Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

EC signs landmark aviation agreement with China

Intended to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and enable passengers to profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, in a follow-up to the April 9 EU-China summit the European Commission signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and also a horizontal aviation agreement aimed at strengthening aviation cooperation on Monday May 20.

The signing of a bilateral civil aviation agreement (BASA) will support worldwide trade in aircraft and related products. It should reduce costs incurred through the previous need for duplication of evaluation and certification activities for aeronautical products by the civil aviation authorities, while also promoting cooperation between the EU and China towards a high level of civil aviation safety and environmental compatibility.

The signing of the horizontal aviation agreement marks China's recognition of the principle of EU designation, meaning that any EU airline will be able to fly to China from any EU Member State with a bilateral air services agreement with China under which unused traffic rights are available. This differs from before where only airlines owned and controlled by a given Member State or its nationals could fly between that Member State and China.

These two agreements form a part of EU President Jean-Claude Junker’s EU Commission
Aviation Strategy for Europe. Commenting on the agreements, Junker said: “In an increasingly unsettled world, Europe's partnership with China is more important than ever before. The EU firmly believes that nations working together makes the world a stronger, safer and more prosperous place for all. Today we took a first big step in this direction by signing two aviation agreements with China that will create jobs, boost growth and bring our continents and peoples closer together. Today's agreements show the potential of our partnership and we should continue on this path of cooperation. For it will always be in unity that we find strength.”


Airbus increases A220 aircraft range by up to 450 nm

Airbus has reported that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from H2 2020.

The A220 aircraft maximum take-off weight (MTOW*) is now confirmed to increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised.

This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia.

The A220 has been purpose built for efficiency. It brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft.

*The current basic MTOW is at 60.8 t for the A220-100 and 67.6 t for the A220-300. With the new MTOW increase of 2.3 t, the respective aircraft’s MTOW will be brought up at 63.1 t for the A220-100 and 69.9 for the A220-300.

Russia's Pobeda Airlines chooses Britannica's Fox Training Management system

Pobeda Airlines has purchased the Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems as its new training management platform. In flight since December 2014, Pobeda is a new and growing low-cost airline, slated to have 108 routes across Russia and abroad by mid-June 2019.

Pobeda will use Fox to manage and improve pilot qualification training and compliance, courseware delivery, online testing, and performance evaluation. Fox's scheduling module will oversee all pilot training events and resources. Pobeda's instructors and evaluators will use the Fox Grading app to ensure training quality and maintain standards by capturing performance data, in real-time on mobile devices, both online and offline. In addition, Pobeda will implement Fox with the support of Fox's new easy onboarding tools and guidelines.

Probeda is wholly owned by Aeroflot, the country's 96 year-old flag carrying airline. Pobeda boasts 29 modern and comfortable Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.


Lufthansa Technik ready to offer cabin completions for Airbus A220

Lufthansa Technik AG is ready to offer cabin completions for Airbus' smallest commercial aircraft family, the A220. The company has already developed a first VIP cabin interior concept, parts of which will be showcased for the first time on this year's European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

The spacious SkyRetreat concept will feature a totally new and unconventional design approach. As a consequence, the cabin interior envisaged by Lufthansa Technik's designers for the Airbus A220 calls for a reduction to the essential, thereby cleverly and discreetly integrating latest cabin technologies, from 4K roll-up displays and smart touch surfaces to a totally unique Observation Lounge to be revealed in the coming months.

"Although the A220 represents the new entry level of both Airbus' corporate jet portfolio as well as our completions offerings, it already provides an incredible amount of space for breathtaking
VIP interiors," states Wieland Timm, Senior Director Sales, VIP & Special Mission Aircraft at Lufthansa Technik. "Our SkyRetreat concept makes optimum use of this spacious cabin and its technical features will provide our customers with a whole new sense of space and a unique travel

APOC Aviation appoints Karim Grinate as new Sales Manager

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation, has appointed Karim Grinate as new sales manager. Alongside his world-wide sales responsibilities, Grinate will focus on establishing world-class status for APOC’s AOG department in tandem with its enhanced stock inventory of Boeing and Airbus spare parts.

