Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Fri, 14 May 2021 11:12:29 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.5 SmartLynx Airlines Enters Long-haul Market by Adding 5 Airbus A330 https://aviationvoice.com/smartlynx-airlines-enters-long-haul-market-by-adding-5-airbus-a330-202105141410/ Fri, 14 May 2021 11:10:53 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212112 Reading Time: < 1 minute SmartLynx, a full-service EU-based ACMI and charter operator, has recently announced it will add 5 Airbus A330 to support its cargo service portfolio. The airline has been operating Airbus A320 and A321 types of airplanes for years. However, since air cargo demand has reached a peak, the carrier is adapting to changing market demand by […]

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SmartLynx, a full-service EU-based ACMI and charter operator, has recently announced it will add 5 Airbus A330 to support its cargo service portfolio.

The airline has been operating Airbus A320 and A321 types of airplanes for years. However, since air cargo demand has reached a peak, the carrier is adapting to changing market demand by taking the updated A330 aircraft. It will be servicing customers from Asia, the USA and Europe, transporting cargo shipments, such as vaccines and medical supplies, etc.

 “As one of the leading EU-based ACMI and charter operators on Airbus aircraft, we are excited to substantially grow our fleet and offer our clients different products while diving to long-haul operations. We are constantly expanding our service portfolio and areas of expertise to accommodate the rapidly changing market demand. It’s our strong belief that the pandemic and the current global crisis will create many opportunities for growth and development for our company and the whole industry. The addition of the modified Airbus A330 aircraft is a big step forward for SmartLynx Airlines and we are more than excited to see what challenges and victories it will bring”, commented Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Airlines.

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BAA Training Is the First ATO to Launch Pilot Peer Support Program https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-is-the-first-ato-to-launch-pilot-peer-support-program-202105141154/ Fri, 14 May 2021 08:54:19 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212108 Reading Time: 3 minutes Highlights: BAA Training is the first ATO to introduce a Pilot Peer Support Program (PPSP) to improve pilots’‎ psychological well-being. The program complying with the highest standards set out by EASA has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Malta. Developed in cooperation with Avia Solutions Group’s‎ airlines, Avion Express and KlasJet, the program primarily […]

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  • BAA Training is the first ATO to introduce a Pilot Peer Support Program (PPSP) to improve pilots’‎ psychological well-being.
  • The program complying with the highest standards set out by EASA has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Malta.
  • Developed in cooperation with Avia Solutions Group’s‎ airlines, Avion Express and KlasJet, the program primarily aims to assist their pilots with expert peer support in times of need.
  • Taking care of its students’ and flight instructors’ emotional well-being, BAA Training will shortly make the program available to them as well.

BAA Training is the first ATO to launch a Pilot Peer Support Program (PPSP) that became mandatory for European operators on 14 February 2021. The regulation is restricted to airlines and does not extend to training providers. However, BAA Training decided to use an opportunity and contribute to creating an added benefit for its partner airlines and its own students and instructors. Since 2020, it has worked closely with Avia Solutions Group’s‎ airlines, Avion Express and KlasJet, to develop a Pilot Peer Support Program (PPSP) in line with the highest EASA standards from scratch. After carefully handpicking and training a pool of pilot peers from both airlines as well as configuring the systems, the program is fully functional at Avion Express and soon to be activated at KlasJet.

Egle Vaitkeviciute, BAA Training CEO, says: „The implementation of a PPSP will raise our entire Ab Initio training to a new quality level and increase the intrinsic value of services provided. While being fully committed to Avion Express and KlasJet PSP Oversight Committees and aligned with EASA regulation, the program will also be adapted to assist BAA Training’s students and instructors in a way that makes a real difference.”

Advantages of PPSP

The ultimate goal of a PPSP is to enable a pilot, their colleague or a family member to raise their concerns and receive professional support. The issues in question may range from work-related stress factors, such as inflexible schedules,  inappropriate workload, both excessive and insufficient, conflicts with team members, etc., to personal suffering, such as grief, marital or family difficulties. The involvement of pilot peers guarantees confidentiality and a non-punitive environment where pilots can expect to be heard and not judged regardless of the situation they report. A friendly ear of those who have the same professional background and, in addition, are adequately trained is effective in resolving multiple problems before they reach a critical point.

