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Airbus to partner with Tarmac Aerosave for China-based “lifecycle” service centre

Airbus, together with Tarmac Aerosave and the city of Chengdu, China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the first China-based sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China. Activities covered by the MoU will include aircraft parking and storage, to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for various aircraft types. The formal agreement is planned to be signed in mid-2022, while the new centre should become operational by year end 2023.

For 15 years Tarmac Aerosave has been responsible for the eco-efficient dismantling of aircraft and it will combine with Airbus subsidiary Satair, which will be responsible for the acquisition of aging aircraft, then trading and distributing the resultant used parts. The Chengdu facility will cover 690,000 square metres and will have a storage capability for 125 aircraft.

“This is another concrete contribution to the aviation industry's quest for sustainability, supporting the principle of a circular economy in line with Airbus’ purpose to pioneer sustainable aerospace. This unique centre will support the expansion of Airbus’ aviation services while enabling the implementation of China's “Green Industry” strategy”, said Klaus Roewe, SVP Airbus Customer Services. “Aircraft phase-out in China is forecast to grow exponentially over the next 20 years. Airbus is committed to investing in the region and this one-stop-shop - a first in China and outside of Europe - will see Airbus well positioned on the Chinese aircraft ‘second life’ services market.” he added.

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AJW Group and Honeywell sign distribution agreement for Boeing 737 MAX ADIRU

AJW Group and Honeywell have announced a worldwide sole distributor agreement for the global sales of Air Data Inertial Reference Unit (ADIRU) PN HG2050BC04 for later generation B737NG and all current production B737 MAX fleets of aircraft.

Under the terms of the agreement, AJW will distribute the new production build ADIRU, for all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for all initial provisioning and purchasing requirements for operators and integrated service providers.  

The collaboration includes AJW holding distribution inventory at its global facilities to meet the needs of worldwide Boeing 737 MAX operators, complementing the extensive inventory of Boeing parts and maintenance, repair and overhaul services that allow AJW to deliver complete support solutions to customers. In addition, AJW Technique, AJW group’s maintenance hub and an authorised repair facility for multiple Honeywell products, is lining up for capability extension to offer complete support on the Airbus ADIRU platform.

HAECO Hong Kong completes first Boeing 737-800 split scimitar winglet modification

HAECO Hong Kong has completed the first split scimitar winglet modification in tandem with C-Check for a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The winglet modification was to change the blended winglets into split scimitar winglet configuration, improving fuel efficiency of the aircraft.

Being an Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) designated authorised modification centre, HAECO Hong Kong has completed over 110 winglet modifications on Boeing 737NG, 757 and 767 aircraft. With the support from Virgin Australia and APB, HAECO Hong Kong’s experienced engineering team accomplished a smooth winglet modification process and aircraft redelivery.

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Delta anticipates weather-related flight cancellations despite changes to 5G roll-out

Delta is planning for the possibility of weather-related cancellations caused by the deployment of new 5G-service in the vicinity of dozens of US airports, starting as early as January 19. The FAA, which regulates airlines, has issued numerous notices that restrict flight activity near airports where this new deployment of 5G-service in the C-band spectrum could cause limited interference with altitude instruments on aircraft under various weather conditions that aircraft safely operate in today. As such, Delta is taking the necessary steps to ensure safety remains the priority in compliance with FAA guidelines.

Telecom companies agreed Tuesday to limit the scope of today's planned 5G deployment and will delay implementation around certain US airports. While this is a positive development toward preventing widespread disruptions to flight operations, some flight restrictions may remain.

“We appreciate the decision to limit the rollout of this service near airports,” EVP and Chief of Operations John Laughter said. “We believe industries can grow, innovate and co-exist for the benefit of consumers. That’s why we’re continuing to work with the FAA, the FCC and the telecom industry to find a practical solution that will allow for the roll-out of 5G technology while preserving safety and avoiding flight disruptions.”

Delta is committed to proactively communicating with customers whenever possible about a cancellation or delay due to low visibility weather conditions that impact a 5G-affected airport.

Nadia Kaddouri appointed Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer of Swissport International

Nadia Kaddouri has been appointed to the group global management team as Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer of Swissport International effective January 1, 2022.

In her new role, she will drive Swissport’s business strategy with a strong focus on market intelligence, trends and innovations and will take over the lead of Swissport's lounge and executive aviation businesses. In addition to the corporate strategy, the responsibility for driving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics will be at the core of her agenda.

Kaddouri will also continue to serve as the company’s Chief of Staff, leading the CEO office and supporting Warwick Brady, President and CEO of Swissport International, in managing the growth of the business.

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DAE completes placement of Boeing 737 MAX 8 orderbook

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) had successfully completed the placement of 14 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with two long-standing customers. The order was placed with Boeing in March 2021.

Aeroméxico will receive 12 aircraft and Icelandair will receive two aircraft. Deliveries commenced in October 2021 and all aircraft are scheduled to be delivered before the end of the first half of 2022.

As of December 31, 2021, DAE had 153 Boeing aircraft in its fleet, including 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

HEATCON Composite Systems enters strategic distribution relationship with Watlow

HEATCON Composite Systems recently entered into an expanded distributor agreement with Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of industrial technology and thermal solutions, to provide standard products, services and thermal systems to the aerospace industry.

HEATCON Composite Systems is a global manufacturer and supplier of aerospace composite repair equipment and products with ISO9001, AS9100D and AS9120 certification.

For over 40 years, HEATCON has supplied heating solutions to the aerospace industry—working closely with Aircraft Manufacturers (OEMs), Space and Defence Organizations, Commercial Airlines and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities.

Entering into this agreement with Watlow, HEATCON looks to expand the offering of thermal solutions to its customer base while supporting Watlow’s goal of expanding its presence into the aerospace industry. Watlow carries a variety of products that are ideal for HEATCON’s aerospace customers. These products include: temperature controllers, power switching devices, data loggers, electric heaters and temperature sensors.

Chinese eVTOL pioneer accelerates global expansion

AutoFlight, the Chinese eVTOL pioneer, continues its global expansion and establishes its first location in Europe. A team led by former Airbus manager Mark R. Henning is now ramping up at Augsburg Airport in Germany. The team’s first task is to achieve European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for AutoFlight's airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’, an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a range of approximately 250 kilometres. It can comfortably seat up to three passengers in addition to the pilot. The certification programme for this airtaxi will begin this year, with completion expected by 2025.

A dedicated and growing team will work at the R&D and certification centre in Augsburg. AutoFlight plans to establish additional locations for test and demonstration flights across Europe. ‘Prosperity I’ is the company’s first manned aircraft. Previously, the company’s focus was on unmanned cargo drones.

“I am delighted to share that Mark Henning is joining AutoFlight in Europe to build our ‘Prosperity I’ airtaxi according to EASA safety standards,” said Mr. Tian Yu, the company’s founder, Chairman and CEO.

Safety is and always will be AutoFlight’s top commitment. The eVTOL pioneer is dedicated to making its airtaxi ‘Prosperity I’ as safe as a commercial airliner and will work closely with European authorities.

In January 2022, Mark Henning took on the position as Managing Director at AutoFlight Europe, Augsburg/Germany. The aeronautical engineer and graduate of Munich’s Technical University has worked in the aviation industry for 26 years. He started his career at DASA and held leadership positions at EADS and Eurocopter. Previously, he was Manager for Governmental Business at the helicopter division of Airbus and Head of product EC135. He has also held positions in programme management, strategy, production and development and has worked for the Airbus Group in Indonesia, South Korea, Israel, South Africa and the United States.
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