Friday, April 20th, 2018



London Heliport Sees 5% Increase in Activity in 2017

In a news update from London Heliport, 2017 saw the facility handle 11,900 total movements, an increase of 5% on 2016 figures. With Halo and Starspeed now making the Leonardo AW169 available for charter, the heliport has seen a shift towards large twin-engine executive helicopter movements.

The heliport is currently undergoing a major communications network upgrade to include a new transmitter and receivers to meet the new 8.33mHz spacing regulations for VHF Ground-Air communications, as well as new voice-switch and recording equipment.

A partnership agreement has recently been ratified with the Meteorological Office to upgrade available sensor equipment which will enable London Heliport to disseminate METAR data widely to the aviation community and to make official forecasting available for the first time via skilled, qualified met. observers within the heliport ATC team - installation of the new sensor equipment is expected to commence this month, with regulatory approval from the CAA anticipated following a three-month trial to prove the reliability of observations and the data produced. The result will see a significant enhancement of weather information available to air crew of conditions when entering the challenging airspace and operating environment of the London heli-route system.

Also, according to London Heliport, work is continuing with the regulator and airspace manager to secure the future of London Heliport as the airspace and operating/regulatory environment evolves and new helicopter types and technologies emerge.

London Heliport currently runs its own helicopter charter brokerage, which means that the heliport can offer a swift response to charter enquiries.


GECAS takes delivery of first-in-service 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF)

Boeing has delivered the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The first customer is GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and the freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.

West Atlantic will receive four 737-800 aircraft within the next 11 months and, once delivered, the company will operate 23 Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.

Boeing’s Current Market Outlook forecasts that over the next 20 years, customers will need more than 1,100 standard-body converted freighters. For the 737-800BCF, Boeing has received 45 orders and commitments, from seven customers including: YTO Airlines, based in Hangzhou, China; China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing, China; GECAS, based in Ireland; Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria; LAS Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia; Cargo Air, based in Sophia, Bulgaria and an unannounced customer.

StandardAero signs new three-year deal with Air Georgian

StandardAero has signed a new, three-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to provide support for 17 Honeywell 36-150RJ auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping Air Georgian’s fleet of CRJ100/200 aircraft. The services will be provided at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility.

StandardAero is an authorized MRO facility for some of the industry’s most popular APUs, including the GTCP 36-100/-150, RE220 and APS2300.

Air Georgian Limited is a privately owned airline based at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, ON, Canada, with hubs at Calgary International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Air Georgian principally operates as an Air Canada Express Partner with Air Canada, providing scheduled services on domestic and trans-border routes.


Baltic Ground Services will provide services for Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A330 Cargo

On April 19, Baltic Ground Services (BGS) – a Lithuanian company situated in Vilnius, which provides ground handling for aircraft and passenger services at 16 airports in Europe, has landed the first Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft at the Vilnius Airport.

“Since 2012, our company has been working with Turkish Airlines by providing ground handling and fuelling services. We are happy to announce that BGS will continue working with this company by providing services for their Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft. Of course, new opportunities come with new challenges. A new customer requires not only a lot of hard work, but also investment. We had to purchase new equipment and recruiting additional staff,” commented Gytis Gumuliauskas, CEO at BGS HQ.

The Turkish Airlines deal has been signed for a three-year period. According to the agreement, the Airbus A330 will operate on scheduled flights 2 times a week. The aircraft can carry more than 70,000 kg of cargo per flight.

Since the establishment of BGS, the company has successfully operated at the Vilnius airport. BGS provides passenger and aircraft handling services. Moreover, the company provides services for DHL at the Vilnius Airport for more than a decade. In recent years, the Vilnius based company has been actively expanding into foreign markets. In 2017, BGS provided fuelling services at the Czech Ostrava airport and has established a new company in Germany. In 2018, BGS has plans for development in Asia.

Donghai Airlines chooses TCI Cabin Interior

TCI has reached an agreement with Donghai Airlines in order to design and manufacture the galleys of their first 10 new B737 Max-8 aircraft orders. The delivery of the aircraft will start in 2019. This agreement has been a critical milestone for TCI as an entrance to Chinese Aviation Market.

Donghai Airlines was established in 2002 as the first private airline in China. It is based at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and serves 41 cities across China and started their first international flight between Shenzhen and Utapao in 2017.

Donghai Airlines has a young fleet of average age of 3 years mostly composed of Boeing B737-800 aircraft serving domestic and international routes. It is also one of the first airlines to introduce Boeing B737 MAX-10 aircraft.

