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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.


HEICO Corporation subsidiary completes Quest Aviation Supply acquisition

June 16, 2014 · 173 Views

HEICO Corporation reported that Seal Dynamics, a subsidiary of its Flight Support Group, completed the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of Quest Aviation Supply of Chatsworth, California. Financial terms were not disclosed, but HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings within the first year after the closing. Quest was founded in 1997 and is a niche supplier of parts to repair thrust reversers on CF6-80, RB-211, CFM56 and V2500 engines. Quest will add 300 FAA-PMA approvals to the approximately 8,700 FAA-PMA approvals already held by HEICO’s Flight Support Group. Quest products and team members will join HEICO’s Seal Dynamics. HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in certain niche segments of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries through its Hollywood, FL-based Flight Support Group and its Miami, FL-based Electronic Technologies Group.


The LATAM Group are the Volartec launch customer for new Technical Consulting Service

June 16, 2014 · 111 Views

Volartec is a leading aerospace company that has experience in providing leading edge IT solutions to Airlines and MRO companies around the world. The people behind Volartec have long established roots within the aviation sector with vast experience in the establishment and growth of airlines. The combination of these factors and call from our wide customer base has lead Volartec to launch complimentary services. Volartec now provides technical services to airlines, lessors and government agencies. They are constantly looking to the future, researching and applying the latest technology, systems, processes and services to deliver added value to their customers. Volartec Aviation Services is a business unit that was created within the group to proactively build upon the requests to fulfil further customer needs. The LATAM group have contracted VOLARTEC to provide technical representative services in aircraft checks, records reviews, audits and to provide technical assistance for comprehensive maintenance process in different MRO based worldwide.


BOC Aviation announces senior management appointments, London subsidiary

June 16, 2014 · 143 Views

BOC Aviation reported the appointment of Steven Townend as Chief
Commercial Officer for Europe, Americas & Africa. He has moved from the company’s Singapore headquarters to London, where a new subsidiary has been formed. Mr. Townend has been Chief Commercial Officer in charge of the revenue side of the company since 2004. He has more than 20 years of aviation finance and leasing experience. Mr. Townend will oversee all senior relationships within Europe, Americas and Africa and have primary responsibility for airline leasing and sales in these regions. He will also lead the company’s strategy for developing capital market products for both airline customers and third-party investors. Graham Lees has been named Head of Aircraft Sales, based in Singapore. Prior to this, he
was the Head of Airline Leasing & Sales for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, backed by more than 25 years of experience in various disciplines within the commercial aerospace sector, including senior positions with both airframe and engine manufacturers. Nick Devall is appointed Head of Airline Leasing & Sales for Asia Pacific and Middle East, adding depth to the management team with 29 years of experience marketing and selling to airlines globally. He will be based in Singapore.


Boeing, Turkish Airlines finalize order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s

June 16, 2014 · 105 Views

Boeing and Turkish Airlines finalized an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.6bn at list prices. The order follows the announcement in May 2013 when the Turkish flag carrier placed the largest Boeing order in the airline’s history for 50 737 MAXs and 20 Next-Generation 737s. With this announcement, Turkish Airlines has more than 100 unfilled orders for Boeing airplanes; 65 737 MAXs, more than 25 Next-Generation 737s and 20 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The Istanbul-based carrier currently operates a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737s and 15 777-300ERs. The 737 MAX has surpassed 2,000 orders from 41 customers, bringing the most advanced engine technologies to the world’s best-selling airplane, building on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition.


S-97 RAIDER Helicopter powered on as Next-Gen Rotorcraft moves closer to first flight

June 16, 2014 · 125 Views

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced, it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new, light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The key milestone on the first of two aircraft planned to be built in the RAIDER program took place May 28, 2014, at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center where the aircraft is being assembled. The successful powering on means that the cockpit multifunction displays and control display unit (CDU) are operational, as are the CDU controlled electronic circuit breakers. The aircraft will undergo electrical power and avionics Acceptance Test Procedures for the next several weeks, to complete the checkout of the remaining avionics, electrical, and flight control systems. The S-97 RAIDER helicopter is a revolutionary rotorcraft that will deliver X2 Technology in a new light tactical rotorcraft designed to outmatch conventional military helicopters in speed, maneuverability, and high altitude operations. The fly-by-wire controlled helicopter will feature counter-rotating rigid main rotor blades for lift and forward flight, and a pusher propeller for high speed acceleration and deceleration. The RAIDER is targeted to fly by the end of 2014. Sikorsky plans to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities to the U.S. military beginning in 2015.


