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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.


myTeam.aero to implement Pentagon 2000SQL MRO Software throughout multinational group

May 27, 2013 · 15 Views

Pentagon 2000 software, a leader in aerospace & defense MRO software systems released that myTEAM.aero, a multinational group of leading providers of MRO and logistics support selected Pentagon 2000SQL  for implementation across all of its companies. Mr. Tom Gibbons, General Manager for myTEAM.aero, said that the decision was motivated by several key elements such as standardization management, shared inventory information, turn-around time and cost reductions leading to better customer satisfaction levels, and greater reporting and configuration control. All of these advantages are possible due to the optimum implementation risk management group-wide through a mature, stable and well respected MRO software provider.


Embraer Executive Jets expands current authorized service center network in Germany

May 27, 2013 · 24 Views

NAYAK, based in Cologne, which is already a line and base maintenance Embraer Authorized Service Center for the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300, is now certified for line maintenance for the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650. In preparation for the entry into service of the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 in EMEA and, in addition to its owned Service Center in Paris Le Bourget, France, Embraer Executive Jets has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Nayak Aircraft Services. Nayak Aircraft Services will be part of the worldwide Embraer Authorized Service Center network for the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450.


Ameco Beijing marks 200th heavy maintenance for United Airlines

May 27, 2013 · 20 Views

In April, Ameco Beijing redelivered the 200th heavy maintenance check for United Airlines. It represents a new milestone for the mutual cooperation. The cooperation began in 2005 with the selection of Ameco Beijing as MRO provider for United’s Boeing 777 fleet. It went through the first five-year contractual period when Ameco Beijing performed 53 Boeing 777 heavy maintenance checks for United. In March 2010, the overhaul services had been expanded to another five years with heavy maintenance and “International Premium Travel Experience” (IPTE) cabin modification program on United’s Boeing 777 fleet as well as heavy maintenance on Boeing 747 fleet. Since June 2012, Ameco Beijing has been entrusted with United’s Boeing 747 M check for line maintenance which has been more than 100 times by now.


JorAMCo to provide two Hi Fly aircraft with C-checks

May 27, 2013 · 18 Views

JorAMCo will provide the Portuguese carrier, Hi Fly, with maintenance services for two Airbus A330 and A310 aircraft. The maintenance checks on the first aircraft took place mid of April at JorAMCo’s facility and lasted for two weeks and the second aircraft was inducted to commence maintenance during the first week of May. The work scope consisted of 6Y & 12Y Inspection , 24MO, out of phase, main landing gears seals replacement, major structural repair on the top wing area.


Fokker Services installs new passenger seats in Fokker 70 fleet from KLM Cityhopper

May 27, 2013 · 12 Views

KLM Cityhopper (KLC) and Fokker Services signed a contract to replace the seats for the Fokker 70 fleet with new Acro seats. With the Acro seats, KLC will introduce the Economy Comfort-zone class on the Fokker 70 fleet, similar to the Boeing 737 fleet within Europe. The Economy Comfort zone is located in the front section of Economy Class and offers an increased comfort level compared to traditional Economy Class. The seats offer a weight saving of 83 kilo per aircraft, increased leg room and reduced maintenance costs. The replacement of the seats on the total fleet of twenty six Fokker 70’s is desired because KLC will continue operating its Fokker 70 fleet until 2018 and the ‘slim seats’ will enable the introduction of economy comfort zone. The seat renewal will be completed this year. This modification is in line with the enhancements and differentiation of the KLM product within Europe as well as the intercontinental product. Fokker Services partnered with Acro Ltd to develop a new seat concept for the regional aircraft market. The Acro seats fulfill the specific requirements needed to comply with the demanding market. Short lead times, weight reduction, increased leg room, and a significant reduction of maintenance costs.


Team Spartan signs teaming agreement for Royal Canadian Air Force’s FWSAR program

May 28, 2013 · 5 Views

Alenia Aermacchi, General Dynamics Canada, and DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (TCL) have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to compete for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) upcoming Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Replacement Program. The team will offer a market variant of the C-27J Spartan, Alenia Aermacchi’s best-selling medium tactical military aircraft. The offering will leverage Alenia Aermacchi’s international success with the C-27J, General Dynamics’ system integration experience, and DRS’ training expertise. Alenia Aermacchi will serve as the prime contractor and will provide the green aircraft platform, including engineering support and avionics. The aircraft will be modified, missionized, and supported in Atlantic Canada by General Dynamics Canada. DRS TCL will provide long-term training support for the fleet.


ASL orders three more AEI B737-400SF 11 pallet conversions

May 28, 2013 · 12 Views

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has been selected by ASL Aviation Group to provide another three firm B737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration conversions bringing the total number of AEI conversion orders to six. The aircraft are all high gross weight B737-400’s, MSN 25261, 25184 and 25181, all were built in 1992 and will undergo freighter modification in May and June of 2013 at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet.


