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Aviation Industry Calls on Governments in Region to Establish Open Dialogue for Restart Planning

Source: ACI LAC The Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have renewed  their call to governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in regards of the need to plan in advance and in a coordinated manner so that commercial aviation can resume once the new mobility restrictions are lifted in the region. The industry understands that governments’ primary focus is on dealing with the public health crisis. Nevertheless, the sector has been devised and implemented the necessary policies and procedures to allow aviation to safely operate during the pandemic. The recent tightening of travel restrictions has forced airlines into last minute flight cancellations [...]

2021-04-10T01:21:46+03:00April 10th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Transformation and solidarity key to post-pandemic recovery, ICAO tells tourism Crisis Committee

Source: ICAO Speaking to the UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee and Commission for the Middle East yesterday, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu noted that ongoing pandemic impacts on international mobility reveal that the world is “back to 2003 levels in terms of global seat capacity.” “Here in the Middle East, passenger totals dropped by over 70% and recovery in general is proceeding more slowly than in some other areas of the world, mainly due to the high levels of international passenger movements here,” Dr. Liu emphasized. Stressing that the precipitous decline in air traffic continues to present severe liquidity strains to companies and suppliers throughout the air transport and tourism value chains, the ICAO Secretary General identified three key [...]

2021-04-10T01:20:17+03:00April 10th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Negative Passenger Demand Trend Continues in February

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in February 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (February 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (January 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 February 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   Total demand for air travel in February 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 74.7% compared to February 2019. That was worse than the 72.2% decline recorded in January 2021 versus two years ago. International passenger demand in February was 88.7% below February 2019, a further drop from the 85.7% year-to-year decline recorded [...]

2021-04-07T17:45:53+03:00April 7th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Air Cargo Demand Up 9% in February Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released February 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels with demand up 9% over February 2019. February demand also showed strong month-on-month growth over January 2021 levels. Volumes have now returned to 2018 levels seen prior to the US-China trade war. 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 February 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9% compared to February 2019 and +1.5% compared to January 2021. All regions except for Latin America saw an [...]

2021-04-07T17:44:54+03:00April 7th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

AAdvantage Celebrates 40 Years of Loyalty Innovation

Source: American Airlines When American Airlines launched the AAdvantage® loyalty program in 1981, it was one of the airline industry’s first frequent flyer programs to reward members for their travel. Forty years later, AAdvantage continues to lead the way with innovative new partnerships, providing members with more personalized choices in a program that’s never been easier for members to use. “AAdvantage continues to be the easiest airline loyalty program for customers to engage with,” said Rick Elieson, President of the AAdvantage program. “Throughout our first 40 years, it’s been our privilege rewarding members for their continued loyalty to American with innovative benefits, unique partnerships and an evolving program that’s built for every customer.” The program provided members additional flexibility last [...]

2021-04-06T08:13:48+03:00April 6th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Balram “B” Bheodari Named ATL Interim General Manager Aviation executive praised for operational expertise

Source: ATL Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Balram “B” Bheodari Interim General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) this afternoon. Mayor Bottoms cited Mr. Bheodari’s thirty-year record as an aviation executive and familiarity with ATL in her announcement today.   “B has decades of aviation experience and he knows the Atlanta airport,” Mayor Bottoms said. “I am confident that with his operations expertise, he will keep Hartsfield-Jackson running smoothly as we recover from this global pandemic.”   Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bheodari was Airport Deputy General Manager at ATL. In that role, he oversaw public safety and security; operations; maintenance and transportation; planning and development; and sustainability, asset management, and facilities.  This is Mr. Bheodari’s second stint [...]

2021-04-02T21:48:24+03:00April 2nd, 2021|AIRPORTS, News|

Walsh Takes the Helm at IATA

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organization. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.  “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and other vital services to support their day-to-day operations. I am grateful to Alexandre for leaving behind a strong organization and a motivated team. Together, the IATA team is absolutely [...]

2021-04-02T00:21:02+03:00April 2nd, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS, Uncategorized|

Aerolíneas Argentinas Adds its Tenth Flight to Moscow to Bring More Vaccines

Source: Aerolíneas Argentinas Following the arrival of the last flight on Friday, the company has confirmed that a new flight will be departing on Monday late at night in search of more Sputnik V vaccine doses. March 28, 2021 - Aerolíneas Argentinas has confirmed the departure of a new flight in search of vaccines. This is the tenth flight to the capital city of the Russian Federation operated by the company. With flight number AR1066, it will depart at 2:00 a.m. from the Ezeiza International Airport, and it is expected to arrive at the Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 30 at 12:30 a.m. (local time in Russia). The aircraft will remain there until 4:30 a.m. for the loading of the [...]

2021-03-30T00:27:52+03:00March 30th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Southwest Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX Jets, Plus 155 Options

Source: Boeing Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Southwest Airlines today announced the carrier will continue to build its business around the 737 MAX family with a new order for 100 airplanes and 155 options across two models. The deal comes after a multi-year fleet evaluation by Southwest and means that Boeing and its suppliers could build more than 600 new 737 MAX jets for the airline through 2031. Southwest had been exploring options to modernize the largest component of its fleet: the 737-700 that serves the airline’s needs for a 140-150 seat airplane. With the new agreement, the airline reaffirmed the 737-7 as its preferred replacement and growth airplane. The jet will complement the 737-8, which serves Southwest’s needs for a 175-seat [...]

2021-03-29T14:53:55+03:00March 29th, 2021|MANUFACTURERS, News|

ICAO joins UN call for prioritized vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers

Source: ICAO ICAO joined four other UN agencies today in calling on countries to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers. In addition to ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, the special Joint Statement was signed by the heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO). “The implementation of the current WHO recommendations are of primordial importance to the continued and optimal operation of the international civil aviation network, and therefore to the transport worldwide of essential shipments and workers,” Dr. Liu declared. The Joint Statement stresses the WHO’s advice that at the present time countries should not introduce requirements of proof of vaccination [...]

2021-03-27T04:33:02+02:00March 27th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|