London Heliport Sees 5% Increase in Activity in 2017

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In a news update from London Heliport, 2017 saw the facility handle 11,900 total movements, an increase of 5% on 2016 figures. With Halo and Starspeed now making the Leonardo AW169 available for charter, the heliport has seen a shift towards large twin-engine executive helicopter movements. The heliport is currently undergoing a major communications network upgrade to include a new transmitter and receivers to meet the new 8.33mHz spacing regulations for VHF Ground-Air communications, as well as new voice-switch and recording equipment. A partnership agreement has recently been ratified with the Meteorological Office to upgrade available sensor equipment which will Read more

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GECAS takes delivery of first-in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF)

Boeing has delivered the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The first customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden. West Atlantic will receive four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft. Boeing’s Current Market Outlook forecasts that over the next 20 years, customers will need more than 1,100 standard-body converted freighters. For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based Read more

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StandardAero signs new three-year deal with Air Georgian

StandardAero has signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft. The services will be provided at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility. StandardAero is an authorized MRO facility for some of the industry’s most popular APUs, including the GTCP 36-100/-150, RE220 and APS2300. Air Georgian Limited is a privately owned airline based at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with hubs at Calgary International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Air Georgian principally operates as an Air Canada Express Read more

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Baltic Ground Services will provide services for Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A330 Cargo

On April 19, Baltic Ground Services (BGS) – a Lithuanian company situated in Vilnius, which provides ground handling for aircraft and passenger services at 16 airports in Europe, has landed the first Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft at the Vilnius Airport. “Since 2012, our company has been working with Turkish Airlines by providing ground handling and fuelling services. We are happy to announce that BGS will continue working with this company by providing services for their Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft. Of course, new opportunities come with new challenges. A new customer requires not only a lot of hard work, Read more

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Donghai Airlines chooses TCI Cabin Interior

TCI has reached an agreement with Donghai Airlines in order to design and manufacture the galleys of their first 10 new B737 Max-8 aircraft orders. The delivery of the aircraft will start in 2019. This agreement has been a critical milestone for TCI as an entrance to Chinese Aviation Market. Donghai Airlines was established in 2002 as the first private airline in China. It is based at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and serves 41 cities across China and started their first international flight between Shenzhen and Utapao in 2017. Donghai Airlines has a young fleet of average age of 3 Read more

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Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 used in first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the newest and largest addition to the 787 family, was converted to Mobil Jet™ Oil 387, following its late March 2018 delivery to Singapore Airlines. The converted components include the aircraft’s Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines as well as its UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) variable frequency starter generators (VFSGs). Mobil Jet Oil 387 was approved for use in UTAS VFSGs in late 2017 and Singapore Airlines is the first commercial fleet to use the product. Last year, ExxonMobil announced the use of Mobil Jet Oil 387 across the entire Singapore Airlines’ fleet, which includes a Read more

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Eastar Jet becomes new LHT customer in Korea

The Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet has commissioned Lufthansa Technik AG to supply components for its short and medium-haul fleet. Eastar Jet currently operates 18 Boeing 737NG and has placed more orders on this aircraft type. The Total Component Support (TCS®) agreement includes component maintenance as well as spare parts leasing through a component pool at the airline’s headquarters at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Eastar Jet will also be granted access to the corresponding spare parts pools at Lufthansa Technik. “We are pleased to know that component supply for our Boeing 737NG fleet is in the hands of a Read more

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Jeppesen and Blackshape extend long-term agreement for multiple, integrated services

Jeppesen and Blackshape, the Italian manufacturer of high performance general aviation aircraft, have announced they will extend their cooperation through a long-term agreement. The agreement will include the distribution of spare parts for Blackshape aircraft, a new 10-year agreement for bundled Jeppesen navigation data to be installed at every new Blackshape aircraft delivery and the exploration of integrated pilot training. The announcement builds upon the companies’ current agreement and also involves a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore other business areas of interest, providing additional value with new aircraft delivery, including spare parts distribution from Aviall, Boeing eAircraft training software Read more

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AVINCO places A319-100 on behalf of China World Aviation Leasing

AVINCO, the aircraft trading and remarketing specialists, has placed one A319-100 aircraft, MSN 2774, on behalf of China World Aviation Leasing. The aircraft was delivered to AFG Aviation Ireland, part of Aircraft Finance Germany. Subsequently, AFG Aviation Ireland arranged the leasing of the aircraft to German airline Germania. The aircraft was previously operated by Chengdu Airlines since 2009. AVINCO was working under an exclusive remarketing and delivery management mandate.

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United Airlines reports first-quarter 2018 net income of US$147m

United Airlines (UAL) has reported its first-quarter 2018 financial results. UAL reported first-quarter net income of US$147m, pre-tax earnings of US$184m and pre-tax margin of 2.0%. Excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, UAL reported first-quarter net income of US$143m, pre-tax earnings of US$179m and pre-tax margin of 2.0%. UAL has repurchased US$747m of its common shares year-to-date through April 16, 2018, representing approximately 4% of its shares outstanding as of year-end 2017. Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 2.7% year-over-year. Consolidated total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased 3.4% year-over-year. Consolidated unit cost per available seat Read more

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