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Monday, April 11th, 2022

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Ryanair turns to Astonfly in Paris, France for 500 new pilots

Ryanair has announced it is partnering with Astonfly, part of the Clair Group, to recruit and train up to 500 new pilots over the next four years. Based at Aéroport de Toussus Le Noble on the outskirts of Paris, France, Astonfly is the leading pilot training school in France and currently sees over 150 pilots trained each year and works with more than 50 airlines worldwide, including Ryanair.

The programme will give trainee pilots a structured path to achieve a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating programme. Pilots on the programme will be trained by Astonfly’s instructors, using Ryanair procedures and operational philosophy.

Ryanair’s Head of Crew Training Captain, Senan O’Shea said: “This new Ryanair – Astonfly programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network. Ryanair will hire up to 1,000 pilots per annum over the next four years and our pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities flying with the world’s number-one international airline.”

“This ambitious pilot recruitment programme announced in partnership with Ryanair is a strong sign of post pandemic recovery in international air transport. Astonfly is particularly proud to have been chosen as exclusive training partner in France by Europe’s number-one pilot employer,” Clair Group’s President, Charles Clair commented.


ACC Aviation expands its technical services division

ACC Aviation, the global aviation services group, is expanding its technical services and asset management division with the appointment of Faizal Gara as Business Development Manager, effective immediately. Reporting to Julian Aldana, Vice President of Technical Services, he will be responsible for advancing the business’ technical and asset management services to the aircraft financing and leasing communities. Gara will be strategically based at ACC’s HQ near Gatwick Airport, close to aircraft lessors and financiers in Dublin and London.

His appointment coincides with a rebound in commercial aviation post-pandemic, as more and more airliners return to the skies and demand for independent technical advisory builds.

Garal brings nine years of relevant experience in aviation business development. Most recently, he held the position of Commercial Manager, Technical Services at IBA Group, responsible for sourcing, originating and managing new contracts.

J&C Aero develops new livery for U.S.-based Global Crossing Airlines

J&C Aero, an international aviation design and production company, and Global Crossing Airlines have signed an agreement for the development of a new livery design for the carrier’s aircraft operated under the GlobalX brand.  

Under the agreement, J&C Aero engineers and livery designers developed a brand-new design for the Airbus A320-family of aircraft that are used by GlobalX for ACMI and passenger charter operations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Following the development of the new livery scheme, technical drawing and certification, J&C Aero’s team supported the airline during the livery change of several of its aircraft at various painting facilities in the U.S and Europe.

“GlobalX already had their existing aircraft livery and branding concepts, so we were charged with providing fresh ideas for aircraft exterior styling while carefully considering all aspects of the airline's brand. We were extremely excited to be chosen as their design partner and look forward to future projects,” shared Maksim Jurkov, Head of Design at J&C Aero.


Qatar takes delivery of first two NH90 NFH naval helicopters from Leonardo

The first two NH90 helicopters, dedicated to naval missions, of the Qatar Emiri Air Force were delivered from Leonardo’s Venice Tessera final assembly line (Italy). The Qatar Emiri Air Force is one of the NH90 end users to operate both the TTH and NFH versions of the NH90 for a number of land operations and naval missions.

As well as acting as prime contractor for the overall programme, Leonardo is responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice Tessera facility. The company is also providing a support and training services package for crews and maintenance technicians.

Managed through the NH Industries joint venture, the NH90 is the largest military helicopter programme in Europe. Nearly 470 units are in service worldwide and the platform has logged nearly 330,000 flight hours in a wide range of weather and environmental conditions, over land and sea.

Lufthansa Group signs first Revolving Credit Facility with broad syndicate of international relationship banks

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has signed its first Revolving Credit Facility with a broad syndicate of international relationship banks.

The total facility amount is €2.0 billion and will be available for a period of three years plus two one-year extension options. Other than customary group guarantees, the facility is unsecured, has no financial covenants and serves as undrawn back-up liquidity. It replaces existing undrawn bilateral credit lines of approx. €0.7 billion. The facility therefore further increases available liquidity of Lufthansa Group by approx. €1.3 billion.


VINCI Airports starts renovation works at Las Americas airport in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

VINCI Airports have inaugurated the new central atrium of the International Airport of Las Américas in Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic.

The works, which represent an investment of about €14 million are part of VINCI Airports’ modernisation and optimisation plan to improve passenger experience and offer the best welcome to the Dominican Republic through the airport.

Completely renovated, the central atrium proposes a new and modern commercial offer as well as an enhanced gastronomic experience to passengers. Additionally, the outbound migration and security services have been relocated and modernised, in order to improve processes and passenger experience.

Las Americas International Airport is the main air terminal in the Dominican Republic.

Aventure Aviation buys another Boeing 737NG for teardown

Aventure Aviation has acquired a Boeing 737NG, MSN 32713, recently retired by Westjet Airlines. The teardown is currently underway in Marana, Arizona, by Jetyard. Parts will be relocated to Aventure's Atlanta warehouse, making it the company's third 737NG acquired in 2022. 

Aventure is in active discussions with owners, financial institutions, lessors, and airlines to find revenue-generating teardown solutions for idle aircraft.

"Our growing list of teardowns has allowed us to develop operating procedures that ensure efficient handling of the entire process from start to finish," said Sales Director Andrew Crombie. "With passenger numbers growing around the world and 737NG load factors continuing to outpace any other aircraft type, we are committed to building up a large inventory of tagged material to support our customers."

Airbus to acquire DSI Datensicherheit

Airbus Defence and Space has acquired DSI Datensicherheit GmbH (DSI DS), a German-based company that provides cryptography and communication systems for Space, Airborne and Naval & Ground that is certified by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The acquisition follows a longstanding partnership between the two companies. DSI DS will be fully owned by the Airbus Defence and Space GmbH and operate under a new name, Aerospace Data Security GmbH. This will further strengthen Airbus’ cryptography capabilities and enhance the development of end-to-end secured systems.

“Cryptography is a key aspect for building secure systems. This acquisition will strengthen our cybersecurity capacities and enable us to create significant value for our customers" said Andreas Lindenthal, Head of Airbus Space Systems Germany. “Cyber-protection is critically important for any system supporting critical infrastructure. Space based systems are no exception. Airbus and DSI DS have a history of partnering on important products and we are excited to continue our success with the start of Aerospace Data Security GmbH’”.

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