Lufthansa Group boosting role of women in aviation

 Six all-female crews from across the Lufthansa Group including Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines start their morning flying to Berlin recently. Two female pilots each flew the jets from Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Zurich and Brussels.

That’s not all, Lufthansa’s prestigious FlyingLab is on flight LH440 from Frankfurt to Houston, under the command of an all-female crew – in the cabin and in the cockpit .

The FlyingLab is the world’s only open innovation platform in the air. It consists of an on-board conference, which every passenger can follow on his or her own personal device and the opportunity to test the latest innovative products and services.

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Hong Kong Airlines collaborates with celebrity chef Chris Cosentino

 Hong Kong Airlines has announced a new culinary collaboration with San Francisco-based celebrity chef and television personality Chris Cosentino, before its inaugural flight to San Francisco. Chef Cosentino is known for his San Francisco restaurant, Cockscomb, where he reinterprets classic San Francisco dishes by adding his own unique twist. He is also known as the winner of Top Chef Masters, a contestant on The Next Iron Chef and his appearance on Iron Chef America in addition to his extensive work raising awareness and funds for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, a national charity fighting to end childhood hunger.

“I’ve been mesmerized with Hong Kong for years and am excited that more people will get to explore its vibrant culture and rich culinary history via this new route.”

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CEO of IBA becomes ISTAT Appraiser Fellow

 Airways Aviation recently announced two recipients of its new female ab initio pilot scholarship, Hanna Gillam and Jessica Waite.

The £35,000 scholarship programme, created in collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), was announced last year to help encourage more female pilots. Some 100 candidates attended a careers day held at Airways’ base at London Oxford Airport in the UK to register interest.

After being shortlisted to sit the industry-standard COMPASS test, Hanna and Jessica were required to attend a panel interview, give a presentation and take part in a group exercise. They both scored highly on each task and progressed to a final round of one-to-one interviews at Oxford.

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Zodiac Aerospace, Airbus to develop passenger sleep berths

 Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations. The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required. Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.

Christophe Bernardini, Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch said, “We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”

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Airways Aviation champions female pilots

 Airways Aviation recently announced two recipients of its new female ab initio pilot scholarship, Hanna Gillam and Jessica Waite.

The £35,000 scholarship programme, created in collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), was announced last year to help encourage more female pilots. Some 100 candidates attended a careers day held at Airways’ base at London Oxford Airport in the UK to register interest.

After being shortlisted to sit the industry-standard COMPASS test, Hanna and Jessica were required to attend a panel interview, give a presentation and take part in a group exercise. They both scored highly on each task and progressed to a final round of one-to-one interviews at Oxford.

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British Airways diminishes gender pay gap

 British Airways is doing better at addressing the gender pay gap than most other UK companies.

The airline’s statistics show the median hourly pay difference between men and women is 10 percent, compared to the national average of 18.1 percent.

However, BA’s median bonus pay difference is -19 percent, which means that the bonus pay gap favors women.

Of British Airways’ workforce46 percent of employees are female and 54 percent are male. The airline employs women in many areas that traditionally have been male-dominated, including pilots, engineering androles within the ramp team, such as baggage handling and aircraft loading.

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Etihad Aviation Training re-launched in Abu Dhabi

 Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group, has re-launched its world-class aviation training organization with the aim of becoming one of the most comprehensive aviation training facilities in the world. 

Based at two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Aviation Training opens in a new window, previously known as Etihad Flight College, is a commercially-focused business open to external customers, while retaining the operational and safety values that have underpinned Etihad’s training services to-date.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Etihad Aviation Training is an ambitious enterprise, pursuing its mandate to provide outstanding training services to a global audience.

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Thales announces multi-cloud use and compliance requirements shape encryption strategy

 Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces the results of its 2018 Global Encryption Trends Study. The report, based on independent research by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales, reflects some of the changes and challenges organizations are experiencing in a world marked by widespread cloud deployments, use of multiple public cloud providers and new regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Key Points

84% of respondents either use the cloud for sensitive/non-sensitive applications and datatoday, or will do so in the next 12-24 months

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SR Technics adapts global footprint in respective market conditions

 SR Technics is constantly extending its capabilities and continuously improving its services around the world to even better serve its airline customers while adapting its global footprint to the respective market conditions. 

Switzerland belongs to the world’s most expensive economies and companies like SR Technics are forced to review its operation at Zurich Airport across all areas to remain competitive. 

After a detailed review of its operation, SR Technics considers to right-size its infrastructure and capacity at Zurich Airport by adding more than 100 new positions in Engine Services and potentially reduce its workforce in Aircraft Services of up to 300. As a result, its actual 1,500-strong workforce at Zurich Airport could potentially be reduced to about 1,300 employees over a period of two years. 

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Working & Living on Mars

 Lockheed Martin is working on technologies that will make deep-space travel possible, such as building the spacecraft that will go to Mars. As part of its Generation Beyond K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative, the company today announced the winners of a nationwide contest asking students to design a Mars-orbiting science lab and living space (or Mars Base Camp Habitation Module) that will dock with NASA's Orion deep space spacecraft. 

A roundtrip to Mars will take up to three years. In addition to basic necessities such as food, water, oxygen andpower, astronauts will need a habitat in which they can live comfortably and safely. The contest asked middle schoolers to submit their best design ideas for a Habitation Module that will provide all of the systems and living spaces that a crew needs for a long mission.

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Avianor Inc., Lufthansa Technik A.G. sign agreement for base maintenance services

 Avianor Inc. and Lufthansa Technik A.G. recently announced the signing of a Cooperation agreement. The agreement provides Avianor with access to Lufthansa Technik's Base Maintenance modular services in the areas of Planning, Engineering, Materials, Logistics and Benchmark performance data.  With Lufthansa Technik's centralized Base Maintenance Services Avianor can benefit from the data and experience of thousands of aircraft maintenance events. Therewith Avianor increases its quotation accuracy and has the potential to greatly improve event TAT due to precise work preparation and enhanced planning and material support.

With these resources at its disposal, Avianor can accelerate its growth, increase customer service and quality and offer clientsworld class back office support.

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