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20,000 travellers hit by cancellation of 1,000 flights between Australia and New Zealand

Owing to border uncertainty between Australia and New Zealand in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel all flights between the two countries through to December 31, 2021.

Leanne Geraghty, Air New Zealand’s Chief Customer and Sales Officer estimated that in all, 20,000 customers would be affected by the decision, while confirming that the carrier’s schedule for January 2022 and onwards would remain in place for the time being. “Continued border uncertainty between NZ and Australia means Air New Zealand cancelled more than 1,000 flights through to December 31, 2021,” said Geraghty, adding that: “This will be particularly tough news for families and friends who were hoping to catch up over Christmas.” She stressed: “But our hands are tied until border restrictions ease and we receive further clarity from the New Zealand government.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had enacted an eight-week suspension between the two countries on July 23, which was subsequently extended on September 17. Though the situation was to be reviewed in mid-November, there has been no indication there will be any changes to the restrictions. “When QFT (quarantine-free travel) was established with Australia, both our countries had very few recent cases of COVID-19 community transmission and a very similar elimination strategy,” said New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins at the time. “This has changed significantly leading to our decision to suspend QFT for a further eight weeks.”

‘Red flights’ for customers who need to undergo managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) will still be carried out. This includes limited flights operating from Melbourne or Sydney into New Zealand. Despite this, travellers entering Australia from New Zealand do not have to quarantine as long as they’re fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative PCR test within three days of their departure. This, however, will depend on the travel restrictions determined by the health bodies in each specific Australian state or territory.

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Volocopter and Kakao Mobility partner on urban air mobility study in South Korea

Volocopter, German urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer and Kakao Mobility (KM), South Korea’s largest mobility platform company, have inked a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study on introducing UAM in South Korea.

The study will identify a list of potential commercial routes, operational capabilities and business models necessary for a UAM service operator in South Korea. The findings, to be released by February 2022, will lay the groundwork for possible future cooperation between both companies to launch UAM services in South Korea, which plans to commercialise the service by 2025.

UAM refers to urban transportation systems that move people by air. This mobility form complements existing mobility options in cities to reduce congestion and lets people reach their destinations faster and more comfortably. Volocopter has obtained both design and production organisation approvals from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

Aviator continues to develop partnership with Sunclass Airlines

Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics, has extended its partnership agreement with Sunclass Airlines for de-icing services.

Under the renewed contract, Aviator will provide Sunclass Airlines with de-icing services at Stockholm-Arlanda, Malmo and Gothenburg Airport for a three-year-long period. The contract extends the scope of Aviator-provided services for the airline as the company has been already providing Sunclass Airlines with high-quality ground handling services. Additionally, the partners have renewed a previous contract for de-icing services at Copenhagen Airport.

Sunclass Airlines is a Danish charter airline – part of Nordic Leisure Travel Group (NLTG). NLTG is the leading leisure travel company in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and second in Finland. NLTG provides convenient customer-focused charter services through the well-known brands Ving, Spies and Tjäreborg.

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Adria Tehnika signs five-year cooperation contract with easyJet

Adria Tehnika, a member of the Avia Prime Group, one of Europe’s leading MRO companies, has signed a new five-year cooperation agreement with easyJet.

The new five-year contract will cover many aspects of the technical maintenance of easyJet's aircraft at Ljubljana Airport, where Adria Tehnika operates, including airframe and component maintenance, line maintenance, on-request support and numerous tasks that require aircraft mechanics skills and knowledge.

The cooperation between Adria Tehnika and easyJet started back in 2016, when the Slovenian MRO provided the reconfiguration of cabins on easyJet’s SpaceFlex cabin modification which enlarged passenger capacity and is one of the leading products in the LCC market in Europe. At that time Adria Tehnika carried out modifications to more than 100 easyJet aircraft and shortly afterwards started base maintenance for the airline. The new five-year contract will bring about an expanded scope of work for Adria Tehnika, as the most demanding base maintenance work on the aircraft will also be carried out on three parallel maintenance lines at the same time.

