Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Qatar presents White Paper to US over unfair subsidy allegations

July 31, 2015 · 92 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.


Doric’s aircraft portfolio grows to 25 aircraft valued at $3.8 billion

October 17, 2011 · 7 Views

Doric Asset Finance reportec the addition of a 10th Airbus A380 aircraft to its aircraft portfolio under management. Doric Nimrod Air Two Limited (“DNA2”) took delivery of MSN 077 at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg. The aircraft is leased to Emirates for a period of 12 years. The Airbus A380 was purchased for US$ 234 million, of which about US$ 151 million was financed through a 12-year fully amortising senior loan. DNA2 was listed on 14th July 2011 on both the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) and the Channel Island Stock Exchange (“CISX”). The company’s sole objective is to own and lease three Airbus A380 aircraft to Emirates.


Brussels Airlines selects Lufthansa Technik Malta for Airbus A330 base maintenance

October 17, 2011 · 95 Views

Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Technik Malta have signed a base maintenance contract for the Airbus A330 fleet of the carrier. Lufthansa Technik Malta will provide C-Checks for the five A330s of Brussels Airlines starting from now on. Additionally Lufthansa Technik Malta has been selected to do a full cabin retrofit of the aircraft starting in February 2012.


CPI Aerostructures announces $2.3 million agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft

October 17, 2011 · 41 Views

CPI Aerostructures has received a schedule agreement from Sikorsky Aircraft valued at up to approximately $2.3 million to manufacture gunner window assemblies for the BLACK HAWK helicopter. This new agreement is a follow-on to the $2 million agreement announced in late 2010. The windows are of two-piece construction located just behind the pilot seat on each side of the aircraft. They slide open for use by the machine gun operator. Deliveries are expected to commence in the first half of 2012 and end in early 2013.


Virgin Australia inaugurates ATR 72-500 services

October 17, 2011 · 31 Views

Virgin Australia launched commercial services with the first of its new ATR 72-500 turboprop airliners. The inaugural flight of Virgin Australia’s first turboprop – and Australia’s first ATR 72 – was also the airline’s first flight from Brisbane to the regional industrial city of Gladstone. Perth-based Skywest will operate the new ATR services on behalf of Virgin Australia, with a fleet of eight 68-seat ATR 72 aircraft. The airline has orders for four of the series 500 model – three of which have now been delivered – and four of the next-generation series 600 model. Skywest also has options to acquire another five ATR 72-600s, all of which it will operate for Virgin.


EMBRAER delivers 28 commercial and 18 executive jets in 3Q11

October 17, 2011 · 37 Views

Embraer closed the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11) having delivered 28 commercial and 18 executive jets. The firm order backlog totaled 16 billion. In the months of July, August and September, Embraer closed the sales of 17 E-Jets: two EMBRAER 190s to GECAS and another ten to Kenya Airways, as announced in June during the Paris Air Show, as well as five EMBRAER 195s to Lufthansa, in Germany. China Southern Airlines became the newest E-Jets operator and also received the commemorative 800th delivery, belonging to China’s CDB Leasing which ordered a total of  20 jets. In early October, Embraer announced the sale of six more EMBRAER 190s to GECAS, which will be added to the Company’s backlog in the fourth quarter of 2011. With this order, the U.S. leasing company will have a portfolio of 101 E-Jets.
The executive aviation unit delivered eight Phenom 100 and nine Phenom 300 jets in 3Q11, for a total of 17 light jets, as well as one Legacy jet. During the quarter, the Company showed a positive net balance in its orders. The highlight was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing for the sale of up to 20 airplanes from the entire line of Embraer Executive Jets. At the beginning of October, Misheng sealed an agreement for the purchase of 13 Legacy 650 jets, which will be added to Embraer’s backlog in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

Airbus signs new deal with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty

October 17, 2011 · 97 Views

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was chosen once again by Airbus to supply the nose and main landing gear for the A320 family, including the A320neo family. The European aircraft manufacturer currently accounts for 60% of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s landing gear activity as it supplies landing gear to the entire Airbus single aisle program as well as A330, A340 and A380 nose landing gears and A350-800/900 main landing gears.


Simon Caldecott new President and CEO of Piper Aircraft

October 17, 2011 · 38 Views

Simon Caldecott has been appointed the new interim President and CEO of Piper Aircraft, Inc., effective immediately. Caldecott joined Piper in 2009 and is the former Vice President of Operations responsible for Manufacturing Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality and Supply Chain. Caldecott replaces Geoff Berger, who joined as the previous interim CEO in mid-2010. Former Executive Vice President Randy Groom has left the company.


