flypop Confirms London Stansted as its UK Airport Base

flypop confirmed that London Stansted Airport will be its first UK airport base.

The flypop team say they see strong long-term demand for direct flights between the UK (STN) and key secondary cities of India. London Stansted offers excellent connectivity, especially with its rail links into both London and the Midlands.  

“During the pandemic we have been in talks with a number of UK airports and we can now confirm London Stansted as our first UK base,” (Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, CEO and principal of flypop, said. “London Stansted Airport has a history of being the base for low-cost carriers and we feel it is the perfect fit for our passengers. flypop is focused on serving the Indian and South Asian diaspora communities living in the UK and their visiting friends and relatives, for whom London Stansted is the most convenient airport location.”

London Stansted’s managing director, Steve Griffiths, added: “We welcome the decision by flypop to select London Stansted as its first UK base and we look forward to working with the airline as it develops its route network plans in advance of the safe return of travel between the UK and India at the appropriate moment.”

flypop is currently in negotiations with a number of second city airports across India and will shortly be confirming its first Indian airport hubs.

American Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Father’s Day Weekend

American Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights due to several factors including maintenance, staffing shortages and employees out sick. Around 300 flights were cancelled during the weekend with more expected today, Monday, June 21, 2021. The airline said it may continue to adjust the schedules and cancel dozens of flights throughout the summer.

American released a statement saying: “We made targeted changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation.”

A surge in travel amid COVID vaccination success has together led to similar dilemmas for most airlines. After offering incentive packages for employees to retire early and many taking the early out as well as layoffs and furloughs, it is taking some time to adjust the staffing needs of the return of travelers.

Southwest Airlines also cancelled numerous flights after experiencing network connectivity problems earlier this month. The airlines attributed their cancellations to the ripple effect of that event.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also reporting staffing shortages and asking some current employees to volunteer for positions such as onboarding new employees.

Airbus Gains First Flight Hour Services Contract in North America with JetBlue for its A220Fleet

Airbus has signed its first Flight Hour Services (FHS) contract with a North American customer. U.S.-based airline JetBlue is acquiring long-term Airbus components maintenance services for its 70 A220 aircraft on order. The A220 started operations with JetBlue in April 2021.

The maintenance-by-the-hour service contract includes material services with on-site-parts stock management, as well as access to Airbus’ pool of parts, engineering and repair services.

“As for all Airbus aircraft program, A220 customers are benefitting from Airbus’ renowned maintenance FHS program. We are extremely proud  to welcome JetBlue as our first FHS customer in North America and be able to further increase its A220 fleet’s availability in support of traffic resuming,” said Dominik Wacht, head of Airbus Customer Services, North America. 

“With a substantially lower direct operating cost over other aircraft in our fleet from both fuel and non-fuel savings, the A220 also helps further reset JetBlue’s maintenance costs well into the decade,” said Bill Cade, Vice President Technical Operations, JetBlue.

“Airbus’ FHS solution helps support our long-term financial goals as they relate to maintenance and supports our ability to offer low fares and award-winning service to more JetBlue customers,” said Bill Cade, vice president Technical Operations, JetBlue.

JetBlue will be the third A220 airline operator to use Airbus’ FHS service. Over 150 A220s have been delivered to nine airlines operating routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member.

This first FHS contract for Airbus in North America confirms the growing expansion  of Airbus’ maintenance-by-the-hour solution to accompany traffic restart: over the last six months, eleven FHS contracts have been signed with operators worldwide.

FLYHT Names Nina Jonsson as Chairman of Board of Directors

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions announced that Ms. Nina Jonsson, a 30-year global airline industry veteran, has agreed to serve as chairman of the Board of FLYHT. Ms. Jonsson brought the airline customer’s perspective to the forefront when she joined FLYHT’s board of directors in 2019, and in her new role, will continue to help guide the Company as the industry recovers from the pandemic and refocuses on the future.

Ms. Jonsson has held leadership roles at major operators in the U.S. and Europe, including most recently at Air France-KLM, United Airlines, US Airways and global industrial aviation services provider Bristow Group. She is currently active as a consultant to the global airline industry’s C-suite as Senior Advisor with Plane View Partners, and serves on the board of directors at Icelandair and the advisory boards of Waltzing Matilda Aviation and Genesis Park Acquisition Corporation.

