representations to the ICO in relation to the proposed fine. We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals.”


Safran to build new aircraft carbon brake plant near Lyon

The Chief Executive Officer of Safran, Philippe Petitcolin, has announced the construction of a new aircraft carbon brake plant in Feyzin, near Lyon.

This new plant will strengthen the production capacity of Safran Landing Systems, the Group's landing and braking system specialist. Carbon brakes for aircraft are currently produced at three Safran facilities: the legacy site in Villeurbanne (near Lyon), also Safran's global research center for friction materials, Walton, Kentucky in the United States, and Sendayan in Malaysia.

The facility will incorporate the full range of "Factory 4.0" technologies developed by Safran, resulting in a significant reduction in energy and water consumption, as well as increased use of renewable energies. Along with this new plant, the company is launching a major Research & Technology program in partnership with laboratories, universities and small businesses in the region, backed by support from the federal and local governments.

Almost 3 million passengers traveled with SAS in June

The number of passengers traveling with SAS increased slightly compared to the same month last year and reached the highest reported number for a single month. Unit revenue continues to develop favourably and increased by 4.8%. Scheduled capacity increased by 0.5% and the load factor for June fell slightly by 0.4 points to 82.6%.


American Airlines and Cathay Dragon launch codeshare agreement

American Airlines has launched a codeshare agreement with Cathay Dragon, adding service to four new destinations and increased service to three existing markets in Southeast Asia.

American will place its code on select Cathay Dragon flights from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), providing American’s customers seamless connecting service to seven cities beyond Hong Kong. The new codeshare flights will begin July 11.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Dragon is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Group and an affiliate member of oneworld®. The airline’s network covers 53 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 23 destinations in mainland China. The codeshare relationship with Cathay Dragon will further strengthen American’s existing partnership with the Cathay Pacific group in the years to come.

Avolon issues update for second quarter of 2019

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, owned and managed a fleet of 530 aircraft, with total orders and commitments for 393 new technology aircraft.

Avolon has executed a total of 24 lease transactions in the quarter comprising new aircraft leases, follow-on leases and lease extensions. The company delivered a total of 15 new aircraft to 10 customers and transitioned 11 aircraft to follow-on lessees.

Avolon has sold 38 aircraft during the quarter including the sale of 34 regional aircraft and had a total of 149 airline customers operating in 60 countries.

Furthermore, the company has ordered 140 CFM LEAP-1A engines, to power 70 A320neo family aircraft, valued at US$2 billion at list prices announced at 2019 Paris Air Show.


Hervé Rousselle joins Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Europe

Universal Avionics (UA), has appointed Hervé Rousselle to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Europe. Based out of Lyon, France, Hervé is responsible for UA’s product sales and overall market growth in France, Luxemburg, Italy, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland.

Hervé brings over 20 years of business and general aviation sales experience to UA. Prior to joining UA, Hervé held various sales positions at GE Aviation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Dover Corporation.

BACA becomes The Air Charter Association

In 1949 the Baltic Air Charter Association was founded at London’s Baltic Exchange. Throughout those 70 years the association has focussed heavily on representing the interests of professional organisations and individuals working in the air charter industry with regulatory authorities and Governments around the globe. With only two brand refreshes in those 70 years, the Council has taken the opportunity to mark the 70th anniversary with a clear statement to the world of its purpose with the brand and identity change to ‘The Air Charter Association’.

The new branding gives The Air Charter Association a much clearer identity to stakeholders and partners and will allow the council and management team to move forward on the many key issues facing the industry, particularly illegal charters, security, training and best practice. The new brand was officially launched by Chairman, Nick Weston, at the Association’s 70th anniversary event held at the prestigious Institute of Directors in London’s Pall Mall at a special event on 4th July.

The Air Charter Association’s aims remain closely aligned to its original motto, taken from the Baltic Exchange, “Our Word, Our Bond”. It is an association of professionals working in an industry delivering the highest standards of quality, safety and customer service. The Association seeks to protect and bring to the world’s attention the importance of air charter, the industry provides vital air transport services for virtually every sector of business around the world.


Embraer’s "TechLion" E195-E2 kicks off global demonstration tour

Following its successful debut at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, Embraer’s newest Profit Hunter – the E195-E2 showcasing a stunning “TechLion” livery that covers the entire aircraft’s fuselage – will now begin its global demo tour. The first stop has been Xiamen, China, on July 8th, followed by several stops within China and Asia Pacific during the months of July and August. At each stop, Embraer will show the aircraft’s efficiency and quiet cabin. The E195-E2 is the largest of the three aircraft in the E-Jets E2 family.

In November 2018, the E190-E2 traveled almost half of China and successfully completed the demo tour by flying to 11 cities (including Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia) in 20 days. The aircraft returned in May of this year and flew from Xining to Yushu Batang Airport, which sits at an elevation of 3,950 meters above sea level.

In April, the E195-E2 received type certification simultaneously from three major world regulatory authorities – ANAC (the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency), the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). The airplane will enter service with
Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. in the second half of 2019. Spanish airline Binter will also receive its E195-E2 later this year.

IBA broadens senior team

IBA Group, the independent aviation advisory, valuation, and consulting firm has expanded the remit of Chief Operating Officer, Dr Stuart Hatcher, to include the role of Managing Director – Aviation Services where he will steer IBA’s principal business divisions of Valuations, Advisory and Asset Management.

In addition, the organisation has brought in respected industry expert, Terry Dawson, as Managing Director – Digital, to lead data intelligence services and develop the business strategy for IBA.iQ. This intuitive and comprehensive online platform provides essential Fleet, Valuation and Trend market intelligence to the global aviation leasing, operating, finance and MRO community.

Dr Hatcher has been instrumental in the development of IBA.iQ to date. “To differentiate what IBA can offer in the highly competitive market of aviation data, it was critical for us to develop
algorithms within IBA.iQ that would enable users to lock into the technical and financial expertise that is integral to IBA. Solving customers’ everyday problems is our sole focus and we wanted senior decision makers within the industry to have the confidence to access our data secure in the knowledge that it was supported by knowledge and expert analysis. If major decisions are going to be based on the information extracted from our digital platform, those decisions need to be supported by astute interpretation and commercial judgment.


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