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Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines orders up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 jets

In a bid to disrupt the Canadian aviation landscape, Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer. In addition, the carrier has taken an option for a further 50 aircraft. With all options exercised, the deal is valued at US$5.82 billion at list price and Porter Airlines will be the North America launch customer for the new E195-E2 jet.

Currently, Porter Airlines operates an all-turboprop fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400s (also known as the De Havilland Canada DHC-8 or Dash 8), headquartered in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and commenced operations in 2006. The regional carrier serves 23 destinations through regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States, though this will change dramatically with the acquisition of the E195-E2 jets.

With delivery due to commence in the latter half of 2022, Porter Airlines intends to deploy the E195-E2s configured for between 120 and 146 passengers to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines said, “This is a defining moment in Porter’s history. Today we lay the foundation for a new and further reaching service for our customers, delivered in true Porter style and comfort.”

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IATA appoints Brendan Sullivan as Global Head of Cargo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Brendan Sullivan as IATA’s Global Head of Cargo with immediate effect. Sullivan has worked in air cargo for 20 years including spending 14 years at IATA. Since January, he has been acting Global Head of Cargo alongside his role as Head of Cargo Operations and E-Commerce.

Sullivan began his career in air cargo at Air Canada in 2000, where he gained frontline operational experience and developed expertise in dangerous goods handling that facilitated his transition to IATA in 2007.

APOC closes deal for Boeing 777 LDG with Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Systems U.K.

In a multi-million US$ contract program, APOC’s specialist landing gear division has agreed a long-term lease with Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Systems U.K. (LTLGS) for a Boeing 777 landing gear.

Karolis Jurkevicius, VP Landing Gear Trading & Leasing – APOC said: “We have worked closely with LTLGS for several years and we are extremely pleased to develop this mutually beneficial solution with them for this top-class widebody asset. We have been able to offer an attractive proposition, underpinned by our solid investment strategy, because our focus on building a long-term relationship gave us insight into their operational cost efficiency objectives.”

Identifying suitable assets is a complex business and APOC carefully evaluate LDGs with leases attached if they fit with the division’s asset criteria of the highest quality. Currently around 40% of APOC’s LDG stock is leased, 30% is allocated to exchange programs and the remaining 30% is set up for additional lease opportunities, part-out projects and sales.

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SITA acquires start-up Safety Line to support sustainable aviation

SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, has announced the acquisition of Safety Line S.A.S., the Paris-based start-up specializing in digital solutions for aviation safety and efficiency.

This acquisition will strengthen SITA’s Digital Day of Operations portfolio, helping airlines drive more efficiencies and fuel savings around the aircraft while taking immediate and sustainable steps to reduce their carbon footprint. With air transport accounting for about 3% of the worldwide carbon emissions, there is growing pressure on airlines to reduce their overall emissions. At the same time the COVID-19 pandemic requires airlines to make their aircraft operations leaner, in particular reducing costly fuel burn.

Safety Line has successfully applied predictive analytics to deliver significant improvements to aircraft operations, strongly complementing SITA’s existing portfolio. With this acquisition, SITA will accelerate the development of sustainable solutions that can be integrated with its existing suite of airline and airport solutions.

Lessor BBAM orders 12 additional Boeing 737-800 converted freighters

BBAM is expanding its Boeing 737-800 converted freighter fleet with 12 additional firm orders. The agreement brings BBAM’s 737-800BCF orders and commitments to 31 as e-commerce and express cargo markets continue to drive strong customer demand for freighters.

BBAM will be the first customer to have a 737-800BCF converted at Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA), a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider. In May, Boeing announced it would open two conversion lines at COOPESA in 2022.

“The Boeing Converted Freighter program is extending the life and enhancing the value of the 737-800s in our fleet,” said Steve Zissis, President and CEO of BBAM. “We are growing our Boeing order book to meet the strong demand we see worldwide for narrowbody freighters, and we are proud to be the launch customer for the conversion lines at COOPESA.”

In a separate deal announced in January, BBAM placed six firm orders and six options for the 737-800BCF.

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TCI completes design, manufacture, and assembly of cabin service training simulator project for Turkish Airlines

Pre-employment and on-the-job training of flight attendants provided by Turkish Airlines Flight Training Center are carried out in the classes where the cabin interior of an aircraft is simulated. The training modules were manufactured based on aircraft types of Turkish Airlines fleet and designed to serve the flight attendants of other airlines as well. TCI manufactured four realistic and simulated models of Airbus A320 and A330, and Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft to be used in Flight Training Center.

