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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.


Aigle Azur entrusts CFM56-5B engine support to AFI KLM E&M

September 25, 2013 · 13 Views

AFI KLM E&M is contracted to maintain A320 engines of airline Aigle Azur, which operates a fleet of 12 aircraft of this type. The outcome of a year’s negotiations, the long-term agreement covers shop visits, overhauls and repairs for the CFM56-5B power plants.


Eurocopter and Waypoint Leasing establish comprehensive commercial and marketing partnership for helicopter leasing

September 25, 2013 · 19 Views

An agreement signed by Eurocopter and Waypoint Leasing offers value and flexibility to helicopter lessees through the companies’ enhanced commercial and marketing resources. The agreement, announced at London’s Helitech International exposition, enables Waypoint to offer its client base the full capabilities of Eurocopter’s comprehensive Parts-by-the-Hour (PBH) support services. Eurocopter’s Parts-by-the-Hour program provides highly adaptable and cost-effective services coverage that contributes to minimal helicopter downtime, streamlines maintenance costs and reduces parts inventory. It applies to dynamic components, blades, basic and mission equipment, and can be customized to operators’ needs.


Embraer Defense & Security acquires remaining 50% of Atech´s shares

September 25, 2013 · 5 Views

Embraer Defense & Security signed a contract to acquire the remaining 50% of Atech Negócios em Tecnologia S.A. shares, as part of its acquisition strategy. Since the Company had already acquired 50% of Atech, in April 2011, it now becomes the only shareholder of Atech. The conclusion of the deal is subject to meeting certain conditions that are common to this type of transaction. The deal is an important step in consolidating Embraer Defense & Security as a Strategic Defense Company and a provider of genuinely Brazilian integrated solutions. Atech is a developer of strategic command, control and intelligence solutions, and provides expert consulting services, as well as technical and logistical support. It works with all project phases: conceptual, specifications, development, integration, implementation management, installation, testing, maintenance, and training.


Air Canada signs maintenance agreement with Premier Aviation

September 25, 2013 · 18 Views

Premier Aviation and Air Canada reported the signing of a five-year agreement for the provision of airframe maintenance in support of Air Canada’s fleet of 60 Embraer E-190 and E-175 aircraft. With the addition of a second line of maintenance at Premier Aviation’s Trois-Rivières, Quebec facility now in place, the work performed for Air Canada will have created a total of 120 jobs for aircraft technicians on the two lines. This contract follows a successful year of operations meeting the quality and on-time delivery requirements for 37 Air Canada Embraer E-175 and E-190 maintenance visits at Premier’s Trois-Rivières maintenance centre.


SR Technics signs contracts with Aeroflot, Aigle Azur and Finnair

September 25, 2013 · 32 Views

SR Technics, part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, has signed a contract with Aeroflot to install the Airbus ALNA V2 (AirLine Network Architecture) on three of the airline’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) system installation will be carried out alongside scheduled C-Checks, thus optimizing aircraft down time and maximizing Aeroflot’s utilization of the aircraft. Under the agreement the work will be completed in the fall of 2013, with all modification and maintenance activities being completed out of SR Technics’ headquarters in Zurich. The ALNA V2 system is the first line fit connectivity solution to be developed by an aircraft manufacturer. The platform allows passengers to use their own wireless communication devices such as mobile or smart phones and laptops on board, in the same way they would use them on the ground.

Furthermore, SR Technics has signed a contract with French Airline Aigle Azur, based in Orly, to provide C-checks on two Airbus A319 aircraft. The aircraft will be inducted in November and December of this year, and the work will be completed out of SR Technics narrowbody Center for Excellence in Malta.

SR Technics and Finnair are deepening their cooperation and have signed an extension to the existing agreement for Integrated Component Services (ICS) for the airline’s five new Airbus A321 aircraft until 2022. The new contract builds on the close cooperation with Finnair for Component Services for its Airbus andEmbraer fleets and Engine Services for its A320 and A340 fleets. Most recently, the two companies signed a contract for heavy maintenance visits on two of the airline’s A320 aircraft.


