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MTU Maintenance Zhuhai breaks ground on new training centre

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, the joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company has held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new engineer training centre which will become operational in the earlier part of 2023. It is anticipated that between 50 and 100 new engineers will be trained each year.

The company has existing engineering facilities in Zhuhai and in 2021 it began building new premises in Jinwan to cover engine disassembly, assembly and testing which will be served by the new training centre as well as the existing premises in Zhuhai. The Jinwan premises should become operational by 2024 and will initially have capacity for 260 maintenance procedures, focusing on Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM and V2500 engines.

The main technical achievement of the new training centre will be successfully reducing turnaround times (TAT) for engine maintenance by implementing the highest quality standards and a dual training system which is currently used in Germany, which is a combination of theoretical and practical training, will also be applied in Zhuhai.

“With a training centre, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will get on a fast lane to be a company with abundant talents and high-quality development,” says Wu Rongxin, Chief Engineer of China Southern Airlines, and General Manager of Engineering Technology, China Southern.

“Building the training centre is part of our long-term growth strategy at the Zhuhai site,” says Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer of MTU Aero Engines. “At MTU, we believe in the future of the aviation industry and in the growth and strength of the market for engines for short and medium-range aircraft in Asia. That is why we are so committed to expanding our network.”

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Heathrow removes face covering mandate at UK’s hub airport

Those travelling through Heathrow will no longer be required to wear a face covering after the airport announced that it is moving away from a mandate from Wednesday March 16. In recognition that the pandemic is not over, Heathrow strongly encourages those at the airport to continue wearing a face covering – particularly when coming into close contact with others – although this will no longer be a firm requirement. The change mirrors steps taken by other transport organisations in the UK, and applies across all of Heathrow’s terminals, bus and railway stations and office spaces.

Heathrow’s home carriers British Airways and Virgin Atlantic welcomed the move, signalling that they were preparing to follow suit by dropping the face covering requirement onboard their aircraft as soon as regulatory requirements for their destinations allow. We encourage passengers to check onboard face covering requirements with their airlines before travelling.

The removal of the mandatory requirement reflects society’s move towards learning to live with COVID longer term. It is now possible because of the continued strong protection provided by vaccination programmes around the world. Heathrow will maintain a wide-array of COVID-secure measures – including enhanced ventilation in all terminal buildings – which will help keep people safe on their journeys through the airport. Should a significant rise in COVID cases or a future variant of concern materialise, Heathrow will not hesitate to reinstate the mandatory use of face coverings at the airport.

Face coverings will remain available at the airport to support those who wish to continue wearing them. We know some passengers may feel vulnerable, and we are encouraging colleagues to be respectful and put on a face covering when near a passenger who requests it.

HAECO Hong Kong goes live with AMOS

Back in 2019 HAECO Group had selected AMOS as its preferred MRO software to be initially deployed within its Hong Kong operations base. The main objective of this large-scale implementation project was to replace the many point-to-point solutions with a fully integrated end-to-end solution.

After more than two years of implementation, Swiss-AS has announced that HAECO Hong Kong, a world-class aircraft engineering service provider, has recently gone live with the AMOS MRO edition and now uses the MRO software to support all its maintenance processes. Today, AMOS acts as the core platform for HAECO Hong Kong employees to efficiently and productively manage the wide range of services the organisation offers, from airframe services to line maintenance, and material management.

The implementation of AMOS at the Hong Kong base is key in the group’s strategy to invest in the future, optimise and grow its business, while ensuring its sustainable development that is at the core of its business model. Swiss-AS is an innovative and reliable business partner that is able to support HAECO Hong Kong’s strategic developments by providing a proven, continuously enhanced and scalable IT solution as well as tailored service packages. 

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GAT Logistics Solutions Group adds ocean freight forwarding services

GAT Logistics Solutions Group (GAT LSG) has received approval from the Federal Marine Commission (FMC), Bureau of Certification and Licensing, to operate under the Ocean Transportation Intermediary license as an ocean freight forwarder and non-vessel-operating common carrier. This achievement further compliments the expansion of GAT Logistics Solutions Group, a worldwide provider of transportation, logistics, storage and supply chain solutions.

GAT LSG is a standalone, wholly owned subsidiary of GA Telesis and is an integral part of the GA Telesis Ecosystem™. This addition is in response to meeting customer needs to provide a total supply-chain solution by providing intermodal transportation services to the company’s global customers.

Lufthansa Cargo's first A321 freighter takes off for commercial flights

Lufthansa Cargo's first Airbus 321 freighter took off for service for the first time on March 15, 2022. Under flight number LH8350, the A321F took off from Frankfurt (FRA) to Dublin (DUB) before continuing to Manchester (MAN). The freighter, christened "Hello Europe," was loaded with express freight and general cargo on its maiden flight. The twin-engine aircraft is operated by Lufthansa CityLine.

With this market launch, Lufthansa Cargo is responding to the continued growth in demand from the e-commerce industry and can thus offer customers even more capacity and additional fast connections.

To date, Lufthansa Cargo operates a freighter fleet of currently 15 of its own B777F aircraft. The second A321 medium-haul freighter is expected to enter service in late summer 2022. Both aircraft will be operated under a wet-lease agreement by Lufthansa CityLine, each under Lufthansa Cargo's flight number.

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Comlux launches Comlux Tech

Comlux has launched a new cross-functional organisation within the Group, Comlux Tech. The entity will offer to its customers a wide range of “à la carte“ after-sales services complementing the core activities of the divisions of the Group – aviation, completion and transaction.

The services proposed by Comlux Tech are deployed into four main activities:
  • Technical Services, from avionics and cabin upgrades to line and base maintenance including an AOG recovery team
  • Operational Services including sourcing of fuel, ground handling and hangarage to sub-charter management and warranty administration insurance handling
  • Consulting Services from aircraft selection and appraisals to pre-purchase inspections and entry into service support
  • Crew Services including sourcing and training of flight crew, cabin crew and flight support engineers
The launch of Comlux Tech is aligned with the latest key programmes in development within the Group: the all-new ACJTwoTwenty which will enter service in early 2023 with Comlux Aviation and will be provided with technical support in service by the Comlux Tech organisation. The launch of the construction of a brand-new maintenance and refurbishment hangar at Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, Dubai World Central (OMDW/DWC) airport will serve Comlux Tech customers in the Middle East, from the end of 2023.

IAI reports full year 2021 net income of US$148 million

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has reported growth in sales to US$4,477 million, compared to US$4,184 million in 2020. The company reported 11% increase in net income to US$148 million compared to net income of US$133 million in 2020 and 10% growth in annual EBITDA to US$436 million compared to US$397 million in 2020. Gross profit in 2021 increased by US$31 million, to US$696 million in 2021 compared to US$665 million in 2020.

Annual operating profit increased 11% to US$217 million compared to US$195 million in 2020. R&D activity (in-house and contracted) increased 5% in 2021 to US$1,083 million compared to US$1,036 million in 2020.

Order backlog at the end of 2021 was US$13.4 billion, representing three years of operation, compared to US$12.6 billion at the end of 2020. IAI reported free cash flow of approx. US$905 million.
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