Pullmantur Air chooses B747 Cycle Flat Rate (CFR) program

May 28, 2013 · 20 Views

TP Aerospace Leasing has been awarded a long-term contract to provide its full service and all inclusive Wheels & Brakes Cycle Flat Rate (CFR) Program to Spain’s favorite charter airline Pullmantur Air. TP Aerospace Leasing will play a significant role in securing continued operational stability for Pullmantur Air at its two main hubs in Madrid, Spain and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by providing it’s highly flexible, cost effective and tailor made Component Maintenance, Pool Access, Onsite Lease Inventory and Logistics Program in support of Pullmantur Air’s current fleet of 4ea B747-400 aircraft. Pullmantur Air, services several Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Asian destinations, and functions as feeder airline for Pullmantur Cruises, bringing cruise passengers to their point of boarding in Athens, Malmo, Tallin and Trondheim.


Titan Airways attains IOSA Registration

May 28, 2013 · 17 Views

Titan Airways, the London Stansted-based, specialist charter airline has successfully achieved IATA’s Operational Safety Audit, IOSA, registration. IATA established this internationally recognised quality-standard for airlines in 2003 and the evaluation system has been designed to comprehensively assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The Audit covers key aspects of an airline’s operations including: Corporate Organisation and Management, Flight Operations, Operational Control and Flight Dispatch, Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance, Cabin Operations, Aircraft Ground Handling, Cargo Operations and Operational Security. IOSA audits are conducted in a standardised and consistent manner and are renewed every two years. All 241 IATA members are on the IOSA Registry.


First Aviation reports profitable first quarter 2013

May 28, 2013 · 15 Views

First Aviation Services reported the results for continued operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and year ended December 31, 2012 as restated for the previously announced sale of the majority interest in Aerospace Products International (API) which closed March 18, 2013. Sales from continuing operations for the first quarter increased 18% to $6.1m compared with $5.2m in the prior year. Operating income from continuing operations was a profit of $509 thousand after adjusting for certain allocations from API to continuing operations. As part of the sales transaction, First Aviation’s total debt was reduced from $25.2m to $6.8m and all obligations relating to a third party guarantee of the term loan were extinguished. The Company issued an additional $1.1m of subdebt, included above, on terms consistent with an offering in June 2012.


Avianca: single commercial brand for the Airlines in Avianca Holdings S.A.

May 28, 2013 · 6 Views

As announced in late 2012 and after three years of intense work aimed at integration and reorganization of operations and processes, ground and air equipment modernization, and the adoption of industry best practices, the airlines in Avianca Holdings S.A. (formerly known as AviancaTaca Holding S.A.) begin a new stage in their business development under the commercial brand Avianca, with its new visual standards. Honoring the business development reached by Avianca and TACA Airlines with 94 and 82 years of uninterrupted operations, respectively, the new identity bonds the heritage of the route network, envisioning connecting the continent through all cardinal points, capturing in the logo the service provided through the skies of the Americas.


Bombardier targeting longer maintenance check intervals for CSeries aircraft prior to entry-into-service

May 28, 2013 · 7 Views

Bombardier Aerospace reported at its European Regional Review in Munich, Germany that prior to the airliner’s entry-into-service, it is targeting CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks (“A Checks) at intervals of 850 flight hours and base maintenance checks (“C” Checks) at intervals of 8,500 flight hours. Bombardier has been developing a Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3)-based maintenance program since October 2010 for the CSeries aircraft. Throughout the design evolution phase, the company has determined that line maintenance and base maintenance task intervals at, or in excess of, 850 and 8,500 flight hours respectively, can be achieved. The proposed maintenance plan will allow operators of CSeries aircraft to benefit from minimized downtime and more competitive maintenance costs, all while ensuring the inherent safety and reliability of the aircraft. The maintenance program for the CSeries aircraft remains under development using the MSG-3 process where analysis for systems, powerplant and structures are reviewed during working groups and approved by the CSeries aircraft Industry Steering Committee (ISC). Bombardier currently has multiple working group and ISC meetings prior to submitting the Maintenance Review Board Report to the Authorities for acceptance, prior to entry-into-service in 2014.


Sébastien Remy appointed Head of EADS Innovation Works

May 28, 2013 · 40 Views

Sébastien Remy has been appointed Head of Innovation Works, effective June 1st, 2013. In his new role he will lead the Group’s network of research centres with a highly skilled workforce of more than 800 employees worldwide. Sébastien will report directly to Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer. His office will be located at the EADS Innovation Works site in Munich.


AWAS delivers fifth of six planned new A320s to Aeroflot

May 28, 2013 · 19 Views

AWAS has delivered a new Airbus A320-200 passenger aircraft to Aeroflot from its new order pipeline. This is the fifth of six A320s that the lessor will deliver to Aeroflot in 2013-14. These six new A320 aircraft which Aeroflot has contracted from AWAS is part of the airline’s expansion plans and will contribute to strengthening its young fleet and quality of services offered to passengers. This newly delivered aircraft will immediately enter Aeroflot’s extensive network.