Wednesday, July 11th, 2018



Airbus family of aircraft grows with the arrival of the A220

Having taken a majority stake in the ailing Bombardier C Series last month, Airbus has revealed that the original Bombardier CS100 and CS300 have been respectively renamed the Airbus A220-100 and A220-300.
The new name was announced on Tuesday this week at the Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France with an A220-300 landing directly on its delivery from the paint shop and sporting its new Airbus livery.
The A220 family is closely aligned to the Airbus A320neo family and is fully optimized for the highly competitive 100- to 150-seat sector of the market.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft said: “Everyone at Airbus has been looking forward to this historic moment. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the A220 to the Airbus family and are honored to see it wearing its new Airbus colors for the first time. I pay tribute to all the women and men at Bombardier and the supply chain who have strived over the past years to bring this fantastic aircraft to the world. The A220 now enters a new phase in its career with all Airbus’ resources behind it to further its commercial success worldwide."
Under the C Series joint venture between Airbus and Bombardier, the aircraft partnership’s head office and main assembly line will be located in Mirabel, Quebec. Airbus anticipates commencing production of the aircraft for the U.S. market at a new plant in Mobile, Alabama, in 2019, with deliveries commencing in 2020.


Southwest Airlines posts June load factor of 86.9%

Southwest Airlines has reported its June 2018 preliminary traffic statistics. The Company reported traffic inccrease of 2.6% compared to June 2017 and capacity increase of 3.2%. The June 2018 load factor was 86.9%, down 0.5 points compared to the previous year.

Av8 AOG to focus on parts solutions for end users & MROs, appoints Chris Lesniak Director of Sales

Yoel Arnoni and the principals of the Av8 group of companies (Av8 MRO & Av8 PMA), have launched Av8 AOG and have named Chris Lesniak as Director of Sales. Av8 AOG will focus exclusively on certified parts and PMA parts sales to end users as well as other distributors and repair stations.
Chris Lesniak was named as Director of Sales for Av8 AOG and will be responsible for sales and management of the multiple market channels the Av8 Group of companies has developed. A parts industry veteran, Chris has held various sales and management positions at companies including Arnoni Aviation/APPH, Avant Aerospace, RTL Group and Baker Aviation.
In his most recent position, Chris worked as Director of Sales and Marketing at RBR Maintenance where he was responsible for managing the maintenance sales staff and outside parts sales.

Bombardier OEM

Munich Airport stays on course for growth in first half 2018

Munich Airport has set a new record for passenger traffic in the first six months of the 2018 operating year, with a total of 21.7 million passengers handled. This represents an increase of about 3%. The number of take-offs and landings was up slightly as compared with the first half of 2017 to around 200,000. Growth was dampened somewhat in the first half by an unusually high number of flight cancellations, largely due to thunderstorms. There were 2,600 more cancelled flights than in the first half of 2017. The total airfreight tonnage, at approximately 173,000 tonnes, was down by 3% on a year-over-year basis.
International traffic remained the main growth driver at Munich Airport. On routes within Europe, traffic increased by around 600,000 passengers – or 4.6% – as compared with the first half of 2017. On intercontinental routes, the passenger total was about 5% higher. A major driver behind this above-average growth in long-haul traffic was Lufthansa, which substantially increased its capacity in this segment. Since the start of the summer timetable period, Lufthansa has had five of its 14 Airbus A380 widebody jets stationed in Munich. The giant Airbus departs daily for Hong Kong, Beijing and Los Angeles and achieves high load factors on all three routes.
The boom in the long haul segment is likely to continue in the second half of the year. As "the most important newcomer", airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh announced that the Colombian airline Avianca will be offering five weekly departures from Munich to Bogota as of November 17. At its home hub Avianca offers an extensive network of connections. These include 20 destinations in Columbia and another 60 cities in Latin America. Another non-stop connection to South America will be launched in the first half of 2019 by LATAM. South America's largest airline will offer scheduled flights from Munich to the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo.

AerFin brings new E170 EJets and Pool programs to market

AerFin E170, MSN 17000123, has completed its full heavy maintenance and transition check at Atitech MRO in Naples and will be positioned with BeyondPool™ support program.
The EASA-compliant aircraft, part of the 15 E170LR aircraft purchased by AerFin from Saudi Arabian Airlines, completed its heavy maintenance check on time and within budget as part of AerFin’s drive to place the E170 aircraft with its BeyondPool™ program, thus lowering the EJet maintenance cost to airlines.
The aircraft, which is under LOI negotiation, is the first of seven to be remarketed for sale or lease. It has attracted significant interest from airlines seeking to increase their regional 70- to 80-seat capacity with the competitive advantage of the AerFin program. The AerFin program provides guaranteed flight hour costs and rotable pool program support, including support for the APS2300 APU and the CF34-8E engines.


