Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Airbus secures two megadeals at Dubai Airshow

After a quiet first day for aircraft orders, the second day of the Dubai Airshow saw Airbus triumph over long-time rival planemaker Boeing with two megadeals worth a total US$30 billion. However, Boeing received a “vote of support” for its beleaguered 737 MAX with an order for ten more of the aircraft from Turkish carrier SunExpress, the scheduled and chartered passenger 50:50 joint venture airline between Lufthansa Group and Turkish Airlines.

The first of the two massive Airbus deals was with Emirates Airline (Emirates) for 50 350-900 wide-body aircraft valued at US$16 billion at list price. Emirates is looking to restructure its fleet having previously reduced its order for the A380 superjumbo by 39 units, which led Airbus to call time on further plans for the aircraft. Having then agreed a deal with Airbus to replace the A380s with a combination of 30 A330neos and 30 A350s, today’s deal supersedes this. Sheikh Ahmed said the decision "follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans", though he did not rule out the possibility of acquiring a number of A330neos in the future.

Airbus’ second major deal was with United Arab Emirates low-cost carrier Air Arabia for 120 A320s, worth approximately US$14 billion at list price. Currently operating a fleet of 53 Airbus A320 and A321 jets, Air Arabia recently announced an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways to launch a new low-cost carrier, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Deliveries for the order should commence in 2024, allowing it to move ahead with plans to add new routes to its network which takes in 170 destinations.

There was further bad news for Boeing as Emirates chief Sheikh Ahmed remarked on delays with the delivery of an order for 150 Boeing 777-Xs, the U.S. planemaker’s new long-haul aircraft. The jets were due to be delivered in June 2020, but Emirates is now not expecting to receive the first aircraft before the second quarter of 2021.


GE and LOT Polish Airlines sign TrueChoice agreement for CF34 engines

LOT Polish Airlines and GE have signed a five-year TrueChoice Overhaul service agreement for the airline's fleet of CF34-8E engines that power its 18 Embraer E170/175 aircraft. The TrueChoice Overhaul agreement provides time and material overhauls with tailored workscopes. The agreement is valued at more than US$100 million over the life of the agreement.

SunExpress signs order for ten additional 737 MAX airplanes with Boeing

SunExpress is exercising options for ten additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to continue renewing its fleet and growing its position in the leisure travel industry, the airline and Boeing have announced at the Dubai Airshow. The purchase, valued at US$1.2 billion according to list prices, adds to a previous SunExpress order for 32 MAX airplanes.

The airline, which specializes in offering direct connections between Europe, Turkey and popular holiday destinations, has achieved significant growth in recent years as it steadily expanded its fleet of mainly Boeing 737 airplanes. Last year, SunExpress' passenger count climbed to nearly 10 million across roughly 100 destinations.

Beach Aviation

CDB Aviation begins deliveries of six A330neo aircraft to new customer Garuda Indonesia

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing, has delivered the first of six Airbus A330-900neo aircraft as part of a sale and leaseback transaction and on long-term lease to a new customer in Asia Pacific, the flag carrier of Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia.

The fleet of six A330neo wide-body airliners, equipped with latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and configured in a two-class cabin layout with 24 seats in business and 277 seats in economy, will support the company’s growth and business expansion in the future.

This first aircraft is expected to be joined in the carrier’s fleet by two further units by the end of 2019, with the remaining three aircraft slated for delivery in 2020.

L3Harris Technologies delivers three custom wide-body paint completions in 2019

L3Harris Technologies has delivered its third custom wide-body paint completion in 2019 at its recently enhanced facility.

L3Harris’ aircraft paint completions occur in a 73,000 ft² climate-controlled hangar capable of accommodating some of the largest military and civilian aircraft, including the Boeing 747-8 and Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. The paint facility recently received a multi-million dollar upgrade to replace its analog HVAC system with the latest digital technology for temperature and humidity control, allowing the company to produce custom paint jobs on a variety of aircraft. The work is supplemented by multiple onsite component paint booths.

