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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.

News from Crane Aerospace Group

June 19, 2013 · 18 Views

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been selected to provide the Lube and Scavenge pump for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM and PW1400G engines, which will power the Airbus A320neo and Irkut MC-21, respectively.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has been selected by Embraer S.A. to supply both the Brake Control and Landing Gear Control Systems for Embraer’s future, second-generation of E-Jets. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2018.

Brendan Curran appointed Crane Aerospace Group President

June 19, 2013 · 17 Views

Crane Co. has announced the appointment of Brendan Curran as President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Crane Aerospace & Electronics is one of four segments of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products with $2.6bn in sales. As president of the Aerospace Group, Curran will be located in Lynnwood, Washington and will be responsible for Aerospace Group site operations and product solutions, including fluid management, landing gear systems, cabin systems, and sensing components and systems.

Turbomeca’s (Safran) North American and European customers sign collaboration agreement for BOOST

June 19, 2013 · 9 Views

Turbomeca (Safran) signed collaboration agreements with the first customers for the tests of BOOST (Bank Of Online Services and Technologies), a totally new range of integrated online services to streamline customers operations. BOOST answers essential helicopter operator needs: addressing aircraft safety, increasing operational availability and optimizing maintenance and operations costs. BOOST offers operators more visibility and expertise, to get the most out of their engines.

Qantas Group finalizes LEAP-1A order

June 19, 2013 · 13 Views

The Qantas Group finalized its order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order. The first aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and will support Jetstar-branded airlines, the low-fare subsidiary created by the Qantas Group. The engine order, originally announced as a commitment in 2012, has a value of $2.0bn at list price, including spare engines.

Sabena technics extends Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul partnership with Honeywell

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Sabena technics has extended its 20-year global repair and overhaul affiliation with Honeywell by becoming a Honeywell Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network partner for the company’s air transport customers. As an authorized Honeywell MRO network partner Sabena technics will benefit from Honeywell support and training and can provide customers with Honeywell-approved MRO services around the world. The authorized repair contract builds on Sabena technics’ existing accreditation with Honeywell as a parts and repair supplier, following recent contract renewal by Honeywell. Under this agreement customers requiring servicing of Honeywell products have access to original Honeywell spares through Sabena technics, ensuring the highest quality of servicing.

HOP!-REGIONAL selects Spairliners for E-Jet after-sales component services

June 19, 2013 · 16 Views

Spairliners GmbH has announced its new contract with the regional airline HOP!-REGIONAL which includes the long term support of 26 E-170 and E-190 aircraft. Since two month Spairliners, a leader for Airbus A380 Integrated Component Care, additionally provides an equal spectrum to the E-Jet family of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. With the latest contract the company now has 10 regional airlines under contract.

GE signs OnPoint Solution agreements with Air India and JAL

June 19, 2013 · 12 Views

India’s national carrier, Air India, signed an OnPoint overhaul engine services agreement with GE Aviation for the time and material related to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its 96 CFM56-5B engines that power its Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.

Japan Airlines (JAL) signed an OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for material solutions for its GE90 engine fleet. Under this agreement, JAL will perform the overhaul and certain repairs at its engine maintenance center located in Narita, Japan, and GE will provide material and repair management services. JAL operates 24 GE90-powered Boeing 777 aircraft. The deal is valued at close to $500m.

Hainan Airlines and CFM sign Long Term Service agreement

June 19, 2013 · 20 Views

HNA Aviation Holding Company signed a long-term Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement with CFM International to support its fleet of CFM56-5B engines. Under the 15-year service agreement, CFM will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service and support for 84 CFM56-5B engines powering 42 Airbus A320s, along with eight spare engines. CFM will guarantee the maintenance cost on a dollar per engine flight hour basis over the life of the agreement.

Unison designs new CF34-8C/E igniter

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

Unison Industries announced the newly designed CF34-8C/E extended life igniter. The design is certified for use on CF34-8C1/-8C5/-8E1 platforms. It creates lower operating costs with a longer life extension resulting in reduced maintenance, an upgrade that mitigates side wall erosion, and higher temperature endurance to improve overall engine performance. The CF34-8C/E is engineered for performance, low cost, and reliability for the long haul. It will meet the most demanding continuous duty service customer’s experience. Unison’s fully certified CF34-8C/E configuration includes induction-fused glass seals, pioneered by Unison, to resist today’s extreme combustor pressures. Proprietary alloys reduce terminal arching and pitting to increase igniter and lead life. Optimized tip geometry configuration and material composition resist typical spark erosion to assure greater durability and lower operating costs. Combined anti-wear, thermal and non-stick finishes then result in an igniter that takes heat and vibration in stride, even under continuous sparking conditions.

