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Joramco signs five-year agreement with Ryanair for heavy maintenance

Jaramco, the Amman, Jordan-based independent commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility has signed a five-year agreement with low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair which will see the airline using up to six heavy maintenance bay slots at its facility in Amman.

While Ryanair uses a wide combination of both internal facilities and external suppliers to conduct its heavy maintenance, this latest agreement will guarantee that the carrier’s needs as its fleet grows to in excess of 600 aircraft will be met now and in the future.

Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon, said: “Our five-year growth plan will grow our fleet to over 600 aircraft and we are pleased to extend and enhance our agreement with Joramco who have been providing ad-hoc maintenance for our fleet for the past three years. This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilise up to six heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose to tail for the next five winter seasons. Joramco is a long-established maintenance provider with state-of-the-art facilities and over 50 customers around the world. It has an excellent reputation for a quality service offering in the industry and we are pleased to be announcing this new and enhanced deal. This agreement will ensure that Ryanair has flexibility as to where it places its aircraft for the winter maintenance season.”

Established over 50 years ago, Joramco is certified by many international regulatory authorities including the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Jordanian Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (JCARC).

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Bournemouth Airport launches official cargo operation, Cargo First

Bournemouth Airport UK has officially launched its dedicated cargo handling service, Cargo First.

From a standing start with almost no cargo in April 2020, Bournemouth Airport will see 20,000 tonnes of throughput by the end of March 2022, which makes it the fastest growing UK cargo hub based on 2020 statistics and on the verge of breaking into the UK’s top ten busiest cargo airports. The Airport is playing a central role in enabling commercial exports from the UK to the U.S.A. with European Cargo Limited, which now operates a fleet of wide-body cargo aircraft. It also provided relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing in hundreds of millions of items of PPE and test kits to the UK.

Andrew Bell, CEO, Regional & City Airports, says: “The launch of Cargo First consolidates the critical work of the team at Bournemouth Airport during the past two years. We quickly recognised the opportunity to stand up a new trade lane and facilitate exports from the UK to the USA, as well as supporting the temporary demand for PPE and test kits."

“Cargo First is well connected to London by road and we can have consignments in the market faster than through hub airports. Additionally, our unique One Team approach means our customers don’t have to deal with multiple vendors, giving them greater simplicity, efficiency, and speed-to-market.”

Privately owned as part of Regional & City Airports (RCA), Bournemouth Airport has 24/7 capability and ample airfield space to establish new facilities. This, coupled with uncongested airspace, open slot availability and cheaper tariffs versus larger hubs, makes Cargo First a compelling competitor in the cargo handling market. The RCA leadership team has an ambitious development plan in place for Cargo First, including a multi-million-pound investment in infrastructure during the coming year.

Steve Gill, Managing Director, Bournemouth Airport, adds: “We are excited to be putting energy and investment into our cargo operation, especially considering we’ve come from nowhere to be knocking on the door of the top ten cargo airports in the country. We’ve already added nearly 100 jobs and there is potential to create hundreds more over the next five years. It is an exceptional achievement and we look forward to seeing our excellent service enjoyed by many more customers.”

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Wizz Air to expand at London Luton Airport following slot acquisition

Wizz Air has successfully acquired an additional two daily slot pairs from Vueling at London Luton Airport. The deal means Wizz Air will increase frequencies on six existing routes from the airport – to Bacau, Craiova, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara in Romania, as well as to Wroclaw in Poland starting in May 2022.

This expansion will see the airline increase its slot portfolio by 167,000 seats, cementing its position as the largest operator at London Luton Airport with over 5.6 million seats in total for the summer season. 

Since its first flight in May 2004 and the opening of its base at London Luton Airport in June 2017, Wizz Air has flown passengers from London and the Southeast of England to an exciting array of well-known and off the beaten track destinations. The successful bid for more slots demonstrates Wizz Air’s long-term commitment to both the airport and surrounding region, providing an extra boost to the local economy and creating more local jobs.

Wizz Air is recruiting for ambitious cabin and flight crew at London Luton Airport, and welcomes applications from experienced cabin crew, as well as those with no previous experience.

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GA Telesis delivers second B737-800SF to Compass Cargo Airlines

GA Telesis has delivered its third B737-800SF (MSN 28616) passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion. This is the second freighter aircraft delivered to Bulgarian-based Compass Cargo Airlines. The aircraft was converted by Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) authorised conversion centre, commercial jet, in Miami.

GA Telesis’ Leasing, Investment, Financing & Trading (LIFT) Group has continued executing its passenger-to-freighter conversion strategy since announcing its expansion in the air cargo market in July 2020. With three B737-800SF converted aircraft in service, LIFT still holds nine more confirmed slots for this popular P2F airframe.

C&L Aviation Group completes teardown of two E170 aircraft

C&L Aerospace, a C&L Aviation Group company, has completed the teardown of two E170 aircraft. All aircraft have now been completely disassembled and the inventory is in the process of being inducted into C&L’s global warehouses, with the majority being stored at the company’s main headquarters in Bangor, Maine. This is the first of many future teardown projects for C&L as it continues to develop its E170 programmes and offerings.

“C&L has been investing in our Embraer programme for many years now,” said Martin Cooper, Senior Vice President, C&L Aerospace. “We began by providing full inventory and repair exchange services for ERJ 135/145 operators and are now adding new programmes to include the E170/175.”

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TrueAero delivers first of two A330-200s to Aerolineas Argentinas

TrueAero has announced the delivery of one Airbus A330-200 aircraft, MSN 877, equipped with two CF6-80E engines to Aerolineas Argentinas. The second A330-200, MSN 899, is scheduled to deliver in the coming weeks.

Karl Drusch, CEO of TrueAero said, “We are delighted to deliver our first A330-200 to Aerolineas Argentinas, establishing a new relationship between our companies, while contributing to the success of Aerolineas Argentinas”.

Juan Echecopar, EVP of Aerolineas Argentinas said, “This is a significant transaction for Aerolineas Argentinas, these two A330-200s are key in supporting our domestic and international operations while serving the people of Argentina and our international travellers”.
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