Thursday, March 22nd, 2018



China Southern Orders 30 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft for XiamenAir

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd, has placed an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX family narrow-body aircraft for its subsidiary airline, XiamenAir. According to Boeing, the deal is worth approximately US$3.6 billion.

The order should see delivery take place between 2019 and 2022 and will comprise 20 of the 737 MAX 8 and 10 of the Max 10 variant. The aircraft will be used to increase efficiency and capacity and, according to Boeing, will be used with subsidiaries including Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines.
At the Paris Airshow in July last year, XiamenAir signed a deal with Boeing to become one of the launch customer group for the 737 MAX 10, which is the largest of the 737 MAX narrow-body family of aircraft.

XiamenAir currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of over 160 aircraft, including 149 of the 737 variant, six 787-8s and six 787-9s. This current order is that of what was one from an undisclosed customer booked in 2017.
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Boeing intends to establish new technology research center in Korea

Boeing has announced its intention to establish a new research center in the Republic of Korea; the company is currently in discussion with the Korean government regarding the center opening. The research center will focus on accelerating autonomy, artificial intelligence, avionics, analytics, smart cabin, smart factory and other technologies for future aerospace products.

“Korea is home to premier talent and industrial partners, as well as policies that foster innovation development. These factors combine to make Korea an ideal collaborator on aerospace innovations that will change the world,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology. “This new center is a natural progression of years of successful research and technology partnerships in the region, and we’re excited about the opportunity to expand our investment.”

Boeing and the Republic of Korea have a solid history of working together dating back to 1950. Boeing Korea was established in 1988 and currently employs more than 200 people across nine Korean cities: Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Gimpo, Icheon, Seosan, Daegu, Sacheon and Yeongcheon. Korea represents one of the top 10 largest international markets for Boeing, and partnerships in both the commercial airplane and defense markets help support the growth of the Korean aerospace industry.

Boeing plans to staff the center with locally-hired technology experts when the facility opens this year in a location to be announced at a later date, with the cooperation of the local government.

IATA expands Montreal head office operations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is increasing its Montreal headquarters operations with the expansion of its Financial and Distribution Services (FDS) division. The move is expected to grow IATA's employment in Montreal to more than 400 with the addition of 27 full-time jobs—some newly created, others relocated from Geneva, Switzerland.

IATA's mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Its 280 member airlines from 120 countries comprise 83% of global traffic. IATA's Montreal office provides critical services to the global aviation industry in areas that include safety, security, legal, training, passenger experience, technical audits and consulting.

This expansion of IATA's Montreal operations is part of the creation of a Global Delivery Center (GDC) where the back office functions for IATA's Financial Settlement Systems (FSS) have been consolidated into four locations. This allows IATA to better meet increasing expectations of airlines, travel agents, and freight forwarders using the FSS, which manages more than US$400bn of industry settlements annually.

"IATA's financial settlement systems are the back office of the airline industry. They facilitate the selling, reporting, and remittance procedures of IATA-accredited passenger and cargo sales agents with some 400 participating airlines. Montreal will play a key role in the GDC which also includes Beijing, Madrid and Singapore. Working together across these locations, the GDC will ensure that the airline value chain benefits from the game-changing innovation that are transforming the financial services industry," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO.

Montreal is also home to the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations (IFALPA), Airports Council International (ACI), four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) (Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, CAE and Pratt & Whitney Canada), and over 200 aerospace companies.

Airbus signs long-term cooperation framework with Luxembourg

Airbus and the Luxembourg Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for increased global long-term cooperation in the areas of cybersecurity, space technologies, remotely piloted aircraft systems as well as rotary wing aircraft.

In cybersecurity and in the field of intelligence and training, Airbus will develop a partnership with the Luxembourg Cybersecurity Competence Center (C3), a public private partnership programme, to provide intelligence, cybersecurity skills and expertise, as well as training and testing facilities to economic actors. Airbus also agrees to assess the opportunities of a long-term partnership with LuxTrust, a public-private certification authority and qualified trust-services provider that issues and manages digital identities with a high level of security and compliance. Airbus will also continue and expand its collaboration with GIE Incert. In space, Airbus and the Luxembourg Government will identify areas of cooperation for the future space economy.

In the area of rotary wing aircraft, Airbus will become a privileged partner for Luxembourg-based companies, setting directions for new and expanded collaboration. Opportunities also include research & development activities.

“The collaboration with Airbus is in line with the Luxembourg Defence Guidelines for 2025+ establishing the framework for the development of Luxembourg’s Defence,” said Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy and Minister of Defence.

As part of the MoU, Airbus agreed to provide training sessions to Luxembourg-based companies to become potential suppliers. A delegation of executive level representatives from top Luxembourg-based suppliers participated in Toulouse in a dedicated training session today at the Airbus premises.

Cadence Aerospace names Thomas C. Hutton CEO and Dennis J. Orzel COO

Cadence Aerospace, a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers, has appointed Thomas C. Hutton as Chief Executive Officer and Dennis J. Orzel as Chief Operating Officer.

