Decarbonizing aviation: European Commission to support development of sustainable aviation fuels around the world

Source: ICAO The European Commission today announced support for the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels programme (ACT-SAF). In line with the European Green Deal commitment to help partner countries decarbonise, the project will support selected countries with €4 million. The funding will go towards increasing SAF production, feasibility studies and assistance with the certification of these fuels. Implemented by ICAO and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the project involves 12 partner states: Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. This list may be expanded at a later stage. European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: "We [...]

2023-05-26T20:59:16+03:00May 26th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Challenges and operational trends in Latin American and Caribbean aviation

Source: ALTA Albert Perez, SVP of Maintenance at Avianca; Carlos Garcia Martin, Partner at Oliver Wyman; Diego Giorgiadis, Director Técnico at Aerolíneas Argentinas, and Santiago Diago, COO at Aeromexico participated in the Challenges and Operational Trends in Latin America and Caribbean panel during the ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference, an event organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). Executives highlighted that in 2022 the region achieved an outstanding passenger recovery with some markets growing considerably. One such example is Mexico which, during the pandemic, kept flexible policies in terms of the movement of people and has experienced outstanding passenger growth. Diago further explained that Mexico is the exception in the region when it comes to exchange [...]

2023-05-24T03:50:35+03:00May 24th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Air Travel Consumer Report: March 2023 and 1st Quarter 2023 Numbers

Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation released its Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of March 2023 and the first quarter of 2023 for on-time performance, mishandled baggage, and mishandled wheelchairs and scooters. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. DOT remains committed to ensuring airline passengers are treated fairly and flights operate as scheduled. For the first three months of 2023, cancellations have stayed below 2% and are far lower than last year's 2.7% cancellation rate and the rate of 4.1% for the first three months of 2022. The Department is currently investigating several domestic airlines to ensure that they are not [...]

2023-05-24T03:37:08+03:00May 24th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

FAA Invests Over $100M to Reduce Runway Incursions at Airports

Source: FAA The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $100 million to 12 airports across the country to reduce runway incursions. Projects will reconfigure taxiways that may cause confusion, install airfield lighting or construct new taxiways to provide more flexibility on the airfield. "Some airfields have complex layouts that can create confusion for pilots and other airport users. This funding will reconfigure complex taxiway and runway intersections to help prevent incursions and enhance the safety of the National Airspace System," said FAA Associate Administrator Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E. The agency’s Runway Incursion Mitigation Program was developed to identify airports that have risk factors that might contribute to runway incursions. Those factors include complexity and airfield layout. As part of the RIM program, [...]

2023-05-24T20:50:50+03:00May 24th, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) receives accreditation in Level 1 on ACA.

Fuente: ACI-LAC Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) congratulates AEROSTAR Holding on the accreditation of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) at Level 1 – Mapping of ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. “We are pleased to welcome a new airport in the Latin America and Caribbean region into the ACA program. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) joins the group of 71 airports in Latin America and the Caribbean that have certified their environmental efforts,” said Dr. Rafael Echevarne, General Director of ACI-LAC. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) received Level 1 – Mapping accreditation for creating a complete carbon emissions inventory and developing a plan on how to reduce these emissions. The Airport Carbon Accreditation [...]

2023-05-23T20:51:19+03:00May 23rd, 2023|AIRPORTS, News, ORGANISATIONS|

Formal mentoring programs and inclusion of more women in decision making: key actions to attract and retain more women in technical aviation careers

Source: ALTA What is the role of women in the aeronautical maintenance area? and what can the Tech Ops sector gain by increasing the participation of women? These were two of the questions addressed by a discussion panel composed of Michelle Linale, Senior Director, Sales & Business Development - Americas' Region at Thales InFlyt; Liliana Bocanegra, Strategic Sourcing Director at Avianca; Maruja Correa Dirección Técnica Iberia, and Ana Persiani, ALTA's Training Director and Board Member of the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA). This discussion took place during the ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference 2023, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), and addressed strategies to attract, retain and develop the trajectory of women in technical careers. [...]

2023-05-23T20:47:14+03:00May 23rd, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

oneworld and Elemental Cognition’s breakthrough AI Travel Agent transforms the online booking experience

Source: oneworld oneworld Alliance and artificial intelligence (AI) company Elemental Cognition have completed initial trials of their state-of-the-art booking tool that helps customers navigate the complex process of planning a "Round the World" ticket. With hundreds of possible destinations and millions of possible flight combinations, these "Round the World" tickets are some of the most complicated products in the industry. In contrast to the general shift towards online channels, the majority of these trips are still booked with human agents. oneworld challenged EC to build a solution that combines the power and flexibility of the best human agents with the convenience and efficiency of a self-serve technology solution. Leveraging EC's breakthrough reasoning, natural language understanding, and dialog capabilities, the solution [...]

2023-05-23T20:48:05+03:00May 23rd, 2023|AIRLINES, News, ORGANISATIONS|

TSA is prepared for high travel volumes this Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season

Souce: TSA Agency announces new benefit to TSA PreCheck® membership and continues to deploy checkpoint technology to improve security effectiveness, efficiency and the passenger experience The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is prepared to screen high volumes of passengers at airport security checkpoints nationwide this summer travel season, which begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. The agency forecasts Friday, May 26, to be the busiest day of the long weekend, projecting to screen approximately 2.6 million passengers. Today, the agency announced that teenagers aged 13-17 may now accompany TSA PreCheck® enrolled parents or guardians through TSA PreCheck screening when traveling on the same reservation and when the TSA PreCheck indicator appears on the teen's boarding pass. Children 12 and under [...]

2023-05-23T20:50:15+03:00May 23rd, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

The ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference will seek solutions to the meet the challenges the maintenance and technical purchasing sector is facing in LAC

Source: ALTA  Until 23 May 2023, 600 executives from the MRO sector will get together in Cancun, Mexico Disruption in the supply chain, high operating costs, shortage of skilled workforce to meet projected growth, macroeconomic factors in the region such as inflation and devaluation, and the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in operations are just a few of the challenges facing aviation in Latin America and Caribbean. In this sense, 2023 edition of the ALTA CCMA & MRO Conference, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), will seek to bring solutions to most of these challenges affecting the maintenance and technical purchasing sector. From May 21 to 23 in Cancun, Mexico, there will be numerous instances [...]

2023-05-22T23:20:14+03:00May 22nd, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|

UNWTO Executive Council Meets in Punta Cana

Source: UNWTO With global tourism on track to reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, UNWTO convened its Executive Council to advance plans to place education, investments and sustainability at the centre of the sector’s future. Ahead of the 118th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer showed international arrivals reached 80% of pre-pandemic levels. The  first quarter global results of 2023 set the pace for this upward trend to continue. Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: "In 2022, UNWTO asked the world to "rethink tourism". Now it's time to put those plans into action. Building a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive tourism sector will require more and better-targeted investments, skilled workers and more innovation. UNWTO is [...]

2023-05-22T22:52:13+03:00May 22nd, 2023|News, ORGANISATIONS|