Thursday, January 10th, 2019



Boeing’s Transonic Truss-Braced Wing Unveiled

Boeing has
unveiled its latest model of the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) concept
which has been designed to offer unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency while flying
at a speed of Mach 0.8. The previous model had been designed to fly at speeds
between Mach 0.7 and 0.75. This improvement has come through the presence of a
truss to support the extended ultra-thin folding wing which measures 170 feet
from end to end.

to Boeing, to increase the aircraft’s cruise speed, the new concept now has an
optimized truss and a modified wing sweep. By adjusting the wing sweep angle,
the truss can carry lift more efficiently. The end result is a more integrated
design that significantly improves vehicle performance.

approaching ten years Boeing has been working with NASA on this concept as part
of the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research Program, while more recently it
has been performing extensive wind tunnel research at NASA’s Ames Research
Center. The research focuses on concepts that reduce noise and emissions while
enhancing performance.


Comlux announces organization changes within Comlux Completion

With the upcoming delivery of its first Wide Body completion and the arrival of the first Boeing BBJ MAX and Airbus ACJ neo in Indianapolis this winter, Comlux Completion has announced the following organizational and operational changes.

Daron Dryer is promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Comlux Completion as of January 1st, 2019, taking over Scott Meyer’s duties. Dryer has over 20 years' experience within the aviation industry. He joined Comlux in 2009 as Director of Engineering and was promoted Chief Operating Officer in 2017. He has successfully integrated a technology and research center within Comlux, developing in-house innovative solutions for the VIP cabin outfitting industry.

Scott Meyer is appointed Executive Vice President at the Comlux Group level.  Meyer has been with Comlux Completion practically since the inception of the company. He started his career at Comlux in 2009 as VP Engineering. In March 2014 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and since early 2015 has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Comlux Completion.

Airbus Americas posts first manufacturing jobs for newest Mobile assembly line

Airbus, in conjunction with its hiring partner AIDT, is seeking its first candidates to fill manufacturing positions for its newest assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The positions are the first wave of production jobs announced for the company’s A220 aircraft assembly line. The open positions include Aircraft Structure/Installation Mechanics, Installers for Aircraft Cabin Furnishings and Aircraft Electricians.

Successful candidates for all positions will participate in several weeks of training at AIDT in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Some candidates will also have the opportunity for on-the-job training with the company’s manufacturing team in Mirabel, Canada before returning to Mobile. Production on the first aircraft begins in Q3 2019.

Aircraft Structure/Installation Mechanics are responsible for the
structural installation of parts and major components in the aircraft.
Installers for Aircraft Cabin Furnishings are responsible for installing
various cabin amenities into the aircraft including cabin equipment,
floor covering, cockpits, cargo and doors. Aircraft Electricians are
responsible for the electrical installations, connections, bonding,
measuring and troubleshooting within the aircraft. For the first wave of
hiring, the company prefers candidates to have at least two years of
experience in aerospace/aviation production.

In addition to the positions for the new A220 production facility,
Airbus is also hiring for similar production positions in its current
A320 production facility. In total, the company expects to hire
approximately 600 new employees over the next 18 months.

SR Technics

Germania airline in financial difficulty

The German airline Germania is in financial trouble. There is a short-term need for liquidity according to a press release distributed on January 3. In order to resolve this problem, Germania is examining several financing options.

Germania has provided several reasons for
the problems – massive increases in kerosene prices in the summer with a
simultaneous depreciation of the euro against the U.S. dollar and a delay in
the provision of aircraft.

According to Germania, the question now is
how to assert itself as a medium-sized company in a market dominated by large

There are no restrictions on flight
operations; all Germania flights continue as scheduled.

RUAG modernizes eight Swiss Air Force transport helicopters

RUAG will upgrade eight Cougar helicopters belonging to the Swiss Air Force’s transport helicopter fleet. The corresponding agreement was signed in December by representatives of armasuisse and RUAG in Bern

RUAG is set to upgrade the
Cougar helicopters with state-of-the-art technology at their facilities
in Emmen by mid-2022. Procured in 1998, the helicopters’ electronic
flight control, navigation and communication systems require extensive
modernization. The full scope of the upgrade includes new flight
management computers, a precision navigation system for instrument
flights, a collision avoidance system, which alerts pilots to aircraft
in critical proximity, and a system developed by RUAG which emits an
audible signal when the rotorcraft leaves a defined flight level. The
package also features helmet mounted displays, for projecting the most
important flight data on the pilot’s visor, as well as the latest
generation of radio equipment and satellite phones, for ensuring safe
and efficient communication.

RUAG will also equip the helicopters with the
latest IDAS-3 self-defense system. This system alerts the crew to radar,
laser and electro-optical waves, as well as missiles. It also issues
countermeasures, such as dispensing decoys.

In addition to the upgrade, RUAG is also tasked with conducting a full overhaul on the helicopters. The Cougar specialists at RUAG plan to disassemble the transport helicopters, check the relevant parts for wear and damages and repair or replace parts as necessary.


Delta Air Lines orders additional 15 Airbus A220 aircraft

Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 additional A220 aircraft, bringing to 90 the total number of the new generation, highly fuel-efficient jetliners the world’s second-largest airline has on order. The additional orders are the airline’s first for the -300 model. Delta also converted earlier A220 orders to the larger -300, bringing to 50 the number of A220-300s on order.

Delta placed its initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016. Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.