Finnair will lease out three Embraer 170 aircraft to Aeromexico Connect

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

Finnair has signed a contract on the lease of three Embraer 170 aircraft to the Mexican airline Aeromexico Connect. All three aircraft are owned by Finnair. One of the aircraft was earlier leased out to Honeywell, and it will be delivered to Aeromexico Connect in June 2013. The two remaining aircraft will be delivered to Aeromexico Connect in June 2014, when their existing lease periods with Kenya Airways expire. The lease period for all three aircraft is six years. The lease agreement is a part of Finnair’s 140 million euro savings program. In the past few years Finnair has increased the efficiency of its fleet, for example, by leasing out some of its aircraft to third parties. At the same time it has increased the utilization of its aircraft and reached significant savings.

Eurocopter and Ramco sign partnership agreement to offer cloud-based maintenance information systems for helicopters

June 19, 2013 · 9 Views

Eurocopter reported its global partnership with Ramco Systems, the global Aviation Software provider on cloud, mobile and tablets. Both companies will join forces to offer state-of-the-art helicopter maintenance software which will ease the life of operators and maintenance centers. This partnership agreement, formally signed at the 2013 Paris Air Show, enables Eurocopter and Ramco Systems to offer additional mobility and functionality for the collection and treatment of MRO-related data, thereby providing highly effective and cost-efficient fleet management services that are affordable and user friendly for all operators – including those with smaller numbers of helicopters.

CIT orders 30 737 MAX 8s

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

Boeing and CIT Group announced from the 2013 Paris Air Show that CIT Aerospace has placed an order for 30 737 MAX 8s. As of March 31, 2013, CIT owned or financed a fleet of approximately 350 commercial aircraft, including operating lease and financing agreements in place for 128 Boeing aircraft.

Boeing accelerates first delivery of 737 MAX

June 19, 2013 · 7 Views

Boeing released that first delivery of the 737 MAX 8 to launch customer Southwest Airlines, will be a quarter earlier than originally scheduled – in the third quarter of 2017 instead of fourth quarter. “Through our disciplined development on the 737 MAX program, the team has retired key technology risks,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager, Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during a briefing at the 2013 Paris Air Show. “We have informed our customers and they are pleased they will be able to put these more fuel-efficient airplanes in their fleets sooner than planned.” Since launch in August 2011, the 737 MAX team has worked to define the final configuration of the airplane including new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International, a redesigned tail cone and the Advanced Technology winglet. Testing in the wind tunnel and data analysis prove that the 737 MAX configuration, set to be final in July, will give customers a 13 percent fuel-burn improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes.

Aerolíneas Argentinas agrees to lease four Airbus A330-200s from ILFC

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

ILFCsigned an agreement to add four A330-200 widebody aircraft to the Aerolíneas Argentinas (Aerolíneas) fleet this year. The four previously operated aircraft will be completely modernized with new cabin interiors including state-of-the-art Inflight Entertainment options available in every seat. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to take place later this year.

ILFC selects P&W PurePower engines for Airbus A320neo Family aircraft and Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft

June 19, 2013 · 11 Views

ILFC has selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power an additional 30 A320neo Family aircraft bringing ILFC’s total commitment to 180 engines. Pratt & Whitney will also provide exclusive power for up to 100 Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft based on the letter of intent announced by Embraer and ILFC. The agreement represents up to 200 PurePower PW1900G engines with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2018.

Ryanair finalize order for 175 Next-Generation 737s

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Boeing and Ryanair finalized a firm order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes valued at $15.6bn at list prices. The order, originally announced as a commitment in March, is Boeing’s largest ever aircraft order from a European airline. Ryanair selected CFM56-7B engines to power these new aircraft. The value of the 350-engine order is approximately $3.7bn at list price. Ryanair, which took delivery of its first 737-800 from Boeing in 1999, has the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe, operating over 1,600 flights per day from 57 bases on 1,600 routes across 29 countries, connecting more than 180 destinations.

Boeing, Oman Air announce order for five Next-Generation 737s

June 19, 2013 · 13 Views

Boeing and Oman Air today announced an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER airplanes at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $473m at current list prices. With this order, Oman Air becomes the first customer in the Arabian Gulf region to order 737-900ERs.

