Friday, 8 October 2021

Birna Osk Einarsdottir steps down as Chief Commercial Officer of Icelandair.......

Another top-level change has been announced at the troubled Icelandair, this time Birna Osk Einarsdottir is stepping down as Chief Commercial Officer of the group after only taking the role during 2019.  prior to the CCO job, Einarsdottir was Chief Customer Experience Officer and Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer. 

 Icelandair carried 212,134 during September

Bogi Nils Bogason, President & CEO of Icelandair Group commented:  "I would like to thank Birna for her great contribution to the Company over the past years. She has strengthened Icelandair’s commercial capabilities where the customer is at the centre and successfully led our sales and services teams through challenging times. I congratulate her on her new endeavours and wish her all the best for the future."

Birna Osk Einarsdottir, Chief Commercial Officer of Icelandair Group said: "The last four years have been a thrilling experience. Big challenges with an amazing team of people across the organization with the aim to bring the spirit of Iceland to the world. I am grateful for having been entrusted with this important role, for my colleagues and for the experience this has given me. Although it is hard to leave, I will proudly watch Icelandair spread its wings again towards a successful future."


September 2021 results 

Air Belgium has taken delivery of the first of two A330-900


 Air Belgium, the full-service international destination carrier headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert in Belgium, has taken delivery of the first of two A330-900. 

The aircraft is configured with 286 seats in a three-class layout (30 comfortable lie-flat business class,  21 premium-class,  and 235 economy-class seats). The aircraft is furnished with the Airbus Airspace cabin. All seats are equipped with the latest-generation, in-flight entertainment system, on-board wifi and mood lighting.

Thanks to the A330neo’s latest technologies, Air Belgium will benefit from cost-effective and eco-efficient aircraft solutions, while providing passengers with the best comfort standards in the quietest cabins in its class. In addition, lower noise and emissions compared to previous-generation aircraft make the A330neo a friendlier airport neighbour.

Air Belgium will deploy the aircraft on routes connecting Brussels to long-haul destinations.
The Belgian carrier currently operates an all-Airbus widebody fleet comprising A330-200F and A340-300; the A340s will be gradually replaced by the A330neos. 

The A330neo Family is the new-generation A330; it builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the  A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption and CO 2  emissions by about 25 per cent-per-seat compared to previous-generation, competitor aircraft, and offers an unrivalled range capability. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and composite winglets for better, fuel-beating aerodynamics. 

With an order book of more than 1,800 aircraft from 126 customers at the end of September 2021, the A330 remains the most popular widebody family aircraft of all time. 






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United Airlines putting plans in place for the largest U.S. domestic schedule since March 2020


The U.S. mega-carrier United Airlines has announced it has a plan for the biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic to meet an expected surge in holiday travel. The carrier wants to emphasise connecting the Midwest to warm-weather cities like Las Vegas and Orlando as well as offering nearly 70 daily flights to ski destinations, including new service between Orange County and Aspen.

United will fly 3,500 daily domestic flights in December - 
the most since the start of the pandemic and 91% 
of its December 2019 domestic schedule


According to United, holiday travel flight searches on united.com and the airline's app are up 16%, compared to 2019. The airline expects the busiest travel days for the Thanksgiving holiday will be Wednesday, November 24 and Sunday, November 28, while popular days for winter holiday travel are expected to be Thursday, December 23 and Sunday, January 2. 

"We're seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow," said Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling at United. "We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we're thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together."

In December, United will begin new direct flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix from Cleveland, and to Orlando from Indianapolis. The carrier also will resume eight popular direct flights from Midwest cities, including routes to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, offering the most departures the airline has flown from Cleveland since 2014 including direct service to Nassau and Cancun. United will offer up to 195 daily flights to 12 destinations in Florida this winter, the most flights to the Sunshine State in company history. United is also resuming direct flights from Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh to Fort Myers – which were some of the airline's most popular point-to-point flights last winter.

Customers who prefer fresh powder can enjoy more flights to ski destinations with United than any other carrier. The airline offers 66 daily flights to over a dozen ski destinations across the U.S., including brand new service beginning this December between Orange County and Aspen. This winter season, United will have flights to Aspen/Snowmass, Mammoth, Bozeman/Big Sky, Eagle/Vail, Kalispell, Gunnison/Crested Butte, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Montrose/Telluride, Reno/Tahoe, Sun Valley from its hub airports.




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Global Medical Response orders 21 new Airbus helicopters

Global Medical Response (GMR) will add a total of 21 Airbus helicopters from the H125, H130 and H135 families to its growing air medical fleet, with options to include up to an additional 23 helicopters, bringing the total order potential up to 44 helicopters.

