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

February 20, 2015 · 542 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 · 640 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 195 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.


Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 162 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 111 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 78 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 78 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 74 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 65 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 64 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 40 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 53 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.


GA Telesis expands support capabilities by adding Bombardier Q400 component and spare engine support capabilities

August 22, 2013 · 42 Views

GA Telesis has acquired a significant Bombardier Q400 inventory of new, overhauled, serviceable rotable and expendable material with a value of $15m. The material is available for immediate purchase and the sales & marketing efforts will be led by the GA Telesis supply chain and global sales teams respectively. All of the components have been warehoused at the GAT Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA distribution center. GA Telesis is now also capable of supporting spare engine needs of Q400 operators.


Finnair issues €150m bond

August 22, 2013 · 21 Views

Finnair has resolved to issue a €150m fixed rate unsecured bond. The funds will be used for general corporate purposes. The bond matures in 5 years and pays an annual coupon of 5%. The bond offering was significantly oversubscribed and allocated to more than 100 investors. The Company will apply for the listing of the bond on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. Danske Bank A/S and Pohjola Bank plc act as lead managers for the transaction. Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd acts as legal adviser to the Company.


Atlasjet chooses Turkish Technic Pool Services

August 22, 2013 · 17 Views

Atlasjet, one of the fastest growing airlines of the region, and Turkish Technic have signed a contract for comprehensive component support for the airline’s A320 family fleet for a term of five years extendable to ten years. With the addition of Atlasjet, Turkish Technic now supports 15 Airlines and more than five hundred aircraft all around the region. The contract comprises component supply and repair on ATA Chapter basis. Components will be supplied from the Istanbul hub. Repair and overhaul work of the components will be executed at the Turkish Technic facilities Istanbul, Turkey.


Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s 3rd C-17 Globemaster III

August 22, 2013 · 15 Views

The third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter for the Indian Air Force (IAF) departed for India Aug. 20 from the company’s Long Beach facility. It joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively. Boeing is on track to deliver two more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014. In operation since 1991, the C-17 is a large, versatile military transport aircraft able to carry heavy, oversize loads long distances and land on rough and unprepared surfaces. It has been used in humanitarian and military missions around the world and recently surpassed 2.6 million flight hours.


GE fans out on testing of new GE9X fan blades

August 22, 2013 · 20 Views

GE Aviation has begun testing on its new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module. The first round of fan blade tests occurred in June at the ITP Engine testing facility in the United Kingdom and focused on validating the new composite material for the fan blades. The results were very positive. GE plans a second round of tests at ITP later this summer to further validate the new fan blade composite material and a new metal material for the fan blade leading edge. This fall, GE plans to run Universal Propulsion Simulator (UPS) fan performance tests on a fan rig at a Boeing facility in Seattle, Washington. Work is already under way on the fan rig and facility for these tests.


First flight of Mitsubishi Regional Jet now slated for second quarter of 2015

August 22, 2013 · 16 Views

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced a revamped schedule of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program. First flight is slated for 2Q CY2015, with first delivery in 2Q CY2017. Prior to this adjustment, first flight was scheduled for 4Q CY2013, and first delivery between summer CY2015 and 1Q CY2016. In the course of developing the MRJ with a focus on safety, unprecedented fuel efficiency, and passenger comfort, MITAC has simultaneously addressed processes in which design and development of aircraft system and component specifications are aligned with safety certification. Design and respective certification, however, have taken greater resources than anticipated which, in turn, impacted component deliveries and aircraft fabrication. In step with program partners, MITAC has established this new schedule to take into account the fulfillment of respective safety certification standards. Assembly of the first test airframes is under way in preparation for respective ground and flight tests. Customer support’s portfolio of services and providers are also taking shape, as is the preparation of facilities for realizing serial production at the earliest.


Safran Engineering Services: Airbus partner in the USA

August 22, 2013 · 22 Views

Opting for the advantage of geographical proximity, Safran Engineering Services (Safran) opened an engineering center in Mobile (Alabama), in order to strengthen its collaboration with Airbus. Before relocating to Alabama, SEngS was already putting its expertise at the disposal of the local Airbus teams. In 2011, the European airframer decided to transfer the design of the electrical system on the long-haul A330-A340 family from Hamburg to Mobile. Five SEngS engineers dispatched on-site coordinated this complex operation between the teams while providing their expertise in electrical design. When Airbus decided to build an A320 assembly line in the United States in July 2012, SEngS in turn took the decision to open a local office. The team, comprised of fifteen people, works primarily for the airframer’s engineering office.


