Wednesday, August 29th, 2018



Boeing predicts Asia Pacific region will command one-third of demand for pilots, technicians and cabin crew

The Boeing 2018 Pilot and Technical Outlook has revealed the company expects the Asia Pacific region will account for of the global need for pilots, 34 percent for technicians, and 36 percent for cabin crew over the next 20 years, coupled with the greatest demand for new civil aviation personnel. It also predicts that 40% of new passenger aircraft deliveries over the same period will be to the Asia Pacific region.

According to the Boeing outlook:

The 20-year demand for new commercial sector pilots in the region remains strong at 240,000. While demand decreased five percent, this was driven by regional trends that indicate a peak in pilot retirements in the first decade of the forecast and a softening of replacement demand in the later years, due to a younger generation entering the pilot ranks long before reaching mandatory retirement age.

New commercial technician demand decreased five percent to 242,000. This is due to advancements in product development on the 737 MAX, which have resulted in increased maintenance efficiencies. Overall, maintenance hours required over the life of the airplane will be reduced. New commercial cabin crew demand increased three percent to 317,000 due to anticipated fleet mix, cabin configuration and regulatory requirements.

For the first time, the outlook included the helicopter and business aviation markets. The inclusion of these sectors increases the region's demand to 261,000 pilots, 257,000 technicians and 321,000 cabin crew.

Leading the region in projected demand for new pilots, technicians and cabin crew:
  • China: 128,500 pilots; 126,750 technicians; 147,250 cabin crew
  • Southeast Asia: 48,500 pilots; 54,000 technicians; 76,250 cabin crew
  • South Asia: 42,750 pilots; 35,000 technicians; 43,250 cabin crew
"Strong demand for pilots in the region continues, and we expect that this will continue for the next several years," said Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services for Boeing Global Services. "Through our pilot training solutions, including the Pilot Development Program, we are helping to ensure a pipeline of pilots is ready to meet the industry's demand."


AeroLogic fleet set to grow to eleven freighters

AeroLogic will receive a brand-new Boeing 777F freighter in January. Shareholder Lufthansa Cargo will lease the jet from Boeing specifically for this purpose. The fleet of this equal partnership joint venture with DHL Express will then total eleven aircraft. Lufthansa Cargo will market all of the new freighter’s capacity.

“With eleven Boeing 777F in the future, we will operate one of the world’s most modern and efficient freighter fleets. This will strengthen our position as an attractive employer at the heart of Germany and ensure flexible additional capacity for our partners”, said Wolfgang Raebiger, Managing Director of Aerologic GmbH.

The new aircraft is expected to receive the registration D-AALK and be ferried from Seattle to Leipzig in January 2019. DHL Express recently introduced two freighters of the same type and has since been marketing their capacity exclusively. The cargo capacity of the other eight aircraft is mainly used by Lufthansa Cargo at the weekend and DHL Express at other times.

L2 Consulting Services receives STC for A330 Iridium SATCOM installation

L2 Aviation has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of the Rockwell Collins Iridium SATCOM system on A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

While L2 has achieved similar STCs for the Iridium SATCOM installation on other airframes (including the 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777), this latest STC represents the first Iridium ICS-220A/IRT-2120 approval for Air Traffic Service (ATS) Safety Voice service.

The Safety Voice service provides aircraft operators with an alternative to existing HF radio systems, replacing one with a secure satellite-based option for long-range communications. The Iridium SATCOM installation includes single and dual channel, ATS Safety Voice, and data link capability.
Additionally, L2’s design for this STC also incorporates a multi-purpose doubler provisions that will allow the installation of either the Inmarsat HELGA, Low Gain Inmarsat antenna and an ALGA antenna, defined by ARINC 771, supporting Iridium Certus services without having to make additional structural modifications to the aircraft.


