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Boeing Has Had Net Positive Orders For Four Consecutive Months



Boeing grew its net order book by 20 planes in May as the aircraft manufacturer posted its fourth consecutive month of net positive orders. Boeing took orders for 73 aircraft across May, but it also had 53 cancelations and conversions. So far this year, Boeing’s net order book has grown by 177 aircraft.

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Boeing grew its order book by 30 aircraft in May. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Boeing begins to recover from a disastrous couple of years

The month of May continued a steady upward trajectory for Boeing after a disastrous two years. Gross orders in May included a blockbuster order for 34 Boeing 737 MAX 7s from Southwest Airlines. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines exercised options to take a further 13 737 MAX 9s. Lessor SMBC Aviation Capital also ordered 14 737 MAX 8s.

The remaining 12 aircraft included seven Boeing 777 freighters, one of which is going to Lufthansa. Five 787-9 Dreamliners were also ordered by Lufthansa.

Cancelations across May included 48 737 MAXs no longer required by Aeromexico and Norwegian Air. Grupo Aeromexico SAB dropped an order for 34 MAXs and Norwegian Air canceled an order for 14 MAXs.

Boeing saw its net monthly orders move into positive territory for the first time in 14 months in February 2021 when the manufacturer grew its net order book by 31 planes. In March, Boeing grew its net order book by 40 planes despite recording 156 MAX cancelations that month. In April, Boeing grew its net order book by eight planes. May’s numbers continue the welcome trend.

Accounting adjustments boost the growth the net order growth to 177 planes this year. Based on its assessment of at-risk sales under a US accounting rule, 73 aircraft were added to the year’s running total.

Problems with the production of the 787 Dreamliner continue to plague Boeing. Photo: Boeing

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Boeing’s order book is growing, so is the delivery backlog

After several years of being comprehensively outpaced and outfoxed by European rival, Airbus, the United States aircraft manufacturer is now bouncing back. While Boeing is up 177 orders this year, Airbus remains in negative territory, its order book having shrunk by 31 planes so far this year.

But Boeing’s weak spot remains its production and delivery schedule. Boeing delivered just 17 planes in May. In contrast, Airbus handed 50 aircraft over to customers. In May, Boeing delivered planes to 11 customers. They included three 737 MAXs to Southwest Airlines, three MAXs to BOC Aviation, two MAXs to Fiji Airways, and a single MAX each to 777 Partners and Aeromexico respectively.

Freight company FedEx took a pair of 767-300 freighters and a single 777 freighter. The US Navy received a 737-800A configured as a P-8A Poseidon. Uzbekistan Airlines took a 787-8 Dreamliner and Atlantis Aviation Corporation received a single 787-9 Dreamliner. Finally, UPS lined up for a Boeing 747-8 freighter.

Production and delivery delays remain a weak spot for Boeing. Photo: Boeing

Production of two Boeing aircraft, the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner have been plagued by problems.

Production of the 737 MAX ceased in 2020 as Boeing grappled with a long-running global flight ban. The MAXs were beginning to roll off the assembly line again when a further production issue saw over 100 MAXs temporarily grounded.

The global success of Boeing’s Dreamliner program comes despite consistent issues with the production process that saw deliveries temporarily halted and the FAA scrutinize the program. A growing orderbook combined with production and delivery problems saw Boeing’s backorders grow in May from 4,045 aircraft to 4,121 aircraft.

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Longtime friends make company history as Cougar Helicopters’ 1st all-female flight crew



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Allison Rumbolt flew the 1st all-female flight with her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb

CBC News · Jun 18, 2021

Allison Rumbolt sits next to first officer Zoe Webb aboard Cougar Helicopters’ first flight with an all-female crew. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

A Labrador pilot has made history twice in the past year after becoming Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter and recently being part of the first flight in the company’s history with an all-female crew. 

For Captain Allison Rumbolt, her June 9 flight was extra-special because she sat next to her longtime friend and mentor, Zoe Webb, in the cockpit.

