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Thursday, February 06, 2014

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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 556 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.

Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 655 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.

Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 197 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.

Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 164 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.

Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 113 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.

ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 80 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.

Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 80 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).

Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.

A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 67 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.

Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 66 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.

GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 42 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.

Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 55 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.

Universal Avionics appoints Chris Cannady as OEM Sales Manager, U.S.

February 4, 2014 · 38 Views

Chris Cannady has been appointed as OEM Sales Manager for Universal Avionics. Based out of Universal Avionics’ U.S. Midwest Office in Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Cannady’s overall responsibility is to develop and maintain existing sales of the company’s products to U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

Constant Aviation becomes Embraer Legacy 450/500 Authorized Service Center

February 4, 2014 · 27 Views

Constant Aviation has been selected by Embraer to become an Authorized Service Center at their Cleveland (CLE) Facility on the Legacy 450 and 500 airframes. Constant Aviation will be able to provide complete maintenance and avionics services as well as modifications, composite repairs, Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on both types of aircraft. The organization will also use their previous experience working with Embraer on warranty claims to provide seamless service to the customers.

Aloha Air Cargo selects AEI’s B737-300SF 9 Pallet conversion

February 4, 2014 · 20 Views

Aloha Air Cargo has selected AEI to convert a B737-300SF from passenger to freighter. The aircraft is a high gross weight B737-300 (MSN 27904) built in 1995 and is currently being modified at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet Inc. in Miami Florida. Aloha Air Cargo’s B737-300SF passenger to freighter conversion will be completed in May of 2014.

Helisota to support Mi-17 fleet of Latvian Armed Forces

February 4, 2014 · 31 Views

Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft aviation, is further expanding its cooperation with European governmental operators by signing a Mi-17 technical support agreement with the Latvian National Armed Forces. The three year agreement follows a successful conclusion of a tender announced by the Government of the Republic of Latvia in 2012. Currently, Latvian Air Forces operate four Mil Mi-17 (Mi-8MTV-1) helicopters in transport, evacuation, support, as well as search and rescue missions. Under the latest contract, Helisota will support the Mi-17 fleet with comprehensive base maintenance services, including 100, 200, 500 flight hours checks, defect rectification, spare parts support and logistics, etc. All scheduled maintenance works will be completed at Helisota’s main technical base in Kaunas, Lithuania.

WestJet reports record full-year net earnings

February 4, 2014 · 15 Views

WestJet released its fourth quarter and year-end results for 2013, with record net earnings of $268.7m up from the net earnings of $242.4m reported for the full-year 2012. For the fourth quarter, the airline reported diluted earnings per share of $0.52, up from $0.46 reported last year. This represents WestJet’s 35th consecutive quarter of profitability, and based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.9%, compared with the 13.8% reported in the previous quarter.

Royal Aero launches ‘PartsOnline’

February 4, 2014 · 22 Views

On January 31st, aircraft engine specialist Royal Aero GmbH, launched PartsOnline, an online shop for surplus aviation parts with pricing and trace records available for immediate viewing and download. Over 80% of 15,000 line items of inventory are priced. Orders in .pdf format can be uploaded immediately for processing and shipment. Parts which are on repair have an accurate lead-time shown, along with trace and certification. To remove all barriers to business and provide full transparency there is no requirement for registrations or passwords, making it easy to use. The real benefit will be seen by customers outside Europe who will be able to view parts, certificates and pricing in their own time zone and process orders immediately, enabling the shipments to be made when Europe awakes, saving valuable time.

Larry Montreuil joins Werner Aero Services

February 4, 2014 · 25 Views

Werner Aero Services announced that Larry Montreuil has joined the company as Vice President of Asset Management and Business Development. Larry comes to Werner Aero Services with over 25 years of experience leading high performing supply chain organizations in the airline and transit industries. He spent the last 10 years as Director Supply Chain for JetBlue Airways, where he led efforts to put in place the airline’s major long term engine, airframe and component maintenance repair and overhaul agreements.

Delta reports operating performance for January

February 4, 2014 · 15 Views

Delta reported January consolidated traffic increased 4.2%, compared to the same period in 2013, consolidated capacity increased 1.8% year over year and the load factor for the month was 81.2%, up 1.8 points compared to January 2013.

