Wednesday, December 19th, 2018



First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the December 17, in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first flight on the December 14.

The aircraft’s unique livery is a testimony to the several hundred people working towards the platform’s certification at the end of next year, the programme’s industrial maturity, and its seamless entry into service as they have all signed the helicopter.

The first serial aircraft will join the three prototypes, which have already accumulated over a 1000 flight hours, in the final steps of the flight test campaign, namely confirming that the modifications that have been introduced through the serial configuration have no impact on the helicopter’s excellent handling qualities.

Werner Aero

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega takes delivery of third Bombardier Challenger 650 business jet

Bombardier has delivered a third Challenger 650 aircraft to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, completing a next-generation fleet of air ambulances tasked with rescuing and repatriating Swiss citizens around the world.

Rega, a long-standing Bombardier customer, took possession of two other Challenger 650 aircraft earlier in 2018. This trio of aircraft replaces Rega’s Challenger 604 fleet, and demonstrates the foundation's commitment to the renowned Bombardier Challenger platform.

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega is a non-profit foundation and one of the world's pioneers in aeromedical evacuation. In addition to repatriating patients from abroad with three ambulance jets, Rega carries out air-rescue operations in Switzerland with a fleet of 17 helicopters. Rega acquired its first Challenger aircraft from Bombardier in 1982 and has operated Challenger aircraft ever since.

Alberto Martin appointed as CEO of London Luton Airport

Alberto Martin, the airport’s current Planning and Investment Director has been appointed CEO of London Luton Airport (LLA) with immediate effect. Nick Barton has taken the decision to step down from his role as CEO of LLA to take up a new professional challenge in the New Year.

Alberto is a highly experienced and well-regarded airport leader, who has successfully delivered LLA’s recently completed £160 million terminal transformation project and overseen the preparation and negotiation for Luton Borough Council’s £225m Direct Air-Rail Transit, which will link the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway by 2021.

Before joining LLA, Alberto gained 20 years’ experience in airports, holding a variety of executive roles across Europe, including 10 years as Managing Director of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports.

Royal Aero

The Carlyle Group agrees to buy StandardAero from Veritas Capital

The Carlyle Group, a global asset manager, has agreed to purchase StandardAero, the global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital, subject to customary regulations. While financial terms have not been disclosed, the equity will come from Carlyle Partners VII, an US$18.5 billion fund that focuses on buyout transactions in the United States. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

Founded in 1911, StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent MRO providers offering extensive services and custom solutions for commercial aviation, business aviation, military and industrial power customers. As an OEM-aligned strategic partner, StandardAero has developed a reputation for quality and performance.

Russell Ford, CEO of StandardAero, said, “We are excited to partner with The Carlyle Group, and we thank Veritas Capital for its support and partnership. We look forward to working with Carlyle to further our aggressive growth trajectory as we continue providing world-class services to our customers as one of the world’s best and largest independent MRO service providers.”
Adam J. Palmer, Managing Director and Global Head of Aerospace, Defense and Government Services for The Carlyle Group, said, “Russell Ford and the StandardAero team have built a reputation for industry-leading capabilities and customer service. StandardAero is well positioned in an attractive market and we look forward to building on its strong foundation by helping it grow and meet evolving customer needs.”

Credit Suisse, RBC Capital Markets LLC and Macquarie Capital served as financial advisors to Carlyle, and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor. Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, RBC Capital Markets LLC, Macquarie Capital, Barclays, Jefferies LLC, Nomura Securities and Goldman Sachs have agreed to provide debt financing for the transaction. Goldman Sachs & Co. served as lead financial advisor to StandardAero, and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC also acted as a financial advisor on the transaction, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor.

Embraer delivers its 1,500th E-Jet to Horizon Air

Embraer has delivered its 1,500th E-Jet, an E175, to Seattle-based Horizon Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

Horizon Air’s E175 is configured with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in the main cabin. By the end of the year, Horizon will have a fleet of 26 E175 with four more jets scheduled for delivery in 2019.

“We’re thrilled to have more than doubled the number of E175s in our fleet over the past year,” said Gary Beck, Horizon Air president. “Since introducing them in 2017, the Embraer jets have been a huge hit with our guests flying to and from our West Coast hubs and focus cities. With all the comforts of a larger mainline jet, guests can stay connected with inflight Wi-Fi and enjoy no middle seat whenever they fly.”


