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The association’s senior vice-president safety and flight operations Gilberto Lopez Meyer highlighted the issue when asked about the challenges airlines will face during the recovery at a media briefing today.  ”The maintenance challenge is going our site to be massive. Like never in history,” he says, pointing to the number of aircraft that have been – and remain – out of service. ”At the peak of the crisis [in May] we had more than 18,000 aircraft parked. There were problems to find space even to park these aircraft,” he says ”So the maintenance part, among many others, is one of the areas we have to very carefully plan, with the complexity that nobody knows when it [return to full service] is going to happen. Because the more time it takes, the more complex are the maintenance activities we need to perform to the aircraft to be able to get them ready to return to service.” Ensuring aircraft are ready to return to service is not the only operational issue airlines face with so much capacity still grounded because of the pandemic. One of the other major challenges is ensuring the currency of crew, so they are able to fly when capacity is increased. ”You can imagine with the reduction of international flights at this moment, thousands and thousands of pilots have lost recency, because they have not flown enough,” he says. ”This is even more critical for airlines that don’t have their own simulator or training facilities and they need to pay someone else to do these activities, sometimes in other countries and having to cross borders,” says Lopez Meyer. ”And this is why it has been very difficult for many airlines to cope with that. The maintenance challenge is going to be massive.



Another turnover when Nebraska couldn’t afford one. Three weeks after being benched at Northwestern, the junior returned to his familiar job Friday as the starting Husker quarterback — sort of. For the first time in this season of QB uncertainty, NU mixed drives between Martinez and Luke McCaffrey in a combination that came up just short of an upset in a 26-20 defeat at No. 24 Iowa. The shared approach came after a week of practice competition that coach Scott Frost said was “dead even.” Each completed 81% of their passes and both committed two turnovers, so both were part of the game plan against the Hawkeyes, with Martinez penciled in to make his 24th start and run the first two drives followed by the 19-year-old McCaffrey. Nebraska's Luke McCaffrey throws a pass against Iowa. “We’ve got two good young players, two good quarterbacks,” Frost said. “We need to continue to hit a few more of the easy things that they give us that we miss at that position, particularly in the pass game. But I thought we threw it downfield better. I thought both guys managed the game well when they were in. We’ve got two good players, we’ll continue to let them compete.” Martinez played the entirety of seven NU possessions while McCaffrey led two.