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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.

Aircraft serving Germany to nearly double by 2032

May 20, 2014 · 75 Views

According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) in the next 20 years (2013-2032), the traffic to and from Germany is set to grow at 3.5% per annum (global average 4.7%), driving a need for 1,821 aircraft to address the country’s rising international and domestic air travel requirements. The fleet of aircraft serving Germany will grow by 80% from todays’ 1,013 to 1,821 aircraft by 2032 and is forecast to consist of 1,338 single-aisle, 386 twin-aisle and 97 very large aircraft (VLA).Demand in Europe for 5,950 new passenger and freighter aircraft, represents 20% of world-wide demand with a market value of US$803bn (North America at 20% and Latin America at 8%). This compares to emerging markets where growth is stronger such as in Asia-Pacific which represents 38% of the global demand. Germany today is the largest export country in Europe and enjoys the strongest economy. It is the world’s fourth-largest economy and because it is driven by exports the importance of aviation for Germany cannot be underestimated. By 2032, Dusseldorf will have joined Frankfurt and Munich to become one of the World’s aviation mega-cities’ Germany has seven main airlines: Air Berlin, Condor, Germanwings, European Air Transport, Germania, Hamburg Airways and Lufthansa. Each airline relies on Airbus aircraft for part if not all of their fleets. With 387 Airbus aircraft in operation (279 A320 Family aircraft, 19 A300/A310s, 77 A330/A340s, and 12 A380s) with German carriers, Airbus has gained a market share of more than 65% underlining the preference of German carriers for Airbus aircraft. To date, there are nearly 180 aircraft in Airbus’ backlog for delivery to German carriers (150 A320 Family aircraft, 25 A350s and 2 A380s).

Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

May 20, 2014 · 97 Views

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209bn at list prices. The 737 MAX also has commitments for more than 250 additional airplanes. The 737 MAX has reached 2,000 orders faster than any other Boeing airplane in history. This unprecedented demand is fueled by air traffic growth and the need for more fuel-efficient airplanes. On track to begin final assembly in mid-2015, the 737 MAX will fly in 2016 and deliver to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

Etihad Regional strengthens network out of Zurich

May 20, 2014 · 93 Views

Etihad Regional will introduce five new routes expanding the airline’s operations out of Zurich to eight destinations. Building on its network expansion strategy, Etihad Regional will commence daily services from Zurich to Linz (Austria), Lyon (France) and Verona (Italy). From Zurich, the airline will also operate to Düsseldorf (Germany) two times per week, and to Florence (Italy) four times per week. The airline will deploy its ATR 72-500 and Saab 2000 fleet on the new routes. Etihad Regional operates eight Saab 2000 aircraft and by June will add four ATR 72-500 to its fleet.

Bauhaus Luftfahrt unveils “Propulsive Fuselage” concept

May 20, 2014 · 1376 Views

At this year’s international Berlin Air Show (ILA), Bauhaus Luftfahrt for the first time presents the concept study of a so-called “Propulsive Fuselage”. With the exhibition of a 1:30 scale model at the booth of its industrial partner MTU Aero Engines, the interdisciplinary research organisation shows how dispensing with the classical separation of airframe and propulsion systems could open up new synergies and facilitate significant efficiency gains for future aircraft generations. The centrepiece of the concept is a special engine design which is fully integrated into the aircraft’s tapered rear fuselage. The latter is encircled by the so-called “Fuselage Fan” powered by a gas turbine in the tail cone. The main advantage of this “distributed” propulsion architecture is the effective ingestion of the so-called “Boundary Layer” in order to re-energise its decelerated airflow in close proximity to the fuselage and to re-accelerate its wake to free-stream velocity. In doing so, the “Fuselage Fan” compensates for a significant percentage of the fuselage’s viscous drag. Due to the reduced thrust demand, propulsive efficiency may be increased, and, the concept’s two conventional engines producing the largest part of the overall thrust could be scaled down in order to reduce weight and drag. Initial studies conducted by Bauhaus Luftfahrt within the EU-funded research project “Distributed Propulsion and Ultra-high bypass Rotor Study at Aircraft Level” (abbr.: DisPURSAL) already indicated that, despite the additional engine, the “Propulsive Fuselage” concept could, through cascade effects, enable fuel savings of up to 10% over and above projected technology improvements targeting the year 2035. The DisPURSAL project was launched in February 2013 and is funded by the European Commission in line with its 7th Research Framework Programme. Besides the project coordinator Bauhaus Luftfahrt, the international project consortium and its industrial advisory board consist of notable companies and institutions, such as MTU Aero Engines, Airbus Group including Airbus Group Innovations, the French Office National d’Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA), the Russian Central Institute for Aviation Motors (CIAM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

