Winter 2020

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Winter 2020

It’s the best news we’ve have since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of going to press with ARGS there are now three potential vaccines to the virus awaiting final clearance before mass global distribution.

And while there is still much work to be done and many hurdles to overcome in the ongoing fight against the virus, it feels a sense of optimism is emerging which should be grabbed in both hands by the aviation industry after such an appalling year.

While IATA might have sent out advice to ground handlers on how best to handle any vaccine (page 46), there are companies already way ahead of the curve: on page 42 you can read how Menzies Aviation is already making preparations for just such an event.

The preparations are one of the many changes the ground handler has made as, like the rest of the aviation industry, it learns how to cope with a pandemic.

Malaysia’s POS Aviation has also had to adapt a number of new practices in order to deal with the situation which CEO Woo Kam Weng reveals on page 40.

Meanwhile, in Europe Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has found new ways to be furious with the authorities and how they have handled Covid-19 on the continent (page 4).

Elsewhere, jetBlue boss Robin Hayes has surprised himself and many others with the launch of 60 new routes during the pandemic (page 12), although north of the border, Air Canada is faces having to close even more routes than that (page 22).

A panel debate at this year’s Virtual WTM reveals there is life after the pandemic (page 16) while Berlin Brandenburg Airport has finally opened to the public after nearly a decade of delays (page 30).

Even the Boeing 737 Max could soon be a common sight in the skies again, following the FAA’s decision to allow it to fly again (page 36).

So there is good news out there, even if it is a little hard to find. But in 2020, I’ll cling on to anything we’ve got and hope you do too.

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