Tuesday, April 30th, 2019


Passengers compensation claims refused as SAS pilots’ strike continues

Scandinavian airline SAS has confirmed that it will reject all passenger compensation claims resulting from the current pilots’ strike which began last Friday, and which has so far affected over
100,000 passengers. According to the airline, compensation need only be paid if flights are canceled owing to “extraordinary circumstances”, events which could not have been avoided even if the airline has taken reasonable measures.

SAS has made it clear that it views the pilots’ strike as being beyond its control and therefore compensation need not be paid to passengers. “Passengers are not entitled to compensation when the delay is caused by a strike, as that is considered an extraordinary circumstance that is outside the airline’s actual control,” SAS information manager Morten Johansen told flysmart24. However, an April 2018 decision by the EU Court of Justice ruled that a strike by flight staff “does not constitute an “extraordinary circumstance”, meaning that the pilots’ strike does not release
the airline from its obligation to pay compensation.” In that decision, the court said future compensation claims spurred by airline strikes would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Roughly 70 percent of SAS flights are affected by the pilots’ strike, resulting in the cancelation of most domestic flights operating in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as other long-haul and
European flights. According to the SAS Pilot Group, over 1,400 pilots walked out last Friday, including 372 in Denmark, 545 in Norway and 492 in Sweden. The disruption has come about as a result of unsuccessful negotiations regarding a collective bargaining agreement over salary increases, working hours and scheduling. Scandinavian media has reported that the pilots' requests included a 13 percent salary increase and more advanced notice of their work shifts to enable them to better plan their lives beyond work.


TAG Aviation undertakes first 60-month check on Bombardier Global 6000

TAG Aviation’s Maintenance Services Centre in Geneva has completed its first 60-month check on a Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft. The aircraft which is owned by a private customer underwent its first heavy maintenance check which included routine inspections and repairs, as well as a deep clean of the aircraft’s cabin.

This important major maintenance milestone event marks the first time TAG Geneva’s highly trained technicians have performed a 60M inspection on a Global 6000 aircraft since their status as a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility (ASF) was extended in May 2018 to also include Global business jets.

Alaska Air Group reports first quarter 2019 results

Alaska Air Group has reported net income under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of US$4 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Net income for the first quarter of 2019, excluding special items such as merger-related costs and mark-to-market fuel hedge accounting adjustments, of US$21 million compared to US$18 million in the first quarter of 2018. This quarter's adjusted results compare to the First Call analyst consensus estimate of $0.12 per share.

The Group generated approximately US$470 million of operating cash flow in the first three months of 2019, including merger-related costs and held US$1.4 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of March 31, 2019.


Air Macau showcases first A320neo at Macau International Airport

Air Macau has presented its first A320neo at a ceremony held at Macau International Airport. The aircraft is the 21st Airbus aircraft in Air Macau’s fleet that already includes four A319ceo, six A320ceo and 10 A321ceo aircraft.

In total, Air Macau will receive eight additional A320neo and A321neo aircraft under leasing agreement in order to meet its fleet renewal and expansion programme.

The new aircraft features 158 seats (eight business and 150 economy seats). Selected for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, the A320neo will be deployed by the career on its regional services.

C&L Aviation Group provides ADS-B solution for JetSuiteX fleet of EMB-135/145 aircraft

C&L Aviation Services (C&L), a C&L Aviation Group company, has been awarded the contract to provide ADS-B solution for the JetSuiteX Fleet of EMB-135/145 aircraft.

The program will see C&L provide Honeywell Primus II, as it is the best option for the JetSuiteX fleet to comply with the FAA Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast-Out (ADS/B-Out) mandate requiring compliance before January 1, 2020.

C&L already offers Garmin and Universal ADS-B solutions for a variety of regional and corporate aircraft types including Dash-8, Beech 1900D, EMB-120, Beechjet 400A, Hawker 800 Series, Challenger Series, Gulfstream, and more. C&L also completed an STC certification in the fall of 2018 for an ADS-B solution for the Saab 340 aircraft which can also be used for transponder/GPS pairing in other Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft.


