Tuesday, February 25, 2014
AviTrader Daily Aviation News Alert
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February 20, 2015 · 542 Views
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.
February 20, 2015 · 640 Views
December 2, 2014 · 195 Views
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.
November 5, 2014 · 162 Views
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.
March 25, 2014 · 111 Views
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January 29, 2014 · 74 Views
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February 24, 2014 · 29 Views
Aurelien Blanc, previously head of Turbomeca Asia Pacific (TAP) Front Office, took over as the company’s Managing Director. In 2009, Aurélien Blanc, a business graduate from INSEAD, joined TAP having spent several years at Airbus Helicopters as Commercial Director for South-East Asia. He is now in charge of executive management for TAP which supports 170 customers in Korea, Taiwan, South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
February 24, 2014 · 29 Views
Air Services, a Directional Capital company specializing in off-wing services and commercial maintenance, have concluded a general terms agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace for support of the landing gears on the Embraer E-Jet 170/175/190/195 family aircraft and the nose landing gear on the ERJ-145 aircraft.
February 24, 2014 · 23 Views
Sabena technics has been awarded the design and VIP cabin integration contract for a new Boeing Business Jet 737-700. The VIP completion teams have already started the design and engineering and are looking forward to welcoming the aircraft in Sabena technics’ facility in Bordeaux in March 2015. This signature grants Sabena technics with the « BBJ Completion Center » qualification which is a very significant step forward for the company on the VIP market.
February 24, 2014 · 28 Views
GA Telesis Engines Services (GATES) has successfully upgraded and tested its first General Electric CF6-80C2B1F aircraft engine in its test cell after installing the latest and most current adapter technology. This dynamic enhancement gives GATES the capability to overhaul all CF6-80C2B engines for Boeing aircraft, including the B1F, B4F, B6F, and B7F engine models. “This significant technology upgrade to our test cell will drive further support of our global customers and demonstrates our commitment to provide the advanced services and support to the aviation industry,” said Basil Papayoti, President at GA Telesis Engine Services. GATES is a full-service engine overhaul and repair station based in Helsinki, Finland operating under EASA and FAA approvals. GATES provides comprehensive commercial engine services including overhaul of General Electric CF6-80C2 and CFM International CFM56-5B/5C engines, repair and modification of Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines, and repair of CF6-80E1 engines, with the capacity to overhaul up to 200 engines per year.
February 24, 2014 · 13 Views
Universal Avionics introduced one of its flagship features of the new avionics package in the redesigned Next Generation MD Explorer, a cursor control for the advanced display system as an integrated part of the collective. This “point and click” philosophy brings some of the most advanced technology in the market into the flight deck of the redesigned Explorer, which is set to be the first helicopter in the light-twin market to feature such a system. The “point and click” display control for the Next Generation MD Explorer flight deck is designed to use a Cursor Slew Switch mounted on the primary flight controls. This control enables the pilot to easily change frequently used EFIS selections while maintaining positive control of the aircraft.
February 24, 2014 · 34 Views
Aeromexico has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips, and a large ventral strake. APB received FAA certification for the Split Scimitar Winglets on February 6th, 2014.
February 24, 2014 · 20 Views
IAE International Aero Engines AG reached a new production milestone when it shipped its 6,000th V2500 engine from the Pratt & Whitney Middletown Engine Center. The engine will be delivered to JetBlue Airways under the wing of an Airbus A321ceo aircraft in March. JetBlue started operations in February 2000 with a V2500-powered A320. They are the largest A320ceo operator powered exclusively by V2500 engines, with 171 V2500-powered aircraft in service or on order. JetBlue was also the first North American operator to order A320neo and A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines.
February 24, 2014 · 24 Views
Aerostructures Assemblies Ind ia(AAI), has rolled out the first batch of A380 structural assemblies on 21st February, 2014 from their facility in Belgaum (India). The assemblies will be delivered to Saab, Linkoping (Sweden). Saab would in turn deliver the assemblies to Airbus, Filton (UK). These assemblies are part of the mid and outer leading edge (wing section) of the A380 aircraft, developed and produced by Saab. The manufacturing processes associated with these assemblies are classified as “Special Processes” and only Airbus approved suppliers are authorized to manufacture these parts. Airbus specifies strict requirements for the assembly processes involved. In order to fulfil these requirements AAI has defined detailed work instructions & inspection guidelines and set up a robust manufacturing system to enable the manufacturing of these assemblies. The Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Production Operators and Quality Inspectors involved in the manufacturing of these products have undergone rigorous training for over 6 months, including 3 months at Saab’s facility in Sweden. AAI secured Airbus Process Qualification Approval in January 2014.
February 24, 2014 · 19 Views
FLY Leasing, a global lessor of modern commercial jet aircraft, has purchased two more aircraft, a Boeing B737-700 and a B737-800. The aircraft, which were manufactured in 2002 and in 2008 respectively, are leased to airlines in South America and in Europe. The acquisitions will be financed from the Company’s free cash and its Term Loan, which was upsized in November 2013.
February 24, 2014 · 20 Views
Imperium released that Boeing has included a procedure for using Imperium’s ultrasonic imaging device, the Acoustocam, in its 787 Dreamliner Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) manual. The procedure provides a method to inspect the 787 Dreamliner’s carbon fiber-composite airframe in the field quickly and nondestructively. Boeing publishes NDT manuals that contain maintenance and inspection procedures for its aircraft. Boeing’s procedure for the Acoustocam is available to all 787 Dreamliner owners. The procedure, entitled “Part 4 – Ultrasonic Inspection of BMS 8-276 Solid Laminate Fuselage Structures for Damage (Ultrasonic Camera),” helps NDT inspectors capture real-time, high-resolution ultrasound images of composite structures.
February 24, 2014 · 14 Views
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 have approved a long-term contract extension intended to better position Boeing to compete for work that’s critical to its St. Louis site’s future. The company’s contract with the more than 2,300 represented workers now expires in July, 2022. It was to have expired in January, 2015. Within 30 days, eligible members will receive an $8,000 signing bonus. They will also receive general wage increases in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022, along with lump-sum payments in 2017, 2019, and 2021. Also, as of Jan. 1, 2016, members will transition to earning future retirement benefits in the company’s 401(k) defined contribution savings plan, while keeping the previously accrued value in their traditional pension plan. In the St. Louis region Boeing workers build the F/A-18E/F and F-15 fighter jets, the EA-18G electronic attack aircraft, along with weapons and support programs.