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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 543 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 · 641 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.


Finnair reaches savings agreement with cabin crew

October 7, 2014 · 61 Views

Finnair and the Finnish Cabin Crew Union (SLSY) have reached a savings agreement in the negotiations related to Finnair’s savings program. The agreement brings Finnair €18m in permanent annual savings. Approximately 75% of the savings materialize during this agreement period and 25% in the future through changes to the employment terms of new cabin attendants. In return, Finnair gives cabin personnel protection from redundancies for the next two years, protection from outsourcing and pension incentive. The savings impact of the outsourcing contracts already made were acknowledged in the targets of the agreement. As a result of the savings agreement, Finnair is no longer planning on further outsourcing of cabin services. As announced on 1 September, however, Finnair has already signed a contract with OSM Aviation to outsource cabin services on Singapore and Hong Kong routes, and this will go ahead as planned.


AEI licenses Boeing engineering data for Boeing 737-800 freighter conversion

October 7, 2014 · 124 Views

Aeronautical Engineers has finalized an agreement to license Boeing engineering data to develop the 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion and the 737-800 combi conversion. The agreement with Boeing also includes the 737-900 variant engineering data. AEI will become a Supplemental Type Certificate holder for the 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion and the 737-800 combi conversion. Because AEI will be an STC holder, working with licensed Boeing engineering data, AEI customers will now be eligible for access to Boeing technical support at reduced costs compared with freighters converted without data licensed from Boeing. (STCs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration; Boeing does not review or approve licensees’ design packages or completed conversions).


AFI KLM E&M in A350 maintenance starting blocks

October 7, 2014 · 102 Views

As the first passenger-carrying flight of the A350 took off on June 2nd, 2014, AFI KLM E&M was shaping its industrial development program and is now poised to become a major maintenance player for the newly certified aircraft. Without waiting for the first commercial flights, AFI KLM E&M has already been tooling up to maintain the A350, enabling it to design and then market a full range of MRO services for operating airlines. In line with its industrial strategy, AFI KLM E&M is developing in-house A350 maintenance capabilities and is constructing an appropriate engineering program in conjunction with the airframer, and the component and engine manufacturers. Leveraging on the skills developed for supporting A380s and 787s, AFI KLM E&M is to finalize its engineering program and the deployment of the necessary investments in technology and human resources to meet the A350 engineering, production and logistics requirements.


GA Telesis Engine Services appoints Sean Miller as Senior Director of Sales

October 7, 2014 · 193 Views

GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES) has appointed Sean Miller as Senior Director of Engine Sales. Sean joins GA Telesis with over twenty-five years of aviation industry experience, having most recently worked at Delta TechOps as Regional Sales Executive. At Delta TechOps, Sean was responsible for global sales of engine, aircraft and component repair services and will be taking on a similar role with GATES.


Snecma chooses AFI KLM E&M for LEAP engine development tests

October 7, 2014 · 125 Views

Snecma (Safran), which is developing the LEAP engine with GE through their 50/50 joint company CFM International, has signed an agreement with AFI KLM E&M to carry out engine development tests. The LEAP is the successor of the best-selling CFM56 and has already been chosen for the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919 single-aisle jets. The LEAP engine will see the highest ramp-up in commercial aviation – reaching a production rate of more than 1.700 engines per year by 2019. To meet this challenge and to conduct all tests required for the LEAP’s development and certification, Snecma needed a trustworthy partner with solid experience. AFI KLM E&M will conduct development tests concurrently with the ambitious test program already being conducted by Snecma and GE: a total of 20 engines to be tested by year-end and 60 engines will be built over the next three years and will accumulate approximately 40,000 cycles before entry into service.


Boeing St. Louis facility to supply parts for new 777X

October 7, 2014 · 80 Views

Boeing will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Mo., bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program. The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) and other Boeing sites. The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing center in Everett, Wash., home of the 777X program. The new composite wing center is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million ft². Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Wash. site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X’s composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett. To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility, which will begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017.


Finnair traffic performance for September 2014

October 7, 2014 · 142 Views

In September, Finnair’s overall capacity was flat and traffic decreased by 1.2% year‐on‐year. Passenger load factor was 80.2%, 0.9 points lower than in October 2013.


Hawaiian Airlines reports September load factor of 82.5%

October 7, 2014 · 65 Views

Hawaiian Airlines announced its system-wide traffic statistics for the month of September. Traffic for the month of September increased 3.0%, while capacity increased 0.3% year over year. The load factor for September was up 2.2 points to 82.5%.


Boeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years

October 7, 2014 · 117 Views

Boeing projects air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7% over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. The company released its biennial World Air Cargo Forecast at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition earlier on October 7th. World air cargo traffic began to grow again in second quarter of 2013 with growth reaching 4.4 percent for the first seven months of 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier. If this trend continues, 2014 will be the highest growth year for the air freight industry since 2010. Much of the weak air cargo growth in the previous years can be attributed to two principal causes – an underperforming world economy and lackluster trade growth, particularly in those traditional commodities served by the air cargo industry. The new Boeing forecast shows Asia-North America and Europe-Asia will continue to be the dominant world air cargo markets with the most traffic volume. Intra-Asia, domestic China and Asia-North America markets are expected to have the fastest rates of growth over the next 20 years. With increased air cargo traffic, the world freighter fleet is also expected to grow with deliveries of 840 new factory-built airplanes and 1,330 passenger to freighter conversion airplanes. More than 52% of those deliveries are expected to replace retiring airplanes and the remainder used for growth.


Airbus Defense and Space delivers 18th HC-144A aircraft to US Coast Guard

October 7, 2014 · 145 Views

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. has delivered the 18th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter with more than 235 currently in operation by 29 countries. The latest HC-144A will join a fleet of Ocean Sentries operating from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.; Miami and most recently Corpus Christi, Texas. This month Air Station Corpus Christi turned over the maritime patrol mission to the HC-144 after the retirement of the last HU-25 Guardian aircraft.


European Aviation signs four-year exclusive agreement with Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions

October 7, 2014 · 181 Views

European Aviation has signed a four-year exclusive agreement with Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions for jet engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for their fleet of 60 CFM56-3 jet engines. The agreement includes extensive CFM56-3 turbofan repair services provided on-site for European Aviation, with most of the MRO work performed in Montreal, Canada and the remainder in San Antonio, Texas.


Bruno Matheu appointed as Etihad Airways COO Equity Partners

October 7, 2014 · 181 Views

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the appointment of Bruno Matheu to the new position of Chief Operating Officer Equity Partners in the Etihad Airways Aviation Group. With almost 30 years of senior management experience in the global aviation industry, Mr Matheu joins Etihad Airways after two decades at Air France-KLM. He most recently served as Chief Long Haul Officer at Air France and previously worked in executive roles across the airline’s commercial, network, marketing and revenue management operations.


Sabena Technics acquires Boeing 777 rating approval

October 7, 2014 · 164 Views

Sabena technics, which airframe services (Base & Line maintenance) are already being performed on a large range of aircraft, is entering a new phase of development and is extending the scope of its activities to overhauls for Boeing 777 aircraft airframes. With this approval, the company is now able to deliver its quality, customized and cost effective airframe solutions to Boeing 777 airframe operators in its dedicated maintenance facilities based in Bordeaux (France). The maintenance operations will be carried out by highly-skilled experts especially trained to support the Boeing aircraft with a high level of performance and reliability. From aircraft checks to structural modifications as well as painting and cabin refurbishment, the company will be able to cover all its customer’s requirement with an unmatched flexibility.


Is there more behind Virgin’s decision to scrap Little Red than the obvious?

October 7, 2014 · 150 Views

Eighteen months ago Virgin Atlantic, jointly owned by Sir Richard Branson and Delta Air Lines, introduced Little Red to the UK domestic flight service. Operating between London Heathrow and Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, the intention behind Little Red was to provide a nationwide connection service to Virgin’s long-haul flights out of Heathrow. The reality, however, is that users saw Little Red as nothing more than an affordable domestic carrier in its own right and the necessary connections to long-haul flights did not materialize. Additionally the number of domestic users was lower than anticipated anyway.
Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive, Craig Kreeger, revealed: “It was always a huge challenge on behalf of the consumer, as the totally inadequate number of slots made available by the European commission did not deliver close to BA’s network position, even when supplemented by our own slots to fly between Heathrow and Manchester. The time lag between the takeover of bmi and our entering the market also meant Little Red initially faced an uphill battle to win recognition and convert customers to its services.” At the beginning of this week Sir Richard Branson conceded: “When the competition authorities allowed British Airways to take over British Midland and all of its slots, we feared there was little we could do to challenge BA’s huge domestic and European network built through decades of dominance.
“To remedy this, we were offered a meagre package of slots with a number of constraints on how to use them and we decided to lease a few planes on a short-term basis to give it our best shot. The odds were stacked against us and sadly we just couldn’t attract enough corporate business on these routes.”
Okay, it is easy to accept the closure of Little Red as making business sense, but it was never going to be profitable on its own account anyway. One suspects that another part of the problem is that Virgin Atlantic has run at a loss between 2009 and 2013 (accumulated at £300m) and Kreeger wants it operating in the black by the end of 2014. Though operating at a capacity of 39%, surely part of the low numbers for Little Red is based on the fact the country has been in a recession for the last five years, a situation which automatically has a negative effect on air travel. Now that the UK is coming out of a recession it seems a strange time to shelve a plan that has a better chance of succeeding today than it had eighteen months ago. Perhaps there is another reason why Virgin Atlantic needs to be operating in the black by the end of the year and Little Red has simply become a casualty as a consequence.


