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U.S. FAA clamps down on unruly passengers with fines exceeding US$1m

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has initiated three-times as many enforcement cases on unruly air passengers in 2021 than in the whole of 2020. One recurring problem has been the refusal of passengers to comply with the mask mandate. As a consequence, the agency has set a benchmark of US$9,000 as a fine for those who defy the mandate.

Since January 1, the FAA has received 3,889 reports of unruly passengers including 2,876 for refusal to wear a mask. This has resulted in over US$1 million levied in fines on unruly passengers. The existing mask mandate has been extended to January 18, 2022, by the Transport Security Administration for airports, airplanes, trains, and transit hubs. Steve Dickson, FAA Administrator, asked U.S. airports this month to help with the effort to crack down on disruptive air. In March he indefinitely extended a "zero tolerance policy" on unruly air passengers, noting that alcohol frequently contributed to unsafe behavior and urged airports to prevent passengers from taking alcoholic drinks on planes. For that reason, American Airlines has extended its ban on main cabin alcohol sales until January 18, 2022.

Airlines for America, a trade group representing major U.S. carriers, said it appreciates "the FAA's continued support and enforcement of the 'zero tolerance' policy for travelers who do not follow crewmember instructions and who do not abide by federal law."

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Embraer expands services network for business jets in the U.S.

Embraer is expanding its service network providers in the Northeast region of the U.S. with new services at select Embraer Authorized Service Centers (EASC). The company has awarded three service centers the ability to increase capabilities to serve more Embraer business jet models.

Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, located at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Long Island, New York, now has the ability to increase aircraft maintenance capabilities to include the Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, and the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600. This expands on its current maintenance capabilities, which serve the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650.

Another service provider in this region to be authorized for additional aircraft maintenance capabilities is Jet East Aviation, located at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Trenton, New Jersey. Now, the service center is adding the Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Praetor 500, and Praetor 600 aircraft maintenance to its current Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 capabilities.

Pro Star Aviation, located at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been authorized for services for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, Legacy 600 and Legacy 650, and Praetor 500 and Praetor 600.

Cemair becomes Emirates’ fourth airline partner in South Africa

In a move to support the ramp up of operations after boosting its passenger services to South Africa, Emirates has signed an interline agreement with Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa through the airline’s gateways of Johannesburg and Cape Town. The partnership also includes a couple of leisure points exclusively served by Cemair.

This marks the first partnership between both airlines, and Emirates’ fourth airline partnership in South Africa. The arrangement between Emirates and Cemair includes the convenience of single ticket itineraries with onwards booking and baggage transfers from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Margate, Durban, Hoedspruit, Plettenberg Bay, George and Sishen.

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AeroCentury reports net loss of US$3.2 million for second-quarter 2021

AeroCentury, an independent aircraft leasing company, has reported a second quarter 2021 net loss of US$3.2 million, compared to a net loss of US$13.5 million for the second quarter of 2020.

Revenues and other income decreased by 66% to US$1.5 million in the second quarter of 2021 from US$4.4 million in the second quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily a result of a 66% decrease in operating lease revenues to US$1.5 million in the second quarter of 2021 from US$4.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.

EBITDA was (US$2.7 million) compared to (US$2.7) million in the preceding quarter and (US$8.3) million in the second quarter a year ago.

Average portfolio utilization was 81% compared to 86% during the preceding quarter and 91% in the second quarter a year ago.

Boeing names Alexander Feldman to lead Southeast Asia business

Boeing has appointed Alexander Feldman as the new President of the company’s Southeast Asia business, effective August 27, 2021. Feldman will be based in Singapore and will oversee the company’s strategy and operations as Boeing expands its regional presence. Feldman will also become Director and Chairman of Boeing Singapore and President Director of PT. Boeing Indonesia. He succeeds Ralph ‘Skip’ Boyce, who is retiring after more than 13 years at Boeing in Singapore.

Previously, Feldman was President and CEO of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) for over 12 years and also served as its chairman in 2020-2021, helping steer the council through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Japan Airlines signs CFM56-7B services agreement with GE

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a five-year TrueChoice Overhaul agreement to cover its CFM56-7B engines that power its 48 Boeing 737-800 aircraft fleet. The TrueChoice Overhaul agreement covers the time and material required to overhaul more than 100 CFM56-7B engines.

“The TrueChoice Overhaul agreement with JAL is a natural extension of our relationship,” said Russell Stokes, GE Aviation Services President and Chief Executive Officer. “GE has been honored to provide MRO services and material for JAL’s GE90, GEnx-1B, CF34-8E and -10E and CF6-80C2 engines. This agreement will enable us to provide high-quality OEM service to JAL’s CFM56-7B engine fleet to keep these engines flying.”

The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings incorporates an array of GE capabilities and customization across an engine's lifecycle. Each TrueChoice offering is underpinned by GE Aviation's data and analytic capabilities and experience to help reduce maintenance burden and service disruptions for customers.
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