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After 2.5 years 737 MAX returns to the sky in India with SpiceJet

Two-and-a-half years after it was grounded, globally, following two fatal crashes, Boeing’s 737 MAX is once again in service with Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet. The first flight on Saturday November 20, was a “special flight for employees” and the first operated by the carrier since March 2019.

SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier currently operating the 737 MAX, soon-to-be-launched Akasa will be the second. The only other operator of the aircraft type was Jet Airways, which is currently not operating and which retired eight 737 MAXs earlier this year.

Gurgaon-based SpiceJet has 13 737 MAX jets on lease and 192 on order. All the required hardware and software modifications have been carried out on the aircraft and they will shortly be returning to service. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had allowed the 737 MAX to fly again in August “upon satisfaction of applicable requirements for return to service.”

Rolls-Royce delivers 1000th Trent XWB-84 engine

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 1000th Trent XWB–84 engine, achieving another key milestone for the engine programme. The Trent XWB–84, which will power an Airbus A350-900, was built at the company’s state-of-the-art Production Test Facility in Derby, England.

The Trent XWB-84 is the latest in the Trent family to reach this milestone, and has done so faster than any of its predecessors. Following its entry into service in 2015, the Trent XWB-84, quickly became the fastest selling large engine of all time. It has now achieved more than eight million engine flying hours in service with more than 30 operators, demonstrating its versatility and capability by flying a range of different routes, from short-range segments to ultra-long-range flights of more than 18 hours.

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Beechcraft Denali enters flight test phase

Textron Aviation today announced its new single-engine turboprop, the Beechcraft Denali, took to the skies for the first time. The milestone first flight is a major step for the clean-sheet design aircraft and begins the important flight test programme that substantiates the segment-leading performance expected of the Denali.

Piloted by senior test pilot Peter Gracey and chief test pilot Dustin Smisor, the Beechcraft Denali prototype aircraft, powered by GE Aviation’s new Catalyst engine, took off at approximately 8:20 a.m. from the company’s west campus at Eisenhower International Airport. During the two-hour and 50-minute flight, the team tested the aircraft’s performance, stability and control, as well as its propulsion, environmental, flight controls and avionics systems. The aircraft reached an altitude of 15,600 feet and attained speeds of 180 knots.

The company is targeting certification for the Denali in 2023.

Singapore Airlines upgrades fleet-wide IFEC experience with Panasonic Avionics

Panasonic Avionics has signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines to provide a seamless and harmonised in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experience across the airline’s wide-body and narrow-body fleets.

Singapore Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 IFE solution for its new fleet of 37 Boeing 737-8 aircraft. The system features full-HD seatback monitors in both the Business Class and Economy Class, complete with capacitive touch screen displays and USB charging ports. Each Business Class seat’s IFE comes with an additional handset and in-seat power outlets.

Singapore Airlines has also selected global in-flight connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics which can deliver average speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to the aircraft, with peak speeds reaching 200 Mbps and higher. The airline’s in-flight connectivity experience, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ global network of high-speed, high-bandwidth satellites will deliver a host of next-generation connectivity benefits, including fast internet and in-flight mobile phone services. This will enable the airline to meet the growing connectivity demand of travellers today and into the future.

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Jorge Ortega appointed CEO of Safran Cabin

Effective December 1, 2021, Jorge Ortega is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Safran Cabin and becomes a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. He succeeds Norman Jordan who has decided to give a new orientation to his career.

After having held different management responsibilities in Westinghouse Corporation, Ortega joined Labinal in 1993 as programme manager and then operations manager. In 2000, he was promoted to President of Labinal Mexico and managed the business development and growth of the Chihuahua sites. In December 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of the North America wiring systems activities and then, in 2011, North America Wiring and Services Division Managing Director, following the integration of the services activities into division. As such, he is in charge of all the wiring systems activities in North America and is General Manager of Interconnection Systems Americas (ISA) within Safran Electrical & Power.

GE awarded two contracts supporting T700 engine fleets across US military

The Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded GE two contracts in September totalling more than US$1billion to support T700 turboshaft engine fleets across the US military.

GE will provide field-level consumables and services through a five-year, US$284 million contract with DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia and depot-level repairable and module section components through a five-year, US$722 million contract with DLA Aviation in Huntsville, Alabama. GE facilities in Lynn, Massachusetts and Evendale, Ohio, will produce the majority of parts associated with these contracts.

These T700 contracts are replacing the current Technical, Engineering, Logistics Supplies and Services (TELSS) contract which supports the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) located in Corpus Christi, Texas. These contracts will expand GE’s responsibility from depot only to fleet-level support.

