Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 12 of 2021

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 12 of 2021

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Aviation Industry news headlines, Marketplace Request for Proposals and Supplier Directory updates from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week (we are temporarily not publishing Marketplace or Supplier Directory updates):

Aviation Industry News:

  • US based Epic Flight Academy announce a new Airline Direct Program - a professional pilot partnership with Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines!
    - Southern is one of the fastest-growing commuter airlines in the United States serving five footprints, including the Mid-Atlantic, Gulf, New England, California, and Hawaii.
    - Epic’s Airline Direct Program takes students with zero flight experience directly from flight training to a paid pilot position at Southern Airways.
    - The first class begins in April 2021, with new classes offered monthly. Epic will accept six cadets into the program each month, and the April class of cadets will be hired by Southern in January 2022.
    - Graduates will be hired to fly second-in-command (SIC), or co-pilot, flying at least 1,000 hours at Southern. Then, following their upgrade to captain they will fly an additional 600 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC). This is the fastest direct-to-airlines flight training available anywhere in America.
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  • Pilot Simulator Training Group - Ansett Aviation Training - expands business together with Virgin Australia
    - Ansett Aviation Training and Virgin Australia sign co-branding agreement for training center at Brisbane Airport (AAT will operate this second training center location in Brisbane)
    - AAT to assume maintenance of Virgin Australia's 2x Boeing 737 simulator in Brisbane
    The training center was previously operated by Boeing Training & Professional Services.
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  • OSM Aviation's founder starts new airline in Norway - Norse Atlantic Airways
    The airline will focus on low-cost transatlantic air travel and aims to begin operations by the end of 2021! OSM Aviation owns multiple flight schools across Europe and the US.
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  • More signs that Indian Low Cost Airline - SpiceJet is planning on opening its own flight school and Simulator Training Center in India..
    The deputy Chief Minister said that the Haryana Government has signed an agreement with the SpiceJet Company, under which a flying club will be set up in Hisar which will have the facility to train 100 pilots.
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  • Air Atlanta Icelandic buys Boeing 747 simulator from British Airways!
    Air Atlanta Icelandic has acquired one of British Airways’ Boeing 747-400 full flight simulators following the retirement of the type from the UK carrier’s fleet last year. Under a related agreement, the simulator will remain at BA’s Global Learning Academy at London Heathrow where the flag carrier’s engineering team will host, maintain and recertify it for UK and European qualifications.
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  • Airways Aviation France (ESMA) is looking for Flight Instructors
    For its base in Montpellier, France.
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  • Possible new Flight School base announced of Ambitions Flying Club in India
    Karad in India to get new Flight School.
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  • "In crisis: Lufthansa restructures pilot training - internal letter announces closure of flight school in Bremen until the middle of 2022"
    - Last fall, the Lufthansa Group put pilot training at its European Flight Academy in Bremen on hold.
    - The Group told the majority of its 700 flight students in November 2020, there would be no jobs in the cockpits.
    - According to Pilot Union Cockpit LAT Bremen to be closed until the middle of 2022 (more than 100 employees to lose their job)
    - Starting in 2023, Lufthansa plans to train its own pilots within the framework of a campus model.
    - While the practical training part has so far taken place in Bremen and Goodyear (Arizona, USA), practical training will in the future only take place at Rostock-Laage Airport.
    Dirk Sturny, the spokesman for the subsidiary Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), speaks of a "fight for survival" in an interview with Business Insider.
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  • The facilities of the shut down L3 Airline Academy based in New Zealand might be used as a quarantine facility for international arrivals!
    Hamilton City Council’s economic development committee chair Ryan Hamilton told councillors on Tuesday work was being done on whether the facility could be used as quarantine accommodation for international students - does this include flight training students? Hamilton city council and others had lobbied the Government to help the flight school avoid closure by allowing some international students in the country. “We believe the flight school could have been saved if we could have got students across the border,” Morgan said. He said it was very unlikely L3 would enter New Zealand again. “It could be used as another training facility or another flight school could look to get involved, but these are all maybes.” Plane manufacturer Pacific Aerospace, also based at Hamilton airport, is now in full liquidation, after declaring insolvency to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in February.
