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

February 20, 2015 · 556 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 · 655 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 · 197 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 · 164 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 · 113 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 · 80 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 · 80 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 · 76 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 · 67 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 · 66 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 · 42 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 · 55 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.


AEI delivers second of three Yangtze River B737-400F’s

April 22, 2014 · 26 Views

Aeronautical Engineers, has delivered the second of three B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighters to Yangtze River Express of Shanghai. The aircraft is a standard gross weight Boeing 737-400 (MSN 29914) built in 1998 and was converted at the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services facility in Shanghai, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. This is AEI’s 7th of the anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.


PART completes certification to perform maintenance on 787 Dreamliner

April 22, 2014 · 227 Views

PART has recently completed certification to perform maintenance on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. PART’s 145 certification permits maintenance support to perform Phase checks and Structural Repairs in care of the B787. PART has multiple, flight ready Boeing 787 Dreamliners on site and has completed maintenance in support of eleven Dreamliners thus far. PART, an ARC Aerospace Industries Company and Boeing Gold Care Provider, is located in Victorville, California. PART provides Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul services for Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and other leading manufacturers.


ARGUS selects T3 Private Jets Asia as strategic partner for Asian market

April 22, 2014 · 34 Views

ARGUS Internationa announced a new global strategic partnership with T3 Private Jets Asia (T3). One of the greatest advantages of this relationship is how it will greatly increase the efficiency and timeliness of providing world-class audits and aviation services in Asia. This regional partnership will provide an exponentially better audit experience for mutual customers in the region. “ARGUS has been working in the Asian market for quite some time and realized that a strategic partner in the region would foster even greater, more efficient access to our proven aviation solutions,” said Joe Moeggenberg, President and CEO of ARGUS. This approach is fresh and the partnership underscores ARGUS International’s commitment to mutual Asian clients and T3’s ability to deliver these services and products to Asia, at significantly reduced costs by utilizing resources already in the region. ARGUS and T3 have formed a pact to develop Asian resources and deliver the highest quality services and products offered in line with international standards, for which both companies are well known to uphold.


STS Component Solutions signs consignment agreement with Air Maintenance Estonia

April 22, 2014 · 254 Views

STS Component Solutions, a division of STS Aviation Group, has entered to an agreement for parts distribution with Air Maintenance Estonia, a leader in Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Organization that is located in Tallinn, Capital of Estonia. Through this consignment agreement, STS Component Solutions will be responsible for facilitating Air Maintenance Estonia reliable list of components utilizing STS Component Solutions OEM Distribution Product Lines. A key part of this agreement covers superior availability of airframe spares and inventory in this region and across the globe. The consignment agreement is tailored to Air Maintenance Estonia’s specific requirements and remains flexible as maintenance demands change in this area.


Lessor Falko Regional Aircraft adds Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to portfolio

April 22, 2014 · 60 Views

Adria Airways of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Falko Regional Aircraft (Falko), and Bombardier Aerospace announced that Falko has added a Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to its portfolio and that the aircraft has been leased to Adria. This acquisition by Falko, a global lessor focused on the regional aircraft sector, resulted from a sale and leaseback agreement with Adria and follows an earlier purchase agreement between Bombardier and Adria for two CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Falko and Adria have agreed to finance the second CRJ900 NextGen aircraft under a similar sale and leaseback arrangement.


Optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator helicopter takes successful first flight

April 22, 2014 · 56 Views

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program, conducted the successful first flight demonstration on March 11th, at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center. The demonstration was conducted through the use of Sikorsky’s Matrix Technologies and advanced Ground Control Station (GCS) Technologies. The OPBH demonstrated autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable GCS, demonstrating the capability for expeditionary operations and critical cargo resupply.


Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel

April 22, 2014 · 24 Views

Gevo, the only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. Lufthansa’s testing is being supported through work with the European Commission. “By using isobutanol as a renewable raw material for producing jet fuel, the resulting jet fuel has the mixtures of molecules typical of petro-based jet fuel making it directly compatible with engines and infrastructure. Renewable jet embodies the potential of cleaner, greener, and as we scale up, cost competitive drop-in fuels,” said Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s chief executive officer. “We greatly appreciate Lufthansa’s and the European Commission’s support of this effort. Through initiatives like this, the commercial airlines are seeking to prove out ATJ and move it towards commercialization. ATJ from Gevo’s isobutanol is a clean burning, homegrown, drop-in jet fuel, and we have a potential route to deliver aviation biofuels at scale and at competitive cost.”


Shandong Airlines orders 50 Boeing 737s

April 22, 2014 · 22 Views

Boeing confirmed that Shandong Airlines’ commitment to order 50 Boeing 737s, including 16 Next-Generation 737s and 34 737 MAXs. The airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in China and Northeast Asia, one of the most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes.


Boeing names Ursula English Environment, Health and Safety leader

April 22, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing named Ursula English as vice president of its Environment, Health and Safety organization. She will be responsible for leading the company’s workplace safety programs and its efforts to improve the environmental performance of Boeing products, services and global operations. Effective April 25th, English will report to John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. English replaces Kim Smith, who was recently named vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.


China Airlines goes live on Maintenix Version 8

April 25, 2014 · 56546 Views

Mxi Technologies, a leader in aviation maintenance management software, reported that China Airlines has successfully gone live with a full-fleet upgrade to the Maintenix version 8 (v8) stream. Deployed across a maintenance and engineering network of more than 1600 users, Maintenix v8 offers China Airlines a scalable platform that will facilitate organizational expansion, business process efficiencies, and the seamless adoption of new features and usability enhancements.


EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 gear shaft redesign

April 23, 2014 · 4 Views

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities. Manufacturing of the redesigned gear shaft is underway, allowing worldwide implementation on concerned aircraft in service and in production, starting in the second semester of 2014.


DAE choose AerData STREAM software package

April 23, 2014 · 35 Views

AerData, a provider of software and services for the aviation industry announced that DAE Capital (DAE) the aircraft leasing and finance arm of DAE, has chosen AerData’s STREAM software. STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) is the industry’s foremost web-based solution used by some of the world’s largest airlines, lessors and MROs to digitally manage aircraft and engine records. DAE Capital, the aircraft leasing and finance arm of DAE was formed in 2007. DAE Capital’s fleet is currently comprised of a combination of 53 single aisle and wide-body aircraft.


Small Planet prepares for next stage by organising itself as a Group

April 23, 2014 · 26 Views

In preparation of future plans the holding company Small Planet Group has been established to take ownership of the Small Planet Airlines of Lithuania and Poland, along with other aviation related investments. There is no change in shareholding. The shareholders of Small Planet Group are Vytautas Kaikaris and Andrius Staniulis who acquired the Company in March of last year. Small Planet Group UAB will own 100% shares of the leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines UAB and 90% shares of Small Planet Airlines Sp. z o. o.. Small Planet Airlines UAB also holds a 25% stake in the business class charter KlasJet. The financial year 2013 was the most successful year in the history of Small Planet Airlines – last year’s profit in Lithuania and Poland amounted to €2.6m, and revenue reached €127.5m, which represents a 52% increase in comparison to 2012. The Company expects significant improvement in its profitability this year compared to last whilst modestly increase its revenue year on year.


TAE move to create Australia’s most capable component repair facility

April 23, 2014 · 17 Views

Fuel component maintenance in Adelaide has launched and TAE is now providing world class turbine engine component maintenance to customers across Australasia, Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. The relocation of Masling Industries’ operations from Cootamundra, New South Wales to TAE’s Adelaide Airport facility has enabled TAE to fully integrate it’s small component maintenance business in one site, now providing a ‘one stop shop’ for our customers’ small turbine requirements, from engine overhaul to component repair. TAE have also used this opportunity to modernize and upgrade the fuel component MRO capability, procuring new fuel test rigs – as well as upgrading existing test rigs, tools and associated equipment to future proof the business and allow for growth of the current capability. Building on Masling Industries’ reputation TAE will continue to be a modern and progressive component repair and maintenance facility.


