Etihad Airways launches sustainability-focused corporate rewards programme

Etihad launches green corporate rewards programme

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Etihad Airways launches sustainability-focused corporate rewards programme

Etihad Airways has launched a new green corporate rewards programme to help organisations reduce their emissions and to operate in a more sustainable way.

The Corporate Conscious Choices programme provides companies with certain rewards and incentives designed to proactively support pro-environmental, social and governance initiatives and employee behaviour. According to Kim Hardaker, Etihad’s Head of Loyalty and Partnerships, the constantly evolving programme can be customised to each company’s needs.

In addition to the airline’s business traveller customers earning Etihad Guest Miles, Etihad will also award the miles to their organisation. Corporate Conscious Points can be used to offset corporate travel and everyday activities or to purchase sustainable products from the Etihad Guest Reward Shop. Etihad will also further reward businesses when their employees make conscious choices as provided within the Etihad Guest programme.

The airline, which in 2019 made a commitment to reduce single-use plastics by 80% by 2022, says the programme provides sustainable benefits through carbon offsetting, sustainable aviation fuel investments and green surcharge fares.

Tony Douglas, Etihad’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Sustainability has been at the top of Etihad’s agenda as the most significant long-term priority of our business for a long time now – but it is more than just a business priority. It’s a social responsibility, as the influence organisations have on society as leaders, helping consumers make sustainable choices in their everyday lives, is a duty and obligation of doing business.

“We have put a lot of focus on what governments and regulators should be doing to battle climate change, but the fact is we need corporates’ help and there is an equal responsibility for corporates to do what they can to reduce their own carbon footprint while leading by example to help consumers to live more sustainably.

“All corporates and organisations need transportation, whether it’s for travel or their supply chain. Our aim with the launch of Corporate Conscious Choices is to recognise those corporations that take the most sustainable actions through rewards and recognition.”

The programme has already been adopted by several leading global organisations, including Accenture and business travel management company CWT.

UK start-up airline flypop is bringing its second aircraft into service for cargo operations

Second flypop aircraft begins cargo operations

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UK start-up airline flypop is bringing its second aircraft into service for cargo operations

UK start-up airline flypop is bringing its second aircraft into service for cargo operations this week.

The carrier’s Airbus A330 flew into London Stansted Airport last weekend, where flypop’s headquarters are located. Flypop, which in May last year selected Bluebox Aviation Systems to provide an ancillary revenue generating retail and in-flight entertainment solution on board its Airbus A330 aircraft, has been partnering with wet lease specialist operator Hi Fly for zero-LOPA (layout of passenger accommodations) cargo operations over the past few months to meet the growing international demand for cargo flights.

Flypop Principal and CEO, Nino Singh Judge, said: “Fantastic to see our second flypop aircraft in the skies and especially here at our UK base at London Stansted Airport and flying over my house. Flypop is now a revenue-generating airline and we look forward to continuing to grow our fleet of aircraft throughout 2022 for both cargo and passenger operations. We expect a surge in demand for low-cost flights to India from the UK from Q2 onwards.”

The carrier is currently considering several destinations on the Indian subcontinent – including Amritsar, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Chandigarh – and says it will bring two more of its fleet of aircraft into service for cargo duties over the next couple of months.

It plans to launch passenger flights in the summer to meet the demand of the Indian diaspora communities living in the UK and their visiting friends and relatives.

Virgin cabin crew welcome

Virgin Atlantic to recruit 400 new cabin crew members

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Virgin cabin crew welcome

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will be recruiting 400 new cabin crew members.

The airline welcomed more than 750 returning cabin crew in 2021 who were placed in a holding pool and says more than 230 are set to return in the first quarter of 2022.

The carrier says it is now able to recruit externally for the first time in nearly two years. The roles will be part of an initial six-month fixed term contract with the view to extend and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Estelle Hollingsworth, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief People Officer, said: “It’s the best jobs that make people fly and we couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming so many new cabin crew members to the skies with our recruitment drive.

