Welcome to the latest easy Report! To keep you updated, as usual, we will be summing up select news from the aviation world, with many useful links!
On November 18, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 Max to return to commercial service. In addition to rescinding the order that grounded the aircraft, the FAA published an Airworthiness Directive (AD) specifying design changes that must be made before the aircraft returns to service, a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) and published the 737 Max training requirements. For more details about the 737 Max returning to service, click here!
Another major challenge now awaits Boeing, its growing inventory of 737 Max white tails. White tails are assembled jets that lost their original buyers. Due to the abrupt change in the global aviation landscape, and some airlines even going bust, many airlines cancelled their orders for the 737 MAX, and additional orders seem somewhat farfetched in the near future.
Boeing is now trying their luck with US airlines, holding talk about potentially buying 737 Max white tails, enticing them with major discounts. Now who will come to the rescue?
According to a press release on November 18, AVTECH Sweden announced offering a new optimization service that can save tons of fuel per month with very little investment (no need to invest in new onboard equipment to achieve reductions). AVTECH’s services optimize aircraft paths and upload small amounts of data to onboard equipment. Optimization of the different stages of a flight (climb, cruise, decent) can easily minimize the unnecessary use of engines, and thus save fuel. Norwegian Airlines stated that using AVTECH’s services translated good business for them and good news for the environment.
This November, Porsche and Embraer announced that they are teaming up to create the world’s first matching jet and sports car combo. The cosmetic duet is a limited edition pairing of one Embraer Phenom 300E and one Porsche 911 Turbo S. Only 10 matching “private jet-sports car” pairs will be made for only 10 buyers.
In other business aviation news, Textron Aviation celebrated the entry into service and first delivery of its Beechcraft King Air 360 turboprop to Stamoules Produce Company in California. Textron Aviation also announced the delivery of three preowned Cessna Citation Sovereign+ business jets to Thrive Aviation, a Las Vegas-based private aviation charter operator.
Nomad Aviation also announced this month that it has added an Embraer Legacy 600 to its aircraft management fleet, operated under the company’s Swiss AOC. The business jet will be available for VIP charter and MedEvac missions as of December 1.
This month as well, Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait, has received its first two A330neos. This event also marks Airbus’s first A330-800 delivery, a new generation wide-body aircraft. Kuwait Airways’ A330neo will accommodate 235 passengers, with 203 seats in economy class and 32 fully flat beds in business class.
Virgin Galactic announced the appointment of two highly qualified new pilots into its Pilot Corps. The pilots will embark on an extensive training program before flying SpaceShip Two, and the carrier aircraft VMS Eve. Along with the rest of Pilot Corps, the two new pilots will initially operate at test pilot capacity and may ultimately become the world’s first commercial spaceship pilots, flying future astronauts on their journey into space and back.
In a press release on October 30, the IAG (International Airlines Group) published its third quarter results, outlining the impact of the pandemic on passenger traffic and revenue. The IAG urged governments to adopt pre-departure testing for COVID-19 using reliable and affordable tests with the option of post-flight testing to release those who test negative from quarantine, especially when arriving from areas with high infection rates. The IAG stated that such measures would open routes, stimulate economies and restore passenger confidence in air travel. For more details about the IAG results click here!
Contactless Digital Technology in the COVID-19 era…
Emirates Airlines’ Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airports announced that it will be using Vision-Box biometric technology, to create a touchless and contactless passenger processing experience. The Orchestra Digital Identity Management Platform features touchless identification, contactless security checks for clearance, touchless lounge access, touchless boarding and digital travel document identification. As the pandemic continues to alter air travel dynamics, airlines are seeking new methods to ensure passenger safety, one of which is contactless digital technology.
Self-sufficiency in the COVID-19 era…
The engineering division of Etihad Aviation Group is newly launched an in-house facemask production facility with fully automated machines, capable of producing up to 20’000 facemasks daily, to meet the growing demand for facemasks at the workplace since the beginning of the pandemic. The masks will be distributed to staff across the entire Etihad Aviation Group. Talk about self-sufficiency!
That’s all for this month, peeps…
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