DAE appoints John Paterson to StandardAero’s Board of Directors

May 20, 2014 · 130 Views

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has engaged John Paterson as a Consultant to help strengthen its StandardAero franchise in the Asia Pacific region. Paterson will join the Board of Directors of StandardAero, DAE’s independent MRO business. Paterson brings more than three decades of industrial, aerospace, engineering and airline expertise to StandardAero’s Board of Directors. He recently retired as President, Marine & Industrial Power Systems for Rolls-Royce Group, plc.

Rolls-Royce to strengthen research and development for future aero engines in Dahlewitz

May 20, 2014 · 131 Views

Rolls-Royce revealed plans to develop key aero-engine technologies at its Dahlewitz site in Germany. This follows the ground-breaking in March of a new test-bed for power gearboxes, which will support the development of the next generation of aero-engine designs. Research in Dahlewitz will create technologies delivering lower weight, lower cost, lower fuel consumption and higher performance engines. These technologies can be applied across future small and medium-size engines as well as larger engines in the wide-body market. As part of this, Dahlewitz will become the Rolls-Royce global Centre of Competence for power gearbox capability, performing research and technology development for power gearboxes and related components. To deliver this programme, Rolls-Royce will seek to fill around 200 specialist engineering positions in Germany over the next 18 months, who will work in close collaboration with the global engineering community of the company. The plans represent a substantial investment amounting to several hundred million euros. They are a part of Rolls-Royce’s consistent global technology strategy, will involve local industry partners and support provided by the relevant governments. One of the future engine designs announced by Rolls-Royce in February, called UltraFan, is a geared design with a variable pitch fan system. It is based on technology that could be ready for service from 2025 and will offer at least 25% improvement in fuel burn and emissions against the first generation of Trent engines. The power gearbox included in such a system will need to be able to handle the equivalent horsepower produced by roughly 500 family cars. The test-stand for gearbox development in Dahlewitz will be able to measure dozens of performance parameters per second. It recovers most of the power during test-runs for a more economic operation.

Jet Aviation Basel and AJW Aviation partner to develop global component support

May 20, 2014 · 127 Views

Jet Aviation Basel and AJW Aviation signed an agreement to cooperate in developing component support and AOG programmes for mutual Airbus ACJ and Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) customers — wherever they fly worldwide. To ensure availability of aircraft components when and where needed, Jet Aviation Basel and AJW Aviation are joining forces to establish a specialised component support and global AOG service for Airbus and Boeing business jet operators and owners. Jet Aviation is unique in its global reach and scope of services, including dedicated AOG teams responding 24/7 to emergency situations worldwide. AJW maintains award-winning Airbus and Boeing spares inventories at global hubs across Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada and the Americas for almost 500 Airbus and Boeing aircraft — equivalent to operational backing for the world’s eighth largest airline. Together, the companies will offer a truly exceptional component support and AOG service that delivers the same peace of mind enjoyed by global airlines employing AJW’s power-by-the-hour commercial fleet support service.

Airbus Corporate Jets wins first in-service ACJ320 and ACJ319 Sharklet retrofit

May 20, 2014 · 134 Views

Alpha Star Aviation Services of Saudi Arabia has become the first Airbus ACJ320 customer for an in-service retrofit of Sharklets, upswept fins attached to the wingtips that save about 4% in fuel consumption while also enhancing performance and appearance. It is also the first Middle East customer for the in-service retrofit of Sharklets on an Airbus corporate jet. Alpha Star plans to fit Sharklets to an Airbus ACJ320 that is already in operation, during 2016. The in-service retrofit comprises local structural reinforcement of the outer wing, a software upgrade to several flight-control computers, and replacement of the existing wingtips by Sharklets. It is also the first Saudi Arabian corporate jet customer for FlySmart, Airbus’ performance calculation software for ipad.

