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Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

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Air Canada sets ambitious net-zero GHG emissions target by 2050

Air Canada has announced ambitious plans for its long-term commitment to advancing climate change. Canada’s flag-carrying airline has targeted 2050 as the year it will reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for global operations. In the mid-term, the carrier has set a target of reducing GHG emissions by 30% compared to 2019 levels by 2030 in both its air and ground operations.

As part of its campaign, it will be investing CA$50 million in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), along with carbon reduction and removal. To meet these targets, Air Canada will focus on the energy-efficient Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 MAX for its operational fleet of aircraft which are expected to average approximately 20% less fuel per seat and emit approximately 20% less CO2 and 50% less nitrogen oxide than the aircraft they replace.

From the innovation angle, the company will continue to evaluate the viability, safety and performance of new electric, hydrogen and hybrid operational technologies, and other innovations such electric drones to complement and support its business network. With regard to carbon reductions and removals, Air Canada will explore carbon negative emission technologies and other direct emission reduction and removal strategies in addition to further developing its carbon offset strategy for CORSIA compliance.

Future progress comes from a place of strength as the carrier has improved fuel efficiency by 43% since 1990.  Between 2016 to 2019, it reduced more than 135,000 tons of GHG from its air operations through fuel efficiency initiatives, and its work in fuel sustainability. "Economic growth and sustainability are equally important, and we have a strong track record for both. Despite the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain deeply committed to long-term sustainability. Climate change is critical, and we believe we can and must do more to address this for the future of our environment," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada.


Hong Kong Express takes off with AMOS

Low-cost carrier (LCC) Hong Kong Express has inked a deal with Swiss-AS in January 2020 to implement the AMOS Airline Edition to manage maintenance activities of a modern fleet of 24 Airbus 320, 320neo and 321 types.

HK Express placed its confidence in Swiss-AS not only as a software product provider, but also as a cloud and operational services provider by subscribing to the AMOS Cloud Hosting Solution. This option relieves airlines from the requirement to operate a technical infrastructure on premise, which is not their primary domain of expertise, and provides an attractive and effective cost alternative.

AMOS Cloud Hosting Solution package comes along with the AMOS Operational Services (AOS) which covers all duties arising from the AMOS application server and database administration and have Swiss-AS taking responsibility for this broad range of tasks. Economies of scale allow Swiss-AS to provide customers the possibility to outsource the operation of AMOS at a lower cost versus training and using in-house resources.

Lufthansa Technik develops new onboard patient transport units

Lufthansa Technik AG has begun the strategic further development of its proven patient transport unit PTE (German: Patiententransporteinheit) for the air transport of patients in intensive medical care. Based on an order placed by the German Armed Forces in 2020, an initial 26 PTE NG (New Generation) units will be produced over the next two years.

The further development for the German Armed Forces is based on the Patient Transport Unit (PTU) NG in international service, of which Lufthansa Technik recently delivered eight additional units to NATO's Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport fleet. One goal of the further development is to make the PTE NG flexible deployable on all suitable aircraft types of the German Armed Forces. To enable it to be used, for example, on both the Airbus A400M and the future Airbus A321neoLR of the German Air Force, it will receive all the necessary military and also civil approvals as both aviation and medical equipment.

The specification and airworthiness certification will be carried out by Lufthansa Technik. The specialized Swiss medical device manufacturer Aerolite has been contracted to develop and manufacture the system. For installation in different aircraft types, the partners have also developed a special concept that allows electrical connection to various on-board power systems with direct and alternating current. Installation requires no tools and takes only a few minutes.

The German Armed Forces currently operate 37 first-generation PTEs, which were procured at the time for the Airbus A310 MRTT and C-160 Transall. Almost all of them are still in daily service, since 2018 also on the Airbus A400M. The new generation will also meet the requirements of the German Air Force's future transport fleet. The wealth of experience gained from Bundeswehr missions flows directly into the PTE NG.


GAMA announces additions to Executive Committee leadership

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced the addition of three board members to serve on its Executive Committee leadership team. The Executive Committee is comprised of members of GAMA’s Board of Directors, who provide strategic leadership for the association and lead its policy committees.

