Friday, August 24th, 2018



China seeks US$16 billion in private investment for aviation projects

In an effort to become globally more competitive, China has begun to invite private investment to the tune of US$16 billion in a total of 28 projects, including airports, a flight training school, drone delivery services, maintenance and certain support services for airports.
Of the 28 projects, 11 already have private investors such as the Ezhou cargo airport in Hubei province that Chinese courier S.F. Holding 002352.SZ is investing in, according to a joint statement issued between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the National Development and Reform Commission.
According to Reuters, the China National Aviation Holding Co, the state-owned shareholder of the country’s flag carrier Air China wants partners for a logistics mixed-ownership reform project valued at 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion.)
TravelSky Technology, a provider of information technology services to China’s aviation and tourism industries, has confirmed it is also looking for private investment in an aviation logistics information project.
Chinese regulators intend to open up more projects to private investment and have confirmed that further details of these will be released in the fullness of time. In January of this year Beijing said that it would ease investment access to its aviation industry, yet still retain a firm grip over key airlines and airports in sensitive regions.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) China will surpass the United States as the largest aviation market by 2022.


KLM UK Engineering and Alliance Airlines sign long-term heavy maintenance contract

AFI KLM E&M subsidiary has signed a long-term heavy maintenance agreement with Australia’s major fly in, fly out (FIFO) air charter operator Alliance Airlines.
A European leader in the regional jets and narrow body aircraft market and having an internationally acknowledged expertise on the Boeing 737, Embraer 170/190, BAe146/Avro RJ, Fokker 70/100 and Airbus A320 Family, KLM UK Engineering is delighted to announce its contract with Alliance Airlines.
KLM UK Engineering will be supporting Alliance Airlines with their Fokker 70/100 aircraft, providing heavy maintenance support in Norwich from summer 2018.
Lee Schofield, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Airlines, said 'We are very pleased to lock in this long-term arrangement with KLM UK Engineering. We will be operating Fokker 70/100 for at least the next ten years and the maintenance support provided by KLM UK Engineering will assist us greatly during this time'.

Qantas Group reports underlying profit before tax of AU$1.6 billion for 2018 financial year

The Qantas Group has reported underlying profit before tax of AU$1.6 billion (up 14%) for the 2018 financial year and statutory profit before tax of AU$1.4 billion (up 18%). Net free cash flow was up 10% to AU$1,442 million
The Group reported that all parts of the business contributed to the result, helped by healthy levels of demand across key markets, higher revenue and a particularly strong performance in the domestic flying businesses of Qantas and Jetstar.
The Qantas Group has also committed to a second Pilot Academy facility, which will help meet the unprecedented global demand for skills as the aviation sector continues to grow. The academy concept is designed to provide a future talent pipeline for Qantas Group airlines and support General Aviation in a country that relies heavily on air transport. It also represents a commercial opportunity to create a centre of excellence to train pilots for airlines throughout the region.
The concept has been met with substantial levels of support from state governments, local councils and the private sector.
Qantas has set aside a total of AU$20 million towards establishment of the two facilities. Both will be located in regional Australia, with cities to be announced in coming weeks. The first location will open during calendar year 2019 and the second expected to follow in 2020.
Furthermore Qantas has announced an extension of its global lounge upgrade program, designed to support demand for premium travel across six additional ports. They are:
Updated and expanded Sydney International First Lounge, major upgrade to the Auckland Lounge, refreshed Tokyo Narita Lounge, expanded Brisbane International Lounge and two regional lounge upgrades for Tamworth and Hobart.


Ryanair to invest US$200m in London Luton with two new based aircraft

Ryanair has announced an investment of US$200 million at London Luton airport with two new based aircraft (6 aircraft in total) for its winter 2018 schedule and added 6 new routes to Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Cork and Malaga and more flights on its existing Vilnius route.
Ryanair’s winter 2018 London Luton schedule will now deliver a total of 21 routes which will help deliver 2.2m customers p.a.

