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HAECO and Make-A-Wish fulfil life-changing wish for young boy aspiring to become an aircraft engineer

HAECO Group and Make-A-Wish Hong Kong have joined hands to fulfil a young boy’s dream of becoming an aircraft engineer. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma and brain tumour since 2019, 14-year-old Yan Dick has always been fascinated with aircraft and aspires to become an aircraft engineer. During his spare time, he enjoys making paper planes and builds model aircraft. To fuel his passion in aviation, he even reached out to aircraft manufacturers to discuss technical specifications of aircraft and often research on how to make his airplanes fly better.

Special arrangements were made for Yan Dick to visit HAECO Hong Kong so that he could experience a day in the life of an aircraft engineer. To ensure Yan Dick is fully immersed in the whole work experience, he put on the HAECO uniform on arrival and began the day with an introductory training by Vega Cheung, a licensed aircraft engineer at HAECO's Hong Kong facility. After the classroom training, they proceeded to the maintenance hangar, where Yan Dick was able to put his newly acquired training and knowledge into action.

Under close supervision by Vega and HAECO Hong Kong Technical Training Manager SK Chan, Yan Dick “performed” maintenance checks of the landing gear, engines as well as the control panel of the cockpit on an Airbus A350 aircraft. These tasks were completed successfully and signed-off by Yan Dick. The unique experience came to an end with an award certification to Yan Dick in recognition of his achievement.

Clement Au, General Manager of Training, said: “We are always encouraged by youngsters who are passionate about aircraft engineering and it has been an honour for us to help Yan Dick to fulfil his dream of becoming an aircraft engineer for a day. HAECO believes in positively impacting people’s lives within the communities in which we operate. We work together and strive to connect people in the community, giving each other joy, hope and support. The wish not only gave Yan Dick something to cherish upon, but also strength to face the challenges ahead.”

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IATA Doha annual meeting reveals pessimistic view of longer-term airline recovery

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced at its annual meeting in Doha that there has been a sharp improvement in the finances of global carriers with an anticipated 2022 loss of US$9.7 million as opposed to a US$42.1 billion loss in 2021 and that it might be possible for these airlines to become profitable in 2023.

However, while restrictions regarding air travel have been considerable relaxed over the last few months, rising inflation in many countries, coupled with dramatically rising fuel costs will create new problems for the industry with consequential rising airfares. "We have a certain degree of insensitivity to prices this year," IATA Chief Economist Marie Owens Thomsen said, citing high household savings rates during the pandemic and pent-up travel demand. "That could fade into next year."

Currently a number of carriers have seen the boom in air travel as being what is referred to as “revenge travel” which is a consequence of pent-up demand. "The demand is pent up. It is revenge travel," Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Izham Ismail said. "Airfares have gone up tremendously. It is not only in Malaysia or Malaysia Airlines – it is throughout the industry globally. If the price continues to be high the demand will taper off."

As Air New Zealand pointed out, the anticipated hike in prices could well be mistaken by passengers as an attempt to claw back some of the losses made over the previous couple of years when, in fact, all they are doing is trying to mitigate the current increase in running costs. However, the pent-up demand has been good for some operators. Hawaiian Airlines Chief Executive Peter Ingram said demand from the U.S. mainland and Canada was "incredibly robust", with capacity running around 15% above pre-pandemic levels. (£1.00 = US$1.23 at time of publication).

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easyJet first airline partner for Iris programme

easyJet is the first airline partner for Iris, a ground-breaking air traffic management programme that will act as an enabler to systems that shall minimise flight delays, save fuel and help reduce the environmental impact of air travel.

The programme is led by Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus. Iris is a key component of modernising and digitalising the aviation industry and supports the Single European Sky’s ATM Research (SESAR) masterplan for next-generation air traffic management.

easyJet has recently announced its interim science-based carbon reduction target, a 35% carbon emissions intensity improvement by FY2035 on a FY2020 baseline, as part of the airline’s Race to Zero commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ultimately, easyJet wants to achieve zero carbon emission flying, for example using hydrogen technology and is working with partners across the industry, including Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Wright Electric, on several dedicated projects to accelerate the development of this technology.

Until zero carbon emission technologies are available, the airline remains absolutely focused on reducing its current carbon emissions as far as possible and programmes like Iris play an important role.

Iris not only helps the airline to continue to operate its aircraft as efficiently as possible to achieve further efficiency improvements, thus complementing existing initiatives such as adjusting single-engine taxiing on arrival and departure or using advanced weather information and flight efficiency partnerships with key stakeholders such as Airbus, Collins Aerospace, NATS and Eurocontrol.

