Lufthansa Cargo renews airfreight center in Frankfurt

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Lufthansa Cargo will further develop and renew the logistics center at its home hub in Frankfurt on a modular basis. The Supervisory Board of the German airfreight company has approved respective investments in a comprehensive infrastructure program for the logistics center. The complete modernization of the Lufthansa Cargo Center has already begun in January 2021 and is to be completed in 2028. The cargo center in Frankfurt is Lufthansa Cargo’s home hub, handling around 80% of its global freight volume. The carrier’s commitment to digitalization, new product requirements and the further increasing importance of e-commerce have changed the demands on Read more

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Eve to lead consortium to develop Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations with U.K.’s CAA

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EmbraerX-graduated company Eve is to lead a consortium of aviation companies to work on a concept of operations for integrating air taxis and electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) into the U.K. airspace. The consortium will work with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in what will be part of Eve’s Future Air Mobility Regulatory Sandbox. The consortium will include Heathrow Airport, London City Airport, NATS, Skyports, Atech, Volocopter, and Vertical Aerospace. David Tait, Head of Innovation at the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The Regulatory Sandbox was established to create an environment where innovation in aviation can be Read more

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CAE partners with The LOSA Collaborative to enhance pilot training

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CAE has partnered with The LOSA Collaborative to enhance its evidence-based training offering. Through an exclusive service agreement, The LOSA Collaborative will perform Line Operations Safety Audits (LOSA) of CAE customer-operators. The insights and data gleaned from the safety audits, combined with CAE’s training data, will allow CAE to offer tailored pilot training programs and benchmarked operational and training performance insights to operators.   “We are thrilled to continue to shape the future of pilot training with partnerships like the one we now have with The LOSA Collaborative. This partnership brings safety auditing expertise to our customers and will also Read more

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IATA pushes for COVID vaccine passport to facilitate inter-Europe travel

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is encouraging member EU states to get behind a proposal from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the creation of a COVID-19 passport for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, enabling them to travel throughout Europe without having to be repeatedly tested for COVID-19. On the back of Mitsotakis’ proposal, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has sent an open letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, which was also copied to key policy-makers across the EU. In the letter, de Juniac said: ”Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ Read more

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IBA forecasts partial aviation recovery in 2021 with major regional variations

The advent and rollout of vaccines will start to drive a partial recovery in the aviation sector in 2021, but with significant variance between global regions, according to new data from IBA. In its recent 2021 Market Update webinar, IBA the aviation data consultancy, outlined the key factors affecting recovery rates across different regions, as well as highlighting changes in aircraft orders and deliveries, market values and lease rates. IBA forecasts a strong economic recovery in 2021, with global GDP recovering by 4% but still down 5% on 2019. Estimated GDP growth rates for 2021 will vary between regions from Read more

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Bahrain confirms Qatar will have access to its airspace

Bahrain’s civil aviation affairs authority confirmed on Sunday that as of January 11, its airspace will be open to Qatar. The news follows on from a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states to end a dispute with Doha last week. This announcement also occurred after Riyadh announced a breakthrough at a summit on Tuesday to end the bitter political row in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel boycott on Qatar in mid-2017. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have already announced they are re-opening their airspace, land and sea-entry points to Qatar.

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Historic partnership struck between Etihad Aviation Training and Israir Airlines

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Subsequent to the signing of the Abraham Accords peace agreement, Israer Airlines has signed an agreement with Etihad Aviation Training (EAT), part of which includes a ‘dry lease’ enabling the Israeli carrier to train its pilots on EAT’s Airbus A320 full-flight simulator in Abu Dhabi using its own instructors. EAT offers a wide range of training products and services, including airline training, type rating, cabin crew safety training, instructor training and cadet programs, and aircraft maintenance training, making it one of the largest training facilities in the Middle East. “Continuing our commitment to providing highly skilled pilots by offering state-of-the-art Read more

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Delta finalizes partnership with high-speed Wi-Fi provider Viasat

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Delta has finalized a partnership with high-speed Wi-Fi provider Viasat and has taken steps to launch the Delta-developed Wi-Fi access portal – a user interface that enhances how you interact with Wi-Fi. Adding Viasat’s next-generation satellite technology (Ka- Band) to its fleet of aircraft gives the airline more options to modernize how customers stay connected and enjoy content during travel. Glenn Latta, Managing Director – In-flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi: “We can’t wait to bring Viasat technology onboard, which is currently planned for this summer. It is no secret that bringing a brand-new Wi-Fi system onboard our aircraft will take time Read more

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BAA Training Vietnam and Vietravel Airlines sign long-term partnership agreement

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BAA Training Vietnam and Vietravel Airlines have signed a long-term partnership agreement to actively consolidate reliable and fruitful ties seeking to create value for both organizations. BAA Training has committed to the startup airline Vietravel, controlled by Vietnam’s leading tour operator Vietravel, to provide wet and dry Airbus A320 full-flight simulator lease services. The first students started training on the Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) in November 2020. Additionally, Vietravel has expressed interest in the firefighting training which can also be arranged by BAA Training Vietnam. The brand new training device V9000 Commander will be used for these purposes upon request. Based at Phu Bai International Airport, Read more

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German ambassador to the U.S. seeks end to long-lasting aircraft subsidy dispute

For the best part of sixteen years a dispute has existed between the U.S. and Europe over what have been deemed unfair government subsidies. While the U.S. objected to those granted to Airbus, The U.K, France, Spain, and Germany objected to those subsidies which had been given to Boeing by the U.S government. Emily Haber, Germany’s ambassador to the United States is looking to draw the dispute to a close so that the two sides can form a more productive relationship to counteract the destructive forces of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aircraft industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Read more

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