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Comair in Spotlight at Aviation Club

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An African success story will be the focus of the Aviation Club UK on 11 March, when the guest speaker will be Comair Group CEO and former head of Comair Airlines Wrenelle Stander.

Wrenelle Stander: 15 years at executive level.She was appointed in December as part of a restructuring at South Africa-based Comair, which operates scheduled services on domestic routes as a British Airways franchisee and as a low-cost carrier under its own Kulula brand.

Working for most of her career in what she acknowledges is a male-dominated business, Stander has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation and energy industries, 15 at executive leadership level.

Previous jobs include periods as managing director of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (ATNS), one of only three women worldwide to hold such a position; deputy CEO of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and director general at the Department of Transport.

Comair operates within South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands and the group continues to form partnerships with industry leaders in travel reward and recognition programmes.

It holds a special place in aviation having achieved 72 years of uninterrupted profitable operations, and has been officially recognised as one of South Africa’s top employers for 2020.

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Steve Dickson, Administrator US Federal Aviation Administration addresses Aviation Club UK on his first official visit to London

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Steve Dickson, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, speaks at the UK Aviation Club about the Boeing 737 MAX, in London, Britain, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Boeing 737 MAX regulator comes to London

Yesterday, Steve Dickson, administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), appeared at The Aviation Club UK, to discuss the status of the 737 MAX, innovation in aviation, and the global landscape of the industry.  

Regarding his perspective on the return of the MAX, Dickson said:

“We are not delegating anything, the FAA is retaining all regulatory functions. Once approved this will be the most scrutinised aircraft ever, and I won’t sign off the aircraft until I fly in it myself. 

Boeing needs to focus on the process and stop making public statements about timelines.”

Dickson also talked about the “close alignment” with other regulators on certification, but should they want to take an additional timeline “that is ok.”

Closer to home, on the regulatory landscape post-Brexit, Dickson said:

“The world places great value on the United Kingdom’s role in the global aviation industry, and we are here for you.”

Dickson was sworn in last August after being confirmed by the US Senate. He is a former senior vice-president at Delta Air Lines.

The Aviation Club is the UK’s leading high-level forum for commercial aviation – attracting industry leaders from all over the world.

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Boeing controversy comes to Aviation Club

Last Saturday’s (25 January) maiden test flight of the new Boeing B777X will provide another topical subject to be discussed at next month’s Aviation Club lunch in London, with the man in one of the industry’s currently most controversial jobs as guest speaker. (see also in the issue Further MAX delay to summer confirmed plus AND FINALLY.

Steve Dickson: At the heart of controversy.Steve Dickson, administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is at the heart of the B737 MAX controversy and is expected to give some indication of when the aircraft will be allowed to return to service.

He now also has the pending arrival of the B777X, the world’s largest twin-engine passenger jet, to deal with as well as the wider issue of safety regulatory issues post Brexit.

As a former senior vice-president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines and a strong advocate for commercial aviation safety and improvements to the US national airspace system, Dickson is particularly well qualified to carry out his new job.

He was sworn in as FAA administrator last August after being confirmed for a five-year term by the US Senate.

Bookings are now open for the Aviation Club gathering, which is on 6 February at the new venue at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. It is also a curtain-raiser for the organisation’s 30th anniversary this year.

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Aviation Club to feature MAX

As American Airlines again delays the date for bringing its Boeing B737 MAX fleet into service, next month’s Aviation Club lunch will be highly topical with the head of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Steve Dickson, as guest speaker.

Steve Dickson: A strong advocate for aviation safety.Bookings are now open for the 6 February event, the club’s first lunch at its new venue at the Royal Automobile Club building in Pall Mall London, and a curtain-raiser for the organisation’s 30th anniversary this year.

As administrator of the FAA, Dickson leads the US equivalent of the UK’s CAA and will be speaking about the MAX and the wider issue of safety regulatory issues post Brexit.

He was sworn in as FAA administrator last August after being confirmed for a five-year term by the US Senate and having recently retired as senior VP of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. He is known as a strong advocate for commercial aviation safety and improvements to the US national airspace system.

■ American Airlines said last week that “based on latest guidance”, it expected the resumption of scheduled commercial service on its MAX fleet would be on 4 June this year.

The airline said once the aircraft was certified, it would operate flights for staff members and invited guests before the MAX was entered into commercial service.

