Lufthansa to restructure Eurowings after profits warning

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Struggling to compete with the likes of Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz on pricing since taking over large parts of Air Berlin, Lufthansa is looking to restructure its low-cost subsidiary in a bid to reduce running costs by up to 15 percent over the next three years. In concentrating more on short-haul flights, the intention is to return the carrier to profit by 2021, according to Reuters. Lufthansa cited falling revenues at Eurowings as a major reason behind a profit warning on June 16. Eurowings’ revenue was forecast to drop sharply in the second quarter. As part of the cost-cutting exercise, Read more

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FAA awards US$30.5 million in infrastructure grants to 13 Airports in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award US$495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total US$3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. “This significant investment in airport improvements at 13 airports in Florida will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The grants include a US$11.5 million award to Eglin Air Force Base/Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Valparaiso to expand the terminal building and apron; and a total of US$9.7 million Read more

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Delta rolls out latest cabins to Europe and South America

Upgraded Boeing 767-400s will have new Delta One business class seats ©Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines will offer improved cabin experiences for customers starting this fall through the launch of its new business class seat offering more comfort and privacy, plus the expansion of its international premium economy cabin, Delta Premium Select to new markets in Europe and South America. The new cabins will be fitted on the 767-400 fleet and bring all four branded seat products – Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin – to this aircraft for the first time. The aircraft have initially been scheduled on select flights between Atlanta and London Heathrow starting November 12, Read more

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Planet Nine Private Air adds Gulfstream G650 to charter fleet

Planet Nine Private Air, the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator and aircraft management company, has added a privately-owned Gulfstream G650, to its managed fleet, effective immediately. The aircraft, will be available for third party charter through its aircraft management division. The owner selected Planet 9 to professionally manage the aircraft, citing its ability to provide a fully tailored service, offering transparency on costs, service and high reliability as paramount.  Fitted with 13 luxury seats, the low-time 2015-built aircraft complements Planet 9’s own five-strong Dassault Falcon 7Xs, operating out of Its Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA base.  The G650 Read more

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Collins Aerospace secures more than US$1.5 billion in maintenance agreements from worldwide customers

Q400 aircraft ©Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace has been awarded more than US$1.5 billion in tailored agreements for components spanning its Power & Controls and Aerostructures business units—across multiple commercial platforms with global commercial customers. These recent agreements include Collins Aerospace’s first MRO agreement with Africa’s largest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. The agreement, valued at approximately US$500 million over a 25 year period with Collins Aerospace’s Power & Controls business, will enable the airline to service components such as heat exchangers, air management systems and fuel metering units for its fleet of 60 Q400 aircraft. This deal further expands Collins Aerospace’s global MRO network to include Read more

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Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expand codeshare network

Star Alliance members Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines announced the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Joint flights will offer fast and convenient connections for customers leaving Istanbul, the biggest Turkish city and also an important flight hub in the world, to Warsaw and beyond. Passengers will also enjoy both domestic and international connections from Istanbul. Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of timetables of both carriers and the reciprocal agreement, it will allow both airlines’ customers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs.  

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EVA Air Takes Delivery of first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Eva Air takes delivery of first of 20 787-10 Dreamliner ©Boeing

EVA Air thas taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, marking the first of 20 super-efficient 787-10s the carrier plans to use on high-density routes within Asia later this summer. The airline, which is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, already operates a fleet of four 787-9 Dreamliners. Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced GEnx engines, EVA Air’s 787-10 is the largest member of the fuel-efficient and passenger-pleasing Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), EVA Air’s 787-10 can serve 342 passengers in a two-class configuration, which is 38 more seats than EVA Air’s Read more

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First automatic inflight synchronization of FMS and Lido Pilot Solutions

Lufthansa Systems and GE Aviation are the first providers in the airline market to offer a solution that allows for the inflight synchronization of the flight plan between the GE Aviation flight management system (FMS) and Lufthansa Systems pilot applications directly on-aircraft. The first demonstration of the connected FMS using operational use cases will be presented at the EFB Users Forum in Chicago (June 25 – 27). The new FMS feature will be available following a software update from GE Aviation. Flight crews rely on flight-operational information available in their EFB devices in various applications, which today is typically entered Read more

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Air BP and CNAF expand partnership in Chinese aviation market

©Air BP and CNAF expand partnership in Chinese aviation market

Air BP and China National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF) have signed a joint venture agreement to operate a general aviation fuel business in Southwest China, covering Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province and Chongqing Municipality. The agreement was signed by Alan Wilson, China strategic project director of Air BP and Shi Haiping, executive director of CNAF GA Development Company. Subject to regulatory approvals, the joint venture, CNAF Air BP General Aviation Fuel Company, intends to support the growth and development of China’s general aviation sector – civil aviation other than commercial air transportation – with the intention to expand the scope further Read more

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Rolls-Royce to acquire Siemens’ eAircraft business to boost electrification strategy

Rolls-Royce has entered into an Agreement to purchase Siemens’ eAircraft business responsible for electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion. Expected to complete in late 2019, Rolls-Royce sees this as a strategic move to enable the engine manufacturer to play a leading role in the ‘third era’ of aviation. Siemens’ eAircraft business is located in both Germany and Hungary and has been developing a range of electric and hybrid-electric engines – the two companies have previously worked together on Rolls-Royce’s E-Fan X demonstrator that is of the scale required to power regional aircraft. Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Electrification is Read more

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