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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.

Crane takes the pressure for another Cessna Citation model

November 4, 2013 · 30 Views

The Cessna Aircraft Company has selected Crane Aerospace & Electronics to provide SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure Sensors for their Citation Latitude aircraft. Latitude customers can select SmartStem as an option to be fitted on their aircraft during production, dramatically simplifying the way tire pressure is checked. SmartStem tire pressure sensors are already certified for retrofit on Citation models 500, 501, 510, 525, 550, S550, 551, 560, 560XL, S550 and 650, 680 and 750 models.

Aeroturbine promotes Al Wood to Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer

November 4, 2013 · 26 Views

AeroTurbine, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), has promoted Al Wood to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role, Wood will continue to lead AeroTurbine’s worldwide sales, product and marketing activities.

Cockley Brake to sell three Bae146 aircraft for Starbow Airlines

November 4, 2013 · 49 Views

Starbow Airlines (Ghana) has appointed Cockley Brake to sell its fleet of three Bae146 aircraft. Starbow, which operates domestic and regional services in West Africa from its base in Accra, is currently evaluating replacement regional jet types. Cockley Brake was formed last year by Steve Doughty after a lifetime career marketing regional aircraft for BAE Systems.

Paul DeHerrera named CEO of Universal Avionics

November 4, 2013 · 25 Views

Universal Avionics released that Mr. Paul DeHerrera has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the company. Mr. DeHerrera has transitioned into this new role as Mr. Joachim L. (Ted) Naimer remains as President and Chairman of the Board.

GAMECO signs Authorized Repair Station agreement with ITT Aerospace Controls

November 4, 2013 · 14 Views

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Company (GAMECO) signed an Authorized Repair Station agreement with ITT Aerospace Controls, a subsidiary of ITT. Under the terms of the agreement, GAMECO will serve as an authorized repair station in China for a number of parts installed on the rapidly growing fleet of B737 and other platforms such as B757, B767 and B777 to enhance the level of support for airlines in China. The Part Numbers to be repaired and overhauled at the GAMECO Guangzhou facilities are commonly used on almost the entire Boeing and Airbus fleets. GAMECO will gradually introduce additional products to support the entire ITT portfolio for additional aircraft applications including the B787 and A350.

DVB Bank SE appoints Elisabeth Winter as Head of Group Corporate Communications

November 4, 2013 · 41 Views

With effect from December 1st, 2013, Elisabeth Winter will succeed Professor Dr Borislav Bjelicic as Head of DVB Bank SE’s Group Corporate Communications. Professor Bjelicic is leaving DVB to focus on his university teaching activities.

FL Technics and Transaero sign agreement to install Wi-Fi connectivity on Boeing 737NG aircraft

November 4, 2013 · 38 Views

FL Technics, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and Transaero, the second largest air carrier in Russia, are further developing their cooperation. The two companies have signed a new agreement to install high-speed satellite Wi-Fi technology on Transaero’s Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. According to the agreement, FL Technics specialists have already modernized the in-flight entertainment system in Transaero aircraft by installing new Row44 connectivity technologies. The satellite-based solution allows higher Internet connectivity than the one provided by ground-based systems. The installation of a powerful WiFi system was conducted by FL Technics specialists at the company’s main technical base in Vilnius, Lithuania. Transaero Airlines has 19 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft in its fleet that will be equipped with an in-flight Internet connectivity system.

Rolls-Royce opens advanced manufacturing facility in Indianapolis

November 4, 2013 · 23 Views

Rolls-Royce has opened an advanced production facility to manufacture components for some of the world’s most sophisticated military and commercial jet engines. The innovative $42m facility is designed specifically to manufacture engine compressor parts, and is the latest example of Rolls-Royce investment in Indianapolis and across the United States. More than 100 high-tech positions will be based in the facility when it is fully operational in 2014.

Delta reports operational results for October 2013

November 4, 2013 · 19 Views

Delta reported that October system traffic increased 1.4% when compared to the previous year, while system capacity increased 3.6%. System load factor for October was slightly down by 1.7 pts to 82.9%, compared to October 2012.

Fifth and final A350 XWB test aircraft enters final assembly line

November 4, 2013 · 11 Views

Assembly of MSN5, the fifth and final member of the A350 XWB flight test fleet is now underway with the fuselage joining process. This follows the recent arrival of the three fuselage sections at the A350 XWB final assembly line in Toulouse, France. MSN5 is the second of the A350 flight test aircraft that will feature a passenger cabin. This aircraft will fly for the first time in Spring 2014 and will be used essentially to perform cabin related flight tests. It will also participate in the Early Long Flights where the “passengers” are Airbus employees. This allows the cabin and related systems to be submitted to near realistic operations in order to ensure a mature cabin at entry into service. In addition, MSN5 will carry out Route Proving flights to demonstrate to the certification authorities that the aircraft performs perfectly in airport operations. To date the two A350 XWB test aircraft, MSN1 and MSN3 have clocked up over 500 flight test hours in more than 100 test flights. The A350 XWB has already won more than 760 firm orders from 39 customers worldwide. First delivery will be to Qatar Airways in the second half of 2014.

