CORSIA offsetting kept on track for 2021 pilot phase

Source: ICAO Efforts to offset emissions from international flights have been kept on track during the current 221st Session of the ICAO Council, with new decisions being adopted by the 36-country body on eligibility units and sustainability certification schemes supporting the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The latest Council endorsements mean that all implementation elements for CORSIA are now complete, and that everything is prepared for the start of its pilot phase in 2021. Details around these latest decisions are available here. ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano remarked on the welcomed developments that “ICAO set out a vision for carbon-neutral growth in international aviation, and this week we have seen that vision bear fruit. The Council’s [...]

2020-11-27T03:23:36+02:00November 27th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IATA Launches New Exchange for Offsets Trading

Source: IATA   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), an important new tool to help airlines meet their climate commitments. ACE is the first centralized, real-time marketplace that is integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets. IATA's Clearing House ensures that ACE can offer a seamless and secure settlement system which guarantees payment and delivery of the carbon credits. JetBlue Airways is the first airline that made the historic transaction in the ACE platform. "Airlines are serious in their commitment to reduce emissions. And they need a reliable tool to access quality carbon credits in real time. ACE will be a key tool [...]

2020-11-26T00:09:19+02:00November 26th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

International Air Connectivity Crisis Threatens Global Economic Recovery

Source: IATA   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data revealing that the COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international connectivity, shaking up the rankings of the world's most connected cities. London, the world's number one most connected city in September 2019, has seen a 67% decline in connectivity. By September 2020, it had fallen to number eight. Shanghai is now the top ranked city for connectivity with the top four most connected cities all in China—Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu. New York (-66% fall in connectivity), Tokyo (-65%), Bangkok (-81%), Hong Kong (-81%) and Seoul (-69%) have all exited the top ten. The study reveals that cities with large numbers of domestic connections now dominate, showing [...]

2020-11-26T00:04:56+02:00November 26th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Deep Losses Continue Into 2021

Source: IATA   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a revised outlook for airline industry performance in 2020 and 2021. Deep industry losses will continue into 2021, even though performance is expected to improve over the period of the forecast. A net loss of $118.5 billion is expected for 2020 (deeper than the $84.3 billion forecast in June). A net loss of $38.7 billion is expected in 2021 (deeper than the $15.8 billion forecast in June). Performance factors in 2021 will show improvements on 2020; and the second half of 2021 is expected to see improvements after a difficult 2021 first half. Aggressive cost-cutting is expected to combine with increased demand during 2021 (due to the re-opening of borders [...]

2020-11-25T08:45:18+02:00November 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO President underscores importance of solidarity, innovation, and sustainability to sectoral recovery strategies

Source: ICAO Speaking to the leadership of the global airline and European aviation sectors today, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano stressed the importance of placing solidarity, innovation, and sustainability at the heart of States’ and operators’ recovery plans.   His remarks were delivered by videoconferencing to the 76th Annual General Meeting of IATA and the AeroDays2020 Berlin Aviation Summit.   “There is an onus upon us to have the vision to look beyond this downturn and maximize the opportunities afforded by it,” the President said. “We must learn the lessons this disease is teaching us, and make our global network more resilient to future pandemic threats.”   On the topic of sectoral solidarity, President Sciacchitano drew attention to the many [...]

2020-11-25T02:33:14+02:00November 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IATA Travel Pass Key to Reopening Borders Safely

Source: IATA   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders. Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travelers without quarantine measures. IATA Travel Pass will manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travelers. IATA is calling for systematic COVID-19 testing of all international travelers and the information flow infrastructure needed to enable this must support: Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests and the identity of those presenting [...]

2020-11-25T00:08:31+02:00November 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Steps Forward for Testing to Reopen Borders Without Quarantine

Source: IATA   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the publication of the Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This document provides governments a risk-based assessment tool for using testing programs that could alleviate quarantine requirements. It is a critical output produced by the ICAO Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). CAPSCA brings together the expertise of states, public health authorities (World Health Organization/WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) and industry experts (IATA, Airports Council International, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations). This encouraging progress follows recent comments from the WHO’s [...]

2020-11-25T00:02:26+02:00November 25th, 2020|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Boeing Responds to FAA Approval to Resume 737 MAX Operations

Source: Boeing   The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today rescinded the order that halted commercial operations of Boeing 737-8s and 737-9s. The move will allow airlines that are under the FAA's jurisdiction, including those in the U.S., to take the steps necessary to resume service and Boeing to begin making deliveries.   "We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations," said David Calhoun, chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. "These events and the lessons we have learned as a result have reshaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality and integrity."   Throughout the past 20 months, Boeing has worked [...]

2020-11-18T20:59:38+02:00November 18th, 2020|MANUFACTURERS, News|

FAA Statement on Boeing 737 Max Return to Service

Source: FAA   FAA Administrator Steve Dickson today signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service. Administrator Dickson's action followed a comprehensive and methodical safety review process that took 20 months to complete. During that time, FAA employees worked diligently to identify and address the safety issues that played a role in the tragic loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Throughout our transparent process, we cooperated closely with our foreign counterparts on every aspect of the return to service. Additionally, Administrator Dickson personally took the recommended pilot training and piloted the Boeing 737 MAX, so he could experience the handling of the aircraft [...]

2020-11-18T20:45:44+02:00November 18th, 2020|News, SAFETY|

Chile announces the gradual and safe reopening of its borders as of 23 November 2020

Source: Government of Chile   The Undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, together with the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, unveiled the Step-by-Step Border Opening Plan, which includes three fundamental pillars: gradualism, security and traceability.   As of November 23 at 00.00 hours, foreigners may enter the country only through (Santiago's) Arturo Merino Benitez international airport, complying with all health requirements.   “On March 18th we closed the borders to any Chilean or non-resident foreigner in our country. Our country took measures that were consistent with protecting the right of Chileans and residents who could return to our country. As progress has been made, the President has arranged to make the borders more flexible only and exclusively through [...]

2020-11-16T19:39:06+02:00November 16th, 2020|AROUND THE WORLD, News|