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Thursday, December 19, 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.


Intertrade selects Quantum MRO & Logistics software to unify operations

December 17, 2013 · 25 Views

Intertrader, a Rockwell Collins company and premier provider of new and recertified aircraft components and engine parts, has selected Quantum Control MRO management software to manage their supply chain. Intertrade has global distribution centers in the US, London and Singapore with extensive inventory that covers multiple military and commercial equipment manufacturers, aircraft and engine platforms, and ATA chapters. Quantum will enable Intertrade to sync customer, service and inventory information in real-time along with all accounting and costing requirements to have complete visibility into operations in real-time. As part of their software system, Intertrade will leverage Component Control’s StockMarket module for automating the inventory posting and online RFQ processes directly between Quantum and StockMarket.aero, the open e-marketplace for aircraft parts and services.


Finnair has signed Memorandum of Understanding on sale and leaseback of two Airbus 330 aircraft

December 17, 2013 · 15 Views

Finnair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global aircraft leasing and financing company Novus (Novus Aviation Capital) on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus 330 aircraft. The value of the arrangement is approximately €110m. The financial arrangement is part of the long-haul fleet renewal program, in which the current Airbus 330 and 340 fleet will be replaced by the new generation of Airbus 350 aircraft. In addition to the MoU with Novus, Finnair announced on December 13th, that it has signed a MoU with global aircraft leasing and financing company GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus 330 aircraft and two ordered Airbus 350 aircraft. These financial arrangements as a whole are not expected to have a significant impact on earnings in 2014 and 2015. The sale and leaseback agreements for the two A330 aircraft are expected to be concluded in the first half of 2014. The lease term is 12 years and the lease terms have extension options.


AAR completes acquisition of cargo loading system assets from PFW Aerospace GmbH

December 17, 2013 · 40 Views

AAR CORP. released that its 100% owned subsidiary, Telair International GmbH, has completed the acquisition of cargo loading system assets of Speyer, Germany based PFW Aerospace GmbH, which the company announced on December 2, 2013. The acquisition will enhance Telair’s market position as one of the leading suppliers globally of cargo loading and baggage handling systems. The acquired assets include the cargo loading system business for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft and aftermarket spares for additional legacy PFW cargo loading systems produced for other Airbus platforms. Upon completion of a transition period after closing, Telair will transfer the assets to, and perform operations at, its Miesbach, Germany facility. The acquisition was funded from available cash on hand.


Boeing to expand aviation training in Russia

December 17, 2013 · 17 Views

Boeing announced it will expand its flight and maintenance training capabilities in Russia with a new, state-of-the-art training campus. The new full-service training facility— set to open in 2015—will be located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow. Boeing will work in cooperation with Industrial Investors Group and their subsidiary Transas on the project. Initial capability will include flight, maintenance and specialty training. Local maintenance training will be available across the spectrum of Boeing aircraft currently in operation, and flight training capability will include locally based instructors.


Boeing’s John Meersman named CFO of Aviall

December 17, 2013 · 28 Views

Aviall, a provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services, has named John Meersman, a veteran finance and business development leader, as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Meersman was previously the senior director of corporate and strategic development for The Boeing Company where he oversaw the execution of acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures.


RUAG Aviation opens new helicopter facility in Sion, Switzerland

December 17, 2013 · 30 Views

RUAG Aviation is establishing a new helicopter facility at Sion Airport in western Switzerland. Launching in early 2014, the facility will initially focus primarily on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters. Further helicopter types may subsequently be added to the portfolio. The full range of helicopter MRO services will be performed at the Sion facility, from basic maintenance through to complete overhauls. Comprising a hangar as well as office and workshop space, the site will initially be staffed by a team of two. The team will be reinforced by specialists from RUAG Aviation’s helicopter facilities in Alpnach and Mollis, according to the specific requirements of individual projects.


HEICO Corporation reports record net income for fourth quarter and full year 2013

December 18, 2013 · 16 Views

HEICO Corporation reported that net income increased 25% to $29.8m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, up from $23.8m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, net income increased 20% to $102.4m up from $85.1m for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012. Net sales increased 19% to $287.4m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, up from $242.4m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, net sales increased 12% to $1,008.8m, up from $897.3m for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012. Operating income increased 22% to $55.6m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, up from $45.6m for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, operating income increased 12% to $183.6m, up from $163.3m for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012.


Alenia Aermacchi signs contract with Peruvian Ministry of Defense for two C-27J Spartan

December 18, 2013 · 15 Views

Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company, has signed a contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense to supply two C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The contract has a value of around €100m inclusive of a substantial logistic support package, technical assistance, training for pilots, crew and ground engineers and a set of special equipment that have been chosen by the customer. With this contract Peru becomes the 11th customer of the C-27J Spartan.


Atlasjet selects Turkish Technic for landing gear overhaul services

December 18, 2013 · 16 Views

Atlasjet signed Landing Gear Maintenance Services agreement with Turkish Technic for two landing gear sets of A321 aircraft. Landing gear removal & installation, landing gear overhaul activities will be carried out at Turkish Technic’s Istanbul facilities. Turkish Technic will also support Atlasjet with its spare units during shop visits. Turkish Technic has been providing MRO services for a wide variety of services for Atlasjet and last year Turkish Technic provided service for two of Atlasjet’s landing gear sets.


