Month: March 2021

Alaska Airlines joins Oneworld alliance

Alaska Airlines officially became the fourtheen member of the Oneworld aviation alliance on 31 March. The Seattle-based airline says its customers can now enjoy the full benefits of the global alliance, letting them seamlessly travel to 1,000 destinations in 170 countries. “It’s the best time to join an alliance”, says Alaska chief executive Ben Minicucci, calling the …

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US airports would receive $25bn under Biden infrastructure plan

US airports would receive $25 billion in funding under the infrastructure investment plan rolled out by President Joe Biden on 31 March. The proposed economic aid comes at a critical time for airports, which have suffered significant revenue declines due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “President Biden is calling on Congress to invest $25 billion in …

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Aviation industry calls for collaboration on ’vaccine passports’, concerns remain

The aviation sector is calling for close collaboration in development of so-called “vaccine passports”, hoping such documents could promote re-opening of international travel following the yearlong coronavirus crisis. However, some industry participants insist such documents – which would prove a person has been immunised – should not be required to travel internationally. During an aviation forum …

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UK details Eurofighter pitch for Finland, with ‘no financial surprises’

The UK-led Typhoon proposal being prepared for Finland’s HX contest pledges to add the nation to the Eurofighter industry consortium, while offering in-country final assembly, engine production and sovereign control over mission data. Speaking during a 31 March media briefing outlining the campaign’s key points, UK minister for defence procurement Jeremy Quin said the four-nation …

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FAA to require A220 wing-to-body fairing inspections

US regulators are following Canada’s lead by proposing that Airbus A220 operators be required to inspect the type for potential cracks in wing-to-body fairing components. The Federal Aviation Administration has addressed the concern with a proposed airworthiness directive (AD) made public on 31 March. The proposal responds to “a report of cracking in the longeron, …

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Corsair fleet renewal begins as it takes first higher-weight Airbus A330neo

French leisure carrier Corsair has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900 on lease from Avolon, becoming the first operator to receive the higher-weight version of the widebody. The airline is adding five A330neos as part of a strategy first unveiled in 2019 to become an all-A330 operator. Corsair already operates five A330s and is …

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Rolls-Royce details ACCEL progress as it closes on May first flight

Rolls-Royce will next month transfer the electric-powered aircraft it is developing under its ACCEL project to Boscombe Down airfield in Wiltshire as it prepares for an attempt on the speed record for an electric aircraft in the first half of 2021. To date, R-R has performed taxi tests of the modified Sharp Nemesis NXT at …

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Dutch private investor Panta to acquire Fokker support divisions from GKN

Strategic investment firm Panta Holdings of the Netherlands is to acquire the aftermarket companies Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek. The acquisition will take effect from 1 April. GKN Aerospace took over Fokker Technologies – which included Fokker Services and a number of other divisions, among them Fokker’s aerostructures, landing-gear and electrical businesses – through a …

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