The programme also supports airspace modernisation. This is crucial for the entire industry as it is the most achievable source of carbon reductions right now as more direct flight paths lead to shorter flying times. The Single European Sky has stated an ambition to deliver 10% carbon emissions savings from European aviation.

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JetBlue further improves proposal to acquire Spirit Airlines, offers US$2 more per share

JetBlue has submitted a decisively superior proposal to the Board of Directors of Spirit Airlines to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Spirit.

The further improved proposal, which was submitted at the request of Spirit’s Board and following completion of JetBlue’s diligence review and discussions with Spirit’s management team, is an update to JetBlue’s previous proposals (dated March 29, 2022, April 29, 2022, and June 6, 2022, respectively) and is structured to maximise value and certainty for Spirit and its stockholders, with terms including:
  • Increased price of $33.50 per Spirit share: JetBlue’s proposal continues to offer Spirit stockholders a superior, all-cash premium. The increased price of $33.50 per Spirit share represents an improvement of $2.00 per share or 6.3% compared to JetBlue’s June 6 proposal, and a 67.6% premium to the implied value of the Frontier transaction as of June 17, 2022.
  • Stronger divestiture commitment: JetBlue’s June 20 proposal includes a significant enhancement to its prior proposals through an obligation to divest assets of JetBlue and Spirit up to a material adverse effect on the combined JetBlue-Spirit, with a limited carve-out to this divestiture obligation for actions that would be reasonably likely to materially and adversely affect the anticipated benefits under JetBlue’s Northeast Alliance. This commitment significantly increases the divestitures JetBlue would be willing to commit to making in order to obtain regulatory approval and meaningfully exceeds the divestiture commitment from Frontier.
“After discussions with the Spirit team last week and further due diligence review, we are more convinced than ever that a JetBlue-Spirit transaction would create a true national competitor to the Big Four and deliver value to all of our stakeholders,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue. “Together, we will deliver lower fares and a better experience to more customers."

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Aviator signs partnership agreement with Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus

Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, has signed a new contract with Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines.

Aviator and Pegasus have been working together at the Göteborg Landvetter Airport in Sweden for many years and this new contract extends the partnership for three more. Under the new partnership, Aviator Airport Alliance will provide Pegasus with ground handling and de-icing services.

Dwayne Charette elected Ontario Aerospace Council Board Chair

The Ontario Aerospace Council has announced that Dwayne Charette, President and Chief Operating Officer of Airbus Helicopters Canada, was elected Board Chair and assumed the role on May 27. His responsibilities include chairing OAC executive committee and Board of Directors’ meetings, providing oversight of organisational operations, as well as advocating for Ontario’s aerospace industry within the province, at the federal level and globally.

Charette was appointed President of Airbus Helicopters Canada on August 1, 2019, adding to his previous role of Chief Operating Officer. As President, Charette’s responsibility was expanded to include all facets of the enterprise in Canada and he is the accountable executive for the Canadian helicopter business line. He is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ North American Executive Committee as well as the representative of Airbus Helicopters within Airbus in Canada’s senior leadership team.

Charette began his career with Airbus Helicopters in 2003 and has been a member of the OAC board since 2016, including chair of the scholarship committee since 2017.

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Sandpiper Aviation selects Rusada’s ENVISION

Aerial Photography specialist Sandpiper Aviation has chosen Rusada’s ENVISION software to manage its airworthiness, maintenance and flight operations.

Sandpiper Aviation provides aerial photography, ground surveying and mapping services from its base in Nairobi, Kenya. To perform these activities, they operate and maintain a specialised fleet of 15 light aircraft. They also offer CAMO and Part 145 services for other operators in the region.

Sandpiper has signed up for six of ENVISION’s modules to manage its operations, including Fleet Management, Base & Line MRO and Flight Operations. The implementation project has already begun with Rusada’s teams looking to get SandPiper live later this year.

Goshawk delivers second A320 aircraft to Viva Aerobus

Dublin-based aircraft lessor Goshawk has announced the delivery of one Airbus A320 aircraft to Viva Aerobus. Viva Aerobus operates point-to-point services from Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City to destinations across Mexico, the U.S.A. and Cuba.

The aircraft was successfully delivered on June 15 and represents the second aircraft delivery by Goshawk to Viva Aerobus, following the first last November. This additional delivery highlights the ongoing successful relationship established between the two parties.
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