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European plan for Aviation Safety 2021-2025 published

EASA published the 10th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) covering 2021 - 2025. EPAS sets out the strategic priorities and enablers, and the main risks affecting the European aviation system, while also defining the necessary actions to mitigate the risks, with the para...

One of the first to trial IATA Travel Pass - Emirates

Emirates has partnered with the IATA to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. IATA Travel Pa...

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Six Fearless Forecasts set for 2021 including the expected growth in aircraft leasing to finance airline fleet renewal

Avolon issued its 2021 outlook paper titled ’Looking to Recovery’. The paper reviews the key trends in the aviation industry for airlines, manufacturers, and lessors, identifying themes that are likely to shape the year ahead and setting out six ‘Fearless Forecasts’ for 2021. Jim Morrison, Head of Portfolio Management at Avolon and author of the 2021 Outlook Pa...

Air travel down 60 per cent, as airline industry losses top $370 billion: ICAO

The ICAO said, that as seating capacity fell by around 50 per cent last year, that left just 1.8 billion passengers taking flights through 2020, compared with around 4.5 billion in 2019.  That adds up to a staggering financial loss to the industry of around $370 billion, “with airports and air navigation services providers losing a further 115 billion and 13 billion, resp...

airBaltic passes IATA Operational Safety Audit

airBaltic has passed operational safety audit on the compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Operations Safety standards that was recently carried out by well-known and reliable Audit Organisation Aviation Quality Services. IATA member airlines are subject to a thorough audit every two years against the IATA Operational Safety Audit...

Aviation sector and NGOs agree on sustainability of future fuels

Given that EU leaders have committed to achieving a net-zero-carbon economy by 2050, there is a growing focus on how to accelerate the transition towards climate-neutral aviation.As the European Union considers new policies to support sustainable aviation fuels,including via the ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, a group of aviation companies, researchorganisations and environmental groups have co...

Norwegian to focus on a strong European network

Board of Directors of Norwegian Air has outlined a simplified business structure and dedicated short-haul route network. With this plan, Norwegian can build a robust and solid company that will attract investors and continue to serve new and existing customers. Norwegian has long been recognized as an industry leader in low-cost travel, winning numerous awards. The company will build on th...

easyJet cabin crew to be fast tracked to support the NHS vaccination programme

Following easyJet’s recent offer of help to the UK Government, easyJet cabin crew are being recruited and fast tracked to support the NHS as part of the vital nationwide effort to distribute the Coronavirus vaccine. The airline wrote to the UK Prime Minister in November to offer support to the Government on its efforts to implement the national Covid-19 vaccination programme this winter....

Unique BOAC 747-Inspired suitcases auctioned for Flying Start

To mark the retirement of its 747 fleet, British Airways and luxury travel brand Globe-Trotter have teamed up to create a limited-edition range of handmade carry-on suitcases which celebrate the spirit of the jumbo jet age. Taking inspiration from the airline’s iconic BOAC livery, which also adorned the final British Airways aircraft to retire in December 2020, the BOAC S...

MTU Maintenance signs exclusive contract with new airline Air Sial

MTU Maintenance and start-up airline from Pakistan, Air Sial, have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Air Sial’s six V2500 engines. Beyond MRO, the agreement includes engine trend monitoring, on-site services and lease engine support as well as technical training. “We are delighted to rely on the technical support of MTU during ou...

Etihad Cargo beats 2020 On-Time Performance Targets

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group, has achieved 87 per cent on-time-performance (OTP) during 2020 – ahead of its 85 per cent target and despite a significant increase in flight utilisation.  The award-winning UAE carrier also maintained a ‘Delivered As Promised’ (DAP) record throughout the year, passing its initial target o...

Lufthansa raised 500 million euros in aircraft financing in the second half of 2020

Since July 2020, Deutsche Lufthansa AG has raised a total of around 500 million euros by using aircrafts as security in eight financing transactions. This enabled the Group to secure additional funds on top of the 1.6 billion euros raised via a convertible bond and a corporate bond. The five Airbus A350s and three aircraft from the A320 family were used as securities for various financing instr...

CARIBAVIA Vision - conclusions and the impact

As promised, we are back for Episode 3 of the interview with Cdr. Bud Slabbaert. Once again, we are discussing the full concept and vision for Caribbean Airlift.  Q. We've discussed already some very important points of step-by-step development and now can you share with us your vision CARIBAVIA Airlift Council? A. CARIBAVIA Airlift Council is an independent and impartial entit...

The First airline to receive 5-Star Skytrax COVID-19 Safety Rating - airBaltic

Congratulations airBaltic! Skytrax has awarded Latvian airline a five–star COVID-19 safety rating. After performing a thorough audit in December 2020, airBaltic has become the first airline to receive the highest COVID-19 Safety Rating. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “The health and safety of our passengers and employees stand above all....

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Air travel down 60 per cent, as airline industry losses top $370 billion: ICAO

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