Saturday, March 24, 2012

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America’s airlines being investigated for possible airfare collusion

July 3, 2015 · 42 Views

The US Department of Justice has decided to launch an investigation into whether US airlines have been illegally colluding in a manner intended to keep seat prices at a high level. The investigation is centering on whether seat availability has been deliberately limited with the express intention of driving up prices. The Department of Justice has written to all US Airlines requesting they provide comprehensive details of why they have each chosen to limit seat availability and, in addition, what information they made available to investors, members of the public and securities analysts. Delta, United, American and Southwest, who combined hold an 80% share of the domestic air travel market have each confirmed they have received a letter from the Department of Justice and will fully cooperate.
Share prices in US airlines are currently volatile owing to a conflict between anticipated growth in demand, Wall Street warnings over the effect on seat prices if anticipated expansion is catered for too early, and airlines’ decisions to rein back by taking flights off upcoming schedules and postponing aircraft deliveries. Since a string of bankruptcies following the 9/11 attack in 2001, mergers, a conservative approach to adding to capacities and new fees levied on passengers, plus continued falling of oil process, airlines have now been posting billion dollar profits. However this has not stopped them from complaining at what they see as unfair competition coming from Gulf airlines thorough what they claim are state subsidies which have a negative effect on the Open Skies agreement as far as US airlines are concerned. Add to this the battle being put up against low-cost Norwegian Air Shuttle which is looking to expand its US flights, but which unions fear will result in an undermining of wages and standards.
The actions of the Department of Justice have been well received by politicians and consumer advocates alike, with US Senator Richard Blumenthal saying in a statement that “This investigation must be tireless and timely to save consumers from the onslaught of price increases in summer fares.” However airlines have been quick to respond by pointing out that in 2015 ticket prices have fallen and capacity is at its highest levels after the recession. The trade group Airlines for America released in a statement that “Our members compete vigorously every day, and the travelling public has been the beneficiary.”


AVIAHELP extends helicopter spares range for Russian MI-8/MI-17 helicopters

March 22, 2012 · 47 Views

Sharjah, U.A.E. based AVIAHELP offers Middle East helicopter operators the opportunity to purchase authentic spares for Russian MI-8/MI-17 helicopters. AVIAHELP extended its helicopter spares range with transmission components and parts for instrumentation and anti-icing systems. AVIAHELP ASIA maintains close long-term business contacts with Russian helicopter original equipment manufacturers. Highly-skilled staff offers helicopter operators current spare part stocks in demand in SAIF-Zone (Sharjah Airport International Free Zone), with the possibility of urgent delivery from Russia. AVIAHELP has got almost 15-years of experience in aircraft and helicopter spare parts supply.


AWAS appoints Chris Monks Vice President Powerplant

March 22, 2012 · 55 Views

Dublin based aircraft lessor AWAS, has appointed Chris Monks Vice President Powerplant as part of the Technical & Asset Management team. Mr. Monks had previously held the title of Powerplant Director at AWAS, having joined the company in November 2010 from Ryanair where he was Power Plant Manager, responsible for the Ryanair fleet of engines.


GA Telesis expands into defense & government support businesses

March 22, 2012 · 34 Views

GA Telesis announced that in conjunction with its current operations, that provide maintenance services for defense and government customers, it has expanded its service offerings to include component support solutions for defense and government applications. The new operation will have its principal headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. “We are now able to provide our military and government customers a dependable choice for a significant amount of their component solutions and maintenance needs,” stated Abdol Moabery, Chief Executive Officer of GA Telesis. “Our track record reflects our ability to quickly integrate into this sector, but we will also initiate a mergers and acquisitions strategy to enable us to make the greatest possible impact.” he added.


STS Component Solutions opens UK office

March 22, 2012 · 34 Views

STS Component Solutions reported the establishment of a new office in the UK. This new office will support its growing global customer base and strategic growth plans in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. David Ikeda will head up this new hub for these geographical markets as the Director of Business Development for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


Flying Colours completes first Blackhawk modification on King Air C90

March 22, 2012 · 42 Views

Flying Colours, a leading global aviation service company specialising in aircraft completions, maintenance and refurbishments, has completed and delivered its first turboprop Blackhawk modification, following the signing of a service agreement with Blackhawk Modifications at the NBAA 2011 conference.


Lufthansa Technik Group report revenue increase for 2011

March 22, 2012 · 42 Views

Lufthansa Technik Group, one of the world’s leading providers of technical services for aircraft, ended fiscal 2011 with a slight increase in revenue despite a difficult market. Revenue grew by 1.9% to €4.1bn. In spite of continued pressure on costs, the company’s result fell only slightly below the good result of the previous year. The annual report of the 21 consolidated Lufthansa Technik Group companies shows an operating result of €257m. “Considering the tense economic situation of many airlines, the revenue decline in some markets, and the negative effect on growth in customer business brought about by the valuation of the dollar, Lufthansa Technik maintained its course well in 2011,” said August Wilhelm Henningsen, CEO of Lufthansa Technik AG.


Change at the helm of MTU Maintenance Hannover in Langenhagen

March 22, 2012 · 93 Views

Langenhagen-based MTU Maintenance Hannover will have a new man at the helm: Holger Sindemann has been appointed its Managing Director & Senior Vice President, effective May 1. Sindemann takes over from Dr. Martin Funk, who has led the largest of MTU Maintenance’s companies for almost three years and will now be pursuing new challenges. Since July 2008, Holger Sindemann has been the chief executive of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture with Chinese carrier China Southern Airlines.


Boeing, Airbus and Embraer to collaborate on aviation biofuel commercialization

March 22, 2012 · 45 Views

Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three leading airframe manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh, Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, and Embraer Commercial Aviation President Paulo Cesar Silva, signed the agreement at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva.

