Thursday, 4 August 2022

640,000 passengers passed through from London City Airport over June and July

As the summer getaway commenced, London City served 640,000 passengers across June and July and remains on course to reach the 3 million mark by the end of the year.

August is also set to be busy, with over 300,000 passengers expected to travel as the airport closes in on one million passengers for the core summer travel months.

With the airport teams fully staffed since the start of the getaway, London City has delivered a consistently high level of customer service and continues to, on average, get passengers from the DLR to their gate lounge inside 25 minutes.

London City is also urging passengers who are booked to travel in August to turn up no more than 2 hours before their flight and to be prepared for security in order to make the experience as smooth and as stress free as possible for everyone.

While the UK Government’s slot amnesty resulted in small changes to the airport schedule, London City’s operation has been largely unaffected through August and airlines have some remaining capacity on key domestic and short-haul European routes.

With the airport welcoming almost 70% of its 2019 passenger numbers over the same period, the staples of Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich remained the busiest overall routes. However, Ibiza has been the strongest leisure performer, followed by Florence, Palma, Nice and Malaga.

Commenting on the results the Airport’s Chief Executive, Robert Sinclair, said:  “We have made a conscious effort with our airlines to attract more leisure routes and passengers this summer and the fact we could reach close to 1 million passengers for the period is testament to the resilience of our operation and quality of the passenger experience we offer. For anybody considering a last-minute getaway, we would love to welcome them at London City.

American Airlines announces investment in hydrogen-electric engine developer ZeroAvia

American Airlines announced this week, its investment in ZeroAvia, a leader in hydrogen-electric, zero-emission aviation. In addition to the investment, a memorandum of understanding provides American the opportunity to order up to 100 engines from ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain development program. The engines are intended to power regional jet aircraft with zero emissions.

“Our investment in ZeroAvia’s emerging hydrogen-electric engine technology has the potential to play a key role in the future of sustainable aviation,” said Derek Kerr, American’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are excited to contribute to this industry development and look forward to exploring how these engines can support the future of our airline as we build American Airlines to thrive forever.”

ZeroAvia is working to achieve certain type certifications of its innovative propulsion technology that will pave the way for the engines to be incorporated into the regional jet market in the future. The ZA2000-RJ powertrain is anticipated to enable passengers to fly in zero-emission regional jets as early as the late 2020s.

June Air Cargo: Stable and Resilient

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing healthy and stable performance. 

Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs*), was 6.4% below June 2021 levels (-6.6% for international operations). This was an improvement on the year-on-year decline of 8.3% seen in May. Global demand for the first half-year was 4.3% below 2021 levels (-4.2% for international operations). Compared to pre-COVID levels (2019) half-year demand was up 2.2%.
  • Capacity was 6.7% above June 2021 (+9.4% for international operations). This was an increase on the 2.7% year-on-year growth recorded in May. Capacity for the first half-year was up 4.5% (+5.7% for international operations) compared to first half-year of 2021. Compared to pre-COVID levels demand was up 2.5%. 
  • Air cargo performance is being impacted by several factors.  
    • Trade activity ramped-up slightly in June as lockdowns in China due to Omicron were eased. Emerging regions (Latin America and Africa) also contributed to growth with stronger volumes.  
    • New export orders, a leading indicator of cargo demand and world trade, decreased in all markets, except China.  
    • The war in Ukraine continues to impair cargo capacity used to serve Europe as several airlines based in Russia and Ukraine were key cargo players. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow.

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow. The freighters will upgrade Etihad’s freight capacity by deploying the most efficient cargo aircraft available in the market.

This order of the A350F sees the national carrier of the UAE expanding its relationship with Airbus, and adding to its existing order of the largest passenger version of A350-1000s, five of which have been delivered. 

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet. This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the Etihad Cargo division. Airbus has developed a remarkable fuel-efficient aircraft that, in tandem with the A350-1000 in our passenger fleet, supports our commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

“Airbus is delighted to extend its long-standing partnership with Etihad Airways, who recently introduced the A350 passenger services and is continuing to build on the Family with the game-changing freighter version, the A350F,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. “This new generation large freighter brings unprecedented and unmatched benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO₂ savings, that support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time as reducing environmental impact.”

Two new Airbus A321neo aircraft for Qanot Sharq Airlines of Uzbekistan

Air Lease Corporation leases two new Airbus A321neo jets to Qanot Sharq Airlines

Aircraft leasing giant Air Lease Corporation has placed two new Airbus A321neo aircraft on a long-term lease basis with Uzbekistan's Qanot Sharq Airlines, the first privately-owned airline in the country.

