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Sunday, 19 September 2021

British boxer Amir Khan removed from American Airlines flight.......

The British boxer Amir Khan claims to have been banned from American Airlines after he was removed from a flight by police after his friends face mask was not on his chin.

The 34-year-old Bolon boxer used social media to say he had been offloaded from the Newark to Dallas flight along with a colleague by police because someone complained his friend's mask "was not high enough".

Khan was on the way to a training camp in Colorado following a brief stay in New York claims to be "disgusted" by the treatment. "I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp to Colorado Springs, by the police. Obviously, a complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said that my colleague's mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong."

The former boxer stated: "Now I have to reschedule another airplane to travel back to training camp which is really upsetting, for no reason this was and I'm just so disgusted that American Airlines would do this to us and ban me from travelling."

SWISS is trialling the possibility of offering its customers unsold food items at reduced prices on its services from Geneva, in collaboration with its partner “Too Good To Go”.

Swiss International Air Lines - SWISS has decided to trail a new way to be more sustainable onboard its flights from its Geneva home base. In a way to reduce the amount of fresh food items which remain unsold on its flights and must therefore be thrown away, the company is now teaming up with its partner “Too Good To Go” to offer at reduced prices any fresh food items which remain unsold. To test customer acceptance, a trial of the new approach is being conducted in August and September on the last flights of the day from Geneva on SWISS’s European network.  SWISS already uses historical sales data for each flight to tailor its fresh product uplifts as closely as possible to likely passenger demand.

A simple procedure

The new concept consists in offering any fresh food items that remain unsold on certain services at the end of the flight concerned. These items’ availability is communicated via an inflight announcement, and interested passengers are offered a bag containing one, two or three such fresh food items at one third of their usual price. The bag’s contents are not revealed in advance and remain a surprise for the purchaser.

The new approach is being trialled in collaboration with “Too Good To Go”, the world’s biggest app platform for connecting companies with users to reduce food waste. “Managing waste on board is an important part of our commitment to greater sustainability, “ stresses SWISS CCO Tamur Goudarzi Pour. “We hope to significantly reduce unused food onboard our aircraft by introducing this service. Thinking about sustainability in all our products, services and processes is part of our SWISS DNA.”

 “The first results from these trials have been promising,” adds SWISS’s Head of Western Switzerland Romain Vetter. “The new approach has been well received by our passengers on the flights concerned. We’re now awaiting a final analysis of the trials’ findings to decide if we should extend it to further routes.”

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Condor's flights to Canada take off.....

Following the lifting of restrictions at the Canadian border, the german leisure airline Condor has started flights to Toronto.  Leaving from Frankfurt airport, German tourists now have a new way to connect to the wider province of Ontario after a month-long pause. The airline has also reintroduced connections to Halifax in Nova Scotia, another great gateway to other Canadian cities and regions.

Condor flies from Frankfurt three times a week to Toronto and twice a week to Halifax.  "Our guests have had to wait a long time to be able to travel across the big pond to North America again. Now Canada has invited all North America fans who are fully immunized to join them again and we are pleased to offer five connections per week from Frankfurt to Canada," said Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor.

"We are very pleased that Condor is offering attractive destinations in Canada again as of today after a long break. The relaunched weekly connections to Halifax and the metropolis of Toronto are not only a positive signal for Frankfurt Airport and the entire region, they also underline Condor's important role at Germany's central air traffic hub. This is a tradition for us, as Condor has been connecting Frankfurt with destinations around the globe for more than 60 years. We wish Condor "Always Happy Landings" at Frankfurt Airport on its new routes" said "Dr Pierre Dominique Prümm, Executive Board Member Aviation and Infrastructure, Fraport AG"

Toronto and Halifax are ideal starting points for round trips to experience the famous Indian Summer. From there, guests can also reach ten other destinations in Canada with Condor partner WestJet. The best time to travel for the colourful natural spectacle is September and October.

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Hilton Honors Extends Global Loyalty Benefits and Unveils 2022 Policies

As people continue to navigate the changing dynamics of travel and getting back on the road, Hilton remains optimistic and committed to providing flexibility to its more than 118 million Hilton Honors members worldwide. Again leading the hospitality industry, Hilton Honors announced that its members can expect to retain their Points and elite status for an extended period of time and earn status more easily in 2022. 

