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

February 20, 2015 · 541 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 · 639 Views

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


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 195 Views

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


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

November 5, 2014 · 162 Views

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


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 111 Views

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


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 78 Views

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


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 78 Views

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


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 74 Views

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


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 65 Views

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


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 64 Views

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


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 40 Views

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


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 53 Views

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


Midair completes 21st major check

April 7, 2014 · 19 Views

MidairUSA reported the recent completion and delivery of the Aircastle B747-400, which included a bridge modification and heavy “D” check, bringing the total of completed B747-400 bridge heavy check , maintenance and modifications to over twenty one aircraft delivered in less that thirty six months. Modification services performed scaled the entire spectrum from high density, full internet/broadband connectivity, debriefing and conventional, in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) to major structural modifications, both field and STC approvals.


TrueAero leases a CFM56-5A to Air Canada

April 7, 2014 · 40 Views

Air Canada has committed to operate a CFM56-5A engine managed by TrueAero. The engine is part of multi aircraft, A320 “End of Life” consignment program that was recently awarded to TrueAero.


Tailwind Capital remarkets two Boeing 717-200 aircraft on behalf of Goldman Sachs

April 7, 2014 · 36 Views

Tailwind Capital has successfully sold two aircraft to an undisclosed buyer as part of its exclusive remarketing mandate with Goldman Sachs (New York). The transaction included two Boeing 717-200 jet aircraft, which are currently operated by US operator AirTran Airways. These aircraft were originally acquired by Goldman Sachs as part of a larger portfolio purchase.


Finnair traffic performance in March 2014

April 7, 2014 · 22 Views

In March 2014, Finnair’s overall capacity decreased by 3.9% year-on-year and traffic decreased by 5.4% year‐on‐year. Passenger load factor decreased by 1.2 points and was 79.0%.


Panasonic in-flight WI-Fi takes to the skies on linefit A380

April 7, 2014 · 21 Views

An A380 line-fitted with broadband in-flight connectivity service from Panasonic Avionics Corporation has been delivered to Lufthansa. The A380, was fitted at Airbus with Panasonic’s Global Communications Services. Over the next twelve months, Panasonic will equip an additional 11 linefit A380s with its global connectivity service.


Marshall Aviation Services Broughton affirms its paint capabilities

April 7, 2014 · 22 Views

Marshall Aviation Services, part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, has been awarded a preferred supplier agreement with Isle of Wight based manufacturer, Britten-Norman to undertake exterior paint work on up to 15 of its Islander and Defender aircraft. The year-long agreement which was ratified at the end of 2013 represents an important and substantial win for Marshall Aviation Services who will paint both new factory-fitted and refurbished aircraft at its Broughton, North Wales facility. According to the UK’s sole remaining privately owned civil aircraft manufacturer, it selected Marshall Aviation Services following the company’s outstanding paint work on a Britten-Norman Islander in August. Work on the first newly painted Islander has recently been completed.


Lufthansa places $1.0bn LEAP-1A engine order

April 7, 2014 · 24 Views

Deutsche Lufthansa announced a firm order for CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 15 Airbus A320neo and 25 A321neo aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at more than $1.0bn at list price. In addition, the airline has also selected the LEAP-1A engines to power incremental A320neo family aircraft orders. Lufthansa, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, currently operates a fleet 350 CFM56 engines powering Airbus A319/A320, long-range, four-engine A340-300, and Boeing 737 Classic aircraft. Overall, the Lufthansa Group, which also includes Germanwings, Austrian, and Swiss, operates more than 560 CFM56 engines.


Republic Airways’ pilots reject 4-year labor contract

April 7, 2014 · 5 Views

Republic Airways Holdings reported that members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 357 failed to ratify a proposed four-year pilot labor agreement. IBT Local 357 represents more than 2,200 pilots for Republic’s sister companies Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The proposed contract included increases in pay that would have placed Republic pilots at or near the top of its regional airline peers. It also included improvements in quality of life enhancements and more flexibility in scheduling, as well as a significant signing bonus if it had been ratified.


Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy

April 7, 2014 · 63 Views

The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3rd, at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year. In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the F-16 family and now joins the 15 other countries which have ordered additional F-16 jets for their air defense. The new F-16s will add to the Oman Air Force’s existing fleet of F-16s used to defend Oman’s borders.


SAS’ March load factor down 3.4 points

April 7, 2014 · 14 Views

SAS reported March traffic increase of 3.3% compared to March 2013, while capacity improved by 8.4% year over year. Load factor decreased by 3.4 points to 69.5%.


