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Fraport and TAV win tender for new 25-year concession at Turkey’s Antalya Airport

Fraport AG (Fraport) and joint venture partner TAV Airport Holdings (TAV) have come out as winners in a recent tender for the new 25-year concession for Antalya Airport located at the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The concession will begin in 2027 when the existing concession, also secured by Fraport and TAV, runs out. It is anticipated that the new concession will be signed by the second quarter 2022, assuming that approval is granted by the Turkish competition and airport authorities. The two companies bid was for €7.25 billion (£6.2 billion), 25% of which will be due 90 days after the closing of the concession contract.

Under the agreement, infrastructure projects will have to be completed before the operational period of the new concession begins. These projects include the expansion of Terminal 2 and the domestic terminal, as well as creating new facilities for VIP/CIP passengers.

Commenting on the successful bid for the new AYT concession, Fraport AG’s CEO Dr. Stefan Schulte said: “We delivered a convincing bid backed by our many years of successfully operating and developing Antalya Airport as one of the world’s premier tourism hubs. Together with our partner TAV, we look forward to continuing this dedication to customer service, innovation and operational excellence in the decades to come.”

Excluding Istanbul, Antalya is Turkey’s busiest airport, catering for 35 million passengers in 2019, just prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 passenger numbers dropped 73% to approximately 9.7 million. Numbers have recovered considerably in 2021 with 20 million passengers catered for in the January-to-October period.

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Travelport reaches NDC distribution agreement with British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling

Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide and International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed a distribution agreement to enable modern travel retailing by bringing New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling to Travelport-connected travel agencies around the world.

By channelling its NDC content through the next-generation Travelport+ platform, IAG will be able to offer travel retailers a wider-range of content – including additional price points and an expanded selection of ancillary products – while taking advantage of modern digital retailing tools such as intelligent storefronts to merchandise them effectively. 

Travelport and IAG are progressing well on the technical solution for NDC distribution and will continue to add features and functionality ahead of NDC content being rolled out.

Virgin Australia to restart Sydney-Canberra services from January 30, 2022

Virgin Australia will resume flights between Sydney and Canberra from January 30, 2022, with more than 50 services available between the two capital cities each week, under an exclusive agreement with Link Airways.  

The services, which were first paused in April 2020 at the height of the pandemic, will be operated using Link Airways’ Saab 340 B Plus aircraft and crew, with up to nine flights per weekday.

The resumption of Virgin Australia Sydney-Canberra services will be welcome news for corporate, leisure, and government sector customers who will now have more choice and flexibility when travelling to and from Capital Hill.

The agreement with Link Airways will extend the Virgin Australia domestic network reach into markets like Sydney-Canberra that its’ own 737-800 aircraft cannot serve effectively. As the airline quickly ramps up capacity across domestic and short-haul international services it will continue to evaluate new destinations and opportunities to connect Australia. Since September, Virgin Australia has launched 15 new services, some of which have never been operated in the airline’s 21-year history, as the revitalised business takes flight under new ownership.

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HAECO welcomes joint maintenance management cooperation agreement

HAECO Group has recently signed a joint maintenance management cooperation arrangement with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM). The new cooperation arrangement will allow mutual recognition of aircraft maintenance licences issued by all three authorities, facilitating licence holders to be able to work in aircraft maintenance organisations located throughout the Chinese Mainland, the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, the HAECO Group also operates airframe, engine and component maintenance facilities in the Chinese Mainland, Europe and the United States, providing aviation services to aircraft operators worldwide. The new cooperation arrangement, which will facilitate the flow of aircraft maintenance license holders throughout the Chinese Mainland, will enable HAECO to tap into a wider pool of aircraft maintenance professionals in increasing employment opportunities across the region.

Italy's new national carrier ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft

ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and ten A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 wide-body airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on September 30, 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease Airbus A350s to complement its fleet modernisation.

“Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalisation of the order we announced last September. In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological developments in the aviation sector and digitalisation, where Airbus is a market leader. All this is part of the actions to achieve our environmental sustainability objectives, " said Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways.

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GA Telesis expands component offering for Pratt & Whitney PW4168 and PW4056-3 engines

GA Telesis (GAT) has announced another expansion to its inventory of Used Serviceable Material (USM) with the disassembly of one Pratt & Whitney PW4168 and one Pratt & Whitney PW4056-3 engine. In addition, over 30 of the popular Honeywell GTCP131 and GTCP331 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) models will be disassembled over the coming months. GAT's Component Solutions team will manage the distribution of the USM from these asset teardowns.

The Component Solutions team, part of the Flight Solutions Group (FSG), has scheduled a record number of engine and airframe teardowns in 2022 and beyond. With significant changes in airline and leasing companies’ upcoming asset and material needs, coupled with large numbers of scheduled new aircraft deliveries, FSG is well placed to continue its leadership position in the teardown and USM segment for years to come.

Stephen Mitchell joins Savback Helicopters as Head of Sales, UK and Ireland

Savback Helicopters has announced another addition to its sales team, engaging Stephen Mitchell as its Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, effective immediately. Mitchell joins Commercial Director Rick Andrew and both will be based at the company’s newly opened facilities at the Nottingham Heliport, UK.

Stephen brings 25 years of experience in civil aviation sales to Savback. Following 12 years’ service in the Royal Air Force, he began a career in helicopter sales, specialising in transacting Robinson and Leonardo Helicopters. This included 17 years with Sloane Helicopters. Following this, he gained experience in both business jet and commercial airline sales in cooperation with Aura Aviation and JetBrokers Inc. With an additional seven years of experience in the primary aviation markets, he brings a deep understanding of how the fixed wing and rotary markets complement each other.

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GX Aviation new next-generation terminal receives FAA approval and certification

Inmarsat has announced that its next generation terminal for its GX Aviation solution has received approval and certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

Under the certification, the powerful new Falcon 300 terminal will be authorised to be installed on Boeing 737 aircraft. Developed with GDC Advanced Technology, the terminal includes GDC’s dual modem manager (MODMAN), with components by Kontron, together with a proven, reliable flat panel antenna by ThinKom. 

At a critical time for the industry, inflight Wi-Fi is key to helping airlines boost passenger confidence and meet the expectations of the post-COVID travel. Inmarsat’s recently released 2021 Passenger Confidence Tracker, found that 41% of air passengers believe that having Wi-Fi on their flights is even more important now than pre-COVID. The Falcon 300 terminal is available to airlines and was recently selected by SAUDIA, the national airline of Saudi Arabia, as part of an agreement for GX Aviation to be installed and activated onboard its upcoming fleet.  

LCI acquires Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland)

Aviation leasing company LCI, has announced an agreement to acquire Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland), a division of the Nova Capital Group.

Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) represents the twin-engine rotary and fixed-wing aircraft lease division of the Nova Capital Group, with single-engine operations remaining within the Group.

The acquisition will result in a substantial expansion of LCI’s leasing platform to over 140 twin-engine rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. It will also take the proportion of aircraft deployed on emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), offshore wind and utility missions, to over 80% of the entire leasing platform.

Last year, Nova Capital further expanded its fleet with the addition of eight factory new twin-engine EMS helicopters valued at over US$90 million, reaching half-a-billion total fleet value at 2021 year-end. Nova Capital will now focus on the development of its single-engine helicopter, light utility fixed-wing aircraft and other advanced air mobility operations, in partnership with LCI.
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