Air Astana demonstrates strong traffic and revenue growth in the first half of 2018

Air Astana has recorded a 10% increase in passenger traffic and a 17% uptick in revenues in the first half of the year compared with the corresponding period of 2017. Between January and June 2018, the airline carried more than two million passengers. The traffic growth was driven by the strong performance on international passenger traffic that is up 22% compared to the same period in 2017.
International transit traffic in the first half of 2018 grew by 75% to 320,000 passengers on a strong base of 2017. The share of transit passengers reached 30% of Air Astana’s international traffic, up from 21% for the same period last year.

Capacity was bolstered 8% as a result of the introduction of new flights from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan, as well as additional frequencies from Astana to London Heathrow (now daily), Omsk, Dubai, Delhi, and from Almaty to Dushanbe, Baku, Hong Kong, Seoul and Bishkek. Additional services were added to Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev from both hubs. In addition, on March 26, the airline launched new Atyrau-Frankfurt-Atyrau services.

STS Aviation Group launches itself into ground support equipment services market

STS Aviation Group has launched STS GSE Services, a company based out of Melbourne, Florida that’s dedicated to offering cost-competitive maintenance, refurbishment, spare parts and warranty services to the aircraft ground support equipment market.

In addition to servicing aircraft ground support equipment at its aircraft hangar facility in Melbourne, Florida, STS GSE Services looks forward to soon troubleshooting and repairing aircraft ground support equipment at STS' growing network of 30+ line maintenance stations across the United Sates and Bahamas.

Mark Smith, Group President of STS Aviation, will oversee the operations of STS GSE Services alongside Gabriel Girard who has been promoted from his former role as Operations Manager for STS Mod Center to Director of Operations for STS GSE Services.


Vilnius Airport signs with Airport Coordination UK to manage its slots

Vilnius Airport, Lithuania, has contracted with Airport Coordination, UK for schedules facilitation following a competitive tender.

The contract commences for flights from the end of March, 2019, coinciding with the IATA summer timetable. Vilnius Airport instigated a move toward slot allocation as it swiftly moves to becoming an IATA Level 2 airport. It handled 3.8 million passengers last year, 3.3 million of them travelling on scheduled routes.

Vilnius Airport has already seen a 17% traffic increase during the first half of 2018, compared with the corresponding period in 2017 and is on course to carry 4.7 million passengers by year end, equivalent to a 24% growth versus 2018.

Welcoming the new partnership with ACL, Dainius Ciuplys, Managing Director of Vilnius Airport commented:

“We are delighted to start collaborating with a strong and experienced partner, Airport Coordination Limited. They will help us with our primary aim, which is to manage flight peaks and maximise the infrastructure of the airport, enabling us to deliver the best service for our passengers. ACL will help us to negotiate with airlines on take-off and landing slots to achieve the best result.”

“Vilnius Airport is introducing slot allocation at a time when existing airlines add frequency. The Baltics is a strong region for air traffic, experiencing popularity for travel – for tourism and business. We are looking forward to working with this dynamic, forward-thinking airport in Lithuania,” stated ACL’s Managing Director Mike Robinson.

This summer Vilnius Airport is supporting 60 scheduled routes, the majority of them year-round, with passenger growth led by low cost carriers Ryanair, Wizz Air and legacy airlines LOT, airBaltic, Finnair and Turkish Airlines, among others. This winter it welcomes additional new scheduled services to Amman, Marrakech and Treviso. This May Kazakhstan’s SCAT Airlines introduced flights to Astana.


Skyways Technics A/S and INAir form strategic partnership to support legacy avionics for bi-turboprop aircraft

Danish MRO Skyways Technics has announced a new strategic partnership with US-based MRO INAir Legacy Avionics, for the continuous support of legacy cockpit avionics for ATR and Bombardier bi-turboprop operators.

With a thirty-year experience in cockpit avionics smart repairs and solutions, INair nowadays keeps consolidating its market-leading position, benefiting from extensive experience and know-how, highly skilled staff performing beyond-CMM quality repairs, privileged and secured access to spare parts, and superior customer service.

A formal partnership through exclusive representation agreement for Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East region, appeared natural and was recently signed between the two companies, which are sharing 'best value for money' philosophy and aiming to provide the best service possible to regional carriers on CRT displays, which represent a significant maintenance cost-driver.