AerSale promotes Basil Barimo to Chief Executive Officer and Craig Wright to President

AerSale, a global supplier of mid-life aircraft, engines, used serviceable material, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has promoted Basil Barimo, formerly Chief Operating Officer, to Chief Executive Officer, and Craig Wright, formerly Chief Commercial Officer, to President, to facilitate rapid expansion of the business. AerSale founder Nicolas Finazzo will serve as Executive Chairman and co-founder Robert B. Nichols will serve as Executive Vice Chairman.

“Unburdened from the responsibility
of day-to-day management, Bob and I will continue to steer AerSale’s overall
direction and seek new synergistic acquisitions while we expand the platform,” said
Finazzo. “Barimo and Wright are fully capable of leading
the operations of our highly integrated, multi-faceted business model.”

In November 2018, the company
announced its fourth strategic acquisition of an MRO business with the purchase
of Miami-based component specialist Avborne.

Finnair traffic performance in December 2018

In December 2018, Finnair carried 1,033,300 passengers, 8.6% more than in the corresponding period of 2017. The overall capacity increased in December by 11.1%. Finnair's traffic increased by 5.5% and the passenger load factor (PLF) decreased year-on-year by -4.0 points to 76.4%.


Eirtech composite repair approval extended to Belfast facility

Eirtech Aviation Services,
headquartered in Shannon Airport, Co. Clare has extended its EASA Approved Part
145 Maintenance Organisation Approval Certificate (IE.145.074) to include its Composite
Repair Centre at Unit 8-10 Pinebank, Queens Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Eirtech Aviation Services can now
perform composites Repair at the Belfast Facility in accordance with capability
listing MOE 1.9 and also issue and EASA Form 1 on-site.

Eirtech Aviation Services’ Part 145
Approved Maintenance Organisation offers Composites Repair on C6, C8 & C20
Rating Components including Slats, Flights, Spoiler, Aileron, Elevators, Wing
to Body Fairings, Engine Fan Cowls, Thrust Reversers and Overhead Bins on the
following Aircraft Types B737, B757, B767, B777, and A320 & A330 Series

OGMA receives first of twelve Brazilian Air Force C-130 aircraft for Full Fleet Support Program

The first of twelve Brazilian Air Force C-130 aircraft for a Full Fleet Support Program arrived January 3, to OGMA’s facilities, in Alverca, Portugal. This is the first step of several that will be taken during the next five years regarding fleet management and logistics support for the Brazilian Air Force C-130 fleet.

This contract includes fleet management, logistics support, maintenance checks, repair and replacement of equipment and supply of components. The scope of this agreement includes aircraft operated by Brazilian Air Force, based in Rio de Janeiro: eight C-130H aircraft, two C-130H2 aircraft (with aerial firefighting equipment) and two KC-130H aircraft (air refueling aircraft).

OGMA surpassed the competition in an international tender promoted by the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission, based in Washington (USA). The contract represents about 85 million euros (98 million USD) for OGMA and will last for five years.

IATA releases November figures – air freight demand flat for the month

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data figures for the month of November 2018, revealing that demand in terms of freight (metric) tonne kilometers (FTKs) was flat (0%) compared to November 2017, following 31 unbroken months of year-on-year increases. For the ninth month in a row, the rise in freight capacity growth, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), outstripped demand by 4.3% year-on-year.

At a time when international e-commerce sees continued growth, air freight demand has hit some turbulence with signs of weakness in global economic activity, all nations other than the U.S experiencing a contraction in export order books, reduced supplier delivery times in Asia and Europe, and weaker consumer confidence when compared to the beginning of 2018.
“Normally the fourth quarter is a peak season for air cargo. So essentially flat growth in November is a big disappointment. While our outlook is for 3.7% demand growth in 2019, downside risks are mounting. Trade tensions are cause for great concern. We need governments to focus on enabling growth through trade, not barricading their borders through punitive tariffs,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Summary of Regional Performance for November 2018
North America, Middle East and Latin America reported year-on-year demand growth, while Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa all contracted.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 2.3% year-on-year compared to 2017. Capacity increased by 3.1%.
North American airlines posted the fastest growth of any region for the second consecutive month with an increase in demand of 3.1% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 6.3%.
European airlines experienced a contraction in freight demand of -0.2% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 3.1% year-on-year.
Middle Eastern airlines’ freight volumes expanded 1.7% compared to November 2017. Capacity increased by 7.8% over the same period.
Latin American airlines’ freight demand rose 3.1% compared to the same period in 2017. Capacity increased by 2.0%. International year-to-date demand increased 6.3%.

African carriers saw freight demand decrease by 7.8% compared to the same month in 2017. This was the eighth time in nine months that demand contracted. Capacity shrank 7.4% year-on-year. Seasonally-adjusted international freight volumes are 7% lower than their peak in mid-2017, though still 28% higher than their most recent trough in late-2015.

Royal Aero

Norwegian becomes first low-cost airline to introduce free Wi-Fi on intercontinental flights

Norwegian is upgrading the passenger experience for long-haul customers with the introduction of inflight Wi-Fi on its growing long-haul fleet of aircraft. Norwegian customers flying between Europe, USA, South America and Asia will be able to stay connected in the skies with the rollout of free and premium high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft.

The first connected Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring American author Mark Twain on the tailfin, was delivered on 18 December 2018. The new aircraft has entered service and this milestone marks the first time Norwegian passengers can experience free inflight Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights.

More than 50% of Norwegian’s 787-9 Dreamliner fleet is expected to offer in-flight connectivity by 2020. The rollout of Wi-Fi on the airline’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will commence from mid-January 2019.


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