Joel H. Benkie named President of Ducommun Incorporated

December 18, 2013 · 24 Views

Ducommun Incorporated reported that its board of directors has unanimously elected Joel H. Benkie, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer, to the position of president, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Benkie will retain the role of chief operating officer. As president, he will succeed Anthony J. Reardon, who will continue as chairman and chief executive officer of the Company.


Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

December 18, 2013 · 37 Views

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney announced the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Dennis A. Muilenburg is named Boeing vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. Muilenburg, currently Boeing executive vice president and president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, will join the corporate team in Chicago and will share oversight with McNerney of the day-to-day business operations of the company. Raymond L. Conner is promoted to Boeing vice chairman, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Conner has led the Commercial Airplanes unit since June 2012 and will remain based in Seattle to continue overseeing that growing business, which now accounts for more than 60% of Boeing revenues. Christopher M. Chadwick is appointed Boeing executive vice president, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, replacing Muilenburg. Chadwick will remain based in St. Louis, where he currently serves as president of Boeing Military Aircraft, the largest division of the unit he will lead. Shelley K. Lavender will replace Chadwick as the leader of Boeing Military Aircraft. She currently serves as vice president and general manager of Integrated Logistics for the Global Services & Support business within Boeing Defense, Space & Security.


Panasonic Avionics boosts global satellite network capacity

December 18, 2013 · 20 Views

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has upgraded its broadband satellite network for its airline customers ahead of a rising increase in demand for its services in 2014. The network upgrade allows Panasonic to increase capacity in almost every geographic area for its Global Communications Services, which deliver on-board connectivity for passengers and crew. The 50% uplift in capacity comes as Panasonic prepares to deliver 260 Global Communications Services-equipped aircraft into service with airlines in the next year. The new capacity has been delivered by software upgrades to the network’s 22 satellite beams. Panasonic uses iDirect’s satellite modem technology and also upgraded to iDirect’s latest Evolution technology version 3.1, to increase bandwidth. At the same time the new Evolution hardware platform allows Panasonic to support new capacity in virtually every geographic region.


AgustaWestland opens new office in Seoul

December 18, 2013 · 27 Views

AgustaWestland opened a new office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The office will strengthen AgustaWestland’s position in the Far East by better serving existing Customers and promoting future business with military, government and commercial Customers. In the Republic of Korea AgustaWestland has experienced an expansion of its market presence with approximately 50 helicopters of various types in service or on order in military, parapublic and commercial roles ranging from naval applications, search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighting and VIP/corporate transportation. This growing presence was supported earlier this year by a major contract for eight AW159 Maritime Operational helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy, thanks to the heritage established by the Republic of Korea Super Lynx and also includes excellent and solid partnerships with local players such as Firstec Co. and Doodam Systems Co.


AirAsia X orders 25 more A330-300s

December 18, 2013 · 22 Views

AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of the AirAsia Group, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 more A330-300s. The contract is the largest A330 order received by Airbus in a single purchase agreement and increases the carrier’s total firm orders for the type to 51. These will be supplemented by another six A330-300s leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). AirAsia X will start taking delivery of its newly-ordered A330-300s in 2015 as it begins a major expansion of its network across the Asia-Pacific region. The new order includes the latest extended range versions of the A330-300, providing the carrier with the ability to offer non-stop service to destinations in Europe or one-stop service to the US.


Airbus signs MoU with Honeywell and Safran to develop electric taxiing solution for A320 Family

December 18, 2013 · 20 Views

As part of on-going research and development into future technology options, Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EGTS International, a joint venture company between Safran and Honeywell Aerospace, to further develop and evaluate an autonomous electric pushback and taxiing solution for the A320 Family. The agreement marks the selection of EGTS International’s Electric Green Taxiing System to be evaluated as a new option on the A320 Family – referred to by Airbus as eTaxi. This option would allow the aircraft to push-back from the gate without a tug, taxi-out to the runway, and return to the gate after landing without operating the main engines. eTaxi will use the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to power electric motors fitted to the main landing gear wheels. The architecture will include the ability for pilots to keep full control from the cockpit over their aircraft’s speed and direction during taxi operations.


RUAG to deliver 10 Dornier 228 aircraft to Venezuela

December 18, 2013 · 31 Views

Configured for passenger transport, the Dornier 228 fleet will be deployed to connect remote villages with regional hubs across Venezuela, substantially improving accessibility throughout the country. The ten aircraft comprise 8 new units of the Dornier 228 New Generation and 2 pre-owned units of the Dornier 228-212. The Venezuelan government has become the first fleet customer of the Dornier 228 in Latin America since its relaunch in late 2010, purchasing ten units of the turboprop aircraft from the OEM, RUAG Aviation. Signed in Caracas, the contract encompasses the sale of aircraft as well as training, spare parts and ground support equipment.


Norwegian signs purchase agreement for two 787-9 Dreamliners

December 18, 2013 · 25 Views

Norwegian has signed an agreement to acquire two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Both aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The 787-9 is larger than the 787-8 that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes. Norwegian continues to expand its international operations by signing an agreement with MG Aviation to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Both aircraft are scheduled to be in operation during the first quarter of 2016. Today, Norwegian has three 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in its long-haul fleet, as well as five more on order. The company will have 10 long-haul aircraft in its fleet; four will be delivered in 2014, one in 2015 and two in 2016.