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Monday, May 17th, 2021

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Gulf Air delays delivery of Boeing and Airbus jets for 6-8 months

As a result of operating at between only 50% and 60% of pre-pandemic levels according to Bahrain’s state carrier, Gulf Air has agreed with both Boeing and Airbus to postpone the delivery of currently ordered jets for between six and nine months. While no specific models were mentioned, Gulf Air had previously indicated it was in negotiations with the two planemakers over delaying delivery of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320neo jets.

Back in April, acting CEO Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi commented that: “We had to go renegotiate the delivery dates. We haven’t cancelled anything.” Zayed bin Rashid al-Zayani, a government minister, also confirmed that no orders had been cancelled, while also telling reporters at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai: “It is very difficult because you are bound by your destinations. We have the fleet. We have the crew. We would like to fly to as many as places as we can, but we have to factor in demand.”

Zayani also confirmed that Gulf Air would still take delivery of six jets this year, twice the number that were delivered last year. Asked if Gulf Air was receiving “government support,” he replied: “Who isn’t?” According to a government bond prospectus seen by Reuters news agency, the carrier received 36 million dinars (US$95.6 million) from the Bahrain government last year.


CDB Aviation begins deliveries of four A320neo-family aircraft to Russia’s Aeroflot

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing, (CDB Leasing), has delivered the first of four Airbus A320neo family aircraft on long-term lease to Russia’s flagship airline, Aeroflot.

Aeroflot took delivery of the first aircraft, a new A320neo, on May 14 at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse, France. The remaining three deliveries include two additional A320neos and one A321neo, which will be received by the carrier later in May.

The neos will support Aeroflot’s strategic efforts to retrench its leading position in key markets on the domestic network, while enhancing its fleet with the latest technology narrow-body aircraft offering higher capacity and improved fuel-efficiency.

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada join forces for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT) and to create a Canadian joint venture. This partnership between two companies with strong footprints in military pilot training, ensures that the FAcT program will benefit from the expertise and innovation made by two global players, each of which have over 70 years of aircrew training experience delivered around the world.

A modern air force needs an advanced training solution based on cutting-edge technology, focused on early streaming, and better output standards at lower costs. Babcock and Leonardo can offer a modern and comprehensive solution drawing on their long experience as leading providers of civil and military fixed-wing, rotary-wing and mission training services. The companies stand ready to offer an innovative and comprehensive turnkey solution to meet all of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s training requirements.


STS Aviation Services signs long-term base maintenance agreement with SmartLynx Airlines

STS Aviation Services (STS) has signed a long-term base maintenance agreement with SmartLynx Airlines (SLX).

"We are extremely delighted that SLX has awarded STS a long-term base maintenance contract to support the company’s Airbus A330 Aircraft,” stated Ian Bartholomew, Vice President of Commercial for STS Aviation Services. “As a result of this contract we will be accomplishing a number of modification inputs at our state-of-the-art, wide-body aircraft modification and maintenance facility located in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and we look forward to supporting SLX with additional projects in the future.”

This agreement will grant SLX the ability to access high-quality, flexible MRO services for its growing fleet of A330 aircraft.

Stevens Aerospace promotes Brent Wiggins to senior AOG manager

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems, has promoted Brent Wiggins to Senior Manager of the company's 24-hour/365-day AOG team. Wiggins is an A&P and brings years of hands-on experience to Stevens, holding positions ranging from technician to director of maintenance with companies such as L-3, Nicholas Air and Wing Aviation Group. He is also well-versed in part 91,135, and 145 operations. 

“Brent is an experienced leader with high ethical standards, technical competency, exceptional enthusiasm, and program management proficiencies that are aligned with Stevens’ vision,” said Dendall Wood, Stevens AOG General Manager. "Our mission is to achieve excellence in everything relating to the customer experience; we believe Brent has the drive, expertise and leadership skills to move us closer to our goal." 


Astronics receives STC from Transport Canada for "Edge" cabin network platform

Astronics Corporation has received the supplemental type certificate (STC) for its latest cabin network platform, branded as “The Edge™”.

The Edge offers airlines, IFE suppliers, MRO’s and system integrators an extremely cost-effective platform for full-featured in-flight entertainment (IFE) with reduced time to market. The Edge takes advantage of a distributed network architecture that utilizes Smart WAPs. The solution combines an industry first Wi-Fi6 wireless access point and server functionality as compute nodes that minimize installation wiring and provide a redundant and fault tolerant system. The Edge system is designed to be installed overnight.

LiFE in the Air has partnered with Astronics to use The Edge to host LiFE in the Air’s digital inflight solution. The Edge system is designed to be installed overnight with installation certifications owned by Astronics and reusable for future airline customers. Through this collaboration, LiFE in the Air is offering trial and demos to airlines.

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