Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) released (19-Jun-2019) the first version of its 'Aviation Cyber Security Guidelines' in collaboration with Qatar's Ministry of Transport and Communications. The guidelines include standards and principles relating to securing critical aviation systems, in addition to best practices in electronic security, and are in compliance with ICAO recommendations. QCAA stated Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to have released such guidelines. [more - original PR]
Sabre VP travel solutions Middle East and Africa Dino Gelmetti believes achieving innovation comes down to a company’s willingness to change and lessons in any future retail like strategy will mainly come from outside the aviation industry.
Urumqi Air, via its official Weibo account, announced (26-Jun-2019) plans to remove free inflight meals from economy class, effective 01-Jul-2019. The carrier also plans to adjust free carry on baggage and check in baggage allowance, effective 12-Jul-2019.
South African Tourism reported (25-Jun-2019) South Africans "showed enthusiasm for travelling" in the first four months of 2019, with "exceptional growth" in domestic tourism. Domestic holiday trips increased by a "staggering" 59.7% year-on-year for the period Jan-2019 to Apr-2019 and overall domestic trips increased 11%. International travel declined 1.3%, with Asia and North America the only regions to show positive growth. South African Tourism will focus on the US, UK, Germany, India, China, Australia and Nigeria markets in the year ahead. South African Tourism said the domestic results are "a healthy indication of the growing strength of the domestic tourism industry". The organisation noted it has been focusing on marketing campaigns to "entice South Africans to travel their country". South African Tourism is targeting another four million international tourism arrivals and one million additional domestic holiday trips by 2021. The organisation stated: "The outlook for rest of the year does look positive with forecasts for most regions showing reasonable growth in line with expected travelling patterns". [more - original PR]
US Secretary of Transportation Elaine L Chao signed (26-Jun-2019) a protocol of amendment with Argentina's Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich, which modernises the 1985 US-Argentina air transport services agreement. The new protocol allows for increased competition and service to more destinations, and includes unrestricted capacity and frequency, open route rights, a liberal charter regime and open codesharing opportunities. The modernised protocol will allow airlines to make commercial decisions based upon demand without intervention from government regulators and is expected to benefit travellers, businesses, shippers, airports and localities by permitting increased market access for passenger and cargo airlines to travel between the US and Argentina and beyond. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - US DoT]
US FAA provided (26-Jun-2019) an update on the Boeing 737 MAX, stating it is "following a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline" to return the aircraft to service. The FAA said it will "lift the aircraft's prohibition order when we deem it is safe to do so". It continues to evaluate Boeing's software modification to the manoeuvering characteristics augmentation system and is still developing necessary training requirements. The FAA is also responding to recommendations received from the Technical Advisory Board, an independent review panel the FAA asked to review its work regarding 737 MAX return to service. [more - original PR]