Monday, July 15th, 2019

American Airlines follows United’s lead - 737 MAX flights now axed from both schedules through to November

Having previously cut the Boeing 737 MAX from its schedule until September 3, United Airlines (United) announced on Friday it has now removed the grounded jet from its operational schedule up until November 3, a month longer than several other North American carriers whose fleets include the troubled jet.

"United has gone to great lengths to minimize the impact on our customers’ travel plans," the airline commented. "We’ve used spare aircraft and other creative solutions to help our customers, who had been scheduled to travel on one of our MAX aircraft, get where they are going." When the grounding first took effect back in March, United canceled approximately 2,120 flights up until June. It has anticipated the cancelation of 1,290 flights this month, 1,900 flights in August, 2,100 flights in September and 2,900 in October. While United has a current fleet of 14 737 MAX planes, it had expected to have a fleet of 30 737 MAXs by the end of the year, which explains the greater number of now canceled flights as the year has progressed.

Following United’s lead, American Airlines (American) announced Sunday it has canceled all 737 MAX flights through to November 2. With 24 737 MAX jets in its fleet, and a further 76 on order from Boeing, American is having to cancel 115 flights per day and has confirmed that the grounding of the jet in March cost the company US$185 million in pre-tax income during the second quarter of 2019. Even when Boeing gets the all-clear for the 737 MAX to return to the skies, American estimates it will still take a further 30 to 45 days to provide its over 4,000 pilots with the necessary training Boeing’s updates to the aircraft’s operating system will necessitate.

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Lockheed Martin confirms 15% workforce expansion at Milwaukee plant

U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp has confirmed that it anticipates expanding its 300-strong workforce by 15% at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin plant. The announcement was made at the time of President Donald Trumps visit to the facility, run by Lockheed Martin subsidiary Derco.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson also made it clear that as a result of President Trump’s pro-growth policies on tax reform and regulatory reform, the company would hire an additional 18,000 staff this year. The relationship between Trump and Lockheed Martin would appear to be a strong one with Hewson announcing last Wednesday that at the request of the President, the decision to close the Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania would be reversed. Both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are seen as key to President Trumps election campaign for 2020.  

Air Canada to lease two Airbus A321-200s from Air Lease Corporation

Air Lease Corporation has announced the lease and delivery of two Airbus A321-200 aircraft to Air Canada. These two young A321 aircraft to Air Canada will support their fleet requirements and expanding network for many years to come," said John L. Plueger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Air Lease Corporation.

TP Aerospace

Qatar Airways orders 18 Gulfstream aircraft worth US$1 billion

Qatar Airways announced a significant order for 18 Gulfstream aircraft during a ceremony at the White House on July 9, 2019.

The order worth over US$1 billion is for 14 Gulfstream G650ER and four Gulfstream G500 and will add to Qatar Executive’s growing fleet that currently includes six G650ER and four G500 aircraft.

Qatar Executive has been a Gulfstream customer since October 2014, when the charter service was announced as the international launch customer for the all-new G500 as part of a large fleet agreement that included the G650ER. Since that time, Qatar Executive has progressively increased their Gulfstream orders. This latest one, for a mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft valued at over $1 billion, further builds on the airline’s efforts to expand the Gulfstream cabin experience around the world.

To date, Gulfstream has delivered six G650ER and four G500 aircraft to Qatar Executive, including the first two international deliveries of the G500 in December 2018.

WJZ-CBS Baltimore receives new R66 Newscopter

On July 1st, television station WJZ of Baltimore, Maryland took delivery of a new Robinson R66 Newscopter. Owned and operated by CBS, WJZ services the 2.8 million residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

SKY Helicopters, a longtime Robinson dealer in Garland, Texas, leased the helicopter to WJZ and
will provide on-going aviation and technical support. According to Ken Pyatt, President of Sky Helicopters, WJZ has been operating a Robinson R44 Newscopter since early 2019. Impressed with the R44’s performance and reliability, the station elected to move-up to the larger, more powerful R66 Newscopter.

Werner Aero

Aventure acquires Boeing 757-200 with Rolls Royce engines

Aventure Aviation has acquired for teardown a complete Boeing 757-200, MSN 23850, with
two Rolls Royce RB211 engines. The dismantling of the former Nepal Airlines aircraft is underway in Kathmandu, while the engines are being relocated to Atlanta.

"Our aim has always been to supply quality after-market parts with full trace and useful remaining life," said Aventure Aviation's VP of Operations, Talha Faruqi, who thoroughly inspected the aircraft. "The purchase of this aircraft furthers our capabilities to support our growing 757 and 767 customer base," he added. All harvested parts will be inspected on-site, and shipped to Aventure's main facilities in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA.

Airbus Helicopters acquires Aersud Elicotteri

Airbus Helicopters has strengthened its footprint in Italy with the acquisition of its distributor and
50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri.

Headquartered in the North of Italy, near the city of Verona, Aersud has played a key role in the
development of the country’s helicopter market. It has successfully increased Airbus Helicopters’ market share in Italy, particularly in mission segments such as aerial work, business aviation and emergency medical services, thanks to the Airbus single-engine H125 and twin-engine H145 helicopters that are particularly suited to the country’s mountainous conditions.

“With over 250 helicopters in service and more than 90 operators in the country, Italy is an important market for Airbus Helicopters, and we are here to stay” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. The company will now fully integrate Airbus Helicopters’ global network of customer centers.


Portugal signs firm order for Multi-Mission Airlift KC-390

The Portuguese Government has signed a firm order for five multi-mission Embraer KC-390 airlifters, as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capacities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

The KC-390 can perform different types of military and civilian missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue and firefighting, while fully meeting the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, adding new superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery and aerial refueling capabilities.

Reliance Aircraft purchases Boeing 757-200 Freighter for disassembly

Reliance Aircraft has purchased an ex-DHL 757-200 Freighter (MSN 22210), with RB211-535 engines for disassembly.  The aircraft is equipped with a Precision Aircraft Solutions cargo door modification and has full RB211 QEC.  

Terry Hix, President states “This acquisition adds to RAI’s inventory of both Boeing and Airbus aircraft allowing RAI to support its worldwide customer base”.  RAI has been in business since 2011 and is located in the heart of Central Texas.


Atlantic Airways takes delivery of first A320neo

Atlantic Airways, the Faroe Islands flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320neo, MSN8918. Leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), this aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines and is configured in an all-economy cabin layout.

With its new Airbus fleet member, Atlantic Airways will further develop its European network. The airline, an Airbus customer since 2008, already operates an all-Airbus fleet of three A320 Family aircraft (currently two A319ceos and one A320ceo). In addition, the airline also recently placed a firm order for two additional A320neos.

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