The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on airlines in February 2021

1. Captain Dave’s tweet on Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine fitted to Airbus A350-1000

Captain Dave, an A350-1000 Captain, tweeted about Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine being fitted to the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. He noted that the engine provides the perfect power solution for the Airbus A350 family with a combination of proven design and world-class after-sales support.

The Trent XWB engine is the sixth generation of the family and combines fuel efficiency and life cycle costs. It offers weight savings and better aerodynamics, thanks to its unique three-shaft configuration, advanced materials, and fan system technology.

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Username: Captain Dave

Twitter handle: @DaveWallsworth

Retweets: 73

Likes: 973

2. Simon Calder’s tweet on travel restrictions affecting UK’s inbound tourism revenue

Simon Calder, a travel journalist and broadcaster, shared an article on how Covid-19 related travel restrictions are affecting UK’s inbound tourism revenue. The coronavirus pandemic led to a 76% decline in the number of visitors to the UK in 2020. The number of visits in 2021 is expected to plunge by 71% compared to 2019, with tourism related revenue declining by £23bn ($32bn).

London was one of leading destinations in the world in 2020 in terms of passenger numbers. The strict travel restrictions, however, are hampering recovery of air travel and forcing many airports in the UK to consider a complete closure. The negative effects of the travel restrictions are expected to continue to affect the UK economy for another generation, the article noted.

Username: Simon Calder

Twitter handle: @SimonCalder

Retweets: 112

Likes: 377

3. Jon Ostrower’s tweet on single-pilot tests for cargo airliners

Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current, a website focused on air travel, tweeted an article on Sikorsky and FedEx testing single-pilot operations on large commercial aircraft. FedEx’s ATR42-300 has been converted to a freighter and is being tested to fly with a single pilot.

The tests are being performed at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut and are part of Sikorsky’s broader initiative to develop autonomous helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft systems. Although single-pilot operations have been widely debated, this is the first time testing has been conducted. Single-pilot operations may transform and improve economics of e-commerce operations, the article highlighted.

Username: Jon Ostrower

Twitter handle: @jonostrower

Retweets: 37

Likes: 82

4. Henry Harteveldt’s tweet on United Airlines’ new non-stop service

Henry Harteveldt, an analyst of travel industry, shared an article on the recent announcement by United Airlines on starting a new daily non-stop service between Boston Logan International Airport and London’s Heathrow airport. The new service provides the airlines’ consumers on the East Coast with another easy route to reach London.

United Airlines will deploy its premium Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on the route, which includes the largest number of luxury seats. The start date for the service will be finalised in 2021, based on demand recovery and travel restrictions.

Username: Henry Harteveldt

Twitter handle: @hharteveldt

Retweets: 17

Likes: 79

5. VT-VLO’s tweet on inaugural flight of Air Vistara’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft

VT-VLO, an aviation analyst, tweeted an article on first flight of Air Vistara’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Delhi Airport. It is the first 787-9 aircraft to be flown by an Indian airline and the first Indian aircraft to deliver three classes of service on board and offer Wi-Fi to passengers.

The aircraft will initially operate on domestic routes before beginning long-haul international operations.

Username: VT-VLO

Twitter handle: @Vinamralongani

Retweets: 3

Likes: 70