Monday, July 23rd, 2018



MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg lays foundation stone for new logistics center

MTU Maintenance, one of the world’s leading provider of MRO services for commercial aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines, has laid the foundation stone for a new logistics center at its Ludwigsfelde location on July 20.
The total investment for the new building with a workspace of 6,500 m² is €11.5 million. The additional floor space is needed to cater to the location’s continued growth. Between 2016 and 2018, the number of operating hours has risen 30% and is expected to increase further in the two-digit percentage range in the years to come, the reasons being higher work-loads and the addition of new engine models to the company’s portfolio.
Plans are to have the logistics center up and running in June 2019.
“The construction of the new logistics center marks another important milestone in the devel-opment of our company,” said André Sinanian, Managing Director & Senior Vice President of MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg. “The new building is a symbol of the success our loca-tion has seen so far. At the same time, this construction project affirms our commitment to continue to cater to the needs of our customers worldwide in an optimum and flexible manner – true to our company vision ‘Excellence made in Brandenburg’.”


China Eastern Airlines selects AFI KLM E&M for component support of 787 Ffleet

AFI KLM E&M and China Eastern Airlines have signed a component support contract for the Chinese company's Boeing 787-9 fleet, which will eventually include 15 aircraft. The agreement covers repair services, access to a regional spare parts pool as well as the provision of a local parts stock, and additional services in the field of training and industrial development support.
AFI KLM E&M has designed a competitive and tailor-made offer to convince the Chinese company, which was looking for an MRO service provider capable of providing excellent component support, combining expertise, availability and quality. With its "airline-MRO" profile, backed by both airlines KLM and Air France flying the 787, AFI KLM E&M has developed a unique experience on this product regarding both maintenance and operations. In total, AFI KLM E&M has already contracted sixteen airlines around the world.

Hi Fly signs first wet lease contract for A380

Less than 24 hours after the presentation of the Airbus A380 to the industry and the start of related marketing activities, Hi Fly agreed the first wet lease contract for the A380 with an undisclosed well established European Carrier. The aircraft will be flying long haul sectors during summer period with possible extension. The market reaction to the introduction of the first Airbus A380 to the wet lease market has been strong with several airlines lining up to be amongst the first to sign up for the aircraft.
This A380 is able to operate worldwide and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 model engines, with 471 seats distributed between three classes. The main deck has the First class for 12 passengers and Economy class for 311 passengers while the upper deck has Business and Economy class seats carrying 60 and 88 passengers respectively.

GA Telesis

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 gets ticket to fly

The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, which powers Airbus’s latest aircraft, the A330neo, has received its ‘ticket to fly’ from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with the first production engines also delivered to the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France.
The Trent 7000 is the fourth Rolls-Royce engine to receive formal certification in just 12 months, following in the footsteps of the Trent 1000 TEN, Trent XWB-97, and Pearl 15. The certificate was presented to Rolls-Royce by Trevor Woods, Certification Director, EASA, at Farnborough International Airshow.
The Trent 7000, the latest member of the successful Rolls-Royce Trent engine family, is the exclusive powerplant for the A330neo which enters service later this year. The aircraft has been a star attraction at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, where it is made its first appearance.

Gulfstream earns type and production certificates from FAA

The Gulfstream G500 received both its type certification and production certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These certifications pave the way for the first completed G500 delivery to a customer as planned later this year.
The FAA type certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design, while the production certificate confirms that the company’s production processes comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to receive its type and production certificates on the same day.
During the G500 certification program, Gulfstream demonstrated even better performance for the G500, including a takeoff distance of just 5,200 feet/1,585 meters, 200 ft/61 m less than originally projected.
The G500 expands the possibilities for high-speed travel by offering an unprecedented combination of speed, technology, reliability, safety and performance. The aircraft is optimized for comfort and productivity, with low cabin sound levels and cabin altitudes, 100 percent fresh air and 14 panoramic windows that bathe the cabin in natural light.

Magellan Group

Uganda National Airlines signs firm order for four Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has signed a firm order for four new CRJ900 regional jets with Uganda National Airlines Company. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$190 million.
Uganda Airlines will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.

