AirInsight US Airline Index

Traffic levels are notable in that Tuesday’s numbers were over 1 million – a traditionally weak travel day. We have typically been in the 700,000 range earlier in the year, so things are turning upward strongly. Spring break may be one reason – the question is now sustainability.  With 11 days now over 1 million daily passengers, this is encouraging albeit there remains a long way to go. The key question is when international traffic can be restored, with new waves across the world. Outside of a few countries, vaccination levels remain weak. Of the 475,525,495 doses administered worldwide through yesterday, 128,217,029 have been in the US. In the US we now stand at 25% vaccinated with at least 1 dose and 14% fully vaccinated. By contrast, Spain is a 9.1% and 4.6%, Italy at 9.3% and 4.3%. at 9.3% and 4.1%, France at 9.5% and 3.6%, and Canada at 9.7% and 1.7%, Seychelles at 65% and 29%, and Israel at 58% and 52% lead the way.  Somehow Monaco, surrounded by France and Italy, is at 25% and 22%.

Commercial Aviation

  • Norway blocks Rolls-Royce’s plan to sell engine maker to RussiaReuters
  • The Way Aircraft Fly Across The Atlantic Could Change Radically For The Better – Forbes
  • to take 16 Max jets by summer – FlightGlobal
  • Aura Aero Announces Electric Aircraft – AvWeb

Business Aviation

  • The Cirrus G2 Vision, the World’s Most Popular Jet – RobbReport

Airlines

  • How British Airways Is Using Tech to Enable Safe Travel – Bloomberg
  • WestJet Airlines restores routes as COVID-19 shots raise hope of summer travel – Reuters
  • In Pandemic, American Airlines Flying Fell Below A Contract Minimum. Now Pilots Could Undo Code Shares – Forbes
  • The toil and trouble of the trans-Tasman bubble – Stuff

Urban Air Mobility

  • Flying Cars and Drones Will Soon Get Their Own Airport in the UK – ReviewGeek

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