Monday, September 2nd, 2019


Ryanair appoints Eddie Wilson new CEO as low-cost carrier faces turbulent times ahead

Ryanair has announced that Eddie Wilson, the Irish low-cost carrier’s Chief People Officer, is to succeed Michael O’Leary as CEO of Ryanair Holdings’ largest airline, Ryanair DAC. O’Leary will remain as chief executive of the wider-reaching Ryanair Holdings. Wilson has been with the company since 1997 when he joined as head of personnel and is a man who O’Leary stated “has made a huge contribution” to the company’s growth.

Previously he had worked at Gateway 2000 as its human resource manager. Confirming the news, Mr. O’Leary told staff in a note that Wilson would take up his new role immediately, “and this will start a transition process over the next three months of taking over from myself.” However, Wilson is taking over at the helm of Ryanair DAC during a period of uncertainty created predominantly through impending strikes by Irish pilots which the group has so far successfully halted through a High Court order, massive uncertainty over Brexit, and problems created to their 2019 and 2020 operating schedules and growth plans through the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Currently, Ryanair has 135 of the 737 MAX variant on order and had anticipated deliveries would start in April this year. With little sign of the 737 MAX taking to the skies before year end, Ryanair has warned that up to 900 pilot and cabin crew positions may go after the summer season.


Airbus plans additional industrial projects in Malaysia

Airbus plans to develop further its industrial presence in Malaysia with three new initiatives. These include the expansion of Airbus’ wholly-owned maintenance facility, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE); the establishment of the Airbus Malaysia Digital Initiative; and an increased participation in the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC).

The projects are covered by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed in Kuala Lumpur by Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury and AirAsia Group Bhd Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun.

The expansion of SAE will include the construction of a new hangar capable of accommodating four single-aisle or two wide-body aircraft for heavy checks, as well as the addition of new paint and component repair shops. The facilities will be ready to incorporate the latest smart technologies, including data analysis and planning using the Airbus Skywise digital platform and automated inspection techniques.

Under the Airbus Malaysia Digital Initiative, Airbus will work with local stakeholders to develop a master plan and select and perform dedicated projects to enhance the competitiveness of the Malaysian aerospace sector through the application of new digital technologies. The initiative will also contribute to the alignment of Malaysian industrial partners with new processes and systems being introduced by Airbus across its manufacturing and supply chain.

Building on its position as a founding member of AMIC, this new agreement will see Airbus appoint an Innovation Technical Director to support the non-profit organisation and increase its funding for joint research programmes. These will include research at AMIC into the potential production of alternative and sustainable aviation biofuels in Malaysia.

American extends cancellation for MAX through December 3rd

American Airlines has released, that it remains confident that impending software updates to the Boeing 737 MAX, along with the new training elements Boeing is developing in coordination with its union partners, will lead to re-certification of the aircraft this year.

Therefore American is extending cancellations for the MAX through Dec. 3. so its customers and team members can more reliably plan their upcoming travel on American. In total, approximately 140 flights per day will be canceled through Dec. 3, 2019.

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BOC Aviation signs purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Middle East Airlines

BOC Aviation has signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Middle East Airlines (MEA) for a minimum of five, and up to ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines, and are expected to deliver in 2020 and 2021.

“We are very pleased to be working with Middle East Airlines once again on their fleet and network expansion plans, building on a long-term relationship that dates back over 20 years,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation.

Daniel Wodera appointed new CFO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services

Daniel Wodera is to become CFO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services effective October 1, 2019. This was confirmed by the supervisory board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services at its meeting on Friday August 30. Klaus Keysberg, who was appointed CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services in January this year and has additionally been acting as CFO since then, has held the post of CFO since 2014.

Wodera has a degree in business administration and has been with the Group since 2001. He is returning to Essen from the Italian subsidiary Acciai Speciali Terni S.p.A. (AST) where he has been CFO since 2015 and played a key role in the company’s successful restructuring.

