I’m excited to welcome you to the spring issue of Low-Cost & Regional Airline Business. As always, we have plenty of inspiring and insightful content for you in this issue.
Fleet strategies are diverging as carriers plan for recovery, and in our News Analysis piece (page 10) Rob Morris, global head of consultancy at Ascend by Cirium analyses the latest low-cost carrier fleet data. Another one of our regular pieces, Innovation Spotlight (page 14), looks into a new industry solution by SITA called Health Protect which aims to help airlines, airports, passengers and governments safely and securely share information on health tests and vaccinations required during travel.
In this issue, we also speak with regional aircraft manufacturer ATR’s SVP of commercial, Fabrice Vautier. Vautier explains how ATR sees aviation’s recovery beginning in earnest this year, with a number of factors driving the main opportunities.
Our airline interview on page 18 features Güliz Ozturk, CCO of Pegasus Airlines who gives us her insight into the ambitious low-cost carrier’s route network expansion and sustainability initiatives.
In the Q&A piece on page 35, Air bp’s Dr Alisdair Clark explains how, just like the food you buy in shops, aviation fuel has a storage life ranging from six months to years depending on the type of fuel and storage conditions.
As part of our regular training feature, Paul Eden explores the latest developments when it comes to cabin crew training and in our airports coverage, features editor Melissa Moody examines whether regional airports will recover more quickly from the pandemic than their major hub counterparts.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue – and don’t forget you can also find even more exclusive stories and industry insight on our aviation news website www.aviationbusinessnews.com.