Positive PPSP impact on pilot training

Besides providing knowledge and skills to its students and optimal working conditions and growth opportunities to its instructors, BAA Training will also advocate their emotional health. Both preparations to becoming a pilot and instructors‎’ work come along with many stressors. Students cannot afford to fall short on demonstrating a „can-do“ attitude to succeed, whereas instructors take on an exceptionally high degree of responsibility. Therefore, ensuring both trainers and trainees can ask for professional yet confidential support and be guided towards proper decision-making is no less important than the same services provided to flying pilots. Students will get access to the PPSP from day one of their flight training which they might find particularly challenging.

Agne Novikene, Competence Center Director at BAA Training, says: “The PPSP primarily aims to achieve credibility among a pilots’ society and help them realize that proactive search for support in the early stages of emotional and psychological issues in most cases can prevent more significant mental health issues. Sometimes a friendly and collegiate talk is enough to get back on track. We will encourage our students to take advantage of the program and the professional assistance. This way, they will have a chance to personally touch and experience what kind of programs their future employers – airlines – apply in practice. With early preparation for their future working environment, they will be stepping into a role of a pilot with great confidence and awareness. On a different note, we will also inspire our instructors not to keep silent whenever they find themselves confused or insecure.

PPSP program structure

At the centre of the program are pilot peers, pilots working for Avion Express and KlasJet, who were shortlisted as the most suitable and trustworthy to take a leap of faith towards their colleagues. They are supervised by a Program Manager who is accountable for training, supporting and consulting the peers while also being in charge of the entire process. In exceptional circumstances and within the established procedure, a supporting mental health expert can also be involved. Operating under strict confidentiality conditions, the PPSP is wholly independent of the management, colleagues or groupmates of those who reach out for help.

PPSP program background

The new EASA regulation regarding the PPSP was pushed forward as a swift follow-up on the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. In consultation with the broader aviation community, the regulator has introduced „the right tools to safeguard the mental fitness of air crew.“ On 24 March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps, killing all the passengers and flight crew. The investigation later revealed that the crash was deliberately caused by the co-pilot, who had suffered from depression and had had suicidal thoughts without making his employer aware of his mental troubles. To prevent similar accidents, the PPSP encourages pilots to self-refer any psychological issues and solve them at early stages without fear of being excluded from rosters.

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U.S. Airlines Cancel Flights to Israel As Violence There Does Not Cease https://aviationvoice.com/u-s-airlines-cancel-flights-to-israel-as-violence-there-does-not-cease-202105131114/ Thu, 13 May 2021 08:14:47 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212100 Reading Time: < 1 minute On Wednesday, U.S. airlines decided to stop flights to Tel Aviv amid a deadly conflict between Israel and Palestine. The airlines including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled service to Tel Aviv, which Palestinians have recently attacked. In addition, Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport was temporarily closed and flights were redirected […]

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On Wednesday, U.S. airlines decided to stop flights to Tel Aviv amid a deadly conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The airlines including American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled service to Tel Aviv, which Palestinians have recently attacked. In addition, Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport was temporarily closed and flights were redirected to nearby airports as hostilities escalated. No damage has been done to the airport, although available video footage shows it has also been a target of a barrage of rockets after Gaza tower destroyed.

More cancellations could appear over the coming days unless the situation improves. However, Israeli airline El Al will continue operating flights as scheduled and allow passengers to change their flights without paying a fee or cancel in exchange for a voucher.

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Allegiant Wants to Hire Almost 200 Pilots in the Next Months https://aviationvoice.com/allegiant-wants-to-hire-almost-200-pilots-in-the-next-months-202105120924/ Wed, 12 May 2021 06:24:53 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212094 Reading Time: < 1 minute Allegiant Air wants to hire almost 200 pilots as air traffic demand continues to improve, following its historic lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Las Vegas-based low-fare carrier has shared the news that it plans to recruit 184 pilots, a 19% increase on top of the currently flying 1,000 pilots. “These new pilots will […]

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Allegiant Air wants to hire almost 200 pilots as air traffic demand continues to improve, following its historic lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Las Vegas-based low-fare carrier has shared the news that it plans to recruit 184 pilots, a 19% increase on top of the currently flying 1,000 pilots.

