Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:19:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 airBaltic to Take off after the Crisis without Boeing 737 Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/airbaltic-to-take-off-after-the-crisis-without-boeing-737-aircraft-202004032219/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:19:33 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209156 Reading Time: < 1 minute airBaltic, the Latvian carrier, is set to take off after the crisis with reduced fleet, meaning that the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft will be phased out yet this year, the CEO of airBaltic, Martin Gauss, revealed in the interview with LETA, Latvian state-owned news agency LETA. The decision does not come as a surprise, though. […]

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airBaltic, the Latvian carrier, is set to take off after the crisis with reduced fleet, meaning that the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft will be phased out yet this year, the CEO of airBaltic, Martin Gauss, revealed in the interview with LETA, Latvian state-owned news agency LETA.

The decision does not come as a surprise, though. airBaltic has been retiring its Boeing aircraft for over a year now and was expected to introduce a single type fleet by 2022.

According to Gauss, prior to the crisis, the company was still planning to use its Boeing 737 planes this and, possibly, next year, however, no more regular flights with these aircraft will be operated.

The carrier also has 12 Bombardier Q400 NextGen planes now. Although these aircraft are expected to soar again, the retirement could be initiated ahead of the schedule.

airBaltic aims to simplify its activities and use only Airbus A220 aircraft. Currently it operates 22 Airbus A220 planes.

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Avolon Drops Order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX and Four A330neo https://aviationvoice.com/avolon-drops-order-for-75-boeing-737-max-and-four-a330neo-202004032146/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:46:33 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209150 Reading Time: < 1 minute Avolon, aircraft lessor, has announced that it is adjusting its orders to the current market needs. The company cancelled the order for 75 unplaced Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and rescheduled deliveries of 16 aircraft of the same time to start from 2024 or even later. Although Avolon cancelled its booking for 75 MAX jets, including […]

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Avolon, aircraft lessor, has announced that it is adjusting its orders to the current market needs. The company cancelled the order for 75 unplaced Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and rescheduled deliveries of 16 aircraft of the same time to start from 2024 or even later.

Although Avolon cancelled its booking for 75 MAX jets, including 20 MAX 10s and 55 MAX 8s with due deliveries in 2021, the company still remains committed to the program.

Also, the company dropped the order for four Airbus A330neo and deferred delivery dates for nine Airbus A320neo family planes from 2020/21 to 2027.

“Building on our strong capital base, we have acted swiftly and decisively to address the market outlook and have re-profiled elements of our orderbook to better align with market conditions”, said the company in a statement.

“The net impact of our actions in the first quarter is to reduce our aircraft commitments in the 2020 to 2023 timeframe from 284 aircraft, as at year end, to 165 aircraft today and thereby significantly reducing our near-term capital commitments”, the company added.

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Wizz Air to Stand Out and Take 15 New Airbus Aircraft in 2020? https://aviationvoice.com/wizz-air-to-stand-out-and-take-15-new-airbus-aircraft-in-2020-202004022030/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:30:24 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209139 Reading Time: < 1 minute While aviation is in its worst crisis, while hundreds of aircraft are parked on the runways for indefinite time, while airlines are sending older plane types into early retirement, some airlines are still determined to stick to the aircraft delivery schedules. One of such carriers seems to be Wizz Air. According to Bloomberg, one of […]

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While aviation is in its worst crisis, while hundreds of aircraft are parked on the runways for indefinite time, while airlines are sending older plane types into early retirement, some airlines are still determined to stick to the aircraft delivery schedules. One of such carriers seems to be Wizz Air.

According to Bloomberg, one of the biggest low cost airlines in Europe will take in 15 new Airbus aircraft in 2020 and will continue receiving the remaining hundreds of planes on order later on. This information has been confirmed to Bloomberg by József Váradi, the CEO of Wizz Air.

Although currently Wizz Air has cut its capacity by 90% and is mainly operating rescue, repatriation and cargo-only flights, Váradi reveals that the carrier can survive this crisis and is getting ready to grab expansion opportunities after the pandemic is over.

Wizz Air has also applied a number of cost-cutting measures, including employee pay reduction and zero salary for TOP executives.

Therefore, the decision to accept new Airbus aircraft seems to be very brave and positions the carrier as a strong player even in hard times, keeping in mind that numerous airlines are pushing back the deliveries or even cancelling the existing orders.

Apart from that, many older aircraft types are expected to be phased out ahead of schedules. Mainly this concerns such types as Boeing 747, 757, 767 or Airbus A380. Unfortunately, not all grounded planes will take off again after the health crisis ends and travel restrictions are lifted.

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Dubai Allows Emirates to Resume Limited Number of Flights https://aviationvoice.com/dubai-allows-emirates-to-resume-limited-number-of-flights-2-202004021912/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:12:30 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209127 Reading Time: 2 minutes The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided Emirates with a right to resume some of its passenger flights beginning 6 April, 2020. Since 25 March the airline had its aircraft grounded amid the UAE government decision to suspend all passenger flights in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Now, the authorities has […]

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided Emirates with a right to resume some of its passenger flights beginning 6 April, 2020.

