Tuesday, December 4th, 2019

Safran and MTU get step nearer development of NGF engine

The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program has taken a major step forward now that Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have settled the details concerning their eye-level partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation fighter aircraft NGF.

The agreement will rely on the principles of the Letter of Intent (LOI) which were signed between the two companies in February 2019 and which specified that Safran will take the lead in engine design and integration, while MTU Aero Engines will take the lead in engine services. For Phase 1A, Safran Aircraft Engines will be the prime contractor and MTU Aero Engines the main partner for Research and Technology.

The two partners also agreed on the foundation of a 50/50 joint venture that will be incorporated by the end of 2021 to manage the development, production and after-sales support activities of the new engine that will power the NGF.

“This agreement is a major step forward, which reflects Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines’ willingness to ensure a strong and effective management of the program relying on a balanced partnership and clear accountabilities,” stated Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, and Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer of MTU Aero Engines. “Safran and MTU are committed to supply the Forces with an innovative engine architecture which will be a key asset of their operational performances.”


S7 Technics assists Air Astana with first in-house C-Check

Russia’s S7 Technics aircraft maintenance service provider and Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana continue to expand its partnership in terms of MRO of the airline’s fleet.

In November 2019 Air Astana, supported by S7 Technics’ team, completed its first in-house base maintenance check – 1C-Check on an Airbus A320neo. The check was performed at the airline’s hangar facility at Almaty Airport under Air Astana’s own EASA Part 145 certificate.

To provide support to its key customer S7 Technics commissioned a team of six professionals to Almaty – project manager, deputy production manager, head of the department and three

In advance of its first base check Air Astana prepared its facilities and lined up the trained staff,
as well as secured all appropriate approvals from aviation authorities.


TELAIR and HAECO enter ten-year component services partnership in the People's Republic of China and Asia Pacific

HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen) has been appointed as the exclusive Authorised Repair Centre in the People’s Republic of China and Authorised Repair Centre across Asia Pacific for TELAIR International GmbH (TELAIR) under a ten-year partnership agreement.

The scope of this partnership covers full repair services for all TELAIR Power Drive Unit (PDU) and Mechanical Components on Airbus A320, A330, A330neo and A350 fleets as well as Boeing 767 and 747 fleets.

Under this partnership, HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen) will establish a new Centre of Excellence with a dedicated state-of-the-art test bench designed and approved by TELAIR and run by experienced mechanics trained by TELAIR. In addition to providing airlines and customers with a full range of test, repair and modification services under its EASA, FAA and CAAC certifications, HAECO Component Overhaul (Xiamen) will also provide technical support, logistics services and OEM warranty administration support as an Authorised Repair Centre.


APOC Aviation expands portfolio with V2527-A5 engine

Innovative engine leasing & trading and aircraft component and part-out specialist, APOC Aviation, has purchased a V2527-A5 engine from AerSale.  The engine is now leased out to Turkish low-cost carrier, Onur Air, for the duration of its remaining green-time. This is anticipated to be 36 months and it will be installed on various A320 family aircraft within the Onur Air fleet.

This is the first engine deal that APOC has completed with AerSale and it was counter-balanced with AerSale’s own purchase of a significant package of spare parts from APOC.

ATP Flight School opens new location in Boulder

ATP Flight School has opened its second training center in the Denver area. Located at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), just outside Boulder, the new facility provides students in the region with access to a proven airline career solution for pilot training.

ATP is a leading supplier of airline pilots through the fast-track Airline Career Pilot Program, which offers a direct path from zero experience through airline job. This opportunity to make this program more accessible in the Denver region provides students with safety-focused, professional training.

The opening of the Boulder training center marks ATP's second in the area, with another at the Centennial Airport. ATP's dedicated Denver maintenance facility will safely maintain Boulder's fleet of
Cessna 172 aircraft while minimizing training delays. Part of a 100-aircraft fleet order, these factory-new aircraft prepare students for successful careers by using the latest Garmin G1000 NXi avionics to develop proficiency with the electronic flight decks they'll operate in their airline careers.


