AirInsight US Airline Index

       

If one were to assume that the increase in traffic since vaccinations in early 2021 continues at the same rate (which is a big assumption), we would arrive back at 2019 levels sometime between day 171 ( June 20 ) and 215 ( Aug 3 ).  That would predict a strong 2H performance for the US airline industry – assuming trends continue to grow at the current rate. The question now becomes if this is true, how quickly can airlines recover planes from the desert, re-certify pilots as current, and resume normal operational capacity over the next three months?

Commercial Aviation

  • Amazon expands with Cargojet through two freighter deal – AirCargoNews
  • Airbus switching A320neo family from mechanical to electronic rudder control – FlightGlobal
  • UPS agrees to buy electric vertical aircraft to speed up package delivery in small markets – CNBC
  • Wichita aerospace supply company files for bankruptcy – AP
  • Jet Skis, ATVs, and Snowmobiles to Get the EV Treatment from Bombardier – AutoWeek

Business Aviation

  • Dassault Falcon 50: Dassault’s Most Famous Jet Yet! – IntlAviation

Airlines

  • Jetblue plans novel catering concept for transatlantic economy class – BusinessTraveller
  • As international travel returns, El Al offers flight discounts – JPost
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination, tests should only be temporary travel requirements, IATA says- CNBC
  • Air France-KLM to Benefit from Recapitalisation Plan – NITravelnews

Urban Air Mobility

  • Lilium’s New 7-Seat Electric Jet Will Be Flying Across Florida by 2024 – RobbReport
  • Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets – NYT

Social Media

  • Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior – Twitter

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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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