Air France to cut staffing levels by 15%, Hop! by 50%. 7,500 jobs to go


The flag carrying airline Air France, along with its low-cost subsidiary Hop!, are to make substantial staffing cuts as a direct consequence of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel. Air France has indicated that it will shed 6,000 jobs from a workforce of approximately 41,000 staff, while Hop! will reduce its approximate 2,000 staff by 1,020. The carrier’s parent company, Air France-KLM is Europe’s second-largest carrier and the job cuts are anticipated to take place over a three-year period. After discussions with unions, the carrier confirmed that: “Air France and Hop! are working together with the unions Read more

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Strata delivers 100-shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

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Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has successfully delivered 100-shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full first article inspection for the fabrication of six IBF components at its state-of-the-art facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, Strata now assumes fabrication and assembly duties in partnership with Airbus. To fully-automate the IBF manufacturing process, Strata will utilise Hot Drape Forming (HDF) and computer-controlled robotic Automated Tape Layup (ATL) machines, which gained first part qualification and first article inspection design and quality verifications early this year.

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MTU Aero Engines to adjust personnel capacity by end of 2021

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international aviation, MTU Aero Engines plans to adjust its personnel capacities. By the end of 2021, the company aims to reduce capacity at its German and international locations by a total of around 10 to 15%. This will be carried out largely through individual agreements such as the increased use of partial retirement, early retirement and other arrangements. The target figure will also be reached through measures that have already been initiated, such as an extensive hiring freeze or waiver to fill vacant positions, as well as a reduction in working Read more

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AerCap delivers new A321neo-LR to Air Transat

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AerCap has delivered a new Airbus A321LR on operating lease to Air Transat. “The A321LR is the ideal new-generation aircraft for the transformation of our fleet and the relaunch of our air operations, which will resume on July 23,” said Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat. “The arrival of our fourth A321LR allows us to become more efficient and provide a better experience for our customers, while taking an important step in the energy transition in air transportation.”

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Lockheed Martin delivers F-35 Distributed Mission Training capability

F-35 Distributed Mission Training connects simulators across the world in a virtual environment ©Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, the Joint Program Office and the U.S. Air Force successfully connected the F-35, F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a highly contested simulated environment during a Distributed Mission Training final acceptance test at Nellis AFB, Nevada. This simulated training event was the first time these platforms were connected virtually. Additional platforms such as the F-15 can also connect into this shared virtual environment. The F-35 DMT capability creates interoperability across military platforms for continuation training and large force exercises. The initial delivery at Nellis AFB is a major step forward as it establishes the framework for F-35 simulators Read more

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Boeing’s Senior VP of Communications resigns

Niel Golightly, Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Communications, has resigned after an employee complaint that brought to Boeing’s attention an article Golightly wrote in 1987 while serving in the military, about whether women should serve in combat.  Golightly said in a statement: “The article is not a reflection of who I am; but nonetheless I have decided that in the interest of the company I will step down.” Boeing has initiated a search for his successor.  In the interim, the communications function will report to Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of enterprise operations and chief financial officer until a permanent Read more

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Five American airlines agree deal on government loans with U.S. Treasury

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Under a US$25 billion emergency loan program, five American airlines have confirmed they have successfully concluded negotiated loan deals with the U.S. Treasury. Unlike previous financial assistance in the form of payroll assistance which did not have to be repaid, this new financial aid will be in the form of a repayable loan, though the terms have not been disclosed. While several more U.S. airlines are still in negotiations with the U.S government, American Airlines is due to close on a US$4.75 billion treasury loan in Q3, which is in addition to the payroll loan of US$5.8 billion already received. Read more

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ACI and IATA call for governments to bear costs of public health measures

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne by governments. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and broader economy has halted aviation at global level, leading to multi-billion losses in revenue and traffic. As the industry begins to restart and plan for a long-term, sustained recovery, the health and safety of passengers and staff remains the foremost priority for airports and airlines. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), through the Council Aviation Recovery Task Force Read more

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Ryanair and U.K. pilot union BALPA agree on pay cuts


The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has accepted a four-year agreement for Ryanair’s U.K. pilots, which includes a 20% pay reduction restored over four years, along with productivity improvements on rosters, flexible working patterns and annual leave to minimize U.K. pilot job losses. The BALPA agreement was accepted by 96% of Ryanair’s U.K. pilots on a turnout of 90%.

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Tor-Arne Fosser joins Norwegian as Executive Vice President Airline Ecosystem

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Tor-Arne Fosser will join Air Shuttle ASA, trading as Norwegian, as Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline Ecosystem from October 1, 2020. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Telenor Denmark. Fosser has worked over 16 years for Telenor, where he was also Senior Vice President for Marketing in the Telenor Group. He is now returning to Norway after almost two years in Copenhagen working as Chief Marketing Officer for the consumer market. Fosser will take over from Brede Huser, who was appointed interim head of the Airline Ecosystem in June 2020.

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