Permali Gloucester contracted to protect Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopters

Permali Gloucester has been contracted by Leonardo Helicopters to supply a comprehensive ballistic protection solution for the Royal Navy’s new Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopters. The requirement, valued at over £2 million, will create and sustain skilled composite manufacturing jobs at Permali’s factory in Gloucester, U.K.

The Commando Merlin is an advanced battlefield helicopter designed for amphibious operations, and will be tasked with delivering troops and supplies into conflict zones as well as supporting humanitarian operations. Permali’s ballistic solution will protect the crew and passengers against small arms fire.

Following earlier work on the Merlin Mk2 & Mk3, as well as the previous Commando Sea King fleet, Permali worked closely with Leonardo Helicopters to define the requirement for the Mk4 and will supply a comprehensive package of ballistic protection panels, attachment hardware and custom storage cases.

The new Commando Merlin provides a versatile lift capability with exceptional speed and range, and is also equipped with an advanced Defensive Aids Suite in addition to ballistic protection.

This project joins the wide range of ballistic armour solutions that Permali has supplied to armed forces and OEMs around the world for equipment operating in the Land, Sea and Air domains.


GKN Aerospace officially opens wiring facility in India

GKN Aerospace will officially open its all-new facility for Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) in Pune, India, on Wednesday, December 4.

The site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft and aero-engines like the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737, 777X and Boeing 787. The Pune facility will operate alongside the existing joint venture for wiring systems in Bangalore, which is serving the defence market.

GKN Aerospace will create 200 jobs in 2020 growing to 800 within five years. GKN Aerospace will recruit a significant number of female operators and engineers and will provide on-site training for employees. A team of 30 persons has been built to date and the company has invested US$10 million in the site and in its state of the art equipment and technologies. The expansion to Asia is an important part of GKN Aerospace’s long-term growth strategy and global operating model.

GA Telesis purchases five A320 aircraft on lease with United Airlines

GA Telesis (GAT) has closed the purchase of five Airbus A320 aircraft subject to lease with United Airlines (United).

“United Airlines has been an outstanding airline partner for GA Telesis and we are very pleased to increase our exposure to such a premiere operator,” commented Marc Cho, President of GA Telesis’ Leasing Investment Financing & Trading (LIFT) Group.


Ryanair November traffic grows 6%

Ryanair Holdings has released November group traffic statistics with traffic increase of 6%, compared to the previous year. The load factor of the group was 96%.

Lufthansa to realign Executive Board

Deutsche Lufthansa AG's Supervisory Board has decided to realign the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group in terms of structure and staffing effective January 1, 2020.

The Executive Board will be expanded to include the board-level position “Customer & Corporate Responsibility”. Christina Foerster, CEO Brussels Airlines, has been appointed to the board for this task; her contract has a term of three years. In her new role, Foerster will assume responsibility for product management, the future catering interface and marketing, including responsibility for the customer loyalty program “Miles & More”, among other things. Foerster will also be responsible for “Cultural Development” and will head the “Corporate Responsibility” department, making this the first time that the company’s responsibility for the environment, climate and society has been represented at the board level.

Going forward, Harry Hohmeister will be responsible for the coordination of network planning, revenue management, distribution and sales for all of the group’s passenger airlines as head of the “Commercial Passenger Airlines”division.

Against the background of the great importance of IT, digitalization and innovation, responsibility for these topics will be bundled in a newly created department “IT, Digital & Innovation” in future, to be headed by Thorsten Dirks.

The Supervisory Board has also decided to consistently structure the Executive Board according to functional criteria. As a result, “Eurowings” will no longer be managed as a separate board-level
division. Eurowings has now established itself as an important division of the group and the third-largest point-to-point airline in Europe. It now flies every fourth passenger of the group. In future, the airline will be run in the same way as the group's other passenger airlines, retaining its largely independent position.

Going forward, the “HR & Legal” department will be headed by Michael Niggemann, CFO of Swiss International Airlines. He was also appointed to the Executive Board for three years today.

Bettina Volkens, who was previously responsible for “HR & Legal” on the Executive Board, will leave the company by mutual agreement on December 31, 2019.

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