Bombardier appoints Danny Di Perna Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace

Bombardier has appointed Danny Di Perna as Chief Operating Officer, Aerospace, effective September 15, 2018. In this new position, he will report directly to Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier and assume responsibility for leading the company’s aerospace engineering, procurement and transformation functions.
Bombardier’s Aerostructures and Engineering Services segment will also report to Di Perna. He brings more than 30 years of aerospace and industrial experience to Bombardier. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Global Sourcing for GE Power.


BOC Aviation purchases 8 A330neo aircraft from Airbus for lease to Lion Air Group

BOC Aviation has purchased eight new Airbus A330neo family aircraft from Airbus. All eight aircraft are scheduled for delivery to Lion Air Group of airlines in 2019 and 2020 and Lion Air will have the option to acquire four of the aircraft at delivery.
Edward Sirait, Lion Air Group CEO, said, “we are excited to include the Airbus A330neo into our fleet as it promises to be more fuel efficient and with its longer range, to expand our group’s fleet network. We are delighted that this transaction further diversifies the relationship with BOC Aviation across another aircraft type.”

Fraport USA wins contract for Nashville International Airport concessions program

Fraport USA, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Fraport AG and a leading developer of award-winning airport retail programs, has been selected by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority to manage and develop the concessions program for Nashville International Airport (BNA). Over the term of the contract, Fraport will enhance the shopping and dining experience for more than 14 million passengers in one of the fastest growing airports in North America and in a top tourist destination.
Expected to begin in February 2019, the 10-year agreement covers the design, construction, lease and management of more than 6,400 m² of concessions space in the airport’s four concourses.
The reimagined program will offer an exciting mix of the best local to global brands and celebrate Nashville’s rich cultural heritage and thriving music and arts scene.


Air China opts for Recaro economy class seats on new A350

Air China has ordered 2500 CL3710 economy class seats from Recaro Aircraft Seating for their ten new Airbus A350 aircraft. China's flag carrier is the first operator of the A350 in Mainland China.
The CL3710, Recaro’s bestseller with over 250,000 orders worldwide, brings together all the German aircraft seat manufacturer’s expertise and skill.
The CL3710 offers Air China long-haul seating comfort for passengers in the economy class. The six-way adjustable headrest, the newly developed footrest and articulated seat pan make the seat one of the best in its class. Weighing less than 12 kilograms, it ensures exceptionally efficient and economical flying.

Hawaiian Airlines to suspend Beijing service

Hawaiian Airlines has announced its decision to suspend its thrice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) upon the completion of the National Day Golden Week holiday in October. The airline, which started the service in April 2014, will re-deploy its 278-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft elsewhere in its network.
“These decisions are never easy and this one is especially difficult because we believe in China’s future as a robust market for the Hawaiian vacation experience and we will continue to market one-stop options to Honolulu from cities throughout China on our airline partners,’’ said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s president and CEO.
“We have enjoyed sharing our Hawaiian hospitality with thousands of our Chinese guests, and will continue to invest in raising awareness of the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian Islands with a determination to return to China with non-stop service,’’ Ingram added. “In the meantime, we will re-deploy our aircraft to pursue other opportunities consistent with Hawaiian’s expansion plans.”


Air Alsie joins ERA

ERA (European Regions Airline Association) has welcomed Air Alsie as its newest airline member, bringing the number of carriers in ERA membership to 51.
Based in Sønderborg, Denmark, Air Alsie has been operating since 1989 and with an available fleet of 22 aircraft, is the largest executive operator in northern Europe.
Air Alsie, owned by Sandma Holding A/S, has grown steadily over the years. Air Alsie has 180 employees and provides aircraft management, charter, ACMI and executive jet services.
Air Alsie manages Alsie Express, which operates daily return flights between Sønderborg and Copenhagen Airport with a fleet of two ATR 72-500 aircraft. Air Alsie CEO, Lone Koch, says: “We hope that through participation in the ERA community we are able to get issues that are important to us heard by politicians. We will never have a voice on our own, so we want to join other airlines to have more influence.”


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