Wednesday, December 5th, 2018



Lockheed Martin and Airbus sign aerial refuelling Memorandum of Agreement

Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly explore opportunities to meet the growing demand for aerial refuelling for US defence customers.

The companies will seek to provide aerial-refuelling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of the future battlespace.

“Reliable and modernized aerial refuelling is an essential capability for our customers to maintain their global reach and strategic advantage,” said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. “By combining the innovation and expertise of Airbus and Lockheed Martin, we will be well positioned to provide the United States Air Force and allies around the world with the advanced refuelling solutions needed to meet 21st century security challenges.”

The companies are taking a cooperative approach, with the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) at its heart, to examine a broad spectrum of opportunities. These may range from ways to support critical near-term air-refuelling needs, such as a fee-for-service structure to conceptualizing the tanker of the future.

Airbus Defence and Space Head of Military Aircraft Fernando Alonso said: “The A330 MRTT has been selected by a dozen nations around the world. It is extensively proven in live operations and has been repeatedly praised by major air forces. We are convinced that the combination of Airbus’ tanker expertise with Lockheed Martin’s extensive US presence, has the potential to provide highly effective solutions for current and future US military aerial-refuelling requirements.”

Lockheed Martin has a long and successful history of systems integration, manufacturing and MRO operations with large airlift and tanker aircraft. When combined with Airbus’ expertise, the two companies will field a strong team to address future air refuelling needs.


VC and Ryanair make headway as German pilots gain greater protection

Through the signing of a cornerstone agreement, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair and German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) will sign four collective labour agreements by the end of March 2019 which will all be based on German law, plus a works council will also be established. As part of the initial agreement there will be no further industrial action taken by German pilots during this period.
By February 2019 German pilots will change from having contracts specific to Irish law to ones based on German law, along with associated protection under German law.

The new agreements will see a major restructuring of pay where previous large variables will be replaced through a substantial raise in basic pay. Co-pilots will receive 100% more guaranteed base pay, captains will receive approximately 33% more, and a massive raise in net pay as of April 2019. The current scheduling model of 5-on-4-off will remain under the new agreement. With the establishment of a works council for Ryanair employees, this will also introduce co-determination for the first time into the company.

“By agreeing to these cornerstones a reentry into constructive negotiations has been enabled, after their failure last summer,“ Martin Locher, president of VC commented, adding: “First I would like to thank our members who have fought for this success with great determination. In addition, our company council at Ryanair did a tremendous job reaching this agreement.

“Based on the change in German labour law of the “Betriebsverfassungsgesetz“ we were able to convince Ryanair of agreeing to a CLA for co-determination. Through his initiative, Minister of labour Hubertus Heil, has closed the loophole that some airlines have been using in the past. We remain hopeful that other airlines will now come to the negotiating table to establish a social partnership with VC.”

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Bogi Nils Bogason appointed CEO of Icelandair Group

The Board of Directors of Icelandair Group has appointed Bogi Nils Bogason as President & CEO of the company. Bogason has been the Interim President & CEO of Icelandair Group since the end of August.

Bogason has served as Chief Financial Officer of Icelandair Group since October 2008. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Askar Capital from 2007 to 2008 and Chief Financial Officer of Icelandic Group from 2004 to 2006. He was an auditor and a partner of KPMG Iceland from 1993 to 2004.

Delta Air Lines reports November load factor of 86%

Delta Air Lines has carried 15.5 million customers across its broad global network, a record for the month of November. Total traffic increased 4.2% when compared to November 2017, while total capacity increased 3.8%. Total load factor for the month was 85.8%, up 0.4 points compared to the previous year.


Ryanair November traffic up 11%

Ryanair, has released November traffic statistics as follows: Combined traffic in November grew 11% to 10.4 million passengers with a 96% load factor. Ryanair traffic grew 8% to 10.1 million customers, 96% load factor. Laudamotion traffic was 0.3 million customers, 93% load factor.

Enter Air and Magnetic MRO sign PBH support contract for nineteen Boeing 737NG

Magnetic MRO, a provider of Total Technical Care, and Poland’s Enter Air, have signed a three-year contract for PBH support for the airline's 19 Boeing 737-800s.

The recently signed agreement includes scheduled and 24/7 ad-hoc supply of components, component repair management, loan, exchange and warranty support services for the carrier’s Boeing 737 NG fleet at Warsaw Chopin, Katowice-Pyrzowice and at its other main airports.

