Pilot Industry Update - 8.22

Posted by Dvon Edwards | 8/24/22 1:45 PM

Welcome to Wayman's Pilot Industry Update. The latest information in the aviation industry, airlines, pilot hiring in South Florida and internationally. 

This weeks pilot update includes:

  1. Pilot Shortage Leaves Passengers Frustrated
  2. A looming Lufthansa pilot strike would hit 20 U.S. airports
  3. Apollo-led investor group to acquire Atlas Air Worldwide for $5.2bn
  4. American Airlines Plans Hydrogen-powered Regional Fleet
  5. FAA Proposes New Rule For A Second Flight Deck Security Barrier
  6. US Airline Refunds Could Soon Get A Lot Easier For Passengers
  7. Airport disruption ‘accelerating’ move to business aviation: Bombardier
  8. Alaska Airlines makes significant investment in sustainable aviation fuel

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 1. Pilot Shortage Leaves Passengers Frustrated

Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash

As the month of July nears its end, we continue to hear stories about staff shortages at airlines, resulting in delayed and canceled flights, airport chaos, and lost baggage.

 


     2. A looming Lufthansa pilot strike would hit 20 U.S. airports

Image: A Lufthansa Airbus A321neo on August 1, 2022 in Germany.

The union representing airline pilots for the German flagship carrier Lufthansa voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favor of labor action that could become an official strike.

 

 3. Apollo-led investor group to acquire Atlas Air Worldwide for $5.2bn

Atlas Air 747. Atlas

US freight and passenger carrier Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by Apollo Global Management in an all-cash deal worth $5.2 billion.

 

4. American Airlines Plans Hydrogen-powered Regional Fleet

ZeroAvia's ZA2000 hydrogen-electric propulsion system could power airliners seating up to 80 passengers.

American Airlines is investing an undisclosed sum in hydrogen propulsion system developer ZeroAvia and has signaled its intention to add hydrogen-powered aircraft to its fleet. 

 

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 5. FAA Proposes New Rule For A Second Flight Deck Security Barrier

After a long campaign, the FAA has proposed a rule that will require airline operators to install secondary security barriers in their flight decks.

 

 

 

6. US Airline Refunds Could Soon Get A Lot Easier For Passengers

 

Legislation introduced by both chambers of the US Congress may enable easier refunds for stranded passengers.

 

7. Airport disruption ‘accelerating’ move to business aviation: Bombardier

Pre-Owned Market Report | Bombardier

Airport disruption is prompting more first-class airline passengers to switch to private aviation, continuing a trend that began during the pandemic.

 

8. Alaska Airlines makes significant investment in sustainable aviation fuel

Alaska Mileage Plan: What to Know - NerdWallet

Alaska is set to offtake 185 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Gevo over five years beginning in 2026

 

 

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