Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Fri, 25 Sep 2020 08:51:53 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Vietnam Airlines resumes international flights to Vietnam https://aviationvoice.com/vietnam-airlines-resumes-international-flights-to-vietnam-202009251151/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 08:51:26 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210825 Reading Time: < 1 minute Vietnam Airlines officially scheduled the first flight from Seoul (Korea) to Hanoi on 25 September 2020. This is the first official scheduled international commercial flight to Vietnam since the COVID-19 situation restabilized in Vietnam. The flight will be operated on an Airbus A350 aircraft with more than 300 seats. Being the first scheduled international commercial […]

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Vietnam Airlines officially scheduled the first flight from Seoul (Korea) to Hanoi on 25 September 2020.
This is the first official scheduled international commercial flight to Vietnam since the COVID-19 situation restabilized in Vietnam.

The flight will be operated on an Airbus A350 aircraft with more than 300 seats. Being the first scheduled international commercial flight to Vietnam, stringent coordination of Vietnam Airlines and the competent authorities is required. As soon as the plan was approved on the night of September 22 by the Government, Vietnam Airlines and related units completed all necessary procedures to resume this route and open bookings.

The flight applies the most stringent disease control regulations. To travel, passengers need to meet specific conditions, such as having a negative certificate for SARS-CoV-2 according to Realtime PCR method within 03 days before departure, confirming quarantine location in Vietnam, installing a mobile phone tracking app, and completing medical reports…Currently passengers connecting from a third country will not be accepted for transportation. After returning to Vietnam, crew members will be given health checks and quarantined as per regulations. The whole aircraft will be disinfected including the passenger compartment and cockpit in accordance with international standards.

Previously, Vietnam Airlines safely conducted the first scheduled international commercial flight from Hanoi to Tokyo (Japan), with nearly 60 passengers including mainly Vietnamese students and workers and Japanese nationals.

In addition to Japan and South Korea routes, Vietnam Airlines plans to resume flights between Vietnam and China, Taiwan (China), Laos, and Cambodia in the near future, as soon as approval is granted by the Government and authorities. The resumption of scheduled international flights represents a very positive recovery prospect for Vietnamese airlines in the coming time.

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Wizz Air Launches Travel Planing Map https://aviationvoice.com/wizz-air-launches-travel-planing-map-202009241610/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:10:15 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210819 Reading Time: < 1 minute During these uncertain times, it is not easy for airline passengers to navigate among the coronovirus-related travel restrictions. The Wizz Air has responded to this problem by launching the new product – the Travel Planning Map, a new website search tool designed to help passengers determine which destinations in the WIZZ network they can fly […]

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During these uncertain times, it is not easy for airline passengers to navigate among the coronovirus-related travel restrictions. The Wizz Air has responded to this problem by launching the new product – the Travel Planning Map, a new website search tool designed to help passengers determine which destinations in the WIZZ network they can fly to at that precise moment in time.

On Wizz Air’s Travel Planning Map the passengers can check operating routes and relevant travel rules using a colour-coded system. To use the map, passengers simply should click on their desired departure airport and then can choose from any available destinations in the WIZZ network. Countries and airports are colour-coded depending on restrictions – green meaning there are no restrictions to enter the country via air, yellow meaning there are partial restrictions (test/quarantine/residence) to enter the country via air and red meaning there is a full or partial entry ban to the country via air.

From Wizz Air Travel Planning Map

For further information on travel regulations, passengers can click on specific routes to take them to a country-specific travel information page which includes relevant links to local Government websites, useful travel pages and any pre-departure mandatory forms that need to be filled out.

The Travel Planning Map is updated daily at 18:00 CET, but Wizz Air recommends that passengers double-check entry requirements before departure as they might be subject to changes daily.

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Neste and Shell Aviation will produce sustainable aviation fuel https://aviationvoice.com/neste-and-shell-aviation-will-produce-sustainable-aviation-fuel-202009241411/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:11:58 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210816 Reading Time: < 1 minute In a move that anticipates increasing need from the aviation industry to reduce emissions, Neste and Shell Aviation have entered into a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement. This agreement significantly increases the supply and availability of SAF for the aviation industry with effect from October 2020. It brings together Neste’s expertise in the production […]

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In a move that anticipates increasing need from the aviation industry to reduce emissions, Neste and Shell Aviation have entered into a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement.
This agreement significantly increases the supply and availability of SAF for the aviation industry with effect from October 2020. It brings together Neste’s expertise in the production and supply of renewable diesel and SAF with Shell Aviation’s world-class credentials in supplying and managing fuel around the world.