Since 25 March the airline had its aircraft grounded amid the UAE government decision to suspend all passenger flights in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Now, the authorities has announced that the carrier can resume a limited number of its passenger flights, which will be mainly operated out of the UAE.

“Over time, Emirates looks forward to the gradual resumption of passenger services in line with lifting of travel and operational restrictions, including assurance of health measures to safeguard our people and customers.

Their safety and well-being will always be our top priority”, said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group.

More information on the re-launched flights will be revealed soon. The official website of the airline, therefore, has not provided any information yet.

Dubai to Inject Funding into Emirates to Help Survive the Crisis

Now airlines worldwide are in a grave situation. Grounded fleets, no passengers flying, unstable financial situation.

This week IATA has released the analysis estimating that airlines may collectively burn through $61 billion of their cash reserves during the second quarter of 2020, where quarterly net loss could result in $39 billion.

For this reason, IATA actively encourages governments to support their airlines to have the industry ready when the crisis begins to step aside. Dubai, in turn, is one of the best examples.

The government of Dubai has said it will support Emirates to go through the crisis and “reach its goal of sitting on the throne of global aviation”. 

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EASA Certifies Cargo Seat Bags for A320 Family Aircraft Cabins https://aviationvoice.com/easa-certifies-cargo-seat-bags-for-a320-family-aircraft-cabins-202004012114/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:14:56 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209115 Reading Time: < 1 minute The coronavirus has accelerated development of various advancements to help aviation better cope with the crisis and maintain vitally important supply lines worldwide. One of the latest achievements – cargo seat bags for Airbus A320 family aircraft passenger cabins to transport commercial and humanitarian supplies developed by Colibri Aero and J&C Aero. Both companies, headquartered […]

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The coronavirus has accelerated development of various advancements to help aviation better cope with the crisis and maintain vitally important supply lines worldwide.

One of the latest achievements – cargo seat bags for Airbus A320 family aircraft passenger cabins to transport commercial and humanitarian supplies developed by Colibri Aero and J&C Aero.

Both companies, headquartered in Lithuania, began their work on this cabin modification last year. However, after the first signs of the emerging health crisis, already in January, 2020, the team of developers increased their resources  to come up with the solution sooner.

Now, considering the current situation, this modification for the Airbus A320 family planes has been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

According to a statement, the cargo seat bag is a “spacious 76x76x147 cm (30x30x58 inches) kit for a triple seat, with up to 75 kg (165 lb) of cargo to be stored on the seat and additional 9 kg – under the seat, totaling 252 kg (555 lb) per a triple seat block”.

The companies also reveal that this modification could be promptly applied to passenger cabins, while the installation of the kit could be done in several minutes.

In terms of cargo types, these bags allow effectively load passenger cabins with “postal correspondence, household goods, electronics and other commercial cargo to medical equipment and other kinds of humanitarian supplies”.

The modification option came in a very right time. Now, a lot of passenger aircraft are recruited for cargo operations. For example, Avion Express has recently joined the team of carriers operating exclusively cargo flights to secure the world with much needed supplies.

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Airlines May Burn Through $61 Billion Cash Reserves in Q2 https://aviationvoice.com/airlines-may-burn-through-61-billion-cash-reserves-in-q2-202003312319/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:19:15 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209109 Reading Time: < 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is further estimating the losses global airlines will suffer due to grave impact of the coronavirus on air travel. According to the recent analysis, airlines may collectively burn through $61 billion of their cash reserves during the second quarter of 2020, where quarterly net loss could result in $39 […]

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is further estimating the losses global airlines will suffer due to grave impact of the coronavirus on air travel.

According to the recent analysis, airlines may collectively burn through $61 billion of their cash reserves during the second quarter of 2020, where quarterly net loss could result in $39 billion. The decrease in demand during the second quarter is expected to reach 71%.

In addition to that, the second quarter would severely hit airlines’ cash reserves due to the necessity to refund sold but unused tickets. IATA says that the “second quarter liability for these is a colossal $35 billion”.

Therefore, airlines are in a huge need of the governmental support to protect their operations and stay afloat. Although air carriers are cutting costs everywhere and by every mean they can, trying to secure working places, it is not enough.

“Airlines need working capital to sustain their businesses through the extreme volatility. (…) When the public health crisis abates to the level where it is safe re-start the economy, the airlines must be ready to go. The recovery will be slower and much more painful if airlines are not able to support trade and tourism”, IATA adds.

The new calculations are based on the scenario in which travel restrictions last only for three months. In this case, IATA estimates that annual demand for air travel will drop by 38%, meanwhile full-year passenger revenues will drop by $252 billion compared to 2019.

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EU Suspends 80/20 Airport Slot Use Rule until End of October https://aviationvoice.com/eu-suspends-80-20-airport-slot-use-rule-until-end-of-october-202003312123/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:23:08 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209104 Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Union has taken a bold step to help airlines and mitigate the damage to the airlines created by the coronavirus. The EU has suspended the 80/20 airport slot use rule until the end of the summer season. This move secures airlines with full flexibility in arranging their schedules and allows them to avoid […]

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The European Union has taken a bold step to help airlines and mitigate the damage to the airlines created by the coronavirus. The EU has suspended the 80/20 airport slot use rule until the end of the summer season.

