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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.

SAS and Lufthansa Technik expand cooperation by more than 150 C-checks

July 16, 2014 · 85 Views

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Lufthansa Technik AG, headquartered in Hamburg, are expanding their long-standing close partnership even further. Under a new agreement that takes effect immediately and runs through the end of 2018, Lufthansa Technik will take on more than 150 C-checks for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 family aircraft. As a consequence, more than 100 aircraft will be newly added to Lufthansa Technik’s international overhaul network, in which C-checks for SAS’ fleet of Airbus A330/340 aircraft are already carried out by Lufthansa Technik Malta. Checks of the Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 aircraft will be performed primarily by Shannon Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik Group’s Irish overhaul operation, and by Lufthansa Technik Sofia.

EASA certifies GP7272 and GP7272E engines

July 16, 2014 · 55 Views

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified two new thrust ratings for the GP7200 engine. The first, GP7272, allows the GP7200 engine to operate at 72,000 pounds of thrust (lbf). The second, GP7272E, allows the engine to operate with the same thrust at higher ambient temperature environments. The GP7200 engine now has four thrust ratings: the GP7270 and GP7270E at 70,000 lbf, the GP7272 and GP7272E at 72,000 lbf. The existence of the two E-ratings enables the GP7200 engine to operate at full thrust beyond an ambient temperature of 30°C (86°F). The E-rating enables A380 operators to optimize payload without compromising fuel burn and maintenance cost.

Jet Airways Extends OnPoint Solution agreement with GE for GE90 -115B engines

July 16, 2014 · 76 Views

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, extended its OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for an additional five years on the fleet of GE90 engines that power the airline’s Boeing 777- 300ER. The extension, valued at more than $200m, ensures GE will provide the maintenance, repair and overhaul of 22 GE90 engines through 2022. Also, Jet Airways has signed an agreement with GE for a thrust bump on its entire GE90 fleet of 22 engines. This provides Jet Airways with the flexibility to operate high payloads even when flying out on short runways under severely hot operating conditions experienced in the summer months in many parts of Asia and the Middle East.


Myanma Airways commits to up to 12 ATR 72-600s

July 16, 2014 · 60 Views

Myanmar’s state-owned national airline Myanma Airways, to be named Myanmar National Airlines in the near future, signed a deal with ATR for 6 new generation ATR 72-600s with options for 6 additional aircraft. The acquisition of these new ATRs forms part of the carrier’s ambitious strategy to expand its global footprint to establish Myanma Airways as a major carrier in the region. In parallel with the new order, following the company’s dynamic development efforts, ATR will assist Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) to enhance its maintenance capabilities through the set-up of a modern MRO in Yangon meeting the highest international standards. The new airplanes are scheduled for delivery in 2015 through to 2017. The new ATR 72-600s will complete and gradually replace the existing ATR fleet.

Auxiliary fuel tanks for Bombardier Q400

July 16, 2014 · 79 Views

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and Bombardier Aerospace are developing an External Auxiliary Fuel System solution for the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The solution, which will be available as an official Bombardier option, will provide up to an additional 10,000lb of fuel in two external pannier tanks allowing the aircraft to fulfil a whole range of missions requiring additional range and endurance, allowing this turboprop platform to be able to sustain operations of up to 12 hours. Marshall is responsible for the design, development, manufacture and test of the auxiliary fuel system. Marshall has pioneered innovative fuel systems and tanks for the Boeing P8 and the Airbus A318E as well as special mission modifications and integrations.

9 Air places $3.7bn CFM engine order for 50 Boeing 737 aircraft

July 16, 2014 · 80 Views

China’s 9 Air has ordered CFM International’s LEAP-1B engine to power 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, in addition to CFM56-7B engines to power 20 Next-Generation 737s. CFM values the order at $3.7bn at list price, including spare engines and a long-term service agreement. The airplane orders were previously announced. Under the terms of the Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement, CFM will guarantee maintenance costs for all 105 LEAP-1B and CFM56-7B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

Air Mauritius selects Airbus A350 XWB aircraft

July 16, 2014 · 5062 Views

Air Mauritius to select six Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, two of them leased, powered by Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, the most efficient large civil aero engine.

Qatar Airways orders GE90-powered Boeing 777 Freighters

July 16, 2014 · 73 Views

Qatar Airways ordered four GE90-powered Boeing 777 Freighters, with an option for an additional four 777 Freighters. The firm engine order is valued at more than $250m list price.

SAS becomes launching customer for HelioJet

July 16, 2014 · 76 Views

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract for the delivery of HelioJet, making SAS the launching customer for the new LED cabin lighting system. HelioJet is part of a comprehensive cabin modification program for seven Airbus A330/ A340 aircraft which SAS is executing over the next months. HelioJet has been designed and developed in a cooperation between the German glass and lighting specialist SCHOTT AG and Lufthansa Technik. It has the advantages of LED technology without the color changes that normally afflict ageing LEDs.

