Friday, February 1st, 2019


Rolls-Royce moves engine designs to Germany

To avoid regulatory delays should Britain exit the EU with a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Rolls-Royce has effectively relocated its best-known jest engine designs to a new home in Germany. However, the company was quick to point out that this move would not involve any transferring of jobs. Officials have indicated that following Brexit, the move will make it easier for Rolls to continue to sell engines outside Europe, which would otherwise have depended on new regulatory deals being struck between Britain and the nations of many airlines.

Aircraft safety and the design approvals process are among issues that Britain and the EU have yet to settle. Rolls-Royce said in April it had applied for permission to transfer the approval process - and with it the home for its designs as far as regulators are concerned - for large jet engines to its German unit to ease the impact of Brexit. The European Aviation Safety Agency said in a filing that
it had now formally approved the request.

According to Reuters, a European official confirmed that: “Rolls-Royce has become in terms of conception a German organisation, so belonging to the EU," adding that: “By doing this their products continue to be European. If they had not done so, they would have been British products and in the case of a hard Brexit it would be much harder for such a product to accepted by third countries than a European one."

Rolls engines used on Airbus and Boeing wide-body passenger jets will also be given a German badge for regulatory purposes, while Airbus already bases approval for its UK-designed parts or products in Toulouse, France.


SAS to offset flight carbon footprint of EuroBonus members

SAS is going to offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number.

This is part of an ambitious program by SAS to reduce climate changing emissions, that also includes more energy efficient aircraft and the increased use of biofuels.

By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus program members, 40% of SAS’ passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset. SAS already offsets all youth tickets and its own business travel within the company. EuroBonus is the most popular loyalty travel and experiences program in Scandinavia with 5.6 million members.

SAS contribution to offsetting emissions is based on statistics and will be calculated by Natural Capital Partners, and that helps its clients with emission reducing mechanisms in different projects.

American to hire more than 250 Aviation Maintenance Technicians in 2019

American Airlines is hiring aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) around the country during the first half of 2019. The company’s Line Maintenance team plans to hire more than 250 AMTs in approximately 30 cities as a result of increased demand for maintenance support in the U.S. as the airline’s peak summer season approaches.

“This big hiring push is all about providing additional support for our daily mainline departures and reinforcing the operational reliability of our airline as we prepare for our peak travel period and beyond,” said Paul Wroble, Vice President of Line Maintenance. “Increasing our maintenance team, which currently comprises more than 9,000 licensed AMTs, will enable us to continue our focus of improving the overall travel experience for our customers and team members.”


First A330neo arrives in Dakar for customer Air Senegal

Air Senegal’s first A330neo has touched down at Blaise-Diagne International Airport in Dakar. The A330neo, painted in the livery of Air Senegal is named "Casamance".

Air Senegal, which has started operations in 2018, is set to receive its first A330neo in the coming weeks making it the first African airline to receive and operate the newest member of the leading Airbus wide-body family. Fitted with a three-class cabin comprising 32 Business class, 21 Premium Plus and 237 Economy class seats, Air Senegal plans to operate its first A330neo on the soon to be opened Dakar-Paris route and develop its medium and long-haul network.

JetWorx further expands capabilities

JetWorx, a full-service Part 145 certified repair station, successfully servicing the Gulfstream, Cessna, and Bombardier brands, has announced that the FAA has approved the addition of several new capabilities. These include servicing Embraer EMB135 and Gulfstream G450 along with Limited Instrument and Limited Radio ratings.

JetWorx successfully completed the extensive review process by the FAA, which grants the ability to work on a variety of new equipment, and allows the growing Van Nuys-based company to better serve clients at one of the world’s most important private aviation hubs.

JetWorx is offering complete nose-to-tail, airframe, power plant, and avionics care, maintenance, inspection, and repair services for Gulfstream, Bombardier, Cessna, and Embraer models.

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Qatar Airways converts 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order

Qatar Airways it will convert 10 of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to the Airbus A321LR (long range) variant of the A320 family.

