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ICAO to partner with IATA and CANSO on new runway safety training initiative

Source: ICAO With the coming into effect this November of its new Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Conditions (GRF), ICAO has agreed to partner with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) on a new joint GRF training programme.   The new online course has been specifically designed for air traffic controllers and aeronautical information service staff, and will be available for enrolment in April of this year on the ICAO Global Aviation Training website. It complements existing courses developed in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI) for airport operations staff, and with IATA for flight crews.   “Runway safety continues to remain aviation’s biggest safety challenge, representing more than half of [...]

2021-03-06T00:29:03+02:00March 6th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020). Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% compared to January 2019. That was worse than the 69.7% year-over-year decline recorded in December 2020. Total domestic demand was down 47.4% versus pre-crisis (January 2019) levels. In December it was down 42.9% on the previous year. This weakening is largely driven [...]

2021-03-03T01:29:07+02:00March 3rd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels. Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 1.1.% compared to January 2019 and +3% compared to December 2020. All regions saw month-on-month improvement in air cargo demand, and North America and Africa were the strongest performers. [...]

2021-03-03T01:28:22+02:00March 3rd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO Council makes progress on new remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) standards

Source: ICAO During its ongoing 222nd Session, the ICAO Council today adopted new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) driving important progress on the international safety and interoperability of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The new provisions will become effective on 12 July 2021, and applicable as of 26 November 2026. The most important pertain to Annex 8 — Airworthiness of Aircraft to the Chicago Convention, and cover certification requirements for remotely piloted aeroplanes and helicopters, in addition to the remote pilot stations (RPS) they are operated from. “These Annex 8 provisions will now importantly serve as the foundational international SARPs for issuing Type Certificates and Certificates of Airworthiness for remotely piloted aircraft and all of their required components,” [...]

2021-03-02T01:29:50+02:00March 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Closer regional, international coordination needed for safety, security, efficiency of vaccine distribution globally

Source: ICAO Speaking to European and North Atlantic Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCAs) very recently, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu emphasized that while COVID-19 vaccines are now offering hope of a more imminent pandemic recovery globally, closer collaboration and procedural alignment among air transport stakeholders will be needed to get the billions of doses to their destinations safely, securely and rapidly.   “We must continue to reinforce to decision makers that air cargo supply chains are critical to these efforts,” Dr. Liu remarked. “ICAO has published safety and security guidelines for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and we’ve also enacted our Vaccine Action Plan to more efficiently align vaccine efforts with applicable CART guidance and other ICAO provisions [...]

2021-03-02T01:25:35+02:00March 2nd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

IAG: Full year results announcement

Source: IAG International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) today (February 26, 2021) presented Group consolidated results for the year to December 31, 2020. COVID-19 situation and management actions: Passengercapacityinquarter4was26.6percentof2019andforthefullyearwas33.5percentof2019andcontinuestobeadversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, together with government restrictions and quarantine requirements Currentpassengercapacityplansforquarter1,2021areforaround20percentof2019capacity,butremainuncertainandsubjectto review 969cargo-onlyflightsoperatedinquarter4 Additionalfundingof€3.4billionsecuredinquarter4,including£2.0billioncommitmentfromUKExportFinancefinalisedinFebruary 2021 and $1.0 billion EETC for British Airways, $0.2 billion sales and leaseback transactions for Iberia and €150 million for Aer Lingus backed by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), with €0.8 billion bridge financing facilities repaid 2020capexreducedby€2.3billion,fromplansatthestartoftheyear,to€1.9billion,with€0.5billionduetosevenaircraftdeliveries delayed from Q4-20 into 2021; 2021 capex expected to be lower than 2020 BritishAirwaysreachedagreementtodefer€495millionofpensioncontributionsduebetweenSeptember2020andOctober2021 BritishAirwaysreachedagreementinprincipleoverrestructuringplansforcargoemployees,followingagreementwiththeothermain British Airways employee groups earlier in 2020 Groupcontinuestofocusoncostreduction,increasingthevariabilityofitscost-baseandliquidityinitiatives IAG period highlights on results: Fourthquarteroperatingloss€1,471million(2019:operatingprofit€93million),andoperatinglossbeforeexceptionalitems€1,165million (2019: operating profit before exceptional items €765 million) OperatinglossfortheyeartoDecember31,2020€7,426million(2019:operatingprofit€2,613million),andoperatinglossbefore [...]

2021-02-26T18:42:59+02:00February 26th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia appointed new Secretary General of ICAO

Source: ICAO The 36-State governing body of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the ICAO Council, has appointed Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia as the new Secretary General of the Organization for a three-year term, beginning 1 August 2021. He succeeds Dr. Fang Liu of China, who has held the position for two consecutive terms since 2015. Mr. Salazar was appointed based on his extensive professional experience in the administration of complex organizations at the national, regional and international levels. He is also an expert in aviation law and standards with more than 26 years of experience in international negotiations in the fields of aviation, management, and public policy. Since January 2018, Mr. Salazar has been serving as Director [...]

2021-02-26T00:15:34+02:00February 26th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Delta and LATAM receive final approval in Brazil for Joint Venture agreement

Source: Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines and LATAM have received final approval, without conditions, of their commercial agreement (“trans-American Joint Venture agreement” or “JVA”) by the Brazilian competition authority - the Administrative Council for Economic Defense - after initial approval was granted in September 2020. The JVA seeks to enhance the route networks served by both airlines, delivering a seamless travel experience between North and South America. The Delta-LATAM agreement has also been approved in Uruguay while the application process continues in other countries, including Chile. “This final approval in Brazil furthers our mission to provide customers in this important market with the world-class travel experience and options they deserve,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Moving forward, we will continue working [...]

2021-02-25T20:30:36+02:00February 25th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

FAA Statement on Pratt & Whitney Engine Emergency Airworthiness Directive

Source: FAA The FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) (PDF) tonight that requires U.S. operators of airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines to inspect these engines before further flight. The FAA is taking this action as the result of a fan-blade failure that occurred Saturday on a Boeing 777-200 that had just departed from Denver International Airport. Although the aircraft landed safely, the failure resulted in damage to the engine, an in-flight engine fire, and damage to the airplane. After reviewing the available data and considering other safety factors, the FAA determined that operators must conduct a thermal acoustic image (TAI) inspection of the large titanium fan blades located at the front of each engine. TAI technology can detect [...]

2021-02-24T03:39:40+02:00February 24th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ICAO and WCO issue joint calls on vaccine supply chain priorities, new customs and security guidelines

Source: ICAO ICAO and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have published a joint statement calling on governments to demonstrate maximum flexibility with respect to border clearance and air transport supply chain operations essential to the effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and related medical supplies.   In a separate but related development, the two agencies have also developed new guidelines to help countries achieve better alignment of their customs and security procedures.   Signed by ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu and WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, the joint statement on vaccines urges the rapid establishment of the infrastructure needed to support end-to-end vaccine storage and logistics for public supplies.   Improved open collaboration between the aviation and customs communities [...]

2021-02-23T00:18:25+02:00February 23rd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|