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Thursday, February 24th, 2022

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Air Lease Corporation places leases for nine Boeing 737s with Corendon Airlines Group

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced long-term lease placements for nine Boeing 737 aircraft with Turkey’s Corendon Airlines Group (Corendon). Five new 737-8s will be delivered to Corendon in Turkey in the Spring of this year and one new 737-8 in the first quarter of 2023. Corendon will also lease three new 737-9s from the beginning of the first half of 2023. All nine aircraft are currently part of ALC’s orderbook with Boeing.

“ALC is a major lessor to the Corendon Airlines Group with three operating airlines in the Netherlands, Malta and Turkey and we are pleased to announce these lease placements,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. 

“We appreciate and thank ALC for the long-time cooperation and fleet support,” said Yildiray Karaer, Chairman of the Corendon Group.

Corendon is an international tourism group specialising in air transportation. Corendon Airlines, which has three different registered airlines including Turkey, the Netherlands and Malta, carries more than ten million passengers a year through its tourist flights from Europe to popular holiday destinations as well as direct flights from Europe to many cities of Anatolia.


Elix Aviation delivers one Dash 8-300 to Universal Hydrogen

Elix Aviation, the international regional aircraft leasing company, has reported the delivery of one Dash 8-300, MSN 274, to Universal Hydrogen (USA). This aircraft is the first delivery from Elix Aviation to Universal Hydrogen and will be used as test aircraft in the development of its hydrogen powerplant systems.

Universal Hydrogen is making hydrogen-powered commercial flights a near-term reality. The company takes a flexible, scalable and capital-light approach to hydrogen logistics by transporting it in modular capsules over the existing freight network from green production sites to airports around the world. To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology.

Vallair inaugurates brand-new state-of-the-art hangar in France

Vallair, the multi-faceted aviation business dedicated to the support of airlines and lessors, has opened the doors to its unique new maintenance hangar located at Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, France. 

The enormous state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to five A321-size aircraft simultaneously, or a combination of A330/A340 and A321s. Together with the Centre-Val de Loire Region and the Châteauroux Centre Airport Establishment, Vallair is proud to play a key role in the reindustrialisation of France and its aeronautical scene with this A380 capable, 8,520m² hangar which will create nearly 200 jobs in the region.

As this unique facility stands as one of the largest hangars of its kind, this milestone has involved unprecedented collaboration from several parties. Supply chain shortages and COVID aside, establishing the infrastructure, resources and technology for this environmentally friendly facility has necessitated the resolution of many challenges.

Grégoire Lebigot, Founder & CEO of Vallair, sums up what it means for local economy dynamics: “We are part of ‘Aérocentre’, the regional centre of excellence in Centre-Val de Loire that works to develop and sustain the aeronautical sector across the area with over 120 member organisations. Vallair stands as one of its key players over the last fifteen years and we are proud to be part of the rich aviation heritage in the heart of France. During this period, we have developed an unparalleled expertise in the aerostructures arena, including composites and key components like nacelles and thrust reversers on site, along with aircraft recycling, cargo conversions and our MRO activities which now extend to wide-body capabilities. It is our aim to ensure that our customers can benefit from all these complementary on-site skills and the associated cost savings that we can offer.”


FAA approves Constant Aviation's corporate-wide safety management system

Constant Aviation has released that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recognised it as having a single, corporate-wide Safety Management System (SMS), making it only the second MRO so designated. Achieving FAA-accepted corporate SMS status means that Constant is operating under a single safety system company-wide, which generally reduces safety risk and ranks it as a leader in business aviation maintenance safety.

SMS is the standard for safety programmes in aviation worldwide. Although SMS processes are optional for MROs such as Constant, they are seen as highly beneficial and frequently are requested by both domestic customers and foreign certificate holders.

Although the FAA only recently recognised Constant’s corporate SMS programme, the company has been operating with SMS processes since August 2018.

During an FAA audit in December 2021, Constant Aviation demonstrated that its SMS system runs parallel between the Cleveland and Sanford facilities, thereby meeting the standard of a corporate SMS programme. It met such criteria as having a single accountable executive; maintaining a common database; having data reviewed and analysed at the corporate level; having the capacity to identify and communicate hazards across all affected organisations and having a common manual and documentation.

Bert Selis joins WFS to lead growth with e-commerce, express and freight forwarding clients in EMEA

Bert Selis has joined Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in the new role of VP Business Development, E-commerce, Express & Freight Forwarders EMEAA, based in Liege, Belgium.

Selis has close to 20 years’ experience in business development and sales in the air cargo and aviation industry. He has spent the last nine years working for Liège Airport, one of Europe’s biggest air cargo hubs, most recently as Vice President Cargo & Logistics, where he was responsible for the growth of the airport and attracting key global cargo players to Liege.   

He started his career in the cargo handling department of the former Belgian flag carrier Sabena and later moved to Swissport. He also served as a business development manager with the road transport and logistics company, H. Essers and as Global Sales Leader with international flight academy, CAE.