FL Technics sets up operations in Indonesia

October 8, 2014 · 159 Views

FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has recently won a tender for the rent of 8400 m² aircraft maintenance hangar at Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere. FL Technics will operate the hangar for at least 5 years and will launch its operation with base maintenance services for Airbus A320 aircraft. The tender for the hangar rent was conducted by PT Angkasa Pura II, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Department of Transport responsible for the management of airports and air traffic services in Indonesia. According to the terms and conditions, FL Technics with partners shall operate a total area of 24500 m², including a 8400 m² hangar as well as the adjacent ramp, aircraft parking stands and additional facilities, via an established Indonesian company. The new FL Technics MRO centre will employ over 150 engineers, technicians, NDT specialists and other qualified personnel, capable of serving up to three narrow-body type aircraft at one time. In 2013 Soekarno-Hatta International Airport served almost 400 000 domestic and international flights, approx. 59.7 million of passengers and over 342000 tonnes of cargo. These numbers make it one of the largest airports in Asia Pacific and the busiest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the heart of the Indonesian aviation market, new FL Technics MRO centre will support local operators with comprehensive solutions, including A-to-D checks, interior refurbishment services, NDT inspections, composite and structure repairs, spare parts supply, etc. All services will be provided in accordance with both local and EASA requirements.


Austria’s InterSky becomes launch customer for ATR Leading Edge exchange and repair service

October 8, 2014 · 79 Views

InterSky, the Austria-based regional carrier, and ATR have signed a 3-year agreement for a brand new exchange, repair and overhaul service for leading edges of the wing and control surface ribs. Casting this new service, ATR adds greater flexibility to its wide range of specialist services and bespoke solutions known as the Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA), proposed by ATR to all its operators worldwide. The new Leading Edge maintenance service will help ATR customers to further increase their operational flexibility and dispatch reliability, meeting their requirements in regard to fully serviceable leading edge availability for their ATR fleet. The leading edge exchange and repair service include replacement of the de-icer boot along with structural repair options. Complete re-skinning of wing leading edge outer surfaces may be performed, when necessary. The comprehensive spares availability at ATR certified repair shops worldwide guarantees reliable uninterrupted operations without major capital investments.


Evelop Airlines picks AFI KLM E&M to maintain APUs

October 8, 2014 · 100 Views

Evelop Airlines has signed an exclusive contract with AFI KLM E&M to organize the repair and overhaul of the Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) equipping its A320-200 and A330-300 aircraft. EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specialized in maintenance for APUs and a wide range of pneumatic components, will provide Evelop Airlines with the services covered by the agreement. In choosing the services of AFI KLM E&M and EPCOR, Evelop Airlines will be benefiting from the extensive experience and know-how of a unique service provider for the repair and overhaul of two distinct types of APU. For many years, EPCOR has been a leading player in the APU maintenance market in Europe, and a partner of choice for numerous airlines.


Laurence Rigolini, new Corporate Secretary of ATR

October 8, 2014 · 80 Views

The ATR Assembly of Members has appointed Laurence Rigolini as new Corporate Secretary of ATR. Within the scope of this new position, she will manage institutional relations, communication, general services and environment. She will report to ATR’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick de Castelbajac and will sit on the Executive Committee. During her career, she has held a number of successive different positions within Airbus Helicopters’ (previously Eurocopter) Commercial Division, where she was first Western Europe Commercial Director and then Europe Commercial Director, before becoming Vice-President of Corporate Communications in 2002. In 2010, she was appointed CEO of the Russian subsidiary Eurocopter Vostok, where she was responsible for civil and para-public helicopter sales and associated Support & Services for Russia and CIS countries.


Air Lease Corporation places two additional new Boeing 777-300ERs on lease with EVA Air

October 8, 2014 · 83 Views

Air Lease Corporation announced two additional twelve-year lease agreements with EVA Air (Taiwan) for new Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017 from ALC’s order book with Boeing. With this latest contract, EVA has now leased four new Boeing 777-300ERs from ALC.


