Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Three major Chinese Airlines turn to Boeing for 737 MAX compensation

According to Chinese state media reports, Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, the country’s largest three airlines, have all submitted formal requests to Boeing for compensation as a consequence of the grounding of all 737 MAX jets worldwide. Following the second of two fatal crashes involving the MAX jet which had displayed similar problems to the first, China’s regulator was the first to order the grounding of all Chinese airline-owned 737 MAX jets.

Currently China Southern Airlines has 24 grounded 737 MAX jets, while it also has orders for 56 more, though delivery of these will now be delayed owing to the halting of all deliveries until the
aircraft is deemed airworthy again by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Air China has 15 grounded 737 MAXs with a further 30 on order, while China Eastern Airlines has 3 grounded MAX jets and a further 36 on order. In addition to compensation for the grounded jets, it is understood that compensation will also be sought for delays to the delivery of ordered jets.

Last week Boeing confirmed it had completed development of the software update to the 737 MAX, just in time for the aviation regulators summit which is taking place in Texas this Thursday, May 23, at which the FAA is expected to deliver an update on the reviews of the software fix and new pilot training. 57 agencies from 33 countries, including China, France, Germany and the U.K., as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency will be attending the summit. However, as yet, there is no indication whether the grounded 737 MAX jets will be flying again in time for the traditionally busy summer period.

TP Aerospace

GKN Fokker Services supplies ADS-B Out solution to Estafeta’s Cargo Airline

GKN Fokker Services and Estafeta’s cargo airline have signed a contract to deliver GKN Fokker Services’ customized ADS-B Out solution to Estafeta’s cargo airline B737 fleet, that is servicing Mexican domestic and global markets.

Estafeta, a logistics service provider, needed to equip their fleet in order to comply with the new ADS B-Out mandate with deadline 2020. Operating their cargo airline from the international Airport Ponciano Arriaga as their main hub, Estafeta placed an order with GKN Fokker Services to ensure compliancy with the new regulations. In need of an ADS-B Out solution including standalone GPS, and flying a fleet with different configurations, the cargo airline was looking for a tailored solution.

After a phase of extensive information exchange, GKN Fokker Services and Estafeta are closely working together to guarantee the timely installation of a solution that fits all requirements and specifications. Estafeta has also purchased the Trafic alert and Collision Avoidance System 7.1 (TCAS7.1) modification from GKN Fokker Services.


SAS and Airbus to research hybrid and electric aircraft

SAS and Airbus have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. This is a unique cooperation to establish the requirements for the next generation of sustainable aircraft. The project aims to gain an understanding of the introduction of hybrid-electric aircraft for large-scale commercial use.

The partnership involves a joint research project where SAS and Airbus will work together to build knowledge of the opportunities and challenges regarding operations and infrastructure linked to large scale introduction of hybrid and electric aircraft in commercial traffic.

SAS has for decades worked to reduce emissions and worked hard and focused towards a more sustainable flying. SAS’s goal is to reduce emissions by 25 per cent by 2030, mainly by modernizing the fleet and increasing the use of biofuels. We see electric aircraft as the next step beyond the current technology.

The collaboration also includes an ambition to involve a renewable energy supplier to ensure genuine zero emissions operations.

Lufthansa Technik starts support for South African carrier Comair

Lufthansa Technik supports South African owned carrier Comair with comprehensive technical services and integrated fleet management. Operations at the first two local line maintenance stations of the MRO company have already begun.

Comair has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide Total Technical Support (TTS®) for its Boeing 737 fleet. The agreement includes integrated fleet management, known as Technical Operations Management (TOM), engineering services, the provision of consumables and expendables, integrated component delivery as part of Total Component Support (TCS®) and the establishment of local line maintenance stations.

The first two such stations providing comprehensive line maintenance services have been set up in Johannesburg (up to A-checks in an own maintenance hangar) and Cape Town (up to weekly checks). Full technical support for the first Boeing 737-800 of Comair started in the middle of May 2019.

On May 22, 2019, the first two local facilities of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International in South Africa were officially opened.

Ulrich Hollerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International, commented: "We have a lot of experience in setting up maintenance stations in different regions of the world, but South Africa is something special for us. It's a much bigger project than most, since we had to construct the entire organization literally from the ground up."

45 local mechanics, avionic technicians and managers are already working at the new stations - with more to follow this year. By the end of 2020, Lufthansa Technik will be servicing the entire Comair fleet and will have set up various line maintenance stations with up to 120 local employees.

