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IATA warns of continued risks as air cargo has solid month in July

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released figures for the air cargo industry for the month of July with demand in cargo ton kilometre (CTK) terms increasing by 8.6% compared with the same month in 2019 (pre-COVID levels.) Capacity in available CTK in July was down 10.3% compared to the same period in 2019. With demand outpacing capacity, the cargo load factor reached 54.4% – a 9.5% increase compared to July 2019. IATA director general

Willie Walsh adopted a cautious approach to the results for July owing to a recent uptick in COVID numbers as the Delta variant of the virus continues to see continued lockdowns. “July was another solid month for global air cargo demand. Economic conditions indicate that the strong growth trend will continue into the peak year-end demand period,” he commented, adding that: “The Delta variant of COVID-19 could bring some risks. If supply chains and production lines are disrupted, there is potential for a knock-on effect for air cargo shipments.” The pace of growth slowed in July in comparison to the 9.2% demand increase registered in June, but IATA were keen to point out that: “economic conditions continue to support air cargo growth”, also pointing out that the July export orders component of the manufacturing Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) was 52.7%, suggesting a short-term boost to demand if those orders are shipped by air. “Despite the near-term challenges, the upshot is that standard drivers of air cargo – notably those that contribute to the overall performance of air compared to other modes – remain supportive,” IATA said. Other than Latin America, all regions registered an increase in demand. European carriers saw cargo traffic for the month increase by 6.1%, North American carriers saw demand in July increase by 21.2%, Airlines based in the Middle East saw demand increase by 11.3%, and Latin America-based carriers saw their cargo traffic for the month fall by 9.8%, all compared to the same period in 2019.

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Lufthansa Group appoints Jörg Eberhart to Chief Strategy Officer

On October 1, 2021, Jörg Eberhart, currently CEO of Air Dolomiti, will assume the position of "Head of Strategy & Organizational Development" at Lufthansa Group. He will succeed William Wilms, who was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik on September 1, 2021.

Eberhart has served as President and CEO of Air Dolomiti since 2014. During this time, he was also a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa CityLine. Prior to this, he held several management positions at Lufthansa Group that included being part of the establishment of Aerologic and the implementation of the SCORE project.

Sheltair break ground at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

In a multimillion-dollar vote of confidence in the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) and the Denver metro area it serves, Sheltair has announced that it has broken ground on a new large-cabin class size hangar and office facility. The $USD 10 million project comes just one year after Sheltair opened the doors to its FBO terminal.

This new second hangar will mirror its existing sister hangar with 30,240² feet of hangar space and equipped with a 210 feet wide and 28.6 feet high hangar door allowing Sheltair to welcome the latest generation of aircraft such as the G650 and Global Express. At the same time, this new facility will provide 6,000² feet of office space for tenants along with 94 additional auto parking spaces, 16 of which will be covered.

The newest hangar now being built will ensure that the FBO will continue to meet the robust base tenant population and busy transient traffic that reflect the continued economic strength of the surrounding region.

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Deutsche Aircraft selects HEGGEMANN for D328eco wing industrialization and production

Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), has announced its selection of HEGGEMANN for the D328ecoTM wing industrialization and production. This agreement covers the manufacturing of the D328ecoTM wing box and engine support.

The aerodynamically optimized wing design of the D328ecoTM will be manufactured in a state-of-the-art automatized manufacturing process flow. Hereby, progressive quality assurance and digitalized end-to-end processes in terms of “Industry 4.0” will be implemented.

The manufactured wing and its sub-components will be fully sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) compatible, with new sealants, surface protection measures and materials that fits with all mainstream sustainable aviation fuels.

HEGGEMANN has over 55 years industrial experience, mastering high-volume, industrialized production, which will support the growth of the aviation sector. The company has fully implemented the APQP principle, a digital end-to-end process and product lifecycle tracking system. These attributes are mandatory for Deutsche Aircraft’s deployment of Industry 4.0 manufacturing principles. Aside of digitalization, HEGGEMANN also offers REACH roadmap that aligns with Deutsche Aircraft’s efforts to minimize environmental impact.

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Embraer delivers its 1,500th Phenom 300E business jet

Embraer has announced the delivery of its 1,500th business jet, an impressive accomplishment achieved in only two decades, while the industry average to reach this mark is 34 years. The milestone aircraft is a Phenom 300E, the best-selling light jet for nine years in a row, which was delivered to Haute Aviation, a Swiss company focused on charter, brokerage, and aircraft management.

Looking to diversify the company’s portfolio, which includes a single-engine turboprop and ultra-long range aircraft, Haute Aviation decided to expand operations with the Phenom 300E. The aircraft, with a non-stop range of 2,010 nautical miles (3,724 km), will allow customers from Switzerland to fly domestically, across Europe, and throughout the world.

With superb runway and climb capabilities, the Phenom 300E demonstrates unmatched performance throughout the area with technologies such as Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to provide enhanced situational awareness and runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS)―the first technology of its kind to be developed and certified in business aviation.

With over 950 customers flying 1,500 aircraft in more than 80 countries, Embraer’s executive aviation business has accumulated an annual growth rate of 22% since 2002, when the first executive jet model was delivered. In 2020 alone, one in every 4 small and midsize cabin jets delivered was an Embraer Phenom or Praetor.

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Lufthansa improves A321neo aircraft with new innovative cabin

On September 7, the first Airbus 321neo with the modern Airspace Cabin will take off from Frankfurt to Fuerteventura.

In addition to Lufthansa, the new cabin will also be used by Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings in new aircraft of the Airbus 320 family. And it has a lot to offer: The new overhead bins have a 40% larger volume and can even hold 60% more suitcases, as they can be stowed vertically in the bins.

The cabin design and the entrance area have been extensively redesigned and now appear brighter and friendlier. So-called Human Centric Lighting, a specially programmed, flexible lighting system, illuminates the cabin in warm red light, graduated intermediate tones to colder blue light. Depending on the time of day or night, the light in the aircraft cabin is thus geared to the passengers' biorhythms. Seating comfort has also been improved: the side walls of the Airspace Cabin will in future offer passengers more space in the shoulder area. In addition, the modern washrooms are even more usable for people with limited mobility.

Lakson Group and Air Arabia team up to launch Pakistan’s new low-cost airline

Lakson Group and Air Arabia Group have announced their decision to form of a joint venture to launch “Fly Jinnah”, Pakistan’s new airline. The proposed JV will see the establishment of a low-cost passenger airline serving domestic and international routes from Pakistan.

“Fly Jinnah” will serve Pakistan’s travel and tourism sector and will play a constructive role in contributing to the nation’s economic growth.” says Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia.

“Fly Jinnah” will initially be based in Karachi serving a range of domestic routes across Pakistan and then will expand its route network internationally. The new carrier will follow the low-cost business model and provide its customer base with a reliable operation and value-driven product.

Work on securing the Air Operating Certificate (AOC), which allows the airline to start operating, will commence shortly. More details about the launch date, fleet and destination network will be announced in due course.

According to IATA, the air transport industry, including airlines and its supply chain along with the tourism spend are estimated to support US$3.3 billion of GDP in Pakistan. In total, 1% of the country’s GDP is supported by inputs to the air transport sector and foreign tourists arriving by air.
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