CFM56-7B ECU2018-08-08

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018



Level of Chinese aviation expansion revealed by CAAC statistics

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), 93 new general aviation airports were licensed in the first half of 2018, more than doubling the number of general aviation airports in the country. China now has 231 civil airports in a total of 404 airports which support the take-off and landing of general aviation aircraft.
118 new general aviation aircraft were registered the CAAC in the first half of the year, bringing the country’s total to 2,415 with a 9.5-percent year-on-year increase.
According to an announcement from the CAAC, China has also recently signed bilateral intergovernmental air transport accords with 125 countries and regions, 62 of which lie along the Belt and Road, a 21st century silk road, made up of a “belt” of overland corridors and a maritime “road” of shipping lanes that will connect China with South-east Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
China has also signed the first regional air transport agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and held bilateral aviation conferences and expanded freedoms of the air with Russia, Armenia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Israel, Mongolia, Malaysia and Egypt and other countries straddling the route, these rights allowing commercial aircraft to enter and land in each other country’s airspace.
Currently, China has direct air routes with 45 countries alongside the Belt and Road, operating roughly 5,100 flights per week. CAAC has also signed documents with the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Australia to secure civil aviation cooperation.


Alaska Air Group reports July 2018 operational results

Alaska Air Group has published July operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 7.6% percent increase in traffic on a 6.8% increase in capacity compared to July 2017. Load factor increased 0.7 points to 87.7%.

Pratt & Whitney expands service network with new designated maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica.
Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This new appointment is part of P&WC’s effort to grow its service network in the region and provide cost-effective, customized solutions to increase aircraft availability.
Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica will offer line maintenance support as well as mobile repair team (MRT) field services.
As part of its expanding regional support strategy, P&WC appointed RICO Taxi Aereo and ABA Manutenção de Aeronaves. A Designated Maintenance Facilities in 2017 to support PT6A customers in Brazil as well as local agricultural customers.
P&WC’s extensive support network in the region also includes the P&WC Do Brasil maintenance facility, the Covington Aircraft Engines Inc.’s PT6A Satellite, a P&WC parts distribution centre located in Sorocaba, seven Field Support Representatives (FSRs), and specialized Mobile Repair Teams.


Bombardier continues African market penetration with pre-owned Q400

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.
“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”
The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

Boeing names Brendan Curran to head Boeing AvionX

Boeing has named Brendan Curran president of Boeing AvionX, an organization formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.
Curran, who has more than 20 years of aerospace industry leadership, joins Boeing from Crane Co., where he served as president of the Aerospace & Electronics Group.
In this newly-created position, Curran will work across Boeing's commercial, defense and services businesses to further mature the company's aftermarket strategy. He will help advance overall capabilities of the Boeing AvionX organization to provide greater value to customers while driving long-term services growth.
Curran will report to Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.


Viasat to outfit 100 new American Airlines A321neo aircraft with IFC and Wi-Fi entertainment systems

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, Viasat, a global communications company, was selected to outfit 100 new American Airlines Airbus A321neo aircraft with its IFC and Wi-Fi entertainment systems.
Viasat will also provide logistics support and network monitoring for its systems on these aircraft. Delivery of these airplanes is expected to begin in early 2019.

STS AeroStaff and Technical Services merge operations

STS AeroStaff Services, the staffing company that started it all for STS Aviation Group in 1984, rebrands amidst a merger of operations with its sister company, STS Technical Services.
Moving forward, the consolidated companies will be known as STS Technical Services. The brand shift was made to better reflect the organization’s current visions and future goals through the capitalization of synergies.
The combined company will continue to provide the global aerospace industry with robust staffing solutions. However, the merger will now offer that same user community end-to-end workforce management and professional services to solve talent acquisition challenges within the ever-changing landscape of the aviation industry.
“STS Aviation Group acquired Advantage Federal Resourcing back in 2012 and re-shaped that brand into STS Technical Services,” states Rick Koenig, President of STS Technical Services “For the past six years, the STS Technical Services team and I have operated under the STS Aviation Group umbrella as a sister operation to STS AeroStaff Services. Our client base has traditionally been across the defense, industrial and manufacturing industries. And when you boil today’s announcement down to its bare basics, what you really have is a consolidation of services - a reshaped focus to now offer our award-winning workforce management programs as one organization and across multiple industries.”
Combining the operations of both professional groups will strategically place STS Technical Services in prime position to be recognized as one of the largest workforce management solutions providers in the country.
Spearheading the day-to-day operations for STS Technical Services will be: Rick Koenig as President, Sachi Greene as Senior Vice President of Operations & Recruiting, Chuck Harrison as Senior Vice President of Sales, Brian Boje as Vice President of Recruiting and Billy Cook as Vice President of Client Solutions.
Both brand and organizational changes will go into effect immediately.


Qatar Airways will introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on route from Prague to Doha

Qatar Airways has announced that commencing October 28, 2018, one of the two daily flights from Prague to Doha will be serviced with the different type of aircraft, increasing the overall capacity by approximately 46%.
On flight QR292, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft for 254 passengers will be introduced, while the second daily flight QR290 will continue to be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft for 132 passengers. Both frequencies will feature both Economy and Business Class cabin.
Due to the increased capacity, the number of passengers is expected to increase in both ways by approximately 75 thousand passengers a year.

United reports July 2018 operational performance

United Airlines (UAL) has reported July 2018 operational results. UAL's July 2018 consolidated traffic increased 6.9% and consolidated capacity increased 4.0% versus July 2017. UAL's July 2018 consolidated load factor increased 2.4 points to 89.3% compared to July 2017.


Azul reports adjusted net income of R$238 million, up R$277 million year over year

Azul, the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities and departures, has reported its results for the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18). Net income adjusted for non-recurring items totaled R$238.3 million, compared to a net loss of R$38.6 million in 2Q17. Adjusted operating income was R$75.8 million yielding a margin of 3.7% compared with R$98.8 million and a margin of 5.8% in 2Q17.
Passenger traffic (RPKs) increased 17.4% over a capacity increase of 18.6% resulting in a load factor of 80.1%, 0.8 points lower than in 2Q17. In addition to the double-digit growth in capacity, RASK and PRASK adjusted for the loss in revenue from the truckers’ strike in Brazil increased 1.6% and 1.1% year over year. Net financial expenses decreased 26.9% from R$111.8 million to R$81.8 million due to lower average cost of debt and lower leverage year over year.
At the end of 2Q18, Azul's total cash and receivables position totaled R$3.8 billion, representing 45% of the last twelve months’ revenues. Azul’s operating fleet totaled 121 aircraft at the end of the quarter, including 15 next-generation A320neo aircraft, representing 24% of total capacity.


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