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Airbus Helicopters and Boeing sign H-47 Chinook MoU relating to German heavy-lift helicopter needs

Airbus Helicopters and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for their partnership on the Chinook H-47 to support Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements. The purpose of the partnership is to bolster Germany’s defence readiness, while also supporting German economic growth. It will also help to combine the expertise of two of the world’s leading aerospace companies, enabling them to deliver advanced capability, readiness and innovative solutions as part of the German Chinook industry offering.

The partnership agreement will build on the existing Chinook partnership team which Is made up of AERO-Bildung GmbH, CAE Elektronik GmbH, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Lufthansa Technik, Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Deutschland. Boeing is committed to working with German industry on aircraft sustainment, including post-delivery modifications and installations, aircraft maintenance, supply chain services, training and logistical support, plus the potential for sub-systems Maintenance Repair and Overhaul work.

Eight NATO nations currently fly the Chinook – Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America – the aircraft having already proven its unique capabilities and mission readiness in several theatres including Air-to-Air refueling, Medevac, troop transport, search and rescue and humanitarian and disaster relief, and special operations.

“We are pleased that Airbus Helicopters has joined our team of strategic partners on the H-47 Chinook programme for Germany, and together we will provide the strongest offering to the Bundeswehr,” said Mark Cherry, Boeing Vice President and General Manager, Vertical Lift programmes, adding, “The Chinook has been the preferred heavy-lift helicopter in Europe for decades and a cornerstone of all kinds of NATO operations.”

“Building on decades of experience as a partner of the Bundeswehr, Airbus Helicopters is excited to join Boeing’s Chinook Germany industry team and to partner with Boeing on delivering maximum operational availability to the Bundeswehr,” said Wolfgang Schoder, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters in Germany.

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Groupe ADP, GMR Airports, Airbus, Axens and Safran sign MoU to collaborate on making Indian aviation future ready

Airport operators Groupe ADP and GMR Airports together with Airbus, Axens and Safran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a joint study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and its potential in India.

The objective of the study, conducted under the lead and coordination of Groupe ADP and GMR Airports and with the expertise of all partners, is to understand and evaluate the demand, the challenges and opportunities of supply, infrastructure and fueling, as well as to prepare a business case for SAF production and use in India for all kind of aviation purposes.

SAF is a clean substitute for fossil jet fuels. Rather than being refined from petroleum, SAF is produced from sustainable resources such as waste oils from a biological origin, agri residues, municipal solid wastes or algae. SAF produced using the most advanced pathways can provide CO2 emission reduction of up to 85% across the entire SAF lifecycle.

The aviation sector globally contributes to 2-3% of CO2 emissions as compared to other sectors. In 2009, the aviation industry collectively agreed under the frame of ATAG (Air Transport Action Group) to the world’s first set of sector-specific climate change targets. These targets include- Carbon neutral growth from 2020 and achieving 50% reduction in carbon emission by 2050 relative to a 2005 baseline. In 2021, the ATAG commitments have been modified to aim at Net Zero in 2050, in order to be coherent with current global roadmaps defined in the Paris Agreement with 1.5°C temperature limit scenario. To realize this ambitious goal for the Aviation sector, ATAG has identified SAF as one of the most promising options. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) also stressed the need for massive deployment of SAF in its work dedicated to LTAG (Long Term Aspirational Goals) recently adopted.

In India, already the 3rd largest domestic aviation market in the world and with a forecasted yearly growth of about 9% going forward, SAF use will be a key element to achieve the targets of carbon reduction and net zero target of the country by 2070, set by the Indian Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi. Considering the crucial role SAF is going to play within Aviation sector in coming years, it is imperative to evaluate and map the requirements of SAF, feedstock availability, fuel production technologies, logistics systems and airport infrastructural planning at Indian Airports and make it future ready. The joint study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels will help Indian aviation sector in assessing all these critical factors and help them gear up for the future. The study will also review the regulations in place and what could be the necessary evolutions to permit to the SAF to take off in the operations. In addition, this study will also evaluate the business model and feasibility of the implementation of a pilot project in an appropriate location in India, which could be taken up in a second phase by the partners.