Embraer delivers 28 commercial and 20 executive jets in 2Q18

During the second quarter of 2018, Embraer has delivered 28 jets to the commercial aviation market and 20 business jets, being 15 light jets and 5 large jets. On June 30, Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$17.4 billion.
In 2Q18, Embraer celebrated a major milestone when Norway’s Widerøe took delivery of the first production E190-E2 in early April in a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Scandinavia’s largest regional airline started its scheduled passenger service with the aircraft a few weeks later.
Regarding the commercial aviation market, Air Costa’s order for 50 E-Jets E2 is no longer considered in Embraer’s backlog as of the end of 2Q18. This backlog adjustment has no impact on the E2’s production or delivery schedule for 2018 or for 2019.
In the business jets segment, the Company unveiled during the 18th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, a new purchase agreement with Air Hamburg for four more Legacy 650E business jets. With this additional order, the Germany-based business charter operator will expand its Embraer flagship fleet to 17 aircraft. Air Hamburg is the world’s largest operator of the Legacy 600/650 aircraft models. The second quarter also marked the beginning of new Phenom 300E deliveries.

Aero Controls

Cusco Aviation closes on purchase of one RB211-535 engine

Cusco Aviation, an Aircraft Leasing and Trading company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has successfully completed the purchase of one RB211-535 engine.
Manuel E. Cordero, the company's President and CEO commented on this transaction "The Cusco Aviation team is proud to complete another Engine transaction, which adds to its expansion plans and transaction portfolio growth during the first half of 2018."

Delta and WestJet to create new transborder joint venture

Delta Air Lines and WestJet have signed a definitive agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer customers an extensive route network within the U.S. and Canada.
The agreement deepens the existing codeshare partnership between the carriers and follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in December 2017 announcing the intention to form a joint venture. The joint venture will provide substantial reach into Canada and the U.S. with transborder service to more than 30 cities covering over 95% of U.S.-Canada demand, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before. The new JV will also enable Delta and WestJet to compete more effectively against other carriers.
Upon receipt of regulatory approvals in Canada and the U.S., Delta and WestJet will work together to implement all aspects of the enhanced cooperation including expanded codesharing, more closely aligned frequent flyer program and reciprocal elite benefits, joint growth across their U.S./Canada transborder network, and co-location at key hubs with more seamless passenger and baggage transit. The agreement will also include the ability to cooperate on cargo accompanying passenger flights as well as corporate contracts.

TP Aerospace

MTU Aero Engines wins orders valued at circa €800 million

This year’s Farnborough International Airshow proved a major success for MTU Aero Engines. Germany’s leading engine manufacturer secured orders worth around €800 million (according to list price), in particular with orders and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for the PW1000G- geared turbofan (GTF) engine family for single-aisle aircraft. It powers the Airbus aircraft A220 (formerly C Series) and the A320neo as well as Embraer E2 jets, amongst others. “GTF programs are shaping MTU’s future in the commercial engine business,” commented MTU CEO Reiner Winkler, referring to the order books. “The success of the geared turbofan family became evident once more at the Farnborough Airshow. PW1000G engines have been very well received in the market. Thanks to our preparation in recent years, we are ready for the ramp-up,” Winkler added.
MTU benefits from a large number of the deals made at the airshow through its partnership shares in engine programs. In fact, almost all of the relevant deals were for the high performing GTF technology. JetBlue placed the biggest order; the carrier agreed to buy up to 120 aircraft powered by PW1500G engines for its A220 fleet of Airbus (former C Series), followed by US start-up investor David Neeleman, who ordered 60 aircraft of this type. More orders came in for the PW1900G, the geared turbofan variant powering the E190-E2/E195-E2 single-aisle aircraft from the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. Helvetica Airways, a Swiss carrier based in Zurich, ordered 24 E190-E2 jets equipped with this engine. The airline Wataniy Airways from Kuwait was also convinced by the technology. It ordered 20 aircraft of the E190-E2 model. And Brazilian low-cost carrier Azul made a commitment for 21 aircraft of this type. Orders for five additional E2 jets came from unnamed customers.
The PW1100G-JM, the engine powering the A320neo family, continued to see high demand at the UK-based airshow. MTU benefits from orders placed by Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for more than 43 narrowbodies (A320neo/A321neo), CALC for 18 A320neo aircraft as well as from Middle East Airlines, the national airline of Lebanon, based in Beirut, which ordered eleven A320neo aircraft.

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