Boeing starts building first Next-Generation 737 at increased production rate

February 4, 2014 · 28 Views

Boeing is starting assembly this week of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month. Since 2010, production of the 737 has increased about 33%, from 31.5 to 42 airplanes a month, its highest rate ever. On February 5th, Mechanics will load initial parts of the spars – internal support structures in the wings – into an automated spar-assembly machine. The spar is the first step in building the wings and marks the start of the assembly of the airplane at the Renton, Wash. factory.

Machinists union reaches tentative contract with Alaska Airlines

February 4, 2014 · 40 Views

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for approximately 3,000 clerical, office and passenger service employees at Alaska Airlines. The five-year accord includes 12.3% in wage increases, improved job security provisions, strengthened merger protections, improved premium pay, enhanced home agent pay protections and holds the line on healthcare costs.

SilkAir begins transition to all 737 fleet

February 4, 2014 · 22 Views

SilkAir took delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-800. The delivery also marked the start of the Singapore-based airline’s transition to an all-Boeing fleet. Over the coming years, Boeing will deliver a total of 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s to SilkAir. SilkAir’s new 737 will enter service later this month, flying to existing destinations including in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. With the follow-on 737 deliveries, SilkAir will fly the aircraft to more destinations in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and the Philippines starting in March.

Boeing, flydubai sign agreement for mobile maintenance solutions

February 4, 2014 · 30 Views

flydubai has signed an agreement to implement Boeing’s suite of mobile maintenance applications. The airline will deploy Maintenance Turn Time, Toolbox Mobile Library and Toolbox Mobile Parts – solutions that provide real-time access to the information technicians need to quickly resolve maintenance issues. As a cooperative partner, flydubai worked closely with Boeing to finalize the functionality and operability of the mobile maintenance products, which will be integrated with the airline’s maintenance planning systems. The mobile maintenance applications provide technicians with real-time, mobile access to technical manuals, part numbers and parts inventory availability, maintenance history and other information needed to support time-critical maintenance tasks. Two-way collaboration capabilities enable technicians to rapidly share documents, photos and other information needed to troubleshoot issues, support operations decisions and improve maintenance turn times.

Benoit Defforge named Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets

February 5, 2014 · 21 Views

Benoit Defforge has been appointed Managing Director, Airbus Corporate Jets, effective 1st January 2014. He now leads Airbus’ corporate jet business globally, combining his new role with that of his previous one as Head of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC). In his role as Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets, Defforge replaces Airbus veteran Habib Fekih, who played a leading role in establishing the company’s business aviation role in the early days, and who has been instrumental in consolidating it in recent years. Habib Fekih moves on to further responsibilities within the Airbus group.

GECAS to lease four new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Malaysian Airlines System (MAS)

February 5, 2014 · 23 Views

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) reported a purchase-and-leaseback transaction of four new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Malaysian Airlines System (MAS). The first two aircraft delivered in January. The remaining two will be delivered in March and April.

WestJet reports January load factor of 80.9%

February 5, 2014 · 13 Views

WestJet announced January 2014 traffic results with a load factor of 80.9%, the same as in 2013. Traffic increased 8.4% year over year, and capacity grew 8.3%over the same period.

JorAMCo selects AirVault for aviation MRO records management system

February 5, 2014 · 21 Views

JorAMCo has licensed the AirVault Mx Records Management Solution to provide it with a new, web-based aircraft maintenance record management system. The Amman, Jordan-based MRO’s strategy of providing value added services to its customers, required a state-of-the art solution that stores and manages customers’ growing aircraft maintenance records.

Jetcraft completes ExecuJet aircraft trading integration

February 5, 2014 · 17 Views

Jetcraft Corporation, an international leader in new and pre-owned business aircraft sales, acquisitions and trades, released that the integration of the aircraft brokerage activities of ExecuJet Aircraft Trading (EAT) is complete. The result is a larger international footprint for Jetcraft and a strengthening of its on-the-ground coverage, allowing for more localized customer service across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

Lufthansa Technik and UTC Aerospace Systems expand 787 component service agreement

February 5, 2014 · 17 Views

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies and a key supplier of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, and Lufthansa Technik have announced a long-term agreement for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for UTC Aerospace Systems interiors products, sensors and integrated systems on the Boeing 787 aircraft. The agreement builds upon a previous contract between the two aerospace service providers and expands Lufthansa Technik’s capabilities as a licensed MRO provider for UTC Aerospace Systems on the Boeing 787.

Royal Jordanian renews component support contract with AFI KLM E&M

February 5, 2014 · 13 Views

Royal Jordanian, a long-standing AFI KLM E&M customer, signed a new contract to provide its A320 fleet with component support. The agreement covers the Royal Jordanian’s A320s fleet, which counts 13 aircraft, and includes the provision of a Main Base Kit, pool access and component repairs on a per-flight-hour basis.

