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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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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.


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.


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.


Air Lease Corporation places six new Boeing 737-800s with Korean Air

March 24, 2014 · 32 Views

Air Lease Corporation announced lease agreements with Korean Air for six new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery in 2015 and 2016. These aircraft are from ALC’s order book from Boeing.


Tigerair selects PurePower engines to power newly ordered Airbus aircraft

March 24, 2014 · 26 Views

Singapore’s Tigerair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of up to 50 A320neo aircraft for future fleet renewal and growth. The deal covers 37 firm orders plus 13 options. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100 engines and will be operated by the airline across its Asia-Pacific route network.Tigerair comprises three airlines, namely Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Mandala and Tigerair Australia. Collectively, the group’s network extends to over 50 destinations across 14 countries in Asia Pacific. As of March 20, 2014, Tigerair operates a fleet of 48 Airbus A320-family aircraft, averaging less than three years of age.


Chromalloy completes first delivery of new components for Rolls-Royce Trent XWB aircraft engine production

March 24, 2014 · 53 Views

Chromalloy delivered the first seal segment carrier components to Rolls-Royce for the new Trent XWB aircraft engine. Chromalloy produced the components on schedule as part of a multi-year contract for the supply chain of the new Trent XWB engine – a next generation, fuel efficient power system scheduled to enter service in mid-2014.  The company is a long-time supplier to Rolls-Royce, providing repairs and services for the components found in the gas path or hot section of commercial and military aircraft engines.  Contracts include services for the Trent and RB series engines, and others.


Fokker and NLR sign LOI for composite manufacturing facility in Marknesse (NL)

March 24, 2014 · 194 Views

Fokker Landing Gear (FLG), part of Fokker Technologies and the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) have signed a Letter of Intent for the realization of highly automated and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for composite landing gear parts at the NLR in Marknesse (NL). The facility is scheduled to be up and running in the third quarter of 2014 and will have a surface of around 500 m². About 20 Fokker specialists will work together with the NLR team. This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will use, combine and further improve proven and available manufacturing technology in support of FLG’s ambition to introduce its composite landing gear parts on new and existing landing gear designs and to ensure a reliable and repetitive manufacturing process, reducing component costs under metal equivalents. The facility will produce composite landing gear components for customers for the qualification and first production phase. The major advantages for the application of FLG’s composite technology on a landing gear for OEM’s and operators are affordability, weight reduction (up to 30%), manufacturability, lower operational- and maintenance costs, low susceptibility to damage and noise reduction.


SWISS entrusts entire spare parts logistics to Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH

March 24, 2014 · 184 Views

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has entrusted its entire spare parts logistics to Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services GmbH (LTLS) as part of a three-year agreement in effect since the beginning of February. Under the agreement, LTLS will take over all transport services for SWISS everywhere in the world, including standard transports and special services such as the transport of aircraft engines. Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services will also take on the local handling of material supply at the airline’s hub in Zurich as well as at the airports in Basel and Geneva, encompassing packing, customs clearance, shipping and documentation. Moreover, the company will serve as the hazardous goods officer for SWISS, and is responsible in that capacity for the production of hazardous goods documents.


TUI Travel appoints Skytech-AIC to market one Boeing 767-300ER and to provide commercial advisory services

March 25, 2014 · 43 Views

Skytech-AIC has been appointed by TUI Travel plc to provide advisory services with respect to certain fleet projects commencing in the first quarter of 2014. In addition, TUI has appointed Skytech-AIC to market one Boeing 767-300ER aircraft for sale or sale/leaseback with availability in 2015. The 1998-built, winglet-equipped aircraft is currently operated by TUI’s Dutch airline, Arkefly, and is powered by General Electric CF6 engines.


DVB Bank posts slightly lower consolidated net income in 2013

March 25, 2014 · 20 Views

DVB Bank, which is focused on international transport finance, posted consolidated net income after taxes of €110.2m, down 11.8% year-on-year (2012: €124.9m). This decline was mainly due to a special effect which impacted on the previous year’s figure: net other operating income/expenses for 2012 included a significant non-recurring effect from the sale of a stake in aero engine specialist TES Holdings Ltd, Bridgend, Wales. This net item declined from €42.7m to €–4.1m. Net fee and commission income, which primarily includes fees and commissions from the lending business, as well as asset management and advisory fees, amounted to €128.7m and thus only slightly missed the previous year’s record of €130.7m.