Comlux The Aviation Group has become the first Airbus ACJ319 customer for an in-service retrofit of Sharklets. Comlux plan to fit Sharklets to an Airbus ACJ319 already in operation, during 2016. The in-service retrofit comprises local structural reinforcement of the outer wing, a software upgrade to several flight-control computers, and replacement of the existing wingtips by Sharkles.

TAG Aviation completes 30th EASy II upgrade

May 20, 2014 · 88 Views

TAG Aviation’s maintenance centre in Geneva is set to complete its 30th Dassault EASy II avionics upgrade on a Falcon 900DX aircraft. As a Dassault Authorised Service Centre (ASC), TAG Aviation has installed EASy II flight decks on Falcon 900 series as well as Falcon 7X and Falcon 2000 series aircraft since its market introduction in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and has 20 installations on order. EASy II flight deck is a simplified inflight management system, which improves crew coordination and situational awareness.

Middle East customer orders one ACJ320

May 20, 2014 · 114 Views

Airbus has won an order from a Middle East customer for an Airbus ACJ320, adding to the strong presence of its corporate jets in the region. The aircraft, which is being managed by Aviation Link of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be outfitted with a VVIP interior with seating for 30 passengers. Aviation Link already manages two Airbus ACJ319s and an ACJ320 for Middle East clients.

Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

May 20, 2014 · 145 Views

Pratt & Whitney launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofan engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance while carrying more passengers or larger payloads when operating out of high-altitude airports. The higher thrust offered by the PW1135G-JM engine allows an A321neo operator to benefit from increased range when operating out of high altitude airports, such as Mexico City and Bogota.

EMBRAER opens final assembly hangar for the KC-390, in Gaviao Peixoto, SP, Brazil

May 20, 2014 · 152 Views

EMBRAER held the opening ceremony of the final assembly line of the KC-390 military transport on May 20th. The event occurred at Embraer’s plant in Gaviao Peixoto, Sao Paulo. Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force signed the series production contract of the KC-390, thus marking the beginning of a new phase of the project, which began to be developed in 2009. The contract provides for the purchase of 28 aircraft over a period of ten years, with the first delivery scheduled for the end of 2016. Besides the aircraft, the contract provides for supplying a logistical support package, which includes spare parts and maintenance. At a total value of R$ 7.2bn, the contract still depends on complementary documentation in order to go into effect, which is expected to occur within 90 days. IAE International Aero Engines meanwhile reported that it shipped all six prototype V2500-E5 powerplants for the KC-390 multi-role tanker/transport aircraft to EMBRAER. The first three were delivered ahead of schedule earlier this year and the remaining three instrumented powerplants were shipped earlier this month. All six engines will be used in flight tests beginning in 2014. Civil certification for the new engine model is planned for third quarter 2014. Following assembly at the Pratt & Whitney Middletown, Connecticut, Engine Center, the V2500-E5 engines were shipped to the UTC Aerospace Systems – Aerostructures in Foley, Alabama, for installation of nacelles, thrust reversers and engine build-up equipment. Production powerplants will be delivered to support entry into service scheduled in 2016.

Skydrol aviation hydraulic fluids selected by Boeing

May 21, 2014 · 82 Views

Eastman Chemical Company reported that Boeing has entered into a new multiyear supply agreement to purchase Skydrol aviation hydraulic fluids. Eastman’s advanced line of aviation hydraulic fluids, sold under the brand name Skydrol, are approved by airframe manufacturers specifying fire-resistant hydraulic fluids. The brand has been part of the commercial aviation industry’s commitment to safety, reliability, and excellence in performance for more than 60 years.

