Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:33:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Ryanair’s CEO Predicts Pre-Covid Passenger Numbers In 2021 https://aviationvoice.com/ryanairs-ceo-predicts-pre-covid-passenger-numbers-in-2021-202011241525/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:25:30 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211053 Reading Time: < 1 minute According to Ryanair’s forecasts, the passenger numbers will be close to their pre-Covid levels by summer 2021. Such an affirmation contradicts the prevailing industry’s opinion that it will take several years for the traffic to get back to normal. “There’s going to be an enormous snapback on travel demand … Mrs. O’Leary is very keen […]

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According to Ryanair’s forecasts, the passenger numbers will be close to their pre-Covid levels by summer 2021. Such an affirmation contradicts the prevailing industry’s opinion that it will take several years for the traffic to get back to normal.

Michael O’leary CEO of Ryanair; photo: Shutterstock

“There’s going to be an enormous snapback on travel demand … Mrs. O’Leary is very keen to go back to the Algarve and I suspect she’d be there in 2.5 nanoseconds after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. I think she’s reflective of the overwhelming majority of Europe’s population, and they will go back,” said Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary.

The chief executive also specified that it is feasible to reach 75-80% of pre-Covid levels in 2021, especially if the vaccine becomes available in spring.

“I’ve heard a lot of rubbish coming from legacy airlines that it’ll be 2035 till the volumes come back. Rubbish. Volumes will go back in 2021 or 2022 pretty quickly – they will go back because Ryanair will discount prices, hotels will discount,” O’Leary added.

On a different note, O’Leary is in favor of Boeing 737 MAX resuming its service soon. He is not convinced by predominant concerns over the aircraft’s safety since it has undergone a thorough recertification process after two fatal accidents: “It will be the most audited, the most interrogated, safest aircraft ever to fly.”

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IATA appoints a new director-general – Willie Walsh https://aviationvoice.com/iata-appoints-a-new-director-general-willie-walsh-202011241344/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:44:57 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211048 Reading Time: 2 minutes Willy Walsh, the former chief executive of IAG, is set to become a new director of IATA. Walsh is taking over the role of Alexandre de Juniac on 31st March 2021. The former Air France-KLM chairman De Juniac informed everyone about his decision to leave well in advance to allow for a smooth responsibilities transition. […]

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Willy Walsh, the former chief executive of IAG, is set to become a new director of IATA. Walsh is taking over the role of Alexandre de Juniac on 31st March 2021.

The former Air France-KLM chairman De Juniac informed everyone about his decision to leave well in advance to allow for a smooth responsibilities transition. During the annual meeting on 24th November 2020, the IATA Board of Governors recommended Willie Walsh for taking De Juniac’s seat. Willie Walsh will become the eighth Director-General of the Association.

“I did not come to this decision lightly. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the global air transport industry—what I call the business of freedom—as the head of IATA. Over the last years IATA has strategically increased its relevance as the voice of the global airline industry. This has been evident in the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has set the course to restore air connectivity amid the pandemic with systematic pre-departure testing. We are well into preparations to fulfill critical vaccine distribution needs. In parallel, we have restructured IATA to survive the crisis and be ready to support the industry recovery with an organization dimensioned to serve a smaller industry. And we have a motivated team that is determined to get the job done. The building blocks for an industry recovery are in place. And now is the right time to hand over IATA’s leadership for the long process of recovery,” said de Juniac.

An airline executive Willie Walsh with over 40 years of experience is stepping into the role when the future of the aviation industry is atypically uncertain. It is estimated the airlines will face a loss of US$80 billion this year, and the new IATA’s Director-General will have to deal with the challenges.

IATA, representing 85% of the air companies worldwide, acts as a trade body for the world’s airlines and improves the regulatory and legal environment.

