IATA calls for urgent action by both the UK and the EU: contingency plan for aviation in the event of no-deal Brexit.


 IATA is calling for urgent action by both the UK and the EU to put in place contingency planning for aviation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
IATA is also asking for faster movement to bring certainty to the uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity, the framework for regulating safety and security, and the policies and processes needed for efficient border management.  An IATA-commissioned study of the effects of the UK leaving the EU on airlines flying to and from the UK has just been released.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general, said, “These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements such as the WTO framework available in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario.
“Without any contingency planning being made transparent to the industry, the risks of not addressing these issues could mean chaos for travelers and interrupted supply chains. With less than six months to go, we have little more certainty than we did in June 2016.”

Even in the best-case scenario – where a Brexit transition phase is agreed for the period after March 2019 – a high degree of uncertainty and risk to air services remain.
A no-deal or ‘hard’ Brexit outcome without an agreement for a transition period is likely to lead to significant disruption to air services. IATA argues the lack of transparency concerning any contingency planning for this scenario has left airlines unsure on what measures to take.

“The EU and UK have a responsibility to millions of their citizens who depend on reliable air transportation. The goal should be a comprehensive air services agreement that does not step backwards from the connectivity existing today,” De Juniac commented.
“But with the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit still on the table this late in the game, it is now essential that the EU and UK civil aviation authorities plan for contingency arrangements to maintain a minimum level of connectivity, which is vital for people and for business.

“This has to be one of the most important Brexit considerations. A backstop contingency plan to keep planes flying after March must be published, and quickly.”

IATA has called for the UK to remain in the EASA possibly as a third country member. It says EASA and the UK CAA should be allowed to initiate detailed technical discussions on the future relationship between the two bodies.

Mutual recognition of professional licenses, standards for materials and parts, and other safety elements, could be put in place to come into effect immediately after March.

Aviation security could be highly affected in the case of a no deal scenario: a no-deal Brexit increases the likelihood of EU travellers being added to already long queues at UK passport control.

IATA suggests an alternative scenario would be to create a ‘third lane’, which could process EU passengers more quickly. In either scenario, investment is needed to recruit and train more staffBottom of Form

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LION AIR BOEING 737 MAX 8 MAJOR SEA RECOVERY OPERATION GATHERS PACE NO SURVIVORS first bodies recovered

+++1500hrs Monday: Reports are now coming in of the first bodies being recovered by the Indonesian rescue teams +++
+++ TUESDAY OCTOBER 30 Noon: Speculation mounts that accident prone Pitot Tube technology on the Lion Air Boeing (now dropped by Airbus in favour of a Thales detection system) caused new Boeing jet to crash. This is what Julian Bray aviation expert found during an earlier incident involving a Russian aircraft Click this link: https://julianbrayrecessionbuster07944217476.blogspot.com/2018/02/russian-aircraft-crashes-shortly.html#links +++

Rescue teams prepare to search the waters 


A combined services sea search operation has been reclassified as a recovery, and is currently underway seeking the location of recently taken into service Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October.

At 1500hrs Monday: Reports are now coming in of the first bodies being recovered by the Indonesian rescue teams. 

The state search and rescue agency Basarnas says it deployed a team to locate the aircraft and its flight data and cockpit voice recorders.   At the time of the accident, the 737 failed to make any emergency transmissions, although the captain had requested a return to the airport.

The initial search now a recovery fleet includes one helicopter, three ships, and some 80 search personnel. Other assets will join in once the locus of the search area has been established.
The aircraft, PK-LQP, operating as flight JT610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang. All 189 passengers and crew aboard are believed to have died.
Based on the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data, the jet appears to have descended into a sharp dive 11 minutes after taking off from Jakarta's Sokarno-Hatta International airport 06.20hrs local time before disappearing off radar screens and into the sea, some 11nm north of the town of Karawang.
The Indonesia national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho reports a small amount of debris has been found. Social media images suggest that debris found so far include safety vests, as well as personal belongings.

The absence of large sections of debris some  sources are suggesting the jet broke up upon impact.

Lion Air in a news conference stated that the two pilots operating the flight had substantial flying experience. The captain, 6,000 flying hours and the co-pilot 5,000 hours. It also says the aircraft was airworthy prior to the accident and that an earlier technical report had been addressed in accordance with the aircraft manufacturers instructions. The new aircraft operation leased from CMIG leasing, was a new addition to the Lion Air Fleet only delivered on 13 August 2018, serial number 43000, configured with 180 seats.