“These new pilots will be a welcome addition to our current roster of exceptional flight crew members,” Tracy Tulle, Allegiant’s senior vice president of flight crew operations, said in a statement. “Their hiring really marks an exciting part of our five-year growth plan, which includes onboarding new pilots and flight attendants, as well as adding aircraft to our fleet, and new bases, cities and routes to our network.”

The first group of new pilots will start training in mid-summer, with classes scheduled every few weeks through early 2022.

Allegiant operates A319s and A320s, having more than 580 routes to 129 cities. The company currently counts more than 4,000 employees.

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Qantas to Activate Five E190s and Expand Adelaide Operations https://aviationvoice.com/qantas-to-activate-five-e190s-and-expand-adelaide-operations-202105111128/ Tue, 11 May 2021 08:28:25 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212088 Reading Time: < 1 minute Responding to a growing travel demand, Qantas is launching further five E190s for its domestic operations. The Embraer E190 aircraft will be deployed in Adelaide as part of a deal with Alliance Airlines. The agreement allows Qantas to utilize up to 14 aircraft provided by Alliance Airlines. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, „The E190 […]

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Responding to a growing travel demand, Qantas is launching further five E190s for its domestic operations.

The Embraer E190 aircraft will be deployed in Adelaide as part of a deal with Alliance Airlines. The agreement allows Qantas to utilize up to 14 aircraft provided by Alliance Airlines.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, „The E190 is a great aircraft for the Adelaide market, with its size, range and economics opening up a number of new destinations that wouln‘t be viable with the larger 737 aircraft.“

With the aircraft having a 94-passenger capacity and a five-hour range, Qantas seeks to boost its presence out of Adelaide and increase connections to other parts of Australia. A number of routes from Adelaide will be announced at a later point. The E190 will also fly on routes between Darwin and Canberra from June 21 2021.

The jets will be painted in QantasLink livery and will support the airline in growing its local capacity to 107% of pre-COVID levels in fiscal year 2022.

Qantas also claims an additional 200 jobs will be created, including pilots, cabin crew, and engineers recruited by Alliance.

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Airbus A320 Family: 6 Striking Facts & Figures https://aviationvoice.com/airbus-a320-family-6-striking-facts-figures-202105101402/ Mon, 10 May 2021 11:02:37 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212082 Reading Time: 4 minutes Fly-by-wire technology, side-stick controls and cockpit commonality in commercial aircraft all together form a paradise called Airbus A320 Family. Nevertheless, in a world where freedom of choice and diversity of options are more available than ever, it’s easy to get lost. After all, besides Airbus, there’re many other successful aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, ATR, […]

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Fly-by-wire technology, side-stick controls and cockpit commonality in commercial aircraft all together form a paradise called Airbus A320 Family. Nevertheless, in a world where freedom of choice and diversity of options are more available than ever, it’s easy to get lost. After all, besides Airbus, there’re many other successful aircraft manufacturers, such as Bombardier, ATR, Embraer and, obviously, the biggest Airbus’s rival – Boeing. Still, Airbus A320 Family is topping the rankings and has something exceptional to offer. Regardless of whether you are an A320 pilot, pilot to-be or are looking into Type Rating options, check the facts and figures below that will assure you that A320 Family is close to unconquerable.

1. 15,578 orders and 9,709 deliveries as of April 2021.

As of April 2021, Airbus reports 15,578 Airbus A320 Family aircraft orders from over 300 worldwide customers. Deliveries stand at 9,709 and backlog – at 5,869. Although both 2019 and 2020 have made aircraft manufacturers vulnerable, Airbus has still shown outstanding results compared to other plane makers. In 2020, it had a 66.8% share of 825 aircraft deliveries, leaving Boeing behind at 18.7%. The breakdown did not differ substantially from the year before when Airbus hit a 59.5% mark, and Boeing accounted for 25.9% of the total of 1456 deliveries. Notably, most of the above deliveries in 2019-2020 were Airbus A320 Family airplanes – 419 out of 551 in 2020 and 636 out of 867 in 2019.

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2. An A320 Family aircraft takes off and lands every 2 seconds.

We can compare the frequency of A320 family aircraft taking off and touch down to blinking or breathing. Although it may sound like a fun or even fictive fact, Airbus has explained how it did the Math: “We took the total number of take offs and landings in 2018 – 25,653,168 – and divided it down to reveal that there are 0.81 take offs and landings per second, meaning there’s one every 1.23 seconds. Given new aircraft are delivered every day, we rounded down.” So although a lot has happened since 2018, and the statistics might have shrunk a bit, there is still a fair chance that whenever you see a white trail in the sky, it’s an A320 Family airliner that left it.

