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Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Airbus struggling to avoid compulsory layoffs as pandemic continues

Talking on French radio station RTL, Guillaume Faury, CEO of Europe’s Airbus, the world’s largest commercial plane manufacturer, confirmed that the company cannot guarantee there will be no compulsory redundancies as it struggles to deal with the fallout from a continuation of the global pandemic.

As many airlines are only operating at a fraction of normal capacity, Airbus has been hard hit by the number of deliveries that have been delayed at the request of numerous carriers. Currently, Airbus is looking at trimming its global workforce by 15,000 members of staff. “The crisis is existential. Our life as a business is potentially at risk if we don’t take the right measures. We are taking them,” Faury said. “The situation is so serious, and we are faced with so much uncertainty, that I think no one can guarantee there won’t be compulsory redundancies if we’re to adapt to the situation, especially if it evolves further,” he confirmed, adding: “On the other hand, what I say clearly is that we have a lot of work to do, we will do everything we can to avoid arriving at that point.”

In a letter already circulated to staff, Faury has warned them that there may have to be compulsory redundancies as there is no immediate sign of a recovery in the market for air travel.


Army Chinook takes flight with GE Aviation T408 engine

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center achieved its first flight of a Chinook with GE Aviation’s T408 engines, a milestone that could expand the capabilities of future Chinook heavy-lift missions.

This first flight is the culmination of a five-year effort under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between AvMC, Boeing and GE Aviation to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of higher-power engines while assessing and reducing the technical risks of integrating advanced engines in a Chinook aircraft.

This flight demonstration, which consisted of hover and pedal turn testing to assess multiple critical aircraft parameters supported by live telemetry, is part of a research project to show how the integration of more powerful engines on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter supports future cargo helicopter capability needs. It also supports the Army Future Vertical Lift modernization priority.

Despite travel restrictions posed by COVID-19 and social distancing measures while on post at Fort Eustis, the combined team — which also includes Parker LORD Corporation — was able to successfully and safely complete all required ground tests leading up to first flight.

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Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and CASC agree on component support

China Aviation Supplies (CASC) and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen have signed a long-term Total Component Maintenance contract in Beijing. The contract extends a comprehensive component maintenance and material support concept by more than 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Qingdao Airlines.

CASC, a long-standing partner of Lufthansa Technik, will provide Qingdao with component management; Lufthansa Technik will provide Total Component Maintenance (TCM). TCM includes comprehensive closed-loop component repair and overhaul service for selected parts or the entire aircraft - with the cost benefits of a per-flight-hour payment. Especially during the current COVID crisis, this component support concept ensures that the fleets of participating airlines remain highly reliable while helping operators avoid cash outlays for material.

This latest addition of the Airbus A320 fleet to the comprehensive cooperation makes both parties the biggest component support provider on a power-by-the-hour basis in mainland China.


Ameco joins Pratt & Whitney GTF™ Global Network

Pratt & Whitney will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to include Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco). Ameco, a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa German Airlines, will provide engine maintenance for the PW1100G-JM by building state-of-the-art capability at its Beijing-based facility.

The Ameco shop will become the fourth facility in Asia supporting GTF MRO work, alongside Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, as well as IHI and MHIAEL in Japan. China is home to one of the largest GTF fleets, powering 11 airlines with 140 A320neo family aircraft in operation.

Pratt & Whitney has a long history in China, dating back more than 90 years. The relationship with Ameco traces back to the JT3D, JT8D and JT9D engine types in the 1980s. Ameco later began providing PW4000 engine MRO service in 1994, and came on as an approved repair station in 2015 to provide V2500 engine services.


Air bp delivers 210 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel to Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has delivered 210 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Swedish airport operator, Swedavia, at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN/ESSA).

Swedavia and its partners SOS Alarm, Systembolaget and the 2030 Secretariat procured the fuel through a joint tender, as part of an initiative to promote the large-scale production of SAF and its use as a way to reduce carbon emissions from air travel. The SAF delivered will result in a reduction in the carbon emissions generated by the business’ corporate air travel.

The SAF supplied by Air bp has been produced by Neste, one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fuels from wastes and residues.

Martin Thomsen, CEO Air bp, said: “Swedavia share in our ambition to create a sustainable aviation industry. Through collaborations such as this, we are once again demonstrating what can be achieved when we all work together towards a lower carbon industry.”


GA Telesis disassembles additional CF6-80C2 engine

GA Telesis (GAT) has disassembled an additional CF6-80C2 engine. The engine was a lease-return sourced from the company’s Asset Transaction Group lease pool and will be managed by GAT’s Component Solutions Group

The CF6 is one of the most popular engines in CSG’s USM inventory, with over 200 of this engine-type disassembled by the group. In the face of the enormous downturn in the aviation industry, GAT continues to lead the way with opportunistic acquisitions and creative solutions for its airline and MRO partners' future. This latest teardown will add to the growing USM inventory to provide new cost savings for the market for years to come.

Austrian Airlines resumes flights to Shanghai

Austrian Airlines will fly to Shanghai again from October 2. After several postponements of the resumption due to the dynamic market situation, the return to China is now fixed. A Boeing 767 will fly from Vienna to Shanghai every Friday. The return flight will take place the following Sunday. Further connections to China are a conceivable option for Austrian Airlines.

“We are very pleased to be able to return to China with regular passenger flights”, says Austrian Airlines board member Andreas Otto. “A second weekly flight to Shanghai is on our wish list.”

The long-haul portfolio of Austrian Airlines is thus expanding to include another destination. In addition to Shanghai, Austria's home carrier already flies to Chicago, New York and Washington, among others.

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