Over the years there had been international  concerns over the safety record of the airline resulting in it being barred from European airspace, this was addressed and management changes effected, with the result the EU ban was lifted a few years ago.


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Update on Leicester helicopter accident (G-VSKP) AAIB releases a statement ..

This image from a video frame shows a burning helicopter in a parking lot outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, shortly after a Premier League game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Pool Photo via AP)
 
The Air Accident Investigation Branch has just released this statement on matters surrounding the fatal helicopter crash in Leicester next to the King Power Football Stadium.
 

There is nothing that can be usefully added at his stage, in addition to the AAIB statement, as both the flight and voice data recorders have been recovered and returned to Farnborough for decoding.

Police meanwhile have issued a public appeal for any video or photographs of the incident to be sent to them.

We will return to this story when the 'black boxes' have been decoded.
On Saturday night, an accident involving an AW169 helicopter at King Power Stadium, Leicester, was reported to us.
12:00pm, 29 October 2018: First published.


A team of AAIB inspectors and support staff travelled to Leicester on Saturday night, with further inspectors travelling yesterday morning. Last night, the police said they believe that tragically all five people on board the aircraft died in the accident.

We have inspectors here from all four air accident investigation disciplines: engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.

We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening. Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.

Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.

Witnesses to the accident, particularly with videos or photographs, are urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 546 of 27 October 2018.



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BRITISH AIRWAYS COMPUTER HACK FAR MORE SERIOUS AS ANOTHER 185,000 MAJOR PERSONAL DATA BREACH EPISODES UNCOVERED

Has your Credit Card been used between April and July 2018 to purchase
British Airways tickets?
IF SO, YOU MAY NEED TO CANCEL
 THE CARD IMMEDIATELY
 


RNS Number : 2296F
International Cons Airlines Group
25 October 2018

 
INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES GROUP

STATEMNT TO

THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE: 

UPDATE ON

BRITISH AIRWAYS

CYBER ATTACK


Further to International Airlines Group's (IAG) announcement on September 6, 2018 regarding the theft of its subsidiary British Airways' customers' data, the airline has been working continuously with specialist cyber forensic investigators and the National Crime Agency to investigate fully the data theft.
 
It is updating customers today with further information as it concludes the internal investigation.
 
The investigation has shown the hackers may have stolen additional personal data and British Airways is notifying the holders of 77,000 payment cards, not previously notified, that:
the name,
billing address,
email address,
card payment information,
including card number,
expiry date
and CVV  [SECURITY NUMBER ON REVERSE OF CARD]
 
have potentially been compromised, and a further 108,000 without CVV.
The potentially impacted customers were only those making reward bookings between April 21 and July 28, 2018, and who used a payment card.
 
While British Airways does not have conclusive evidence that the data was removed from its systems, it is taking a prudent approach in notifying potentially affected customers, advising them to contact their bank or card provider as a precaution.
 
In addition, from the investigation British Airways knows that fewer of the customers originally identified were impacted.  Of the 380,000 payment card details identified, 244,000 were affected. 
 
Since the announcement on September 6, 2018 British Airways can confirm that it has had no verified cases of fraud.  October 25, 2018.

CARGOLOGICAIR TAKES DELIVERY OF FOURTH 747 FREIGHTER: REVENUES AND VOLUMES DOUBLE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2018