AJW Aviation signs CFM56-7 Fan Blade Exchange agreement

March 25, 2014 · 21 Views

AJW Aviation has signed a CFM56-7 fan blade exchange agreement with Danish airline Primera Air. The five year agreement covers the airline’s entire fleet, consisting of six Boeing 737-800s and two 737-700s. Founded in 2003, Primera Air is headquartered in Copenhagen and offers flights to over seventy destinations worldwide. The AJW Fan Blade Set Exchange Service is part of a growing portfolio of engine repair management services and benefits from the AJW Group’s worldwide logistics support. AJW delivers quick-turn engine fan blade solutions across multiple CFM56 platforms. Guaranteed fully overhauled, mapped and moment weighed, the exchange sets are ready to fit, with an additional advantage of a managed repair service for the off-coming set.


Pegasus Airlines takes delivery of one A320 from Avolon

March 25, 2014 · 14 Views

Avolon delivered an Airbus A320 to Pegasus Airlines on March 24th, 2014. This is Avolon’s fourth A320 aircraft on lease to Pegasus Airlines. The first aircraft was delivered in November 2013.


AMES announces new leadership roles

March 25, 2014 · 23 Views

Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) announced new roles for two members of its top management staff. Todd France has assumed the role of Director of Business Development. In this role Todd will manage all sales activities in all business units throughout AMES. In his prior role, France was Director of Business Operations overseeing business planning, contracts, pricing, strategic initiatives, customer support, material sales and management, and purchasing. Brad Heath has been named AMES’ Director of Business Operations. His appointment includes responsibility over contracts, capacity planning, strategic initiatives, and various support departments. Heath has previously served AMES in director-level positions overseeing component repair, overhaul, & manufacturing; business development; and engineering.


Wesco Aircraft signs just-in-time contract extension with GKN

March 25, 2014 · 25 Views

Wesco Aircraft Holdings, a provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, announced the extension of an existing just-in-time contract with GKN Aerospace through December 31st, 2017. The extension expands the number of stock keeping units (“SKUs”) and the scope of the services provided by Wesco Aircraft for GKN’s activities in the United States and Europe. “This extension of Wesco Aircraft’s relationship with GKN serves as an example of our ongoing efforts to expand the Company’s relationships with long-standing customers, by increasing the breadth and scope of our product offerings and providing additional value-added services,” said Wesco Aircraft’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Snyder.


Gogo goes live on first Delta International aircraft

March 25, 2014 · 22 Views

Gogo, leading provider of in-flight communications services to the global aviation industry, reported that the first aircraft of Delta’s long-haul international fleet has gone live with Gogo’s connectivity service. Passengers flying on Delta’s 747-400 aircraft fom Los Angeles to Tokyo and from Atlanta to Tokyo, on March 25th, were the first to experience the service.


Lufthansa Cargo achieves operating profit of €77m in 2013

March 25, 2014 · 19 Views

Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of €77m in the last financial year, €28m less than in the previous year. Numerous projects in the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme were vigorously pursued; fleet modernisation was successfully initiated. A significantly higher result is expected in 2014. Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, emphasised at the annual press conference in Frankfurt that the company is well on its way to consolidating and strengthening its position as Europe’s leading cargo airline this year: “We have set ourselves ambitious targets. We want to grow our tonnage by around five per cent and plan to significantly increase the operating profit”, said Garnadt. The Cargo CEO, who will take over at the helm of Lufthansa Passage on May 1st, announced an operating result of €77m (2012: €105m) on presentation of the 2013 balance sheet. The airline will greatly benefit in 2014 from the now three Boeing 777 freighters to be deployed on North Atlantic routes and also to Shanghai from next week. With significantly lower fuel consumption, the brand new aircraft not only produce lower emissions but will also help reduce costs. Another Triple Seven will be delivered in June of this year. Because of the new arrivals, Lufthansa Cargo is planning to fly just 14 of its originally 18 MD-11 freighters.


First AW189 Full-Flight Simulator ready for training

March 25, 2014 · 18 Views

A joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The new CAE 3000 Series AW189 FFS is installed in the new simulation building at AgustaWestland’s A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The Training Academy now has capacity for nine FFSs and five FTDs (Flight Training Devices), further expanding the AgustaWestland training capabilities in Italy as part of its global capability. The AW189 FFS was developed jointly by AgustaWestland and CAE, and will be operated by Rotorsim. The CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator features unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including offshore Oil and Gas Producer (OGP), Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement and other types of operations. The simulator enables pilots to practice — without risk — challenging procedures such as low-level flight, confined area operations, autorotation and landing on platforms at sea.


Bombardier delivers first Global 6000 aircraft to Mexico-based operator

March 25, 2014 · 21 Views

Bombardier’s Global aircraft family celebrated a significant milestone with the entry-into-service of its first Global 6000 business jet to be operated from Mexico. The aircraft was delivered to Aero Angeles S.A de C.V., an aircraft operator based in Mexico.