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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAINtag and Zebra Technologies launch new FLYplug Enterprise RFID printing solution for aircraft parts ID
April 9, 2014 · 58 Views
FLYplug, a new label-based format for aerospace RFID parts identification, has been launched by MAINtag in partnership with Zebra Technologies. FLYplug is easy to use, cost-efficient and practical for aircraft (A/C) manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and MRO sectors that want to upgrade from older barcode identification labels or name plates to a state-of-the-art, data-robust RFID tagging system. The FLYplug RFID printing solution includes software license, Zebra Technologies RFID printers (RZ400, RZ600 and R110Xi4 series as well as the new ZT410R and ZT430R) and MAINtag’s on-metal ruggedized flexible FLYchip-embedded RFID tags. This new system sets a standard that outperforms existing on-metal identification. Based on MAINtag’s patented on-metal RFID label (firm-plate) technology, FLYplug is a global integrated printing/encoding enterprise package solution based on ATA Spec 2000. It is the logical stand-alone and networkable solution for fast, fully automated and cost-efficient printing/marking and encoding of RFID-integrated labels.
April 9, 2014 · 13 Views
The V2500 engine program reached a new operational milestone when two first-run V2527-A5 engines powering TAM’s A320ceo aircraft remained on wing without a shop visit for nearly 20,000 cycles and 30,000 flight hours. The engines – V12339 and V12341, rated at 27,000 pounds of thrust, are estimated to have each flown in excess of 9.5 million miles since installation. TAM Linhas Aereas took delivery of the engines in July 2006 and operated them for 7.5 years with no removals. The engines contain original OEM parts.
April 9, 2014 · 23 Views
The HelioJet LED lighting system has been certified for aviation. Teaming up with SCHOTT AG, Lufthansa Technik AG has designed and developed a new LED lighting system for aircraft cabins which has the advantages of LED technology yet without the color changes that normally afflict ageing LEDs. The system has been flying since 2013 and is certified for use on the entire Airbus A320 family. Later this year the partner companies are planning to offer a full color RGBW LED system with the launch of HelioJet Spectrumcc (Color Control). Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT will be exhibiting the HelioJet system which allows the passenger to create personal lighting preferences with pre-sets and dynamic remote control. Consisting of just a few elements, the system can be integrated into cabins of every size. The system is flexible enough to enable the light to be controlled either by VIP passengers using their personal smartphones or by the airline cabin crew using a touch sensitive control screen.
April 9, 2014 · 251 Views
Carpatair announced its newest wet lease project under an arrangement with Fly Be Group. One Fokker100 belonging to Carpatair, an IOSA registered airline since 2005, started operations as of 1st of April 2014 for Europe’s independent regional airline, Flybe. The aircraft is based at Birmingham Airport, UK and will operate Flybe scheduled flights throughout UK, France, Germany and Ireland. Flybe is at the forefront of the European regional aviation industry and a market leader in introducing innovative customer-focused enhancements.
April 9, 2014 · 18 Views
Shell formally launched its European program Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE), a proposition designed for fixed-base operators (FBOs) and small and medium size airports. The ACE program from Shell is designed to meet customer needs whether it is safe and effective operations, marketing support for growth, supply security, modern up-to-date equipment, or a partner that is easy to do business with. The marketing support element includes joint promotional and marketing materials and Shell Fuel & Fly Card. The supply security portfolio provides customers with access to a global supply and trading network, product quality assurance procedures and experts in fuels and logistics. Safety operations management gives access to Shell Airport operating manual, renowned effective Shell HSSE programs, flexible operations training, dedicated technical support and inspection and assessment. Collaboration with Shell Aviation means dedicated customer care, access to AeroShell Lubricants range and Shell Water Detectors. And finally, the asset offering extends to supply, management and maintenance of equipment required for business operations.
April 9, 2014 · 25 Views
NORDAM and GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) Asset Management Services unit announced a new cooperative initiative to provide airline customers with enhanced options for flight controls. The partnership combines GECAS’ inventory of flight control parts from aircraft teardowns with NORDAM’s strengths in component repair to offer airlines a faster and lower‐cost solution than repair of the customer’s part. “We can repair almost anything,” said NORDAM vice president of global marketing Bailey J. Siegfried, who also is responsible for the firm’s rotable assets. “But it can take time, depending on the part condition. With GECAS’ inventory of spare parts, we can offer a quicker – and in some cases, lower‐cost – solution than repairing the customer’s part.” The two companies will begin with a focus on flight controls and plan to expand into other components in the future.
VAS Aero Services signs agreement with Tarmac Aerosave becoming launch partner for onsite storage and distribution of aircraft and engine parts in Europe
April 9, 2014 · 48 Views
VAS Aero Services, a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, has entered into an agreement for onsite storage and parts distribution with Tarmac Aerospace, a leader in aircraft storage, maintenance and recycling based in Tarbes, France. Through this onsite storage and distribution agreement making VAS Aero Services its launch partner, Tarmac Aerosave will assure VAS Aero Services’ customers of expert, reliable aircraft and engine teardown services and inventory control of serviceable used parts, helping VAS further enhance its service to customers in Europe and across the globe. A key part of this agreement covers logistics services for VAS in Asia and Europe, in addition to aircraft and engine disassembly, allowing both companies to capitalize on the growing market for quality used materials.