Werner Aero

Jet Aviation and HK Bellawings Jet sign agreements for Jeppesen Digital Solutions

Boeing has signed agreements with business aviation companies Jet Aviation and HK Bellawings Jet for its advanced Jeppesen Operator and Jeppesen JetPlanner Pro digital solutions.

Signing a five-year agreement for the Jeppesen Operator digital offering, Jet Aviation now has a tool that integrates its key business aviation functionality in a one-stop shop self-service environment for its U.S. operations. Jeppesen Operator integrates overall flight planning, runway performance, weight and balance, and crew and fleet scheduling/management. It also integrates self-service trip planning, reporting, customer account management, real-time pricing and cost accounting capabilities.

HK Bellawings Jet signed a seven-year agreement for the Jeppesen JetPlanner Pro offering, which provides end-to-end flight planning, dispatch operations and route optimization for its fleet. With an
intuitive dual-screen interface and a built-in business-rule automation system, this digital solution also integrates with other external services to provide a comprehensive operations environment.

Beach Aviation Group

IBA Group establishes presence in Tokyo

IBA Group, the specialist aviation consultancy, has established a representation in Tokyo, Japan. The move is a further example of IBA’s ongoing commitment and growing presence in Asia Pacific, and an example of the continued popularity and demand for aviation investment in the region. IBA’s main services include aviation data, appraisals, asset management and advisory.

“Introducing formal and experienced representation in Japan builds on our strategic plan for
closer ties with the aviation community across the wider Asia region. In the coming months we will also be announcing representation in China to further strengthen our capability with another local team,” says Phil Seymour, CEO of the IBA Group.

IBA’s associates in Japan include Reina Akiyama and John Duley. “Their significant experience in
aviation, software, and their understanding of the complexities of aviation jurisdictions and the market will hone our core service provision and tailored customer programmes” he adds.

IBA hopes to further strengthen ties with the Japanese aviation community over the coming months and the team will facilitate the delivery of IBA’s aviation data intelligence platform IBA.iQ. IBA.iQ is an online analysis tool providing data on portfolio values, historical data, utilisation of aircraft, fleet data and the impact of macro-economic variables.

TAG Aviation Macau receives IS-BAH Accreditation for ground handling operations

TAG Aviation Macau’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for their unwavering commitment to safety and quality ground handling.

The IS-BAH standard, which focuses on the refueling, ground handling and storing of general aviation aircraft, is a set of global industry’s best practices in safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation ground handlers.

The accreditation process involves a complete audit of the FBO’s safety management systems, emergency and security procedures, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures. Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a Third Party external audit by the IBAC accredited auditor.


Joramco performs first B787 C-check for Royal Jordanian airlines

Joramco, the Amman based MRO and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has performed its first C-check on a Royal Jordanian Boeing 787 at its facility in Amman-Jordan.

Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Joramco said: "We are delighted to be increasing our B787
capability, the B787 is a key aircraft within our strategic plans and the increased scope of approval has been welcomed by our customers. We continue to build on Joramco's success as a leading MRO facility offering a globally competitive suite of MRO services”.

Ural Airlines to add two new French routes from Moscow Domodedovo

Moscow Domodedovo Airport has announced the introduction of direct flights to Bordeaux and Montpellier. From June 1, 2019, Ural Airlines will fly three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Moscow Domodedovo Airport to Bordeaux. From June 2, 2019, Ural Airlines will also add Moscow Domodedovo-Montpellier route. The flight will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Ural Airlines and Moscow Domodedovo Airport have been cooperating for more than a quarter
century. Over the past ten years, the airline has served 27 million passengers at Moscow Domodedovo Airport and operated 200 thousand airfield operations. Ural Airlines' network from Moscow Domodedovo Airport includes north of fifty regular and charter destinations. The compound annual growth rate of the airline’s passenger traffic amounted to 23% from 2009 to 2018.

GA Telesis

C&L Aviation Group receives EASA approval for Saab 340 ADS-B out solution STC

C&L Aviation Services (C&L) has received EASA approval for its Saab 340 A&B ADS-B solution. The STC certifies the installation of dual Garmin GTX-3000 transponders and uses either the Garmin GDL-88 SBAS/WAAS GPS or Universal Avionics SBAS/WAAS FMS GPS’s including the UNS-1Ew, UNS-1Espw, UNS-1Lw, and UNS-1Fw FMS systems to comply with the FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast-Out (ADS/B-Out) mandate requiring compliance before January 1, 2020, and the EASA requirement date of June 7, 2020.

This is the first STC approval C&L has generated using their in-house engineering company, C&L Engineering Services. The company is working on several other STC projects, including ADS-B solutions for other regional and corporate aircraft types.

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