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Tuesday, January 13th, 2020


Boeing glad to see the back of 2020 after yet another poor month’s

In December 2020, Boeing managed to deliver just 51 aircraft, its lowest number since the late 1970s. Not only was this number down 60% compared to December 2019, but it was less than one-third the number of aircraft delivered by its rival, Airbus.

In total, the U.S. planemaker delivered 39 planes to customers in December, including 27 737 MAX jets, one P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, and 11 widebodies. Noticeably absent from this list of deliveries was the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which, for the second month in succession, failed to deliver any units owing to ongoing problems over production flaws and intensive inspections.

According to Reuters news agency, for 2020, Boeing delivered a total of 157 airplanes, down from 380 in 2019 and a record 806 jets in 2018. In comparison, Airbus posted stronger-than-expected numbers with 566 jets delivered in 2020, though this figure was down 34% compared to 2019 delivery numbers.

Boeing’s order numbers began to look a little more healthy after Ryanair handed the company a lifeline for the 737 MAX with an order for 75 of the 737 variant that had remained grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes. Boeing also booked orders for seven MAX jets from unidentified buyers in December, and for eight 777 freighters from the courier arm of Deutsche Post AG DHL Express. However, for 2020, orders for 641 of the 737 MAX were canceled, while Boeing removed a further 523 of the jets from the order backlog as these were seen as unlikely to be fulfilled once stricter accounting standards are applied.

JetBlue and American Airlines advance strategic alliance following review by DOT

JetBlue and American Airlines announced their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS).

The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from the pandemic as customers are attracted to the expansion of options and enhanced service.

“Through this alliance, we are one step closer to bringing customers even more competition in the Northeast, especially on routes currently served by only one airline with high fares and poor service,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning at JetBlue. “Customers who love the JetBlue experience can look forward to significant growth at LaGuardia and similarly up to 70 daily flights at Newark, as well as seamless connections onto American’s long-haul network in and out of New York and Boston.”

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MTU Maintenance signs exclusive contract with new airline Air Sial

MTU Maintenance and start-up airline Air Sial from Pakistan, have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Air Sial’s six V2500 engines. Beyond MRO, the agreement includes engine trend monitoring, on-site services, and lease engine support as well as technical training.

Air Sial began operations in December 2020. It currently flies to domestic locations within Pakistan and aims to boost air travel and connectivity in the region. It plans to carry out cross-border flights from 2021.

U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing contract for 12 KC-46A tanker aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a US$1.7 billion contract for 12 KC-46A tanker aircraft. With this sixth production lot, Boeing is now on contract for 79 KC-46A tankers. 

The company delivered the first KC-46A to the Air Force in January 2019. Since then, Boeing has delivered 42 tankers to four different bases. The next-generation KC-46 brings new capabilities and operational flexibility to the U.S. Air Force and international customers.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker designed to refuel allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. It’s also equipped to carry passengers, cargo and patients on any mission at any time. Boeing is assembling KC-46A aircraft at its Everett, Wash. facility where it also continues production of the KC-46 tanker for Japan.


Atlas Air Worldwide places order for four new Boeing 747-8 Freighters

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has placed an order for four new Boeing 747-8 freighters in a transaction that furthers the company’s strategic growth plan. The aircraft will enable the company to meet strong customer demand in the airfreight market, particularly the fast-growing e-commerce and express sectors.

The company’s business model provides the flexibility to operate these new aircraft for customers or take advantage of dry-leasing opportunities through its Titan Aviation Leasing subsidiary.

The new 747-8F order will provide the company with enhanced flexibility to balance future capacity needs with customer demand, as a number of its legacy 747-400F aircraft leases will be up for renewal over the next several years.

The 747-8Fs are expected to be delivered from May through October 2022. These aircraft are the last four 747-8Fs that Boeing plans to produce.

APOC Aviation acquires A320 airframe for part-out in Rothenburg, Germany

APOC Aviation is collaborating with Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Switzerland based Eco-FLY in the first part-out project to take place in Rothenburg (EDBR) airport in Germany. 

The A320 airframe (MSN 1823) was acquired by APOC from a leading US-based investment company and last operated by SmartLynx. EFW will undertake the part-out for APOC and, together with Eco-FLY, build best practice for fuselage disassembly to evaluate recycling concepts for aircraft on an industrial scale at the airport in Rothenburg to establish a blue-print for future programs.

APOC’s access to flexible and immediate funding, swiftly secured through private placement, facilitated this prime asset purchase. However, Jasper van den Boogaard, VP Aircraft Acquisition & Trading, says that stitching this complex deal together required commitment and great teamwork from all parties. “Despite the difficulties of travel, by staying airside we were able to assemble the different strings that made closing agreements feasible in this highly challenging market. We’re proud to engage EFW and acknowledge the investment and energy required to bring a sustainable industry to a region where there is a pool of talented technicians eager to embrace new skills.”


HEICO subsidiary ATI establishes partnership with Leonardo Helicopters

Aircraft Technology (ATI), a subsidiary of HEICO Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Leonardo Helicopters to become an authorized repair service center for AW139, AW109, and AW169 helicopter exhaust ducts. This agreement establishes ATI as the exclusive OEM authorized service provider for these components within North America, South America (excluding Brazil), and the Caribbean.

HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of products and services to certain niche segments of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries through its Hollywood, Florida-based Flight Support Group and its Miami, Florida-based Electronic Technologies Group.

Jetcraft appoints Todd Spangler Sales Director Americas

Jetcraft, a leader in business jet sales and acquisitions, is strengthening the company’s presence in the Americas with the appointment of Todd Spangler as Sales Director covering Florida, Central and South America.  

Spangler joins Jetcraft following a 25-year career in business aviation, with senior level sales positions at Bombardier, Elliott Jets, Hawker Beechcraft and NetJets. As Sales Director for the Americas, Spangler will oversee Jetcraft’s strategic partnerships in the region including Aerolineas Ejecutivas which operates as a Jetcraft authorized representative in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the Latin market in Florida and Texas. 

Skyworld Aviation sells further two Avro RJ 100s on behalf of Braathens

Skyworld Aviation has kick-started 2021 with the sale of two further Avro RJ100s on behalf of Braathens, serial numbers E3244 and E3250. This follows the placement of two avro RJ100s to CFS Aero at the end of 2020. Summit Air of Canada will take delivery of SE-DSR and SE- DSV in Norwich, U.K. during the next few weeks. This takes the total number of Avro’s sold for Braathens to six, with other aircraft currently under offer.

Summit Air has been delivering remote aviation solutions for over 20 years, with a diverse fleet comprised of ATR 72 Bulk Freighters, Avro RJ’s, Dash 8-100’s, Twin Otter’s, Buffalo’s and Dornier 228’s, primarily operating out of Yellowknife in Northern Canada. As well as providing scheduled services serving Northern Canada, charter and special purpose clients include government agencies, tour operators and mining companies worldwide.


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