3. A320neo offers 4-6% lower fuel burn per seat compared to the Boeing 737 MAX8.

Airlines strive to conserve fuel since they can trim costs by using enhanced fuel efficiency solutions given the high oil price. A slight 1% reduction in the average fuel burn per annum of an Airbus A320 leads to 100 tonnes of fuel not burnt, over €40,000 in cost savings to the operators. A320neo ensures  4-6% lower fuel burn per seat compared to the Boeing 737 MAX8, according to Airbus. A321neo offers a 7% lower fuel burn per seat compared to the Boeing 737 MAX10.

4. At the end of its operational life, 85% of an A320 can be recycled.

Airbus aims for sustainability and is making considerable progress in identifying and promoting the recycling of aircraft and their components. At the end of its lifecycle, approximately 85% of an A320 can be efficiently recycled in terms of weight. The company’s target, however, is 95%. In addition, the EU has the second-largest market for aircraft leaving service, so the recycling opportunity there is also high, worth about €80M per year. In 2015, Airbus estimated that over 4,000 aircraft would be retired by 2023 at a rate of over 200 aircraft per year. So having components that can be easily recycled, reused or otherwise recovered is extremely important.

5. Airbus A320 Family has one of the lowest crash rates.

According to Forbes, Airbus A320 family aircraft have a clean flight record and are known for being the safest airplanes. This family has a 0.08 crash rate, one of the lowest for airplane models with a crash history. Additionally, as Boing reports, fourth-generation aircraft have the lowest accident rate of all. In 2020, the fourth-generation fatal accident rate was 0.04 accidents per million flight cycles. It was approximately a third of the rate for third-generation aircraft.

6. The A320 can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 20 seconds.

It’s always easier to grasp some numerical information when you visualize it compared to something well-known or, at least, something easy to imagine. The A320 can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in less than 20 seconds – faster than 305 HP Ford Focus RS. The turbocharged vehicle known for its speedy acceleration capability reaches 200 km/h in 22,9 s. New-generation engine options Airbus offers to choose from are Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan and CFM International’s LEAP-1A.

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Hopefully, this brief overview has shed some light on what type of company Airbus is and what you can expect from its famous Airbus A320 Family. If your current target is gaining a Type Rating, obviously, you are interested in choosing a type that your future employer flies. As of March 2021, there were 9,247 A320 family aircraft in commercial service with over 330 operators. That makes a pretty high chance that with A320 Type Rating handy, you will be choosing your employer and not vice versa. BAA Training can help you get to this point faster – register for A320 Type Rating training in Vilnius, Lithuania or Barcelona, Spain and get one step closer to the flight deck of a commercial airliner. If not convinced just yet, you may want to continue your research with the article Which Type Rating to choose: Boeing 737 or Airbus A320?.

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5 Myths About a Pilot Job https://aviationvoice.com/5-myths-about-a-pilot-job-202105101137/ Mon, 10 May 2021 08:37:51 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212067 Reading Time: 5 minutes Consciously or not, people sometimes spread disinformation or, simply put, – rumors. They are about lots of things, including a pilot job. There is nothing wrong with having discussions – it’s even commendable. However, sometimes excessive reliance on the stories of others or their own imagination but not robust knowledge results in people not making […]

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Consciously or not, people sometimes spread disinformation or, simply put, – rumors. They are about lots of things, including a pilot job. There is nothing wrong with having discussions – it’s even commendable. However, sometimes excessive reliance on the stories of others or their own imagination but not robust knowledge results in people not making informed decisions. For example, they may choose not to pursue a pilot career because of common biases. Go through the headlines of the below article – has at least one of these thoughts ever come to your mind? If yes, continue reading to realize they are myths.

1. A pilot is barely needed – an aircraft flies on its own

It’s hard to believe, but some people think that a pilot turns on an autopilot mode, asks a flight attendant to bring a cup of coffee, and chills out for the rest of the flight. In reality, that is not true. Generally, the pilot will handle takeoff and only then initiate the autopilot. Although the automated system remains active for the entire flight before it is switched off right before landing, the pilot or the co-pilot must be cautious and control it. Theoretically, anything can happen at any minute: engine failure, depressurization, fire, etc. In this case, a pilot sometimes has fractions of a second to take this or that action.

