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Dominican Republic launches Caribbean’s first ultra-low-cost carrier

Newly launched Arajet is the Dominican Republic and Caribbean’s first ultra-low-cost airline and is based in the capital, Santo Domingo, on the south-western side of the island. The flag-carrying airline will serve 22 destinations in 12 countries over the upcoming months, expanding its operations later this month with the addition of routes to Saint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lima in Peru, Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun in Mexico and Guatemala City in Guatemala. In October, Arajet will add Curaçao, San José in Costa Rica, Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador, Medellín and Bogotá in Colombia as well as destinations in North America.

The carrier’s first official flight was to San Salvador in El Salvador on September 17, having successfully completed trial runs to Barranquilla and Cali in Colombia and also to Aruba in the prior two days. Over the next five years Arajet plans to transport more than 7 million passengers, generating more than 4,000 direct and close to 40,000 indirect jobs in the region.

Arajet has already taken delivery of five out of eight direct leases of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and has a direct order for 20 new Boeing 737 MAX jets. The carrier will continue to grow and invest in its fleet with 15 additional options to be delivered over the next five years. "The 737 MAX family of airplanes is well suited to Arajet’s network with the 737-8 enabling profitable new routes and the 737-8-200 providing unrivalled efficiencies," said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

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Boeing estimates demand for nearly 3,000 commercial jets in the Middle East over next 20 years

With air travel and tourism continuing to drive Middle Eastern economic growth, Boeing estimates that the region’s passenger traffic and commercial fleet are projected to more than double over the next two decades. The company announced its estimate in the 2022 Boeing Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), a forecast of 20-year demand.

Middle Eastern carriers have successfully managed through challenges brought on by the pandemic by adjusting their business models and increasing usage of freighters to maximise revenue. Looking ahead, the region’s fleet is forecasted to expand to 3,400 airplanes to serve fast-growing passenger traffic as well as cargo demand, Boeing said.

“The Middle East region, a popular connection point for international travellers and trade, is also growing as a starting point and destination for business and leisure passengers,” said Randy Heisey, Boeing Managing Director of Commercial Marketing for the Middle East and Africa and Russia and Central Asia Regions. “The region will continue to require a versatile fleet that meets the demands of airline and air-cargo business models.”

Middle East airlines will require 2,980 new airplanes valued at US$765 billion to serve passengers and trade. More than two-thirds of these deliveries will enable growth, while one-third will replace older airplanes with more fuel-efficient models such as the Boeing 737 MAX, 787 Dreamliner and 777X.

Notably, air cargo traffic flown by Middle East carriers has continued its substantial growth of recent years; two of the world’s top five cargo carriers by tonnage are based in the region. To serve future demand, the Middle East freighter fleet is projected to reach 170 by 2041, more than doubling the pre-pandemic fleet.

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Air Greenland goes for AMOS

Air Greenland was ready for a change in its MRO software as the legacy software was no longer in the position to support today’s airline maintenance requirements. Among others, the airline was looking for fully integrated end-to-end support for all processes for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft combined with the capability to support a paperless operation.

The operation of its aircraft is far from standard, the mixed fleet brings a mixed utilisation with its own challenges. A combination of scheduled, charter medical and SAR flights have to be accommodated when managing all ground activities and supporting business areas. With these requirements in mind, Air Greenland started an in-depth selection process to get a clear picture of the capabilities and gaps on the available software solutions.

AMOS was able to convince the project team by ticking off the requirements and having a proven track record of successful implementations around the world for helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft.

The implementation project is in full swing with workshops and training being delivered both on-line and on-site. While the project started during the pandemic and all services from Swiss-AS had to be performed online, on-site travel is now possible again to the benefit of both, Swiss-AS and Air Greenland. Flexibility, creativity, and the lessons learnt from the beginning of the pandemic ensured that the travel ban did not block the implementation progress.

With the AMOS Airline Edition, Air Greenland will perform most of its maintenance inhouse and rely on the industry best practice processes that come with the MRO software. AMOSmobile/EXEC is also in the scope of the project and will complete the AMOS user experience in the hangar.

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Luxair awards Revima Asia Pacific B737NG landing gear MRO contract

Revima Asia Pacific has entered into a two-year agreement for B737NG landing gear overhaul. The first overhaul is scheduled in September 2022 in Revima's brand new state-of-the-art 11,000 m² facility south of Bangkok, Thailand.

Ramp-up of operations is now accelerating and the company is ready to support a growing number of customers in the region with high-value quality and service.

Remy Maitam, Revima Asia Pacific President, said: “Revima Asia Pacific is excited to support Luxair on its B737NG landing gear overhaul programme. We will draw on our experienced staff and extensive in-house capabilities to deliver on our commitments to Luxair”.

Pratt & Whitney to establish Singapore technology accelerator

Pratt & Whitney will establish a technology accelerator in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Technologies developed in Singapore will be applied across Pratt & Whitney’s global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) footprint.

The facility, serving as a centre of excellence for technology advancement, will help to accelerate the development and deployment of technology insertion projects across Pratt & Whitney’s four Singapore-based MRO facilities over the next five years. The projects, expected to be worth at least S$31 million (or US$22 million), will focus on automation, advanced inspection, connected factory and digital twin, helping to enhance connectivity and intelligence across the company’s MRO operations.

The Singapore technology accelerator will be located at the Seletar Aerospace Park, within the heart of Singapore’s aerospace industry ecosystem. Expected to be ready for occupation in the fourth quarter of this year, it will add 16 new positions, which the company plans to fill with local, full-time employees.

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Boeing selects Collins Aerospace for F-15EX wheels and brakes

Boeing has selected Collins Aerospace to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for lots one through three on the F-15EX aircraft in production for the U.S. Air Force. Collins’ equipment replaces the platform’s legacy wheels and brakes on the Boeing production line.

Collins has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force on the wheel and brake system improvement (WBSI) programme to design, develop and qualify the F-15 wheels and brakes while achieving installation approval from Boeing for the F-15C/D and F-15E variant aircraft.

After five years of operations, Collins’ wheels and brakes continue to meet or exceed all U.S. Air Force performance standards for the WBSI programme. Collins set out to drive down the lifecycle cost over the lifespan of the aircraft while increasing the longevity of the wheel and carbon brakes.

EASA approves eTLB processes of Wizz Air

The European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, approved the processes of Wizz Air to use the electronic Technical Logbook (eTLB) of AVIATAR in daily operations. In the three months since the fleet-wide roll-out on more than 140 aircraft registered in Hungary paperless operation proved to be stable with the new seamless digital pilot-to-maintenance collaboration application. The assumed reductions already materialise: calls in Wizz Air's Maintenance Control Centre dropped by more than 25% proving the enormous impact of the application in daily operational life of pilots and maintenance crews.

AVIATAR's Technical Logbook offers prefilled text blocks and automated input masks. This enables pilots to record technical issues of the aircraft in real time, which are synchronised when an internet connection is available. It therefore reduces manual efforts by up to 50% and improves data quality as well as transparency. The new solution works with any hardware device (e.g. tablet, smartphone or desktop computer) and provides pilots with access to aircraft status anywhere and anytime. It also offers back-up processes in case of connectivity issues. Real-time data availability, directly connected with the M&E system (maintenance and engineering system), ensures maintenance on arrival and enables a seamless pilot-to-maintenance collaboration - leading to decreased turnaround times and costs. On average, thanks to the implementation of the Technical Logbook, closing time of defects can be halved.
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