Thursday, July 5th, 2018



Judgment of the European Court of Justice: Booked airline must pay compensation in the event of a delay or cancelation

In the event of delay of more than three hours or cancelation of a flight, the airline that offered the flight must pay compensation to passengers - even if the aircraft and crew have been chartered. This was decided by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Travelers who are delayed for over three hours will receive their compensation from the airline with which they booked their flight - even if the delayed or canceled aircraft and its crew belong to another airline. This was decided by the ECJ in Luxembourg, with the judges ruling that financial responsibility in the event of cancelation or a long delay should be borne by the airline scheduling the flight.
In this specific case, TUI fly is now obliged to compensate passengers because: the airline had hired the aircraft and crew from Thomson Airways, and the ticket said: "executed by Thomson Airways". After the flight arrived at its destination more than three hours late, several passengers demanded compensation under EU law.
The Hamburg Regional Court asked the European Court of Justice which airline should be considered to be the "operating air carrier" within the meaning of EU rules in such a case - and must therefore pay the compensation.
If a flight is canceled, or delayed by more than three hours, passengers are entitled to compensation under EU law.


Embraer and Sahara Africa Aviation sign multi-year Pool Program Agreement

Sahara Africa Aviation, Africa’s leading provider of end to end aviation services, has signed a multi-year Pool Program Agreement with Embraer for spare parts and support, covering more than 500 components for their two recently acquired Embraer ERJ 145 jets.
Based in Nelspruit at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa, Sahara also has the world’s largest fleet of Embraer 120 Brasilia twin-turboprop; operating and leasing out a fleet of 14 E120 aircraft to regional airlines and corporate clients throughout Africa.
Sahara holds an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) as well as an Air Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification under the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regulations and is regularly HART & OPG audited. This enables them to provide contract services to the oil, gas and mining sectors as well as regional airline operators.

IAG posts June Group traffic

International Airlines Group (IAG) traffic in June increased by 9.1% versus June 2017, while Group capacity rose by 5.4% year over year. Group load factor increased 3.1 points to 87.4% compared to the previous year.

TP Aerospace

Qatar Airways brings Airbus A350 to Edinburgh

Qatar Airways has upgraded its capacity to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh to the state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 in order to meet increasing demand from passengers. The daily service between Doha and Edinburgh was previously operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The new capacity to Edinburgh will provide even more flexibility and convenience to passengers travelling to the city, and will offer enhanced connectivity for passengers flying from the United Kingdom to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 150 destinations including five Australian gateways.

Direct Maintenance starts B787 line-maintenance service for Scoot at Berlin-Tegel

Direct Maintenance has entered into an agreement with Singapore-based airline Scoot Tigerair, to provide line maintenance support to Scoot's latest B787 operation into Berlin-Tegel (TXL).
Scoot Tigerair is the low-cost division within the Singapore Airlines Group, operating a rapidly growing fleet of A320 and B787 aircraft.
The new TXL route was inaugurated on June 20, 2018 and represents the first western-Europe destination for Scoot. As a result of this new customer, Direct Maintenance has applied to obtain Singapore CAA (CAAS) approval, which is expected shortly.

Magellan Group

AFI KLM E&M gains FAA approval for LEAP maintenance

On May 28, AFI KLM E&M has received approval from the Federal Aviation Authority, to carry out on-wing/on site work on LEAP-type engines. The MRO Group has thus passed a new milestone in the industrialization and marketing of its maintenance services dedicated to the new-generation powerplant.
Along with the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), the FAA is one of the world's most important bodies responsible for civil aviation. After gaining approval from EASA, AFI KLM E&M has been granted that of the FAA and is accordingly continuing to ramp up its LEAP industrialization program. The Group is now also able to offer its services to North American airlines operating the new-generation engine.
One of the first MRO services suppliers to support LEAP operators worldwide, AFI KLM E&M is already meeting the needs of its customers in carrying out the first wing/on site work on LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. The scope of that work may include engine build-up services, borescope inspections, or changing Line Replaceable Units (LRU).

Technology Depository Agency and Thales sign Pre-Industrial Collaboration Program agreement

Technology Depository Agency (TDA) and Thales have signed a Pre-Industrial Collaboration Program Agreement (Pre-ICP agreement) on Wednesday, July 4, at Celestica plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
This agreement is a result of a thorough negotiation between TDA and Thales for the sub-contracting job of Thales’ In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) screens for global supply to be carried out in Malaysia and to be recognized as ICP credit.
Thales, one of the worldwide market leaders on IFE systems selected Celestica Malaysia, a Malaysian company based in Kulim, Kedah to carry out the complete manufacturing, assembly and final testing of airborne displays for the latest generation of Thales’ IFE.
This project is expected to achieve 60% local content and to generate more than RM1 billion ICP credit value worth of business opportunities by 2022, and at the same time to create about 450 job opportunities per year for the next 5 years.

Bristol Associates

Safran inaugurates new LEAP engine parts plant in Poland

The new Safran Aircraft Engines Poland plant has been inaugurated on July 4. The new facility will make low-pressure turbine blades for the LEAP turbofan engine from CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
Safran has invested some €48 million in this new 8,000 m² (86,400 ft²) plant, outfitted with machinery and equipment to keep pace with the very high production rate targets. The plant is located in Sędziszów Małopolski, southeast Poland, in the heart of Aviation Valley, the country's center of aeronautical expertise. It already has more than 200 employees, with almost 150 operators fully trained in precision mechanics. The new plant delivered its first parts in July 2017 and has set an objective of turning out 180,000 low-pressure turbine blades this year, rising to 350,000 in 2019 and 800,000 a year towards 2022.
Safran's investment in this new plant once again reflects its determination to develop top-flight industrial capabilities to support the unprecedented ramp-up of the LEAP engine. CFM International plans to deliver some 1,100 engines this year, then reach an annual rate of 2,000 starting in about 2020.

Ethiopian Airlines enhances fleet with support from Honeywell International

Honeywell International has been selected by Ethiopian Airlines for its maintenance support for cockpit, auxiliary power units and mechanical systems.
The agreement will help ensure the safety and availability of the airline’s growing fleet, which is the largest on the African continent with 100 aircraft flying to 110 international destinations, as well as domestic locations.
The agreements cover Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B737 and B777 aircraft, which Honeywell will support for spares, repair, and overhaul. The plan provides peace of mind by allowing air and ground crew to better schedule their maintenance budgets through flexible payment options and associated cost savings.


West Star Aviation appoints Scott Sweeney as General Manager of ALN facility

West Star Aviation has appointed Scott Sweeney as the General Manager of its East Alton, (ALN) facility.
He will be responsible for overseeing all operations at ALN including maintenance, interior, avionics, paint, installations, parts and components, and AOG/MRT. Scott is taking over for Eric Kujawa, who has recently been promoted to Vice President of Falcon Product Development at West Star Aviation.
Most recently Sweeney held the title of Vice President of Operations at Constant Aviation before accepting the role of General Manager at West Star's East Alton (ALN) facility.

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%.

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