WestJet announced (29-Sep-2022) a purchase order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 10s, with options for an additional 22 aircraft. The 230 seat aircraft offers a range of 3100 nautical miles. WestJet CEO Alexis Von Hoensbroech stated: "The 737 MAX 10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians. In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the MAX 10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our fleet". The carrier currently has over 15 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet. [more - original PR]
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Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) reached (28-Sep-2022) an agreement to acquire Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management for EUR2.25 billion. Following the close of the transaction, WFS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SATS and the WFS management team will continue to lead the business. Through initiatives that will include cross-selling, network expansion and deeper e-commerce cargo partnerships, the combined entity is expected to capture meaningful run rate EBITDA synergies in excess of SGD100 million (USD69.6 million). The parties stated that with over 200 cargo and ground handling stations in over 20 countries, the combined company is expected to be the "largest global air cargo handler". The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and SATS shareholder approval and is expected to close by 31-Mar-2023. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]
Virgin Atlantic Airways announced (27-Sep-2022) plans to join SkyTeam in 1Q2023, becoming the alliance's first and only UK member airline and enhancing its transatlantic network and services connecting to London Heathrow Airport and Manchester Airport. Virgin's entry into the alliance builds on its transatlantic JV partnership with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM. SkyTeam CEO Kristin Colvile stated: "Virgin Atlantic will benefit from increased opportunities to expand its global network through partnerships and synergies [and] customers will have more ways to earn and burn miles while enjoying the service for which Virgin Atlantic is renowned". [more - original PR]
Canada's Government released (27-Sep-2022) its Aviation Climate Action Plan, an initiative which:
- Presents a vision of net zero emissions by 2050 for the Canadian aviation sector;
- Sets a "purposefully ambitious" goal of 10% for the use of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030;
- Includes key pathways and actions that the government and the aviation industry intend to work on to improve efficiency and reduce pollution from aviation activities.
The plan will undergo a series of updates from 2024, which will include reassessing long term projections, strengthening short term commitments, setting interim targets and ensuring continued alignment with Canada's climate commitments. [more - original PR]
Norse Atlantic Airways announced (27-Sep-2022) the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) granted the carrier an air operator certificate (AOC) and operating licence, enabling it to begin direct flights from the UK. The carrier plans to operate between London Gatwick Airport and several US destinations, subject to further regulatory approvals, in particular serving routes that are currently "unserved by direct flights or lacking sufficient capacity". CEO Bjorn Tore Larsen said the carrier will employ local pilots and cabin crew at its London Gatwick base and has established "close working relationships" with the British Airline Pilots' Association, the Unite cabin crew union and the US Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Mr Larsen added: "We look forward to ramping up our operations between London and the US ready for our summer 2023 schedule". [more - original PR]
ACI EUROPE joined (27-Sep-2022) the European Commission's Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation, a voluntary initiative bringing aviation stakeholders together to prepare Europe for hydrogen and electric flight. As previously reported by CAPA, the alliance was launched in Jun-2022 and aims to address issues including fuel and infrastructure requirements of hydrogen and electric aircraft at airports, sourcing of renewable fuels and electricity, standardisation and certification, practices for operators and air traffic management. A dedicated ACI EUROPE task force comprising Aena, Aeroporti di Roma, Brussels Airport, daa, Geneva Airport, Groupe ADP, Munich Airport, Royal Schiphol Group, SEA Milan Airports and Swedavia will drive the airport industry contribution to the alliance under the supervision of the association's Environmental Strategy Committee. ACI EUROPE director general Olivier Jankovec said: "Supporting the development and deployment of alternative propulsion technologies is a natural continuation of our work to limit the industry's impact on the climate", adding: "Airport infrastructure projects are developed to last decades, so it is of fundamental importance that the development of hydrogen and electric powered aircraft technologies goes hand-in-hand with the adaptation and development of the necessary airport infrastructure". [more - original PR]
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