The A321LR is a type of A321neo, which has extra fuel tanks as well as a higher maximum take-off weight to give the aircraft additional range.

Qatar Airways will use the A321LR to connect Doha to new growing markets where today demand is not sufficient for wide body aircraft or where current narrow bodies (A320/A321) are unable to reach. Alternatively, the new aircraft will be adopted to provide additional frequencies on existing Qatar Airways routes, giving our loyal passengers more choice and flexibility when they travel.

The A321LR, the latest member of the A320neo family, is able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm (7,400 km) and can carry up to 206 passengers in a typical two-class layout, or up to 244 passengers in a single-class configuration on intraregional flights.

IFS net revenue soars beyond US$600m in 2018

IFS the global enterprise applications company, has announced its financial results for the full year ending December 31, 2018.

Driven by a double-digit increase in product revenue, net revenue growth soared to 23%, outperforming the projected market growth of 7%. Cloud and SaaS saw a revenue increase of a remarkable 300%.

A number of major transformation projects were carried out in 2018 with the expressed aim to facilitate global growth and ever-happier customers. Projects included harmonising customer service and support as IFS has continued to grow its footprint in the medium-to-large enterprise segments. 2018 also saw the launch of key products, including IFS Applications 10, IFS Field Service Management 6, and SaaS-based solutions in the IFS Aerospace & Defence product line.

These dramatic gains were ushered in following the appointment of IFS CEO Darren Roos in early 2018. To complete the company’s global leadership team, Roos recruited talent from some of the best-known technology brands including SAP, Oracle, Software AG and Hewlett Packard.


ATR shows solid performance in 2018

Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR, maintained its leadership on the market in 2018, showing a solid performance. The company has delivered 76 aircraft, booked 52 firm orders and stabilised its annual turnover at US$ 1.8 billion. With a total of 165 orders and 154 deliveries between 2017 and 2018, ATR achieved a book to bill ratio above 1.

Out of the 52 firm orders, 20 are for ATR 42-600s. In a difficult environment, ATR succeeded in reallocating the aircraft it was unable to deliver to Iran Air. With around 62% of the turboprop orders for the year, the modern ATR -600s continues to be the preferred choice of regional airlines. The 2018 results provide ATR with a solid backlog representing almost three years of production.

In 2018, ATR has sold aircraft in every region of the world, and welcomed three new operators into the ATR family (Silver in the US, Ewa Air in Mayotte in the Indian Ocean and HAC in Japan). ATR also signed the first contracts for aircraft equipped with its new ClearVision™ system. As the ideal route opener, ATR aircraft created 113 new routes in 2018, serving 1,346 airports worldwide (56 more than in 2017).

Yangon International Airport enhances stakeholder partnerships

Yangon International Airport (YIA) will update terminal facilities and enhance carrier partnerships to handle the increases in passenger numbers expected, following Myanmar's relaxation of entry visa requirements last October.

Following the government's efforts to ease visa regulations last year, the number of Asian travelers to Myanmar has increased significantly, with China contributing the majority of visitors, while 32 international airlines and 30 international destinations are operating at YIA, an increase of two airlines and five destinations in the last year.

According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, 3.2 million international visitors, 38% of which came from China, arrived in Myanmar between January and November 2018, an increase of around 2% compared to the previous year. 945,000 Asian passengers arrived during the same period, with China contributing 260,000 of these visitors.


GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin collaborating on Future F-35 long term agreement

At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Fort Worth, Texas USA both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed via a protocol document the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection
Systems (EWIS) content. Production will take place at GKN Fokker’s sites in The Netherlands and Turkey with delivery taking place over the next five years.

GKN Fokker has been a valued supplier on the F-35 program since 2002 and has produced and delivered the flaperons, inflight opening doors (IFOD), arresting gear, and designed and produced the electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) for all F-35 aircraft that are currently flying
and in production.


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