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Thursday, June 17th, 2021

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Lufthansa's new leisure airline Eurowings Discover takes off in July

In time for the current steep rise in demand for holiday bookings, the Lufthansa Group's new leisure airline is ready for take-off. With the issuance of its operating license and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the German Federal Aviation Authority, the young start-up airline Eurowings Discover has successfully completed the final stage on its way to independent flight operations. The certificate was issued by the German Federal Aviation Authority on June 16. Eurowings Discover is the first airline in Germany to receive an unlimited permit under a new aviation law requirement known as partial CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization).

The Lufthansa Group's newest airline takes off on July 24 from its home base in Frankfurt am Main for its inaugural flight to Mombasa with onward service to Zanzibar. In August, the flight schedule will be filled with further attractive long-haul destinations: Thus, in addition to two weekly frequencies to Mombasa/Zanzibar, starting in August there will also be three flights a week to Punta Cana and five flights a week to Windhoek. In October, Eurowings Discover will also be flying three times a week to Las Vegas and Mauritius.

In the 2021 winter flight schedule, Bridgetown, Montego Bay and Varadero will be added with three weekly frequencies each. In addition, the flight program will be expanded from November to include short- and medium-haul flights to the Canary Islands, Egypt and Morocco.

Before the start of long-haul operations at the end of July, Eurowings Discover plans to operate selected continental flights as wet lease for Lufthansa Group airline Air Dolomiti (EN) from mid-July in order to gradually ramp up operations and ensure a smooth start on long-haul routes. Its fleet will consist of a maximum of eleven aircraft in total this year and will grow to 21 aircraft by the middle of next year (ten Airbus A320s and 11 Airbus A330s). All aircraft are coming from the Lufthansa Group fleet pool.


Avianor and LATAM Cargo team-up for cargo modifications on three Boeing 767s

Montreal Mirabel International Airport-based Avianor, and LATAM Cargo, based in Santiago, Chile, have completed and certified temporary cargo modifications on three Boeing 767aircraft. Avianor, an affiliate company of DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation, was previously contracted through a mutual collaborator to perform cabin reconfiguration work on LATAM’s 767 and 777 aircraft. Avianor’s experience and familiarity of these aircraft, along with its turnkey temporary cargo conversation solution, encouraged LATAM Cargo to contact Avianor to repurpose the cabin interiors of its 767 aircraft.

In May, LATAM Cargo announced that up to ten 767 will be permanently converted to cargo in the coming years. The implementation of Avianor’s temporary cargo modification was a quick and efficient solution while they await its conversions.

This trusted business relationship combined progressive thinking, agility and expertise to propose an innovative response to keep LATAM’s 767 aircraft flying and support the demand to transport valuable perishable supplies. Avianor’s temporary cargo modification solution has supported airlines around the world, by allowing them to adapt their offering to the needs of the economy, support the influx of e-commerce demands and maximize the use of aircrafts during the pandemic.

LATAM will operate these aircrafts with Avianor’s Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) while it gets validated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aircraft were modified at the beginning of 2021 at LATAM’s Santiago facilities. Avianor provided the materials and work instructions which were then completed with an official virtual walk through to confirm STC compliancy.


GA Telesis and Aero Staking sign distribution agreement

GA Telesis (GAT) has announced an agreement with Aero Staking, to become a global distributor of its extensive product line of aircraft tooling, bearings, and bearing testing equipment. This partnership represents GA Telesis' Tarmac Solutions commitment to supporting airlines and MROs in reducing their overall maintenance costs while finding those solutions all in one location.

To date, the Tarmac Solutions division of the Flight Solutions Group (FSG) has expanded its portfolio of aftermarket supplier partnerships, providing greater overall tool and GSE options for its customers globally.

“Aero Staking brings a unique product line to the industry, and we are delighted to partner with them as an exclusive distributor to support airlines and MROs with these critical tools,” said Jason Reed, President of GA Telesis' Flight Solutions Group.

SAF Group orders three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions in Belgium.

