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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Lufthansa closes down SunExpress Germany

SunExpress Deutschland GmbH (Sun Express Germany), the joint venture carrier involving Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is to close with the loss of approximately 1,200 jobs. Sun Express Germany is a separate company to Turkish Sun Express, the latter concentrating predominantly on flights between Germany and Turkey, while the former serves a number of leisure destinations in the Mediterranean region, while also flying on behalf of Eurowings, the low-cost carrier.

Sun Express Germany operated a fleet of over a dozen Boeing 787-300s, and also a number of Airbus A330-200s which it wet leased to Lufthansa’s Eurowings. It is anticipated that Eurowings will take over some of the carrier’s short- and medium-haul routes, but it is not known how many of the 1,200 staff will offered posts within the Group. In a statement, Lufthansa says it was jointly decided by the shareholders of SunExpress Germany to close the airline. Flights had already been halted and all aircraft grounded since the beginning of April, due to Coronavirus-related travel restrictions across Europe and the world.

“After intense discussions and evaluating various options for the continuation of flight operations, all shareholders have taken the decision to discontinue operations, which was agreed on during a meeting on June 23,” the Lufthansa Group stated. Turkish Airlines’ SunExpress will continue to operate its own routes using a fleet that consists of over 40 Boeing 737-800s.


Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme.

Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation, disaster relief, as well as wide area support. The five new helicopters will complement the agency’s law enforcement capabilities. The new order will take NPA’s Airbus fleet to 30.

DHL Express to build new gateway at Munich Airport

DHL Express Germany and Munich Airport have concluded an agreement for the construction of a new cargo building at Munich Airport. The new building will be built on the site currently occupied by the car parks P 80 and P 80 West and will have a gross floor area of more than 8,000 m².

For the first time, the partners signed the contract digitally, reflecting the current restrictions. DHL Express will plan, build, and operate the new building and lease the land from Munich Airport. Currently, the company rents hall space in the existing cargo center at Munich Airport. The start of operations at its own location, which will be six times bigger, is scheduled for 2022.

In recent years, DHL Express has seen a substantial increase in import and export volumes at its Munich gateway. “The existing building could not keep up with this growth,” says Markus Reckling, Managing Director of DHL Express Germany, explaining the need for this €70 million investment project. “After modernizing and expanding our service center in Unterschleißheim for €13 million last year already, the construction of our new gateway at the airport is the next step in the infrastructure plan with which we are clearly committing to our presence in the Munich region. Even in the currently difficult economic situation, we are continuing to invest systematically in service for our customers, which is our top priority.”

The new gateway will have direct airside access and two “PUD” (pick-up and delivery) fingers. Up to 65 delivery vehicles at a time can be dispatched here. This creates a time-saving benefit for pick-up and delivery, particularly for customers in the Landsberg-Ingolstadt region.

The new station will meet the security requirements of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and obtain the globally recognized TAPA Class A certification, the highest security level in air transportation.


Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one ATR 72-600 to Windrose Aviation Company

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one ATR 72-600, MSN 1178, to Windrose Aviation Company, on lease. With this latest delivery NAC has welcomed a new customer and country to its portfolio.

Windrose Aviation Company was founded in 2003. In 2007, the airline received an operator's certificate and began operating charter flights under the brand name "WINDROSE Airlines". Today Windrose is one of the leading companies of tourist air traffic in Ukraine with the market share of 21%, according to the State Aviation Service of Ukraine. In 2019, Windrose transported 1.4 million passengers, making 28 flights a day on average.

Windrose is included in the IOSA airline registry and operates a fleet of five Airbus A321 aircraft, one Airbus A320 aircraft, three Embraer ERJ-145 EU / EP / LR aircraft and three Hawker aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney adds GTF MRO capabilities to North Berwick

Pratt & Whitney will invest US$12.5 million into its North Berwick, Maine facility, expanding its Pratt & Whitney GTFTM maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network. North Berwick will perform maintenance on high pressure turbine and high pressure compressor modules for the PW1100G-JM engine.

