Aviation News Update – Week 7th of September

Aviation News Update – Week 7th of September

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Marketplace Request for Proposals, Supplier Directory updates and Aviation Industry news headlines from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week:

Aviation Industry News:

  • Cebu Pacific (Philippines leading low-cost carrier) signs an exclusive 15-year training agreement for ATR72-600 with Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT) which is a joint venture between Cebu Pacific and CAE!
    CAE will deploy a brand new ATR72-600 Full Flight Simulator to Clark which will join the simulator training center which already has 3 A320 Full Flight Simulators!
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  • Polish Airline Enter Air has partnered with Global Pilot Training Group - Avenger Flight Group (AFG) which is headquartered in the US - establishing a Joint Venture training center in Poland!
    The simulator training center has one CAE Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator which is being utilized 60% by Enter Air and has plans to expand in the coming years!
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  • ALSIM sell's AL250 FNPT II Simulator to FTEJerez
    ALSIM reinforces its presence in Spain and is happy to include FTEJerez, the ATO based in Jerez, Spain, as one of its customers with the sale of an AL250. The AL250 simulator addresses initial phase training needs (PPL, CPL, IR/ME) and is SEP/MEP re-configurable simulator certified as an EASA FNPT II. In addition, it offers both classic and glass cockpit instrumentation for each flight model at the simple flick of a switch. This device has been extremely well received since its creation and more than 65 of these have already been installed and are in successful operation worldwide.
    Check out the ALSIM profile here.
  • Interesting video about India's independent pilot simulator training center FSTC (Flight Simulation Technique Center) and its growth plans (including expansion outside of India)!
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  • US Pilot Training Group ATP expand - ATP Flight School Takes Delivery of Eight New Cessna 172 Skyhawk Pistons
    The Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped aircraft join the largest training fleet in the world, now over 410 aircraft. Driven by the anticipated long-term demand for airline pilots, the nation's next generation of airline pilots are training today and will fly the new Cessna Skyhawk aircraft in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program. As the industry recovers, current projections estimate that future demand for qualified pilots exceeds the industry's existing capabilities – a deficiency ATP is solving with the investment in new training aircraft, expanded locations, and access to historically low rates for financing career training. The Cessna Skyhawk piston has been a proven platform in the ATP fleet, which flies nearly 30,000 flight hours each month from 50 locations, including new training centers opening this month in Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Oklahoma City, OK.
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  • Fantastic news from one of the leading Flight Schools in the UK - 58%, majority female intake of new pilot trainees!
    Really great milestone by Leading Edge Aviation
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  • Trainee's or experienced pilot residing in England that are unemployed at the moment, may be eligible for a government grant of up to £10,000 to cover the cost of training courses
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  • Canada's Langley Flying School acquires Alsim AL250 Simulator!
    You can check out ALSIM profile here.
  • Youtube Vlogger - Sam Chui visit UAE Aviation Safety Training Facility - Dynamic Advanced Training!
    Very entertaining video showing the amazing - world class facilities that Mark Kammer and the team has set up!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Australia's Rex's airline miracle: revenue grows thanks to government handouts and higher revenue from its pilot training business
    Aviation group Regional Express (Rex) has managed to ride out the coronavirus storm, recording no net loss in revenue in financial year 2020 thanks to $62 million in government handouts. The ASX-listed carrier on Monday afternoon revealed that its passenger revenue fell $65 million in the 12 months to June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the slump was more than covered by government aid, including JobKeeper payments, and higher revenue from its pilot training business. Mr Lim expressed his gratitude to the Morrison government, and to deputy prime minister and transport minister Michael McCormack, for their "swift and decisive actions that have saved Australia’s regional aviation industry".
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • China offers coronavirus vaccine candidates to aviation industry workers!
    Frontline workers at Chinese airlines, airports, China National Aviation Fuel Group and TravelSky Technology Limited will be provided a candidate vaccine on a voluntary basis, the notice from China’s aviation regulator shows.
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  • IndiGo aiming to operate 100% of pre-Covid domestic flights by end of FY21: President
    Currently, the country’s largest airline in terms of market share is operating around 600 flights per day, which is around 42 per cent of its pre-COVID-19 domestic schedule of around 1,420 services. Talking about the occupancy rate or load factors in flights currently, the COO said, “There are days when the load factor is in the low 70s (per cent), which is an okay number but we need to further….It is improving gradually”. He said that during the initial phase post resumption of domestic flights in May, a significant section of traffic was unidirectional towards eastern part of India as people were leaving the big cities to go to their home states. “Now it has been less unidirectional as people are also coming back to the big cities…You will see that it will become a more normal traffic pattern going forward,” he stated. He noted corporate bookings are also coming back now. “It is not to the level it has been but the corporate demand is coming back,” he stated.
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  • IndiGo may ditch fundraising plan if travel picks up!
    The budget airline is hopeful that an increase in ticket sales in the coming months will negate the need to bolster its cash reserves
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  • Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group and budget carrier Jetstar Asia will be flying to more destinations and at a slightly increased frequency as the gradual recovery of the carriers continues.
    "While it won't help the bottom line, any incremental rise, however small, represents a psychological uplift for staff and passengers," said Aviation analyst Shukor Yusof from Endau Analytics.
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  • Covid vaccine: 8,000 jumbo jets needed to deliver doses globally, says IATA
    Shipping a coronavirus vaccine around the world will be the "largest transport challenge ever" according to the airline industry. The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said. There is no Covid-19 vaccine yet, but IATA is already working with airlines, airports, global health bodies and drug firms on a global airlift plan. The distribution programme assumes only one dose per person is needed. "Safely delivering Covid-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry. But it won't happen without careful advance planning. And the time for that is now," said IATA's chief executive Alexandre de Juniac.
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  • Qatar Airways Bets on Rwanda’s Newest Airport, National Carrier
    Even as the pandemic continues to shake the industry to its core, construction of Rwanda’s largest airport, Bugesera International Airport, is still on course, and the airport is expected to open for business in 2022. The new airport’s construction of the new airport was prepared in 2010 and only got underway in 2017 before undergoing a redesign process in 2019 to accommodate the country’s expected growth plan. Qatar Airways’ keen interest in the small East African nation has led to the Qatari carrier to buy a 60 percent stake in the new airport under construction, African Aerospace reports. In December 2019, an agreement was reached under a “build, own, operate” agreement between the Rwandan government and Qatar airways. The new airport project is expected to cost around $1.3 billion. Qatar Airways’ 60% stake is effectively an investment of $780 million in the East African nation. Earlier in the year, the Gulf Carrier had announced its intent, through CEO Akbar Al-Baker, to purchase a 49% stake in Rwandair, noting that the it was attracted to Rwanda by several factors, including its strategic location and its business-friendly environment.
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  • UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Vietnam all reopen to international arrivals
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  • Emirates restores salaries across board!
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