FLY Leasing acquires four aircraft, growing fleet to 119 aircraft

April 7, 2014 · 21 Views

FLY Leasing, a global lessor of modern commercial jet aircraft, has added four more aircraft to its fleet, including one Airbus A319 manufactured in 2004 and three Boeing 737-800s, one manufactured in 2008 and the other two in 2010. The aircraft are leased to leading airlines in Europe and Asia with a remaining weighted average remaining lease term of 6.3 years. FLY now has a fleet of 119 aircraft on lease to 65 airlines in 34 countries.


Airbus Defense and Space delivers 17th HC-144A aircraft to US Coast Guard

April 7, 2014 · 38 Views

Airbus Defense and Space has delivered the 17th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter with more than 235 currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the second of three HC-144A’s planned for delivery this year. The latest aircraft will join a fleet of 16 Ocean Sentries operating from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.; and Miami. The Coast Guard is planning to stand up the fourth HC-144A air station in Corpus Christi, Texas, later this year.


Boeing opens 737 interior configuration studio

April 7, 2014 · 17 Views

Boeing has debuted its new 737 Configuration Studio, a new facility where airline customers can choose their jetliner interiors. The 20,000 ft² (1,900 m²) studio is located in Renton, Wash. near the factory where 42 737s are produced per month. Similar to the 787 Dreamliner Gallery, the 737 Configuration Studio provides a private and welcoming showroom environment to assist Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX customers with the design and configuration of new airplane interiors. More than two dozen major interior configuration introductions are expected over the next two years. To help 737 customers select among them, the studio presents views of suppliers’ products side by side in one location. Customers can see, touch and experience choices in galleys, seats and in-flight entertainment. They also can select interior colors and decors that highlight and support their brand.


Airbus A350 sets new standards in cabin design & development

April 7, 2014 · 20 Views

Airbus has unveiled the A350 XWB’s development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft ‘MSN002’ at the Airbus site in Hamburg. MSN002, which made its first flight on February 26th, 2014, is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior and is part of the growing A350 XWB development fleet. Intensive cabin flight and ground tests have already been performed during a two-week stay of the aircraft in Hamburg in mid-March 2014. The cabins of all Airbus aircraft are developed by the engineering and research teams based there. The new interior demonstrates how the aircraft’s “eXtra-wide” fuselage will soon offer passengers even more personal space, flexibility and comfort in business and economy classes, and especially, a wide 18” seat in 9-abreast economy. A350 XWB MSN002 will be tasked with conducting a series of “Early Long Flights” with its cabin accommodating real passengers. ‘Hot and cold’ cabin trials will also feature in its busy test programme, which also includes validation of the advanced fourth-generation in-flight-entertainment (IFE). MSN002 will soon be joined by the second cabin-equipped A350 MSN005, which will be tasked with route-proving flights around the world to the major destinations it will serve.


AerSale receives New Mexico sales tax exemption

April 7, 2014 · 31 Views

AerSale released that the Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, visited AerSale’s facility on March 3rd to announce the passage of New Mexico’s House Bill 24, which will exempt sales tax on transport category aircraft services and products within the state. This exemption, which also covers sales of whole aircraft, engines and component parts, will save AerSale’s customers thousands of dollars on MRO and asset management services performed at AerSale Roswell. “AerSale is now positioned to offer one of the world’s most economical, environmental and tax friendly facilities for MRO and storage of aircraft that re-enter FAA and EASA regulated countries. Further, businesses seeking savings through exemption from state taxes on related aircraft sales transactions will now have this opportunity at our Roswell Operations Center,” commented Robert Nichols, COO of AerSale.


VAS Aero Services names John Brooks Senior Vice President – Boeing Programs

April 8, 2014 · 41 Views

VAS Aero Services, a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, has appointed John Brooks as Senior Vice President – Boeing Programs. Formerly Vice President – Boeing Programs, Brooks is responsible for all of the company’s Boeing distribution and supply programs, overseeing operations in the VAS Seattle, WA facility. A 19-year aviation aftermarket industry veteran, 14 with VAS, he has extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development and logistics. In his role as SVP, Brooks works closely with Boeing personnel in managing onsite services.


Go2Sky takes delivery of second B737-400

April 8, 2014 · 18 Views

Go2Sky of Slovakia has taken delivery of its second Boeing 737-400 aircraft on lease from GRAF1 of Ireland. The aircraft, serial number 28882 and registration OM-GTB, is equipped with 170 economy leather seats and will be flown on ACMI services from Italy during summer 2014. Go2Sky was advised by its sole agent, ISIS Aviation Services Ltd of Norwich, England. The aircraft was remarketed by World Star Aviation.


