Tuesday, April 17th, 2018



American Airlines uses Russian airspace again after temporary rerouting

Keeping a close eye on the geopolitical issues resulted in American Airlines rerouting flights on Saturday that would ordinarily use Russian airspace. With U.S, President Trump threatening to attack Syrian chemical weapons capabilities, and the country being a close ally of Putin’s Russia, political tension between the two countries has risen considerably over recent weeks.

However, after a day of flights from Dallas-Beijing, Dallas-Hong Kong and Chicago-Beijing flights stopping in Los Angeles to refuel as Russian airspace is critical to flying non-stop on these routes, the situation has returned to normal.

According to an American Airlines’ spokesman, “The team at American regularly monitors global geopolitical issues and makes changes to aircraft routings when warranted. We operated our normal schedule April 15.”

A broad agreement that allows US and Russian jets to use each other’s airspace is set to expire on April 17. There are now serous concerns that all U.S. carriers could be banned from Russian airspace after the Russian Ministry of Transport canceled talks with the U.S. State Department which were scheduled for April 18 and 19.

While responding to questions posed by Loadstar, a US State Department official commented: “We periodically meet with our aviation partners to discuss issues of mutual interest that relate to implementation of our air transport agreements. “We had planned to meet with Russian civil aviation officials in Washington this spring, after last having had discussions in October 2016 in Moscow. Russia’s Ministry of Transport notified US Embassy Moscow that Russian officials will be unable to come for talks at this time.”

However, the official sought to play down concerns that Russia may ban US airlines from flying through its airspace next week.


Primera Air takes delivery of its first A321neo

Primera Air, a low-fare Nordic airline, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo at an event in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, which was assembled in Hamburg, is the first of three A321neos to be leased from GECAS in 2018. Primera Air will also lease a further five A321neos from other lessors, including two A321LRs, growing its fleet to eight aircraft in 2018.

The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines features a two-class layout with 16 premium and 182 economy seats. The aircraft was selected by Primera Air for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range. The aircraft will be deployed in the United Kingdom and France on transatlantic destinations to North America.

Comlux appoints John Fleeman as new Head of Maintenance

Comlux Completion, Comlux's completion and service center in Indianapolis and approved by Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier, has appointed John Fleeman as the new Head of Maintenance.

Fleeman is joining the Comlux team after 21 years at Associated Air Center in Dallas. He has acquired a wealth of industry knowledge over the years in both BBJ and ACJ MRO work. John started his career working at Dalfort as an A&P mechanic. He served in various roles at AAC, starting first as an A&P lead mechanic and later moving to a Maintenance Program Manager and ultimately the Director of Maintenance where he worked for the last 10 years.

TP Aerospace

Skyworld Aviation expands lease management portfolio

Skyworld Aviation has been appointed to provide lease management services for five aircraft relating to four Saab 2000’s and one ERJ 145. Three Saab 2000 aircraft are owned by Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and one is on sub lease from Eastern Airways (UK), all operating with Skywork Airlines of Switzerland.

The fifth aircraft, relating to an ERJ 145, is on a long term placement with new operator to the type Madagasikara Airways of Madagascar. Skyworld will be providing the service on behalf of the owner, Chicago-based aircraft leasing firm RESIDCO.

Skyworld is also managing the lease return of an ERJ 145 EP from bmi Regional which has been on lease with the UK airline for the last 12 years. Skyworld has provided lease management services to its owner, Largus AB, for the length of the term. This aircraft will be marketed by Skyworld for onward lease when it returns in May.

LHT Supervisory Board early extends Executive Board mandate of Constanze Hufenbecher

At its latest meeting, the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG early appointed Constanze Hufenbecher as Chief Financial Officer of Lufthansa Technik AG for further five years until January 31, 2024. The extension will be effective from February 1, 2019.

Constanze Hufenbecher has been Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG since February 2016. In addition to Finance, she is responsible for Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services and for Corporate Services, including Accounting, Controlling, Procurement, Legal Affairs, Facility Management and International Trade.


Eirtech Cargo Loading System Cover selected by Asian and South American airlines

An Asian and South American Airline have selected the Eirtech Cargo Loading System (CLS) Cover solution for installation on their A319 and A321 aircraft.

This solution allows A320 family aircraft with a Cargo Loading System installed to be converted for bulk loading purposes. Airlines can then easily and safely store cargo and passenger baggage without affecting the installed CLS system. The solution is completely reversible, is the lightest equivalent solution on the market and can be supplied with EASA and FAA approvals.

