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Major airline and airport alliance challenges EU climate legislation

An alliance of approximately 20 European airlines and airports, including all Lufthansa subsidiaries, Air France-KLM, Frankfurt and Schiphol airports, have challenged the EU’s climate change legislation that was presented last July.

The major complaint is that the overarching consequence will disadvantage European carriers and airports against their non-European rivals. However, the alliance has made it clear that it is not against the EU’s “Fit for 55” climate package which has targeted a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

While the aviation sector may be responsible for 3% of global CO2 emissions, the EU’s targeting of synthetic aviation fuel blends and a kerosene tax is causing the greatest headache. The alliance is arguing that any increase in costs would not be applicable to non-European hubs, which means that long-haul flights by European carriers from European airports would be financially disadvantaged in a highly competitive market and at a time when airports and carriers alike are struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The alliance’s proposed solution would be to dismiss the kerosene tax completely and any environmental protection surcharge be based on the full flight route, rather than just feeder flights which carry passengers from the EU to international hubs such as Istanbul and Dubai.

West Star Aviation paints first Embraer Lineage at Chattanooga location

West Star Aviation has completed its first paint project of an Embraer Lineage aircraft at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) location, one of its four full-service facilities. The recently announced expansion will allow for even more space to assist customers with their MRO services at the CHA facility.

Of the four full-service locations, CHA has the newest and largest paint facility at 48,000 ft², with the ability to accommodate larger aircraft. The aircraft was received on October 30 and delivered back to the customer on December 4.

“We were excited to be able to offer our state-of-the-art paint facility to the customer and complete the requested paint project within a short timeframe, while also exceeding its expectations with the final delivery,” said Jeremy Turnbough, paint program Manager (CHA).

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Airbus C295 in-flight demonstrator of Clean Sky 2 makes maiden flight

The Airbus C295 Flight Test Bed 2 (FTB2) has successfully performed its maiden flight from the final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The aircraft now starts a flight campaign with the aim of testing the new semi-morphing wing, the new flight control system, as well as a SatCom antenna embedded within the aircraft’s fuselage.

Based on the Airbus C295, the Flight Test Bed 2 is an in-flight demonstrator of the European Clean Sky 2 (CS2) and the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, where technologies related to CS2’s future regional multimission aircraft are tested.

The modifications include new materials and technologies designed to achieve noise, CO2 and NOx emissions reduction. With these technologies applied in a future regional multimission configuration, up to 43% CO2 and 70% NOx reductions can be achieved in a typical search and rescue mission of 400 nautical miles, as well as 45% less noise during take-off.

Hawaiian Holdings reports 2021 fourth-quarter and full-year financial results

Hawaiian Holding, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, has reported its financial results for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2021.

The company reported total revenue of US$494.7 million for the fourth-quarter, down 30% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, on 19% lower capacity. Hawaiian Holdings reported total operating expenses of US$566.1 million and adjusted operating expenses of US$443.4 million. The company reported EBITDA of (US$58.9) million and adjusted EBITDA of (US$30.7) million.

For the full year of 2021, Hawaiian Holdings reported total revenue of US$1.6 billion, down 44% compared to the full year of 2019, on 29% lower capacity. The company reported total operating expenses of US$1.7 billion and adjusted operating expenses of US$1.6 billion. The company reported EBITDA of US$63.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of (US$238.7) million.

As of December 31, 2021, Hawaiian Holdings had US$2.0 billion in liquidity, including its undrawn US$235 million revolving credit facility.

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MTU Maintenance starts using sustainable aviation fuels in its test cell with launch customer JetBlue Airways

MTU Maintenance has partnered with JetBlue Airways for the testing and data-gathering on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with the airline’s V2500 engines following on from shop visits in Hannover, Germany. Conducted in a controlled ground environment, test runs will initially be performed with a 10% SAF fuel blend and can be expanded to up to 50%, the current regulatory limit, if required. This SAF is sustainably derived from waste fats, oils and greases and has up to an 80% lifecycle greenhouse gas emission reduction per gallon as compared to the conventional jet fuel it replaces.

“We are delighted to be MTU Maintenance’s launch customer in this pioneering and sustainable initiative,” says Sara Bogdan, JetBlue Director of Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance. “Our goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 and implementing sustainable initiatives along the supply chain and gathering the necessary data to ensure these initiatives are safe, practical and meaningful, is a key part of this work.” JetBlue currently has an exclusive thirteen-year contract with MTU Maintenance for its V2500 pre-select fleet.

SCHROTH Safety Products named preferred safety restraint provider by Unum Aircraft Seating

SCHROTH Safety Products has been selected as the preferred provider of occupant restraint systems by Unum Aircraft Seating, a new manufacturer of business class seats for single and twin aisle aircraft.

SCHROTH provides seatbelts and restraint systems for leading commercial airlines, business aircraft, general aviation and military aircraft, as well as the safety restraints used by space flight operators such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.

The newly launched Unum Aircraft Seating designs and produces lie flat business-class seats for commercial airliners. Based in Weybridge, UK, Unum adheres to the quality assurance measures and compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority. 

Jump Air officially starts operations

On January 24, 2022 European ACMI/charter airline Jump Air has received its Type A commercial licence and officially starts its commercial operations. The airline, with its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) No.LT.AOC.037 from Lithuania's civil aviation regulator (Transporto Kompetencijų Agentūra - TKA) on December 31, 2021. Type A commercial licence was the last start-up document the airline had to obtain in order to begin commercial operations.

Jump Air is now fully staffed, crewed and licenced for commercial air operations and currently operates one ATR 72-500 aircraft that is momentarily parked at Orio al Serio International Airport in Italy. Jump Air plans to grow its fleet by two-three more ATR 72 units by the end of 2022 including an ATR 72 type freighter variant. The airline targets Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and AsiaPacific as potential markets for charter and long-term wet-lease operations.

AVIAN signs surplus spare parts inventory agreement with Embraer

AVIAN Inventory Management (AVIAN), together with York Aerospace Solutions III (YAS) as the sole capital partner, has signed an agreement with Embraer for exclusive purchasing, marketing and distribution rights of surplus Embraer commercial and business jet airplane parts. Designed to promote accessibility and speed to market, AVIAN’s focused distribution centre will deliver product availability to all aircraft operators and maintenance and repair stations around the world providing a one-stop, go-to access point.

Established from the ground-up specifically to accommodate Embraer’s long-term spare parts strategy, AVIAN will consolidate all of Embraer’s worldwide surplus spare part inventory in its new facility in Orlando, FL. Operations and sales are expected to commence in 1Q 2022.

In addition to Embraer, AVIAN has physically embedded Sales Channel Partners (SCPs) into its operation to act as the customer-facing entities. DASI, UNICAL Aviation and Regional Airline Support Group (RASG) have been named from a wide-range of interested parties as each brought extensive market reach and years of product experience.
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