Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Airports Commission backs third runway for Heathrow over second runway at Gatwick

July 1, 2015 · 49 Views

Twenty years’ debate on how to increase airline capacity serving London, UK, is nearing a conclusion, though today’s announcement is far from definitive. Though the Airports Commission has decided that Heathrow would be the better of three options for increasing air traffic serving the city of London, the Government has still to give its seal of approval. Consequently, owing to the political sensitivity of the situation, Government approval for Heathrow would fly in the face of statements made by David Cameron, the PM and Conservative party Leader, back in 2009. The Commission’s findings have already seen the vociferous Boris Johnson, London’s mayor and potential PM in waiting, speaking in BBC Radio 4 this morning making it quite clear he feels that the environmental impact on the area will see too great a protest to allow the third runway to be built. “It’s not going to happen,” he stated, adding that the “discomfort being endured” by those in London on the hottest day of the year “would be nothing compared to the noise pollution that will be visited on hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocent people and the vehicular pollution as a result of a catastrophic decision to increase runway capacity in the west of the city”. Mr Johnson himself has always been keener on the construction of a total new airport located in the Thames estuary.
It is understood that over 800 homes will be demolished in the proposed construction of the third Heathrow runway, these homes being compulsorily purchased at 125% of current market value. The actual budget estimate for the runway’s construction stands at £17.6bn (US$27.5bn), while infrastructure surrounding the site – roads, railway, etc. is budgeted at approaching £5.0bn (US$7.8bn.) The cost of adding an additional runway at Gatwick has been budgeted at £7.0bn (US$11.5bn). As far as economic implications are concerned, it is understood the new runway at Heathrow would provide an additional 77,000 jobs and create economic growth approaching £147.0bn (US$242.5bn) by 2050. However, it is believed the economic consideration would likely be the same wherever the additional capacity for aircraft was created. The new runway at Heathrow would enable London to connect with an additional 40 destinations and allow the UK’s capital to remain a strategic hub in worldwide aviation. However the Heathrow option would come with a swathe of restrictions bearing in mind the greater potential environmental impact that would be created and which would not exist at Gatwick.
Sir Howard Davies’ report made it very clear the new runway should come with severe restrictions to reduce the environmental and noise problems. “The best answer is to expand Heathrow’s capacity through a new north-west runway,” he said. “Heathrow is best placed to provide the type of capacity which is most urgently required: long haul destinations to new markets. It provides the greatest benefits for business passengers and the broader economy. Adding capacity at Heathrow also provides an opportunity to change the airport’s relationship with its local communities. To make expansion possible the Commission recommends a comprehensive package of measures including a ban on night flights and a new noise levy to fund a far stronger and more generous set of compensation and mitigation schemes,” he concluded.
Whether the final decision sees Heathrow or Gatwick chosen, it is understood that either venture would be funded by private finance. John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce welcomed the report, stating “Now that all the evidence is on the table, firms in every corner of the UK want to see an irreversible government commitment to a new runway at Heathrow by the end of 2015, with planning complete and diggers on the ground by the end of this parliament in 2020.”


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 · 92 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 · 38 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 · 27 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 · 33 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 · 93 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 · 34 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 · 27 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 · 31 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 · 28 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 · 32 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 · 35 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 · 31 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.