Qanot Sharq is led by a team of highly accomplished airline industry professionals and operates as a scheduled carrier, performing services from multiple regional airports in Uzbekistan, providing regular and charter air service to international destinations such as Istanbul, Ankara, Dubai, Jeddah, Medina, Almaty and other Central Asian countries.
“We are very pleased with this placement of two new A321neo aircraft with Qanot Sharq Airlines. Thanks to positive economic reforms intended to encourage private sector growth, the Uzbek economy and middle class have been expanding and Qanot Sharq is successfully servicing the increased travel needs of this growing economy,” said AJ Abedin, Vice President of Air Lease Corporation.  "With the addition of these two new state-of-the-art A321neos equipped with long-range fuel tanks for expanded flight mission capabilities, Qanot Sharq and its passengers will benefit from new destinations, operational efficiencies and a premium travel experience.”

SWISS expands its customers’ carbon-neutral air travel options

SWISS is introducing a new ‘Green Fare’ for customers flying from Denmark, Sweden or Norway which ensures that the carbon dioxide emissions generated by their air travel are fully offset through the use of sustainable aviation fuel and investments in climate protection projects. SWISS customers’ use of the carbon-neutral flying option has increased tenfold since this was integrated into the flight booking process. All SWISS long-haul guests will also be able to make their flight carbon-neutral via an onboard carbon offset option by the end of this year.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and its sister carriers within the Lufthansa Group are launching a new trial ‘Green Fare’ today for customers travelling from Denmark, Sweden or Norway. As a further element in SWISS’s endeavours to ensure sustainable air travel, the new Green Fare includes a full offset of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the customer’s flight – 20 per cent through a corresponding purchase of sustainable aviation fuel and 80 per cent via investments in long-term climate protection projects. The Green Fare also earns customers additional Miles & More status and award miles, and further permits rebookings free of charge.

The new Green Fare is offered alongside the further fare options available – Light, Classic or Flex – in the booking process. Green Fares can be booked as of today via for flights from Denmark, Sweden or Norway to European destinations, and are available for both Economy and Business Class travel. SWISS’s B2B travel partners in Scandinavia will also be able to make use of the new Green Fare option from this autumn onwards. The trial phase of the new Green Fares will extend for around six months.

“At SWISS we’ve set ourselves ambitious climate care objectives,” explains Chief Commercial Officer Tamur Goudarzi Pour. “We aim to reduce our net carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050. And among other actions, innovative and attractive offers like the new Green Fares that we are now introducing in selected test markets will be a key means of achieving this.”

Integration into booking process raises popularity

Bonza becomes first Australian airline to take delivery of the new 737 MAX

Bonza becomes first Australian airline to take delivery of the new 737 MAX
Boeing has delivered the first 737 MAX 8 aeroplane to Bonza, a new carrier that becomes the first Australian airline to fly the new 737 MAX. Bonza held an arrival ceremony to commemorate the milestone and welcome the arrival of the fuel-efficient 737-8 at its Sunshine Coast base.  

“We are beyond excited to welcome our first 737 MAX to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz around the country for Bonza, we hope today is also exciting for the communities we’ll be flying to,” said Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza. “Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to reach this significant milestone and we cannot wait to launch operations in the near future. The efficiency, reliability and overall capability of the 737 MAX will enable us to provide our customers with low-cost flights and the highest level of comfort onboard.”

“This is a tremendous milestone for Bonza and Boeing as the airline joins many operators around the world who have launched service with the 737 MAX,” said Christy Reese, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Bonza has created a new business model to create new markets in Australia’s dynamic commercial aviation market. We are confident that the fuel-efficient 737-8 aeroplanes will enable the airline to provide their passengers with a comfortable flying experience and a more sustainable option to travel throughout the country.”

Brussels Airlines introduces a Green Fare for passengers flying from Denmark, Sweden and Norway

New fare including full offsetting of CO2 emissions introduced for passengers flying from Denmark, Sweden and Norway as pilot project.

Brussels Airlines introduces a Green Fare for passengers flying from Denmark, Sweden and Norway from August, which includes full offsetting of CO2 emissions using sustainable fuel and investment in climate protection projects. The offer comes now that the willingness for passengers to neutralize their flight has risen significantly. Since the options for CO2-neutral flying were integrated into the booking process on, usage among customers has increased sixfold.

