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Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst

It is now a unanimous conclusion that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the worst ever crisis in the history of the aviation industry. In 2020, we saw major airlines such as Avianca, LATAM, Thai Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia enter into formal insolvency or restructuring proceedings, with the majority of other airlines being … Continue Reading

Greening pains: How are we going to finance sustainable aviation fuel?

In an article a few weeks ago on ‘How tech went big on green energy’, the Financial Times referred to a report released in February by Lancaster University and Small World Consulting, which found that the information and communication technology sector (i.e. IT)  ‘is estimated to form ca. 1.8-2.8% of global GHG emissions in 2020’[1]. … Continue Reading

Aviation: Endgame (… not really)

Well, sort of. There are parallels to be drawn – I know, but indulge me for a moment. With Avengers: Endgame released this week, it’s the end of an era. Much like the Avengers, we in aviation have lost a few of our heroes recently, and there are likely to be more losses to come. … Continue Reading

(Un)Happy Valentine’s Day

It turned out to be an unhappy Valentine’s Day for the Airbus A380 and her admirers, as Airbus announced the scrapping of the A380 programme, with the last deliveries scheduled for 2021. It’s hardly a shock, however, after the fleet’s first retirement last year and with two of them already being parted out. The economics of … Continue Reading

Fuelling aviation: What would Iron Man do?

Aviation seems to be facing a fuel-related existential crisis at the moment, as pressures mount on the industry from various angles. Within asset finance generally the major discussion is the looming bite of the IMO 2020 regulations, which will reduce the amount of sulphur permitted in ship fuel oil to a limit of 0.50 per … Continue Reading

Flypasts, Flybraries, Hurricanes and Paper Planes: The Summer Reading Edition

The heatwave may be over but the wave of August out-of-office responses is still building, so rather than post about controversial redelivery conditions or the fascinating behaviour of interest rates, and prompted by the striking intersection of aviation and literature recently, we thought it seemed high time to offer Legal Flight Deck: The Summer Reading … Continue Reading
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