Category: Regulations & Safety

IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for […]

Turkmenistan Airlines Asks for Help over Safety Improvements

Reading Time: 1 minute Turkmenistan Airlines has commissioned Lufthansa Consulting to help the central Asian country’s flag carrier raise its safety performance levels to satisfy the Third Country Operators (TCO) EU Safety Authorisations for foreign air operators – known as the EASA TCO qualification. The airline experienced difficulties in satisfying the relevant EASA requirements and, for safety reasons, was […]

Vietnam Carriers Allowed to Fly to the United States

Reading Time: 1 minute The FAA of the US Department of Transportation announced that Vietnam has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, which means that the Vietnam’s civil aviation authority complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for personnel licensing, operations, and airworthiness. With the Category 1 rating, Vietnamese air carriers […]

EASA: Aviation Growth Poses Environmental Challenges

Reading Time: 1 minute Continued growth of the aviation sector has produced economic benefits and connectivity in Europe, however environmental and health impacts have increased and are expected to grow substantially in the next 20 years. In particular the predicted increase in greenhouse gas emissions, if not addressed, could undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and limit the global […]

“No Deal” Brexit Endangers Future Air Connectivity

Reading Time: 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that, although most passengers’ flights will go ahead despite the decision of UK Members of Parliament to reject the UK-EU Brexit agreement, there remains uncertainty for both travelers and airlines about post-Brexit air connectivity. A ‘no deal’ Brexit could lead to a cap on flights that will stunt […]

EASA: Dramatic Increase in Aircraft Crash Fatalities over 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute The year 2017 entered history as the safest in commercial aviation ever with only 50 fatalities out of 4.1 billion passengers. Tragically, 2018 resulted in 530 fatalities in 11 deadly accidents. 2018 has become the worst in terms of fatalities in commercial aviation since 2015. Talking about Europe, EASA Preliminary Safety Review 2018 revealed that […]

IATA: Airlines’ Profits Set to Soar in 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Lower oil prices and solid, albeit slower, economic growth (+3.1%) are extending the run of profits for […]

IATA: It Is the Time to Manage Turbulence

Reading Time: 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines. Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather […]

DGCA Encourages Training to Replicate Lion Air Crash for Boeing Pilots

Reading Time: 1 minute While confirming that neither Jet Airways nor SpiceJet have experienced any problems with their Boeing 737 MAX jets, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recommended that Boeing pilots undergo additional training. The advice comes after the October 29 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX which killed all 189 passengers and crew on […]

IATA Calls for a Spirit of Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for a spirit of change from governments to capture the social and economic benefits of air connectivity, by enabling a more competitive air transport sector. Today 8.5 million flights touch Europe each year. That activity supports 12.2 million jobs and $823 billion of European GDP. Those benefits have […]