Qatar Airways commits to additional 50 GE9X-powered Boeing 777X

July 16, 2014 · 89 Views

Qatar Airways made a commitment for the purchase rights of an additional 50 GE9X-powered Boeing 777-9X aircraft. If exercised, the list price for these engines is valued at more than $3.8bn. The additional commitment follows the finalization of Qatar’s order for 50 GE9X-powered Boeing 777X that was placed during the Dubai Air Show in November. Qatar’s total GE9X-powered 777X fleet could total 100 aircraft.

Bombardier launches Cargo-Passenger Ccombi variant for large turboprop market

July 16, 2014 · 52 Views

Bombardier Aerospace launched a brand-new version of its versatile Q400 NextGen aircraft, a cargo-passenger combi configuration that will deliver the greatest payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment. The cargo-passenger combi Q400 NextGen aircraft is available in various configurations. In the lay-out that provides the highest payload capability, the aircraft offers up to 8,200 lb. of cargo capacity and up to 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume. In this high-cargo version, the aircraft can comfortably accommodate 50 passengers at 32-inch seat pitch. The combi Q400 NextGen turboprop’s “Class C” cargo compartments are designed to meet the industry’s latest regulations.

Falcon Aviation Services signs LOI for five Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop aircraft

July 16, 2014 · 54 Views

Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for five additional Q400 NextGen airliners. The LOI is in addition to the order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft announced in February 2014 and an order for one firm aircraft placed in April 2014. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) whereby they agree to collaborate in addressing the need in Africa and the Middle East for multiple, high quality aircraft solutions which meet international standards.

Unidentified customer signs conditional purchase agreement for up to 13 Bombardier CS300 aircraft

July 16, 2014 · 64 Views

A Bombardier customer, which has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed an additional conditional order for seven firm CS300 airliners as well as purchase rights for six additional CS300 aircraft. Based on the list price of the aircraft, a firm order for the seven CSeries aircraft would be valued at approximately $553m.

African airline and existing Bombardier customer signs LOI to acquire five CSeries airliners

July 16, 2014 · 89 Views

An African airline and existing Bombardier customer, who wishes to remain unidentified at this time, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire five CSeries airliners.

Rolls-Royce wins $86m Trent 1000 order from Jordache’s MG Aviation

July 16, 2014 · 63 Views

Rolls-Royce has won a $86m order from lessor MG Aviation for Trent 1000 engines to power two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The order is in addition to the two Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787 Dreamliners that MG Aviation, a division of the Nakash Family conglomerate, already has on order.

Rolls-Royce signs TotalCare deal with United Airlines

July 16, 2014 · 130 Views

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with United Airlines to extend TotalCare service support for the lifetime of RB211-535 engines operated by United on Boeing 757 aircraft. The innovative agreement incorporates ideas from Rolls-Royce TotalCare Flex – a concept currently in development that focuses on the most effective management of mature engines.

Firth Rixson and Snecma sign LEAP engine contract

July 16, 2014 · 95 Views

Firth Rixson and Safran’s leading aero engine company, Snecma, have signed a critical supplier contract worth over an estimated $200m initially. The long term agreement secures the supply of Firth Rixson’s closed die forged and seamless ring rotating components for the CFM International LEAP-1A, LEAP-1B and LEAP-1C engine programs, from 2014 to 2023. Such LEAP engine programs will power leading next generation aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family and the Boeing 737 MAX family, to the Comac C919.

UTC Aerospace Systems extends long term C.A.R.E. agreement with All Nippon Airways

July 16, 2014 · 113 Views

UTC Aerospace Systems has extended its Comprehensive Accessory Repair and Exchange (C.A.R.E.) program with All Nippon Airways to provide repair services and asset management for the airline’s Boeing 787 fleet expansion until 2021. The extended C.A.R.E. program now includes total repair and inventory support services for a total of 66 Boeing 787 aircraft, including the B787-8 and B787-9. Products supported under the agreement include air management systems, electric power generator and start system, emergency power system, primary and remote power distribution systems and auxiliary power control systems accessories. The original C.A.R.E. program started in 2011 and covered All Nippon Airways’ first 50 B787 aircraft.

