Thursday, June 19, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 18, 2014 · 99 Views
C&L recently acquired Ontic Houston’s TKS program, expanding its Hawker offerings for repair and support services. The acquisition includes all of Ontic’s TKS inventory and gives C&L over 200 TKS panels available on flat rate exchange. This reduction in Ontic’s capabilities places C&L as the largest Hawker structural repair and overhaul facility currently in operation. C&L’s capabilities include repair and overhaul of Hawker ailerons and tabs, flaps, elevators and elevator tabs, main gear doors and fairings, main entry doors, door stays and TKS panels. C&L’s deeper level capabilities and advanced processes on these items, such as spin dimpling, the only Hawker-approved process for replacement skin fabrication, means Hawker operators and MROs can expect OE-quality repairs from the Bangor, Maine, facility.
June 18, 2014 · 68 Views
Alkym Management and Control System for Aircraft Maintenance has improved even further with the release of Version 6. John Barry, SVP Business Development with Volartec showcased the new version at the web launch recently where is pointed out that Alkym V6 is the beginning of the next phase in the product development road map building upon the hard work of the development team. They listened to their customers and the resource planning feature was high on the agenda. It fits very well with the recent Work Shop Module.
June 18, 2014 · 79 Views
Airstream International Group reported that it has arranged the sale and leaseback of one ATR42-500 aircraft. The aircraft, MSN518, was purchased by a large US Lessor and will remain in scheduled operation with Villa Air for the foreseeable future. Airstream has arranged the sale or lease of twelve ATR aircraft over the last twenty four months and expect to close on several more in the second half of this year.
June 18, 2014 · 109 Views
CFM International has initiated ground testing of the first LEAP-1B engine at Snecma (Safran) facilities in Villaroche, France. The testing launches a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and entry into commercial service on the Boeing 737 MAX airplane in 2017. The LEAP-1B engine, which is the exclusive powerplant for the 737 MAX family, fired for the first time on June 13th, three days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011. After a series of break-in runs, the engine has been operating smoothly and has reached full take-off thrust. The engine will be on test for the next several weeks, during which CFM will verify its mechanical operation and its operability. This LEAP-1B engine is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in CFM’s history. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Boeing, as well as Airbus and COMAC. Over the next three years, these engines will accumulate approximately 40,000 engine cycles leading up to entry into service. By the time this engine enters service, CFM will have simulated more than 15 years of airline service with 60 different engine builds.
June 18, 2014 · 98 Views
Euravia Engineering has received TCCA Approval No.814-03. This new approval completes Euravia’s International Accreditations for PT6 Engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Engine Sales / Exchange and Mobile Repair Team services for all PT6 Engine Operators throughout Canada. Euravia’s TCCA Approval will enhance and underpin Euravia’s existing MRO activities across Canada.
June 18, 2014 · 146 Views
Compass Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, announced it will operate 20 new 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft owned by American Airlines. Compass expects to begin taking delivery of the aircraft and start scheduled service under the American Eagle brand and livery in the first quarter of 2015. The agreement also provides American the option to place additional E175 aircraft it owns with Compass in the future. The addition of these 20 American aircraft will increase the fleet size of Compass Airlines to 62 aircraft, all of which are either Embraer E175 or E170 aircraft.
June 18, 2014 · 143 Views
Airbus’ A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has completed hot weather testing in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The objective of the tests is to check the behaviour of the engines and aircraft systems at temperatures reaching above 40°C. The aircraft performed several tests in flight as well as on the ground, including heat soak tests. These involve the airplane being left on the ground and in the sun for several hours and checks later performed on various cooling systems. The A350 XWB is getting closer to certification in Q3 2014. To date it has performed more than 2,000 flight test hours in over 460 test flights. The programme is on track to deliver the first customer aircraft in Q4 this year to Qatar Airways.
June 18, 2014 · 123 Views
BAE Systems will continue delivering military aviation training to the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF), with the signing of a contract to train six students across three courses during 2014-15. BAE Systems has been training RBAF pilots since 2009, when two students started basic flying training. The relationship has deepened, with the RBAF putting students through other training packages, including basic helicopter, multi-engine and instructor training. During the past five years, RBAF students have graduated from 10 different military aviation courses offered at our Flight Training Tamworth academy in NSW. The RBAF is one of several international Defence force customers for BAE Systems’ military aviation training at Tamworth.
June 18, 2014 · 168 Views
AWAS released that they have delivered the second of two planned new A330-300 widebodies to Philippine Airlines (PAL) that were part of a purchase and leaseback agreement finalised earlier this year. Philippine Airlines had ordered these aircraft directly from the manufacturer and they will form part of the flag carrier’s ongoing refleeting and network expansion program. PAL is one of the most respected airlines around the world with a modern fleet of aircraft and a route network that spans 34 foreign cities as well as 29 domestic points.
June 18, 2014 · 141 Views
Nordic Aviation Capital confirmed that it has delivered one ATR 42-300, MSN 080 to Aeronova. Nordic Aviation Capital is a global aircraft leasing company dedicated to the worldwide sale, purchasing and financing of commercial jet and turboprop aircraft. NAC is one of the largest turboprop lessor in the world. Nordic Aviation Capital’s current fleet of over 200 aircraft includes, ATR 42, ATR 72, Bombardier Dash 8, CRJ 1000, Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and Saab 2000 aircraft.