Thanks to these modules designed to serve more than ten thousand personnel in rotation, the goal is to provide a realistic aircraft cabin interior experience through hands-on service training. The quality of the training is enhanced by means of certain aircraft type details, handsets, auditory and visual warnings, cabin noise, announcements, and IFE simulations.

The project started in 2018 with the design, manufacture, and assembly of the components by TCI and delivered to Turkish Airlines Flight Training Center by 2020.

TCI was founded in 2010 as a joint venture between three big companies of aviation; Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic and Turkish Aviation and Space Industry Inc., in order to realize 2023 vision of Turkey in aviation. TCI is an important part of a national aircraft project and the goal behind the TCI’s foundation has been the manufacture of all cabin interior products of domestic and international aircraft in Turkey locally.

Stevens Aerospace receives Parts Manufacturer Approval

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems (Stevens) has obtained Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) enabling the company to manufacture and sell parts for type certificated aircraft. Parts will be available for onsite or offsite installation and give the benefit of possibly avoiding long lead times and higher costs. Stevens can produce both universal parts, such as avionics component blanking panels, or one-off parts, such as custom contoured antenna mounting plates, using its extensive in-house CNC machining, 3D printing, and metal working capabilities.

“Our PMA is an important part of an overall growth plan helping us serve our customers better as we analyse every step of the maintenance process”, said David Crowder, general manager of Stevens’ Greenville facility, co-located with its company headquarters. “Producing parts, wire harnesses, and other assemblies internally where it makes sense gives customers cost and downtime options previously not possible resulting in a higher-value experience overall”.

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Ontario Aerospace Council continues successful COAST training program after pilot year

The Ontario Aerospace Council has announced results from the pilot year for its Competencies Online Advancement Skills & Training (COAST) program, as well as plans for year two. Developed in response to COVID-19 to engage, retain and upskill aerospace industry employees, as well as facilitate post-pandemic recovery, COAST is funded in part by the Province of Ontario through its Skills Catalyst Fund under the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. For the pilot year that concluded in March 2021, OAC reported that 173 trainees representing 11 aerospace companies throughout all levels of the supply chain occupied 310 seats in eight courses selected by industry.

Three “Business of Aerospace” customized courses were titled “Diversity and Bias: Awareness and Action for Aerospace Leaders,” “Ontario Aerospace – Our Heritage, Our Sector and Future Proofing Your Career,” and “Blue Skies Ahead – Challenges and Opportunities for Ontario Aerospace.” These were complemented by diverse industry panel discussions that facilitated connections across companies. Five broader offerings addressed personal/business and relational competencies: “Focus & Achievement,” Critical Thinking & Problem Solving,” “Conflict Management,” “Change Management,” and “Team Building.”

COAST is based on a self-improvement mindset called Beta-You. Trainees were presented with the notion that they should adopt a more dedicated approach to learning, one that recognizes the competitive and workplace changes in aerospace that necessitate intentional and continuous learning. These programs focus on social, cognitive and digital competencies required for employee success in this sector. In addition to specific programming, Beta-You functionality will be developed to support OAC members and their employees to manage, track and receive industry-wide recognition through certification for their developmental achievements.

In year two of COAST, the OAC will expand on the eight courses above with five “Non-technical Plus” soft-skills programs: “Innovation,” “Collaboration,” “Critical and Analytical Thinking,” “21st Century Management” and “Resilience @ Work.” It will also offer a business and professional writing class called “It’s Not What You Say, it’s How You Say It,” plus train-the-trainer sessions, a mentorship program and workforce communities to promote best practices. Funded in March 2021 through the Skills Development Fund under the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, this second year of COAST runs from June 2021 through March 2022.

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ACC Aviation names Viktor Berta Vice President, Aviation Finance Advisory

ACC Aviation, the global aviation services business, backed by YFM Equity Partners, is expanding the expertise it offers to airlines, lenders and lessors with the addition of an in-house aviation finance specialist. Viktor Berta joins the group effective July 15, as Vice President of its newly created Aviation Finance Practice. The appointment broadens the scope of ACC Aviation’s suite of consultancy services, led by Rob Watts, who also takes on an enhanced role as Director of Aviation Services.

The development will see ACC Aviation extend its consultancy offer into four distinct pillars of activity – Aviation Finance Services / Asset Management / Consulting and coming this autumn, Technical Services.

Berta, who will work between the U.K. and Dubai offices, brings a wealth of experience and contacts in aviation finance to the group, drawing on his eight years in aviation finance and investment management at DVB Bank and Erste Bank, working from their Amsterdam and London offices.
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