This investment bolsters Pratt & Whitney’s global GTF MRO Network and accelerates growth by utilizing the facility’s already existing expertise. The addition of GTF high pressure turbine and high pressure compressor module maintenance at North Berwick benefits GTF operators by reduction of lead-time associated to compressor upgrade and repair.

The transformation will consist of upgrades to the current space, increasing efficiencies to help minimize disruption to the current flow of operations and allowing for a seamless transition as the facility takes on a new role.


Gardner Standard acquires Shadin Avionics

Gardner Standard has announced the acquisition of Shadin, L.P. d.b.a Shadin Avionics (Shadin Avionics) from The Wright Group.

Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Shadin Avionics maintains a rich history of designing, manufacturing, and providing support services for fuel flow systems, engine trend monitoring, altitude management systems, air data computers and other instrumentation for turbine, piston and rotor aircraft for the military, general and corporate aviation markets. More recently, Shadin has redefined itself as a global leader in aviation electronics (avionics) integration and data management solutions with its Avionics Interface Systems (AIS) and new Volta product lines. These products simplify aircraft modernization and will support future generations of conventional and electric aircraft.

Led by CEO Daniel Nelson, Shadin Avionics is growing rapidly and is well-positioned to continue that success with its recent move to a state-of-the-art 20,000 ft² design and manufacturing facility in Eden Prairie.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Honeywell starts flight tests to refine sensor technology that will guide vehicles to land autonomously

Honeywell has begun in-flight testing of sensors that will guide urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles to land without pilot intervention. Aircraft involved in the testing are outfitted with Honeywell sensors and include cameras that analyze visual markings resembling QR codes, which help guide the vehicle to a designated landing spot. This is a key first step for the future of flight as Honeywell adds sensors that support safer, autonomous urban air mobility operations.

Testing of these sensors is currently underway to gather data and refine their capabilities to support future autonomous landing capabilities. Data collection was compiled in Arizona using Honeywell’s AS350 helicopter, and additional testing is planned in collaboration with Honeywell’s partners. This milestone in testing furthers the initiative to achieve cleaner, safer and smarter aircraft and signals important progress to the goal.

As testing and data collection move from proof-of-concept prototypes to reality, there are many benefits to improving navigation and implementing features such as automatic landing. With more automatic features and processes, pilot workloads will ease and critical maneuvers during intense phases of flight will become easier and safer. Operations may also benefit from the strategic use of autonomous landing, making vehicle throughput more predictable and reducing turnaround time. Passengers ultimately can benefit from the improved reliability, safety and comfort of smoother autonomous landing practices along with more reliable transportation schedules.

Honeywell’s data collection work will continue for the rest of 2020, with the demonstration of fully automated landings taking place within roughly the next 12 months. When fully developed and tested, these solutions will be the latest addition to Honeywell’s rapidly expanding UAM product portfolio.


GE awarded US$180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE Aviation has been awarded a five-year, US$180 million contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to repair and overhaul T700 rotorcraft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom/Huey helicopters.

Upon service entry in 1978 in the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, the T700 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.

APOC Aviation offers flexible support as airlines restart

APOC Aviation has promoted Karim Grinate to the position of VP Component Sales as the organisation evolves its airline support programs.  Grinate has been with the company for just over a year and has steered the solid performance of the component sales division as it has sustained triple digit annual growth across the business.

“As our airline customers seek to re-start their operations across the world we are pleased to announce the induction of a broad inventory of A320 family compatible components. We’re ready to provide a range of highly flexible support options, including exchange/lease/loan programs. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have built on our reputation for innovation and developed some exclusive packages, including free unit opportunities which have been very successful as operators seek to minimize their costs” explains Grinate.

operated by Air Macau, APOC acquired two A319-132 airframes (MSN 1758 and 1790)
earlier in the year for part-out. After assessment the majority of the
harvested A319 parts are being returned to serviceable status by APOC’s audited
group of sophisticated MROs and OEMs.

Stock from MSN 1790 has now been shipped back to the Rotterdam warehouse to form part of the company’s rapidly expanding inventory of spares. 


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