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Tuesday, August 21st, 2018



Global survey reveals anticipated significant growth in aviation jobs

IATA has revealed the results of a global survey of over 100 leading industry HR professionals at airlines, airports and ground service providers, carried out by Circle Research to learn more about how HR decision-makers were managing the retention, training and recruiting of skilled professionals to fill the anticipated job gaps.

In brief, the results of the report showed that:

More than 73% of respondents expect the major areas of job growth to be in ground operations, customer service and cabin crew.

48% reported that finding new talent is a challenge, through lack of availability of candidates with the right skill levels and qualifications, plus salary demands of new applicants.

In addition to the salary and benefits package of each employee, the HR professionals identified career progression opportunities (49%) and development and training (33%) as high priorities in job satisfaction and retention.

Only 28% of respondents reported that current training is effective, with many organizations seeking to complement their in-house training with external partners to improve the effectiveness of the training.

Safety and customer service skills are priorities for hiring managers across the industry. While technology is indeed changing the customer service role, it is not replacing it.
Approximately 75% of respondents expected an increase in customer service, ground operations and cabin crew jobs over the next two years.

That is higher than the 65% of respondents that expect growth in security jobs and 63% that expect growth in regulatory positions.

“It is an exciting time to be in this business,” said Guy Brazeau, IATA’s Director of Training and Consulting. “We were really looking forward to receiving the results of this industry survey and we hope it can be helpful to guide HR professionals in their decisions regarding staffing planning, training opportunities and areas to focus on as our industry grows to unprecedented levels.”


Gulf Air becomes first national carrier to fly A320neo in the region

Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, took delivery of its first A320neo on August 20. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, made its maiden journey from Toulouse to Bahrain, landing at the Bahrain International Airport at 16:00 local time.

The aircraft is the first of the 29 A320neo Family aircraft ordered during the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow. This delivery also makes Gulf Air the first Middle Eastern national carrier to fly the A320neo.

Gulf Air currently operates 28 Airbus aircraft. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet and thanks to Airbus’ overall fleet commonality, the airline will benefit from low operating costs, optimum fuel efficiency and seamless, best-in-class passenger comfort.

NH90 Qatar contract now effective

Leonardo has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract.

Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme valued at more than €3 billion to the NHI consortium.


FAA approves Robinson R66 cargo hook

The FAA has approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb.

The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either seat), a left-seat hydraulic switch, and a left-seat start button. A load weight gauge and a second set of engine power gauges (torque and gas temperature) are located in the left door sill allowing the pilot to monitor engine operations while keeping an eye on the external load. Provisions for remote control of external equipment (e.g., long line hook or a water dropping bucket) are also included.

Skyworld Aviation arranges lease of ERJ 145 EP with Regourd Aviation

As part of ongoing lease management services for Largus Aviation AB of Sweden, Skyworld Aviation has arranged the onward lease of an ERJ 145 EP with Regourd Aviation of France.

Serial number 145070 was previously in operation with a UK-based operator for 12 years as G-RJXR. It will now be operated by Aero4M of Slovenia on behalf of Regourd Aviation and will return to its original delivery registration of SE-DZA.

Charles Taylor Aviation Asset Management has provided onsite technical and records representation during the lease return, which facilitated a smooth transition to the new lessee. The aircraft flew to St. Brieuc on August 15, immediately after repaint at Air Livery’s facility in Norwich (UK) where it will undergo final maintenance prior to entering into service.


Air Astana offers customers seamless travel from Dublin to Kazakhstan

Air Astana passengers originating in Dublin, Ireland, can now experience award winning services to Kazakhstan in Central Asia with Air Astana via Frankfurt as a result of Air Astana’s interline agreement with Lufthansa. This means that Dublin originating passengers can benefit from a seamless travel experience to Kazakhstan with a single reservation.

Lufthansa operates multiple daily flights direct from Dublin to Frankfurt enabling passengers to connect with Air Astana‘s direct service from Frankfurt to Astana seven times per week, to Atyrau twice per week and to Uralsk once per week. Air Astana’s flights from Frankfurt will be served by both Boeing 767 and Boeing 757 aircraft.

