Monday, May 20th, 2019

Italian government won’t let Piaggio be broken up despite being in administration

Having been in administration since last year, Italian aircraft maker Piaggio Aerospace will not be broken up as a buyer is sought, according to a statement from Italian government Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio. The hope is that a buyer will be found for the whole, or one of its two divisions - engines or aircraft - both of which have production and maintenance capabilities.

May 15 had been set by Piaggio Aerospace’s extraordinary commissioner for non-binding
expressions of interest. According to Reuters, 39 non-binding expressions had been received from potential buyers, 26 of which were for the company as a whole. Leonardo, the Italian defense group has expressed an interest, but only for the maintenance activities of the engine and aircraft divisions. However, this option has not been ruled out by Di Mayo, despite confirming “What I don’t
want is a break-up of this company.”

Formerly known as Piaggio Aero Industries and founded in 1884, Piaggio Aerospace is one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers. The company is currently 100 percent owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubala Development Company. Piaggio Aerospace requested it be placed into receivership on November 22, 2018, having declared itself insolvent only a year after Mubala had injected €255 million (US$308 million) and repurchased its bank debt.

GA Telesis

Southwest Airlines to build new maintenance hangar in Denver

Southwest Airlines has announced that it intends to begin construction on its first maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport this summer. The nearly US$100 million investment will allow Southwest's Mechanics to work on up to three aircraft inside the 130,000 ft² hangar. There will be parking and facilities outside the hangar for eight additional aircraft. Ground breaking is expected to occur within the next few months and the hangar is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.

The facility can house the 75 Technical Operations Employees currently working in Denver, who are responsible for maintaining Southwest's all Boeing 737 fleet. Once opened, it'll join the six other
hangars located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, and Phoenix. Overall, the Carrier employs more than 4,000 People within its Technical Operations department.

Denver International Airport is one of Southwest Airlines' top five airports in terms of daily departures in its network of more than 100 cities and offers up to 224 daily departures for sale to nearly 70 nonstop destinations. The carrier employs 4,200 People in Denver.


Hawaiian Airlines awarded tentative approval for new Haneda route

Hawaiian Airlines has received a preliminary decision from the U.S. Department of Transportation to allocate a new slot to the airline for expanded service to Haneda Airport. This is a critical step toward gaining rights to provide additional service between Honolulu and Tokyo before the start of the 2020 Olympic Summer games. The allocation is contingent upon the successful conclusion of consultations by the Government of Japan with affected local governments and communities.

“Although we are disappointed that the tentative award does not grant our full request for three new routes, Hawaiian looks forward to the opportunity to expand its service between Tokyo Haneda and Honolulu,’’ said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “With this new service we will be able to better serve the needs of guests traveling between Honolulu and Haneda as well as those connecting beyond these gateway cities.”

The U.S. DOT’s Order to Show Cause issued on May 16, invites comments on the DOT’s preliminary decision within two weeks and Hawaiian Airlines will continue to press for additional slots during this time.

New Embraer Praetor 600 Business Jet makes first transatlantic crossing

Embraer’s new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet has completed its first transatlantic crossing,
powered by Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The aircraft arrived yesterday in Farnborough, having departed from Teterboro Airport in the U.S. The first transatlantic flight of the Praetor 600 covered about 3,000 nautical miles with about 15,000 lb of fuel, of which 3,000 lb was SAJF.

Embraer will debut its new Praetor business jets at the European Business Aviation Conference and
Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 21 to May 23. The new midsize Praetor 500 and super-midsize Praetor 600 business jets were launched in October 2018.

On May 8, the Praetor 600 began its journey to EBACE at São Paulo International Airport in Brazil and arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a six-passenger equivalent payload of 1,200 lb (544 kg). This was the aircraft’s longest flight to date, covering 3,904 nm (7,230 kilometers) over an air distance of 3,678 nm (6,812 kilometers), having faced up to 43 knots of headwinds and descended into Miami’s distinct air space pattern.

Bombardier MRO

hullo Aircrew looks to take action on pilot shortage problem

Two years after the launch of its industry-first software platform connecting operators with aircrew for freelance and contract flights at EBACE 2017, hullo Aircrew has reported a 200% growth in its membership. It holds 3,000 candidates on its database and recently moved into offering permanent air crew positions, in response to demand.

Since February, Edward Cousins has been back on the team as Director of Business Operations, overseeing widening out its reach through the EMEA region. He has now brought in Andrea Jilkova as Business Development Manager, a seasoned professional within the business aviation industry, already proving a valuable member of the team exploring new markets. The whole team is geared up to solve obstacles when it comes to all things crewing.

Edward is also passionate about pro-actively addressing the industry’s reported pilot shortage. “We are looking to approach local authorities to encourage standardisation on training across the industry, using hullo Aircrew’s skillset in building a network to help build a consortium of operator training agreements,” he comments. This, Edward believes, would play a part in alleviating the pressure on commercially competitive flight operations – and also help to drive down costs.


CAS awarded Maintenance Approval Certificate from Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Certified Aviation Services, (CAS), has been awarded the Maintenance Approval Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP AMO 483-F). The scope of this certificate covers work for CAS’ LAX line maintenance station and its AOG Go-Team division.

The CAAP AMO requires its candidates to assemble a safety management system (SMS). After the completion of the SMS it must then be approved by the Philippine’s government. CAS completing and receiving approval of its SMS shows its commitment that safety and quality standards are always met.

The certification authorizes CAS to provide line maintenance support at its LAX station on all Philippine’s registered operators. It will also permit CAS’ AOG Go-Team division to release any
aircraft in its operations specification that is a Philippine’s registered operator.

Navigation Solutions appoints Sally Franks to lead Gatwick operations

Air Navigation Solutions (ANS), a UK air traffic management provider, has appointed Sally Franks as its General Manager at Gatwick Airport.

Sally has 20 years industry experience in the air traffic management (ATM) industry, and her role at ANS will include leading the team of air traffic controllers and service assistants and overseeing the delivery of air traffic services at London Gatwick Airport.

She was previously with GAL Air Navigation Services, based in Abu Dhabi, and was General Manager of its Abu Dhabi Airports operations for three years.

Component Control

Boeing completes 737 MAX software update

Boeing has released that it has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights.

Boeing is now providing additional information to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requests that include detail on how pilots interact with the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios. Once the requests are addressed, Boeing will work with the FAA to schedule its certification test flight and submit final certification documentation.

In addition, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations. This includes a series of regional customer conferences being conducted around the world.

First A350 XWB for JAL makes maiden flight

The first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft to be produced by Airbus for the airline and features a special A350 logo on the fuselage.

The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including cabin completion, as well as further ground and flight tests leading to customer acceptance and delivery.

Altogether JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s). The A350-900 will initially be operated by JAL on major domestic routes, with a three class configuration seating 369 passengers.

Aviation Week

Avion Express established subsidiary airline in Malta

To strengthen its position in the market, Avion Express has established a subsidiary airline in Malta.

The latter company, which was named Avion Express Malta, was granted Maltese Air Operator’s Certificate and Air Operating License recently. Alongside with its parent company, the Maltese airline will provide ACMI services to regular and charter airlines.

Avion Express Malta will start its operations with 1 Airbus A320 aircraft registered as 9H-AMA. It will commence flying for Europe’s third largest airline Norwegian on May 20, 2019. The respective ACMI contract was signed for European high season of 2019.

Avion Express, one of the largest narrow-body ACMI operators, is successfully working with clients in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific. In 2019 the airline will operate 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

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