AMAC Aerospace to complete one ACJ A319 for first Chinese client

April 8, 2014 · 28 Views

Switzerland-based AMAC Aerospace, a leading provider of corporate aviation maintenance and completion services, has been awarded its first completion contract from an Asian-based client. The aircraft, an ACJ A319 will undergo a complete nose to tail completion using designs provided by world renowned interior designer Alberto Pinto. The completion project is anticipated to start in summer 2014 and will be re-delivered by Q2 2015. This will be the third A319 that AMAC has worked on but only the first time it will have worked on behalf of an Asian client. The work will be carried out at the EuroAirport Basel, Switzerland, in one of AMAC’s purpose built state-of-the-art hangars.


SDV and C.J. Patel sign joint venture agreement

April 8, 2014 · 42 Views

SDV Singapore and C.J. Patel reached an agreement to form a new joint-venture company in order to strengthen their global logistics business. This joint-venture is derived from consolidating synergies in the supply-chain that will enhance both organizations ability to deliver world-class products throughout Fiji and around the South Pacific area. The new company operates under the name of SDV Fiji and combines the expertise of two strong business partners that complement each other perfectly in terms of distribution, network facilities and integrated information systems, the focus of both organizations. C.J. Patel is a diverse group of organizations across a variety of industries based in Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean. C.J. Patel is also a specialist in distribution. “The arrival of SDV will help to boost our group’s international range of services while procuring an essential technical expertise,” said Sundip J. Patel, MD C.J Patel. SDV Fiji, as part of SDV Asia-Pacific, is supported by a worldwide integrated network spread across 102 countries and 600 sites. SDV will extend its business in the South Pacific region thanks to C.J Patel’s tremendous portfolio, while offering consolidation platforms located in key areas around the world, as well as state-of-the-art information systems, allowing full visibility and control of the supply chain.


Ameco Beijing provides line maintenance for Etihad Airways at Chengdu outstation

April 8, 2014 · 23 Views

Ameco is providing line maintenance and releasing service for Etihad Airways at Chengdu outstation from April 5th, 2014. The UAE carrier is the third customer after Qatar Airways and British Airways for line maintenance service at Ameco’s Chengdu outstation. Etihad Airways operates daily on Abu Dhabi to Chengdu route, using Airbus A330 aircraft. Last September, Ameco set up its seventh line maintenance outstation at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, with Qatar Airways as the first customer. In December of 2013, Ameco opened its eighth outstation at Hangzhou International Airport. Now, the Beijing-based MRO provider has eight outstations located at Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Chongqing, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing and Hangzhou, serving some 20 customers from international market.


MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. starts operations

April 8, 2014 · 46 Views

The establishment of a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation has now been approved by the relevant competition authorities. MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., based in Amsterdam’s World Trade Center, will provide airlines, MROs and lessors with comprehensive engine solutions which span the entire lifecycle of an aircraft engine with focus on short- and medium-term engine leasing. Assets will be managed in the most cost-efficient and customized way from the delivery until teardown, including comprehensive material management solutions. The start of operations is accompanied by the purchase of a second GE90-115B engine which will be added to MTU’s spare engine pool. MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. also intends to further expand its GE90 pool in order to assist MTU’s current and future customers with peak spare engine requirements. GE90 lease engines will be marketed to all GE90 operators worldwide. MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. will provide services for engine programs that are part of MTU’s portfolio. These include the GE90, CFM56, V2500, CF34, CF6 and the PW2000 as well as future engine programs. The company’s Managing Director is Martin Friis-Petersen who was formerly the Senior VP Operations of MTU Maintenance Hannover and is responsible for all business activities.


Air Canada selects Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 IFEC solution for new dreamliner fleet

April 8, 2014 · 8 Views

Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a leader in in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems, will deliver its industry-leading eX3 in-flight entertainment and communications solution to Air Canada for 37 wide body aircraft. Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will linefit install eX3 on Air Canada’s 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Deliveries commence with the airline’s first 787 aircraft in Spring 2014. Air Canada currently has five Boeing 777-300 aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s eX2 system.


Rockwell Collins to provide Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band service to airlines

April 8, 2014 · 3 Views

Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services and Rockwell Collins have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to make Rockwell Collins a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of GX Aviation Ka-broadband service. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins, through its recent acquisition of ARINC, will bring the newest generation of Ka-band service to airline customers worldwide. GX Aviation is scheduled to be available for the commercial aviation market segment in the first half of 2015. It will provide Internet speeds of 50Mbps virtually everywhere in the world and is set to change the shape of inflight connectivity.