Embraer projects 530 new deliveries of 70 to 130-seat jets in Africa and the Middle East over the next 20 years

April 23, 2014 · 53 Views

Embraer Commercial Aviation forecasts that airlines in Africa and the Middle East will take delivery of 530 new jets in the 70 to 130-seat segment over the next 20 years (valued at US$ 25bn at list prices), representing 8% of the worldwide demand for the segment in the period. It is estimated that 65% of the total new deliveries will be added to support market demand growth while 35% will replace ageing retiring aircraft. Forecasts indicate that 17 of the world’s top 30 fastest growing countries in 2014 will be in the region. Air transport in Africa and the Middle East will steadily grow 5.3% and 7.1% per annum over the next 20 years, respectively – above the world average of 4.8% -, more than tripling the air traffic to, from, and within the region. Currently, 60% of the larger single aisle jet flight departures among African and Middle Eastern destinations have up to 110 passengers on-board on average, resulting in low load factors. The region is mostly composed by low- and mid-density markets. Some 88% of all markets have demand densities of up to 300 passengers daily each way, and approximately 50% of them are not served nonstop. Embraer E-Jets provide the capability to develop a better traffic feed system and greater network connectivity, as well as improving the quality of services on existing markets where there is not enough demand to support larger single aisle aircraft operations. The E-Jets family has logged nearly 1,500 orders and over 1,000 deliveries to date. The aircraft are in service with some 65 customers from 45 countries. In Africa and the Middle East, Embraer has more than 75% market share among aircraft in its segment. Nearly 70 E-Jets are currently in service with 7 operators from 6 countries in the region.


Vector Aerospace UK broadens and strengthens approach to safety management

April 23, 2014 · 53345 Views

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have a single, flexible and appropriate approach to Safety Management across all areas and locations of our business”, said Chris Hosking, Quality Director at Vector Aerospace. “We see SMS as something more fundamental to the way we operate than mere compliance; it is integral to how we work and correlates with the company’s core values in terms of the responsible behaviours and culture which we have historically cultivated”. The SMS will build upon the company’s successful pre-existing strategies, such as its ‘Quality & Safety 1st’campaign, which have helped to place health & safety, airworthiness and flight safety at the centre of all that it does.


AfBAA announces new agreement with Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa

April 25, 2014 · 542 Views

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) announced a Memo of Understanding with the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA). The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that both parties provide continued support to each others’ ongoing promotion of Business Aviation as an efficient and safe mode of transport across the continent of Africa. The announcement of the agreement took place during day one of the inaugural AfBAA Expo event, Africa’s first dedicated business aviation exhibition, taking place at the Marrakech FRA Airport, 23 – 26 April 2014. This is the first time AfBAA has formed an alliance with a commercial aviation association and exemplifies its commitment to its original primary objective of promoting the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the continent’s economic development and prosperity. The unique agreement will enable both parties to maximise the opportunities presented by jointly advocating for, raising awareness of, and supporting the aviation sector, through collaboration on a variety of projects, events and ideas which will take advantage of the collective knowledge of their individual members.


PRIMUS turns into total service provider

April 23, 2014 · 444 Views

Airworthiness Management and Aviation Technical Expert PRIMUS Aircraft Management Solutions, extends its scope of services by adding flight operational expertise to the list. “Since our step into the African aviation market, about two years ago and as a member of the AfBAA we have seen that operational management expertise is one of the highest demands in Africa. As such we have employed a number of experts to support our highly valued clients.” “Our team holds all relevant know how to meet every standard an operator may need. As such – for example- we are supporting Angolans largest Biz-Jet Operator in being among the first on the continent obtaining the IS-BAO accreditation.” says PRIMUS´s General Manager, Stephan Krainer. “Africa plays a key role in our company strategy, as such we have adopted or services to meet Africas demand. We want to be a partner for our clients.”