Norwegian Air Shuttle selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines

June 19, 2013 · 12 Views

Pratt & Whitney and Norwegian Air Shuttle signed a definitive agreement to power 50 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft with PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. First delivery is scheduled for 2016.

Travel Service signs contract for three 737 MAXs

June 19, 2013 · 14 Views

Boeing and Travel Service signed an order for three 737 MAX 8s at the 2013 Paris Air Show, valued at $301.5m at list prices. Boeing and Travel Service still have to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

Air Lease Corporation chooses Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Air Lease Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 30 firm A320/A321 neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.

Helipartner Thailand launches leasing activity with order for 10 Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopters

June 19, 2013 · 16 Views

Helipartner Thailand’s order of 10 AS350 B3e highlights the effectiveness and capabilities of this Ecureuil family helicopter to meet the increasing demand for light helicopters in the ASEAN region. The acquisition of 10 Eurocopter enhanced high-performance AS350 B3e helicopters by Helipartner Thailand responds to increased demand for high-performance utility helicopters across ASEAN countries in support of aerial work operations and the management of natural resources.

Sabena technics to perform A380 wing rib retrofits for Airbus

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Sabena technics was selected by Airbus for the performance of wing rib retrofits on thirteen A380s. The first retrofits were performed earlier this year in Airbus’s facilities in Toulouse, France and the work will be continued in the MRO’s Bordeaux, France facility until the last quarter of 2014. The working party of the first A380 to be retrofitted in Bordeaux starts on June 20th. Sabena technics acquired the A380 base maintenance rating for its Bordeaux facility last year, which makes it possible for the company to perform this work, involving the replacement of structural parts in the wings of the aircraft.

China Airlines continues maintenance transformation with Maintenix footprint expansion

June 19, 2013 · 10 Views

Mxi Technologies, a leader in aviation maintenance management software, reported that China Airlines has confirmed phase two of their Maintenix implementation with footprint expansion into materials, engine and component shop, and the company’s Engineering and Maintenance Organization, as well as integration to their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Phase two also signals China Airlines upgrade to version 8 of the Maintenix software, introducing key usability and process enhancements across the entirety of their MRO operations. In addition to a number of efficiency benefits, the technology backbone of the Maintenix v8 software supports China Airlines’ move to real-time management of line and heavy maintenance events as data is captured at the point of maintenance execution.

Qatar Airways signs maintenance cost per hour agreement for CF6 engines

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

Qatar Airways has signed a 10-year maintenance cost per hour agreement for the continued maintenance, repair and overhaul of its Airbus A330 aircraft powered by CF6-80E engines.

Rolls-Royce wins new engine orders from Oman Air, Transaero and SriLankan Airlines

June 19, 2013 · 18 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from Oman Air, worth $200m at list prices, to deliver Trent 700 engines to power three Airbus A330 aircraft. The order also includes long-term TotalCare service support.

Russian airline Transaero selected Rolls-Royce to provide Trent 1000 engines, with long-term TotalCare service support, for four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In addition, Rolls-Royce has won a $200m order from the airline to provide TotalCare support for Trent 800 engines that power eight Boeing 777s already in service.

Rolls-Royce has won an $800m order, at list prices, from SriLankan Airlines for Trent XWB engines to power four A350-900 aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power six A330-300 aircraft. The contract includes long-term TotalCare service support.

Singapore Airlines finalises order for up to 50 more A350 XWBs

June 19, 2013 · 8 Views

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has increased its orders for the A350 XWB with an additional 30 A350-900s, plus options for a further 20 aircraft. The agreement firms up a commitment announced last month. Under the terms of the agreement, Singapore Airlines will be able to select either the baseline A350-900 or the larger A350-1000 when exercising the options. This is the third order from Singapore Airlines for the A350 XWB. The deal sees the carrier’s total firm orders for the all-new aircraft increase to 70, plus 20 options. Singapore Airlines will operate the A350 XWB on long haul and regional services.

SriLankan Airlines opts for six A330’s and four A350 XWB’s

June 19, 2013 · 5 Views

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for six A330-300s and four A350-900s. The airline, an all Airbus operator, has chosen the highly reliable A330 and the latest generation A350 XWB aircraft as part of its long-haul fleet renewal.

Air France-KLM confirms future with A350 XWB

June 19, 2013 · 15 Views

The Air France-KLM Group has finalized a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options. These aircraft will become an essential element in the Group’s future fleet strategy.

