Thursday, September 27th, 2018



Helvetic Airways firms up order for 12 E190-E2 jets

Embraer and Helvetic Airways have signed a contract for a firm order of 12 E190-E2 jets.

The firm order has a value of US$730 million, based on current list prices and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 third-quarter backlog. The contract also includes purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s. With all the purchase rights being exercised, the deal has a list price of US$1.5 billion.

The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn 2021. The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities.


New nonstop flights between Tokyo-Narita and Seattle strengthens U.S. West Coast network with Alaska Airlines and JAL

Japan Airlines (JAL) will offer new nonstop daily flights between Tokyo-Narita and Seattle, which start March 31, 2019.

As part of this announcement, JAL and Alaska Airlines agreed on the expansion of their codeshare partnership for flights via Seattle-Tacoma International airport (SEA).

Currently, JAL codeshares with Alaska Airlines to 16 unique destinations on 25 U.S. West Coast routes. In conjunction with the new Tokyo-Narita to Seattle service, JAL will gain codeshare access to over 40 new cities on flights operated by Alaska.

Through this expanded agreement, customers will be able to seamlessly connect in Seattle when traveling to and from Asia.

Philippine Coast Guard becomes first H145 operator for parapublic missions

Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines.

The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law enforcement.

The latest contract will also encompass on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organisation services, fully supported by Airbus’ team in the country.


C&L Aviation Group signs multi-aircraft service agreement with JetsuiteX

C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has signed an agreement with JetSuiteX, to provide interior aircraft refurbishment, engineering, and exterior paint services to convert multiple EMB 145 family aircraft from standard regional aircraft to the luxurious 30 seat JetSuiteX brand interior and distinctive red and white exterior paint scheme.

This includes new seat designs, upgrading interior panels, upgrading lavatories, installing LED lighting, Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, and more.

In addition, the parties have signed an agreement for C&L to provide heavy maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for JetSuiteX’s fleet of EMB 145 family aircraft with the first 2 aircraft already inducted.

Jazz Maintenance division receives Embraer certification

Jazz Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, has received Transport Canada certification for Jazz Technical Services (JTS) to perform airframe heavy maintenance on Embraer 135 and Embraer 145 regional aircraft. JTS is a division of Jazz dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul (‘MRO’).

"Acquiring Embraer certification is an important next step in the evolution of our maintenance division and is in line with our plans for continued growth and the ability to provide a broader range of maintenance services,” said Colin Copp, President, Jazz Aviation.

Jazz Technical Services is now certified to perform Embraer 135 and Embraer 145 work from its six-bay, 80,000 ft² heavy maintenance facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport where over 400 maintenance professionals are employed supporting contracts for Canadian, U.S. and international customers.

Royal Aero

Nolinor Aviation modernizes 10 B737-200 with UA glass cockpit

10 Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-200 aircraft are undergoing a modernization program for state-of-the-art avionics and glass displays with Universal Avionics (UA).

The aircraft upgrade includes 4 UA EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays and the addition of a second UA UNS-1Lw Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS). The first upgrade is complete and the aircraft has re-entered service, and the second aircraft installation is in process with UA Authorized Dealer, Mid-Canada Mod Center.The upgrade addresses equipment obsolescence and increasing difficulty in supporting older electromechanical instruments, greatly improving reliability and safety.

The EFI-890R Advanced Flight Displays also allow Nolinor to focus on increasing dispatch reliability and mission completion – meeting the needs of mining companies and transporting more than a hundred passengers to extremely remote villages only accessible by air.

Panasonic Avionics signs A320neo IFEC deal with EGYPTAIR

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and EGYPTAIR have signed an agreement to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for its new fleet of 15 A320neo aircraft.

Panasonic’s X-Series IFEC platform has been selected by the carrier to be line-fit installed on the new narrow-body aircraft, with the first aircraft due to enter service with the airline in 2020. EGYPTAIR’s passengers will enjoy a personalized home theatre experience with 13-inch HD personal screens in Business Class complete with a video handset and high-power charging facilities at every seat. In Economy Class, each passenger will have a 10-inch HD screen incorporating a USB power point, with charging facilities at each seat group.

Passengers will be able to stay connected through Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service, with a host of next generation connectivity benefits from fast internet to video streaming, all powered by its new satellite modem which offers bandwidth up to twenty times greater than previously available. EGYPTAIR’s passengers will be able to enjoy a host of other amenities including inflight shopping options and 3D flight path moving maps.

AJ Walter

Honeywell introduces new Flight Plan Options for GoDirect Datalink customers

Honeywell's GoDirect Datalink service is now compatible with ForeFlight and RocketRoute flight planning applications. This new access is a standard offering for all GoDirect Datalink customers and allows pilots to upload their ForeFlight and RocketRoute flight plans directly to their aircraft via Honeywell’s datalink network.

This capability makes it even easier for pilots to manage flight operations and increase efficiency by using their preferred flight planning app.

GoDirect Datalink provides pilots with seamless, worldwide, two-way communication between an aircraft and the ground. The GoDirect Datalink services include free text messaging, oceanic and predeparture clearances, weather information, custom short codes, and Controller Pilot Data Link Communication. The service helps pilots stay connected to air traffic control wherever they are, while also making life easier for operators and maintenance teams.
In addition to the standard capabilities, RocketRoute, ForeFlight and all other customers using GoDirect Datalink will soon also have access to live flight tracking data, enhancing flight safety and on-time arrivals.

Eirtech awarded STC for removal of Economy Class seats on B777

Eirtech Aviation Services has received another STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for the removal of all existing Economy Class passenger seats in the main cabin of the aircraft without replacement to achieve a First Class and Business Class only configuration for limited ferry flights. All other elements in the passenger cabin will remain as is. This includes all monuments, emergency equipment and other equipment not related to the economy class passenger seats.

This STC applies to B777-300 aircraft and enables aircraft to be re-positioned via a ferry flight with no Economy Class seats installed. This solution may be of particular interest to airlines and aircraft leasing companies who have B777 aircraft coming to their end of lease date.


GA Telesis MRO Services Composite Repair Group receives CAAC approval to overhaul nacelles for Chinese Airlines

GA Telesis MRO Services Composite Repair Group facility has received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

CAAC approval provides the Composite Repair Group with access to the world’s largest major MRO market for nacelles and flight controls and will allow the company to develop and expand its customer base in the People’s Republic of China. The Composite Repair Group has previously been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as countless other civil aviation authorities globally.

GA Telesis

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