The easy Report for May 2021 is ready!
As usual, in our monthly easy Report, we will be summing up major news from the aviation world, with many useful links!
The easy Report’s business aviation news…
On May 06, 2021, Dassault Aviation launched its newest high-speed, ultra-long-range aircraft, the Falcon 10X. The French manufacturer’s newest flagship aircraft will feature innovative safety features derived from the latest fighter technology. The Falcon 10X is expected to “hit the skies” at the end of 2025. Read more about the Falcon 10X here!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) returned this year, as EBACE 2021 Connect. EBACE 2021 Connect took place, virtually, between May 18 and May 20, 2021.
In the first quarter of 2021, Embraer delivered 22 new aircraft: 9 commercial jets, and 13 business jets. “Cautiously optimistic” Embraer hopes for a more evenly balanced quarterly rhythm of deliveries in the upcoming quarters of the year.
According to a press release on May 1, ZeroAvia revealed that its hydrogen-powered test aircraft was damaged in an “off-airport landing” near Cranfield Airport during a routine test flight.
The easy Report’s Covid-19 –related news…
On April 30, US president Joe Biden’s administration published a presidential action statement banning air travel from India. The magnitude and scope of the pandemic in India continues to surge, with the spread of a new variant and a record-high number of positive cases
According to a press release on April 30, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended its facemask requirement for commercial airline passengers traveling through airports and onboard commercial aircraft through September 13, 2021.
In a press release on May 4, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted the high cost of COVID-19 testing on airlines. The IATA emphasized that testing costs must be managed if governments plan to save tourism and transport jobs. Travel should not be limited to the wealthy.
The easy Report’s updates on Boeing’s 737 MAX jets…
According to a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 30, the agency is requiring electrical bonding modifications to the flight deck panel assemblies of some newly manufactured Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Check out previous installments of the easy Report for more information!
The easy Report’s commercial aviation news…
On April 29, Airbus reported its first-quarter profit, a net income of USD 439’000’000. Airbus also reported 39 new orders and 125 total aircraft deliveries.
In a press release on May 5, Airbus paid tribute to the passing of Fly-By-Wire visionary Bernard Ziegler. Zeigler, one of Airbus’s pioneering engineers, was actively involved in the production of the world’s first FBW and side-stick controls in a commercial passenger aircraft. Zeigler passed at the age of 88.
According to a press release on May 27, Airbus provided suppliers with a production updated on its aircraft. Airbus anticipates that the commercial aircraft market recovery will reach pre-pandemic levels in 2023.
During the company’s first-quarter earnings call, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said that the year 2021 would be an “inflection point” for Boeing. Boeing reported lower losses in its first quarter, amid signs of recovery in commercial aerospace, and the company’s defense business posting good results. Full recovery remains a few years away, depending on vaccine distribution and the lifting of travel restrictions in various domestic and regional markets. Chinese regulators have also approved the return to service of Boeing’s 737 MAX, which will affect deliveries of the aircraft.
According to a press release on May 3, Lufthansa Group revealed that it has expanded its long-haul fleet with the purchase of 10 aircraft: five Airbus A350-900s and five Boeing B787-9s.
According to a press release on May 12, Alaska Airlines is adding 30 new jets to its fleet, to meet an expected return of passenger demand over the next year. The airline is exercising options on 13 new Boeing 737 MAX and 17 Embraer 175 jets.
In a press release on May 21, the new Utah-based low-cost carrier “Breeze Airways” launched in 2020 officially launched its debut network. Breese will operate a fleet of 13 Embraer e-jets ahead of Airbus A220 aircraft arriving in October.
The easy Report’s sustainable aviation news…
According to a press release on May 6, Munich Airport will start using green kerosene for aircraft refueling from June 2021. Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) that meet the relevant quality specifications for Jet-A1 aviation fuel can now be delivered, stored, and refueled at Munich Airport.
Air France Flight 342 became the first long-haul flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in France. The flight took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Montreal on May 18. No modifications were made to the storage, distribution infrastructure, or aircraft engines to use the SAF.
The easy Report’s supersonic air travel news…
Aerion Supersonic announced on May 21 that it is shutting down. The Florida-based supersonic business jet developer called it quits, unable to secure the capital needed for its upcoming projects. Unable to sustain in the “current financial environment”, Aerion Supersonic stated that it was going through the “appropriate steps”.
The easy Report’s space news…
On Saturday, May 22, Virgin Galactic completed its third successful spaceflight with the VSS Unity, and the first human space flight from Spaceport America, New Mexico. VSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3 and reached space at an altitude of 89.238 km.
That’s all for this month’s easy Report!
To catch up on previous news, check out our earlier installments of the easy Report!