The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry

Aug 25, 2020 - 5:48 PM

American Airlines Says It Will Cut 19,000 More Jobs

Some 17,500 furloughs and 1,500 management firings will take effect on October 1 at American Airlines if the U.S. Congress does not extend Covid relief.

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Citation Longitude
May 14, 2021 - 11:52 AM

Business aviation traffic jumped dramatically, but not surprisingly, year-over-year (YOY) in April, reaching triple-digit-percentage increases in both the U.S. and Europe, even as it ebbed in both regions over March operations, according to just-released TraqPak data from aviation research specialist Argus International.

May 10, 2021 - 11:43 AM

In a move that had been requested by general aviation organizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has agreed to permit the use of Covid-19 home test kits as a means of complying with pre-departure testing requirements for passengers bound for the U.S.

May 7, 2021 - 12:30 PM

With nearly 5,000 Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace employees in India, parent company Raytheon Technologies (RTX) is donating 1,000 oxygen concentrators through the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum as the country deals with a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

May 5, 2021 - 10:39 AM

The aviation maintenance industry is showing signs of a post-pandemic recovery while concerns about a technician shortage are renewed, according to results of an Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSAsurvey. The February-March survey of 116 U.S. companies representing 196 FAA repair stations showed a 15.6 percent year-over-year decline in workers, from 22,952 in January 2020 to 19,360 in January 2021.

Apr 29, 2021 - 10:00 AM

NBAA praised a recent move by the U.S. State Department to permit international aircrew into the U.S. for the purposes of training, aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance. The State Department this month provided exceptions from Covid-19 restrictions affecting international travel from certain regions for individuals traveling on B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visas, or through the Visa Waiver Program, NBAA said.

Apr 22, 2021 - 4:11 PM

The business aviation market is starting to rapidly take off, but looming talent shortages and supplier issues cast uncertainty on that recovery, business aviation experts said on Wednesday during a National Air Transportation Association webinar, “Air Charter Roundtable: Maximizing Fleet Utilization in a Complex Market.” NorthStar Group managing director Craig Picken noted how 2020 brought “mediocre” results, but mid-January “was like a light switch went on and all of the sudden it came back. For me, 2021 has been on fire. Everyone wants it and wants it now.”

Apr 16, 2021 - 9:20 AM

This week, the CDC and FDA recommended a “pause” in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine after reports surfaced of rare but serious blood clots in some recipients. These clots have occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and most typically between six and 13 days after vaccination. While rare—less than one case per million doses given—the pause in the use of the vaccine is prudent.
To date, the FAA has not changed its guidance for pilots on the use of the J&J vaccine. Likely it is simply waiting for the CDC and FDA to make final rulings, and since the J&J vaccine is not being administered presently, there is no urgent need for the FAA to revise its internal guidance just yet.
Certainly, nobody wants to be the unlucky person to experience a serious side effect. While we all must make risk/benefit decisions for everything we do in life, if we know of a serious risk we should try to mitigate it before proceeding with the activity. Hence, it is time to determine what the risk actually is with the J&J vaccine.
I remain a strong advocate for the efficacy of vaccinations in preventing serious complications of diseases. I also support this pause until it can be determined if it is indeed causing the noted blood clots and how to best treat them if they do occur.

Apr 15, 2021 - 11:33 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has established a website and on Wednesday published a notice providing information surrounding participation in the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program that was established in the most recent Covid-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act.

Air Partner
Apr 15, 2021 - 11:06 AM

Private group charter broker and services provider Air Partner has packaged a “Tour Protect” Covid-19 travel protection program that targets complex world tours, particularly for the music and entertainment industries. Noting that those industries are beginning to plan tours once more, Air Partner said it developed the package to mitigate risk and safeguard flights along each stop of a tour.

Mar 26, 2021 - 1:40 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), hoping to provide a more standardized approach to crew vaccinations, is recommending aircrew members receive a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as available to them and in new guidance states that those vaccinated should wait 48 hours after each dose before returning to flight duty.