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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.


Avolon fleet reaches 179 aircraft

October 7, 2013 · 13 Views

Avolon, the international aircraft-leasing group, issued a trading update for the third quarter of 2013. At the end of the period, Avolon’s committed fleet reached 179 aircraft serving 37 customers in 24 countries. Avolon also recently announced the pricing of US$636m of Fixed Rate Asset Backed Notes by Emerald Aviation Finance Limited which will use the proceeds to acquire 20 aircraft from Avolon. Total committed fleet increased from 171 to 179 aircraft, total aircraft delivered and under management now exceed US$6bn, secured commitments for an incremental US$1.1bn of debt capital.


AEI redelivers first of two Kahala 737-400SF’s

October 7, 2013 · 2 Views

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), is pleased to announce that it has redelivered the first of two Kahala Aviation 737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversions. The first freighter to deliver is a high gross weight B737-400SF, (MSN 25052) built in 1991 and has been leased to Jet Time A/S, a Danish Charter Airline. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet Services in Dothan Alabama. This is AEI’s 13th freighter redelivery in 2013.


Turbine Controls receives Approved Organization Exposition certificate from JCAB

October 7, 2013 · 20 Views

Turbine Controls Inc has received its Approved Organization Exposition certificate from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). This approval has been received following the onsite audit by JCAB and allows TCI to provide extended repair services to Japanese airlines. “This approval will allow TCI to improve our support and provide significant cost savings to our Japanese customers. The JCAB approval is further evidence of the quality product and engineering expertise that TCI is able to offer our customers.”


Rolls-Royce awarded up to $496m for T56 engine support

October 7, 2013 · 19 Views

Rolls-Royce has been awarded two contracts worth a combined value up to $496m to support T56 engines on US government aircraft. Under a $406m, six-year contract, Rolls-Royce will provide parts, plus field and engineering support, for thousands of T56 engines. The contract was awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency and will support approximately 1,000 C-130, P-3 and C-2 aircraft in service with the US Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Customs and Border Control and international fleets. A separate contract from the US Navy for up to $90m includes engine repairs for E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, which are powered by two T56-A-427 engines. The five-year contract is renewable annually and is valued at $17m for the first year.


Premier signs long-term aircraft paint agreement with Cape Air

October 7, 2013 · 30 Views

Premier Aviation Overhaul Center and Cape Air announced the signing of a three-year agreement for the painting of Cape Air’s large fleet of Cessna 402C passenger aircraft. The work will be performed in Premier`s purpose-built paint facility in Rome New York and follows successful visits to the facility over the past 2 years, having met the quality and on-time delivery requirements of Cape Air.


Flying Colours breaks ground on Phase 1 of a $3.5m expansion plan

October 7, 2013 · 17 Views

Flying Colours Corp. the Canadian completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialist has broken ground on the first phase, of a three phase expansion plan, at its Peterborough, Ontario headquarters. An investment of over $3.5m will expand the company’s footprint and increase its large cabin completion and maintenance capabilities at its Peterborough Airport facility. With the steel framework now in place, 20 000ft² is being added to one of the company’s existing three hangars. The existing hangar is currently accommodating a long term project that will see eight Bombardier CRJ 200 regional airliners converted to 16 seat corporate shuttle configurations. This is the first executive shuttle configuration programme Flying Colours has undertaken and reflects the company’s ambitions to widen its offering to the aviation market place. Phase one is due for completion in the first quarter of 2014, and whilst large enough to accommodate wide body aircraft, the new building will initially be utilised to increase Flying Colours Corp.’ refurbishment and maintenance capabilities for pre-owned large cabin size aircraft, particularly on the Bombardier Global and Challenger 870 families. It is anticipated that the additional space will also be used for a number of special mission programmes including the fulfilment of a multiple aircraft contract for modifications to seven CRJ 700/CL870 airframes destined for Asia. The new structure will be equipped to handle refurbishment projects, avionics installations and upgrades, heavy maintenance projects and full interior completions. Phases two and three, which are expected to complete in 2015, will incorporate further additional hangar space of approximately 45,000ft² and will incorporate an additional large cabin hangar, increased shop space for maintenance and interior workshops, and a new down draft paint facility.


Gulf Coast Avionics appoints John Gauch as new VP of Sales

October 7, 2013 · 29 Views

Rick Garcia, President of Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation, has announced the appointment of John Gauch as Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. Gauch comes to Gulf Coast Avionics from Cirrus Aircraft where he served as Fleet Sales Director and Vice President of Domestic Sales.


ILFC and SriLankan Airlines sign 12-year lease agreement for three A350-900s

October 7, 2013 · 24 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has signed a 12-year lease agreement with SriLankan Airlines (SriLankan), the national carrier of Sri Lanka, for three A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will support the airline’s long-haul fleet renewal.


ILFC appoints Peter Chang Head of Greater China

October 7, 2013 · 32 Views

ILFC released that Peter Chang has been appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Greater China. Mr. Chang will be responsible for leading the company’s marketing efforts and operations throughout the Greater China region. Mr. Chang is an industry expert with more than 25 years of experience in placing aircraft and managing aircraft portfolios in the Greater China region. Mr. Chang most recently was Executive Vice President, Marketing at Aircastle Advisor and Executive Director at Aviation Capital Group.


Northrop Grumman names Douglas Raaberg as Chief Executive for United Arab Emirates

October 7, 2013 · 18 Views

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced the appointment of Douglas Raaberg as chief executive United Arab Emirates (UAE), effective Oct. 14th. In this new position, he will be responsible for coordinating the corporation’s relationship with the UAE, supporting current programmes and developing strategies for growth.


