Wednesday, May 30th, 2018



Bombardier unveils two new longer-range business jet variants in Geneva

Bombardier, the plane and train manufacturer has chosen the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE2018), in Geneva, Switzerland to unveil two longer-range variants of its successful Global business jets.

David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft commented that: “Bombardier’s two newest Global aircraft are the result of our unrelenting commitment to innovation, excellence and most of all, our desire to deliver unmatched capabilities to our customers. This next generation of performance stems from the winning DNA of our Global family of aircraft, now further enhanced through a newly optimized wing, a fully reimagined cabin and new, purpose-built engines.”

According to Bombardier: “The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft add to the industry’s best large-category family, joining the high-performing Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, and the unparalleled Global 7000 aircraft. These new aircraft build on the success of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favorable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range.”

Purpose-built Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and a new wing make the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft cleaner and more efficient, so the Global 5500 aircraft can connect Sao Paolo and Paris, and Moscow and Los Angeles, while the Global 6500 aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore and London, and Toluca and Madrid.

Bombardier has also revealed that the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft will be fitted out with the patented Nuage seat, which Bombardier says is the “first new seating architecture in business aviation in more than 30 years.” The Nuage seat is designed with long flights in mind.

The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft are anticipated to enter service by the end of 2019.


Lufthansa Group firms up order for six more A320neo and three A320ceo

Lufthansa Group has firmed-up a previous option for six further Airbus A320neo, following a decision by the company’s supervisory board at the beginning of May.

The latest agreement brings Lufthansa Group’s total order for the A320neo to 122 (77 A320neo and 45 A321neo). In addition, the airline signed an order for three more A320ceo, bringing the Group’s A320ceo orders to 273. With a total of 395 A320 Family aircraft on order, the Lufthansa Group is also Airbus’ biggest A320 operator with nearly 400 A320 Family aircraft in service. Lufthansa was the launch operator of the A320neo.

GA Telesis Engine Services appoints Sergey Moryakov, Vice President of Sales and Customer Service

GA Telesis Engine Services Oy (GATES) has appointed Sergey Moryakov as the Vice President of Sales and Customer Service. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Sergey will manage the global sales team and network, and he will also be responsible for all marketing campaigns.

Mr. Moryakov has broad technical expertise and knowledge pertaining to the sale of engine services, specifically in Russia and the CIS regions. He joins GATES from GE Aviation, where he served as their Regional Sales Director for Engine Sales and MRO Services.

Jet Aviation gains authorization from Airbus for ACJ350 XWB completions in Basel

Jet Aviation’s Completions Center in Basel has received approval from Airbus Corporate Jets for the ACJ350 XWB. The Completions Center has a long history of partnership with Airbus Corporate Jets. Jet Aviation has delivered 23 VIP Airbus cabins since 2000.

As the latest addition to Airbus' family of VIP wide-body corporate jets, the ACJ350 XWB approval reflects the history of technological innovation at Jet Aviation’s Completions Center and is an important step enabling the company to support owners and operators of the Airbus ACJ350.

The facility in Basel is one of the leading wide-body aircraft completions centers. It has successfully delivered 23 VIP Airbus cabins since 2000, from the ACJ319 to the ACJ340-600. In particular, the Center specializes in new-generation composite aircraft such as the Airbus ACJ350 XWB. With the help of Airbus’ proprietary Easyfit concept, Jet Aviation’s Completion Center in Basel can integrate a cabin without the need for complex and costly airframe modifications.

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TEST-FUCHS among first to select IFS Applications 10 for aerospace engineering, manufacturing and maintenance

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that the TEST-FUCHS Group, a leading manufacturer of test systems and components for the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry, is one of the first A&D customers to select the recently launched IFS Applications™ 10 as its global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) solution.

Headquartered in Austria, TEST-FUCHS selected IFS because of its industry-specific capabilities, completeness of the solution, and its long-term aerospace and defence industry experience. TEST-FUCHS will roll out IFS Applications 10 across Austria, Germany, Italy, France, UK, USA, Singapore, and China to support its global mechanical engineering and maintenance operations, which serve some of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers, airlines, OEMs and MROs, including Airbus, Boeing, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Sikorsky, and Embraer.

IFS Applications 10 has been designed to help companies connect their business to a digital backbone and capitalise on disruptive technologies, processes, and business models such as automation, connected devices, and servitisation. The implementation at TEST-FUCHS will cover preventive maintenance, fleet & asset management, component MRO, manufacturing, human resources, financials, supply chain, CRM, service management, document management, quality management, and quality assurance.