Headquartered in The Netherlands, APOC Aviation’s expanding global footprint includes three regional sales offices in Colombia, Lithuania and Miami. It will be Grinate’s role to strengthen ties with existing customers and build new business opportunities for APOC’s aircraft parts division.

Previous experience includes senior positions with Qatar Airways Cargo, Oman Air Cargo and Air France – KLM Cargo. This valuable experience and knowledge of the cargo process will spearhead APOC’s parts distribution improvements.


Heroux-Devtek firms up landing gear supply agreement for Boeing's F/A-18 program

Héroux-Devtek has concluded its previously announced agreement to supply the main landing gears for Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler and has extended the scope of the agreement to include the manufacturing of the nose and main landing gears for Boeing's Advanced F-15 program. The extended scope will also include the supply of spare parts and aftermarket services for both defense aircraft programs and covers a period of performance of five years.

The original supply agreement, announced during the Farnborough Airshow on July 17, 2018, provided for the manufacture and assembly of main landing gears and side braces for Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, with first deliveries in the third quarter of 2020. This extended "Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity" scope now also includes the delivery of spare parts and aftermarket services for these landing gears.

Additionally, the agreement has been extended to include the manufacture and assembly of the nose and main landing gears for Boeing's F-15 fighter jets, including spare parts and aftermarket services. First deliveries are expected to occur towards the beginning of 2023. 

Ideagen secures ambitious software project with Joramco

Ideagen, the UK-based, global software firm, has announced it is to supply its software to a major aircraft maintenance organisation in the Middle East.

Joramco, an independent commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisation based in Jordan, will adopt Ideagen’s Q-Pulse, Q-Pulse Risk and PleaseReview products.

Joramco will use Ideagen’s software as it aims to automate and support key processes associated with its quality, safety, risk and regulatory requirements. Operating for more than 50 years, Joramco – majority owned by the Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DEA) since 2016 – has maintained a strong track record as a leading commercial aircraft MRO organisation.


CTT Systems partners with Airbus Corporate Jets to optimize humidification system for ACJ320 Family

CTT SYSTEMS AB (CTT), a market leader in aircraft humidity control systems, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus Corporate Jets to optimize a humidification system for the ACJ320 Family to further improve efficiency and performance.

Cabin humidity is typically low in VIP passenger aircraft cabins, but with a CTT humidication system it can be increased to better than 20% by continuously introducing moisture to improve passenger comfort and well-being. Moisture build-up in insulation blankets will be avoided by combining a dryer with the humidifier to achieve balanced humidity.

“Our shared goal is to create evenly distributed humidification throughout the VIP cabins of Airbus corporate jets, while minimizing the potable water needed, bringing the benefit of our airliner
experience to the world of private jets in an optimized and economic way,” says Peter Landquist, Vice President Sales & Marketing of CTT Systems.

Finnair and China Southern launch codeshare cooperation

Finnair and China Southern have agreed on new codeshare partnership starting on June 1, 2019. The cooperation includes the Finnair route between Guangzhou and Helsinki, and selected China Southern destinations in China. The new codeshare partnership adds five new destinations to Finnair´s network in China, and customers will be able to connect with China Southern from Guangzhou to Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG), Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Sanya (SYX), Wenzhou (WNZ), Xiamen (XMN) and Xi´an (XIY).

In addition, China Southern code CZ will be added to Finnair flights from Helsinki to several popular
destinations in Europe: Amsterdam (AMS), Billund (BLL), Copenhagen (CPH), Goteborg (GOT), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Riga (RIX) and Stockholm (ARN).

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Four Seasons selects A321LR for aircruises

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has chosen the A321LR as its private jet for luxury worldwide travel, launching a new role for the Airbus corporate jet family. The aircraft will enter service in 2021.

