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

February 20, 2015 · 541 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 · 639 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 · 195 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 · 162 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 · 111 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 · 78 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 · 78 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 · 74 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 · 65 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 · 64 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 · 40 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 · 53 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.


Air Lease Corporation places one new Airbus A321-200 with Etihad Airways

May 29, 2013 · 13 Views

Air Lease Corporation reported a long term lease agreement with Etihad Airways for one new Airbus A321-200 aircraft with sharklets, scheduled for delivery in April 2015. Etihad Airways estimates it will deploy the A321 aircraft on short to medium-haul routes to the Middle East and India.


Bristol Associates completes sale of B757-223 aircraft to Jet Midwest Group

May 29, 2013 · 21 Views

Bristol Associates, on behalf of U. S. Bank National Association, as Trustee, has completed the sale of an American Airlines-operated 1990 B757-223 aircraft (MSN 24587) to Jet Midwest Group (Los Angeles, CA).


Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy provides flydubai with Part 147 training

May 29, 2013 · 16 Views

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy (MAETA), has recently completed the first round of Boeing 737NG Full B1 type training courses for flydubai. MAETA’s highly skilled instructors delivered the training for flydubai’s engineers at the Middle Eastern carrier’s facility in Dubai. MAETA has the capability for delivering Part 147 approved training on Boeing and Airbus aircraft types, ranging from general familiarisation to full B1/B2 level in addition to Part 147 Category “A” Licence training.


TAT Technologies reports year 2013 first quarter results

May 29, 2013 · 16 Views

TAT Technologies, a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, reported its results for the three month period ended March 31, 2013. TAT announced revenues of $21.5m and net income of $1.7m for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to revenues of $20.7m with net income of $0.6m for the three months ended March 31, 2012, an increase of 4.1% in revenues along with an increase of $1.1m in net income. During the first quarter of 2013, revenues were impacted by the increase in revenues in the MRO Services for Aviation Components operating segment; the increase in revenues in the Heat Transfer Services and Products operating segment; the increase in revenues in the OEM of Electric Motion Systems operating segment; partially offset by the decrease in revenues in the OEM of Heat Management Solutions operating segment.


Astronics Corporation announces acquisition of PECO

May 29, 2013 · 19 Views

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the outstanding shares of PECO Inc. (PECO) for approximately $136m in cash. The agreement is expected to close in late June 2013, and is subject to certain conditions, including a review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and the successful arrangement of debt financing by Astronics. PECO, located in Portland, Oregon, designs and manufacturers highly engineered commercial aerospace interior components and systems for the aerospace industry. The company specializes in Passenger Service Units (PSUs) which incorporate air handling, emergency oxygen, electrical power management and cabin lighting systems. It also manufactures a wide range of fuel access doors that meet stringent strength, fuel sealing and anti-corrosion requirements.


EADS raises guidance for 2013 commercial aircraft orders

May 29, 2013 · 18 Views

EADS raises its gross order intake guidance at Airbus for commercial aircraft for the full year 2013. Based on a current order intake of 514 gross commercial aircraft orders at the end of April 2013 and strong commercial activity, EADS is now expecting new gross orders to be comfortably above 800 aircraft in 2013.


ATS awarded AS9100 certification

May 29, 2013 · 20 Views

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) received certification for meeting and fulfilling the requirements of the Quality Management System standards AS9100 Rev C for the scope of “aircraft component, maintenance, alterations, and rework.” According to ATS Senior Quality Manager Nick Heminger, “AS9100 certification is a prestigious credential which required ATS to demonstrate its capability to meet the complex and unique requirements of the aerospace industry. Rev C of the standard, published just last year, places additional emphasis on risk mitigation, supply chain and project management, as well as product conformity.


Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey expands within the Chinese market

May 30, 2013 · 24 Views

The Chinese operator Okay Airways (OKA) and Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey (LTAA) have signed an exclusive two-years-contract about MRO services for PW127J engines. Actual OKA is operating eight MA-60 aircraft and has started ambitious expansion. LTAA has been selected as partner to accompany this development, even more than two years on an extended contract base.


