Friday, January 25th, 2019


Bombardier agrees to buy Global 7500 aircraft wing program from Triumph Group Inc.

Bombardier, the Canadian plane and train maker, has signed a definitive agreement to buy
Triumph Group Inc.’s Global 7500 wing program in a bid to strengthen its position as a leading aerostructures manufacturer, while also securing the production ramp-up and long-term success
of the company’s flagship business jet. The wing program will be incorporated into Bombardier’s Aerostructures and Engineering Services segment while Bombardier will enter into a lease agreement for Triumph’s Red Oak, Texas, facility to enable it to continue the the production line with current staffing.

“This acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for Bombardier Aerostructures,” said Danny Di Perna, President, Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services. “It will allow us to bring our extensive technical expertise to one of the industry’s biggest growth programs, while solidifying our position as a leading wing provider. We look forward to welcoming the Triumph employees to Bombardier and ensuring the success of the Global 7500 program.”

The acquisition of the program’s assets and obligations for a nominal cash consideration is
expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to certain closing conditions. Bombardier will assume ongoing working capital investments and usual costs associated with the program’s production ramp-up, which are expected to fall within Bombardier’s consolidated 2019 EBIT before special items and free cash flow guidance ranges, and 2020 objectives.

On a business segment level, Aerostructures revenue guidance for 2019 is adjusted upwards to between US$2.25 billion to US$2.50 billion, reflecting additional intersegment revenues. The segment’s 2019 EBIT margin before special items guidance is also adjusted to approximately 7.5%, reflecting marginal earnings from these additional sales during the program ramp-up. For 2020, the EBIT margin before special items objective of 9% to 11% remains unchanged.

At Business Aircraft, the 2019 EBIT margin before special items guidance of approximately 7.5% remains unchanged. For 2020, Business Aircraft now targets 50 basis points of margin growth to approximately 8%, the low-end of the previously provided objective, reflecting the short-term impact of maturing the Global 7500 wing production process.


Pilots and management of Air France reach tentative agreement

Following negotiations between Air France management and the two unions representing its pilots, SNPL and SPAF, a tentative agreement has been reached.

This draft agreement proposes changes in pilot remuneration and introduces the necessary flexibility on certain rules of use to support Air France's strategy.

The SNPL Board, which met January 23, voted in favour of a consultation with all pilots on this agreement, the result of which is scheduled for mid-February.

Tal Golan joins Universal Avionics

Dan Reida, V.P. of Sales, Marketing, and Support for Universal Avionics (UA), has announced that Tal Golan has been appointed to the newly created position of Rotorcraft Business Development Manager.

Golan joins UA with an extensive aviation and business development background and 20 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry as a pilot of both rotor and fixed wing aircraft.

Turkish Airlines to launch first flight to Mexico

Turkish Airlines will launch its inaugural flight to Mexico on August 21, 2019 with a triangle route from Istanbul (IST) to Mexico City (MEX) and Cancun (CUN). The route will operate three times a week and passengers will be the first to experience the airline’s new B787-9 aircraft, which debuts its latest Business Class.

The Mexico City – Istanbul route will be operated from Turkish Airlines’ new home at Istanbul Airport, slated to be the world’s largest once all phases are completed. The newly-opened hub, which will eventually serve up to 200 million passengers a year, will play an important role in the future of Turkey’s aviation sector as global aviation shifts eastwards, with Istanbul at the centre. The smart and innovative design of the airport, already the recipient of many design awards, will allow a streamlined travel experience for travellers flying with Turkish Airlines to enjoy the widest global network.

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UK’s MAC Aero Interiors lands TUI Group with Boeing 767 retrofit works

MAC Aero Interiors, has signed a four-year contract with TUI Group for the refurbishment and retrofit of its Boeing 767’s lavatories.

The new cooperation between TUI Group and MAC Aero Interiors covers the production of 20 lavatory units for TUI's Boeing 767-300 fleet. Under the contract, MAC Aero Interiors will develop and produce new lavatory kits, containing LED lights, mirrors, Corian worktops, new floor pans and other modern convenience elements.

The kits for the first two aircraft will be produced in 2019, the remaining ones in 2020. Following the delivery, MAC Aero Interiors will support the refurbished aircraft with lavatory spare parts supply and maintenance.

AAR and Lake Superior College expand partnership

AAR, a global, independent provider of aviation services, and Lake Superior College (LSC) have announced expansion of their partnership to further enhance instruction and career prospects for students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technician program at the college’s Center for Advanced Aviation.

The new AAR EAGLE Career Pathway program will expand LSC’s aviation maintenance technician (AMT) program to include job shadowing and mentoring opportunities, as well as academic support and monitoring. Students who pursue the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aircraft mechanic’s certificate are eligible for up to US$15,000 in tuition reimbursements.

