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Monday, September 5th, 2022

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Rolls-Royce breaks ground at French production support centre for Pearl 10X

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has broken ground on the construction of a brand-new production support for its Pearl 10X engine. The 2,000 ft² facility is located at Le Haillan, near Bordeaux, France.

Currently the 10X will be found exclusively on the new twin-engine Falcon 10X flagship Dassault ultra-long-range business jet which will have a top speed of Mach 0,925 and a range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km). The jet is due to enter into service in 2025.

Construction of the new unit will commence later this year and will house offices, a workshop and warehouse. It is anticipated the new centre will be completed in the first half of next year. The facility will become part of the global Rolls-Royce support network and will be complemented by the powerful customer service infrastructure of more than 75 Authorised Service Centres, by On-Wing Services specialists in the U.S.A., Europe, Middle East and Asia as well as a number of spare parts, lease engine and storage locations, all placed strategically around the world.

“While the Pearl 10X engine development programme for the Dassault Falcon 10X is making good progress, we are already working in parallel on establishing the infrastructure to support Dassault’s flight test activities and its production line,” said Dr Philipp Zeller, Senior Vice President of the Pearl 10X programme.


Air Canada Cargo becomes first Canadian carrier to approve Envirotainer Releye RLP and RAP containers

Air Canada Cargo will be the first Canadian operator to use the new live monitored, temperature-controlled certified aircraft containers, the Envirotainer Releye RLP and larger RAP, as part of the AC Absolute solution. The Releye RLP and RAP containers are designed to meet the strictest requirements in pharmaceutical air freight. With its 170 hours of autonomy (more than one week) on a single battery charge, it will maintain the temperature and protect the cargo longer than any other available solution.

These containers enter service following the recent inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at its Toronto Pearson International Airport hub, a testament to its continued focus on strong operational integrity and continued investment in cold chain infrastructure.

The Releye RLP and RAP containers are equipped with 18 integrated sensors that monitor important aspects during shipping, including their location, internal and external temperature, battery level, humidity, door openings, cargo loaded, and GPS so customers can track their shipments in real time.

Air Canada is CEIV Pharma certified by IATA, which signifies that the airline meets the highest standards of safety, security, compliance and efficiency in the transport of pharmaceuticals.


Ethiopian Airlines signs new distribution agreement with Travelport

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest carrier in Africa, and Travelport, a global technology company that powers bookings for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide, have announced a new agreement. The renewed deal includes distribution on the Travelport+ platform and expands the ongoing travel retailing and distribution relationship between Travelport and Ethiopian.

Once the airline makes content via NDC distribution available, both companies will work together to provide agents with access to NDC content and functionality from Ethiopian Airlines in the Travelport+ platform. As part of the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will become a new participant in Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding (RC&B) programme. As a top 100 carrier booked through Travelport, the carrier is laying the foundation to ensure that Travelport-connected agencies can access the most robust, enriched Ethiopian Airlines’ content following its current fleet expansion.

Rolls-Royce and Air China to form joint venture for new MRO facility in Beijing

Rolls-Royce and Air China have entered into a new 50/50 joint venture (JV) maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Beijing, China. The new facility, BAESL (Beijing Aero Engine Services Company Limited), will provide MRO support on the Rolls-Royce Trent 700, Trent XWB-84 and Trent 1000 aero engines. Air China currently has all three engine types in its fleet.

At full capacity, which is expected to be achieved in the mid 2030s, BAESL will be able to support up to 250 shop visits per year. The facility will offer MRO services to Air China as well as Rolls-Royce's other airline customers based in Greater China and beyond. Today, Rolls-Royce powers 60% of China’s widebody fleet, powering more than 550 aircraft in service or on order. Its Trent 700 engines also power 90% of the country’s Airbus A330 fleet and the Greater China fleet represents 20% of all Trent engines flying today.


HEICO Corporation acquires majority of growing niche technology component maker

HEICO Corporation has announced that its Electronic Technologies Group has acquired approximately 80% of the capital stock of technology component company Ironwood Electronics (Ironwood) for cash paid at closing, plus additional cash consideration to be paid if Ironwood meets certain earnings targets. The balance of Ironwood's shares will continue to be owned by Ironwood's Chief Executive Officer, David Struyk, and other key managers. Further financial information was not disclosed.

HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings within the year following acquisition.

Founded in 1986, Ironwood is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance test sockets and adapters for both engineering and production use of semiconductor devices. Its products are utilized by, among others, semiconductor designers and manufacturers for critical validation and testing, as well as additional applications. Ironwood's sockets and adapters are also used by technology and electronics designers and producers for both development and production purposes in their systems.


Falko establishes dedicated trading team

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited (Falko), an aircraft asset management company focused on the regional aircraft sector, has established a dedicated team to manage and grow its aircraft trading activities. The team will focus on nurturing its’ relationships with aircraft lessors and financial buyers to further deepen the secondary market for regional aircraft.

The team will be led by Kenton Walsh as Head of Trading, who has been with Falko in various senior commercial and origination roles since the inception of the Falko business in 2011. Marcus Rowley will also transfer to the team as Vice President, Trading bringing substantial additional experience to the team.

Falko was formed in July 2011 through the purchase of BAE Systems Asset Management and its associated aircraft portfolio. In May 2022, Chorus Aviation completed the acquisition of Falko and equity interests in 128 aircraft managed by Falko. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus is an integrated provider of regional aviation solutions, including asset management services.

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