Hilton Honors, the guest loyalty program of Hilton’s world-class portfolio of 18 brands, has implemented the following global benefit changes to help members maintain or achieve elite status, even as travel remains limited in some parts of the world. The changes announced today include: 

  • Extending status through March 31, 2023, so members can maintain their status perks and benefits longer.
  • Pausing Points expiration until Dec. 31, 2022, so members have more time to use their Points towards free nights at more than 6,600 Hilton hotels, exclusive Hilton Honors Experiences, live events, charitable donations and more.
  • Relaxing 2022 qualifications around earning Status, Milestone Bonuses, and Status Gifting from 2019 requirements to make these benefits easier to achieve.  In 2022, Hilton Honors members will earn the following:
    • Status Tier Requirements
      • Silver status at seven nights, three stays or 17,500 Base Points.
      • Gold status at 28 nights, 14 stays or 52,500 Base Points.
      • Diamond status at 42 nights, 21 stays or 84,000 Base Points.
    • Milestone Bonuses
      • 10,000 Bonus Points at 30 nights.
      • 10,000 Bonus Points for every 10 additional nights (after 30 nights).
      • One-time 30,000 Bonus Points at 60 nights.
    • Elite Status Gifting
      • A one-time gift of Gold status for a friend or family member at 40 nights, which can be upgraded to Diamond status at 70 nights.
  • Extending Rollover Nights for members of every status level, so all completed 2021 nights automatically roll over and count toward 2022 tier qualifications.
  • Continuing flexibility of certain benefits for U.S. Hilton Honors American Express Card Members through Dec. 31, 2022.
    • Free Weekend Night Certificates, including those issued in 2022 can continue to be used any night of the week (not just on weekends).
    • Hilton Honors Bonus Points earned from eligible purchases on any Hilton Honors American Express Card will continue to count as Base Points toward Elite tier qualification and Lifetime Diamond status through Dec. 31, 2022.

“As we get back to a new season of travel together, we want our loyal guests to know that we made these program changes with them top-of-mind,” said Jenn Chick, vice president and global head, Hilton Honors & Customer Engagement, Hilton. “We are proud to lead the hospitality industry in providing flexibility, once again, to our valued Hilton Honors members to help them make new memories when they’re ready to travel again.”

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European airlines: enduring market fragmentation complicates pandemic recovery process

European airlines: enduring market fragmentation complicates the pandemic recovery process

Signs of possible further consolidation in Europe’s airline sector are a reminder of how difficult the recovery from the Covid-19 shock will be for the still fragmented industry, particularly compared with the US, says Scope Ratings.

The unsolicited takeover approach by Hungary-based Wizz Air Ltd. for easyJet PLC earlier this month coincides with new fundraising by easyJet itself, while Deutsche Lufthansa AG (BBB-/Negative) is also planning a capital increase. The three carriers are among the six dominant airlines in Europe alongside Air France-KLM SA, International Airlines Group PLC and Ryanair PLC. Pre-crisis, the five western Europe-based carriers controlled a little more than 50% of the European passenger-travel market whereas the top five US airlines shared around 70% of their domestic market.

“Easyjet rebuffed Wizz’s approach, but we suspect that further consolidation will take place, perhaps just not as fast as it should, given the long-term pressure on profitability exacerbated by the pandemic,” says Azza Chammem, analyst at Scope.

“The European industry remains vulnerable partly because of the overcapacity that makes it nearly impossible for most carriers to build up the resilience they need to cope with the sector’s cyclicality and vulnerability to external shocks unless they are at the bottom of the cost curve like Ryanair and Wizz Air,” says Sebastian Zank, deputy head of corporate ratings at Scope.

ACIA Aero Leasing has acquired its first Embraer E190

ACIA Aero Leasing has acquired its first Embraer E190 this week the leasing firm confirmed. The E-Jet is joining the lessor’s growing fleet as the company evaluates new opportunities as it expands into new markets.

The aircraft, configured with 12 business and 88 economy seats, will undergo a period of maintenance before being offered to prospective airline customers.

