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Thursday, January 13th, 2022

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Aernnova Aerospace to buy Embraer’s Portuguese subsidiaries

Spain-based Aernnova Aerospace (Aernnova), an international reference company in the supply of aerostructures, has agreed to purchase Embraer’s Portugal-based subsidiaries Embraer Metálicas and Embraer Compósitos industrial units located on the Évora Aeronautical Industry Park for US$172 million (£125.5 million), subject to adjustments on the closing date.

The two enterprises, which extend over 37,100 and 31,800 square metres, respectively, employ over 500 staff and are responsible for the production of state-of-the-art composite and metallic airframe structures, including those for the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets, the two generations of the E-Jets family of commercial jets and the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft.

As part of the deal, Aernnova will sign a supply agreement with Embraer to secure current production packages for the Brazilian planemaker’s aircraft. The agreement will strengthen Aernnova’s position as a tier 1 supplier for single-aisle aircraft and will expand its presence in the executive and defence aerospace markets. The Évora facilities’ activity will add around US$170 million (£124 million) to Aernnova’s annual revenue. The industrial capacity at Evora plants will also allow Aernnova to further expand the activities of the two newly acquired units with new contracts from Embraer as well as aircraft manufacturers.

Ricardo Chocarro, CEO of Aernnova, said: “This deal is another step forward in Aernnova’s growth strategy, further underlining the company’s status as a global leader in the design and manufacturing of aerostructures. We plan to further develop the operations of the facilities and establish Évora as a global aerostructure manufacturing benchmark, with the technical and commercial support of Aernnova group and with the continuous commitment of the company to a digital and sustainable aeronautical industry.”

GA Telesis’ Flight Solutions Group and Honeywell Aerospace sign consignment partnership

GA Telesis (GAT) and Honeywell Aerospace have entered into a consignment partnership to provide global airlines
with increased component availability and better access to parts through online portals. In addition, the new programme will ensure that airlines will receive components repaired and certified with genuine OEM parts.

This new partnership will be managed by GAT’s Flight Solutions Group (FSG) and bolstered by the Honeywell Aerospace Trading (HAT) division of Honeywell Aerospace, through which the two will create a new evolution of consignment management.

“Our work with GA Telesis will maximize the strengths of both partners to provide a cost-effective solution to our customers. This is the end-to-end maintenance support solution that the global airline community needs in the current market,” said Brian Davis, Vice President, Honeywell Aerospace.


Rolls-Royce appoints Rob Watson to Executive Team as President – Electrical

Rolls-Royce has released that Rob Watson has joined the Executive Team as President - Electrical with effect from January 1, 2022. Watson has led Rolls-Royce Electrical since October 2017, having previously held a number of senior corporate and business roles across the group during his ten-year career with the company. This follows Rolls-Royce's announcement, at its half year results, that from the beginning of this year it will report Rolls-Royce Electrical as a separate line item in its financial statements, alongside the company's three established business units and Rolls-Royce SMR.

Rolls-Royce Electrical offers aviation customers a complete electric propulsion system for their platform, whether that is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) or commuter aircraft. In 2021, Rolls-Royce Electrical announced partnerships with Vertical Aerospace, Eve and Tecnam and also staked the claim for the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft with the Spirit of Innovation.

Collins Aerospace selected as next-generation lavatory supplier for Boeing 737

Boeing has selected Collins Aerospace to be the long-term provider of next-generation lavatories for the Boeing 737 family of aircraft.

The new lavatory incorporates a modular design and customization opportunities for trim, finish and lighting and includes touchless functionality, the latest micro-LED lighting technology and a centralized computing system to optimize the passenger experience, improve airline operability and help pave the way for future technology integration.

The next-generation lavatory is expected to be available on new Boeing 737 airplanes beginning in 2025, with installation available in 12 separate airplane locations and several different lavatory variations to choose from, including an accessible lavatory for passengers of all mobilities.


Hans Airways signs Letter of Intent for first Airbus A330-200

Hans Airways, the UK’s newest airline, preparing to launch scheduled flights to India this year, has secured its first aircraft - signing a Letter of Intent for an Airbus A330-200 (MSN 950) in the first week of the new year. The aircraft has been operating with a leading European airline since 2008, configured in a two-cabin layout, which Hans Airways will operate with 275 economy- and 24 premium-economy seats.

The A330 will be registered as G-KJAS, adopting the surname of one of Hans Airways’ principal early investors, who has believed in its community airline model since the project was conceived in 2019.