Delta to support Carbon War Room efforts to accelerate renewable jet fuel commercialization

June 16, 2014 · 130 Views

Delta Air Lines is partnering with the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit founded by Sir Richard Branson, in an effort to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide. This is part of the global carrier’s commitment to environmental accountability, transparency and carbon emission reduction. Delta and Carbon War Room agree that the development of a secure, sustainable, renewable fuels supply will strengthen the airline industry’s access to high-quality jet fuel, reduce price volatility and the industry’s overall carbon footprint and meet the needs of increasingly climate-conscious customers. Additionally, access to a competitively-priced renewable jet fuel will be advantageous in meeting future regulatory requirements to reduce emissions from the burning of petroleum-based jet fuel.


United Airlines to expand global network with service to Santiago, Chile

June 16, 2014 · 112 Views

United Airlines announced, the company will introduce service to Santiago, Chile, from its hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, beginning Dec.7, 2014, subject to government approval. Flight 847 will depart Houston daily at 9:05 p.m. and arrive in Santiago at 9:40 a.m. the next day. Return flight 846 will depart Santiago daily at 10:45 p.m. and arrive in Houston at 5:40 a.m. the following day. The flights are timed to provide convenient connections from Houston to 111 airports across the United States and to more than 60 international destinations.


Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earns FAA, EASA certification

June 16, 2014 · 155 Views

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing for the first 787-9 delivery to launch customer Air New Zealand. To earn certification for the 787-9, Boeing undertook a comprehensive test program with five airplanes and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground and laboratory testing. Following the rigorous and thorough certification process, the FAA and EASA each granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate for the 787-9, certifying that the design complies with aviation regulations and is safe and reliable.


Boeing, Southwest Airlines to implement Airplane Health Management

June 16, 2014 · 174 Views

Boeing released, that Southwest Airlines has selected Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to enhance operational efficiency in its maintenance and engineering operations. Southwest Airlines will use Airplane Health Management to collect and evaluate airplane operations data while the airplane is in flight. This real-time data is used to signal ground operations crews of any potential maintenance issues before the airplane lands, minimizing flight schedule disruptions and maintenance-related delays. Boeing technical teams will work with Southwest to facilitate initial deployment of the system for its Next-Generation 737s.


Precision Aviation Group and Safran Power introduce a new AW139 replacement starter generator

June 16, 2014 · 151 Views

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) posted that PAG companies are the exclusive MRO provider and a worldwide distributor of a new Agusta Westland 139 replacement starter generator made by Safran Power. The new component offers quick-attach-detach (QAD) mounting to facilitate maintenance. One aspect that is sure to be popular with operators is the weight. At 31.4 lbs. without QAD, the new unit is lighter than the current generator.


AEI delivers ALOHA AIR CARGO B737-300SF 11 pallet freighter

June 17, 2014 · 87 Views

Aeronautical Engineers announces that it has delivered the second of five B737-400SF freighters to Southern Air who will operate for DHL Express in the Americas. The second aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400SF built in 1997 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. The aircraft was sourced, and financing provided thru Strategic Air Finance. This is AEI’s 10th of the anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014. The AEI B737-400SF is the only passenger to freighter conversion product that offers operators ten full height 88″ x 125″ container positions.


IBA’s Dr Stuart Hatcher attains Senior Certified Appraiser status

June 17, 2014 · 98 Views

Dr Stuart Hatcher, Head of Valuations & Risk at International Bureau of Aviation has successfully passed his Senior Certified Appraiser exams joining an elite group of only sixteen other Appraisers worldwide to hold this position. The stringent examinations and pre-qualification criteria are set by the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) of which IBA are corporate members. IBA’s President, Phil Seymour, is already a Senior Certified Appraiser and the Company also employs two other, as well as David Yu, a candidate Appraiser based in China.


