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Thursday, July 11, 2013

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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.


Constant Aviation Las Vegas named Williams Authorized Service Center

July 9, 2013 · 11 Views

Constant Aviation, a Directional Aviation Capital company offering full-service maintenance capabilities with a nationwide network, has been appointed by Williams International as an FJ44-3AP Authorized Service Center. Constant Aviation is now able to offer Nextant 400XT operators in-house engine maintenance, on-site parts and warranty claim processing.


Finnair traffic performance in June 2013

July 9, 2013 · 8 Views

Finnair June traffic rose by 8.3% and the overall capacity grew 6.0% year‐on‐year. Passenger load factor improved by 1.8 points and was 83.3%.


MTU Aero Engines hands over 300th modules for the engine powering the A380

July 9, 2013 · 18 Views

The Airbus A380 sets a benchmark for low fuel burn and low noise. The world’s largest commercial aircraft owes its high efficiency and amazing noise level to no small degree to its GP7000 engines, in which MTU Aero Engines has a stake of 22.5%. Three months ago, the 250th engine was handed over to Airbus in Toulouse for final assembly, and now Germany’s leading engine manufacturer has completed and delivered the 300th low-pressure turbine and the 300th turbine center frame. “The GP7000 has impressively demonstrated its high reliability in more than 1.5 million flight hours,” explains Michael Schreyögg, Member of the Board of Management, Programs, MTU Aero Engines. “In terms of fuel consumption and emissions, the engine consistently performs at levels much better than the specifications,” he adds.


Frontier Airlines reports June 2013 traffic

July 9, 2013 · 18 Views

Frontier’s total system load factor increased to 94% from 93% in June 2012, setting a new record for Frontier for the month. Frontier’s total traffic decreased 18%, on a 19% reduction in capacity.


United reports June load factor of 88%

July 9, 2013 · 12 Views

UAL’s June 2013 consolidated traffic decreased 0.6% and consolidated capacity decreased 2.0% versus June 2012. UAL’s June 2013 consolidated load factor increased 1.2 points to 87.7% compared to June 2012.


Copa Holdings announces monthly traffic statistics for June 2013

July 9, 2013 · 13 Views

For the month of June 2013, Copa Holdings’ system-wide traffic increased 19.5% year over year, while capacity increased 14.4%. As a result, system load factor for June 2013 was 76.9%, a 3.2 points increase when compared to June 2012.


Southwest Airlines reports June traffic

July 9, 2013 · 21 Views

Southwest Airlines released that in June 2013 traffic increased 2.3% from 2012, while capacity increased 1.7% from the June 2012 level. The load factor was 85.0%, compared to 84.4% in June 2012.


BAE Systems awarded £90m contract for Australian Hawk upgrades

July 9, 2013 · 24 Views

The Minister for Defence Materiel for the Commonwealth of Australia has awarded BAE Systems a £90m contract for the upgrade of their Mk127 Hawk fleet. Known as Project AIR5438, the upgrade to the Australian Hawk fleet will deliver an enhanced training capability and also encompass the supply of three Full Mission Simulators, RAAF aircrew/groundcrew training and support.


STS Aviation Group announces promotions

July 9, 2013 · 18 Views

STS Aviation Group announced several promotions throughout all divisions in the second quarter of 2013. As a new addition to the Business Development team, John Snyder has been promoted to Account Manager. In the accounting department, Christina Contreras was promoted to Senior Accountant. In the Information Technology department, Gustavo Monaco is now the Database Administrator and Christina Seifert, has been promoted to Executive Assistant and will assist Mark Smith, Group President and Mike Sommers, CFO.
STS Engineering Solutions: Rachel Hood has been promoted to Manager, Technical Recruiting.
STS AeroStaff Services: Jaimie Duval has been promoted to Recruiter, preceding Nikki Dreslik, who has been promoted to Manager, Operations Support.


Universal Avionics’ Equipment assists Horizon Air in gaining approval for RNP 0.1 AR approach operations

July 10, 2013 · 8 Views

Universal Avionics’ long-time customer, Horizon Air, has once again hit a new milestone. On June 25th, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Horizon Air for Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 0.1 Authorization Required (AR) approach operations, supported with dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew WAAS/SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS). This is certainly a significant achievement as only one other airframe in aviation history has been approved for RNP 0.1 AR by the FAA. RNP AR approach operations require the highest level of navigation performance and are unlike any approaches familiar to most operators. The benefits, such as improved safety, efficiency and capacity, are a direct result from procedure design flexibility, reduced obstacle clearance areas and curved flight paths.


Antonov family aircraft to establish global online spare parts stock

July 10, 2013 · 11 Views

Locatory.com, an IT company supporting the aviation industry with IT-based Supply Chain Optimisation solutions worldwide, and UAC-Antonov, a Joint Venture company between the Russian United Aircraft Corporation and the Ukrainian Antonov Company, have signed a partnership agreement, according to which the parties will establish an online stock of parts and components for Antonov (An) family aircraft, as well as promote and market it in the emerging markets. Under the new partnership, UAC-Antonov will develop solutions for listing a wide range of An aircraft spare parts and components on the Locatory.com platform, covering both traditional An-24/An-26 and more modern An-140, An-148 and An-158 aircraft. Furthermore, Locatory.com will provide UAC-Antonov with new IT-solutions aimed at facilitating smoother integration of Antonov spare parts into the global component e-stock.


