Thursday, August 1st, 2019

British Airways loses Appeal Court hearing to stop impending pilots’ strike

British Airways has lost an Appeal Court hearing to stop an impending pilots’ strike over a long-running pay dispute. The three senior judges refused to grant the airline a temporary injunction this Wednesday, having agreed that information provided to BA in a ballot notice was in accordance with the legislation which covers industrial action. This means that BALPA, the pilots’ union, can now give BA 14 days’ notice of when the strike will start, though it has yet to mention any specific dates.

BA is attempting to block the strike as it is estimated it will cost the airline up to £40 million (US$49 million) a day. The decision to go to the Court of Appeal was taken after the High Court had refused to grant BA an injunction earlier last week.

Bombardier MRO

CDB Aviation delivers first A320neo to Air Seychelles

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (CDB Leasing), has delivered a new Airbus A320neo to Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles.

While being the first A320neo family aircraft type to be delivered to an African airline, the aircraft is also the first unit equipped with CFM’s new generation LEAP-1A engines to be operated on the continent.

In 2018, Air Seychelles announced a new strategic plan designed not only to transform the airline’s existing jet fleet by incorporating one of the world’s most technologically advanced and efficient aircraft, but also to further strengthen its business by operating in a more efficient manner. The neo addition is expected to enable Air Seychelles to increase the capacity on its Johannesburg
and Mumbai routes, concomitantly delivering significant fuel savings and reducing operating costs.

TransNusa implements Rusada’s ENVISION

TransNusa, the Indonesian regional airline, has become the latest operator to go live with
Rusada’s ENVISION.

TransNusa, formed in 2005, operates domestic services across Indonesia using a fleet of ATR’s and BAe 146’s. It recently added its eighth ATR to the fleet (seven of which are ATR 72’s) and will operate 10 of the aircraft by the end of the year.

TransNusa signed up for ENVISION in May and is now live with the system after just two months. They become Rusada’s fourth new regional airline customer this year, demonstrating ENVISION’s effectiveness with this type of operation.

ENVISION software provides key management information and operational process control for aircraft operators, maintenance and repair organizations (MROs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aviation service organizations.


MTU Maintenance signs CF6-80C2 and GE90-110B contracts with Atlas Air Worldwide subsidiaries

MTU Maintenance and long-term partner Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, have signed a seven-year extension of their CF6-80C2 contract. The contract builds on over 15 years collaboration between the two companies and includes maintenance, repair and overhaul coverage of over 200 engines powering Atlas Air’s B747 and B767 fleets, as well as engine trend monitoring. It incorporates numerous elements of MTU Maintenance’s SAVEPlus offering, one of the MTUPlus intelligent solutions and a product dedicated to reducing cost through smart strategies for mature engines.

Additionally, MTU Maintenance is the exclusive service partner for Atlas Air Worldwide subsidiary Southern Air's entire fleet of B777 cargo airplanes, powered by GE90-110B engines. The agreement runs for 12 years and includes full support, including lease engines.

GECAS to provide Ural Airlines two LEAP-powered A321neo

GECAS has contracted with Ural Airlines to provide two A321neo aircraft from the lessor’s orderbook, with deliveries in October and December of this year. The narrowbody aircraft will be the first LEAP-powered A321neo to enter service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

With a current in-service fleet of 45 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family – including A319, A320 and A321 – the Russian operator now transports more than 9 million passengers annually and is among the largest rapidly-developing Russian airlines.


PARTER Capital Group acquires Avilés and La Coruña, Spain aluminum plants from Alcoa

Alcoa Corporation has completed a transaction with private equity investment firm PARTER Capital Group, based in Schindellegi, Switzerland, to acquire Alcoa’s Spanish subsidiaries that own and operate the Avilés and La Coruña aluminum plants in Spain. The acquisition, effective immediately, includes the casthouses at both plants and the paste plant at La Coruña, which are currently in operation, and the curtailed smelters at both plants.

Under terms of the agreement, PARTER Capital Group will maintain the facilities’ entire workforce (approximately 630 employees) for a minimum of two years and has proposed reindustrialization projects for both sites and a potential restart of the plants’ smelting capacity.

Today’s transaction completes the sale of the plants in accordance with the collective dismissal agreement signed with the workers' representatives in January 2019.

HAECO Private Jet Solutions expands service offerings for UAE operators

HAECO Xiamen has obtained from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) an extension to its Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certificate, covering both airframe and line maintenance. This enables HAECO Private Jet Solutions (HAECO PJS), the Group’s private jet cabin completion specialist, to provide airframe maintenance as part of its comprehensive, one-stop cabin completion solutions for UAE-registered aircraft at its facility in Xiamen.

