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Further trouble looms at Lufthansa – this time it's the pilots who may strike

On Wednesday last Week, Germany's flag carrying airline Lufthansa was forced to cancel over 1,000 flights as a consequence of one-day strike action taken in protest at ongoing wage negotiations relating to a 9.5% wage hike for 20,000 ground crew. Now pilots with Germany's leading airline have voted in favour of considering the option of strike action according to their Vereinigung Cockpit union.

Pilots are not just looking for an immediate 5.5% pay increase, but they also want an adjustment made for inflation to start next year. The union is claiming that after six rounds of talks, Lufthansa is yet to make a negotiable offer. According to the union, 97.6% of pilots who took part in a ballot approved its call. It said in statement that the vote “doesn't yet necessarily lead to strike measures, but it is an unmistakable signal to Lufthansa to take the cockpit staff's needs seriously.”

This damaging strike action comes hot on the heels of Lufthansa announcing that in the second quarter of the year the Group had returned to profitability based on a preliminary, unaudited basis having more than doubled its revenue compared to the previous year. It amounted to approximately €8.5 billion in the second quarter (previous year: €3.2 billion). The Group's Adjusted EBIT was between €350 and €400 million euros (previous year: €-827 million). (£1.00 = €1.19 at time of publication).


Boeing to open research and development centre in Japan to focus on SAF, electric/hydrogen propulsion, robotics, digitisation and composites

 Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) centre. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 cooperation agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies and future flight concepts that will promote zero climate impact aviation. That is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, batteries and composite manufacturing that will enable new forms of urban mobility.

The BR&T – Japan research centre will be located in Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing's major industrial partners and suppliers. The facility will further expand Boeing's research and development footprint in the region, which includes centres in Australia, China and Korea.


Etihad Cargo posts record mid-year revenue

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced its results for the first half of 2022, achieving year-on-year revenue growth of 6% compared to H1 2021 and contributing 35% of Etihad Aviation Group's operating revenue.

In addition to recording an increase in overall revenue, Etihad Cargo maintained a strong delivered as promised rate of 86%, a two per cent increase compared to its 2021 full-year results, along with an 83% freighter on time performance (OTP) rate despite the challenging handling environment across the network.

Etihad Cargo saw growth across a number of premium products in the first half of 2022. For example, the performance of PharmaLife increased by 46% compared to H1 2021. Contributing to this growth have been the new developments Etihad Cargo has launched to enhance its PharmaLife capabilities, including improved thermal covers that dramatically increase the protection of pharmaceutical cargo during aircraft loading and offloading. Etihad Cargo also posted a 52% increase in the performance of its LiveAnimals product.


Brian Besanceney joins Boeing as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Boeing has named Brian Besanceney as the company's Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer effective September 6, 2022. A corporate affairs leader with more than 25 years of strategic communications and government relations experience, including senior roles at Walmart and Disney, Besanceney will oversee all aspects of Boeing's communications, such as communications at its commercial airplanes, defence and services businesses, media relations, external affairs, employee engagement, and company branding.

Besanceney will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and serve on the company's Executive Council.

BOC Aviation delivers final of seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to Turkish Airlines

BOC Aviation Limited has delivered the final aircraft out of seven new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft transactions to Turkish Airlines. The aircraft is powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines.

“This delivery reflects the strong level of cooperation that we enjoy with Turkish Airlines, building on our 18-year relationship,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation. “We look forward to further developing our long and successful partnership with Turkish Airlines as we continue to provide our airline customers with more fuel-efficient and technologically advanced aircraft solutions,” added Martin.


SR Technics signs contract with Safran Test Cells for re-activation of second test cell for GTF, LEAP and CFM56 engines

MRO service provider SR Technics has awarded and contracted Safran Test Cells, a division of Safran Aero Boosters, for extending its test capabilities and capacities in Zurich (Switzerland) by re-activating its second test cell. Under the terms of this agreement, Safran Test Cells will provide the aerodynamic and acoustics construction design for the test cell to enable local contractors to renew the facility for engine testing. Further, Safran Test Cells will design, produce and install specific equipment such as aero-acoustic elements and all required systems to enable testing of the new engine types PW1100G-JMs, LEAP-1A/-1Bs as well as legacy engines CFM56-5B/-7Bs.

Tagged by an international composed project team, the design and planning phase of the re-activation is in full progress. Starting in November, a partial tear down of the actual building will be performed and in February 2023 the construction rebuilt will be launched. SR Technics and Safran Test Cells are promoting sustainable solutions by pursuing the incorporation of innovative technology such as an energy recovery installation and an electrostatic particulate matter filter to reduce the environmental impact.

Recently SR Technics became member of the global Pratt & Whitney MRO network to maintain the new turbofan engine PW1100G-JM. Further, SR Technics will start to offer within the next weeks repair services for LEAP-1B within its Quick Turn Line Services, having already received the EASA/FAA approval for its targeted activities.

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