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Monday, January 4th, 2021

Qatar Airways takes delivery of trio of 777 Freighters

Qatar Airways Cargo has taken delivery of three Boeing 777 Freighters as the airline continues to build its cargo division with the twin-engine freighter. The milestone also marks the 200th 777 Freighter to be delivered.

The triple delivery comes as air freight is playing a pivotal role amid the COVID-19 pandemic – including transporting newly approved vaccines – and is projected to increase more than 4% over the next two decades.

With the arrival of the trio of 777 Freighters, Qatar Airways Cargo now operates 24 of this airplane model along with two 747-8 Freighters. As one of the leading air cargo carriers, Qatar's dedicated freighter fleet serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight on the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network.


BAA Training Vietnam and Vietravel Airlines sign long-term partnership agreement

BAA Training Vietnam and Vietravel Airlines have signed a long-term partnership agreement to actively consolidate reliable and fruitful ties seeking to create value for both organizations.

BAA Training has committed to the startup airline Vietravel, controlled by Vietnam’s leading tour operator Vietravel, to provide wet and dry Airbus A320 full-flight simulator lease services. The first students already started training on the Airbus A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) in November 2020. Additionally, Vietravel has expressed interest in the firefighting training which can also be arranged by BAA Training Vietnam. The brand new training device V9000 Commander will be used for these purposes upon request.

Based at Phu Bai International Airport, Vietravel is getting ready to penetrate a fiercely competitive aviation market. Despite the country’s restrictions, the carrier will make its first commercial flight in mid-January 2021, well before the previously set date for 2021. The newcomer plans to order a fleet of three to four aircraft in the first year and add another one or two by the end of next year.

Rex showcases livery on first Boeing 737

Rex Airlines has marked another major milestone, as the first of its Boeing 737-800NGs in full Rex livery (airline colours) has landed in Sydney on Christmas Eve.

Rex has leased six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in readiness for its inaugural service from Melbourne to Sydney commencing March 1, 2021. Brisbane will be added to Rex’s capital city network after Easter.

Rex’s Deputy Chairman John Sharp said: “Our second 737 is currently being painted by Douglas Aerospace in Wagga Wagga. The remaining four 737s are undergoing scheduled checks and will be brought into the country over the next three months.”

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Iberia Maintenance selects Ramco Aviation for technological transformation

Global Aviation software specialist Ramco Systems will implement its flagship aviation software, Ramco Aviation M&E MRO Suite for Iberia Maintenance (Iberia MRO), one of Europe’s leading MRO service providers.

Ramco Aviation Software will replace multiple systems to unify operations across Airframe Maintenance, Engine Shops, Component Shops & Supply Chain. In addition, Iberia Maintenance would also benefit from digital enablers such as Mobility via AnywhereApps, HUBs, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dashboards and integration to ecosystem offerings powered by Ramco.

The technology transformation program will enable Iberia Maintenance to future-proof its business growth while offering simplified user experience driving better user adoption, increase process automation and self-service, among others.

Implementing this new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) brings four important advantages for Iberia MRO: first, maximum mobility in accessing documentation and assigning maintenance tasks online, among others; second, information and real-time update of the work carried out on the Aircraft; third, the reliability and agility of having a single source of information for Iberia MRO production management system and, finally, a much more sustainable and efficient paperless solution, as Ramco Aviation ERP eliminates printing and scanning for tasks to be performed.

This new ERP developed by Ramco will be used by more than 3,000 Iberia maintenance personnel. A 50-people team will work in its implementation project. 

JetBlue takes delivery of first new Airbus A220-300 aircraft

JetBlue has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, marking the start of a new era for the airline's fleet. The aircraft – tail N3008J – arrived at JetBlue's home at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on December 31, 2020, from Airbus's U.S. production facility in Mobile, Ala.

It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to ultimately replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft.


Vallair spearheads A321 passenger to freighter conversions in China

Vallair, the multi-faceted aviation business and launch customer of the Airbus A321 freighter, is pioneering the first passenger to freighter conversions to be undertaken in China.  “We are excited to be embarking on the next phase of our A321 passenger to freighter conversion activity” says Gregoire Lebigot, CEO of Vallair. “MSN 1017 will be the first of nine aircraft scheduled to be converted in China, this is an important milestone.”

The work is being undertaken for Vallair by EFW at the ST Engineering facility in Guangzhou and the aircraft is planned for delivery in Q3 2021 to cargo-operator, SmartLynx.

Vallair has previously partnered with EFW in Asia on the conversion of its inaugural A321F.  This was undertaken at its Singapore facility and delivered to launch operator Qantas Freight in October. Recently, the company signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with US operator GlobalX for ten conversions, and it has leased a further two to SmartLynx Malta.

Lebigot goes on to say that the conversion of a younger aircraft variant will ensure that operators are flying with newer technologies and as the aircraft is still in production, few supply chain issues are anticipated. “Vallair is keen to introduce the A321F to the Chinese market as we see strong potential for the freighter in its active e-commerce sector.  Our decision to commission the conversion process for a significant number of our lease portfolio ‘in-country’ demonstrates not only our confidence in the future implementation of this type, but also our commitment to local technical and engineering resources.”

Swissport wins long-term handling contract with airlines of the Lufthansa Group

Swissport has been awarded a major long-term contract by the Lufthansa Group for Switzerland. The new contract secures significant business volumes. It covers passenger services and airport ramp handling for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The new seven-year contract with the Lufthansa Group runs from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2027.

The win comes after a recent agreement for Qantas’ ground services at the three major Australian airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Swissport is in the final stage of completing a financial restructuring and will emerge from the crisis with a strengthened balance sheet, which will see its ownership transferred to a group of new shareholders.


Turkish Technic offers connectivity upgrade with new server and WAP products

Turkish Technic has completed the design, production and certification process of its new server and wireless access point (WAP) products, the backbone of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems. This marks a new milestone of in-house production for Turkish Technic, following the production of its aviation seats and galleys.

Turkish Technic’s new server and WAP features easy integration with various software applications and is providing flexibility in determining equipment configuration according to current system requirements.

New Caledonia's Aircalin takes delivery of first A320neo

Aircalin has taken delivery of its first A320neo. The aircraft joins two A330neo already delivered under the carrier’s fleet modernization plan.
Aircalin’s A320neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000 engines and is configured in a single-class layout with 168 seats. 

With the A320neo, Aircalin will be able to increase capacity on its flights and open new routes across the Pacific region.

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