In addition to the new deployment, TEST-FUCHS will enter into a long-term strategic partnership with IFS to help organisations in the aerospace and defence sector react to industry changes by implementing IFS Applications.

Embraer sells four more Legacy 650E Business Jets to Air Hamburg and one Legacy 500 to Centreline

Embraer has signed a new purchase agreement with Air Hamburg for four more Legacy 650E business jets. The agreement was announced on the opening day of the 18th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

With this additional order, the Germany-based business charter operator, which serves European, Russian and Middle East destinations, will expand its Embraer flagship fleet to 17 aircraft (15 Legacy 600/650 and two Phenom 300). Air Hamburg is the world’s largest operator of the Legacy 600/650 aircraft models. The delivery of these aircraft is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018 and continue at a rate of one per quarter through the first quarter of 2019. The contract has a value of US$103.6 million, based on current list prices and will be included in the Company’s 2018 second-quarter backlog.

Furthermore Embraer has signed a purchase agreement with Centreline, for a pre-owned Legacy 500. UK-based Centreline is a full-service private jet company, which already operates two Legacy 500s. Delivery of this additional order is scheduled for August 2018.


K5 Aviation signs service contract with Lufthansa Technik

German-based VIP charter company K5 Aviation has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide worldwide technical support for its VIP long-haul fleet. K5 Aviation is a worldwide operating company with bases in Europe, Russia and the USA and has a mixed Airbus / Bombardier fleet.

Lufthansa Technik offers the corresponding services especially for operators of VIP and business jets via its product "Airside Assistance". As the core of "Airside Assistance", Lufthansa Technik offers access to its pool of highly qualified engineers and mechanics and worldwide material supply through the company's global logistics network. The services also include immediate support in the event of a technical problem where the aircraft has to stay on the ground (AOG).

Additional support services for the maintenance and operation of VIP aircraft complement these basic services if required, including maintenance management, CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) support or airworthiness review, refurbishment and modernization of cabin facilities, coordination with authorities and maintenance of engines and components.

"Lufthansa Technik's global presence is of great importance to K5 Aviation as our aircraft are deployed worldwide," said Erik Scheidt, Director of K5 Aviation. "An international maintenance network is essential for the reliability and readiness of our fleet at all times. At Lufthansa Technik we can rely on the same high quality worldwide as at our home base".

Aircom Pacific partners with Airbus ACJ to develop innovative Ka-Band solution

Aerkom has reported that through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aircom Pacific (Aircom Pacific), it has begun developing a new and innovative Ka-band solution for the provision of broadband voice and high-speed internet access for passengers in Airbus ACJ319s, ACJ320s and ACJ321s – as well as Airbus’ airline commercial aircraft equivalents.

Called Aerkomm K++, the solution will offer a broadband rate of 20 Megabits/sec experience per passenger. It combines Aircom Pacific equipment – based on a low-profile antenna – with a retrofit installation designed and implemented by Airbus to EASA and FAA certification standard, which will also be validated by China CAAC. Aerkomm K++ will provide worldwide coverage including, specifically, within China for Chinese registered aircraft.

“Staying connected has become a necessity of private jet passengers and, in our increasingly connected and digital world, it is something which more and more of us need, and to which we all increasingly aspire,” says Aircom Pacific’s COO Louis Giordimaina.

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Jet Aviation signs Boeing 787 completions contract

Jet Aviation has signed another Boeing 787 completions contract. In 2015, Jet Aviation was the first company to take delivery of a B787-9 for interior completions. Since 2013, Jet Aviation has dedicated significant research and development into carbon fiber aircraft such as the B787 to ensure it can offer customers world-leading expertise and equipment specifically formulated for the demands of a composite airframe. With innovative proprietary technology, Jet Aviation can integrate a cabin onto a B787 without modifying the fuselage, avoiding time-consuming and costly repairs.

Jet Aviation has completed 28 Boeing aircraft since 1998.

TAG Aviation Geneva becomes Authorised Service Facility network for all Bombardier business aircraft

TAG Aviation Geneva’s current status as an Authorised Service Facility (ASF) for Bombardier Learjet and Challenger aircraft has been extended to also include Global business jets.

The centre is now able to provide line maintenance services for Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000 aircraft, as well as Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck.

This new capability strengthens TAG Geneva’s service offering for the Bombardier product line and complements the wide range of high quality maintenance service facilities already available at TAG’s other maintenance bases in Le Bourget and at Farnborough Airport, which have been Bombardier ASFs since 2013 and 2006, respectively.

