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Friday, July 15th, 2022

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Ethiopian gives Boeing vote of confidence after fatal crash with delivery of new 737 MAX

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), the second of two carriers involved in fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes which led to the jet’s worldwide grounding, has taken delivery of a brand-new 737 MAX. The Ethiopian accident in March 2019 resulted in the death of all 157 passengers and crew on board and followed the October 2018 crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX which crashed, killing all 198 people on board. Both accidents were attributed to a faulty sensor which erroneously and fatally triggered the onboard MCAS flight control system which forced both planes into a dive, despite pilots’ unsuccessful efforts to maintain altitude.

The delivery of the jet to Ethiopian was one of 43 737 MAXs Boeing delivered in June, it’s best month to date since the grounding order was lifted, while the American planemaker delivered 51 jets in total in June, it’s best month since March 2019. This year Boeing has delivered 181 of the 737 MAX jets, up from 105 for the first quarter of 2021. Commenting on news of the delivery of this new 737 MAX, Robert Clifford, an attorney for families of the crash victims said: "This is really disappointing -- a sad reminder for the crash victims’ families nearly three-and-a-half years later, knowing that the Boeing MAX will be flying again even in Ethiopia, where the crash happened."

While increased deliveries of the 737 MAX are a boost for Boeing, the company still has problems with its 787 wide-body passenger plane, deliveries of which have been halted owing to quality control issues since May 2021.


AFG names Tohru Saito VP Sales in Japan

Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) has announced that Tohru Saito is joining the AFG team as VP Sales in Japan.

Saito has more than 30 years' experience working for Japan Airlines in various executive roles and across different departments: maintenance, aircraft and engine selection, design and engineering and group fleet planning.

He also worked for GE Aircraft Engines as a seconded employee at the combustion centre of excellence in Cincinnati, Ohio. He later became the managing director of the Association of Air Transport Engineering and adopted aerospace regulations for MROs, flight operations and cabin safety from the FAA and EASA. Saito has also worked closely with IATA and ICAO.

Sky High Aviation signs services agreement with Embraer

Embraer has signed a services agreement with Sky High Aviation Services Dominicana, S.A. (Sky High Aviation), from the Dominican Republic, to support the airline’s E190 jets newly acquired. The contract provides access to the Pool Program, which includes component exchanges and repair services for more than 340 reparable parts plus interchangeable parts for Sky High Aviation’s Embraer aircraft.

“This service agreement with Embraer is important to Sky High Aviation’s operational success, offering us immediate access to an inventory of parts, that is efficiently managed and reduces our capex (capital expenditure) requirement for the initial provision of spare parts,” said Juan Chamizo, Owner and President, Sky High Aviation.

Sky High Aviation is the first Caribbean airline to operate the E190. Sky High Aviation also operates a fleet of two 50-seater Embraer ERJ 145s flying to ten island destinations in the Caribbean.


AFI KLM E&M to maintain Volotea's A320 fleet

Volotea, the airline connecting mid-sized European cities, will send its A320 aircraft to Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance for a comprehensive airframe service, mainly to be carried out during the winter seasons. This first agreement will be in force for more than five years, starting January 2023. The contract includes two full nose-to-tail maintenance lines for the winter maintenance season. The visits will be performed by Aerotechnics Industries, a specialised joint venture operating within AFI KLM E&M’s global MRO network.

AFI KLM E&M has been selected to perform 120 C-Checks after a comprehensive bidding process that demonstrated the relevance and high quality of its airframe maintenance services. Depending on operational conditions, C-checks, typically performed every two years, consist of the inspection, overhaul, maintenance and replacement of aircraft parts, but also include preventive maintenance.

Smart aircraft maintenance app eWork saves time and costs

A novel aircraft maintenance project management app, eWork, has reduced maintenance completion and turnaround times by a quarter, while providing complete transparency of task status, the personnel and the equipment used in performing the task. eWork is a secure app-based solution developed by ADSoftware and designed to provide complete visibility, detailed monitoring and analysis of the airworthiness, engineering, logistics, tooling and cost management aspects of line and base maintenance. It significantly reduces the potential for unexpected delays and unbudgeted costs that are typically incurred through the lags in conventional communications between aircraft operators, maintenance facilities and parts depots.

The app is designed to support the maintenance of aircraft anywhere in the world.  It is specifically intended as an affordable tool for small and medium-size airlines, corporate, VIP, general aviation, para-public and military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter operators as well as third-party aircraft maintenance and repair organisations. On average eWork costs a tenth of more complex and cumbersome IT tools.

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has implemented eWork along with other ADSoftware modules in its airworthiness management unit and its maintenance and repair organisation (MRO).  ATR’s MRO performs about 15 aircraft maintenance and service checks every year.


Rex to purchase National Jet Express, regional services arm of Cobham Aviation Services

Rex has signed a sale-and-purchase agreement which will result in its subsidiary, Rex Freight and Charter (RFC), acquiring 100% of National Jet Express (NJE), the regional services arm of Cobham Aviation Services Australia (Cobham).

NJE is a leading provider of Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) services in Western  and South Australia. In addition, it operates freight services from Sydney to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta), as well as air charter services in Papua New Guinea. Revenue for NJE in the calendar year 2021 was AU$142 million (£81 million). Completion of the sale will be subject to regulatory approvals, including FIRB approval. It is envisaged that shareholder approval will not be required.

Commenting on the purchase, Rex’s Executive Chairman, Lim Kim Hai said, “FIFO services are expected to experience strong growth in Australia and this acquisition positions the Rex Group to participate in this booming sector.”


ST Engineering and EFW redeliver world’s first A320P2F

ST Engineering and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) have announced the redelivery of the ‘head of version’ Airbus A320 Passenger-to-Freighter (A320P2F) aircraft to launch customer Vaayu Group (Vaayu) at ST Engineering’s airframe facility in Singapore. This A320P2F aircraft is owned by the aviation asset management business of ST Engineering and is the first of several converted freighter aircraft that will be leased to Vaayu.

The redelivery marks the birth of the world’s first A320P2F and completion of the Airbus P2F family developed jointly by ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW. It joins the other already operational Airbus P2F platforms, the A330-300P2F, A330-200P2F and A321P2F, which were first redelivered in 2017, 2018 and 2020 respectively. The A320P2F is the second variant in the Airbus narrow-body P2F solution. Similar to the A321P2F, the A320P2F was developed using original OEM data from Airbus which makes the design all the more robust and reliable. As the centre of excellence for Airbus P2F conversions, EFW leads the overall programme as well as marketing and sales efforts.

The current global Airbus A320 passenger fleet comprises thousands of aircraft, offering a wide selection and numerous fitting options for airlines and leasing companies wanting to invest in converted freighters. The A320P2F can accommodate up to ten containers and one pallet position in the main deck and seven container positions in the lower deck. Given its gross payload of up to 21 tonnes at a maximum range of 1,850nm and total usable containerised volume of 159m3 (approx. 5,600ft3), the freighter aircraft has 85% stowage efficiency. This makes the A320P2F an ideal freighter platform to serve the fast-growing ecommerce market globally.

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