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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.

Boeing adjusts 747-8 production rate

October 21, 2013 · 38 Views

Boeing will adjust the production rate for the 747-8 program from 1.75 airplanes to 1.5 airplanes per month through 2015 because of lower market demand for large passenger and freighter airplanes. “This production adjustment better aligns us with near-term demand while stabilizing our production flow, and better positions the program to offer the 747-8’s compelling economics and performance when the market recovers,” said Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager, 747 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Although we are making a small adjustment to our production rate, it doesn’t change our confidence in the 747-8 or our commitment to the program.” The company expects long-term average growth in the air cargo market to begin returning in 2014, and forecasts global demand for 760 large airplanes (such as the 747-8) over the next 20 years, valued at $280bn.

Global Eagle Entertainment acquires IFE Services

October 21, 2013 · 30 Views

Global Eagle Entertainment has acquired Travel Entertainment Group Equity, the UK-based parent company of IFE Services Limited (IFE Services) from GCP Capital Partners for approximately $36m in cash. IFE Services is a leading provider of in-flight entertainment services to airlines and cruise lines worldwide. The acquisition expands Global Eagle’s leadership in delivering content and software solutions to the international travel industry. Global Eagle’s purchase of IFE Services follows closely on the Company’s acquisition of digital content leader Post Modern Group (PMG) in July 2013. With a 20-year history, IFE Services provides a broad range of content solutions, spanning movies, TV programs, games, mobile apps, publications, safety videos and technical support to a worldwide client base of over 50 airline and cruise ship operators. IFE Services has a particularly strong customer presence among quickly-growing airlines in developing markets in Africa, Asia and South America.

AEI redelivers first of three Yangtze River B737-400SF’s

October 21, 2013

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) redelivered the first of three B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighters to Yangtze River Express of Shanghai. The first freighter to deliver is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 28759) built in 1998. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services in Shanghai China. This is AEI’s 14th of an estimated 23 freighter redeliveries in 2013.

Jet Time to operate regional routes for SAS in Northern Europe flying new ATR 72-600s

October 21, 2013 · 33 Views

Jet Time has taken delivery of the first of six new ATR 72-600 turboprops. This aircraft has been acquired on lease from the Danish leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). All the ATR72-600 aircraft will be assigned to feed the SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) route network, as part of a commercial arrangement between SAS and Jet Time, and they will all be painted in SAS livery. Deliveries of the next five ATR 72-600s will be completed by early in 2014. The introduction of these new 70-seat ATR 72-600s, the most fuel efficient aircraft in their category, will contribute to Jet Time’s economic performance in the long run as the airline expands its fleet capacity and widens the scope of its activity. These new generation ATRs are equipped with a new full-glass cockpit and feature a high comfort layout with larger overhead bins.

Bombardier discloses CDB Leasing of China as Customer for up to 30 CSeries aircraft

October 21, 2013 · 29 Views

CDB Leasing, one of China’s top leasing companies, is the previously announced undisclosed customer that signed a conditional purchase agreement for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners. The purchase agreement also includes options on an additional five CS100 and 10 CS300 aircraft, for a total of up to 30 CSeries aircraft. This agreement was initially announced as a conditional order from an undisclosed customer for five CS100 and 10 CS300 jetliners on July 8, 2012.

Volaris reserves WheelTug delivery slots

October 21, 2013 · 34 Views

WheelTug plc reported the execution of a Slot Option Purchase Agreement with Volaris for Airbus A320 WheelTug Systems. With the new reservations the order book for WheelTug aircraft drive systems grows to 731 delivery slots reserved by thirteen airlines from Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia. Volaris is the leading Mexican ultra-low-cost airline and the country’s second largest airline. Current commercial aviation practice utilizes a tug for aircraft gate pushback, while forward taxi is powered by the aircraft’s engines. The electric WheelTug unit drives the aircraft without using the engines. WheelTug Systems will be offered to the airlines entirely on a lease, or power-by-the-hour basis, so that the systems can be installed and operated on aircraft without any capital expenditure on the part of the airline whatsoever.

AJW Aviation awarded ISO18001 and ISO14001 certification

October 21, 2013 · 18 Views

AJW Aviation has achieved another milestone in the substantial growth of the business over recent years by being awarded the ISO18001 for Health & Safety Management Systems and ISO14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). These certifications come less than a year after the Company’s state-of-the-art Headquarters opened for business. Close to Gatwick airport, the enormous site of over 60 acres supports a facility of nearly a quarter of a million ft² which has been uniquely designed from the ground up to provide staff and visitors with the ultimate energy saving and green working environment.