“I am very proud of the superbly capable, innovative, nimble and customer-focused team at FLYHT,” said Nina, “As a pioneer and independent provider in the live-streaming aircraft data space for the past two decades, FLYHT is uniquely positioned to help airline customers achieve cost-savings, greater operational efficiencies, and enhanced safety with its Actionable Intelligence solutions. As chairman, I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Bill and the entire FLYHT team to promote the Company’s services across the airline industry and to help it grow into the major player it deserves to be.”

Barry Eccleston, outgoing Chairman of FLYHT, stated, “I have known Nina for years and recruited her to the board because of her knowledge and passion for the industry she has been part of for three decades. As I stated at FLYHT’s recent AGM, I am confident that the Company is being left in good hands to capitalize on the recovery of the industry we all love.”

Bill Tempany, Interim CEO of FLYHT, stated, “Getting to know Nina over the last two years, I am confident that her leadership style, industry knowledge and contacts, and passion for the business, will help drive FLYHT in ways we have never experienced before. I am looking forward to working with Nina to take our Company to new heights and provide a rewarding place for our employees and shareholders. We have a new vigor in the business, and under Nina’s stewardship, will take advantage of turning our strong products into industry transforming solutions.”



Tulsa International Airport Welcomes New ARFF Provider

Tulsa International Airport (TUL) welcomed Pro-Tec Fire Services as the airport’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) provider as of March 1, 2021. The airport signed a five year contract in November 2020 with Pro-Tec for ARFF services, with three options to extend an additional five years, for a total of twenty years. The contract with Pro-Tec is expected to save the airport roughly $1 million annually, without reducing the level of safety and reliability to the airport and its passengers.

Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) began reviewing all operating expenditures in late March of 2020 as the pandemic’s impact on airport revenues was materializing. The airport’s leadership team evaluated every expense, looking for savings in order to conserve airport resources. At that time, ARFF services were the single largest expense at Tulsa International Airport, comprising 18% of the airport’s budget for services. Pro-Tec was selected from a competitive proposal process by the TAIT Board in November 2020 and immediately began developing their onboarding plan. “We have been extremely impressed with Pro-Tec’s expertise and operating philosophy since they began providing ARFF services here at Tulsa International,” said Alexis Higgins, CEO of Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust. “Pro-Tec’s entire team has demonstrated their commitment to serving our airfield tenants and customers with the level of service, safety, and quality that is expected in our industry.”

Pro-Tec Fire Services is a Wisconsin-based private contractor that is the largest provider of contracted Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services in the United States. The company provides ARFF services to over twenty airports in the United States and Canada, including Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK, and Ardmore Airpark in Ardmore, OK. Pro-Tec has been in operation since 1974 and was the first of its kind to offer contracted Aircraft Rescue Firefighting services.

“Pro-Tec Fire Services is delighted and honored to have been selected by the Tulsa International Airport to become their ARFF Services provider,” the company said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on offering a competitive, responsive and professional service package. This coupled with a culture founded upon safety and lasting relationships was recognized by the Airport. We thank the Airport for their selection and look forward to providing them value for the long term.”

Incora Opens New Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth

Incora held a ribbon-cutting ceremony the opening of its new global headquarters at 2601 Meacham Boulevard in Fort Worth. Fort Worth was previously home to two company offices, which have consolidated into the new, expanded location. Incora’s largest warehouse, by volume, is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and some of the company’s largest customers and suppliers are nearby. In addition to these resources and assets, the central U.S. location makes the city of Fort Worth ideal for the new headquarters, offering more product and service availability to global customers, suppliers, and colleagues.

“Our new headquarters is more than a building; it is the commitment that Incora is making to customers, suppliers, employees and community,” said Incora chief executive officer David Coleal. “We are celebrating this important milestone because the new headquarters is a symbol that we are one company and one Incora, bringing together our unique capabilities for our customers and suppliers across the globe.”  

