Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Qatar presents White Paper to US over unfair subsidy allegations

July 31, 2015 · 74 Views

For some time now the ‘Big Three’ US airlines, American, Delta and United (and their unions), have been complaining over what they perceived were unfair financial subsidies for Gulf carriers, affording them an advantageous position with regard to the ‘Open Skies’ agreement between the Gulf states and the US.
Now Qatar Airways have formally refuted a number of allegations leveled at them among others. In the paper Qatar Airways have shown that many of the market changes that have upset the Big Three are not the product of “unfair competition” but are purely bi-products of important advances in aircraft technology as well as a number of significant demographic changes. With ultra-long range aircraft such as the B777 and B787, those passengers heading to India and the Middle East are now able to bypass overly-busy European hubs, and thus benefit from a one-stop journey to their destination.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, has said that “Qatar Airways was a relatively unknown airline when it first launched a service to the United States in 2007.
“Since then, we have built up a significant brand presence on the routes that we operate to the United States. Our passengers have come to know us, not through size alone, but by the signature service and quality of the product on board – and also the breadth of our network.
“There has been significant demand for our services from the U.S. not just to the Middle East – but beyond – where no other carriers fly. This makes us a natural choice for consumers, and is a reflection of how globalised our world has become. People are travelling further than ever before and it is important that in an economy focused on open market principles, our wings remain open for business, rather than closed.”
Though unafraid of competition, Qatar Airways has expressed concern over actions of the Big Three and their efforts to try and persuade the US Government to refer to rules that are inapplicable to aviation to resolve their grievances. The application of US domestic trade laws as well as WTO trade principles to these grievances – ones which apply solely to trade in goods – would be wholly unlawful.
“It is puzzling to see the biggest US carriers describe Qatar Airways as a “threat,” given our small size and lack of direct competition with them. Their long-standing focus on other markets, and large (and growing) profits completely undercut this claim. The Open Skies model was developed by the American carriers and has demonstrated how an Open Skies paves the way for an open economy. We are concerned to see the Big 3 seek to change the rules of the game as soon as they see US consumers respond well to the services offered by a competitor. Qatar Airways is proud of its signature five-star service, brand identity, and the high standards we deliver to our passengers onboard,” Mr. Akbar Al Baker added.


Ascent Aviation Services promotes Melisa Ley to Controller

August 29, 2011 · 42 Views

Ascent Aviation Services reported the promotion of Melisa Ley to Controller. Ms Ley is directly responsible for overall operations, direction, coordination and continuous imrovement of th Accounting Department by maximizing return on financial assets while establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.


Lao Airlines purchases two A320s

August 29, 2011 · 36 Views

Lao Airlines, the national carrier of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of two A320 aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The aircraft will be operated by Lao Airlines on routes linking Vientiane to key destinations in South East Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore. Powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International, the aircraft will feature a high comfort two class layout seating 126 passengers in the main cabin and 16 in Business Class.


Air Austral takes delivery of first 777-200LR

August 29, 2011 · 34 Views

Air Austral took delivery of its first Boeing 777-200LR on August 26th. As one of the newest members of the 777 family, the 777-200LR has the capability to connect non-stop virtually any two cities in the world. Air Austral’s 777-200LR will enable the airline to fly non-stop from Mayotte, a French Department north of Madagascar, to Paris. Air Austral currently operates a fleet of six 777-300ERs and 777-200ERs. With this delivery, Air Austral becomes the second carrier in Africa to take delivery of the 777-200LR airplane.


SpiceJet of India accepts first two Q400 NextGen aircraft and signs maintenance agreement

August 29, 2011 · 34 Views

Indian carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. SpiceJet will use its Q400 NextGen aircraft for high-frequency, point-to-point services to regional cities, complementing its larger jet aircraft that connect major Indian cities. SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. SpiceJet has also signed a 10-year agreement under Bombardier’s comprehensive SmartParts program that will provide a wide spectrum of cost-per-flight-hour maintenance for the airline’s full fleet of Q400 NextGen aircraft.


RUAG invests CHF 10 million in central Switzerland

August 29, 2011 · 34 Views

RUAG will be unveiling its newly built Hall 8 in Emmen, a multi-functional industrial hall for various product cycles. The hall offers almost 2,600 m² of flexible space for final assembly and MRO/upgrades of aircraft and helicopters. With approximately 900 m² of additional floor space, it provides a modern working environment with workshops, storage space, offices and recreation rooms spanning three floors. The hall, which measures around 54 m x 54 m and is 10 m high, has a sustainable architecture and fulfils tough process and safety standards. It is currently being used for the ongoing series upgrade program for the Swiss Air Force’s TH89 Super Puma transport helicopters.


Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT sign agreement

August 29, 2011 · 40 Views

Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT have agreed to work together more closely on cabin lighting for passenger planes. A contract to this effect was signed by Andrew Muirhead, Director of Innovation for Lufthansa Technik AG, and Dr. Armin Plichta, General Manager of Aviation for the Lighting and Imaging division of SCHOTT AG, in Hamburg on August 25. Conceived to be a “one-stop shop” strategy, the collaboration will cover the entire process chain, ranging from the design of lighting to manufacturing, installation and approvals, but also service over the course of the entire product lifecycle. Lufthansa Technik will concentrate on the area of lighting control, approval and validation and provide installation, maintenance, repair and upkeep services. SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging will be contributing its expertise and experience in the area of lighting systems.


