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Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Over 70 companies cancel Singapore Airshow because of coronavirus - airline growth cuts projected for 2020

Over 70 companies have cancelled their attendance at the Singapore 2020 Airshow with Honeywell and Leonardo two of the most recent major players to withdraw. Many Chinese companies have already confirmed their non-attendance. While airshows, traditionally, are used to announce major deals, these have already been agreed and in general such an event is usually used to gauge the confidence in the aerospace market moving forward.

Prior to the coronavirus crisis, the Before the crisis, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents global airlines, projected passenger traffic rising by 4% in 2020 and cargo traffic 2% higher. However, UK-based consultancy Ascend by Cirium said the number of flights scheduled to operate to, from and within China had dropped by 24% compared with expectations before the crisis. Beyond this, the number of flights actually operated was down by half compared with normal seasonal levels, while many airlines continued to cut flight numbers well below newly adjusted schedules. Consequently, Asian airlines are bracing themselves for a volatile 2020.

According to Reuters news agency, the air show’s organisers said on Sunday they still expected more than 930 companies from 45 countries and 45,000 trade attendees - down from the 54,000 at the last show in 2018.


Four H160 helicopters for the French Navy’s search and rescue missions

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) is to supply four H160s to the French Navy for search and rescue missions through a partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines.

The French Navy will start operating these helicopters in 2022 for a period of ten years. This interim fleet of H160s will enable the French Navy to ensure the continuity of these critical missions as the Alouette III retires from service and pending Guépard deliveries.

Airbus Helicopters, and its partners, will also be responsible for supporting the fleet with a high level of availability and performance commitments. In addition, French Navy operational feedback will be monitored to benefit the design of the military version of the H160 and its support system.

Nordic Aviation Capital appoints Patrick de Castelbajac as CEO

Nordic Aviation Capital has appointed Patrick de Castelbajac as Chief Executive Officer, effective in the third-quarter 2020. He will be based at NAC’s newly opened Headquarters in Limerick.

De Castelbajac has almost 20 years experience in the aviation industry. Most recently, he was President of Asia-Pacific region for Airbus. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice-President Strategy and International.


Collins Aerospace to invest US$225 million in landing systems facility expansions

Collins Aerospace Systems plans to open a new landing systems facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and to expand its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. An expansion of the company’s carbon brake manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, is already underway.

The announcement reflects the growth of the company’s landing systems business in recent years, driven by increasing demand for its wheels, brakes and landing gear from commercial, military and business aviation customers. Key to the company’s success has been its ability to provide customers with innovative solutions to improve operational performance. For example, Collins Aerospace’s patented DURACARB® carbon friction material delivers an average 35% longer brake life over competing carbon materials, enabling airlines to decrease maintenance time and realize additional cost savings.

At its new 110,000-ft² facility in Fort Worth, Collins Aerospace will perform wheel & brake maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations as well as landing gear assembly. The addition of wheel & brake MRO capacity in Fort Worth will put the company closer to key airline customers in the region. The new facility will also combine the company’s current Fort Worth landing gear operations, while increasing shop floor space 30% over its existing landing gear facility. The company expects to create 40 new jobs at the site.

Honeywell and Leonardo upgrade AW139 with navigation system powered by synthetic vision

Honeywell is providing Leonardo’s helicopter division with a significant cockpit upgrade — Honeywell’s innovative Primus Epic 2.0 — for its AW139 helicopters.

Primus Epic 2.0 will deliver innovative and intuitive features that provide better maps, improved situational awareness at night and in marginal weather, and easier access through wireless connectivity, improving safety and saving time. For the first time in the industry, it is track-based, meaning navigation follows the actual path of the helicopter and accounts for wind and other environmental factors.

“Technology innovations are crucial to reducing pilot workload and making flights safer for crew and passengers,” said Mike Ingram, vice president and general manager, Cockpit Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the Epic 2.0 Phase 8 upgrade, AW139 pilots will not only reduce the time and cost of some operations, especially those in weather and around challenging terrain, they will also experience some of the best safety features available anywhere in the helicopter market.”