All Nippon Airways selects UTC Aerospace Systems for aspirator MRO-services

June 20, 2013 · 22 Views

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has selected UTC Aerospace Systems for a long-term agreement to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) of aspirators on selected Boeing aircraft operated by the airline. The exclusive agreement covers aspirators on Boeing’s B737, B47, B767 and B777 airplanes, and the work will be performed at the UTC Aerospace Systems MRO facility in Singapore.

Sikorsky, Boeing form joint venture to offer Saudi rotorcraft logistics and training

June 20, 2013 · 22 Views

Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeing have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rotorcraft fleet. Contracts that the joint venture will pursue are administered by the U.S. Government as part of its Foreign Military Sales process. The joint venture will help advance the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, expand the technological expertise of its aerospace and commercial sectors, and create jobs.

Spirit Airlines orders 20 new Airbus A321 aircraft

June 20, 2013 · 25 Views

Spirit Airlines and Airbus have entered into an agreement for the firm order of 20 Airbus A321 aircraft. These aircraft are in addition to the 96 aircraft not yet delivered under Spirit’s existing order and will be scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2017. In addition, Spirit has opted to convert 10 of its existing A320 aircraft orders to A321 aircraft that will be scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018. These 10 A321s as well as the additional 20 will be current engine option (ceo) models and will be outfitted with fuel-saving Sharklets.

United Airlines announces order for Airbus A350-1000 aircraft

June 20, 2013 · 17 Views

United Airlines announced an order with Airbus for new A350-1000 aircraft. The agreement converts United’s existing order for 25 A350-900s into A350-1000s and adds 10 firm orders for A350-1000s, giving the airline a total order of 35 aircraft. The increased seating capacity of the A350-1000 will enable United to replace older, less efficient aircraft currently serving long-range, high-demand markets. United expects delivery starting in 2018.

CIT Group and AirAsia opt for CFM-engines to power new order of airplaines

June 20, 2013 · 26 Views

CIT Group announced an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes powered by CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1B engine. The engine order is valued at $760m at list price.

AirAsia has ordered additional CFM LEAP-1A engines and CFM56-5B engines to power the 100 Airbus A320 aircraft it ordered in a deal announced last December and signed a comprehensive long-term service agreement to support its fleet. The order, which comprises LEAP-1A engines to power 64 A32neos and CFM56-5B engines to power 36 A320ceo aircraft along with 5 CFM-56B spare engines and 9 LEAP-1A spare engines, is valued at $8.6bn at list price, including a 20-year RPFH (Rate per Flight Hour) agreement, under the terms of which CFM will guarantee maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

GECAS, CFM finalize PML maintenance product for lessors

June 20, 2013 · 18 Views

GE Capital Aviation Services has reached agreement to participate in CFM International’s unique Portable Maintenance for Lessors (PML) program. The product is the first of its kind in the industry and enables lessors and operators to optimize engine maintenance costs throughout the life of an aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, CFM will provide engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services for leased aircraft at a fixed rate per flight hour with features to accommodate a change in either operator or owner. The PML product includes performance and non-performance restoration shop visits, and provides additional support elements including comprehensive remote diagnostics and the TRUEngineTM program benefits.

CIT Aerospace receives CF6 TRUEngine designation

June 20, 2013 · 17 Views

CIT Aerospace has been awarded TRUEngine designation for its CF6 engine fleet, which powers its 13 Airbus CF6-80E-powered A330-200 aircraft. To qualify for TRUEngine status, the engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine must be consistent with GE requirements. In addition, all maintenance must comply with GE-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification data is obtained through customer submittal of maintenance records. The TRUEngine designation is available to the 4,000 CF6 engines in service if they meet the TRUEngine criteria.

StandardAero becomes independent TRUEngine authorized MRO provider for CFM56 and CF34 engines

June 20, 2013 · 15 Views

In its continued partnership with GE, StandardAero signed two license agreements to become an independent TRUEngine authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for CF34 and CFM56 engines, demonstrating a further commitment to OEM quality engine maintenance. By signing this agreement, StandardAero will be the first independent TRUEngine authorized MRO provider for CF34 engines and the second for CFM56 engines. As an authorized TRUEngine MRO provider, CFM56 or CF34 engines overhauled by Standard Aero are eligible for TRUEngine status, allowing the engine serial numbers to be included in the TRUEngine database made available to industry appraisers and potential buyers.

