Wednesday, July 4th, 2018



Ryanair cancels 1,100 flights, complains about ATC staff shortages

Ryanair had to cancel over 1,100 flights for the second month in succession, then complained about staff shortages, among other things, which has caused problems for air traffic controllers (ATCs) in the UK, Germany and France. It was only in September last year that the low-cost Irish carrier had to cancel flights affecting over 400,000 passengers owing to a shortage of pilots partly caused by a roster foul-up.
The airline’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "Regrettably, over 210,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in June because of four weekends of ATC (air traffic control) strikes and repeated UK, German and French ATC staff shortages.
"Ryanair calls for urgent action by the EU Commission and European governments to ameliorate the effect of ATC strikes and staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France from disrupting the travel plans of millions of Europe's consumers this summer."
Ryanair canceled only 41 flights last June.
Fellow low-cost carrier easyJet has suffered similar problems, having canceled approaching 1,000 flights in May this year.
Problems with ATCs are a combination of staff shortages and strike action, 2017 seeing a record year of 41 days affected. For many flights coming out of the U.K. and Ireland the headache comes from having to use French airspace to shorten routes, while French ATCs tend to be at the center of continued problems
Despite the strike action, Ryanair said it still flew 7% more passengers last month, at 12.6 million, with a load factor - a measure of how well airlines fill their planes - remaining unchanged at 96%.

Werner Aero

Etihad Aviation Group announces new structure

Etihad Aviation Group has announced a new organisational structure and operating model, effective immediately, to deliver on its mandate as it embarks on the next phase of its transformation.
Under the new structure, the group will be re-organised into seven business divisions – Operations, Commercial, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Human Resources, Finance, Support Services and Transformation, led by a new executive leadership team reporting to Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO), Tony Douglas, who also assumes responsibility for Etihad Airways.
Peter Baumgartner will now serve as the Senior Strategic Advisor to Tony Douglas as part of the executive leadership team. Having led Etihad Airways as CEO since 2016, Mr. Baumgartner will advise at group level on global partnerships and innovation.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and will be responsible for core areas including network operations, flight and technical operations, fleet engineering, aviation security and safety, as well the Etihad Airport Services entity which manages ground and cargo handling and catering. He is also responsible for the airline’s pilot and cabin crew community.
Robin Kamark has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Kamark, who joined Etihad Aviation Group in April 2017, will spearhead the overall commercial strategy of the airline, including cargo, sales and marketing, revenue management, customer service, network planning, and alliances.
Ibrahim Nassir has been appointed Chief Human Resources & Organisational Development Officer, and is responsible for a wide range of support functions including, among others, learning, organisational development, medical services, talent acquisition, rewards, people services, and immigration.
The new group organisational structure also sees Abdul Khaliq Saeed become Chief Engineering Officer (MRO); Mark Powers, Chief Financial Officer; Mana Al Mulla, Chief Support Services Officer; and Akram Alami, Chief Transformation Officer.

Ryanair June traffic grows 7% to 12.6 million customers

Ryanair has released that June traffic grew 7% compared to the previous year, to 12.6 million customers. The load factor for the month was the same as in June 2017, at 96%.


Ethiopian Airlines expands Boeing fleet with new and improved 737 jet

Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 30 737 MAX jets for Africa's largest and fastest-growing commercial airline. Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The flag carrier of Ethiopia has long operated the efficient and reliable Boeing 737 airplane. With the MAX, Ethiopian will be able to achieve a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and provide passengers with a more comfortable experience.
In Ethiopian's configuration, its 737 MAX 8 will seat 160 passengers.

