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Management shuffling at Norwegian, Karlsen new CEO

Geir Karlsen has been appointed new CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norwegian) effective June 21, 2021. He succeeds Jacob Schram.

The Board of Norwegian voted on June 20 to end the CEO tenure of Jacob Schram. Schram’s employment contract, signed in 2019, entitles him to nine months’ notice. He will support the Board on full-time basis during his notice period up to March 31, 2022.

"I am pleased to announce that Geir Karlsen on request of the Board has accepted the job as CEO of Norwegian. Karlsen has successfully led the financial reconstruction of Norwegian and has the competencies, focus, trust and dedication that makes him the best choice as CEO of Norwegian," said Svein Harald Øygard, chairperson of Norwegian's Board of Directors.

Karlsen has held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since April 2018. From July 2019 to December 2019, he was Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norwegian. He has extensive experience from listed companies within shipping and offshore.


Sabre and Virgin Australia renew global distribution agreement

Sabre Corporation and Virgin Australia have reaffirmed their long-standing relationship with the renewal of their global distribution agreement.  

Under the renewed agreement, Sabre will continue to distribute Virgin Australia flights and services through the Sabre GDS marketplace, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of Sabre-connected agencies will continue to have access to Virgin Australia’s great value products and services.  

“Although international borders remain largely closed at the moment, there is a lot of pent-up demand and positivity in the domestic market” said David Orszaczky, General Manager Digital and Distribution, Virgin Australia. “We’re committed to creating an ecosystem that delivers great-value for customers and ensuring our agency partners can help deliver the many travel experiences we offer in their preferred channel.”  

The renewal comes at an exciting time for Virgin Australia and the broader aviation industry, which is beginning to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Taking flight under new ownership, Virgin Australia is working to evolve and modernize its distribution strategy to further deliver experiences its guests love amidst a fast-changing travel marketplace. 

Boeing 737 MAX 10 makes successful maiden flight

The largest of the 737 MAX family of aircraft, the MAX 10, completed its maiden flight at Renton Field, Washington, on Friday June 18, 2021. The plane took off at 10.07 a.m. and landed at 12.38 a.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.

"The airplane performed beautifully," said 737 Chief Pilot Capt. Jennifer Henderson. "The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane's systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected." The new Max variant is expected to enter into service in 2023 and this test flight marks the beginning of a comprehensive test program whereby Boeing will work closely with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regulators.

"The 737-10 is an important part of our customers' fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our team is committed to delivering an airplane with the highest quality and reliability."

The 737-10 will carry up to 230 passengers and will incorporate environmental improvements, cutting carbon emissions by 14% and reducing noise by 50% compared to today's next-generation 737s. The 737 MAX 10 is powered by twin LEAP-1B engines from CFM and in November 2019, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, 531 of the MAX variant had been ordered.


Air Canada inaugurates new service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt

Air Canada started operating its first non-stop service between Montreal and Cairo on June 18, serving the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America, and providing an additional gateway to Africa.

"Air Canada is pleased to offer its first scheduled flights to Egypt. We are strategically rebuilding our international network by adding new routes that support leisure and visiting friends and family travel. With few non-stop options to Egypt from North America, we see opportunities to launch new non-stop flights to Cairo from Montreal where there is an established Egyptian community. We have also built convenient connections to and from our Cairo flights from across Canada and the US at our Montreal hub. This new route shows our commitment to rebuild our international network and our Montreal hub, which have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management.

Air Canada is offering three flights per week on a 255-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.

HAECO extends long-standing agreement with China Airlines

HAECO ITM, a member of the HAECO Group, has extended its long-standing agreement with China Airlines (CAL) to provide inventory technical management support to the airline’s expanding Boeing 777 fleet. The new agreement will run until 2029 and includes the addition of six Boeing 777F aircraft, while the first two aircraft were delivered in December 2020 and all aircraft will be entering into service by 2023.

The contract extension covers component MRO, repair management, component pooling, component engineering, consumable, and expendable parts support services, AOG support as well as onsite consignment stock in Taipei to
all 16 of CAL’s Boeing 777 passenger and freighter fleet.


Airbus names Catherine Jestin Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management

Airbus has appointed Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, effective July 1, 2021. In this role, she will join the Executive Committee and report to Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO.

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the Digital Design, Manufacturing and Services (DDMS) program, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide. She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organization to support the wider transformation of Airbus' ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools, technologies and processes, while ensuring the company is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable IT practices.

Jestin currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Airbus, a role that she has held since March 2020. In this position, she is responsible for driving state of the art Information Technology systems and solutions in support of Airbus employees, customers and suppliers. Prior to this role, she was Chief Information Officer at Airbus Helicopters, a role that she held from July 2013 to February 2020.

Beacon continues expansion with MRT

Beacon, a maintenance platform from EmbraerX, has signed an agreement with The Mobile Repair Team (MRT), an executive and commercial structural repair team with bases in Europe and North America. The partnership is focused on onboarding MRT’s maintenance teams into Beacon’s multi-sided platform to improve coordination among stakeholders, including its mobile teams and operators. By joining Beacon, MRT will gain efficiency throughout its repair process and respond faster to maintenance requests from operators.

The Mobile Repair Team offers worldwide structural repair support for fleets of aircraft. Striving to provide superior customer service while helping its customers reduce significant costs, MRT is joining Beacon’s platform to empower their mobile teams to achieve a faster return-to-service as they continue to grow its customer base across the globe.

MRT’s strategy is to run all maintenance cases through Beacon, replacing the use of informal communication channels with one single, compliance-ready channel, thus facilitating an agile flow of information and an easier handoff during shift turnovers. Moreover, MRT will significantly reduce the time spent coordinating with technicians and other stakeholders during maintenance cases by focusing mostly on high-frequency events, which represent about 70% of the total number of interruptions.

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