July is a Record-Breaking Month for Domestic Passenger Traffic, Says IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that July sets all-time high for domestic passenger traffic highlighting a new milestone achieved by domestic revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs) in the said month which increased 8.3% YoY to surpass the previous all-time high of 290 billion RPKs, set in July 2019.

“As a peak month for air travel, July has generally been the record-setting month for domestic RPKs. However, July 2023 was exceptional as seasonally adjusted domestic RPKs also outperformed their December 2019 record,” said IATA.

“China played a significant role in this July’s performance, with a 22.5% growth in domestic traffic compared to July 2019 levels, driven by domestic tourism and the easing of China’s zero-Covid policy,” explained IATA. “China’s domestic market historically contributes nearly 10% of total industry RPKs, making its recovery crucial for global traffic trends. China fully restored its domestic traffic in April 2023, and maintained impressive annual growth rates in May and June of over 7% and 15%, respectively.”

“India also witnessed steady growth, with domestic RPKs rising by 21.1% YoY in July, nearly matching 2019 levels. Japan’s domestic RPKs remained above 2019 numbers for the third consecutive month in July, while the US domestic market remained strong, exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 3%. As the year progresses, we will gain further insights into the factors influencing domestic traffic, as domestic markets continue to adapt to the new normal and align with seasonal trends in passenger demand,” IATA added.

Source: IATA
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Virtual Reality Pilot Training Solution Provider VRpilot Expands Team

Denmark headquartered virtual reality pilot training solution provider VRpilot has announced that it has expanded its team with the additional of Martin Andresen, a newly graduated commercial pilot, who will use his expertise to advance procedure implementation.

To learn more about VRpilot check out their Supplier Profile on AFM.

Source: VRpilot
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Airbus Announces Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries for the Month of August 2023

In August 2023, Airbus:

  • Delivered 52 aircraft to 34 customers
    • 7 A220-300
    • 1 A319neo
    • 17 A320neo
    • 24 A321neo
    • 1 A330-900
    • 1 A350-900
    • 1 A350-1000
  • Secured 117 orders
    • 87 A321neo
    • 28 A330-900
    • 2 A350-1000
  • Year to date Airbus has delivered 433 aircraft to 77 customers.

AFM Team Note – kindly contact us for a detailed excel breakdown of orders and deliveries by airline.

Check out last month’s orders and deliveries here.

Source: Airbus
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VR Flight Simulator Manufacturer Announces Partnership with New Zealand Flight School

United States of America headquartered virtual reality pilot training solution provider True Course Simulations announced its newest partnership with New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy (NZICPA), in New Zealand, which has just taken delivery of its first Immersive Training Device (ITD).

Source: True Course Simulations
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Virtual Reality Flight Training SME, Glen Ross, to Speak in the Upcoming New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Flight Examiner Seminar in October 2023

Glen Ross, a virtual reality flight training subject matter expert who is also the Director of International Business of True Course Simulations, a virtual reality training device manufacturer, is set to give a presentation on the uses and benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) in flight training at this year’s New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZ CAA) Flight Examiner Seminar in October.

“I’m particularly looking forward to being able to speak with NZ’s senior instructor/examiner cohort,” said Glen Ross. “To learn directly from them their experiences around the challenges facing flight training, and how they might envisage VR being used in training future pilots, if at all.”

Source: Glen Ross (True Course Simulations)
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