Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Boeing forced to suspend 737 MAX production

With the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX now postponed to 2020, Boeing has continued to build new airplanes and there are now approximately 400 airplanes of the troubled 737 MAX in storage. As a result of ongoing evaluations, Boeing has decided to prioritize the delivery of stored aircraft and temporarily suspend production on the 737 program beginning January 2020. Boeing stated that no layoffs or furlough are expected at this time. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes involving the jet.

It is estimated that since the jet’s grounding, the American aerospace giant has lost over US$8 billion in charges and a suspension in production would be likely to result in substantial additional charges. Currently Boeing’s suppliers have not been affected by the grounding of the 737 MAX as Boeing has continued production, albeit at a reduced rate of 42 jets per month, while most suppliers have continued to supply parts to match a rate of 52 jets a month.


CDB Aviation delivers A320neo aircraft to new customer Viva Aerobus

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has delivered the first of two Airbus A320neo aircraft as part of a sale and leaseback transaction with a new airline customer, Mexico's ultra-low-cost carrier, Viva Aerobus.

The A320neo aircraft are configured in a single-class layout, fitted with 186 seats. The second aircraft is expected to join the carrier’s fleet in the first quarter of 2020.


GE Aviation awarded U.S. Army contract to produce 1,700 T700 engines

The U.S. Army has awarded GE Aviation an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract for the continued production of T700 turboshaft engines in support of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and other government agency program requirements through 2024.

The production contract is valued at more than US$1 billion for as many as 1,700 T700 engines if completely exercised. These engines are manufactured and shipped from GE Aviation’s facility in Lynn, Mass.

Developed for the U.S. Army to overcome the many shortcomings 1960s-era helicopter engines experienced in Southeast Asia, the T700/CT7 turboshaft was designed to operate reliably in any environment and be easily maintained. Upon service entry in 1978 in the Black Hawk, the engine quickly proved its mettle in helicopter service, and its operational benefits also made it an ideal derivative as a turboprop powerplant.

Today, the T700/CT7 family of turboshaft and turboprop engines power 15 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft with more than 130 customers in more than 50 countries. The T700/CT7 family has surpassed 20,000 units delivered and more than 100 million total flight hours.


Bombardier delivers first customer aircraft fueled with SAF to Latitude 33 Aviation

Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company based in California, has taken delivery of the first Bombardier customer aircraft to fly away on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Latitude 33 Aviation will manage and charter the Challenger 350 business jet in Seattle, WA, on behalf of the aircraft owner.

With half a dozen Challenger series aircraft in service, Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, mid-size, and super mid-size aircraft in North America. The aircraft charter company’s commitment to sustainable flying marks a significant milestone in the increased use of SAF throughout the industry, which follows Bombardier’s inaugural shipment of SAF, a key pillar in the company’s plan to secure long-term partnerships with fuel suppliers to deploy SAF worldwide.


Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions purchases two Boeing 737-700 airframes from ELFC

Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) has bought two Boeing 737’s, MSN 28315 with registration LN-RNN and MSN 28317 with registration LN-RPK, from Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC). Both aircraft were last operated by SAS since new and were responsible for almost 20 years of reliable and safe service.

AELS will disassemble and dismantle the aircraft according to the highest industry standards. The company disassembles at their own facility. AELS handles the entire supply chain for aircraft under one roof that reach end-of-life in Europe. AELS combines disassembly and dismantling, component management and material recycling. 


Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines sign codeshare expansion

Qatar Airways will expand its codeshare cooperation with SriLankan Airlines, starting from December 23. The expanded codeshare agreement will be rolled out in phases and once fully implemented will allow SriLankan Airlines’ passengers to book travel to 33 additional Qatar Airways destinations in Europe, America, and Africa. Combined with the two airlines’ existing codeshare agreement, this brings the total Qatar Airways destinations offered under SriLankan Airlines’ flight numbers to 53.

Phase will be starting on December 23, with SriLankan Airline passengers able to book travel to eight additional Qatar Airways’ destinations – Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Brussels, Belgium; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic and Thessaloniki, Greece.

Qatar Airways’ passengers will benefit from access to exciting new destinations in the Maldives thanks to the expanded codeshare agreement. They will now be able to book travel on SriLankan Airlines’ flights to the island of Gan in Addu Atoll, the southernmost point of the Maldives. The new destination complements the existing SriLankan Airlines’ routes available to Qatar Airways passengers – Colombo in Sri Lanka and Malé in the Maldives.

Juneyao Air takes delivery of first A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines

Juneyao Air has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. A delivery ceremony was held at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre with representatives from Airbus, Juneyao Air, and Pratt & Whitney in attendance.

The Shanghai-based Juneyao Air operates a modern fleet, in which 17 aircraft are V2500®-powered Airbus A320ceo family jets, covering both domestic and international routes.

Czech Air Force orders two additional Airbus C295 aircraft

The Czech Air Force has signed a contract for the acquisition of two additional Airbus C295 medium airlifters. The aircraft, equipped with winglets and ordered in transport configuration, are due to be delivered in the first half of 2021.

The agreement takes the Czech Air Force’s total C295 fleet up to six aircraft. Together with this agreement, an additional contract was also signed for the upgrade of the four C295s currently in operation with the Czech Air Force.


IAG Engine Center Europe receives CAAC certification approval

IAG Engine Center Europe, S.r.L. has received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification approval. IAG Engine Center Europe complies with the requirements of China Civil Aviation Regulation (CCAR) Part 145. The company is permitted to perform component maintenance and specialized services.

“We are excited to expand our global footprint and gain access to the major MRO market in China,” said Mauricio Luna, Chief Executive Officer of IAG Aero Group.

IAG Engine Center Europe, S.r.L. has previously been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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