Aero Precision Industries continues investing in Quantum Control

July 10, 2013 · 17 Views

Component Control released that Aero Precision Industries, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company and a leading parts and services supplier to global military organizations, continues to invest in Quantum Control MRO and logistics management software to manage its international distribution and broker repair services with increased visibility and efficiency. Aero Precision partners with more than ten major OEMs to provide military aircraft spare parts, involving substantive provisioning and stocking to optimize support for Aero Precision’s clientele in over 60 different countries. Aero Precision also serves as a U.S. Government channel partner for its OEMs and further supports its customers through an extensive network of repair firms across the United States and abroad.


Magellan Aviation Group signs aircraft disassembly and consignment agreement with Boeing

July 10, 2013 · 51 Views

Magellan Aviation Group and Boeing have signed an aircraft disassembly and consignment agreement. Over the term of the contract, Magellan expects to dismantle several aircraft and engine types for resale in the aftermarket. The first aircraft in the program is a P&W-powered 747-400 (MSN 27067).


AJW Technique and the IAMAW Union pass another milestone

July 10, 2013 · 21 Views

Labour relations were solidified on July 10th, as AJW Technique ratified its first collective bargaining agreement with a fast-growing list of employees. Negotiations with the IAMAW (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) have been very constructive and progressed smoothly over the past 6 months since initial acquisition. A common goal for both AJW Technique and IAMAW was the development of an exceptional MRO with a world-class employee skill-set, able to compete in today’s competitive market place. The co-operative spirit of the team and growing trust between Union and Company, has enabled a collaborative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to be written in record time. AJW Technique now has almost 70 employees at its Montreal facility and more joining the team each week as the organisation expands to meet customer demand. This development has given a welcome start to many of the experienced technicians that live in a city so focused on aviation. Numbers of staff at AJW’s new MRO are expected to push beyond 200 by the end of 2014.


Boliviana de Aviacion chooses IFE Services for in-flight entertainment

July 10, 2013 · 16 Views

IFE Services released that it is Boliviana de Aviacion’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) supplier. IFE Services will supply a selection of Hollywood and regional movies in English and Castilian Spanish for the enjoyment of passengers across the airline’s fleet of B767s and B737s. The content package is likely to be expanded in the near future. Boliviana de Aviacion is the national flag carrier of Bolivia with headquarters in Cochabamba and its main hub at Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. The airline serves a comprehensive domestic network reaching all the principal cities of Bolivia whilst also operating international flights to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Madrid.


AMR Corporation reports June load factor of 87%

July 10, 2013 · 21 Views

AMR Corporation released that consolidated capacity and traffic in June 2013 were 2.6% and 2.4% higher year-over-year, respectively, resulting in a consolidated load factor of 86.9%, 0.2 points lower versus the same period last year.


Virgin America reports June 2013 operational results

July 10, 2013 · 19 Views

Virgin America’s June 2013 traffic rose 8.2% on a 2.2% increase in capacity,when compared to the previous year. Load factor in June was 84.9%, up 4.7 points from June 2012. The number of onboard passengers rose 10.2% from the same month in 2012.


Lufthansa Technik establishes engine airline support team in Montreal

July 10, 2013 · 11 Views

Supported by the Trade Commissioner Service of the Canadian Government, Lufthansa Technik has recently established an Airline Support Team (AST) for engine services in Montreal, Quebec. Being operational since a few weeks, the Airline Support Team currently offers CFM56-5A/5B engine on-wing/on-site services, including module and blade replacement, top and bottom-case repairs, to Lufthansa Technik’s customer Air Canada. The final AST organisation is planned to have a team of at least 12 engine specialists. Spare parts will be delivered through Lufthansa Technik’s global network. Lufthansa Technik is working on business opportunities to expand the service portfolio of the Airline Support Team to other engine types and for other customers in the region.


KLM Cityhopper signs with KLM UK Engineering for Fokker 70 heavy maintenance

July 10, 2013 · 19 Views

AFI KLM E&M and KLM Cityhopper have signed a maintenance agreement covering the regional carrier’s Fokker 70 fleet. In addition to heavy maintenance checks, the contract also includes modification work on the same aircraft type. The work will be carried out by KLM UK Engineering, a KLM subsidiary within AFI KLM E&M’s global MRO network specialized in regional and narrow body aircraft maintenance.


Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity appoints new Chief Executive

July 10, 2013 · 12 Views

Thales announced the appointment of Dominique Giannoni as the new CEO of their In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) business. With a deep rooted background in aviation and telecommunications sectors, Giannoni has vast business experience that relies on excellence in systems integration and program management.


Falko opts for Commsoft’s OASES to support growing portfolio of leased aircraft

July 10, 2013 · 2 Views

Commsoft, a world leader in aviation engineering and maintenance systems, released that its Open Aviation Strategic Engineering System (OASES) has been selected by Falko Regional Aircraft Limited to support its extensive and growing portfolio of leased aircraft. A market-leading asset manager in the regional aircraft arena, Falko has specialised for some years in the management of BAe146/Avro RJ aircraft but, with plans to increase both the size and diversity of its portfolio, has recently acquired eight Boeing 717-200s. Falko plans to begin using OASES immediately within Commsoft’s own hosted environment and will be importing data, initially, for BAe146/Avro RJ aircraft in its portfolio. Looking forward, Falko intends to use OASES to support the offer of CAMO services to future customers.