“We’re committed to supporting diversity both on the ground and on board, so are seeking people from all backgrounds who aspire to be the friendly, smiling and professional face that is the airline – with the iconic Virgin Atlantic style and flair.

“We champion difference and individuality, and it’s by encouraging all of our people to truly be themselves at work that we uphold an inclusive environment where they each can thrive.

“Being part of our incredible cabin crew is an adventure, with travel around the world and new experiences waiting at every destination. We welcome anyone interested in this exciting new career journey to apply now.”

Applications are now open on the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew recruitment website.

ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

ZIM Aircraft Seating expands Immenstaad HQ

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ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

ZIM Aircraft Seating is to triple its activities at Immenstaad by expanding its new headquarters opened in March 2021.

Additional office space has already been occupied, with a new model shop with a design department for the market-driven development of future products set to open by April 2022. In addition, the headquarters will be expanded to include an automated test centre and a new customer service area with modern repair and maintenance facilities.

The new headquarters on Lake Constance is part of ZIM’s decision after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to realign the corporate structure in order to be able to better serve future orders and to increase the efficiency of the processes within the company.

“The investment into our location expansion is a clear commitment to our employees and the region,” emphasised ZIM CEO Sven Achilles. “We have a social responsibility that is independent of time and which we also live up to by creating structures that will make us competitive in the future.”

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace acquires Gamit Ltd

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AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance...

AMAC Aerospace Switzerland has acquired Gamit Ltd, a UK company supplying professional and technical support to local and international Maintenance Repair Organisations, airlines, private and corporate aircraft owners.

Bernd Schramm, Chief Operating Officer AMAC Aerospace Switzerland, said: “We are excited to incorporate Gamit Limited into the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ as it will give the group more aviation related services that we normally have to seek from the wider markets. We will be integrating a strong team based out of the UK with about 100 years’ worth of cumulative experience.”

Ian Davies, General Manager of Gamit Ltd, added: “Becoming part of the ‘AMAC Aerospace Group of Companies’ will enable us to access new markets, offer new services and work much closer together on mutual projects realising efficiencies that ultimately benefit our clients. It is an exciting time for the group and a great opportunity for Gamit Limited.”

Gamit Ltd will keep its offices at London Stansted Airport.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT), a division of Carlisle Companies (CSL), has released new High-Voltage Extruded Wires for aerospace applications.

CarlisleIT extends high-voltage series for aerospace applications

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Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT), a division of Carlisle Companies (CSL), has released new High-Voltage Extruded Wires for aerospace applications.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT), a division of Carlisle Companies (CSL), has released new High-Voltage Extruded Wires for aerospace applications.

Part of CarlisleIT’s high-voltage series, these high-voltage extruded wires are capable of 1,000 V performance while meeting EN3475-407 to provide ‘excellent’ flammability and smoke generation properties, in addition to ‘exceptional’ arc-resistance propagation. Other features and benefits include a minimum bend radius of 6x with tight routing that bends without wrinkling or cracking the insulation; high temperature rating of 260 degrees Celsius; UV laser markable to easily identify wire for OEMs and end users, and high strand count conductor that is extremely flexible for installation and routing.

“As aerospace technology advances, we are continually working to keep up with the ever-increasing demands for power on traditional and electric-powered aircraft,” said Tom Turner, product manager – power and grounding at CarlisleIT. “We are proud to grow our portfolio as one of the top manufacturers in the aerospace industry.”

RAS Aircraft Completions and Interiors, a subsidiary of JETMS, has appointed Keiron Mc Neill as its Managing Director.

RAS Completions and Interiors names new Managing Director

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RAS Aircraft Completions and Interiors, a subsidiary of JETMS, has appointed Keiron Mc Neill as its Managing Director.

RAS Aircraft Completions and Interiors, a subsidiary of JETMS, has appointed Keiron Mc Neill as its Managing Director.

Mc Neill arrives at RAS from his previous role as Chief Technical Officer for Loganair in the UK market. With Loganair, Mc Neill was a member of the airline’s leadership team charged with responsibility for the technical introduction of the Embraer 135/145 fleet along with the ATR 42/72 into the airline’s resources.

