Monday, November 25th, 2019

British Airways’ preliminary pay deal with pilots’ union should eliminate further strikes

After the first-ever strike action by pilots in the carrier’s history, British Airways (BA) has come to a preliminary agreement with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) which represents over 4,000 of the carrier’s pilots. Commenting on the situation, BALPA said in a statement: “We can confirm that BALPA, BA and ACAS have put together a new pay and conditions proposal and, subject to final checks, BALPA expects it will shortly be consulting its 4,000 BA members on them.”

The deal was put together under the guidance of ACAS – the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – and, according to the Financial Times, as part of the agreement, BA has agreed to insert an inflation protection clause to its previous pay offer of an 11.5% rise over three years. BA is a part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) and has, in addition, offered improvements to working conditions, rostering and flight bonuses as part of the deal. The strike, which took place in September of this year, was responsible for grounding 1,700 flights and reportedly cost BA in the region of €137 million (US$151 million.)


Boeing presents 737 MAX 10

Boeing has presented the first 737 MAX 10 at the company’s Renton, Washington factory on November 22. The 737 MAX 10 is the largest variant of the MAX family and can seat up to 230 passengers. The airplane will now undergo system checks and engine runs prior to first flight next year.

The 737 MAX 10 currently has more than 550 orders and commitments from more than 20 customers around the globe. 

JetBlue appoints Vivek Sharma to Board of Directors

JetBlue has appointed Vivek Sharma to its board of directors. The independent director appointment is effective immediately, following unanimous approval by the company’s board of directors.

Sharma has extensive experience in building and growing businesses profitably through the application of digital technology. He is the CEO and founder of InStride, a strategic enterprise education company that enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees, certificates and credentials to their employees through leading global universities. He previously served as Senior Vice President of eCommerce and Digital Guest Experience at The Walt Disney Company.

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Binter receives first E195-E2 jet from Embraer

Binter of Spain has incorporated the first E195-E2 jet into its fleet at a ceremony held at Embraer’s main facility in São José dos Campos. The airline is the first European customer to receive the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft. Binter has placed firm orders for five E195-E2s.

The acquisition of the E195-E2s is part of Binter’s overall fleet modernization initiative. Each aircraft is configured with 132 seats in single class. The new aircraft will be deployed across a route network that includes eight cities in the Canary Islands, nine cities in Africa and two in Portugal.
Last year, Binter carried 3.6 million passengers.

West Star Aviation completes custom paint job on Embraer Praetor 600

West Star Aviation has completed a custom paint finish on a new, factory delivered Embraer Praetor 600, a first for the company.

The new aircraft was brought to West Star directly from the factory at the request of the customer for a unique and custom paint job.  With its state-of-the-art paint facility, we are capable of handling large and small paint projects, as well as being a one-stop shop for our customers and their requests.

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Miguel Delgado joins C&L Aerospace

C&L Aerospace has named Miguel A. Delgado as its Regional Sales Manager responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean. Delgado has over 30 years of Latin American aviation parts sales experience and expertise in creating innovative solutions for customers.

He will further develop C&L’s relationships with Latin American regional airlines, specializing in ATR, ERJ, Beech 1900, and Saab 340 aircraft along with military operators utilizing T700 and CT7 engine platforms. Delgado was previously Americas Sales Director with Acumen Aviation. He will utilize his wealth of aviation experience and knowledge to support customers with the aircraft parts and programs that support their needs.

Delgado is based out of Miami, Florida.

Iberia launches facial recognition app at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport

Iberia, along with the Spanish airports and air traffic control authority Aena, IECISA, Gunnebo and Thales companies, has unveiled a facial recognition pilot project at Iberia’s hub in Terminal 4 at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, with the aim of improving customer experience at the airport by enabling customers to identify themselves at both general and fast-track security control and at the boarding gates with their biometric profile, eliminating the need to show travel documents.

The new system will be tested during a period lasting between six and twelve months with Iberia passengers bound for Asturias or Brussels, both destinations served with up to five daily Iberia flights. It is a pioneering project allowing users to register via an app on their mobile devices, and also available on the kiosks placed at check-in counter 848 and in front of the security control area of T4. The facial recognition system is also installed at T4 boarding gates J40 and J58. It is easy to sign up for this capability using the Iberia App and clicking on “Personal Area”. The user is asked to take a photograph of his or her photo ID, and then to take a brief “video selfie”, which allows system software to verify there is a good match between them. The biometric profile is then transmitted to the Aena database. Before the flight, customers will have to associate their boarding pass to Asturias or Brussels with its biometric profile, so that when they check-in online, the system will offer them the possibility of using facial recognition to go through security control and boarding gate.


Finnair to cancel flights from Monday Nov 25 due to industrial action related to Finnish postal service labour dispute

The Finnish aviation labour union, IAU, has informed Finnair of a support strike for Monday November 25, related to the ongoing labour dispute at Posti, the Finnish postal service.
Finnair is not a party in the dispute, but the planned support strike would have major impacts on Finnair flights operations. The strike will affect several critical services at Helsinki Airport, including ground services such as loading and unloading of aircraft, fueling and push-back of aircraft, as
well as Finnair customer services at Helsinki Airport, catering of Finnair flights and Finnair maintenance operations.

As the parties have not reached an agreement, Finnair now has to cancel flights from Monday. Finnair has already cancelled 26 flights from Sunday evening November 24 and from Monday morning November 25, and will now cancel approximately 250 more flights from Monday, November 25.

Finnair had 377 flights in its traffic program for Monday, and the company expects to be able operate approximately 120 of them.

Airbus delivers H145 helicopter to Airlift

Airlift has taken delivery of its first H145 helicopter, becoming the first operator of this model in Greece. The twin-engine helicopter will be mainly dedicated to VIP transfers, but thanks to the high versatility of its cabin configuration, the aircraft will also be used for emergency medical transport and fire-fighting.

Established in 1999, Airlift was a pioneer in helicopter operations in Greece, where it has built a
strong reputation for the quality and safety of its services. The new H145 will be the fifth helicopter to join Airlift’s Airbus fleet, which is currently composed of H125, H130 and H135 family models.


IBA consolidates its presence in North America with new office

IBA Group, the specialist aviation consultancy, has established a representative office in California. The move is a further example of IBA’s ongoing commitment and growing presence in North America, and an example of the continued popularity and demand for aviation investment in the region. Phil Seymour, CEO of IBA, is pleased to welcome Claudio Salazar who joins as Regional Sales Manager, Americas.

Salazar will be responsible for heading commercial business development. His primary focus will be strategic market development of IBA’s digital and data services in North and South America, as well as facilitating growth across IBA’s asset management, appraisal and advisory services divisions.

He joins from aviation and analytics firm CIRIUM, where he spent over six years as a member of the Americas senior sales team with roles in business development across their core product and bespoke aviation advisory services portfolio.


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