Tuesday, April 24th, 2018



Ultra Long Range A350 XWB completes first flight

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the A350 XWB Family will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in the second half of 2018.

The aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines has embarked on a short flight test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900 that will extend its range capability to 9,700 nautical miles. These changes include a modified fuel system that increases fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks. The test phase will also measure enhanced performance from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.

With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop, combining the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with unbeatable economics for such distances.

Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York.


Embraer signs agreement to support Belavia’s fleet

Embraer Services & Support and Belavia, Belarusian Airlines, have signed an agreement for the support of Belavia’s fleet of Embraer E-Jets. The deal will streamline Belavia’s fleet support and improve aircraft availability.

In a multi-year deal, Embraer’s component support solution is being tailored to Belavia’s specific needs, offering customized exchange plus repair coverage for a wider scope of components, as well as access to a range of special tooling and ground support equipment needed for heavy maintenance checks, allowing Belavia to move those checks ‘in-house’.

The program will support Belavia’s existing fleet of two E175s and two E195s. The airline took delivery of another E175 aircraft last week and will receive another two E195s further this year.

Argus International names Bill Yantiss COO

ARGUS International has released that Executive Vice President Bill Yantiss has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, a new position within ARGUS International. Yantiss previously oversaw ARGUS’ PRISM division, a provider of advanced Safety Management Systems solutions.

Yantiss will be responsible for all operational activities within three ARGUS business units – Market Intelligence (MI), Partners and Resources for Operational Safety, LLC (PROS) and Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM). He will also be responsible for IT support for the three ARGUS software platforms: Aviation Risk Management Online Resource (ARMOR) – a safety and quality management tool, TRAQPak – an aviation intelligence tool, and ARGUS TripCHEQ – a due-diligence tool to validate commercial operator credentials to include flight crew and aircraft.

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Boeing HorizonX invests in 3D printing startup Morf3D

Boeing has announced its investment in Morf3D, an El Segundo, Calif.-based company specializing in metal-based additive engineering and manufacturing. Morf3D's technology enables lighter and stronger 3D-printed parts for aerospace applications.

Since Morf3D was established in late 2015, the company has produced 3D-printed titanium and aluminum components for Boeing satellites and helicopters. With this investment, Morf3D will collaborate with Boeing to further develop manufacturing processes and engineering capabilities.

"Developing standard additive manufacturing processes for aerospace components benefits both companies and empowers us to fully unleash the value of this transformative technology," said Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of Fabrication for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Additive Manufacturing leader.

Morf3D's metallurgy experts leverage a new set of additive manufacturing design rules to advance the technology and accelerate 3D-printing capabilities for commercial use. The company utilizes state-of-the-art software combined with engineering expertise to significantly reduce mass, and increase the performance and functionality of manufactured parts.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures co-led this Series A funding round. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in technologies for aerospace and manufacturing innovations, including autonomous systems, energy storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning, hybrid-electric and hypersonic propulsion, and Internet of Things connectivity.

Porter Airlines invests in Sudbury maintenance base

Porter Airlines has established an aircraft maintenance base at Greater Sudbury Airport. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and creates eight full-time positions at the airport.

The base is located in a hangar owned by Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation. Porter engineers perform daily overnight maintenance on an aircraft that is returned to service the following day.

Start-up costs for the project were partly supported by funding from the provincial government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

Porter Airlines currently operates up to three daily roundtrip flights between Sudbury and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The airline is making significant investments in Northern Ontario this year, including opening a base for pilots and flight attendants in Thunder Bay.

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Douglas Wettergren appointed as CEO of DoKaSch Americas

DoKaSch Temperature Solutions is expanding its USA operations with a new structure: DoKaSch Americas, based in San Francisco, California, will be the first line of contact with clients in the USA and Canada. Senior industry expert Douglas Wettergren has joined the company as CEO, effective immediately.

Wettergren’s main duties will be sales and business development for DoKaSch’s “flying-aircon warehouse” Opticooler® RAP and RKN to pharmaceutical and forwarding companies. Opticoolers are climate-controlled air cargo containers with unmatched reliability. Since last year, Opticoolers are also based at designated locations in the US in order to provide them quickly to clients across North America.

