Comair indicates extent of SAA case award benefit
September 18, 2019
South African carrier Comair has detailed the expected benefit on its full-year financial results following settlement of an anti-competitiveness case against South African Airways. The carrier had entered into a final settlement deal under which SAA would pay just over R1.1 billion ($74.3 million) plus interest, with a payment schedule commencing on 28 February this year. Comair says the agreement will result in full-year earnings per share of 192.4 cents on 30 June 2019 which is 175% higher than the 69.8 cents figure generated at the end of the 2017-18 financial year. “The increases are a direct consequence of the award [from the SAA case],” says the carrier, adding that the overall effects will be disclosed in its final full-year results. Comair was originally awarded the sum in early 2017, the culmination of a case which had been started 16 years ago. It had alleged in 2003 that SAA had engaged in exclusionary practices by rewarding travel agents in order to retain loyalty.

Source: FlightGlobal

Delta spends $2m on biofuel study as sector eyes 2050 carbon goal
September 18, 2019
Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to research the feasibility of developing biofuel products from forest floor debris in an effort to improve sustainability, the airline says on 17 September. The study, which the Atlanta-based carrier is conducting with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels (NWABF) in Washington State, comes as the broader airline industry eyes ambitious carbon-reduction goals. Delta expects its project will be complete by mid-2020, when it will evaluate next steps. The airline says sustainable aviation fuel made from wood residue and forest debris could be used in Delta operations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It could be delivered as soon as 2023. Delta says it is studying alternative fuels as a means to help reach a goal of reducing carbon emissions 50% by 2050.
The broader aviation industry has committed to similar goals under an ICAO-led framework called the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. That effort calls for the airline industry to cap carbon output at 2020 levels and to cut emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. Some industry observers, citing the projected expansion of air travel, have raised doubt about the industry's ability to meet that goal. If successful, Delta's biofuel project could provide about 10% of its annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast and serve as a blueprint for future projects, the airline says. Several US airlines, including United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways, are likewise exploring means to make air travel more environmentally friendly.

Source: FlightGlobal

First Air and Canadian North to merge into an unified schedule on November 1
September 17, 2019
First Air and Canadian North, as previously reported, are merging. The Canadian North name will survive, but the red and white First Air livery will become the livery for the merged airline. Aircraft are now being painted with the new titles.The two carriers have announced a unified passenger and cargo schedule is now available for booking and will take effect on Friday, November 1, 2019. Together, the merged airline will provide safe, friendly and reliable service to 24 northern communities, from our southern gateways of Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton, with seamless interline connections to destinations throughout Canada, the United States and beyond.

Source: World Airline News


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