“We fly a variety of Airbus products, but the main thing they have in common – and the most important thing we look for in our critical care transport solutions – is reliability,” said Rob Hamilton, president of the GMR Alliances Group. “Our Airbus fleet allows us to respond quickly and transport critical patients with the appropriate level of care to give them the absolute best chance of survival. With the addition of these new aircraft, our fleet grows stronger and more capable to save lives when it matters most.”

GMR, an industry-leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services and managed medical transportation organization with more than 38,000 employees, is one of the largest operators of Airbus helicopters. GMR delivers care through multiple operating brands, including Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp., and REACH Air Medical Services. These operations transported more than 125,000 patients in 2020. This latest order will add to GMR’s current Airbus fleet of nearly 133 helicopters.

ACJ highlights the ACJ319neo from K5-Aviation at NBAA




Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is exhibiting at NBAA-BACE 12-14 October for the first time ever showcasing an ACJ319neo from K5-Aviation. K5-Aviation is the largest Airbus operator in Europe with four ACJ319s in its fleet and is preparing to operate two ACJ widebodies soon . 
 
“Our ACJ aircraft offer the best comfort, with the most specious cabins that are widely appreciated by our customers and operators. K5-Aviation’s ACJ319neo will turn heads at the show with contemporary luxury styling in each of the four cabin zones- it is a real beauty!,”  said ACJ President, Benoit Defforge.
 
The ACJ319neo from K5-Aviation features four large living areas with lie flat beds, king size bedroom with ensuite bathroom and stand-up shower, as well as a 55” TV. Customers will enjoy a brand-new in-flight entertainment system and high-speed Wi-Fi for smooth video streaming and video calls to stay connected and entertained during the flight.
 
Also showcased at the event is the ACJ TwoTwenty cabin immersive presentation that customers will be able to discover via a VR experience.  These will be located in the ACJ/ACH Chalet at the Henderson Airport static display. 
 
Nearly 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide, flying on every continent, including Antarctica, and more than 1,800 private and business aviation Airbus helicopters are in service worldwide.





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Spirit Airlines signs new lease deal for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft

The U.S. budget carrier Spirit Airlines has signed a big deal with plane leasing giant, AerCap Holdings for the lease of 20 new Airbus A320neo aircraft, with deliveries scheduled to start early next year. 

"This is a significant transaction for AerCap with one of the most successful low-cost carriers in aviation. We are delighted to add 20 aircraft to our already substantial business with Spirit," said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. "The Airbus A320neo Family will help Spirit grow their fleet in an economical way while advancing its commitment to maintain a highly competitive, fuel-efficient fleet of aircraft equipped with engines that have lower carbon emissions than previous-generation engines. We wish to thank Ted Christie, Scott Haralson and Simon Gore for the confidence they have placed in the AerCap team and we very much look forward to working with them as these aircraft deliver."

"We are excited to further our long-standing, strategic partnership with AerCap. These 20 new aircraft help us achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023, and our targeted growth in 2024, as we continue our mission of delivering More Go and providing the best value in the sky," said Simon Gore, VP and Treasurer of Spirit Airlines.





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Air Canada to start daily service between Toronto Billy Bishop and Ottawa from the end of this month

New route to complement existing service to Montreal from Billy Bishop Airport

Air Canada has announced that it will launch a new service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa beginning October 31, 2021. The route will commence with four return trips daily, increasing to up to eight return trips daily starting in summer 2022.

"Air Canada's new service from Toronto Island to Ottawa will conveniently link Canada's capital directly with the centre of the country's leading business centre. This new route is designed to meet customer demand in this heavily travelled market, with a large business travel component, and complement our recently resumed Montreal-Toronto Island airport service. It is a further example of how Air Canada is rebuilding its network, including by adding new routes and destinations in our determination to emerge from the pandemic an even stronger airline," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

Air Canada presently operates five return flights daily between Toronto Island and Montreal. The schedule for the new Toronto Island-Ottawa service beginning October 31, 2021 is:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Operation

AC 8950

Toronto Island at 07:00

Ottawa at 07:59

     Daily

AC 8954

Toronto Island at 08:35

Ottawa at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8960

Toronto Island at 17:00

Ottawa at 17:59

     Daily

AC 8962

Toronto Island at 18:00

Ottawa at 18:59

     Daily

AC 8953

Ottawa at 07:00

Toronto Island at 08:04

     Daily

AC 8955

Ottawa at 08:30

Toronto Island at 09:34

     Daily

AC 8961

Ottawa at 16:25

Toronto Island at 17:29

     Daily

AC 8963

Ottawa at 18:30

Toronto Island at 19:34

     Daily

The service will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz with a De Havilland Dash 8-400 featuring a complimentary snack and drink. All customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Points through Canada's leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges where available at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.  Air Canada's commercial schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.