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The “travel bubble” between Singapore and Hong Kong is postponed https://aviationvoice.com/the-travel-bubble-between-hong-kong-and-singapore-is-postponed-202011231612/ Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:12:19 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211036 Reading Time: < 1 minute Singapore and Hong Kong have deferred their “travel bubble” agreement by two weeks due to a rise in new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong. The agreement that would have allowed quarantine-free travel between the two regions was set to come into force on Sunday. Although the travel authorities from both sides confirmed they would be […]

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Singapore and Hong Kong have deferred their “travel bubble” agreement by two weeks due to a rise in new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.

The agreement that would have allowed quarantine-free travel between the two regions was set to come into force on Sunday. Although the travel authorities from both sides confirmed they would be sticking to the plan, they took their words back later during the day.

“This is to safeguard public health in both cities as well as travelers’ own health,” Singapore’s aviation authority presented the reasoning for the delay. The new launch date of the corridor waving the restrictive control measures will become clear in December.

A day before the awaited arrangement, Hong Kong announced 43 new coronavirus cases – the highest daily figure in over three months. Most of them were locally transmitted infections, including 13 untraceable instances. The country has encountered a total of 5,561 cases since the spike of the pandemic, including 108 deaths. Although in Singapore, the infection cases have outnumbered those in Hong Kong by over 52,000, the reported fatality rate is almost 4 times lower (28 deaths).

The travel bubble was aimed to boost travel to and from both destinations. Initially, one flight a day with a maximum of 200 travelers per flight would have been scheduled into each city. Afterwards, the capacity would have been increased to two flights a day. Before boarding the plane, testing for Covid-19 would have been obligatory, same as having no record of any trips during the previous 14 days. However, nobody would have been subject to quarantine or stay-home notice requirements upon arrival.

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EASA is about to lift Boeing 737 MAX grounding in January https://aviationvoice.com/easa-is-about-to-lift-boeing-737-max-grounding-in-january-202011231553/ Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:53:10 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211033 Reading Time: 2 minutes The European Safety Agency’s (EASA) top regulator has announced the Boeing 737 MAX can be back to the skies “sometime in January,” according to Reuters. On November 18th, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) was the first to lift the Boeing 737 MAX , ban put into effect in March 2019 after two deadly crashes that […]

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The European Safety Agency’s (EASA) top regulator has announced the Boeing 737 MAX can be back to the skies “sometime in January,” according to Reuters.

On November 18th, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) was the first to lift the Boeing 737 MAX , ban put into effect in March 2019 after two deadly crashes that had killed 326 people.

“We wanted to carry out a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we performed our own checks and flight tests,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky during an online aviation conference called Paris Air Forum.

He also added: “All these studies tell us that the 737 MAX can return to service. We have started to put in place all the measures. It is likely that in our case, we will adopt the decisions, allowing it to return to service sometime in January.” Ky confirmed that an overhaul of the faulty flight control system on the MAX “had met the watchdog’s requirements.

A draft EASA directive outlining the process of resuming flights on 737 MAX in Europe will be published next week, bringing closer the final ungrounding decision due in January. It is still unclear how long it will take for the situation to stabilize as extensive pilot training and software upgrades will have to be ensured, dictated by the EASA mandate.

EASA’s decision is of major importance since, just like the FAA, it also carries substantial weight in the aviation industry. EASA represents the 27 EU countries and four non-EU countries, including Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. It is a single regulatory authority for the air operations in the listed countries.

The jetliner’s grounding came at the cost of $19bn based on the company’s estimations, putting its rival Airbus to the forefront. In January 2020, Boeing reported its first loss in more than 20 years – $636m.

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737 MAX passengers will be able to change tickets at no cost https://aviationvoice.com/737-max-passengers-will-be-able-to-change-tickets-at-no-cost-202011201552/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:52:09 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211029 Reading Time: < 1 minute After almost 2 years of being grounded, on November 18th, 2020, Boeing 737 MAX was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for takeoff; however, some travelers are still reluctant to trust their lives to this aircraft. Airlines rush to reassure their customers that the jet has been recertified and is safe to board, but […]

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After almost 2 years of being grounded, on November 18th, 2020, Boeing 737 MAX was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for takeoff; however, some travelers are still reluctant to trust their lives to this aircraft. Airlines rush to reassure their customers that the jet has been recertified and is safe to board, but those who are not comfortable flying on the controversial plane will be able to change their tickets for free.

