Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Airbus set to become world’s biggest planemaker as Boeing deliveries slump by 37%

The combination of Airbus deliveries increasing 28% for the first half of 2019 and Boeing deliveries falling 38% for the same period will likely see Airbus take over the crown of the world’s biggest plane maker by the end of the year, reversing the trend of the past eight years.

Boeings reversal of fortune rests predominantly on the grounding of the 737 MAX jet after the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes with the likelihood that any further deliveries will not take place until December. According to Reuters news agency, for the first six months of the year Airbus delivered 389 aircraft and despite problems at its Hamburg, Germany plant, it is maintaining its published guidance for total 2019 deliveries at between 880 and 890 aircraft.

However, Boeing still remains ahead of Airbus when it comes to wide-body jets. Despite posting net orders for 123 narrow-body jets, which includes the new A321 XLR which debuted at the Paris Air Show in June, Airbus had a negative net order book of 35 wide-body jets after taking into account cancelations.

Boeing posted a negative total of 180 narrow-body jets ordered for the first half of 2019 after cancelations mainly for the 737 MAX, but posted a positive total of 61 orders for wide-body jets after cancelations. Boeing’s figures do not include a surprise boost to the beleaguered 737 MAX program with the signing of a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show to purchase 200 737 MAXs by IAG, owner of British Airways.


Qatar Airways and GE sign GEnx and GE9X engines and services agreements

Qatar Airways and GE Aviation have signed multiple agreements for GE engines. As part of the agreements, Qatar Airways selected the GEnx engine to power its 30 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft along with a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the engines.

Qatar Airways also signed a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement for MRO services on its GE9X engine fleet that will power 60 Boeing 777X aircraft. The agreements are valued at more than US$5 billion.

A signing ceremony between Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and GE Vice Chairman and GE Aviation President and Chief Executive Officer David Joyce was held yesterday at the White House in Washington DC and witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump and His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar.

Safran appoints John O’Donnell CEO of Safran Aerosystems

Effective July 1, 2019, John O'Donnell has been named Chief Executive Officer of Safran Aerosystems. O'Donnell started his career in 1987 at Air Cruisers, successively holding the positions of design engineer, manufacturing engineering supervisor and Vice President of Engineering. In 2008, John O'Donnell was named President of Air Cruisers Company (now Safran Evacuation Systems). From 2015 until this latest appointment, John O'Donnell was CEO of Zodiac Aerosafety Systems (now Safran Aerosafety).

At the same time Sébastien Weber has been named Chief Executive Officer of Safran Passenger Solutions. Weber started his career in 1996 at ECE (which later became Zodiac Aero Electric). He held several different positions before moving to the Services branch in Hong Kong, and then created Zodiac Services Asia in Singapore in 2008. He moved to the Cabin branch in 2011 as business development manager, working with airlines. In 2012 he joined Zodiac Water & Waste Aero Systems in Carson, California. From 2016 until this latest appointment, he was CEO of the Fluid and Water & Waste Division.

O'Donnell and Weber also become members of the Safran Executive Committee.


CAE to open new flight training location in Norway

CAE is expanding its training capability in Europe with a new flight training location based in Oslo, Norway.

“This expansion of our global training network will support the impressive pilot demand of airlines and operators based in the region – we estimate that there will be a need for more than 90,000 new professional pilots in Europe, Middle East, and Africa over the next decade,’’ said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.

With this expansion, CAE will now be delivering pilot creation programs at CAE Oslo, adding to its existing cadet training capability in Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain and Oxford, UK. This additional aspiring pilot training location will further allow CAE to meet the pilot creation needs of airlines and will offer aspiring pilots in the region a new Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) program.

CAE Oslo will now offer complete cadet-to-captain training as it already serves the growing pilot training needs of multiple Scandinavian airlines with its modern classrooms, six full-flight simulators including two Boeing 737NGs, a King Air B200 and a B250, a De Havilland Canada Dash 8, and a Sikorsky S92 as well as one Boeing 737NG flight training device and cabin trainer.

Munich Airport sets new passenger record in first half of 2019

Munich Airport posted significant gains in passenger numbers in the first six months of the 2019 operating year. The latest figures set a new half-year record of 22.7 million passengers – an increase of approximately 5% as compared to the first six months of 2018. The number of take-offs and landings was also higher, increasing by almost 3% to around 205,000 aircraft movements in total. In the cargo segment, which is experiencing a slowdown throughout Europe, the total volume handled in the first half of the year amounted to around 162,000 tons. This represents a year-on-year decline of nearly 6%.

The most powerful growth driver at Munich Airport remains the steadily increasing demand for international travel. The number of passengers travelling between Munich and international destinations in the first half of 2019 was 1 million higher than in the same period a year earlier. Disproportionate growth was seen especially in the intercontinental segment, where growth in total passengers, at 10.6%, was more than double the Europe-wide growth rate (4.5%).


Qatar Airways finalizes order for five 777 freighters

Boeing and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters on July 9. The order, worth $1.8 billion at current list prices was previously announced as a commitment at the Paris Air Show in June.

Qatar Airways has rapidly grown its air cargo operations to serve more than 60 global destinations, becoming one of the top international air freight operators in the world. The latest freighter deal builds on the airline’s 777 freighter order book as the airplane has become the backbone of Qatar Airways freighter fleet. It currently operates 23 freighters, including 16 Boeing 777 freighters.

Helvetic Airways sells fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft

Helvetic Airways has sold its fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft and the entirety of Helvetic’s spare engines, spare parts and tooling to Alliance Aviation Services Limited, of Australia. The five aircraft will support the current Alliance fleet of 44 Fokker aircraft.

Helvetic Airways currently operates a standardized fleet of eleven Embraer E190-E1 aircraft. From this autumn onwards, these will be supplemented by the first of twelve new Embraer E190-E2s. In the medium-term future, Helvetic Airways will operate one  of Europe’s most advanced regional aircraft fleets.


Athens joins Air Italy network thanks to new agreement with Aegean Airlines

Starting July 10, Air Italy has added Athens as a new destination to its network, thanks to the signing of a new Special Prorate Agreement with Aegean Airlines.

Air Italy passengers travelling from its four US destinations – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and New York – and from Toronto can now easily reach the Greek capital via Air Italy's Milan Malpensa hub, continuing with flights directly to Athens on Aegean Airlines.

In addition, all Air Italy
customers departing from the main airports of central and southern Italy, such
as Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia will now
have the opportunity to fly Athens via Malpensa.

Connect Airways confirms receipt of EC approval of Flybe acquisition

The European Commission has formally approved Connect Airways' acquisition of Flybe, Stobart Air and Propius.

With Connect Airways taking over full management control of the business, Mark Anderson CEO of Connect Airways, with the leadership teams from Flybe and Stobart Air, will now focus on plans to grow Flybe’s regional network, as well as expanding Stobart Air’s successful franchise business.

Connect Airways is a consortium founded by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital Partners

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