SAF CEO Tristan Serretta says: “Introducing six new H145s in France and Belgium in just twelve months is in line with our strategy to increase the capacity of the growing number of EMS services that place their trust in us. This increase of our positioning is made possible by the level of performance and the versatility of this successful helicopter. SAF is determined to help demonstrate, together with the heads of emergency services, that having the right performance and at the right cost is key to saving lives”.

SAF is a key actor of EMS in France and Europe. The French company already operates 55 Airbus helicopters. SAF’s fleet includes a Super Puma, H135s and H125s. The H145 will bring increased capabilities for the EMS missions.


TOPCAST and ECT sign distribution agreement for delivering augmented engine wash technologies

Topcast Aviation Supplies (TOPCAST) and Engine Cleaning Technology (ECT) have signed a distribution agreement in May 2021, delivering biodegradable, non-toxic and non-flammable compressor cleaner for aviation jet engines. 

Aircraft engines are the most complicated part that powers an aircraft to fly. To endure the best performance of aircraft operations, washing the jet engine with utmost care on a regular basis offers better fuel efficiency, extends lifecycle and secure aviation safety. ECT R-MC’s patented formula is eco-friendly, easy to rinse chemicals that meet the stringent needs for MIL85704 and all OEM specifications.

The revolutionary technology for washing engines entails a quick and easy procedure by injecting R-MC jet engine cleaner into the running engine. The environmentally online engine cleaning formula cleans by removing layers of contaminant deposits.

ECT has developed cleaners (R-MC and PowerBack), injection equipment, and patented power augmentation systems for industrial gas turbines, and various other centrifugal and axial flow rotating equipment.

Ryanair takes delivery of first 737 MAX after two-year delay

The Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 jet that landed at Dublin Airport on June 16, was the first of 210 of the MAX 8 variant ordered by the Irish low-cost carrier. Though one of Boeing’s biggest customers, Ryanair has been particularly critical these last few weeks over delays to deliveries and also a clear lack of communication.

Ryanair had anticipated having its first MAX jet in service by March this year, with 24 in service for the summer. Instead, in April, the carrier revised that figure down from 24 to 16, and then down to 14 in May when Ryanair’s chief Executive Ryan O’Leary told analysts “Now we don’t know if we’ll have any.” Ten days prior to that, O’Leary had written to Boeing, requesting an update on deliveries in advance of releasing Ryanair’s results, but nothing was forthcoming. “Despite being Boeing’s largest customer in Europe, we can’t even get them to reply to a letter over a period of ten days,” O’Leary said at the time. “They just need to get their act together in Seattle,” he added.

In addition to 737 MAX 8 orders, Ryanair has also been in discussion with Boeing over an order for the MAX 10 variant. “Most of our focus in our recent discussion with Boeing has been on getting the aircraft delivered and advancing discussions on a Max 10 order,” said Mr O’Leary. “But the delivery and discussion on a Max 10 order have been hijacked by these unexplained and continuing delays in delivering the gamechanger aircraft to us.”


Finnair flies to 70 destinations in the winter season

Many countries are opening travel as vaccination coverage increases. Finnair has now updated its offering for September-October and for the winter season 2021/2022 (November – March) to meet the needs of its travel-hungry customers. Destinations for autumn and winter include Canary Islands, with flights starting already in September as well as Miami and Thailand in the winter season. Altogether, Finnair flies to some 70 destinations during winter 2021/2022.

The Finnish Lapland continues to attract travellers, and in September Finnair offers frequent flights to Kittilä and Ivalo in northern Finland – great destinations to experience the wonderful autumn colours of Lapland. Frequencies to Scandinavia are increased in October when Finnair flies to Oslo and Copenhagen three times per day, making one day business trips smoother.

During the winter season Finnair will fly daily to New York and three times a week to Miami and Los Angeles. Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi will be in the offering for Thailand. Altogether 70 destinations will be operated in the winter season, and Finnair flies to for example Alicante, Malaga and Nice throughout the winter.

As the offering for the late autumn and winter season is updated, adjustments also will occur. Finnair will contact those customers affected directly. Customers can either opt for a full refund or to be rerouted if possible.

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