Ameco obtains AS/EN9100 certificate for VIP completion development

June 17, 2014 · 97 Views

Ameco Beijing obtained its AS/EN9100 certificate of registration, issued by SAI Global, a globally recognized certification body. Validating that Ameco Beijing operates a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008+AS9100C, EN9100:2009, in the scope of design and manufacturing of installation kits for aircraft modification and cabin parts. The AS/EN9100 is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system suited for the design, development and manufacturing of the aerospace industry. Thus standardizing the design and manufacturing process of Ameco’s VIP and business jet completion services and prepare for the further market development. In May of 2014, Ameco Beijing opened a hangar dedicated for VIP and business jet completions and maintenance. This VIP hangar can accommodate one wide-body aircraft or three narrow-body aircraft simultaneously and has installed advanced completion equipment and security systems. Currently, Ameco’s VIP and business jet capabilities cover all processes from design, engineering, certification of installation in a broad range of products modifications and maintenance.


Aernnova, Spain uses Altair’s tools for structural optimization

June 17, 2014 · 139 Views

Altair reported that Aernnova, an aerostructures company, has heavily extended its use of Altair’s computer-aided-engineering (CAE) software suite HyperWorks. The company assumes integral management of large aircraft sections and provides engineering services, composites and metallic parts as well as maintenance and support services. As one of the most important Tier 1 suppliers to the aerospace industry in Spain, Aernnova supports customers such as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, and others. Aernnova started working with Altair in 2009, strongly expanding its use of HyperWorks over time. Just recently, the company widened its contract to enable unlimited use of HyperWorks for Aernnova Spain, giving engineers unlimited and flexible access to the entire CAE suite according to their needs.


Boeing and Global Eagle Entertainment partner to offer line-fit satellite connectivity for commercial aircraft

June 17, 2014 · 110 Views

Boeing and Global Eagle Entertainment have signed a new technical services agreement (TSA) to evaluate Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) satellite-based connectivity solution for line-fit offer ability to airlines worldwide. The TSA is an important milestone in offering airline customers the option to purchase the GEE connectivity system pre-installed on new delivery Boeing 737 and 787 aircraft.  GEE delivers content and connectivity to the world’s largest fleet of Ku-band satellite-connected aircraft, with over 550 planes flying with the GEE system over four continents.  Evaluation by Boeing and GEE is expected to be completed during 2015.


Airbus Helicopters delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

June 17, 2014 · 383 Views

The first built-in-Brazil EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. The aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary at Itajubá in Minas Gerais state. Representing a €160m investment, the facility includes the EC725‘s final assembly line, test benches, a paint facility, training resources and a state of the art engineering center. The EC725 is Airbus Helicopter’s latest member of its Super Puma/Cougar helicopter family. As a highly capable twin-engine helicopter in the 11-metric-ton category, it is designed for multiple missions, including combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.


The Wing-Body combination complete for MRJ’s first flight test aircraft

June 17, 2014 · 163 Views

The wings of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s (MRJ) first flight test aircraft have been mated with the fuselage at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ final-assembly factory. The wing-body combination marks another major milestone toward MRJ’s completion. Mitsubishi Aircraft took delivery of the pylon from Spirit AeroSystems and the PurePower PW1200G engine from Pratt & Whitney and will soon commence the engine-mounting process.


Aeromexico unveils an increased number of flights for this summer season

June 17, 2014 · 146 Views

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, reported an increase in the number of flights it offers between Mexico City and major destinations such as Acapulco, Cancun, Huatulco, Los Cabos, Merida, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo in Mexico and Miami, Orlando and San Antonio in the United States, for this summer season. The airline will, therefore, add over 100 flights a week to its connectivity network, with more than 3,000 seats per week for the domestic market and over 2,000 additional seats for the international market such as London, Madrid, Shanghai, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, reaffirming its commitment to create greater connectivity for Mexico.