Air Canada offers its customers a complimentary shuttle bus service between downtown and the Toronto City Airport. The shuttle brings travellers to and from the west entrance of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, located at the corner of Front and York streets, directly across from Union Station.






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New nonstop service between Anchorage and Salt Lake City

Alaska Airlines has confirmed this week it will introduce a new nonstop service between Anchorage and Salt Lake City during June next year. 

"We're ready to welcome new and returning guests from the Salt Lake City area, as we provide Alaskans more nonstop options than ever before," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president. "Once in this great state, our massive network stretching across Alaska gives visitors and locals the opportunity to enjoy all there is to offer – hiking, fishing, the Northern Lights, sightseeing and more."

Starts

City Pair

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

June 18

Anchorage – Salt Lake City

12:40 p.m.

7:10 p.m.

Sat, Sun

737-900

June 18

Salt Lake City – Anchorage

8:30 a.m.

11:10 a.m.

Sat, Sun

737-900

All times are local times

 




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Electric Aircraft Market worth $27.7 billion by 2030

According to a research report "Electric Aircraft Market by Platform (Regional Transport Aircraft, Business Jets, Light & Ultralight Aircraft), Type, System (Batteries, Electric Motors, Aerostructures, Avionics, Software), Technology, Application, and Region - Forecast to 2030", published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is estimated to be USD 7.9 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 27.7 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 14.8% during the forecast period. The growth of this market is mainly driven by the deployment of urban air mobility aircraft and the increasing use of electric aircraft for cargo applications and different aerial mission-specific activities.



The major players in the electric aircraft market include Airbus SE (Netherlands), Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel), and AeroVironment, Inc (US), These players have spread their business across various countries includes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. COVID-19 has impacted their businesses as well.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 has taken a toll on various industrial sectors, with aviation being one of the worst affected. However, the electric aircraft market did not seem to have been impacted by the pandemic as much as the aviation industry as a whole. Electric UAVs were widely used by militaries for a variety of missions like border security, while governments and law enforcement agencies used them on an experimental basis.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

The Heart of Transport and Communication will Beat at Ataturk Airport



The works are being performed at full steam at Atatürk Airport for the 12th Transport and Communication Forum, which is organized by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and where the transportation and communication systems of the future will be brought to the table.


2021 Theme of the 12th Transport and Communication Forum is decided as Logistics-Mobility-Digitalization and planned around the "National Transport and Infrastructure Policy" vision of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey.

In the Forum where Transporttech Conference, Transport Ministries' Round Table Meeting, sectoral sessions, bilateral discussions, and panels will be held with the vision of ''National Transport and Infrastructure Policy'', the transportation and communication systems of today and future will be discussed.

Air Canada takes multiple awards for people and products

Air Canada has taken a number of awards at the recent 2021 Skytrax World Airline Awards, including Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, and Excellence for COVID-19.

"I am very proud of these recognitions as voted for by our customers, for our service and products as we begin emerging from the pandemic which has impacted travel and our industry for the past 18 months. The two awards for Best Airline Staff in both North America and in Canada are especially significant, as they are a direct reflection of our loyal employees' unwavering dedication and hard work in taking care of our customers and transporting them safely during a challenging and complex period. I thank our employee teams for their tireless efforts, and I thank our customers for recognizing their drive and work," said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

Skytrax Best Airline Staff in North America
Skytrax Best Airline Staff in Canada
Skytrax Best Business Class Lounge in North America
Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Excellence
Six Global Traveler Leisure Awards


"We continue restoring our global network to meet growing demand and will be introducing new products to further enhance our customers' journey. As people are increasingly making plans to travel again, we look forward to welcoming more customers back onboard and transporting them to their destinations safely," concluded Ms. Guillemette.

Weather satellite MetOp-SG B passes another crucial step in the integration process

The MetOp-SG B satellite structure being integrated with the propulsion module. Copyright Airbus – M. Pikelj
The MetOp-SG B satellite structure being integrated with the propulsion module. Photo Airbus/ M. Pikelj


The first "B" model of the next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellite series MetOp-SG has received its rocket pack. In a tricky, millimetre-precise crane operation at Airbus’ satellite integration centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany), the six metre high satellite structure was integrated with its propulsion system.

