Lauda, BA fake news, US airlines, 737MAX faces more claims

Lauda Europe begins

Former Austrian airline, Vienna based Laudamotion is in effect, no more and the airline has morphed into RyanAir owned Luda Europe, based in Malta. The airline also joins Malta based Ryan Air Group subsidiary Malta Air.

 Lauda Europe will take over the operation of Airbus A320-200s from Laudamotion and will exclusively operate the aircraft as a technical wet-lease operator under Ryanair’s “FR” code. At least five Airbus A320s previously registered in Austria have been changed to Maltese registrations.

British Airways Negus 747 Aircraft Taken: 21st March 2019 Picture by: Stuart Bailey

BA, Rossiya the 747’s: all fake news

Several aviation websites who should have known better, either deleted their pages or just admitted their mistake after a story appeared out of nowhere saying that 7 BA 744’s had been sold to Russia’s Rossiya.

This is what happens when they see something they try to scoop without having qualified it, British Airways Press sorted the matter out.

Airlines face what’s being termed “a Thelma & Louise moment”

If you don’t know the reference, it refers to a 1991 Riddley Scott directed girl buddy movie. Thelma & Louise end up chased by police and decide they either have to give up and face the consequences, or drive their convertible right over a cliff to their own oblivion.

In the US, government aid packages under the CARES Act come to a sudden end with no additional assistance anywhere in sight on 30th September.

Quite what happens to many staff and destinations is yet to be clearly defined. The chances are nothing will go well. The news from Southwest is that they’re cutting 20% more of their October schedules, a similar move was announced by Ryan Air in Europe.

Airlines are basically operating on just 15% of their normal income. Delta and Southwest have resisted taking government money. Delta has in effect sold off its frequent flyer programme to bring in as much as $9 billion. Southwest has $19 billion in cash and is burning up $20m a day – at least three years worth of money.

For the other airlines its not quite so easy. It may seem strange but American is probably the weakest in many ways. It has least money, the most staff, the highest overheads, the least effective infrastructure, the least loyal customer base, seemingly indifferent managers, and has been rather smug over the past few years, based entirely on its own size and apparent superiority. Its just not as well constructed as an entity and many feel its the one most likely to fail.

All airlines had some bad news over the weekend when the US Centre for Disease Control announced that up to 11,000 cases of Covid had been transmitted on aircraft since the hygiene plans went into effect. There were also new studies showing that long haul travel was far more likely to result in transmission simply based on the amount of time you spend on the aircraft. Not what the airlines wanted to hear.

So for some of them, they either stop, turn round and face the music – and all the harsh consequences that comes with doing so, or they face risking everything by driving over the cliff.

Boeing whistleblower says more needs to be done on MAX

A Boeing whistleblower, Chris Ewbank, is telling the authorities that Boeing still hasn’t done anywhere near enough to sort out the 737MAX, just as it’s due to reach FAA re-certification.

Mr Ewbank believes the FAA and Boeing haven’t done enough to prevent faulty readings being reported to pilots. He also thinks that the review on how pilots react in the face of an emergency haven’t been adequately dealt with.

EASA has actually said while its happy for certification to go ahead, it wants most of what Ewbank has asked for dealt with in the immediate future.