Monday, May 27th, 2019

Air New Zealand invests in new fuel-efficient Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Air New Zealand has decided to invest in new fuel-efficient aircraft with the purchase of eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft powered by GE Aviation’s GEnx-1B engines.

At today's list prices, the agreement represents a value of US $2.7 billion. As is usual with such orders, Air New Zealand has negotiated a significant discount on current list prices and the parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.

The first of these highly fuel-efficient aircraft will join the Air New Zealand fleet in 2022 and together they will have the potential to save 190,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Air New Zealand currently operates a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners which Chief Executive Christopher Luxon says have proved to be the perfect aircraft for the airline's Pacific Rim focus.

GA Telesis

Petroleum Air Services (PAS) takes off with AMOS

Swiss-AS and Petroleum Air Services have signed agreements regarding the purchase and implementation of AMOS.

PAS was searching the market for a fully integrated turnkey solution that provides the option to adapt to new requirements without changes to the source code and reached the conclusion that AMOS provided the best-fit solution for their requirements.

AMOS will be implemented without any customer specific changes and PAS can rely on a proven software that reflects industry-best-practices and allows managing both their aircraft and helicopters within one single system. When selecting AMOS customers also obtain a comprehensive maintenance agreement that guarantees two major releases per year. This assurance proved to be one key factor in convincing PAS that AMOS was indeed the future-proof solution they were looking for.

S7 Technics provides newly painted livery for Air Astana Embraer E190

S7 Technics’ Mineralnye Vody-based aircraft painting centre has completed its first work on an Embraer aircraft.

Air Astana dispatched one of its Embraer E190s to Mineralnye Vody for a planned refreshing of its paint under a long-term contract with S7 Technics. The aircraft is the fifth in Air Astana’s fleet to have been painted by S7 Technics.

To work on its first ever Embraer E190, S7 Technics’ painting centre made extensive preparations, which included pre-ordering all painting materials, sealers and removers. “For us, any order is individual and there are certain peculiarities in painting an Embraer aircraft. For instance, after completing the painting work it is necessary to apply a polyurethane coat on the wing and stabilizers to protect the paint during operations. There are many such details, and our team was
always in contact with Air Astana, to cater for all details of the technological process and complete everything on time,” says Denis Sarbin, S7 Technics’ sales manager.

The ongoing cooperation in terms of aircraft painting between the Kazakh carrier and Russia’s leading MRO services provider started in the spring of 2016. Since then, besides the E190, S7 Technics’ painting team has redelivered a Boeing 757-200, an Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321s to Air Astana. By the end of 2019 the Mineralnye Vody shop will have painted several other aircraft for the airline.

Magellan Group

Fraport increases stake in Lima Airport to 80%

Fraport has increased its stake in Lima Airport Partners S.R.L. (LAP) – operator consortium of Jorge Chavez International Airport Lima - to 80%. Fraport took over 10% from AC Capitales’ Infrastructure Fund, which held the stake for over 10 years.

The acquisition raises Fraport’s majority ownership in LAP from 70.01% to 80.01%. The share deal strengthens Fraport’s position as LAP’s main shareholder and airport operator during an important expansion and growth phase for Lima Airport (LIM).  The planned expansion program comprises a second runway, a new passenger terminal, as well as related facilities and infrastructure.

LAP’s concession to operate and manage Lima Airport began in 2001, when Lima Airport served about 4.1 million passengers. In 2018, Lima Airport welcomed 22.1 million passengers, up 7.3% year-on-year.  Serving as a popular hub in South America, Lima Airport has been honored as the “Skytrax Best Airport in South America” a total of nine times (including for 2019).

BOC Aviation places six aircraft with Vistara

BOC Aviation has placed four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with Vistara. The aircraft include two from the managed fleet - and two Airbus A320neo aircraft with Indian carrier Vistara.

All Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft are scheduled for delivery in May 2019. The two Airbus A320neo aircraft will be delivered in the second half of 2019 and will be powered by CFM Leap 1A engines.

TATA SIA Airlines, known by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49%.


Columbia ’s Avianca Holdings management overhaul launched by United Airlines

With major shareholder Germán Efromovich’s holding company BRW Aviation defaulting on a
US$456 million loan provided by United Airlines, the American carrier has launched a management shake-up that will see the removal of Efromovich from cash-strapped airline Avianca Holdings (Avianca). United is now proposing a three-way joint business deal with Panama’s Copa and Avianca. As part of United Continental Holdings, United Airlines is looking to strengthen its foothold in South America.

