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Friday, April 11, 2014

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

February 20, 2015 · 543 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 · 641 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.


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.


V2500 reaches new operational milestone

April 9, 2014 · 15 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.


HelioJet LED lighting system has been certified for aviation

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.


Carpatair operates on behalf of Flybe

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.


Shell Aviation launches airport program ACE – Aviation Centre of Excellence -

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.


NORDAM and GECAS unit partner to offer flight control parts for airlines

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.


Transaero selects Aviointeriors for four new B747-8I

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.


MTU Maintenance launches MTUPlus Mature Engine Solutions

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.


Rolls-Royce wins $100m contract to service US Navy T-45 trainer aircraft engines

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 · 194 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.


Flying Colours Corp. delivers first complete carbon fibre interior to Hong Kong client

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.


Kelly Aviation Center is now Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions

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.


AeroTurbine launches new business line AdviseAer

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.


Wencor Group announces acquisition of XTRA Aerospace

April 10, 2014 · 27 Views

Wencor Group announced the acquisition of XTRA Aerospace. As an authorized Part 145 FAA and EASA repair station, XTRA Aerospace is a leading provider of specialized repair services for a wide variety of electrical and mechanical systems across in-production commercial aircraft. XTRA Aerospace further augments Wencor Group’s electrical repair capabilities as it specializes in electrical components throughout the cockpit and interior of commercial aircraft. This strategic combination will enable XTRA to leverage Wencor Group’s PMA and DER capabilities in order to bring additional savings to its broad base of airline and MRO customers.


AEI delivers first DHL B737-400SF 11 pallet conversion to Southern Air

April 10, 2014 · 10 Views

Aeronautical Engineers has delivered the first of five B737-400SF freighters to Southern Air who will operate for DHL Express in the Americas. The first aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 29487) built in 1999 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. The aircraft was sourced, and financing provided thru Strategic Air Finance LLC. This is AEI’s 6th of the anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.


REX completes purchase of 25 aircraft at lease expiry

April 10, 2014 · 10 Views

Regional Express (Rex) has purchased 18 latest generation Saab 340Bplus aircraft which came off lease on March 25th, 2014. These aircraft were part of the 25 aircraft it had on lease and the other seven were purchased earlier at their lease expiry on July 1st, 2013. The acquisition was partly funded by Rex’s operating cash flows with the rest from bank financing. The purchase means that Rex now owns its entire fleet of Saab 340 aircraft which is 51 strong.


Air Seychelles posts second consecutive year of net profitability

April 10, 2014 · 16 Views

Air Seychelles, the national carrier of the Republic of Seychelles, posted net profit of US$3m for 2013, exceeding by 171% its profit of US$1.1m reported in 2012. Revenue increased by 107% to US$88.7m (2012: US$42.8m).


Gama Engineering wins new defence contract

April 10, 2014 · 70 Views

Gama Engineering, the Fairoaks Airport, UK based EASA Part 21J and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Approved Organisation Status company, has been awarded a contract to supply the design solution and major parts for a Traffic Alerting System, GPS and 8.33kHz VHF Comms upgrade to a number of Airbus Helicopters’ Gazelle helicopters for the British Army. The upgrade will include GPS, Comms and Traffic Advisory equipment from Garmin and an electronic Primary Flight Display from Aspen Avionics. Gama Engineering has previously worked with both equipment manufacturers on a significant number of civilian Supplemental Type Certificate programmes, but this is the first such venture on a military platform.


VivaAerobus awards AJW Aviation eight year PBH agreement for new fleet of fifty two A320s

April 10, 2014 · 12 Views

Mexican based low-cost airline VivaAerobus, has chosen AJW Aviation to provide component power-by-the-hour support for its fleet of fifty two factory-new A320 aircraft, including forty A320 NEOs. Prior to the first deliveries from Airbus in 2015, VivaAerobus will have an additional six interim A320s joining their fleet during 2014 and these also form part of the comprehensive contract with AJW. An extensive inventory of A320 components will be placed in Mexico at Monterrey, Cancun and Guadalajara. AJW will also provide pool inventory support from its hub in Miami – this strategic location proving to be a vital part of the support network for VivaAerobus. Additionally, AJW Technique, the AJW Group’s component MRO located in Montreal, will underpin the service delivery with its specialist Airbus repair and overhaul expertise.


