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Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Boeing to extend voluntary redundancy package

Having previously announced a target of a 10% in its 160,000-strong workforce, Boeing has announced that it is looking to extend its voluntary redundancy package, though unusually it has not put a ceiling on the number of additional employees it is looking to shed.

This second round of cuts is not restricted solely to the commercial airplanes and services sector, but will include corporate functions according to current CEO, Dave Calhoun. "Unfortunately, layoffs are a hard but necessary step to align to our new reality, preserve liquidity and position ourselves for the eventual return to growth," Calhoun said in the note according to Reuters news agency , adding that: "We anticipate seeing a significantly smaller marketplace over the next three years."

According to a note provided by Calhoun, further details of the voluntary redundancy scheme, which will involve a pay and benefits package, will be available to employees from August 24.


Diehl Aviation achieves listing as approved BFE supplier for Boeing platforms

Diehl Aviation, a solution provider for aircraft cabin interiors and aircraft systems products, has received approval by Boeing to offer Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) products to airlines for the installation on Boeing airplanes. BFE products are cabin interiors elements that airlines procure directly from the parts manufacturers, such as Diehl Aviation, for the installation on newly-built aircraft at the aircraft manufacturer’ final assembly line. This marks a major milestone for Diehl Aviation in its collaboration with Boeing to offer jointly excellent solutions for airline customers.

This achievement follows Diehl Aviation’s close collaboration with the aircraft manufacturer during Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator flight test program in 2019, where one area of testing was Diehl Aviation’s capabilities related to galleys and intelligent galley applications. Galleys usually are BFE products on commercial aircraft.

In addition, Diehl Aviation also has other miscellaneous monuments for cabin interiors installation – such as front row monuments and bar units – in its portfolio, all of which are typically considered as BFE products. For decades already, the company has supplied BFE solutions to airlines for installation on aircraft from other manufacturers. The approved listing by Boeing now marks a significant milestone for Diehl Aviation, providing a new market access to airlines that are in the process of adding new Boeing aircraft to their fleet.


AEI to provide Nauru Airlines with second B737-300SF freighter conversion

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) will provide Nauru Airlines with a second 10-pallet position B737-300SF freighter conversion. The aircraft (MSN 25607) will commence modification at Commercial Jet’s Miami, Florida facility in mid-January 2021 and is scheduled for redelivery in May 2021.

Like the first freighter conversion announced in March of this year, the completed AEI B737-300SF freighter will be used to support charter flights in the region, transporting fresh food, mail, medicines, and other freight.

The AEI-converted, 10-pallet configuration B737-300SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 42,900lbs (19,460kg) and incorporates an Ancra CLS.

Nauru Airlines is the national carrier of the Republic of Nauru, operating passenger and freight services to and from the Central Pacific. Operating a fleet of 737-300 aircraft, Nauru Airlines has a network with its hub being Nauru and its operational office in Brisbane, Australia.


Jergens expands engineering and design capabilities in aviation, space and defense

Jergens has received a new certification that will expand the company’s engineering and design capabilities in the aerospace, space and defense sectors.  The certification is designated for Jergens Specialty Fastener products, including quick release pins, threaded inserts, spring plungers, spring loaded devices, handwheels, and adjustable handles and knobs.

The AS9100:2016 certification is an invaluable component to the design and manufacturing of Specialty Fasteners, Lifting Solutions, and Workholding Solutions. The new certification will further enable Jergens to customize and design components offering rigid quality standards and mil-specs, with tight tolerances and high precision. 

With its extensive inventory of in-stock mil-spec specialty fasteners, Jergens services customers that have exact specifications and uncompromising quality standards. The company also offers military and government customers critical assistance, ensuring products are always DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) compliant. Jergens manufactures its products from its U.S. facilities and is committed to finding transformative results in the engineering and design of niche devices across the aerospace, defense and space business.


Wizz Air expands U.K. operations with new Gatwick base

Wizz Air will open a new base at Gatwick Airport, which will be the third base for Wizz Air U.K., the group’s U.K.-registered and based airline, alongside London Luton and the recently announced Doncaster Sheffield. The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the South London hub and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta from October 2020. 

Wizz Air started flying from Gatwick in 2016, and since then has carried almost 1 million passengers. With the creation of a new base at Gatwick, Wizz Air will offer passengers even more affordable travel opportunities, with 450,000 seats per annum on sale on its new routes to popular holiday destinations including Athens (Greece), Naples (Italy), Lanzarote (Spain) and Malta for the remainder of the year.

British Airways retires first Boeing 747

British Airways has retired its first Boeing 747 since announcing last month that all 31 of its jumbo jets had flown their last commercial services.

The Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVD, departed from London Heathrow on August 18, under flight number BA9170E after more than 25 years of flying.

British Airways’ fleet of 747s are being retired at an accelerated rate as a result of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector, which is not predicted to recover to 2019 levels until at least 2024.


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