“She has been there for every step of the way throughout my career, so to be the first female crew offshore and to do it with her was a special moment,” Rumbolt told CBC’s Labrador Morning in a recent interview.

Rumbolt said it’s the first time the two of them have been in a helicopter together in over a decade, and while they were focused on getting the job done, there were some fist bumps and encouraging words shared after they landed.

“At the end of the flight you kind of look at each other and [say], ‘Wow, we have come a long way in the past number of years.’

“It’s a special moment, for sure.”

Old friends Rumbolt and Webb are pictured years ago in Mary’s Harbour. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

That flight came two months after she started her new role as a captain, making her Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter.

‘It’s been a humbling experience’

After starting her career flying through the brush in Labrador, she needed to build her pilot command time, pass a number of evaluation tests and have a training captain sign off on her skills.

“It’s surreal. I have been working towards this and it’s been ultimately my goal to become a captain. Everybody looks at you a little bit differently. You have that little bit more respect.

“I have had lots of fist pumps and ‘good on you’ and congratulations and things like that. So it’s been a humbling experience, but I am enjoying it.”

Rumbolt, who is originally from Mary’s Harbour, said from a young age she knew she was interested in aviation. She spent lots of time at the airport, where her mother worked part time with an airline and where her dad worked in operations.

“I was lucky in the way that a lot of these pilots would let me get aboard these aircrafts and look around and take me for rides. Then when I was about 10 or 11 years old Zoe came into my life as a family friend and I got to experience a whole new side of aviation in the helicopter world.”

Rumbolt and Webb, both offshore pilots, have known each other for more than two decades. Rumbolt calls Webb a mentor and longtime friend. (Submitted by Allison Rumbolt)

Rumbolt said she has spent every single shift, except for the flight with Webb, sitting next to a man. She said the number of women flying fixed-wing aircraft is increasing, but she hasn’t seen the same growth in helicopter aviation. She’s encouraging more girls and women to get involved.

“I think as long as you are good at your job and put the effort in, you work hard and you are not afraid to ask for help, I think you will get the respect you deserve in return and I have been very fortunate to have a lot of respect along the way.”

Rumbolt said she looks forward to advancing her career as captain and paving the way for others to do the same. 

“You’re responsible for the person sitting next to you and everybody on board, so it’s a challenge — but it’s a challenge that I love and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

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Emirates Now Operates Nearly 90% Of Pre-Pandemic Network



Emirates is inching closer towards operating 90% of its pre-pandemic network. The Dubai-based giant is currently flying to 115 destinations and will reach 124 cities by the end of July. The expansion comes as demand for international leisure travel recovery, allowing the airline to make a substantial recovery.

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Emirates is adding a new route and resuming dozens as demand for international leisure travel rebounds. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Back in action

As Emirates emerges from the worst year of aviation, it is raring to go once again. The airline will fly to 124 destinations by August, with the Middle East, Europe, and North America in particular focus this summer. July alone will see flights to Venice, Nice, Lyon, Malta, Orlando, Mexico City, and Phuket resume.

Considering Emirates was grounded for weeks last spring, the summer of 2021 marks a stunning turnaround for the airline. However, it isn’t all good news. Travel bans mean that Emirates’ biggest market of India, and South Asia at large, remain off-limits this summer, a major blow for revenues.

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With Europe rapidly opening up, Emirates is wasting no time in boosting capacity across its network. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

In a statement about the airline’s bold reopening, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said,

“Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses and communities around the world connected and we are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders. We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased.”

A380 back in action

No discussion about Emirates would be complete without mentioning the Airbus A380. Indeed, this summer will see the superjumbo back into action, flying to 15 cities around the globe.

Once again, the A380 will primarily be deployed to cities in the US, Canada, and Europe, as those destinations remain largely open to tourism and attract thousands of passengers. However, three destinations in the Middle East and Guangzhou will also see superjumbos this summer.