Sameer Adam, ACIA Aero Leasing’s Senior Vice President, Commercial, commented that this acquisition represents “a significant milestone in progressing our fleet growth strategy. It is a launching point for engaging airlines interested in the E190/E195 aircraft specifically designed to crossover regional and mainline operations. It also opens up further opportunities to evaluate other portfolio enhancements, including the prospect of adding the next-generation E-Jet E2 family aircraft.”

“As a lessor with an established customer base in regional markets, we have already seen the tremendous impact of regional aircraft in facilitating the recovery of networks on all continents. We are confident that E-Jets will play a key role in the recovery, particularly in the European and North American markets,” asserted Adam. “The E-Jet provides the right blend of operational versatility and efficiency to meet the demands of certain mainline routes and is a good network development tool for airlines striving to adapt to the post-pandemic environment.”

airBaltic receives 31st Airbus A220-300 - YL-ABE joins the fleet.....

airBaltic receives its 31st Airbus A220-300

Whilst many other European airlines are contracting, consolidating and reducing, the Riga based airBatlic is rapidly growing. On 16th  September the airline had its sixth aircraft delivery of the year and its 31st Airbus A220 aircraft. 

This jet, registered as YL-ABE, forms part of an order of 50 Airbus A220-300 airBaltic made with Airbus, which also has options for 30 more aircraft.  

Since the introduction of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft in late 2016, airBaltic has carried over 6 505 932 passengers on the aircraft. Thus far, most passengers have been carried to such destinations as Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Moscow. Airbus A220-300’s have completed over 78 246 flights and flown over 175 312 block hours.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft.

London City Airport boss issues statement on changes to England's travel traffic light system.

Reacting to the UK Government's review of international travel rules, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of London City Airport, said:

"We welcome the Government’s decision to ease international travel restrictions next month. The replacement of the traffic light system with a simpler and more-risk based approach is a confidence boost for London City Airport and our airlines heading into the autumn.”
We are pleased the Government has decided to exempt fully vaccinated travellers from the complex and costly testing requirements, and the abolition of pre-departure tests, and the ability to use quicker and cheaper lateral flow tests on arrival, will encourage more international visitors and business travellers to fly inbound into the UK.
However, traffic remains well below pre-pandemic levels and the aviation industry in the UK has fallen behind other countries in Europe and around the world, which is why we need a stable, consistent and globally harmonized regime, alongside a roadmap for the return of restriction-free international travel for all in the months ahead.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Blade Air Mobility Completes Acquisition of Trinity Air Medical, Inc.

Blade Air Mobility, a technology-powered global air mobility platform has confirmed the completion of the previously announced transaction to acquire Trinity Air Medical, Inc. (“Trinity”), a nationwide, multi-modal organ logistics and transportation company.

On September 9, 2021, Blade announced that the Company had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trinity, subject to customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, Blade has purchased 100% of the capital stock of Trinity—which generated revenues of approximately $16 million in calendar year 2020—for an upfront purchase price of approximately $23 million and potential additional contingent consideration based on the achievement by Trinity of certain EBITDA growth targets over a three-year period, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The transaction was completed on September 15, 2021.

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United to start Washington, D.C. - Lagos, Nigeria service in November

It has been confirmed that U.S. mega carrier United Airlines will operate a new African route to Nigeria starting this November. 

The airline expects to start the route between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria on 29th November, subject to government approval. It plans to operate the route three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and return from Lagos on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The service will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 28 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus premium economy seats, 36 Economy Plus seats and 158 standard economy seats. 

This new flight builds on United's expansion into Africa and solidifies United's leadership position to Africa from the D.C. metro area, with more flights to the continent than any other airline. 

"This new flight to Lagos has been highly anticipated by our customers and offers the first ever nonstop service between Washington, D.C. and Nigeria, as well as convenient, one-stop connections to over 80 destinations throughout the Americas including Houston and Chicago," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of international network and alliances. "On behalf of all of United we'd like to offer our sincere thanks to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our plans to provide this service."

"We are honoured to work with our partners at United Airlines to welcome their second nonstop connection from Dulles International to the African continent," said Carl Schultz, acting vice president of airline business development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. "Lagos joins nearly 50 other nonstop international destinations currently served by the National Capital Region's gateway to the world."

