Thursday, June 26, 2014
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February 20, 2015 · 556 Views
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
December 2, 2014 · 197 Views
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 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
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February 26, 2014 · 80 Views
January 29, 2014 · 76 Views
January 9, 2014 · 67 Views
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June 26, 2013 · 42 Views
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June 24, 2014 · 160 Views
Embraer concluded the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) of the E190-E2 jet, at the end of May, by conducting the preliminary design review. The Company has also completed the wind tunnel tests of the E190-E2, which will be the first model of the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial jets for the 70 to 130-seat segment, the E-Jets E2, which are planned to enter service in 2018. The next step in the development of the E190-E2 is the critical design review, when the product’s maturity will be validated, enabling the production of the prototypes to begin. Furthermore, Embraer’s engineering team has already flown the airplane through virtual simulations, which enable the evaluation of its flight characteristics and provides engineers with many virtual flight hours, well before the aircraft ever leaves the ground. Derived from the E190-E2 and scheduled to begin revenue service in 2019, the E195-E2 entered its Joint Definition Phase in May 2014. Concurrent with these developments, Embraer has concluded the concept studies of the E175-E2, which is expected to enter service in 2020, commencing the preliminary studies as well as the aerodynamic wind tunnel tests. The E175-E2 model will have wings and engines that are optimized for the aircraft’s size, distinctly different from the configuration that was adopted for the E190-E2 and E195-E2.
June 24, 2014 · 135 Views
Airstream has arranged the sale of an ERJ-145EU to Novoair of Bangladesh. This is the third ERJ145 aircraft that Airstream has sold to Novoair, a newly established operator flying scheduled services linking major centres in the region. The aircraft, serial number 300, was originally acquired by British Regional Airlines in the UK under a finance facility arranged by Airstream back in 1999. It was then the subject of a sale and leaseback with FlyBe, also arranged by Airstream. Airstream then placed the aircraft with lessees bmi Regional and Eastern Airways on behalf of the new owner before negotiating and completing the sale to Novoair. Novoair is one of several operators new to the ERJ-145 that Airstream has successfully secured.
June 24, 2014 · 122 Views
On June 20, 2014 the Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) confirmed the capability of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft to execute automatic landing under CAT IIIa ICAO. This Supplemental Type Certificate allows the SSJ100 landing in complicated weather conditions when runway visibility does not exceed 175m, including landing with up to 10 m/s flank wind, when the airport has the respective certification and crews are certified to perform flights under CAT IIIa minimum. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company successfully performed wide range of tests to evaluate the SSJ100 aircraft characteristics in respect of automatic landing under CAT IIIa using all combinations of operating weights and centers-of-gravity, with simulation of crucial engine failure at different segments of descent path and at stiff wind.
June 24, 2014 · 91 Views
At its Chief Executive Board (CEB) Meeting held in London on June 23rd, 2014, the CEOs of the Star Alliance network unanimously approved the membership of Air India, clearing the way for the National carrier to become the first Indian airline to join a global airline alliance. The integration teams at Air India, Star Alliance and its member carriers will now complete the last necessary work in order to ensure that Air India can offer all Star Alliance customer benefits from July 11th, 2014 onwards.
June 24, 2014 · 137 Views
AWAS has reached an important milestone in its almost 30 continuous years of serving global airlines’ fleet needs: the addition of the 300th aircraft into its active fleet with the recent delivery of a new Airbus A320-200 with factory-fitted, end of wing sharklets to Thai Airways.
June 24, 2014 · 118 Views
Heliconia Group has chosen to implement ADSoftware’s AirPack MRO software solution, following the company’s latest Business Intelligence and Data Exchange technology upgrade. Heliconia has implemented all the six AirPack modules with the main focus being on maintenance management, logistics and airworthiness management in accordance with EASA and FAA standards. “ADSoftware’s solution has given us a lot of comfort and security when it comes to airworthiness management, because everyone anywhere can access the needed information in real time”, says Valéry Nabholtz, CFO of Heliconia.