United Airlines’ loan was against Efromovich’s 51.5% stake in Avianca, though as a result of an existing contract with United Airlines’ pilots which restricts the carrier from taking a majority stake in any other airline, United Airlines will cede voting rights to Kingsland Holdings, which currently holds a 15.64% stake and is the second-largest stakeholder. The American carrier is also prepared to lend a further US$150 million.

Kingsland Holdings is under the control of Robert Kriete who had been involved in a very lengthy legal battle with Efromovich over an optimum strategy for the struggling carrier. According to Reuters, another Efromovich carrier, Avianca Brasil, filed for bankruptcy protection in December and its operations were suspended on Friday by Brazil’s civil aviation regulator ANAC.

Avianca is the second-largest airline holding in Latin America by revenue and fleet size after Santiago, Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group. It currently has a fleet of 173 aircraft and over 19,000 staff, serving more than 100 destinations in America and Europe,

Delta receives first highly efficient A330neo

Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first A330-900, one of 35 A330neos the Atlanta, Georgia-based airline has on order. With new fuel-efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements, and the advanced Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330-900 will give Delta a premier long-haul, widebody aircraft with exceptionally low operating costs.

Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus’ newest widebody models. It has 13 A350-900s in its fleet with another 12 on order. Delta operates more than 265 Airbus aircraft including A321s and A220s, and the airline’s order backlog with Airbus exceeds 270 including 100 A321neos.

An environmental milestone was set as a Delta crew ferried the new A330-900 back to the company’s Atlanta base using a jet fuel blended from conventional sources and non-petroleum synthetic fuel.

Delta will initially base its A330-900s at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it will operate the aircraft on flights to Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo Narita. Delta will configure its A330-900s for
281 passengers, including 29 in business-class suites, 28 in premium economy, 56 in extra-legroom economy seats, and 168 in standard economy. The aircraft will feature Delta's new internally developed in-flight entertainment system.


BOC Aviation places three Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with SpiceJet

BOC Aviation has placed three Boeing B737-800 NG aircraft with Indian carrier SpiceJet. All of the three Boeing aircraft have been delivered in May 2019. The aircraft are powered by CFM56 engines.

RUAG optimizes maintenance visit for Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft

RUAG MRO International refreshed a Bombardier Challenger 850 belonging to VistaJet with a variety of aircraft services during a scheduled maintenance visit. Project management and services included aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), component MRO, aircraft painting, and the integration of both an avionics ADS-B out upgrade as well as a full cabin refurbishment. This is the first in a series of Challenger 850 projects which will be completed on behalf of VistaJet.

The customer chose to optimize a scheduled MRO event on their Bombardier Challenger 850 to save on both time and costs. The aircraft, part of VistaJets’ global business jet fleet of over 70 aircraft, required regular maintenance services, landing gear MRO, a full exterior repainting to feature the VistaJet livery, an ADS-B compliance upgrade and full cabin refurbishment. Managing the entire project, RUAG applied its MRO, aircraft painting and engineering expertise to fulfill customer expectations reliably. Currently, RUAG MRO International is supporting the second of the series of Challenger 850s, on behalf of VistaJet.

Aviation Week

Panasonic Avionics opens first innovation studio in Pleasanton, California

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has opened its first Innovation Studio in Pleasanton, California.

Breaking ground as the first of five planned locations worldwide, Panasonic’s new Innovation Studio in Pleasanton will serve as a hub for innovation, ideation and solution-building. It is designed as a space where airlines and partners will gather and co-create the future of travel experience.

David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Innovation is at the center of everything Panasonic Avionics does. Our new facility in Pleasanton will play a major role in fostering our collaboration ethos, and is the first of five such hubs that will enhance and enrich the future inflight travel experience for passengers around the globe, helping travel to become the fourth place.”

The Innovation Studio is located close to Silicon Valley which is recognized as a global center for tech innovation. The facility will act as a hub from which Panasonic will work with airlines to investigate, illuminate and implement new ways of transforming the passenger experience in a socially collaborative environment.

Panasonic’s Innovation Studios across the globe will all be located in close proximity to major destinations, leading universities and centers with an established innovation and start-up culture. Each studio will be a place for companies to leverage Panasonic’s skilled workforce to prototype, showcase and evaluate product concepts, digital solutions and user experience paradigms.

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