Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 25, 2014 · 16 Views
STS Component Solutions, a division of STS Aviation Group, announced the purchase of a Pratt & Whitney PW4056-3 Engine. The engine was previously operated by Malaysia Airlines and is currently being disassembled where all components will be re-certified. The Pratt & Whitney PW4000 is a family of high-bypass turbofan aircraft engines with certified thrust ranging from 52,000 to 99,040 lbf (230 to 441 kN). Built as the successor to the JT9D series engines; It powers the Airbus A310-300, A300-600 aircraft, Boeing 747-400, 767-200/300 as well as MD11 aircraft and is certified for 180-minute ETOPS if used in twinjets. This engine acquisition further broadens STS Component Solutions engine components service offerings.
February 25, 2014 · 2 Views
AerData, the provider of software and services for the aviation industry reported that Croatia Airlines, the Croatian flag carrier, is the latest airline to acquire STREAM aircraft records software. STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) is the industry’s foremost web-based solution used by some of the world’s largest airlines, lessors and MROs to manage aircraft and engine records.
February 25, 2014 · 15 Views
Singapore Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) to explore opportunities to leverage Panasonic’s Global Communications Services to change the way it conducts business. Panasonic’s global connectivity service offers higher bandwidth for a lower cost per bit than previous solutions using VHF or L-band services, and as a result, offers new opportunities to further improve airline operations and reduce expenses. With the signing of the MOU, the two companies will look to use Panasonic’s Global Communications Services to streamline operations across key areas.
February 25, 2014 · 23 Views
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, announced a further multiyear contract with AgustaWestland for up to a further 18 helicopters worth over $280m. The order comprises commitments for up to fourteen AW139 intermediate helicopters and up to an additional four AW189 twin-engine helicopters. These helicopters, which will be used by LCI’s helicopter division to offer its customers modern aircraft ready for offshore transport, search and rescue, aero-medical transport and other missions, will be delivered between 2014 and 2018, should all options be taken. The contract, signed in Europe, is in addition to the existing $400m contract in existence between the two companies, signed in early 2012, which includes the new twin-engine AW169. The first five AW139s from the existing order were delivered in 2013, with an increased delivery flow from this year and onwards.
February 25, 2014 · 29 Views
GA Telesis released that Chris Rauch has been appointed to the position of Sr. Vice President of Global Sales. Chris Rauch joins the company from Intertrade (a Rockwell Collins Company), where he led the team responsible for the overall aftermarket parts strategy, including the acquisition and sale of both Rockwell Collins and third-party equipment. Additionally, he oversaw the evaluation of new business opportunities, including the development and introduction of a newly formed used engine parts business in 2013.
February 25, 2014 · 29 Views
GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, delivered one leased Airbus A320 to the Spanish start-up airline Evelop Airlines. Evelop Airlines is owned by the Spanish leisure travel group Barceló and currently operates three aircraft from destinations in Europe to the Canary and Balearic Islands and serves outbound passengers from Spain to the Caribbean.
February 25, 2014 · 23 Views
MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and a leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, released that the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior has placed orders for two MD 530F aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by the Bolivian National Police to provide additional airborne security for the Ministry of the Interior. Delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
February 25, 2014 · 16 Views
Turbomeca (Safran) has designed a new Makila variant to offer increased performance to the newest Airbus Helicopters EC225e. The new combustion chamber and high-power turbine blades will permit take-off a significant increase of MTOW in CAT A conditions. Reducing maintenance costs, other Makila 2B improvements provide an increased TBO of 4,000 hours. First test bench runs of the Makila 2B are ongoing and certification is planned for end 2015. Over 2,200 Makila engines provide safe and reliable power in challenging environments around the world. Together they have accumulated over ten million flight hours.
February 25, 2014 · 19 Views
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, released that the company will now do business under the brand name of “Erickson.” The company took this important step to reflect changes in the business created by the 2013 acquisitions of McMinnville, Oregon-based Evergreen Helicopters and Brazilian aviation services company Air Amazonia, a subsidiary of HRT (an independent oil and gas exploration company). After more than 40 years of primarily operating the S-64 Aircrane, Erickson now flies a diverse, global fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft including heavy-, medium- and light-lift solutions. The Company has transformed its operations to serve a wide range of customers and end markets. In addition to an all-new logo and look and feel, other changes include: the parent company’s legal name, currently Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, is targeted to change to Erickson Incorporated on April 1, 2014, the name of Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. was changed to Erickson Helicopters, Inc., effective February 6, 2014, the name of Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Inc. was changed to Erickson Transport, Inc., effective February 5, 2014, the company will begin rebranding its foreign subsidiaries, including Air Amazonia, in the coming months.
February 25, 2014 · 28 Views
Aircastle has reached an agreement with LATAM Airlines Group S.A. to enter into purchase and leaseback transactions involving eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The first group of four aircraft, which were manufactured in 2012, is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2014 with an average lease term of 60 months. The second group of aircraft, which were manufactured in 2008, is expected to be purchased by Aircastle once the existing financings are repaid and will be leased back to LATAM with lease terms expiring in 2017 and 2018.
February 25, 2014 · 21 Views
Sky Connect Tracker III is the first system that enables simultaneous worldwide automated tracking, text messaging and voice capabilities to improve crew and passenger safety and increase aircraft availability. The all-in-one voice, text and tracking system from Honeywell Aerospace (HON) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76, AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus AS350 rotorcraft platforms.
February 25, 2014 · 12 Views
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced that Yamagata Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has chosen the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an ageing model.
February 25, 2014 · 28 Views
Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has ordered six more Airbus Helicopters EC175s, increasing its acquisitions of the new-generation rotorcraft to 16. NHV is an EC175 launch customer, booking its first contract for 10 of the mid-sized, twin-engine helicopters in 2012. Based in Ostend, Belgium, NHV is specialized in business-to-business aviation services. Its helicopters are deployed to nine different countries on three continents. NHV’s missions range from services for the oil and gas industry to heli-lift duties for harbor pilots, wind farm operators, governments and hospitals.