IATA Calls for Confidence; China Acquires Airbus AircraftBy Emilio Aristegui | Wed, 07/06/2022 - 15:12
The International Air Transport Organization (IATA) published several guidelines for governments to allow for the recovery of the aviation industry during the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS).
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IATA has been keen to highlight that border closures do not regulate health crises and only delay the infection peaks by a maximum of four days. The association urged governments to listen to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) suggestion to open borders.
“It is vital to restore public confidence in government handling of health crises and border restrictions. Much of the damage was caused not by fear of the virus, but fear of sudden and arbitrary border restrictions imposed by authorities. Understanding the significant lessons from the pandemic will be crucial to managing future health crises in a way that ensures borders should not have to close again,” said Conrad Clifford, Deputy Director General, IATA.
The aerospace sector in Baja California welcomes everyone looking for opportunities, said Tómas Sibaja, President, Aerospace Cluster of Baja California AC. “When it comes to our economic and industrial strength, our abilities come from a mix of hunger to succeed and harsh competition learned from our inherited values and international rapport,” he said.
Air China and China Southern Airlines stated that each would buy 96 A320neo-family planes worth US$12.2 billion at list prices. China Eastern Airlines stated that it will buy 100 jets of the same type, worth US$12.8 billion. The moves were identified as “apparently coordinated announcements.” China is one of the largest airplane buyers in the world, representing 25 percent of Airbus and Boeing deliveries in a regular year.
Collaboration is Vital for Axon’ Interconex
Beatriz Aguilar, General Manager, Axon’ Interconex, explained that the aerospace industry is one of the most important markets for the company in Mexico, as Axon’ Interconex has the Aeronautic Standard (AS) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) certifications. Aguilar explained that Mexico’s proximity to the US is vital for the company’s management of numerous US accounts.
The supply chain disruptions, caused by commercial war between the US and China, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine has helped companies identify the benefits of regionalizing their supply chains, said Carlos Robles, President and Head of Aerospace, AMBE Engineering. “That brings by itself a huge opportunity, as many companies that used to do business with Asia increasingly are looking to integrate into the North American region.”