GA Telesis Engines Services (GATES) signs materials agreement with GE Aviation

April 8, 2014 · 16 Views

GA Telesis has signed an agreement with GE Aviation for a three-year materials agreement to provide CF6-80C2 replacement engine parts for GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES), a full-service engine overhaul and repair facility based in Helsinki, Finland. The agreement comprises a full service material offering for CF6-80C2 engine overhauls. GATES provides comprehensive commercial engine services, including overhaul of GE CF6-80C2 and CFM International CFM56-5B/5C engines, and repair and modification with the capacity to overhaul up to 200 engines per year. GA Telesis Engine Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of GA Telesis.


GEnx MRO network takes shape as production accelerates

April 8, 2014 · 11 Views

The network of overhaul facilities for the GEnx engine is expanding as production of the engine accelerates. In recent weeks, GE Aviation announced a GE-Branded Services Agreement (GBSA) with Air France-KLM for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the GEnx-1B and a new joint venture with Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) called GE Evergreen Engine Services, which will provide MRO services for both the GEnx-1B and -2B. Air France-KLM and GE Evergreen Engines Services join a network that includes GE Aviation overhaul facilities in Prestwick, Scotland and Petropolis, Brazil. Other GEnx MRO partners include Abu Dhabi Aircraft Tehnologies (ADAT), which received FAA and UAE General Civil Aviation Authority approval for quick turn operations late last year and ultimately will be an overhaul facility for both the GEnx-1B and -2B; Lufthansa Technik, which has a GBSA for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the GEnx-2B powering the Boeing 747-8; and Air India, which has a GBSA for GEnx-1Bs.


Boeing, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance extend 777 component services program

April 8, 2014 · 5231 Views

Boeing and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance have ratified a long-term renewal of their joint 777 Component Services Program (CSP). The extension of the CSP was announced on the opening day of the MRO Americas conference in Phoenix. The Component Services Program is a parts-provisioning program that significantly reduces the airline’s up-front investment in spare parts and offers a quick and reliable supply of critical parts from a pool shared by participating 777 operators. “Over the years, the Boeing 777 Component Services Program has demonstrated its economic competitiveness, reliability and excellent technical quality,” said Bernard Hensey, vice president of Fleet Management, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re delighted to renew a program that is a significant part of Boeing’s commitment to delivering a competitive advantage to customers in today’s complex aviation industry.”


BAE Systems inks contract with Southwest Airlines to support world’s largest fleet of 737s

April 8, 2014 · 16 Views

Southwest Airlines has selected BAE Systems as its exclusive provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the full authority digital engine controls (FADEC) on more than 450 737 Next Generation aircraft. Under the five-year agreement, BAE Systems will provide proactive repairs that will improve the availability and reliability of Southwest’s fleet. BAE Systems will perform the services through FADEC International, its 50-50 joint venture with Sagem (Safran group). Through FADEC International, the two companies develop, manufacture, and support high-reliability aircraft electronics for harsh engine environments. The company serves airlines and aircraft maintenance and repair providers with a full range of aftermarket capabilities. Leveraging extensive knowledge of severe engine environments, FADEC design attributes, and repair history, BAE Systems has developed a robust process that helps customers decrease costs, simplify maintenance, and enhance their services.


American Airlines Group reports March traffic results

April 8, 2014 · 12 Views

American Airlines Group’s total traffic for the month was up 0.9% versus March 2013. Total capacity was up 2.9% year over year. Total passenger load factor was 81.8% for the month of March, down 1.6 points versus March 2013.


Southwest Airlines reports March traffic

April 8, 2014 · 22 Views

Southwest Airlines released that March 2014 traffic increased 1.6% compared to the previous year, while capacity increased 0.8% from March 2013. The March 2014 load factor was 82.7%, compared to 82.0% in March 2013.


Skymark Airlines’ first A380 completes maiden flight

April 8, 2014 · 14 Views

Skymark Airlines’ first A380 has successfully made its maiden flight, following completion of the airframe assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France. The carrier’s A380 will be entering the next phase of production, covering cabin installation and painting at Hamburg, Germany. Skymark Airlines will become the first A380 operator in Japan when it takes delivery of its first aircraft later this year. The airline has six A380s on order. Skymark Airlines will deploy their A380s on international trunk routes, in particular linking Narita to destinations in the US.