Friday, November 2nd, 2018



LATAM tie up with American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia Airways obtains Chilean antitrust approval

With the agreements already in place with Uruguayan, Colombian and Brazilian authorities, Chile’s antitrust court has given its approval to LATAM’s plan to strengthen its ties with American Airlines Group, and IAG’s British Airways and Iberia Airways. Approval relates to both passenger and cargo planes, all four carriers being members of the OneWorld Alliance.

Enrique Cueto, LATAM Chief Executive commented: “This decision sets an important precedent for commercial aviation in our region. As has been shown in other parts of the world where these alliances already exist, it represents an opportunity to ensure the growth of the industry, increase passenger traffic and generate more tourism and business travel and bolster the economy."

The joint business agreements (JBAs) will enable the airlines to coordinate schedules and prices for flights, similar to the North Atlantic revenue-sharing agreement which already exists between IAG and American Airlines.

LATAM Airlines Group SA (LATAM), headquartered in Santiago, Chile is seen to be South America’s largest airline with subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay. The company was formed in 2012 after the takeover of Brazil’s TAM Airlines by Chile’s LAN Airlines.

TP Aerospace

Norwegian starts nonstop flights to Tampa, Florida

Norwegian’s nonstop service to Tampa Bay has commenced. The new twice-weekly service from London Gatwick to Tampa International Airport (TPA) offers holidaymakers a convenient nonstop service with direct access to Florida’s Gulf coast, as well as offering passengers more choice and flexibility when travelling to the sunshine state with Norwegian.

In addition to the twice weekly service to Tampa, Norwegian has also increased its winter services to other Florida destinations from London Gatwick. The airline now offers a daily service to Fort Lauderdale, increasing from three flights per week and five weekly flights to Orlando up from three per week.

China Eastern Airlines’ first A350 XWB performs maiden flight

The first A350-900 for China Eastern Airlines has performed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, ground checks and test flights before being prepared for delivery in the coming weeks. The airline has 20 A350-900s on order.

China Eastern Airlines currently operates an Airbus fleet of 363 aircraft, including 305 A320 Family aircraft and 58 A330 Family aircraft.

Bringing new levels of efficiency and comfort in the long range market, the A350 Family is especially well suited to the needs of Asia-Pacific airlines. To date, A350 Family firm orders from carriers in the region represent over a third of total sales for the type.


EASA and CAAC reaffirm dialogue during 2nd Aviation Safety Conference

The Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) has hosted the second Aviation Safety conference between the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) supported by the EU-China Aviation Partnership project (APP).

The EASA- CAAC Conference consolidates its status as main discussion platform for the Chinese and European stakeholders after its first edition in April 2017.

The cooperation has been already proven successful with the current EU-China Aviation Partnership project (APP) led by EASA. The project covers a wide range of areas of mutual interest: development of the General Aviation (GA) sector, airworthiness certification, safety promotion activities and Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization.

With this basis, the level of exchange has increased considerably over the last years in areas of joint interest, such as cooperation at ICAO level, in the ATM domain, ramp-inspections, and validation of products from both Europe and China. Continued cooperation on flight standards and drones are becoming more prominent themes for both regions.

Focusing on topics such as the developments achieved in Aircraft certification, Airports and security, advances and technological trends in passenger transport and the cooperation in General Aviation operations and ATM, the EASA - CAAC Aviation Safety Conference highlights the partnership between Europe and China. This event intends to enhance cooperation among European and Chinese regulators to accommodate new emerging technologies in aviation and expectations from aviation industry actors and passengers.


StandardAero dedicates 30,000 ft² expansion at Company’s existing Miami component repair facility

StandardAero Component Services has dedicated the company’s 30,000 ft² expansion of its component repair facility, located in Miami, Florida.

The additional working space and capital improvements included the installation of a state-of-the-art clean line, an additional vacuum furnace as well as water jet cleaning capabilities. As a result, the facility will be the largest provider of aerospace and aerospace-derivative combustor overhauls in North America.

Kerry O’Sullivan, StandardAero’s Chief Operating Officer and Rick Stine, President of StandardAero Components, Helicopters & Accessories, joined Diego Beltran, Vice President & General Manager of the company’s Miami facility, his leadership team and employees to dedicate the new expansion on October 25.

