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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

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IndiGo once again opts for new CFM LEAP-1A engines – this time for 310 new Airbus aircraft

Low-cost Indian carrier IndiGo has announced that it has once again turned to CFM International and its LEAP-1A engine to power its fleet of 310 new Airbus A320s, A321s, and A321XLRs. The agreement involves 620 newly installed engines together with a multi-year service agreement and associated spare engines.

This is the second major deal IndiGo has struck with CFM International as back in 2019 it signed a deal for LEAP-1A engines and a long-term service agreement for an order of 280 A320neo-family aircraft. The airline is currently operating seven A320neo and 15 A321neo with LEAP-1A engines. This agreement secures LEAP-1A engines and service agreements for the carrier’s A320neo-family aircraft that will be delivered from 2023 onwards.

The LEAP engine has logged more than 10 million engine flight hours in less than five years of commercial service and is capable of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15%. With its fleet of 280+ aircraft, IndiGo operates roughly 1,200 daily flights, connecting 66 domestic and 24 international destinations.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with CFM for our next batch of Airbus A320neo, A321neo and A321 XLR aircraft,” said Riyaz Peermohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition and Financing Officer of IndiGo. “The introduction of the CFM LEAP engines in our fleet will allow us to maintain our strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability." “We are incredibly honored by IndiGo’s renewed trust in CFM,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are fully committed to helping IndiGo optimize its operations by providing them with the industry-leading asset utilization, fuel efficiency, and overall cost of ownership.”


Hawaiian Airlines ramps up hiring efforts ahead of summer travel season

Hawaiian Airlines is seeking qualified candidates to fill more than 400 positions ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer travel season.

Hawaiian saw a rebound in demand in the first quarter and has been rebuilding its network and workforce to accommodate steadily growing interest in travel to its home state. The need for team members on Maui is particularly acute, and Hawaiian is offering a US$2,000 sign-on bonus to attract experienced applicants for most jobs on the Valley Isle.

Hawai‘i’s hometown airline currently employs about 6,850 people, more than 90% of whom are based in the state. Most new positions are in airport operations and include guest service agents, ramp agents, operations managers and aircraft mechanics in Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona, Līhu‘e and in select cities on the U.S. West Coast; the majority are part-time positions. Full-time job opportunities at the company’s corporate office in Honolulu are in IT, marketing, human resources and sales.

Although Hawaiian recalled nearly all furloughed employees, it is hiring to backfill vacant positions and to fill openings that support new routes. The company recently launched nonstop services between Honolulu and Orlando, Austin and Ontario, California, and added flights connecting Maui to Long Beach and Phoenix.


SAS and Airtours sign new four-year agreement

SAS and Airtours are extending their cooperation on charter and scheduled flights in a new agreement that runs until 2024, starting in the summer of 2021. The value of the contract is more than SEK 800 million over four years.

SAS will initially fly Airtours customers to and from Stockholm and Gothenburg to a range of destinations around the Mediterranean during the summer of 2021. The number of destinations will be further expanded by summer 2022.

"We are very pleased with the new agreement with Airtours. Charter partnerships are an important part of SAS' strategy to seasonalize capacity. It is a positive signal and we look forward to meeting increasing demand for travel as the world gradually opens up with more and more people getting vaccinated. This means that more and more countries will relax their travel restrictions and we can eventually return to more normal travel. Many people are eager to relive their favourite destinations or to discover completely new places," says Markus Ek, Global Sales Director at SAS.

The entire charter production that SAS flies for Airtours will be flown with new Airbus A320 aircraft. SAS has been renewing its fleet in recent years, replacing older planes with newer, more fuel-efficient engines, and thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


HAECO and AeroLogic extend MRO partnership

HAECO Hong Kong, a member of the HAECO Group, has extended its long-term agreement with German cargo airline AeroLogic (AeroLogic).

Under the new agreement, HAECO Hong Kong will provide heavy maintenance services to AeroLogic’s Boeing 777-200 freighter fleet between 2021 and 2024, covering the current fleet of 18 Boeing 777F aircraft. The extension in partnership is a testament to the long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

HAECO Hong Kong has been the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in support of AeroLogic’s business growth since 2012. Over the years, its scope of services has included C1 base-maintenance and the completion of four C12-checks for the cargo airline. The company is committed to providing reliable and high-quality aircraft MRO services to bolster AeroLogic’s international operations.


MTU Maintenance signs eight-year extension of GE Branded Service Agreement for CF34 engines

MTU Maintenance has signed an agreement for an eight-year GE Branded Service Agreement (GBSA) extension for CF34 engines with GE Aviation. The GBSA enables MTU to continue serving as an authorized service provider through 2030 for CF34-3, CF34-8C, CF34-8E, and CF34-10E engines and perform OEM maintenance, overhaul work scoping, and component repairs as well as provide comprehensive materials support.

"We are delighted to continue our established partnership with GE Aviation with this CF34 licensing agreement," said André Sinanian, Managing Director and Senior Vice President MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg. “We recently celebrated the redelivery of our 500th CF34-10E and have carried out 1,400 shop visits and several hundred on-site events for the entire engine family since 2003. Regional engines such as the CF34 will play an important role in the industry recovery post COVID-19, and we look forward to supporting operators with the excellent technical expertise and cost-effective MRO solutions they have come to expect from MTU.”


Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems receives approval from U.S., Canada and EASA for Airbus Helicopter EC130

Astronics Corporation has released that the United States, Canada and EASA have approved Astronics' Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter EC130 B4 and T2 models.

In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada, Astronics obtained the Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for its Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 EVS from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The initial Maz-Viz 1400 installation using the newly approved STC was performed by Ontario-based EuroTec Canada Ltd., part of EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions LLC, headquartered in Euroda, Kansas. The EVS will be displayed on the upgraded Garmin TXi avionics.

Qantas to deploy more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand

Qantas customers can now book seven new domestic routes and travel on more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

The new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast – provide direct connections and reduce travel time for customers. They bring the total number of routes Qantas and Jetstar have added since the start of the pandemic to 45.

Five of the routes will be operated by Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. The first Qantas flights operated by the 94-seat E190s took off on May 25, between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Customers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long-haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week.

Qantas' wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed 100% of pre-COVID levels in the coming months and the group’s market share around 70%.

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