Thursday, July 19th, 2018



VietJet signs agreement with Boeing for 100 737 MAX Airplanes

VietJet and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International Air Show for an additional 100 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, which includes 80 737 MAX 10s and 20 737 MAX 8s, is valued at more than US$12.7 billion at current list prices. The Vietnamese low-cost carrier will become the largest MAX 10 customer in Asia once the deal is completed. VietJet plans to leverage the added capacity of the MAX 10 to satisfy surging demand on high-dense domestic routes, as well as on popular destinations throughout Asia.
As part of the agreement, Boeing would partner with VietJet to enhance technical and engineering expertise and the training of pilots and technicians in Vietnam, helping to further develop the commercial aviation ecosystem in the growing country. Boeing will also support VietJet in improving management capabilities at the airline and in the country.
VietJet is Vietnam's first privately-owned airline and is also the first low-cost carrier in the country. The airline is in the midst of bolstering its world-class fleet with highly efficient and capable airplanes that will allow for expansion of its regional network. In 2016, VietJet finalized an order for 100 high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes, which set the mark for the largest-ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam aviation.

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Ethiopian Airlines select as Dowty Propellers’ authorized African repair and overhaul facility

Dowty Propellers has announced an agreement establishing Ethiopian Airlines as an authorized repair and overhaul facility in Africa for propellers on Bombardier Q400 regional airliners.
Under terms of this agreement, Dowty Propellers will provide training, technical data and equipment, along with support enabling Ethiopian to repair and overhaul Dowty Propellers’ R408 propeller hardware that equip the twin-engine Q400.
Additionally, Dowty will supply continuous engineering and technical support for Ethiopian’s maintenance and support operations, including basing the first permanent Dowty Propellers Field Service Engineer in Africa at Ethiopian’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Addis Ababa.

Viva Aerobus firms up order for 25 A321neo, 16 A321neo

Viva Aerobus, the ultra-low-cost carrier based in Mexico, has firmed up an amendment for 25 incremental A321neo and 16 upconversions of A320neos to A321neos to their existing purchase agreement. This latest order brings the all-Airbus operator’s total orderbook to 80 A320 Family aircraft (including 15 A320ceo, 24 A320neo, and 41 A321neo) and the airline’s total backlog from 36 to 61 aircraft. Viva Aerobus has not yet decided on the engine selection and will announce it at a later date.

Air Tanzania selects StandardAero for tailored PW150A engine maintenance solution

StandardAero has signed an exclusive five-year time-and-material contract with Air Tanzania to provide maintenance and engineering services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150A engines powering the flag carrier’s fleet of three Q400 regional turboprops.
This new contract extends StandardAero’s relationship with Air Tanzania, the company having previously provided engine support for the airline’s Q300 aircraft.
Under the five-year contract, StandardAero – one of three P&WC network overhaul facilities worldwide for the PW150A – will provide scheduled and unscheduled engine maintenance from its state-of-the-art location in Singapore.

SR Technics

SR Technics and Air China sign new line maintenance agreement for London Gatwick

MRO service provider SR Technics has signed a new line maintenance contract for the station London Gatwick with Air China.
The agreement expands an ongoing collaboration with China’s flagship carrier that dates back to 2013. The new maintenance agreement, which took effect on 1 June 2018, covers transit checks and preflight checks including trouble rectification for the Chinese carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet.
All work will be completed at the SR Technics line station at London Gatwick.

easyJet takes delivery of first A321neo

easyJet has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft, marking the milestone with a flight into Farnborough International Airshow on July 18.
“This is a great day in our long relationship with easyJet,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “In the past year, they have done a great job of integrating the LEAP engine into their fleet. The A321neo, coupled with the outstanding operating economics of the LEAP-1A engine, will make this airplane a real asset for them.”
In 2017, easyJet announced an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 of its existing A320neo aircraft orders to the A321neo aircraft 235 seat configuration, part of the airlines existing agreement dating back to 2013.
Photo: © Airbus, P. Masclet,


GKN Aerospace to establish new wiring facility in India to support expansion in Asia

GKN Fokker Elmo and the State of Maharashtra (India) have signed an MOU for investment in a second manufacturing facility for wiring interconnection systems in India at the Farnborough Air Show.
The new site, a fully owned GKN Aerospace business, is located in Pune in the state Maharashtra and is scheduled to come on line in the fourth quarter of 2018. Production will start in the first quarter of 2019, the work force is expected to grow to 800 in 2027.
The site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft and will operate alongside the existing Joint Venture for wiring systems in Bangalore which is serving the defense market. The plans also include the installation of proprietary wiring design and manufacturing system, a unique tool that is rolled out globally throughout all manufacturing locations worldwide to ensure the same high quality everywhere in the world.
GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy have made significant investment in India in recent years. The three businesses operate eight locations in India with 2000 employees. India is an important country in GKN Aerospace’s plan to expand the Asian footprint. GKN Aerospace recently also announced a new facility in Malaysia, another element of the Asian expansion plan. By the time both sites are fully up-and-running, around 15% of GKN Aerospace’s employees are expected to be based in Asia.
Pune offers favourable conditions in the areas of business development, labour, education & training and infrastructure. It also has an excellent location relative to the company’s major customers in India.

Azul renews Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR for next 10 years

After almost eight years of cooperation, ATR and the Brazilian carrier Azul have renewed their Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). This contract covers the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line- Replaceable Units, along with propeller availability and maintenance, plus an on-site stock support.
Covering Azul's whole ATR fleet, currently made up of 33 aircraft, this tailor-made support package represents ATR's biggest maintenance contract.

