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Boeing, ELG Carbon Fibre find new life for airplane structure material in ground-breaking partnership

Boeing and ELG Carbon Fibre have announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment.

The agreement covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.

Carbon-fiber reinforced material is extremely strong and lightweight, making it attractive for a variety of uses, including in building the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner and the all-new 777X airplane.

As the largest user of aerospace-grade composites from its commercial and defense programs, Boeing has been working for several years to create an economically viable carbon fiber reuse industry. The company improved its production methods to minimize excess and developed a model for collecting scrap material.

But technical barriers stood in the way of repurposing material that had already been "cured" or prepped for use in the airplane manufacturing process. UK-based ELG developed a proprietary method to recycle "cured" composites so they do not have to be thrown out.

"Recycling cured carbon fiber was not possible just a few years ago," said Tia Benson Tolle, Boeing Materials & Fabrication director for Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development. "We are excited to collaborate with ELG and leverage innovative recycling methods to work toward a vision where no composite scrap will be sent to landfills."

To prove that the recycling method can be applied on a grand scale, Boeing and ELG conducted a pilot project where they recycled excess material from Boeing's Composite Wing Center in Everett, Wash., where the massive wings for the 777X airplane are made.

ELG put the excess materials through treatment in a furnace, which vaporizes the resin that holds the carbon fiber layers together and leaves behind clean material. Over the course of 18 months, the companies saved 1.5 million pounds of carbon fiber, which was cleaned and sold to companies in the electronics and ground transportation industries.

"Security of supply is extremely important when considering using these materials in long-term automotive and electronic projects," said Frazer Barnes, managing director of ELG Carbon Fibre. "This agreement gives us the ability to provide that assurance, which gives our customers the confidence to use recycled materials."

Based on the success of the pilot project, Boeing says the new agreement should save a majority of the excess composite material from its 11 sites, which will support the company's goal to reduce solid waste going to landfills 20% by 2025.

"This collaboration takes Boeing's commitment to protect the environment to a whole new level. Recycling composites will eventually be as commonplace as recycling aluminum and titanium," said Kevin Bartelson, 777 Wing Operations leader.

Boeing and ELG are considering expanding the agreement to include excess material from three additional Boeing sites in Canada, China and Malaysia. As a result of the partnership, ELG estimates the number of its employees will nearly triple from 39 in 2016 to an expected 112 by the end of 2019 as the recycling market continues to expand.

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American’s first-ever Biometric Boarding Program arrives at LAX

Better boarding for American Airlines customers arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on December 5, with the launch of the carrier’s first-ever biometric boarding pilot program.

American customers traveling on select international departures from LAX Terminal 4 can now enjoy additional convenience during the departure process thanks to cutting-edge technology. Instead of scanning boarding passes, the new one-step facial recognition program will scan and verify a customer’s identity with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in seconds at the gate.

“LAX is American’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, making it the perfect location for American to launch biometric boarding,” said Suzanne Boda, Senior Vice President of Los Angeles at American. “The goal of the new technology is to provide a more efficient, modern experience for our customers and team members while enhancing aviation security. That is exactly what we’ve been working to do here in Los Angeles.”

When customers begin the boarding process, the facial recognition program will scan an image of their face and send it to an existing cloud-based CBP database. The system then instantly matches the image against the passport photo already on file with CBP and sends back a yes or no determination on whether they are cleared to board within seconds at the gate.

Agents will continue to ensure customers have their passports with them before departing. Customers may also choose not to use the new system and board with their regular boarding pass.

The pilot program will be used at LAX for 90 days as American evaluates its potential expansion to more flights and locations throughout its global network.

Pratt & Whitney Canada receives Transport Canada approval for significant cycle limit increases on PT6A-140 engines

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received approval from Transport Canada to increase cycle limits on its PT6A-140, -140A and -140AG engines. These increases, made possible through comprehensive parts testing and model analyses, will extend the life of Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) parts such as the power and compressor turbine disks and the impeller.

