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Friday, December 06, 2013

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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.


Jet Aviation Teterboro obtains FAA maintenance approval for Gulfstream G650 aircraft

December 4, 2013 · 19 Views

Jet Aviation Teterboro received approval from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to perform base and line maintenance on Gulfstream G650 aircraft. Jet Aviation’s Teterboro repair station is now authorized by the FAA to provide base, line, repair and overhaul maintenance support to Gulfstream G650 aircraft. This authorization also extends to Jet Aviation’s Cayman AMO, Bermuda AMO and EASA repair station authorities.


Boeing Shanghai signs for 15th 767 C-check with Aeroflot

December 4, 2013 · 13 Views

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have agreed to the airline’s 15th 767 C-check for induction this month at Boeing Shanghai’s facility at Pudong Airport. The new agreement celebrates and continues a successful business cooperation that began in 2010 with the launch of Boeing Shanghai’s 767 and 777 maintenance support programs. Boeing Shanghai’s support to Aeroflot also includes full paint, cabin modification and aircraft records management services, as well as A- and C-checks for their new 777-300ERs. Boeing Shanghai also supports Aeroflot’s end-of-lease checks to ensure smooth airplane transitions back to lessors with minimum cost and ground time.


WestJet reports November load factor of 79.7%

December 4, 2013 · 10 Views

WestJet reported November 2013 traffic results with a load factor of 79.7%, down 2.9 points when compared to the previous year. Traffic increased 5.7% year over year, and capacity grew 9.4% over the same period.


GECAS delivers two leased A320s to Interjet

December 4, 2013 · 11 Views

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced delivery of two new leased Airbus A320 aircraft to Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet. The aircraft were the last of six delivered to Interjet as part of a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with GECAS. All aircraft were from the airline’s orderbook with Airbus signed in 2006.


AerSale to expand use of Pentagon 2000SQL for its MRO operations

December 4, 2013 · 18 Views

AerSale has expanded the Pentagon 2000SQL solution‘s deployment to their Roswell, New Mexico facility. “Pentagon 2000 Software is a key part of our core business processes and is an integral part of a wide range of our operations. The recently implemented Heavy Maintenance module is crucial in all aspects of aircraft maintenance, teardown and storage for our MRO operations. By using Pentagon for the MRO process improvement we are able to increase efficiencies allowing us to focus on the key business at hand.“ said Nicolas Finazzo, Chief Executive Officer of AerSale.


Republic Airways completes sale of Frontier Airlines to Indigo Partners

December 4, 2013 · 17 Views

Republic Airways Holdings has closed on the sale of Frontier Airlines to an investment fund affiliated with Indigo Partners LLC. Effective upon the closing of the sale, David Siegel, CEO and President of Frontier Airlines, resigned from Republic’s Board of Directors.


Jetairfly takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner

December 4, 2013 · 16 Views

Boeing and Jetairfly, part of the TUI Travel PLC, celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, on its delivery flight to Brussels. The 787 is scheduled to begin flying short and medium haul Jetairfly routes in early December and long haul routes between Christmas and the New Year.


US Airways reports November traffic results

December 4, 2013 · 12 Views

US Airways Group released its November and year-to-date 2013 traffic results. Mainline traffic was down 0.1% versus November 2012, while capacity was up 6.1% versus November 2012. Mainline passenger load factor was 80.1%, down 5.0 points versus November 2012.


Alaska Air Group reports November operational results

December 4, 2013 · 19 Views

Alaska reported a 1.5% increase in traffic on a 6.7% increase in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 4.2 points, to 82.2%.

Horizon reported a 2.9% decrease in traffic on a 0.1% decrease in capacity compared to November 2012. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 2.4 points to 77.4%.


Aviointeriors’ “Columbus Two” first shipset B737-800 delivered to launch customer Air Niugini

December 4, 2013 · 16 Views

The Columbus Two first shipset B737-800 has been presented and delivered to Air Niugini. Columbus Two, the seat model for medium-range applications, has so become a certified reality and it will make its first flight in January 2014. The Columbus family, the range of Aviointeriors’ lightweight economy class seats presented in Hamburg just a year ago, continues to strengthen its market presence.


Iraqi Airways signs firm purchase agreement for 5 Bombardier CS300 aircraft

December 4, 2013 · 13 Views

Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire five CS300 mainline jetliners. The agreement, which also includes options on 11 CS300 aircraft, follows a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase the aircraft that was announced by Bombardier on November 19 during the Dubai Airshow.


TAP M&E Brazil signs with Brazilian Armed Forces

December 5, 2013 · 16 Views

TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil S/A (TAP M&E Brazil) signed a contract with the Brazilian Navy and Brazilian Air Force to provide preventive and corrective services, aeronautical repair, overhaul and MRO services. Two contracts were signed with the Brazilian Navy, for the Naval Air Base in São Pedro da Aldeia (BAeNSPA), one for avionics components and the other for hydraulic components. The contracts, which are valid for one year and can be extended for another five years, includes the helicopter squadrons: HA-1 – Super Linx (Model AH-11A); HU-1 – Esquilo (Model 350/355); HU-2 – Super Puma (Model AS 332/532); as well as the VF-1 aircraft squadron (Model A4 – Skyhawk).

With the Brazilian Air Force a contract was signed, by the Aeronautical Air Park of São Paulo – (PAMASP), for a period of five years, to provide periodic basic level maintenance inspections of the F-5EM/FM aircraft. All the services will be performed in compliance with the sets of work charts, technical bulletins, and technical instructions of the FAB, USAF, and the original manufacturers of the aircraft and its components.


