Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Emirates orders 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliner to complement 777X family

Boeing and Emirates have finalized a purchase agreement for 30 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes. The agreement, signed at the Dubai Airshow, culminates discussions between the two companies on the best 787 Dreamliner model to meet the requirements of one of the world's leading airlines.

Emirates had previously signed an initial agreement for the larger 787-10 variant. In officially selecting the 787-9 today, Emirates adds a medium-sized widebody airplane to complement the airline's larger 777 aircraft. Both airplane families lead their respective category for superior range and fuel efficiency.

As part of the agreement, Emirates will update a portion of its large order book by exercising substitution rights and converting 30 777 airplanes into 30 787-9s. With this conversion, Emirates remains the world's biggest 777X customer with 126 airplanes on order and the largest 777 operator with 155 airplanes today.


GoAir selects Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power 72 additional Airbus A320neo family aircraft

GoAir, the Mumbai, India-based airline, has signed an agreement selecting the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine for the airline's order of 72 A320neo family aircraft. Pratt & Whitney will also provide GoAir with a long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement. The aircraft are expected to begin delivery in 2021.

GoAir currently operates a fleet of 38 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft. These are part of the initial GoAir order of 72 GTF-powered A320neo aircraft announced in 2012. The additional aircraft offer GoAir the opportunity to add domestic and international routes and expand capacity to provide enhanced connectivity in the region.

Columbia Manufacturing introduces new large-scale electronic measurement capabilities

Columbia Manufacturing, a privately held manufacturer and supplier of precision metal components for turbine engines, has announced the completion of a capital investment to install a large-scale coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Located in Eastern Connecticut, Columbia Manufacturing is one of only a few specialty manufacturers in the country to offer large-scale CMM capabilities.

The aerospace industry demands exacting tolerances in the fabrication of turbine engine components. The new Mitutoyo machine will enable trained technicians to electronically inspect and verify large and bulky parts as big as five feet wide, nine feet long and five feet high with
tolerances less than the width of a strand of hair.

This announcement caps a year-long resurgence at Columbia Manufacturing to position the company as a world-class supplier. Since being named President and CEO in November 2018, Robert Friedland has led efforts to modernize the 39-year-old company to be competitive in the 21st-century aerospace industry.


Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation sign contracts for five helicopters

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA), the largest commercial helicopter operator in MENA and Leonardo have signed contracts for 5 helicopters including three intermediate AW139s and two light-intermediate AW169s, at the Dubai Airshow. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2020. The agreement, which represents ADA’s first order for the AW169 helicopters, will expand ADA’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters which already incorporates 16 intermediate AW139 helicopters, primarily supporting the oil and gas industry. These latest orders are part of an agreement for 15 helicopters including the AW139/AW169/AW189 types announced at the end of 2015.

Like the AW139s, also the AW169s will benefit from the support solutions provided locally by AgustaWestland Aviation Services, an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Leonardo joint venture delivering thorough support and maintenance services in the region. Operating both the AW139 and AW169 ADA will also add to the range of customers worldwide who are benefitting from the unique advantages of the AW Family of new generation helicopter models.

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Boeing told by NTSB to redesign 737 NG after engine blowout kills passenger in 2018

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has recommended Boeing Co. redesign the predecessor of the trouble 737 MAX, the 737 NG, to avoid any repeat of an engine blowout on April 17, 2018, which killed one passenger who was partially sucked out of the aircraft mid-flight after the structure at the front of the engine came apart and pierced the fuselage of the stricken Southwest Airlines jet.

A fan blade of the CFM International engine broke, which led to a chain of events which resulted in damage being inflicted on the engine’s front structure. The recommendation by the NTSB is that the inlet to the engine be redesigned in order that it could now contain any loose part during an engine failure.

The NTSB has called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require the redesign to be installed on all new 737 NG aircraft and retrofitted on all existing 737 NGs, with the latter request likely affecting some 7,000 aircraft.

Norwegian appoints Jacob Schram as new CEO

Norwegian’s Board of Directors has appointed Jacob Schram as CEO of Norwegian, starting January 1, 2020. Geir Karlsen will continue as CFO and Deputy CEO.

