Thursday, November 03, 2011

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China’s HNA Group poised to buy 13% stake in Virgin Australia

May 31, 2016 · 157 Views

In a bid to strengthen its position in the Chinese airline industry, HNA Group intends to make an investment of AU$159 million (US$114 million) in the acquisition of a 13% stake in Virgin Australia. Currently HNA Group’s airline, Hainan Airlines, has no scheduled flights to Australia, unlike state-backed China Southern and China Eastern. According to Hong Kong-based Eric Lin, Director of Asia Transport Research at UBS, “The China-Australia market is buoyant and you can expect to see more capacity in the coming months.”
The move comes as part of HNA Group’s push to invest US$10 billion in overseas aviation-based enterprises. HNA Group agreed to acquire a 23.7% stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines for US$450 million in November last year, while in May this year it agreed to purchase a 7% stake in Atlantic Gateway, part owner of TAP Portugal, in which HNA Group already holds a stake. In January, the Group’s Bohai Leasing business bought the leasing firm Avolon, giving them access to over 500 aircraft. This week HNA Group also announced its entry into negotiations with Air France-KLM to buy a stake in its Servair catering business.
HNA Group also plans to extend its holding in Virgin Australia up to 19.9% at a time when Air New Zealand is selling its currently its undiluted 25.1% stake in the airline. It has not been disclosed why HNA Group chose not to simply buy the Air New Zealand shares. HNA is paying a 7.1% premium of US$0.30 per share based on Monday’s closing price.
According to HNA Group, “We are excited to support the Virgin Australia Group through our investment and the strategic alliance. We look forward to working together to create a seamless travel experience between Australia and China, and to deliver further choice, value and excellence to travelers worldwide.”
John Borghetti, Virgin Australia Group CEO, is quoted as saying: “In 2015, over one million Chinese travelers visited Australia, spending approximately AU$8.3 billion in total on their journeys. By 2020, almost 1.5 million Chinese travelers are projected to visit Australia in a market expected to be worth up to AU$13 billion. We are pleased to welcome HNA as a new shareholder and strategic alliance partner. The alliance will see us leverage the opportunities offered by China, as well as the synergies of HNA’s comprehensive aviation supply chain.”
The deal will require approval from Chinese aviation authorities as well as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Virgin Australia is the second-largest airline in Australia with approaching a 36% share of the Australia market. On top of the existing Air New Zealand stake, Singapore Airlines holds a 25.9% stake in Virgin Australia, while Etihad Airways holds a 25.1% stake, and the Virgin Group an 8.7% stake.


Boeing CFO James Bell announces April 2012 retirement

November 1, 2011 · 59 Views

Boeing Executive Vice President, Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell announced plans to retire from the company, effective April 1, 2012. Greg Smith corporate controller and finance vice president, has been elected by Boeing’s board of directors to succeed Bell as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Feb. 1, 2012; the two will work together over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. Diana Sands, vice president of investor relations and financial planning and analysis, has been appointed corporate controller, also effective Feb. 1, 2012.


NAYAK becomes MRO partner for Boeing GoldCare program

November 1, 2011 · 58 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes selected NAYAK Aircraft Services in Europe to provide Boeing GoldCare maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. The GoldCare program is a maintenance concept Boeing designed to maximize airline operations for the 737 NG and the new 787 Dreamliner aircrafts. NAYAK is one of the largest independent providers of aircraft maintenance in Europe, headquartered in Cologne (Germany) and with offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Rome (Italy).


Skytech-AIC appointed to manage seven additional Q400S

November 1, 2011 · 59 Views

Skytech-AIC have been appointed by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) to act as Lease Managers for seven Bombardier Q400 aircraft recently acquired from Flybe by RMB and leased to South African Express Airways (SA Express). Skytech-AIC and RMB have worked together on a number of aviation transactions over some 15 years and Skytech-AIC already manage five RMB-owned Q400s: three on lease to Flybe and two on lease to SA Express.


Cathay Pacific is first operator of newest Boeing freighter in Asia Pacific

November 1, 2011 · 120 Views

Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, making it the second freight operator worldwide to take delivery of Boeing’s newest freighter. With this new addition to its fleet, Cathay Pacific also becomes the first carrier in Asia Pacific to operate the 747-8. The new airplane is the first of 10 747-8 Freighters Cathay Pacific has on order with Boeing.


GE Aviation breaks ground on Auburn facility

November 1, 2011 · 94 Views

GE Aviation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new jet engine components factory in Auburn on October 31st. The 300,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and also to support the vast fleet of GE jet engines already in service.

Following the start of construction, the facility is on schedule to open in late 2012. Limited hiring will begin next year. Additional hiring is slated for 2013 as production begins to ramp up.  GE Aviation’s goal is to employ 300 to 400 people when the plant is at full ramp-up later this decade.