TAP M&E Brazil certified to perform maintenance on FAB’s F-5 fighters

October 18, 2011 · 31 Views

TAP Maintenance and Engineering Brazil (TAP M&E Brazil) was certified by the Diretoria de Material Aeronáutico e Bélico – DIRMAB, the head of the Brazilian Air Force Logistics System, to perform periodical inspections on the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) F-5E/FM aircraft. The FAB is using this aircraft since 1974, and due to its quality and advanced performance platform, the Brazilian fleet was recently modernized in avionics and weapons systems, receiving the most up-to-date embedded technology.


Ramco Systems wins order from T’way Airlines, South Korea

October 18, 2011 · 5 Views

Ramco Systems, the Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider, announced its agreement with T’way Airlines for Ramco’s Series 5 Aviation M&E software. Under the agreement, Ramco will deliver the complete web based Series 5 M&E system, including Maintenance Programs, Supply Chain Management, Maintenance Execution for Line, Shop and Heavy operations and Reliability.

T’way Airlines is the first official low-cost start up airline based in Seoul, South Korea, offering scheduled flights between Seoul Gimpo Airport and Jeju International Airport, operating an all Boeing 737-800 fleet. The airline was established in 2004 as Hansung Airlines and was renamed T’way Airlines in August 2010.


Air Lease Corporation reports additional acquisitions and lease placements

October 18, 2011 · 35 Views

Air Lease Corporation reported continuing lease placements and acquisitions of 12 additional aircraft. 

ALC has concluded the following lease placements from its order book:
– one new Airbus A330-300 leased to Asiana Airlines (Korea).
– two new Boeing 737-800s (MSNs 41299 and 41300) leased to Korean Airlines
– two new Embraer 190 LRs leased to Aeromexico.
– One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 37772) leased to Air Berlin 

ALC has additionally acquired the following aircraft: 
– two Airbus A320-200s (MSNs 4681 and 3203) leased to Vueling (Spain)
– one Airbus A330-200 (MSN 1016) leased to Avianca (Colombia)
– one Airbus A330-200 (MSN 456) leased to Thomas Cook (United Kingdom)
– one Boeing 737-800 (MSN 33027) leased to Gol Airlines (Brazil)
– one Boeing 737-700 (MSN 30279) leased to Southwest Airlines


Pierre-Henri Gourgeon resigns as CEO of Air France and Air France-KLM

October 18, 2011 · 32 Views

Pierre-Henri Gourgeon has resigned from his duties as Chief Executive Officer of Air France and Air France-KLM.  Alexandre de Juniac has been appointed as his successor. The appointment will be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of Air France and will become effective after the opinion of the ethics committee.


A350 XWB’s Trent engine rolls-out for initial flight tests

October 18, 2011 · 9 Views

Airbus has completed installation of the first Rolls-Royce Trent XWB flight-test engine on the A380 “flying-testbed” aircraft (MSN 001). The aircraft and engine will now be prepared for the flight-test campaign commencing in the coming weeks. The Trent XWB engine, which is the largest Rolls-Royce turbofan with a 118-inch diameter fan, has been specially designed to power all members of the new Airbus A350 XWB Family with maximum efficiency.


CIRCOR Aerospace to supply actuation packages for Messier-Bugatti-Dowty

October 18, 2011 · 36 Views

The CIRCOR Aerospace Products Group has been selected by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran Group) to manufacture a complete suite of 20 actuators for multiple business and regional aircraft platforms. CIRCOR Aerospace will perform the manufacturing, final assembly and testing of these actuators at its Corona, California facilities.  CIRCOR Aerospace was previously awarded several design and development and legacy program contracts for landing gear actuators by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty.


Peter Somers appointed as President Fokker Services

October 18, 2011 · 40 Views

Peter Somers will succeed Roland van Dijk, with effect from 1 November 2011, as President Fokker Services and will form part of the Executive Board. Peter Somers is a senior airline executive with a proven track record at Air France-KLM, who together with his management team, will lead Fokker Services further with the aim of achieving success and profitability of the defined key growth areas. Roland van Dijk will be appointed with effect from 1 November 2011 as Vice President Strategy & Solutions of Fokker Technologies.


FLY Leasing closes acquisition of 49 aircraft

October 18, 2011 · 36 Views

FLY Leasing completed the acquisition of a $1.4 billion portfolio of 49 aircraft. These 49 aircraft increase FLY’s fleet to a total of 109 aircraft on lease to 53 airlines in 29 countries. The purchase price was fully funded from FLY’s existing unrestricted cash and the assumption of existing non-recourse debt. The portfolio consists of 23 Airbus A320 family aircraft, 3 Airbus A340, 6 Boeing 717 and 17 Boeing 737 aircraft.