Airbus shares hit record high as Boeing now suggests June return to service of 737 MAX

As Airbus shares hit a record high on Wednesday, January 22, the planemaker’s North American rival, Boeing, has just announced that certification of the beleaguered 737 MAX may not be obtained until June. As a result, while Airbus shares were heading in one direction, those of Boeing and also of many of its customers and suppliers fell on disclosure of this latest news. Airbus shares peaked at €139.32 at 1215 GMT on Wednesday, while those of TUI Group and Norwegian fell by 5% and 1.7% respectively. A spokesman for Norwegian said: “We are continually taking steps to minimize any disruption Read more

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ANA conducts real-world testing for autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport

Autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport © ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will conduct trials for an autonomous electric bus in collaboration with SB Drive Corp., Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD at Haneda International Airport (HND). The trial will begin on January 22 and last until January 31. The development of this autonomous electric bus is the latest example of ANA harnessing the latest technology to improve passenger convenience and comfort. ANA has selected a specific course for the trial, with the bus set to travel the same 1.9 km (1.18 miles) segment of restricted area at Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the testing period. During the test, Read more

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United Airlines reaches 2020 adjusted earnings per share target ahead of schedule

United Airlines (UAL) has reached its 2020 goal — first announced in January 2018 — to achieve adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) target of US$11 to US$13 a full year ahead of schedule. UAl has reported fourth quarter net income of US$641 million, up 50% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, pre-tax earnings of US$844 million and pre-tax margin of 7.8%, expanding pre-tax margin 2.5 points versus the fourth quarter of 2018. Fourth-quarter adjusted net income has reached US$676 million, adjusted diluted EPS of US$2.67, up 11% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, adjusted pre-tax earnings of US$889 million Read more

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SWISS to serve new Daxing International Airport with start of 2020 summer schedule

Beijing Daxing International Airport ©SWISS

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to switch its Zurich-Beijing services from the present Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX). The change will be made with the start of the 2020 summer schedule at the end of March. The move will offer travellers more attractive timetables on the route. The eastbound service will leave Zurich late in the afternoon and arrive in Beijing just after 09:00 on the following day. The westbound flight will depart from Beijing at 11:00 and arrive in Zurich at 15:35 on the same day. SWISS serves Beijing daily Read more

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Sabena Technics opens new maintenance hangar and confirms strategy

Grand opening of Sabena's new hangar in Bordeaux, France.

Sabena technics, a French independent player in the aeronautical maintenance and modifications (MRO) sector, has opened its brand new hangar on January 21, based in Bordeaux (France). Confident in its model in the face of the increase in the European fleet, Sabena technics has decided to invest €25 million in a 10,000 m² facility offering more capacity to its civil and military customers. “The rapid evolution of the markets in which we operate require constant adaptation of our capabilities and know-how. Aware of these developments, we decided to invest in order to offer our European customers more availability with this Read more

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United Kingdom MFTS orders four more H145s

MFTSH 145 Jupiter ©Airbus / Crown

Airbus Helicopters in the U.K. is to provide four additional H145 helicopters as part of an expansion of the U.K. Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS). The new helicopters will join the existing fleet of 29 H135s and three H145s, known respectively as Juno and Jupiter in UKMFTS service. They will be delivered during 2020. Operated by Ascent Flight Training Management primarily from RAF Shawbury and also RAF Valley on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, the aircraft are used to train all U.K. military helicopter pilots and rear crew. Airbus Helicopters is fully embedded at both bases as the rotary Read more

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Aventure acquires two CRJ200s for teardown

©Aventure Aviation aquires two Bombardier CRJ200 airframes for teardown

Aventure Aviation has acquired for teardown two Bombardier CRJ200 airframes (MSN 7344 and MSN 7397) from Beautech Power Systems. The dismantling is currently underway in Kingman, Arizona, USA. “This purchase continues Aventure’s strategic support for our CRJ200 customers,” said Aventure Vice President, Talha Faruqi. “This workhorse aircraft continues to be a key part of the U.S. legacy airlines’ network, as a substantial number of CRJ200 flights are still operated through their feeders,” he added. All harvested parts will be inspected on-site, and shipped to Aventure’s main facilities in Peachtree City, Georgia, U.S.A., located near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Michael Garcia named Vice President of Commercial by Kellstrom Aerospace

Michael Garcia

Kellstrom Aerospace, a global aftermarket leader in aircraft lifecycle solutions, has announced the appointment of Michael Garcia to serve as Vice President of Commercial, effective January 16, 2020. As Vice President of Commercial, Garcia will oversee all Product Line related activities, Technical Services as well as trading and leasing of whole assets for Kellstrom. Kellstrom continues to grow its presence as a global after market leader, acquiring un-serviceable and serviceable assets to support its customers.

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Air Canada now removes Boeing 737 MAX from operating schedule until June 2020

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Air Canada said that it has now removed the Boeing 737 MAX from its operating schedule until June 30, 2020. The decision is based on operational considerations following an announcement by Boeing that it estimates the 737 MAX will remain grounded by regulators until mid-2020. Air Canada is removing the Boeing 737 MAX from its operating scheduled to provide customers certainty when planning and booking their travel. It will also allow the airline to manage its schedule and fleet most effectively as it awaits decisions by Canadian and international regulators on returning the 737 MAX safely into service.

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Airbus expands European A321 production capacity to now include Toulouse facility

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With production of the wide-body A380 jet coming to a close in the near future and just five remaining aircraft due for delivery, Airbus has turned its attention to expanding production facilities for the increasingly popular A321 Family narrow-body jet. The European planemaker has revealed plans to convert its Toulouse A380 line into a ‘digitally-enabled’ production line for the more popular A321 range of aircraft. At the present moment Airbus produces A321s at both Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, Alabama, USA. The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle with over 7100 aircraft sold to over 110 customers. Within this Read more

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