Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

British Airways seeks high court injunction to stop threatened August pilots’ strike

British Airways (BA) is seeking a high court injunction to stop a potential pilots’ strike with a hearing due in the high court on Tuesday morning. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has rejected a pay offer for BA pilots of 11.5% set over three years, despite Unite and GMB trade unions acting for BA in other roles recommending its acceptance. 93% of the carrier’s 4,000 pilots voted in favor of strike action which has been penciled in to commence August 7, peak summer holiday period for travelers.

Legally, BALPA must give BA at least two weeks’ notice of any strike action. Negotiations began back in November last year and while BALPA has indicated it was still open to talks with BA management, today’s announcement comes after three days of mediation talks with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) broke down. The union’s general secretary, Brian Strutton, said the mandate demonstrated the pilots’ resolve and the need for BA to improve its offer to avert a strike: “Settlement of this dispute is in BA’s hands. We do not wish to inconvenience our customers which is why we have tried to resolve this matter through negotiation starting last November. It is BA who has regrettably chosen to drag this out into the summer months.”

Commenting on the announcement from BALPA, BA said: “We are very disappointed that BALPA has chosen to threaten the travel plans of thousands of our customers, over the summer holidays, with possible strike action. We continue to pursue every avenue to find a solution to protect our customers’ travel plans and avoid industrial action and we urge BALPA to return to talks as soon as possible.” This summer may be a problematic time for London’s Heathrow Airport, the home of BA, as strikes by thousands of airport workers are also threatened over this period.

TP Aerospace

ATP Flight School signs for Boeing’s Jeppesen and ForeFlight Solutions

Boeing is supporting flight schools and aviation training organizations by offering its advanced Jeppesen and ForeFlight solutions including flight planning, charts, navigation data and dispatch training to help enhance student learning.

One of these agreements is with U.S.-based ATP Flight School, the nation's largest flight school and a leading supplier of airline pilots. ATP operates a flight training fleet of 375 aircraft, flying over
31,000 hours per month to provide more than 7,600 pilot certifications annually at 37 flight training centers nationwide. More ATP graduates fly for airlines than from any other academy, with over 620 hired in just the last 12 months.

Boeing, which already serves an expansive global roster of flight schools and aviation training organizations, also announced agreements with the following:
  • Community College of Allegheny County, based in the U.S.
  • Gulf Aviation Academy, based in Bahrain
  • Ninety Nines Flying School, based in Kenya
  • OxfordSaudia, based in Saudi Arabia

Dominvs Aviation takes flight

London based aviation services company Dominvs Aviation officially launched on the 1st June, providing business aviation asset management solutions, charter and aircraft trading. The company operates as part of the well-established Dominvs Group, a hotels, real estate and private equity business based in central London.

Dominvs Aviation was founded by CEO Chris Mace, previous founder of charter business SaxonAir and well-known to most in the business aviation industry, and Sukhpal Ahluwalia, business entrepreneur and Chairman of Dominvs Group.

Chris Mace says; “Whilst the company’s core focus is aircraft acquisitioning and sales, it also provides a ‘turnkey’ asset management service providing clients with comprehensive aviation solutions; including operations, finance, ownership structure, importation and crewing. These are just a few of the elements that collectively ensure our clients receive the best, safest and most efficient solutions.”

Dominvs Group Chairman, Sukhpal Ahluwalia (left) and Dominvs Aviation CEO, Christopher Mace (right)


Cathay Pacific completes acquisition of Hong Kong Express Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways (Cathay Pacific), the flag-carrying Hong-Kong based airline, has announced it has completed the purchase of low-cost carrier Hong Kong Express Airways. The deal, when announced back in March this year, was for a purchase price of KK$4.93 billion (US$628 million) in the form of HK$2.25 million in cash and the pledge to repay HK$2.68 billion of debt held by HK Express in the form of promissory notes.

Commenting on the purchase, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer and HK Express Chairman Rupert Hogg said: “HK Express will continue to operate as a stand-alone airline using the low-cost carrier business model. I would also like to reassure HK Express customers that there is no change to the airline’s operating model and that business will continue as usual. There will be more value fares and more destinations available to travelers. We look forward to working with the HK Express teams to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to grow the airline in order to better serve its customers.”

Hog added: “Our respective businesses and business models are largely complementary. HK Express captures a unique market segment that, together with the extensive network offered by the Cathay Pacific Group, could multiply connection opportunities through Hong Kong. This will bring tremendous benefits to the travelling public with more choices and greater convenience for their travel experience.” The low-cost carrier will remain a low-cost carrier which serves a niche value market segment.