Kahala converts option to firm order

December 5, 2013 · 13 Views

Aeronautical Engineers released that Kahala Aviation of Ireland has converted one of two options secured in April 2013 to a firm order. The third aircraft is a high gross weight B737-400 (MSN 25372) built in 1992 and is currently undergoing freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet Services in Dothan Alabama. The B737-400 will be converted on a speculative basis and available for lease in April 2014.


Mesa signs OnPoint agreement with GE for CF34 engines

December 5, 2013 · 11 Views

Mesa Air Group signed an 11-year OnPoint solution agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its 138 CF34-8 engine fleet. The agreement is valued at $350m over the life of the agreement. Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 396 daily system departures to 77 cities, and recently announced an additional 30 CF34-powered ERJ175 aircraft will be flying for United Airlines. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively.


FL Technics to launch line stations in Ukraine, Georgia and Libya

December 5, 2013 · 17 Views

FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made solutions for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, successfully develops its Line Maintenance support network by launching two new Line Stations in Lviv, Ukraine and Kutaisi, Georgia. The company also plans to open a Line Station in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya. The new stations at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) are already operating and offering comprehensive Line Maintenance services, including on-call maintenance, pre-flight, daily, weekly and transit checks as well as component replacements, inspections and repairs, etc. Meantime, the upcoming Line Station at Benina International Airport (BEN) will be launched and operated in cooperation with Air Libya, and will provide LM support to third party carriers operating to Benghazi, Libya. All new Line Stations will be operating under EASA Part 145 regulation, while maintaining 24/7 availability for both AOG and scheduled services.


AC Aviation Charter opens new office in Vienna

December 5, 2013 · 17 Views

After more than ten years of success in the business aviation sector, Swiss based AC Aviation Charter has opened a new office in Vienna, Austria. The new office will work and co-ordinate closely with the existing office in Zurich, Switzerland. Three Charter Sales Agents will be based in the new office in Vienna, the team is to be lead by Bernhard Wipfler.


Air Canada reports November load factor of 76.5%

December 5, 2013 · 25 Views

For the month of November, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 76.5%, versus 78.1% in November 2012, a decrease of 1.6 points, on a system-wide capacity increase of 3.3%. System traffic for November increased 1.1%.


Bombardier closes sale of Flexjet’s activities to a Group led by Directional Aviation Capital

December 5, 2013

Bombardier reported the closing of the sale of Flexjet’s activities to Flexjet, LLC, a newly-created company funded by a group led by Directional Aviation Capital. The previously announced total consideration of US $185m, following purchase price adjustments, is now estimated at US $195m, including the assumption of an estimated US $70m of customer advances by the acquirer. This transaction has received the approval of all appropriate regulatory authorities and other consents from government bodies in the U.S. As a result of this closing, a firm order by Flexjet, LLC for 115 business aircraft (25 Learjet 75, 60 Learjet 85, 20 Challenger 350 and 10 Challenger 605 jets) is now confirmed. The agreement also includes options for an additional 150 business jets. The transaction for the firm aircraft order is valued at approximately US $2.4bn based on 2013 list prices.


PIA signs engine support contract with Lufthansa Technik

December 5, 2013 · 18 Views

Lufthansa Technik and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) signed a comprehensive engine support contract. The German company will look after the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines of the six Airbus A310s in PIA’s fleet. The five-year contract covers spare engine support, engineering services, logistics and repair and overhaul. The new partnership follows the recent signing of a three-year contract covering technical services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127 engines in PIA’s fleet of six ATR42 turboprop aircraft, to be provided by Lufthansa Technik’s subsidiary Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey. The first engine is currently undergoing overhaul at its facility near Frankfurt.


SR Technics and Garuda Maintenance sign service agreement for component repairs in Indonesia

December 5, 2013 · 19 Views

SR Technics, part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, and Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia (GMF) have signed a five-year service agreement for component repairs in Jakarta, Indonesia. Under this agreement, GMF will act as SR Technics’ regional support workshop for approximately 150 part numbers, and will develop its existing in-house repair capabilities accordingly. SR Technics and Garuda Indonesia have been working together for almost 30 years. This closer cooperation will contribute towards significantly reducing turnaround times of component repairs, and will build on existing agreements to provide Integrated Component Services (ICS) for the airline’s Airbus A330 and Boeing 737NG fleets. A worldwide network of regional Centers of Excellence leverages SR Technics’ global presence for ICS, providing tailor-made and flexible solutions to its airline customers, wherever they are based around the globe. Thanks to this expanded cooperation with GMF, SR Technics will be able to provide closer in-country support in Indonesia.


CAAC approval for AFI KLM E&M Shanghai components shop

December 5, 2013 · 23 Views

AFI KLM E&M has been awarded CCAR 145 approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its components maintenance shop located in Shanghai. After a final audit carried out in the week of 18-24 November, during which the Chinese authorities inspected management systems, processes, technical manuals, and technician qualifications, the workshop was granted approval as a maintenance organization on Chinese soil. This unit is helmed by Paul Sun Baochuan, head of AFI KLM E&M Industrial Development in Shanghai.


IAG reports November operational performance

December 5, 2013 · 17 Views

IAG reported that Group traffic for November 2013 improved 8.4% compared to the same period in 2012, while Group capacity rose 9.4%. Group load factor for November 2013 was down 0.8 points to 76.4%.


Norwegian reports continued passenger growth in November

December 5, 2013 · 25 Views

Norwegian released that November traffic was up 40%, when compared to the same month in 2012 and capacity was up 39%. The load factor for the month was up 0.5 points to 76.2%, compared to November 2012.


Ryanair November traffic grows 6%

December 5, 2013 · 15 Views

Ryanair released that November traffic increased 6% compared to the same period in 2012, while the load factor increased 1.0 point to 81%.