By the end of 2020, year on year passenger kilometres had fallen by 83.5% in the global aviation sector, with the estimated combined revenue loss of airlines worldwide being £370bn USD. Whilst we are seeing a recovery of sorts during 2021, with COVID variants causing issues in many countries it may be several years before the industry gets back to pre-COVID passenger numbers and revenue levels. In 2021 the forecast is that an estimated 2.3bn passengers will fly during the year, up from 1.76bn in 2020. (Source: Stastista)
So how does Bostonair support the Global Aviation sector in a post-COVID world?
With reduced passenger numbers, a number of airlines have either entered or developed their cargo business. Following somewhat slow growth in the early 2010’s, the global volume of air freight increased rapidly in recent years with freight volumes reaching 55.9 million metric tons in 2020 (Source: Statista).
The pandemic created the urgent need to fly medical supplies, PPE, food and other equipment across the globe clearly stretching capacity. Whilst vaccinations are starting to get the pandemic under control in some regions, the need for an enhanced CARGO presence will be required for some period of time.
Bostonair has quickly responded to this fast growth in aviation cargo by developing our Part 145 line maintenance operation, adding more types to our capabilities such as B777 and developing both our customer base and footprint. Bostonair is opening a line station at Manchester Airport and we already operate in key European locations such as Leipzig (one of Europe’s fastest-growing freight hubs), Frankfurt (one of Europe’s biggest airports), Munich, Stuttgart, Bratislava, Linz, Gothenburg and Sofia.
By developing our capabilities at these key locations, we have been able to offer the sector additional support including scheduled/unscheduled line maintenance, AOG’s and A-checks.
In 2022, Bostonair will be celebrating 25 years in supporting the aviation sector and as the passenger sector opens back up, we have the ability to support both current and new customers with their aircraft maintenance, engineering and indeed aircraft production: blue collar and white collar resource needs.
We offer permanent, temporary and executive search recruitment solutions, and in a post-COVID world, we have a significant number of outstanding candidates looking to get back into the sector such as senior/C-suite roles; Managing Director, Technical Director and Commercial Director.
Bostonair can provide experienced Tech Reps as organisations look to put more aircraft back into service as well as consultants in a number of different areas such as Fleet Management, Procurement and Operational Systems. We also provide high-quality auditing, safety and compliance services to a growing number of airline customers, so as organisations recover from the Pandemic and look to bolster their systems, Bostonair is on hand to help and support any requirements.
Finally, we have adapted our Part 147 type training courses to ensure candidates can continue to learn despite travel restrictions through online / distance learning. Utilising video conferencing technology such as MS Teams has allowed us to transform our training offering, which also has the benefit of saving customers and individuals costs of travel and accommodation – as well as reducing carbon footprints.
So with a rounded services offer, Bostonair are well-placed to support the Global aviation sector as move into the post-COVID era with innovative solutions and high delivery levels.