Wednesday, March 28th, 2018



easyJet Partners with visitBerlin to Complement Berlin Tegel Service Expansion

easyJet has announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with visitBerlin, the official promotional organisation of Germany’s capital city. The intention is to effectively promote tourism to Berlin, both from Germany and also the wider European market. The move comes on top of easyJet’s acquisition of part of the now defunct airBerlin which operated out of Berlin Tegel.

The strategic partnership will see different areas of collaboration, including the creation and spreading of local content to inspire visitors from around the world to visit Berlin and experience its culture, atmosphere and lifestyles. The partnership will generate revenue for visitBerlin through the sale of the Berlin WelcomeCard on board and we will exchange information to continuously develop the network and services.

In 2017 easyJet flew 3.5m international passengers into Berlin, which was more than any other airline, including Lufthansa, while the expansion into Tegel should increase year-on-year visitors to 5.6m.
easyJet will operate 19 daily domestic flights from Tegel, on four routes, to and from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart, and will introduce 15 new destinations from Tegel, to include Budapest, Madrid. Tel Aviv and Rome, among others.

easyJet is now established as Berlin and Brandenburg’s home-based carrier, with almost 16 million passengers travelling to and from Tegel and Schönefeld airports. Travelers will be able to choose from more than 100 destinations from March onwards and 28 of these destinations are only operated by easyJet.

Commenting on the partnership, Thomas Haagensen, easyJet’s Country Director for Germany, Austria & Switzerland said: “Berlin is such an important destination in the German market and remains popular with our customers throughout the entire network. This first ever strategic partnership with visitBerlin will seek to explore different areas of collaboration in order to show everything Berlin has to offer to the great diversity of easyJet's passengers.”

According to Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin: “The engagement by easyJet is great facilitator for the economic and the touristic development of Berlin – which is a great occasion to establish the first strategic partnership between the capital‘s official promotional organisation and an airline. With the hashtag #berlinwelcomesyou we will join forces to promote tourism in Europe to Berlin.”

Southeast Aerospace welcomes Luke Gomoll

Southeast Aerospace, a leading Aerospace Solutions company, has welcomed Luke Gomoll, as its new Aircraft Modifications Sales Representative.

Luke brings 10 years of Aircraft Modification experience, with 8 years at JA Air Center, and almost 2 years at Elliott Aviation. He's enthusiastic about growing current relationships, acquiring new light to heavy Jet customers in an effort to assist with all their avionics needs, and adding new capabilities to the company.

VietJet Air and Safran sign MoU to develop strategic partnership

Safran and Vietjet Air have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to bolster the strategic partnership between the two companies. The MoU encompasses several areas of collaboration related to Safran Aircraft Engines business in commercial engines, ranging from the development of VietJet Air's business, via the future acquisition of airplanes, to fleet management services, training, and help in setting up on-site support capabilities.

Based in Ho-Chi-Minh City, VietJet Air has been a customer of Safran Aircraft Engines, via CFM International, since 2011. The airline started operation that year with Airbus A320 commercial jets powered by CFM56-5B engines.

Today, VietJet Air operates 57 CFM56-powered A320 family aircraft, and has also signed by-the-hour service contracts for these engines. To support its business growth, in 2016 VietJet Air announced an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX twinjets powered by LEAP-1B engines from CFM International. Deliveries of these aircraft will start in 2019.

easyJet signs Skywise Predictive Maintenance agreement with Airbus

easyJet has signed a five year agreement with Airbus to provide predictive maintenance services for its entire fleet approaching 300 aircraft.

The technology relies on Airbus’ Skywise data platform which will allow easyJet’s engineers to intervene early and replace parts before the component’s failure, thereby preventing passengers from experiencing delays and cancellations.

Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our Skywise trial with easyJet over the past three years has been tremendously successful, demonstrating significant gains in operational performance through predictive maintenance. We are delighted to further cement our collaboration by extending this trail-blazing technology to easyJet’s entire A320 Family fleet.”

The new technology builds on extensive trials of the Skywise platform allowing easyJet to remove components before faults occur, thus enabling more flights to operate on schedule. Skywise can now analyse data from other components on easyJet’s aircraft thanks to the installation of Airbus’ newly released flight operations and maintenance exchanger FOMAX – which collects 60 times more data than existing systems. The new equipment will be fitted on easyJet’s fleet by summer 2019.

Honeywell International boosts commitment in Africa

Honeywell International has expanded its channel partner network across Africa to better service airlines, business aviation operators, and defense and space contractors.

