Despite the coronavirus crisis, Embraer has not seen customers cancel any aircraft orders and has high hopes that demand for its regional jets will remain solid as the industry recovers.
Airline trade group IATA has criticised Latin American governments for essentially leaving their airlines out to dry as the coronavirus devastates the industry in the region, questioning when the sector will return to its previous strength or even if individual carriers can survive the pandemic at all.
LATAM Airlines Group has identified 19 leased aircraft which it will cut from its operators’ fleets, following the company’s filing for US Chapter 11 creditor protection.
LATAM and Avianca are Latin America’s first carriers to file for bankruptcy protection amid the pandemic, but they are unlikely to be last considering the slow pace at which the region’s governments have implemented financial assistance programmes.
Operators of Embraer 170 and 190 regional jets are being instructed to modify control yokes to prevent horizontal stabiliser trim switches being inadvertently wrongly installed.
A Boeing 737-400 Special Freighter operated by Kalitta Charters II ran off a Rochester, New York runway following a rejected takeoff on 5 June, coming to stop on grass beside the runway.
The T55-GA-714C engine generates 6,000hp (4474kW), a 25% increase in power compared to the current T55 that is on the CH-47, Honeywell says on 4 June. The engine also burns 10% less fuel.
Boeing is developing a modification for passenger and freighter 777s after the discovery of a fuel discrepancy problem involving the centre wing tank.
Amazon Air has agreed leases for an additional 12 Boeing 767-300 freighters from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark expects the Airbus A380 will continue to be a “hugely potent” tool but this will hinge on the roll-out of a vaccine programme
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark is due to step down this month and with no successor yet publically identified, he confirms his involvement with the airline will continue.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark expects the coronavirus-related cash flow crisis will result in a significant number of order deferrals and cancellations as airlines wrestle with the size and shape of their fleets.
Industry will have to “tough it out” for the remainder of this year as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic, but Clark is optimistic that business will begin to improve gradually during 2021.
Airbus Defence & Space and the Spanish air force have detailed the A400M’s major contribution to international pandemic response.
Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways parent IAG, has disclosed that the group is considering legal action over the UK government’s mandatory two-week quarantine for travellers arriving in the country from 8 June.
The first Super Hercules is scheduled to be delivered in 2024, with the full fleet starting operations by 2025, says defence minister Ron Mark.
Airbus’s India division head, Anand Stanley, is to take over as president of its Asia-Pacific operation, succeeding Patrick de Castelbajac.
Carriers in Australia and New Zealand will operate at increased capacities in the next few months as coronavirus-related social distancing and travel restrictions are eased.
South African carrier Comair requires a substantial cash injection and is unlikely to resume operations until at least November.
While no region has escaped the impact of the coronavirus grounding, arguably its most immediate damage has been felt among Africa’s already struggling carriers.
South African carriers are urging the government to stress-test the early restoration of domestic air services, to quicken the introduction of an expanded route network.
South African Airways’ rescuers are terminating leases on nearly half the airline’s 40 leased aircraft, while those on another 15 have been undergoing renegotiation.
Congo Airways’ decision to swap orders for Embraer 175s to larger E190-E2s party reflects an effort by the company to expand on routes previously served by financially struggling competitor South African Airways (SAA).