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March 6, 2020



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IATA Raises Coronavirus Impact Projections

The spread of COVID-19 to over 80 countries has prompted IATA to update its economic impact estimates. The association now projects 2020 global revenue losses for the passenger business of between $63 billion and $113 billion, depending on whether the virus can be contained or continues to spread. GE Aviation is anticipating a $200–$300 million first-quarter hit from the coronavirus outbreak and has implemented a hiring freeze and cost-cutting measures. More flight cuts have been announced by Aeroflot, Air Astana, and Lufthansa Group, which announced today its capacity would be reduced by up to 50% in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic announced it will cut executive pay and postpone the launch of flights between Heathrow and São Paulo.

IATA | Related Lufthansa Group plans to reduce flight programme by up to 50 per cent — Lufthansa Group



Canada Spearheads Safer Skies Strategy

Yesterday’s Aviation Summit in Washington, DC, saw Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau highlight the country’s Safer Skies Strategy. The initiative, first announced last month, aims to improve aviation safety over or near conflict zones by better sharing information, warnings and directions. Garneau stressed that a tragedy similar to the one in which Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down in Iran should not happen again, and said that the Safer Skies Strategy encourages “countries to take immediate action to reduce risk, while promoting long-term improvements to the global aviation system.”

Transport Canada | Related Here are 3 Big Topics at the 2020 Aviation Summit — US Chamber of Commerce



Vistara’s Dreamliners Feature Human Centric Lighting

Vistara’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, the first aircraft which was delivered to the airline on February 29, is equipped with jetlite’s Human Centric Lighting system. Together with Vistara and Boeing, jetlite has created customized lighting scenes to help travelers combat the effects of jet lag. “Since inception, Vistara has focused on delivering an exceptional in-flight experience that enhances our customers’ wellness,” said Vistara’s CCO, Vinod Kannan. “Cabin lighting is one of the elements that makes this possible and we are delighted to partner with jetlite for their cutting-edge Human Centric Lighting.”

APEX Media | Related Vistara Is Interested In Air India – Here’s why — Simple Flying



Eclipse and EAD Aerospace Undergo Rebrand

Effective immediately, Eclipse has changed its name to Eclipse Global Connectivity while its design, installation, production and certification division, EAD Aerospace, will go by Eclipse Technics. CEO Marc Pinault’s rationale for the change involves reinforcing the company’s role in the global IFC sector while unifying “Eclipse and EAD Aerospace entities under a single vision for the future.” In the coming weeks, the 24-year-old company will announce new business pursuits.

Inflight Online | Related Carlisle Interconnect Technologies Joins Aircraft Retrofit Alliance IAMA — APEX Media



Emirates Brings Festive Holi Spirit on Board

As Indians prepare to mark the end of winter and celebrate the colorful Holi festival on March 10, Emirates announced a special lineup of treats and experiences for customers traveling to and from seven Indian destinations. On March 9 and 10, the airline will serve traditional deep-fried sweet dumplings stuffed with solidified milk and dried fruits, and passengers in business and first class will be served a cold drink called thandai, prepared from milk and nuts and flavored with saffron and rose petals. Emirates will also feature a festive spread of additional local delicacies in the airline’s lounge at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Emirates | Related Emirates acclaims the women flying high in aviation — Emirates



Alpha LSG Now Catering Additional Daily Emirates Flights

Alpha LSG has been awarded a contract to cater all Emirates flights out of London Heathrow. The company already services the airline’s regional UK operations. As part of the agreement, which took effect March 1, around 50,000 meals will be supplied each week to 42 flights on Emirates’ Dubai route from the only dedicated halal catering facility at the airport.

Alpha LSG | Related Alpha LSG’s London-Heathrow team receives global excellence award from Beijing Capital Airlines — Alpha LSG



MAC Aero Interiors Relocates to Estonia

MAC Aero Interiors, a subsidiary of Magnetic MRO, has moved its production facility from the UK to Tallinn, Estonia. “This strategic decision is the outcome of an increased level of indecisiveness in the UK market,” said Marko Männiste, the company’s managing director. “The Magnetic MRO production facility in Tallinn has been running for several years, and now it's up to the standard to assure readiness to execute production of MAC Aero Interiors’ product portfolio.” Männiste claims MAC Aero Interiors’ customers will now benefit from improved turnaround times and pricing, due to increased efficiency.

Pax International | Related MAC Aero Interiors sets up in Sichuan – Aircraft Interiors International





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