David Seymour, COO at American Airlines, wrote in a letter: “If our pilots, along with the APA, FAA and our safety teams are confident the aircraft is safe, we are confident in its return to service.” However, David also emphasized that everybody will make a personal decision, whether to fly on 737 MAX or not.

The passengers will have an option to request a different flight on a different type of airplane at no additional charge or get a refund for a refundable ticket. However, it cannot be guaranteed in advance that passengers who opt not to fly 737 MAX will not find themselves on the undesirable plane on the departure day as it might happen to be the only one available.

Those who have double feelings about the jet’s safety are reminded that there is a long way the aircraft has already gone and is still to go to return to flying. Maintenance checks, readiness flights, mandatory simulator training for pilots, and more will have to be ensured before it gets set to fly passengers again.

 

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Norwegian files for bankruptcy protection https://aviationvoice.com/norwegian-files-for-bankruptcy-protection-202011191349/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:49:04 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211026 Reading Time: < 1 minute The pandemic has not been kind to Norwegian Air. Trying to reduce its debt, it has entered into the process called “examinership” after the Norwegian government refused to provide further aid to the airline. The reorganization process will be reviewed in the Irish court because the major part of its fleet is held in Ireland, […]

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The pandemic has not been kind to Norwegian Air. Trying to reduce its debt, it has entered into the process called “examinership” after the Norwegian government refused to provide further aid to the airline. The reorganization process will be reviewed in the Irish court because the major part of its fleet is held in Ireland, and it is “in the interests of its stakeholders”.

The Norwegian Air’s employees gathered in Oslo on November 18th to protest against the government’s actions that are not directed to support the airline in the face of an “uncertain future.”

The troubled airline will be given 100 days of protection from creditors to develop a legally binding rescue plan and preserve its core business value. The airline will also be working on securing new capital during the upcoming five months.

Jacob Schram, the CEO of Norwegian, said: “Seeking protection to reorganize under Irish law is a decision that we have taken to secure the future of Norwegian for the benefit of our employees, customers and investors. Our aim is to find solutions with our stakeholders that will allow us to emerge as a financially stronger and secure airline.”

Norwegian will continue operating its domestic routes during this winter on six of its aircraft. Before the pandemic, Norwegian was exploiting more than a hundred airplanes. The airline will also continue to trade on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

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BREAKING: The U.S. FAA Approved Boeing 737 MAX To Fly Again https://aviationvoice.com/breaking-the-u-s-faa-approved-boeing-737-max-to-fly-again-202011181657/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:57:14 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211023 Reading Time: 2 minutes Today, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed an order to resume commercial flights of Boeing 737 MAX by the end of the year. Boeing will have to make specific software updates and implement the FAA requested training changes to return to the market. The main focus of improvement has to be a stall-prevention system […]

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Today, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed an order to resume commercial flights of Boeing 737 MAX by the end of the year. Boeing will have to make specific software updates and implement the FAA requested training changes to return to the market.

The main focus of improvement has to be a stall-prevention system called MCAS, which in both crashes shoved down the jet’s nose as pilots lost navigation control.

The investigations triggered by the deadly accidents cost Boeing some $20 billion, but now it says it is ready for a relaunch. American Airlines plans to have their first flight on this U.S. planemaker’s best-selling jet on December 29th. Southwest Airlines, the largest Boeing 737 MAX operator globally, will follow the lead in Q2 of 2021. Earlier during the Aviation Week webinar, CEO of Southwest Gary Kelly admitted he felt enthusiastic about FAA lifting the ban:

“We are looking forward to it for a variety of reasons. It is a more cost-effective airplane to fly relative to especially our older -700s. It’s rumored that it’s going to be ungrounded this week so, fingers crossed. We’ve been here before, but as time has gone by, it’s closer and closer and closer, so I’m expecting the grounding to be pretty soon.”