"We are committed to exploring and developing innovative solutions that keep our customers flying longer and at reduced operating and maintenance costs," said Nicholas Kanellias, Vice President, General Aviation at Pratt & Whitney Canada. "For the vast majority of PT6A-140 series operators, these extensions will push the requirement to replace LCF parts further into the future."

An engine cycle is counted every time an engine is started, flown and then shutdown. An abbreviated cycle is counted when an engine remains running between flights. The cycle limits for the PT6A-140-series engines have now been increased by up to 60 percent for the following parts: from 12,000 cycles to 16,000 cycles for the power turbine disk, from 10,000 cycles to 16,000 cycles for the compressor turbine disk and from 19,000 cycles to 29,000 cycles for the impeller. Also as it pertains to the power turbine disk, the number of abbreviated cycles needed to count as a full cycle has increased from two to five.

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JAL announces new codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that the carrier will open additional codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines from December 3.

Japan Airlines (JAL and Alaska) will offer codeshare flights on 55 routes through Seattle, adding 19 new destinations to JAL`s network. Through the enhanced partnership, JAL and Alaska will serve a wide range of destinations in the U.S. and Canada, providing seamless connectivity through Seattle.

These new codeshare routes will be available from March 31, 2019 when JAL plans to launch its highly anticipated non-stop daily service between Seattle and Tokyo-Narita International Airport.

Vallair purchases four CFM56-5A engines from Air France

Vallair, the aircraft trading, leasing and specialist MRO organisation has purchased four CFM56-5A engines from the French flag carrier Air France. The engines will be torn down at Vallair’s engine facility in Chateauroux, France.

Vallair recently added to its capabilities by setting up a fully-equipped, multi-bay engine strip and ‘hospital’ workscope operation to support its customers’ engine requirements and help reduce direct maintenance costs and downtime. This facility, located within Vallair’s Disassembly & Logistics centre in Chateauroux, is now fully operational and offers a comprehensive service including full teardown of engines, module disassembly and reassembly, light repairs, borescope inspections and blending.

This transaction marks Vallair’s first comprehensive engine teardown operation in the new facility. All parts including LPT, HPC, HPT and fan modules will be sold on.

“At Vallair we strive to meet all of our customers’ specific requirements, in line with their economic and operational objectives”, comments Anca Mihalache, Head of Trading & Leasing at Vallair. “We are proud to have expanded our operational capabilities and to be able to offer our customers an enhanced service. Vallair holds a long term commercial partnership with Air France and we are pleased to have completed another successful transaction with them.”

Aero Controls

IAG report November load factor of 81%

International Airlines Group (IAG) has reported that traffic in November increased by 7.0% versus November 2017, while Group capacity rose by 6.9%. Group passenger load factor was 80.7%, the same as reported in November 2017.

Oriens Aviation names new General Manager for Maintenance

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre and sales distributor of the PC-12, will bolster its MRO team. TAG Aviation Farnborough Head of Maintenance Stuart Locke is taking up the post of General Manager of the Oriens Maintenance London Biggin Hill Airport facility in January.

Joining TAG Aviation in April 2013 to manage the business’ Part 145 maintenance activity, Locke was instrumental in doubling its business - from 50,000 to 100,000 manhours today with an 80-strong workforce.

Locke joined TAG Aviation following a 19-year career with leading regional airline Flybe, working in engineering roles around the regions. He latterly served as Line Station Engineering Manager in Newcastle and Engineering Project Manager, supporting an SN Brussels contract, before moving into business aviation.

Eirtech

FAA approves AerSafe™ for additional Airbus aircraft to comply with fuel tank flammability reduction rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to AerSale® for installation of its AerSafe system on Airbus 319 and 320 aircraft (ST04010NY), in compliance with the Fuel Tank Flammability Reduction (FTFR) rule.

This amended STC, originally issued for Airbus 321 aircraft, is in addition to AerSale’s STCs for the Boeing 767 series (ST03599NY), approved by the FAA in February 2018, as well as the Boeing 737 CL series (ST03589NY) and the Boeing 737 NG series (ST02980NY), both approved in 2016.