Boeing, Air Algerie announce order for two Next-Generation 737-700Cs

July 16, 2014 · 77 Views

Boeing and Air Algerie announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152m at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie’s fleet renewal and expansion following January’s order for eight 737-800s. The addition of 737-700Cs to the Algerian-flag carrier’s fleet will provide the airline with increased flexibility depending on passenger and cargo demands. The order was booked in May 2014 and previously posted as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

Hainan Airlines signs commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s

July 16, 2014 · 86 Views

Boeing and Hainan Airlines are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for 50 737 MAX 8s, reaffirming the Chinese airline’s preference for an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet. The commitment, valued at more than $5.1bn at current list prices, will be subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

CIT and Rolls-Royce finalize agreement for Trent 7000 engines for Airbus A330-900neo family aircraft

July 16, 2014 · 105 Views

CIT Group, a global leader in transportation finance, and Rolls-Royce announced from the Farnborough International Air Show that they signed a definitive agreement for 15 shipsets of Trent 7000 engines to power CIT’s recent order of 15 Airbus A330-900neo (new engine option) family aircraft. Deliveries are initially scheduled to begin in 2018.

P&W to provide PurePower engines on Air Mandalay order for six Mitsubishi Regional Jets

July 16, 2014 · 128 Views

Pratt & Whitney will provide exclusive power for six firm Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJ) for an order announced by Mitsubishi Aircraft and Air Mandalay. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018. The agreement includes a comprehensive 12-year Pure Solution maintenance plan for Air Mandalay’s PW1200G engines.

Trans States Holdings chooses P&W PurePower engines for 50 Embraer E-Jets

July 16, 2014 · 117 Views

Pratt & Whitney has entered into a letter of intent to provide exclusive power for 50 firm Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft, for an order announced by Embraer and Trans States Holdings. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020. The deal includes a 12-year PureSolution maintenance service agreement.

ASL Aviation Group signs LOI to procure Lockheed Martin LM-100J Freighters

July 16, 2014 · 183 Views

ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair — an ASL associated company based in South Africa — currently operates one of the world’s largest L-100 fleets.

New President named at Precision Aviation Services

July 17, 2014 · 128 Views

Seasoned aviation professional David A. Ford has been named President of Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, GA, a Precision Aviation Group (PAG) company as of June 12th, 2014. Ford, who has held leadership roles at companies specializing in rotorcraft and gas turbines, replaces Adrienne Robinson, who has been serving as PAS President in addition to her role in business development at PAG.

GKN Aerospace wins contract for Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 rudder and elevator

July 17, 2014 · 95 Views

GKN Aerospace has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast to design, develop and supply the composite integrated rudder and elevator for the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra long-range business jets. The multi-million pound contract adds to already significant GKN Aerospace work packages on these aircraft. These composite structures will be developed and manufactured at the company’s Cowes facility on the Isle of Wight, UK. First deliveries to Bombardier in Belfast will take place in 2014 and will continue through to 2026.

Christina Johansson new Chief Financial Officer at SR Technics

July 17, 2014 · 231 Views

SR Technics has appointed Christina Johansson as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective August 1st, 2014. Reporting directly to André Wall, CEO of SR Technics, Christina Johansson will join SR Technics’ Leadership Team. She takes over from Angelo Quabba, who decided to leave the company after seven years.

Rockwell Collins’ flight control electronics selected for Boeing 777X

July 17, 2014 · 126 Views

Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide the Flight Control Module (FCM) for the Boeing 777X Integrated Flight Control Electronics (IFCE) fly-by-wire (FBW) system through a competitive procurement bid led by BAE Systems, the prime supplier of the IFCE cabinet system. The FCM technology builds upon Rockwell Collins’ leading-edge flight control electronics found on multiple FBW-equipped air transport aircraft under development. It delivers high-integrity FBW computing functionality that supports the 777X’s new wing with load alleviation, and its high lift and folding wing tips.



GE Aviation, Hamble prepares for production start-up of the Airbus A350-1000’s wing fixed trailing edge package

July 17, 2014 · 135 Views

GE Aviation, Hamble – the aerostructures business of GE Aviation – is readying its production start-up for the Airbus A350-1000 jetliner’s wing fixed trailing edge package, comprising more than 3,000 deliverable components that incorporate structural composite panels, complex machined parts and assemblies. The A350 XWB wing fixed trailing edge package is the largest design and manufacture contract awarded in GE Aviation, Hamble’s 78-year history. GE Aviation, Hamble has full responsibility for the design and build of the fixed trailing edge package on all variants, beginning with the A350-900 version – for which deliveries have been underway since 2011.

STS Component Solutions opens new support office in Turkey

July 17, 2014 · 166 Views

STS Component Solutions, a division of STS Aviation Group, opens a new support office in Turkey and hires Omur Basol, a former purchasing executive for several Turkish airlines and MRO’s, to spearhead its marketing and sales activities.

AEI delivers 3rd DHL B737-400SF to Southern Air

July 17, 2014 · 5109 Views

Aeronautical Engineers has delivered the third of five B737-400SF freighters to Southern Air who will operate the aircraft for DHL Express in the Americas. The aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 26455) built in 1993 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 through, Strategic Air Finance LLC. This is AEI’s 13th of an anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.

