There is no doubt that the ongoing crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is hitting our industry hard, with IATA estimating that some $113 billion of revenue could be wiped out. Travel data expert Cirium says the most negatively affected countries due to the US travel ban are Germany – with 1,714 flights scheduled, equal to 14 per cent of all Europe’s departing flights during this period – and France, with 1,391 flights scheduled, which accounts for 11 per cent.
Regarding the impact on airlines, Cirium says Delta Air Lines is the most affected, with 1,256 scheduled flights from the restricted Schengen countries to the US over the 30-day period and United Airlines the second most affected with 1,040 flights. In third place is Lufthansa, which has 905 flights.
In spite of this, we are still seeing innovation and creativity aplenty in the marketplace and are happy to celebrate it within the pages of this issue. Our Design Update feature, for instance, takes a look at Aegean Airlines’ striking new livery on board its A320neo. As well as a smart new design, the aircraft is kitted out with technology for multimedia and entertainment, including USB chargers, personal device holders, wireless wi-fi on board and unlimited internet access.
Meanwhile, in our Seats section, we profile exciting new aircraft developments from Recaro, Jamco and Pitch, including a seat that boasts smart connectivity; a sleek, industrial design, specifically created with sustainability in mind and made from recycled materials; plus a new class of ultra slim seat – said to be the lightest ever produced – that has been conceived without a traditional tray.
Even though many aviation events around the world have been cancelled or postponed, we are still committed to bringing our readers the most informative and compelling coverage related to the on-board passenger experience. Enjoy the issue – we’re back in June with features on electronics, fabrics and catering.