Boeing strengthens global customer focus with leadership moves

August 29, 2011 · 39 Views

Boeing announced a series of executive leadership changes designed to strengthen customer-facing organizations globally. Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is named president of Boeing Germany, Northern Europe/EU and Africa. Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has named Ray Conner to the new position of senior vice president of Sales and Customer Support. Conner was vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Lou Mancini will continue to lead Commercial Aviation Services, reporting to Conner. Stan Deal was named to succeed Conner as vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Management and Operations. Lianne Stein, vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing Germany, is appointed vice president of Global Corporate Citizenship, succeeding Anne Roosevelt, who will retire August 31. Antonio De Palmas, president of Boeing European Union and NATO relations will continue the important role of representing Boeing with EU and NATO stakeholders.


3 Points Machining and Aerospace completes new facility in Charlottetown

August 30, 2011 · 33 Views

3 Points Machining and Aerospace has established a new aerospace manufacturing and repair facility in Charlottetown. This new facility will result in faster turn-around times on aircraft parts and lower the repair costs of high-quality products. The provincial government indicates that the opening of this facility will help to create as many as 22 jobs in Prince Edward Island in one of the fastest growing and strongest industries in the Atlantic region. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, invested $500,000 towards the purchase of necessary equipment at the new facility. The Government of Prince Edward Island supported this project through the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning with a $1.9 million secured, repayable loan. The company was also eligible to apply for the Innovation and Development Labour Rebate Program with support up to $531,000 based on job creation.


Jet Aviation Basel signs new refurbishment contract for A330-200

August 30, 2011 · 39 Views

Jet Aviation Basel recently signed a contract with a long-standing customer to perform cabin modifications and general refurbishment of an Airbus 330-200 aircraft. To reduce the required downtime of the aircraft and to ensure timely completion and redelivery, Jet Aviation will prepare all required parts in advance of the Airbus’s arrival at the facility, scheduled for the end of 2011. These critical requirements were identified during Jet Aviation’s “upfront” staging process.


Boeing launches 737 new engine family

August 30, 2011 · 42 Views

Boeing’s board of directors has approved the launch of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737, based on order commitments for 496 airplanes from five airlines and a strong business case. The new 737 family will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines optimized for the 737. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

Boeing has named Bob Feldmann vice president and general manager of the new engine 737 family. With 35 years of aerospace experience, Feldmann most recently led the Surveillance and Engagement division within Boeing Military Aircraft, a unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security that includes several commercial derivative programs based on the 737 platform. He has been instrumental in leading the successful development of complex programs such as the EA-18G Growler and the P-8A Poseidon.
Michael Teal has been named vice president, chief project engineer and deputy program manager. Teal’s most recent role was vice president and chief project engineer on the 747-8 program, where he was instrumental in managing the airplane’s configuration and integration, performance, safety, test and certification.


MAEL extends line maintenance agreement with Aer Lingus‏

August 30, 2011

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has extended its line maintenance technical handling agreement with Aer Lingus.The agreement will see MAEL continue to provide support to the Irish operator’s fleet of Airbus A320’s at their line stations in Gatwick.


Boeing introduces 737 MAX with launch of new aircraft family

August 30, 2011 · 36 Views

Boeing has unveiled the 737 MAX, the name of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737 launched on August 31. The new family of aircraft – 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 – builds on the strengths of the Next-Generation 737.
“The 737 MAX offers airlines the right solution and the best choice for creating the most successful future with improved profitability,” said Nicole Piasecki, vice president of Business Development and Strategic Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX will deliver maximum efficiency, maximum reliability and the Boeing Sky Interior will continue to offer maximum passenger comfort. We call it the 737 MAX because it optimizes everything we and our customers have learned about designing, building, maintaining and operating the world’s best single-aisle airplane.”

The 737 MAX will deliver big fuel savings that airlines will need to successfully compete in the future. Airlines will benefit from a 7 percent advantage in operating costs over future competing airplanes as a result of optimized CFM International LEAP-1B engines, more efficient structural design and lower maintenance requirements.


Jet Midwest partners with Phoenix Aerosolutions on Fokker F100 Freighter conversion

August 30, 2011 · 172 Views

Kansas City based Jet Midwest and MRO Jet Midwest Technik have partnered with Phoenix Aerosolutions on a program to convert Fokker 100s to 14,000 kg freighter aircraft. A former Air France F.100 was acquired earlier in the year for design and the program is now well underway and the cargo door opening is on target to be cut in early September with certification to occur in early 2012. The program was conceived by Phoenix Aerosolutions founder and engineer Stan Mounce to achieve an aircraft capable of bridging the cargo gap between turbo-prop and larger 727 or 737 aircraft. ” The very low cost of operation, modern cockpit and the current age of the global fleet of 179 Fokker F.100 aircraft, make it an ideal candidate aircraft for cargo conversion” says Stan Mounce. The conversion will allow up to 11 LD-3 or 14 LD-2 containers. The work will be performed at Kansas City based MRO Jet Midwest Technik and has a projected price of between $1.4 million-$1.6 million.