“As a charter airline, Enter Air is nothing but a demanding customer to any PBH provider. What has brought Magnetic MRO into the arena is the fusion of our growing asset management expertise combined with extensive component maintenance capabilities by our new shareholder Guangzhou Hangxin Aviation Technology (Hangxin),” shares Inga Duglas, Commercial Director at Magnetic MRO.

“Being one of the largest charter airlines in the region, we need efficient component supply in order to ensure the fleet’s smooth performance. However, launching and maintaining an extended stock of non-critical components requires substantial investments and an additional team to run it. Luckily, together with Magnetic MRO and their PBH program, we will be able to keep our component supply, repair and overhaul costs optimized while maintaining high fleet performance and timely AOG support,” says Mariusz Olechno, Chief Technical Officer at Enter Air.

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WestJet expands codeshare relationship with Qantas

WestJet has expanded its codeshare relationship with Qantas by placing its WS code and flight numbers on Qantas-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Flights will start December 6, 2018.

WestJet and Qantas have been codeshare partners since 2014 and the airlines have offered Qantas Frequent Flyer and WestJet Rewards members the ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017. Travelers will also continue to enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination.

WestJet operates flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto to Los Angeles. The WS code will be added on Qantas' daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and its seasonal service between Vancouver and Sydney.

TAG Farnborough Airport news update

TAG Farnborough Airport is a growing business aviation airport serving customers from around the world, including the Middle East which continues to be an important market. The airport has seen significant growth throughout 2018. For the 11 month period January-November 2018, air traffic movements were up by over 15% compared with the same period last year. TAG Farnborough Airport currently handles approximately 30,000 flights per annum with approval to increase this number to 50,000 and is equipped to cater for a wide range of aircraft types including Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets. As the only dedicated business aviation airport in the UK, it is specifically designed to offer a one-stop shop for business aviation operators and with 240,000 sq ft of climate-controlled hangar facilities and 1.2m ft² of ramp space can accommodate both based and transient aircraft.

TAG Farnborough Airport has been chosen as the location for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s London Area Service Centre with a state of the art, purpose-built facility expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020. The new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility will include office space, customer areas, shop space and a hangar able to accommodate up to 13 large-cabin aircraft. Significant ramp space will also be included, along with a car parking area. The entire facility is projected to cover approximately 180,000 to 220,000 ft²/16,723 to 20,439 m². “We are delighted that Gulfstream has selected TAG Farnborough Airport as the location for its new MRO. We welcome this investment which will benefit the regional economy and underpin the airport’s role in supporting jobs and economic development. As Europe’s leading business aviation airport and a London gateway, we are well placed to meet the specific requirements of Gulfstream and its customers,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO TAG Farnborough Airport.

As TAG Farnborough Airport continues to see an increase in movements of the Airbus Corporate Jet series (ACJ), TAG Aviation’s Farnborough Maintenance Services Centre (TFMS) is now offering Line Maintenance support services for its Airbus A320 Corporate Jet series customers using the airport. TFMS will be able to provide customers with onsite support, ranging from daily and weekly maintenance checks, to undertaking ad hoc troubleshooting.


Embraer and NAC sign firm order for three E190 aircraft

Embraer has signed a firm contract for three E190 aircraft with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), a global leader in regional aircraft leasing. This agreement was announced as a Letter of Intent (LoI) in July at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. The firm order has a value of US$156 million, based on Embraer’s list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter backlog.

These new aircraft will join the existing 155 E-Jets currently owned by NAC.

TAP Air Portugal selects Bucher galleys for first A330-900neo

TAP Air Portugal has become the world's first airline to fly the new A330-900neo and has selected Bucher galleys to equip the cabins of the new aircraft.

The aircraft is the first to feature the new “Airspace by Airbus” cabin concept. Airspace offers flexible zones and innovative design for the cabin crew's workspace and gives passengers a new cabin experience.

The development of the Bucher galleys focused on optimising the crew’s operations but also increasing comfort for passengers. The finished interior layout achieves a pleasant ambience while allowing passengers to experience first-class service.

Bucher Leichtbau have been given the opportunity to develop and manufacture the galleys for the Portuguese “launching operator”. The challenge was to develop galleys that were light, safe and which conformed to the specifications of the new aircraft while also adapting to the customer's unique ergonomic requirements.

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Transport Canada approves R66 cargo hook

Transport Canada jas approved Robinson Helicopter’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low cost solution.

The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to 2900 lb. The cargo hook installation allows solo flight from either front seat. Optional extra-large bubble windows enable the pilot to view the load for precision placement.


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