Brussels Airlines, together with the other airlines of the Lufthansa Group, introduce a new Green Fare for its guests booking from Denmark, Sweden and Norway on a trial basis from August 2, 2022. As a contribution to a sustainable way of flying, the Green Fare includes a full offset of the flight's CO2 emissions in the price of the flight. This is achieved by a combination of 20 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 80 percent through investments in long-term climate protection projects. As an incentive, the Green fare also includes additional status miles and free rebooking options.

The Green Fare is now displayed alongside the familiar fares (Light, Classic, Flex) as an additional fare option in the online booking screen directly after the flight selection. The new offer is available in both Economy Class and Business Class for flights within Europe. In addition, starting in September, B2B travel partners in Scandinavia will also be able to take advantage of this new option. The test phase will last approximately six months.

Increasing success of sustainable options

​At the end of May, Brussels Airlines had already improved its sustainable offer, by integrated the options for CO2-neutral flying directly into the flight booking, simplifying the process for its customers to buy sustainable fuel, investing in climate projects managed by myclimate or opt for a combination of both.

7Pines Resort Sardinia Opens

Hyatt Hotels Corporation confirmed the opening of 7Pines Resort Sardinia, a luxury beachfront resort overlooking the archipelago of La Maddalena. Offering unparalleled tranquillity and laid-back luxury on one of Europe’s most distinctive coastlines, 7Pines Resort Sardinia represents the first hotel in Italy to join the Destination by Hyatt portfolio, as well as the first Hyatt-affiliated hotel in Sardinia. The official opening demonstrates Hyatt’s ongoing commitment to growing its luxury brands in the most sought-after destinations.

The resort is situated in Baja Sardinia on the Costa Smeralda, just 10 minutes from the Porto Cervo neighbourhood. The 76-room property is built within centuries-old rock formations with paths that weave through verdant gardens out to the resort’s five secluded and unspoiled beaches, near wild coves and brilliant blue coastline. Thanks to the resort’s on-site yachting services, guests can explore the emerald lagoons and heavenly beaches of the La Maddalena archipelago, which is a 20-minute boat ride away.

“We are excited to officially open 7Pines Resort Sardinia and invite guests to experience the laid-back luxury that 7Pines properties are known for,” explains Jörg Lindner, founder and managing partner of 12.18. Investment Management. “With our extraordinary location, luscious surroundings, high-end gastronomy and outstanding design, 7Pines Resort Sardinia is poised to be the retreat of choice for the growing number of travellers and World of Hyatt members who expect unique, differentiated experiences alongside welcoming, luxury service.”

Truly Immersive Guest Rooms

Channelling the Destination by Hyatt brand promise to authentically embody the spirit of each location, 7Pines Resort Sardinia is a true reflection of its locale. Piazza Martiri 7 authentically designed the 76 guestrooms with locally crafted features made from natural materials unique to Sardinia and include bespoke weavings, light fixtures and furniture created from the island’s juniper trees. The natural materials echo in the neutral tones of the rooms, immersing visitors to the lush landscape of the resort’s 37-acre (15-hectare) gardens. The Sea Views rooms, the Suite Del Principe, and the 731-foot (68-square meter) Suite Smeralda overlook the resort’s quiet beaches and have direct beach access.

Inspired Culinary Options

7Pines Resort Sardinia’s three restaurants take guests on a journey of discovery through the finest local flavors and ingredients. The hotel’s main restaurant, Capogiro, offers seasonal dishes with the freshest produce that has been grown and caught locally. In the Cone Club, a day-to-night concept with a full-service beach bar, restaurant, bar and club, famed chef Tohru Nakamura collaborates with the best local producers for a truly Sardinian casual dining experience, complemented by mixologist Philip Bischoff’s signature cocktail menu. At Spazio, the poolside restaurant, guests find daytime refreshments and informal lunch options, while the Beach Bar delivers drinks directly to their cabana. The Terrace Bar promises incomparable sunset views - aperitif or exotic cocktail in hand.

Twenty-Four Seven Hotels celebrates grand opening of the 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites Rancho Cucamonga

Twenty-Four Seven Hotels, a third-party hospitality management company for premium-branded, select-service and lifestyle hotel segments in the western U.S., announced the grand opening of the 108-room Hampton Inn & Suites Rancho Cucamonga in Calif. The new addition brings the company’s total portfolio to 26 hotels, 17 of which are in the Golden State.