Aeroturbine and Engineering Holdings sign Consignment Material Stock agreement

May 30, 2013 · 31 Views

AeroTurbine has signed a Consignment Material Stock agreement with Engineering – the Aviation Maintenance Holding (Engineering Holding), a leading independent Western aircraft MRO and parts provider and parent company of S7 Engineering, ATB Domodedovo and Sibir Technics. This consignment spare parts stock has been established in Engineering Holding’s maintenance facility at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia. Based on an analysis of the company’s customer requests during the last six months, the new stock consists of the highest demand components for the Boeing 737 (Classic and Next Generation) including, but not limited to wheels and brakes, avionics, fuel pumps, and actuators. This joint project is the second stock established over the past year by Engineering Holding, which continues to pursue proactively the stock availability strategy in Russia to serve the most popular narrowbody Boeing 737 (Classic and Next Generation) and Airbus A320 family aircraft.


Finnair selects AirVault for Aviation Maintenance Records Management System

May 30, 2013 · 28 Views

Finnair has licensed the AirVault Maintenance Records Management Solution to provide Finnair with a new, centralized web-based aircraft record-management system. AirVault is a leading web-based solution that enables aviation industry companies to manage fleet maintenance records across their entire community of business and regulatory partners.


Boeing delivers 50th 747-8

May 30, 2013 · 17 Views

Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 on May 29th, to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.


Air Arabia & CFM celebrate one million flight hour milestone

May 30, 2013 · 23 Views

Air Arabia and CFM International celebrated the achievement of one million engine flight hours with the airline’s fleet of CFM56-5B engines. Air Arabia has been a CFM customer since it began scheduled service in 2003. Today, the airline operates a fleet of 32 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft. All of these engines are covered by long-term service agreements with CFM, with part of the fleet covered by a time and material agreement; the aircraft delivered since 2010 are covered by a Rate per Flight Hour agreement, wherein CFM will guarantee engine maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.


West Star Aviation now offering interior services at CAE

May 30, 2013 · 23 Views

West Star Aviation is now offering interior services at their Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location. The new interior shop is fully equipped to complete a variety of partial interior work, including upholstery, panel recovery, and carpet. West Star does not currently offer woodworking services at CAE; however, they have an aggressive plan to add additional capabilities and staff members in the near future. West Star recently hired Keith Foster as Interior Lead, CAE, to oversee the new interior shop. With nearly 25 years of experience in aircraft interiors, Keith has extensive experience in removal and installations, as well as recovery of interior components. His many years of experience have allowed him to work on a variety of aircraft including King Air, Citation, Falcon, Hawker, and Learjet.


Aircraft cabins of Condor’s long-haul fleet to undergo general refurbishment

May 30, 2013 · 35 Views

Condor Flugdienst GmbH is to equip its long-haul fleet with new cabins. The aircraft seats in all classes are being replaced with modern ones. Throughout the entire aircraft, an entertainment program on demand will be available enabling each passenger to select the on-board entertainment program on a personal screen. In connection with the cabin refurbishment, the Condor Comfort Class is to be renamed Business Class and bringing it in line with the term generally used in the market and well known to customers. The new Condor Business Class offers its passengers the well-known excellent service and fully automated, comfortable angled-lie-flat seats capable of inclining to an angle of 170 degrees with a bed length of 1.80m providing ample space for relaxed travelling. Integrated USB and power connections will be available for personal electronic devices.
Additionally, fleet strategy is also being optimized: Condor will be operating with two different cabin configurations meaning that three of its twelve aircraft will be able to offer 30 Business Class seats. These aircraft will then be deployed increasingly on routes with high Business Class demand such as those to the Maldives, the Seychelles, and Mauritius. The remaining nine aircraft will continue to offer 18 seats in their new Business Class to Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver and other Condor destinations. The refurbishment is to commence in stages during scheduled layover periods in winter 2013/14: The first aircraft with the new cabin is planned to start scheduled operation as from autumn 2013. By summer 2014, the refurbishment of the entire fleet is expected to be completed.


Singapore Airlines to order up to 50 more A350 XWBs

May 30, 2013 · 27 Views

Singapore Airlines will purchase up to 50 more A350 XWB aircraft. The agreement covers a firm order for 30 more A350-900s plus options for a further 20 aircraft. The deal allows for the airline to select either the baseline A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 when exercising the options. The 30 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The latest agreement will represent the third order from Singapore Airlines for the A350 XWB. Upon confirmation, it will see the airline’s total firm orders for the all-new aircraft increase to 70, excluding options. The aircraft will be used by the airline on both medium and long haul routes.