AMAC Aerospace Turkey awarded Authorised Service Centre status from Dassault Falcon

May 21, 2014 · 76 Views

Following the successful launch of its aviation business in Turkey, a leading provider of corporate aviation maintenance and completion services, AMAC Aerospace reported that its facility at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul has become a Dassault appointed Authorised Service Centre (ASC). AMAC Aerospace Turkey achieved EASA Part-145 approval for Falcon 900 & Falcon 900EX EASy models earlier this year enabling AMAC to carry out line maintenance on Falcon 900 and Falcon 900EX EASy models, including Falcon 900DX and Falcon 900LX at line maintenance level up to and including 4A+. AMAC Aerospace Turkey was subsequently awarded the status of Dassault Falcon Authorized Service Center (ASC) at the end of April this year. It is anticipated that maintenance approvals for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX EASy family will be given later in the summer, and that Falcon 7X approval will be given by year end.

Honeywell and HAITEC to deliver high speed in-flight connectivity for Airbus Corporate Jets

May 21, 2014 · 115 Views

Honeywell Aerospace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Germany-based maintenance, repair and overhaul company HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH, to deliver its JetWave in-flight Wi-Fi hardware for two charter Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) 319 aircraft owned and operated by HAITEC customer Tyrolean Jet Services. JetWave is capable of delivering downlink speeds to the cabin of up to 33mbps for business aircraft and up to 50mbps for air transport aircraft, allowing passengers to video-conference, send and receive large files and stream high quality television and movies while on the move.

Lufthansa Technik starts innovation boost program

May 21, 2014 · 273 Views

Lufthansa Technik  is significantly increasing its efforts in the area of product, service and technological evelopments by starting an innovation boost program. The investment in this area is to be quadrupled, from €50m over the past five years, to €200m over the next four years. Both, Lufthansa Technik’s conventional maintenance, repair and overhaul business, the company’s VIP and Executive Jet business will also benefit from this new approach. Along with the financial investment, Lufthansa Technik has changed its organization to create an optimal base for its innovation activities. To strengthen innovation management, the department – Corporate Innovation Management and Product Development – has been set up. Under the leadership of Dr. Helge Sachs this department will promote, coordinate and control company-wide technology and product development projects and will be responsible for the increased central innovation budget. Additionally, the department will be responsible for the creation of standards and processes for innovation management and for the further development of the corporate innovation and technology roadmap. Lufthansa Technik has also reorganized its activities in the development and production of cabin elements by bundling all of them into a new Product Division for Original Equipment Innovation. This step has created an organizational foundation for expanding the company’s position as a manufacturing operation. The head of this new product division is Andrew Muirhead, one of the company’s most experienced innovation managers. Muirhead previously headed the Innovation Business Unit at Lufthansa Technik. He is leading a team of over 80 interdisciplinary employees – with more to come – as the consolidation process takes shape.

Lufthansa Technik presents pre-customized VIP cabin for narrow-body aircraft

May 21, 2014 · 132 Views

Lufthansa Technik has presented its new pre-customized VIP cabin, which will be offered for both, the Airbus ACJ family and the Boeing BBJ series, at EBACE 2014. Herewith, Lufthansa Technik continues and extends its successful business with modulated narrow-body VIP cabins, which started eight years ago with a co-operation for the successful “Elite” program together with Airbus. The new platform-adaptable concept offers a large variety of configurations and is mission optimized with regards to cabin interior weight, seating comfort, sufficient stowage volume and the integration of client oriented features for maximum comfort and usability, like a king size bed, vanity table, master bathroom with full size shower and a private office. In the course of the “Elite” program so far more than 20 aircraft have been completed and delivered, one aircraft is currently in the completion process at Lufthansa Technik’s US-subsidiary Bizjet International. Additionally, Lufthansa Technik completed twelve Bombardier Challenger 850 and four BBJs for Boeing NETJET with a pre-customized cabin in the past.

SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure System EASA-certified for Bombardier aircraft

May 21, 2014 · 119 Views

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has received an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Crane’s SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure System for the Bombardier families of CRJ regional jets, Challenger mid-sized business jets and Global large business jets. EASA approval for these Bombardier aircraft adds to the growing list of certifications for SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensors including virtually all Cessna Citation models, Dassault Falcon 50, and Bombardier Learjet 40/45 and 60. In addition, SmartStem is certified on the Boeing 737NG, 747-400, 777, 787 and Bombardier Q-Series models. Crane is in the process of certifying SmartStem on additional business, regional, and large commercial aircraft.

