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Lufthansa Technik takes on 209 new trainees after two-year hiatus

Lufthansa Technik AG has kick-started its training programme after a two-year break as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 186 of the recruits will commence their apprenticeships at German locations, while a further 23 recruits are 'dual students' who are combining a degree course with practical applications. 209 new training positions or places to study, 122 are directly attributable to Lufthansa Technik AG, 36 for the first time to the technical operations of Lufthansa Airlines and the remainder to the companies of the Lufthansa Technik Group.

"We need reinforcements for the decade ahead; mechanics and engineers for the production divisions, we need young staff members for logistics and also the commercial sector," says Barbara Koerner, Head of Training & Dual Studies at Lufthansa Technik. "We are competing with many other companies that are preparing for the changes brought about by the upcoming generation change and increasing digitisation. Lufthansa Technik has chosen to implement a range of different methods to attract new recruits, including printed and online advertising, using social media channels, as well as advertising in public transport and fast-food outlets in cities such as Hamburg and Frankfurt. While the company will maintain a presence at trade fairs, it will also be targeting potential recruits through cooperation projects with schools and universities."

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SWISS plans collaboration with Air Baltic

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) plans to collaborate with Air Baltic of Latvia in the coming winter timetable period. The collaboration, will take the the form of a wet-lease agreement (i.e. the lease-in of both aircraft and crew), under which Air Baltic will perform SWISS flights on SWISS’s behalf. The partnership is intended to further stabilise SWISS’s flight schedules and provide even more reliability for its customers’ travel plans. It should also further ease the present pressures on the company’s cabin personnel.

The services concerned will be operated by up to six of Air Baltic’s highly advanced and CO2-efficient Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which seat up to 145 passengers. SWISS itself operates 21 such twin jets. The Air Baltic aircraft will perform flights throughout the SWISS European route network which had previously been planned for SWISS’s own operation.

Irrespective of this development, SWISS will continue to steadily recruit and train more of its own cabin personnel. The new collaboration with Air Baltic is also viewed as a complement to SWISS’s existing partnership with Helvetic Airways. On the latter front, in addition to the six Helvetic aircraft already operated all year round on SWISS’s behalf, further Helvetic Airways equipment may also be flexibly deployed on SWISS routes in future to cover peaks in demand.

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PTS Aviation leases CFM56-7B26 engine to major UAE aircraft/engine lessor

PTS Aviation, a StandardAero company, has signed a comprehensive five-year aircraft engine lease agreement (ELA) with a major aircraft and engine lessor based in the United Arab Emirates, which is effective immediately. The initial ELA establishes the lease-to-purchase of one serviceable OEM-maintained, high-cycle remaining CFM56-7B26 engine for a 60-month term, during a crucial period of projected air traffic recovery and growth in Europe. 

This lease agreement represents PTS Aviation’s fourth publicly announced transaction since StandardAero signed a definitive agreement to purchase the company December 2021, a deal which marked StandardAero’s tenth acquisition since March 2015. 

Founded in 1995, PTS has over 150 years of combined aviation management experience and significant expertise buying, leasing and selling engines, modules and high quality used serviceable material (USM).

American Airlines receives first Boeing 787-8 aircraft

American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 aircraft this year and its first since April 2021, on lease from aircraft lessor BOC Aviation. The aircraft, with U.S. Registration No. N880BJ, was delivered from Charleston, South Carolina and is powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

The aircraft is expected to enter commercial service in the coming weeks. Including this delivery, American currently has 47 active 787-family aircraft in its fleet with an additional 42 on order.

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AMETEK MRO Singapore expands services for sensors and fluid management systems

AMETEK Singapore, a brand of AMETEK MRO, has increased its scope of MRO support for AsiaPAC airlines and operators, independent engine MROs and repair management companies with streamlined local representation for AMETEK sensors and fluid management systems (SFMS). A leader in providing highly specialised sensors and solutions for aerospace, defence and space, AMETEK SFMS’ approach to repair and overhaul services revolves around a commitment to exceptional quality, and flexible warranty coverage.

David Corish, Divisional Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK Singapore PTE emphasises the company’s core strategy of supporting legacy platforms with best-in-class MRO solutions for customers. “Our wider customer base throughout the APAC region can now access customer service support for replacement and repair of sensors in the same or similar time zone. They can benefit from full OEM repair warranty assurance and take advantage of business terms aligned to AMETEK MRO Singapore. There is no need to deal with additional teams from other global locations because we comprehensively manage the logistics for the entire component sales and repair process."

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Embraer partners with VOAR to strengthen support for executive aviation

Embraer has announced a partnership with VOAR Aviation during LABACE 2022, with the objective to offer unscheduled services to Embraer executive aviation customers at the Congonhas Airport in São Paulo. Therefore, Embraer continues to strengthen its operations of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and support the fixed base operator (FBO) to meet the growth of executive aviation in Brazil.

The partnership with VOAR takes place less than two months after Embraer inaugurated the new hangars at the Sorocaba service centre in the countryside of São Paulo, doubling its usable area. The unit, which celebrated eight years of operation in March 2022, now has four hangars, three of which are dedicated to MRO and one to FBO.

GA Telesis appoints industry veteran Jim Sokol as Vice President of Sales - Americas

GA Telesis (GAT) has named industry veteran Jim Sokol Vice President of Sales - Americas for the Flight Solutions Group (FSG).

In the role, Sokol will support GA Telesis’ global ecosystem by providing the highest level of team leadership and customer advocacy. Jim leads the Americas sales team and brings a superior level of established integrity, aviation acumen, customer relationships, and operational experience, supporting FSG’s commitment to expanding GA Telesis’ footprint in the industry.

Sokol’s responsibilities will include sales, services and support of all USM material, tool/GSE offerings, OEM
distribution and logistics advocacy in the region. Sokol joined GAT in July 2022 and has 40+ years of experience as an executive leader in the airline, MRO and transportation sectors.
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