Twenty-Four Seven Hotels remains geographically focused on the Western region as we work to expand our portfolio of upscale, select-service hotels,” said David Wani, CEO, of Twenty-Four Seven Hotels. “By prioritizing our relationships with our owners and brands, we are able to remain nimble and readily available to interact with any of our clients at a moment’s notice. Our goal is to make sure none of our hotels ever get lost in the shuffle as we pursue excellence as a third-party hotel operator.”

Located just off Interstates 10 and 15 at 11669 Foothill Blvd., the pet-friendly hotel is minutes away from the Ontario International Airport, Victoria Gardens, Ontario Mills Mall, Toyota Arena and many large corporations. Hotel amenities include a heated, outdoor pool, 24/7 marketplace with snacks and beverages, complimentary Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, state-of-the-art fitness centre and a 600-square-foot meeting room. Guest rooms and suites feature microwaves and refrigerators.

“Following its ramp-up period, we fully expect the Hampton Inn & Suites Rancho Cucamonga to take its rightful place as the market and segment leader for business and leisure travellers to this unique foothill city in Southern California,” Wani added.

Manchester Airport issues statement on Dispatches TV programme.

Manchester Airport has issued a strongly worded statement in response to Channel 4's Dispatches documentary programme - "Airport Chaos Undercover: Dispatches" with Jane Moore. The airport complained that the programme refused them a right to reply and was already outdated and was inaccurate.  A small number of complaints have already been raised against the show which has been removed from the channel's online streaming service all 4. 

A Manchester Airport spokesperson said: “Following the recent episode of Dispatches on Channel 4, we want to reassure passengers due to travel through Manchester Airport this summer.

“The whole aviation industry has faced challenges in recovering from the pandemic, but we have worked hard since the start of the year to prepare for the peak summer season. For our part, we have recruited more than 600 new staff into our security operation and nearly 300 more are due to start work in the weeks ahead.

 “This means we have not had to ask our airlines to cancel large numbers of flights, protecting the holidays of more than 3m people who will travel through Manchester Airport this summer. We are confident that, thanks to the progress we have made, the over-whelming majority will have a positive experience. As an example, in the last week, more than 95% of passengers got through security in under 30 minutes.

BARIG Continues its Involvement within the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt

The newly elected ACCF Executive Board (from left): Michael Hoppe (BARIG), Dr. Tobias Riege (Riege Software), Susanne Klingler-Werner (UPS Supply Chain Solutions), Henning Dieter (Swissport Cargo Services Germany), Dr. Pierre-Dominique Prümm (Fraport) and Dietmar Focke (Lufthansa Cargo).
Photo: ACCF
During the most recent general assembly of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt (ACCF) on July 26, 2022, BARIG Chairman and Executive Director Michael Hoppe was re-elected for the Executive Board for the “Airlines” segment. He represents the interests of more than 100 national and international – passenger as well as cargo – airlines operating in Germany. Hoppe is a founding team member of the ACCF and has been engaged in the community since 2014. With the re-election, BARIG continues to strengthen its commitment to the air cargo industry and supports the further development of important cargo and logistics topics.

Cooperation and exchange among the different cargo stakeholders has never been more important, especially with regard to the current bottlenecks in airport operations and handling services. Air cargo and logistics have demonstrated their central, system-critical significance for the economy in the society and need to be further optimized and improved. Only through good collaboration, the contemporary challenges can be overcome.

“Active involvement in the ACCF is of great importance to us. Within the whole cargo community, we need to work together in order to address now effectively the contemporary lack of resources and disruptions in logistics processes and supply chains,” Michael Hoppe explains. “Our BARIG member airlines aim to drive forward important cargo-related topics and, as part of the Executive Board, we need to further advance and stabilize operations in Frankfurt, Germany, and the world.”

The newly elected Executive Board consists of the following groups:

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Virgin Galactic secures land for new astronaut campus and training facility

Virgin Galactic Holdings, has secured land to move forward with a new astronaut campus and training facility in the State of New Mexico, near the Company’s commercial operations headquarters.
Virgin Galactic Holdings, has secured land to move forward with a new astronaut campus and training facility in the State of New Mexico, near the Company’s commercial operations headquarters.

The land, located in Sierra County, will be home to a new, first-of-its-kind astronaut campus, for exclusive use by Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts and up to three of their guests in advance of a spaceflight from Spaceport America. The master plan for the campus will include training facilities, purposeful accommodations, and tailored experiences as well as an observatory, wellness centre, recreation activities, and unique dining options -- all underpinned by Virgin’s signature hospitality.