Eurocopter and SDV expand joint commitment to voluntary reduction of CO2 emissions

June 20, 2013 · 11 Views

The signing of a new agreement by Eurocopter and its SDV transport provider, both leaders in their domains, at the Paris Air Show will expand a joint commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by extending their Save Program charter to Eurocopter’s production and administrative facilities in Marignane and La Courneuve, France. This latest accord builds on a previous agreement, signed in 2011, that set a voluntary 20% reduction in CO2 emissions over a three-year period at Eurocopter’s plant in Donauwörth, Germany. The purpose of the Eurocopter – SDV Save Program is to define a concrete framework for reducing the carbon footprint of spare parts transport and neutralizing all residual CO2 emissions.

New E-HOTS support partnership combines the expertise of Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia and Vector Aerospace

June 20, 2013 · 16 Views

An innovative total support solution for Eurocopter helicopters in deployed operations was launched with a consortium agreement signed yesterday at the Paris Air Show by its five participants: Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia and Vector Aerospace. This solution – designated E-HOTS (Eurocopter Helicopter On Theatre Services) – consolidates the five partners’ expertise and pools their resources, providing a turnkey support package that covers an extensive range of services for rotorcraft in any deployed operation such as humanitarian and crisis relief missions, in conflict zones, and for oil and gas exploration. Benefits of E-HOTS include all-inclusive and versatile support for enhanced capabilities, with availability at short notice and the supply of services in austere conditions – backed by experienced operators. In addition, the ability to combine the resources of the five E-HOTS partners ensures that ready-to-use support packages specifically tailored the demanding operational needs of customers are available quickly – all while remaining highly cost effective.

MTU records orders worth over $1.3bn

June 20, 2013 · 22 Views

MTU Aero Engines has achieved numerous new contracts at this year’s Paris Air Show. Germany’s leading engine manufacturer records orders worth more than $1.3bn (around €1bn) at the event in Le Bourget. Over three-fourths of the more than 1,300 engines ordered are of the PW1000G family, which offer a lower fuel burn and are very quiet. “This is an impressive proof that the eco-efficiency of flying is increasingly becoming a major priority, and that the geared turbofan engine has firmly established itself as the new propulsion concept in the marketplace,” commented MTU CEO Egon Behle.

ERA Group signs contract for 10 AW189 Helicopters plus options at the Paris Airshow

June 20, 2013 · 21 Views

AgustaWestland announced that Era Group has signed a contract for ten AW189 helicopters plus options. This contract confirms and increases Era’s commitment to the AW189 following the signing of a preliminary sales contract for five aircraft in July 2012. The aircraft will be used to perform long range offshore oil and gas transport missions.

Hong Kong Aviation Capital signs for 60 A320neo Family aircraft

June 20, 2013 · 16 Views

Hong Kong Aviation Capital, a fast growing aircraft leasing company based in Hong Kong, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of 40 A320neo and 20 A321neo aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show by Donal Boylan, CEO of HKAC and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Airbus books almost $70bn at Paris Air Show 2013

June 20, 2013 · 12 Views

At the 2013 Paris Air Show, Airbus won $68.7 bn worth of business for a total of 466 aircraft, which shows the resilience of the commercial aviation industry. The deals comprise Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for 225 aircraft worth $29.4bn and firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft worth $39.3bn. The A320 Family, spearheaded by the A320neo, continues its trailblazing success in the single-aisle market with 371 orders and commitments from six customers announced at the show, worth approximately $37.8bn. Of these, 88 were for the A320ceo – showing that today’s in-production aircraft is still the most sought-after industry workhorse. A stand-out commitment during the show for the A320 Family was the announcement from easyJet for 100 A320neos plus 35 A320ceos – the winning result of a very intense competition. Another major endorsement for the A320 Family came from Lufthansa with the firming-up of 100 more aircraft. Additional A320 Family orders and commitments came from: Hong Kong Aviation Capital for 60; ILFC for 50; Spirit for 20; and Tunisia’s Syphax Airlines for three – significantly the first A320neo commitment from Africa.

Best Paris Air Show in ATR’s history

June 20, 2013

The 50th edition of the Paris Air Show was the best in the history of the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR. Over the course of the week, the turboprop aircraft manufacturer announced orders for 173 planes, including 83 firm orders at the air show. The total value for these contracts exceeds $4.1bn (including $2bn dollars in firm orders). The success seen during the air show sets a new record for ATR’s order book, which now comprises over 270 firm aircraft orders for an estimated $6.5bn. The current order book also ensures ATR’s production until the end of 2016, and company recognition in the medium term. During the show, ATR announced orders from markets which have proved among the most promising in recent years: the aircraft leasing companies and Latin America.

