Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Operation Matterhorn completed – 140,000 stranded Thomas Cook travelers repatriated

Fourteen days after Thomas Cook Group was declared bankrupt, leaving over 140,000 holidaymakers stranded abroad, the U.K.s Civil Aviation Authority announced on Monday, October 7, that a flight from Orlando, Florida, carrying 392 passengers and which landed at Manchester Airport at 8.31 a.m. local time, marked the completion of two-week-long Operation Matterhorn.

Involving 150 aircraft from 50 worldwide partners, this was the largest repatriation exercise since the evacuation of the beaches at Dunkirk during World War II. This achievement "required an extraordinary effort from all involved," CAA chief executive Richard Moriarty said in a statement. He also paid tribute "to the many amazing former Thomas Cook employees" who helped to make the operation successful. "It needed an unprecedented team effort from our commercial partners, our friends across government and my colleagues at the CAA," he added.


Chorus Aviation adds two ATR 72-600s to portfolio, on lease to Malindo Air

Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC) has acquired two ATR72-600 aircraft (MSNs 1147, 1154) on lease to Malindo Air, a Malaysian operator forming part of the Lion Air Group.

Earlier this year, CAC also delivered two new ATR 72-600 aircraft (MSNs 1577 and 1579) for lease to Malindo Air, bringing the total number of aircraft leased by CAC to the Lion Air Group to five. With these acquisitions, Chorus Aviation Capital has announced 58 commitments to date for its regional aircraft leasing business.

Delta posts September load factor of 85.3%

Delta Air Lines has reported operating performance for September 2019. The company carried 16.5 million customers across its broad global network, a record for the month of September and an all-time quarterly record of 55.2 million customers flown.

Total traffic for September increased 6.8% and capacity was up 4.7%. Total load factor for the month increased 1.7 points to 85.3% compared to the previous year.


Air Lease Corporation signs lease agreement with MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Air Lease Corporation has signed a long-term lease agreement with MIAT Mongolian Airlines for one new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.  This aircraft, scheduled to deliver to the airline in Spring 2021 from ALC’s order book with Boeing, will be the first 787-9 to operate in Mongolia as well as the first Dreamliner in MIAT Mongolian Airlines’ fleet. 

MIAT Mongolian Airlines currently operates two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and one 737-800 aircraft on lease from ALC. 

Aergo Capital sells 5 aircraft from managed portfolio

Aergo Capital has announced the sale of five aircraft from its managed portfolio.

In the second and third-quarter 2019, the Irish based lessor concluded the sale of two 2014 vintage ATR 72-600 aircraft, on lease to Malindo Air, to Chorus Aviation Capital; one 2004 vintage ATR 72-500, subject to lease with AfriJet Business Service, to an affiliate of AfriJet Business Service; one 2006 vintage ATR 42-500, to Afrijet Business Service,an existing lessee of the company; and one 2004 Vintage A320-200 to Aero Capital Solutions, subject to operating lease with Smartlynx Airlines.

The aircraft were part of Aergo Capital’s managed ABS vehicle METAL 2017-1.

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Jet Aviation opens new Teterboro hangar and renovated FBO

Jet Aviation has officially opened its new 40,000 ft² hangar and completely renovated FBO in Teterboro, NJ.

Built to meet growing demand for long-range business jets, the new hangar can accommodate most large aircraft. The construction is part of Jet Aviation’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network of 35 locations. The company is investing heavily to ensure its facilities are designed and equipped to meet all the business aviation needs of its global customers.

Jet Aviation invested more than US$25 million in its Teterboro facility, including a complete renovation of its FBO and construction of a new state-of-the-art, 40,000 ft² hangar — equipped with 30-foot doors — that can accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream 650s.

The FBO incorporates new standard design elements that will ensure customers have a consistent experience when visiting any of the company’s sites worldwide. Guests and crew can relax and enjoy the site’s many amenities, including dedicated passenger and crew lounges, flight planning room, executive conference rooms, business center, health/fitness spa and on-site U.S. customs services.


IAG reports September traffic statistics

International Airlines Group (IAG) traffic in September increased by 0.8% versus the same period in September 2018 and capacity was flat versus the same period last year. The passenger load factor for September increased 0.7 points to 85.3% compared to the previous year.

HAECO Cabin Solutions expands internal ODA capability

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a division of HAECO Americas headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, has expanded its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) team. The team welcomes Meredith Frazier, who is qualified to work as a cabin safety ODA unit member. This designation allows her to review and approve drawings of parts and/or part alterations to witness tests, among other duties, ensuring all interior products on commercial aircraft comply with FAA standards.

Jose Pevida, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Development at HAECO Cabin Solutions, said: “We expanded our ODA team to better serve our customers and to ensure the highest levels of safety are implemented. Expanding our ability to certify, test and approve the installation of our products increases our bandwidth, and gives our customers more scheduling flexibility, shorter turnaround times and less down time for their aircraft.”


Air Partner’s Air Evacuation division partners with Northcott Global Solutions

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has released that its Air Evacuation division has entered into a strategic partnership with Northcott Global Solutions (NGS), the international emergency response company.

Under the terms of the partnership, Air Partner will become the preferred emergency air charter supplier to NGS’s extensive customer base. The agreement will also enable Air Partner to leverage NGS’s capabilities in medical provision, ground and maritime security, armed protection, and traveller tracking and intelligence to its own existing customers.

Air Partner’s Air Evacuation department provides 24-hour air evacuation planning and
implementation services from anywhere in the world, giving customers priority access to the thousands of aircraft on the company’s books. This includes flying people out of dangerous situations, transporting support teams to the site of a disaster or the last-minute movement of critical equipment. For instance, the company regularly evacuates customers out of hurricane situations and, during the Arab Spring in 2011, the Air Evacuation team worked around the clock to evacuate more than 12,000 people from across the Middle East.

NGS specialises in travel management, tracking, remote medical, security and logistics. It provides strategic and operational expertise to help minimise risk to personnel, assets and reputation,
while offering business continuity and enablement solutions to increase the safety of people around the world. NGS was founded in 2010 and has worked with numerous blue-chip companies across a range of sectors, as well as the UK and US military, fire service, NGOs and government organisations.

During September 2.9 million passengers traveled with SAS

SAS has reported an increase of 3% in the number of passengers compared to the same period last year. Unit revenues increased by 4.4% and passenger yield increased 5.4% which affirms the positive trend seen during the year.

Total traffic increased by 1.0%, while capacity increased 1.5% compared to September 2018. The load factor for September dropped slightly 0.4 points, to 78.7%.


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