“To tackle climate change and reach net zero emissions, the aviation industry must act fast. Shell Aviation aims to reduce the carbon intensity of the fuels we sell which includes selling more lower-carbon fuels like sustainable aviation fuel, over time. Today’s agreement with Neste will help Shell Aviation customers to lower their emissions and demonstrates the kind of progress we can deliver by working in collaboration with others,” said Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation.

“The aviation industry is essential for global business, generating growth and facilitating economic recovery. It also enables people to travel and goods to be transported rapidly across the globe. But if we are to address aviation-related emissions, we need to utilize all the available solutions. SAF offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft with an immediate potential to reduce aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions. We are fully committed to supporting the aviation industry, its customers and corporates with their emission reduction targets,” says Thorsten Lange, Executive Vice President for Renewable Aviation at Neste.

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Air Canada Refinances 18 Airbus A220 Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/air-canada-refinances-18-airbus-a220-aircraft-202009241333/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:33:50 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210811 Reading Time: < 1 minute Air Canada today announced that it recently completed two longer-term refinancing transactions for a total amount of approximately $1.52 billion, replacing short-term facilities. The first transaction consists of a committed Secured Facility totaling $787.7 million to finance Air Canada’s purchase of the first 18 Airbus A220 aircraft with a term of 12 years from the […]

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Air Canada today announced that it recently completed two longer-term refinancing transactions for a total amount of approximately $1.52 billion, replacing short-term facilities.

The first transaction consists of a committed Secured Facility totaling $787.7 million to finance Air Canada’s purchase of the first 18 Airbus A220 aircraft with a term of 12 years from the delivery of each aircraft.

The second transaction consists of a private placement of two tranches of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates. Air Canada used the proceeds of these EETCs to purchase equipment notes previously issued by the airline secured by three Boeing 787-9 aircraft, three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, one Boeing 777-200LR and nine A321-200 aircraft.
Air Canada used the proceeds from this financing together with cash on hand to repay in full the U.S.$600 million 364-day term loan originally put in place in April 2020.

“These two refinancing transactions were completed in an extremely challenging environment and continue to demonstrate Air Canada’s ability to access financial markets on attractive terms and conditions to either improve liquidity or to refinance existing debt to push out maturities longer term and lower overall financial risk,” said Pierre Houle, Managing Director and Treasurer of the Company.

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The Flight Academy of The Lufthansa Group Holds Training https://aviationvoice.com/the-flight-academy-of-the-lufthansa-group-holds-training-202009231507/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:07:35 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210808 Reading Time: < 1 minute The coronavirus pandemic has an immense impact on the aviation sector,  and today affects the European Flight Academy belonging to the Lufthansa Group. The flight school announced that all the training operations are on hold, as a conservative estimate until December 31st, 2020. The European Flight Academy also has informed that no further recruiting steps […]

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The coronavirus pandemic has an immense impact on the aviation sector,  and today affects the European Flight Academy belonging to the Lufthansa Group. The flight school announced that all the training operations are on hold, as a conservative estimate until December 31st, 2020.

The European Flight Academy also has informed that no further recruiting steps will take place for the moment.

This week Lufthansa Group announced, that medium-term fleet planning will be adjusted and currently foresees a permanent, Group-wide capacity reduction of 150 aircraft by the middle of this decade.

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BAA Training Vietnam Turns One: Road to Success in Asia https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-vietnam-turns-one-road-to-success-in-asia-202009230935/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:35:05 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210798 Reading Time: 3 minutes BAA Training Vietnam, the first and only independent aviation training provider in the country celebrates its first anniversary. 19 September, 2019, marked the official beginning of BAA Training Vietnam operations as the training centre received the certificate of Approved Training Organisation (ATO) issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV). It has been a […]

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BAA Training Vietnam, the first and only independent aviation training provider in the country celebrates its first anniversary.

19 September, 2019, marked the official beginning of BAA Training Vietnam operations as the training centre received the certificate of Approved Training Organisation (ATO) issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV).

It has been a year full of joy, significant achievements and unprecedented circumstances. Through this relatively short period of time BAA Training Vietnam,  strategicaly located in Ho Chi Minh City, has managed to establish a reputation of a reliable aviation training provider in the region. The company has been trusted with preparation of pilots for such market leaders as Bamboo Airways or VietJet.