HAECO PJS has already worked with a number of Saudi Arabian operators, and provides dedicated customer support in Middle East from Dubai. The award of the GCAA approval adds to the division’s value proposition as a service provider supporting customers from the Middle East region. As the first and only Airbus-approved and Boeing-licensed cabin completion centre in Asia Pacific, HAECO PJS is committed to providing customers with a tailored solution encompassing early stage conceptual and industrial design, design engineering, certification, strategic procurement, workshop support, installation, maintenance, and after-sales support.


Airbus doubles operating profit in first half of 2019

Airbus has reported that commercial aircraft orders totalled 213 (H1 2018: 261 aircraft) with net orders of 88 aircraft (H1 2018: 206 aircraft). The order book stood at 7,276 commercial aircraft as of June 30, 2019. Net helicopter orders of 123 units (H1 2018: 143 units) included 23 NH90s for Spain and 11 H145s in the second quarter. Airbus Defence and Space’s order intake by value totalled €4.2 billion, with second quarter bookings including the A400M Global Support Step 2 contract with OCCAR and next generation geostationary Ka-band communications satellites.

Consolidated revenues increased to €30.9 billion (H1 2018: € 25.0 billion), mainly reflecting higher commercial aircraft deliveries and favourable foreign exchange. At Airbus, a total of 389 commercial aircraft were delivered (H1 2018: 303 aircraft), comprising 21 A220s, 294 A320 Family, 17 A330s, 53 A350s and 4 A380s. Airbus Helicopters delivered 143 units (H1 2018: 141 units) with stable revenues driven by programme phasing compensated by growth in services. Higher revenues at Airbus Defence and Space were supported by Military Aircraft activities.

Consolidated EBIT Adjusted – an alternative performance measure and key indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes, restructurings or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses – more than doubled to €2,529 million (H1 2018: €1,162 million), driven by commercial aircraft activities at Airbus.

Airbus’ EBIT Adjusted increased to €2,338 million (H1 2018: €867 million), mainly reflecting the A320 ramp-up and NEO premium, further progress on the A350 financial performance and an improvement in foreign exchange rates in the second quarter.


Avia Solutions Group and HNCA sign joint venture agreement

Avia Solutions Group and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) have signed a Joint Venture agreement, to establish new entity BAA Training China. BAA Training together with HNCA will operate a commercial aircraft aviation-training center in Zhengzhou city, Henan province (China) in order to become a prime choice aviation-training provider for China based airlines.

BAA Training is delivering its 20 years of experience in pilot and cabin crew training services
and solutions together with its IT, sales, marketing, quality control solutions to Chinese aviation market. According to the agreement, the training center will operate under a franchise license and will be located in strategically chosen location at Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone (ZAEZ) as it is just within several minutes’ drive from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO).

BAA Training China center with planned investments for more than US$60 million (€53 million) will be equipped with new state-of-the-art training devices and 6 full flight simulators including Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family aircraft types to provide a full scope of pilot, cabin crew and ground handling aviation training. It is planned that the first full flight simulator will be ready for training in second half of 2020. Training center is expected to supply up to 40.000 hours per year in full flight simulator for current and new pilots. Total capacity of training center will be 4000 pilots per year. Company planning to serve more than 30.000 hours of theoretical training courses per year as well. BAA Training delivering training services all around the globe pays a great attention ensuring pilots’ comfort during training time, therefore it is planned to equip brand new BAA Training China training centre with a luxury relax lounge with a library, massage seats and various entertainment.

As the experts forecast the strong need of commercial airline pilots, BAA Training and HNCA have a mutual agreement to contribute to the aviation community preparing high quality aviation professionals. According to the CAAC the country’s civil aviation, the industry in China is experiencing sustained growth: the annual flying time has soared to 10.5 million hours up from 6.19 million hours over the past five years. As the Boeing and Airbus predict up to 325,000 pilots will be needed between today and 2037 in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions. While China’s fleet alone is expected to more than double reaching 18% share of the world’s fleet.

Beach Aviation Group

CAS receives Maintenance Organization Approval Validation Certificate from Bailiwick of Guernsey

Certified Aviation Services (CAS), has been awarded the Maintenance Organization Approval (MOA) Validation Certificate from Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The scope of this certificate covers work for CAS’ AOG Go-Team division. This will be the Go-Team’s sixth certification earned. The extensive line of certificates shows its commitment to ensuring safety and quality standards are continuously met on a daily basis.

The MOA certification will authorize the CAS Go-Team to release any aircraft in its operations specification that is a Bailiwick of Guernsey registered operator. It will advance the Go-Team to continue its expansion of providing rapid response repair services worldwide.


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