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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.


Tianjin Airlines receives TRUEngine designation for CF34 engines

October 29, 2013 · 19 Views

GE has awarded Tianjin Airlines its TRUEngine designation for 107 CF34-10E engines powering its fleet of 50 EMBRAER 190s. Tianjin is the first airline in Asia to receive the TRUEngine designation for the CF34. Launched in 2008 for the CFM56, the TRUEngine designation provides assurance to owners, operators, and engine buyers that engines qualified as TRUEngine have been maintained in the OEM configuration. The program has since been expanded to include CF6, GEnx and, as of June 2013, CF34 engines.


Air Seychelles signs fleet deal with Canada’s Viking Air

October 29, 2013 · 32 Views

Air Seychelles purchased three Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, in a deal which will see the carrier renew its domestic fleet. The new aircraft will be used for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate. All three aircraft deliveries are scheduled for mid-2015, with an option for earlier delivery if aircraft become available. The airline currently operates one Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 and three Series 300 aircraft.


Constant Aviation expands sales force and avionics sales team

October 29, 2013 · 23 Views

Constant Aviation, a Directional Aviation Capital company offering full-service maintenance, repair, and overhaul with a nationwide network, hired John Wasmund as Avionics Sales Manager. John brings 15 years of avionics experience to Constant Aviation. His most recent position, prior to joining the organization, was held at Hawker Beechcraft as Avionics Sales Manager. Furthermore, the company named Lance Lajara the Regional Sales Manager for the Central region of the US.


Eirtech Aviation and Total Engine Support enter joint agreement

October 29, 2013 · 20 Views

Eirtech and TES Aviation Group announces a joint agreement to provide Continued Airworthiness Management and Engine specific support services for their customers to fulfil CAMO and Engine related obligations. Under the agreement Eirtech and TES will offer their customers the provision of aircraft induction, technical records management, maintenance planning, airworthiness data review, EHM monitoring assessment and recommendations, reliability monitoring and maintenance programme control services. The joint service partnership brings Eirtech’s 4 years’ experience of Aircraft and Component CAMO coverage together with TES’ 17 years of engine specific management experience to provide the most experienced service offering of its kind to support their respective existing and future customers’ demands.


AJW Aviation to provide power-by-the-hour support for Caribbean Airlines’ fleet of fifteen B737NGs

October 29, 2013 · 7 Views

Caribbean Airlines has signed a second power-by-the-hour contract with AJW Aviation, the leading independent complete aircraft spares support specialist, to support its fleet of fifteen B737NGs. This new contract complements the existing five year PBH support that AJW currently provides for the airline’s two B767 aircraft, signed in November 2012. Caribbean Airlines, the national airline for Trinidad and Tobago, began operations in January 2007 and acquired the routes operated by Air Jamaica in May 2011. It now serves sixteen markets in the Caribbean, South America and North America, operating a core schedule of 530 weekly departures with a total fleet of 21 aircraft and a headcount of more than 1,000.


GECAS continues Africa expansion with new office in Kenya

October 29, 2013 · 20 Views

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, announced the opening of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya, to serve airline customers in eastern Africa. This is GECAS’ third African office after Accra, Ghana, and Cape Town, South Africa, opened in 2011. The Cape Town office serves customers in southern Africa while the Accra office focuses on western and central Africa. North Africa will continue to be covered by GECAS’ Dubai office.


Werner Aero Services awarded repair management contract with US Department of Commerce

October 29, 2013 · 15 Views

Werner Aero Services released that its Asset Management unit has been awarded a multi-year contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce to manage the overhaul of P3 aircraft components.