IAE awards Volaris and Avianca Pure-V engine designation

April 10, 2014 · 41 Views

IAE International Aero Engines has awarded Volaris, a low-cost airline based in Mexico, the Pure-V designation for V2500 engines currently powering its 46 A320ceo family aircraft. Volaris recently selected the V2500 engine to power its order for an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft. The order included engines, spares and aftermarket services.

IAE also awarded Avianca the Pure-Vdesignation for its V2500 engines. Avianca (as a result of its merger with Taca El Salvador) currently has 33 V2500-powered A320ceo family aircraft in service.


Cathay Pacific Airways awards IAE 10-Year V-Services FHA

April 10, 2014 · 33 Views

IAE International Aero Engines has signed an exclusive, 10-year V-Services Fleet Hour Agreement (FHA) with Cathay Pacific Airways to manage 48 V2500 engines operated by its wholly owned subsidiary Dragonair. The agreement will cover installed engines on 15 A320ceos and seven A321ceos, in addition to four spare engines.


Aircelle to provide engine nacelle support services for Interjet’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 jetliners

April 10, 2014 · 73 Views

Aircelle (Safran) has signed a nacelle services contract with Interjet to provide support for the nacelles and thrust reversers on this Mexican-based airline’s fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jetliners equipped with Powerjet SaM146 engines. Under terms of the four-year agreement, announced at the MRO Americas 2014 conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Aircelle will provide access to large-sized nacelle components – including thrust reversers and engine cowls – for lease or exchange by Interjet. Aircelle has full design, production and integration responsibilities for nacelles on the twin-engine regional airliner’s PowerJet SaM146 engines. These nacelles are composed of the air inlet, fan cowl doors, nozzle and engine mounts, along with Aircelle’s Papillon (butterfly) two-door thrust reverser. Interjet is based in Mexico City and currently operates six Superjet 100s, with a total of 20 on order and options for 10 more.


Gogo, Boeing team to pursue in-flight connectivity solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft

April 10, 2014 · 25 Views

Gogo, a leading aircraft communications service provider to the global aviation industry, has agreed to a technical services agreement (TSA) with Boeing to evaluate Gogo’s suite of technology solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft. The agreement initiates the evaluation process for potential installation on new Boeing aircraft orders. Gogo is targeting to have line-fit evaluations completed for its ATG-4 in 2015 and satellite solutions in 2016. In addition, Gogo currently has an agreement in place with Boeing for line-fit provisions for its ATG-4 technologies on 737NG aircraft.


A350 XWB makes first touchdown in UK

April 10, 2014 · 15 Views

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests. The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one of the four A350 test aircraft currently flying and undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for the A350’s certification and entry into service later this year. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft.


Rolls-Royce starts assembly of first higher-thrust Trent XWB

April 10, 2014 · 27 Views

Rolls-Royce has started assembly of the first higher-thrust version of the Trent XWB which will exclusively power the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The Trent XWB-97, a 97,000lb-thrust version of the engine, will run for the first time later this year, with first flight scheduled for the end of 2016 and entry into service in 2017. The increased thrust is achieved through a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger and scaled up engine core and a higher-flow fan enabled by advanced aerodynamics. This has allowed Airbus to increase the A350-1000 payload range and maximum take-off weight. Meanwhile, manufacture is continuing on the first production 84,000lb-thrust Trent XWB engines that will power the first A350 XWB into commercial service with Qatar Airways in 2014.


Bombardier’s Learjet 85 takes flight

April 10, 2014 · 19 Views

Bombardier’s Learjet 85 aircraft successfully completed its first flight, achieving a major milestone in a business aircraft development program that will redefine the midsize segment. This first flight marks the start of the Learjet 85 aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery. During its maiden flight which lasted approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, the Learjet 85 aircraft reached an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 metres) and an air speed of 250 knots (463 km/h; 287 mph). All flight controls were exercised with the systems and aircraft performing as expected.