June 25, 2014 · 176 Views
Alitalia and Etihad Airways have agreed the principal terms and conditions of a proposed transaction whereby Etihad Airways will acquire a 49% equity stake in Alitalia. The airlines will now move to finalise the transactional documents, that will include the agreed upon conditions, as soon as possible. The conclusion of the investment is subject to final regulatory approvals.
June 25, 2014 · 86 Views
CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense has selected Paul Devaux as President for CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense French business unit, CIRCOR Bodet. Devaux will report directly to CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense Europe General Manager, Allan Goodbrand. He will have full responsibility for the implementation of CIRCOR Bodet’s growth, productivity and factory execution strategy for the Chemillé and Pau, France and Morocco businesses. Devaux comes to CIRCOR from United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Indonesia where he held a General Manager position for the past 3 years. Furthermore, CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense promoted Allan Goodbrand to General Manager for the CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense Europe business and Don Stinnett to General Manager for the CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense California business.
June 25, 2014 · 176 Views
GainJet Aviation S.A. contracted AFI KLM E&M to carry out cabin modifications on a Boeing 737-400 68 seats VIP configuration, which they acquired from the AIR FRANCE KLM group in order to expand their fleet of VIP aircraft. The VIP aircraft charter operator will also rely on the expertise and reliability of AFI KLM E&M to provide component support for the same aircraft. The aircraft is the third Boeing 737 to have entered service in GainJet’s expanding private executive fleet including a VIP Boeing 757. AFI KLM E&M’s subsidiary KLM UK Engineering, specializing in base maintenance (C-check) and cabin modifications on regional and single-aisle passenger aircraft, carried out the work at its Norwich facility to transform the aircraft into a comfortable business jet. The aircraft cabin has been completely refurbished and can now carry 68 passengers in reclining, leather-upholstered Business Class seats, while the baggage hold has been adapted to contain up to 5.7 tons of baggage.
June 25, 2014 · 123 Views
Flying Colours Corp., the Canada-based completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialists, has received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to carry out maintenance work on business aircraft registered in the State of Qatar. The approval, which was awarded on June 17th, means that a full range of regular and line maintenance work can be undertaken at Flying Colours Corp’s Peterborough, Canada-based facility on business jets originating from this Middle East region. QCAA status enables Flying Colours Corp. to undertake continuing airworthiness and maintenance work on aircraft, including all those under its Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval including the full Bombardier Challenger range, Bombardier Global Express, and the Dassault Falcon family.
Piedmont Aviation Component Services signs four year APU maintenance agreement with ExpressJet Airlines
June 25, 2014 · 352 Views
Piedmont Aviation Component Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TAT Technologies, has signed a four year APU maintenance agreement with ExpressJet Airlines covering its CRJ-200 fleet of 88 aircraft 36-150RJ APU. The agreement’s total value may reach $12m. For many years, Piedmont has been an industry leader in providing MRO services to the series 36-150 APU’s as an Authorized Honeywell Service Center.
June 25, 2014 · 137 Views
BAE Systems has begun to upgrade 134 South Korean F-16 aircraft in partnership with the U.S. Air Force. Two of the F-16s recently arrived at the company’s modification facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, where they will be equipped with advanced weapons and next-generation avionics, including advanced mission computers, new cockpit displays, and advanced radars and targeting sensors. The work is part of a Foreign Military Sales program for the Republic of Korea’s fleet of KF-16C/D Block 52 aircraft over several years. With a contract now in place, the program marks the first time a non-original equipment manufacturer is performing a major upgrade for a 4th-generation U.S. fighter jet. The company is also offering similar capabilities to other countries around the world in need of F-16 upgrades.
June 25, 2014 · 162 Views
Bombardier Aerospace has received certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Challenger 350 business aircraft. Transport Canada certification was granted on June 12, 2014.