March 01, 2024


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our Aviation Weekly News Roundup:

> Rat on Plane Sparks Worries for Sri Lanka’s Airline
Sri Lanka’s national airline on Tuesday blamed a rat for grounding a plane for three days, sparking chaotic delays and fears it will scare off investors for the cash-strapped carrier. The stowaway rodent was spotted enjoying the SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330 flight from the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, triggering an aircraft search to ensure it had not chewed through critical components. Read more

> Women in aviation: Widen the skies
The urgent need for more women in aviation far exceeds some basic box-ticking. We spoke to the trailblazers reimagining the industry and pushing for essential gender equality. Read more

> Wizz Air floats short-haul feeder deal with Poland’s LOT
The chief executive of Wizz Air Holdings, József Varádi, has told Polish media that if he were the CEO of LOT Polish Airlines (LO, Warsaw Chopin), he would outsource short-haul feeder services to Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) and focus on long-haul operations only. Read more

> Nordica privatisation process gets Estonian gov’t nod
The Estonian government has given the green light for the privatisation of fully state-owned carrier Nordica (ND, Tallinn Lennart Meri). “The company does not provide flights from Tallinn to passengers on its own behalf, nor does it have realistic assumptions of providing flight services from Tallinn anymore; it does not increase connectivity with Estonia, while the Estonian state has no need to own the company. Based on these considerations, the climate minister proposes selling the company,” the decision noted. Read more

> ELTF Panel: Aviation Continues To Grapple With Engine Challenges
OEMs are struggling to produce enough engines to meet demand while prices are rising, creating a slew of challenges for the aviation industry, panelists said at Aviation Week Network’s Engine Leasing, Trading & Finance Americas (ELTF) conference on Feb. 28. Read more

> IATA report reveals cause of most aircraft accidents in North America and Europe
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published its latest Annual Safety Report for global aviation. Overall, the IATA report, released on February 29, 2024, reflected an incredible year for safety around the world with several areas seeing their “best ever” results. Read more

> China Southern to launch direct Guangzhou to Doha flights starting April 2024
China Southern announced that it will launch its latest route, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) to Doha International Airport (DOH) starting April 22, 2024. The four weekly direct flights will be operated using the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Read more

> AutoFlight completes the first electric eVTOL inter-city flight
eVTOL developer AutoFlight demonstrated the capabilities of its Prosperity aircraft on February 27, 2024, with the completion of a 50-kilometer (31-mile) demonstration flight between Shenzhen and Zhuhai. The company claims it is the world’s first electric inter-city flight with an aircraft of this type. Read more

> Delegates from Joramco completed a training session dedicated to EASA Part 145 and FAA FAR 145
Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is delighted to share that a training session dedicated to EASA Part 145 and FAA FAR 145 was completed by 22 delegates from Joramco. Read more

> Develop your career in the Initial Airworthiness Environment – The SOL Diploma is extended until the end of April 2024
The EASA Initial Airworthiness Diploma was enhanced with the following new training: EASA Part 21 Operational Suitability Data (OSD) Regulatory Obligations. The price of €695 is frozen until the end of April 2024. Read more


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