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June 20 2022



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IATA says resilient industry cuts losses to $9.7 billion

At its annual meeting in Doha, IATA announced an upgrade to its outlook for the airline industry’s 2022 financial performance as the pace of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis quickens.  IATA says that industry losses are expected to reduce to -$9.7 billion (improved from the October 2021 forecast for an $11.6 billion loss) for a net loss margin of -1.2%. That is a huge improvement from losses of $137.7 billion in 2020 and $42.1 billion in 2021.

IATA | Related Airline Industry Predicts Profit in 2023, Defying Slowdown - Bloomberg



Qatar Airways warns it will be challenging to meet net zero target

Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday the industry's net-zero 2050 target, which was set last year, would be difficult for airlines to achieve. It is going to be "very challenging", Akbar Al Baker told a press conference at the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) annual meeting of airline chiefs in Doha. Qatar Airways has partnered with IATA to launch a voluntary carbon offset programme for passengers, now extended to include its cargo and corporate clients.

Nasdaq | Related Airbus CEO says in discussion with Qatar on A350 dispute - Reuters



Norse Atlantic Airways expands with more airport slots

Following the launch of flights from Oslo to New York and Fort Lauderdale last week, new LCC Norse Atlantic Airways has secured slots at both Dublin and Dubai airports.  Currently Norse Atlantic plans to have bases in Berlin and Oslo, as well as to operate transatlantic flights from London Gatwick Airport from August.  Simple Flying has raised the question of whether this could lead Norse Atlantic to run BER-DXB flights, a route that had 70,000 passengers in 2019, despite a lack of direct flights.

Simple Flying | Related What It’s Like To Fly Norse Airways—The New Low-Cost Airline Offering $120 Flights To Europe  - Forbes



SPI partners with ThinKom and Astronics on Ka-band terminals

Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI), ThinKom Solutions and Astronics have announced agreements to collaborate on next-generation Ka-band aero satellite terminals. ThinKom will supply SPI with its ThinAir® Ka2517 phased-array aero satellite antenna, packaged with a newly designed adapter plate, installation kit and in-cabin connectivity solution. Astronics will deliver its new Dual-modem Modem Manager (Modman), which integrates multiple third-party aero modem cards in a 4MCU enclosure, and a new Outside Aircraft Equipment (OAE) support structure. Last week, SPI was announced as the terminal provider and hardware integrator for Airbus’ new  flexible satellite connectivity solution, Airspace Link HBCplus.

Safran | Related Airbus launches Airspace Link HBCplus – the flexible high bandwidth connectivity solution for airlines - Airbus



Zipair changes livery to avoid confusion with Russian war symbol

Japanese airline Zipair, a low cost subsidiary of Japan Airlines, is changing its livery to remove the “Z” on the tailfins.  This is to avoid any confusion with the “Z” Russian pro-war symbol.  A spokesperson for Zippair told CNN: "We can confirm that we have received a number of customer comments regarding their feelings toward the design of the current livery. As a public transportation company, we are aware that the letter in question has been shown over various media channels on a global scale and how the design may be conceived in a negative way”

CNN | Related Zipair drops “Z” tailfin livery - Business Traveller



British airlines get around Brexit restrictions by wet leasing flights

UK airlines are using a Brexit loophole to keep passengers flying this summer amid continued travel disruption. A number of UK carriers are leasing fully-crewed jets from overseas to maintain flight programmes amid crippling staff shortages. TUI, British Airways, Jet2 and easyJet are all using wet-leasing, to comply with flight schedules. easyJet for instance has contracted eight aircraft from Latvia’s SmartLynx Airlines. This step enables airlines to sidestep post-Brexit rules, which require EU staff working on UK-registered aircraft to hold a British visa. 

Independent | Related 'Wet lease' Brexit-loophole used by UK airlines to ease holiday flight disruption - Wales Online



Double decker seat design deemed to offer more legroom, but to be more 'claustrophobic'

Last week at AIX, designer Alejandro Nuñez Vicente unveiled his “Chaise Longue Economy Seat” concept, which envisages passengers sitting in a double decker style arrangement.  A number of media outlets published reviews over the weekend, with London’s Evening Standard calling it “comfortable but claustrophobic” and Fast Company saying it offered “more legroom but less space to breathe.” The design lets the airline fit an additional 5%-10% of ticketed passengers into the center row, depending on how much they configure the arrangement.

Fast Company | Related Double-decker plane seat design ‘comfortable’ but ‘claustrophobic’ - Evening Standard




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> Tweet of the Day

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John Walton @thatjohn


Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


> Quote of the Day

“Border closures create economic pain but deliver little in terms of controlling the spread of the virus. With high levels of population immunity, advanced treatment methods, and surveillance procedures, the risks of COVID-19 can be managed. At present, there are no circumstances where the human and economic costs of further COVID-19 border closures could be justified."

Willie Walsh, IATA Director General
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