Acro Aircraft Seating to equip Braathens Regional Saab 340 and 2000 fleet in joint cooperation with Saab

October 21, 2013 · 31 Views

UK-based passenger aircraft seat manufacturer Acro Aircraft Seating has announced that Braathens Regional, the Swedish wet lease and charter company, will be the first operator to fly with its newly modified seats in Saab 340 and 2000 aircraft. Developed in cooperation with global defence and security company, Saab, Acro will supply 13 shipsets equating to approximately 630 seats for Braathens’ Regional fleet. Acro adapted its seat design to accommodate the dimensions of the Saab 340/2000. Acro’s newly modified seats will enter service with Braathens Regional in Q2 2014. Acro anticipates that a number of Saab operators will follow suit.

Marshall Aviation Services bolsters Aircraft Sales team

October 21, 2013 · 30 Views

Marshall Aviation Services, part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, has welcomed a bolstered aircraft sales team hard on the heels of its acquisition of Hawker Beechcraft’s European MRO facility in Broughton, North Wales and its appointment as exclusive sales distributor for Beechcraft aircraft for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. Reporting to Sales Director, Howard Povey, Craig Lammiman joins as Regional Sales Director (UK, Ireland and Channel Islands) from aircraft sales and acquisitions company, Freestream Aircraft, where he held the position of Vice President Aircraft Sales. Also reporting to Howard Povey, a former senior Beechcraft sales executive, are two new additions to Marshall Aviation Services’ JETability pre-owned aircraft team. They include Steve Morgan, who most recently held the position of Regional Sales Director at Beechcraft Corporation and Charlotte Daniels as Sales Manager, who joins from the former Marshall Executive Aircraft, the charter arm of the Group, now succeeded by FlairJet, with bases in Cambridge and London Oxford Airports.

Honeywell reports aerospace segment profit up 3%

October 21, 2013 · 25 Views

Honeywell reported for the aerospace segment, that sales were down (2%) compared with the third quarter of 2012 driven by an (11%) decline in Defense & Space sales as a result of planned ramp downs and program delays, as well as supply chain constraints, partially offset by Commercial growth. Commercial OE sales were up 3% in the quarter driven by continued strong OE build rates and favorable platform mix. Commercial Aftermarket growth of 5% was driven by improved flight hour growth and strong RMU (Repairs, Modifications, and Upgrades) sales. Segment profit was up 3%, and segment margins expanded 110 bps to 20.2%, driven by commercial growth, including productivity net of inflation and commercial excellence, partially offset by lower Defense & Space volume.

Lufthansa Technik finalizes work on two VIP completion projects

October 22, 2013 · 21 Views

In the next weeks Lufthansa Technik will finalize its cabin installation work on two VIP completion projects from undisclosed customers in its Hamburg hangars. The first one, a BBJ 2, will be delivered back to the customer in December 2013. The second one, a Boeing 767-400FSER, is planned to be handed over to its owner at the beginning of 2014. The ultra-modern cabin design for the BBJ 2 was created by a renowned international design bureau in London. The interior contains several innovation highlights, like a steam shower, an open cooking opportunity, an air humidification system and lower cabin altitude. Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with Lufthansa Technik’s state-of-the-art nice inflight entertainment & cabin management system, including GSM connectivity and live-TV. The second project, which is expected to be finalized soon is a very rare type of the B767, the B767-400FSER. The completion of this type of aircraft is a new and special experience also for the skilled VIP specialists of Lufthansa Technik. The cabin design for this aircraft was created by Lufthansa Technik’s own VIP interior design department.

Pratt & Whitney Canada signs engine service agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Services

October 22, 2013 · 30 Views

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed an engine service agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) for the support of Beechcraft King Air series turboprops and Hawker business jets. Under this agreement, P&WC will provide HBS with comprehensive engine support, including repair, hot section inspection and overhaul, for PT6A-powered Beechcraft King Air turboprops, PW305B-powered Hawker 1000 aircraft, JT15D-5-powered Hawker 400A jets, and PW308A-powered Hawker 4000 aircraft. The work will be performed by Pratt & Whitney Engine Services (PWES) at its overhaul and repair facility in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and at P&WC’s main repair and overhaul centre in St-Hubert, Quebec.

