Start the week: Aviation news roundup

FlyBMi May have been a small airline with just 17 aircraft, but its demise was a shock because it had been doing so well, fulfilling a niche market.

Behind the veiled curtain, one of its major business lines was to supply its ERJ-145’s to corporates for contract hire. Moving conference goers and teams working for automotive companies and the like around Europe. It’s a business I know well having done a great deal of that type of travel over the years.

The problem for the company was that while British contracts in and out of Europe were viable post Brexit, the business of moving passengers inside the EU post Brexit, is about to end over night. Corporate contracts weren’t renewed and the company was too small to register aircraft and pilots licences in Europe.

Brexit they say won’t hurt – try telling that to the 336 employees out of work. And they’re not the only ones.

The fall out over the A380 seems to have been minimal. Airbus seem slightly relieved they don’t have to worry about it any more. Only 200 jobs were affected and Airbus was adamant that nobody would be lost, all 200 would be redeployed on different programs.

Some are now asking about what happens to the astonishingly massive hangar assembly plant in Toulouse, that was built to put it together. That however seems to be a question for another day.

With the A380 gone, the A350 in rolling development and A330’s, A320’s and A220’s now updated and in build – Airbus need to be looking at a new project. It has to be time to look at a new single aisle for the 2030’s and onward…

American major airlines are about to take a leap into the 21st century that the bigots of the world are going to hate, so for once the US majors have my complete thanks.

The decision to allow non-binary gender assignments (if you don’t know what this means, google it), is a major breakthrough for LGBTQ campaigners, and another small but significant move towards equality.

The fact that it’s happening in America under the current administration shows you that things change regardless, and no president lasts forever.

Lion Air had another incident at the end of last week, when one of it’s 737-800’s had a dramatic runway exit following nose gear collapse. The aircraft was landing in a fierce rain storm and strong winds.

Despite the bravado over announcing it wouldn’t be taking any more Boeing 737-Max 8’s following the loss of Flight 620, quite where the order stands is unknown. Legalities and realities may have set it, but one thing is certain – it’s all gone very quiet.