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Airbus helps underline aerospace recovery with 408 orders at Dubai Airshow

European planemaker Airbus has enjoyed a successful time at the Dubai Airshow, the first expo of its type since the global pandemic struck in 2019. The company has secured 269 firm orders and 139 commitments across its full range of commercial aircraft, a first order for the A350F freighter derivative, as well as sales of its military multi-role tanker transport aircraft.

At a pre-show event Airbus delivered its global market forecast, identifying a need for 15,250 aircraft, around 40% of which will be to replace less economic and less fuel-efficient aircraft. On the opening day of the show, Indigo Partners portfolio airlines placed a firm order for 255 A321neo Family aircraft, including 29 XLRs. The order breakdown is as follows: Wizz Air 102 aircraft (75 A321neos + 27 A321XLRs); Frontier 91 aircraft (A321neos); Volaris 39 aircraft (A321neos); JetSMART 23 aircraft (21 A321neos + 2 A321XLRs). The second day saw Air Lease Corporation sign a commitment for 111 aircraft covering the full range of aircraft families including the new A350 Freighter (25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos, seven A350Fs). Along with the orders, ALC and Airbus announced the first ever joint ESG scheme in aircraft procurement - a joint Sustainability Fund - to foster industry decarbonisation solutions. On the third day, Jazeera Airways committed to 28 A321neos and Nigeria’s Ibom Air became a new Airbus customer with a firm order for ten A220s.

On the defence side, Airbus sold two additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence and secured a new export order for two A400M new-generation airlifters from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence.

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FL Technics signs long-term base maintenance contract with Wizz Air

FL Technics, a global independent MRO service provider and Wizz Air have signed an agreement covering partnership for base maintenance solutions with a planned start of services in July 2022.

Based on the agreement, FL Technics will be providing heavy maintenance services for Wizz Air's Airbus A320/A321ceo and -neo fleet, including both, planned heavy maintenance checks as well as short-heavy maintenance visits. 

A four-year contract, with extension possibility, was signed at the beginning of November and is yet another major partnership development between the two organisations, in addition to the existing long-term cooperation focused on the line maintenance services.

AerFin Board of Directors appoints Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer

The AerFin Board of Directors has appointed Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer, replacing founder and current CEO Bob James. James will remain invested in the business and transition to Non-Executive Director as part of the company’s agreed succession plan. Goodson will join the business on December 1st, 2021.

Danish private equity firm CataCap, in partnership with the management team, acquired AerFin Holdings in October 2019.

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FlightService and Avensis bring to market supply chain solution

AELF FlightService (FlightService) has announced that it partnered with Avensis Aviation to purchase ten Medius passenger to freighter conversion kits for 2022.

FlightService, operated by its sister company, Malta-based Maleth Aero, is focused on reliable, innovative air cargo solutions, with an emerging ground transportation segment. The company will work with Avensis to convert its Airbus A330 and A340 fleet beginning early 2022.

The soon-to-be released Avensis Medius Class E Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will allow the modified passenger-to-freighter aircraft to fly beyond the current EASA exemption deadline of July 2022. The STC approval will make FlightService one of, if not the only provider of ad-hoc charter/ACMI services approved to fly converted passenger-to-freighter aircraft beyond the regulatory deadline.

“This is an investment in the passenger to freighter space that puts us in a unique position in the marketplace,” said Joe Cirillo, Chief Operating Officer at AELF FlightService. “With the Avensis modification, the EASA exemption will be a non-issue for us and allow us to provide much of the same utility as a full-freighter. From this point forward we’ll have a continuous and reliable service that shippers and retailers can come back to time and again. It provides strong utility and peace-of-mind for our customers and partners for the long haul.”

Avensis’ solutions, including the Medius Class E Freighter modification that FlightService will utilise, add agility to fleet management, maximise aircraft freight capacity and are fully reversible.

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TrustFlight, Boeing and partners look to transform aircraft maintenance for more efficient future

A unique collaboration between TrustFlight, Boeing, RaceRocks and The University of British Columbia (UBC) has plans to transform the aviation industry, creating a new digital aircraft records platform aimed at significantly improving efficiency and potentially saving the sector up to US$3.5 billion a year.

The Digital Aviation Record System (DARS) will be developed in Canada, having received investment and support from the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster – an initiative that helps to establish a framework for collaboration and co-investment on projects across all sectors.

The long-term aim of the project is to create the world’s first truly global, web-based component and airworthiness records platform connecting data across the supply chain. Working closely with existing industry maintenance and MRO system providers, DARS will enhance its functionality by enabling seamless transfer of accurate aircraft information, removing the need for manual data entry and delivering significant efficiency improvements. The first DARS service to be offered will be a digital engine log, available in early 2022.

Karl Steeves, CEO at TrustFlight, says: “Most systems that manage and record aircraft maintenance are either paper-based or operator specific software solutions that are often unable to communicate with one another, meaning data has to be input and transferred manually. We knew there was a better way to work, concluding that a consolidated digital platform like DARS could improve airline maintenance productivity and efficiency by up to 25%, potentially saving the industry US$3.5 billion a year.”

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Brussels Airlines reveals new brand identity

Brussels Airlines has presented a new brand identity on November 18, confirming its position in the market as Belgium’s home carrier and the Africa expert of the Lufthansa Group. Updated colours, a new logo and aircraft livery are the visual token of the airline’s new chapter, stating its readiness for future challenges and re-emphasising on the importance of the Belgian brand. A chapter with a strong focus on customer experience, reliability and sustainability while keeping a competitive cost-structure.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, Brussels Airlines accelerated and intensified in 2020 its transformation plan Reboot Plus, in order to pave the way for a future-proof company that is able to face the competition, with a sound and healthy cost structure.   

After the restructuring, the company started the second phase of its Reboot Plus plan: the build-up and improvement phase. Brussels Airlines now turns its attention to the future with strategic investments in an improved customer experience, new technologies, digitisation, new ways of working and the development of its employees.

The Belgian company is transforming to become a healthy, profitable airline that offers perspectives to its customers, partners and employees; an airline with a constant focus on the environment and the reduction of its ecological footprint. A New Brussels Airlines.

During the COVID-crisis, the African network of Brussels Airlines remained the most important market for the company, with the most stable flight offer. Also in the future, Brussels Airlines will continue to serve as the African competence centre for the Lufthansa Group and continue to invest in the continent.

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Aergo Capital announces delivery of two DHC-8-Q400 aircraft

Aergo Capital (Aergo) has successfully delivered two DHC-8-Q400 aircraft bearing manufacturers serial number 4185 and 4180, to 748 Air Services. The first delivery completed during October 2021 and the second on November 12, 2021. The 2007 and 2008 vintage aircraft are two of the 20 DHC-8-Q400 aircraft acquired by the Aergo group earlier in 2021.

Akasa Air signs purchase and services agreement for CFM’s fuel-efficient, LEAP-1B engines

Akasa Air, India’s newest airline, has announced the purchase of CFM LEAP-1B engines to power its recently ordered Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, which also includes spare engines and long-term services agreement, is valued at nearly US$4.5 billion (£3.6 million) at list price.

With this purchase and services agreement, Akasa Air will have from day one of its operations an innovative and comprehensive maintenance programme delivered by CFM.
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