Wednesday, September 26th, 2018



Ryanair agrees cabin crew Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Italy

Ryanair has agreed a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) with the 3 main cabin crew unions FIT CISL, ANPAC, and ANPAV, to cover all Ryanair’s Italian based cabin crew from Oct 1, 2018.

This proposed CLA will run for 3 years from Friday October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. It will be governed by Italian law and the Italian Courts. The new agreement will allow Italian cabin crew transition to local contracts over an agreed period with immediate access to Italian benefits such as maternity and paternity leave.

The agreement will deliver increased pay under a new pay structure, which will see crews benefit from increased tax free allowances (similar to other Italian airlines) and will introduce an Italian Pension Scheme as part of the overall package.


Norwegian soars to 250,000 passengers on flights from Dublin Airport to the USA

Norwegian has reached an important milestone in its continued growth at Dublin Airport by flying more than 250,000 transatlantic passengers to and from the New York and Boston areas since launch. The airline’s affordable flights to smaller airports near two major US east coast cities has generated strong demand among Irish and American consumers.

Norwegian is the only airline in Ireland to operate nonstop flights to New York Stewart International Airport and Providence International Airport, Rhode Island and will increase its weekly transatlantic flights from Dublin next summer by 33% with the addition of a brand-new daily service to Hamilton (Toronto) Canada from March 31, 2019.

Bombardier CRJ Series certified for higher maintenance intervals

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has reported that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has granted approval for the maintenance intervals escalation of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft.

The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) at 8,000 flight hours.

The maintenance intervals have doubled since the launch of the CRJ aircraft family. The new maintenance intervals are applicable for new production deliveries as well as all CRJ700, CRJ900, and CRJ1000 aircraft in service.

Werner Aero

Boeing completes acquisition of Millennium Space Systems

Boeing has completed the acquisition of Millennium Space Systems, a provider of agile, flight-proven small-satellite solutions. Millennium Space Systems will operate under Boeing Phantom Works as a subsidiary called Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company. It will retain an independent operating model while benefiting from Boeing's resources, scale, manufacturing capability and technology research as the leading provider of aerospace products and services.

Boeing first announced the agreement with Millennium Space Systems on August 16, 2018, pending U.S. government approval. Terms of the approved deal were not disclosed and do not affect Boeing's financial guidance or the company's commitment to returning approximately 100 percent of free cash flow to shareholders.

Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., Millennium Space Systems has approximately 260 employees and has developed high-performance satellites and space systems for exacting missions ranging from 50 KG to more than 6,000 KG.

Seabury Solutions’ Alkym to support Air Busan and KAEMS

Seabury Solutions, a subsidiary of New York-based Seabury Capital Group and a market leader in providing Information Technology solutions for the aviation industry, has established a partnership with PartDB, the Republic of Korea-based provider of Engineering IT and VR solutions, as part of continued strategy to expand its global client base.

The partnership is aimed to grow the companies’ Asia Pacific customer base for Seabury Solutions’ line of software solutions that enable airline customers to digitally transform operations and enhance their ability to meet demand from the fast-expanding aviation market.

Building rapidly upon the partnership, the company unveiled two new customers in the region for its Alkym solution:
Air Busan, South Korea’s largest low-cost carrier and a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, which became the region’s Alkym launch customer; and
Korea Aviation Engineering & Maintenance Service, a subsidiary of Korean Aerospace Industries (“KAI”), Seoul’s first aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company.

SR Technics

London Oxford Airport welcomes newest tenant - The Children’s Air Ambulance

London Oxford Airport has welcomed The Children’s Air Ambulance and its Leonardo AW169 intensive care-equipped helicopter as a new tenant. Citing its convenient location, enabling the charity to work with its NHS partners across the south of the country, London Oxford Airport was determined as its ideal southern base.

TCAA will from hereon be launching missions from London Oxford Airport, with its high-speed transfer service, and will help to save young lives by working with specialist NHS transfer teams. The new London Oxford base complements the charity’s new north of England location at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Housed in one of London Oxford’s newly refurbished hangars and complete with a new helicopter parking stand, TCAA is basing one of its two new, dedicated paediatric intensive care-equipped AW169s at the airport. The bespoke equipment on-board includes a specially designed stretcher system and clinical interior, incubator and extra seat for a parent to be able to accompany their child.

Since its operational launch in 2012, the charity and its clinical partners have completed more than 300 missions. It is anticipated that the new base at London Oxford will enable the charity to meet more needs and increase its missions to around 600 per year.

AviaAM Financial Leasing China delivers new Boeing 737 to Okay Airways

AviaAM Financial Leasing China – has delivered a brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its first client in China – Okay Airways.

On September 21, an aircraft MSN 61407 from assembly line in Seattle, the United States, flew to the Zhengzhou, China, where it was officially delivered to the operator.

Okay Airways will operate a 186 economy seats configured aircraft with 2 CFM56-7B26 engines for the next 12 years under the operating lease agreement.


Boeing MH-139 to replace U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey fleet

Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases.

The program awarded on September 24, is valued at US$2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment.

The MH-139 derives from the Leonardo AW139, which is used by more than 270 governments, militaries and companies worldwide. Leonardo will assemble the helicopters at its northeast Philadelphia plant, with Boeing integrating military-specific components at its facility south of that city.

The contract also includes operations, maintenance, training systems and support equipment for the MH-139 aircraft.

Chilean carrier Sky Airline takes delivery oft first A320neo

Chilean low cost carrier and all-Airbus operator Sky Airline has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft, on lease from ALC.

Sky Airline’s A320neo is powered by CFM Leap1A engines and has a capacity of 186 passengers, incorporating innovative Space Flex features.

This new A320neo joins Sky Airline’s existing fleet of 15 A320 Family aircraft, and is the first of 21 A320neos to be leased by the airline.

TP Aerospace

First automated steam cleaning system for engine heat exchangers goes into operation

Lufthansa Technik AG has put the first automated steam cleaning system for engine heat exchangers in the world into operation. The system is an in-house development that makes it possible to clean all heat exchangers found in common engine types without the use of chemical cleaning agents. The method has already been classified as patentable by the German Patent Office. Not only is it far more efficient than the previous practice of cleaning heat exchangers manually; it also saves resources and protects the environment - in the true spirit of Green MRO.

Heat exchangers are located in different places in the engine. They ensure the temperature of the air flow through compressor stages, combustion chamber as well as high and low pressure turbines.

The new system can be adjusted specifically to every heat exchanger and its level of contamination. The cleaning process itself is fully automated. All heat exchangers can be completely cleaned in about an hour instead of the average 16 hours it took previously. Even the most persistent dirt can be removed effortlessly thanks to the system's high cleaning performance. And after being cleaned, the heat exchangers are as good as new and regain their original performance levels.


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