Aircraft Window Repairs celebrates 35th year of operations

July 17, 2014 · 125 Views

Aircraft Window Repairs Co, a Torrance California headquartered FAA/EASA approved repair station, is proud to celebrate its 35th year of operations. It has been in the aircraft transparency repair business longer than anyone. They are capable of evaluating and repairing windows and lenses on all airliners and general aviation aircraft. Says Kathi Cupery, their President, “We take extreme pride being approved by all the major aircraft manufactures. We always do everything by the book and they know it”.

BOC Aviation increases fixed rate senior unsecured notes issuance to A$200m

July 17, 2014 · 89 Views

BOC Aviation has priced A$50m of 5.5-year fixed rate senior unsecured notes due 2020 (the “Notes”). The Notes represent an increase over the Company’s A$150m notes issuance priced on 14 July 2014 resulting in a final transaction size of A$200m. The transaction was arranged by Westpac Banking Corporation and issued off BOC Aviation’s US$5bn Euro Medium Term Note Programme. The additional A$50m Notes will carry the same coupon rate of 5.375% per annum and the same maturity date of January 24th, 2020 and will close on July 24th, 2014, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Swiss International Airlines selects Bruce Aerospace LED Cabin Lighting for the Entire Airbus Fleet

July 17, 2014 · 155 Views

Bruce Aerospace reported the selection by Swiss International Airlines (Swiss) as a new customer for its popular XLume LED Lighting product line for its fleet of A320/A321, A330 and A340 aircraft. First deliveries will start in September 2014. The product line offers airlines a drop-in replacement for the OEM supplied fluorescent cabin lighting fixtures which enhance the cabin with the environmentally friendly and cost effective Bruce Aerospace LED fixtures. Certification will be achieved by STC, which covers the fitment of new Sidewall and Ceiling Lights for the A320 & A321 fleet. For the A330/A340’s Bruce will supply a fully programmable Mood Lighting System.

CFM signs $21.4bn in new deals at Farnborough Air Show

July 17, 2014 · 160 Views

CFM International’s industry-leading LEAP and CFM56 product lines remain the engines of choice for single-aisle aircraft, with the company signing orders, commitments, and long-term service agreements for a total of 1,062 engines at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show. “What an incredible week,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We started the show predicting that 2014 would be another record year; that prediction came true in a big way. As of today, we have total orders and commitments for more than 3,000 engines. And it is still only July. Both the LEAP and CFM56 product lines continue to prove their worth to our airline customers around the globe and we are constantly gratified by the continued faith these airlines show in our people and our products. As always, our job is to continue to earn their trust every day, delivering the reliability and operating economics they have come to depend on from CFM.”

FL Technics to support Garuda Indonesia at Gatwick Airport

July 17, 2014 · 158 Views

FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, signed a three-year long Line Maintenance Agreement with Garuda Indonesia. Under the contract, engineers from FL Technics Storm, part of FL Technics, shall support the carrier’s Boeing 777 aircraft with a comprehensive set of services, including daily and transit checks, defect rectification, AOG support and other line maintenance works. The support will be provided four times per week at one of the FL Technics line stations located at London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

China’s HNA Group Tianjin Airlines and ICBC Financial Leasing sign purchase agreements for E-Jets and E-Jets E2

July 17, 2014 · 143 Views

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Brazil, Embraer S.A. concluded an agreement for the sale of 40 aircraft to China’s Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group. The contract, with an estimated value of US$2.1bn at list prices, is comprised of 20 E-Jets and 20 E-Jets E2, which also makes HNA Group Tianjin Airlines the first Chinese airline to order the E-Jets E2 model. The first current generation E-Jet will be delivered in 2015, and the first E-Jet E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018.

Embraer also inked a sales agreement for up to 20 E190-E2 Jets with China’s ICBC Financial Leasing. The agreement covers ten firm orders and ten purchase rights. The firm orders for the first 10 aircraft will be included in Embraer’s 2014 third quarter backlog. The E190-E2 is the first model of the E-Jets E2 family to enter into service. The value of the contract is US$1.1bn at list prices if all purchase rights are converted to firm orders. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018.

TRUEngine Program approaches 9,000 engines

July 17, 2014 · 237 Views

The TRUEngine designation continues to gain significant customer acceptance, with engine enrollments expected to top 9,000 GE and CFM International (CFM) engines in coming weeks. Including announcements at the Farnborough Air Show, there are now 138 airlines particpating in the GE and CFM TRUEngine Program. The number of TRUEngine MROs also is expanding, with Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) of Taiwan joining as a CF6 TRUEngine MRO. Independent TRUEngine MRO shops include ST Aerospace (CFM56) and Standard Aero (CFM56 and CF34).