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Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125 helicopters

The Phoenix Police Department has signed a new order to upgrade its airborne law enforcement helicopter fleet with five new H125 helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next year.

“We spent a lot of time analyzing which platform would best fit all of our operational needs as we began to renew our fleet, and the H125 met all of our requirements,” said Paul Apolinar, chief pilot at Phoenix Police Department. “Our responsibility is to protect and serve the Phoenix community, and these aircraft will allow us not only to protect from the skies, but to perform rescues in remote locations all over Arizona. We needed an aircraft that excels in hot temperatures, and the H125 is really the best aircraft for the job in such conditions.”

Known for its power, versatility and excellent performance in hot and high conditions, the H125 features dual hydraulics, dual channel FADEC, a crash resistant fuel system, and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays. The H125 accounts for nearly half of all intermediate single engine helicopters delivered for airborne law enforcement missions in North America over the last decade. It is built at Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s production and completion facility in Columbus, Mississippi, by a team made up of 40% U.S. veterans.

“The H125 is one of the most popular law enforcement helicopters in the U.S., for good reason,” said Ron Kelley, airborne law enforcement segment manager at Airbus Helicopters, Inc. “Its versatility and high performance make it an ideal platform for diverse law enforcement missions, including aerial surveillance and search and rescue, and is a proven solution that’s consistently ready for the call when it’s needed most.”

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the leading supplier of helicopters in the United States, with a presence dating back more than 50 years. A team of more than 700 employees operates local production and completion facilities for the H125 and UH-72 Lakota aircraft in Columbus, Mississippi, and provides world-class training, aftermarket support, and technical assistance from Grand Prairie, Texas, for the North American regional in-service fleet of nearly 3,100 helicopters.

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FedEx Delivers Critical COVID-19 Aid to Indonesia

               FedEx Express, delivered a shipment of 15 pallets carrying COVID-19 swab kits and personal protective equipment to Jakarta, Indonesia.

The critical relief aid arrived in Jakarta on September 14 from New York, USA. These lifesaving medical supplies were coordinated through a collaboration with the US-ASEAN Business Council Institute, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a public-private partnership organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Business Roundtable to provide a unified platform for businesses to mobilize and deliver resources to assist COVID-19 efforts in areas of the highest need around the world.

“We are honoured to be part of this larger mission to combat COVID-19 in Indonesia. FedEx feels a responsibility to help during times like this, and we are fully committed to delivering vaccines and other critical aid where it’s needed most. As we monitor the developments all around the world, we will continue seeking ways to help the local communities through our expertise and extensive network,” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express.

FedEx has moved more than 325 metric tons of personal protective equipment between January 2020 and August 2021 to help support healthcare workers and communities in Indonesia.

The shipment of these lifesaving supplies is consistent with the company’s FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. Through the FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, FedEx lends its global network and unparalleled logistics expertise to organizations with mission-critical needs and helps communities before, during and after crises. Learn more about FedEx Cares Delivering for Good initiative here.

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Mesa Air publishes August results

 Mesa Air Group, has released details of its latest operating performance for August 2021 during which the firm completed 32,501 block hours, a 73.4 percent increase from the same month last year. 
 The Company also reported a controllable completion factor of 99.71 percent and 99.66 percent for its American and United operations, respectively.

Operating statistics for August 2021 and fiscal year 2021 YTD are included in the table below.
 Aug-21Aug-20% ChangeYTD FY2021YTD FY2020% Change
Block Hours      
 Aug-21Aug-20% ChangeYTD FY2021YTD FY2020% Change
Controllable Completion Factor*      
Total Completion Factor*      

Operating statistics month over month for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 and QTD are included in the table below.

 Aug-21Jul-21% ChangeQTD FY2021QTD FY2020% Change
Block Hours      
 Aug-21Jul-21% ChangeQTD FY2021QTD FY2020% Change
Controllable Completion Factor*      
Total Completion Factor*      

*Controllable Completion Factor excludes cancellations due to weather and air traffic control
**Total Completion Factor includes all cancellations

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