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Flygscam: Aviation’s Next External Shock?

Aigle Azur may be in a bit of trouble, including because of Flygscam?

French carrier Aigle Azur today denied media reports that lessors were seeking to repossess several of its aircraft, while also citing a novel reason for some of its difficulties.

While admitting that one aircraft had been repossessed during maintenance using “false means,” the Airbus A320 operator dismissed allegations in Le Figaro that lessors were pressing for the return of more.

So far, so unremarkable: another European carrier seems to be in trouble and is seeking to downplay its problems. India’s Jet Airways repeatedly denied that lessors were repossessing its aircraft, even as the airline was on the brink of collapse.

That said, Aigle did admit to some difficulties, including one that caught the eye.

For amid the usual moans about fuel prices and over-capacity, the Paris-based airline also blamed flygscam--a Swedish word describing a shame of flying due to environmental concerns--as another reason for challenging operating conditions.

While such an excuse rings of desperation today (how does one measure a drop in traffic due to green concerns?) one may see it increasingly deployed by airlines in the future.

Indeed, part of the British government’s climate action plan envisages fewer flights by passengers as they become more environmentally aware, as well as because of higher aviation taxes.

Another prong of its emissions plan is for electric and hybrid electric aircraft to replace conventional passenger jets on short-haul routes.

The viability of such a plan depends on the development of several technologies--batteries in particular--a process that the forthcoming Engine Yearbook 2020 will focus on via several in-depth articles.

Look out for the next annual edition from November to find out whether an antidote to flight shame is a realistic possibility.

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