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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.


Unique Airmotive Services brings new digital state-of-the-art test bench on line

January 30, 2014 · 11 Views

Unique Airmotive Services has brought on line a new digital state-of-the-art test bench capable of testing a wide range of APU accessories, including Fuel Controls, Combustors, Atomizers, etc. These additional capabilities will allow UAS to serve their already growing list of Domestic and International Airlines as well as Maintenance and Repair Organizations (MRO’s) for the repair and overhaul of their accessories. Roger J. Brochu, Vice President of UAS stated “This fully digital test bench will not only add over 250 part numbers to our growing capability listing, but will provide methods of testing heads and shoulders over what is currently being used by many in the industry. By using data acquisition as opposed to analog we can better test the accessories ensuring they meet or exceed OEM standards. Many of our customers wanted us to add accessories to our offering and we expect to grow this segment of our business exponentially. We plan to maintain in stock a number of completed accessories in overhauled condition for zero cost exchanges.”


AJW Technique passes Thai DCA approval criteria

January 30, 2014 · 29 Views

Auditors from the Thai Civil Aviation Authority have completed their appraisal of AJW Technique’s state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. The audit involved a detailed review of the organisation’s quality systems and processes. The Authority did not identify any areas in need of corrective action. DCA Certification is the most recent in a developing list of regionally specific approvals that include TCCA/FAA, EASA and DGCA Indonesia. In addition, Brazilian ANAC approval is already underway and expected to be awarded imminently.


Iraqi Airways appoints IFE Services as in-flight entertainment content provider

January 30, 2014 · 15 Views

IFE Services, a subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment, has been appointed by Iraqi Airways as its in-flight entertainment (IFE) content provider. IFE Services, one of the world’s leading specialists in passenger entertainment, is supplying Iraqi Airways with a selection of Hollywood and Arabic movies, Kurdish music and drama, comedy and documentary TV shows. The IFE content is available for passengers to enjoy in Arabic and English via the audio video on-demand (AVOD) seat-back systems on the aircraft.


Irish Aer Arann renews confidence in ATR maintenance

January 30, 2014 · 18 Views

Irish airline Aer Arann, operating regional air routes for Aer Lingus Regional, and the European regional aircraft manufacturer ATR have agreed to extend its existing Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) covering the airline’s fleet of eight ATR 72-600s and two ATR 72-500 aircraft for five more years. The original contract was signed in 2007 with the introduction of the first ATR 72-500. Since then ATR has enjoyed a long term strategic partnership with Aer Arann. The airline reiterated their confidence in 2012 by agreeing to introduce eight new generation ATR 72-600s, which deliveries started in June this year.


Air Transat becomes 14th airline to reserve wheeltug delivery slots

January 30, 2014 · 18 Views

WheelTug plc reported the execution of a Slot Option Purchase Agreement with Air Transat, for four slot options for 737NG aircraft. With the new reservations the order book of WheelTug aircraft drive systems grows to 785 delivery slots reserved by fourteen airlines from Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.


Embraer Executive Jets names new regional sales executives

January 30, 2014 · 15 Views

Embraer Executive Jets announced the addition of two seasoned business aviation executives to its regional sales teams. Peter Griffith is appointed as Vice President Sales & Marketing, Europe and Africa to lead sales efforts in the region, replacing Colin Steven, who is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities in business aviation. Embraer Executive Jets also named Peter Walker as Vice President Sales & Marketing, Middle-East and Asia-Pacific, the position previously held by José Eduardo Costas since 2008, who will return to the Company’s headquarters in Brazil to take on a broader role as Vice President Market Intelligence, Embraer Executive Jets.


Yuken Europe to support Bombardier Aerospace in Northern Ireland

January 30, 2014 · 11 Views

Manufacturing firm Yuken Europe has secured work supporting Bombardier Aerospace at one of its facilities in Northern Ireland. The Liverpool-based company designs and manufactures a broad range of high quality, durable hydraulic equipment including pumps and valves. Its hydraulic technology is used across many different sectors and applications, playing a crucial role in the manufacturing process helping to generate, control and transmit power. Yuken’s general manager Mannie Saunders said the Japanese-owned company has been subcontracted by a direct supplier to Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, to support the upgrade of an industrial press at the aerospace company’s fabrications factory in Newtownards, in Northern Ireland. Mr Saunders said Yuken will deliver a full refurbishment programme on the press, taking out and replacing drives and pumps.