The T700 entered service in 1978 powering the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Today, the T700/CT7 family of turboshaft and turboprop engines power 15 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The T700/CT7 family has surpassed 24,000 units delivered and more than 100 million total engine flight hours.

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Embraer and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre sign MoU for strategic collaboration

Embraer and the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (Royal NLR) have signed a MoU for a potential strategic collaboration relating to aerospace research. The research areas include technology development and innovation in defence and space systems, general aviation, MRO, air mobility and sustainability.

The MoU also brings together the possibility to extend and increase long-term relations between Embraer and Royal NLR during the design and development of Embraer products, such as the E-Jets family and recent E2 models, the legacy family of executive jets and the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft and programmes. In this context, the two companies are already discussing potential opportunities related to automated maintenance procedures.

In the last two decades, Embraer and Royal NLR have been working in close collaboration in research and development in such areas as new materials, flight-deck technology, system development and aerodynamics applied in the company’s leading-edge products including wind tunnel tests and advanced aero-elastic wind tunnel models.

Israel Aerospace Industries marks profitability and growth for third quarter of 2021

Israel Aerospace Industries has issued its consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 (reporting period) and for the third quarter of 2021 (Q3 2021).

The company's sales in the reporting period grew to approx. US$3,205 million compared with approx. US$3,084 million in the corresponding period of 2020, an increase of US$121 million, representing approx. 3.9%. The growth in sales mainly derives from the increased sales in the Systems Missiles & Space Group and the Military Aircraft Group, partly offset by reduced sales in the ELTA Group.

The company's sales in Q3 2021 grew and amounted to approx. US$1,041 million compared with approx. US$1,006 million in Q3 2020, an increase of approx. US$35 million.

Net income in the reporting period increased by 17% to approx. USD$131 million (approx. 4.1% of sales), compared with net income of approx. US$112 million (approx. 3.6% of sales) in the corresponding period of 2020. Net income in Q3 2021 amounted to approx. US$31 million (approx. 3% of sales), compared with net income of approx. US$30 million (approx. 3% of sales) in Q3 2020.

EBITDA in the reporting period amounted to approx. US$361 million (approx. 11.3% of sales), compared with approx. US$311 million (approx. 10.1% of sales) in the corresponding period of 2020. EBITDA in Q3 2021 amounted to approx. US$109 million (approx. 10.5% of sales), compared with approx. US$88 million (approx. 8.7% of sales) in Q3 2020.

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easyJet is recruiting for 1,500 seasonal crew roles across Europe for its summer operations

easyJet, one of Europe’s leading airlines, has launched its annual recruitment drive for seasonal cabin crew to fly next summer, to serve the predicted ramp up in demand. easyJet is recruiting for 1,500 seasonal crew roles across Europe for its summer operations between March and October next year. Of these, 1,100 of the jobs being advertised are set to be based in the UK alongside 250 seasonal crew who are set to return to the airline having operated last summer.

With sufficient pilots already in place to support operations for summer 2022, the airline is now looking to reopen its cadet pipeline, starting with taking on 150 newly qualified cadet pilots in the UK who had originally been due to join the airline at the beginning of the pandemic. They will now join between January and April 2022. In addition to this, the airline is planning to begin recruitment in the coming weeks for experienced Airbus pilots, to be based in Europe.

Last week, easyJet confirmed it would be expanding its UK fleet with three more aircraft across its Bristol and Manchester bases for the summer 2022 season. The Manchester base will be larger than ever with 20 aircraft based there connecting the North-West to key cities and holidays destinations across Europe.

S7 Technics launches new facility for Embraer aircraft heat and sound insulation repairs

S7 Technics, a Russian provider of MRO services, has launched a new facility within its cabin interior repair shop, which is part of the company’s maintenance base at Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME). The new shop specialises in maintenance and repairs of thermal acoustic insulation mats and is the first of its kind in Russia. Now operators of Embraer aircraft in Russia and wider CIS have an option of repairing these components locally, instead of going through more costly and time-consuming procedure of having to order and import new components from foreign providers. Thus S7 Technics proceeds on course of helping its customers in the region to cut their maintenance costs.

S7 Technics have undergone training with Safran, and the Russian provider has successfully completed all internal and external audits prior to winning EASA approval for this newest addition to its capability list. The facility has been fitted with cutting-edge equipment. To ensure required occupational health and safety parameters for fibre glass operations the facility has been equipped in compliance with the highest standards, including flow exhaust ventilation system.
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