The Covid 19 pandemic continues to have aviation under control. The industry is suffering. The latest developments in the ticker.
9:09 a.m .: Airbus solution allows freight pallets instead of passenger seats. The aircraft manufacturer is developing a solution for the A330 and A350 that will allow airlines to install freight pallets directly on the seat rails of the cabin floor after the economy class seats have been removed. Compared to loading cargo onto seats, this new solution from Airbus makes it easier and faster to load and unload, as well as less wear and tear on the seats themselves. Other important advantages include additional safety thanks to robust fire protection and the option of loading with 9 g to ensure that something does not shift during the flight.
Friday May 1st
8:37 pm: 1.5 billion fewer passengers. The International Civil Aviation Organization has released its first full passenger forecast for 2020. It shows that airlines may face 1.5 billion fewer international air travelers this year.
4:04 pm: Innsbruck opens for small planes. After the end of the exit restrictions, glider pilots and pilots at Innsbruck Airport are now allowed to resume flight operations in compliance with health regulations. “For this reason, we decided to open the airport again tomorrow with limited operating hours,” says airport manager DI Marco Pernetta. In a first step, the airport will be open to all users every day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. However, the terminal remains closed. »
2:23 p.m .: Ryanair wants to fire 3,000 pilots and flight attendants. The Irish low-cost airline presents gloomy prospects for the post-crisis period. That is why Ryanair is planning to reduce staff, bases and the fleet. More about this here.
12:11: Lufthansa: “Summer takes place on the ground, so to speak”. In his speech to the Annual General Meeting on May 5, already published, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr explains: «We are preparing ourselves for this summer to take place on the ground, so to speak. We hope for a noticeable restart from autumn at the earliest. But it will be a very slow start-up phase ».
10:37 a.m .: Wizz Air reports surprisingly high utilization. The first flight of the low-cost airline since the beginning of the Corona crisis in Vienna took off on Friday morning (May 1st). The flight to Dortmund started at 7:30 a.m., followed by Lisbon in the afternoon. “Airline occupancy exceeds expectations,” said Wizz Air in a statement.
8:55 am: American and United with high losses. The two American airlines fell deep into the red in the first quarter. More about American here. More about United here.