Airbus plans to wrap up production of the A380 “by 2021,” heralding the beginning of the end of a sort for the superjumbo. The increasingly undesirable economics of the big quadjet, which entered service for the first time with Singapore Airlines in October 2007, had already begun to force it out of favor with its biggest operators, most notably the carrier that flies roughly half the world fleet—Dubai’s Emirates.
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Global business aviation traffic is down by 55 percent year-over-year as the industry continues dealing with the headwinds posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest statistics released on Thursday by data provider WingX. In its weekly Global Market Tracker, the company noted that the 113,000 legs flown thus far in May stands in contrast to the 254,000 a year before. On average, 2,600 business aircraft were active each day in May, representing 44 percent of the number usually deployed.
The UK on Friday introduced requirements for almost everyone arriving in the country from June 8 to be quarantined at a nominated address for 14 days. The rule, which will apply to airline passengers, but also people arriving by train, road, and ship, has been roundly criticized by the country’s air transport lobby, with the Airlines UK saying that it will “effectively kill” international travel to and from the country.
Business aircraft flight activity in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean is now on the upswing, passing a Covid-19-induced bottom last month, Argus International v-p of market intelligence Travis Kuhn said yesterday during a company-held webinar. May is expected to see what Kuhn described as the first-ever triple-digit month-over-month gain in flight activity, which he forecasts to be up 103 percent, though on a year-over-year basis will be down 44 percent.
New York City-area business aviation hub Westchester County Airport (HPN) reopened its 6,500-foot Runway 16/34 Thursday after a three-week-long resurfacing project.
A recent International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) webinar poll showed consistent optimism for a recovery in the preowned business aircraft market following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the poll conducted during the organization's state of the industry webinar held last week, 66 percent were very optimistic about a preowned market recovery and 58 percent expected a stronger second half of the year. Fifty percent think pricing will adjust by 10 to 15 percent, and 52 percent were slightly optimistic about new aircraft sales.
The sudden and unexpected announcement on Thursday to permit Indian domestic airlines to start flying one-third of their summer schedules “in a calibrated manner” from May 25 has created chaos and confusion on the subcontinent.
An issue of discontent centers on the lack of clarity on quarantines required by many of 36 of India’s states and union territories, each of which maintain their own guidelines related to the countrywide lockdown until May 31.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), which has resumed flight and housing operations, plans to reopen its campuses in Florida and Arizona for face-to-face instruction beginning June 30 with a series of health precautions in place.
Universal Avionics will permanently close its Wichita operation after nearly four decades, claiming it as a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic and an associated economic downturn. “It is increasingly difficult to maintain full repair capacity under current conditions,” Universal Avionics CEO Dror Yahav said in a letter Thursday.