Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Irish government gives green light for IAG bid proposal for Aer Lingus

May 27, 2015 · 109 Views

In January of this year IAG made the third of three firm offers for Irish airline Aer Lingus at €2.55 ($2.78) per share. Unlike the previous offers, this was received more favourably by Aer Lingus, but was once again conditional upon on IAG obtaining support for the offer from the carrier’s two key shareholders: Ryanair and the Irish government. As it currently stands, the offer is worth €1.4bn ($1.5 bn). Late on Tuesday Aer Lingus signed a transaction agreement which “contains certain assurances” for the future security of Aer Lingus where IAG has given “cast-iron guarantees” on Aer Lingus’ London Heathrow slots which will be protected by a single B share held by the Irish government. Aer Lingus will maintain its level of seasonal flights to Cork, Shannon, and Dublin for at least seven years and additional Heathrow-Ireland links for a minimum of five years. It is understood that Aer Lingus will now convene an EGM to approve the connectivity resolutions.
IAG said: “The independent Aer Lingus directors intend unanimously to recommend that Aer Lingus shareholders accept the offer. The government of Ireland has stated that it supports the offer and the minister for finance of Ireland has confirmed that the general principles of the disposal of his shares in Aer Lingus will be laid before Dáil Éireann [the lower house of the Irish Parliament] for approval.” Earlier in the day Ryanair said it would wait for a formal approach from IAG, indicating that they would consider any deal based on its merits. The offer document is expected to be sent to shareholders within 28 days. However, for the offer to be met with success, it has to be backed by at least 90% of Aer Lingus’ shareholders meaning, of course, that Ryanair’s buy-in will become critical. The offer will need to obtain competition clearance from the European Commission. Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington and IAG CEO Willie Walsh have described the deal as “compelling,” especially as it will provide stronger transatlantic and regional connections for both IAG and Aer Lingus. “The company [Aer Lingus] will reap the commercial and strategic benefits of being part of the much larger and globally diverse IAG Group,” confirmed Barrington.
Speaking during an analysts’ briefing on Wednesday morning, Willie Walsh made it clear that the Aer Lingus brand and its Irish head office would remain in place. IAG intends to develop Dublin as a transatlantic hub and Aer Lingus will subsequently be able to re-join the oneworld. “Aer Lingus would add a fourth competitive, cost effective airline to IAG, enabling us to develop our network using Dublin as a hub between the UK, continental Europe and North America, generating additional financial value for our shareholders,” Walsh commented.
The offer has actually been made by a specially created company for the acquisition, AERL Holding, which is wholly owned by IAG, the directors of which will be Walsh, IAG CFO Enrique Dupuy, and IAG General Counsel Chris Haynes.


Transaero Airlines finalizes order for four 787 Dreamliners

April 9, 2012 · 24 Views

Boeing and Transaero Airlines of Russia recently signed an order for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The signing ceremony for the order, valued at $744m at list prices, has been held onboard the 787 during a demonstration flight for Transaero’s executives, employees and special guests.


BAE Systems to supply Avro RJ D-C cargo hold modification kits to Swiss Air Lines

April 9, 2012 · 50 Views

BAE Systems has won a contract from Swiss International Air Lines to supply D-C cargo hold fire detection and suppression system modification kits for the conversion of the airline’s 20-strong fleet of Avro RJ jetliners.

Swiss has taken the decision to modify its aircraft ahead of a possible European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandated requirement. Both the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have mandated this upgrade and, as a result, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has in the past provided modification kits to airlines in these countries.

The fleet of BAe 146/Avro RJs operated by Cobham Aviation Services in Australia, as well as the original fleet of Avro RJs operated by Mesaba Airlines in the United States (now largely operating with CityJet in Ireland) have been converted. In addition, BAE Systems has supplied kits to TNT Express for the upgrading of their fleet of European-based BAe 146QT freighters.


Crane appoints presidents of Aerospace and Electronics Groups

April 9, 2012 · 33 Views

Crane announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Tavares as President of the Electronics Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, and David Bender as President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Previously, Bender was president of both the Aerospace Group and the Electronics Group.


Airbus starts final assembly of first A350 XWB

April 9, 2012 · 22 Views

Final assembly of the first A350 XWB is now underway at the brand new final assembly line in Toulouse. This latest step in the A350 XWB’s progress is achieved as Airbus starts joining the 19.7 metre long centre fuselage with the 21 metre long front fuselage. This first A350 XWB airframe will be used for the static structural tests that all new aircraft undergo as part of their certification process. The assembly of the first flying A350 XWB, MSN1, will start during summer. The centre fuselage was delivered to Toulouse on Wednesday 4th April 2012 by Beluga from Airbus in St Nazaire, France. The front fuselage was previously delivered from St Nazaire to the A350 XWB final assembly line on the 23rd December 2011. Delivery and installation of the aft fuselage from Hamburg, Germany will take place in the coming weeks, followed by the wings delivered from Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, UK.


MTU Maintenance Canada and Fokker Services sign engine accessory repair services agreement

April 9, 2012 · 28 Views

Fokker Services and MTU Maintenance Canada signed an engine accessory repair services agreement for the support on various engine accessory components. The agreement signed is valid for three years with annual renewals agreed to by both parties. The agreement includes a range of accessory components supporting MTU maintenance Canada and engine repair shop in Germany – MTU Maintenance Hannover GmbH. The work is being accomplished on various engine types, but mostly on CF6-50 and CF6-80. The work will be carried out by Fokker Aerotron (USA) in Georgia and Fokker Services (NL) in Amsterdam.


