Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR will cut production by 50 percent and reduce its workforce by 204 positions—including 186 in France—in response to Covid 19-related business pressures, the company said Thursday. ATR delivered 67 airplanes last year and now expects to ship between 30 and 35 this year. The company said a consultation process with unions has begun with a view to reaching agreements this autumn.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
The Air Charter Expo (ACE) set for September has been canceled because of the ongoing effects of Covid-19, organizers The Air Charter Association (ACA) and Business Air News announced Thursday. However, it will return on Sept. 14, 2021, at London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH).
To better safeguard customers and staff, charter provider VistaJet is now including RDT's Tempus IC2 health monitors aboard its entire private jet fleet. The telemedicine devices allow flight crew to measure and transmit vital clinical data and images, along with real-time voice and video, to medical assessment provider MedAire’s 24/7 ground center.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) governing council has agreed to change the emissions baseline specified by the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia) to consider the effect of Covid-19 on international air traffic. It's a decision welcomed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) but deplored by environmental groups.
The increasing number of cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. and the developing world will likely result in a less robust airline recovery this year than that projected by the International Air Transport Association as recently as a month ago, IATA officials said Wednesday during the group’s weekly briefing on the effects of the novel coronavirus on the air transport industry.
Additional job cuts were underway at Textron Aviation on Wednesday, with 80 salaried exempt employees affected. Most of those positions are located at the company’s Wichita headquarters, a spokeswoman confirmed to AIN.
As most of the world continues the slow process of reopening, flight training providers are grappling with rebuilding their businesses with the new realities of sanitization, social-distancing, uncertain economies, and the ever-present worry of a possible second virus wave and another round of restrictions. At the same time, providers have found a resiliency through innovation that they believe will expand opportunities and provide new flexibility for students in the future.
Jeff Gusky, an emergency room doctor, believes the aviation industry is ignoring vital information that could help prevent infection by coronaviruses like Covid-19. The key is high humidity, he explained, because low humidity levels are a critical factor in the spread of Covid-19.
“Dry indoor air is like an accelerant that turns small viral outbreaks into massive viral bombs,” he explained. “Dangerously dry indoor air was like an invisible blasting cap that made Wuhan, New York City, and other hot spots explode.”
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is planning to proceed with its 2020 trade show in Dubai in December, although a final decision on whether to go ahead is unlikely until September at the earliest, association founding and executive chairman Ali Alnaqbi told AIN. The event is scheduled for December 8 to 10.