CTT Systems receives Zonal Drying™ system order for eight Boeing 737-800s

CTT SYSTEMS AB (CTT), a leader of aircraft humidity control systems, has received Zonal Drying™ order from an undisclosed airline for eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The eight Zonal Drying™ systems will be retrofit fitted during last quarter 2018 and first quarter 2019.
Peter Landquist, VP Sales & Marketing, CTT Systems AB, comments: “We see an uptick in airline demand for our Zonal Drying™ system, supported by higher oil price and driven by long-term supporting trends in high-density seat layouts and high load-factors. Several airlines that increased seat capacity by adding more seats now experience moisture problems from condensation due to insufficient support from built-in, passive drainage solutions. More airlines recognize the importance to master condensation. These airlines are not only committed to cut fuel consumption and emissions, but also looking for ways to improve reliability in equipment and in its operations.”
The Zonal Drying™ system removes trapped water in blankets, keeps the crown area dry and prevents unwanted excess weight from water accumulation. Hereby, on every flight airlines can operate with lower energy needs and less pollutant emissions. Lowered excess aircraft weight of 200 kg, reduces block fuel consumption by around 0.4%, resulting in fuel savings of approx. 25,000 liters per year per aircraft, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by more than 65 tons. Additional costs savings comes from lower repair costs of moisture related damages in electrical components and equipment, repair/replace of blankets and reduced down-time due to electrical failures

Finnair's passenger volume reaches new monthly record during June

In June, Finnair carried 1,240,500 passengers, 12.8% more than in the corresponding period of 2017. The number of passengers grew in Asian traffic (+15.5%), European traffic (+12.4%), North America traffic (+18.2%) and domestic traffic (+9.9%).
Finnair's overall capacity increased in June by 16.4% year-on-year. Finnair's traffic grew less, by 14.5%. The high capacity growth rate was reflected in the passenger load factor, which decreased year-on-year by 1.4 points to 85.4%.

SR Technics

HAECO Cabin Solutions becomes Airbus supplier for passenger seating

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a division of HAECO Americas with headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, have reported that Airbus has approved HAECO Cabin Solutions as an offerable supplier for passenger seating. The VectorTM seat is now included in the A350 aircraft catalogue for line-fit selection. In addition, HAECO has secured a launch customer for line-fit A320 series seating with a sizeable carrier in Asia.
Offerability in the catalogue is achieved after Airbus determines a supplier’s ability to reliably deliver seats to meet production line and customer requirements. Having Vector Economy approved by Airbus enables HAECO Cabin Solutions to present and offer seating solutions to line-fit customers more efficiently.
HAECO Cabin Solutions and Airbus have also launched the offerability process for Vector Economy on A320 Family aircraft and Vector Premium for both A320 Family and A350 XWB Family.
HAECO Cabin Solutions achieved FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C127b authorisation in March 2018 for the Vector Premium seat, following Vector Economy in 2016. Adding Vector to the Airbus catalogue will expedite the process for airline customers to select the platform.

Honeywell’s JetWave Connected Aircraft hardware brings reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi to South Africa-based business jets

Honeywell International has confirmed the first installations of its JetWave™ satellite communications hardware in Africa, bringing a high-speed, global and consistent in-flight Wi-Fi solution to business jets on the African continent for the first time.
ExecuJet South Africa installed Honeywell’s JetWave hardware onboard Global Express and Challenger 604 aircraft at its Johannesburg base. JetWave delivers access to the faster Ka-band satellite communications network, provided by Inmarsat through its Jet ConneX service. This gives passengers and flight operators access to reliable, high-speed “Wi-Fi in the sky” that allows easy use of high bandwidth services such as video streaming, online conferencing, and gaming applications at speeds users are used to achieving at home or in the office.
ExecuJet South Africa is also among the first to offer “Fly Away” installations of the JetWave hardware on select aircraft platforms. By offering turnkey installations in fewer than 15 days, aircraft downtime is reduced to install this next-generation connectivity solution and passengers can benefit from increased productivity and seamless in-flight Wi-Fi in the air.

TP Aerospace

New Zealand exports simulation technology to Lebanon

Air traffic controllers in Lebanon will soon be training in a ‘real world’ air traffic environment using highly advanced simulation technology developed in New Zealand.
Airways New Zealand has signed an agreement with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) on behalf of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Lebanon to install and deploy a Total Control LCD tower simulator and two radar/non-radar simulators at their facilities at Beirut International Airport. Once fully commissioned, the simulators will be used by DGCA’s air traffic control students and instructors to control traffic in exercises that mimic the real world – imitating a full air traffic control flight information region using high fidelity 3D graphics, and simulating any weather conditions.
Airways’ Total Control simulation technology enhances the quality and speed of ATC training, significantly reducing on-the-job training time while the industry worldwide is under increased pressure to train enough air traffic controllers to meet demand.
Developed by Airways in partnership with New Zealand-based 3D graphics experts Animation Research Ltd, Total Control software capabilities include a full 360° tower simulator, an LCD tower simulator, a desktop simulator for use in towers and a radar simulator. It also features a user-friendly interface, high quality graphics, and easily adaptable exercises that can be edited by the ANSP to suit their existing traffic and potential scenarios.
Airways has been delivering ATC training solutions and consultancy services to the Middle East region for more than 20 years. The organisation has worked with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia for the past eight years, training air traffic control students at its training campuses in New Zealand, and is this year training students from Fujairah, Kuwait and Bahrain.

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