Finnair opens new year-round route to Hanover for summer 2019

Continuing with its growth in the German market, Finnair will be launching a new route to Hanover, Germany, next summer. The new route will start on April 29 with five weekly frequencies and will become a daily and year-round frequency as of June 1, 2019. Hanover is one of Northern Germany’s largest cities and hosts several important fair and trade events throughout the calendar year. Hanover will be Finnair’s seventh destination in Germany. Finnair flies year-round to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart.

Additional capacity is also being added for the 2019 summer season on some popular European routes. Finnair will add four weekly frequencies to Barcelona from the beginning of June until the end of the summer season. An additional frequency will be added to Reykjavik, making it a daily destination for the entire summer season. In addition, an additional daily frequency will be added to Warsaw on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Finnair is also adding capacity on its Helsinki-Dubai route for the upcoming winter 2018 season. One weekly frequency will be added which means Finnair will now fly seven weekly frequencies to Dubai. In addition, two of the weekly frequencies will now be operated with a A350, instead of a narrow-body aircraft.


TAG Farnborough Airport selected as location for new Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. UK Service Centre

European business aviation airport, TAG Farnborough Airport, has been chosen as the location for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s London Area Service Centre with a state of the art, purpose-built facility expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020.

The new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility will include office space, customer areas, shop space and a hangar able to accommodate up to 13 large-cabin aircraft. Significant ramp space will also be included, along with a car parking area. The entire facility is projected to cover approximately 180,000 to 220,000 ft² (16,723 to 20,439 m²).

“We chose TAG Farnborough Airport because it is a London gateway airport dedicated exclusively to business aviation. Frequented by many of our operators, it offers amenities that complement our brand, with the space required for our current construction plans and future growth,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “In the last six months, we’ve announced several new MRO facilities and expansions, including Van Nuys, California; Appleton, Wisconsin; Savannah and now the United Kingdom. The growth of the Gulfstream fleet and increased size of our aircraft are driving the need for continued growth and additional capacity in our service centre network.”

Boeing and Turkish Technic announce Global Fleet Care supplier agreement

Boeing and Turkish Technic, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) arm of Turkish Airlines, have announced a Global Fleet Care supplier agreement.

Turkish Technic is now a strategic Boeing supplier for line maintenance, heavy maintenance of airplanes, component service and repair. Boeing and Turkish Technic will collaborate together in the training and certification of technicians from different parts of the world.

Last year, Boeing and the Turkish Government announced the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative. This supports the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry. Its targets were set by Turkey's Vision 2023, designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The initiative aligns Boeing investment and programs with the Turkish Government, Turkish airlines, aerospace service companies and industry suppliers in the areas of research, engineering and skills development.

Turkey is one of Boeing’s top strategic growth countries, and we see a strong potential in aviation services and maintenance in Turkey,” said Marc Allen, President of Boeing International. “Positioning Turkey as a global player in aviation services is one of the key elements of the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative. With this agreement, we are taking our successful collaboration with Turkish Technic one step further in a manner that aligns to the growth of Boeing and Turkey.”

Learjet 35 AHS-525 AHRS installation & certification underway

AIEC Switzerland’s program to install a Universal Avionics (UA) AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) on at least two Learjet 35 aircraft is now underway. The engineering firm will perform the installation and EASA/FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) at the operator’s base in North Germany.

The AHS-525 contains multiple rate gyros to measure angular aircraft motion in the pitch, roll and yaw axes, and several accelerometers to measure aircraft linear motion along the longitudinal, lateral and vertical axes of the aircraft. This enhanced functionality allows a single AHS-525 to replace multiple Line Replaceable Units (LRU) found in a typical aircraft installation that would be performing the same functions. As a result, there is a reduction in the LRU footprint, weight, wiring and power requirements. The unit is 7.5 pounds (3.4 kilograms), including the fixed mounting plate, which provides for more efficient serviceability whereby the aircraft is not required to perform repeated realignment and calibration.


Gogo and Iridium partner to deliver best-in-class aircraft connectivity

Iridium Communications has announced Gogo as the newest value-added manufacturer (VAM) for Iridium Certus aviation terminals. Gogo has also been selected as an Iridium Certus service provider, making it the first company to design and manufacture terminals, while also providing the new L-band broadband service for business aviation.

Iridium Certus is the ideal solution for airline flightdeck communications, rotorcraft, and business jet flightdeck and cabin connectivity. A recognized leader in the aviation industry and long-time Iridium partner, Gogo Business Aviation connectivity platforms and services are found on virtually every size and type of business aircraft flying globally. Today, thousands of business aircraft are flying with communications systems from Gogo Business Aviation that use the Iridium® network.



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