Ron Case, who has served as the Company’s CEO since 2014, plans to retire later this month. With Centers of Excellence based in the U.S. and Mexico, Cadence Aerospace serves the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft, aerostructures, aeroequipment and other defense platforms.

Mr. Hutton joins Cadence Aerospace after having served as Chief Executive Officer of PAS Technologies, a provider of cost-effective original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) products, services and solutions for the commercial and military aerospace, Industrial Gas Turbine and oil and gas markets.

Mr. Orzel has a broad range of manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering experience in the Aerospace and Energy industries, having served most recently as Chief Operating Officer of PAS Technologies. He spent more than 20 years at United Technologies, where he held leadership roles in Operations and Engineering at Pratt and Whitney.

CTT Systems receives AMAC Cair™ VIP order for one Boeing BBJ 747-8 and one Airbus ACJ320neo

CTT SYSTEMS AB (CTT), a market leader of aircraft humidity control systems, has received Cair™ VIP Inflight Humidification order from AMAC for one Boeing BBJ 747-8 and one Airbus ACJ320neo VIP aircraft.

Both VIP aircraft will feature increased humidity in the entire VIP aircraft cabin, which requires eight respectively two humidifiers.

These two VIP awards are CTTs 87th and 88th for Airbus ACJs/Boeing BBJs. CTT will deliver to AMAC in the third and fourth quarter of 2018.

Aeropath and ASAP enter into cooperation agreement

ASAP of Slovakia and Aeropath of New Zealand have signed an instrument procedure design software and training cooperation agreement for the Asia-Pacific region.

ASAP designs instrument flight procedures worldwide and has created the PHX procedure design software to make the design process as efficient as possible. PHX procedure design software is currently in use by various CAAs, Airports and ANSPs worldwide, including Aeropath.

Since Aeropath is a leader in the Asia-Pacific region in procedure design and training, a collaboration between the two companies from different hemispheres was inevitable. Wayne Smith the CEO of Aeropath said: “We have been working closely with ASAP for many years now and as our existing customers are interested in procedure design software and training it is great to be partnering with ASAP to provide these services”

In Madrid, at the World ATM conference, the two CEO's Wayne Smith (Aeropath) and Ian Whitworth (ASAP) were able to meet in person and sign a cooperation agreement. This agreement covers sale and implementation of the ASAP procedure design software (PHX) in the Asia-Pacific region, which formalised Aeropath as an authorised seller of PHX.

The agreement also recognised over 10 years of experience that Aeropath staff have in validating the software and designing with PHX. This is the first such official training recognition that ASAP has formalised in the 20 years that the company has been providing procedure design software to the aviation community. This shows ASAP's complete confidence in the professionalism and quality of the Aeropath team.

ST Engineering, Surbana Jurong and CAPE form Consortium to export next-generation, smart airport capabilities

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has joined forces with Surbana Jurong Pte (Surbana Jurong) and Changi Airport Planners and Engineers Pte (CAPE) to form a consortium of Singapore-based companies to participate in overseas airport development projects and meet rapidly growing aviation needs.

With projected global airport development expenditure estimated at more than US$1 trillion up to 2058, the Consortium plans to develop a comprehensive export strategy for this business area with a particular focus on Asia Pacific markets and cities with strong growth potential.

Tapping on the unique strengths and complementary capabilities of the companies, the consortium will deliver holistic, end-to-end solutions that can transform the global airport development industry, enhance efficiency and security of airport operations, as well as improve air travel experience. This will drive the Consortium's common objective in implementing smart city initiatives worldwide that enhance standards of living and improve lives of people.

Harnessing its deep technological capabilities in areas such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, ST Engineering will deliver cutting-edge, next-generation solutions that power global smart cities and transform airport operations. These include the Group‟s proven technologies like analytics-driven airport operations command systems, security solutions such as counter drone, sensor-based intruder detection as well as biometrics screening, unmanned aerobridge systems and autonomous baggage handling systems that promote safe, secure and efficient airport operations.

HAECO Xiamen celebrates 3,000th aircraft input

On February 22, 2018, HAECO Xiamen celebrated its 3,000th aircraft input since commencing operation in March 1996. The milestone was marked by the redelivery of a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

As one of the leading MRO service providers in Asia Pacific, HAECO Xiamen offers a comprehensive range of aircraft engineering and maintenance services, including Airframe Services, Line Services, Parts Manufacturing, Private Jet Solutions and Technical Training.

HAECO Xiamen has been growing steadily over the past 22 years by extending its capabilities across all major commercial aircraft types, developing its 4,500-strong workforce, and collaborating with stakeholders to provide quality service to customers.

Avolon delivers one Boeing 787-9 to Air Europa and one B787-9 to Norwegian Air

International aircraft leasing company Avolon has delivered one Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Air Europa and one Boeing 787-9 to Norwegian Air. It is the sixth aircraft from Avolon on lease to Air Europa and the fifth on lease to Norwegian Air.



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