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Monday, March 8th, 2021

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U.S. and EU call four-month truce in Boeing-Airbus tariff war

The 16-year-old transatlantic trade war which has focussed heavily on planemakers Boeing and Airbus may be coming to a close with what has been described as a goodwill gesture after American President Joe Biden and the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed to suspend a range of existing tariffs between the two sides.

After the telephone call between the two on Friday March 5, von der Leyen said: “President Biden and I agreed to suspend all our tariffs imposed in the context of the Airbus-Boeing disputes, both on aircraft and non-aircraft products, for an initial period of four months.” “We both committed to focus on resolving our aircraft disputes, based on the work of our respective trade representatives,” she added.

The hope is that during the four months a practical solution will be reached by setting joint rules on permissible aircraft subsidies. Experts feel that the timing is right to end this dispute as both aircraft manufacturers have been badly hit by the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Airbus welcomed the decision to suspend tariffs, commenting that it supported “all necessary actions to create a level-playing field and continues to support a negotiated settlement of this longstanding dispute to avoid lose-lose tariffs”. Boeing said it hopes the deal would enable talks to “bring a level playing field to this industry”.


SWISS to restructure top management of flight operations

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is restructuring the top management of its flight operations. This entails the creation of the new position of Head of Operations, whose holder will be responsible for ensuring safe and smooth overall operations, including strategic planning, coordination and organization in such areas as cockpit crew, training, technical services and ground handling. The new position of Head of Operations will be assumed by Oliver Buchhofer, currently SWISS’s Head of Flight Operations, with effect from April 1.

In his new Head of Operations capacity Buchhofer will also serve as SWISS’s Accountable Manager, bearing overall responsibility for ensuring safe operations in compliance with the provisions of the company’s official air operator’s certificate. This function is currently performed by Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thomas Frick. Frick will be stepping down from his COO function as planned at the end of March, but will remain active with SWISS on a project basis. As in earlier years, the function of COO will be additionally assumed by the CEO. This will reduce the SWISS Management Board from four to three members.

Embraer sells 19 new Ipanema agricultural aircraft

Embraer's agricultural aviation division has sold 19 EMB-203 Ipanema single-seat aircraft in February, totaling 27 aircraft sold this year. This sales volume in the first two months of 2021 is already 8% higher than what was negotiated throughout 2020.

The second consecutive month of high sales reflects the favorable performance of the Brazilian agribusiness and the technological innovations incorporated in the new version of the Ipanema aircraft. Agricultural crop dusting services has been leading the market demand this year.

Although the demand for Ipanema remains more intense in the Midwest, the main agricultural hub in Brazil, the pace of sales this year has also been increasing in other regions in the country.

With almost 1,500 units delivered, Ipanema is the leader in the agricultural segment with a 60% share of the national market. Its role in precision agriculture combines high technology and continuously evolves to meet the requirements of high productivity and low operating cost.


C&L Aviation Services to start Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program

As part of the company’s continued expansion, C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, announced the formalized start of its Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program registered with the Department of Labor. The program, set to begin in April, will provide paying jobs to apprentices while they receive on-the-job instruction, preparing them for their FAA certification examination and a career in aviation.

C&L’s apprenticeship program will be a three-year program which will lead to the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. An A&P certificate is required for all aircraft mechanics to sign off on aircraft maintenance. Part of the interview process for applicants will be meeting the C&L mentors and training team and demonstrating their mechanical aptitude. Applicants with previous experience and/or a military background may qualify for C&L’s accelerated apprenticeship program which is one year. Military veterans who attend the program on the accelerated basis are eligible to utilize the GI Bill® to supplement their income as apprentices as well.

“We have seen a lot of growth here in the past few years and it is a really exciting time to launch our newly registered Apprenticeship Program,” said Valerie Byers, Recruiting Manager for C&L Aviation Group. “We have a great group of employees here at C&L, and their ability to pass on their years of knowledge and experience to the next generation is an incredible advantage to those who will enter the program.”

C&L plans to hire and start the first class of six this April with an additional six in the fall. Apprentices will work full-time at the company’s 200,000 ft² MRO facility located in Bangor, Maine.

Air Charter Service appoints Caroline Wood as Group Travel Services Director

Air Charter Service, the global aircraft charter broker, has appointed Caroline Wood as Group Travel Services Director, working alongside the company’s Commercial Jets division.

Speaking on the appointment, Matthew Purton, ACS’s Global Director of Commercial Jets, commented: “Caroline brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise with over 25 years working at MyTravel, Thomas Cook and Alpha LSG. With travel looking like it will become increasingly more complicated over the next couple of years, Caroline’s knowledge will be invaluable to our team, particularly in the near future.”

As Director of Sport at Thomas Cook, Wood was instrumental in the set-up of Thomas Cook Sport, which was Europe's leading sport travel business. Prior to that, she headed up the sales function of MyTravel’s long-haul luxury tour operating brands of Tradewinds and Jetset. Latterly, her experience extended to in-flight catering where she was Head of Sales & Business Development at Alpha LSG. 


Kellstrom Aerospace disassembles CF6-80C2B1F and CFM56-5B engines

Kellstrom Aerospace has announced the disassembling of two engines, one CF6-80C2B1F and one CFM56-5B into stock. Both engines are in teardown simultaneously in the U.S.

Serviceable LPT Modules are immediately available for sale or exchange. The remaining used serviceable material (USM) from this project will be available to support Kellstrom Aerospace engine programs helping airlines and MRO clients with access to USM at cost-effective prices.

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