Tuesday, June 5th, 2018



Boeing and Safran to collaborate over Auxiliary Power Units

Boeing and Safran have jointly announced from New York and Paris, respectively, their intention to collaborate in the design, build and construction of Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for aircraft. The APU is a power system used predominantly by an aircraft when on the ground to power systems and start engines, though it can also be used by an aircraft when in flight.

Both companies, who are industry giants in their respective fields, will hold an equal 50 percent stake in the joint venture, which will be based in the United States. It is anticipated that the deal will be sealed by the end of the year, subject to customary conditions including regulatory and anti-trust clearance.

At the moment, Safran supplies an extensive range of components to Boeing commercial and defense programs, including as a partner to produce CFM's LEAP-1B engine for the 737 MAX (through CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE). Boeing and Safran also are partners in MATIS, a joint venture in Morocco producing wiring products for various airframe and engine companies.

According to Stan Deal, President and CEO, Boeing Global Services: "This strategic partnership will leverage Boeing's deep customer and airplane knowledge along with Safran's experience in designing and producing complex propulsion assemblies to deliver expanded, innovative services solutions to our customers."

Commenting on the joint venture, Philippe Petitcolin, Chief Executive Officer, Safran said: "This will represent a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran and Boeing. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence that Boeing has placed in our company. Safran has contributed to prestigious international military and civil programs, providing reliable, high-performance APU systems since 1962. Together we are committed to delivering advanced APUs and world-class support to our customers," adding: “This partnership will have no impact on our 2018 guidance nor on our plan to return €2.3 billion (US$2.7 billion) cash to shareholders over 18 to 24 months."


Wizz Air takes delivery of 100th A320 Family aircraft

Wizz Air (WIZZ), one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has taken delivery of its 100th A320 Family aircraft, an A321ceo, at an event in Budapest Airport.

The aircraft, which carries a special livery to mark the occasion, is powered by IAE engines and configured with 230 seats. It is also equipped with “Smart Lavs,” an optimised lavatory design providing more cabin length for more seats and improved seat recline for more comfort.

The aircraft will be deployed on WIZZ’s extensive regional and international network covering 141 destinations across 44 countries in Europe and beyond. WIZZ will take delivery of 268 additional A320 family aircraft over the coming years.

Indonesian operator Cardig Air leases Boeing 737-400F from Vallair

Vallair, the aircraft trading, leasing and specialist MRO organisation, has signed a long-term Financial Lease with Indonesian Cargo Airline, Cardig Air, for a Boeing 737-400F. After conversion in the USA, the final compliance checks for Indonesian aviation were undertaken at Vallair’s MRO facility in Montpellier, France and the aircraft then landed in Jakarta mid-May.

“The aircraft will be scheduled to connect Jakarta with flights to Saigon and Southern China (Shenzhen)” says Peter Koster, Head of Cargo Conversions Business Unit for Vallair. “There is strong potential in the South East Asian airfreight market with rapidly increasing connections to the Chinese mainland. We have supported Cardig Air in their move from operating a B737-300F to the B737-400F model with increased cargo capacity. We are confident that our on-going assistance will help to underpin their development and build a long term business partnership.”

Cardig Air is one of the leading cargo airlines in Indonesia and is based in Jakarta. It has two operating centres in West and East Indonesia which support domestic, regional and international cargo requirements. Cardig Air operates B737-300 and 400 freighter aircraft and specialises in time specific airport-to-airport freight services on both a scheduled and chartered basis.

This Boeing freighter forms part of Vallair’s expanding cargo fleet which includes several Airbus and Boeing aircraft that have been recently been purchased and are currently on lease for passenger operations. These form part of the organisation’s feeder stock for their developing P2F cargo conversion programme.

SR Technics

Air Astana enhances international network and expands fleet

Air Astana has launched new flights from Astana to two destinations in Russia – Tyumen and Kazan. The new Astana – Tyumen route commenced on June 2, 2018 and operates three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight is served by an Embraer E190 with nine Business Class and 88 Economy Class seats. The Flight duration from Astana to Tyumen is 1h 40min and the return flight is 1h 30min.

Air Astana’s second new route: Astana – Kazan, commenced on June 3, 2018. The new flight operates on Sundays and is served by an Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft. The new service supplements the existing Almaty – Kazan flight, which operates twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The flight duration from Astana to Kazan is 2h 35min and the return flight is 2h 20min.

This latest network expansion coincides with the delivery of the airline’s second Airbus A321neo. Air Astana took delivery of the aircraft on June 2. The new aircraft offers 179 seats (Business 28/Economy 151) in a two-class layout. Similar to its first A321neo, this aircraft is equipped with an in-seat IFE system. The aircraft will be operated on Air Astana’s domestic and international routes including flights to Russia, Georgia, Turkey, UAE, Central Asia and China.

In total the airline has ordered 17 A32oneo family aircraft with the first (A320neo) and second (A321neo) having been previously delivered. The remaining 15 aircraft are to be delivered within the next two years enabling Air Astana to operate one of the youngest fleets in the world.

Embraer names new executives for Commercial Aviation business unit

Embraer has appointed Ron Baur as Senior Vice President Strategy and Hussein Dabbas as General Manager Special Projects for Middle East & Africa. Both executives will join the Commercial Aviation business unit to strengthen Embraer’s global marketing & sales team and will report to Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, effective as of June 4th, 2018.

Ron Baur brings to Embraer over 25 years of experience acquiring mainline and regional aircraft for one of the largest airlines in the world. Prior to joining Embraer, Ron held positions of increasing responsibility in Operations and Finance at Continental and United Airlines culminating as the Vice President of Fleet at United Airlines.