Goshawk Aviation selects LEAP-1A engine to power new A320neo aircraft

Aircraft leasing company Goshawk Aviation (NWS Holdings) and CFM International have finalized an agreement for the purchase of LEAP-1A engines to power 12 new Airbus A320neo aircraft. This order is valued at US$350 million U.S. at list price.

Goshawk became a new CFM customer in July when the company placed an order for LEAP-1B engines to power 20 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow. The A320neo aircraft order was also announced at the Farnborough Airshow.

Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik sign ten-year AVIATAR agreement

Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik have signed a ten-year AVIATAR agreement to provide one of Europe's fastest growing airlines with innovative digital fleet solutions.

Key element in the partnership approach is to further improve efficiency of Wizz Air's technical operations by using AVIATAR's modular solutions in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance and reliability management. This happens in direct connection to the Maintenance Control Center (MCC) in Budapest. In addition, Wizz Air will also benefit from all other innovative offerings by Lufthansa Technik and third parties on AVIATAR.

AVIATAR allows operators and other participants in the MRO market to collaborate on an open and neutral platform. It applies analytical models to provide new insights, recommendations and notifications, enabling users to simplify their decision processes. AVIATAR rewards its users through the optimization of operating hours, reduced consequential costs and safer as well as more reliable fleet operations, serving airline passengers around the world.

AVIATAR is an OEM-spanning platform, independent of Lufthansa Technik or any MRO service contracts. It serves as a central and connecting hub for digital products and services for the aviation industry.

Magellan Group

HAECO Xiamen hosts Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee meeting

HAECO Xiamen, a member of the HAECO Group, has welcomed the industry’s leading composite repair professionals to Xiamen when the company hosted the Commercial Aircraft Composite Repair Committee (CACRC) meeting. It was the first time the meeting was held in China.

Composite structures are becoming increasingly prominent in new-generation aircraft. Composite repair, with its associated special repair schemes and techniques, is thus gaining traction in the future of aircraft engineering and maintenance as the industry continues to evolve. The CACRC was jointly established by SAE International, International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A) as an industry-led platform for various stakeholders in the civil aviation industry to address arising composite repair issues.

Its members include representatives from regulatory authorities, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), airline operators, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service providers, parts manufacturers and training organisations. The focus of the five-day meeting was on composite damage identification, assessment and reporting. CACRC members gathered at the HAECO Xiamen Technical Training Centre and exchanged ideas and concepts regarding repair materials, procedures, techniques, design and training.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) provided updates on the Airworthiness Regulations and Recommendations in relation to composite repair, while Airbus and Boeing delegates shared their latest understanding on damage to composite structures.

Evergreen Aviation Technologies live with AMOS

After a common and shared journey with Swiss-AS, Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) has successfully accomplished its go-live with AMOS.

EGAT, as the key development partner of Swiss-AS for the AMOS MRO Edition, has significantly influenced the realization of the advanced AMOS MRO functions. Therefore, implementing AMOS at EGAT was not just “another” project for Swiss-AS. It was the beginning of a strategic partnership, which allows Swiss-AS - in cooperation with EGAT - to complete the AMOS MRO Edition and thereby fulfil the functional requirements of the global MRO business segment. EGAT, as a renowned MRO provider with an extensive in-field experience, was the perfect fit to accompany Swiss-AS in this major development project.

The AMOS MRO Edition is available since the end of 2017 and offers MRO providers a fully-fledged MRO solution covering the specific needs of their maintenance activities. For a timely realization of the new Edition, Swiss-AS allocated a substantial amount of resources to build up a dedicated and interdisciplinary project structure and prioritized MRO specific functions on the development roadmap. The new functions are well received by the AMOS Community, as well as by the market. AMOS has been enriched by new modules including Facility/Hangar Planning, Ground-time Management, Finance and Production Control Dashboards, CRM and an in-depth Quotation/Contract Management.

EGAT and nine other MRO companies in the AMOS Community had actively participated in scoping workshops for the new functions and shared their expertise and knowledge gained in their daily work as MRO providers. This valuable input, gathered in the early development phases and based on the in-field experience of EGAT, provided a significant contribution to the successful development of the AMOS MRO Edition.