Jacob Schram has 30 years of experience from large international companies. He has previously held managing roles in Circle K, Statoil Fuel & Retail (SFR), McDonalds and McKinsey. As CEO, he led the process of publicly listing SFR on the Norwegian Stock Exchange in 2010. When Couche-Tard acquired SFR in 2012, he held the position as Group President for Europe until he stepped down in 2018. Schram initiated and led the global rebranding to Circle K at more than 10 000 stores across Couche-Tard’s international network and service stations.


Honeywell equips Middle East Airlines’ new fleet with latest cockpit technologies

Honeywell has signed a selection agreement with Middle East Airlines, the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, to provide cockpit technologies to support the airline’s new fleet of 19 aircraft. The deal, which includes four of Airbus’ latest variant, the A321XLR, will see Honeywell provide its latest full avionics suite to help Middle East Airlines maximize safety and ensure regulatory compliance.

Middle East Airlines’ (MEA) purchase of Airbus aircraft includes 11 A321NEOs, four A330NEOs and four A321XLRs, the latest evolution of the successful A321NEO aircraft. MEA is a launch customer of the A321XLR, and through the completion of this agreement, Honeywell is one of the first selected suppliers of cockpit technologies for the launch of the aircraft.

Aircamo selects OASES as its CAMO platform

Aircamo Aviation has selected OASES to support its established CAMO and technical management operations.

Aircamo is an aircraft asset management and airworthiness company, providing transition and heavy maintenance support to airlines, leasing companies and operators worldwide. Based out of Manchester Airport Business Park (UK), they specialise in Private/Commercial Aircraft and Engine
Technical and CAMO Management advisory services. Aircamo’s technical approvals include: EASA Part M - UK.MG.0697, Guernsey 2-REG.39.34, Bermuda BDA/CAMO/166, and Cayman Islands 081-CAY-CAMO-2019.

The Aircamoteam consists of very experienced senior technical managers, many of whom previously worked with a variety of large airlines, MRO’s and leasing companies. Aircamo has chosen the Core, Airworthiness and Planning OASES modules, which will be implemented in Commsoft’s Private Cloud.

Discussions are well underway between Commsoft and the Aircamo team, where data migration consultancy and support will be key components of the project plan. Due to uncertainty within the market Aircamo are providing ‘Shadow CAMO’ services for several lessors who want to react quickly
in the event of a default or collapse.


Chorus Aviation expands leasing portfolio with new aircraft type and new customer airBaltic

Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC) has entered into a sale-leaseback agreement with airBaltic of Latvia to acquire five new Airbus A220-300 aircraft marking the addition of this new aircraft type to the CAC product offering. This transaction brings its customer base to 15 airlines on six continents.

Two deliveries are anticipated in the fourth-quarter of 2019 with the balance to be completed by the end of the third-quarter in 2020.

Upon the completion of this transaction and one other aircraft pending delivery to other customers, CAC’s portfolio will include 43 turboprops and 17 regional jets. When combined with the planned aircraft leased under the Capacity Purchase Agreement with Air Canada, Chorus’ fleet of leased aircraft will reach 131 aircraft valued at approximately US$2.2 billion.

Solenta Aviation opts for Rusada’s ENVISION

Solenta Aviation, the South African aviation solution provider and ACMI specialist, has gone live with Rusada’s maintenance management software ENVISION.

Solenta Aviation, founded in 2000, provides customised passenger and cargo solutions, aircraft charter and ACMI services to multiple industries. The airline operates and manages a fleet of almost 40 aircraft, including Beechcraft 1900’s, ATR’s and Embraer ERJ’s, located at sites across the continent.

In addition to this Solenta has a sizeable MRO operation, conducting both base and line maintenance from its facilities across the globe and recently adding passenger-to-freight
conversions to it’s growing list of capabilities.

Solenta have signed up for seven of ENVISION’s modules, which will ultimately be deployed across its network of 20 sites across Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Central America and Europe.


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