The propulsion system, built by Airbus in Stevenage (United Kingdom), can accommodate 760 kg of hydrazine fuel to maintain the satellite’s attitude and orbit throughout its mission and, very importantly, enable a controlled re-entry over the South Pacific at the end of the satellite's mission, in accordance with the international space debris mitigation standards. The propulsion system includes twelve thrusters of 20 Newton (N) each for nominal orbit and anti-collision manoeuvres. Finally, the tank and the 400N main engine complete the propulsion system.

The MetOp-SG programme is being implemented by the European Space Agency in collaboration with EUMETSAT. The MetOp-SG satellite fleet consists of six satellites and will secure the continuation of meteorological observations from a polar orbit in the 2024-2045 timeframe. Comprehensive data from the suite of innovative European instruments will feed into forecasting models taking observations to a new standard.

England's red list will reduce to just 7 countries from 11th October.

Today the UK government has confirmed that from 04:00 on Monday 11th October, 47 countries and
territories will be removed from its red list allowing more people to travel abroad and return from those countries without having to quarantine in special hotels.

The government said that continued progress on vaccination both at home and around the world means it can confidently reduce the size of the red list to focus on countries that pose the highest risk as determined by UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) assessment.

The change will allow fully vaccinated people to travel freely with just a day 2 test, however, other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with UK recognised vaccines, from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days self-isolation. 

Also announced today, from 4am Monday 11 October, eligible travellers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England.

The latest travel update builds on the announcement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office earlier this week that it has lifted advice against all but essential travel for over 30 countries and territories. More advisories will be removed as countries and territories come off the red list, making it easier for people to be covered by insurance when travelling to a wider list of destinations.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:  "With half-term and winter sun around the corner, we’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite, by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe.

Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and levelling up this country. With less restrictions and more people travelling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery."

BA confirms the return of the Airbus A380

British Airways is set to welcome back its first A380 aircraft in November


British Airways is set to welcome back its first A380 aircraft in November and operate its biggest schedule since March 2020, with additional services to cities across the globe, including the US.

British Airways’ A380 will initially operate to a number of short-haul destinations to allow for crew service familiarisation in November, shortly followed by operating to Miami and Los Angeles in the US, as well as Dubai in December.

News that the airline’s A380 aircraft is re-joining its fleet follows the announcement that vaccinated Brits will be able to travel to the United States from November. The airline is set to fly to 23 US airports this winter* with up to 246 flights a week, more than any other transatlantic carrier. 

Across its US network, British Airways will be increasing the number of flights it operates with services to city destinations including New York, which will initially be increasing to five a day, followed by eight in December. The airline will also be operating double-daily services to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Miami and Toronto, as well as daily services to Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Houston and Vancouver

In addition to frequency increases, in October and November, British Airways will restart services to Austin, Orlando, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Baltimore **. In December the airline will also start flying to Nashville and New Orleans once again, which both proved to be a hit with customers when they first launched.

British Airways’ A380 aircraft will re-join the airline’s fleet earlier than expected as US borders re-open, initially operating to Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai
The airline is increasing flights to the US by adding more services to key cities including New York, with up to eight daily services by December
The airline will also be bringing forward planned restart dates to a number of US destinations
This October the airline has added 13,000 additional seats to short-haul family leisure destinations and has increased flights to popular European cities
Looking ahead to Christmas, British Airways is adding extra services to winter sun destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius and Caribbean islands



15 additional A321neos for UK holiday airline Jet2


Air101 can confirm that Jet2  has placed a further order for 15 A321neos following its initial one for 36 placed in August 2021. It takes the total order by the Leeds, United Kingdom, based airline to 51 A321neos. The two orders reflect Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date.

The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

The A320neo Family incorporates the latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets, delivering a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat. With an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km. or two tonnes of extra payload, the A321neo will deliver Jet2.com with additional revenue potential.

At the end of August 2021, the A320neo Family had won over 7,500 firm orders from over 120 customers worldwide.





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World View enters the space tourism and exploration market...........Balloons in space....


Stratospheric Balloon Flights Launching from Iconic Global Landmarks, Beginning with Grand Canyon National Park

Citizen Astronauts Selected by Non-Profit Space for Humanity Will Be First to Experience Inaugural Commercial Flights
World View, the leading stratospheric ballooning company, announced an expansion of services that includes the global launch of the first-of-its-kind, edge-of-space experience. The World View space tourism experience is the most affordable, longest duration and most accessible space experience on Earth. As a purpose-first company, World View is focused on inspiring, creating and exploring new perspectives, offering participants more accessibility to space tourism experiences than ever before. World View’s mission is to bring as many people as possible to the edge of space so that at 100,000 feet, they’ll see a world without borders or species and come back driven to make the world a better place. The company believes that by reaching a critical mass of people experiencing what has been labeled the Overview Effect that humanity will be able to markedly improve the future of our fragile Earth.