April 9, 2014 · 22 Views
Russian airline Transaero awarded Aviointeriors with a P.O. to install on its four new B747- 8I, Aviointeriors’ new First class, MonaLisa, and the Columbus Three seat model for the Economy class. MonaLisa, the new First class product of Aviointeriors is distinguished by its smooth and graceful lines that conceal a fine work of engineering. The comfort and privacy are enhanced to ensure a real personal experience. Columbus Three is the long range model of the Columbus family, presented in Hamburg a year ago and that is enjoying increasing success due to the combination of lightweight and modularity. The delivery of the first shipset is scheduled for April 2015.
April 9, 2014 · 35 Views
MTU Maintenance is introducing new aftermarket services for mature aircraft engines under the name MTUPlus Mature Engine Solutions. The services are being launched in response to current market needs and are targeted at both airlines and lessors. MTUPlus Mature Engine Solutions are fully customized and can offer considerable savings potential. The modular set-up of MTUPlus Mature Engine Solutions offers customers a variety of options that can be summarized under two main products: ‘Instant Power’ focuses on leasing or exchanging the engine while ‘Smart Repair’ combines customized workscoping with material salvation. The solutions cater to the specific needs of operators of mature engines, which in many cases have been in service for 20 to 30 years. In order to maximize customer benefits, MTU’s experts will evaluate the condition of the engine and its components and consider the remaining service life of major components when proposing the most effective solution.
April 9, 2014 · 68 Views
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract valued at over $100m by the US Department of Defense to provide continued support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the US Navy’s T-45 training aircraft. The follow-on, one-year contract will continue the successful support which has provided the US Navy’s training fleet with guaranteed availability over the past ten years. Under the terms of the agreement, which is administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Rolls-Royce will provide intermediate, depot level maintenance and related logistics support for more than 200 F405 engines in the US Navy fleet.
AJW Aviation signs comprehensive repairs and consignment agreements with Aviation Technical Services
April 9, 2014 · 192 Views
In a move that complements the strategic partnership that AJW Group has already established with Aviation Technical Services, a wide-ranging repair agreement specifically covering a suite of component across various platforms was signed at MRO Americas in Phoenix on Tuesday April 8th. “Specialising in Boeing products, ATS is one of the largest MRO organisations on the West Coast offering both airframe maintenance and component services. Our skills perfectly complement what AJW Technique can offer through its Airbus specialism and ensures that together we can truly drive down direct maintenance costs for operators of both aircraft types. This repairs agreement brings ATS’ competitive pricing, turn time and reliability to support AJW’s fleet under contract and we are very pleased to announce this agreement in Phoenix” comments Michael Beck, Vice President & General Manager Components, Aviation Technical Services.
April 9, 2014 · 25 Views
Flying Colours Corp. the Canadian headquartered MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist, delivered its first ever complete carbon fibre interior reconfiguration of a Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft for a Hong Kong based client. The carbon fibre interior was designed by the Flying Colours team in conjunction with the client to create an innovative new style of interior. The predominantly black and grey carbon fibre surfaces are complemented with ebony hardwood veneer accents, whilst seats have been finished in white leather upholstery and the divans in eye catching rich, contrasting fabrics. Satin-Nickel plating adds a further unique touch to the stylish look. Complementing the furnishings is a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system featuring 22in widescreen units for a more modern feel, and a Rockwell Collins Airshow 4000, which has software modified for the region of operation. SwiftBroadBand supports a new telephone system and cabin WiFi.
April 9, 2014 · 10 Views
Kelly Aviation Center, a leading provider of aircraft engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul for international commercial and military customers, has changed its name to Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions (LMCES). “Since 1999, we have been proud to be Lockheed Martin’s only jet engine MRO service provider,” said Amy Gowder, vice president and general manager of LMCES. “Over the past three years, our legacy of improving on-wing performance for the military has grown to include commercial customers. We believe our new name reflects that growth.” Another major reason to change the company’s name was the acquisition of a second engine MRO facility in Montreal in 2013 that expanded the company’s customer base into additional international markets.
April 9, 2014 · 77 Views
AeroTurbine, a wholly owned subsidiary of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), has launched a new business line, AdviseAer, a unique blend of maintenance related products offering the company’s customers a full suite of services packaged as one complete solution. “AdviseAer is the result of detailed market discussions with our customers,” said AeroTurbine President and Chief Executive Officer Michael King. “While some of the products were offered by niche providers, there was not a comprehensive solution for technical and consulting services as well as maintenance and material support.” AdviseAer is designed for both an emerging market boutique operator or an established aircraft leasing company, providing a one-stop shop for a full spectrum of technical and consulting services to support the ownership and management of commercial aircraft and engines.