Aviation News in Brief 11 June 2020

HK Express. Korean Air, GEODIS, FAAC, Textron Aviation

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HK Express extends suspension of flight operations to 11 July: HK Express announced the extension of its temporary flight operations suspension to 11 July 2020, in response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions imposed by governments around Asia-Pacific. The airline plans to gradually resume flight operations on 12 July 2020, subject to market developments. Schedule adjustments will be made to the network for flights departing from 12 July 2020. HK Express will continue to provide flexibility to customers whose travel plans have been affected, or those who are booked on flights departing on or before 31 July 2020. Customers can opt to change their travel date, travel route, refund in the form of credit vouchers or cash.

Korean Air implements back-to-front boarding: Korean Air has implemented a back-to-front zone boarding system for all Economy Class passengers on domestic and international routes, which will ensure that passengers seated at the back of the aircraft will be boarded first. Each aircraft is subdivided into three to four zones depending on its size, and the zone number is printed on passengers’ boarding passes so that travellers can easily check their boarding order. While rear row passengers are to board first, passengers with infants or children, the elderly and those needing special assistance will be permitted to pre-board regardless of the zone number. These procedures form part of the social distancing initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as boarding from back to front helps to minimise contact between passengers.

GEODIS transports 50 million disposable medical gloves from China: International logistics provider GEODIS said its freight forwarding unit won a major contract to transport 275 tonnes or around 50,000 boxes of gloves in five shipments from Chengdu, in the Chinese province of Sichuan, to Frankfurt and Nuremberg by airfreight and rail. The air and rail transportation solution, which GEODIS developed in close cooperation with all partners, includes the continuous monitoring of the shipments. Employees of the Chinese supplier watch over the dispatching and loading of the containers at the Sichuan Medicines & Health Products I./E. Corporation’s production facilities in Shendong, where the certified goods are manufactured. The GEODIS teams in China and Europe monitor transport from Chengdu to the destinations in Germany. So-called GEOtags are used for the containers, which enable live tracking via GPS.

FACC honours top suppliers: Aerospace technology company FACC recently honoured its suppliers with the company’s FACC Supplier Excellence Award in gold, silver and bronze as well as the FACC Special Performance Award. Once a year, FACC puts the spotlight on its top-performing suppliers who support FACC with their know-how and high quality and delivery standards in meeting customer requirements. The FACC Supplier Excellence Award in gold was presented to the German system supplier S-Fasteners as the best supplier of 2019. The company manufactures fastening and connecting parts of the highest quality for FACC and impresses with its outstanding delivery and quality performance. The silver award went to Cyclone MFG. The Canadian company produces complex milled parts that are integrated into numerous FACC premium components. The supplier stands out in particular for its utmost precision and exemplary performance. SKF-Tischler, a strong regional partner, was rewarded with the Supplier Excellence Award in bronze. FACC relies on SKF-Tischler’s high degree of flexibility and premium quality in the processing of composite components and the production of tools and equipment for its manufacturing processes. This year’s Special Performance Award goes to PLASCORE, a leading US company in the production of honeycomb cores. Plascore was able to compensate for the loss of another FACC supplier in the best possible way by providing immediate support and making production capacities available at short notice.

Civil Air Patrol and Textron Aviation Special Missions sign deal: Textron Aviation was awarded a contract by the US Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for the sale of 17 Cessna piston-engine aircraft. Using fiscal year 2020 funds, the CAP agreed to purchase 11 Skyhawk 172S, five Skylane 182T and one Turbo Stationair HD T206HD aircraft. The aircraft will join a fleet of nearly 550 Cessna aircraft currently owned and operated by the CAP. As the Air Force Auxiliary, the CAP performs missions for government agencies, and as a non-profit organisation they also serve states and communities. In fiscal year 2019, the CAP saved 117 lives and flew nearly 96,000 hours in their Cessna piston fleet. Today, the CAP is the world’s largest Cessna piston operator. In addition to the just announced contract, in 2019, the CAP ordered 19 aircraft and deliveries of those have begun, with two Turbo Stationair HD pistons already delivered.

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