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British Airways pilots set to go on strike
British Airways (BA) pilots have voted in favour of strike action over the amount of pay.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said 93% of its members had voted in the ballot, which took place 22 July, in favour of industrial action.

The earliest that a stoppage could begin is 5 August, strike action is set to cause severe delays over the key summer holiday period. Balpa represents about 90% of the airline’s pilots.

In a statement, BA said it was “very disappointed” that the union was threatening “the travel plans of thousands of our customers”.

British Airways said it remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”.

Pilots have rejected BA’s offering of 11.5% rise over three years, which the airline says is “fair and generous”.

Balpa argues that its members deserve a better offer, as BA has been making healthy profits.

British Airways said it remained open to working with the union to reach an agreement and continued to “pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action”.

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Technology News

Safran acquires electrical sensor maker Neelogy

Safran Electrical & Power has acquired Neelogy, a French start-up that has developed a disruptive technology for electrical current sensors.

Since 2006, Neelogy has been developing and marketing DC and AC current measurement sensors which completely eliminate remanence thanks to its exceptional magnetic properties, the company says.

The company’s Neel Effect sensor technology makes it possible to measure high-intensity direct currents over a wide range of intensities without overheating.

Compact, lightweight and capable of withstanding harsh operating conditions, the sensors aim to meet the growing needs of aeronautics in terms of electrical power management: high-power, energy storage and network monitoring.

“We are delighted with this purchase and have high expectations because Neelogy’s technology is really unique and will bring real added value to our electrical systems. There has been no breakthrough in the field of current sensors for 20 years, even though they represent a key element in electrical distribution, power management and electrical network monitoring,” said Alain Sauret, president of Safran Electrical & Power.

Lionel Cima, co-founder and CEO of Neelogy, added: “I am pleased that the Neel Effect sensor technology we have been working on for years is now finding a solid industrial backing and, what is more, in the aeronautical industry, which is currently the best sector in which to showcase our invention. Today we are entering a new chapter in our history.”

Helicopter News

Airbus Helicopters secures first ACH160 order in Philippines

Airbus Helicopters has secured an ACH160 order from a new undisclosed customer based in the Philippines.

The order marks the launching of the ACH160 in Southeast Asia and Pacific region.

It will be used for private and business flights within the Philippines archipelago.

As part of the contract, the ACH160 will be backed by HCare First – the first such premium support agreement in the region, catering to the specific needs of operators requiring worry-free aircraft availability.

“Launching the ACH160 in Southeast Asia with a new Philippine customer underlines the global attractiveness of our corporate helicopters offering to meet the evolving travelling needs of our customers,” said Frederic Lemos, head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH). “We are equally excited to see our ACH products gaining good success in the growing Philippine private travel market.”

The H160 entry into service is planned for 2020.

Airport News

Gatwick reveals plans to open emergency runway for routine flights

Gatwick has revealed plans to use its emergency runway for routine flights.

Under the plan, Gatwick says it plans to meet demand in the most sustainable way possible in the next 15 years. The airport said it will seek planning permission to widen the airstrip in order to bring it into full passenger use by the mid-2020s.

The “master plan”, set to be initiated by Gatwick, would see the emergency runway widened by 12m (39ft) to comply with safety regulations and used for departures only.

London Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The plans would deliver additional capacity for Gatwick, which will provide choices for the future – including incrementally growing our airport to meet demand and continuing to provide solid operational performance for passengers and airlines. This would be the biggest private investment for the region in the coming years, which would result in significant local economic benefits, including new jobs for the area.”

The plans are set to face strong opposition from both MPs and campaigners.

People News

Aero Norway appoints new director of sales & marketing

MRO provider Aero Norway has appointed Klaus-Peter Leinauer as a new director of sales & marketing.

In his role, Leinauer will support Aero Norway’s growth strategy and focus on best-in-class service for its expanding global customer base.

Leinauer joins Aero Norway with more than 20 years’ experience in the engine MRO industry having worked at SR Technics for seven years with responsibility for sales in Europe, Russia and the CIS.

Aero Norway chief business officer Rune Veenstra commented: “We welcome Klaus to the sales team where his deep industry knowledge and firm relationships with airlines and lessors will help steer our ever-growing customer support efforts worldwide.

“Our strengths lie in the personal touch, we have the ability – and the flexibility – to deliver quality engine MRO to the highest level on time, every time – that is the message he will share.”

