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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.

MTU Aero Engines AG slightly raises forecast in light of nine-month results

October 23, 2014 · 65 Views

In the first nine months of 2014, MTU Aero Engines AG’s revenues grew by 6% to €2,811.6m (1-9/2013: €2,659.6m). The group generated an operating profit of €270.9m (1-9/2013: €267.8m) and its EBIT margin came to 9.6% (1-9/2013: 10.1 %). Net income increased by 5% to €178.3m (1-9/2013: €169.1m). “The good nine-month results and the greater planning confidence for the remaining quarter allow us to reinstate the full-year revenue forecast of around €3,750m that we issued at the beginning of the year,” said Reiner Winkler, CEO of MTU Aero Engines AG. “Moreover, we expect to achieve a higher operating profit and net income than anticipated as yet. Adjusted EBIT will probably rise to around €380 million and net income to around €250m.” MTU had adjusted its revenue forecast slightly downward from €3,750m to €3,650m (2013: €3,574.1m) on the basis of the half-year figures. The outlook had included a stable adjusted EBIT of around €375m (2013: €373.1m) and an adjusted net income in the region of €245m (2013: €235.7m).

The increase in group revenues in the first nine months of 2014 is mainly attributable to strong growth in the commercial engine business, where revenues rose by 12% to €1,563.9m (1-9/2013: €1,402.9 million). The engines that accounted for the largest part of these revenues were the V2500, which powers the Airbus A320, the GP7000 for the Airbus A380, and the GEnx for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 747-8. Revenues in the commercial maintenance business remained stable at €920.8m (1-9/2013: €911.8m). The main source of these revenues was the V2500 engine. “Our third-quarter revenues in the MRO segment were higher than ever before. This means that we have turned the corner and reversed the negative trend that affected revenues in this segment in the earlier part of the year,” added Winkler.

KLM and Amentum extend leases for four E190s

October 23, 2014 · 60 Views

Amentum, the Dublin based commercial aircraft leasing company, has renewed the leases of four E190s with KLM Cityhopper B.V. The leases were extended for four years. The aircraft (MSNs 19000250, 19000279, 19000322, 19000326) are owned by Global Aircraft Fund I. Amentum is the exclusive Investment & Divestment Advisor, Asset & Lease Manager and Remarketing Agent of Global Aircraft Fund I.

IBA’s JetData now features new aircraft availability module

October 23, 2014 · 211 Views

IBA’s online aircraft database, JetData now features a new aircraft availability module. The data, sourced from IBA’s partnership with myairlease.com, enables JetData’s subscribers to keep abreast of aircraft supply onto the market. myairlease continuously monitors their available asset listings for currency and provides updates to JetData in parallel with their own database updates. Availability is a key value determinant to aircraft appraisal. Whether a particular aircraft type is in oversupply or scarce will cause its market value to deviate from its base value downwards or upwards respectively. JetData users can use the new module to source additional capacity for their operations or on behalf of their own industry partners, or to simply monitor any potential market volatility. Utilisation, availability date and contact details are provided, along with IBA’s records for specification and historical events for each aircraft under consideration.

Virgin Atlantic connecting customers onboard 787 Dreamliner

October 23, 2014 · 93 Views

With a suite of new technologies onboard, the first Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner will take to the skies on October 26th from London Heathrow to Boston. As one of the most efficient aircraft in its class, a key to its performance is its new technology and innovative design. Virgin Atlantic has teamed up with Panasonic and T-Mobile to offer all customers eXConnect KU Band wifi connectivity onboard its new 787 aircraft. Whether on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone, customers can connect their devices to the wireless onboard internet with just a few clicks and start surfing the web.

Jet Aviation signs exclusive management agreement with premier Bahamas FBO

October 23, 2014 · 61 Views

Jet Aviation has signed an FBO management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) effective January 1st, 2015. The new addition to Jet Aviation’s worldwide FBO network will be rebranded as Jet Aviation Bahamas. Managed by Jet Aviation as of 2015, EFS is the premier full-service FBO in the Bahamas, located at Lynden Pindling International Airport, the largest airport and the main international gateway into the country. EFS’s facility encompasses 305,000 ft² of ramp and a full-service FBO terminal building that includes onsite Bahamas Customs and Immigration available 24 hours, concierge service, computerized flight planning, pilot lounge, executive lounges, conference room, courtesy offices, on-site car rental and 20,000 ft² of hangar space.

