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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 556 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.

Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 655 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.

Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 197 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.

Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 164 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.

Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 113 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.

ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 80 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.

Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 80 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.

A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 67 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.

Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 66 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.

GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 42 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.

Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 55 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.

Werner Aero Services signs Repair Management Agreement with Nouvelair Airlines

October 14, 2014 · 93 Views

Werner Aero Services announced that its asset management team has signed a multi-year repair management agreement with Nouvelair Airlines in Tunisia. The agreement covers select major A320 QEC components. By leveraging Werner’s network of high quality repair facilities and logistical expertise, Nouvelair will receive expedited turn around time with a predictable cost structure.

Engine Alliance enters revenue service with Qatar Airways

October 14, 2014 · 76 Views

GP7200 engines have entered revenue service with Qatar Airways’ first EA-powered A380. The airline operates its first revenue flights between Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar and Heathrow Airport in London, UK. Qatar Airways received its first A380 from Airbus at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on September 16th. On September 18th, the airline operated an inaugural flight to the new Hamad International Airport, which culminated in a grand unveiling ceremony. Airlines operating GP7200 engines have enjoyed the merits of the quietest, most reliable and most fuel-efficient powerplant for the A380. The GP7200 engine has sustained an average of 99.9% departure reliability since entry into service. Additionally, customers have benefitted from a fuel savings advantage of up to $1m per aircraft per year.

Pemco redelivers 13th B737 Freighter to China Postal EMS

October 14, 2014 · 64 Views

PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO) redelivered its latest Boeing 737 passenger-to-freighter-conversion to Beijing-based China Postal Airlines EMS (CPA), the third 737-300 under the current five-aircraft agreement. The fourth 737-300 conversion is already underway, with CPA’s 15th PEMCO 737 freighter expected within the next year as China Post expands its fleet in support of its 56 Cities Campaign. This tranche of five conversions are being performed at STAECO’s Jinan Shandong China facility as part of a turnkey package including maintenance, bridging and full paint. PEMCO and STAECO have partnered on nearly 50 Boeing 737-300 and 737-400 freighter modification projects since 2006 and today provide seamless regional technical and spares support to Boeing 737 operators in China and beyond.

LCI boosts Singapore operation with appointment of Laurent Janitza

October 14, 2014 · 61 Views

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has appointed Laurent Janitza as Vice President Marketing, based in the company’s Singapore office. Mr Janitza, joins LCI with 20 years’ experience in the aerospace sector, much of it in Asia, and was previously with Bombardier Aerospace in Singapore as its Sales Director, Commercial Aircraft.

GE delivers 1,000th engine to China Eastern

October 14, 2014 · 72 Views

China Eastern Airlines and GE celebrated the 1000th GE engines to be delivered to the airline. This includes engines produced by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France. As strategic partners, GE and China Eastern have been in close cooperation for two decades. China Eastern became a GE and CFM customer in 1994 with an order for five CFM56-5C-powered long-range, four-engine Airbus A340 aircraft. Since then, the GE and CFM fleet operated by China Eastern has grown bigger and bigger, to its current size of more than 650 engines, which is the largest GE and CFM engine fleet in China.

Vector Aerospace adds AS332L1 model to state of the art cockpit voice and flight data recorder STC

October 14, 2014 · 64 Views

Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”) has added the AS332L1 model to its FAA certified CVFDR Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). This is an addition to the FAA STC approval it received last year on the CVFDR for AS332C and AS332L helicopter models.  The CVFDR retrofit package features a light-weight, solid state, low power consumption state of the art CVFDR with an underwater acoustic beacon and a six year battery-life warranty with an optional integrated Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS) requiring no additional wiring. A digital flight data acquisition unit is also integrated in the system, capable of accepting over 50 flight data parameters. The CVFDR system is rated at 50,000 hrs MTBF and meets part 135 operating requirements.

ARSA endorses Component Control as preferred provider for third year in a row

October 14, 2014 · 68 Views

Component Control released that it is continuing for a third year as the exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). Component Control’s Quantum MRO and Logistics software provides a best practices platform for aviation repair organizations to efficiently and comprehensively manage MRO processes while promoting adherence to rigorous quality and regulatory standards.

Solenta Aviation Group signs engine services agreement with Vector Aerospace

October 14, 2014 · 111 Views

Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic Inc. (ES-A) and the Solenta Aviation wider group of companies, based in Johannesburg, South Africa have signed a new three-year engine services agreement. As per the terms of the three-year agreement, ES-A will provide comprehensive fixed-wing aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the Solenta Aviation Groups’ turboprop engine fleet from its facilities in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya.

