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Monday, February 28th, 2022

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Norwegian and AerCap sign lease agreements for ten Boeing 737 MAX 8 and eight Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft

AerCap has signed agreements with Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA for the lease of ten new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and eight Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver in 2022 and 2023. Norwegian has a long-standing relationship with AerCap, one of the largest aviation leasing companies. With the addition of these aircraft, Norwegian will have a total fleet of 80 aircraft by the summer of 2023.

“The addition of these aircraft will help us achieving our target of building a larger, modern and more fuel-efficient fleet. This will in turn enable us to deliver our products and services in a wide network of routes in the Nordics and to European destinations,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian has previously announced several lease agreements that will increase its fleet from the current 51 aircraft to this summer’s fleet of 70.


SITA Airport Management streamlines operations at Luton Airport, UK

Within weeks of implementing SITA Airport Management, London Luton Airport (LLA) is reaping the benefits of streamlining the way it manages its day-to-day operations. SITA’s technology has helped the airport reduce the time and cost required to manage and plan routine operations such as aircraft bus schedules and weekly aircraft stand planning.

Automating the seven-day aircraft stand capacity planning, for example, has reduced the time required for this task by 80%. This is achieved by automating the process, taking in numerous data variables such as aircraft arrival and departure time, available gates and aircraft type. Similarly, enabling bus drivers to input time records directly into the airport management system using an iPad – rather than relying on radio communications and spreadsheets – has reduced the time needed to record these bus movements by 90%.

Kamal Patel, Head of IT of LLA, said: "These small but significant improvements mean that our planning is more efficient and proactive, we can deploy our people where we need them most and reduce the overall cost of our operations. This in turn has a positive impact for the passenger, through a smoother passenger experience."

Milestone Aviation partners with Helitak to develop aerial fire-fighting mission capabilities for S-92A helicopter

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone), a global leader in helicopter leasing, has partnered with Australian fire-fighting equipment designer, Helitak Firefighting Equipment (Helitak), to develop a new mission for the Sikorsky S-92A as a next-generation, multi-purpose fire-fighting platform.

As the largest owner of the S-92A, Milestone worked closely with Helitak to develop the innovative FT5000, a lightweight 4,000-litre (1,050 US gallons) collapsible belly-mounted fire suppression tank specifically designed for the helicopter. The first S-92A equipped with the FT5000 will be on static display at the upcoming HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas.

The S-92A is a global leader in high-capacity civilian passenger transport services as well as search and rescue programmes, with over 1.8 million overall fleet hours. Its next-generation avionics and dynamic cabin layout means that in addition to dropping water, it will be capable of transporting crews of up to 19 firefighters to the front lines of wildfire events. The S-92A’s rear-loading cargo ramp and spacious cabin also offers operators the ability to quickly reconfigure the aircraft from passenger and equipment transfers to cargo hauling or medevac services.


JetBlue appoints Jonathan Weiner VP Sales and Revenue Management

JetBlue has appointed Jonathan Weiner as the carrier’s new Vice President, Sales and Revenue Management. He will be responsible for revenue optimisation, ancillary strategy, distribution and corporate sales. Weiner had previously served as JetBlue’s director, revenue management since 2020. He will report to Dave Clark, JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning.

Weiner joined JetBlue in 2019 as Director, Revenue Analysis and Ancillary Strategy. Prior to joining JetBlue, he served as Vice President, Revenue Management – North America for British Airways. He spent 18 years in a variety of commercial leadership roles at BA including Vice President, commercial Strategy and Planning for North America and Managing Director, Revenue Management, for the carrier’s transatlantic joint business.

ST Engineering and VietJet Air sign MBH contract to provide component support

ST Engineering, the global technology, defence and engineering group, has signed a comprehensive component Maintenance-By-the-Hour (MBH™) contract to provide Vietnam’s largest private carrier, VietJet Air, to provide a full suite of component support solutions for its entire fleet covering component pooling, repair, overhaul, modification, main base kits, component health monitoring and logistics services.

Globally recognised for its hallmark component MBH™ programmes, currently ST Engineering provides support for over 900 aircraft with integrated component solutions for over 23,500 unique aircraft parts. ST Engineering is also the authorised service centre to over 20 leading OEMs. Its Commercial Aerospace business provides round-the-clock support and delivers more than 80,000 components annually from its component MRO facilities located in Singapore, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, plus Stockholm, Sweden.


Delta suspends codeshare with Aeroflot

Delta Air Lines has released that it has withdrawn its codeshare services operated in conjunction with Russian national airline, Aeroflot, effective immediately.

The carrier has removed its code from Aeroflot-operated services beyond Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and removed Aeroflot’s code from Delta-operated services from Los Angeles and New York-JFK. Delta does not operate services to Ukraine or Russia.

Joramco and DHL renew maintenance agreement

Joramco, the Amman-based MRO provider, has announced the continuation of its maintenance agreement with the global delivery company DHL, which commenced in 2017.

The new deal covers heavy checks on four of DHL’s Airbus A300-600 wide-bodied aircraft. The first freighter plane arrived in Amman February 2022 and will be followed by three more scheduled for nose to tail checks starting May 2022.

This was announced during the MRO ME 2022 tradeshow where Joramco is an annual participant.

IAG Cargo 2021 revenue up 30%

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of IAG (International Airlines Group) has reported record financial results for 2021, with annual revenues of €1,673 million for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2021. The results reflect the surging demand for air cargo capacity as global trade rebounds.

The 2021 revenues represent an increase of 30% at constant currency versus the same period last year. Overall yield for 2021 was up 11.3% at constant currency versus 2020. Sold tonnes were up 21.4%.

Throughout 2021, IAG Cargo reshaped its business to take advantage of the strong cargo market and actively repurposed Group capacity where appropriate. Demand for air cargo exceeded 2019 levels throughout 2021. The business continued to align its network to customer demand, supporting customers with cargo-led flying, increasing frequencies on important trade routes and implementing an active charter programme of 745 rotations.

In the second half of the year IAG Cargo saw momentum build with capacity starting to return as the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic gained ground. IAG Cargo closed the year very strongly, achieving a Q4 record revenue of €499 million up from €389 million in Q4 of 2020.

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