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Airline News
Air Tanzania to buy two Airbus jets as part of fleet expansion plans
Air Tanzania, the national carrier, will buy two new Airbus jets and one plane from De Havilland Canada.
Since taking over the airline, president John Magufuli has spent big in his attempt to re-energise Air Tanzania, purchasing eight new planes.
A statement from the office of president Magufuli said Magufuli “has already issued instructions for the purchase of three additional planes (two Airbus jets and one De Havilland) to expand air services and improve tourism”.

The airline’s existing fleet includes one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

EgyptAir increases service to the UK as BA cancels flights amid terrorism risk
British Airways has cancelled all flights to Cairo, Egypt for seven days “as a precaution to allow for further assessment”.

The cancellations follow the UK’s Foreign Office warning for travellers to Egypt of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation”.

Following the news, Lufthansa, which operates flights from Cairo to Munich and Frankfurt, Germany, said it was also suspending flights, citing “an unclear security situation”.

In response to BA’s decision, an official source at Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said the recent decision by to suspend its flights to Cairo was not issued by the British Department for Transport nor Britain’s Foreign Office.

It is believed Egyptian authorities are currently reviewing British Airways’ decision to suspend its flights to Cairo.

In the meantime, Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said it will be increasing the capacity of EgyptAir flights to London.

The authority said it is allocating a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to launch an additional flight to London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Airline News  

WestJet set to introduce flights and increase services for winter schedule

WestJet is set to increase its frequency and improve connectivity from its hubs to more destinations across its network.

As part of the expansion of its winter 2019/2020 schedule, WestJet has increased its offering from Calgary to London Gatwick from three to four times a week, introducing a daily service from Toronto to London Gatwick, offered on WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner; and will introduce a seasonal service from Calgary to Paris beginning March 12, 2020.

For winter, WestJet’s 787-9 Dreamliner will also fly between Calgary and Maui and the airline’s new weekly non-stop service between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) begins November 5; and service between Calgary and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) commences on December 14.

Air Canada introducing new services to Cancun and Punta Cana

Air Canada has announced two new winter services from Quebec City (YQB) to Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Service to Cancun begins December 21 until April 11, 2020, while Punta Cana flights start December 22 until April 12, 2020.

We are thrilled to offer residents of Quebec City these non-stop connections to the popular winter getaway destinations of Cancun and Punta Cana. We are adding these new international leisure routes to meet anticipated demand from the capital of Quebec and offer Quebec City residents easy access to incredible holiday experiences,” said Lucie Guillemette, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada.

“We welcome the news that Air Canada has chosen to strengthen its presence in Quebec City by offering international flights from YQB. By improving its winter service and adding flights to winter sun destinations, the airline meets the needs and demands of the people of Quebec. This announcement is the result of a great collaboration between Air Canada and YQB,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of YQB.

The flights will be operated on Airbus A321.

Regulatory News

US DOT grants joint venture between American and Qantas

The proposed joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas Airways has been approved by the US Department of Transportation.

The joint venture, between the United States and Australia/New Zealand, will see the carriers begin coordinating planning, pricing, sales, and frequent flyer activities to offer customers a single proposition on trans-Pacific flights, with new options and customer service enhancements.

The decision is contained in a Final Order adopting the tentative decision published on June 3.

The US Department of Transportation is requiring that American and Qantas report annually on the progress of its commercial cooperation and provide a detailed assessment after seven years.

People News

Air Transat achieves top certification for head office

Air Transat has achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification for its head office.

The distinction conferred on the building at 5959 Côte-Vertu Boulevard in Montreal is the culmination of a long process by the company to implement a system for environmental management and continuous improvement of its sustainability practices.

“We have just taken another significant step forward, and are very proud of this accomplishment, which reflects all of the environmental efforts made by our team,” says Air Transat president Jean-François Lemay. “For more than 10 years now, we’ve been incorporating environmentally responsible practices into our operations, and their success and benefits depend largely on our employees’ commitment and diligence in ensuring their application day after day.”

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Airline News

China Southern Airlines set to receive $4.4 billion investment

China Southern Airlines is looking to receive 30 billion yuan ($4.4 billion) of funding from three investors, the firm has said in a statement.

The investors are said to be the Guangdong Hengjian Investment Holding Corporation, the Guangzhou Urban Construction Investment Group and the Shenzhen Penghang Equity Investment Fund. Each party will inject 10 billion yuan into the airline.

The cash injection is said to be in a bid to significantly improve the company’s debt-to-asset ratio, generate funds for its growth and help modernise its decision-making mechanisms.

The move is said to be part of the country’s efforts to diversify ownership structures among state-owned firms.