Welcome to January 2021’s installment of The Easy Report!
As usual, we’ll be summing up major news from the aviation world, with many useful links!
In a press release on January 16, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) announced that the search for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182’s Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is still in progress, after divers found a detached underwater beacon. Earlier, divers were able to retrieve the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) using signals from the fallen aircraft’s underwater beacons.
On January 12, Jetblue unveiled the new interior configurations and technologies featured on its new Airbus A220-300, after receiving the first of 70 aircrafts of the type the low-cost airline has on order.
Atlanta-based international carrier Delta plans to install Viasat’s Ka-band satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) system on more than 300 of its Airbus A321ceo, Boeing 737-900ER and Boeing 757-200s by the summer of 2021. Such in-flight connectivity upgrades are a part of a range of operational adjustments the airline began to implement as the airline continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a press release on January 5, Amazon announced that it is expanding its fleet of cargo aircrafts with the purchase of 11 Boeing 737-300 aircrafts: 7 from Delta and 4 from WestJet, operational in 2022.
Airbus 2020 delivery stats are out! In a press release on January 8, Airbus announced that delivered 566 commercial aircrafts to customers in 2020, 34% fewer than 2019. In attempt to navigate the difficult year, Airbus adopted an e-delivery system in April 2020. The e-delivery system comprised 25% of the year’s deliveries, and helped minimized air travel.
Staring January 23, American Airlines will introduce the new VeriFLY application for travelers to all international destinations. Since the US international travel regulations now require that passengers arriving from all international locations test negative for the virus within 3 calendar days of departure, the VeriFLY app serves as a digital process for passengers to provide negative Covid-19 test results, the carrier’s new mobile health passport.
American Airlines however still struggles with losses due to the impact of the pandemic on passenger air traffic. In a press release on January 28, American Airlines published its fourth quarter results, reporting a net loss of USD 8.9 billion due to the impact of the pandemic on passenger air traffic.
In a press release on January 28, Oliver Wyman’s Global Fleet and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Forecast 2021-2031 was released. The report revealed that the impact of Covid-19 on aviation will lead to a smaller global in-service aircraft fleet by 2031. It will take a few years for the fleet to adjust and return to stable growth, but even after 10 years the industry will never fully regain all that it has lost from the pandemic. For more information on the report click here!
Speaking of MROs, an interesting article published on avionics international looks closely to how business aviation maintenance, repair and overhauls (MROs) are adapting to the pandemic. For starters, Business aviation MROs are looking for non-passenger sources of profit, such as cargo aircrafts. They are also working on servicing business jet aircrafts bought for personal or charter use. The number one MRO customer request became aircraft disinfection, followed closely by regular testing of maintenance staff for COVID-19. For more information on the topic, read the article here!
In a press-release on January 6, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final rules for supersonic flight testing in the US. Although supersonic flights in the US are still not allowed, the new FAA rules provide criteria for applications for approved special flight authorizations. For more information on the topic click here!
In a press release on January 12, Boeing announced its fourth quarter program delivery numbers, stating that resuming the 737 MAX deliveries was a key milestone, as the company continues to strengthen safety and quality across its enterprise.
In a press release on January 18, Air Canada confirmed announced plans to resume Boeing 737 MAX flights starting February 1, confident that the two-year regulatory process undertaken by Transport Canada and other international regulators ensures the safety of the previously grounded aircraft.
On another note, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the return of the modified version of the MAX on January 27, mandating a package of software upgrades, electrical wiring work, maintenance checks, operational manual updates and crew training. Europe safety regulators pledged full scrutiny of US jet designs, placing greater emphasis on human factors as it prepares to return the MAX to European skies.
That’s all for this week peeps…
Join us next week for a new installment of Airport of the Month!