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Aviation Club raises over £3,000 for Official Charity Partner, Orbis UK

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Aviation Club Members and guests raised £3,398.18 over the course of 2019 for the Club’s official charity partner, Orbis UK. Money raised will help to save the sight of children and adults across the world, transforming lives. For further information on the work of Orbis UK, visit www.gbr.orbis.org

Rolls-Royce CEO speaks of ‘Sustainability and the Environment’ at Aviation Club UK December lunch

Warren East, CEO Rolls-Royce addressed a capacity audience on Thursday 5 December at the Aviation Club UK’s final lunch of 2019. East has cautioned that aviation’s share of worldwide emissions could hit 20-25%, up from around 2.5% today, if the industry ‘does not act quickly enough on sustainability. ‘

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AVIATION CLUB MOVE TO RAC

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Speaking to a capacity lunch today at the Institute of Directors Karl Brünjes, Chairman of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom, announced that the Club was literally moving down the road to a new home at the RAC.  Guest of Honour was Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce.

“2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Club”, said Mr Brünjes.  “It has more than fulfilled the objectives of its founder sponsors, which incidentally included Rolls-Royce, in creating an informal high-level forum for commercial aviation here in London.  From all over the world the great and good in air travel have spoken over the last three decades.  Who can forget the occasion on 6 July 2005 when Geoff Dixon, then CEO of Qantas, was handed a piece of paper and announced that the United Kingdom had won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics.  After lunch it was off to Trafalgar Square to celebrate with the crowds.

“Following a long debate by the committee it was decided that the Club had outgrown our current home.  A detailed search found the Royal Automobile Club most welcoming and I am pleased to say our first guest will be Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator on 6 February.  Hopefully he will be able to talk positively about the Boeing MAX”.

Mr Brünjes said that 2019 had been a particularly successful year for the Club with the expansion of the YAP (Young Aviation Professional) programme, designed to introduce graduates into the industry, and a series of international events supported by Airline Economics, a subscriber only magazine, with happenings in Dublin, Hong Kong and most recently in New York.  He announced a quarterly ‘Forum Events’ programme of early evening, informal events with fireside discussions and debates on topical industry issues. 

Looking back over the year he noted the speaker list was of the very high standard that members were accustomed to.  “We started out with Robert Sinclair of London City Airport; followed by Johan Lungren of EasyJet; Robin Hayes of JetBlue, who announced London as the airline’s 2022 target; Paulo Mirpuri, who must be the only airline chief having been checked out on the A380; Paul Griffiths in charge of Dubai Airport; and most recently Oscar Munoz of United Airlines complete with a heart transplant.  Maybe running an airline is not that aggravating”.

“Looking forward guest speakers after Mr Dickson, it is Ms Wrenelle Stander, of South African airline Comair on 11 March, followed by John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport on 23 April”.

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Airline chief on first MAX flight

Speaking at the Aviation Club in London last week, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he would be a passenger on the first Boeing MAX service once the aircraft is re-certificated. 

Speaking at the Aviation Club in London last week, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he would be a passenger on the first Boeing MAX service once the aircraft is re-certificated, although he was not sure when that might be. United would also reimburse any traveller who decided at the last moment not to fly. Munoz was a confident, first-rate speaker, which one would expect from an airline chief who returned to work within two months of a heart transplant. He certainly looked fit and robust at the Institute of Directors, whatever the future might hold.

United has been unable to operate its 14 MAX-9 aircraft since the aircraft was grounded in March following two fatal crashes. The airline was due to increase its fleet of the aircraft to 30 by the end of this year, with another 28 due in 2020.

Munoz noted that try as it might, United was having problems recruiting female flight deck crew, which still account for only 9% of pilots. EasyJet has a target of 20% but recently said that it had reached only 12%, noting the airline employed 100,000 staff from 127 countries.

Munoz added that when on a United flight, it was his pleasure to visit all cabins on an aircraft and chat both to travellers (he does not like the word passengers) and team members.

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New York for Aviation Club UK

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The Aviation Club UK has partnered with Airline Economics to host its second international event of 2019 with a reception on Wednesday 16 October at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in New York.

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The reception, supported by Embraer, is programmed around the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers New York conference and will host leading aviation sector guests.

Embraer CEO John Slattery will attend as the club’s guest of honour and will give a short address.

The club launched the international events programme with a Dublin dinner in January, reflecting the global reach of the aviation industry and to help members to broaden international business contacts and attract new members.

There are three gatherings each year, all supported by Airline Economics and sponsored by industry – the Dublin dinner in January, the New York reception in October, and a Hong Kong dinner in November.

The international events are free to members, who will be notified of details through club mailings.

Back in the UK, the club is preparing for its next lunch on 7 November at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London, with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz as chief guest, while the pre-Christmas gathering on 5 December will be addressed by Rolls-Royce Plc CEO Warren East.