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|

The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance Opens Up to Business Aviation

Source: IAMA   IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance is expanding its successful advocacy and support services to serve the business aviation industry.   “After a successful year advocating for the commercial aircraft retrofit industry, we strongly believe that business aircraft modifiers, owners and operators will also benefit from our programs, and new initiatives targeted at their specific needs,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “IAMA-endorsed STC solutions help to reassure owners and operators that their modification will be of the highest quality, while also providing for adequate after-sales support and ease of aircraft transfer.”   Since its launch in early 2020, IAMA developed its Rulebook which details high-quality standards for commercial aircraft modifications achieved through Supplemental Type Certificates [...]

2021-04-08T18:32:35+03:00April 8th, 2021|News, SUPPLIERS|

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|

Australia Welcomes Two-Way Trans-Tasman Travel

Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Australia Australia’s flight-path to recovery is well underway with the Australian Government welcoming the New Zealand Government's announcement that it will join the Safe Travel Zone between Australia and New Zealand. This announcement will enable quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand on both sides of the Tasman helping to reunite families and friends and giving tourism operators a significant boost. It follows Australia’s opening of a one-way Safe Travel Zone from New Zealand to Australia six months ago, with more than 34,000 arrivals into Australia from New Zealand during that period. This latest major step in the resumption of international travel has only been possible due to the internationally recognised, world-leading responses [...]

2021-04-06T14:41:31+03:00April 6th, 2021|AROUND THE WORLD, News|

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|

IAMA Releases Rulebook Update

Source: IAMA   Version 2.0 includes important new updates to promote efficiency   IAMA, the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance, released version 2.0 of its Rulebook this week. The latest edition of the freshly updated resource is available online to alliance member organizations, while airlines and lessors can request access through a free membership. Launched in March 2020, the Rulebook strives to address lessor, operator and owner needs throughout the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) lifecycle. Instructing aircraft modifiers for both commercial and business aviation in best practices for achieving superior modifications through STCs, the Rulebook is an essential industry resource. “We are working to develop customer-centric standards to encompass the entire STC lifecycle,” said Nicole Noack, managing director of IAMA. “One [...]

2021-03-30T15:34:25+03:00March 30th, 2021|News, SUPPLIERS|