Long Range version of Sukhoi Superjet 100 certified by IAC AR

August 22, 2013 · 19 Views

On August 22, 2013, the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) issued a Supplement to the Type Certificate for RRJ100-95LR aircraft — Long Range version of Sukhoi Superjet 100. IAC AR confirmed the SSJ100 LR’s compliance with the Interstate Aviation Committee’s current aviation regulations. This will allow Russian airlines to operate the SSJ100 long range version. A Supplement to the Type Certificate for SSJ100 Long Range was issued upon successful completion of the certification test program. On February 15, Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR prototype performed its ferry flight across Russia from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the Flight Test Center in Zhukovsky to start certification program.


SR Technics extends line maintenance network in Switzerland

August 22, 2013 · 19 Views

SR Technics has signed two contracts with easyJet to provide line maintenance services on the airline’s entire Airbus A319 and A320 Swiss registered fleet. With a three-year contract extension for Geneva and a new three-year contract for Basel, SR Technics will support a total of 22 aircraft in Switzerland. SR Technics’ Swiss line maintenance organization has more than 140 employees, 18 of which are based in Basel. Services offered include standard line maintenance, routine inspections, trouble shooting, defect rectification and out of phase work packages as required.


West Star Aviation welcomes new additions to sales team

August 23, 2013 · 66 Views

West Star Aviation released that Christina Byman has joined the company as Technical Sales Manager – Avionics at their East Alton, IL (ALN) location. In addition, West Star has welcomed Craig Winterrowd as Regional Sales Manager in California. In her new position, Christina will be responsible for providing technical sales support for all avionics products and services West Star offers.


Turkish Technic approved by Director General of Civil Aviation of India

August 23, 2013 · 17 Views

Turkish Technic continues to expand its service area with the recently held approval of DGCA of India. The approval certificate covers base and line maintenance services of Boeing 777, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 and Airbus 330 aircraft. The approval also covers Hamilton Sundstrand APS 2000 and APS 3200, Honeywell GTCP-85-129H and GTCP-131-9B types APU’s and Landing Gears of aircraft types mentioned above.


Sikorsky/PZL Mielec M28 aircraft granted full icing certification by EASA and FAA

August 23, 2013 · 70 Views

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. have certified the M28 fixed-wing aircraft for flight in known icing conditions. The M28 is produced by the PZL Mielec company, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft. M28 aircraft produced with the icing system will now be allowed to launch in icy weather that might otherwise delay or cancel flight operations. The M28 airplane’s icing system determines the temperature and moisture content of the surrounding environment and applies heat to the propeller, wing struts and critical aerodynamic surfaces to remove any ice buildup.


Safran to sell Globe Motors to Allied Motion

August 23, 2013 · 28 Views

Safran has reached a definitive agreement to sell Globe Motors, a US-based subsidiary of Safran, to Allied Motion on the basis of an expected enterprise value of $90m. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the successful arrangement of debt financing by Allied Motion, and is expected close in the second half of 2013. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Globe Motors designs, manufactures, and distributes standard and bespoke precision, subfractional horsepower motors and motorised devices internationally with applications in aeronautical (commercial and military), automotive and industrial markets. Globe Motors is part of Safran’s Aircraft Equipment activities and recorded revenue of $106m in 2012.


Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services opens another hangar

August 23, 2013 · 14 Views

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services GmbH (LBAS) has opened an additional hangar at its home base in Berlin-Schoenefeld. With this step LBAS, a leading specialist in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier business jets is creating the basis for successful further development of the company. At the same time that the hangar capacity is being increased, the size of the workforce is also growing. Thus twelve new jobs have been created since the start of the year, ten of them mechanics. This brings the number of staff currently employed at LBAS up to 183. Following the renovation and comprehensive modernization of the hangar, taken over from Lufthansa Technik, the additional capacity now available means that the MRO provider can handle one aircraft in the Bombardier Global series and four aircraft up to the size of a Challenger 850. The hangar has been expanded to include a battery shop and a wheel reconditioning workshop along with offices and recreation rooms.


Interjet presents new Superjet 100

August 23, 2013 · 14 Views

Miguel Aleman Magnani, Interjet’s CEO, presented the airline’s new aircraft, the SuperJet 100, which incorporates the latest technology of the European continent and which will be used to serve the medium-density routes in Mexico. Aleman Magnani explained that this aircraft provides the highest standards of quality and comfort in the worldwide commercial aviation and that this is the first time that an aircraft of these characteristics will start operations in the Americas. These new aircrafts, will boost Mexico’s competitiveness of tourism and business industries, and will join Interjet’s fleet to detonate the country’s economy and generate new jobs in the states where they land. Compared with other aircrafts that are used to serve domestic routes in Mexico, the Superjet 100 offers wider seats, higher height of the passenger and pilots cabin and more space for luggage inside.