NORDAM taps Whitten to lead global sales

October 22, 2013 · 33 Views

Dave Whitten has been appointed senior vice president, sales, marketing and strategy for the international aerospace firm. Whitten’s expanded duties support the ongoing development of innovative strategies to deliver added value to NORDAM customers across the globe. Previously, Whitten served as senior vice president, strategy and marketing. He joined the company in 2005 as director of marketing and since has excelled in a series of increasingly responsible roles.

Aviation Partners launches Split Scimitar Winglets for BBJs

October 22, 2013 · 20 Views

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB), its joint venture with the Boeing Company, has launched its new Split Scimitar Winglet (SSW) program for the Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) family of aircraft. The announcement to launch the BBJ SSW comes on the heels of similar announcements from APB for the Boeing 737 NG airliners earlier this year. Using a newly patented API design, the SSW program will completely redefine the aerodynamics of the existing Blended Winglet. The retrofit to the existing BBJ Blended Winglet will consist of adding a new Scimitar tipped Ventral Strake, beef up of internal winglet structure, and replacement of the aluminum winglet tip caps with new aerodynamically shaped “Scimitar” tip caps. This revolutionary design was flight tested by API in 2012 on a BBJ and confirmed significant drag reduction over the basic Blended Winglet configuration.

GE achieves strong performance for G650

October 22, 2013 · 36 Views

GE Aviation announced strong performance for the aircraft health and trend monitoring and secondary power distribution systems on the Gulfstream Aerospace G650 business jet since entry into service last year. Gulfstream’s real-time health and trend monitoring system automatically reports high-level problems while the aircraft is in flight or on the ground to the company’s top-ranked product service and support organization. GE’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology powers Gulfstream’s PlaneConnect Health & Trend Monitoring system. The system continuously manages and analyzes data throughout the flight creating a comprehensive set of health information for the engines, avionics, power, electrical, mechanical and other aircraft systems.  Wireless connectivity links every aircraft to a Ground Services Network (GSN) providing a web-based service that delivers a real time, 24/7 picture of aircraft health for Gulfstream and the operator. Since entry into service, the fleet has recorded more than 1/3 of a terabyte of data for short-term troubleshooting support.  More than 25 GB of this data has been automatically prioritized for retention/analysis and transmitted from aircraft across the globe.

AEI redelivers second of four B737-400SF to Allied Air

October 22, 2013 · 195 Views

Aeronautical Engineers has redelivered the second of four B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighters to Allied Air of Nigeria. The second freighter to deliver is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 26300) built in 1994. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville Florida. Allied Air now has two of a planned four AEI B737-400SF’s flying in support of its DHL and other customer contracts in West Africa. This is AEI’s 15th of an estimated 23 freighter redeliveries in 2013. The third aircraft is another high gross weight B737-400 (MSN 26081) built in 1993 and is currently undergoing freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville Florida.

XOJET to offer Gogo Text & Talk Service on entire charter fleet

October 22, 2013 · 18 Views

Aircell a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announces that XOJET has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) with Aircell to deploy Gogo Text & Talk service across its entire charter fleet. Gogo Text & Talk is an exclusive new service from Aircell that allows passengers to use their own smartphones for calling and texting in flight – with their own mobile number. The service is easy to use because it mimics the native features and operation of the passenger’s smartphone. Passengers can use their own contact lists and hands-free devices. Features like Caller ID and call histories are supported. Calling someone in flight is as simple as dialing their number.

ARINC Direct signs agreement with Honeywell to provide Inmarsat GX Aviation Ka-band Service

October 22, 2013 · 27 Views

As the designated business aviation airtime reseller for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation global Ka-band solution, Honeywell has signed an agreement with ARINC Direct to bring this connectivity to the business aviation market. GX Aviation is scheduled to be available in early 2015 and will utilize Ka-band satellites both to provide much higher broadband speeds than existing services, and consistent global coverage. Faster speeds will give business jet operators, owners and passengers the ability to work and entertain, all while over bodies of water and around the world. High speed connectivity will no longer be confined to local, land-based access.

STS Component Solutions acquires another CFM56-7B engine

October 22, 2013 · 12 Views

STS Component Solutions, a division of the STS Aviation Group, announced the acquisition of another CFM56-7B engine. The engine was previously operated by Austrian Airlines and is currently being disassembled. All components will be re-certified and made available for sale. The CFM56-7B Engine is the most popular engine in commercial aviation with nearly 8,400 in service on Boeing 737 aircraft flown by more than 190 airlines. This engine acquisition further broadens STS Component Solutions’ engine component service offerings.

