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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

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Southwest orders 34 more 737 Max 7s in preparation for boost in travel demand

Southwest Airlines (Southwest) has confirmed it has ordered a further 34 Boeing 737 MAX 7 aircraft with delivery scheduled for 2022. Including those already on order, this takes Southwest’s anticipated deliveries of the MAX 7 in 2022 to 234 aircraft.

Like many major airlines, Southwest sees the mass COVID-19 vaccination program and the easing of travel restrictions as sound reason to be optimistic with regard to increased travel demand after suffering heavy losses in 2020. On Tuesday, the American carrier altered its second-quarter average cash burn forecast to between US$1 million and US$2 million per day, as opposed to between US$1 million and US$3 million per day. Southwest also confirmed it anticipates revenue for June to improve on May’s figures through a combination of increased leisure passenger traffic and an uptick in prices. “Passenger demand and booking trends remain primarily leisure-oriented,” it said in a statement.

On May 25, Boeing reported that total orders and commitments for the 737 MAX for 2021 had passed 250 aircraft, following an order for 14 737 MAX 8s from SMBC Aviation Capital. This figure also included orders from Southwest, Alaska Airlines, and United Airlines.


Next Level Aviation to support Pratt & Whitney CSA through consignment of used serviceable engine accessories

Pratt & Whitney CSA, the serviceable materials business unit of Pratt & Whitney, and Next Level Aviation, a leader in the global distribution of used serviceable materials (USM), have signed an agreement regarding the sale of USM for aircraft engines. This contract furthers Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to providing its customers with cost-effective products at world-class lead times. It also further enhances Next Level Aviation’s position as a leading global supplier of USM primarily supporting Boeing and Airbus aircraft platforms and associated jet engines.

This agreement between Pratt & Whitney CSA and Next Level Aviation pairs the resources and technical expertise of Pratt & Whitney CSA with the sales, marketing and delivery expertise of Next Level Aviation. This powerful combination provides Next Level Aviation's global customer base of airlines, leasing companies and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shops with significant value and cost savings.

ANA to introduce Boeing 767 freighters for flights between Hangzhou and Tokyo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will operate cargo freighters connecting Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) and Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) for two round trip flights in June. A Boeing 767 freighter with maximum load capacity at roughly 50 tons has been selected for the route.

ANA is operating the freighters in response to increased demand for transportation of cargo with growth of cross-border e-commerce, and in addition aims to further support the global supply chain network by responding to a broad range of demand for transporting cargo such as electronic devices to North America and Europe.

While adjusting its services to meet the changing market conditions and strong demand for cargo, ANA will operate more than 2,000 cargo flights using freighter and passenger aircraft in June. ANA is committed to using its fleet of two Boeing 777 freighters and nine Boeing 767 freighters to meet demand and facilitate international commerce.


Airbus Helicopters acquires ZF Luftfahrttechnik

Airbus Helicopters and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH by Airbus Helicopters as part of its strategy to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This step is also a contribution to improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs covered by the ZF Luftfahrttechnik product portfolio.

ZF Luftfahrttechnik is currently an MRO service partner for the majority of the German Bundeswehr helicopter fleet. It has also delivered more than 10,000 gearboxes all over the world. It is a supplier of the H135 main gearbox, the tail gearbox of the Tiger helicopter, and has a share in the H145 program. In 2020, the company achieved revenues of € 85.3 million and employed 370 people. ZF Luftfahrttechnik is located in Kassel-Calden.

The acquisition has been approved by the relevant bodies of both companies. It remains subject to regulatory approvals, as well as other conditions usual in this type of transaction, which should be completed in 2021.

Icelandair modernizes safety approach with IQSMS

ASQS GmbH, a provider of integrated, web-based aviation Quality and Safety Management software has announced a new contract win with Icelandair.

Icelandair, a part of Icelandair Group, is implementing ASQS’ web-based integrated safety and quality management software IQSMS as auditing, reporting, and safety management tool in its international and domestic flight operations. The introduction of the system will take place in different phases and has already started with the implementation process of the IQSMS Quality Management Module.

Tomas Ingason, CIO of Icelandair Group: “We are pleased to implement the IQSMS software, which will provide us with great opportunities to simplify and streamline our operational safety and quality management across our international and domestic operations.”


F/LIST business unit METAL receives certificate from Austro Control

F/LIST’s METAL business unit has reached its next milestone: The Austrian aviation agency Austro Control has granted the business unit recognition as a production facility in the form of a POA (Production Org. Approval).  This means that the company’s latest division is qualified in accordance with EASA Part-21, sub-part G and can issue an official release certificate for all components manufactured there for the aviation sector.

The approval covers the provisions of Class 2 – the manufacture of aircraft cabin components made of metal and/or composite panels with a decorative surface. This confirms that F/LIST's METAL business unit has implemented a monitored quality assurance system which enables it to manufacture components under its sole responsibility, and to release them for installation in aircraft with an official release certificate (EASA Form 1) without any further inspection.

SWISS appoints new Head of Marketing

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has appointed Stefan Vasic as its new Head of Marketing. In his new function, which he will assume on July 1. Vasic will be responsible for SWISS’s marketing communications in Switzerland and for implementing all marketing actions within the overall framework of the Lufthansa Group’s global marketing strategy. He will report to Head of SWISS Brand Experience Caroline Drischel, who took up her new position in charge of the amalgamated departments of Brand Management & Marketing Communication and Product Management, with overall responsibility for the customer experience throughout the travel chain, on February 1.

Vasic has held a range of positions at SWISS since 2007. He is presently Head of Sponsoring & Events, Social Media and Tourism Partnerships, with responsibility for the SWISS sponsorship portfolio, partner management, event logistics, newsletter marketing and social media strategy. Prior to this he served as a SWISS media spokesperson for a number of years.

ANSL launches U.K.-first simultor-based air traffic control full unit training

Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) has announced the launch of a ground-breaking unit training program that enables Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) to utilize simulators as a key training element throughout full unit training.

It is the first On-the-Job Training (OJT) program that uses simulators consistently throughout the entire Unit Training Plan (UTP) to be approved for use in the U.K. and is leading around the world – finally taking Air Traffic Control (ATC) training to the level that Airline Pilot training has been at for decades.

When arriving at a new airport, every ATCO needs to undergo unit training which prepares and validates them to be a controller at that specific location. However, the live operation at large hub airports do not present trainees with many opportunities to practise their basic skills during the initial phase of training due to consistently high traffic levels. At less busy airports the lack of traffic can sometimes hinder progress in the later stages of training.

The structured use of simulators under ANSL’s newly created Unit Validity Course (UVC), part of the enhanced UTP, ensures that ATCOs can receive initial ‘light traffic’ training – which can easily scale as trainees gain skills and experience – in a controlled traffic environment.

The UVC is a 14-week assessed classroom and simulator course, and replaces the previous Level 1 training phase that was carried out in the live operation. This course must be completed before ATCO trainees can progress to handling live traffic in the Visual Control Room (VCR).

The simulators also form a large part of the second and third phases of the new UTP. The advanced technology gives trainers the ability to generate any specific traffic scenario required at any given point in the training, regardless of what the live environment is able to provide. In addition, the ability to pause the simulation to reflect and discuss decisions during training offers an extra dimension that is not available with live traffic.

The simulators have also been approved for use as part of the final unit endorsement assessment, limiting the impact of interruptions to the VCR, should it be required.

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