Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

RUAG sells business aviation sites in Geneva and Lugano

As part of its new strategic alignment, RUAG, the international technology group, is selling its Swiss business aviation sites. The buyer of the sites at the Geneva-Cointrin and Lugano-Agno airports is the French aerospace group Dassault Aviation. The successful sale of RUAG Business Aviation AG is the first step to realign the portfolio of RUAG.

Dassault Aviation will acquire all shares of RUAG Business Aviation AG. This also includes all 73 members of staff at the Geneva site as well as the 14 members of staff at the Lugano site.

The successful sale of RUAG Business Aviation AG is the first transaction undertaken by RUAG International, following the strategic decision of the Federal Council.

The Geneva and Lugano sites offer a wide range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, as well as upgrades for selected private and business aircraft from manufacturers such as: Dassault Aviation, Piaggio, Bombardier, Embraer, Pilatus and Hawker Beechcraft. The maintenance facility at the Lugano-Agno site enjoys a unique position as the only provider of MRO services for business jets at the airport. The sites are both certified maintenance organisations in accordance with EASA Part 145. Also, in Lugano and Geneva, VIP passengers, pilots and crew members enjoy in-house FBO (Fixed Base Operator) services to make their journey as comfortable as possible.


Delta reports load factor of 90.4% for June 2019

Delta Air Lines has reported operating performance for June 2019. Total system traffic increased 6.2% in June, while capacity increased 4.0%, compared to the previous year. The load factor for June was 90.4%, an increase of 1.9 points when compared to June 2018.

KlasJet expands market reach with addition of new Boeing 737-500

KlasJet, a European private and business charter carrier, part of the Avia Solutions Group, released its latest fleet addition – a Boeing 737-500 LY-JMS into service. With the refined economy class interior and 120 seat aircraft, KlasJet is expanding its business to new markets.

The LY-JMS is mainly meant for charter flights, ACMI, and other specific services customers need.

With the LY-JMS addition, KlasJet expanded its fleet up to six aircraft. The company operates a Bombardier CRJ200, Bombardier Challenger 850, and four exclusive Boeing 737-500s. This fleet is proven to be the top choice among customers in Europe and the Middle East since 2013.

The quick expansion of the fleet, meeting demands of existing and potential customers, was made possible because of the close cooperation between Avia Solutions Group MRO companies: Jet Maintenance Solutions and FL Technics, as well as a sister company of Avia Solutions Group – a tailored leasing solutions provider AviaAM Leasing.


Trump ramps up tariff war with EU over aircraft subsidies

With the World Trade Organization (WTU) finding that both Boeing and Airbus received billions in subsidies, it will now be ruling on the latest sanction requests from the U.S., either over the summer or into September. In April, President Trump proposed a list of tariffs on European products totaling US$21 billion and which included Roquefort cheese, wine, champagne, olive oil and seafood such as oysters. Now, an additional 89 items worth US$4bn have been added to the list including olives, Italian and Dutch cheese, Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey, pasta, coffee and ham, as well as certain copper products and other metals. In May this year Trump’s tariffs of 25% on European steel and 10% on aluminum came into effect after he had declared that: “trade wars are good.” In retaliation, the EU has imposed a limit on the volume of steel imports from the U.S.

The war over subsidies given to Boeing and Airbus has already seen the threat of the imposition of tariffs on planes and tractors on top of food products. This latest threat comes just day’s after a
truce had been reached in the trade war between the U.S. and China. At the Paris Air Show in mid-June, Reuters reported that the U.S. could be open to negotiations on an “enforceable mechanism” which would permit Airbus to receive government funding on commercial terms, while the U.S. would create trade ruling-compliant tax incentives for Boeing.


Milestone expands S-92 fleet

The Milestone Aviation Group announced the acquisition of an incremental Sikorsky S-92A aircraft, MSN 920155, bringing their total S-92A fleet to 79 units.

As the largest owner of the S-92A globally, the purchase illustrates Milestone’s ongoing commitment to the type, which is the primary aircraft servicing the offshore oil and gas industry as well as serving search & rescue and executive transport.

Ryanair Group June traffic grows 13%

Ryanair has released June traffic statistics, reporting a 13% increase in traffic, to 14.2 million passengers. The Group load factor for June was 97%.

VAS Aero

Air Europa selects Sabena technics for base maintenance on two Dreamliners

Spanish carrier Air Europa, has trusted Sabena technics to perform base maintenance operations on two of their Boeing 787-8.

For the past two years, Sabena technics has been providing Air Europa with airframe solutions for their fleet of A330s. Later this year, the French MRO will perform C-checks in “nose to tail” on the two Dreamliners in its Bordeaux facilities.

NAC delivers one ATR 42-500 to Compagnie Aérienne Inter Régionale Express

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one ATR 42-500, MSN 495, to Compagnie Aérienne Inter Régionale Express on lease.

Compagnie Aérienne Inter Régionale Express is a French airline company which operates two brands, in French Guiana as Air Guyane and out of Guadeloupe as Air Antilles. This aircraft will be operated by Air Antilles flying from Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, to Martinique and other Caribbean destinations.

ASI Aero

SR Technics signs exclusive inlet cowl maintenance contract with SWISS and Edelweiss

MRO service provider SR Technics, has signed a five-year maintenance contract with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Edelweiss Air. The new agreement, which covers the entire Airbus A320ceo fleet of both SWISS and its sister airline Edelweiss, goes into effect on July 1, 2019.

SR Technics has been a key partner to Switzerland’s flagship carrier SWISS since its founding as a separate MRO firm over two decades ago. In its bid for this maintenance contract, SR Technics offered SWISS operational protection, engineering expertise and proprietary repairs for the A320ceo inlet cowl.


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