PEMCO redelivers second conversion for Columbian Air Force

October 22, 2013 · 17 Views

PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO) announced the redelivery of a second 737-400 converted aircraft to AAR Corporation and end customer Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC). This second aircraft is a 737-400 Combi capable of carrying four and a half full 88×125 positions of freight and 72 passengers simultaneously. The newly converted, state-of-the-art aircraft will be used for special missions in support of various Colombian Air Force and humanitarian efforts. The functionality and unique capabilities of these converted aircraft make them a perfect fit for accomplishing a variety of missions for the FAC.

TAG Aviation Maintenance continues to improve MRO productivity with Quantum Control MRO & Logistics Software

October 22, 2013 · 24 Views

Component Control released that longstanding customer TAG Aviation Maintenance, a leading global provider of maintenance services, is continuing to improve productivity with Quantum Control as its primary operational software for TAG Aviation SA located at Geneva Airport, and TAG Farnborough Engineering (TFE) located at TAG Farnborough Airport. TAG Aviation SA and TFE are Authorized Service Centers for Dassault, Bombardier and Learjet aircrafts as well as Honeywell engines.

PPG Aerospace designs innovative cockpit windows for Dassault Falcon 5X jet

October 22, 2013 · 17 Views

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has designed uniquely shaped, lightweight glass windshields and side cockpit windows for the new Dassault Falcon 5X business jet that accentuate the cockpit’s aerodynamics and afford expansive visibility. According to Mark Hood, PPG global market director for general aviation transparencies, PPG is under contract with Dassault Aviation to provide production and spare windshields and side cockpit windows, which are the largest for a Falcon jet. “Dassault Aviation wanted curved glass transparencies having the lightest weight possible, and our unique bending and materials expertise enabled us to propose designs exceeding their expectations,” Hood said.

Delta Air Lines announces September quarter profit

October 22, 2013 · 17 Views

Delta reported that net profit for the September 2013 quarter was $1.2bn, excluding special items. This result is a $444m improvement year-over-year. Including $157m in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $1.4bn. The company began returning capital to shareholders, with $100m in share repurchases and $51m in dividend payments. September quarter results include $249m of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance. Delta generated $1.2bn of operating cash flow and $627m of free cash flow in the September 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of $9.9bn.

Boeing, Aerolineas Argentinas complete agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737s

October 22, 2013 · 12 Views

Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement, valued at $1.8bn at list prices, will play a key role in Aerolineas Argentinas’ continued efforts to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction. When the order is finalized, it will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

P&W AeroPower and Safran Microturbo to provide auxiliary power unit for Dassault’s Falcon 5X Business Jet

October 22, 2013 · 21 Views

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower has been selected to provide its APS500[D] auxiliary power unit (APU) for the Falcon 5X business jet – Dassault Aviation’s largest, most powerful twin-engine jet to date. Pratt & Whitney AeroPower is partnering with Safran Microturbo ( a Safran company) for this project. Dassault unveiled the launch of the Falcon 5X jet on Oct. 21 at the NBAA2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. The APS500[D] APU will provide the aircraft with electrical power for main engine starting and cabin air conditioning while on the ground.

VivaAerobus places Latin America’s biggest Airbus aircraft order

October 22, 2013

The VivaAerobus Group has signed a purchase agreement for 52 Airbus A320 Family aircraft (40 A320neo and 12 A320ceo), representing the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history. VivaAerobus, a Mexican low-cost carrier, will announce the engine selection at a later date. VivaAerobus, part-owned by IAMSA, one of Mexico’s largest transportation companies, and Irelandia Aviation, a global low-cost-carrier airline developer, will replace its entire fleet of 737-300 to become an all-Airbus carrier by 2016. VivaAerobus has been a pioneer in Mexico’s ’Bus to Air’ model, which is an initiative to convert bus passengers to air travellers. The new A320 Family is key to VivaAerobus’ domestic and international network expansion plans.

Flexjet doubles firm Learjet 85 aircraft order, adds more options

October 22, 2013 · 39 Views

Flexjet, LLC is doubling its recent Learjet 85 aircraft order of 30 aircraft by converting 30 options into firm orders for a total of 60 business jets valued at approximately $1.2bn, based on the 2013 list prices. The options were originally purchased on September 5, 2013 as part of the historic order for up to 245 Bombardier business jets. Additionally, Flexjet is procuring incremental options for 20 Learjet 85 aircraft. This latest transaction increases the total firm aircraft order to $2.4 bn for 115 aircraft and 150 options. If all options are exercised, the total value of the order will increase from $5.2 to $5.6bn.