In addition, Air Astana passengers holding Irish passports can enjoy convenient visa-free trips to Kazakhstan for up to 30 days.


FL Technics Indonesia earns FAA Part-145 Air Repair Station certification

FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services, has earned FAA (Federal Aviation Association) Part-145 Air Repair Station certification #47DY377D emerging as one of Asia’s MRO hotspots in the Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Indonesia alone has approximately 60 MRO companies and only a few of them have FAA certification. This certificate allows FL Technics Indonesia to provide MRO services for aircraft registered in the United States in accordance with 14 CFR Part-145. Having an FAA Certificate makes FL Technics Indonesia a Western hemisphere recognized MRO provider, ensuring services of the highest professionalism to operators originating from the US or those with parts from the States.

FL Technics Indonesia operates a 20.000 m² hangar and office space at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia which employs around 200 aviation experts. The company can make full C and D checks as well as maintain Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737-300/400/500/600/700/800/900 aircraft.

Ameco provides A350-900 line maintenance for Air China

Ameco has started line maintenance service on Airbus A350-900 aircraft for Air China. This is the first Airbus A350-900 delivered to a mainland Chinese carrier.

Ameco has been approved by CAAC to provide Airbus A350-900 for Air China with line maintenance and scheduled check services.

Ameco starts Airbus A350 maintenance service since November of 2015, when it offered its first Airbus A350-900 releasing service for an international customer in Shanghai.

In recent years, Ameco focuses on the new-generation aircraft maintenance. In this May, Ameco completed the global first D-check on a Boeing 747-8F. Besides, Ameco has been providing Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Airbus A320neo with line maintenance services since 2017.

Ameco’s line maintenance service covers all the Boeing and Airbus in-service aircraft types. Ameco has set a line maintenance network covering eleven cities in China.


Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests in Australia

Boeing has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia.

Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions as a team without input from a human pilot.

The milestone comes six months after establishing the company’s largest international autonomous systems development program in Queensland.

Boeing’s partnership with small and medium-sized enterprises helped drive rapid design, development and testing of this autonomous technology. In just two months, Boeing engaged small-to-medium enterprises and vetted and issued AU$2.3 million in contracts with 14 Queensland businesses.

Over the coming months, the Boeing Australia team will incorporate and test more advanced behaviours on high-performance air vehicles before exploring other domains such as unmanned ocean vehicles.

This activity is delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government as part of Boeing’s Advance Queensland Autonomous Systems Platform Technology Project.


Delta partners with Seoul-Incheon Airport to create leading hub in Northeast Asia

Delta Air Lines and Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) are partnering to create a leading hub in Northeast Asia. The partnership agreement allows the two parties to exchange information regarding the design of Terminal 2 at the Incheon International Airport (ICN), collaborate on initiatives enhancing customer experience and operational performance, explore deployment of new technologies and jointly market and promote the ICN hub.

Following this week’s Memorandum of Understanding, Delta will share best practices from its U.S. and partner hubs. IIAC officials will also join Delta for workshops and specialized rotations held in Atlanta, home to Delta’s headquarters, Operations & Customer Center and largest hub. Meanwhile, IIAC will support Delta’s customer experience benchmarking initiative at Incheon Airport. Both parties will pursue joint marketing opportunities to promote the exceptional transfer experience and amenities at Incheon Airport through social media, engagement events, and other communication channels.

IIAC opened Terminal 2 on January 18, 2018, when Delta, its joint venture partner Korean Air, and Air France - KLM started operations. The 1,260,000 square-foot Terminal 2, designed to handle more than 18 million passengers per year, will be expanded as part of the airport’s fourth expansion phase by 2023. Customers enjoy the most efficient and seamless connecting experience at the state-of-the-art facility, which includes four Korean Air lounges.

Delta has invested in airport projects since 2006, and along with its airport partners, Delta is involved in additional infrastructure projects in coming years, including improvements and new facilities at several of its key hubs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Minneapolis.


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