Change in SAS Group Management

October 23, 2014 · 110 Views

Executive Vice President and COO Flemming Jensen will leave SAS in May 2015 to assume the position of CEO for DSB A/S. Flemming Jensen has been with SAS since 1989 when he joined as pilot. Since 2008, he has held a number of leading positions within SAS, of which the last three years as Executive Vice President and COO. SAS has commenced the process to replace Flemming Jensen, who will continue as COO until May next year.

Quantum’s StockMarket provides Document Imaging for Part Certifications

October 23, 2014 · 97 Views

Component Control reported that Quantum customers can now attach documents and images pertaining to a specific part listing on StockMarket.aero, the world’s largest open online aviation parts eMarketplace. Certifications, zoomed images, and multiple views can be attached to a specific part to bolster authentication and make the part more appealing to buyers.

Machinists Union, Southwest Airlines reach tentative contract

October 23, 2014 · 96 Views

Southwest Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), representing the carrier’s approximately 6,000 Customer Service Agents and Customer Support and Services Representatives, announced that the two parties have reached a tentative agreement. The tentative agreement is for a new four year contract and requires Membership ratification. The current contract became amendable in October 2012. In the upcoming weeks, the IAM membership will be given the full details of the agreement and have the opportunity to vote on ratification.

Southwest Airlines reports third quarter profit of $382m

October 23, 2014 · 83 Views

Southwest Airlines reported third quarter net income, excluding special items, of $382m, compared to third quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $241m. This represented a 61.8% increase from third quarter 2013, and exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of $.53 per diluted share. Third quarter net income of $329m, which included $53m (net) of unfavorable special items, compared to third quarter 2013 net income of $259m, which included $18m (net) of favorable special items. Third quarter operating income of $614m. Excluding special items, third quarter operating income of $649m.

United Airlines announces 3rd-quarter net profit increase of 99%

October 23, 2014 · 81 Views

United Airlines reported third-quarter 2014 net income of $1.1bn, excluding $151m of special items, its highest-ever quarterly profit and an increase of 99% year-over-year. Including special items, UAL reported third-quarter 2014 net income of $924m. UAL ended the third quarter with $6.9bn in unrestricted liquidity.

Etihad Airways selects SAP as strategic technology partner for business transformation

October 23, 2014 · 119 Views

Etihad Airways selected SAP SE (SAP) as a strategic technology partner to deploy a range of key software solutions to deliver the latest best-in-class technology to the Etihad Aviation Group. The airline plans to deploy the enterprise resource planning application SAP ERP together with a range of cloud-based products across its vital business functions, including human resources, finance, procurement and supply management and business intelligence. At a signing ceremony in New York, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, James Hogan, and Bill McDermott, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, said that the partnership was key to helping Etihad Airways sustain and support its growth, while further modernising and scaling up the airline’s business functions.

Atlas Air Worldwide places two additional Boeing 747 Freighters in ACMI Service for DHL Express

October 23, 2014 · 141 Views

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced the placement of two incremental Boeing 747 freighters into ACMI service. The two aircraft, a 747-8F and a 747-400F, will be operated in Polar Air Cargo Worldwide’s express network under an ACMI arrangement for the benefit of DHL Express, the world’s leading international express shipping company, and Polar’s other customers. Operations are scheduled to begin on October 26th, 2014. When the new ACMI service begins, Polar’s express network will total twelve 747 freighters, consisting of five 747-8Fs and seven 747-400Fs, in ACMI on behalf of DHL and Polar’s other customers. Atlas also will continue to operate a fleet of Boeing 767 Freighters in CMI service for DHL, with 11 aircraft in operation by the end of January 2015.

American Airlines Group reports third quarter profit

October 23, 2014 · 73 Views

For the third quarter 2014, American Airlines Group reported a record GAAP net profit of $942m. This compares to a GAAP net profit of $289m in the third quarter 2013 for AMR Corporation prior to the merger. Third quarter 2014 net profit excluding net special charges was a record $1.2bn. This represents a 59% improvement over the combined non-GAAP net profit of $771m excluding net special charges for the same period in 2013. The Company’s third quarter 2014 pretax margin excluding net special charges was 11%.