ICBC Leasing orders V2500 engines for new aircraft

September 25, 2013 · 13 Views

ICBC Financial Leasing, a subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has entered into an agreement under which IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500 engines will power 17 firm and three option A320 series aircraft. This brings the total number of V2500 engines ordered by ICBC Leasing to 37. The new deal is valued at $430m. Deliveries will commence in 2015 and continue through 2017. Aircraft powered by the V2500 engines will be leased to operators worldwide.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering extends heavy maintenance agreement with Thomson Airways

September 25, 2013 · 18 Views

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has extended its heavy maintenance agreement with Thomson Airways. The extension to the long term agreement will see MAEL’s highly experienced engineering team perform medium and heavy C Checks on Thomson Airways’ Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft at its maintenance facilities within the UK.


BOC Aviation orders 25 A320 family aircraft, including 12 NEOS

September 25, 2013 · 17 Views

BOC Aviation announced an order with Airbus for 25 A320 Family aircraft, including 12 NEOs, scheduled for delivery from 2015 to end of 2019. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants for both CEOs and NEOs. This comes on following an earlier order for 50 A320 family aircraft, signed in December 2012. BOC Aviation will make an announcement on the engine decision for these aircraft in the future.


AJW Aviation signs consignment agreement for B767-200 part-out

September 25, 2013 · 30 Views

AJW Aviation has signed the consignment agreement for a B767-200 aircraft from Aviation Capital Group (ACG) for part out. The teardown process took place in Victorville, CA with the part-out starting on the 9th September and parts subsequently made available from mid-October 2013. A provisional fit list has already been compiled with parts available for lease, exchange and sale, including two CF6-80C2-B6 engines which AJW will have exclusive management responsibility to lease. After lease, the engines will be torn down to harvest parts for pool access by the AJW Engines division. The aircraft, owned by ACG, will replenish AJW’s strategic aircraft spares stock held at operational centres in London, Singapore, Dubai, Montreal and Miami, as well as locations across Europe and North America. AJW Technique, the group’s comprehensive component repair facility in Montreal, will be used to repair many of the off-coming units before putting them into stock.


REVIMA expands Landing Gear LRU Support Services

September 25, 2013 · 33 Views

REVIMA, a leading Landing Gear MRO service provider is reinforcing its Support Services for Line Replaceable Units (LRU): 100% of A320 Landing Gear Hydraulic & Electrical accessories can now be tested, repaired or overhauled in house at REVIMA. Overall more than 75% of LRUs installed on Landing Gears supported by REVIMA are repaired in house for improved cost and TAT control.

To address continued growth in the Landing Gear, Auxiliary Power Unit MRO and parts trading business in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, the Revima Group announced the creation of two new offices in Dubaï and in Hong-Kong, with responsibilities for new business development and customer support in these regions. These new locations come in addition to the 2 US offices created in March 2013.


Pacific Southwest Instruments selects Quantum Control to manage global Instrument & Avionics Repair Services

September 25, 2013 · 12 Views

Component Control released that Pacific Southwest Instruments (PSI), an industry-leading aircraft instrument repair station for general aviation, corporate, commercial and rotorcraft, has selected Quantum Control MRO management software to manage repair, overhaul and exchange services for a broad spectrum of supported flight systems. For over 30 years, PSI has maintained FAA and EASA Certified Repair Station status along with Instrument & Avionics Sales and Distribution designations from their 37,000 ft² facility in Corona, California.


NAC continues positive trend with profit increase of 63%

September 25, 2013 · 22 Views

Nordic Aviation Capital reported that profit from ordinary operating activities increased 63% in 2012/13, from US$125.6m to US$204.4m. The operating profit, including aircraft value adjustments, increased 51%, from US$95.0m to US$143.7m. These results are in line with company expectations. The 2012/13 annual accounts, which ended 30.06.13 showed an increase in revenues of 51% up from US$278.9m to US$421.9m and an increase of 16% in post-tax earnings, which rose to US$65.9m. These improved results are attributable to two main factors, the company’s stable market position and a steadily increasing liquidity, which provides a freedom to act quickly and with flexibility. Cash resources have increased by US$53.7m and stand at US$125.6m.


328 Group hands over 17th Dornier 328 Turboprop to U.S. Military

September 25, 2013 · 35 Views

The 328 Group formally handed over the 17th Dornier 328 turboprop to Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to be used by the United States Military in a ceremony at the 328 Group’s facilities in Operpfaffenhofen, Germany on July 9th, 2013. The ceremony marked the completion of a four-year contract worth more than US$200m, including spare parts support. The US Military accepted the aircraft in three tranches from 2009 to July 2013. The 328 Group purchased 15 of the aircraft outright from various sources, while SNC directly acquired two of the aircraft. These aircraft were purchased from various locations, including Europe, America and Africa. The Dornier 328s were selected to provide critical logistics support for the US Military.