Satcom Direct and TAG Global Training partner to offer satellite communications training in Europe

May 21, 2014 · 71 Views

Satcom Direct and TAG Global Training will offer basic, intermediate and advanced satellite communications classes for customers, pilots, maintenance personnel and crew members. TAG Global Training was established in 2007 to train TAG’s pilots and cabin crew in EASA approved ground school courses. This successful program expanded beyond TAG’s own needs, with training currently being conducted for more than 70 operators as well. Via the partnership with Satcom Direct, TAG Global Training will have exclusive access to Satcom Direct’s Learning Management System which includes both classroom and on-line training modules.

Best Fly partners with Corjet Maintenance

May 21, 2014 · 169 Views

Angola-based Best Fly Group has formed a strategic partnership with Spanish company Corjet Maintenance. The agreement sees the official creation of start-up company Best Fly Maintenance and was formally signed during EBACE 2014. Under the terms of the agreement Best Fly Maintenance will benefit from Corjet Maintenance’s EASA Part 145 knowledge and experience, enabling the newly formed business to offer a wide range of maintenance solutions in Angola and the surrounding region. Best Fly Maintenance will effectively become an extension of Corjet Maintenance in Africa, offering equivalent capabilities in terms of aircraft maintenance. Corjet will also provide human resources and training programmes to Best Fly maintenance engineers and technicians in Luanda and at its main base station in Madrid.

Air Lease Corporation places two new Boeing 737-800s with Mihin Lanka

May 21, 2014 · 113 Views

Air Lease Corporation announced long term lease agreements with Mihin Lanka for two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, delivering from ALC’s orderbook in 2015.

HEICO Corporation reports first half fiscal year 2014 net income of $55.8m

May 21, 2014 · 151 Views

HEICO CORPORATION reported that net income increased 20% to $28.4m in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, up from $23.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. In the first six months of fiscal 2014, net income increased 28% to $55.8m, up from $43.7m in the first six months of fiscal 2013. Operating income increased 10% to $49.2m in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, up from $44.7m in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. In the first six months of fiscal 2014, operating income increased 25% to $99.6m, up from $79.6m in the first six months of fiscal 2013. The Company’s consolidated operating margin was 17.4% and 18.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively. The Company’s consolidated operating margin improved to 18.1% in the first six months of fiscal 2014, up from 17.5% in the first six months of fiscal 2013. Net sales increased 19% to $282.2m in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, up from $237.7m in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. In the first six months of fiscal 2014, net sales increased 21% to $549.1m, up from $454.2m in the first six months of fiscal 2013.

Nok Air finalizes order for 737 MAXs, Next-Generation 737s

May 21, 2014 · 137 Views

Boeing and Nok Air finalized an order for eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. Nok Air also announced that it intends to convert one of the 737-800s into a 737 MAX at a later date. The order, first announced as a commitment at the Singapore Air Show in February, is valued at $1.45bn at list prices and will establish Nok Air as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX. While Nok Air currently operates a fleet of 15 Next-Generation 737s, this marks the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.

Garuda Indonesia selects Global Eagle Entertainment as IFE content service provider

May 21, 2014 · 125 Views

Global Eagle Entertainment has been selected by Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, to provide inflight entertainment (IFE) content to its passengers. Garuda Indonesia continues to evolve its business and deliver continuous and better service improvements to passengers as part of the company’s “Quantum Leap 2011-2015″ program.

Kaan Air orders one AW139 and one AW189 in VIP configuration

May 21, 2014 · 121 Views

AgustaWestland announced an order by Kaan Air for one AW139 intermediate and one AW189 super medium helicopter in VIP configuration. The contract expands the success of the AW139 in Turkey and marks the entrance of the AW189 in the Turkish market. Furthermore this is the first VIP-configured AW189 ordered in Europe where the type has already enjoyed a considerable success in the offshore and SAR markets.

Boeing names new leader for Korea

May 21, 2014 · 122 Views

Boeing named Eric John as president of Boeing Korea, where he will lead all company activities in Korea, working to further expand Boeing’s local presence and pursue new growth opportunities. John joins the company effective May 30th, after three decades of international service with the U.S. government. He succeeds Pat Gaines, who retires in September after 27 years with Boeing.