Aviation News in Brief 28 October 2020

Vision-Box, Dubai International, Vietjet, APOC Aviation, AirAsia

ICAO, UNWTO to strengthen collaboration
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Use this oneVision-Box deploys contactless pax experience at Dubai airport: Vision-Box has announced the implementation of an integrated Biometric experience for Emirates Airline at Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The facility will use Vision-Box’s Orchestra Digital Identity Management Platform – a touchless and contactless passenger processing service at the airport to provide passenger safety and security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vision-Box’s contactless technology will offer a sophisticated traveller experience, comprising an identification, clearance, and safety monitoring environment. The new infrastructure offers a suite of digital tools that reduces or eliminates passenger contact with touchscreen surfaces, and physical interaction with airport and airline staff, thus providing a safe travel experience. The collaboration with Emirates is the result of a successful four-year trial of digital identification technology, when one of the world’s leading airlines selected Vision-Box as the key technology provider and partner to deliver a One-ID end-to-end biometric solution that complies with all international security and privacy standards.

Vietjet cutting deals to bring passengers back: Vietjet is offering discounts of 50 percent on ticket fares and checked baggage fees across its expanding flight network. Specifically, by applying three promotional codes “ECO50”, “DELUXE30” or “SKYBOSS20” on its website and mobile app, passengers will receive a discount of 50 percent for Eco fares, 30 percent for Deluxe fares or 20 percent for SkyBoss fares respectively during three days from 28 October to 30 October. The flight period is from 1 November to 31 March. In addition, customers who complete buying domestic tickets from now to 30 November will also receive a 50 percent discount on all checked baggage purchases besides free luggage including in fare types.

APOC Aviation chooses Egeria as strategic investment partner: To accelerate its growth strategy and transition the business effectively to meet global expansion targets, Dutch aviation company APOC has partnered with private equity investor Egeria. APOC will use Egeria’s sizeable investment to supplement its narrowbody airframe, engines and landing gear acquisition policy, spearhead a transformative global footprint, and position its comprehensive inventory of commercial spare parts at the forefront of the industry’s inevitable resurgence. Founder and CEO Max Lutje Wooldrik retains his interest in the company, while current shareholder Antea and other investors sell their stake. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Wooldrik said, “I am delighted that APOC has attracted a significant investment from Egeria to support and accelerate the next phase of our exciting growth ambitions in coming years. The Company has achieved strong organic growth since its inception and is very well positioned to take advantage of the significant market opportunity available given its focus on reliability, speed and delivering an optimal service to its customers.”

AirAsia Group Q3 preliminary operating stats: AirAsia Group continued its recovery momentum into Q3 as key operational metrics improved in September as compared to July, including a 36 percent increase in passengers carried by AirAsia Malaysia, a 79 percent increase in passengers carried by AirAsia India, and an increase of 65 percent of passengers carried by AirAsia Thailand. Load factor for the group increased 7 percentage points in September as compared to July 2020. These improvements highlight a strong upward rebound trend for air travel demand across key markets for the group. AirAsia Malaysia operated 52 percent of its domestic capacity in September, in comparison to 40% in July 2020 as travel demand has been on an upward trajectory since Q2 with the easing of restrictions on interstate travel. AirAsia Malaysia achieved a 68 percent load factor while carrying close to 1.8 million passengers during the quarter. While capacity has been reduced in October 2020 given the conditional movement control order by the government, AirAsia Malaysia is striving to recover to 60 percent of its pre-COVID domestic capacity by Q4. AirAsia Indonesia posted a load factor of 49 percent for Q3, down by 36 percentage points compared to the same period last year. AirAsia Indonesia’s operations have gradually picked up since the resumption of services on 19 June but have remained below pre-COVID levels. While AirAsia Indonesia carried only 4 percent of passengers in Q3 at 73,905, the number of passengers carried improved by 18 times quarter-on-quarter as it resumed more flights in line with the easing of travel restrictions. AirAsia Indonesia operated 12 routes during the quarter, including five international routes. AirAsia Indonesia also operated 20 charter flights with a total of five aircraft being deployed for the quarter. AirAsia Philippines operated only 5 percent of last year’s capacity in the third quarter, but passenger numbers more than doubled quarter-on-quarter. AirAsia Thailand demonstrated a strong rebound in operations in tandem with solid domestic demand. In September, AirAsia Thailand operated 96 percent of pre-COVID domestic capacity, as compared to 59 percent in July 2020. During the quarter, AirAsia Thailand carried more than 1.8 million passengers, recording a load factor of 65 percent. AirAsia India’s performance during the quarter saw 36 percent of capacity being operated in comparison to the same quarter a year ago. On a month-to-month basis in September AirAsia India operated 46 percent of last year’s capacity. Load factor held strong at 62 percent in the quarter, as AirAsia India carried 590,873 passengers, equalling 25 percent of last year’s Q3 passengers.

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