Honeywell supports Air China’s growing fleet with customized aftermarket solutions

September 25, 2013 · 19 Views

Honeywell Aerospace (HON) has strengthened its strategic relationship with Air China, signing an agreement to provide services to Air China that will optimize the safety, efficiency and performance of its growing fleet of wide-body aircraft. Under this agreement, Honeywell will provide repair and maintenance on the 331-350 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for 53 new and existing Airbus A330 aircraft and six Airbus A340 aircraft. As part of the agreement, Honeywell will provide Air China with customized service and maintenance solutions. The tailored aftermarket solutions, coupled with predictive trend monitoring and diagnostics (PTMD), will provide engineering expertise and support resources that will allow Air China to better manage and predict maintenance spending, while optimizing APU on-wing time and reducing downtime costs.


Airbus announces lower weight A330 for regional & domestic operations

September 25, 2013 · 20 Views

Airbus has announced a new lower weight variant of its versatile A330-300 wide-body aircraft that is optimised for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows. China will be one of the most important markets for this new version of today’s world’s most efficient and reliable widebody aircraft. The announcement was made by Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus, at the Aviation Expo China (Beijing Airshow) 2013, which has opened its doors on September 25th in Beijing. “The new lower weight A330-300 variant specially designed for regional and domestic use is Airbus’ solution for markets with large populations and fast growing, concentrated air traffic flows. Operators of the new A330-300 variant will benefit from a proven, mature and reliable aircraft that brings relief to limited airspace, airport congestion and pilot shortage,” said Fabrice Bregier. “We are announcing the new A330-300 lower weight variant in China because here we see strong pent-up demand for efficient and reliable wide-body aircraft connecting mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.” Compared to current A330-300 variants that are adapted to longer-range missions of up to 6,100 nautical miles (nm), the new A330-300 regional and domestic variant will be optimised to seat up to around 400 passengers in Airbus’ best in class 18 inches wide economy seat comfort on missions up to 3,000 nm and offer significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tonnes. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs thanks to these innovations will result in an overall cost reduction by up to 15% compared with today’s long-range A330-300 variants.


Zhejiang Loong Airlines signs MoU for 20 A320 Family aircraft

September 25, 2013 · 35 Views

Zhejiang Loong Airlines, an airline based in Hongzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo. The airline has recently been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for passenger flight operation.


Qingdao Airlines orders 23 A320 Family aircraft

September 25, 2013 · 15 Views

Qingdao Airlines, a newly established airline based in the Eastern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, has selected the best-selling Airbus A320 Family aircraft to build up its fleet. The airline has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for a total of 23 A320 Family aircraft, including five A320ceo and 18 A320neo. The deal is subject to approval from China’s central government. The first delivery is expected to begin in 2016. The airline will start operation in 2014 with leased A320 aircraft.


VietJetAir to acquire up to 100 new A320 Family aircraft

September 25, 2013 · 13 Views

Vietnam’s VietJetAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for up to 92 A320 Family aircraft and will lease eight more from third party lessors. The agreement signed with Airbus covers for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 Family. VietJetAir is an existing A320 operator, with eight leased aircraft already in service. The carrier took delivery this week of its ninth A320, delivered new from Airbus via the US leasing company AWAS.


Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-800 to Russia’s Rostec

September 25, 2013 · 8 Views

Boeing delivered the first Next-Generation 737-800 to Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostec). Aviation Capital Services has leased the airplane to Russia’s flag carrier, Aeroflot. This delivery is the first of 50 Next-Generation 737s Aviation Capital Services has on order, including 737-800s and 737-900ERs.


AJW Aviation launches Fleet Management Services

September 26, 2013 · 36 Views

AJW Aviation is extending its capabilities to provide full fleet technical management as part of its comprehensive range of integrated aircraft support services. It has appointed CAMO4jets AG, the Basel based aircraft maintenance control specialists, to partner the Company in the delivery of a total support solution for existing and new customers. “The provision of FMS is a cornerstone of AJW’s expansion programme and it was vital for us to identify the right partner to match our current client’s requirements, and have the scope to fulfil some of the larger contracts that we have in the pipeline. CAMO4jets was chosen as our partner provider because of their wide-ranging expertise” explains Deepak Sharma, AJW Group Technical Director. “They enable AJW to offer our customers an expert service from day one with EASA Part M Sub Part G & Sub Part I approvals and their ability to issue certifications across a wide range of aircraft types up to Airbus A380 .” AJW Aviation is now able to offer a multi-specialist Fleet Management Service that offers Continuous Airworthiness Management of aircraft, airworthiness reviews, export/import registration, audits, inspections, preparation of work packs, full planning and maintenance control. It will meet the challenging demands of operators seeking to align costs with continuously improving the efficiency and reliability of global operations.