Next-Generation PurePower PW800 engines to power Gulfstream’s new Business Jet Family

October 14, 2014 · 171 Views

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PurePower PW800 engines are the power behind the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, which launched on October 14th at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Georgia headquarters. A 16,000-pound-thrust-class powerhouse, the PurePower PW800 engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and shares the same proven, rigorously tested core technology used in Pratt & Whitney’s award-winning PurePower family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The PurePower engines have been chosen for five other applications demonstrating the performance, flexibility and robustness of this technology. Certification of the PurePower PW814GA and PW815GA engines that will power the Gulfstream G500 and G600 respectively is expected before the end of 2014. It is anticipated that by the time the PurePower PW800 engine enters into service, the PurePower engine family will have accumulated more than 1.5 million hours of service.

Waypoint Leasing announced helicopter leasing transactions with Avincis and with Bristow

October 14, 2014 · 110 Views

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland), a leading global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for Avincis’ subsidiary INAER Aviation Italia, which performs a wide range of mission-critical services, including medical emergency, oil & gas support and firefighting services. Furthermore, Waypoint Leasing has reached an agreement with Bristow Group, for the sale and leaseback (SLB) of two Sikorsky 92 (“S-92”) helicopters. Both S-92s operate offshore in crew change configuration out of Scatsta airport on the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

Gulfstream and Flexjet enter into new agreement for 50 aircraft

October 14, 2014 · 151 Views

Gulfstream Aerospace held a signing ceremony with Dallas-based Flexjet following Gulfstream’s announcement of the all-new Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. Flexjet is a leading provider of fractional aircraft ownership services, operating a fleet of more than 150 business jet aircraft. The ceremony recognized Flexjet’s order for up to 50 Gulfstream aircraft. The sale includes firm orders and options for G450, G500 and G650 aircraft, and a long-term service support agreement. In addition to the aircraft order, Flexjet and Gulfstream announced a Product Support Services Agreement by which Gulfstream will maintain the Flexjet Gulfstream fleet over the next 10 years. Given the global capability of these aircraft, Flexjet customers can be assured of the highest-quality maintenance and service from the Gulfstream worldwide service support structure.

Qatar Airways and Golfstream sign landmark agreement for new aircraft order

October 14, 2014 · 178 Views

Gulfstream Aerospace signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Airways for the purchase of up to 20 aircraft. The agreement was announced in conjunction with Gulfstream’s introduction of an all-new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the initial agreement for Qatar Airways to order up to 20 Gulfstream aircraft, including firm orders and options for the all-new, wide-cabin G500 and the flagship G650ER.

Boeing announces start of manufacture of new 737 MAX range of aircraft

October 14, 2014 · 205 Views

Boeing has just announced commencement on manufacturing of the 737 MAX range of planes with first service flights due to take place in 2016. This first stage includes the production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Once completed they will be sent, according to Boeing, to “Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to Boeing’s Renton, Wash. facility where Boeing employees will build the 737 MAX. The program is on track to begin final assembly of the first 737 MAX in 2015.”

It was the Airbus decision to proceed with the 320neo in 2010 that prompted Boeing to stop dithering with their intended replacement for the 737 and start in earnest with the creation of the 737 MAX. Driven by the need to increase fuel economy, reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, and be competitive with the Airbus 320neo, the go ahead was given for the 737 MAX in August 2011 in the form of the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 which were to be based on the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER, respectively. At that time the intention was to produce a plane that was 16% more fuel-efficient than the Airbus 320 and still 4% more efficient than the new Airbus 320neo. While Boeing announced in December 2013 that an internal audit had forecasted a 14% lower fuel burn than current 737NG series aircraft, more interesting news was to come last month when Boeing announced a fourth version of the MAX, the 737-200

The 737-200 is to be based on the new MAX 8, but with the capability of carrying 200 passengers, being 20% more economical to run than the current 737s and surprisingly, it will have operating costs that are 5% lower than the proposed MAX 8. As of September 2014 the MAX range has firm orders for 2,295 units, while Airbus has orders in excess of 3,000 units for the 320neo.

Esterline Corporation chooses STS Component Solutions as preferred provider of 24/7 AOG support

October 14, 2014 · 147 Views

STS Component Solutions, a division of STS Aviation Group, was selected by Esterline Technologies as its preferred provider of 24/7 AOG spares and warranty support for Boeing 787 aircraft. The spotlight agreement allows STS Aviation Group to administer its global, live-person coverage for all B787 AOG support inquires as mandated by the Boeing Product Support Agreement between the manufacturer and the Boeing Corporation. Esterline Corporation’s Korry product line includes 27 cockpit panels designed and manufactured for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