It cannot be denied, though, that modern aircraft ease the work of pilots tremendously. Even the landing can take place without a pilot’s intervention at times in suitably equipped airfields. In some airfield types, however, it is strictly prohibited. Therefore, it would be way too soon to exclude a human from operating an aircraft.

2. An untrained passenger can land a commercial aircraft

Although many of you might have seen this in movies, the reality is nothing like fiction. Multiple factors would play a determinant role in the success of the impromptu touchdown. They include weather, type, and weight of aircraft, a passenger’s confidence level, connection with air-traffic controller (ATC), etc. However, even in the best-case scenario, provided that the ATC is giving clear instructions and no abnormality occurs, the inexperienced individual would still have to be quick enough and not panic, which not many could accomplish. Our attitude towards this question is this: if a passenger has never flown a plane or used a flight simulator, there’s a very slim chance they could land the airplane safely.

While a passenger may attempt a talk-down landing in the event of the incapacitation or death of an aircraft pilot, no official records of such landing exist. But there have been incidents where licenced pilots traveling as passengers have taken the co-pilot’s seat to assist the pilot. As for a single-engine aircraft, there was a case in 2019 when the instructor of a two-seater Cessna 152 lost consciousness during flight training from Jandakot Airport, Perth, Western Australia. The 29-year-old student, Max Sylvester, landed the plane safely on his first flight lesson.

3. A pilot has no time to create a family

The work of a pilot does include a lot of traveling, which is a well-known fact. However, keeping a work-life balance is still possible when you are a pilot, although many are not convinced. If you work for a low-cost, charter, or short-haul airline (e.g., Ryanair or Vueling), you can expect not too much time away from home. Vueling says it operates both fixed (5 on – 4 off) and variable rosters, whereas Ryanair has a fixed roster of 5 earlies on – 4 off, then 5 lates on – 4 off. If your employer is a legacy short-haul airline (e.g., Lufthansa or KLM), you might be absent from home from two to four nights a week. British Airways, Emirates, or Cathay Pacific may require you to go on more extended tours, but you can count on more time off afterward.

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Overall, a pilot’s schedule does not deprive you of your opportunity to create and maintain your personal life. It will highly depend on the airline with what regularity you will be traveling. To some extent, commercial pilots can influence their monthly schedule set up and arrange some time off whenever an important event is approaching.

4. If you have the money, you can be a pilot

While it is true that money can bring you one step closer to making your dream come true, it’s only part of the essentials to take care of. The other part is about proving that you are “suitable“ and have the right skillset, attitudes, and motivations. Aviation training organizations (ATOs) like BAA Training carry out extensive assessment processes to shortlist those who demonstrate the desired traits and behaviors irrespective of their ability to cover the training expenses. Some applicants can pay but fail the initial assessment, so performing objective evaluation is the key. An airline pilot must work within a cohesive team while coordinating actions and providing honest and clear feedback. Imagine the applicant is not a good team player – what are the chances they will find themselves comfortable on the flight deck talking to other pilots, ATCs, and flight dispatchers?

5. The investment in pilot training will never pay off

Although pilot training is usually expensive, the rewards can be great and serve you well throughout your entire career. In the beginning, like in any type of job, the earnings might not be fantastic but at the same time not modest. You might decide to instruct for some time or fly regional as you kickstart your career. However, once you have “paid your duty,“ collected the required number of flight hours, and have been in the field for a while, you will be building a solid financial ground.

On average, it does not take more than two or three years for a flying First Officer to recoup the investment and start earning well. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, First Officers typically earned between € 35,000 and € 120,000 a year, while Captains got between € 80,000 and € 250,000 a year. The amount in question varied significantly and depended on experience, length of service, and aircraft type.

On a different note, the investment needed to acquire a pilot profession is not the highest compared to some other jobs. For instance, future physicians should be prepared to spend way over €200k on professional training. Moreover, they would be expected to get a pricy Undergraduate Degree beforehand and move on with the Post Graduate, which is time-consuming. In contrast, a prospective pilot is not obliged to have an Undergraduate Degree. They also need two years on average to get to the cockpit of a commercial airplane, with the investment being roughly two times lower than that of a physician. Noteworthy, the salaries’ range of the two professions is very similar.