Lufthansa Flight Training and CTC Aviation engage in new training alliance in Phoenix, Arizona

January 30, 2014 · 26 Views

UK-based flight training provider CTC Aviation Group (CTC Aviation) is using the infrastructure of the Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), a 100% subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH, so it can also train future pilots in North America as of April 2014. A corresponding cooperation agreement was signed by both companies in November 2013. CTC Aviation will initially station a fleet of eleven new training aircraft in Phoenix, while ATCA will support its new cooperation partner with flight instructors, planning and dispatch services, trainee accommodation, and office space. In addition, ATCA will take on the maintenance of the CTC Aviation aircraft fleet. CTC Aviation’s first trainee pilots will start their flight training in Phoenix in April 2014.


Private operator ACR takes over towers at five additional Swedish airports

January 30, 2014 · 21 Views

The deregulation of air traffic services (ATS) at Swedish airports has taken off well and since year-end the private Swedish company ACR Aviation Capacity Resources is operating the control towers at nine of the country’s 36 airports. ACR more than doubled their business when the company on January 1st, took over the towers at the airports in Kalmar, Jönköping, Norrköping, Karlstad and Skellefteå. The background to the takeover is that ACR won the joint procurement for the five airports last year. Since 2010 when the new Swedish Civil Aviation Act came into force the airport owners have the opportunity to procure the local air traffic services. Earlier the stately owned operator LFV had a monopoly on this business. ACR already operates the air traffic services at the airports in Västerås, Växjö and Örebro, since March 1st, 2011 and at Trollhättan airport since January 1st, 2012. ACR leads both civil and military flights and meet the same safety requirements as other certified providers in Europe.


Oman Air takes off with AMOS

January 30, 2014 · 17 Views

Swiss-AS announced Oman Air as one of the latest newcomers to the AMOS community. Following a thorough selection process, which included two tenders and a number of presentations, Oman Air finally found AMOS to be the optimum solution in replacing its legacy system. AMOS fully meets Oman Air’s need to benefit from state-of-the-art developments and industry benchmarks in MRO software, to sustain and extend its competitive advantage. The national carrier has an open and flexible approach to re-engineering its processes in accordance with proven aviation best-practices, which will be implemented with AMOS. The goal here is sustainable cost reduction, as well as an improvement of the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the engineering division.


JetBlue successfully acquires 12 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

January 30, 2014 · 12 Views

JetBlue Airways has been informed that its bid for 12 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has been provisionally accepted. These assets became available as a result of divestitures mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the American Airlines-US Airways merger. Once approved by DOJ, JetBlue expects to add 12 new roundtrip flights at Washington’s popular, close-in airport. The airline plans to introduce nonstop service to cities it does not currently serve from DCA, expanding the benefits of its award-winning service to more communities, as well as add more flights on some existing routes.


B/E Aerospace released fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results

January 30, 2014 · 14 Views

B/E Aerospace reported that fourth quarter 2013 commercial aircraft segment (CAS) revenues increased 19.6% while operating earnings of $84.0m increased 22.4% as compared with the prior year period. Operating margin of 17.6% expanded 40 basis points as compared to the same period of the prior year, due to operating leverage at the higher revenue level and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives. For the year ended December 31, 2013, CAS operating earnings of $320.3m increased 18.1% as compared with the prior year and operating margin of 17.9% expanded 40 basis points due to operating leverage at the higher revenue level and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives.


HeliVert gets AR IAC approval for production of commercial AW139

January 30, 2014 · 17 Views

HeliVert, a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland, has received a Certificate of Approval from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) for production of the AW139 commercial helicopter. The certificate is valid for two years. Following an audit by the AR IAC in May 2012 HeliVert was awarded a one-year Certificate of Approval for production of five AW139s, and production of the first helicopters at the enterprise began in June 2012. A repeat audit for certification of production took place on schedule in November 2013, and as a result a Certificate of Approval for production of commercial AW139s was issued for two years.