TCI, who is a global supplier of Boeing since 2015, was established as a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Turkish Aerospace Industries in 2011, currently designs and manufactures cabin interior products and galley systems for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.


Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 used in first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the newest and largest addition to the 787 family, was converted to Mobil Jet™ Oil 387, following its late March 2018 delivery to Singapore Airlines.

The converted components include the aircraft’s Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines as well as its UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) variable frequency starter generators (VFSGs). Mobil Jet Oil 387 was approved for use in UTAS VFSGs in late 2017 and Singapore Airlines is the first commercial fleet to use the product.

Last year, ExxonMobil announced the use of Mobil Jet Oil 387 across the entire Singapore Airlines’ fleet, which includes a range of Airbus and Boeing wide-body models. As a result, the remaining 48 Boeing 787-10’s scheduled for delivery to Singapore Airlines are also confirmed to use Mobil Jet Oil 387.

Mobil Jet Oil 387 is the most advanced turbine engine oil ExxonMobil has ever produced and is known for its ability to deliver outstanding deposit control, oxidative stability and seal compatibility. It meets demanding industry specifications, including SAE AS5780 High Performance Capability and U.S. Military Specification MIL-PRF-23699-HTS. It is also approved for use by engine manufacturers in a wide range of models and components.

Mobil Jet Oil 387 is produced at the state-of-the-art Port Allen Aviation Lubricants Plant just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 90,000 ft² facility, which commenced operations in 2016, features advanced equipment and technology that enables ExxonMobil to produce a reliable supply of Mobil Jet oils and meet the increasing demands for high-performance, synthetic aviation lubricants.

Eastar Jet becomes new LHT customer in Korea

The Korean low-cost carrier Eastar Jet has commissioned Lufthansa Technik AG to supply components for its short and medium-haul fleet. Eastar Jet currently operates 18 Boeing 737NG and has placed more orders on this aircraft type.

The Total Component Support (TCS®) agreement includes component maintenance as well as spare parts leasing through a component pool at the airline's headquarters at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Eastar Jet will also be granted access to the corresponding spare parts pools at Lufthansa Technik.

"We are pleased to know that component supply for our Boeing 737NG fleet is in the hands of a partner as experienced as Lufthansa Technik," said Daniel Yim, General Manager of purchasing team from Eastar Jet. "We are confident that Lufthansa Technik will offer us optimal support, which will also help us with the expansion of our flight operations."

TP Aerospace

Jeppesen and Blackshape extend long-term agreement for multiple, integrated services

Jeppesen and Blackshape, the Italian manufacturer of high performance general aviation aircraft, have announced they will extend their cooperation through a long-term agreement.

The agreement will include the distribution of spare parts for Blackshape aircraft, a new 10-year agreement for bundled Jeppesen navigation data to be installed at every new Blackshape aircraft delivery and the exploration of integrated pilot training.

The announcement builds upon the companies’ current agreement and also involves a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore other business areas of interest, providing additional value with new aircraft delivery, including spare parts distribution from Aviall, Boeing eAircraft training software to help familiarize pilots with operating Blackshape aircraft, and researching opportunities related to pilot training software programs.

The signed MOU between Boeing and Blackshape calls for continued discussion and strategic engagement around various Boeing Global Services products and services leveraging both companies’ latest training and learning technology.

AVINCO places A319-100 on behalf of China World Aviation Leasing

AVINCO, the aircraft trading and remarketing specialists, has placed one A319-100 aircraft, MSN 2774, on behalf of China World Aviation Leasing.

The aircraft was delivered to AFG Aviation Ireland, part of Aircraft Finance Germany. Subsequently, AFG Aviation Ireland arranged the leasing of the aircraft to German airline Germania.

The aircraft was previously operated by Chengdu Airlines since 2009. AVINCO was working under an exclusive remarketing and delivery management mandate.

Beach Aviation Group

United Airlines reports first-quarter 2018 net income of US$147m

United Airlines (UAL) has reported its first-quarter 2018 financial results. UAL reported first-quarter net income of US$147m, pre-tax earnings of US$184m and pre-tax margin of 2.0%.

Excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, UAL reported first-quarter net income of US$143m, pre-tax earnings of US$179m and pre-tax margin of 2.0%.

UAL has repurchased US$747m of its common shares year-to-date through April 16, 2018, representing approximately 4% of its shares outstanding as of year-end 2017.
Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 2.7% year-over-year.
Consolidated total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased 3.4% year-over-year.
Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 4.3% year-over-year.

First-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 0.6% year-over-year.

UAL now expects full-year 2018 diluted earnings per share, excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, to be $7.00 to $8.501.



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