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China issues 737 MAX airworthiness directive but troubled jet remains grounded

China’s aviation authority has issued an airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX, paving the way for the troubled jet to return to the skies over China. The directive provides operators with a list of required revisions and modifications to the jet before it can return to service. However, no date has been set for such an event to take place. Boeing’s shares rose 4.3% on pre-market trading on the news after a four-day-long-drop in share value as a consequence of the latest coronavirus concerns.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was the first regulator to ground the 737 MAX, in March 2019, after two fatal crashes and it has now completed all its review of the design changes proposed by Boeing. The regulator has published the following statement on its website: "After conducting sufficient assessment, CAAC considers the corrective actions are adequate to address this unsafe condition.”

On Thursday, December 2, Boeing commented: “The CAAC's decision is an important milestone toward safely returning the 737 MAX to service in China," adding that: “Boeing continues to work with regulators and our customers to return the airplane to service worldwide." Approximately 25% of 737 MAX jets were sold to Chinese airlines prior to the jet’s grounding and currently approximately one third of the 370 737 MAX aircraft that remain undelivered are for Chinese customers. The positive news coming from China is also beneficial for Safran, who manufactures engines for the 737 MAX as part of the CFM International joint venture with GE.

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NetJets accepts first Global 7500 Business Jet

Bombardier has announced the delivery of the 1,000th Global aircraft. The major milestone was reached as the NetJets team led by Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services, took delivery of the private aviation company’s first Global 7500 business jet.

The addition of a Global 7500 aircraft to the NetJets fleet redefines its large-cabin, long-range offering and elevates the choice of travel options for its international clientele. With a 7,700 nm (14,260 km) range, NetJets owners will be able to fly from New York to Beijing or San Francisco to Sydney without refuelling stops. The Global 7500 aircraft is set to be the flagship aircraft in one of the finest fleets in business aviation. The largest and quietest aircraft in the NetJets fleet, this is the first of a firm order of 20 Global 7500 aircraft, sure to transform the way owners experience global travel. 

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AJW Group appoints Tony Whitty as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement

AJW Group has announced the appointment of Tony Whitty as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement. Whitty who joined the business on November 29, 2021, will be responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the AJW Group.

Whitty will use his extensive and diverse experience in aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks and other aircraft owners to assist AJW Group in its aircraft and engine trading business.

Whitty started his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation. He has been based both in Europe and the USA and has achieved considerable success in aircraft remarketing on behalf of a variety of airline and financial sector clients. Whitty was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998 and subsequently worked for Air Partner since 2015.

Whitty will be based at AJW's Headquarters in Slinfold, West Sussex, UK and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.

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MTU supports Pratt & Whitney's GTF Advantage engine

Pratt & Whitney is introducing the GTF Advantage engine configuration, unveiling a technologically improved geared turbofan engine for the A320neo family. The American engine maker announced that work was in progress. Key optimisations are being supplied by MTU Aero Engines. The new configuration should be available starting in January 2024.

The GTF Advantage configuration will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by another one percent each. This will improve the overall picture by 17% compared to prior generation engines. The move will further extend GTF engine’s lead as the most efficient powerplant for the A320neo family. With up to 34,000 pounds of take-off thrust both at sea level and under “hot and high” conditions, the GTF Advantage configuration will also be the most-powerful engine for this aircraft family. The higher thrust rating enables increased-range and payload for operators. The new configuration has been undergoing ground and flight testing at Pratt & Whitney for a year now. The GTF Advantage engine is to become the new production standard for the A320neo family aircraft.

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Swissport adds six new airports in Chile as part of significant growth strategy

As part of its growth strategy in Latin America, Swissport has added six more airports to its network in Chile. The provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling is now represented at a total of eight Chilean airports, covering airports in the entire country from Arica (ARI) in the north to Punta Arenas (PUQ) in the south. At all six new locations, Swissport provides passenger and ramp services to LATAM Airlines, one of its largest customers in the Americas.

"We are pleased to grow with our customers at six additional locations in Chile. Our check-in, gate and ramp staff will do their best to support them in the recovery phase after the crisis caused by the COVID-pandemic“, says Rene Pascua, Head of Latin America and Caribbean at Swissport. „Overall, our significant growth in Chile is part of our strategy that is paying off in many countries in the region as airline customers seek reliable services and operational excellence."

Just this month, Swissport added Uruguay to the list of now 45 countries around the globe where the Switzerland-headquartered provider offers its professional services. In Uruguay, the airports of Montevideo (MVD) and - as of January 2022 - Punta del Este (PDP) are part of the Swissport network. In addition, since October, Swissport has been able to reopen three locations in Argentina (Mendoza, Jujuy and Cordoba) that had been closed during the pandemic, increasing the number to nine airport locations offered in the country.

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HAECO and Alaska Airlines extend partnership through 2027

HAECO Americas has extended its long-standing agreement with Alaska Airlines to provide airframe services in the form of heavy-maintenance and modification services on the airline’s growing fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft at its Greensboro, North Carolina facility through 2027.

The extension of this agreement builds upon the existing partnership between the HAECO Group and Alaska Airlines, which includes interior reconfiguration and engineering services delivered by HAECO Cabin Solutions in addition to airframe services provided by HAECO Americas.
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