In his new role, reporting to Marc Claesen, WFS’ Senior Vice President Commercial EMEAA, Selis will  support the company’s EMEAA commercial team in expanding WFS' strategic focus on e-commerce, express and freight forwarder activities in the region.


SWISS equips entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet with AeroSHARK

SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS) has decided to equip its entire Boeing long-haul fleet with the fuel-saving AeroSHARK surface technology. Starting in the middle of this year, a total of twelve Boeing 777-300ERs will gradually be fitted with the riblet films developed jointly by Lufthansa Technik and BASF. The significantly reduced frictional resistance resulting from this modification will make the sub-fleet more than one percent more fuel-efficient and lower in emissions.

Swiss is the first passenger airline worldwide to use the innovative surface technology to significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions of one of its existing fleets, thereby improving both economy and ecology. With approximately 950 m² of riblet film, the modification of the "long" Boeing 777-300ER will be even larger than the 800 m² on the Boeing 777F of AeroSHARK's launch customer Lufthansa Cargo. The potential for fuel and CO2 savings on this scale is around 1.1 percent. Converted to the operational profile of the twelve Boeing 777-300ERs at SWISS, this means annual savings of more than 4,800 tonnes of kerosene and roughly 15,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, as much as is usually generated on approximately 87 long-haul flights from Zurich to Mumbai.

"Reducing our environmental footprint is one of the biggest challenges facing the aviation industry and becoming carbon-neutral until 2050 is an important strategic goal for SWISS," said Dieter Vranckx, Chief Executive Officer of SWISS. "We are keen to actively promote and invest in the use of new technologies. We are pleased to be the world's first passenger airline to offer the innovative AeroSHARK technology on our Boeing 777 fleet, making another important contribution to more sustainable air travel in the future."

StandardAero unveils StableLight - the first four-axis autopilot for AS350 Helicopters

StandardAero is unveiling the industry’s first four-axis autopilot available for retrofit on AS350 helicopters with demonstration flights at the 2022 HAI/Heli-Expo. The autopilot, developed in partnership with Thales and known as StableLight, is equipped in an AS350 test rotorcraft which will be located at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Vertiport and available for onsite customer demo flights during the exposition.

StableLight is currently in the process of certification. StandardAero anticipates that the StableLight Supplemental Type Certification (STC) will receive FAA certification this summer and shortly thereafter, the STC will also be approved by EASA and Transport Canada.


Air Peace and Embraer sign services agreement at MRO Middle East

Embraer announced during the MRO Middle East event in Dubai, that it has signed a comprehensive long-term services agreement with Air Peace, Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline, to support the airline’s E195-E2 and ERJ 145 fleets. The contract includes access to the pool program, which includes component exchanges and repair services for hundreds of reparable items for Air Peace’s Embraer aircraft and the installation of the Ahead-Pro (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis – PROgnosis) in the airline’s E195-E2 fleet.

Air Peace is the launch customer in Africa for the E2s, the newest, most efficient and most comfortable aircraft in the segment. The airline is also the global launch customer for Embraer’s innovative premium staggered seating design. The airline has 13 firm orders for the E195-E2s, with 17 remaining purchase rights for the same model, also operating eight ERJ 145s. Five of the 13 firm orders were delivered in 2021, with more to be delivered this year.

Topcast Group and Liebherr-Singapore sign supply agreement

Topcast Group, a global supplier of parts, MRO services and aftermarket solutions for the aviation industry and Liebherr-Singapore, Liebherr-Aerospace’s regional service centre in the Asia-Pacific region, have signed a supply agreement at the Singapore Airshow 2022. This inovated agreement increases the scope of material support to fast moving Line Replacement Units (LRUs) including heat exchangers for the aircraft platforms of the Airbus A320 and A321 family.

The Liebherr Group plays a decisive role in shaping technological progress in numerous industries and provides individual solutions for its customers’ specific requirements. This expanded partnership will leverage on the extensive footprint of Topcast in Asia-Pacific and will enable both companies to provide a broader and deeper service scope to their mutual valued customers.

Pentagon 2000 Software releases upgraded set of mobile apps for work order operations

Pentagon 2000 Software, a leading provider of fully integrated MRO and supply chain software solutions for the Aerospace & Defence industry, has released a new upgraded version of the mobile apps for work order management. The maintenance work order app supports management of aircraft maintenance work orders with cards and travellers, and the component work order app supports management of component work orders with routers and operations.

Enhanced and upgraded features of the iOS mobile apps are designed to support installing and removing components from an aircraft, managing tools, requesting parts, viewing technical publications, capturing discrepancies, documenting corrective actions and performing image capture. Electronic signoffs are supported, and full user security and audit trails are maintained while using the apps.

Since the apps operate in real time, other users on the system network from their Windows, web, or mobile apps can access changes to the network data immediately to allow users that work from different locations to perform as a connected and unified team. Connections by local WiFi networks and cellular networks are supported to allow campus or global deployment. Benefits for Pentagon 2000SQL™ system users include the ability to operate efficiently from the office, shop floor, hangar, or tarmac.

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