Monday, September 9th, 2019


Mesa gives Mitsubishi Aircraft major boost for SpaceJet M100 program

Mitsubishi Aircraft has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mesa Airlines for an order of up to 100 of the newly branded SpaceJet M100 76-seat regional aircraft, previously known as the MRJ100 in a 70-seat configuration.

The MoU was signed at the annual Regional Airline Association held in Nashville between September 4 and September 7 and calls for Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mesa Airlines To “commence formal negotiations for the purchase .” The deal proposes a firm order for 50 of the Pratt & Whitney PW1200 geared turbofan-powered aircraft and obtaining purchase rights for a further 50. Deliveries would be expected to commence in 2024.

Mitsubishi Aircraft announced earlier this year that it had acquired the Bombardier CRJ program for US$550 million in cash and US$200 in assumed liabilities. The deal was seen as a major fillip for the beleaguered MRJ program which has been continuously beset by delays. “Mesa Airlines’ selection of the SpaceJet M100 confirms that our aircraft fulfils current and future needs in this industry, and that airlines are ready to move our discussions forward," commented Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani. “With its large cabin, comfort, new technology and low operating costs, the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 can deliver this premium experience within US scope clause," said Mesa chief executive Jonathan Ornstein. Mesa Airlines is part of the Mesa Group and is a major U.S. regional carrier headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with a combined fleet of 144 Bombardier and Embraer aircraft operating under the names of United Express and American Eagle.

GA Telesis

Liebherr-Aerospace on Board VRT-500

Liebherr-Aerospace has signed an agreement with VR-Technologies, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, to be the supplier of the environmental control system for their new civil helicopter VRT-500.

The agreement to supply the light single-engine multi-purpose VRT-500 helicopter with the environmental control system includes the cooling system as well. VR-Technologies anticipates the VRT-500’s breadth of application to be quite diverse – from private use, taxing, tourism, news/media and logistics all the way to rescue and ambulance services.

The forecast for deliveries of the VRT-500 is quite solid. The helicopter was first revealed to the world in 2018. Liebherr-Aerospace is proud to share the news that they will partner with VR-Technologies“ which channels the proven expertise in developing helicopters with today`s market demands.

Dragon Aviation Capital appoints Derek Meikle as Head of Business Development

Dragon Aviation Capital(DAC) has welcome Derek Meikle As Head of Business Development.

Meikle brings with him of close to 30 years’ experience in the industry primarily focused on leasing, transaction structure and asset management.

He has a keen understanding of complex aircraft and engine transactions including lease / finance and maintenance provisions and has partaken in lease transactions in Asia, Europe, CIS in addition to advising and managing aircraft acquisition on behalf of startup airlines, fleet planning, aircraft management in service and end of life planning.

SR Technics

SR Technics appoints new CEO

MRO service provider SR Technics has appointed Jean-Marc Lenz as new Chief Executive Officer with effect from September 6, 2019. He succeeds Frank Walschot, who has decided to take up a new opportunity in the aviation industry.

Jean-Marc Lenz and Frank Walschot have been working side by side for many years, as Lenz has played an active role in business operations, quality and safety and Lean CI. Walschot will remain available until the end of November this year to support the transition. With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager at SR Technics, Lenz is a recognized industry leader and aviation executive.

First A220 delivery to EGYPTAIR

EGYPTAIR has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region, and the sixth operator worldwide. The Cairo-based airline intends to fly the aircraft on routes to and from its main Egyptian Hub in Cairo in the coming days.

Representatives from the airline, alongside executives from Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel final assembly line.

EGYPTAIR’s brand-new A220-300 is configured in a two-class cabin with 140-seats including 15 premium economy and 125 economy class seats, offering every passenger a greater level of comfort and space.

Magellan Group

AAR secures US$118 million C-40 aircraft procurement and modification contract

AAR, a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has secured a new US$118.6 million contract with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver two 737 aircraft and associated support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

The firm-fixed price contract, estimated to last two years, entails the acquisition, modification, acceptance and delivery of two 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) series commercial aircraft. The aircraft will meet USMC C-9B replacement medium lift requirements and be designated as C-40A aircraft when delivered. AAR leveraged expertise across its Government Programs, Parts Supply and MRO activities within the Aviation Services segment to deliver this innovative solution to NAVAIR.

Airbus delivers 1,000th Super Puma helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter: a twin-engine multi-role H215
assembled in Marignane, France, and handed over to the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) to support the German Havarie Command, which manages maritime emergencies off of Germany’s coast.

This delivery completes the German Federal Police’s order for four H215s, the first three of which were delivered in December 2018, and increases the German Federal Police’s Super Puma fleet to
23, including 19 AS332 L1s, making the police force one of the largest operators of Super Pumas in the world today.

ASI Aero

Finnair reports August load factor of 86.8%

In August, Finnair has carried 1,361,100 passengers, 12.9% more than in the corresponding period of 2018. The overall capacity increased in August by 9.3%. Finnair's traffic increased by 12.8%, and the Passenger Load Factor increased year-on-year by 2.6% points to 86.8%.

FL Technics expands EASA Part-145 approval with Airbus A320neo family type

FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has extended its EASA Part-145 approval with Airbus A320neo family type (LEAP-1A & PW 1100G) for Line maintenance services.

The company has already added this new type to its main line station in Vilnius (VNO), Lithuania. Further expansion of the certificate addition is being planned towards Dubai (DXB), Vienna (VIE), Tbilisi (TBS), Riga (RIX), and Kiev (IEV) airports, where FL Technics currently operates their EASA Part-145 approved line stations with A320 family aircraft, Airbus A330, and Boeing 737 capabilities.

VAS Aero

APOC Aviation re-locates to campus-style facility between Schiphol and Rotterdam

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation has re-located to extensive new warehouse and office premises between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The business is preparing for an influx of stock from recent narrow body aircraft part-outs, and the IT, sales and warehousing teams are all expanding.

The Company has appointed Robert Ymker to the new position of Repair Manager. Ymker has been with APOC Aviation since its beginnings in 2015 in a sales capacity, but he will now transition to repairs in line with the growth trajectory of the business.

The role of Warehouse Manager in the new facility has been awarded to Sing Lo, a highly
experienced logistics manager with previous roles at KLM, Avia Partner, Mastermate and Abelli in the Netherlands.

Beach Aviation Group

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