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

February 20, 2015 · 542 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.


Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 640 Views

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


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 195 Views

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


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

November 5, 2014 · 162 Views

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


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.


Saab and Mxi Technologies sign teaming agreement

April 14, 2014 · 68 Views

Saab, acting through its Business Area Support and Services, and Mxi Technologies, announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement in the provision of Military Fleet Management to armed forces worldwide. This cooperation combines Saab´s experience in integrated technical and logistic support solutions for complex systems and Mxi Technologies state-of-the-art Maintenix software, to deliver a comprehensive Fleet Management offering.


BOC Aviation in second transaction with Lion Air

April 14, 2014 · 42 Views

BOC Aviation signed an agreement with Lion Air for four 737-800 aircraft and one 737-900ER for delivery this year and in 2015. This builds on the success of the November 2012 transaction for six Boeing 737-800 and three 737-900ER aircraft. The 737-900ER aircraft delivered to Lion Air were the first of the kind in the BOC Aviation fleet.


CHC AW139 fleet sets 100,000 flight hour milestone

April 14, 2014 · 28 Views

CHC Helicopter’s AW139 helicopter fleet has set a major operational milestone by reaching 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving over 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years. A leading AW139 customer, CHC operates more than 40 AW139s globally performing a wide range of missions including offshore transport, search and rescue and emergency medical service.


China’s Tibet Airlines takes delivery of first A319 with Sharklets

April 14, 2014 · 18 Views

Lhasa based Tibet Airlines from the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China has taken delivery of its first A319 with Sharklets. The aircraft which was handed over at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre (ATDC) joins Tibet Airlines’ existing fleet of eight existing A319s. The aircraft is the 165th assembled at Airbus’Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FALC). The aircraft is powered by CFM56-5B engines and features a comfortable two class cabin, seating 128 passengers with eight in business class and 120 in economy. Tibet Airlines’ base is Gongga Airport, Lhasa, is one of the world’s highest airports at an altitude of 12,000 feet. The new A319 is certificated for high altitude airport operation and Required Navigation Performance – Authorisation Required (RNP-AR) and Satcom is installed.


Airbus launches new version of ACJ319 corporate jet

April 14, 2014 · 40 Views

Airbus has launched a new version of its popular corporate jet, the ACJ319, offering customers simplicity, speed and savings in the cabin. Called ACJ319 Elegance, the new version complements today’s fully customisable version. Cabin outfitting of the Airbus ACJ319 Elegance will be carried out by the company’s Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) subsidiary in Toulouse, which developed the concept, as a turnkey project for customer peace of mind. Customers for today’s fully customisable Airbus ACJ319 will continue to have the freedom to choose from a wide range of cabin-outfitters, including a network of eight Airbus-approved cabin outfitters around the world.


Hong Kong-based Metrojet becomes Greater China’s first Legacy 500 Authorized Service Center

April 14, 2014 · 5 Views

Embraer Executive Jets names Hong Kong-based Metrojet as the first Authorized Service Center for its midsize Legacy 500 in Greater China. The amendment to the parties’ Authorized Service Center Agreement of 2011 was signed in a ceremony held on April 14th, at the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China. This agreement amendment will expand the service scope of Metrojet, the first Embraer Executive Jets Authorized Service Center in Greater China, who is already authorized to provide line and base maintenance service for the Company’s ultra-large Linage 1000E, large Legacy 650, super midsize Legacy 600. The maintenance provider also manages a fleet of three Embraer Executive Jets aircraft.


Delta TechOps expands maintenance providership with Hawaiian Airlines

April 14, 2014 · 243 Views

Delta TechOps, Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider business, is deepening its long-standing relationship with Hawaiian Airlines to provide an integrated component exchange and repair program for Hawaiian’s fleet of 12 Boeing 767 aircraft. Delta TechOps has provided its Complete Fleet services for Hawaiian since 2009 across its Airbus A330 fleet. This latest announcement furthers that relationship to include component maintenance such as avionics and cabin maintenance for Hawaiian’s Boeing 767 fleet.


ITP Group to supply Rolls-Royce more than 300.000 engine pipes within five years

April 14, 2014 · 55 Views

ITP Group, through its affiliate ITP Externals, and Rolls-Royce have reached an agreement to renew their contract to supply pipes for several different types of Rolls-Royce next generation engines within the next five years. The agreement extends the constant supply that has flowed since April 2008 under the terms of the first stage of the contract. Supply is maintained for the same engine family with the addition of pipes for next-generation engines. Sales forecasts for these engines indicate strong growth over the next years.


BOC Aviation adds Aeromexico as new customer with three E190 aircraft

April 15, 2014 · 27 Views

BOC Aviation added Grupo Aeromexico as a new customer with the lease of three new Embraer E190 aircraft for delivery between April and June this year.