Mayor Betsy Price attended the headquarters opening celebration and stated, “We’re delighted to welcome Incora’s expanded presence to Fort Worth and we look forward to the company’s community involvement.”

Brandom Gengelbach, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce also attended the event. He noted, “Fort Worth is a dynamic city by nature, fueled by a vibrant business community. Incora’s expansion is a direct testament to that and positions the company for continued success and future growth here.”

Consolidating Fort Worth-area offices and assets is part of a global plan to combine two legacy companies, Wesco Aircraft and Pattonair, into one Incora. The integration creates efficiencies, encourages collaboration, and leverages growth in all regions. Incora’s executive leadership team will be centered in Fort Worth, bringing them together and reinforcing Incora’s collaborative approach.

The Final Frontier or Just the Horizon?

The Final Frontier or Just the Horizon?

We have added an additional area of coverage to Aerospace Tech Review – Space. There is so much happening in this area right now we just had to start covering it. It also relates and is interconnected in so many ways to our other areas of coverage that it just made sense to begin covering it. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the incredible things happening in space right now.

NASA, The European Space Agency, the German Space Agency DLR, Roscosmos and other countries are all cooperating on numerous research projects that often have highly beneficial applications back on Earth in medicine, agriculture, mechanical engineering and land surveying. They are conducting ongoing experiments on the space station and exploring our neighbor planet, Mars.

Russia’s Roscosmos (Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities), announced this week that work has already begun on a new national space station, a follow-on to their Salyut and Mir stations, from the 70s and 80s. The BBC reported Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, posted a video to the on the Telegram app saying, “the first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works” and could be complete by 2025.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts are in orbit following an early morning launch bound for the International Space Station for the second commercial crew rotation mission aboard the microgravity laboratory. The international crew of astronauts lifted off Friday April 23 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Just a few days later a trash-packed Russian cargo craft departed the ISS on Tuesday, April 27. Four astronauts are targeting Saturday May 1 for their return to Earth and splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. NASA and SpaceX managers were monitoring the weather at the splashdown site as we went to press just before that event.

“It has been an incredible year for NASA and our Commercial Crew Program, with three crewed launches to the space station since last May,” NASA Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk said. “This is another important milestone for NASA, SpaceX, and our international partners at ESA and JAXA, and for the future of scientific research on board the space station.”

The second commercial crew mission to fly a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut successfully put two JAXA astronauts on station at the same time in April.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, once a wild fantasy, is an integral part of much of what is happening with NASA right now. “I’m really proud of the SpaceX team and honored to be partnered with NASA and helping JAXA and ESA as well,” said Elon Musk, chief engineer at SpaceX. “We’re thrilled to be a part of advancing human spaceflight and looking forward to going beyond Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars and helping make humanity a space-faring civilization and a multi-planet species one day.”

Crew-2 also is the first commercial crew mission to fly an ESA astronaut. Pesquet is the first of three ESA crew members assigned to fly to station on commercial crew spacecraft, kicking off a continuous stay of ESA astronauts on the space station for about a year and a half – in total – for the first time in more than 20 years.

“This is a thrilling time for human spaceflight and this new success of the Commercial Crew Program embodies it – congratulations once again to NASA and SpaceX,” said David Parker, director of human and robotic exploration at ESA. “Starting with astronaut Thomas Pesquet, ESA is delighted to join this new space station chapter, paving the way to the future of exploration side by side with diverse partners. Six months of excellent science and state-of-the-art technology demonstrations now await him, and we know he cannot wait to start working.”

At the end of March 2021.Virgin Galactic unveiled their first Spaceship III in its growing fleet, the VSS Imagine. The company says Spaceship III showcases Virgin Galactic’s innovation in design and astronaut experience. Virgin Galactic also demonstrated progress toward efficient design and production, as they work to scale the business for the long-term. VSS Imagine will begin ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Meanwhile in Maine, startup blueShift is busy designing and manufacturing their rocket and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a crowd-sourcing campaign conducted earlier in April 2021. blueShift says they are “developing a unique line of rockets powered by bio-derived fuels to launch tiny satellites into space.”