Engineering and installation kits are available with short lead times. The installation of this solution takes approximately 4 person-hours allowing airlines to complete the installation on overnight stops thereby avoiding any unnecessary downtime.

Finnair extends Alaska Airlines partnership with new codeshares for the U.S. West Coast

Finnair has reported a new codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will further strengthen Finnair’s reach on the West Coast of the United States.

Starting May 20, Finnair’s code will be added to flights operated by Alaska Airlines between San Francisco and the following cities: Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs.

The new codeshares will offer smooth connections for Finnair customers connecting in San Francisco, where Finnair operates from Helsinki with up to three weekly frequencies between May 3 and December 5, 2018.

Aero Controls

Embraer delivers 14 commercial and 11 executive jets in the first quarter 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Embraer has delivered 14 jets to the commercial aviation market across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. In the business aviation market, 11 aircraft were delivered in the same period, being eight light jets and three large jets.

The quarter’s main highlight was the triple certification for the E190-E2, the first member of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft, from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). It is the first time that an aircraft program with the level of complexity of the E2 receives a type certificate from three major worldwide certification authorities simultaneously.

Before the certification, Embraer announced some final flight tests results confirming the E2 as the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. In fuel consumption, the E190-E2 proved to be 1.3% better than originally expected, a 17.3% improvement compared to the current- generation E190.

MENA Aerospace strikes major deal with HAITEC

MENA Aerospace, the Bahrain-owned provider of comprehensive aviation and aerospace services and partner of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), has announced a significant milestone in the company’s development and for Bahrain’s aviation sector.

Entering into a partnership with German-based HAITEC, one of Europe’s leading FAA-approved maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies, MENA Aerospace will operate an expanded technical facility from its Bahrain hangar, servicing the Middle East and Africa regions, and focusing on the widely-used narrow-bodied airframes.

MENA Aerospace operates the only private hangar at BIA, large enough to accommodate a B757 aircraft, with a capacity of 295 passengers. The new enterprise will not only create jobs for Bahraini and expatriate aviation professionals, it is expected to generate foreign investment into the country through its operations.

HIATECH EASA is a world-class independent MRO company with over 400 staff servicing over 50 customers from their hangar facilities at Hahn Airport (HHN) and Erfurt Airport (ERF) in Germany. As an EASA Part-145/Part-147 organization, HAITEC holds the FAA approval, as well as approvals from Civil Aviation Organizations of Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), allowing the company to service a broad range of Boeing and Airbus, as well as Gulfstream aircraft.

CL Aerospace

Jet MS receives ASA-100 certificate

Jet Maintenance Solutions (Jet MS), a global provider of spare parts and components, has received ASA-100 certificate issued by Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA).

Recently, Jet MS welcomed representative of Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), who completed the audit and evaluated Jet MS’ processes compliance with the standard. The quality of Jet MS processes was highly rated and this was the main reason why Jet MS’ received the certificate in no time.

Jet MS is extremely oriented to providing highest quality services to its clients and constantly making the researches so that to understand different markets and meet clients’ needs. Therefore, all serviceable and overhauled parts that Jet MS provide already have CAAC release. Company puts an emphasis on the quality products and services having developed its particular expertise on superior business aviation services for global customers.

Therefore, in addition to ISO 9001-2015 Quality System certificate, Jet MS has enhanced further its quality system for products and customer support services by implementing international ASA-100 Quality Standard. This standard was developed by the Aviation Suppliers Association and it is voluntary but not mandatory. However, it will be dedicated to meeting the needs and high standard of business and commercial aviation operators worldwide.

Fly Comlux opens San Marino T7 commercial AOC

Comlux has announced the opening of a new commercial AOC in San Marino for its VIP Aviation division, Fly Comlux. This 4th AOC “T7” complements Comlux’s existing AOCs in Malta (9H), Aruba (P4) and Kazakhstan (UP).

The first aircraft to join Comlux San Marino AOC is a Bombardier Challenger 604. Comlux has put in place the required team of post-holders and the best aviation practices to ensure a smooth entry into service of the aircraft.

Andrea Zanetto, CEO of Fly Comlux, said “We are very pleased to open this new AOC in San Marino. We have been working with the Aviation Authorities and the Registry of San Marino to offer our VIP aircraft owners a new option, to operate their aircraft commercially with Comlux.” He added ““San Marino Registry is already well known in the industry as being focused on customers and operating within ICAO standards. We look forward to working together.”

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