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Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

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JetSMART’s new A321neo comes equipped with Recaro’s launch of SL3710 seating

As part of a larger Indigo Partners’ deal agreed back in 2020, JetSMART’s brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft took to the skies on August 15, the first aircraft to fly with 240 pax of the latest in Recaro’s economy-class seating designs, the SL3710. Over the next five years, 11,000 of the seats will be installed on JetSMART aircraft.

The modular SL3710 economy-class seat has a weight of approximately eight kilograms, which helps to minimise operational costs while also supporting JetSMART’s sustainability goals. Created specifically for short-haul flights, the slim, ergonomic design of the seat optimises passenger space while still maintaining a high degree of comfort.

The seat is ultralight and uses recycled leather, meeting Jetsmart’s requirements for its ultra-low-cost model and desire for sustainability.

Chile-based JetSMART was founded in 2017 initially as a domestic airline, but has expanded into the South American market and now flies 43 routes to 25 destinations in six countries across the continent.


Frankfurt Airport exceeds five-million monthly passenger mark in July

In July 2022, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 5.0  million passengers in a single month for the first time since the start of the pandemic – representing an increase of 76.5% compared to July 2021. The upward trend was driven by the ongoing rise in demand for holiday flights. Germany’s largest aviation hub thus maintained its rapid growth momentum – despite a one-day strike by Lufthansa ground staff in late July resulting in some 100,000 passengers less for the reporting month. FRA’s passenger traffic in July 2022 was still 27.4% below the level registered in pre-pandemic July 2019.

Cargo volumes in Frankfurt continued to drop by 18.1% year-on-year in July 2022. As in the previous months, cargo was still affected by airspace restrictions related to the war in Ukraine and the extensive anti-COVID measures in China. In contrast, aircraft movements climbed by 26.9% year-on-year to 35,005 take-offs and landings in July 2022. Accumulated maximum take-off weights (MTOWs) increased by 31.9% year-on-year to over 2.2 million metric tonnes.

Across the Group, the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also continued to benefit from ongoing passenger recovery. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU) served 124,685 passengers in July 2022. In Brazil, combined traffic at the two airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) rose to 1,187,639  passengers. Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru registered some 1.7 million passengers. At Fraport’s 14 Greek regional airports, total traffic advanced to 5,912,102 passengers. As a result, combined traffic figures for the Greek airports clearly surpassed pre-crisis levels in July 2022, rising by 11.1% versus July 2019. The Fraport Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR) on the Bulgarian Riviera saw an overall traffic increase to 745,223 passengers. At Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, passenger numbers grew to over 5.0 million travellers in July 2022.


Delta resumes non-stop service from LAX to Haneda, launches new service from Honolulu

Delta will resume flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tokyo International Airport (HND) beginning October 30, in anticipation of Japan’s easing travel restrictions.

The route will start operating three times weekly before moving to daily starting December 1. The restart of service will use an Airbus 330-900neo aircraft featuring Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin services.

Delta will also start a new daily service between Honolulu and Haneda on December 1. This is the first time Delta has offered service from Haneda to Honolulu with its start delayed due to the pandemic. Customers will be able to enjoy Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort + and Main Cabin services using the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Haneda is a key hub for Delta and offers multiple travel options from key U.S. gateways including Seattle, Atlanta and Detroit.


Tony Kondo joins Werner Aero

Tony (Toshinori) Kondo has joined Werner Aero as Executive Vice President. He is expected to be instrumental in leading the company in its next business phase.

Prior to joining Werner Aero, Kondo spent the past 14 years in the aircraft and engine leasing business within Sumitomo Corporation. In 2014, he was a founding member of SMBC Aero Engine Lease (SAEL), which has grown to become one of the leading engine leasing companies globally. His role in SAEL was Head of Trading, where he was in charge of all trading activities globally. In 2018, he was selected by Airline Economics as a member of the prestigious “40 under 40” club. Kondo is a graduate of Kyoto University with a degree in economics.


AJW Group expands power-by-the-hour contract with Air Transat

AJW Group, an independent aircraft component parts, repair and supply chain solutions provider, has signed a new power-by-the-hour (PBH) support contract with Canadian airline, Air Transat.

The support contract will see the business use its industry leading expertise to manage the complete supply, repair, overhaul and warranty of major components for the operator’s expanding fleet of Airbus A321neo and -ceo aircraft at Air Transat’s primary base of operations in Montreal, Quebec as well as from bases in Toronto and Vancouver.

AJW Group has supported Air Transat with PBH service contracts for nearly 10 years, originally for its Airbus A330 fleet.


Aspire MRO launches new wide-body conversion and maintenance services programme

Aspire MRO has announced the launch of its wide-body MRO and passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion services. Founded by experienced MRO executives, Aspire will operate six bays available for heavy wide-body maintenance and B777 passenger-to-freighter conversions at the former American Airlines maintenance facility located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is backed by investment funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group.

With a deeply experienced leadership team, a dedicated 840,000 ft² state-of the-art facility and an exceptionally skilled labour force in place, Aspire is positioned to become a world-class leading heavy maintenance and P2F provider for both domestic and international operators. The Company has secured a substantial long-term multi-year contract to perform P2F conversions and MRO-related work for Mammoth Freighters and maintains ample additional capacity to support operators around the globe seeking to meet the ever-increasing demand for next-generation P2F conversions.

Aspire expects the Alliance Airport facility to become a long-term hub for aircraft maintenance, bringing significant job creation to the Fort Worth area.

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