David Coleal, CEO of Incora, will serve as chair of the Airworthiness and Maintenance Policy Committee. The committee works with authorities to promote appropriate regulations and policies for maintenance and repair stations. Coleal has previously served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Environment Committee. Coleal has been a member of the GAMA Board of Directors since 2015.

JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, and Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX and Executive Chairman of Eviation, will serve as co-chairs of the Electric Propulsion and Innovation Committee (EPIC). The committee works to create an environment conducive to efficient design, production, operation, and maintenance of hybrid and electric propulsion aircraft, including eVTOLs. This will be Bevirt and Ganzarski’s first time serving on the Executive Committee. Bevirt has been a member of the GAMA Board of Directors since 2018 and Ganzarski has been a member since 2019.   

The additions to the GAMA Executive Committee were elected by the Board of Directors during its winter board meeting.

ACC Aviation transacts Boeing 737-400 to Frontera Flight Holdings, U.S.A.

ACC Aviation, the global aviation consultancy offering asset management and financial solutions to airlines, lessors and financiers, has successfully transacted a Boeing B737-400 (LY-MGC) from Lithuania's GetJet Airlines to Frontera Flight Holdings, U.S.A.

The 1991-built aircraft (Serial No 24904) will be reconfigured from 168-seat passenger fit to dedicated freighter for onward lease to passenger and cargo airline Aeronaves TSM of Mexico. 

Work on the freighter conversion is scheduled to start later this summer by Aeronautical Engineers of Miami, FL.  It will see the addition of a cargo door on the forward left side of the fuselage, plus modification of the main deck to carry multi cargo containers or pallets of up to 23 tons (23,000 kg.)

The transaction was finalised by ACC’s asset management division, formerly known as Aerotask.


SkyWorks offers 17 aircraft for sale via public auction

SkyWorks Leasing (Ireland), a subsidiary of SkyWorks Holdings, as the mandated advisor and remarketing agent to Wilmington Trust Company, as trustee for the LATAM 2015-1A EETC bond holders, is offering for sale two A350-900 aircraft, four B787-9 aircraft, and eleven A321-200 aircraft.

The aircraft are currently parked in Victorville, CA., and off-lease, except that the eleven A321s, subject to bankruptcy court approval, are committed to long-term leases to LATAM Airlines expected to commence in the second quarter of 2021.

The aircraft are to be sold as a complete lot on an “as-is, where-is” basis via public auction to be held on April 14, 2021.

SITA to recruit 55 software engineers in Ireland to ramp up development of airport portfolio

SITA, a leading IT provider to the air transport industry, is significantly expanding its Agile DevOps teams by over 55 people in Letterkenny, Ireland to develop the next generation of its highly successful SITA AT AIRPORTS portfolio. These new roles include software engineers, test engineers, UX designers, scrum masters and product owners.

As the air transport industry begins its slow recovery from COVID-19, airports, airlines and governments are looking to further streamline their operations and passenger journey through automation and digitization. To meet this growing demand, SITA is accelerating the innovation and development of new solutions across baggage management, airport operations, passenger processing and border management. These solutions are used in more than 1,000 airports and more than 60 governments globally.

David Lavorel, CEO SITA AIRPORTS & BORDERS, said: “We all are eager to see our industry rebound and technology is a vital component of its recovery. Airports and airlines are looking to technology to automate the passenger journey while digitalizing their operations to drive new cost efficiencies. Many of these solutions are being developed in Letterkenny.”

Emirates and TAP Air Portugal to expand codeshare partnership

Emirates and TAP Air Portugal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the codeshare partnership currently in place between both airlines.

The new agreement will see customers of both airlines benefit from seamless connectivity on many new routes across the Americas, North Africa and East Asia. Emirates and TAP Air Portugal will also explore ways to enhance the co-operation on their respective frequent flyer programs including reciprocal earning and redemption opportunities and popular benefits such as lounge access.

In addition, both airlines plan on supporting each other’s stopover programs in Dubai and Lisbon, with Emirates also supporting TAP Air Portugal as it looks at potential expansion opportunities in the UAE.

Subject to required regulatory approvals, the expanded agreement is expected to come into effect from May 1, 2021, and will provide customers with seamless booking, ticketing and travel benefits across 70 destinations on both airlines’ networks.

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