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  • Potential gateway for international students for Australian (and New Zealand) Flight Schools?
    Australia is working on establish a travel bubble between Singapore and Australia by July/August which could be used as a gateway for international students! International students would need to complete a two week quarantine in Singapore before flying on to Australia. For Singapore the proposal would bring in revenue for hotel operators and ensure it maintains its status as a regional hub for flights. New Zealand might join to form a thre-way bubble. Suprised the the Australia Government is only thinking about a broader opening of borders from October - will the majority of Australian Flight Schools survive until Q3 this year?
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  • Amazon continues to build out its air cargo business:
    - Amazon now controls around 9% of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings: Atlas reports $495 million profit for 2020: Operating flights on behalf of Amazon Air remains one of the top financial prospects for the future of Atlas as the e-commerce giant expands both its ground trucking and air freight investments.
    - Amazon has also taken a minority stake in Air Transport Services Group, an air freight partner that operates a significant share of the company’s fast-growing aviation logistics unit.
    "Amazon’s air fleet, launched in 2016, is a critical part of its push to provide one- and two-day delivery. The company still relies on ATSG and Atlas Air to fly a large portion of its packages, but it has started to bring some air cargo operations in house, lending further credence to the belief that Amazon Air could one day rival FedEx and UPS. In a first for the company, Amazon in January purchased 11 used Boeing 767-300 jets from Delta and WestJet. The company is scheduled to lift the veil later this year on its $1.5 billion air hub in northern Kentucky, which has capacity for 100 Amazon-branded planes and is expected to handle about 200 flights per day."
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  • Boeing gets order for 24 737-8, previously known as 737MAX, from the backers of Canada based Flair Airlines
    Boeing said Miami-based private equity firm 777 Partners, which has a stake in Flair Airlines, agreed to buy 24 737-8 airplanes with an option to purchase a further 60. Flair, which was recently relaunched by veterans of European budget giant Wizz Air, is now operating one plane for domestic flights. It said it would lease 13 of the 24 aircraft from 777 Partners starting this year.
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  • Saudi women reach for the skies, inspire fellow dreamers!
    Not long ago, working in aviation was somewhere near the bottom on the list of careers for Saudi women, until the Kingdom launched a number of reforms including female empowerment programs. The number of Saudi female pilots has risen steadily, with three names standing out:
    - Hanadi Zakaria Al-Hindi, the first female pilot to fly with a Saudi commercial pilot license
    - Rawia Al-Rifi the first to fly the Airbus A320 internationally as a civil aircraft from the UAE
    - Co-pilot Yasmin Al-Maimani, who was the first woman to co-pilot a commercial plane in the Kingdom.
    Fantastic to also see the developments at Flyadeal - "Women have successfully managed to reach all departments of Flyadeal, onboard and on the ground, including in air operations, ground operations, human resources, marketing, finance, information technology, and others. Over the past two years, the company has also doubled down on its initiatives towards empowering women, offering many employment opportunities, in addition to organizing many intensive training courses."
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  • Impressive: IndiGo Holds Over Half Of The Indian Domestic Market!
    IndiGo has over half of India’s domestic market this month and takes the top spot at all of the country’s top-20 airports. Its dominance has existed for years, but it’s good to see the numbers maintaining despite the challenging circumstances. IndiGo has a 52.7% share of India’s non-stop domestic capacity this month, up only very marginally over 2019. Its share is well ahead of SpiceJet (11.7%), Air India (10.2%), GoAir (8.8%), AirAsia India (7.4%), and Vistara (6.5%). It has more than those five combined.
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  • The Australian government unveiled a US$928-million tourism support package aimed at boosting local travel while international routes remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The basket of airline ticket subsidies for travelers, cheap loans to small tour companies, and financial aid for the country's two largest airlines is designed to keep the critical sector ticking over until foreign tourists return. What about the Australian Flight Schools?
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