Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019


American Airlines opens Line Maintenance Station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

American Airlines will open a new Line Maintenance station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) just in time for the summer peak season. The airline’s 29th Line Maintenance station will provide additional support for the increased maintenance needed to ready American’s aircraft for the busy summer travel season while also improving operational reliability and increasing the number of available aircraft to accommodate customers each morning.

The newest Line Maintenance station — a more than US$42 million investment — will be completed in three phases. In the first phase, which begins in May, American will secure temporary space at IAH and start recruiting aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs). In the second phase, which begins in June, additional maintenance work will be added, such as service checks and engine washes, as well as other maintenance work on aircraft that remain overnight. The third and final phase concludes in the first quarter of 2020 and will include renovated breakrooms, offices and toolbox storage spaces for AMTs.

The Line Maintenance station at IAH will be staffed with approximately 46 AMTs and other support personnel who will perform maintenance on the carrier’s Boeing 737 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. These positions are in addition to the more than 250 AMTs the airline is currently hiring across its network and further demonstrate American’s commitment to ensuring that its Tech Ops team is positioned to continue providing the best service for customers and team members this summer and beyond.

Bombardier MRO

Italy’s Vigili del Fuoco receives first two Leonardo AW139 helicopters

The National Italian Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has taken delivery of its first two Leonardo AW139 helicopters at a ceremony held at the Leonardo Vergiate facility in Lombardy, Italy. The two helicopters, which form part of an order for three of the aircraft valued at €45 million (US$51 million), will be used for maritime and mountain search and rescue (SAR), medical rescue,
firefighting and disaster relief duties. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters.

The National Fire Corps AW139s feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV)
system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

The intention is for the AW139 to replace the ageing AB412s, while the helicopter has also been chosen by the Italian Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, the State Police, Coast Guard and a multitude of EMS operators. These first two helicopters will be based in Rome Ciampino for National Italian Fire
Corps personnel training.


Wizz Air appoints Andrew S. Broderick to Board of the Company

Wizz Air Holdings has appointed Andrew S. Broderick to the Board of the Company as non-independent non-executive director with effect from April 16, 2019.

Andrew S. Broderick has been a Director of Indigo Partners, a private equity fund focused on air transportation, since July 2008. Broderick has served on the board of directors of Frontier Airlines Holdings, an airline based in the United States, since January 2018 and JetSMART Airlines SpA, an airline based in Chile, since September 2018. Additionally, he has served as an alternate on the board of directors for Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V., an airline based in Mexico doing business as Volaris, since July 2010.

At the same time, John R. Wilson has informed the Company of his decision to resign as a Director of the Company with immediate effect after more than 14 years of service as the Company's non-independent non-executive director.

easyJet growth in Bristol

easyJet, has announced a number of expansion developments at its Bristol base. The airline will position a 17th aircraft at its South West base and has added three brand new routes to the Bristol network. easyJet will also provide even more frequent flights to some of Bristol’s most in demand destinations, providing great value summer breaks or low-fared commutes for even more passengers.

A further 186-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will now be based in Bristol and joins seven 156-seat Airbus A319 and nine 186-seat A320 aircraft currently serving the airline’s customers in the South West. The additional aircraft will provide 93,000 additional seats for customers looking to travel to and from Bristol this summer.

Three brand new routes have joined the easyJet Bristol network, bringing the total routes now available to 74, with seats on sale from today.

A route between Bristol and Milan Malpensa will operate four times a week throughout the year on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with first flights taking off on 1st July. Flights between Bristol and Brindisi in Southern Italy will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and will launch on the 3rd July and flights between Bristol and Biarritz in the South of France will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with flights launching on 2nd July, both operating throughout the summer season.

easyJet will also increase its Bristol – Paris Charles de Gaulle frequency, adding an additional daily flight to and from the French capital.


RUAG STC integrates customized avionics and night vision capabilities for two new Airbus Helicopters H125

RUAG has designed, developed and integrated a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) featuring Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) for the new Airbus Helicopters, H125. RUAG realized the STC on behalf of customers Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB).

Approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the STC is specifically designed to maximize situational awareness for all mission flights, day or night. RUAG integrated the customized avionics package, NVIS and cockpit upgrade STC on two new Airbus Helicopters H125 (formerly AS350), belonging to FOCA and STSB. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Airbus Helicopters, delivered both aircraft directly to RUAG in Alpnach, Switzerland, from their production line in France.

Magellan Group

Aviation Capital Group delivers one A350XWB to Asiana Airlines

Aviation Capital Group (ACG), a leading aircraft operating lessor, has delivered a new Airbus A350-900 to South Korean Asiana Airlines. This is the first of two new A350-900 aircraft deliveries on long-term lease to the carrier. The aircraft was transferred to Asiana Airlines at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. The second aircraft is scheduled for delivery in October.

Asiana Airlines has rapidly expanded since its establishment in 1988 to become a global carrier with a current fleet of 83 aircraft in operation. As a member of Star Alliance, Asiana Airlines operates 11 domestic, 76 international passenger routes and 27 cargo routes as of April 2019. Asiana Airlines is the largest shareholder in Air Busan, a low-cost regional carrier and also holds 100% share of Air Seoul, a subsidiary and its own low-cost carrier.

Aircastle announces repossession of aircraft from Avianca Brazil

Aircastle has released that it has repossessed its ten A320-200 aircraft that were previously on lease to Avianca Brazil. The ten A320-200 aircraft are now transitioning to committed long-term leases with a major international carrier.

Mike Inglese, Aircastle's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased to have reached an
important milestone in the transition of these aircraft to a new global operator. In line with our expectations that these highly in-demand modern aircraft would be quickly placed, we now anticipate that these aircraft will return to service on their new leases during the current quarter."


Embraer Praetor 600 business jet granted Type Certificate by ANAC

Embraer's new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet was granted its Type Certificate by Brazil’s Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC—Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil), having been announced in October 2018 at NBAA-BACE and becoming the only super-midsize business jet to be certified since 2014.

The Praetor 600 has surpassed all its main design goals and will be capable of flying beyond 4,000 nautical miles in long-range cruise speed or beyond 3,700 nautical miles at Mach .80 from runways shorter than 4,500ft, complemented by an outstanding payload capability.

The Praetor 600 is able to make nonstop flights between London and New York, São Paulo and Miami, Dubai and London. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 has an intercontinental range of 4,018 nautical miles (7,441 km). Take Off Field Length for such a mission is only 4,436 ft (1,352 m). At M0.80, range is 3,719 nm (6,887 km) with four passengers and NBBA IFR Reserves.

The Praetor 600 is the first super-midsize jet with full fly-by-wire technology, which powers the Active Turbulence Reduction that not only makes every flight the smoothest but also the most
efficient possible.


ST Engineering secures aerospace contracts worth S$1.3 billion for 1Q2019

Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) announced that its Aerospace sector has secured new contracts worth about S$1.3 billion for the first quarter (1Q) of 2019. These include the 10-year service agreement from a long-time customer, a major North American operator, to provide heavy maintenance checks for its entire fleet of A300s and Boeing 757s.

This agreement, as announced on February 25, 2019, covers over 160 widebody and narrowbody aircraft to be serviced at the sector’s U.S. facilities in San Antonio and Pensacola starting in 2020. The aerospace sector also secured contracts from new airline customers in Africa and Europe to provide component repair services to support their Bombardier Q400. Other contracts cover engine wash and equipment leasing solutions to customers in the Middle East and Europe. The sector conducted a total of 2,562 engine washes in 1Q2019.

Joramco and Air Belgium sign 4-year base maintenance agreement

Joramco, the Amman based MRO and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has signed a 4-year base maintenance agreement with Air Belgium for the first time. Joramco will perform C-checks on the carrier’s A340 fleet, from which the first check was already performed during last month and the rest of the checks are planned to commence between April and September of this year.

Air Belgium SA/NV is a Belgian Corporation with its main office located in Mont-Saint-Guibert in Walloon-Brabant. The Company’s objective is to offer business and leisure travellers long-distance flights for a low price. Air Belgium operates from Brussels Charleroi Airport.


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