IATA recommends governments continue to shore up airlines over the winter


The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents approximately 290 airlines across the globe, has colled on governments to support airlines during what is anticipated to be a very harsh winter from an economic standpoint as a result of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. It has been estimated that, globally, airlines will post a combined loss approaching US$84.3 billion in 2020. It is a recognized fact that for northern-hemisphere airlines, the bulk of operating profits are generated over Q2 and Q3. As an example, the 2019 net profit margin for European airlines followed the normal seasonal pattern and was 9% and 17% Read more

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BAA Training and HNCA open brand new Aviation Training Center in China

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The opening ceremony held on June 14, 2020, marked the beginning of the activity of BAA Training China – a modern six full-flight-simulators‘ (FFS) aviation training center. Following the Joint Venture (JV) agreement between Avia Solutions Group PLC (ASG), a global multi-service aviation holding, and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA), signed in July 2019, the companies have established the new BAA Training China training center in Zhengzhou city, Henan province,  People‘s Republic of China. The brand new training center is designed to provide the capacity of 40,000 flight hours per year and train approximately 4,000 pilots. With Read more

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IATA expects global air transport industry losses to top US$84 billion in 2020


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose US$84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%. Revenues will fall 50% to US$419 billion from US$838 billion in 2019. In 2021, losses are expected to be cut to US$15.8 billion as revenues rise to US$598 billion. “Financially, 2020 will go down as the worst year in the history of aviation. On average, every day of this year will add US$230 million to industry losses. In total that’s a loss of US$84.3 billion. Read more

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Greek holiday industry hit by Qatar Airlines flight which had 12 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19

Greece has been forced to decide from which countries it will allow holidaymakers to arrive from. The decision to create a shortlist of acceptable countries from where it would allow flights to arrive has been made more prescient after a Qatar Airways flight with 91 passengers on board arrived, after which 12 of the passengers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All 91 passengers have now been forced into isolation with the infected passengers being held for 14 days, while the civil protection ministry has suspended all flights from the Arab state until June 15. The remaining passengers will be Read more

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Acumen receives Bermudan CAMO-approval

Aircraft Asset Management Services Company Acumen Aviation, has received a further expansion of its CAMO approval with the addition of VP – Registration CAMO-approval from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). This latest addition is a direct response to the company’s customer requirements and further bolsters Acumen’s comprehensive CAMO suite. Acumen also holds approvals for Bombardier Dash 8 / Q400 series aircraft, ATR 42/72 series aircraft, Airbus 320 Family and Airbus A330 Family aircraft, Boeing 737 Classic and NG series aircraft.

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Embraer looks towards India and China as potential business partners after Boeing debacle

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Brazilian planemaker Embraer has confirmed that it would consider a new partnership with China, India, Russia and possibly other countries in relation to its commercial jet division as part of a revised restructuring plan after Boeing abruptly backed out of a deal. Embraer Chief Executive Francisco Gomes Neto has said that the company is looking at a new five-year plan that would involve engineering and production. However, he was keen to stress that there have been no firm negotiations either with Russia’s Irkut, India, or China’s state-owned COMAC now that Boeing is no longer in the picture, despite the fact Read more

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ACC Aviation partners with air ambulance systems specialist AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Group has announced a commercial agreement with U.S.-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical. Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organization has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built air ambulance systems. The partnership will see ACC act as AeroMedical’s commercial representative, utilizing its worldwide presence and established airline and industry relationships to capitalize on new market opportunities. ACC’s President – Americas, Jamie Harris, comments: “With the on-going situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen an increase in demand Read more

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Delta Cargo opens Cargo Control Center in Atlanta

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Delta Cargo has officially opened its Cargo Control Center (CCC), which will support daily cargo operations across the globe. The new Atlanta facility provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of cargo transportation and management, with the ability to track air shipments, trucks, mail, and freight — domestically and internationally. The CCC will be staffed by a cross divisional cargo team from capacity management, warehouse management, trucking, rebooking, unit load devices management, service recovery and call center operations. The team will have the ability to view the individual elements of the shipment lifecycle and will be able to identify issues before Read more

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‘Seat 9’ concept marks British School of Aviation reopening 

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In support of the U.K. aviation industry and its importance to the economy, the British School of Aviation (BSA) will be reopening its training facility at London Luton Airport on Monday July 6, with a unique concept that highlights the need for skilled engineers as aircraft return to service. Entitled ‘Seat 9’, BSA will implement a low-density-class configuration of just nine students, as opposed to previous intakes of 16, in order to ensure social distancing can be managed safely and practically. Additional health protection measures including daily student temperature checks, ‘smart’ pathways, hand sanitizing stations and use of face coverings Read more

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Drone Threat Management solution will be implemented at Bristol Airport following pilot project

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telent, in collaboration with its technology partner Digital Global Systems (DGS), has agreed a three-year contract to install the CLEARSKY TM Drone Threat Management system at Bristol Airport, marking the first U.K. deployment of the system. The CLEARSKY TM Drone Threat Management system was developed by DGS in response to the rising threat of unauthorized drone usage at critical infrastructure sites, including airports. Its implementation at Bristol Airport, an international transport hub and one of the ten busiest airports in the U.K., follows a successful three-month pilot project with Bristol Airport Authority, local police and other security agencies. With the Read more

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