Australian Airline Pilot academy gains UAE accreditation as flight training organisation

January 31, 2014 · 23 Views

The Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Regional Express (Rex), has received approval from the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as an approved Flight Training Organisation to conduct Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) training for UAE carriers. AAPA is located in Wagga Wagga, an hour’s flight from Sydney. Its campus has capacity for 200 cadets in a fully integrated environment where the classrooms, simulators, hangars, workshops and accommodation blocks are all custom built around an ILSequipped runway.


Dassault Aviation becomes first OEM to offer EASA Part 147 practical training

January 31, 2014 · 21 Views

Dassault Aviation recently received regulatory approval from the EASA to operate as a Part 147 Training Center, the first such authorization to be granted to a business jet OEM. The approval allows Dassault Aviation to comply with new European regulations requiring that technicians be offered practical maintenance instruction in addition to theoretical training, and permits them the ability to obtain an EASA type rating certificate through their Part 66 license. A new Dassault Training Academy in Merignac/Bordeaux France will serve as the Part 147 Training Center, offering accredited two-week, model-specific courses.


Wesco Aircraft Holdings to acquire Haas Group for $550m

January 31, 2014 · 19 Views

Wesco Aircraft, a leading provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, has entered into an agreement to acquire Haas Group for $550m in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments, from certain investment funds affiliated with The Jordan Company. With $573.5m in 2012 revenues, Haas is a leading global provider of chemical supply chain management solutions to the commercial aerospace, airline, military, energy, and other markets. Haas is headquartered in West Chester, PA, with over 1,300 employees and 35 distribution hubs and forward stocking locations around the world.


Aeroflot’s SSJ100 in “Light” specification to be replaced by “Full” in first half of 2014

January 31, 2014 · 23 Views

In the first half of this year Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company will replace all Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in its “light” specification to “full” for Aeroflot, and will continue to deliver SSJ100 following the contract on 30 aircraft of this type between the companies. To date, the airline has already obtained six SSJ100 aircraft in “full” specification. In accordance with the contract, Aeroflot gives back to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) the aircraft in “light” specification previously operated by the airline. This aircraft is being delivered to other airlines which expressed their interest in acquiring of SSJ100 aircraft took out of Aeroflot service.
In 2005, JSC “Aeroflot” and JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC) signed a contract for delivery of 30 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft in standard specification — single class arrangement for 98 passenger seats. Later, the airline decided to improve the aircraft specifications including the arrangement, passenger cabin equipment, and avionics. Some changes requested by Aeroflot required further aircraft modifications. In order to avoid delivery delays, the parties agreed that the first 10 SSJ100 would be delivered to Aeroflot in “light” specification and later replaced by aircraft in “full” contract specification (“full”).


Airbus selects Sabena Technics to provide repair services on A320 and A330 components

January 31, 2014 · 25 Views

Sabena Technics signed component repair services contract with Airbus for Flight Hour Services (FHS). The present agreement will allow Airbus to support services development, such as FHS, to benefit from Sabena Technics expertise, performance and competitive flat rate prices and will cover the repair and overhaul of Airbus A320 and A330 components of diverse technologies (mainly fuel, hydraulic, oxygen and avionic).


Southwest Airlines wins 54 slots at Reagan National Airport

January 31, 2014 · 18 Views

Southwest Airlines confirmed it has been notified of its winning bid in an auction for 54 slots–allowing 27 additional daily flights–that will bring more competition to Reagan National Airport, three miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Details of the carrier’s bid to acquire divested slots remain confidential under terms of the deal and are subject to final approval of the Department of Justice and completion of customary written agreements. The additional slots will translate to an increase in Southwest’s service at Reagan National from 17 daily departures to 44 daily departures. The carrier plans to announce destinations, schedules, and fares for the additional flights later this quarter and anticipates it will begin flying in the third quarter of 2014.