Situated near Spaceport America, the campus will sit atop a mesa overlooking the stunning New Mexico landscape. With a focus on sustainability and minimal impact to the surrounding environment, the purpose-driven design of the project will embrace water conservation and re-use, eco-friendly materials, and low carbon mobility as key considerations in the development of the site. The campus is being designed with bold simplicity, function, innovation, and emotional connectivity at the core, paying homage to the region’s spectacular natural vistas.

Virgin Galactic Holdings, has secured land to move forward with a new astronaut campus and training facility in the State of New Mexico, near the Company’s commercial operations headquarters.

Jetblue reports latest figures and embarks on cost cutting programme.

JetBlue Airways Corporation, New York's Hometown Airline, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Juan, has just released details of its latest results for 2022. The carrier which has just been successful in the battle to take over budget airline Spirit, has said it hopes to cut costs of between $600-700 million a year once the integration of Spirit is completed. 

“I’m very pleased we found a path forward with Spirit, and we can’t wait to welcome their incredible 10,000 Team Members to JetBlue as we create a true, national low-fare challenger to the dominant ‘Big Four’ airlines. Together we will expand our uniquely disruptive combination of award-winning service and competitive low fares to more customers across the country as we combine the best of both airlines,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

Uniform rule changes at airBaltic - now allow showing tattoos

airBaltic changes uniform rules, allows showing tattoos

Latvian airline airBaltic has just confirmed it has recently adjusted its uniform rules and regulations for pilots, cabin crew and ground personnel, which means from right now, most tattoos, hairstyles and piercings are acceptable and can remain visible while performing duties in direct contact with customers.

Alīna Aronberga, SVP Human Resources of airBaltic: “Until now we applied the same rule as the majority of airlines – tattoos were permitted only if they could be easily hidden underneath the standard crew uniform. Now we have significantly eased these rules, enabling our staff to demonstrate their own individuality through their tattoos, piercing and hairstyles if they choose so, while proudly wearing our stylish uniforms. Aiming to become even more diverse and inclusive we welcome more motivated professionals to join our team.”

To become a cabin crew member, airBaltic provides a paid eight-week training. A successful candidate must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma and have good Latvian and English knowledge.  Cabin crew must have a friendly, positive and adventurous personality. Neck, face and head as well as potentially offensive tattoos should be covered while performing duties.

For more information or to apply - feel free to visit

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Air Canada carried 9.1 million passengers customers during the second quarter of 2022.... nearly 8 million more than the second quarter of 2021

Air Canada Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Carrier reports net loss of $386 million for the quarter.
One of Canada's largest airlines, Air Canada transported over 9.1 million customers in the second quarter of 2022, nearly 8 million more than the second quarter of 2021 or about 70% of total customers carried in the full year 2021.  The struggle to recover from the pandemic continues at pace at the carrier which also recorded a net loss of  $386 million for the quarter.  The airline is running at about 80% of its precovid capacity and expects that to be up to 90% during the peak summer travel period, although this may be hampered slightly by the need to flatten schedules to cope with mass disruption and delay that has afflicted the aviation industry. 

Air Canada reported the following financial results for the second quarter of 2022:

  • Operating capacity, measured by Available Seat Miles (ASMs) increased about five times from the second quarter of 2021. Capacity in the second quarter was 73 per cent of the second quarter of 2019, in line with projections in Air Canada's first quarter 2022 earnings release dated April 26, 2022.
  • Passenger revenues of $3.441 billion increased about eight times from the second quarter of 2021.
  • Operating revenues of $3.981 billion increased almost five times from the second quarter of 2021.
  • Operating expenses of $4.234 billion increased $2.264 billion from the second quarter of 2021.
  • Cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased to 20.8 cents from the second quarter 2021 CASM of 49.3 cents.
  • Adjusted cost per available seat mile (Adjusted CASM)* of 13.1 cents compared to second quarter 2021 adjusted CASM of 41.5 cents.
  • Operating loss of $253 million, an improvement when compared to an operating loss of $1.133 billion in the second quarter of 2021.
  • EBITDA* (excluding special items) or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $154 million, better than the negative EBITDA of $656 million in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Net loss of $386 million or $1.60 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $1.165 billion or $3.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2021.
  • Cash from operations of $1.077 billion compared to cash used in operations of $1.377 billion in the second quarter of 2021. This improvement of $2.454 billion was driven by better operating results and strong advance ticket sales in the second quarter of 2022, and considers the refund of eligible non-refundable tickets, which amounted to $997 million in the second quarter of 2021.