Boeing, Aeroflot sign contract on 777 passenger cabin modifications

Boeing and Aeroflot, have announced during the Moscow Air Show, a contract to modify passenger cabins on 18 of the Russian flagship carrier’s 777-300ERs. Boeing will perform engineering work and supply component kits for the planned cabin interior reconfiguration.

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AirAsia X orders 12 more A330neo and 30 A321XLR aircraft

AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of the AirAsia Group, has finalized a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft.

The new contract increases the number of A330neo aircraft ordered by AirAsia X to 78, reaffirming the carrier’s status as the largest airline customer for the type. Meanwhile, the A321XLR order sees the wider AirAsia Group strengthen its position as the world’s largest airline customer for the A320 Family, having now ordered a total of 622 aircraft.

AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 36 A330-300s on services to points within the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East. In addition, in August, the first A330neo joined the fleet of AirAsia’s Bangkok-based long haul affiliate, AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft is the first of two leased A330neos joining the airline’s Thai affiliate by the end of the year.

Alcoa and United Steelworkers reach tentative labor agreement for five U.S. locations

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, has reached a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers on a new 4-year labor agreement for approximately 1,700 active employees at five U.S. locations.

The union members will now schedule a vote on the proposed contract, the result of extensive negotiations between the Company and the United Steelworkers. On May 15, the parties agreed to honor the existing contract, which was set to expire at midnight on that day, so negotiations for a new contract could continue without a work stoppage.

The United Steelworkers will now set the date for its members to vote on the proposal, which will cover employees represented by the union at Warrick Operations in Indiana, Massena Operations in New York, Gum Springs in Arkansas, Wenatchee Works in Washington, and Point Comfort in

Most of the union members eligible to vote on the proposed Master Agreement are employed at Warrick Operations, where the union represents employees at the aluminum smelter and rolling mill, and at the Massena Operations smelter. The Point Comfort alumina refinery and the Wenatchee Works aluminum smelter are both fully curtailed.

Magnetic MRO marks 600th C-Check

Magnetic MRO has marked a new milestone by welcoming a freighter Boeing 737 for the company’s 600th C-Check! The latest symbolic achievement echoes the company’s ever-improving efficiency, as well as the geographical expansion of its clientele.

The aircraft under maintenance is a Boeing 737-400 freighter, operated by a Central European airline ASL Airlines Hungary. The aircraft reached Magnetic MRO’s facilities in Tallinn, Estonian earlier in August 2019 and is due to be returned into service in mid-September 2019.


Norwegian Airline Widerøe to partner with Rolls-Royce on zero-emissions aviation program

With the Norwegian government aiming for zero emissions domestic aviation by 2040 and Scandinavian airline Widerøe, hoping to ‘electrify’ its current regional fleet of approaching forty Dash-8 aircraft by 2030, the announcement of a joint research program between the airline and engine maker Rolls-Royce at a Clean Aerospace event at the British Embassy is a further notable step towards such targets.

The aim of the program will be to develop an electrical aircraft concept. Rolls-Royce’s comprehensive electrical and systems design experience will see them able to advise on all aspects of the concept. The first phase, which is already underway, involves operational studies and concept proofing. The research is being supported by the Norwegian Government and Innovation Norway, and the Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, who has on several occasions put forward the suitability of the Norwegian STOL network as a test bench for the development of zero-emissions aircrafts. “We are aiming to have emission-free commercial flights in the air by 2030. Partnering with Rolls-Royce for this research programme puts us one step closer to reaching that goal,” said Andreas Aks, Chief Strategy Officer, Widerøe. Alan Newby, Director, Aerospace Technology & Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce added, “We’re delighted to be part of this electrical aircraft research program and applaud the high level of ambition that Norway is adopting toward zero-emissions aviation.”

The joint program is expected to last for 2 years. “The development of electric aviation looks promising, but we need to progress faster. We are therefore pleased to have the world’s most renowned engine manufacturer onboard with us on this pioneering green journey” said Andreas Aks, Chief Strategy Officer at Widerøe.


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