TES Aviation Group appoints new Chief Financial Officer

February 5, 2014 · 25 Views

TES Aviation Group of Wales, UK, Singapore and Dallas welcomes Nick Louden as their new CFO. Nick is a chartered accountant having started his career with KPMG before taking a variety of Finance Director and Group Finance Director roles with Christie Tyler, National Britannia and Environmental Scientifics Group. In the last 5 years Nick has worked at Board, Executive and Operational Levels in integrating a large number of businesses on behalf of a leading international private equity investor. He brings a wealth of experience in broader finance roles, change management, deal modelling, deal performance reporting, investor management, re-financing and debt /equity raising.

LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocambique announces Next-Generation 737 order

February 5, 2014 · 14 Views

Boeing and LAM – Linhas Aereas de Mocambique announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-700 airplanes. The order, valued at $228m at list prices, includes purchase rights for three additional Next-Generation 737s. The order, formally signed in November 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is part of the Mozambique flag-carrier and the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communication’s long-term strategy to increase flight frequency and provide greater route flexibility to and from the southern African nation.

Alaska Air Group reports January 2014 operational results

February 5, 2014 · 18 Views

Alaska Air Group reported January operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Alaska reported a 3.1% increase in traffic on a 3.3% increase in capacity compared to January 2013. This resulted in a 0.1 point decrease in load factor to 83.3%.

Horizon reported a 2.4% increase in traffic on a 3.6% increase in capacity compared to January 2013. This resulted in a decrease in load factor of 1.0 point, to 74.6%.

London Air Services receive Bombardier’s new Learjet 75 aircraft

February 5, 2014 · 20 Views

London Air Services (LAS), one of Canada’s leading corporate jet service providers, takes off this year on a high note with the purchase of five new Bombardier Learjet 75 aircraft. The newest addition to an already diverse fleet will fly up to eight business travelers. The new 75 features improved travelling range as compared to the Lear 45.

Boeing Business Jets delivers first two BBJ 787-8s of 2014

February 5, 2014 · 21 Views

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) celebrated the first two BBJ 787-8 deliveries of 2014. The deliveries, made over the past week to separate undisclosed customers, mark the second and third BBJ 787 airplanes delivered to date. The first BBJ 787-8 was delivered in December 2013. To date, customers have ordered 13 BBJ 787s, with deliveries occuring through 2018.

Boeing and Saudi Arabian Airlines sign broad collaboration agreement

February 5, 2014 · 40 Views

Boeing and Saudi Arabian Airlines Holding Co. signed a broad collaboration agreement allowing the companies to pursue possible partnership opportunities in the areas of defense and commercial aviation that will benefit customers and generate new business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Boeing and Saudia will explore areas of cooperation in pilot and aircraft maintenance training, rotorcraft support, management and leadership training and manufacturing focused on the expansion of local presence and aerospace skill development in country. “This agreement builds on the well-established relationship between Boeing and Saudia and will enable us to enter into some exciting future business ventures,” said Jim O’Neill, president, Global Services & Support, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “We look forward to collaborating with Saudia and expanding our training and service offerings for our customers.”

CF34s engines soar in production and sales

February 5, 2014 · 19 Views

The CF34 engine captured more than 470 orders in the last 12 months as airlines revitalized their regional jet fleets. The rising order book is also boosting production rates for the engine. CF34 production rates will grow from more than 330 engines in 2013 to close to 400 engines in 2014 and more than 475 engines by 2016. GE has delivered more than 5,900 CF34 engines and has continuously invested in product enhancements since it entered service in 1992. Today, CF34 engines are in service with 200 operators in more than 70 countries. The engines have accumulated more than 100 million flight hours and 80 million cycles on Bombardier CRJ and Embraer E-Jet aircraft.

Turkish Airlines selects Thales’ TopSeries AVANT on new single aisle aircraft

February 5, 2014 · 26 Views

Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) and Turkish Airlines announced the Thales TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment system has been officially selected on board 25 of its A321 and 20 of its B737 aircraft. Turkish Airlines and Thales have also agreed to a 10 year service agreement for the provision of media content support to ensure a dynamic and engaging passenger experience. Turkish Airlines will start taking delivery of its A321 fleet in March 2015 and its’ B737 aircraft in January 2016.