Lufthansa Technik Malta tests state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhaul

On Malta, Lufthansa Technik is testing the future - from drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin to mobile 3D scanners to exoskeletons. The innovation bay at Lufthansa Technik Malta will increasingly focus on reviewing state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls in the near future. The objective: Everything that proves itself in practice there will be integrated in the work process and rolled out to all other Lufthansa Technik base maintenance locations.

For this purpose, Lufthansa Technik is cooperating with both startups and established technology companies. Innovative mobile 3D scanners are currently being tested for use in making detailed measurements of structural damage. In addition, the company is examining a solution for drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin as well as exoskeletons from different providers that can relieve employees of physically strenuous work during production. More innovative technological solutions from external partners are set to follow.

The selection is based primarily on top trends, but also on day-to-day requirements. "Our aim is to improve base maintenance processes and then use the improved processes across all our locations. This enables us to guarantee the same quality and standards at the highest technological level throughout the Lufthansa Technik Group's network," says Marcus Motschenbacher, CEO of Lufthansa Technik Malta.

And Malta is just the start: Innovation bays are currently being planned at other Lufthansa Technik locations. This is an important contribution to shortening aircraft layovers for airline customers.


Central Europe’s first HondaJet lands in Warsaw

HondaJet Central Europe has announced that the region’s first HondaJet has made its official debut with an appearance event at the Chopin-Warsaw Airport.

The debut took place on April 12th and was attended by many high-level executives and dignitaries including His Excellency Satoru Takahashi, the Japanese Ambassador to Poland. Honda Aircraft Company was represented at the event by Simon Roads, Senior Division Director of Sales and GE Honda Aero Engines was represented by Steven Shaknaitis, Executive Vice President.

The aircraft is owned by Chopin Vodka and is the first HondaJet available for private charter in Eastern Europe and charter throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia and Scandinavia.

Delivered to Poland in early March, the Chopin HondaJet features many modifications tailored to the European market. The aircraft will be managed and operated by JetStory.

Václav Havel Airport Prague to become non-smoking airport

On May 1st, 2018 Václav Havel Airport Prague will become a non-smoking airport. From this date it will not be allowed to smoke in any interior areas and all the smoking corners in transit area will be closed. By this decision Prague Airport follows the modern trend and responds to passengers’ feedback. The smokers among passengers will still be free to use the designated areas in front of the terminal buildings.

Prague Airport follows the example of many countries or single airports which already introduced absolute ban of smoking in airport interior. This applies, for example, to all airports in the United Kingdom and Spain, more than 600 airports in the USA and some airports in Russia. By joining this group Václav Havel Airport Prague will become one of the leaders of this vision in Central Europe.

This decision is based on a thorough analysis of operation of the temporary smoking areas and passengers’ feedback on them, consideration of operational and safety risks as well as investments necessary for building of permanent smoking rooms meeting strict legislative requirements.

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Honeywell delivers strong first-quarter results, raises 2018 guidance

Honeywell has reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018. The company reported a very strong start to 2018 with sales for the first quarter up 9% on a reported basis and up 5% on an organic basis. (The difference between reported and organic sales primarily relates to the impact of foreign currency translation).

Aerospace sales for the first quarter were up 8% on an organic basis driven by growth in commercial OE and U.S. defense and strength in light vehicle gas and commercial vehicle turbochargers in Transportation Systems. Segment margin expanded 10 bps to 22.5%, with benefits from commercial excellence, productivity, and lower customer incentives partially offset by higher volumes of lower-margin OE shipments, inflation, and foreign exchange.

“As a result of our strong first-quarter performance, the healthy demand environment, and our continued confidence in our ability to execute, we are raising our full-year organic sales guidance to a new range of 3% to 5% and our earnings per share guidance to a new range of US$7.85 to US$8.05. We are also raising our free cash flow guidance by US$0.1bn after a strong first quarter,” said Darius Adamczyk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell.



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