“Since becoming a part of the StandardAero family in 2017, we have enjoyed the support and resources that the company has brought to bear on our Miami operations,” said Beltran. “We are excited for our employees here as well as for our customers as we bring more and new work into our shop to meet the growing demands in the industry.”

The Miami location expansion complements StandardAero’s recent new building expansion at its Cincinnati facility and the company is still proceeding with another 30,000 ft² expansion at its Hillsboro, Ohio facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

StandardAero Component Services offers a full range of repair and overhaul capabilities using special processes developed and/or implemented at its facilities to solve unique and complex problems. These can range from advanced repair technologies through procedural, compliance and quality assurance processes. Some of its major process capabilities include cleaning, NDT and inspection; thermal spray and coating; plating; welding/brazing and heat treatment; painting, stripping and surface prep; manual and CNC machining; and extensive composite capabilities.


PK AirFinance provides refinancing of 14 aircraft to GTLK Europe

GTLK Europe has concluded a US$340 million refinancing debt facility secured by a portfolio of 14 aircraft. The portfolio includes 5x A321-200s, 6x B737-800 and 3x A319s leased to Aeroflot, Globus, Germania and Bulgarian Eagle.

PK AirFinance, a GECAS company, was the mandated lead arranger of the transaction and provided the financing together with Credit Agricole CIB acting as co-arranger of the loans secured by the Aeroflot aircraft. PK AirFinance also acted as Agent and Security Trustee of the facility.

“Understanding our requirements, PK AirFinance offered customized solutions to GTLK Europe. Tools, proposed by PK AirFinance, will promote business development in our company,” shares Roman Lyadov, CEO GTLK Europe.

Start of smart taxiing in India - KSU initiates operations of IAI's TaxiBot vehicles in Indian airports

KSU from India has initiated TaxiBot operations in Delhi International airport.

The first commercial flight that departed from Delhi using the TaxiBot took place on Oct 29, 2018 with a SpiceJet aircraft. The launch of TaxiBot operations followed KSU’s preparations with major stakeholders including DGCA, Delhi International Airport and Delhi Air Traffic Control.

Additional Indian airlines including Jet Airways and Indigo Airlines are currently evaluating the TaxiBot for their operations as well.

The TaxiBot system offers better efficiency and significant green and economic benefits which will support the rapid growth in India’s aviation market that is expected to become soon the third largest aviation market in the world.

C&L Aviation

Kellstrom Aerospace Asset Management acquires ex-Frontier A320-200 aircraft

Kellstrom Aerospace Asset Management (KAAM), the leasing and financing arm of Kellstrom Aerospace Group, has acquired ex-Frontier A320-200 MSN1806, powered by CFM56-5B’s.

Both engines have been placed on lease through KAAM and the aircraft is being disassembled in the U.S to support Kellstrom Aerospace airline customers with Rotable airframe inventory.

AJW awarded new PBH contract with Azul Airlines

AJW Group has secured a new Power-by-the-Hour (PBH) support contract with the Brazilian cargo unit of Azul Airlines, Azul Cargo Express.

The multi-year contract, which marks an extension of AJW’s relationship with Azul, will see the business use its industry-leading expertise to manage the complete supply, repair and overhaul of rotable components for the operator’s B737CL freighter aircraft.

Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, Azul Cargo Express was founded in 2009 and now operates express cargo transportation from over 200 stores across the country serving more than 100 airports. In recent years, the business has expanded its offering to serve international markets including the United States, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay and France.


Mobile imaging application available for Quantum ERP Software

Component Control has announced the immediate availability of Mobile Imaging for Quantum ERP. Mobile Imaging enables the collection, editing and grouping of images, and associates them directly with Quantum ERP inventory, contracts and document imaging software.

Quantum Control’s Mobile Imaging app connects directly to Quantum through our supported API and is a pure mobile application that allows the recording and storing of a variety of images, and lets users associate them with orders, stock lines, tasks and job cards.

Leveraging Quantum’s Document Imaging architecture, Mobile Imaging records HD pictures and supports a pure paperless environment for things like 8130’s, Contracts, Agreements, Part inspections, Part Shipment and Part Receiving. Adding, grouping, tagging, and linking images directly from mobile to Quantum has never been easier. Mobile Imaging does more than just images, enabling the scanning of bar codes and streamlines data collection by directly linking the data into Quantum ERP.


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