“We are still a very young company. However, the expertise we have brought from Europe helps to set ambitious plans and take relatively brave actions here in Vietnam. However, no gain comes without challenges. First of all, we had to adapt to the country, adjust our services and learn to operate here daily. We had quickly get acquainted with the local realities and peculiarities of this culture, business environment. Looking back at the very first steps, I can gladly announce that we did a huge leap and very naturally integrated into Vietnam,” comments Vytautas Jankauskas, Managing Director of BAA Training Vietnam.

Vytautas Jankauskas, Managing Director of BAA Training Vietnam

Through the year, the aviation training centre has been busy with not only making new corporate connections, but also with actively delivering its mainline program: Airbus A320 Type Rating training.

In 2019, BAA Training Vietnam issued 76 Airbus A320 type rating licences for pilots from Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and other countries. 79% of the graduates are already successfully working at airlines.

To boost training capacity and ensure the availability of necessary training equipment, in the first year of operations the company acquired and assembled two Airbus A320 full flight simulators (FFS), A320 Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) and Flame V9000 Commander Fire Fighting Trainer. To make it easier for foreigners to access training at BAA Training Vietnam, the company had approved A320 FFS in Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Apart from A320 Type Rating courses, in 2019 BAA Training Vietnam introduced Airbus Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ) A330 to A320 course as well as began delivering Type Rating Instructor (TRI) training.

Before the global coronavirus hit, the training centre had its flight simulation training devices loaded up to 90%. This way, through 2019 BAA Training Vietnam utilised nearly 6,300 hours in FFSs.

“Good results, therefore, do not mean that we will rest on our laurels. Monitoring the situation and getting ready for the future, we already consider introducing new FFSs and are in talks with potential customers such as Pacific Airlines or Vietravel. No doubts, the coronavirus crisis has largely corrected our plans and made us look even further keeping in mind not only the plan B, but also C and D,” explains Jankauskas. “Nevertheless, each obstacle is our experience and our lessons for the future”.

BAA Training Vietnam Training Centre

During the coronavirus outbreak the training centre had its operations ceased for a little while. Luckily, the convenient location and isolation of the training compound made it possible to quickly return to training and step by step begin restoring training capabilities.

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All Remaining Lufthansa’s A380s Will Go To Long-Term Storage https://aviationvoice.com/all-remaining-lufthansas-a380s-will-go-to-long-term-storage-202009221014/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:14:45 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210793 Reading Time: < 1 minute After six Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s were finally taken out of service in the spring, the remaining eight A380s and ten A340-600s, which were previously intended for flight service, will be transferred to long-term storage and removed from planning. These aircraft will only be reactivated in the event of an unexpectedly rapid market recovery. The decision […]

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After six Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s were finally taken out of service in the spring, the remaining eight A380s and ten A340-600s, which were previously intended for flight service, will be transferred to long-term storage and removed from planning. These aircraft will only be reactivated in the event of an unexpectedly rapid market recovery.
The decision was announced by the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the third package within the Group-wide “ReNew” restructuring program yesterday.

What forced Group-wide restructuring plans?
The outlook for international air traffic has significantly worsened in recent weeks. With the summer travel season coming to an end, passenger and booking figures are declining again, after slight signs of recovery were still evident in July and August. In view of this development, medium-term fleet planning will be adjusted and currently foresees a permanent, Group-wide capacity reduction of 150 aircraft by the middle of this decade.

The fleet decisions mentioned above will result in a further impairment of up to EUR 1.1 billion.

The previously announced personnel surplus amounting to 22,000 full-time positions will increase as a result of the decisions taken in regards to the third package within the restructuring program. The change in permanent staffing levels within flight operations will be further adjusted in regard to market development.

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Air Canada Launches Infinite Canada Flight Pass https://aviationvoice.com/air-canada-launches-infinite-canada-flight-pass-202009171018/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:18:03 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210789 Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada’s flag carrier today introduced its new Infinite Canada Flight Pass, designed to give customers the ultimate in flexibility and certainty for booking travel within Canada. It is an unusual decision for the premium class airline, but all the moves trying to boost sales and air travel might help recover the business faster. The pass […]

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Canada’s flag carrier today introduced its new Infinite Canada Flight Pass, designed to give customers the ultimate in flexibility and certainty for booking travel within Canada. It is an unusual decision for the premium class airline, but all the moves trying to boost sales and air travel might help recover the business faster.
The pass provides huge flexibility: for one flat fee, pass holders will be able to book travel without blackout or booking restrictions, make changes or cancellations without penalty, and fly as often as desired for up to three months, depending on the duration of pass purchased.