IndiGo signs MoU for 250 A320neo aircraft

October 15, 2014 · 138 Views

India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft. Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo said, “This new order reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas. The additional aircraft will enable us to continue to bring our low fares and courteous, hassle free service to more customers and markets and will create more job opportunities and growth. The IndiGo team is energised and excited to herald this new phase of our growth. IndiGo has previously placed orders for 280 Airbus aircraft (100 A320ceo and 180 A320neo). The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020 which is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

LCI Helicopters is first lessor to take off with new AW189

October 15, 2014 · 88 Views

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has become the first aircraft lessor to take delivery of the new state-of-the-art AW189 helicopter. The particular aircraft is being placed on long term lease with the AgustaWestland Training Academy, and will be used as part of the conversion-to-type training of pilots to fly the new AW189 – deliveries of which are accelerating to customers all over the world. This AW189 is the first of an initial commitment for 16 AW189’s, with additional options, which LCI Helicopters has ordered, and these will be offered for lease to operators in a number of roles including Offshore Oil and Gas, Search & Rescue and aero-medical transport.

Lion Group signs material support & MRO consultancy agreements with CFM International

October 15, 2014 · 150 Views

Lion Group and CFM International signed a comprehensive Material Support Agreement for the airline’s substantial CFM fleet, as well as a consultancy agreement to support its planned engine maintenance and overhaul center in Indonesia. The long-term, multi-billion dollar agreement will cover nearly 1,000 CFM engines which Lion Air currently has in service or on order. Lion Group been a CFM customer since the year 2000 and has taken delivery of more than 100 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737 aircraft. In February, Lion placed a $1.2bn order for CFM56-5B engine to power 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. The agreement provides for the comprehensive repair and replacement of life-limited and non-life-limited parts for the CFM engines in the airline’s fleet, as well as providing Lion Air with technical data for component repairs and engine overhaul to assist their operations.

Embraer reaches record backlog and delivers 19 commercial and 15 executive jets in 3Q14

October 15, 2014 · 100 Views

By the end of the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), Embraer’s firm order backlog reached US$22.1bn, the highest in the Company’s history, driven mainly by the signing of the contract of the KC-390 and the firm order for 50 E175 signed with Republic Airways Holdings, the operator with the largest fleet of E-Jets in the world. In June 2014, the firm order backlog totaled US$18.1bn. During the 3Q14, the Company delivered 19 jets to the commercial aviation market and 15 to the business aviation market, for a total of 34 aircraft. Republic Airways ordered aircraft, which deliveries are scheduled to begin in the thirdquarter of 2015 extending into 2017, will be operated by United Airlines under the United Express brand. Another highlight of the quarter wasthe firm order for 15 E-Jets, comprising the E170 and E190 models, signed with Japan Airlines (JAL). Deliveries of the new E-Jets to JAL are set to begin in 2015.

LOTAMS strengthens position in the MRO market

October 15, 2014 · 125 Views

LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services Company started a “C” Check of the Boeing B767-300ERW (Extended Range-Winglet). The aircraft belongs to Italian operator – NEOS. This is the first aircraft check with such wide range of maintenance tasks, performed in LOTAMS for a different operator than LOT Polish Airlines. The “C” check is also the first one carried out in the modernized hangar No. 2 which was modificated in August. The modification allows servicing wide-body aircraft like the Boeing B767 equipped with winglets. The original TAT (turnaround time) was scheduled for 24 days but as a result of additional work ordered by NEOS, it was extended to 31 days.

Engility wins $23m contract to provide engineering and analytical support to NextGen program

October 15, 2014 · 106 Views

Engility Holdings has been awarded a $23m contract to provide engineering and analytical support to help the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implement the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, commonly known as NextGen. NextGen is the FAA’s key initiative to shift air traffic control from ground-based radar to “smarter,” satellite-based and digital technologies and procedures designed to make air travel more efficient and predictable, resulting in a reduced impact on the environment.

EASA certifies Airbus A350 XWB for up to 370 minute ETOPS

October 15, 2014 · 131 Views

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new Airbus A350-900 airliner for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) ‘beyond 180 minutes’ diversion time. This includes an option for up to 370 minute maximum diversion time. The A350-900 becomes the first new airliner ever to be approved for “ETOPS beyond 180 minutes” before entry into service.

Luxair orders Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets for Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s

October 15, 2014 · 131 Views

Aviation Partners Beoing (APB) released that Luxair Luxembourg Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake. Split Scimitar Winglets can now be installed on all Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ER aircraft. All remaining commercial and private variants of the 737 Next-Generation aircraft are scheduled to be certified by May of 2015.