Dowty Propellers extends contract with SpiceJet for fleet of Bombardier Q400 regional airliners

Dowty Propellers have extended its support contract for propeller systems on SpiceJet's Bombardier Q400 regional airliner fleet, which the Indian carrier is expanding with the purchase of 25 additional twin-engine aircraft.
The new seven-year Dowty Propellers agreement with SpiceJet, signed at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, culminates a joint process of developing a comprehensive support package tailored to meet the airline's growing volume of flights on domestic and international routes.

Component Control

Farsound Aviation acquires Sterling Aircraft products

Farsound Aviation have acquired Sterling Aircraft Products (Sterling) from the Pump family for an undisclosed amount.
Farsound specialises in the supply of C-Class, B-Class and other fast-moving consumable parts for a customer base that includes several of the world’s leading aero engine MRO organisations, and focuses on total supply chain management, from the forecast requirement through to parts on the production line. With its industry-leading forecasting expertise, Farsound consistently achieves 99.5% product availability for its customers.
Sterling, based in Toronto, Canada, has a very strong reputation for excellent customer service and is well reputed in the aerospace industry. As a distributor of high strength and high temperature fasteners used in gas turbine engines, Sterling has a broad portfolio of customers across aerospace and power generation. Sterling is an approved distributor for OEMs such as Rolls-Royce and Siemens, and works closely with OEMs and their sub-tiers to deliver reliable and cost effective supply solutions.

Republic Airlines orders 100 CF34-8E-powered E-Jets

Republic Airlines has ordered 100 CF34-8E-powered Embraer E170/175 regional jets. The engines are valued at more than US$1.4 billion list price.
"With this order, Republic Airlines will be the largest operator of CF34-8E-powered Embraer E170/175 aircraft with close to 300 aircraft, and we are proud to partner with Republic and Embraer on this significant milestone for all of us," says Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing at GE Aviation.

Hokkaido Air System signs for ATR 42-600s and EasyFly for five ATR-600 series

Hokkaido Air System, a JAL Group Company and ATR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of two firm ATR 42-600s with an option for a third. HAC will begin operating these aircraft from 2020. These aircraft will replace HAC’s fleet of Saab 340s taking advantage of the superior economics of the cutting-edge ATR -600 series.
Colombian airline EasyFly and turboprop manufacturer ATR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of five ATR -600 series aircraft, of which three are ATR 72-600s and two are ATR 42-600s.
EasyFly became an ATR operator in 2014 when it began the progressive replacement of its fleet of Jetstream 41s. The new ATR 72-600s will mainly serve growing point-to-point operations from the hub of northern city of Bucaramanga, a city with one of the fastest developing economies in Colombia.

Royal Aero

Liebherr partners with Airbus on Skywise open data platform

Liebherr-Aerospace is collaborating with Airbus to launch new pilot projects on the new aviation data platform, Skywise.
Liebherr-Aerospace and Airbus embarked on a series of pilot projects to assess the potential of big data coupled with the knowledge of Liebherr-Aerospace. The pilots were powered by Skywise, the secure cloud-based platform launched during Paris Air Show in June 2017. Based on the success of the pilots, Airbus and Liebherr-Aerospace are now exploring opportunities to expand to additional fields of investigation.
Skywise, developed jointly by Airbus and Palantir Technologies, brings together a wide range of aircraft data in a platform with tools for holistic analysis. In the pilots, Liebherr-Aerospace and Airbus used Skywise to develop deeper and better understanding of the in-service behaviour of on-board systems and components developed, manufactured, certified and serviced by Liebherr.
This data-backed understanding and enhanced know-how, powered by Skywise, will allow Liebherr-Aerospace to issue updated operational recommendations to Airbus and Airbus’ airline customers in order to optimize aircraft operation and significantly reduce operating costs. By leveraging Liebherr-Aerospace experts in data analytics and the breadth of data contained in the Skywise platform, this pilot demonstrated how expert analysis could surface previously unknown relationships and how those relationships can be used to build and operate equipment in a more reliable manner.

Embraer signs a Letter of Intent with NAC for three E190 jets

Embraer has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for three E190 aircraft. The deal has an estimated value of US$ 156 million, based on Embraer’s list prices.
These new aircraft will join the existing 134 E-Jets currently owned by NAC.

ALC selects LEAP-1A in new US$1.0 billion engine order

Air Lease Corporation has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 34 previously announced Airbus A321neo aircraft in an order valued at just over US$1.0 billion at list price.
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) specializes in purchasing new commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline customers worldwide through customized leasing and financing solutions.

AviTrader CS

Aerospace manufacturer LAUAK selects IFS Applications 10 to drive digital transformation

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has announced that French LAUAK, a leading manufacturer of detail parts, sub-assemblies, aircraft fuselages and cockpit structures in the A&D sector, has chosen to deploy IFS Applications™ 10.
Founded in 1975, LAUAK serves some of the world’s largest aircraft and equipment manufacturers, with 1,500+ employees working at six sites across France and Portugal. LAUAK needed to replace its legacy business system with a modern solution that could keep up with the large amount of data generated by the organisation.
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the company selected IFS Applications 10 to accelerate the company’s international growth, support its digitalisation strategy, and harmonise its global business processes.

Royal Air Maroc selects GE Aviation for Digital Records Management

Royal Air Maroc selected GE Aviation's Digital Solutions business for AirVault Records Management System for its fleet of more than 55 Boeing 737, 767, 787, 747, ATR and Embraer E-190 aircraft.
The AirVault Records Management System will be a mission-critical, cloud-based electronic document management system designed to manage the digital content and bi-directional processes of aircraft maintenance records for the world's largest airlines.


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July 16 - 22, 2018

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November 20, 2018 – Gibson Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
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