Common Type Rating approved for A350 XWB and A330 pilot training

October 23, 2014 · 117 Views

Airlines and pilots will both benefit from the Common Type Rating pilot training on the A350 XWB and A330 jetliners, further extending Airbus’ concept of flight operational commonality between its fly-by-wire aircraft families.The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence their preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only. Enabling a significant reduction of costs for airlines, the differences training does not necessitate the use of a ground-based full-flight-simulator, and allows a 65% reduction in pilot training time – to only eight days – versus a standard transition course. Additionally, it facilitates the creation of a pool of pilots who can fly both the A330 and A350 XWB in a single-fleet flying (SFF) concept for increased scheduling flexibility and mobility.

Kunming Airlines signs commitment for 10 Boeing 737s

October 23, 2014 · 125 Views

Kunming Airlines, based at Changshui International Airport in the capital city of Yunnan province, has committed to purchase 10 737s, including four Next-Generation 737-700s and six 737 MAX airplanes. The commitment, valued at $897m at current list prices, is subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

SF Airlines places order for Boeing Converted Freighters

October 23, 2014 · 161 Views

SF Airlines placed an order for an undisclosed number of 767-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversions (Boeing Converted Freighters). SF Airlines, a subsidiary of Shenzhen, China-based delivery services company SF Express, will accept its first redelivered 767 in the second half of 2015. The 767 Boeing Converted Freighter offers an intercontinental range capability well-suited to the mid-sized freighter market, and maximizes efficiency of operations and payload configuration. “SF Express aims to become China’s most respected and reliable international courier company,” said Li Sheng, President of SF Airlines. “The addition of both wide and narrow-body Boeing freighters to our fleet will help us to continue providing quality service and expanded service networks, so as to offer efficient and reliable express delivery solutions that serve all the needs of our customers.”

Safran posts 6.8% revenue growth in third quarter 2014

October 23, 2014 · 114 Views

Safran reported third-quarter 2014 adjusted revenue was €3,589m, up 6.8% on a reported basis, up 6.3% on an organic basis, compared to third quarter 2013. Aerospace Propulsion activities continue to benefit from services growth, notably civil aftermarket. Aircraft Equipment growth is principally driven by continuing OE momentum. Revenue declined slightly in Defence activities and grew for the Security activities. Third-quarter 2014 civil aftermarket was up 11.9% in USD terms, driven by a robust level of revenue in 2014, spare parts in particular, compared to a high comparison base in the year-ago quarter. The full-year 2014 adjusted revenue and adjusted EBIT outlook is confirmed.
In the third quarter 2014, Aerospace Propulsion recorded revenue of €1,944m, an increase of 9.8% compared to revenue in the year-ago period of €1,771m. On an organic basis, revenue was up 8.9%. Revenue growth was primarily driven by services (+15.9%). The civil aftermarket (measured in USD) increased 11.9% compared to the third quarter 2013. Sales of spare parts for CFM56 and GE90 engines contributed strongly to this momentum. Military aftermarket grew, as did helicopter support revenues notably with the contribution of the RTM322 programme. OE Propulsion revenue increased 3.7%. Sales from helicopter turbine deliveries were down, as in the first half. Civil aircraft OE grew due to slightly higher volume and favourable mix in both CFM56 and high thrust engine modules.

14% 3Q drop in net profit for Norway’s budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle

October 23, 2014 · 111 Views

Despite making a net profit of NOK373.8m ($57m) for the third quarter, Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle’s figure was down 14% compared to the NOK435.9m ($66 million) reported for the same period in 2013. Additionally, the net loss for the nine months up to and including 30th September was NOK91.4m ($14m), considerably down on the profit of NOK515.5m posted for the same period a year ago.
Norwegian Air Shuttle was quick to explain the deficit and put it down to a number of reasons. Firstly there were costly wet leasing replacement aircraft being used because of technical problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. These problems, financially, extended to costs incurred for hotel bills and food and drink payments for severely delayed passengers. Once you add the fact that the Norwegian Krona had weakened as a currency to what Norwegian Air Shuttle described as “considerable” cost implications of delayed approval from the US Department of Transportation, and you begin to get a clearer picture of why this has not been a good time for the airline. The airline has indicated it is prepared to wait as long as is needed to obtain U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval for its Ireland-based long-haul subsidiary airline, Norwegian Air International (NAI), to fly between Europe and the U.S.A., but the delay is proving very costly.
However it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Norwegian airline as they indicated there had been “strong growth” in all European markets. This resulted in a load factor rise to almost 85%, in spite of a capacity increase of 36% in the third quarter. Third-quarter operating turnover was up 30% year-on-year to NOK6.34bn, though operating costs were also up 38% to NOK5.12bn and unit cost for this last quarter down 1% (4% excluding fuel). Operating revenue for the year to date was up 27% compared with a year ago to NOK15bn, though operating costs increased 44% to NOK13.4bn and unit cost down 2% (3% excluding fuel). Yield was down 11% for the quarter and 16% for the year-to-date. The number of passengers for the quarter was up 17% to just over 7 million compared to just over six million the previous year. For the year to the end of September the passenger numbers were up 19% to 18.33 million compared to last year.

Virgin America launches codeshare flights with China Airlines

October 24, 2014 · 72 Views

Virgin America announced the implementation of a codeshare arrangement with China Airlines that will offer customers seamless bookings and travel between Taipei, Taiwan, elsewhere in Asia and multiple destinations across the United States. The new codeshare agreement, the fourth for the California-based airline, involves China Airlines placing its two-letter airline code (CI) on a range of Virgin America markets including flights between Los Angeles and/or San Francisco to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Love Field, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, New York (JFK), Seattle and Washington Dulles (IAD).

AWAS places one new A320 aircraft on long – term lease with Jetstar Pacific Airlines

October 24, 2014 · 106 Views

AWAS has acquired one new A320 passenger aircraft from an airline who had placed an order directly with the manufacturer, and has delivered the aircraft on long-term lease with existing customer Jetstar Pacific Airlines. Jetstar Pacific will put the aircraft into commercial operation in early November after installing end-of-wing sharklets. The aircraft will be used to expand the airline’s international operations, including plans to operate new services from Vietnam to Singapore later this month.

Five-year forecast shows improved outlook for Air Cargo

October 24, 2014 · 91 Views

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows that international freight volumes are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% over the next five years. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest-growing markets. “Air cargo remains as vital to the global economic system as ever. This year, more than $6.8 trillion worth of goods, equivalent to 35% of total world trade by value, will be transported around the world by air. So it is welcome to see a forecast for a return to growth for the air cargo sector after several years in the doldrums. An average of more than 4% growth for the next five years would be a marked improvement on the performance of recent years. Since 2011, for example, growth in freight tonnes has averaged just 0.63% per year,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “Nevertheless, despite the positive picture, the overall risks to the economic outlook, and therefore to air freight, remain towards the downside. Trade protectionism is a constant danger. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), between November 2013 and May 2014 alone, 112 new trade-restrictive measures were enacted by G20 governments. Geopolitical concerns, volatility of oil prices, and competition from rail and sea could also affect this forecast. The air cargo industry certainly cannot afford to be complacent,” said Tyler. To enhance air cargo competitiveness, the industry is aiming to cut average transit times by up to 48 hours by 2020. To achieve this, air freight is modernizing its processes, improving quality and reliability, and widening the range of services offered. A key component of modernized processes is the e-Freight project, which will render air cargo shipments paperless. As a first step, the industry is adopting the e-Air Waybill (e-AWB). In September 2014 global e-AWB penetration reached 19.4%, meaning the 2014 industry target of 22% is within reach.

Terna receives two Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e rotorcraft

October 24, 2014 · 126 Views

Italian electrical transmission grid operator Terna has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e rotorcraft to perform surveillance and maintenance support for power lines that deliver electricity throughout the country. These two Ecureuil family helicopters were delivered by Airbus Helicopter’s long term Italian distributor, Aersud Elicotteri, who won Terna’s tender and will retrofit some of the equipment required by the customer.