DVB closes financing for Hong Kong Aviation Capital on 2 Asiana A320-200

November 5, 2013 · 11 Views

Hong Kong Aviation Capital, a leading investor in global aviation finance, announced DVB closed refinancing on two Asiana A320-200 aircraft. DVB Bank has closed a commercial financing facility with Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) in October 2013 for two 2006-vintage A320-200 aircraft on operating lease with Asiana Airlines. The German bank acted as arranger, agent and underwriter in this facility.

WestJet reports October load factor of 79.2%

November 5, 2013 · 11 Views

WestJet announced October 2013 traffic results with a load factor of 79.2%, down 2.0 points compared to October 2012. Traffic increased 5.4% year over year, and capacity grew 8.1% over the same period.

Etihad Airways choose AerData’s STREAM digital aircraft records software

November 5, 2013 · 7 Views

AerData, the provider of software and services for the aviation industry announced Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is the latest airline to acquire STREAM aircraft records software. STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) is the industry’s foremost web-based solution used by some of the world’s largest airlines, lessors and MROs to manage aircraft and engine records.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering commences Boeing 787 Dreamliner training

November 5, 2013 · 28 Views

Monarch Aircraft Engineering has been granted UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Part 147 approval to deliver aircraft type training on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner B1 & B2 type training will be delivered by the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy (MAETA) at its fully equipped state-of-the art training facility at London Luton Airport.

WestJet reports third quarter net earnings of $65m

November 5, 2013 · 11 Views

WestJet announced its third quarter 2013 results, with net earnings of $65.1m. This compares with the net earnings of $70.6m reported in the third quarter of 2012. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.8%, compared with the 14.4% reported in the previous quarter, and one of the best third quarters in WestJet history.

US Airways reports October traffic results

November 5, 2013 · 15 Views

US Airways Group announced its October 2013 traffic results. Mainline traffic for the month was up 5.7% versus October 2012. Mainline capacity was up 9.1% versus October 2012. Mainline passenger load factor was 83.5% for the month of October, down 2.7 points versus October 2012.

Dynamic Aviation hires Michael George as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

November 5, 2013 · 7 Views

Dynamic Aviation, a leading provider of innovative aviation solutions to government and commercial organizations worldwide, reported that Michael George has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. In his new role, Mr. George is directly responsible for achieving long-term expansion of the company’s revenue and profitability. He identifies market and competitive factors that will impact the business over the long-term, coordinates preparation of the company’s strategic and annual operating plans, recommends appropriate CEO Growth Initiatives, leads execution of these initiatives, and coordinates and expands the company’s alliances and partnerships.

Air Europa takes delivery of 25th Next-Generation 737-800

November 5, 2013 · 9 Views

Boeing and Air Europa celebrated the Spanish carrier’s 25th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737-800. Air Europa showcased the latest addition to its fleet at a special event at its base on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Alaska Air Group reports October operational results

November 5, 2013 · 10 Views

Alaska reported a 3.8% increase in traffic on a 5.1% increase in capacity compared to October 2012. This resulted in a 1.0 point decrease in load factor to 84.2%.

Horizon reported a 1.0% increase in traffic on a 1.2% decrease in capacity compared to October 2012. This resulted in a 1.7 point increase in load factor to an October record of 79.4%.

Werner Aero Services establishes North Africa and Middle East office

November 5, 2013 · 8 Views

Werner Aero Services announced the opening of a new office in Tunis, Tunisia, overseeing North Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Youssef Zarati, who has recently joined the company, will manage Werner Aero’s North African and Middle Eastern operations. The North Africa and Middle East office will be responsible for supporting, and further developing, relationships with Werner Aero’s clients in those regions. It will also be responsible for expanding Werner Aero’s contractual agreements for component management services and engine sales and leases.

Tigerair first in Asia to retrofit A320 with Sharklets

November 5, 2013 · 6 Views

Tigerair of Singapore unveiled the first A320 aircraft to be retrofitted in Asia with Sharklets. Five A320s have already been delivered to Tigerair with Sharklet-ready wings, with the retrofit work being undertaken by Sepang Aircraft Engineering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bombardier Aerospace appoints new President, Bombardier Business Aircraft

November 5, 2013 · 7 Views

Bombardier Aerospace appointed Éric Martel as President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. Mr. Martel succeeds Steve Ridolfi, who last week was appointed Senior Vice President, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions, Bombardier, reporting to Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. Both of these appointments are effective January 1, 2014.