“It is with great pleasure that I commence my new role with RAS Completions and Interiors, along with joining the global ranks of the Avia Solutions Group family,” Mc Neill commented. “I am aware that there will be many challenges on the road ahead, but I am buoyed by the resilience demonstrated by the aviation sector in what has been some of the most challenging times witnessed by any industry. My goal will be to help lead the company forward through the next stages of its development, and I greatly look forward to the support and assistance of a hugely experienced team of leading industry specialists.”

Philippe Carette President of Inmarsat’s Aviation Business Unit

Philippe Carette to join Inmarsat to head aviation business unit

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Philippe Carette President of Inmarsat’s Aviation Business Unit

Philippe Carette has been appointed President of Inmarsat’s Aviation Business Unit effective 22 November 2021.

Carette joins Inmarsat from Thales, where he held the position of CEO of Thales’ InFlyt Experience Business Line (IFE), and will succeed Philip Balaam, who is moving into a new strategy role at Inmarsat, where he will be working with Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Fredrik Gustavsson to reinforce the company’s growing, broad-based commercial momentum.

“I am very pleased to welcome Philippe Carette as President of our Aviation Business at the start of a new era of growth across our aviation business lines, and throughout the company as a whole”, said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat.  “He brings a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with him as a member of Inmarsat’s executive team as we extend our technology leadership and significantly enhance the services we offer to our partners and customers through new initiatives such as ORCHESTRA and ELERA. His 30 plus years of experience in aviation, technology and aerospace will be invaluable.”

Kim Creaven joins Panasonic Avionics as Director of Advertising Sales

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Kim Creaven has been appointed as Director of Advertising Sales at Panasonic Avionics.

Kim Creaven has been appointed as Director of Advertising Sales at Panasonic Avionics.

Reporting to Andrew Mohr, Panasonic Avionics’ Vice President, Digital Solutions, Creaven, who joins from Anuvu where she was Vice President of Sales, Strategy and Partner Marketing, serve as the organisational lead for all Panasonic Avionics’ market-driven, advertising-related solutions.

In this role, she will be responsible for the development and oversight of the business to include product, sales, and marketing solutions that maximise opportunities for the monetisation of passenger engagement through in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems.

Creaven will work with customers, stakeholders, and third-party vendors to help develop and execute product and marketing strategies for its advertising services across the company’s business verticals.

Andrew Mohr said: “There is incredible room for growth in the in-flight advertising space, and Kim’s expertise and in-depth industry knowledge will contribute greatly to unlocking that potential through Panasonic Avionics’ IFE and Connectivity.”

Creaven said: “As Panasonic Avionics continues its advances in digital ancillary revenue innovation, we will be taking today’s in-cabin entertainment experience to the next level of engagement with our industry-leading advertising services.”

“I will use my experience and passion for our industry to help Panasonic Avionics become the lead in onboard advertising and ancillary revenue standards and to deliver innovative customer partnerships across the globe.”

Astronics product portfolio for seat back IFE

Astronics receives cash injection

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Astronics product portfolio for seat back IFE

Astronics Corporation has entered into an agreement with the US Department of Transportation under the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program, or AMJP, for a grant of up to US$14.7 million. Astronics received the first instalment of $7.3 million under the grant in September. The Company expects to receive a second instalment in the range of $5 million to $6 million during the fourth quarter of 2021 and a final instalment in the second or third quarter of 2022 upon final confirmation of meeting its grant commitments.

Astronics was required to make several commitments to qualify for the program, including a commitment not to furlough or lay off a defined group of employees during the period of performance. The grant benefit will be recognised ratably over a six-month performance period as an offset to cost of goods sold. The contribution to gross profit by quarter is expected to be $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, $7.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 and $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2022.

The company has also sold its Fort Lauderdale, Florida facility for $9.1 million.

David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer of Astronics noted: “While we have been confident in our ability to stay in compliance with our lending covenants, the incremental cash and income from the sale of the building and the AMJP grant enhances our financial position and provides a larger cushion for the immediate future.”