Cathay Pacific targeting costs cuts and no new hiring

Cathay Pacific Airways ©AirTeamImages

In an internal memo seen by Reuters news agency, Cathay Pacific is in the process of instigating cost-cutting measures to counteract the slump in demand from mainland China as well as the general lack of passenger numbers wishing to travel to the former British colony as a consequence of the civil unrest Hong Kong is currently experiencing. The flag-carrying airline has been hit harder than most major corporations operating in Hong Kong; passenger numbers for this August were 11.3 percent lower than for August 2018. According to the memo issued by the new Chief Executive, Augustus Tang, executives should examine Read more

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FAA approves AerTrak for Boeing 737 Classic series aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an amendment to Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No. ST04009NY for installation of AerSale®’s AerTrak® system on Boeing 737 Classic series aircraft to comply with the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Operations rule, a critical part of the agency’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Beginning January 1, 2020, the FAA has mandated that aircraft operating in airspace defined by 14 CFR § 91.225 must be equipped with an ADS-B Out system that meets the minimum performance requirements of 14 CFR § 91.227. In 2018, the FAA approved AerTrak for Boeing 737 NG series aircraft Read more

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Contrail appoints Mark Shaw Vice President of Regional Marketing – EMEA

Mark Shaw

Contrail Aviation Support, a worldwide supplier of surplus and aftermarket commercial jet engine components as well as asset leasing and acquisitions, has appointed commercial aircraft marketing executive Mark Shaw, who has 35 years of industry experience, as Vice President of Regional Marketing – EMEA of Contrail Aviation Leasing. In his new role, Shaw will be responsible for airline marketing, business development strategy and revenue-generation initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These initiatives include targeting mid-life/end-of-life narrow-body A320/B737 family aircraft and associated engine assets for acquisition — either naked or with leases attached.  Most recently, Shaw served as Read more

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mba launches aircraft maintenance forecasting & analytics tool

Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba), a global aviation consulting firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, has released an aircraft maintenance forecasting and analytics program, MX4 – Maintenance Forecasting, available within the REDBOOK aviation intelligence database. mba designed MX4 to support financial institutions, airlines, aircraft lessors, and other clients in the aviation industry in gaining an in-depth understanding of cashflows associated with maintenance reserves or end-of-lease compensation by detailing all inflows, outflows, and maintenance events over the projection period. David Tokoph, mba’s President and CEO, stated that “MX4 puts the tools for analyzing maintenance cashflows at the user’s Read more

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Fiji Airways’ first A350 XWB rolls out of paint shop

The first A350-900 for Fiji Airways coming out of the paint shop ©Airbus

Fiji Airways’ first A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse featuring the airline’s signature livery. The aircraft, an A350-900 leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, will be the first of its type to be operated by an airline in the South-Pacific region. The aircraft will now proceed to the final phase of the assembly process, with the installation of engines followed by ground and flight tests, before delivery to Fiji Airways in Q4. The aircraft will be configured with 33 full lie-flat Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The aircraft will be deployed to enhance Read more

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Embraer delivers first E195-E2 to AerCap and Azul

The first Embraer E195-E2 jet for AerCap and launch operator Azul ©Embraer

Embraer has delivered its first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft. The recipients are AerCap, the aircraft leasing company and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. Azul is the global launch operator for the E195-E2 and has placed firm orders for 51 of the type. The airline will receive another five aircraft in 2019.

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Hawaiian Airlines reports August 2019 traffic statistics

Hawaiian Airlines has welcomed more than one million guests in August 2019, an increase of 4.0% over the same period last year.  Total traffic increased 2.8% on a decrease of 1.9% in capacity compared to August 2018.  Load factor increased 4.0 points year-over-year to 88.4%.

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Magnetic MRO opens office in Kuala Lumpur

©Magnetic MRO expands to South-East Asia

Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, has announced the launch of its Representative Office in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The company’s new office will focus on developing new customers and partners in South East Asia. The Kuala Lumpur-based team will focus on the introduction of Magnetic MRO services in the local market by developing Technical Training, Engineering and DOA solutions for Malay, Indonesian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese and other aircraft operators and maintenance organizations in the region. In addition, Magnetic MRO will provide local airlines, MROs and other market players with Read more

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Joramco signs new maintenance agreement with ICBC Aviation Leasing

Joramco, the Amman-based MRO and ICBC Aviation Leasing, a leading leasing company based in China, have signed a heavy maintenance agreement. Joramco will perform a redelivery check including a full paint livery for one A330 aircraft of ICBC’s fleet. Strategically located at a free zone area in Queen Alia International Airport in Amman-Jordan, Joramco’s facility includes five hangars that can accommodate up to 15 aircraft. Joramco is certified by a number of international regulatory authorities including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (JCARC).

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Air Canada to launch Dreamliner service from Ottawa to London-Heathrow

Air Canada Dreamliner ©AirTeamImages

Air Canada will upgrade its non-stop flights from Ottawa to London-Heathrow to operate the daily service with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Beginning next spring, customers travelling between Ottawa and London-Heathrow will have the option to fly in Air Canada’s Signature cabin, featuring fully lie-flat suites, as well as the added choice of a Premium Economy cabin. The 255-seat Boeing 787-8, configured in three cabins of service, will be dedicated year-round to the route beginning March 29, 2020. It will replace a 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER with two cabins of service. Air Canada also announced that it is suspending its summer-seasonal Read more

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