ANA partners with Toyota Industries to test autonomous towing prototype

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will collaborate with Toyota Industries to conduct tests of an advanced automatic towing tractor at Chubu (Nagoya) Centrair International Airport from February 10 to 14.

The airport was selected because it hosted over 100,000 departures and arrivals in fiscal 2018, meaning that logistics operations must be performed at the highest standards. The tests are designed to provide the necessary safety and performance data to ensure that the tractor will be able to handle a variety of real world situations when it is put into service. The development of this autonomous tractor is the latest example of ANA embracing innovative technology to increase convenience and improve service for its passengers.

"ANA wants to be a leader in the latest technological breakthroughs, and the testing of the autonomous tractor with Toyota Industries fits right in with our heritage of innovation," said Shinichi Abe, Executive Vice President of ANA. "We will continue looking for ways to make the travel experience more efficient and reliable. We are proud to work with Toyota Industries, a company that also places an emphasis on excellence and innovation."

Wizz Air becomes first customer for automated line maintenance planning on AVIATAR

Wizz Air has introduced Lufthansa Technik's digital line maintenance planning solution available on the AVIATAR platform as a launching customer.

Being a partner of AVIATAR since its introduction in 2017, Wizz Air uses the new tool to improve productivity, maximize aircraft availability and to reduce the manual planning effort.

The integration of data from various different IT systems on AVIATAR is used by the algorithm based solution to adapt plans for each maintenance location and for every aircraft in the fleet instantaneously. Every change in the flight schedule or maintenance requirements results directly in an updated plan, which can be transferred to the maintenance information system with a single click.

Designed as a decision support tool, planning conflicts are made transparent, allowing the planner to manually intervene and focus on issues where his knowhow is required. The easy to implement solution is compatible with every common flight scheduling system and requires no additional authority approval.


17 new customers join AMOS community

Swiss-AS has released that 2019 has been a very successful year for the company. 17 new customers have joined the AMOS community, amongst them, renowned carriers such as Air Arabia, Gulf Air, Gulf Helicopters, SunExpress, Air Vistara and HK Express. Swiss-AS was able to further extend its footprint among MRO providers by closing deals with HAECO, TAP M&E, Sapura Technic and Nayak LM.

The continued success allows Swiss-AS to press ahead with its expansion path and further invest in the future of AMOS. As part of this investment, Swiss-AS welcomed close to 60 new employees (around 30% of its overall manpower) in the company, thereby reinforcing every team and department. The company will continue to substantially increase its workforce in 2020.

To accommodate this growing number of employees, Swiss-AS will double its office space at its headquarters in Allschwil / Switzerland. The extensive renovation work is scheduled to be completed in the second-quarter of 2020 and will offer Swiss-AS’ staff modern workplaces and state-of-the-art facilities including a large lounge area, activity-based creative zones and relaxation space.

In 2019, Swiss-AS were able to announce that tier-one Lufthansa German Airlines -  operating close to 300 aircraft - and Lufthansa Cargo had signed for AMOS. This now brings all members of the Lufthansa Group together using AMOS. Both carriers will implement AMOS including AMOSmobile for their line maintenance and CAMO activities. With a strong focus on driving innovation within the group, we are confident that this complex digital transformation project will be successfully completed and will have its positive effect on the whole group.


Asia Jet Partners Malaysia obtains Malaysian AOC

Asia Jet Partners Malaysia, the expanding business aviation services company, based in Kuala Lumpur, has successfully obtained its Malaysian commercial aircraft operating certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia. The award follows an Air Services Permit (ASP) from the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) in December 2019. 

“We are delighted to formally receive our AOC and ASP,” commented Stutijn van Till, Asia Jet Partners Malaysia CEO, confirming the company is also looking forward to introducing its second Bombardier Global Express 5000 this spring. This aircraft will join its existing Global 5000 both positioned and available for charter from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shan Airport.


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