CargoLogicAir (CLA), the UK’s only maindeck cargo airline, has chalked up another year of growth with the delivery of its fourth Boeing 747 freighter.
The latest 747-400ERF is an operating lease and used to meet customer demand on CLA’s U.S. routes. CLA's five-year growth strategy, of the airline operating a fleet of five freighters by 2020.
David Kerr, CEO CargoLogicAir, said: “2018 has been our busiest year of operations so far with volumes and revenues doubling in the first nine months compared to last year.
"The delivery of our fourth 747F enables us to meet peak season demand, especially in our core US market, and increase our options in terms of frequencies and new routes as we head into 2019. We are continuing to consult with our customers to identify where they need maindeck cargo capacity and expect to be adding new destinations to our network in the first quarter of next 2019.”
Additional aircraft capacity also enable customers to benefit from seamless connections into the international network of CLA’s strategic partner, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, extending its reach to more markets in Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Headquartered near London Heathrow Airport and with its main operating base at London Stansted, CLA’s growing route network connects customers in the UK with prime export markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as enabling international businesses to supply goods to British companies and consumers.
CLA’s network is designed to support customers in key industry sectors which require scheduled maindeck cargo services to serve their key markets, such as Houston and the United Arab Emirates for oil&gas shipments, Atlanta for pharmaceutical, aerospace and automotive cargoes, Mexico City for automotive parts and components, and Hong Kong’s thriving e-commerce market to the UK and Europe.
The firm is also carrying regular shipments of off-size cargoes that can only be transported on maindeck cargo aircraft, and providing charter operations to deliver humanitarian aid to regions of the world affected by natural disasters.
CargoLogicAir’s fleet now consists of three Boeing 747-400 freighters and one 747-8F offering a payload capacity of up to 139 tonnes as well as nose- and side-door loading capabilities. The airline’s global network is now supported by a team of almost 200 experienced air cargo professionals.

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Anger mounts as Low Cost Cobalt Airlines ceases operations leaving passengers to find their own way home


Grounded. Budget airline Cobalt Air ceases trading

A low-cost Cypriot airline which serves UK airports with a programme of 23 flights, has ceased trading.
 
Cobalt ceased to operate flights to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted airports, cancelling all flights from 11.50pm on Wednesday. (Oct 17)
A statement on Cobalts website advises passengers not to go to airports as “no Cobalt flights will operate and no Cobalt staff will be present. We sincerely apologise once again and would like to thank our very loyal customers for their support over the last two years of Cobalt operations.”

Cyprus’ ministry of transport advised stranded passengers to book a flight home on another airline and keep “all the evidence and receipts to be eligible for reimbursement”.

Passengers due to fly with Cobalt in the next seven days “will be informed with subsequent announcements for arrangements for their repatriation”, according to the statement.

Julian Bray the Aviation Expert commented: The failure of Cobalt can be put down to both political and financial circumstances. Aviation fuel has more than doubled in price during the last 12 months, and passenger loads have substantially dropped off.  The continuing uncertainty over the UKs departure from the European Union, has caused all financial institutions to revise their risk tables and tighten up on loans and company financing. Cobalt with just six aircraft operating some 23 routes, had its market highly concentrated on a small specialist sector, and any slight decline or blip in business makes the airline vulnerable and therefore liable to failure."

Families in the UK basking in the rays of an extended summer, where it has at times been hotter than Cyprus, have put off making firm holiday recommendations and forward booking  of holiday flights.

Loss of a forward order book and a substantial uplift in day-to-day operating costs, plus a very real prospect that some airlines will not be allowed to operate freely within the EU, from the UK after March 2019 has hardened attitudes generally to the viability of these airlines.  
Cyprus’ transport minister Vassiliki Anastassiadou on Twitter said: “Hard times. Our thoughts are close to the staff of Cobalt. At the same time, we’ll do everything possible to minimise the inconvenience of passengers. 

”Travel firms who sold Atol-protected package holidays with Cobalt flights are responsible for providing alternative flights to bring people home or full refunds for those with future bookings. He added.
But the only protection for those with flight-only vouchers is through credit or debit card providers or travel insurance policies. There is no repatriation or ATOL bond rescue flights available for ticket only sales.

Cobalt’s failure comes after Danish budget carrier Primera Air ceased trading earlier this month and several other holiday airlines including Monarch.



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Neste and Air BP enter into innovative industry collaboration to support sustainable aviation fuel supply chain development

 
 
Neste, the leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers.
 
Through this collaboration, Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for producing and blending renewable jet fuel will be brought together with Air BP’s customer relationships, expertise in developing efficient and effective supply chains, as well as their certification and product quality assurance capabilities.   
 
One goal of the cooperation will be complementary efforts to bring a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports across Air BP’s global network.
 
Sustainable aviation fuel is made by blending conventional, fossil-based kerosene with renewable hydrocarbons produced from, for example, recycled cooking oil.
 
It is then certified as “Jet-A1” fuel and can be used in aircraft without requiring any technical modifications. Flying on sustainable aviation fuel reduces crude oil consumption and produces lower lifecycle carbon emissions compared to conventional jet fuel.
 