ACJ319neo sets new record for longest A320 Family flight

The first ACJ319neo has successfully completed a 16-hr. and 10-min. test flight on April 26, setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew.

It flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 min ETOPS rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certified. The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight trials are completed.

The ACJ319neo is derived from the A320neo airliner family, which features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets.

Zero-carbon aviation one step closer with award of UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme grant

A partnership of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), Collins Aerospace, and the University of Nottingham (UoN) has won grant funding in excess of £1m from the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme to develop electric propulsion technologies using Airlander 10 as the initial platform.

The project, named E-HAV1, will deliver a full-sized prototype 500kW electric propulsor for ground testing and technologies ready for future productionisation. These technologies will be directly applicable to a future Airlander 10, with the goal of replacing its fuel-burning forward engines as the first step towards an all-electric version of the aircraft.

Utilising a combination of buoyant lift from helium, aerodynamic lift, and vectored thrust, Airlander 10 already operates with a significantly lower fuel burn than other aircraft of similar capability. The integration of electric forward propulsors will increase this advantage. Airlander 10’s ability to support a broad range of activities from passenger travel to fisheries protection makes it the ideal platform for pioneering electric propulsion in civil aircraft.

Project E-HAV1 will address key goals of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy: strengthening the UK’s aerospace capabilities, positioning the UK for developing future generations of civil aircraft, and advancing a new generation of efficient propulsion technologies. Each of the three partners is a leader in their sector: HAV in whole-aircraft design capability, Collins in electric power system development, and UoN in electric propulsion research and testing.


Safran's revenue up 36.9% in first quarter 2019

Safran has reported first quarter 2019 revenue amounted to €5,781 million compared with €4,222 million in the year ago period. This represents an increase of 36.9%, or €1,559 million.
Changes in scope had a contribution of €802 million, of which €781 million related to the acquisition of Aerosystems and Aircraft Interiors, and €21 million related to the acquisition of the ElectroMechanical Systems activities of Collins Aerospace.
The net impact of currency variations amounted to €223 million, mainly reflecting a positive translation effect on non-Euro revenues from the USD (the average EUR/USD spot rate was 1.14 in Q1 2019, compared with 1.23 in Q1 2018).

On an organic basis, revenue increased 12.6%, as all activities contributed positively. Combined deliveries of CFM engines (LEAP and CFM56) increased by 15.9% to 577 units in Q1 2019 from 498 units in Q1 2018.

424 LEAP engines were delivered in Q1 2019 compared with 186 units in the year ago period. Regarding the adjustments to the 737 MAX production system announced by Boeing, CFM has maintained the production rate for the LEAP-1B at this point and will undertake temporary adjustments if necessary.

CFM56 deliveries reached 153 units in Q1 2019 compared with 312 in Q1 2018, reflecting the planned production ramp down.

Qatar Airways to expand joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc

Qatar Airways will launch flights to Rabat, Morocco on May 29, 2019. Services to the Moroccan capital will be served by a Boeing 787 three times a week. In addition, Qatar Airways has announced its joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc to expand the number of services available to meet increased consumer demand for flights to Morocco.

In addition to launching Rabat via Marrakech, Qatar Airways will also now offer daily flights to Casablanca, providing seamless connectivity for passengers who wish to explore the country’s many vibrant cities.

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Etihad Airways unveils major Economy transformation programme

Etihad Airways has unveiled a major Economy transformation programme starting with the cabin upgrade and refurbishment of 23 narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The retrofit programme, which includes new personalised wireless streaming entertainment to smartphone and tablet devices, is scheduled for completion in August this year. The airline is also introducing a new and improved Economy dining concept on all its flights as part of a wider programme of enhancements to its inflight catering. 

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