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Emirates’ A380 is already back in New York JFK and will be in several more cities soon. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Notably, Emirates has a significant advantage given its home city. Dubai has emerged as a tourist hotspot since last year, allowing travelers to enter with minimal restrictions. While testing is still needed, the city’s control of COVID-19 and rapid vaccine rollout has made it a favorite for this summer. Expect to see many travelers fly directly to Dubai in addition to connecting onwards.

Summer of recovery

While profitable segments such as business travelers remain out of reach for Emirates, this summer will still mark a recovery. The carrier reported a record $5.5 billion loss for 2020, its first in over three decades. Considering the lows of this year, seeing hundreds of thousands of leisure travelers return will be a huge bane. Moreover, with premium cabins still filling up, Emirates could see a sizeable chunk of revenues return too.

What do you think about Emirates’ summer plans? Let us know in the comments!

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JetBlue launches flights to Los Cabos



JetBlue Airways today announced it has officially launched service at San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The first roundtrip flights between the popular Mexican destination and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) landed last night, and the first flight roundtrip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Cabos landed back in the northeast this morning. JetBlue’s Los Cabos service from the East and West Coasts operates daily.

Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is composed by two cities, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – both major tourist destinations and among the most popular in Mexico. San Jose del Cabo welcomes visitors with its laid-back vibe, thriving arts scene and boutique shops, while Cabo San Lucas features a more bustling pace with a large number of restaurants and bars. Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments and a variety of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding and many more to be discovered.

JetBlue will operates Los Cabos routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Lufthansa Looks To Repay State Aid



German flag carrier and Star Alliance founding member Lufthansa has laid out a timescale for its plane to repay billions of Euros of state aid. It hopes to have the matter wrapped up within the next few months, with the deadline being the country’s next federal election.

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The German government agreed on a €9 billion state aid package for the German flag carrier last April. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

A multi-billion-dollar aid package

As Simple Flying first reported over a year ago, Lufthansa has been a significant beneficiary of state aid amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In April 2020, the German government agreed on a €9 billion ($10.7 billion) assistance package for its flag carrier. However, this deal was the subject of criticism from various parties at the time and later.

For example, a union for flight attendants at Lufthansa complained that the conditions of the deal didn’t do enough to protect employees. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Ryanair, which competes with Lufthansa on several routes, went as far as accusing the German flag carrier of being addicted to ‘state aid.’ Complaints have also arisen more recently.

Indeed, German leisure carrier Condor also made complaints to the EU about Lufthansa’s aid package this year. Specifically, it argued that Lufthansa’s cancelation of the co-operation agreement between the airlines violates the conditions of its aid package.

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Lufthansa’s aid package drew criticism from various parties. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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To be paid off by late-September

Earlier this month, Simple Flying reported that the airline was making plans to repay the remaining state aid that it received last year. It had already paid off around €1 billion (1.2 billion), having reportedly used €2.3 billion ($2.7 billion) of the package. At the time of these initial reports, Lufthansa was yet to set out a timeframe for its repayment plans.

However, according to, one has now emerged. The German flag carrier hopes to complete its repayments by the country’s next federal election. This is set to occur on September 26th, 2021. CEO Carsten Spohr announced this earlier today at Germany’s Nationalen Luftfahrtkonferenz (National Aviation Conference), stating:

We were one of the first companies that was saved by the federal government. We also want to be one of the first to repay our aid package – hopefully before the federal election.”

Lufthansa hopes to have its aid paid off by late-September. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

A brighter summer ahead?

The fact that Lufthansa required so much aid underlines how challenging the global health crisis has been, even for established flag carrier airlines like itself. However, things may be looking up for the company. Indeed, one of the reasons that has allowed Lufthansa to set out a timeframe for its aid repayments is the fact that a capital increase is on the way.

There are also clearer skies ahead for the German flag carrier from an operational perspective. For example, is it inching ever closer to the launch of its long-haul leisure brand, Eurowings Discover. This new airline is set to hit the skies next month, on July 24th. A boom in bookings has also seen Lufthansa schedule widebodies on summer flights to Mallorca.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s repayment plans? Have you flown with the German flag carrier since the pandemic began? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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