Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

328 Support Services to form new Leipzig based OEM - DRA

328 Support Services the type certificate holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft, has formed a new aircraft original equipment manufacturer, DRA GmbH, founded on the proud heritage of Dornier and Germany’s reputation for engineering design, quality and innovation.

Representatives of 328SSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation and the German Federal & State of Saxony ministries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to establish DRA GmbH’s final assembly line for the D328NEU® aircraft, a derivative of the Dornier 328, at Leipzig/Halle Airport, in the State of Saxony. The project anticipates the creation of up to 250 new jobs at the production facilities in Leipzig, and an additional 100 plus jobs at 328SSG’s HQ in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.

The aim of the upgraded D328NEU is to offer a suitable replacement solution for ageing ‘in service’ aircraft in the aviation market, as well as supporting the growing global market demand of new route development.


Irish courts halt Ryanair Dublin-based pilots’ strike - trouble still looms in the U.K., Portugal and Spain

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has successfully staved off an impending strike after the Irish High Court granted an injunction Wednesday, August 21, preventing the company’s Dublin-based pilots from taking action over pay and conditions. However, shortly afterwards, a London, U.K. court rejected a similar application from Ryanair to stop British pilots from striking. The situation in the U.K. was not as pressing as it was in Ireland as the British Airline Pilots Association, BALPA, has advised Ryanair that any impending strike can be postponed if the company can provide a realistic framework for negotiations.

Irish pilots had planned to strike on August 22 and 23; the carrier has confirmed that all flights for those days are as scheduled. In Portugal, a five-day strike is currently underway, though there appears to be little or no disruption to flights at Faro, Lisbon and Porto airports, with Ryanair confirming that more staff than was necessary had shown up for work. SNPVAC, Portugal’s cabin crew trade union, has already met with the country’s minister for infrastructure to discuss the impending closure of the Ryanair base in Faro.

Cabin crew unions in both Belgium and Spain told cabin crew not to respond to requests from Ryanair to provide coverage for flights affected by Portuguese cabin crew action. Additionally, seven hours of mediated negotiations saw Spanish unions representing cabin crew fail to reach an agreement with Ryanair and plans for a ten-day strike next month remain in place.

NAC delivers one new ATR 42-600 and one new ATR 72-600 to Silver Airways

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new ATR 42-600, MSN 1219 and one new ATR 72-600, MSN 1548, to Silver Airways on lease.

Silver Airways operates the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa, and also flies between Boston and Bar Harbor, Maine. Silver is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, Azul and Emirates.

SR Technics

Air Astana posts financial results for first half 2019

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, achieved an improved financial performance during the first half of 2019. Whilst revenue was marginally down, the Company reported an operating profit of US$6.8 million, with EBITDAR up 49% at US$50.0 million, despite a challenging global economic backdrop. The Company continued to demonstrate its strong cost control, improving CASK by 7%.

The airline carried a total of 2.1 million passengers during the first half of the year, which was marginally higher than in 2018. Domestic traffic grew strongly by 9% for the six-month period, which included a notable increase of almost 40% in June compared to the same month 2018. This trend is expected to accelerate as a result of the strong traffic contributions from FlyArystan, the recently launched low-cost offshoot of Air Astana.

International transit traffic declined by 5% due to the temporary suspension of services to India and a reduction in connecting traffic from Turkey and Ukraine, compensated by growth from China to destinations in the CIS.

Air Astana’s fleet renewal programme is rapidly moving ahead, with one Airbus A320neo and two Embraer 190-E2 airliners having been added to the fleet during the first half of 2019. Air Astana’s fleet currently comprises of 36 Boeing 767/757, Airbus A320/A321 and Embraer E190/E190-E2 aircraft, with an average age of 7.3 years.

VoloCity to become first commercial Volocopter aircraft

Volocopter, a pioneer in Urban Air Mobility, unveiled the design for its newest air taxi model: VoloCity. This will be the fourth-generation electrical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), by the German Urban Air Mobility developer. The VoloCity has been designed to meet the safety standards specified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (SC-VTOL category enhanced) and incorporates user feedback as well as test data from all previous Volocopter generations. The VoloCity is designed to serve as an on-demand inner-city air taxi, with a calculated range of 35 km and airspeed of 110 km/h.

The learnings of over 1,000 test flights on previous Volocopter generations and market research with several hundred potential customers have informed the design and technical specifications of the VoloCity. The result is an aircraft with visible improvements that still stays true to the well-known Volocopter technical and safety features: 18 rotors, redundancy in all critical systems, a low noise signature and a rigid commitment to the inner-city mission. Features include: Payload to accommodate 2 people including hand luggage, Increased flight efficiency through aerodynamically shaped rotor beams, a newly introduced stabilizer to create increased stability in flight and additional lift and an iconic design with fluid lines is a seamless continuation of architectural language of the future VoloPort all the while combining unprecedented technological achievements and user comfort.


Jazz Aviation expands instructor pathway with addition of Toronto Airways

Jazz Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation reports that it has signed an agreement with Toronto Airways (TAI) for the carrier to become the twentieth organization in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP).

The Jazz APP will provide potential employment opportunities for qualifying TAI instructors to transition to first officer positions at Jazz, providing a reliable, high quality source of new hire pilots. Jazz continues to work with industry partners, such as TAI, to find ways to promote the profession and establish career pathways for pilots.

Through agreements with 14 colleges and universities, including TAI, and six industry organizations, including TAI, the industry-leading Jazz APP provides yet another career pathway for aviation instructors with this latest agreement.

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific extend strategic agreement

Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific have welcomed the decision by the Minister of Transport Phil Twyford to re-authorise their joint venture alliance for a further five years until October 31, 2024.

Air New Zealand Chief Strategy, Networks and Alliances Officer Nick Judd states the Cathay Pacific partnership plays a significant role in the airline's Pacific Rim network strategy. Cathay Pacific Director Commercial Lavinia Lau says New Zealand is an important part of its network and a popular destination for customers.

During peak months, the alliance partners jointly operate a total of 25 return services per week, including four services between Christchurch and Hong Kong.

TP Aerospace

Werner Aero Services welcomes Tony Zana into EMEA business

Werner Aero Services has reported that Tony Zana has joined its European team to expand its business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Tony joins Werner Aero Services with over 4 years in the MRO business.

“Tony is a great addition to the EMEA team and as we continue to focus on developing this region,we are looking for additional qualified business development managers to help drive our growth,” said Mike Cazaz, CEO of Werner Aero Services.

Allegiant to open new aircraft base in Lehigh Valley

Allegiant Travel Company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Allegiant's growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new, high-wage jobs.

The Las Vegas-based company is investing US$50 million to establish its new base of operations, which will house two Airbus aircraft. The company, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, plans to begin its base operations at Lehigh Valley International Airport on February 12, 2020. Lehigh Valley will become the airline's 18th aircraft base.

Allegiant, which employs more than 4,300 team members across the U.S., plans to immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the operations.


Oxygen ATA 35 capabilities expansion

Aero Controls has reported the expansion of capabilities in ATA Chapter 35 to include the Flight Crew Mask Stowage Boxes and associated Flight Crew Masks-Regulators. Aero Controls is looking forward to further growth as they direct their attention to building additional capabilities in ATA Chapters 25, 26, and 35.

Founded in 1984, Aero Controls is a privately held, minority-owned FAA/EASA approved repair station #IU6R626N. Aero Controls headquarters is located 10 miles away from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and has 3 facilities in the greater Seattle area.


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