Ameco Beijing to open a hangar for business jet completion

April 15, 2014 · 42 Views

In May 2014, Ameco Beijing will open a hangar dedicated for VIP and business jet completions and maintenance. Ameco Beijing transformed this hangar from a former painting hangar. The hangar can accommodate a wide-body aircraft or three narrow-body aircraft simultaneously and was equipped with advanced completion equipment and security systems. The Beijing-based MRO specialist also plans to expand its current interior manufacture workshop in line with the growth of workload. Ameco Beijing is an MRO provider with comprehensive services. In addition to maintenance, repair and overhaul on commercial aircraft, it also provides completion and maintenance for large business jets. Currently, Ameco’s capabilities on business jet completions cover all processes from design, engineering, certification, manufacture to installation. On the basis of satisfying Chinese market, Ameco will take part in the international competition by providing personalized and professional services on VIP and business jet completions.


Comlux America gets maintenance and refurbishment contract for one BBJ

April 15, 2014 · 21 Views

Completion & Service center Comlux America, based in Indianapolis IN, has been awarded the maintenance and refurbishment contract for a BBJ based in Asia. The BBJ is expected to arrive at the Comlux America facility during the 2nd quarter of 2014 and will spend 4 months on site. The undisclosed owner of the BBJ is represented by the aircraft management company, Sino Jet, led by CEO Jenny Lau. With this new contract, Comlux further affirms the continued growth of its ultra modern facility in the US, as well as the development of its business in the Asia region. The maintenance program includes mandatory 12 year-check, new painting and major cabin refurbishment with complete re-upholstery of the seats, new custom made carpet and several reworks on valence panel and bulkheads.


Etihad Airways announces strong first quarter

April 15, 2014 · 45 Views

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced its strongest ever passenger  and cargo volumes for a first quarter, together with US$1.4bn in total revenues during the three-month period, marking a year-on-year increase of 27%. A total of 3.2m passengers travelled with Etihad Airways during the first quarter of 2014, over 14% higher than the 2.8m passengers from the same period last year. The growth rate is more than double a recent estimate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that passenger demand will increase 5.8% this year on a global basis. To accommodate the double-digit growth in passenger volumes, Etihad Airways’ fleet expanded to 95 aircraft in the first quarter of 2014, marking an increase of 30% in the fleet size over the same period last year, while the airline’s passenger carrying capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), increased by 21% year-on-year to 19.2bn. Etihad Cargo also outperformed the global market, carrying 127,821 tonnes of freight and mail in the first quarter. This marks a year-on-year increase of 26%, almost seven times higher than IATA’s prediction that the international cargo market will grow by four per cent in 2014. The airline’s cargo revenue also increased by 26% to US$243m, placing Etihad Cargo on track to become a billion dollar business in 2014.


Embraer delivers 14 commercial and 20 executive Jets in 1Q14

April 15, 2014 · 53 Views

During the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14), Embraer delivered 14 jets to the commercial aviation market and 20 to the business aviation market, for a total of 34 aircraft, compared to 29 aircraft delivered in the same period of 2013. On March 31st, 2014, the firm order backlog totaled US$ 19.2bn, an increase of US$ 1.0bn over December 31st, 2013.


West Star Aviation appoints Dan McKillips Regional Sales Manager

April 15, 2014 · 174 Views

West Star Aviation appointed Dan McKillips as Regional Sales Manager. Dan will be responsible for the Southeast region of the U.S., which includes: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. With nearly 20 years in the aviation industry, Dan has developed his expertise through a variety of positions including A&P Technician, Senior Aircraft Technician and corporate Director of Maintenance. Before being named Regional Sales Manager, Dan previously held the positions of Manager of Paint and Interior and Technical Sales Manager at West Star.


Cabot Aviation arranges acquisition of one Boeing 767-300ER for Wings Aviation

April 15, 2014 · 55356 Views

Aircraft remarketing specialist Cabot Aviation arranged the acquisition of a Boeing 767-300ER for client Wings Aviation, the Lessor to Fly Jamaica Airways. The aircraft, msn 24876, was acquired from a major leasing company.


Amur JMW Aviation completes major fleet transaction with Avianca

April 15, 2014 · 80954 Views

Amur JMW Aviation, a joint venture between Amur Finance Company and the owners of Jet Midwest announced that the company has completed a major fleet transaction with Avianca Airlines. The deal consists of AJMWA purchasing the entire ten (10) Fokker 50 aircraft fleet from Avianca Airlines to be delivered to Jet Midwest’s facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon completion of general inspection and routine maintenance of the aircraft at the Jet Midwest facility, AJMWA will release the Fokker 50 aircraft to various airline customers under new operating arrangements.


Christian Cornille joins Airbus Helicopters as Executive Vice President – Industry

April 15, 2014 · 631 Views

Effective May 5th, current Aerolia CEO Christian Cornille will be appointed Executive Vice President – Industry of Airbus Helicopters. In this role, he will be in charge of raising the industrial model of Airbus Helicopters to a new standard, which is a key aspect of the Division’s transformation plan. Christian Cornille will be a member of the Executive Committee and report to Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. Christian Cornille will be replaced at Aerolia by Cédric Gautier.


Minsheng Financial Leasing confirmed as previously undisclosed challenger 350 jet buyer

April 15, 2014 · 53 Views

Bombardier Aerospace confirmed Minsheng Financial Leasing as the customer who placed an order for 10 Challenger 350 jets on December 30, 2013. The announcement was marked by a special ceremony attended by Bombardier and Minsheng Financial Leasing executives at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China, on April 15, 2014.