Monday, March 11th, 2019


Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashes killing all 157 on board

Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that flight ET3 302, a Boeing 737 MAX8 which took off from Addis Ababa at 08.38am local time, lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes later, crashing near Bishoftu and killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. The aircraft, which was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, had been acquired by the flag-carrying airline in November last year and had flown only 1,200 hours.

While no immediate reason has been given for the accident, Ethiopian Airlines' CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, confirmed that the pilot, who had been working for the carrier since 2010, sent out a distress call shortly after take-off and was given clearance to return. Ethiopian state media said more than 30 nationalities were on board flight ET 302. They included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; four each from India and Slovakia, among others.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after the take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. The last
major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from the Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew members.


Japan's First Low-Cost Carrier Named ZIPAIR Tokyo

At a press conference on Friday, March 8, Japan Airlines has announced the name of Japan's first medium to long-haul low cost carrier as ZIPAIR.

With the registration now official, the company will be established as ZIPAIR Tokyo, as of March 8, 2019. As previously announced, the new carrier will prepare for launch during the summer schedule of 2020.

Turkish Airlines Flight TK01 Istanbul -New York Encounters heavy turbulence

Turkish Airlines has confirms that its TK01 Istanbul - New York Flight encountered an unusual turbulence about 40 minutes before landing at New York JFK Airport. 

The Boeing 777 type aircraft, which had taken off from Istanbul with 326 passengers and 18 crew members, landed safely at the airport at 5.35pm Saturday, after experienced severe turbulence. 28 passengers onboard and 2 cabin staff, who had sustained non-life threatening injuries, were taken to the hospital upon the flight’s landing, for their overall control.


MHD-ROCKLAND Services Select WinAir for Aircraft Maintenance Management

MDH-Rockland Services has chosen WinAir Version 7 to manage their aircraft maintenance programs.

The company completed an on-site Pre-implementation Consultation and determined that WinAir was the solution of choice for their operation. Based on MHD-ROCKLAND Services’ requirement for significant hands-on support, aggressive implementation timeline, and the intricate nature of their new line of business, WinAir was the viable solution that was recommended.

“Flight Operations” is a newly established division of MHD-ROCKLAND Services, with a hangar facility located at the Keystone Heights Airport, Starke, Florida, USA. The company is currently in the process of ramping up operations for its fleet of five recently acquired aircraft and are preparing for their commercial Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC). The Flight Operations Division will concentrate primarily on the training of P-3C flight crews (pilots and flight engineers) for the P-3C Orion aircraft. It will draw on the experience of its parent company MHD-ROCKLAND Inc., which has operated in the aerospace industry for over 50 years, maximizing aircraft performance, reducing downtime, and extending the service life of aging commercial and military fleets. The parent company is also a US Government channel partner and boasts one of the world’s largest privately-owned P-3 and C-130 inventories.

Since MHD-ROCKLAND Services will be training and performing maintenance exclusively on the P-3C Orion, and knowing that WinAir has experience with similar complex aircraft variances, this added to their confidence in the product.

AAR earns JCAB Approval to Expand Services to Japanese Airlines

AAR has received approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to serve Japanese airlines that require repair stations to provide JCAB-authorized release certificates.

This new certification will expand AAR’s Japanese customer base and further strengthen the company’s position in Asia. AAR Aircraft Component Services (ACS) has this certification now in addition to FAA, EASA and CAAC.

The work will be performed in AAR’s ACS facility in Amsterdam.


Air Partner Opens New Offices in Houston, United States, and Singapore

Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, has openerd two new offices in Houston, Texas, U.S., and Singapore, as it further extends its global reach to serve the needs of its international customer base.

Located in the Woodlands area of the city, the new Houston office opened its doors in mid-February, further solidifying Air Partner’s presence in key markets across the United States. The company currently has offices located in Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, with the latter recently opened in 2018.

The new Singapore office opened also in February, with a particular focus on Air Partner’s market-leading Freight and Remarketing services. The Freight team has already grown its headcount there with the recent appointment of Oscar Thwin as Asia Pacific Vice President of Freight, who will be responsible for growing Air Partner’s cargo offering in the region.

Air France KLM Group achieves load factor of 87% in February

Air France KLM Group has published its traffic figures for February 2019. The number of passengers increased 4.1% to 7.0 million passengers compared to the previous year and traffic increased 2.8%. Group capacity was up 2.6% in February and the load factor improved 0.2 points to 87.1%

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Airlink of South Africa goes live with eMRO

Johannesburg, South Africa based Airlink recently completed its implementation of the TRAX eMRO cloud software solution. eMRO caters to every aspect of aircraft maintenance management. It is deployed via any web browser and allows users to stay connected from any work location. With true offline capability, eMRO automatically synchronizes when connected.

Airlink is a feeder network airline aimed at linking the smaller towns, regional centers and hubs throughout the country. It is in a strategic alliance with South African Airways and South African Express Airways and serves 38 destinations in 9 countries on the African continent. The fleet of 59
aircraft includes Embraer ERJs, Avro RJ85s, and Cessnas. Recently, Airlink became the first South African airline to acquire Embraer E-Jets (E-170s and E-190s).

Airlink will next move into Phase 2 of its modernization plans and employ the TRAX eMobility web-based and iOS apps. The combination of eMRO and eMobility software products will allow the Airlink team to be truly mobile in its maintenance operation. TRAX congratulates Airlink team on their accomplishment.

Airbus Helicopters Wraps up Heli-Expo 2019 with 43 Orders

Airbus Helicopters wraps up the 2019 edition of Heli-Expo with 43 orders from worldwide customers
announced for the whole Airbus civil product range - H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one helicopters of the 43 orders announced at the show were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled a contract for a mix of single-engine H125s and twin-engine H135s.

Major highlights included the launch of a new version of the H145 providing increased performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity to the twin-engine best-seller. This new H145 secured launch customers in key market segments with orders for 10 units being announced at the show, as well as retrofits for nine helicopters.

Heli-Expo also saw some key partnership announcements with the selection of the Pratt & Whitney (PW 206B3) turbine engine to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is
proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement. Airbus Helicopters also announced partnerships with Skytrac, AMS and Lundin Software to enhance its data collection capabilities that will enrich Airbus databases and inform analytics services that offer value to customers.

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Kellstrom Aerospace Appointed as Exclusive Global Commercial Aerospace Aftermarket Distributor for AMETEK SFMS

Kellstrom Aerospace has been appointed as exclusive global commercial aerospace aftermarket distributor for AMETEK Aerospace and Defense, Sensors and Fluid Management System’s (AMETEK SFMS) complete line of commercial aerospace products.

“As part of a recent review of our business channel strategies, AMETEK SFMS has elected to streamline our approach to Commercial Distribution. Kellstrom Aerospace will be assigned as an
exclusive Global Distribution Service Provide effective March 8, 2019.” states Andy
Brandenburg, Vice President / Business Unit Manager, AMETEK Sensors and Fluid Management Systems (SFMS).

“KELLSTROM AEROSPACE is delighted by the expansion and extension of our aftermarket channel partnership with AMETEK SFMS, and after 18 years of successful collaboration in achieving our shared goals on a regional level, we see this expansion as a natural progression to our strategic aftermarket partnership,” commented Daniel Adamski, Executive Vice President – Distribution
Kellstrom Aerospace.


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