Dallas Aeronautical Services breaks ground on new 50,400 ft² facility

October 29, 2013 · 8 Views

Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) announced the construction of a new facility in Cedar Hill, Texas. The all new 50,400 ft² facility will span over three acres of land and is being constructed in Cedar Hill’s High Meadows Industrial Park. Target completion date for the project is first quarter of 2014. DAS currently operates from five separate buildings for a total of just 21,500 ft² of space. However, the all new aircraft component repair station has been custom designed to provide DAS with the ample space needed to provide all of their services under one roof. The new state-of-the-art facility will feature two autoclaves, two custom paint centers, an environmentally controlled clean room, spacious walk-in oven, and transmissivity test range. A complete machine shop with four and five axis capabilities and press forming capabilities, TIG and MIG welding, an NTD lab, and three dust collection and sanding centers will be onsite as well. The facility will also feature a structures shop, a radome shop, and an advanced composite and thrust reverser overhaul shop.


JetBlue places order for 15 A321ceo and 20 A321neo aircraft

October 29, 2013 · 51 Views

JetBlue will optimize its EMBRAER 190 fleet to approximately 60 aircraft in the near term. “While the E190 is critical to our continued success in Boston and San Juan, we are now at the point where our network growth calls for larger gauge aircraft,” Mr. Barger said. “In addition to allowing us to more cost-effectively serve certain high density markets, we believe our fleet restructuring plan will allow us to accelerate attractive growth opportunities at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.” JetBlue has converted 18 A320s to A321s. The A321 is expected to have unit costs 10 to 15% lower than those of the A320 aircraft it will replace, driven in part by a 10 to 15% improvement in fuel consumption per seat. “With significant savings from increased fuel efficiency and better utilization of our airport slot portfolio in key markets, we believe these A321 aircraft will improve our company’s profitability,” Mr. Barger said. The fleet changes will enable JetBlue to add 15 incremental A321ceo aircraft to its fleet by 2017, while deferring 24 E190 aircraft. “With today’s announcement, we are reducing our capital commitments through the next three years, which is consistent with our free cash flow and return on invested capital goals,” said JetBlue Chief Financial Officer Mark Powers.

In addition, JetBlue has placed an order for 20 A321neo aircraft for delivery beginning in 2018. Fuel savings associated with the new engine option A320 family is forecast to be approximately 12 to 15% compared to the current engine option A320 family. JetBlue expects to retrofit up to 110 Airbus A320s in its existing fleet with sharklets beginning in 2015. Sharklets are expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%.


Waypoint Leasing adds Oliver Althoff to Management Team

October 29, 2013 · 76 Views

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, a leading global helicopter leasing company, reported that Oliver Althoff, former Director of Transportation Lending at CIT Group, will join Waypoint as Managing Director of Capital Markets & Treasury, effective November 11, 2013. Mr. Althoff will be responsible for leading the development and execution of Waypoint’s debt financing strategy and the management of the Treasury function.


IAM members ratify contracts at United Airlines

October 29, 2013 · 31 Views

After more than four years of negotiations, a merger of three airlines and numerous representation elections, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced members at United Airlines ratified agreements covering approximately 30,000 fleet service, passenger service and stockroom employees. With over 65% participation, each contract was approved by more than 70% of voting members. The agreements run through 2016 and provide immediate wage increases ranging from 7-29%, and from 19-56% over the term of the agreements. The accords also preserve and improve both defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, provide 96% of the workforce protection from outsourcing, maintain affordable health insurance options and increases vacation time, among other enhancements.


Boeing continues to improve 737 MAX performance

October 29, 2013 · 16 Views

The Boeing 737 MAX program continues to make steady development progress since reaching Firm Configuration on the 737 MAX 8 in July. Engineers have completed an assessment of the airplane’s performance confirming an additional 1 percent fuel-efficiency improvement over the 13% already promised to customers. “Program and airplane performance just continues to improve,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We have been very disciplined in our approach and continue to realize more benefit for our customers as we retire risk on the program and get further into development.” Airlines that will operate the 737 MAX now will realize a 14% fuel-efficiency improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes. At longer ranges, the improvement will be even greater.


JetBlue reports third quarter revenues of $1.4bn

October 29, 2013 · 14 Views

JetBlue reported record third quarter operating revenues of $1.4bn. Revenue passenger miles for the third quarter increased 5.4% to 9.56bn on a capacity increase of 5.1%, resulting in a third quarter load factor of 85.0%, an increase of 0.2 points year over year. Operating expenses for the quarter increased 8.1%, or $95m, over the prior year period. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the third quarter increased 2.8% year over year to 11.47 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 4.9% to 6.95 cents.


Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing contracts to acquire two S-92A and two S-76D Sikorsky helicopters

October 29, 2013 · 777 Views

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, the helicopter operating leasing business of Macquarie Group, has contracted to acquire two S-92A and two S-76D helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. along with an unspecified number of options to acquire additional aircraft. The four new helicopters will be configured initially for the oil and gas service markets. With its proven performance in harsh environments, the S-92A helicopter has become an aircraft of choice for offshore oil operators.  Sikorsky recently delivered its 200th S-92 helicopter, and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 600,000 flight hours to date, mostly serving the offshore oil and gas segment.


Airbus launches Sharklet retrofit for in-service A320 Family aircraft

October 29, 2013 · 18 Views

Airbus has launched the Sharklet retrofit programme for in-service A320 Family aircraft. This option will be available in 2015. Operators of older in-service A320 Family aircraft will thus be able to benefit from the significant cost savings and performance improvements which the Sharklets are already delivering on new-build aircraft. This retrofit includes reinforcing the wing structure and adding the Sharklet wingtip device. As part of the upgrade, the retrofit will lengthen the aircraft’s service life and thus maximise the operators’ return on investment for the Sharklet retrofit. Operators of Sharklet retrofitted aircraft will benefit from a reduction in fuel costs by up to four per cent and increased mission range by up to 100 nautical miles. Over 4,000 A320 Family in-service aircraft are eligible to be retrofitted with Sharklets and Airbus has already secured commitments from airlines for around 200 shipsets. Airbus will offer the retrofit initially for A320 and A319 models and will evaluate a retrofit for the A321 at a later stage.


Embraer to expand business jet operations in Melbourne

October 30, 2013 · 18 Views

Embraer announced that it will expand its current facilities in Melbourne, Florida, with the addition of a new aircraft assembly line for the Legacy 500/450 twin-engine business jets. The expansion is subject to approval by the appropriate authorities. The company’s campus at Melbourne International Airport currently includes an assembly plant and paint facility for Phenom 100/300 business jets, as well as Embraer’s worldwide customer center for executive aircraft. As previously announced, the company is also constructing an Engineering and Technology Center, currently operating at a temporary facility at the Melbourne airport, which will become part of Embraer’s Melbourne campus in 2014. Embraer President and Chief Executive Officer Frederico Fleury Curado said, “Some 50% of our executive jet deliveries go to the U.S. and more than 60% of the aircraft content comes from U.S. suppliers and industrial partners, so this is a natural step forward to the benefit of our customers.”


Avolon acquires two A320 aircraft financed by Abu Dhabi National Leasing

October 30, 2013 · 11 Views

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing group, has acquired two A320 aircraft for delivery to Etihad Airways, the leading international airline, as part of a sale and leaseback transaction, financed by Abu Dhabi National Leasing. The first of the two aircraft has now delivered. The second is scheduled for delivery in December.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering prepares for MRO operations at Birmingham Airport

October 30, 2013 · 17 Views

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has completed the commissioning testing for aircraft maintenance at its new 110,000 ft² state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport in the UK. This important milestone is one of the final stages of testing in readiness for next week where on 4th November four aircraft will arrive to undergo maintenance. The new facility incorporates high levels of technology and will have an industry-leading approach to maintaining aircraft. In the last week, MAEL has been providing specialist training and inducting highly skilled aircraft engineers all of whom will be reporting for aircraft maintenance duties from day one.


AV8 MRO now offering complete in-house repair and overhaul capabilities for Hawker landing gear

October 30, 2013 · 15 Views

The newly established FAA and EASA Repair Station, AV8 MRO, announced they have the in-house capabilities to repair and overhaul all series of Hawker landing gear. They are able to offer a quick turn time and an economical price due to an extensive inventory of FAA-Approved Replacement Parts and FAA-Approved Component Repairs for Hawker landing gear. AV8 MRO has FAA Repair Specification Approval to make replacement parts and currently has approval for almost 400 parts for the Hawker landing gear.


