Friday, October 11th, 2019

Porsche and Boeing sign MoU to explore premium urban air mobility market

Porsche and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. With this partnership, both companies will leverage their unique market strengths and insights to study the future of premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.

"Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel," says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at
Porsche AG. "We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future."

As part of the partnership, the companies will create an international team to address various aspects of urban air mobility, including analysis of the market potential for premium vehicles and
possible use cases.

Boeing, Porsche and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are also developing a concept for a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Engineers from both companies, as well as Porsche subsidiaries Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche, will implement and test a prototype.


CDB Aviation delivers first of nine A321neos to IndiGo

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish-subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has delivered the first of a fleet of nine Airbus A321neo aircraft to Indian carrier IndiGo, as part of a purchase and leaseback transaction.

The A321neo, produced in Hamburg, Germany, marks Airbus’ 1,000th A320neo Family aircraft delivery, signifying a historic milestone for its best-selling single aisle fleet. 

As IndiGo continues to increase connectivity across its network, the A321neo aircraft, equipped with the Pratt & Whitney PW1133G turbofan engines and configured with a 222-seat layout, are expected to generate lower operating costs, while availing the carrier of the advantages of reduced environmental impact and enhanced passenger experience. CDB Aviation anticipates the remaining eight aircraft to be handed over by the end of January 2020.


Lufthansa Technik Malta starts technical services on Airbus A350

Lufthansa Technik Malta has started to carry out technical services on the Airbus A350. A first aircraft, an Airbus A350-1000 from an undisclosed customer, received a cabin modification in September.

The first A350-900 is expected to arrive in the next weeks for a C-check. So far, three international carriers, among them Air Mauritius, have signed MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) contracts for the A350 family with Lufthansa Technik Malta.

Lufthansa Technik Malta has undertaken thorough preparations in infrastructure investment and staff qualification to be able to carry out overhaul work on the A350 family. The German Federal Aviation Office (LBA) certification for the A350-1000 was achieved in August 2019. This certification complements the approval for overhaul work on the Airbus A350-900, attained in 2018.

More trouble for 737 family as 13 NG jets grounded after compulsory inspections

Following an airworthiness directive (AD) issued by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) on October 2 and effective from October 3 demanding carriers inspect 737 NG aircraft which have accumulated 30,000 or more flight cycles within a seven-day period, 13 of the jets have now been grounded. These include two operated by Southwest Airlines and 11 by Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas.

The directive also ordered carriers to inspect all 737 NGs within the next 1,000 flight cycles if they have already accumulated between 22,600 and 29,999 cycles, with all inspections subsequently to be reported to the FAA. In all, 1,911 of a total 1,930 of the current fleet of 737 NGs will require inspection at some point.

The directive was issued as a result of cracking found in the pickle fork which connects the wing to the fuselage of the aircraft. The inspections involve looking for “cracking of the left- and right-hand side outboard chords of frame fittings and failsafe straps.” The directive was immediately issued by the FAA after being notified by Boeing that while undergoing passenger-to-freighter conversion in China, this specific fault had been identified in a number of aircraft which had completed between 35,600 and 73,300 flight cycles. It is understood that light cracking might be found in an aircraft which has completed approximately 90,000 flight cycles and reached the end of its lifespan, but cracking after so few flight cycles was unusual.

SR Technics

British Airways to offset carbon emissions on flights within U.K. from 2020

From January 2020, British Airways will become the first U.K. airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the U.K.

All customers flying within the U.K. next year on flights operated by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their flights offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world. These quality assured projects will include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.

The airline operates up to 75 flights a day between London and 10 U.K. cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Inverness and Jersey. British Airways’ domestic emissions total around 400,000 tonnes of C02 a year.

This announcement comes as British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), became the first airline group to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, contributing to both the U.K. Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. IAG’s emissions goal will be achieved through numerous environmental initiatives, including investing more than US$400 million in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.


AAR launches Donecle drone technology integration for MRO aircraft inspections

AAR has announced the integration of Donecle drone technology into its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations.

AAR's Miami MRO facility is the first in its global network to use the fully automated drone technology to drive operational and cost efficiencies, where the pilot phase has yielded increases in speed and precision. With laser positioning, the drone can safely perform end-to-end visual inspections of B737 and A320 aircraft in under an hour.

AAR and Donecle have partnered on an initial 12-month technology agreement, and upon further
assessment and results, will expand the platform to other MRO facilities. In compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements, AAR performs manual aircraft inspections in addition to the drone inspections.


CAE and easyJet inaugurate new training center in Milan

CAE and easyJet have announced the official opening and inauguration of the CAE Milan training center, located near the Milan Malpensa airport in Lombardy, Italy.

CAE and easyJet inaugurated the new center alongside local Italian and Canadian government officials.  After London Gatwick and Manchester, this is the third new training centre that CAE has inaugurated in the last month to support the pilot training needs of easyJet across Europe and its exclusive long-term pilot training agreement with the airline, announced in November 2018.

The safety and welfare of customers and crew is easyJet’s number one priority and, through its long-term contract with CAE, the airline aims at enhancing the quality of pilot training and its commitment to safety. This investment confirms the intention of easyJet to continue to invest in Italy where it has three bases in Milan Malpensa, Naples and Venice. With 34 aircraft based in Italy, a maximum of 500 daily operations, and almost 19 million passengers carried in the last financial year, easyJet is the third-largest airline in the country.


Ethiopian Airlines signs repair management contract with AJW Group

AJW Group has extended its long-term relationship with Ethiopian Airlines with a contract for the maintenance and repair of parts.

The contract will be carried out in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines for the delivery of their B737NG Component MRO services and will include repairs at AJW Technique, AJW Group’s maintenance facility in Montreal.

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia and is wholly owned by the Ethiopian government. Its headquarters are at Bole International Airport in Addis Adaba from which it serves a network of 125 destinations and operates a fleet of 120aircraft.

The airline has been a long-term customer of AJW’s trading business, parts sales and support services, and this new partnership marks an extension to the current offering.

Magellan Group

ATR launches short take-off and landing 42-600S

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has received authorisation from its board of directors for the launch of the ATR 42-600S. With the ‘S’ representing STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing), this new version of the ATR 42-600 offers take-off and landing capabilities on runways as short as 800m, with 40 passengers on board in standard flight conditions (*).

To-date, ATR has recorded 20 commitments from operators and lessors for this ATR 42-600S variant. This includes Elix Aviation Capital as the launch lessor and Air Tahiti as the launch operator, as announced at the Paris Air Show 2019.

The 42-600S is a brand new addition to the company’s aircraft family, alongside the founding members ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600, and the forthcoming ATR 72-600F cargo variant. The ATR 42-600S’ certification, is expected for the second half of 2022, with the first delivery expected immediately after.

*15°C airfield temperature, sea level, dry paved runway and a route of 200NM.

American Airlines suspends 737 Max until January

American Airlines will no longer be operating Boeing 737 Max aircraft this year. The company announced that it will remove the banned aircraft from its flight schedule until January 16, 2020.
This means that Boeing's problem aircraft will be cancelled during the Christmas season with a high volume of travel. Previously, American had cancelled 737-Max flights until December 3.


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