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Wizz Air looks to create new ultra-low-cost subsidiary – Wizz Air Malta

Based on the signing of an ‘Arrangement on Reallocation of Responsibility’ signed between the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD), Wizz Air will now file an application for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) with EASA and also an Operating License (OL) with CAD. Should both applications be successful, the new carrier, Wizz Air Malta will commence operations in October of this year with Malta-registered aircraft.

Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi said: “We are pleased to announce our intention to establish a new airline subsidiary in Malta. Wizz Air is constantly evaluating the structure of its business and exploring options to establish new AOC’s and bases in Europe and beyond. The successful establishment of Wizz Air Malta later this year will help to reinforce our strong position and support our expansion plans in Europe. We look forward to working with EASA and the Maltese CAA to take this application forward.”

Wizz Air is currently Europe’s fastest-growing ultra-low-cost carrier which is legally incorporated as Wizz Air Hungary Ltd and is headquartered in Budapest. The carrier began services in 2003, has two other subsidiaries – Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air UK – which operate an all-Airbus fleet of approximately 150 A320- and A321-family aircraft, with a further 315 Airbus aircraft on order with deliveries anticipated through to 2027.

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ATR unveils plans for hybrid version ATR 'EVO'

ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, has announced its plans for the next generation of its best-selling family of regional aircraft by 2030, the ATR ‘EVO’.

The plan foresees advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability to offer customers the next generation of ATR aircraft. It will encompass innovative technologies to enable significant improvements in performance, economics and sustainability. Incorporating a new eco-design that includes new propellers and enhanced cabin and systems, it will remain a two-engine turboprop that can be powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli said: “Our next generation of aircraft will be a step forward in responsible flying through further incremental innovation. When it enters the market, the new ATR ‘EVO’ will pave the way towards a decarbonised future for aviation. Key benefits include a 20% overall fuel improvement and 100% SAF compatibility. This means that the aircraft will emit over 50% less CO2 than a regional jet when powered by kerosene. When using 100% SAF, its emissions will be close to zero.”

In the coming months, ATR will work with airlines, engine manufacturers and systems providers, with the aim to launch the programme by 2023.

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Safran rolls out XATIS software

Safran Engineering Services has rolled out "XATIS”, its complex system design optimisation software. The software is tailored to assist systems architects in reducing the number of product development cycles, thanks to Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE).

XATIS is a software tool for modelling complex integrated systems, from the requirements gathering phase, through the specification stage and right up to the preliminary design. It is based on the CESAM modelling methodology, the aim of which is to manage complexity through graphic representations of the system from multiple complementary perspectives, in order to expand upon its conventional textual description. 

XATIS is used for developing various architectures, comparing them and selecting the best one, taking into account the constraints of production engineering, operations, maintenance and decommissioning of the system. The ground-breaking aspect of the software is that it permits a collaborative architecture; that is to say, it is based on the active contribution and co-ordination of all of the teams involved in the design of the new product. Moreover, XATIS improves the monitoring of traceability links between the customer requirements and the technical solutions offered, thus providing greater knowledge of the impact analyses, should there be a change in requirements.

More than 350 systems architects at Safran are already making good use of the software, which is now established on the market as a proven and mature solution, that can be used in all sectors of activity. What’s more, the company has developed a user support service offering and is continuing to develop its software with the addition of new functionalities.

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Gulfstream Aerospace to expand St. Louis completions operation

Gulfstream Aerospace will expand completions operations at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility. The expansion will increase production of custom cabinetry and exterior paint capacity for Gulfstream’s in-demand large-cabin aircraft.

To support this expansion, Gulfstream St. Louis will grow its workforce in the areas of cabinet makers and finishers, upholsterers, aircraft paint technicians, manufacturing engineers, operations engineers, certification inspectors and additional support functions.

The Gulfstream St. Louis Service Center opened in 2017 as a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and comprises 11 hangars and more than 637,457 ft² (59,222 m²) of shop and support space. Located at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois, Gulfstream St. Louis is a certified U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 repair station. Employees there can service large-cabin and mid-cabin aircraft registered in the U.S. and European Union countries.

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StandardAero acquires EB Airfoils to continue expansion of component repair capabilities

StandardAero has signed an agreement to acquire EB Airfoils, a leading fan blade, compressor blade and vane MRO provider for the aero-engine and aero-engine derivative markets. 

EB Airfoils is a privately held company operating from two facilities located in Palm City, Florida.  With nearly 20,000 square feet of operations and approximately 50 employees, EB Airfoils’ unique capabilities and unequaled expertise, have enabled the company to become one of very few organisations in the world to be granted OEM source approval or source demonstration for the repair and overhaul of fan blades, compressor blades and vanes on leading aero-engine and aero-engine derivative platforms. 

“EB Airfoils expands StandardAero’s existing airfoil capabilities at our Cork, Kansas City and Singapore facilities to provide a more comprehensive offering of hot and cold section airfoils with immediate growth for our component repair capabilities for blades, vanes and other cold section component services to our portfolio,” said Russell Ford, Chairman & CEO of StandardAero.

EB Airfoils maintains a leading portfolio of source approvals across Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, CFM International and International Aero Engines platforms and is in the process of receiving additional approvals through source demonstrations.  The company's decades of experience and broad range of repair capabilities has allowed it to establish a steady base of recurring business with OEMs, operators and MRO providers. 

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Embraer delivers 1500th Ipanema aircraft

A technological icon in Brazilian agriculture with five decades of operation, Embraer has delivered the 1500th Ipanema agricultural aircraft. The aircraft, which received a commemorative painting alluding to this historical moment and references to national agribusiness, was received by the rancher Carla de Freitas, owner of Agropecuária Bela Vista, based in Vilhena in the state of Rondônia.

The aircraft has registered 39 new orders in the first five months of 2022 which is 22% higher compared to the same period last year. Held at the end of April, Agrishow Ribeirão Preto alone has sold 11 of the 203 aircraft models, which is the most modern in the series. The Ipanema 203 embodies the most recent technological innovations in the segment and exceeds 130 aircraft in operation all over the country. 

Embraer's agricultural aviation division delivered 42 Ipanema aircraft in 2021, an increase of 90% compared to 2020. With the current sales figures in early 2022, the company solidifies its market leadership position, which relies on Ipanema’s efficiency, productivity, and robustness, and remains an essential tool for the country's agribusiness.

Management changes at N3 Engine Overhaul Services

N3 Engine Overhaul Services, the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Rolls-Royce in Arnstadt, has announced changes in the management. Carsten Behrens has taken over the position as CEO in April 2022. He succeeds Nicole Fehr, who has managed the Arnstadt plant since 2018 together with CFO Stefan Landes and is now leaving the company as planned to take on a new role at Rolls-Royce.

Behrens is joining N3 from Rolls-Royce Germany and has more than 20 years of experience in aviation. He has worked for many years at MTU at various locations in the areas of engineering, production, sales, and engine overhaul before taking over the management of the joint venture with Pratt & Whitney Canada in Ludwigsfelde. Prior of joining Rolls-Royce, he was Managing Director at Leistritz Turbine Technology.

According to the agreement between the parent companies, the N3 management always consists of two representatives of the owners. Their responsibility is divided between the operational and commercial department.
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