“There are times to compete and there are times to cooperate,” said Jim Albaugh. “Two of the biggest threats to our industry are the price of oil and the impact of commercial air travel on our environment. By working with Airbus and Embraer on sustainable biofuels, we can accelerate their availability and reduce our industry’s impacts on the planet we share.”

“We’ve achieved a lot in the last ten years in reducing our industry’s CO2 footprint – a 45% traffic growth with only 3% more fuel consumption,” said Tom Enders. “The production and use of sustainable quantities of aviation biofuels is key to meeting our industry’s ambitious CO2 reduction targets and we are helping to do this through Research and Technology our expanding network of worldwide value chains and supporting the EU commission towards its target of 4% of biofuel for aviation by 2020.”

“We are all committed to take a leading role in the development of technology programs that will facilitate aviation biofuels development and actual application faster than if we were doing it independently,” said Paulo Cesar Silva. “Few people know that Brazil’s well known automotive biofuels program started within our aeronautical research community, back in the seventies, and we will keep on making history.”


Rodolphe Marchais appointed Chairman and CEO of Sabena technics

March 23, 2012 · 35 Views

The Sabena technics board of directors appointed Rodolphe Marchais Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Following his appointment, Rodolphe Marchais named Jean-Luc Fournel Chief Operating Officer Customers, Philippe Rochet Chief Operating Officer Production, and Stéphane Burton Chief Operating Officer Supply Chain & Support. At the General meeting of Sabena technics’ shareholders, TAT Group has decided to change the by-laws governing its subsidiary. By this decision, Sabena technics is transformed from a limited liability company with executive and supervisory boards (société à directoire et conseil de surveillance) into a limited liability company with board of directors (société anonyme à conseil d’administration).


El Al posts net loss of $49.4m in 2011

March 23, 2012 · 31 Views

El Al Israel Airlines presented the financial reports for the 2011 financial year and for the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenues for the year totaled $2,043.2m compared to $1,972.2m last year, an increase of about 4%. Revenues from cargo operations increased by about 8%, as a result of the increased freight carried and the revenue per ton-kilometer. Operating expenses in 2011 totaled $1,764.9m, compared to $1,584.6m last year, an increase of about 11%. Gross profits for this year totaled $278.3m (a ratio of about 13.6% on turnover), compared to $387.7m last year (a ratio of about 19.7% on turnover). Net loss for 2011 totaled $49.4m, compared to profits of about $57m in 2010. Cash flow from regular activities for the year ending 31st December 2011 totaled $61.9m, compared to a cash flow from regular activities of $203.3m in 2010.

Revenues for the 4th quarter of 2011 totaled $485.4m, an increase of about 1%, compared to the 4th quarter of last year. Net revenues from passengers increased by about 1.5%, while cargo revenues dropped because as of June 2011, only one cargo aircraft was in operation. Operating expenses totaled $402.4m (a ratio of about 82.9% on turnover) compared to $393.8m in the parallel quarter of 2010 (a ratio of about 81.9% on turnover) – an increase of about 2.2%. This was largely the result of increased expenditure on aviation fuel, because of the increase in market prices compared to in the parallel period last year. Gross profits totaled $83.0m, (a ratio of about 17.1% on turnover), compared to $87.2m in the parallel quarter last year (a ratio of 18.1% on turnover). Losses for the quarter totaled $7.8m, compared to profits of $16.3m in the parallel quarter last year.


Atlantic Airways takes delivery of new Airbus A319

March 23, 2012 · 48 Views

Atlantic Airways, the national carrier of the Faroe Islands has taken delivery of its Airbus A319 as part of its plan to increase its capacity, becoming Airbus’ newest operator, equipped with CFM engines. The aircraft is configured in a single economy class layout with 144 seats. All passengers will benefit from state-of-art mood lighting and drop-down screens throughout the cabin. It will be deployed on route from Faroe Islands to Copenhagen, Denmark.


Fokker Services acquires spare parts for Bombardier Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft

March 23, 2012 · 31 Views

Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its strategic alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft. Under the agreement, Fokker Services has secured inventory from Bombardier. The initial inventory block was sold to Fokker Services for worldwide distribution in November and encompasses more than 2,600 part numbers. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.


Albert Li named new General Manager and Head of Bombardier Aerospace China

March 23, 2012 · 53 Views

Bombardier Aerospace announced the appointment of Albert K. Li as General Manager and Head of Bombardier Aerospace China effective April 2, 2012. Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Li holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Toronto. Since 1988, Mr. Li has held positions of increasing responsibility with the Ford Motor Company, most recently as President, Ford Lio Ho Motor.


Rolls-Royce awarded $275m service contracts from US military

March 23, 2012 · 35 Views

Rolls-Royce has received recent contracts exceeding $275 million to provide support services for the US Armed Services. Rolls-Royce will provide Mission Care service support for AE 1107C, AE 2100 and T56 engines which power a variety of US aircraft, including the V-22, C-130, P-3 and C-2 in operation with the US Air Force, Navy and Marines. The contracts cover work to be delivered in 2012 and 2013.


Firefly selects Messier-Bugatti-Dowty wheels and carbon brakes

March 23, 2012 · 38 Views

Malaysian airline Firefly has selected Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its Boeing Next-Generation 737 fleet. The contract covers a total of 63 Boeing 737-800 twinjets, either new or to be retrofitted. Messier-Bugatti- Dowty offers a certified carbon brake for all models in the Boeing Next-Generation 737 family, as original equipment or for retrofit. To date, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has recorded commitments to equip 750 airplanes.