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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

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SAS selects CFM LEAP-1A engines to power new fleet of 35 A320neo Family aircraft

SAS has selected CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power its new fleet of 35 A320neo Family aircraft ordered in 2018. This agreement also includes eight spare engines. In addition, SAS has signed with CFM a Rate-Per-Flight-Hour (RPFH) support agreement to cover its new fleet of LEAP-1A engines, including spares, as well as 15 additional LEAP-1A-powered A320neo on lease.

This new agreement is part of SAS' fleet upgrade program that aims to improve efficiency and sustainability performances. SAS has been at the forefront of introducing technologies that reduce the impact of aviation on the environment, as well as choosing efficient engines to power its fleet.

SAS was a launch customer for CFM's advanced LEAP-1A engine that it selected in 2011 to power the first batch of 30 A320neos. SAS currently operates 44 A320neo aircraft and one A321neo LR powered by the fuel-efficient LEAP engine and plans to introduce two additional A321neo LR aircraft. In total SAS orders for purchased and leased aircraft placed in 2011 and 2018 will enable SAS to increase the fleet of A320neo aircraft to 80.

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Panos Kakoullis appointed new CFO at Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has announced that Panos Kakoullis has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, succeeding Stephen Daintith who is leaving Rolls-Royce.

Kakoullis spent most of his career at Deloitte, joining as a graduate. There he worked with numerous multinational corporations combining audit, advisory and transaction services. Kakoullis is joining Rolls-Royce from PA Consulting, where he was CEO, having joined the company in 2020.

Commenting on the appointment, Warren East, Rolls-Royce CEO, said “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Panos as Chief Financial Officer who will join us in May this year. Panos delivered significant transformational change at Deloitte, streamlining and simplifying the business and we look forward to benefitting from his expertise and experience as we deliver on our fundamental reorganization and secure a sustainable and prosperous future for Rolls-Royce.”

Kakoullis will commence his new position on May 3, 2021 while Daintith will leave Rolls-Royce on March 19, 2021, shortly after the publication of the Group’s full year 2020 results. To support the Group in the period of transition between Daintith and Kakoullis, Ben Fidler will be appointed as Interim CFO, he is currently acting as Deputy CFO and joined the Executive Team effective January 1, 2021. Fidler joined Rolls-Royce in 2017 from Deutsche Bank and will continue as vice president of Business Performance in addition to his new, temporary role.


Aero Norway names Evren Akca new Sales and Marketing Manager

Aero Norway, the independent engine MRO provider and trusted partner for customers operating CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and 7B engines, has appointed Evren Akca as Sales and Marketing Manager.

Akca first joined the Aero Norway team as Customer Support Project Leader in 2014, and his new role will see him support Aero Norway’s growth strategy and focus on best-in-class service for its expanding global customer base. 

Akca began his career in sales and customer support at Pratt & Whitney’s Turkish engine center in 2011, having graduated with a BSc in Economics. Photo: Evren Akca

AvAir acquires Sabena technics surplus inventory

AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, has reached an agreement with Sabena technics to acquire the MRO’s surplus inventory, including both consumables and expendables in new condition.

This agreement covers both airframe and component surplus materials used for heavy maintenance on various Airbus Family-, ATR- and C130 aircraft. It will be made available to AvAir customers globally, as many aircraft are requiring maintenance checks to go back into service after being parked due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a leading independent provider of MRO solutions, Sabena technics provides high-quality component testing, maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as pool access, consignment stock and trading solutions to its customers worldwide. Thanks to its own in-house component shops in Europe and Asia, Sabena technics can deliver flexible and efficient services guaranteeing high availability and reduced TATs.


Finnair to dismantle and recycle A319 aircraft at Helsinki Airport

Finnair intends to dismantle and recycle an Airbus A319 aircraft, which has reached the end of its economic lifecycle at 21 years. The dismantling will begin at Helsinki Airport, where Finnair’s mechanics will remove parts that can be used elsewhere in Finnair’s fleet. These include the engine, seats, landing gear and avionics components.

“This is the first time that a Finnair aircraft is dismantled and recycled in Finland. We made the decision to take the plane apart at our home hub to optimize sustainability and economics”, says Juha Ojala, Vice President of Finnair’s Technical Operations. “This project allows us to improve the cost efficiency of maintenance operations and employ our mechanics during the pandemic when their normal workload has decreased.”

Finnair’s aircraft have always been recycled elsewhere in Europe when they’ve reached the end of their lifecycle. Most companies that do this type of work are located in dry zones, where the climate is favourable for long-term storage of aircraft. This is the first time that a commercial aircraft will be dismantled in Finland. It’s an unusual project for Finnair, as it’s different from the company’s normal maintenance work, especially when it comes to planning and project management.

International energy group Shell selects helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s

International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico.

The contract marks the entry into the oil and gas market of the H160 with a wealth of design features promising new levels of safety, comfort and schedule reliability in offshore operations.

The three companies – Airbus, PHI and Shell – are cooperating in a unique partnership. In a pioneering move, Airbus will provide one H160 ahead of final deliveries to PHI and Shell for a year-long route-proving program to enable the operator and the final customer to familiarize themselves with the type’s advanced features and mitigate the normal challenges around entry into service.

At PHI it will be based at Houma, Louisiana and join a large company fleet of H125s and H135s deployed in emergency medical service throughout the United States, as well as two H145s operating for Shell on pipeline survey work in Louisiana, and two H145s flying the world’s longest harbor pilot shuttle in Mackay, Australia.


Honeywell brings enhanced data transfer capabilities to all new Embraer E2 aircraft

Honeywell and Embraer have worked jointly to install Honeywell’s Aircraft Data Gateway 400 (ADG-400) on all of Embraer’s new E2 commercial jets, with an option to retrofit first-generation E1 models. With this solution, operators can wireless transfer critical flight and maintenance data to and from their aircraft more quickly and efficiently than before.

The ADG-400 packages several key technologies into one scalable solution that enables a variety of connected aircraft solutions. Honeywell’s Aircraft Data Gateway consists of a wireless LSAP (Loadable Software Aircraft Part) loader, quick access recorder and data communications capabilities. It enables database and software updates without wired connections. Furthermore, the ADG-400 helps offload aircraft data to analyze, troubleshoot and predict maintenance and performance issues, which helps operators maintain their aircraft and avoid unexpected downtime.

Once the ADG-400 is installed, airlines can save significantly. Wireless data offloading alone can reduce aircraft delays and reduce regular maintenance by up to 150 hours annually per aircraft. Wireless LSAP loading can save an additional 75 hours per aircraft, per year. Along with its enhanced user experience, the ADG-400 allows technicians to focus on priority issues rather than spend hours on general maintenance every month.

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