March 08, 2024


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our Aviation

Weekly News Roundup:

> Count them in : More opportunities for girls and women in aviation

Following the release of the Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative Strategic Action Plan in September 2023, the Initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Four suppliers have been identified to deliver projects to increase the visibility of aviation as a career for girls and women and drive long-term cultural change to increase inclusion within the aviation industry. Read more 

> Long-awaited agreement on EU sky rules does not satisfy the aviation industry

Aviation industry stakeholders are displeased with the revised text of the Single European Sky (SES), informally adopted by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament on Wednesday (6 March), stating that the agreement does not go far enough to reduce delays or improve air travel capacity. Read more

> Boeing Delivery Delays Force United Airlines To Pause Pilot Hiring

United Airlines has revealed that it is temporarily suspending pilot recruitment, citing manufacturing delays at Boeing as one of the reasons. The airline will pause new hire pilot recruitment for May and June, with the process provisionally restarting in July. Read more

> Aircraft Operators, FBOs Face New UK Border Controls

Business aircraft operators and general aviation airports will have to adapt to new UK border control processes resulting from the implementation of the country’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) requirements. The program is being gradually implemented following its launch in November and is expected to be extended to include European Union, U.S., and Canadian citizens by early 2025. Read more

> FAA Awards $13.5 Million in Grants To Foster Workforce

The FAA has awarded its next tranche of grants to help foster the development of pilots, maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals. In all, the agency granted $13.5 million to 32 schools in this latest round of funding under two congressionally-authorized programs to support training for the next generation of the aviation workforce. Read more 

> UK Considers New Night Noise Limits for London Airports

The UK’s Department for Transportation (DfT) has launched a consultation over possible changes to nighttime aircraft noise limits at London Stansted, Heathrow, and Gatwick airports. The proposals would most immediately impact Stansted Airport where there could be a new cap on the so-called quota count (QC) limit for noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.Read more 

> Singapore competition body approves Air India-Vistara merger

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has conditionally approved the planned merger between Air India (AI, Delhi International) and Vistara (UK, Delhi International) after accepting commitments from Air India, its owner Tata Sons, and stakeholder Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi). The authority’s interest in the tie-up is the competitive impact it would have on flights between India and Singapore.Read more

> Ryanair cuts Summer 2024 schedule due to MAX delays

Ryanair (FR, Dublin International) has revealed it now expects to take only forty B737-8-200s before June 2024 instead of the originally planned 57, which will force it to trim its summer schedule.”Ryanair’s current Summer 2024 season schedule was based on receiving a minimum of fifty B737 aircraft, and Ryanair will now have to reduce approximately ten aircraft lines of flying for the peak summer months of July, August, and September,” it said. Read more 

> Beta Technologies, Signature Aviation to Install Electric Aircraft Chargers at 3 Airports

Beta Technologies, a manufacturer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) aircraft, continues to expand its network of U.S. electric aircraft chargers.The firm on Thursday announced a formal partnership with Signature Aviation, a FBO network for business and private aviation, to install systems at three East Coast airports, with discussions underway to include additional locations. Read more



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