Boeing booked orders for 442 Boeing airplanes, valued at more than $66bn

June 20, 2013 · 34 Views

Boeing enjoyed a strong and productive Paris Air Show launching its newest model, the 787-10 Dreamliner, announcing important commercial airplane orders and strengthening alliances and relationships with customers and partners around the world. Over the past week, customers have demonstrated their strong confidence in the full family of Boeing commercial products – the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX, 787, 777 and 747-8, announcing orders and commitments for 442 Boeing airplanes, valued at more than $66bn. Additional orders for 20 Next-Generation 737s and 20 737 MAX airplanes from unidentified customer(s) were posted on the Orders & Deliveries website. The number of Boeing net orders for 2013 currently stands at 692.

Arik Air inks firm agreement for three CRJ1000 NextGen Regional Jets and four Q400 NextGen Turboprop Airliners

June 20, 2013 · 19 Views

Lagos-based Arik Air has signed a firm contract to acquire three CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft and four Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, valued at approximately $297m. Arik Air currently operates four CRJ900 aircraft and two Q400 NextGen aircraft.

First Thales A400M Full Flight Simulator ready for training

June 20, 2013 · 19 Views

The first A400M Full Flight Simulator (FFS) designed and built by Thales for Airbus Military received European Aviation Safety Agency’s qualification for training on the June 7h at Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville. This qualification is a key milestone that allows Airbus Military to start to train A400M flight crews for their complex missions in a safe environment.

AAR signs LOI to explore establishment of supply chain and MRO operations in Russia

June 20, 2013 · 26 Views

AAR announced from the Paris Air Show that it has signed a letter of intent outlining a tentative two-phase project to establish a technical maintenance center for commercial aircraft in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The project, as initially defined, includes an aircraft parts distribution and logistics center, scheduled to open in mid-2014, followed by a commercial aircraft maintenance facility, scheduled to open in 2015.

EgyptAir M&E and Air Zimbabwe sign support contracts with AFI KLM E&M

June 20, 2013 · 24 Views

EgyptAir Group, represented by EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering is taking advantage of the renewal of its existing component support contract to extend its scope, confirming its trust in AFI KLM E&M services. Initially signed in 2004 to cover component support for EgyptAir’s Airbus, the renewed contract now includes the carrier’s A320s, A330s and Boeing 777 fleets.

After resuming flight operations and acquiring two Airbus A320s, Air Zimbabwe has signed a contract with AFI KLM E&M covering component support for these two aircraft. The contract includes pool access and per-flight-hour repairs, together with the provision of a Main Base Kit, initially positioned at Johannesburg, and subsequently at Harare airport. In parallel with this contract, Air Zimbabwe has decided to entrust the maintenance and repair of the CFM56-5A and -5B engines powering the two A320s.

Turbomeca and SFK Aerospace sign contract

June 20, 2013 · 31 Views

Turbomeca (Safran) and SKF Aerospace have signed a contract covering a period of 10 years and for a value of approximately €90m. This contract concerns the supply of bearings, in particular for Turbomeca’s newest engine, the Arrano. The Arrano, a new 1,100 shp engine has been designed to equip four to six ton helicopters. Its first test run is expected in 2014.

SAS signs LOI for long-term LEAP services agreement

June 20, 2013 · 34 Views

SAS has signed a Letter of Intent with CFM International for the long-term support of its advanced LEAP-1A engines. In 2011, the airline selected the engine to power 30 firm Airbus A320neo aircraft and hold options on 11 additional airplanes. Under the terms of the 12-year Rate Per Flight Hour Agreement (RPFH), valued at $180 million U.S., CFM will guarantee maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

CFM logs $15bn in new orders at Paris Air Show

June 20, 2013 · 21 Views

The momentum for CFM Internationals’ advanced LEAP engine family continues to build as the company logged orders and commitments at the 2013 Paris Air Show. During the four trade days, CFM announced orders for 660 new engines (468 LEAP & 192 CFM56), in addition to LEAP and CFM56 services agreements, at a combined value of $15bn at list price. 2013 orders to date now stand at 1,654, including installed, military, and spare engines.