Enroll now, the future will thank you later

This article is a kind reminder for you not to rush to conclusions and use your critical thinking. A pilot profession is very respectful, prestigious, and well paid. People are designed in a way to pursue their dreams. So even if the job may have lost some of its glamour recently, you should still do what you want. Otherwise, you will be forced to fulfill someone else’s dreams. So enroll in Ab Initio training now and get ready to welcome the long-awaited aviation recovery that will have come just by the time you graduate. As they say, choose what you love doing, and you will not work a single day in your life.

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Icelandic startup PLAY to Receive Its First Airbus A320neo Shortly https://aviationvoice.com/icelandic-startup-play-to-receive-its-first-airbus-a320neo-shortly-202105101051/ Mon, 10 May 2021 07:51:52 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212063 Reading Time: < 1 minute Icelandic startup airline PLAY will receive its first aircraft – Airbus A320neo – at the beginning of June. Two more aircraft will follow in July. In the meantime, PLAY pilots are completing simulator training in the UK in preparation for the first passenger flight, which is planned for June 24th. The airline that intends to […]

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Icelandic startup airline PLAY will receive its first aircraft – Airbus A320neo – at the beginning of June. Two more aircraft will follow in July.

In the meantime, PLAY pilots are completing simulator training in the UK in preparation for the first passenger flight, which is planned for June 24th. The airline that intends to position itself as a low-cost carrier has already confirmed its initial destinations, including Paris, London, Copenhagen, Tenerife, and Alicante. However, so far, it is unclear whether it will obtain permission to operate scheduled flights to the US.

All three aircraft joining PLAY are designed to carry 220 passengers, but the planes in PLAY’s fleet will transport less than 200 passengers to provide extra comfort to its passengers.

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TUI Offers Subsidies for Covid-19 Tests with Holidays https://aviationvoice.com/tui-offers-subsidies-for-covid-19-tests-with-holidays-202105071126/ Fri, 07 May 2021 08:26:06 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212055 Reading Time: < 1 minute TUI AG has recently announced it will offer subsidized Covid-19 tests for passengers buying package holidays this summer. The move is expected to “make travel a possibility.” As testing requirements might have made summer holidays too expensive for many people, the airline decided to encourage people to travel by providing financial help. According to TUI, […]

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TUI AG has recently announced it will offer subsidized Covid-19 tests for passengers buying package holidays this summer. The move is expected to “make travel a possibility.”

As testing requirements might have made summer holidays too expensive for many people, the airline decided to encourage people to travel by providing financial help.

According to TUI, the prices for its new packages will range from £20-£90 depending on the preferred route. The first two packages target those flying to green countries.

The package for £20 will consist of a lateral flow test and PCR test, which will soon be required to visit England from green list destinations. A £50 package will provide an additional PCR test, which passengers from amber countries will need. A typical cost of a PCR test is £120 each.

Andrew Flintham, Tui’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: “We have always believed that cost-effective testing solutions, as well as maximum flexibility, will make travel a possibility this summer and beyond.“

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Berlin Tegel is Officially No Longer an Airport https://aviationvoice.com/berlin-tegel-is-officially-no-longer-an-airport-202105061119/ Thu, 06 May 2021 08:19:09 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212051 Reading Time: < 1 minute Although Berlin Tegel Airport stopped flights half a year ago, officially, it lost its airport status on Wednesday at midnight. For half a year, pilots were still allowed to switch to Tegel Airport if necessary. However, it was not used for flights in recent months but served as one of six vaccination centres in Berlin. […]

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Although Berlin Tegel Airport stopped flights half a year ago, officially, it lost its airport status on Wednesday at midnight.

For half a year, pilots were still allowed to switch to Tegel Airport if necessary. However, it was not used for flights in recent months but served as one of six vaccination centres in Berlin. So on Wednesday midnight, the permit for takeoffs and landing officially expired.

Following the news, the state-owned Tegel Projekt GmbH will take care of the site’s further development. The Beuth University of Applied Sciences is about to move into the iconic main terminal of the former airport. Tegel Projekt GmbH also has plans to build around 5,000 new timber apartments and an industrial park.

“As of May 5th, the site is no longer an airport, even in the legal sense,” announced the operator, the Airport Association of Berlin-Brandenburg (FBB).

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