Tested and developed to exact tolerances to fill the cavity of the Airbus 319, 320, and 321 center fuel tanks, AerSafe limits the amount of available oxygen that can ignite fuel vapors and prevents sparks from igniting an explosion. AerSafe comes as a complete prefabricated kit that can be installed at any hangar around the world. After initial installation, the system requires no maintenance or spare parts. A limited number of AerSafe kits are currently available for immediate installation. For larger orders, the lead time for ordering AerSafe is currently 60 days versus the one-year lead time for the nitrogen inerting system.

The FAA enacted the FTFR rule after the crash of TWA flight 800 off the coast of New York. Federal investigations revealed that the accident was the result of an explosion caused by a spark igniting fumes in the center fuel tank of the Boeing 747. The FTFR rule requires fuel tank ignition sources and flammability exposure to be reduced in aircraft most at risk. The FAA gave two options: a flammability reduction means such as nitrogen inerting, or an ignition mitigation means such as AerSafe. These systems must be installed on all passenger aircraft that have high flammability fuel tanks and fly within or into the United States.

AAR announces partnership with Napier Park Global Capital

AAR a global aviation aftermarket leader, has announced the expansion of its commercial aircraft asset management activities by partnering with Napier Park Global Capital (Napier Park) to create a joint venture that will focus on acquiring late life commercial aircraft. AAR has been appointed the sole servicer for the newly formed strategic alliance.

Under the agreement, AAR will bring its extensive aircraft MRO, leasing and trading experience to the role of asset manager. AAR will establish and manage the aircraft portfolio, as well as develop exit strategies. The main focus is on acquiring yield generating assets maximizing returns as aircraft reach the end of operational life. AAR will work with majority partner, Napier Park, to target assets that retain value in the aftermarket once aircraft retire from service.

Napier Park is an alternative investment manager that, as of September 30, 2018, managed US$11.5 billion in capital and will be the majority equity participant in the joint venture. Napier Park manages CLOs, credit and private investments on behalf of institutional investors globally. Napier Park’s Real Assets group manages approximately US$6 billion of equipment assets and seeks to generate attractive long-term returns through investments in long-lived essential use industrial and transportation equipment, generally alongside leading industry operating partners like AAR.

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Air Lease Corporation places two new Airbus A321neo aircraft on lease with Air Macau

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed a long-term lease agreement for two new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Air Macau. Featuring Pratt & Whitney PW1133G engines, the aircraft will deliver from ALC’s order book with Airbus in November 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

“ALC has worked closely with Air Macau’s management team since 2010 and we are pleased to strengthen our long-standing relationship with the airline with this announcement today,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “We are committed to providing the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to ALC customers and these two new A321neo aircraft will significantly enhance Air Macau’s fleet operations.”

Lufthansa Cargo invests in Berlin startup cargo.one

Lufthansa Cargo is stepping up its cooperation with startup cargo.one and has acquired a minority shareholding in the Berlin company. Lufthansa Cargo is thereby making the switch from early adopter to minority investor.

Berlin-based cargo.one was founded in 2017. The startup has developed a platform for booking and marketing air cargo capacity. Through its focus on offering dynamic spot rates and enabling their booking, cargo.one is the first platform of its kind.

Lufthansa Cargo already invested in a technology startup – Fleet Logistics – based in Portland, USA, back in early 2018. Founded in 2014, Fleet Logistics acts as an online marketplace, matching customer demand for cargo services with free capacity provided by logistics companies.

Lufthansa Cargo has also been cooperating since February 2018 in the role of anchor partner with technology accelerator Plug and Play based in Sunnyvale, USA. This, the world’s largest technology accelerator, brings technology startups and established companies together. They combine their efforts within the supply chain and logistics platform, which is focused on supply chain startups, to further develop and quickly implement new digital solutions. The programme provides an opportunity for logistics players to network with and learn from each other, exchange ideas and drive digitisation.

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