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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.


RIOsys 9.0 delivers ntegrated MRO inventory optimization solution through interoperability with SAP solutions

January 16, 2014 · 21 Views

Armac Systems, a leading aviation MRO inventory optimization solutions provider, announced its RIOsys 9.0 solution has achieved SAP certification as powered by the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The solution works with the plant maintenance and materials management software in the SAP ERP application and other solutions in the SAP for Aerospace & Defense solution portfolio, providing a fully integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) inventory optimization solution for rotable, repairable, expendable and consumable inventory.


GA Telesis launches GA Telesis Aviation Investments

January 16, 2014 · 17 Views

GA Telesis and Wafra Capital Partners jointly announced that GA Telesis has raised $500m from institutional and private clients advised by Wafra Capital Partners to establish a new aviation investment vehicle focused on aircraft and engine investment opportunities. The vehicle will be named GA Telesis Aviation Investments LLC (“GAIN”) and will be managed by GA Telesis Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of GA Telesis. Together with the capital raise, GA Telesis’ own capital, and existing credit facilities, GAIN’s capacity for investments is up to $1bn. GAIN will seek to make investments in commercial aircraft, engines and new generation component inventories, for long-term or short-term lease. GAIN will also acquire assets for immediate disassembly and resale of the components and parts. GAIN has broad flexibility to make investments with a variety of durations in a wide range of asset types and across the capital structure. GA Telesis currently owns and manages a fleet of 60 engines and 30 aircraft and has disassembled nearly 200 aircraft and 500 engines since 2002.


Jet Aviation Basel signs narrow-body completions agreement for ACJ-A320

January 16, 2014 · 26 Views

Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of an Airbus corporate jet ACJ-A320 for an undisclosed head-of-state. The VIP aircraft will be delivered to the Basel Completions Center in the third quarter of 2014. Jet Aviation Basel was recently awarded a VIP cabin interior completions contract for a head-of-state ACJ-A320 aircraft. Configuration of the A320 includes a luxurious bedroom, bathroom, lounge and office area in addition to a large executive staff area. The aircraft will be re-delivered to the client at the end of 2015.


LCI and KKR Financial Holdings announce strategic investment

January 16, 2014 · 14 Views

Lease Corporation International, a Libra Group company, and KKR Financial Holdings, a specialty finance company managed by a subsidiary of KKR & Co. L.P., have entered into a definitive agreement under which KFN has agreed to invest in excess of $100m in LCI Helicopters (LCIH), the helicopter leasing subsidiary of LCI, in exchange for a minority stake in LCIH’s common equity. The strategic investment will allow LCIH to grow its fleet significantly and advance its leadership position in the rapidly expanding helicopter leasing business. “This transaction deepens our already significant commitment to the rotary wing sector of the aviation market,” said LCI CEO Michael Platt. “Our partnership with KKR Financial will provide us with future growth opportunities and further strengthen our position in the marketplace.”


Aero Gulf Group to power up its specialist CFM 56 engine MRO facility in Sola, Norway

January 16, 2014 · 68 Views

Bahrain based Aero Gulf Group released that the newly named Sola Engine Centre in Norway, which was purchased from Pratt & Whitney late 2013, can now deliver global operators of CFM 56 engines exceptional, industry recognised EGT margin and quality, through the investment, reorganisation and streamlining that has underpinned the Group’s strategic acquisition. It forms the cornerstone of a growing aviation portfolio that will build on the reputation and skills across the region. With a worldwide customer base, including significant penetration of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, the Group is building upon an investment programme which has increased capacity at the Aero Gulf Sola Engine Centre to 120 engines per annum. Designed specifically for CFM 56 engine maintenance, it is approved to EASA 145 and FAR 145 standards with competitive TAT guaranteed by knowledgeable and highly skilled engineers.

Aero Gulf Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Khaleeji Commercial Bank of Bahrain (KHCB).  The Bank is committed to provide Islamic finance to underpin the far-reaching business growth of Aero Gulf Group and in particular its operations within the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul sector.


Etihad Regional launched in Switzerland

January 16, 2014 · 18 Views

Swiss-based airline Etihad Regional was launched in Zurich on January 16th, heralding a new era of improved regional and international connections for travellers in Europe. Established in partnership with UAE national carrier, Etihad Airways, the new carrier will be operated by Switzerland’s Darwin Airline, which is headquartered in Lugano with a major hub in Geneva. The first aircraft to feature Etihad Regional’s branding, a 50-seat Saab 2000, and new cabin interiors and crew uniforms were showcased for the first time to international media at Zurich Airport, alongside an Etihad Airways Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The new livery will adorn all 10 aircraft in the fleet by the end of June 2014.


Willis Lease Finance reports strong engine leasing activity in December 2013

January 16, 2014 · 18 Views

Willis Lease Finance Corporation reported it closed 2013 with one of the strongest months of new leasing activity in the company’s history. “We ended 2013 by purchasing six brand new engines for over $75m and closing new lease agreements for 19 engines, making December one of the most productive months we’ve ever had,” said Charles F. Willis, Chairman and CEO. “Excluding two off-lease engines purchased just prior to year-end, our portfolio utilization reached 87%, which represents significant improvement over the preceding quarter-end level of 85%, and the highest level of 2013. While this year-end activity will have little impact on 2013 financial results, it is a great way to launch 2014.”