Despite having around 200 aircraft at its disposal, Southwest will only bring Boeing 737 MAX back to service once all its pilots undergo training, according to Gary.

Jets like Boeing 737 MAX and its competitor Airbus A320 dominate international fleets and serve as a major source of industry profit. After all the obstacles and scrutiny, the fact that Boeing 737 MAX is getting back in business will open up a crucial pipeline of cash for the company and its suppliers.

The aircraft has been grounded for 20 months after two fatal disasters in Indonesia and Ethiopia, taking the lives of 346 people.

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BAA Training to provide flight training for ENAC https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-becomes-the-first-enacs-partner-to-provide-flight-training-in-europe-202011171417/ Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:17:01 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211010 Reading Time: 2 minutes BAA Training becomes the first ENAC‘s partner to provide flight training in Europe. Having passed the compliance audit, the BAA Training flight base in Lleida-Alguaire received official approval from ENAC to carry out flight training for ENAC’s students. The consent to audit the BAA Training’s Spanish flight base was given to ENAC by Civil Aviation […]

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BAA Training becomes the first ENAC‘s partner to provide flight training in Europe. Having passed the compliance audit, the BAA Training flight base in Lleida-Alguaire received official approval from ENAC to carry out flight training for ENAC’s students.

The consent to audit the BAA Training’s Spanish flight base was given to ENAC by Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). ENAC acts as an ATPL and MPL pilot training provider for such airlines as Air France, China Eastern, Lao Airline, China Southern, Air Macau, and Royal Air Maroc.

Egle Vaitkeviciute, the CEO of BAA Training, acknowledges: “BAA Training is very proud of successfully building partnership with ENAC – the leading aeronautics and aviation university in Europe. Receiving a flight training approval from ENAC, governed by the French Civil Aviation Authority, empowers BAA Training to work with the major European and Asian airlines, such as Air France and others, and contribute to training their future pilots. Being a trusted flight training partner of ENAC reinforces our obligations to keep the highest training standards while delivering competency-based aviation training services.”

Thierry de Basquiat, the Director of ENAC Flight School: “The ENAC training reference is worldwide recognized , and it is important, even more in a difficult context for air transport, to offer quality training courses adapted to the needs and characteristics of airlines. We are very pleased with the work carried out by the ENAC and BAA TRAINING teams to enable BAA TRAINING to deliver specific phases of the ENAC integrated ATPL programs. This important step will allow us to continue to develop innovative training programs and meet the current expectations of the airlines community”.

The new approval will allow BAA Training to conduct parts of the actual flight training in Lleida-Alguaire, Spain, broadening the training range offered to ENAC’s students. The partnership with ENAC started in 2019 with the approval to deliver the theoretical part of ATPL integrated program. Back then, a group of Air Macau pilots-to-be arrived at the BAA headquarters to participate in the ATPL theory course. Another group of Air France cadets enrolled in MCC and JOC training programs organized by BAA Training in January 2020, followed by the most recent one which began in October 2020. It is important to note that hosting these first student groups fostered further interaction with ENAC and resulted in more capacity to serve the same clientele,

BAA Training aims to expand its partnership portfolio in France and views the elevating cooperation with ENAC as an important step towards this goal. Currently, BAA Training holds a cooperation agreement with Transavia France, a member of the Air France-KLM group.

 BAA Training – one of the TOP 3 largest independent aviation training centres in Europe.