Mission: Rediscover Earth


Beginning today, World View is accepting deposits for its edge-of-space trips. With an initial deposit of $500, participants can reserve their place in line for commercial flights. Priced at $50,000 per seat with flexible financing options available, the cost is noticeably lower than any other civilian space tourism flight available today. World View’s first commercial flights are expected to begin in early 2024 with non-profit Space For Humanity securing the inaugural commercial flight.



World View voyages will originate out of the Seven Wonders of the World, Stratospheric Edition™, for a stratospheric perspective few have ever seen. The spaceport locations, in order of projected opening date, include:

Grand Canyon, United States
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Serengeti, Kenya
Aurora Borealis, Norway
Amazonia, Brazil
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Great Wall of China, Mongolia

The World View experience is unlike any other. The voyages, originating out of World View Spaceports at the Seven Wonders of the World Stratospheric Edition™, are built around a 5-day fully immersive experience. Participants will be offered excursions from the Spaceports, enabling them to fully experience and immerse themselves in the beauty, fragility, history, and importance of the areas surrounding the Seven Wonders.

Flights will lift eight participants and two World View crew members in a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon and pressurized space capsule to 100,000 feet altitude, nearly 23 miles into the stratosphere for a transformative experience that will last six to 12 hours. World View participants will rise from spaceports across the world, gently floating in the atmosphere for hours to experience the Earth’s curvature and the darkness of space, taking them four times higher than a commercial flight. From this vantage point, participants will witness the fragility of Earth and appreciate the planet without borders.

Jetcraft expands presence in Asia with new Singapore office

Jetcraft, the world leader in business jet sales and acquisitions, is announcing the opening of an office in Singapore to support growth in Southeast Asia and across the region.

The office will be led by Tim Yue, who is currently Hong Kong-based and has over a decade of experience in business aviation. Tim will work closely with Jetcraft Asia President David Dixon, who will be overseeing all activities in the region.

David Dixon says: “Asia remains a crucial market for Jetcraft so expanding our footprint into Singapore is a logical step, providing further proof of our long-term commitment to serving our global client base and unrivalled market access.

“Singapore has seen significant growth in business aviation and the multiple maintenance facilities at Seletar Aerospace Park, paired with the region’s role in the financial service sector, make it an optimum location. Worldwide, the real value of business aviation is increasingly being realized and we are encouraged by the significant number of first-time buyers entering our industry, albeit recently in an unexpected way.”

UK-headquartered Jetcraft first established its Asia presence in Hong Kong in 2012, followed by the opening of an additional location in Gold Coast, Australia. Jetcraft will be recruiting a local team in Singapore, as well as relocating existing employees.



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Air France wins four Skytrax World Airline Awards 2021, including Best Airline in Europe and the COVID Airline Excellence Award

Air France named Best airline in Europe, Western Europe and France at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2021
10th best airline in the world and only European airline in the top 10
COVID Airline Excellence Award




Well done Air France...... The Paris based carrier received four awards from Skytrax, the international aviation rating agency, as part of the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2021.

Air France was named Best airline in the Europe, Western Europe and France rankings.

It also climbed to 10th place in the global ranking for the first time, gaining 13 places compared to 2019. Air France is the only European airline in the Top 10 of this ranking, which includes more than 350 airlines and is based on the surveys of more than 13 million passengers of over 100 nationalities.

Skytrax also recognized the airline's commitment to health security by awarding Air France the COVID Airline Excellence Award. This is the third time that Air France has received a distinction from Skytrax for all the measures implemented since the beginning of the COVID crisis, with first four and then five stars (the maximum rating) obtained in the Skytrax COVID Safety Rating for its Air France Protect program.

These distinctions reward the efforts and commitment of Air France and its teams to improve the customer experience in an exceptional context.

"It is an honour and a great pride for Air France to receive these awards. They testify to the confidence of our customers and recognize the continued commitment of our teams since the beginning of the COVID crisis. With the arrival of new aircraft, the Airbus A350s and A220s, as well as the opening of new lounges in France, such as the one in terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, or across our network with the one in Montreal, we are continuing to invest in reinventing the Air France travel experience, to the benefit of our customers. We also continue our efforts to reinforce health safety and to simplify the travel experience during the COVID period, for example with our acclaimed "Ready To Fly" service," said Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France.





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