BizJet International is expanding capabilities for VIP & Executive Jet business in the US

October 24, 2014 · 200 Views

In Tulsa / Oklahoma Lufthansa Technik’s US-subsidiary BizJet International has opened a new dedicated maintenance and refurbishment hangar. This hangar will hold up to a BBJ 737-800 size aircraft. The hangar also has customer offices in-house allowing our customer’s close access to the work being performed on their aircraft. Brian Barber, Vice President of Completions said: “Building up capacities to service on VIP and Special Mission Aircraft, especially for US customers is crucial for the market demand. With the opening of a new hangar, which is dedicated for maintenance, refurbishments, and unexpected maintenance requirements, we are able to service our customers with faster turn-times, while retaining the Lufthansa Technik world class quality.”

Tigerair Australia signs long-term aircraft support partnership with AJW Aviation

October 24, 2014 · 265 Views

Tigerair Australia has signed a long-term partnership agreement with AJW Aviation to transform the support programme for its current fleet of 13 Airbus A320 aircraft as part of the airline’s ongoing focus on improving operational efficiency. As part of the agreement AJW will deliver complete inventory technical management (ITM) across a variety of areas including components, major assemblies, wheels and brakes, auxiliary power units (APU), thrust reversers and consumables. The partnership will be underpinned by AJW’s global inventory of Airbus A320 spares located in accessible hubs across the region.

Airwork orders seven AEI B737-400SF conversions

October 24, 2014 · 194 Views

Airwork (a New Zealand listed company) based in Auckland, New Zealand has selected AEI to provide two firm and five optional B737-400SF eleven pallet configuration passenger-to-freighter conversions. Airwork will make the freighter aircraft available to its ACMI and dry lease customers. The first aircraft, built in 1992 has already been modified at Commercial Jet Services’ Dothan, Alabama facility and was successfully redelivered to Airwork on August 14th. It has since been placed with one of Airwork’s existing ACMI customers. The second aircraft has entered conversion at Commercial Jet Services in Dothan Alabama, which is an authorized AEI Conversion Center and is scheduled to be completed in February of 2015. As part of Airwork’s fixed wing dry lease expansion plan, it has recently committed to purchasing six B737-400 sister ship aircraft from a major international airline to add to the one aircraft it previously acquired. Airwork has already taken delivery of the first two aircraft and will take delivery of the next four aircraft progressively over the next six months.

Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) sign final agreement to create joint venture

October 24, 2014 · 242 Views

Back on July 4th 2014 a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran). Today, the 24th October 2014, it has been announced that Hélène Moreau-Leroy, Chairman and CEO of Hispano-Suiza and Norbert Arndt, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Structures and Transmissions, have signed a final agreement for the creation of a jointly-owned company that will be involved with the design, development, production and support of accessory drive transmissions (ADTs) for all future Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines. Providing approval of this agreement is obtained from the appropriate regulatory authorities, the joint venture should commence operations early in 2015.
The design and production of accessory drive transmissions by Hispano-Suiza, together with engine design and propulsion systems integrated by Rolls-Royce, will come about through the new company’s ability to capitalize on the combined expertise and experience of the two original companies. The new company intends to cover the complete range of civil aircraft, to include anything from business jets to widebody commercial jet liners. Having won the engine contract with the Trent 7000 in July this year, the new business will contribute to Airbus’ new A330neo.
This new company will operate from three locations, with the business headquarters being based at Hispano-Suiza’s premises in Colombes on the outskirts of Paris, as well as using Rolls-Royce premises in both Derby in the UK and Dahlewitz in Germany. Though the location has yet to be confirmed, the new business will begin to establish a production plant ready for operation in late 2016 / early 2017. It is expected the new company will have an initial staffing level of approximately 180 employees which will include existing staff from both original businesses.
According to Arnd, “With each parent company contributing its world-class skills to this joint venture, we have taken a major step forward in performance…… Our aim is to meet the requirements of our customers, both aircraft-makers and airlines, by giving them outstanding, cost-competitive products.” As far as Moreau-Leroy was concerned. “For both Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza, the creation of this joint venture marks a major step towards the consolidation of our historical relationship within a long-term partnership, and enables us to stake out a position on new aircraft programs. It will also provide exciting new opportunities for our employees.”