This move secures airlines with full flexibility in arranging their schedules and allows them to avoid operating ‘ghost flights which are costly, especially considering the current grave financial situation.

“It gives airlines and airports the certainty that the routes and network they have invested in will be valid next summer, protecting vital connectivity and preparing the way for recovery”, said IATA in a statement.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), therefore, encourages the remaining regulators, that are still doubting over the decision, to follow the EU example and support the industry battling with this terrible crisis.

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Qantas Pilots Approve ‘Project Sunrise’ Pay Deal https://aviationvoice.com/qantas-pilots-approve-project-sunrise-pay-deal-202003312020/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:20:45 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209095 Reading Time: < 1 minute Setting its sights high and looking into the future even during the dark times, Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia, has reached a very important agreement with its pilots regarding the ‘Project Sunrise’.  The so-called ‘Project Sunrise’ is Qantas’ ambitious plan to launch world’s longest non-stop passenger flights connecting Australia with New York and London. […]

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Setting its sights high and looking into the future even during the dark times, Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia, has reached a very important agreement with its pilots regarding the ‘Project Sunrise’. 

The so-called ‘Project Sunrise’ is Qantas’ ambitious plan to launch world’s longest non-stop passenger flights connecting Australia with New York and London.

In the second half of 2019, Qantas made several test flights to monitor and learn more about flight and cabin crew members’ as well as passengers’ mental and physical health during such long flights. In the end of the same year, the carrier decided on the type of aircraft – Airbus A350.

Now, the airline has finally reached an agreement with its pilots on the pay and conditions. 85% of long-haul pilots voted in favour of the ‘Project Sunrise’. The mutual ‘yes’ came after a period of long discussions. 

Nevertheless, the crisis created by the coronavirus has made some corrections to the project, too. Qantas was expected to place an order for the Airbus planes by the end of March, 2020. Now the deadline has been pushed back until the end of this year.  First flights, that are currently scheduled to begin by 2023, most probably, will be also delayed.

“But when this period has passed, and it will, we will refocus our attention on Project Sunrise and the A350 order”, said Chief pilot Dick Tobiano.

No turbulence lasts forever. The coronavirus as well as the crisis will end and the uncertain tomorrow will again look promising.

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Airbus Suspends Most Production in Spain for Over a Week https://aviationvoice.com/airbus-suspends-most-production-in-spain-for-over-a-week-202003302146/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:46:27 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209090 Reading Time: < 1 minute Following the recently introduced measures by the Spanish Government aimed at fighting against the coronavirus, Airbus has made a decision to stop a huge part of its production in the country. As for now, Spain is one of the most affected European countries, thus, the measure to reduce all non-essential activities in the country are […]

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Following the recently introduced measures by the Spanish Government aimed at fighting against the coronavirus, Airbus has made a decision to stop a huge part of its production in the country.

As for now, Spain is one of the most affected European countries, thus, the measure to reduce all non-essential activities in the country are effective from 30 March to 9 April.

Airbus is unable to fully stop operations, though. The company says that some activities in commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space are essential, thus, such functions as “Security, IT, Engineering will remain under the stringent health and safety measures”.

All the other activities within Airbus commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopters branches in Spain that could be stopped, are halted until 9 April, as the restriction requires.

“Airbus will closely work with its social partners to apply the social measures applicable under the latest restrictions. Airbus employees in Spain whose jobs are not linked to production and assembly activities and can work from home will continue to support Airbus business continuity in these difficult times”, said the planemaker.

The production in Spain had been already temporarily ceased earlier this month. Then Airbus shut its facilities in Spain and France for four days to secure working places with conditions suitable for safe operations.

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Embraer Phenom 300E Achieves Triple-Certification https://aviationvoice.com/embraer-phenom-300e-achieves-triple-certification-2-202003302052/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:52:12 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=209085 Reading Time: < 1 minute Good news from Embraer Executive Jets. The new Phenom 300E, the advanced version of the Phenom 300 light jet series, was granted triple Type Certificate by ANAC, EASA and the FAA. The plane is equipped with upgraded avionics which include a runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS), predictive windshear, Emergency Descent Mode, PERF, TOLD, […]

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Good news from Embraer Executive Jets. The new Phenom 300E, the advanced version of the Phenom 300 light jet series, was granted triple Type Certificate by ANAC, EASA and the FAA.

The plane is equipped with upgraded avionics which include a runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS), predictive windshear, Emergency Descent Mode, PERF, TOLD, and FAA Datacom, among others.

The basic specifications of the light jet are the following:

  • intracontinental range of 2,010 nautical miles (or 3,723 km, considering NBAA IFR reserves with 5 passengers)
  • high-speed cruise of 464 ktas
  • maximum payload of 2,636 lb (1,196 kg)
  • take-off distance of 3,209 ft (978 m)
  • unfactored landing distance of 2,212 ft (674 m).

According to a statement, deliveries of the new jet are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

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