Hans Airways has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority for its Air Operator’s Certificate and is hopeful of obtaining the status in time to start revenue service this summer. The airline will operate to secondary cities in India from Birmingham Airport. Its application for an Operating Licence and Route Licence has already been published by the UK CAA.

The first set of flight crew (four pilots and cabin crew) commenced their first day of training January 3, in Crawley, UK with Hans Airways’ flight training partner IAGO Flight Training and L3 Harris Commercial Aviation for the simulator.

Finnair reduces its traffic programme in February as increasing sick leaves take its toll

The omicron coronavirus variant and flu season has led to a significant increase of sick leave among staff at Finnair and its partners. To cope with the resource challenges, Finnair is now reducing its traffic programme for the month of February by around 20% and offering other flight options to its customers. These flight cancellations will enable Finnair to operate a more flexible schedule and adapt to the expected rise in sick leave across different functions at Finnair and its partners.

“Staff sick leave is now significantly impacting Finnair and airports in Finland as well as throughout the world. We aim to meet these resourcing challenges through the cancellation of flights, to avoid last-minute changes and better manage our customers’ expectations. This will give customers more time to prepare for flight schedule changes and adjust their travel plans if needed,” says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

The majority of the cancelled flights are on routes where Finnair operates multiple daily flights, so many customers will be offered an alternative flight on the same day. These destinations include, for example, services to Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris and Rome.

Changes will also take place to long-haul flights: the inaugural of Finnair’s new Dallas service will move from February to March 27 and the start of the Nagoya flights and added frequencies to Osaka, will move to the summer season 2022. Finnair will also reduce weekly frequencies to Singapore to twice a week and to Hong Kong to three-times a week.


TrueNoord leases ATR72-212F cargo aircraft to Slovenian operator - Amelia International

In a new re-marketing transaction,TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor, has entered into a new four-year operating lease agreement with Amelia International, part of the Regourd Aviation Group. The ATR72-212F (MSN 461) cargo aircraft was previously leased by ASL Airlines Ireland. It will be transitioned into Amelia International’s regional fleet and be based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Slovenian airline Amelia International is a specialist in ad-hoc charter and regular regional flights in Europe and Africa. It gained its AOC in 2012 and as of today is operating a fleet of 14 aircraft, composed of Embraer 135/145 and ATR42/72. On top of the airline business, Amelia International also specialises in airworthiness consulting for regional aircraft and operates several line maintenance stations. MSN 461 will be Amelia International’s first cargo aircraft.

VINCI Airports takes over operation of Manaus International Airport (Brazil)

VINCI Airports has taken over the operation of Manaus airport today, under a 30-year concession contract
awarded by Brazilian civil aviation in April. The effective cooperation between VINCI Airports and Infraero a public airport infrastructure company - has enabled a smooth transition. Six other airports in the region - Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Tefé - will join VINCI Airports’ portfolio in February 2022. In total, these seven airports welcomed seven million passengers in 2019.

The third cargo airport in Brazil, Manaus airport is a pillar of the economic and social development of the Amazon. VINCI Airports will work to develop the cargo activity of this platform by optimizing its operation. Building on the good environmental performance of Salvador airport - which has become "the most sustainable airport" in Brazil since it took over operations in 2018 - VINCI Airports will also deploy its environmental action plan in the Amazon. The objective is to reduce the CO2 emissions of airports - notably through the construction of a solar farm - and to improve their water and waste management. Furthermore, a forest carbon sink programme will be implemented, to sequester their residual CO2 emissions, while helping to protect the Amazon rainforest and biodiversity.

Following the integration of Manaus airport and the six other airports in the region, VINCI Airports will
operate 53 airports around the world, including eight airports in Brazil. It thus becomes the country's leading
international airport concessionaire in terms of the number of airports managed and employs nearly 500
people in the country.

Boeing expands partnerships with German industry on F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler

Boeing has announced the expansion of its industrial partnership strategy in Germany in support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler offering to the Bundeswehr. A Request for Information (RFI) was issued to more than ten German companies to solicit bids.

German industry partners will play a significant role in providing support equipment, logistics and overall maintenance, parts, local sustainment programmes, training and other relevant repair and overhaul solutions for Germany’s potential Super Hornet and Growler fleet. German industry will also have the opportunity to participate in the development of the next-generation Jammer for the EA-18G Growler.

The RFIs are the first step towards in-country sustainment worth approximately US$4 billion / €3.5 billion over the lifecycle of the programmes and will contribute additional economic opportunity and value to the German economy as the programmes evolve.

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