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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.


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.


Air Lease Corporation orders five ATR 72-600s

June 21, 2013 · 9 Views

Air Lease Corporation announced an agreement with ATR for the purchase of five ATR 72-600s. Air Lease Corporation has purchased ATRs every year since its first order for 10 aircraft at Farnborough in 2010, and this order will bring ALC’s ATR fleet to 21 aircraft.


Rolls-Royce wins Trent engine orders from United and Philippine Airlines

June 21, 2013 · 15 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $880m, at list prices, from United Airlines for Trent XWB engines to power 10 Airbus A350 XWB-1000 aircraft. This includes a long term TotalCare services agreement. In addition the airline will convert 25 A350-900 aircraft, which were previously announced in 2009, to the -1000 model.

Philippine Airlines selected Trent 700 engines, worth $1.4bn at list prices, to power 20 Airbus A330 aircraft. This is the first selection of Trent engines by Philippine Airlines and also includes long-term TotalCare service support.


Aircelle to supply PERT thrust reverser for Cessna’s Longitude business jet

June 21, 2013 · 5 Views

Cessna’s new Citation Longitude business jet will utilize the patented PERT thrust reverser from Aircelle (Safran), which will equip the aircraft’s two Silvercrest jet engines built by Snecma, which also is part of Safran. The PERT agreement – which includes supply of the thrust reversers and product support to Cessna. The patented PERT (Planar Exit Rear Target) thrust reverser is a proven design with two blocker doors that serve as the engine’s exhaust exit during flight, and are deployed on landing for the reverse thrust function. This concept provides and combines thrust reverser effectiveness with an optimized weight. For its application on Cessna’s Citation Longitude, Aircelle will increase the use of composite materials and apply additional advanced acoustic treatment.


Direct Maintenance commences Air Arabia A320 support at Nairobi

June 21, 2013 · 15 Views

Direct Maintenance has started with providing dedicated line maintenance services to Air Arabia in support of its A320 operation at Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya. Air Arabia is a leading low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa. Air Arabia commenced operations in nearly 10 years ago in October 2003 and currently operates from Sharjah International Airport to 83 destinations spreading across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. The fleet size currently stands at 32 modern A320 aircraft, with another 27 aircraft on order from the factory.


Travel Management Company going fleet-wide with Gogo Biz in-flight internet

June 21, 2013 · 12 Views

Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, reported that Travel Management Company (TMC) will introduce Aircell’s Gogo Biz service across its entire, rapidly-expanding fleet of light jet charter aircraft. In October this year when the expansion is expected to be complete, TMC’s total charter fleet will encompass nearly 70 aircraft with complimentary Gogo Biz service available on every aircraft. TMC operates the largest, privately-owned fleet of Hawker 400XP and Hawker 800XP charter aircraft in the United States. It first introduced Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service aboard its fleet of mid-size Hawker 800XP’s in 2012.


NASA Langley joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

June 21, 2013 · 11 Views

NASA Langley Research Center and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced that NASA will join CCAM as a government member. The move will create opportunities for joint participation in research and development of new surface engineering technologies and manufacturing systems. NASA’s expertise, combined with the manufacturing capabilities of CCAM members, will speed the process of bringing novel technologies to market sooner. These developments will have applications in the aerospace industry, space exploration, satellite system development, consumer products and beyond.


Nordic Aviation Capital signs contract for six ATR72-600s with Danish charter company Jet Time A/S

June 21, 2013 · 18 Views

Copenhagen, Denmark-based air charter company Jet Time ratified a new lease contract with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for six ATR72-600 aircraft. The first two firm aircraft will be delivered in October this year where they will immediately start on an ACMI wet-lease contract with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).


ETC Simulation delivers ADMS Training System to Royal Netherlands Air Force

June 21, 2013 · 15 Views

Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (ETC) Simulation Division, located in Orlando, Fla., has delivered to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (“RNLAF”) an Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (“ADMS”). The RNLAF’s modified ADMS-Airbase will be used to train fire and rescue services personnel. The portable ADMS-Airbase system located at the RNLAF Fire Academy at Woensdrecht Air Force Base can be transported and utilized by other bases within the Netherlands. The training system is modified with RNLAF emergency response vehicles and personnel. Among the features developed for the RNLAF training system is the use of thermal imaging camera, which will be used to assist responders in recognizing hot spots on both aircrafts and structures as well as to search for missing persons. Additional military aircraft have been added including the F-16, Chinook CH-47 and Apache AH-64D helicopters, as well as the Pilatus PC-7 and KDC-10 airplanes.


QET Tech Aerospace launches aircraft recycling service

June 21, 2013 · 19 Views

QET Tech Aerospace compliments its aviation airframe Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service with aircraft end-of-life service (recycling) which includes, parting out the usable aviation parts, disposing of the chemicals and non usable material in an environmentally safe way and recuperating the raw materials. It is estimated by the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) that in the next 20 year, 12,000 aircraft will be retired. It’s a growing business which complements MRO. “Because our MRO prices are so low, we can part out aircraft under a quality system approved by our aviation authority for the handling of aviation parts. These parts continue to be used in the aviation industry so it is important to have access to the right manuals, tooling, trained people, aviation insurance and handling system in place” says Julio Cesar Alvarez, QET Tech Aerospace CEO. “To further reduce the cost of recycling, QET Tech Aerospace has joined Mexico’s IMMEX program where we have just been approved. While non‐Mexican planes serviced in Mexico are already free of service tax, handling of parts and equipment may be taxable. Under the IMMEX program, a plane is temporarily imported into Mexico with no tax or duties. The valuable aviation parts are removed and shipped out of Mexico without any addition tax or duty; one part in many parts out. Once the aviation parts are removed, the remainder of the plane is given to a low cost facility to discard the remainder of the plane but, under the control of QET Tech Aerospace to ensure work is done in an environmentally responsible way.”


Aviation Technical Services (ATS) announces new ownership

June 21, 2013 · 14 Views

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has been purchased from Macquarie Group by members of the current Senior Leadership Team and a handful of experienced aerospace investors. The new ownership group is headed by current President and CEO, Matt Yerbic, and is backed by Wells Fargo, NewSpring Capital and Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Washington. As part of the ownership change, ATS is governed by a diverse and experienced Board of Directors whose average tenure in the aerospace industry is nearly 20 years. Members of the Board and the Senior Leadership Team are all investors in the company. Together, they bring significant experience, a solid understanding of the business, its customers and a passion for growing a successful company.