Southwest Airlines reports September traffic

October 7, 2013 · 27 Views

Southwest Airlines reported that traffic in September 2013 grew 1.3% compared to the same period in September 2012, while capacity increased 1.2%. The September 2013 load factor was 77.1% compared to 77.0% in September 2012.


SAS Group reports September 2013 traffic figures

October 7, 2013 · 24 Views

SAS Group reported that capacity for the month of September was up by 5.2%, while traffic increased 1.6% year over year. The load factor for September decreased 2.6 points, to 73.9%.


General Dynamics receives $25m production order for new FAA air traffic control radios

October 7, 2013 · 28 Views

General Dynamics C4 Systems received the first production order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for new software-defined, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) CM-300/350 UHF and VHF air traffic control (ATC) radios, related accessories and training materials. The $25m order will begin a new chapter in ground-to-air communications as the next-generation radios deliver crisp, clear communication between pilots and air traffic controllers. Based on the FAA’s implementation schedule, the radios will be installed in airport terminal ATC sites, regional control centers and other aviation facilities throughout the United States.


Airbus and Japan Airlines sign their first ever order for 31 A350XWBs

October 7, 2013 · 18 Views

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB, confirming its continuing success with world leading airlines across the globe. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing fleet approximately over a six year period.  All A350 XWB models are equipped with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.


Universal Asset Management acquired by Keri Wright

October 8, 2013 · 45 Views

Universal Asset Management, a global leader in aviation asset management, aircraft disassembly and commercial aviation aftermarket component sales, announced that UAM Holdings, a corporation wholly owned and operated by Keri Wright, has acquired 100% of Universal Asset Management and its wholly owned subsidiary, Universal Air Repair. The transaction will enable Universal Asset Management to build upon its customer focus, drive continued organic growth, and pursue aviation asset acquisition opportunities. In conjunction with the acquisition, company founder and CEO Steve Manley announced his retirement from Universal Asset Management.


Finnair releases September traffic statistics

October 8, 2013 · 30 Views

In September, Finnair traffic rose by 7.4% and the overall capacity grew 4.0% year‐on‐year. Passenger load factor improved by 2.6 points and was 81.1%.


Air Lease Corporation improves terms of $170m of secured debt

October 8, 2013 · 16 Views

Following Air Lease Corporation’s investment grade ratings and strengthened credit profile, the company announced that one of its banks has agreed to revise and improve the terms for approximately $170m of secured debt related to the financing of six ALC aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, the bank has agreed to reduce the interest rate, extend the loan maturities and improve the principal amortization profiles of the loans. ALC has also extended two of the leases involved, one Boeing 737-800 and a Boeing 777-200ER, with their respective lessees in Europe.


United reports September 2013 operational performance

October 8, 2013 · 25 Views

United Airlines reported September 2013 operational results. UAL’s September 2013 consolidated traffic increased 1.0% and consolidated capacity increased 0.2% versus September 2012. UAL’s September 2013 consolidated load factor increased 0.6 points compared to September 2012 and was 82.7%.


Jazz Aviation appoints Kal Rebin to VP, Maintenance and Engineering

October 8, 2013 · 24 Views

Jazz Aviation announced the appointment of Kal Rebin to Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering effective immediately. In his new role, based in Toronto, he will have responsibility for the overall management and direction of Jazz’s maintenance and engineering division.


CIRCOR Aerospace celebrates grand opening of Corona, California Machining Center

October 8, 2013 · 24 Views

CIRCOR Aerospace celebrated the grand opening of their Corona, California Machining Center of Excellence on Friday, September 20th. The state of the art machining facility holds the critical machining processes for the West Coast fluidic control, actuation, and landing gear product lines. Completed in June of 2013, the new facility has 72,000ft² of manufacturing floor space. CIRCOR’s two Corona facilities feature a combined footprint of over 187,000ft² and include Engineering, Design, Research and Development, Manufacturing, and Assembly and Test.


Boeing delivers 5th Canadian CH-147F Chinook helicopter

October 8, 2013 · 23 Views

Boeing has delivered the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fifth CH-147F Chinook helicopter one month ahead of schedule and only three months after the arrival of the first in June, expanding Canada’s military cargo capability while continuing the Chinook program’s history of excellence. Boeing is scheduled to deliver two more CH-147Fs this year and another eight by June 2014 to provide Canada with its full complement of 15 rotorcraft. Boeing is also providing in-service support to the CH-147F fleet for the next 20 years under a Performance-Based Logistics contract, with Canadian industry playing a key role.


Lufthansa Technik Malta expands overhaul capacity

October 8, 2013 · 21 Views

Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM), a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, is expanding its hangar capacity for maintenance and overhaul work on Airbus widebody aircraft. With the addition to the smallest of the three hangars in Malta, which has been used to date only for narrowbody aircraft, the building will be able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A330 or A340. The additional, flexible maintenance dock in the enlarged hangar means that engineers and mechanics at the company’s site at Malta International Airport in Luqa can work on up to three widebody aircraft simultaneously.


Jetstar takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner for Australia

October 8, 2013 · 27 Views

Boeing and Jetstar Airways celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 on October 8th, which is also the first Dreamliner for Australia. “Today is a historic milestone for the Qantas Group and Jetstar as we welcome the most advanced passenger aircraft ever constructed to the fleet,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “In just 10 short years, Jetstar has grown to be the largest low fares carrier in the Asia Pacific, carrying more than 100 million passengers. The 787 will set up the airline for another decade of growth.”