Friday, February 15th, 2019


Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 fleet

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.

Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.

“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. “The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results”.

“The A380 is not only an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers all over the world love to fly on this great aircraft. Hence today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide. But, keep in mind that A380s will still roam the skies for many years to come and Airbus will of course continue to fully support the A380 operators,” Tom Enders added.

Airbus will start discussions with its social partners in the next few weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 positions potentially impacted over the next three years. However, the ongoing A320 ramp-up and the new widebody order from Emirates Airline will offer a significant number of internal mobility opportunities.


Aeroméxico to Launch New Routes to Columbia

Mexico’s flag carrier is to launch a new route from Mexico City to Cali, Colombia. The new route will be flown four times a week, with the first flight scheduled for May 16, on a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 124 passengers.

Cali becomes the carrier’s third destination in Colombia in addition to Bogotá and Medellín, which opened in 2010 and 2015 respectively. Cali is Colombia’s second largest city by size, third largest by population, and has one of the country’s fastest growing economies. The airport that serves the city, the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) is Colombia's third largest airport in terms of passengers (transporting 3,422,919 in 2010) and fourth in cargo.


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Report Full Year 2018 Results

In 2018, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft significantly reshaped its portfolio, focusing on the CRJ Series program and its aftermarket business, while also participating in the growth of the A220 through its partnership with Airbus.

The C Series Partnership (CSALP) with Airbus closed on July 1, 2018, bringing together two complementary product lines and the benefit of Airbus’ global reach, creating significant value potential for the newly rebranded A220.

A definitive agreement was reached with Longview Aircraft Company of Canada Limited for the sale of the Q Series aircraft program assets, including aftermarket operations and assets, for gross proceeds of approximately US$300 million, on November 7, 2018. The transaction is expected to close by the second half of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Net proceeds for this transaction are expected at approximately US$250 million net of fees, liabilities and normal closing adjustments.

Revenues and aircraft deliveries for 2018 were in line with guidance on the basis of the deconsolidation of CSALP results from Commercial Aircraft since July 1, 2018. EBIT loss before special items was US$157 million reflecting for the most part losses on the C Series program in the first half of the year and the post-closing CSALP equity pickup. EBIT loss of US$755 million includes a US$616 million pre-tax accounting charge related to the closing of the CSALP transaction.

Commercial Aircraft continues to actively participate in the regional aircraft market with the established scope-compliant CRJ Series aircraft, with a focus on reducing costs and increasing volumes while optimizing the aftermarket for the large installed base in service around the world today. As the focus is to return the program to profitability, Bombardier also announced in 2018 it is exploring strategic options for the program.

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MEKCO Group Complete Addition of SATTO Repair Center

MEKCO Group have completed the newly expanded addition of SATTO Repair Center, USA. SATTO has been providing revolutionary interior plastic/composite repair systems to the aircraft industry globally for many years. This is the first FAA/EASA approved SATTO repair center in the United States.

SATTO Solutions, a product line under the SATTO brand, was established in 2013 to provide engineered Rapid Repair System processes that enable long-lasting repairs to aircraft cabin interior plastics and composites.  Many of these unique solutions take less than 30 minutes to cure with no heat required, and repaired parts can tolerate twisting and bending far beyond normal usage. The Rapid Repair System is fully compliant with REACH, MSDS requirements, and has received approvals for burn, flammability, tensile, smoke and toxicity tests.

The newly added facility and expansion allows MEKCO Group to broaden their capabilities to a full service, one stop shop using the SATTO Rapid Repair Systems. Now in one location, repairs can be completed for aircraft cabin electronics and interior plastic/composites.

AerFin Launches E-Jet Equipment Logistics Facility in Atlanta

AerFin has signed a logistics agreement in Atlanta, GA. The 24/7 facility is in close proximity to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The facility will initially cover more than 200 E-jet rotable part numbers including actuators, valves, electronics and lighting as well as a large selection of high demand component LRUs. This store demonstrates AerFin’s commitment to support the E-Jet platform operators in U.S., Canada and Latin America.


CAS Welcomes New Director of Operations

Certified Aviation Services (CAS) has appointed Jay Scott as Director of Operations for the Recovery, Repair and Modifications division.

Scott will help develop and implement new strategies to deliver premier AOG service and support. He holds more than 19 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance industry.

Prior to joining CAS, Scott held the position of Engineer Manager at Cathay Pacific, where he oversaw the West Coast and Mexico division.

Air Lease Corporation Places Four New Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft with Caribbean Airlines

Air Lease Corporation has signed long-term lease agreements with Caribbean Airlines for four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Deliveries to the airline will start in the fourth quarter of 2019 through 2020.  These four new aircraft will join two Boeing 737-800s currently on lease to Caribbean Airlines from ALC. 

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Aeronautical Engineers Receives FAA Certification for B737-800SF

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (ST02690LA) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of B737-800 aircraft. The prototype B737-800SF freighter conversion (MSN 29121) was completed in December yet experienced a delay in certification due to the partial government shutdown.  

“We believe the AEI B737-800SF will become the industry’s standard narrowbody freighter for the next 40 plus years,” explained Robert Convey, AEI Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. “When compared to the B737-400SF, the B737-800SF has better fuel burn characteristics combined with a substantial increase in payload capability which will provide operators with improved operating economics.”

AEI has taken great care to ensure the B737-800SF freighter conversion exceeds the rugged demands and changing needs of air freight transportation. The conversion incorporates a reinforced floor structure, a large 86” x 137” Main Cargo Door with a single vent door system, and a flexible Ancra Cargo Loading System. Additionally, the AEI B737-800SF includes a rigid 9g barrier, up to five supernumerary seats, a galley and full lavatory.


Alaska Air Group reports January load factor of 77%

Alaska Air Group has reported January operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines, a subsidiary of RAVN Air.
On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 2.5% increase in traffic on a 0.9% increase in capacity compared to January 2018. Load factor increased 1.3 points to 77.1%.


U.S. drones to have external registration numbers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will require, effective February 23, that all small drones have their registration number clearly displayed on the outside as a means of more easily identifying their owners. This move follows on from 2015 FAA rules that require the registration of all drones before they can be flown and that they have their registration number easily accessed via the battery compartment or other similar location.

According to Reuters, the FAA is acting on the request of law enforcement and the FAA’s
security partners “regarding the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.”

Concerns about drone ID numbers were first received by the FAA in December 2016 from law
enforcement but lawsuits challenging the drone registration rules delayed any subsequent action. The agency said if it did not act quickly that “first responders could be exposed to additional risk during the notice and comment period as a result of the attention drawn to the vulnerability.”

There are approximately 1.3 million registered drones in the United States with over 116,000 registered drone operators and hundreds of thousands of additional drones that are not registered. Last year Congress gave the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones after officials raised concerns about the use of drones as potential weapons.


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