Operators in the selected regions can already take advantage of cost-efficient repair solution and dedicated support via a pool of selected units placed in Europe and Malaysia.

Sabre to fuel China Eastern Airlines’ next generation Airline Operation Centre

Sabre Corporation, the technology provider to the global travel industry, has released that China Eastern Airlines selected Sabre’s innovative AirCentre suite as the core system to power their next generation Airline Operation Centre – developed to organize and manage flights, ensure constant flight monitoring operations and to help control safety risks.

With this broad technology partnership, Sabre will drive China Eastern’s transition to become a connected airline by supporting their commercial and operational objectives.

Sabre’s powerful AirCentre flight operations solutions will ensure schedule continuity from the planning stage to day-of operations, minimizing the impact of disruptions to both airline operations and travellers.

By leveraging Sabre technology, China Eastern will have the ability to optimize flight plans, deliver accurate flight monitoring capabilities, reduce the workload of dispatchers, and increase productivity. China Eastern will use Sabre’s innovative flight movement management system to enable fast decision making and facilitate operation recovery, which will directly contribute to improved operation safety and efficiency of the carrier.

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Skymark selects RECARO economy class seats for Boeing 737-800 jets

Japan’s Skymark Airlines will be fitting the RECARO 177 BL3530 short-haul seat in three of its Boeing 737-800 jets in an order of over 500 units.

“Comfort, connectivity, and light weight define the BL3530,” says Skymark Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer, Masahiko Ichie. “The seats add improved living space and combine RECARO’s modern design style with superior production quality. We are looking forward to flying this wonderful seat solution.”

Skymark Airlines was founded in 1996 as an independent domestic airline and is headquartered at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. It currently has a fleet of 27 Boeing 737-800 aircraft which service 11 destinations within the country. The majority of Skymark’s Boeing fleet is equipped with RECARO seats.

The BL3530 seat has a high literature pocket, tablet PC holder, USB power supply, includes multiple stowage options for smaller personal items and weighs just over ten kilograms. 400,000 of the seats have been sold since its introduction. The light weight of the seat will help improve fuel costs, making the cost of traveling more affordable for Skymark passengers.

“The BL3530 incorporates contemporary style elements as well as places an emphasis on simplified maintenance and minimized life cycle costs,” says Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder of RECARO Aircraft Seating. “Not only do the seats provide more space for the passengers, they will fly longer and Skymark will save money in the long term.”

Delta opens new 127,000 ft² engine repair shop

Delta has opened its new 127,000 ft², state-of-the-art engine repair shop. The new shop will enable Delta to perform maintenance on engines with the most sophisticated and advanced technologies — in particular, the next-generation powerplants featured on Delta's Airbus A350s and forthcoming A330-900neo aircraft.​

The new capability also stands to benefit the airline's Maintenance Repair and Overhaul or MRO business as Delta will work on engines from other airlines and aircraft operators. Delta TechOps serves more than 150 aviation and airline customers from around the world through its MRO business, specializing in high-skill work such as engines, components, avionics, airframe and line maintenance.
Delta will be preparing the shop in the next few weeks, with its first engine induction set to take place in September. The airline is anticipating the first induction of the shop will be one of Virgin Atlantic's Trent 1000 engines.

To build the brand new engine shop, Delta converted several large hangar bays at the airline's TechOps facility in Atlanta and created a workshop consisting of an engine assembly and disassembly area, a kitting parts area, engines work-in-progress area, shop materials and supplies (Kanban) area, life limited parts center of excellence, and repair and support area. The facility stands out from the adjacent aircraft hangar bays with a wall of glass consisting of more than 2,000 pieces of glass and stands seven stories tall underneath the historic Fly Delta Jets sign. The shop will support the airline's partnership with Rolls-Royce.

In October 2015, Delta and Rolls-Royce signed a formal agreement for Delta TechOps to become an Authorized Maintenance Center for Rolls-Royce engines. Under the agreement, the airline will provide engine services for the latest generation Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and Trent 7000, in addition to the BR715, which had already been added to engine capabilities.


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