Under agreements with channel partners, including ExecuJet Nigeria and Aerotechnic, Honeywell can provide operators with in-region access to Honeywell International avionics, connectivity services, and certified maintenance and upgrades.


AeroLogic goes CROSSMOSS®

AeroLogic has signed a contract with CrossConsense to implement the CROSSMOS® eTLB. The joint venture of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo currently operates 10 Boeing 777F aircraft in a worldwide route network with destinations in Europe, Middle East, Asia, North and South America. By implementing CROSSMOS® AeroLogic is taking an important step moving towards paperless maintenance.

Michael Geis, SVP CAMO at Aerologic says: “The signs point towards growth for AeroLogic and its fleet size. Implementing CROSSMOS is an important step to optimize processes and get prepared for the future. The eTLB will reduce manual data recording, provides real-time Aircraft status at any time and substantially simplifies maintenance handling for flight crews, maintenance and operations control. As a side effect we expect higher data quality thus less control efforts. We are confident that CROSSMOS is the right tool to streamline processes and workflows to continuously ensure and enhance efficiency, punctuality, reliability and safety of our cargo operation.”

Hi Fly welcomes new Airbus A330-900neo

Hi Fly, a leading European Airline specialized in Wet Lease, will be welcoming soon into its fleet the brand new Airbus A330-900neo. The first of ten aircraft that will ultimately renew the entire Hi Fly A330 fleet in upcoming years will arrive in June 2019. The investment reflects the company’s intent to fly modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft.

According to President Paulo Mirpuri, “the selection of the new Airbus A330-900neo model reflects Hi Fly’s commitment towards innovation and sustainability. It meets our utmost priority in offering the best product in class to our worldwide clientele. The A330neo that will be launched first time ever by Airbus this year is a significantly more advanced aircraft than the current generation, with much lower fuel burn and carbon emissions. This is excellent news for Hi Fly, for our client airlines and governments, for their passengers and for the environment. A triple win.”

The aircraft, equipped with the new Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines, have a range in excess of 6.500 nautical miles and will seat in unmatched comfort 365 passengers in a three class configuration (business class seats with flat beds, high comfort premium economy and standard economy). Upon client demand the configuration can be changed at short notice to a full economy version seating 415 passengers. All seats have installed a last generation inflight entertainment system.


AEI announces 22nd B737-400SF freighter conversion for Vx Capital Partners

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has signed a contract to provide Vx Capital Partners with an additional B737-400SF freighter conversion.

The aircraft (MSN 28867) will commence modification in May 2018 and will be redelivered to Vx in October 2018. AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Jacksonville, Florida-based Flightstar Aircraft Services will perform the modification touch labor and maintenance requirements.

This conversion represents the twenty-second AEI B737-400SF freighter for Vx.

Magnetic MRO enters into wide-body aircraft maintenance market

Magnetic MRO has completed a major milestone and is fully authorized to provide line maintenance services for Airbus A330 family. The total technical care maintenance and asset management organisation has further expanded its line maintenance capabilities following its Part 145 Approval being upgraded on March 22, 2018. The approval covers all three engine types used on Airbus A330 family aircraft: Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation.

Magnetic MRO, along with its sub-brands and group companies, is continuously expanding their market presence and competence range. “It is a long awaited and meticulously planned first of many steps in our wide-body capability plans,” said Risto Mäeots, CEO of Magnetic MRO. “Our recent expansion to East Asian markets and already existing line maintenance stations in certain strategic European airports give us a strong competitive advantage supported by our total technical care partner attitude.”

The company will keep investing in the wide-body market in order to provide an even more comprehensive and flexible technical support to its customers at large international airports. Along with the latest addition, Magnetic MRO line and base maintenance capabilities now cover A330 family, A320ceo/neo family, Boeing 737CL/NG, CRJ-700/-900NG, ERJ-170/-190, SAAB 340 and ATR 42/72.

China Eastern and GE Aviation sign comprehensive digital service agreement

China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and GE Aviation reached agreement to provide a comprehensive digital analytics solution for the CEA fleet of more than 700 aircraft over the next three years.

GE Aviation and CEA started their digital collaboration in 2013. As part of the agreement, GE Aviation will provide digital analytics based on GE's big data platform that will define in-depth digital cooperation between the two companies for the next three years.

The agreement covers more than 50 digital service projects spanning from engine and aircraft maintenance, flight safety, operational efficiency and marketing/revenue analytics.



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