In this post category, you can read a portion of the most important aviation news from the past week. All of them are subjectively chosen by aeroobservator.
WOW air back in business?
It seems like we witness another come back to the aviation world. Icelandic low-cost who finished operations in March 2019 is almost reborn! Arnar Már Magnússon and Sveinn Ingi Steinþórsson two former executives from WOW air are set to be back under the rebranded name: WAB air (which means We Are Back). The whole project is well backed by Avianta Capital – Irish Investment fund which is related to Ryanair. According to www.icelandreview.com, both ex-directors will own 25% of the company. Rest 75% belong to Avianta. Gentleman’s already applied for Icelandic AOC and they are looking forward to starting operations as fast as they will be approved. Plans estimate a million passengers in the first year of activity.
Ryanair rebrand 737 MAX?
At the beginning of this week, we could observe few articles reporting that Ryanair 737 parked at Renton Boeing facility has no more “MAX” name on their nose. Instead of this, aircraft is named “737-8200”. Rumors were saying that this is a part of Ryanair’s plan for rebranding these aircraft. As we can read from Flightglobal article this is actually nothing new, cause this identity was already used by EASA back in 2015 – in one of the annual reports. 8200 refers to aircraft configuration and it seems like has nothing to do with rebranding.
Virtual Reality enters aviation world
Interesting news came from the east this week. Global MRO provider, FL Technics has just started to implement VR (Virtual Reality) training for a new generation of aircraft mechanics. This project aims to shorten the time to fully train mechanics. However, so far only one module was revealed. It simulates the opening of the thrust reverser on B737 NGs. Training participants have to select correct tools and proceed in accordance with the safety procedures. All failures and mistakes made by candidates for mechanics are recorded and analyzed.
Canada provides new Air Passenger Protection Regulations
Starting from the 15th of July, the Canadian Transportation Agency implements new Air Passenger Protection Regulations.
“This is an important day for the millions of Canadians who take flights to see family and friends, visit new places, do business, or seek medical treatment. The Air Passenger Protection Regulations establish clear, fair, balanced obligations that will help ensure fair treatment when people travel by air – whether they’re flying from, to or within this vast country.”Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency
Major points and changes in this regulation are:
- Better communication between passenger and airlines
- Higher compensations for delays caused by the airline, as well as lost or damaged baggage. That change makes them even higher than those in Europe;
- Clear policies for transporting musical instruments;
- Ensuring passengers prescribed standards of treatment during delays and allowing them to leave the airplane when it’s safe to do.
Whole regulation you can find under https://otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/air-passenger-protection-regulations-regulatory-impact-analysis-statement
Investors help China Southern Airlines
According to Reuters, three Investors will inject in a total of 4.36 billion dollars into China Southern Airlines. That move has to generate funds for growth and help modernize the decision-making mechanisms. Furthermore, what is most important to improve the company debt-to-asset ratio. In days of trade tensions between the USA and China, this move seems to have deeper significance. For the already weak position of this airline on the flight market between those two countries, this injection can be an invaluable help for calmer passage through USA/China crisis.
Next pack of fresh news 28.07!