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Lufthansa Group places major order for ZIM Premium Economy seating

Having previously ordered the ZIMmagic (PC-01) Premium Economy seat from ZIM Aircraft Seating, Lufthansa Group has placed an order for the new-generation ZIMprivacy (PC-02) seat to be installed on 19 of its flagship Boeing B747-8s and an additional nine SWISS Airbus A330s.

The seats will come with a customised specification for trim and finishes so they can enable Swiss and Lufthansa to maintain their individual cabin branding. The ZIMprivacy has set a new standard for comfort and privacy in the Premium Economy class. The highly innovative seat features a mechanical kinematic enclosed within a fixed backrest shell structure and includes enhanced privacy with an integrated privacy shield creating improved personal space for all passengers. The ZIMprivacy also includes a variety of other amenities such as individually adjustable armrests, cocktail table, single piece meal table, personal reading light, ambient mood lighting and an extra-large IFE screen.

“The award of this project to ZIM Aircraft Seating is a very good sign for the future direction of commercial aviation in the long-lasting COVID-19 crisis and indicates a recovery in flight activities. The entire ZIM Aircraft Seating team is very proud that we have hit the right nerve in the market with our new product development of the ZIMprivacy and that with Lufthansa and SWISS we were able to convince two strong partners as launch customers,” says Sven Achilles, CEO of ZIM Aircraft Seating. ZIM Aircraft Seating, a global leader in premium aircraft seating, is headquartered in Immenstaad am Bodensee, Germany.

Maldivian orders three ATR aircraft

The national airline of the Maldives, Island Aviation Services (dba. Maldivian) and ATR have signed a contract for the purchase of the airline’s first ATR aircraft: two ATR 72-600s and one ATR 42-600. The three aircraft will be delivered in 2022.

The ATR 72-600s and ATR 42-600 will benefit from the new PW127XT engines, offering 3% reduction in fuel consumption and a 20% reduction in maintenance costs, along with the ability to use sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Just as it is for the aircraft manufacturer, sustainable development is a major concern for the airline.

Maldivian is joining forces with ATR to contribute to the economic development of the archipelago. This initiative will complement the Government of Maldives’ air mobility policy and allow Maldivian to offer enhanced connectivity across the Maldives.

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AerCap raised funding of approximately US$30.5 billion and executed 438 transactions in 2021

AerCap Holdings (AerCap) has announced its major business transactions during the full-year and fourth quarter 2021:

AerCap completed the GECAS transaction on November 1, 2021, making AerCap a worldwide industry leader across all areas of aviation leasing: aircraft, engines and helicopters.

During the full year 2021 the company raised long-term funding of approximately US$30.5 billion, including US$24 billion in the fourth quarter to finance the GECAS acquisition. AerCap signed 311 lease agreements, completed 65 purchases and executed 62 sale transactions during 2021

During the fourth quarter AerCap signed 158 lease agreements, including 19 wide-body aircraft and 92 narrow-body aircraft, 27 engines and 20 helicopters.  The company completed 42 purchases for 29 aircraft (including 16 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, one Airbus A220 aircraft and five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for AerCap’s owned aircraft portfolio and seven aircraft for AerCap’s managed aircraft portfolio), five engines and eight helicopters. 

AerCap executed 30 sale transactions for 23 aircraft (including five Airbus A320 family aircraft, two Airbus A320neo family aircraft, five Boeing 737NGs, four Boeing 757s, two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and one Boeing 767-300ER from AerCap’s owned aircraft portfolio and four aircraft from AerCap’s managed aircraft portfolio), four engines and three helicopters.

TrueNoord leases two new ATR 42-600s to Silver Airways

TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor, has delivered two new ATR 42-600s to existing lessee Silver Airways. The aircraft join the ATR 72-600 delivered to Silver Airways in May 2021, increasing TrueNoord’s portfolio with the American passenger and cargo regional carrier to three aircraft.

Garry Topp, TrueNoord Sales Director – Americas, comments: “It is very encouraging to be involved in the recovery of the US market and supporting Silver Airways’ ATR fleet expansion plans with two new deliveries. The placement of these aircraft increases TrueNoord’s North American footprint and we look forward to further developing our activity in the region this year. This also marks the first ATR 42-600s in the TrueNoord fleet and we are enthusiastic about acquiring more of these modern, fuel-efficient regional aircraft in the future.”

Delivered to Silver Airways on a long-term operating lease, these aircraft will be operated across Silver’s passenger network: the south-eastern USA, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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IATA appoints Frederic Leger as SVP for Commercial Products and Services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Frederic Leger as the association’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products and Services. Leger served in the role on an ad interim basis since July 2021, when IATA’s Commercial Products and Services Division was created as part of an internal restructuring. He reports to Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

Leger holds the concurrent position of President of IATA’s Cargo Network Services in the US, a responsibility he has held since May 2021. He joined IATA in 2005 as head of e-Invoicing Services. Since then, he has held various roles at the association with a focus on IATA’s commercial products and services and cargo. Most recently he oversaw the commercial performance of products and services connected with IATA’s work in airport, passenger, cargo and security activities.

AEI receives Transport Canada STC approval for B737-800SF freighter conversion

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has released that Transport Canada Civil Aviation has approved AEI’s STC (ST02690LA) for the 12-pallet position B737-800SF freighter conversion. AEI currently has FAA, CAAC, EASA and now TCCA approvals for its B737-800SF. Last month AEI announced a contract to provide Chrono Aviation with a B737-800SF freighter conversion, which represents AEI’s first Canadian-based customer.

The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) and incorporates eleven full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box, a large 86” x 137” main cargo door with a single vent door system.

AEI’s forward-thinking design allows for containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room which minimizes potential door and aircraft strikes. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley and full lavatory.

AMETEK MRO Singapore invests in Airbus A350 repair capability

AMETEK Singapore PTE has augmented its capabilities by investing in Airbus A350 maintenance solutions. The decision, which will provide customers in the Asia Pacific region with a regional support option for the full suite of cargo and galley heaters for the aircraft type, will be further complemented by AMETEK’s current airworthiness approvals including CAAS, CAAC, FAA, EASA, JCAB, CAAM, CAAV and DGCA.

“The A350 has a range of around 15,000 km so it is hardly surprising that operators are choosing this aircraft to service their long-haul routes,” commented Dave Corish, Divisional Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK Singapore PTE. “As such, it is crucial to be able to provide comprehensive maintenance solutions, particularly in regions such as Asia Pacific, where European- and US-based MROs are not viable repair options from a logistics point of view. As an authorized warranty repair station, we provide OEM warranty assessment as well as repair services for cockpit, galley and bulk cargo components.”

AMETEK Singapore PTE will work with its sister company AMETEK Airtechnology Group, as part of its end-to-end service offering strategy, to provide this additional global aftermarket support for its suite of A350 electrical heaters. AMETEK Airtechnology Group specialises in the design, development and manufacture of thermal management and motion control products.
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