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Airbus turns a profit while Boeing’s woes continue
It was another big week here on World of Aviation, with financial results, travel corridors and, of course, the latest Mars Helicopter update.
On this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling give you the latest information on the status of Ingenuity, as NASA’s Mars-based rotorcraft hit its very first roadblock.
The team also discusses the latest update on Europe’s travel corridors, ahead of the UK’s upcoming announcement of its border situation and easing of travel restrictions from 17 May.
Finally, the crew talks about the ongoing Boeing v Airbus rivalry, and where each of the major planemakers stand following their 2021 Q1 results.
Drones are changing the world (and universe) as we know it
This week saw NASA’s Mars Helicopter successfully complete its second flight test, while back on Earth, the FAA’s new drone regulations officially came into play.
On this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling talk all things drones in light of the FAA’s newest regulations that will see humans begin to experience life in shared spaces with semi-autonomous drones.
The team also discusses the latest update on NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter, and what this means for the future of space exploration.
The crew also speaks about United reinstating its Boeing 777s with PW engines following a fiery engine failure, and Emirates challenging Boeing on its 777X program progress.
The first helicopter on a foreign planet takes to Martian skies
It’s one for the history books!
In an exceptional feat of engineering, NASA has flown the first rotorcraft on the surface of another planet, with its solar-powered and remotely operated helicopter Ingenuity taking to the Martian skies for 39 seconds.
In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the history-making event, as well as Ryanair’s cheeky ploy to stop traditional airlines from being bailed out by European countries.
Finally, the team talk about Boeing’s week of bad luck following a slew of lawsuits over its Air Force One contract, and even more electrical faults located in the ever-embattled 737 MAX.
The infamous pilot shortage strikes again
This week saw a lot of discussion around the long-fabled industry pilot shortage, particularly in the US, as well as the emerging trend of international travel bubbles.
In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the current state of the perceived shortage and its short-term impact on the industry in light of Delta’s dramatic cancellation of 100 flights.
The team follows it up with debate about United’s announcement to launch a new recruitment campaign for its very own pilot training academy, including its ‘controversial’ decision to push for 50 per cent of all applicants to be women or people of colour.
Other topics discussed this week included the beginning of international ‘travel bubbles’, Iran’s indictment of officials involved in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, and UPS welcoming eVTOLs for rural deliveries.
The last A380, and Ryanair back at it again
In traditional Ryanair fashion, the budget carrier is ambitiously striving to hit 80 per cent or more of its pre-COVID capacity as soon as July, in a bid to see Europeans embrace the summer travel season.
In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the European giant’s latest headline-making statements, along with the news of European planemaker Airbus completing the inaugural flight of its final iconic four-engine A380.
The team also discusses the intriguing controversy surrounding Norway’s latest low-cost trans-Atlantic carrier Norse Atlantic, in a story that sounds all too familiar as embattled carrier Norwegian Air exits that very same market.
Finally, the crew also touches on current recovery prospects for airlines across the globe, and the innovative ways some airlines are increasing cash flow to tide them over – including IAG’s decision to offer lucrative landing slots at Heathrow and Gatwick to secure $1.8 billion in funding.
The fallout of Iran’s final report into downed Ukrainian jet
Last week saw Iran release its final report into the passenger jet it accidentally shot down in January last year, while the number of US domestic travellers hit its highest level since March 2020, a key sign that confidence is returning to the market.
In this episode of the World of Aviation Podcast, host Adam Thorn and reporter Hannah Dowling discuss the final report into the Ukranian International Airlines jet that was accidentally downed by Iranian forces in January 2020, and the global criticism it has subsequently received.
The team also highlighted the current trajectory of industry recovery across international markets, as well as Sir Richard Branson’s latest £100 million bailout for Virgin Atlantic.
Finally, the team talk about Boeing’s week of new orders and controversies.