AirBridgeCargo Airlines takes delivery of fifth 747-8 Freighter

January 16, 2014 · 21 Views

Boeing and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest cargo airline, recently celebrated the delivery of the airline’s fifth 747-8 Freighter. With delivery of the fifth 747-8 Freighter, AirBridgeCargo continues to follow its long-term fleet modernization strategy to further improve the quality of its products. The new aircraft will be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the United States via the airline’s hub in Moscow. AirBridgeCargo’s current fleet consists of 12 Boeing 747s, including five Boeing 747-400ERFs (Extended Range Freighters), three Boeing 747-400 Freighters and five Boeing 747-8 Freighters.


Bombardier Aerospace confirms change to CSeries aircraft’s entry-into-service

January 16, 2014 · 506 Views

Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that the CSeries aircraft program is making solid progress and initial performance results are in line with the company’s expectations. However, based on the thorough review of the CSeries program after the first flight of the CS100 on September 16, 2013, the flight test phase will require more time than originally anticipated to ensure, amongst other things, that the aircraft has the overall system maturity to support a successful entry-into-service. The CS100 aircraft’s entry-into-service is now scheduled for the second half of 2015 and will be followed by the CS300 aircraft’s entry-into-service approximately six months afterwards.


Al Qahtani Aviation Company orders up to 26 Bombardier CSeries aircraft

January 16, 2014 · 72 Views

Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Saudi Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies (Tariq Al-Qahtani & Bros.).


Gulf Air to extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare

January 16, 2014 · 21 Views

Gulf Air is to extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare service support for Trent 700 engines on six Airbus A330 aircraft. Globally, more than 90% of Trent engines in service and on order are covered by TotalCare. The Trent 700, the only engine specifically designed for the A330, is the market leader on the aircraft with 70% of new orders over the last four years.


LAN Airlines goes live with upgrade to Maintenix Version 8

January 17, 2014 · 24 Views

Mxi Technologies, leader in aviation maintenance management software, reported that LAN Airlines (LAN) has gone live with a full footprint upgrade to Maintenix version 8 (v8) across the Group’s affiliate passenger and cargo carriers — a global network comprising of over 4000 end users. In addition to enabling standardization on a single MRO platform, the upgrade to Maintenix v8 supports the maintenance network in contributing to LAN’s overall vision of being recognized as one of the world’s ten best airlines. Mxi’s Maintenix v8 software stream provides LAN with a scalable platform that meets the Group’s objectives for organizational expansion, business process efficiencies, and the adoption of new features and usability enhancements. These features of the v8 stream include significant advancements in materials management, purchasing, maintenance history navigation and data search capability, heavy and long range planning tools, user experience improvements, and mobile touchscreen deployment. The upgrade project was completed seamlessly with minimal impact to operations and end users as they cut over to the v8 production environment and released the system to all affiliates across South America.


LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services signs agreement with BA CityFlyer for technical services of Embraer aircraft

January 17, 2014 · 27 Views

LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services company signed an agreement with British air carrier BA CityFlyer for aircraft technical services. The agreement was signed for 14 months with the possibility of prolonging and it specifies the works in the scope of: scheduled and unscheduled base C checks, and also lower level checks (A and B), AOG (Aircraft on Ground) technical defect rectification, additional works connected with engine replacement, APU (Auxiliary Power Unit), landing gear, structure repairs, NDT (Nondestructive Testing), activities to determine the aircraft centre of gravity, maintenance of aircraft exterior painting (activities leading to reduction of fuel use and repairing exterior aesthetics). The new contract includes Embraer E-Jets (types E170 and E190).


Fourth Interjet SSJ100 enters into service

January 17, 2014 · 33 Views

The fourth SSJ100 operated by Mexican airline Interjet has entered into service, joining the fleet of three aircraft already in service. On January 15th the aircraft (MNS 95036) completed its first commercial flight (N. 3150) from Mexico City airport to Torreon, confirming its exceptional performance.


Boeing starts assembly of final KC-46A test aircraft

January 17, 2014 · 18 Views

Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017. The aircraft are commercial derivatives of the Boeing 767 jetliner; their design features aerial refueling capabilities that will be installed later at Boeing Field in Seattle. The 767 is a proven jet in service as an airliner, freighter and international tanker, with more than 1,060 delivered worldwide. The first flight of an Engineering and Manufacturing Development KC-46 tanker program test aircraft, without its aerial refueling systems, will take place at midyear, followed by the first flight of a KC-46A tanker in early 2015. The first delivery of a production aircraft to the Air Force is planned for early 2016. Boeing expects to build 179 tankers by 2027 if all options under the contract are exercised.


Airbus Helicopters to supply six Super Puma AS332 C1e Helicopters to Plurinational State of Bolivia

January 17, 2014 · 21 Views

The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster-relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years. The first two helicopters will be delivered this year and the remaining four before 2016. The signing of the contract underscores the pledge Bolivian President Evo Morales made at a meeting with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in New York last September, while allowing the FAB to renew and strengthen its fleet with helicopters boasting the latest technology. The contract also includes a logistical support package that aims to provide the FAB with the resources and know-how it needs to ensure high fleet availability.