Republic Airways reports September traffic increase of 11%

October 8, 2014 · 101 Views

Republic Airways reported September traffic increase of 11% over the same period in 2013, on an 8% increase capacity. The load factor increased 2.0 points from the same period in 2013 to 76.3%.


AeroTurbine announces new partnership with Lufthansa Technik

October 8, 2014 · 296 Views

AeroTurbine announced the closing of a previously announced strategic partnership with Lufthansa Technik. The long-term agreement covers a broad range of products and services centered around AeroTurbine’s ability to provide Lufthansa Technik with a more predictable supply of used content in their MRO businesses and LHT’s world class repair capability. AeroTurbine offers the aviation industry access to one of the world’s largest pools of certified aircraft engines, parts, and supply chain solutions. By leveraging their expertise and financial strength, their customers can choose solutions tailored to their operational and financial goals.


USAIRE Board of Directors elects AAR’s Pascal Parant as New President

October 8, 2014 · 145 Views

During its last board meeting, members of USAIRE elected Pascal Parant, Vice President of Marketing at AAR, as the new president. Parant succeeds Philippe Bottrie, who decided not to run for a third term after a brilliant presidency. USAIRE’s objective is to foster international understanding and cooperation in the transatlantic aerospace and high-tech communities. Each year, USAIRE invites top executives to meet with its members during a series of friendly, professional luncheons. USAIRE was founded in Paris in 1959 to bring together a consolidated body of U.S. aerospace industry representatives to interface with government agencies and organizations such as NATO, SHAPE and U.S.A.I.A. USAIRE has over 130 high-profile members and companies.


Delta TechOps continues investments to boost landing gear offerings

October 8, 2014 · 149 Views

Delta TechOps continues to invest in landing gear overhaul infrastructure and is exploring the expansion of its landing gear overhaul portfolio to include additional aircraft types in 2015. “Investments during the past year to boost landing gear inventory in support of Delta Air Lines, allows Delta TechOps to present yet another unique value proposition – availability of exchange gears for Boeing 737NG, 757 and 767 gear sets,” said Jack Arehart, president of MRO Services – Delta TechOps. Delta TechOps’ ISO 9001-certified on-site plating and fabrication capabilities allows for industry-leading turn times on all landing gear overhaul offerings – including all Boeing 737NG, 757, 767 series as well as the MD-88 and MD-90. Additionally, Delta TechOps announced extensions of MRO Services contracts for Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft with Sun Country Airlines and Brazil’s GOL.


Is Etihad fed up with playing ‘little brother’ to Emirates and Qatar Airways?

October 8, 2014 · 212 Views

With 2013 seeing a massive jump of 48%in the profits of Etihad Airways, it would seem that they are hungry for success. In addition to investing heavily in acquiring a 49% stake in Alitalia forUS$2.35bn this year to gain a foothold in key European markets, Etihad has invested over US$1bn on 7 other carriers dotted around the world since 2011. Etihad Airways is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, and this week it has announced the creation of a fourth major global airlines alliance, Etihad Airways Alliance. This alliance will include five other airlines Etihad has a share in, including airberlin, which is currently a member of Oneworld, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, India’s Jet Airways and Darwin Airline.

With a commercial holding in each of these airlines it makes sound economic sense to try and use economies of scale and this is doubtless of great benefit to Etihad Airways itself. This alliance will synchronize schedules and frequent flyer benefits will be offered in a similar manner to the three other major alliances.  As Etihad president and CEO James Hogan put it: “The Etihad Airways Partners logo is a seal of excellence and global cooperation. It will be displayed on aircraft and on branded materials by a group of airlines working together to connect travelers around the world, and increasingly to harmonize standards in the air and on the ground.

“The potential for network alignment to maximize flight connectivity for passengers, together with a shared passion for superior service, are central to the ethos of the Etihad Airways Partner concept,” he added. With Qatar Airways belonging to the Oneworld Alliance and Emirates preferring to remain wholly independent, one senses that Etihad is playing chess and looking at ways to cleverly manoeuver itself into a more powerful situation with reference to its neighboring airlines, as well as globally. It would be no surprise to see the airline make further substantial investments in major airlines, and have each and every one eventually join the Etihad Airways Alliance. After all, what better reason for an alliance than holding a substantial share in each airline included?


Gulfstream G650ER certified by Federal Aviation Administration

October 8, 2014 · 140 Views

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that its flagship Gulfstream G650ER has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clears the way for G650ER deliveries to begin. Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end, ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.