L3Harris’ facility offers paint services as part of a broader suite of M3 solutions – Missionization, Modernization, and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for military, government and commercial customers. The facility specializes in complex wide-body aircraft modifications.


Boeing Embraer – Defense joint venture to develop new markets for the C-390 Millennium

Boeing and Embraer have announced their joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the C-390 Millennium multi-mission airlift and air mobility aircraft will be called Boeing Embraer – Defense. The organization will only be operational after the companies’ joint venture receives regulatory approvals and meets closing conditions.

The C-390 Millennium is a tactical transport aircraft designed to set new standards in its category,
while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost on the market. The aircraft brings airlift and air mobility into the jet age with increased mobility, rugged design, higher flexibility, state-of-the-art proven technology and easier, more efficient maintenance. The C-390 Millennium can perform a variety of missions, such as aerial refueling, cargo and troop transport, cargo and paratrooper airdrop, search and rescue, aerial firefighting and humanitarian missions.


Milestone expands Falcon Aviation relationship with lease of one AW189

Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has expanded its Leonardo AW189 helicopter fleet with the addition of a further two aircraft, of which one is leased from Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone), a GECAS company.

The twin-engine medium-sized helicopter will arrive in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this month to support increasing demand for uplift in the offshore Oil and Gas sector. The AW189 will be able to carry up to 19 passengers and is equipped with air conditioning and an auxiliary power unit (APU), allowing for continuous air conditioning in both the cabin and the cockpit without having main engines running. The aircraft is being leased to Falcon Aviation by Milestone through an operating lease and represents the second helicopter lease transaction for Falcon Aviation.

Boeing and EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering sign MRO service agreement

Boeing and EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (EGME) have announced agreements that will approve the Cairo-based MRO as Boeing's first maintenance supplier in Africa and the Middle East region. The agreement enables EGME to provide aircraft, engines and component maintenance services and solutions to Boeing customers.

EGME will also receive landing gear exchange and overhaul support through the Boeing Landing Gear Exchange Program. The program provides flexible exchange solutions that allow customers to quickly repair and replace serviceable landing gear in hours.

Boeing will also supply parts for a Quick Engine Change kit. The kit includes hardware and components used to efficiently build up a spare engine to service-ready condition, lowering the maintenance time required to replace an engine and return aircraft to service.


Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo take off with AMOS

Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo are joining the AMOS community with a scheduled first Go-Live in autumn 2020 followed by two later cut-overs in 2021. The initiative will see both airlines and its entire fleets adopting AMOS, which is at the forefront of the Maintenance and Engineering software market.

Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa will both benefit from the vast experience gathered by the Lufthansa group member airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings,
Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa CityLine, with some of them using AMOS for almost 20 years.

After completing the in-depth Definition Phase including AMOS business process/interface workshops and the specification of comprehensive business requirements, the Lufthansa
Executive Board has now approved the start of the project’s Implementation Phase. A highly skilled and dedicated team of Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo aviation experts supported by Swiss-AS Consultants and Project Managers will guide the flag carrier through this next project phase. Both carriers will implement AMOS including AMOSmobile for its Line Maintenance and CAMO Operations, based on best practice processes already implemented within the group.

GA Telesis

Voyageur Aviation and Segers Aviation establish regional aircraft parts depot in Dubai

Voyageur Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation and Segers Aviation, a Segers Group company, will establish a regional aircraft parts depot in Dubai, UAE. This new partnership includes a spare parts distribution agreement that will leverage Segers’ experienced logistics and sales expertise to sell Voyageur-owned spare parts to operators in the region and beyond.

Under this agreement, Voyageur will be providing a pool of Dash 8-400, CRJ, and Dash 8 Classic spare parts to Segers for sale or exchange. Segers’ UAE office has expertise in marketing its own inventory and MRO services to operators in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The two organizations have a long history of successful cooperation and partnership with Voyageur having sent Dash 8 propeller components to Segers’ UK MRO, Proptech Aero for many years.


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