Airbus’ A321LR is one of the newest aircraft in its NEO family, and features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets - as well as extra fuel tanks in the cargo-hold. These features give the A321LR the efficiency and range to fly nonstop to landmark sights around the world, while maintaining the ability to land at nearby airports.

“The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury aviation, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalised journey,” says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, waitlists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before.”

Jet Edge International commits US$100m+ to new aircraft sales consulting division

Jet Edge International, one of the largest full-service Private Aviation platforms, has appointed Kevin White to serve as President of its new Jet Edge Partners division. Established as the premier pre-owned Gulfstream salesperson, White joins Jet Edge International in conjunction with the company announcing the second phase of its capital raise.

White will oversee Jet Edge Partners as the division begins its search for aircraft investment opportunities. The new Jet Edge Partners division solidifies Jet Edge International’s commitment to delivering customers and partners a highly sophisticated end-to-end aviation services platform.

Kevin White joins Jet Edge from AvPro Inc., an aircraft acquisitions company, where he served as Executive Sales Director. White will oversee Jet Edge Partners out of the company’s Annapolis, Maryland office and will focus on developing and maintaining partnerships with the most prominent aircraft brokers, OEMs, and other aviation verticals. Jet Edge Partners primary use of the US$100m+ infusion will be to act as a source of smart capital for acquisition opportunities within the worldwide broker community. The Jet Edge Partners division will also assist in asset-managing Jet Edge International’s existing managed and floating fleets of aircraft.


StandardAero adds Business Aviation Engine MRO capacity at Fleetlands, U.K. facility

StandardAero’s Fleetlands, U.K., engine MRO facility has increased capacity by 50% to support its TFE731 engine line MRO services. As a result, StandardAero can fully process engine overhauls and has recently completed a pair of TFE731 Major Periodic Inspection (MPI) within established U.S. shop turnaround time for a European customer. In addition and since the beginning of this year, the company has also added capabilities including technicians, tooling, workstations and
hardware, while adopting its global best practices developed over nearly 40 years of servicing TFE731 engines at its U.S. based facilities.

StandardAero is also continuing to invest into PW300-series capabilities at Fleetlands by adding additional capacity for PW305, PW307 and PW308 engine model MRO services, including rental engines that have been procured to support operators who may not have OEM rental coverage.

On top of investments to expand and grow its engine MRO services, StandardAero has added new customer offices to provide operators with convenient work spaces on site and near the engine
shop. Additionally, a new Mobile Services Center has been created at the Fleetlands site, as a base for launching mobile support teams across the region.

Niki Lauda, former F1 World champion and founder of Lauda Air, Niki and Laudamotion airlines, has died

The worlds of Formula 1 and commercial airlines are today mourning the sad passing of Niki Lauda. His family announced today (Tuesday) that he had “passed away peacefully” on Monday, May 20. He was 70.

Lauda was FI World Champion three time, in 1975 and 1977 while driving for Ferrari, and again in 1984 while driving for McLaren. His achievement in 1977 was even more remarkable as this followed a horrific accident in the 1976 German Grand prix where he suffered extensive burns and life-threatening damage to his lungs but returned to full-time racing just 40 days after the incident.

On his retirement from F1 in 1985, Lauda turned his full-time attention to the management of Austrian-headquartered Lauda Air, the airline he founded in 1979. Having later sold the airline to Austrian Airlines, in 2003 Lauda then founded his second Airline, Niki, which then merged with Air Berlin in 2011. In 2016 he acquired the Austrian carrier Amira Air, renaming it Laudamotion, which then went on to acquire Niki in January 2018 after Air Berlin went bankrupt. Having taken an initial 24.9% stake in Laudamotion in March 2018, Ryanair increased its holding to 75% in August that
year, before completing it’s 100% buyout of the carrier in January this year.


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