United States Army to receive Turbomeca’s 10,000th Arriel production engine

November 1, 2011 · 4 Views

Turbomeca (Safran group) reported the delivery of its 10,000th Arriel production engine, which will power a United States Army UH-72A Lakota helicopter. During a ceremony at the Turbomeca USA site, Olivier Andriès, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO and Russ Spray, Turbomeca USA President & CEO, presented the United States Army a commemorative plaque to mark this event.

EADS North America was awarded the United States Army’s Light Utility Helicopter contract in 2006 for 345 UH-72A Lakota twin-engine helicopters powered by Turbomeca’s Arriel 1E2. Today, 454 Arriel 1E2 engines have been delivered on schedule for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota. The U.S. Navy has purchased five additional Lakotas for their Test Pilot School.


FLY Leasing reports third quarter 2011 financial results

November 2, 2011 · 58 Views

FLY Leasing, a global lessor of modern, fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft, reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. FLY’s net income and basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 were $3.4m compared to $12.2m in the same period of 2010. The decrease in net income is primarily due gains realized on the sale of three aircraft in the 3rd quarter of 2010 and recognition of $2.9m of end of lease revenue also in the 3rd quarter of 2010, neither of which is present in the current period.

At September 30, 2011, FLY’s total assets were $2.0bn, including flight equipment with a net book value of $1.6bn. Restricted and unrestricted cash at September 30, 2011 totaled $392.4m, of which $230.3m was unrestricted. These amounts compare to total cash of $329.0m and unrestricted cash of $164.1m at December 31, 2010.


Rolls-Royce delivers first LiftFan from new advanced facility

November 2, 2011 · 60 Views

Rolls-Royce has delivered the first Rolls-Royce LiftFan, for the F-35B Lightning II, to have been assembled at its new LiftFan Factory near Indianapolis, IN, US. The LiftFan is part of the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem that provides Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) capability for the first aircraft to combine the technology with stealth and supersonic speed. This fifth-generation fighter will provide the US Marine Corps and other future customers with increased capability and the option to deploy from forward bases.


Mubadala Aerospace announces formation of leadership team for global MRO network

November 2, 2011 · 55 Views

Mubadala Aerospace reported the formation of a senior leadership team for its global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network, encompassing ADAT in Abu Dhabi and SR Technics, based in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Homaid Al Shemmari will be the Chairman of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network; Jeremy Chan is appointed Executive Vice Chairman; and James Stewart is appointed Group Chief Executive Officer, leading a highly talented leadership team with long-standing industry experience. Other key members of the leadership team are: Abdul Khaliq Saeed: President, MENA , André Wall: President, Europe, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid: Chief Commercial Officer and Pierre Steffen: Chief Supply Chain Officer


Kaman to acquire Vermont Composites

November 2, 2011 · 52 Views

Kaman Aerospace Group, has entered into an agreement to acquire Vermont Composites Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of composite aerostructures and advanced composite medical equipment based in Bennington, Vermont. The senior management team of Vermont Composites, including its President and CEO, Patrick J. Wheeler, have agreed to continue their employment with Kaman. Vermont Composites will become part of the Kaman Composites Division, led by President James C. Larwood.

Founded in 1979, Vermont Composites is expected to generate sales of $32m for 2011, and has approximately 230 employees. Vermont Composites has high profile positions on a number of major aerospace platforms including V-22 Osprey, P-8 Poseidon, C-130 Hercules, MH-60 BLACK HAWK and various UAVs.


PAS Technologies Miramar attains accreditation for AS9100C and AS9110A certifications

November 2, 2011 · 57 Views

PAS Technologies has received dual registration by SAI Global for the International Standards ISO 9001:2008 +AS9110A and ISO 9001:2008 +AS9100C certifications for its Miramar, Florida facility.  As a provider of plating services and component overhaul and repair services, these certifications validates PAS Technologies’ commitment to quality, continuous improvement, and provides the Company with performance based analysis aimed toward operational consistency and improved customer satisfaction.


JSC SCA and Aeroflot complete technical acceptance procedure for SSJ100 SN95011

November 2, 2011 · 58 Views

On November 1st, the completion of the technical acceptance procedure, JSC SCA and Aeroflot signed the Acceptance Act for the third deliverable Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95011. The document states that the aircraft is technically sound, fully meets the performance criteria without any operational limitations.  On November 7th the aircraft will arrive in Moscow and start commercial operation on Aeroflot’s route network.


Tail section for THAI’s first A380 rolls out of paint shop

November 2, 2011 · 8 Views

The vertical tail section for the first A380 for Thai Airways International (THAI) has been painted with the airline’s orchid logo at Airbus facilities in Hamburg. The painting was completed at the weekend and the section is now being prepared for shipment to Toulouse, where assembly of the airline’s first aircraft is set to begin this month. 

THAI will become the ninth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the third quarter of 2012. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its premier routes from Bangkok to Europe.