Airlines & Aviation 2020-

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Association du transport aérien international
Montréal délaissé au profit de Genève
(La Presse) Trois ans après avoir annoncé qu’elle renforcerait ses activités à Montréal, l’Association du transport aérien international (IATA) revient sur sa position. Elle donnera moins d’importance à son bureau montréalais, siège social depuis sa fondation en 1945, au profit de son autre bureau principal, celui de Genève, en Suisse.
La perte de ses capacités se fera graduellement, mais de façon significative. Sans toutefois mettre en jeu le siège social de Montréal. « On ne va jamais fermer les portes de Montréal, comme on travaille notamment souvent avec des organisations telle l’OACI [Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale], affirme Markus Ruediger, porte-parole de l’IATA, en entrevue téléphonique. Mais on va réduire significativement le nombre d’employés. »

9 July
IATA to open Saudi office but denies it will be regional HQ
(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that global airlines industry body IATA had agreed to open a regional headquarters in Riyadh but the industry’s main trade association denied it would be a regional base in the latest evidence of sensitivities over the status of foreign business representation in the kingdom.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) late on Wednesday announced it had signed a “headquarters agreement” with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to open its “regional office in the kingdom”.
IATA, which represents some 290 airlines around the world, currently has its regional office in Jordan’s capital Amman.
Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on companies to move their regional offices to the kingdom, warning that from 2024 it would not award state contracts to those with regional headquarters elsewhere. read more

2020

22 September
IATA calls for COVID-19 testing at airports, says quarantine ‘killing’ industry
About 83% of air travellers from 11 countries said in an IATA poll they wouldn’t fly if there was a chance of being quarantined at destination.

17 September
John Cassidy: How Boeing and the F.A.A. Created the 737 MAX Catastrophe
The basic outlines of the Boeing 737 MAX tragedy are already well known—or should be well known. Even so, a detailed new report that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released on Wednesday morning is a remarkable document. In two hundred and thirty-eight pages of clearly written prose, it goes a long way toward explaining not only what went so wrong at Boeing but what has gone badly askew with the American corporation in general, and with American governance.
… As is now standard in corporate America, Boeing’s top executives received vast compensation packages that were tied to the company’s profitability and stock price. In 2018 alone, Dennis Muilenburg, who was then Boeing’s chairman and chief executive, took home $23.4 million in compensation, including $13.1 million in profit-related incentive payments and $7.3 million in stock. The mind-set of prioritizing the bottom line and the firm’s stock price permeated the top management. As a reward for “keeping to the MAX’s production schedule, Boeing gave Michael Teal, the former Chief Project Engineer on the 737 MAX program, restricted stock options after the airplane’s first flight in 2016,” the new congressional report notes.

27 August
(The Independent) History’s most famous aircraft is disappearing from the skies. The Boeing 747, which democratised and romanticised air travel for those who could not previously afford it, is now destined for life as a cargo workhorse or museum exhibit. Hugh Morris looks back on the original jumbo jet’s colourful history.

20 August
American Airlines halts flights to 15 U.S. cities due to weak demand because of COVID-19
Airlines were getting subsidized to maintain service to certain markets but that cash is about to expire so AA is pulling out.
American Airlines will drop flights to 15 smaller U.S. cities in October when a federal requirement to serve those communities ends.
The airline blamed low demand during the coronavirus pandemic, which has triggered a massive slump in air travel. Airlines and their labour unions are seeking billions in taxpayer relief.

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