Phoenix-based Worldwide Jet, which operates a fleet of 12 business jets ranging from a Global Express to a Learjet 60, is rolling out a new Covid-19 testing effort for its crews. “This month, we will begin implementing testing every 72 hours, beginning 72 hours prior to reporting for their duty rotation,” said company president and CEO Andrew Kaufman. “As the logistical hurdles of this large-scale program are addressed, we hope our increased testing protocol will be in full effect by the end of the month.”
The Coronavirus impact on the aviation Industry
Norwegian Air will close all long-haul operations and concentrate its efforts on a dedicated short-haul network in Europe with Boeing 737s, the low-cost airline announced Thursday. The move comes days after the airline reported a 94 percent decrease in passenger numbers and a 98 percent decline in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) during the month of December, as it flew just nine airplanes out of a fleet of 132 Boeing 737s and 787s.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order on Tuesday requiring all air passengers entering the U.S. to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test or recovery of the virus.
When Covid-19 first made its way to the U.S. early last year, Indianapolis-based TxJet, like other charter operations, found itself in a demand slump. But it was a momentary pause because TxJet’s primary cargo is human organs and the medical teams that transplant them. “Tx” is an abbreviation used for organ transplantation in medical parlance.
The International Air Transport Association’s persistent calls for a Covid-19 testing regime to replace quarantine requirements have gone unanswered by governments, prompting IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac to characterize near-term prospects as “bleak” and IATA chief economist Brian Pearce to expect more airline bankruptcies during the first half of the year.
Air ambulance pilots are the first among the pilot community to receive the Covid-19 vaccines, but the question of when the larger pilot community will have a turn remains unknown. That question was among those discussed Thursday during a National Air Transportation Association webinar, “Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence for Pilots and Essential Workers.”
I was thinking the other day about what it would be like to make a 2020 playlist for the pandemic. Every one of us probably has that day it started for them etched in their mind. For me, it was March 14, when I told employees to start working from home. The first song that came to mind was ”American Pie” by Don Mclean. March 14 was the day the music died for us.
Over the next several weeks, the pandemic began to take shape and our aviation market had shut down. All of us in aircraft sales and other segments were feeling close to each other and just collectively hoping for the best while reminding each other to hang on. The song that I put here is “Let’s Hang On” by Frankie Valli.
Next came the pronouncements in April and May: “I am never going to fly on a commercial plane again!” This seemed like just idle conversation at the time, but people were talking about change. The song I picked for this is “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan.
Then these prospects later began to take hold, with callers turning into real buyers. So my final song to wrap the year up is Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny.” It seems there is light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
Passengers arriving on flights to the UK will be required to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken up to 72 hours before departure time. The measure, which was announced on January 8, will go into force at some point next week, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps.
Global business aviation saw a surge over the December holiday period that brought activity levels to within 11 percent of those of the previous December, according to statistics released today by industry data provider WingX Advance.
A slowing recovery of passenger demand resulting from surging Covid cases and related travel restrictions since the Northern Hemisphere’s summer travel season reached a full stop in November as airlines saw almost identical revenue passenger kilometer declines from a month earlier, reported the International Air Transport Association Thursday. Falling 70.3 percent from the same month a year earlier, November 2020 RPKs went virtually unchanged from the 70.6 percent year-over-year decline recorded in October.