Aero Norway strengthens management team with Klaus-Peter Leinauer

Aero Norway, the independent engine MRO provider and trusted partner for customers operating CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and 7B engines, has appointed Klaus-Peter Leinauer as a new Director of Sales & Marketing. He will support Aero Norway’s growth strategy and focus on best-in-class service for its expanding global customer base.

Leinauer joins Aero Norway with more than twenty years’ experience in the engine MRO industry having worked at SR Technics for 7 years with responsibility for sales in Europe, Russia and the
CIS. His appointment will spearhead a programme of continuous improvement within the knowledgeable sales team facilitating efficiency and enhancing working relationships.


AVIAA adds UK regional FBO group Global Trek Aviation to supplier network

AVIAA, an independent global group purchasing organization specializing in business aviation, has added privately-owned Global Trek Aviation to its network.  

Global Trek Aviation, headquartered in Prestwick, Scotland, opened jet handling facilities on the south side of Cardiff Airport two months ago, investing in a brand new facility featuring a dedicated passenger lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre and flight operations facilities, plus an integrated security suite.  The new FBO mirrors its award-winning handling facility at Belfast International Airport, which has been operational for five years.

OneWeb Satellites opens first high-volume satellite production facility in Florida

OneWeb Satellites – a joint venture of OneWeb and Airbus – has officially opened the world’s first high-volume, high-speed advanced satellite production facility to bring transformative internet connectivity to everyone, everywhere.

Historically, satellites are custom built, costing tens of millions of dollars to build, and taking more
than a year to produce a single one. The OneWeb Satellites facility is the first to employ industrial-scale mass production techniques for satellites, enabling dramatically reduced costs and production times that can deliver one satellite per production shift or two a day, while significantly expanding internet connectivity and making space technology far more accessible.

The facility’s production capabilities will first support the rapid scaling of the OneWeb network,
starting with a constellation of 650 satellites and scaling to 1,980 satellites delivering global connectivity.

With half the world’s population unconnected, and inconsistent connectivity persisting as people travel more at sea and in the skies, the high-performance communication satellites built in this facility will enable high-speed internet access that can unlock healthcare, education, and economic advancements.

The 105,500 ft² production facility, which has two production lines capable of producing two satellites a day, is helping to revitalize Florida’s Space Coast with 250 new high-tech jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs through the supply chain.


TAG Aviation names Joanne Goodall Director of Customer Services

TAG Aviation has named Joanne Goodall as Director of Customer Services for the UK with immediate effect. In this newly created role Goodall will provide direction and training to the CRM (Client Relationship Management) and CSR (Customer Service Representative) teams throughout Europe and oversee strategic enhancements and opportunities for ongoing expansion in alignment with TAG’s future development.

With an abundant background in business aviation, Goodall has worked for both commercial and cargo-based airlines, beginning in 2007 as a Senior Account Manager and subsequently undertaking an array of executive appointments which have advanced her aviation industry knowledge globally. She joined TAG in 2017 as a Client Relationship Manager and prior to this worked for an FBO/Maintenance Company in Basel in Switzerland, initially as an FBO/Sales Manager, before being promoted to Deputy CEO of the organisation.

C&L Aviation Group provides ADS-B solution for Berry Aviation Fleet of EMB-120 aircraft

C&L Aviation Services (C&L), a C&L Aviation Group company, has been awarded the contract to provide the ADS-B solution for Berry Aviation’s fleet of EMB-120 aircraft. The program will see C&L provide the Garmin solution to comply with the FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast-Out (ADS/B-Out) mandate requiring compliance before January 1, 2020.

C&L’s Production Planning Manager Chad Jones along with a team from ARM International completed the successful prototype installation in April of 2019, with the other 9 aircraft being scheduled for completion by the end of July. Kits are currently being assembled at C&L’s facility on Bangor, ME in preparation for the installations.

Royal Aero

Korean Air signs order for 20 787 Dreamliners

Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliner airplanes – including 10 each of the 787-10 and 787-9 models – valued at US$6.3 billion according to list prices. Along with an agreement to lease 10 additional 787-10 jets from Air Lease Corporation, the carrier will quadruple its Dreamliner fleet as it looks to bring greater efficiency and passenger comforts to its operations.

Korean Air, one of the largest transpacific carriers in Asia with 16 non-stop routes to North America, is adding the 787-10 to its long-haul fleet to complement its existing 787-9 and 777 airplanes.

The 787-10 is the largest member of the super-efficient Dreamliner family. At 224 feet long (68 meters), the 787-10 can serve up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9. Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 offers carriers the lowest operating cost per seat of any twin-aisle jet in service.


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