Stratos delivers A330neo to Corsair

Stratos has delivered the first of two Airbus A330-900’s on long-term operating lease to Corsair (France) which will be operated from various airports in France to the Indian Ocean.

Stratos remarketed the aircraft (MSN 1992) and has now added it to its growing managed portfolio on behalf of a private investor.

Stratos is a leading aircraft investment specialist and asset manager with a substantial portfolio of leased aircraft, providing acquisition, re-marketing, advisory and capital raising services to airlines, lenders and investors in large commercial aircraft.

Brian Jeffery, Chief Commercial Officer of Stratos said “Placing wide-bodies in this COVID environment is a huge challenge so we are extremely happy to have concluded this delivery - the result of many months of hard work. We are delighted to welcome Corsair to our growing list of airline clients”.

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Mentis Aviation Group and KP Aviation team-up for aircraft, engine and parts sourcing and distribution

Mentis Aviation Group (MAG) has entered into an agreement with KP Aviation (KPA), a Mesa, Arizona-based aviation company, to partner in parts distribution around China for KP Aviation and sourcing of aircraft and engines to process through MAG’s tear down and recycling facility in Hefei City, China. The partnership with KP Aviation also provides additional leverage and support to MAG, once aircraft assets are successfully harvested in the recycling phase, to sell and distribute parts to key customer relationships worldwide.

The two parties are currently working to secure the first asset for tear down in Hefei and plan to steadily grow the cooperation. According to the agreement, the two sides will work together to offer aftermarket aircraft parts and engine material from the dismantling process occurring in Hefei, along with offering parts solutions for aircraft operators within the greater China.

APOC appoints Kevin Wall as Senior Vice President, Business Development – Americas

APOC has brought in experienced senior executive, Kevin Wall, to lead its expansion programme in the Americas. His remit will encompass increasing market share for APOC’s growing leasing and asset acquisition business, alongside the trading and sale of aircraft parts, engines and landing gear from APOC’s narrow-body aligned portfolio. Previously Chief Commercial Officer & Deputy CEO at Dublin Aerospace, Walls’ career encompasses senior sales and engineering roles at Lufthansa Technik and Fokker Aircraft BV.

“The new role of Senior VP Business Development – Americas is of strategic importance as we broaden APOC’s global footprint,” explains CEO Max Lutje Wooldrik. “Kevin is a highly respected member of the aviation community with a reputation for team motivation and commercial success. He will be located at our Miami facility in the New Year and I know he will enjoy the challenges that this multi-faceted market will undoubtedly deliver.”

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BAA Training's brand-new B737 MAX Full Flight Simulator ready for operation

A brand-new B737 MAX full flight simulator (FFS) is now ready for training at BAA Training Spain, near Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The simulator manufactured by L3Harris Technologies guarantees high fidelity pilot training experience while maintaining high degrees of reliability and maintainability.

To cater to the growing interest in B737 MAX, BAA Training Spain is starting with respective training programmes and adding other B737 MAX equipment complementary to the FFS.

In addition, early in 2022, a B737 MAX FTD will be added to be used in combination with the corresponding FFS. Clients choosing to employ the equipment mix will reduce their training expenditures without compromising the training quality.

HAECO ITM and Tigerair Taiwan extend partnership

HAECO ITM (HAECO ITM), a member of the HAECO Group, has extended its long-standing agreement with Taiwan low-cost carrier Tigerair Taiwan to provide inventory technical management support to the airline’s Airbus A320 fleet. The new agreement will run until 2027.

HAECO ITM has been providing inventory technical management support to Tigerair Taiwan since 2016. Under the extended contract, the carrier continues to benefit from an optimised set of home-based component stock in Taipei while gaining access to HAECO ITM’s pool of components in Hong Kong. The scope of work includes closed-loop repair management, value engineering services, AOG support as well as a newly introduced engine shop visit support solution.
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