Gogo to provide In-flight Wi-Fi on United’s two-cabin regional jet fleet

October 15, 2014 · 94 Views

Gogo (GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, has been selected by United Airlines to bring its in-flight Internet service to United’s two-cabin regional jet fleet. Installation of Wi-Fi services, which will involve more than 200 aircraft, is expected to begin later this year. The United Express aircraft will be the first regional jets in the United States to be outfitted with Gogo’s ATG-4, which more than triples the peak speeds to an aircraft when compared to Gogo’s original ATG service that launched in 2008. Additionally, United and Gogo have agreed to partner on offering in-flight entertainment on two-cabin regional jets, beginning early next year, enabling passengers to watch movies and television shows on their Wi-Fi enabled devices.

airberlin and Alitalia sign codeshare agreement

October 15, 2014 · 103 Views

airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline and Alitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, have signed a codeshare agreement to offer more choice and greater convenience to their guests. All of airberlin’s and Alitalia’s 412 weekly nonstop flights between Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy will be codeshare flights effective this winter season. As of October 26th, airberlin’s three daily flights from Dusseldorf and double daily flights from Berlin-Tegel will operate into Milan-Linate instead of Malpensa. Furthermore, the three daily flights from Vienna operated by NIKI, the Austrian airline which is part of the airberlin group, will be directed to Linate as well.The partners also agreed on selective codeshares beyond their home hubs. For instance Alitalia will place its “AZ” code on some of airberlin’s domestic flights such as from Munich to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin. At the same time airberlin will place its “AB” code on selected domestic and international Alitalia flights via Rome and Milan-Linate to, for example, Naples, Brindisi, Reggio Calabria, Alghero, Cairo or Malta as well as on some of Alitalia’s long haul flights to South America such as Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.

Etihad Airways revenues increases 29% in Q3 2014

October 15, 2014 · 108 Views

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, reported total revenues of US$1.8bn for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 29%year-on-year, achieved on the back of accelerated passenger and cargo growth during the summer. A total of 3.9 million passengers travelled with Etihad Airways between July and September this year, 30% higher than the three million passengers from the same period in 2013. Etihad Cargo also outperformed the global market, carrying 144,498 tonnes of freight and mail during the third quarter, a year-on-year increase of 9%, on only 1% capacity growth. Etihad Airways’ passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), was 22 billion by the end of Q3 2014, an increase of 16% over the same period last year. The airline’s fleet expanded to 105 aircraft, with three aircraft delivered in the third quarter.

Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation signs multi-year contract for AgustaWestland Helicopters

October 15, 2014 · 117 Views

Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation (BAIC) of China has signed a multi-year contract for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters of various models, including AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries are scheduled to start in mid-2015 and continue through to 2019. The contract, that includes training, spare parts and technical support is valued around €400m, excluding customer selected options and mission equipment. The contract follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the companies in June this year and lays the foundation of a strategic partnership to serve the development of the growing Chinese para-public helicopter market. This will include a range of applications such as law enforcement, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting and disaster relief. The partnership will evolve further with plans to provide local support, training and aircraft customization services.

Tougher rules needed for the transportation of lithium batteries

October 15, 2014 · 121 Views

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation presented new regulations for air-cargo shipments of varying types of lithium batteries, which includes packaging requirements and safeguarding of power cells that have either been damaged or heading for recycling. One forgets that with 1.3 billion rechargeable batteries being produced each year, that means there are an awful lot of batteries that no longer hold a decent charge, and therefore require recycling.

These new rules, however, stop short of imposing limits that had been advocated by pilot-union leaders relating to the number of batteries or cellphones that can be carried on a U.S. cargo aircraft. U.S. regulators do not permit lithium-metal batteries to be shipped in the cargo holds of passenger jets, though many other countries are less cautious and permit such shipments.

As one section of the new rules – earmarked to come into effect early next year – regulators welcomed these industry positions and dropped previous proposals asking for more-stringent package-labeling, important verification of manufacturing-quality controls, and additionally the classification of lithium batteries as hazardous goods.

These new safety recommendations were approved last month by an advisory panel to the International Civil Aviation Organization, in the latest indication of growing industry concerns about such dangers to aircraft. ICAO, as the body is usually referred to, is an arm of the United Nations. It should also be noted that all these new recommendations relate to bulk shipment of lithium-based batteries and do not include those rechargeable batteries in the plethora electrical devices and gadgets that passenger bring on board when travelling.

It has, however, been identified that while rechargeable lithium-based can catch fire if crushed, pierced or if they short circuit, non-rechargeable lithium-based batteries have a far greater risk of catching fire. As a result, in June, the ICAO banned all passenger planes from carrying lithium-metal batteries which are not rechargeable. This will come in to effect in January 2015.

However lithium-based batteries can reach a temperature of up to 1000o C and dowsing a fire caused by one is not simple – halon alone won’t work, so water is also required. This will mean changing most fire safety equipment on board commercial carriers. The idea of packaging batteries with gels between them would dramatically effect transportation costs, so once again the battle between safety and economics kicks off another round in a common fight.