Copa Holdings announces monthly traffic statistics for March 2012

April 9, 2012 · 36 Views

For the month of March 2012, Copa Holdings’ system-wide passenger traffic increased 22.5% year over year, while capacity increased in the same proportion.  System load factor for March 2012 was 76.0%, flat when compared to March 2011.


Republic Airways reports March load factor of 80%

April 9, 2012 · 81 Views

Republic Airways reported that March traffic was in line with the same month last year, on a decrease in capacity of 2%. Consolidated load factor was 80% in March of 2012 versus 78% in the same month last year.


Boeing and Embraer sign agreement for broad business cooperation

April 10, 2012 · 52 Views

Embraer S.A. and Boeing announced a cooperation agreement to work together to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation industry. The agreement establishes an important relationship between two of the world’s largest aerospace companies to cooperate in ways that enhance operational efficiency, safety and productivity, improve customer satisfaction and create value for both companies and their customers. Frederico Curado, President and CEO of Embraer S.A., and Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, signed the agreement during the visit of Brazil’s President to the United States and following the annual meeting of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, a public-private partnership between the United States and Brazilian Governments which brings together chief executive officers from both countries. Curado and Albaugh are co-chairs of the CEO Forum’s aviation subcommittee. Boeing and Embraer have agreed to pursue several areas of cooperation, including commercial aircraft features that enhance safety and efficiency, research and technology and sustainable aviation biofuels. They will also look for other areas to work together to bring mutual benefit and value to customers.


United Continental reports March 2012 operational performance

April 10, 2012 · 34 Views

UAL’s consolidated traffic in March 2012 increased 1.0% and consolidated capacity decreased 1.1% versus March 2011. The company’s consolidated load factor in March 2012 increased 1.7 points to 81.5% compared to March 2011.


Constant Aviation becomes Rolls-Royce Authorized Service Center

April 10, 2012 · 34 Views

Constant Aviation, a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, has been appointed by Rolls-Royce as an AE 3007 Authorized Service Center. Constant Aviation is now able to offer Legacy 600/650 operators in-house engine maintenance, on-site parts and warranty claim processing.


Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics add Flight Companion from Matchbox

April 10, 2012 · 99 Views

Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics have added the Flight Companion from Matchbox to their product offerings. The FC-1 Flight Companion is a new lightweight multi-functional electronics instrument that provides a variety of alerts to assist pilots with their cockpit management functions. Flight Companion capabilities include an altitude alert system that alarms with change of more than plus-or-minus 100 feet from a pre-set altitude and a tank timer that provides a 30 minute tank countdown and an LED flash alert that the tank is being timed out. In addition to the Flight Companion, a related Matchbox product called the DVM828 is a self-contained digital voltage monitor that plugs directly into an existing cigarette lighter connector and monitors the status of the aircraft battery and charging systems.


Finnair reports load factor of 78% in March 2012

April 10, 2012 · 36 Views

Finnair traffic measured rose by 11.6% and the overall capacity grew by 3.6% year-on-year. Passenger load factor improved by 5.6 points and was 78.0%.


HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance signs GTA with Pullmanturair

April 10, 2012 · 36 Views

HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH based in Hahn, Germany, signed a GTA with Pullmanturair (based in Madrid, Spain) for their fleet of B747-400s, on April 10th. The first aircraft already arrived for maintenance activities (Maintenance Checks and SB/AD incorp.) for approx. 10 days at their facility in Hahn.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering to provide line maintenance to Air France in Malaga

April 10, 2012 · 34 Views

Monarch Aircraft Engineering has signed a line maintenance technical handling agreement with Air France. With immediate effect, Monarch Aircraft Engineering will provide full maintenance support for the French carrier, who operates a three times weekly service into Malaga on an Airbus A320 aircraft.


MTU Maintenance to provide further support for JetBlue Airways’ IAE V2533 engines

April 10, 2012 · 33 Views

MTU Maintenance Hannover continues to provide support to U.S. carrier JetBlue Airways. The airline has been sending its IAE V2527 engines to the Hannover shop on an exclusive basis since 2005.  The carrier now has further entrusted MTU Maintenance with the maintenance, repair and overhaul which now covers all of its V2533s, the most powerful V2500 version on the A321. The amended contract will run until 2020 and includes a five-year renewal option. JetBlue has opted to convert an existing A320 order for 30 aircraft into A321s. U.S. low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways, headquartered in New York, currently operates a mixed fleet of 172 Airbus A320 and Embraer aircraft and has another 126 planes, mainly A320s and A321s, on order.


Air Charter Services PVT becomes new PC-12 Sales and Service Center in India

April 10, 2012 · 35 Views

Pilatus Aircraft appointed Air Charter Services PVT (ACSPL) as its official PC-12 Sales and Service Center in India with responsibility for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand. As the official Service Center, the New Delhi-based facility will manage aircraft sales and carry out all aspects of PC-12 maintenance and warranty work. Sales of the PC-12 have increased steadily since it was first launched in 1994. Total aircraft sold now exceed 1100.


GOL receives authorization to provide maintenance services for other aircraft models

April 10, 2012 · 34 Views

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. has received authorization from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to provide conventional and electrostatic painting, weighing and recalibration services for other companies’ aircraft in its Maintenance Center in Confins, Belo Horizonte. The agency’s authorization, which also represents a new revenue source, covers Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, identical to those of GOL’s fleet, as well as Boeing 737-300 aircraft, part of Webjet’s fleet, and other models from other manufacturers which are capable of fitting into the painting hangar. GOL’s Aircraft Maintenance Center was expanded in 2010, to reach its current capacity of up to 120 aircraft per year. The expansion absorbed investments of R$65m, enabling the Center to undertake heavy fuselage maintenance, preventive maintenance, aircraft painting and internal aircraft configuration for GOL’s entire fleet.