Welcome to Morning Call for 2 December 2021, and the Top Aviation News Stories for today.  You can also search our archives for older news stories by date.  

AirInsight US Airline Index

November domestic air traffic in the US reflected a pent-up demand and a return from what we’ve described as constrained normalcy to a modest return to growth.  The trend for a flat to negative November and December that we saw in 2019 and 2020 has been replaced with a return to slow growth.  That’s a good sign that the industry was beginning to return to growth and more normal traffic levels in November.  

The question now is whether the recovery continues or the new strain will extend the pandemic and once again negatively impact aviation.  While initial indications are that the new strain may be much less severe than initially feared, the panic on Wall Street could quickly extend to travel plans and the jury remains out on its impact.  

Under more normal circumstances, we would view November as an inflection point and a resumption of growth back toward normality.  However, the unknown impact of the Omicron variant precludes us from forecasting a new trend based on a stronger than expected month for traffic growth. We will continue to monitor traffic levels in early December, and update this analysis on December 16th with additional data.

Commercial Aviation

  • Akbar Al Baker looks close to announcing an order for Boeing’s yet to be launched #777X – Reuters
  • French hybrid electric – FlightGlobal
  • A220 is a game changer – Forbes
  • How Boeing’s business practices led the company into a nosedive – KJZZ

Business Aviation

  • Wealthy Are Looking to Book Private Jets to Flee South Africa – BusInsider

Airlines

  • Omicron variant in Europe before SA flights – Moneyweb
  • Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights – NYP
  • ‘This is not going to be good’: Moderna CEO  – MarketWatch
  • Aeromexico files updated reorganization plan – Aerotime

Urban Air Mobility

  • E20 eVTOL full-size mockup and vertiport-based ecosystem concept – Twitter

Social Media

  • Plane overruns runwayTwitter
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