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Thursday, October 21st, 2021

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EU court backs Lufthansa and easyJet acquisition of Air Berlin assets

Europe’s second-highest court, the Luxemburg-based General Court has backed the original EU rulings which allowed Germany’s Lufthansa and the U.K.’s easyJet to acquire assets of the then defunct German carrier, Air Berlin. Both approvals were challenged by Polish carrier Polskie Linie Lotnicze 'LOT'.

In 2017 the European Commission gave Lufthansa the green light to buy LGW, the subsidiary airline of Air Berlin, providing it surrendered a number of slots at Dusseldorf Airport. easyJet received permission from the EU for the €40 million (US$46.5 million) deal which secured the low-cost carrier certain Air Berlin operations at Tegel Airport, the leases on approximately 25 Airbus A320 jets, and roughly 1,000 of Air Berlin’s pilots and crew.

"The General Court dismisses the actions of Polskie Linie Lotnicze 'LOT' against the Commission decisions authorizing the mergers concerning the acquisition by easyJet and Lufthansa, respectively, of certain assets of the Air Berlin group," judges stated. LOT can appeal to the EU Court of Justice on points of law.


Joramco signs MOU with UUDS AERO and Testio

Joramco, the Amman-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider, has signed cooperation agreement with UUDS to expand capabilities for cabin refurbishments and B737-800 passenger-to-cargo conversions. Joramco is to manage MRO capabilities for the P2F conversions while UUDS will manage the Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the aircraft modifications and supply modification KITs.

CEO of Joramco, Fraser Currie, said, “We are excited about the potential of our agreement with UUDS. In order to satisfy our customers and market needs in a sustainable and efficient manner, we are developing our capabilities and drawing on UUDS’ know-how in the field of cabin refurbishment and B737-800 P2F certifications. The agreement acknowledges Joramco’s large scope of MRO certifications, and world-class technical abilities.”

UUDS AERO holds European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certificates for design (DOA), production (POA) and maintenance (MOA) organizations, and specializes in innovative and more sustainable repairs and refurbishments of cabin interiors, as well as bio-decontamination and water-less exterior cleaning of aircraft and trains.

Furthermore, Joramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Testia, an Airbus company, regarding “particle count” testing. Under this MOU, the two companies will cooperate to establisha fluid testing laboratory at Joramco,which will be specialized in the “particle count” testing of hydraulic fluids as a startup. In addition, Testia will support Joramco with qualified staff to perform the tests and analyze the chemical testing reports.

The two companies will explore the opportunities of further cooperation in areas of mutual interest in chemical testing such as fuel, engine oil and water.


AAR names Lori Knudson Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

AAR, a povider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs and OEMs, has announced that Lori Knudson has joined the company as Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Knudson will report to Jessica Garascia, AAR Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and will be responsible for oversight of AAR’s compliance function. 

Knudson was most recently with Aegion Corporation, serving as Senior Vice President, Compliance, Risk, and Internal Audit, where she was responsible for overseeing enterprise risk management and global compliance.

Rolls-Royce selects HAECO to deliver on-wing and in-field services to global customers

Rolls-Royce and HAECO Group have announced that HAECO will become Rolls-Royce’s principal provider of global on-wing and in-field services for large civil aero engines. This will enable Rolls-Royce to further enhance its customer experience by providing airlines with greater capacity and capability through HAECO’s global network.

As part of this agreement, HAECO will expand its network into London and the Middle East, including the operation of a London Heathrow-based service center, to provide round-the-clock specialist maintenance and support for aero engines.


Rolls-Royce joins Boeing and World Energy for successful 100% sustainable aviation fuel flight

Rolls-Royce, working with Boeing and World Energy, has carried out a successful test flight of its 747 flying testbed aircraft using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a Trent 1000 engine.

The aircraft flew from Tucson airport in Arizona, passing over New Mexico and Texas, with a Trent 1000 engine running solely on 100% SAF while the remaining three RB211 engines ran on standard jet fuel, arriving back at the airport three hours and 54 minutes later. Initial indications confirm there were no engineering issues, providing further proof of the fuel’s suitability for commercial use.

Rolls-Royce has continued to pioneer the adoption of 100% SAF, and validation of this test adds to those already carried out on its Trent XWB and Pearl engines, both on the ground and in the air. Last week it confirmed that all of its Trent engines will be compatible with 100% SAF by 2023 and also called for further ambition and collaboration across the aviation sector, and with governments, to enable the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero ahead of aviation goals set by the UN Race to Zero.

Aircraft are currently only certified to operate on a maximum of 50% SAF blended with conventional jet fuel and Rolls-Royce continues to support efforts to certificate non-blended SAF. This is particularly important to support sustainability in long-distance air travel, which will require the power density of gas turbines for years to come.

The flight was carried out in close collaboration with Boeing, which provided technical support and oversight on aircraft modifications and assurance the aircraft systems would operate as expected with 100% SAF. World Energy, the world’s first and America’s only commercial-scale SAF production company, provided the low-carbon fuel for the flight.


Airbus receives first A320 Flight Hour Services maintenance contract in Europe

Finnair has selected Airbus’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A320 family fleet (35 aircraft), thus becoming the first European FHS customer for an A320 fleet.

Finnair will benefit from integrated material services including on-site-stock at its main base in Helsinki, access to Airbus’ mutualized spares pools and components engineering and repair services around the world. The FHS contract covers ‘nose to tail’ material services including for engine components.

Airbus will guarantee spare parts availability, generating value through increased fleet availability and operating maintenance costs savings.


LHT renews base maintenance services contract with easyJet

Lufthansa Technik has renewed a substantial base maintenance contract with easyJet for more than 140 aircraft of the airline's A320-family, which was initially signed back in 2016. This successful cooperation was now extended by another five years. The base maintenance services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik's facilities in Sofia / Bulgaria and additionally in Malta and Budapest / Hungary as required.

The extended overhaul services in Sofia under the new agreement have already started in October 2021.

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