The study will be initiated in the second quarter of 2022 and is expected to be completed within one year. It may be further extended based on the agreement of all the parties involved. 

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Air Lease Corporation signs new lease agreements with Aeromexico

Air Lease Corporation has signed long-term lease agreements for nine new Boeing 737 aircraft with Aeromexico.  Consisting of two new 737-8s and seven new 737-9s, the aircraft are scheduled to deliver between July 2022 and August 2023 from ALC’s orderbook with Boeing. 

“Air Lease Corporation is Aeromexico’s largest lessor and we are pleased to further our relationship with the airline with these nine new Boeing 737 aircraft lease placements,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. 

“Aeromexico is delighted once again to partner with ALC to help modernise our fleet with new fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly Boeing aircraft in 2022 and 2023,” said Dr. Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico.

Avio Aero selected to power Eurodrone

Following a competitive tender process as well as an extensive technical analysis phase, Airbus has selected Avio Aero from Italy to power the Eurodrone unmanned aerial system with its engine and propeller solution, dubbed Catalyst.

“This selection is a decisive step forward and will ensure that the Eurodrone programme can proceed on time, on cost and in line with the specifications laid out by our customers. The Catalyst was identified as the best solution based on superior performance, lower developmental risk, better in-service economics as well as growth potential. In line with customer requirements, Catalyst will offer a truly European solution and will thus contribute to the overall role of Eurodrone as an enabler of strategic autonomy”, said Jean-Brice Dumont, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space.

The Catalyst is an engine proven in flight, entirely developed and manufactured in Europe. As well as the Eurodrone programme, this engine has been conceived as 100% ITAR-free (International Traffic in Arms Regulation), thus enabling independence on export chances and avoiding additional requirements prior export clearance.

As part of its responsibilities as main subcontractor for this major collaborative European programme, Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for the selection of the engine supplier.

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TP Aerospace reports strong performance in 2021

In its published annual report TP Aerospace has shown that the company is on a positive track, after almost two years of crisis in the industry caused by the pandemic. While global aviation remained significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, activity grew steadily for TP Aerospace and the company managed a more than 30% top line growth from 2020.

TP Aerospace ended the year with US$ 88.8 million in revenue, which was 31% above 2020 levels, while EBITDA ended 46% above 2020 levels, with US$ 31.3 million. The performance was, amongst other, driven by a faster recovery of narrow-body aircraft, which is a segment where TP Aerospace was very well positioned in 2021 as well as a general uptake in the leisure travel market in Europe.

With a good result in 2021, along with the signing of significant new contracts towards the end of the year, TP Aerospace is well-positioned to continue the growth in 2022.

HEICO completes acquisition of Pioneer Industries

HEICO Corporation has released that its Flight Support Group completed the acquisition of Pioneer Industries. On February 10, 2022, HEICO had entered into an agreement, subject to regulatory approval which was subsequently received, to acquire Pioneer. The purchase was completed under previously announced terms.

HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings within the year following closing.

Farmingdale, NY-based Pioneer Industries is a leading specialty distributor of spares for military aviation, marine and ground platforms. Its customers include the US Department of Defense and companies that support the defense sector.

HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of products and services to certain niche segments of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries through its Hollywood, Florida-based Flight Support Group and its Miami, Florida-based Electronic Technologies Group.

Alaska Air Cargo expands freighter fleet with addition of two aircraft

Alaska Air Cargo will add two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its dedicated freighter fleet serving the state of Alaska. These additions increase the freighter fleet from three to five aircraft.

The two Boeing 737-800 converted aircraft will come from Alaska Airlines existing passenger fleet. The planes will be converted from its passenger configuration to an all-freight aircraft beginning this year. The aircraft are projected to re-enter service as freighters in 2023.

The Boeing 737-800 provides a 40% capacity increase per departure over the current Boeing 737-700 aircraft with a payload of nearly 50,000 pounds. With a range of 2,800 nautical miles, the B737-800 will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft to serve intra-Alaska.
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