LSC President Patrick Johns and leaders from the community and technical college joined AAR’s Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Aviation Workforce Development, on January 24, for the official announcement at the Center for Advanced Aviation. AAR and LSC have collaborated since 2013 on marketing and recruiting, and to extend apprenticeship opportunities.

AAR is introducing EAGLE Career Pathway at schools near its five U.S. aircraft repair stations. EAGLE demonstrates how students can earn portable, stackable skills credentials to earn a two-year associate degree or enter a management track. The stackable skills enable students who are
interested to pursue the coveted position of FAA-certificated airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. There is a predicted shortage of 189,000 new AMTs in North America through 2037, according to a Boeing study.


Nexcelle names Patrice Provost as President

Patrice Provost has been appointed President of Nexcelle, the joint venture of Middle River Aircraft Systems and Safran Nacelles that provides engine nacelles for integrated propulsion systems on jetliners and business jets.

Provost is a Safran Nacelles employee who brings aviation industry expertise in customer support, program and IT management, along with airline-related engineering, maintenance and fleet planning. He is based at Middle River Aircraft Systems' facility in Maryland.

Provost has been an Executive Vice President of Nexcelle, representing Safran Nacelles. He retains the Executive Vice President duties at Nexcelle in addition to his new role as the joint venture's President.

Air Lease Corporation places one Boeing 737 MAX 9 on lease with Samoa Airways

Air Lease Corporation has announced the lease placement of one new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft on long-term lease with Samoa Airways, the flag carrier airline of Samoa.

The aircraft will feature two CFM LEAP-1B27 engines and is scheduled to deliver in Spring 2019 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

“This will be the first new Boeing 737 MAX 9 in the South Pacific region and will operate a frequent schedule from Samoa to Australia and New Zealand,” said Matthew Stevens, Assistant Vice President of Air Lease Corporation.

“We are delighted to lease this new Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet from ALC for our flagship international routes, offering the most modern and economical aircraft for our airline,” said Alvin Tuala, Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Airways.

AJW Technique achieves Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) approval

AJW Technique has achieved Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) approval under the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between Transport Canada (TCCA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

The news sees AJW Technique become the first independent components MRO to gain this approval under the Bilateral Agreement, a notable achievement for the business. JCAB is the latest authority to add to the growing number of regionally specific approvals already achieved by AJW Technique, the AJW Group’s Montreal-based MRO.

The certification achieved under the Technical Arrangement for Maintenance between Japan and Canada enables AJW Technique to supply new support capabilities and supply chain efficiencies to trade businesses who are looking at supporting operators directly in Japan. The considerable coverage of the region allows consolidation of customer vendor bases and subsequently, reduces administrative strain.

AJW Technique now holds a total of nine global approvals, which include TCCA (Canada), which is also accepted by FAA (USA), EASA (Europe), CAAC (China), ANAC (Brazil), CAAS (Singapore), DGCA (Indonesia) and HKCAD (Hong Kong).


EASA publishes 2nd Environmental Report

Outgoing Commissioner of Transport Violeta Bulc received the 2nd European Aviation Environmental Report (EAER) which has been prepared and published by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in cooperation with the European Union Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL. The report provides an assessment of the historic and forecasted environmental performance of the European aviation sector, along with the latest information on various mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impact of aviation.

The report states that overall environmental impacts from aviation have increased by 10% for CO2, 12% for NOX and 14% for noise since 2014. Looking ahead, in the most likely traffic forecast, existing environmental impact mitigation measures are unlikely to counteract the increasing environmental impacts as the number of flights in Europe are expected to grow by 42% from 2017 to 2040. In that same timeframe, aircraft CO2 emissions are predicted to increase by 21% and NOX emissions by 16%. The number of airports that handle more than 50,000 annual aircraft movements is expected to increase from 82 in 2017 to 110 in 2040 and aviation noise may therefore affect new populations in the future.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky underlined thatwe need concrete and effective action to reduce aviation emissions over the next 10 years in order to support the Paris Agreement objectives and mitigate climate change. The aviation sector must play its part in this global effort. Addressing noise and air quality issues at a local level are also critical. Since EASA’s rules and our competencies with regard to environment have been further strengthened by the European Union, EASA now plays a leading role in actively developing and implementing measures to address these challenges in cooperation with our partners.”

EASA’s europa.eu/legal-content enables the Agency to play a greater role on environment and work
together in developing solutions in partnership with stakeholders (e.g. EU institutions, States, Industry, NGOs). As well as the publication of the European Aviation Environmental Report that contains an objective, accurate overview of the environmental performance of the aviation
sector, the Agency’s extended environmental remit now includes, amongst other things: maintaining state-of-the-art environmental standards; certifying aircraft and engines against environmental standards; environmental modelling; research on new emerging topics (e.g.
sustainable aviation fuels, electric and hybrid engines, drones, supersonics); promotion of improved environmental performance and international cooperation projects on environmental protection.


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