B/E Aerospace reports record first quarter 2014 financial results

April 23, 2014 · 19 Views

B/E Aerospace’s first quarter 2014 revenues of $1.01bn increased 20.1% as compared with the prior year period. First quarter 2014 operating earnings, excluding $2.2m of costs related to first quarter acquisitions, were $185.2m, an increase of 20.6%. Operating margin, adjusted to exclude acquisition costs, was 18.3% and increased 10 basis points as compared to the prior year period. On a GAAP basis, operating earnings of $183.0m increased 19.1%. First quarter 2014 earnings before income tax, excluding first quarter acquisition costs, were $154.6m, an increase of 25.7%. On a GAAP basis, earnings before income tax increased 23.9%. First quarter 2014 net earnings and earnings per diluted share, excluding first quarter acquisition costs, were $110.5m and $1.06 per share, representing increases of 22.9% and 21.8%, respectively, as compared with the prior year period. First quarter 2014 commercial aircraft segment (CAS) revenues increased 24.6% while operating earnings of $93.1m increased 25.5% as compared with the prior year period. Operating margin of 17.8% increased 10 basis points. First quarter 2014 business jet segment (BJS) revenues increased 26.9% while operating earnings of $21.1m increased 44.5% as compared with the prior year period. Operating margin of 17.4% expanded 210 basis points as compared with the prior year period, reflecting an improved mix of revenues and ongoing operational efficiency initiatives.


AAR secures contract with Aeromexico to perform heavy maintenance

April 23, 2014 · 435 Views

AAR, a global aerospace and defense contractor, has secured a contract with Aeromexico to provide heavy maintenance, or C checks, on three of the airline’s Boeing 767 aircraft. AAR will perform the work at the Indianapolis Maintenance Center, its largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the U.S., located on the Indianapolis airport. Work has already begun on the first 767; two more aircraft will be delivered in the coming weeks. The contract is the first between AAR and Aeromexico, and expands on the aerospace and defense contractor’s global presence, which includes supply chain, cargo and transport, component repair and inventory management operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Boeing Commercial Airplanes first-quarter revenue increased to $12.7bn

April 23, 2014 · 69 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes first-quarter revenue increased to $12.7bn on higher 787 and 737 deliveries. First-quarter operating margin improved to 11.8% reflecting the delivery volume and mix and lower period costs partially offset by higher R&D. During the quarter, the 787 program reached a 10 per month production rate and completed preliminary design review on the 787-10. The company selected the Everett, Washington site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X. In April, the 737 program reached a production rate of 42 per month. Commercial Airplanes booked 235 net orders during the quarter. Backlog remains strong with over 5,100 airplanes valued at $374bn.


Delta Air Lines announces March quarter profit

April 23, 2014 · 87 Views

Delta’s pre-tax income for the March 2014 quarter was $444m, excluding special items, an increase of $363m over the March 2013 quarter on a similar basis. Delta’s net income for the March 2014 quarter was $281m, excluding special items. This is $196m higher year over year despite $163m of non-cash tax expense now recognized after the reversal of the company’s valuation allowance. On a GAAP basis including special items, Delta’s pre-tax income was $335m and net income was $213m.


ILFC and Azul Brazilian Airlines sign agreement to lease eight Airbus aircraft

April 23, 2014 · 54321 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has signed an agreement with Azul Brazilian Airlines (Azul) to lease five Airbus A350-900 and three A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft will be operated on the airline’s new international routes from São Paulo/Campinas airport to the U.S., which are expected to launch in early 2015. The A350-900 aircraft are anticipated to deliver in 2017, while deliveries of the A330-200 aircraft are expected to begin in 2014. Rolls-Royce engines will power the aircraft.


Avcorp announces Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative Funding Agreement from Government of Canada

April 23, 2014 · 104 Views

Avcorp Industries has received a Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) Contribution Agreement from the Government of Canada for up to $4.4m to support development of advanced metal bond manufacturing processes and capabilities. In particular, this SADI supported project will assist Avcorp to undertake specific capability development for large, complex metal bonded structural components, for its customers, including The Boeing Company and Cascade Aerospace. This project will also support implementation of Lean Manufacturing process improvements and advancements along Metal Bond Technology Roadmap. This funding support from the Government of Canada will be instrumental in enabling Avcorp to achieve these capability and competitiveness enhancements in a timeframe that meets both Avcorp customers’ requirements and the demands of the market.