Avianca looks to slash US$10bn 100-jet order

Avianca CEO Hernan Rincon has announced that the Latin American carrier is looking to renegotiate the US$10 billion 2015 deal it had struck with European plane maker Airbus for 100 A320neos. Commenting on the forthcoming talks with Airbus, Rincon stated that: “Of those 100, we’ll probably receive between 50 and 80 planes,” adding: “We don’t have any doubt that we will keep growing, what has changed is the rhythm of the growth.” Rincon also said that: “The rhythm of technology is changing, it will take a while to get all of the order and we don’t want to have a Read more

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Passenger demand rebounds in October

global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand rose 6.3% compared to October 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand rose 6.3% compared to the same month last year. This marked a rebound from 5.5% growth recorded in September, which was an eight-month low. Capacity also grew 6.3% and load factor was flat at 81.1%, matching last year’s record for the month. October international passenger demand rose 6.3% compared to October 2017, up from 5.1% growth in September. Airlines in all regions recorded gains. Total capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor increased 0.1 point to 79.8%. European carriers’ October demand climbed 7.5% over Read more

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MJet becomes first ACJ customer for Skywise

MJet GmbH of Austria has become the first ACJ319 operator to sign up for Skywise, enabling it to integrate its own operational, maintenance and aircraft data into the Skywise platform. MJet will store, access, manage, and analyse selected Airbus data together with its own data and global benchmarks without the need for additional infrastructure investments. This service will provide MJet new insights at aircraft, company and global level while allowing it to enhance its operations by improving operational reliability, reducing operational interruptions and identifying efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced revenue opportunities. MJet will share its Airbus operating-data and in return Read more

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Avolon places 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with GOL

GOL will receive 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on lease from Avolon ©AirTeamImages

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has placed 11 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from its orderbook with Brazilian airline, GOL. Delivery of the aircraft will commence in the second half of 2019. Felipe Campos, Avolon Head of Latin America, commented: “We are delighted to support GOL as they work creatively to accelerate their fleet renewal plans. Our relationship with the GOL team extends back to the earliest days of the airline and this transaction ensures that our partnership will continue well into the future. This addition of further 737 MAX aircraft to the GOL fleet will enhance efficiency and Read more

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Boeing on contract for second Japan KC-46 Tanker

The U.S. Air Force has exercised the option for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s second Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46 tanker through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process. Boeing was awarded the initial FMS contract for Japan’s first KC-46 aircraft and miscellaneous logistics services in December 2017 following the Japan Ministry of Defense’s KC-X aerial refueling competition. The KC-46 is a multirole tanker designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients. Boeing began developing the KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the U.S. Air Force in 2011 and is Read more

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Turkish Airlines achieves 81.4% load factor in November

Turkish Airlines has reported that the total number of passengers carried in Nobember 2018 increased by 4% compared to the same month in 2017, reaching 5.5 million passengers. The load factor reached 81.4%, an increase of 2.0 points compared to the previous year. Cargo/mail volume continued its double-digit growth trend, increasing by 25% compared to the same period in 2017. The main contributors to the increase were N. America +45%, Africa +32%, Far East +23% and Europe +21%.

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Jet Aviation receives IS-BAH™ Stage 2 Safety Registration for 20 FBOs at MEBAA

Jet Aviation presents 20 IS-BAH™ Stage 2 Safety certificates ©Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation has received International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 2 Safety Registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for 20 of its FBOs across EMEA and the Americas. The company intends to achieve IS-BAH Standard registration for its new Hawker Pacific and KLM Jet Center FBOs in 2019. IBAC Program Director for IS-BAH, Terry Yeomans, presented 20 IS-BAH Stage 2 Safety Certificates to Jet Aviation at its MEBAA chalet in Dubai. “This remarkable achievement demonstrates Jet Aviation’s ongoing commitment to the highest safety standards for its customers and employees,” said Yeomans. Based around a safety management Read more

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Lithuanian Air Force renews Dauphin HCare Infinite contract

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period. These helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to maintaining at least an 80% fleet availability rate. Lithuania was one of the first customers to choose HCare Infinite, Airbus’ most comprehensive level of HCare material management services. The terms require Airbus Helicopters to guarantee the operational availability of LAF’s Dauphin fleet, including technical support Read more

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AELS buys two Boeing 737-700s for disassembly

AELS (Aircraft Endof-Life Solutions) has bought two Boeing 737-700 aircraft (MSN 35135 and 35136, Reg. D-AHXE and D-AHXF) without engines. The aircraft were remarketed by Skytech-AIC on behalf of TUI, the seller. The aircraft, only 11 years old, arrived on November 30th and December 1st at Twente Airport. These are the first two 737NGs acquired by AELS, representing the next step in its continues growth. In the coming months AELS will disassemble the aircraft according to the highest standards. The components will be returned to the aviation industry. They will be offered to operators, part brokers, PBH-providers and MROs for Read more

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