"The past three months have been very challenging for our company, our employees, and customers from an operational perspective.  The path to recovery from any serious event is rarely straight and easy. I thank our employees for their incredibly hard work, demonstrated professionalism and commitment as we safely transported over 9.1 million customers in the quarter, nearly 8 million more than the second quarter of 2021 or about 70% of total customers carried in the full year 2021," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

"The industry worldwide is facing unprecedented conditions as it emerges from pandemic-related restrictions.  The situation is particularly challenging in Canada, where we have gone from a near two-year shutdown of air travel to rebuilding our capacity back to close to 80 per cent of 2019 levels in just a few months.  Despite meticulous planning and projecting, participants involved in the air transport system are facing significant pressure in restarting.  We continue to work together to restore the travel experience to expectations and are encouraged by recent improvements."

American Airlines Pushing Cancer Research to New Heights With Fundraising Campaign

American Airlines launches campaign with Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and SU2C Ambassador Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore joins American and SU2C to launch this year’s fundraising campaign with video alongside airline team members.
Customers earn American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for donations to SU2C during two-month campaign.
American Airlines, in collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated actress, singer and songwriter Mandy Moore, is launching its annual campaign to raise funds for innovative and life-saving cancer research.

Now through Sept. 30, customers will receive 25 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for every dollar they donate of $25 or more to Stand Up To Cancer.

Additionally, anyone who uses their American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard® credit card to contribute between $25 and $10,000, will receive 50 bonus AAdvantage miles per dollar until we reach $1 million donations.

“The outpouring of support from our generous team members and customers has been remarkable in our six-year partnership with Stand Up To Cancer,” said American Airlines Chief Communications Officer Ron DeFeo. “That’s a testament to how passionate we are about Stand Up’s mission to save lives by funding research that has led to groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs in the fight against cancer. It’s a disease that has impacted so many of us and our loved ones.”

Since first joining forces in 2016, American has raised more than $11 million to benefit SU2C through fundraising efforts. In 2019, American debuted a campaign that offered those who donate the chance to honor a loved one by including their name on an Airbus A321 aircraft wrapped in a special SU2C livery.

RAF Chinook support to exercise Vigilant Fox in Finland

Two Aviation Task Force 3 Chinooks from RAF Odiham have been supporting Exercise VIGILANT FOX in Finland.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright

Two Aviation Task Force 3 Chinooks from RAF Odiham have been supporting Exercise VIGILANT FOX in Finland.

Alongside CH-47F Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks from the United States and NH90s from Finland, the helicopters conducted mixed formation training to enable multi-aircraft aviation support to the Heli-borne Assault Force.

Alongside CH-47F Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks from the United States and NH90s from Finland, the helicopters conducted mixed formation training to enable multi-aircraft aviation support to the Heli-borne Assault Force.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright
VIGILANT FOX was a four-day validation exercise for C Company, 2 RIFLES, Finnish Karelian Brigade and the Jaeger Guard Regiment. For UK Chinooks, the exercise preparation began with 3 days of joint ground training interspersed with 2, 3 and 4-ship sorties. Flying in tri-lateral mixed formation at low level and into confined areas brought the aviation units to the same standard and reinforced existing procedures.

Aviation support was supplied by a joint package of 2x UK CH-47, 2x US UH-60 and 1x FIN NH90. RAF aircrew planners forward based to Finland and worked with their counterparts to ensure well-integrated and successful training took place, whilst discussing their operating capabilities and differences.

Two Aviation Task Force 3 Chinooks from RAF Odiham have been supporting Exercise VIGILANT FOX in Finland.
Photo RAF / Crown copyright
The Heli-borne Assault Force insertion of British Army troops of C Coy into the training area at Niinisalo, Western Finland was the main effort of the first day of the Ex. The Finnish and British units were tested by opposition forces presented by the Finnish Pori Brigade with an attached US Cavalry troop.

Throughout the rest of the week, the crews participated in staging operations, aviation assaults and defensive support missions which included rapid planning and integration within an evolving tactical ground scenario. Observations and improvements in procedures and tactical manoeuvres was shared between nations in comprehensive briefing and debriefing.