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) celebrated its first anniversary and secured a public nod from President Biden’s administration. The acknowledgement from the Biden Administration seems to indicate the United States’ newest military branch will live on, allowing Space Force leadership to go forward with their mission.

The U.S. Space Force hosted its first Space Engagement Talks (SET) with the Israeli Air Force during virtual sessions April 19-20.

The talks brought the two nations together and showed a shared interest in ensuring access to and peaceful use of outer space, the agencies said.

As one of only nine countries in the world to have indigenous launch capabilities, Israel is poised to collaborate with the U.S. on various projects. Possessing its own space program since 1981, and the U.S. and Israeli space partnership further reinforces an already strong security relationship.

This rundown doesn’t even begin to cover all that is happening in the space industry right now.

Watch for our space news; we will be covering this area on a regular basis on our website, in the magazine and in webinars going forward.

Laser Strikes Tick Up Even with Less Flight Activity

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that laser strikes against pilots increased in 2020 even with the overall decrease in air traffic operations. In 2020, pilots reported 6,852 laser strikes to the FAA. This is an increase from 6,136 laser strikes reported in 2019 and is the highest number reported to the agency since 2016.

FAA say they remain vigilant in raising awareness about misuse of lasers when they are pointed towards aircraft. Intentionally aiming lasers at an aircraft poses a safety threat to pilots and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can incapacitate pilots flying aircraft that may be carrying hundreds of passengers.

The FAA works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against people who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft. The agency takes enforcement action against people who violate Federal Aviation Regulations by shining lasers at aircraft and can impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. The FAA has imposed civil penalties up to $30,800 against people for multiple laser incidents.

Olivier Dassault Dies in Helicopter Crash

French aviation scion, Olivier Dassault, has died in a helicopter crash in France. The 69-year-old was the son of Serge Dassault, French billionaire, businessman and politician who had been the chairman and chief executive officer of Dassault Group.

Olivier Dassault served in several executive roles at Dassault during his lifetime including chairman of the supervisory board of Dassault Group, but resigned when elected to the French Parliament to avoid any conflict of interest. He was elected in 2002 to France’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.

“Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss,” said French President Emanuel Macron in Tweet.

The pilot of the helicopter was also killed in the crash – they were the only people onboard.

Deloitte Names Coykendall as U. S. Aerospace and Defense Leader

Deloitte announced the appointment of John Coykendall, a principal at Deloitte Consulting, to lead its U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) sector within the U.S. industrial products and construction practice. Additionally, Coykendall was named Deloitte’s global aerospace and defense sector leader. He succeeds Robin Lineberger, who will be retiring from Deloitte in May.

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Coykendall will lead the overall strategic direction of the A&D sector, as well as the go-to-market strategies for Deloitte’s key businesses including audit & assurance, consulting, tax and risk & financial advisory services. Among Deloitte’s A&D clients are companies on the Fortune 500, including the aerospace; commercial aircraft; business and general aviation; space and ship building; and defense industries.

“We are confident John’s sector, client and leadership experience will provide an excellent foundation to continue our momentum in the A&D market,” said Paul Wellener, vice chairman, Deloitte and U.S. industrial products and construction leader. “He is well-positioned to help our clients transform amid the multidimensional challenges facing the sector, including and especially recovery from the pandemic. We congratulate John on his new role and thank Robin for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the organization.”

Most recently, Coykendall served as the consulting leader for Deloitte’s global industrial products and construction practice. During his 25-year career, he has worked extensively with global companies with highly engineered products in the A&D, industrial products and automotive industries. He has led large-scale transformation efforts to help businesses with strategic cost transformation and operations/supply chain initiatives. 

“The pandemic has created never-before-seen challenges and opportunities for the A&D sector,” said Coykendall. “While the long-term impacts for the commercial aerospace sector remain to be seen, rapid innovation in emerging and transformative technologies are ushering in a new era of aviation. I’m honored to take on this leadership role at such a pivotal time in the industry. I look forward to helping our clients, across the sector, navigate the complex and bold moves required to accelerate adoption of industry 4.0 and other generational step-changes that are expected to drive growth and shape the industry of the future.” 

Coykendall has an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College in business and economics; and government and law. He also holds an MBA from Duke University.


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