Tuesday, May 15th, 2018



Etihad and Emirates to resolve unfair subsidy disputes with the U.S.

With Qatar having agreed to release detailed information about state-owned Qatar Airways back in January, the UAE is to follow suit in an attempt to finally resolve the dispute between the U.S. and both Etihad and Emirates Airways. The matter relates to claims made by the U.S. that these Gulf carriers have been in receipt of state subsidies which have afforded them an unfair advantage over American airlines.

All three Gulf carriers have been challenged under the ‘Open Skies’ agreement signed in 1992 between the Gulf states and the U.S. which was designed to eliminate government involvement in airline decision-making about routes, capacity and pricing in international markets.

Starting in 2015, Delta Air Lines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines urged the U.S. government to challenge the conduct of the three major Gulf carriers, contending that they had been being unfairly aided by their governments to the tune of some US$50 billion in subsidies over the previous ten-year period.
Qatar, Etihad Airways and Emirates who, combined, operate roughly 200 flights each week to 12 U.S. cities, have all denied these accusations.

"We have reached a mutually agreeable conclusion to this issue that has gone on for several years now," a senior State Department official said. "For us this was levelling the playing field for our U.S. stakeholders and there's the added benefit here of increased financial transparency."

“The UAE is very pleased that our understanding with the US preserves all of the benefits of Open Skies for travellers, airlines, communities and aerospace companies in both countries and around the world,” Yousef Al Otaiba, the ambassador to the United States, said in a statement. "All the terms and provisions of the Air Transport Agreement including Fifth Freedom rights remain fully in place, with UAE and US airlines free to continue to add and adjust routes and services."


Boeing, Assembrix to collaborate on secure 3D printing

Boeing and Israeli company Assembrix signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enable Boeing to use Assembrix software to manage and protect intellectual property shared with vendors during design and manufacturing.

"This agreement expands Boeing's ties to Israeli industry while helping companies like Assembrix expand their business," said David Ivry, president, Boeing Israel. "Boeing seeks suppliers globally who meet stringent quality, schedule, cost and intellectual capital standards, and Assembrix does all of that."

Assembrix's software will enable Boeing to transmit additive manufacturing design information using secure distribution methods to protect data from being intercepted, corrupted or decrypted throughout the distribution and manufacturing processes.

Boeing is focused on leveraging and accelerating additive manufacturing to transform its production system and support the company's growth. The company currently has additive manufacturing capabilities at 20 sites worldwide and partners with suppliers across the globe to deliver 3D-printed parts across its commercial, space and defense platforms.

Royal Aero

GKN Aerospace sells 1000th Electronic Flight Bag solution to Hi FLy

GKN Fokker Services has sold its 1000th Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution for iPad® to European wet lease specialist airline Hi Fly, one of the first customers of the EFB solution in 2012.

An EFB is a physical device combining hardware and software that carries flight documentation. It is used by the flight crew on the flight deck to easily and securely store essential flight information.

GKN Fokker Services’ portable EFB solution for iPad® is EASA certified. Easy installation ensures that the aircraft can be converted in very limited downtime. The EFB solution can also be delivered with a special connection to show, for example, Aircraft Moving Map (AMM) on the iPad®.

GKN Fokker Services’ EFB solution is approved for almost all regional and long haul transport aircraft types ranging from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer to Fokker and is used all over the world by many customers.

Aero Controls

Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm to leave in 2019

Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Airbus, has decided to leave the Company in 2019 in agreement with the Board of Directors.

Harald Wilhelm has served Airbus and its predecessor companies for 27 years in various finance roles and he has been CFO of Airbus Commercial Aircraft for the last 10 years and on top group CFO for the last six years.

Spirit Airlines to become first ultra-low cost carrier in the Americas to offer Wi-Fi

Spirit Airlines has signed an agreement with Thales to install Wi-Fi on all of its planes by summer 2019, giving even more options to Guests to enhance their inflight experience.

Spirit Airlines Wi-Fi technology partner, Thales Group, a global technology leader for decisive moments in aerospace, defense and security, and transportation markets, is bringing the high-end Ka-band HTS (High Throughput Satellite) system onboard the aircraft. The technology will bring Spirit Guests high-speed web browsing and streaming experiences similar to what they would find at home. In 2021, the state-of-the-art technology will get even better, with the launch of SES-17, a new satellite operated by SES and built by Thales Alenia Space, which will increase speeds and coverage to an unprecedented level in the industry. Spirit Wi-Fi is projected to provide service coverage immediately for 97% of Spirit’s routes upon entry into service.


Viva Aerobus takes off with AMOS

Mexican Low-Cost Carrier Viva Aerobus has selected AMOS to replace its legacy system. The software evaluation took place in the context of Viva Aerobus’ strategy to become customer-centric plus offering competitive prices in the Mexican market.

This initiative also included the modernization of the airline’s IT systems and the Mexican carrier decided in favour of AMOS as the functional depth as well as Swiss-AS’ implementation concept was convincing. The evaluation team understood that AMOS can support them to further reduce cost in aircraft maintenance and many examples from the AMOS Community have shown that AMOS is the right choice when it comes to extensive fleet growth.

Swiss-AS sees itself as long-term partner and with the many low-cost airlines among our customers, we have proven that we understand the philosophy of budget carriers.

TP Aerospace

JetBlue reaches agreement with ALPA

JetBlue has reached an agreement in principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) regarding JetBlue’s pilots. The agreement is subject to a ratification process which includes final documentation, review, and consideration by the ALPA Master Executive Council before being distributed to JetBlue pilots for final ratification.

Jeff Martin, JetBlue’s Executive Vice President Operations, issued the following statement on the news: "We are pleased that we have reached an agreement in principle with ALPA. I want to thank both negotiating committees for their hard work in coming to this agreement.”

SAS reports April load factor of 72.7%

SAS has reported that the number of passengers increased by 5.6% to 2.5 million in April 2018. Scheduled traffic decreased 2.2% while capacity increased 1.9% year over year. The load factor decreased by 3.0 points versus last year to 72.7%.

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