Brussels Airlines launches new eye-catching safety video

Belgian band creates a catchy song with the lyrics of the safety instructions

Brussels Airlines has issued a new eye-catching safety video to draw the attention of passengers to the important safety briefing as well as giving them a true taste of Belgium. From now, the video will be rolled out on all of the airline's long-haul aircraft.

The national airline took the iconic Belgian band Hooverphonic under its wing for this special collaboration that saw the group write a catchy song based on the exact lyrics of the instructions. The result is a unique clip, in which the song is mixed with surrealistic images including an artistic homage to Magritte, another example of Belgian excellence. 

For years now Brussels Airlines has been a flying ambassador for Belgium, offering a selection of Belgian beers, wines and chocolates on board. And, now,  with the new video, it will bring music too! 

Hooverphonic creates a unique song for Brussels Airlines

​In order to keep drawing the attention of its passengers to the crucial safety instructions on board, Brussels Airlines has for many years now created creative videos instead of the classic safety videos. Until recently, the safety instructions were presented with a humorous animated film. Earlier the Red Devils also gave the instructions. 

The video was directed by Jan Boon and the technical part was handled by virtual reality production house Studio Regie in Merelbeke.

“The safety instructions we give on board at departure are essential. Safety is our priority but that is not a synonym for bland at Brussels Airlines. For years we have tried to attract the attention of our passengers with humour and creativity. The result of the unique collaboration with Hooverphonic is the perfect example of this. We are very happy that our Belgian pride has taken up the challenge and pulled out all the stops to create a surprising song and clip that will be going around the world from today.”
​Michel Moriaux, Head of Marketing, Brussels Airlines

Hooverphonic reveals the new song to passengers at Brussels Airport

​On 1 August Hooverphonic surprised departing passengers at Brussels Airport with a short and intimate set at one of the gates. During that set, they performed, apart from two of their own songs, the song they created for the Brussels Airlines safety video, see below. 

“When Brussels Airlines asked Hooverphonic to write a song with the text of the safety instructions, I really thought it would be impossible. But at the same time, I love that kind of challenge and we went for it. I'm glad I persevered. After a few tries, we are now ready for take-off!”
​Alex Callier, Hooverphonic

New initiative from Turkish Airlines to combat climate change: Co2mission

Turkish Airlines will launch a new program called Co2mission, aiming to offset the carbon emissions caused by flights.
Turkish Airlines will launch a new program called Co2mission, aiming to offset the carbon emissions caused by flights. 

The programme aims to balance the emissions caused by all business trips from the company's personnel. As for the guests, they will be able to fly more environmentally conscious on a voluntary basis. With this program, the national flag carrier will ensure carbon offset becomes achievable and practical for anyone with environmental awareness.

Starting its operations on August 1, the program's website offers numerous portfolio options for carbon offset with environmental and communal benefits such as renewable energy and forestation. Passengers aiming to offset the emission of their flight can do so by contributing their desired amount to the project portfolio of their choice, thus purchasing an emission reduction certification accredited by United Nations. The passenger contributions will be used to support the projects accredited by VCS and Gold Standard and can submit their third-party evaluation and reviews without any cuts by Turkish Airlines.

Sharing his thoughts on the voluntary carbon offset project "Co2mission," Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Prof. Dr Ahmet Bolat stated: "We are continuing to take the initiative to combat climate change, which stands at the forefront of today's global problems. Soon, we will add another to our sustainability-focused projects which are proving themselves with successful results. The projects supported by the carbon offset program will also show our heartfelt commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The decision to implement this program is the result of our desire to conduct all our operations responsibly. I am sure that our passengers will also show great interest in the program with the knowledge that all of us are responsible for this beautiful world we share."

Royal Air Force's newest aircraft fleet reaches full-service capability

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

Operated in the Command Support Air Transport role, the aircraft provide assured, secure, timely and discreet air transport of high-priority military personnel and small items of mission critical freight to, from and within operational areas. The declaration of full-service capability comes only two months after delivery of the first aircraft.

Air Commodore Martin Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Mobility RAF said: "Establishing the new Command Support Air Transport service with Envoy IV is the culmination of months of hard work on the part of the RAF, Defence Equipment & Support and our industry partners, Centreline AV Ltd. The aircraft will be working similarly hard to deliver UK influence and diplomacy around the world in the coming months and years."
The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

The Envoy IV aircraft are flown by mixed crews of RAF and civilian pilots with the Command Support Air Transport service provided by Centreline AV Ltd from RAF Northolt. The Envoy replaces the BAe146 which was retired from service in April this year, and provide a step change in range, efficiency, and operating costs. From April 2024, the aircraft will be modified with military upgrades and operated solely by RAF crews from 32 (The Royal) Squadron.