“Air Canada recognizes that as air travel begins to return to normal customers want flexibility and certainty. Our new Infinite Canada Flight Pass provides both by enabling customers to easily book and change their travel plans without any blackout restrictions or change or cancellation fees while locking in the price of their flights for up to three months with one flat fee. The pass also gives customers the option to choose which class of fare they desire — Standard, Flex and Latitude — and allows them to earn Altitude Qualifying Miles,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

The Air Canada Infinite Canada Flight Pass starting at a price of $2,000 per month (excluding taxes) is available for one, two or three months and customers can choose from three classes of service, Standard, Flex and Latitude. Features include:

– Unlimited number of flights within Canada for one fixed price throughout the duration of the pass;
– Customers are eligible to accumulate Altitude Qualifying Miles;
– Travel can be booked up to one hour prior to the flight, with no blackout dates or booking restrictions;
– No change or cancellation fees.

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Europe Extends the Ease of 80/20 Airport Slot Rule for Winter https://aviationvoice.com/europe-extends-the-ease-of-80-20-airport-slot-rule-for-winter-202009151112/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:12:45 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210786 Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Commission confirmed yesterday that it will be extending the waiver of the 80/20 slot rule through to the end of the winter season. Commissioner Adina Vălean stated, that “The air traffic levels remain low, and more importantly, they are not likely to recover in the near future. In this context, the lack of […]

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The European Commission confirmed yesterday that it will be extending the waiver of the 80/20 slot rule through to the end of the winter season.

Commissioner Adina Vălean stated, that “The air traffic levels remain low, and more importantly, they are not likely to recover in the near future. In this context, the lack of certainty over slots makes it difficult for airlines to plan their schedules, making planning difficult for airports and passengers”.

The industry stakeholders – airports, airlines, and slot-coordinators – have reached an agreement on how to mitigate these problems. Airlines will now be able to start planning and making available any excess airport capacity for others to use.
The decision of the European Commission will protect airline’s slots until the 27th of March 2021 and will allow carriers to plan upcoming winter schedules.

The actual decision follows a strong call to the Commission to take action earlier this month from different organizations, among them IATA, A4E, ACI Europe, and others.

 

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40% of Cathay Passenger Fleet Will Go to the Long-Term Parking https://aviationvoice.com/40-of-cathay-passenger-fleet-will-go-to-the-long-term-parking-202009141242/ Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:42:30 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=210778 Reading Time: 2 minutes Given that the Cathay Pacific be operating just a fraction of their services in the foreseeable future, the airline will continue to transfer some of their passenger fleet to locations outside of Hong Kong for long-term parking. The Cathay Pacific Group today released its combined traffic figures for August 2020 that reflected the airlines’ continued […]

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Given that the Cathay Pacific be operating just a fraction of their services in the foreseeable future, the airline will continue to transfer some of their passenger fleet to locations outside of Hong Kong for long-term parking.

The Cathay Pacific Group today released its combined traffic figures for August 2020 that reflected the airlines’ continued substantial capacity reductions in response to significantly reduced demand as well as travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place in Hong Kong and other markets amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 35,773 passengers last month, a decrease of 98.8% compared to August 2019. Passenger load factor dropped by 60 percentage points to 19.9%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 92.2%. In the first eight months of 2020, the number of passengers carried dropped by 81.7% against a 72.8% decrease in capacity and a 79.2% decrease in RPKs, as compared to the same period for 2019.

Cathay Pacific Group Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “It is clear that we are facing a long and uncertain road to recovery. The entire aviation industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the environment will continue to be extremely challenging for many years. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has pushed back its forecast for passenger recovery by a year to 2024, demonstrating just how slow a return to pre-pandemic levels will be. We have already taken decisive actions to reduce our costs, but despite these efforts will continue to experience significant cash burn until the market recovers.”

“On the passenger demand front, we still haven’t seen solid signs of immediate improvement. We have therefore revised our operating passenger flight capacity down to about 10% in September and similar levels in October, subject to the further relaxation or tightening of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.”

“We welcome and are encouraged by the efforts of the HKSAR Government to engage in discussions with 11 countries on the establishment of travel bubbles. We look forward to further relaxation measures in the future that will help revitalise travel activities and ensure the continued strength and importance of Hong Kong as a global aviation hub.”

 

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