Western Aero further optimizes productivity with Quantum Control

October 30, 2013 · 13 Views

Western Aero, an award winning FAA and EASA certified aircraft services and repair company, has further improved operations by using Quantum Control MRO and Logistics software to optimize online parts sales and operations event management. An ISO-AS9120 accredited vendor and Diamond Award designee from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Western Aero has provided parts and industry benchmark overhaul and repair services to both commercial and military aircraft since 1989.


Spirit Airlines reports adjusted net income increased 130.3%

October 30, 2013 · 14 Views

Spirit Airlines reported that adjusted net income for the third quarter 2013 increased 130.3% to $57.9m compared to $25.2m for the third quarter 2012. GAAP net income for the third quarter 2013 was $61.1m compared to $30.9m in the third quarter 2012. Spirit achieved an adjusted pre-tax margin of 20.3%, the highest quarterly adjusted pre-tax margin in the Company’s history. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax margin for the third quarter 2013 was 21.4%. Spirit ended the third quarter 2013 with $540m in unrestricted cash.


Air China to commence Beijing-Hawaii nonstop service

October 30, 2013 · 17 Views

Air China and Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that Air China’s Beijing-Hawaii nonstop service will start on January 21st, 2014. The new service will make Air China the first carrier operating nonstop links between Beijing and Hawaii, and make Hawaii the carrier’s 6th destination in North America in addition to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Vancouver. The new route will further bolster the strategic position of Air China’s hub in Beijing, cement the carrier’s global network and offer an additional pleasant travel option to Hawaii-bound holidaymakers.


Japan prepares to welcome first ATRs

October 30, 2013 · 15 Views

The European turboprop manufacturer ATR has obtained certification to start operations of the new ATR 72-600 in Japan. This certification, granted by the JCAB (Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau), marks the last step before the introduction of the first ATRs that will fly in the colors of a Japanese airline. The first ATR 72-600s will arrive in Japan in November 2013 and will sport the colors of the new regional airline Air Link. As part of the certification process, Japanese authorities have approved the operation of the new equipment of the new ATR -600 avionics, such as the MPC (multi-purpose computer), as well as new autopilot, communication, navigation aid and flight management systems. With the forthcoming introduction of the first ATR 72-600s into Japan, ATR is about to gain a foothold in one of the few countries in Asia where its aircraft had not operated so far. To date, there are almost 260 ATRs operating in the Asia-Pacific region, operated by 50 companies in 23 countries. The ATR 72-600 is also the 70-seat aircraft which has most recently obtained certification from the major international certification authorities, the EASA in Europe and the American FAA.


Pratt & Whitney Canada invests $275m in cutting-edge technologies

October 30, 2013 · 22 Views

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced investments totalling $275m over five years, including the creation of a World-Class Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Manufacturing in Longueuil. At the heart of these investments is the World-Class Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Manufacturing, an $80m initiative. The Centre of Excellence will come to fruition with the development and implementation of three new intelligent production lines featuring cutting-edge equipment and technology. The production lines will be dedicated to manufacturing highly complex key components for the new-generation family of PurePower engines recently launched by Pratt & Whitney. The introduction of the three intelligent production lines will require extensive upgrading of P&WC’s Longueuil plant, which is set to begin in the next few months, with the objective of being fully operational in 2015. These investments will lead to the creation of 90 new permanent jobs and maintain 166 existing jobs in Quebec. The government of Quebec will contribute $19m to support these future investments.


Messier-Bugatti-Dowty signs services contracts with Cathay Pacific and Dragonair

October 30, 2013 · 25 Views

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) has signed agreements with Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair for the provision of landing gear restoration and support services for the two airlines’ A330/A340 fleets. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s MRO division in Singapore first overhauled Cathay Pacific’s A330/A340 landing gears in 2002. The new agreement will extend the relationship to 2024.