BAA Training invests over €1.2 million into Ab Initio training equipment

BAA Training, one of the biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe, is expanding its Ab Initio flight school capacity by investing over €1.2 million into new learning material and equipment.
Recently, the Academy has purchased 4 new aircraft, two Cessna 172 and two Tecnam T2002, which are expected to join the fleet currently consisting of 2 Cessna 172, 2 Tecnam P2006T and 9 Tecnam P2002JF aircraft. The brand new four aircraft are due to be delivered to BAA Training and arrive in Vilnius by the middle of July.
Last year BAA Training used 8,000 hours for training students in the aircraft and the Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer. Meanwhile this year the training centre aims to utilize 18,000 hours, more than doubling the number of the previous year. Depending on the calculations, the new aircraft will add nearly 6,000 more hours per year. Therefore, the fleet expansion is a fundamental step in order to maintain the growing demand for BAA Training Cadet programs with Wizz Air, SmartLynx, Small Planet Airlines and Avion Express.
In addition to the fleet expansion, this June BAA Training has also invested into obtaining new learning materials for ATPL training – Padpilot. The new training tool is expected to help deliver theoretical training smoother and in a more student-friendly way.
To ensure all-year-round training for its students, BAA Training is going to start delivering flight training at a new flight base in Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain already this October.

Royal Aero

Ural Airlines takes off with AMOS

Ural Airlines has selected AMOS to replace its M&E legacy system.
This decision strengthens the AMOS footprint in Russia as Ural Airlines becomes the 8th Russian aviation organisation to choose AMOS in this significant market for Swiss-AS.
Ural Airlines has opted for the AMOS Airline/MRO Edition, which perfectly fits the business context: Ural Airlines will manage with AMOS their own maintenance requirements as an airline while also performing considerable 3rd party maintenance activities. The Airline/MRO Edition will bring increased efficiency to Ural Airlines by providing the tools necessary to accurately manage the planning and execution of aircraft maintenance.
With AMOS being a community product, the standard software AMOS can be adjusted to the individual needs of the airline via hundreds of parameter settings options. The objective is to implement AMOS “as-is”, since the software contains the input of a large and active AMOS community and reflects customer requirements and state-of-the-art processes. This approach is the best way to ensure that the implementation will be hitting key targets: A smooth implementation within time and budget.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines joins Board of Airline Representatives in Germany

The national airline of Mongolia, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, has joined the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG).
The international association advocates for the mutual interests of around 100 national and international airlines in the areas cargo, passenger and charter.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines exists since 1956 and serves currently eight international destinations via its home airport in Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s capital city. Besides cities such as Peking, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo the airline further offers connections to Frankfurt (nonstop from and to Ulan Bator) and Berlin-Tegel (via Moscow-Scheremetjevo), both three times a week. MIAT Mongolian Airlines registers over half a million passengers annually.


Derichebourg Atis aéronautique launches collaboration with Hi-Fly Marketing

Derichebourg Atis aéronautique, a leading international services provider for the aircraft industry, has launched a collaboration with Hi-Fly Marketing, the growing South African company specialising in technical services in the African aviation industry, as its commercial representative for developing its activities through the Subsaharian African Region.
Derichebourg Atis aéronautique has chosen Hi-Fly Marketing for their expertise and knowledge of the African market, which offers numerous perspectives of evolution regarding its demography and air traffic.
This collaboration aims to bring greater value to African airlines, lessors and financial institutions by offering them after-sales support: continuous airworthiness management, customer representation and delivery assistance, technical assistance for aircraft transition and asset management and knowledge transfer.
Derichebourg Atis aéronautique and Hi-Fly Marketing share a deep sense of service relying on a long-lasting expertise and the understanding of their customers’ needs, as well as a combined vision for the future of the airline industry.

Pierre Cottenceau appointed VP Engineering at Safran Nacelles

Member of the Executive Committee and reporting directly to Safran Nacelles CEO Cédric Goubet, Pierre Cottenceau joins Safran Nacelles to take the responsibility of the Engineering division.
In 2011 Pierre Cottenceau has joined Safran Aircraft Engines as chief engineer for the LEAP-1B engine. In September 2016, he was appointed head of the design office in charge of controls and externals and in July 2017, he became director of the Propulsion System design office, which includes the External Systems division and the Propulsion System Integration division.


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