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.
James Evans, Air Transport Defence Equipment & Support said:  "Delivery of both Envoy IV aircraft follows hard on the heels of a rapid and agile procurement process to ensure a seamless provision of Command Support Air Transport for UK Defence. It demonstrates one of the very best examples of smart procurement that we have seen in recent years. I look forward to working with our RAF and Industry partners to develop Envoy IV further in future."

Airlines 4 Europe issue statement on its position on EU data act.....

The Data Act is part of the European Strategy for data, together with e.g. the Data Governance Act. It is intended to be a transversal document across all sectors regarding the rights to use data. As such, it is not intended to replace or change existing sectoral regulation, but it will be the framework for any future sectoral regulation.

This paper outlines the sectoral needs and views of airlines linked to the use of data generated during the operation of an aircraft. Such data is not only used to provide Air Navigation Services,  which is regulated within the Single European Sky framework — but also for internal airline analytics and processes linked to aircraft maintenance, operational improvements, safety management or reducing the environmental impact of flying.

The general view of airlines is that the data generated in-flight (and in general during aircraft operation) should be owned and controlled by the airline.

A4E therefore fully supports the European Commission’s approach to the Data Act to allow for open access to data generated by the use of connected products by airlines, aircraft operators and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisations. This open access to data will lead to increased operational efficiency and flight safety, more efficient maintenance and repair processes as
well as increased sustainability.


“As a horizontal proposal, the Data Act envisages basic rules for all sectors as regards the rights to use data, such as in the areas of smart machinery or consumer goods. However, the rights and obligations on access and use of data have also been regulated to varying degrees at sectoral level. The Data Act will not change any such existing legislation, but future legislation in these areas should in principle be aligned with the horizontal principles of the Data Act.”1.

This document will deal with the sectoral view of airlines and aircraft operators (hereinafter jointly referred to as “aircraft operators”) as they rely heavily on data, its sharing, and analysis in two different areas:

  • Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Air Navigation Service Provision
  • Aircraft operator’s internal analytics and processes

Concerning ATM and the required operational data used to provide Air Navigation Services, it is mentioned in the draft text that this kind of data will fall under the auspices of the Single European Sky (SES) regulation and therefore will not be part of this paper. Unfortunately, the SES reform is progressing very slowly, and it is not yet clear what kind of data, or what usage will be covered in

Aircraft operators’ internal analytics and processes are directly linked to the EU Data Act. Aircraft operators use data analytics for optimising fuel consumption and technical operation, which can extend into other modes of transport. Aircraft MRO organisations use such data to develop and improve predictive maintenance tools helping aircraft operators to become more cost-efficient and sustainable. Unfortunately, retrieval and sharing of data is taxing and sometimes impossible, as dominant manufacturers of aircraft and connected products restrict access to “their” data.

Hong Kong’s home airline will resume direct flights from Dhaka to Hong Kong on 3 December

Hong Kong’s home airline will resume direct flights from Dhaka to Hong Kong on 3 December

Cathay Pacific will resume non-stop flights between Dhaka and Hong Kong from 3 December, enabling passengers to rediscover the people, places, and experiences that matter the most. The airline will operate one flight per week on Saturday, providing travellers with direct access to Hong Kong in addition to seamless connections to onward destinations in Japan, Australia, Canada, USA and South Korea. All flights will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Cathay Pacific’s Country Manager Bangladesh and Bhutan, Ahmed Reza said: “Reactivating our link from Bangladesh to Hong Kong is extremely important to us as the market remains a priority. We’re confident our offerings like the ease of connections, warm Asian hospitality, diverse in-flight entertainment options and customer-centric initiatives such as our health document verification tool, Fly Ready, make us one of the world’s greatest service brands.”

“Aside from the stream of those visiting friends and relatives, we also welcome travellers searching for cultural experiences abroad. Moreover, our much-anticipated weekly passenger flights will also support our cargo freighters, of which we have three per week from Dhaka.”

Customers flying from Dhaka can now experience comfort on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330-300, providing travellers with an unsurpassed cabin environment on the Dhaka – Hong Kong route. The aircraft, which is configured with a two-class cabin layout, features Business and Economy class, which comes equipped with state-of-the-art inflight-entertainment offering four times the content. 

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