AviaAM Leasing consults business-carrier on acquisition and reconfiguration of three Boeing 737-500

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in tailored aircraft leasing, reconfiguration and trading services, has announced stepping into the consulting and advisory project of three Boeing 737-500 with European-based VIP charter company KlasJet.

Within the project frame, AviaAM Leasing is taking the responsibility of providing full-scale consultancy and advisory services regarding acquisition, reconfiguration and maintenance of three Boeing aircraft, dedicated for VIP charter operations.

The company has already assisted during the acquisition of the subject fleet and within further stages will assist with engines acquisition, scheduled heavy maintenance and aircraft repainting into the new livery. On the final stage of the services, AviaAM Leasing will coordinate all three aircraft full passengers cabin reconfiguration under VIP charter company’s standards and requirements, including business and executive seats preparation and installation works.

Honeywell's new trading business uses blockchain technology to modernize buying and selling of aviation parts

Honeywell is bringing the ease of everyday online buying and selling to the aviation parts industry with GoDirect™ Trade. The new e-commerce platform will improve access to new and used aircraft parts for airlines, air transport and business aviation customers by offering transparent pricing and the option to buy inventory directly from its website — a first-of-its-kind experience.

“GoDirect Trade represents an evolution in our market, and being backed by a major equipment manufacturer brings the confidence we need to be one of the early adopters,” said Thomas Noonan, director of material and part sales, StandardAero Total Aircraft Spares. “This technology will help propel the aviation industry forward into the realm of other e-commerce sites that many of us use each day without a second thought.”

Previously, buyers looking for aviation parts such as avionics, auxiliary power units and more would have to call numerous companies, wait days or even weeks to price a part, and risk buying from a company that did not have the inventory immediately in stock. On GoDirect Trade, Honeywell is using blockchain technology to ensure every listing includes images and quality documents for the exact part being offered for sale, giving the buyer confidence about purchasing the part. In addition, every part on GoDirect Trade is immediately available for sale and shipping. There is no need to wait days or even weeks for the seller to confirm availability.

Building upon experience from the Honeywell Aerospace Trading business, GoDirect Trade aims to build stronger connections between buyers and sellers. For example, buyers and sellers can directly contact one another via the platform, streamlining the process to ensure both parties are satisfied with the exchange. As with similar websites in other industries, online reviews of both buyers and sellers are encouraged.

GA Telesis

GA Telesis, Tokyo Century and ANA Trading Company form Gateway Engine Leasing JV

GA Telesis together with its shareholders Tokyo Century Corporation (Tokyo Century) and ANA Trading Corp., U.S.A, a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways Trading Company (ANATC) have formed Gateway Engine Leasing (Gateway) to capitalize on the rising demand from airlines worldwide for long-term jet engine leases.

Initially headquartered out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Gateway has plans to rapidly expand to Europe and Asia. Gateway will commence operations with an initial seed portfolio consisting of V2500, CFM56-5B, and CF6-80E engines already on lease.

In October it was announced that Tokyo Century had substantially increased its shareholding in GA Telesis, and that ANATC had acquired a minority stake, by together acquiring the position previously held by shareholder Global Principal Finance Company.

ISIS arranges lease of Go2Sky's fourth Boeing 737-800NG aircraft

Go2Sky of Slovakia has leased one Boeing 737-800 aircraft, MSN 29644, from Fly Leasing Limited. The aircraft was manufactured in 2007 and is in 189Y configuration and was previously operated by Sky Airlines and SunExpress of Turkey. It was delivered in Istanbul on December 13, 2018, following C check and new white paint performed by THY Technic.

The lease was arranged by ISIS Aviation Services of Norwich, England acting as sole agent on behalf of Go2Sky.

"We are proud to have been of service to Go2Sky since its inception and overseen the overhaul of the fleet from an all B737 Classic to an all B737 NG operation in under three years", said Eric S M Popp, Executive Director of ISIS.

BBAM Aviation Services Limited acted on behalf of the lessor and will manage the lease on their behalf. Go2Sky is an IOSA-certified ACMI specialist Boeing 737 operator with an all B737-NG fleet.


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