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UAV sales and support agreement signed between Barfield and DIODON

Barfield, the Americas subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has signed a partnership agreement with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer and French start-up DIODON Drone Technology (DIODON).

The agreement is for AFI KLM E&M to sell and support DIODAN’s UAS systems, which are renowned for their robustness, water-proofness, and reliability, in the Americas. This latest move is yet another milestone in the development of Barfield’s UAV growth strategy.

“We are delighted to be partnering with DIODON. Their amphibious UAVs are a perfect addition to our portfolio. DIODON’s focus is on customer satisfaction through high quality standard and innovation. This is exactly what Barfield does within the MRO industry and is replicating in the UAV industry,” said Herve Page, Barfield’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Barfield’s expertise in aeronautics, its intensive UAS network development along with its customer focus strategy to deliver exceptional products and services is a perfect fit to bring DIODON UAVs and solutions to the Americas. This is an important step forward in our overall development strategy,” declared Antoine Tournet, DIODON President and co-founder.

DIODON Drone Technology is a French start-up specialized in the development of maritime UAS designed for reconnaissance, surveillance and inspection missions. Barfield has 400 employees across its facilities in Miami, Phoenix, Louisville and Atlanta, meeting the needs of customers operating commercial or regional fleets in North, Central and South America.


IAI issues consolidated financial statements for the first half and second quarter of 2021

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) sales in H1 2021 grew to approx. US$2,164 million compared with approx. US$2,078 million in the first half of 2020, an increase of 4.1%. The growth in sales is primarily due to the increased sales in the Systems Missiles & Space Group, partly offset by reduced sales in the Aviation Group.

The Military Groups’ sales in H1 2021 increased by approx. 10.6% to approx. US$1,887 million compared with approx. US$1,706 million in H1 2020, an increase of approx. US$181 million. The Aviation Group’s sales in H1 2021 decreased to approx. US$566 million compared with approx. US$612 million in the first half of last year. The company’s sales in Q2 2021 grew, amounting to approx. US$1,149 million compared with approx. US$1,060 million in Q2 2020, an increase of 8.4%.

The increase in sales is primarily due to increased sales in the Systems Missiles & Space Group and in the Aviation Group, partly offset by a decrease in sales in the ELTA Group. The Military Groups’ sales in Q2 2021 increased by approx. 9.3% to approx. US$973 million compared with approx. US$890 million in the second quarter of 2020. The Aviation Group’s sales in Q2 2021 increased by approx. 13.8% to approx. US$329 million compared with approx. US$289 million in the second quarter of 2020.

Export sales in H1 2021 accounted for 72% of total sales, like H1 2020, totaling approx. US$1,562 million (approx. US$602 million, representing 28% of sales, to Israel), compared with approx. US$1,497 million (approx. US$581 million, representing 28% of sales, to Israel) in the first half of 2020. Export sales in Q2 2021 accounted for 73% of total sales totaling approx. US$840 million (approx. US$309 million, representing 27% of sales, to Israel), compared with 73% in the second quarter of 2020, totaling approx. US$773 million (approx. US$287 million, representing 27% of sales, to Israel).

Net income in H1 2021 increased by 22% to approx. US$100 million (approx. 4.6% of sales), compared with net income of approx. US$82 million (approx. 3.9% of sales) in the first half 2020 – the most profitable fiscal period of six months in company history. Net income in Q2 2021 amounted to approx. US$58 million (approx. 5% of sales), compared with net income of approx. US$48 million (approx. 4.5% of sales) in the second quarter of 2020, representing the largest second quarter net income ever recorded by IAI.


Emirates and Airlink expand partnership

Emirates and Airlink have announced the expansion of their existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement, giving travellers to and from South Africa convenient access to more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries.

The extended codeshare provides connectivity to Emirates customers not offered by any other carrier in Africa, and augments the long-standing partnership that Emirates has with South African Airways.

The move comes as Emirates resumes its flights to South Africa and ramps up its operations to provide customers with enhanced connectivity via its gateways Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The connectivity provided by the new codeshare between Emirates and Airlink will offer competitive fares, combined ticketing, and seamless baggage transfers when connecting between both airlines.

Customers travelling to South Africa can now transfer from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to domestic points like Bloemfontein, George, Upington, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, Kimberley, Skukuza, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Sishen, Mthatha and Port Elizabeth, as well as points across Southern Africa like Gaborone, Kasane, Vilanculos, Lubumbashi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Maseru, Antananarivo, Pemba, Tete, Maun, Victoria Falls, Walvis Bay, Maputo, Windhoek, Harare, Lusaka, Ndola, Bulawayo and Livingstone amongst many other cities.


flyadeal signs long-term Flight Hour Services agreement with Airbus to support A320 fleet

flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement with Airbus to support its A320 fleet.

The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight Hour Services. The carrier will benefit from integrated material services including spare pool access, on-site-stock at the main base and components engineering and repairs. Through the FHS contract, Airbus will guarantee spare parts availability, contributing to securing aircraft technical performance.

Qantas Group to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Qantas Group will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the national carrier’s commitment to safety.

Frontline employees – including cabin crew, pilots and airport workers – will need to be fully vaccinated by November 15, 2021 and the remainder of employees by March 31, 2022. There will be exemptions for those who are unable for documented medical reasons to be vaccinated, which is expected to be very rare.

The policy follows consultation with Qantas and Jetstar employees including a survey sent to 22,000 people to seek their views on vaccination. The 12,000 responses received makes it one of the biggest single surveys on this topic in Australia.

The results showed that of those who responded: 89% had already been vaccinated or are planning to be, while only 4% were unwilling or unable to get the jab. Around three-quarters think it should be a requirement for all employees to be vaccinated and would be concerned if other employees in the workplace weren’t vaccinated.


Rolls-Royce to expand lease pool locations to Bombardier service centers

Bombardier, in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, is bolstering its maintenance service capabilities for Global aircraft customers at its service facilities. This unique agreement will enhance the customer experience for Global aircraft customers utilizing the BR710 engine by giving them access to a pool of Rolls-Royce-owned lease engines, located onsite at Bombardier service centers in Wichita, Tucson and Hartford, with Berlin, Biggin Hill and Singapore to follow shortly. These facilities will be the first Rolls-Royce-authorized service centres to offer this service for BR710 engines.

Under the new agreement,Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000, and Global 6000 aircraft operators will have all their engine maintenance needs met at various Bombardier service centers, significantly reducing downtime and costs. All post-lease maintenance on the lease engines will be done on location, ensuring faster turnaround time and the elimination of lease engine shipping costs.

HAECO Group appoints VP and Directors of Group Commercial for Europe, Middle East and Africa

HAECO Group reported that Klaus-Peter Leinauer has joined the Group as Vice President of Group Commercial for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based in Germany and reporting to the group’s Hong Kong-based Chief Commercial Officer, he will oversee the Group’s efforts in strengthening commercial focus in the EMEA regions. Leinauer has extensive experience in the aviation industry, particularly in the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market. He has spent more than 20 years in leadership positions with various industry MROs and OEMs.

To support his new role, Peter Eaton and Dennis Kimm, both previously sales Directors for HAECO Cabin Solutions in Europe, have also joined the EMEA team to further bolster HAECO’s group-wide relationships with its regional customers.

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