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Sriwijaya Air 737-500 crashes shortly after take-off from Jakarta – all 62 on board presumed dead

Indonesian low-cost carrier Sriwijaya Air has confirmed that Flight SJY 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak crashed shortly after take-off on Saturday, January 9, 11 nautical miles north of Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Debris from the aircraft including a plane registration number, wheels from the landing gear, and life vests, together with body parts have been found, while the aircrafts two ‘black boxes’, the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, have also been located. The plane, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, dropped 10,000 feet in altitude in less than one minute before crashing into the sea four minutes after take-off, according to flight tracking data from Flightradar24. The aircraft did not send a distress signal, the head of national search and rescue agency Air Marshal Bagus Puruhito confirmed.

On board were 40 adult passengers, seven children, three babies, and 12 crew members according to Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.  National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) teams have begun an investigation into the cause of the crash. According to the company's website, Sriwijaya Air, a low-cost airline and Indonesia's third-largest carrier, transports more than 950,000 passengers per month from its Jakarta hub to 53 destinations within Indonesia and three regional countries.

In June 2018, the carrier was removed from the European Union's list of banned air carriers, 11 years after it was placed on that list. In 2007, the European Union banned all 51 Indonesian airlines from its airspace after a Garuda Indonesia plane with 140 people on board overshot the runway in Yogyakarta and burst into flames, killing 21 people on board.

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Pratt & Whitney adds China Flying Dragon to service network in China

Pratt & Whitney has presented China Flying Dragon GA with its official Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) plaque and certification, officially inducting the aviation maintenance facility into the global Pratt & Whitney customer service network.

Based in Harbin, the capital city of China’s northernmost province, Heilongjiang, China Flying Dragon is now authorized to provide line maintenance and mobile repair technician services to operators of Pratt & Whitney’s PT6A-27 and PT6A-135A engines.

“China Flying Dragon has an excellent reputation throughout China and has been supporting Pratt & Whitney’s engine fleet well prior to the awarding of this DMF designation,” said Fred Lefebvre, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Pratt & Whitney Canada. “China Flying Dragon is one of 17 DMFs we have appointed in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East which expand our ability to serve customers locally in the language of their preference. This new DMF provides customers with a one-stop shop for authorized, high-quality services – from engine-OEM-approved tooling and parts to direct support from the engine manufacturer.”

In addition to the maintenance services it provides to customers, China Flying Dragon has its own fleet of Y12 and King Air 350 aircraft, both of which are powered by PT6A engines. Using these aircraft, China Flying Dragon operates short-haul passenger and cargo charter flights as well as aerial photography, forest protection and other GA services.

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Qatar Airways signs expanded codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil

Qatar Airways has increased São Paulo services to ten-weekly flights and expanded codeshare cooperation with LATAM Airlines Brazil optimizing connectivity for both airline’s passengers to and from destinations in Asia, the Middle East and South America. The new codeshare agreement will further strengthen the two airlines’ strategic partnership, first initiated in 2016 and expanded in June 2019.

The expanded agreement will allow Qatar Airways' passengers to book travel on 45 additional LATAM Airlines Brazil flights and to access over 40 domestic and international destinations on the South American carrier’s network, including Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, São José, Lima (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Santiago (Chile).

LATAM Airlines Brazil passengers will also benefit from access to the recently expanded 10 weekly flights to and from Sao Paulo, operated by Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

ST Engineering appointed MRO licensee for Honeywell components in LEAP-series engines

ST Engineering has entered into a 10-year agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will see the group appointed as the only licensed MRO service provider based in Asia Pacific for Honeywell components installed on the LEAP-series engines.

Under the agreement, ST Engineering is appointed to provide component MRO and warranty repair services to all Asia Pacific operators for Honeywell components installed on LEAP engines used in Airbus A320neo family, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC C919.  These component MRO services will play a complementary role to the other MRO solutions offered by the group which has plans to set up MRO capabilities for the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engine.

ST Engineering became an official member of the Honeywell Channel Partner network in 2019, which gives it access to Honeywell’s maintenance document and technical support for over 2,000 individual part numbers from avionics to electrical and mechanical components.  

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Dubai Aerospace Enterprise reports business transactions update for 2020

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has reported its business transactions update for the full year 2020 for its aircraft leasing division, DAE Capital.

The number of new underwriting aircraft purchase commitments in the full year 2020 was 55 aircraft (owned: 38; managed: 17) and the number of acquired aircraft was 38 (owned: 23; managed: 15).

DAE sold 28 aircraft during 2020 (owned: 14; managed: 14) and signed lease agreements and extensions for 125 aircraft (owned: 109; managed: 16). The fleet size (owned, managed, committed and mandated to manage) at the end of 2020 stood at 425 aircraft.

Owned fleet utilization (at year-end 2020) was 98.2%, the owned fleet average age was 6.2 years and the average lease term remaining was 6.6 years.

IAI Board Chairman Harel Locker plans to step down

Harel Locker, Chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Board of Directors, has announced his intention to step down in 90 days. Locker assumed the position in September 2017.

During his tenure IAI underwent significant changes to its business structure. The company improved its bottom lines and for the first time passed the US$4 billion sales threshold. In addition, for two consecutive years IAI presented its largest profits since the company was established.

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