easyJet Q2 2019 results in line with expectations

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easyJet has released its financial results for the first financial half to 31 March 2019.  Passenger numbers increased by 4.9 million while capacity increased by 14.5% principally due to annualizing of new operations in Berlin. Load factor decreased by 1.0 percentage points to 90.1% mainly as a result of building loads in Berlin in the first quarter. Total revenue increased by 7.3% to £2,343 million (H1 2018: £2,183 million). Total revenue per seat decreased by 6.3% to £50.71 (H1 2018: £54.10), with a decrease of 7.4% at constant currency. Headline cost per seat increased by 3.9% to £56.66 (H1 2018: Read more

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Boeing forced to write off billions because of 737 MAX debacle

The Boeing Company has to accept billions in special costs in its balance sheet owing to the 737 MAX crisis. In the second quarter, an additional burden of US$4.9 billion after taxes will be incurred, the company announced on Thursday after the close of the U.S. stock market. The 737 MAX series has been grounded since March, worldwide, after two fatal crashes. According to Boeing, the money will be used for potential compensation payable to airlines affected by operational disruptions and delivery delays due to the suspension of the 737 MAX. Although the group intends to book all of the Read more

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Wizz Air expands Chisinau operations with addition of new A320

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Wizz Air has allocated a third aircraft to Chisinau. The new Airbus A320 will join the fleet in December, enabling the increase of frequencies of the airline’s existing 8 routes and the start of four new routes from Chisinau. WIZZ started operations from Chisinau International Airport in 2013 and established a based there in March 2017. After 6 years of successful operations, the airline announced further great expansion at its Moldovan base by allocating a third Airbus A320 aircraft in December 2019. The new aircraft represents another US$101 million investment into the Moldovan aviation market and will contribute to the Read more

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Kellstrom Aerospace purchases CFM56-5B3/P engine

Kellstrom Aerospace has purchased a serviceable CFM56-5B3/P engine, bearing s/n 779656. This engine will be added to its engine Lease pool, reinforcing its commitment to  supporting its airline customers around the world. This engine is currently located in Europe.

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Elix Aviation Capital delivers ATR 42-500 to Afrijet

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Elix Aviation Capital has delivered one ATR 42-500, MSN 633, on lease to Afrijet Business Service, headquartered in Libreville, Gabon.  This is the first turboprop delivery by Elix to Afrijet.  With this new customer, Elix continues to expand its leasing services in the African market. With this ATR 42-500, Afrijet is now welcoming a 6th ATR in its regional aircraft fleet. In 14 years Afrijet has become the main aviation group in Central Africa. With this aircraft being added to the fleet, Afrijet is notably operating 6 aircraft, 3 ATR 72-500 and 3 ATR 42-500.

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Héroux-Devtek and Longueuil facility employees ratify new three-year collective agreement

Landing gear manufacturer Héroux-Devtek has released that the unionized employees at its Longueuil, Québec, facility have voted in favour of the early renewal of a three-year collective agreement, which now extends through April 30, 2023. The renewal concerns approximately 210 employees who are members of Unifor, Local Section 1956. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our employees that will allow our teams to fully dedicate time and resources to delivering the record backlog of our Longueuil facility. This also demonstrates the dedication of our personnel to meeting customers’ expectations.  Our employees are the main force of our Read more

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Clockwork Research appoints Alexandros Kontotasios as Human Factors Specialist

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Clockwork Research, a fatigue risk management consultancy and part of Air Partner’s Consulting & Training division, has named Alexandros Kontotasios as Human Factors Specialist. Kontotasios has a solid academic background in researching and assessing fatigue in pilots, human factors in aviation, psychology, military psychology and accident investigation, enabling him to prepare high quality fatigue research. He is currently finishing a PhD at the University of Leeds, exploring fatigue and performance in pilots who commute by driving, and also holds a BSc in Psychology, a BSc in Military Psychology and an MSc in Human Factors in Aviation. Prior to joining Clockwork, Read more

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StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems deliver two AS350 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tanks to Oklahoma City Police Department

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems have delivered two of their AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFT) to Hangar One Avionics, which will soon be installed on the Oklahoma City Police Department’s (OKCPD) AS350 B3e (H125) helicopters. The OKCPD received budget approval in May 2018 to purchase crashworthy fuel systems for their two AS350 helicopters and conducted a thorough review of the available retrofit options to determine the best solution to meet their requirements. The StandardAero/Robertson AS350/EC130 CRFT is fully compliant to the latest FAA FAR Part 27.952 fuel system crash resistance requirements, including with underbelly equipment installed. In March 2017, the Read more

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IATA urges European governments and ANSPs to make improvements to air traffic management

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on European governments and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to make urgent improvements to European air traffic management. The priority should be to cut carbon emissions and address the unnecessary costs and flight delays suffered by passengers from inefficient airspace routes and bottlenecks.  According to Eurocontrol, in June more than 210,000 flights, 20% of the total, were delayed. The average delay time was 17 minutes. The vast majority of the delays are from a lack of air traffic control capacity, driven by inadequate staffing, inflexible rostering, and an inability to react to disruptive Read more

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Southwest Airlines removes MAX from schedule through November 2.

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Southwest Airlines has released that it continues to monitor information from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the impending 737 MAX software enhancements and training requirements. The airline remains confident that, once certified by the FAA, the enhancements will support the safe operation of the MAX. Southwest previously revised its flight schedule by removing the MAX through Oct. 1, to offer reliability to its operation and stability for its customers but with the timing of the MAX’s return-to-service still uncertain, the airline is again revising its plans to remove the MAX from its schedule through Nov. 2.

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