Hussein Dabbas joins Embraer bringing 40 years of solid experience in corporate aircraft and airline business, having held several global leadership positions. At Royal Jordanian Airlines as Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member, prior to that he managed all commercial and passenger activities, including Marketing and Sales, Airport and inflight Services, Catering and Product.

Component Control

Spatial to manufacture B787 Door Trainer for WestJet

Spatial, a leading provider of cabin crew training simulators, has been selected by WestJet to manufacture a B787 Door Trainer.

Spatial will design and build the Door Trainer at its high-tech manufacturing facility in the UAE before shipping and installing it at WestJet’s crew training centre in Calgary, Canada.

The state-of-the-art Door Trainer will enable the airline’s cabin crew to be fully trained in the safe operation of the B787 Dreamliner door. Emergency scenarios include door and handle jams, power assist failures, door indicator malfunctions and slide inflation failures. Spatial will also provide a Virtual Slide Trainer with the device.

Airstream arranges ATR42-320F aircraft sale

Aircraft remarketing specialist Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of an ATR42-320F on behalf of ASL Aviation Holdings. The aircraft, serial number 121, was sold to Fleet Air of Hungary.

This is the 31st ATR aircraft Airstream has successfully sold or leased in recent years.

Airstream provides aircraft sales, leasing and financing services for an international client base that has included airlines, government organisations, lessors, investors and financial institutions as well as part out organisations. Entering its 30th year of trading Airstream has successfully completed transactions involving more than 600 aircraft.

Pentagon 2000

IAI appoints new CEO for IAI North America

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has named Mr. Swami Iyer as CEO of IAI North America, its US subsidiary. Iyer will be responsible for all IAI operations in North America, including its subsidiaries Stark and ELTA North America.

Harel Locker, IAI's Chairman of the Board said: “The US represents 75 percent of the global defense market for IAI. We plan to focus and grow within this market. I welcome Swami Iyer as the new CEO of IAI North America. Mr. Iyer has a wealth of experience, professional, business and managerial capabilities. I am confident he will succeed in unlocking the potential available to IAI in the US market".

First Boeing 777-300ER joins AviaAM Financial Leasing China fleet

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales, has announced that its joint venture with the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) – AviaAM Financial Leasing China – has added a brand new Boeing 777-300ER to its fleet. The aircraft was delivered to the Russian carrier, Aeroflot, under a 12-year operating lease agreement.

The aircraft bearing the manufacturer’s serial number MSN 6530, was delivered to the operator at the Boeing facilities in Seattle, USA, on June 1. It will be used under an operating lease for 12 years. The company intends to debut the aircraft in a flight to the FIFA World Cup 2018, which begins June 14th in Russia.

TP Aerospace

Vietnam Airlines expands partnership with Sabre

Vietnam Airlines and Sabre Corporation have signed an expanded agreement which reaffirms their long-term partnership. The carrier will leverage the breadth of SabreSonic, Sabre’s passenger service system (PSS) that Vietnam Airlines is now operating on, to improve its retailing, distribution and fulfilment capabilities.

With the use of Sabre’s innovative technology solutions, customers will be provided with a seamless experience, from flight search, online booking, check-in, purchasing ancillaries on websites, and after-sales service. This differentiated experience will be powered by Sabre’s powerful passenger service system, with enhanced functionalities that will provide increased revenue opportunities by tailoring offers and experiences to meet the needs of every traveller.

Committed to supporting the airline in meeting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards for distribution technology, Sabre will also provide Vietnam Airlines with advanced technology that will enhance the development of mobile applications.

Qantas and Air New Zealand announce codeshare deal

Air New Zealand and Qantas have announced plans for a reciprocal codeshare agreement that leverages the strengths of each carrier’s domestic networks, making travel within Australia and New Zealand easier.

Under the codeshare Qantas intends to add its code on up to 30 routes on Air New Zealand’s domestic network and Air New Zealand intends to add its code on up to 85 routes on Qantas’ domestic network.

Coordination of check-in and handling at airports will mean shorter connection times, opening up more onward flights for customers on each carrier’s domestic networks and faster journey times overall.

Eligible customers will have access to a combined total of 36 domestic lounges on both sides of the Tasman when flying on routes covered by the codeshare agreement.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the two national carriers had a lot of shared history as well as a shared goal of making travel easier. “Our relationship with Air New Zealand goes back almost 80 years. We’ve been partners at various stages over that time and we have a lot of respect for them as a competitor. “A codeshare deal on our domestic networks makes sense for customers because it leverages the strengths we each have in our home markets.”

AviTrader CS

Air BP becomes national partner of Royal Flying Doctor service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has announced that Air BP, one of the world's largest suppliers of aviation fuel products and services, has become their third National Partner.

Air BP supplies jet fuel at around 60 locations in Australia; this includes an extensive network of facilities offering a reliable service to rural and remote locations. As part of the partnership agreement, in addition to offering the bespoke fueling services required in each of the regional communities that RFDS services, Air BP will also be sponsoring the ongoing operation of the service.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is Australia’s third largest airline, with 69 aircraft in service, as well as a large fleet of ground service vehicles. They provide emergency medical and primary health services to regional, remote and very remote areas of the country.

People that live in remote communities in Australia have less access to health care services and as a result are known to suffer poorer health than those that live in the cities. Country Australians see a doctor at about half the rate, a medical specialist at one third the rate and a mental health professional at one fifth the rate of those that live in the city. As a consequence, country people are expected to die two and a half years earlier and expected to have up to three times the amount of avoidable chronic illness.



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