Globus entrusts Boeing 737 NG APUs to Epcor

September 26, 2013 · 14 Views

EPCOR, AFI KLM E&M’s pneumatic systems and APU subsidiary, has signed a contract with Russian carrier Globus. The long-term agreement covers the repair and overhaul of the GTCP 131-9B type Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) equipping the carrier’s fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Globus had already called on the services of AFI KLM E&M in the framework of an engine support contract for this same fleet.


AFI KLM E&M to maintain test aircraft for Safran

September 26, 2013 · 30 Views

AFI KLM E&M has been selected by Safran to support its test aircraft used to develop new systems. The contract includes maintenance of the aircraft during the test phases performed by Safran and all Part 145 modification embodiment and maintenance work.


Etihad Airways opens new European headquarters

September 26, 2013 · 14 Views

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has unveiled its new European headquarters in Berlin, enhancing the airline’s presence in the German domestic market and further cementing its strategic relationship with airberlin. Located in the heart of Berlin’s historic Potsdamer Platz, the new office houses both Etihad Airways’ European and Germany sales and marketing teams, and includes joint Etihad Airways-airberlin reservation and ticketing counters. In total, 35 Etihad Airways employees will work in the new facility, 25 of whom are German, with the rest coming from the UAE, the Netherlands, Egypt, India, Italy, Pakistan, Morocco, the UK, and Switzerland.


AEI redelivers fourth ASL B737-400SF 11 pallet conversion

September 26, 2013 · 18 Views

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) reported the redelivery of the fourth B737-400SF aircraft to the ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft is being ferried to Dublin where it will enter service with Air Contractors. This is the fourth of six contracted freighter conversions undergoing modification at Commercial Jet’s (CJI) Miami and Dothan facilities. N286AL, MSN 25261 is a high gross weight B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighter and has a maximum range of about 2,800 nm and the ability to carry payloads of up to 48,000 lbs. ASL has reported exceptional in service reliability on the first three AEI B737-400SF’s.


Air Lease Corporation announces placement of one Boeing 737-800 with Ukraine International Airlines

September 26, 2013 · 30 Views

Air Lease Corporation announced a long term lease agreement with Ukraine International Airlines for one new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with winglets, “sky” interior, and powered by CFM56-7B engines, which is scheduled for delivery in April 2015.


EADS North America to provide support and service to four CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for Mexican Navy

September 26, 2013 · 19 Views

EADS North America will deliver contractor logistics support and service (CLSS) to four CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for Mexican Navy. The CLSS contract consists of one base year with four one-year options. The contract includes a field service representative to provide on-site technical support, management of parts and depot maintenance. EADS North America delivered the four Airbus Military CN235-300 MPAs to the Mexican Navy in 2011 and 2012 under a U.S. Coast Guard managed foreign military sales agreement. The CN235-300 MPAs enhance Mexico’s ability to support the Mérida Initiative, a cooperative security arrangement between the U.S., Mexico and Central American countries. The aircraft’s missions include homeland security, search and rescue, military readiness, cargo and personnel transport, drug interdiction and maritime environmental protection.


Garuda Indonesia starts taking delivery of new A330-300 fleet

September 26, 2013 · 23 Views

Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has taken the delivery of the first of its new fleet of 18 A330-300s at a special ceremony in Toulouse on September 26th. The new aircraft will form a major element in the airline’s fleet modernisation programme and are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. The airline’s new A330-300s feature a two class premium layout, with 36 seats that convert to full flat beds in Business Class and an extra spacious Economy cabin with an average seat pitch of 33-34 inches. Garuda Indonesia will operate the aircraft from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to destinations across Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. The aircraft will join an existing Airbus fleet at the airline that currently includes 10 recently acquired A330-200s, used primarily on long range routes, and six early version A330-300s flying on domestic and shorter regional services.