“I am very happy to announce our collaboration with Air BP. Working together, we can find the best ways of developing robust supply chains to ensure that renewable jet fuel is more widely accessible.
 
We expect our collaboration will not only be able to provide a solution to better matching supply to increased demand for renewable jet fuel, but also delivers distinct advantages to airlines by significantly decreasing their environmental footprint,” says Kaisa Hietala, Neste’s Executive Vice President in Renewable Products business area.
 
Jon Platt, Air BP Chief Executive Officer added: “We are very pleased that through our collaboration with Neste, an industry leader in this space, we will be able to continue to support our customers with their low carbon ambitions. The aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets can only be achieved with support from across the entire supply chain and, by bringing our experience and expertise together, we are looking to drive change by promoting and securing the supply of sustainable aviation fuel.”
 
The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50 percent reduction of net aviation carbon emissions by 2050.  
 
Currently, sustainable aviation fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft. Collaborations between forward-thinking companies like Neste and Air BP will be needed to enable the aviation industry to continue to connect the world, but do so with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Both companies have already demonstrated their leadership in this area. Neste’s MY Renewable Jet Fuel has proven its technical capability in thousands of commercial flights. It can be adopted by airlines without the need for additional investment in new jet engines or segregated fuel distribution systems. It is produced from renewable and sustainable raw materials, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the life-cycle.
 
Air BP has supplied BP Biojet in the Nordics since 2014 at around 10 airports, including Oslo where they were the first to supply sustainable aviation fuel through the existing airport fuelling infrastructure, in an earlier collaboration with Neste and other key Norwegian and industry stakeholders.



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AirBridgeCargo Airlines to set up its European hub at Liege Airport


Liege Airport and the Russian Federation owned AirBridgeCargo Airlines [ABC] have signed an historic lease agreement for 10 years. This arrangement will bring the scale of cooperation between two companies to the next level of development, boosting air cargo volumes of ABC to/from the airport and placing Liege Airport among the top 5 cargo airports in Europe by 2020.
Julian Bray the Aviation Expert and Broadcaster writes: It is also of interest that with the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union, in March 2019, the firm has deliberately opted for Belgium rather than France.
The agreement comes as an extension of a MOU signed between Liege Airport and Volga-Dnepr Group earlier this year during the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, and will contribute to the development of the regional Belgian economy by creating jobs and favouring growth of air cargo sector, and the airport development in particular, heating up cargo infrastructure and freight flows to/from the airport.
Under the new agreement AirBridgeCargo will lease warehouse premises for the total area of 25,000 sq. m. for cargo operations in the airport. The investment amounts to 25 million euros and includes 2,000 sq. m. of office space to for flight management operations.
The project will be divided into two phases, with the first to be launched in June 2019 AirBridgeCargo will have its first 12,500 sq. m. warehouse. The second phase in early 2020 with the rest of warehouse premises. At the same time, the Walloon Airports Company (Société Wallonne des Aéroports - SOWAER) is building four new aircraft stands to accommodate growing AirBridgeCargo fleet.
A new dimension
For Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, this agreement takes the airport into a new dimension: “We welcomed the first flights in October 2017 because AirBridgeCargo had to reduce its presence in Amsterdam. We responded to their call for tenders launched earlier this year for the creation of their European hub. They liked the cargo DNA of Liege Airport. We had strong political support at both the federal and regional levels. AirBridgeCargo sees opportunities for expansion, can count on a quality workforce and rely on efficient Belgian customs. Thanks to AirBridgeCargo, we plan to reach one million metric tonnes by 2020 and become one of the top 5 cargo airports in Europe.”
Sergey Lazarev, General Director of AirBridgeCargo, says this agreement represents numerous advantages for the customers: "It's been a year since we have been operating to Liege and we are delighted to see that our partnership is reaching a new height. This step is another milestone which goes in line with the development of strategic cooperation between Liege airport and Volga-Dnepr Group, which signed MoU during FIA2018. With the lease of dedicated warehouse facilities for the next 10 years and ABC’s intention to increase the number of weekly flights to Liege up to 30 within the next 1.5 years, AirBridgeCargo will be able to leverage growing market demand for special cargoes, especially e-commerce shipments. An agreement of this size comes with a number of benefits not only for ABC but also for our customers, who will get more frequency options and high level of service quality".


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