 

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Korean Air Is Acquiring Asiana Airlines For $1.62 Billion https://aviationvoice.com/korean-air-is-acquiring-asiana-airlines-for-1-62-billion-202011161732/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 15:32:52 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211006 Reading Time: < 1 minute Hanjin Group owned Korean Air has stated it is buying the rival airline Asiana Airlines for KRW1.8 trillion ($1.62 billion). As a result of this acquisition, which is said to “stabilize the Korean aviation industry”, Korean Air will become the 15th world’s biggest carrier by distance flown. Asiana has been looking for a potential buyer […]

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Hanjin Group owned Korean Air has stated it is buying the rival airline Asiana Airlines for KRW1.8 trillion ($1.62 billion).

As a result of this acquisition, which is said to “stabilize the Korean aviation industry”, Korean Air will become the 15th world’s biggest carrier by distance flown. Asiana has been looking for a potential buyer for a while now as it had been laid low by high debts even before the crisis came.

According to the Korean Air press release, “Korean Air decided to acquire Asiana Airlines after much consideration and deliberation in order to pursue its founding mission to contribute to the nation through transportation. Following its mission, the carrier will ensure job security for employees at both airlines as well as relevant industries and support the development of Korea’s aviation industry.”

The Yonhap News Agency reports that Korean Air will acquire a 30.77% stake in Asiana, and Korean Air’s parent company Hanjin KAL will receive a KRW800 billion ($722 million) investment from the Korea Development Bank owned by the state. The grounds for this investment is “to ensure Hanjin KAL maintains its status as the airline’s holding company.”
Korean Air plans on more streamlined route operations and lower costs after the purchase is finalized, which will “give the airline the competitiveness to compete with global mega airlines.”
Today, Asiana’s share price rose 28.7%, revealing public investors’ support of the deal. Korean Air’s stock price also soared by 8.4%. The benchmark KOSPI was up 1.9%.

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QANTAS Celebrates 100th Anniversary https://aviationvoice.com/qantas-celebrates-100th-anniversary-202011161517/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:17:15 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=211001 Reading Time: 2 minutes Precisely 100 years ago, on this day (November 16th, 1920), the flagship Australian carrier was established by two veterans of the Australian Flying Corps, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local rancher Fergus McMaster. QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) appeared 17 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, two years after World War […]

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Precisely 100 years ago, on this day (November 16th, 1920), the flagship Australian carrier was established by two veterans of the Australian Flying Corps, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local rancher Fergus McMaster.

QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) appeared 17 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight, two years after World War One, and at the end of the severe Spanish Flu pandemic. The freshly-baked airline’s principal role was to conquer the “tyranny of distance” commonplace to Australia. While it started as a project with no certainty of success, today, it is the oldest continuously-operating airline globally, which offers routes to all inhabited continents on earth.
The historical evolution of QANTAS is evident. It started small from carrying mail between outback towns and flying passengers to Singapore by the 1930s. By the end of 1940, it was nationalized, and in the 1960s, it became an early adopter of the jet aircraft, which mainstreamed global air travel. In the 1970s, QQANTAS invented the Business Class, and in the 1980s, all their fleet was standardized to consist of Boeing 747 airplanes only. QANTAS was repeatedly privatized in the 1990s and founded the Jetstar subsidiary in 2004. The company went through some major restructuring in 2014, and by 2020, it completed a series of significant long-haul flights with non-stop service between the U.S. and Europe. Celebrating the 100 birthday, QANTAS’ CEO, Alan Joyce, said,

“Today, we mark the 100th anniversary of QANTAS. For me, there are a few simple facts that sum up why this airline has endured and what it means to Australia. Anyone who thinks the success of QANTAS was a forgone conclusion need only consider its humble origins. It was started by two recently-returned WW1 pilots and a local grazier in outback Queensland using what was still a new form of transport, on the tail end of the last global pandemic, in 1920. The level of promise was such that some of the first shareholders referred to their investment as “a donation.”

To mark the occasion, QANTAS will perform a low-level flyover over the HARS Aviation Museum at Albion Park on the NSW South Coast and Rose Bay in Sydney’s east, which was the first international airport in town when Qantas launched its Flying Boat services from Sydney to London in 1936.

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