Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Qantas seeks pilot and regulator approval for record 21-hour non-stop Sydney-London flights

Only two hurdles now remain for Qantas to overcome as it looks to provide record-breaking 21-hour non-stop flights between Sydney and London – approval from both Australia’s aviation regulator and pilots themselves to agree to what are currently unprecedented duty times. With planes such as the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350 now capable of travelling such distances without having to refuel, the gateway to more-profitable flights has been opened, with non-stop flights looking to command a 20 percent premium. However, the current ‘duty time’ limit for pilots is 20 hours, which includes time on the ground while working. The flights between Sydney and London will require an estimated 23 hours duty time.

Qantas currently provides a 17-hour non-stop flight between Perth and London, which includes four pilots on board. The principal concern relates to pilot fatigue, which the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) are currently evaluating for the Perth London route. “The technological change is obviously there but the human physiological side hasn’t changed since the Wright brothers flew,” said Mark Sedgwick, the head of the Qantas pilots’ union, The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). “We really need to understand the effects on human performance on the flight deck of these ultra-long-range flights.”

According to Reuters, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released a study on pilot fatigue in January which revealed that 60 percent of long-haul pilots had experienced moderate to severe fatigue on their most recent flight.

Currently, the world’s longest non-stop flight is Singapore Airlines’ almost 19-hour journey between Singapore and New York. Singapore’s aviation regulators require the presence of two captains and two first officers where duty time exceeds 18 hours, to “optimize their alertness throughout the flight.” Currently, to reduce costs on Qantas’ Perth to London route, which has a duty time of 20
hours, the carrier uses one captain, one first officer and two second officers, though second officers can fly only at cruising altitudes and cannot take off or land the aircraft.


ATSG, DHL extend aircraft leasing and operating arrangements

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), has signed three-year extensions of agreements under which subsidiaries of ATSG will continue to lease fourteen Boeing 767 freighter aircraft to DHL and operate eight of those 767s within DHL’s North American network.

The extension of eleven aircraft leases between DHL and Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), ATSG’s aircraft leasing subsidiary. Leases for six 767-200 aircraft currently operated by a DHL affiliate airline in the Middle East were extended through March 2022. Leases for five other 767s operated by ATSG’s affiliate ABX Air, including four 767-300s and one 767-200, were extended through April 2022. Three other 767-300s that ABX Air operates are leased to DHL into 2023/24.

The extension of the aircraft operating agreement with DHL by ATSG’s subsidiaries, ABX Air and CAM, through April 2022. ABX Air has provided CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) operations for DHL’s North American network since August 2003.

ATSG, through its subsidiary airline Air Transport International, also operates four CAM-owned Boeing 757 freighters for DHL under other arrangements.

CAE sells two A220-300 full-flight simulators to JetBlue

CAE has sold two Airbus A220-300 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFSs) and two CAE 500XR flight training devices (FTDs) to JetBlue Airways, which is preparing the entry-into-service of its new aircraft.

“The Airbus A220 is a key component of JetBlue’s growth strategy and we are thrilled to be part of this airline’s journey,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We have been partners with JetBlue for over 15 years, and the purchase of these new FFSs and FTDs is yet another testament to the value CAE brings to its airline partners.”

The two CAE 7000XR Series FFSs will be equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos™ 6000XR visual system. The first FFS and FTD will be delivered in the first half of 2020 at JetBlue University, located in Orlando, Florida.

With this addition, CAE has sold a total of eight A220 full-flight simulators to operators worldwide.


AiRXOS receives nationwide approval for multiple unmanned aircraft operations

AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, has received a unique and industry-progressive FAA Part 107.35 waiver for multiple unmanned aircraft operations (Multi-UA). AiRXOS' Multi-UA waiver uniquely allows operators to simultaneously fly any type of small unmanned aircraft at any Part 107 location nationwide, provided they meet AiRXOS' FAA-approved checklist of aircraft and location criteria.

Previous Multi-UA waivers limited the operation to a specific aircraft type at a specific location. With the advancement of AiRXOS' Multi-UA nationwide waiver and pre-approved safety criteria, customers using AiRXOS services are assured that the FAA's performance requirements for safety, pilot human factors, and equipage are fully met. For Multi-UA operations beyond nationwide Part 107 locations, additional airspace waivers and authorizations can be applied for leveraging AiRXOS' verified criteria. Choosing AiRXOS provides organizations with more precision and confidence in submitting for Multi-UA operations.

FlyArystan takes to the skies

FlyArystan, the newest low fare, high quality airline from Kazakh flag carrier Air Astana, took to the skies on May 1, for its first revenue flights from Almaty International Airport. The airline starts with six domestic routes, with journey times from one to three hours to Taraz; Shymkent; Pavlodar; Uralsk; Nur-Sultan (Astana) and Karaganda.

From announcement to revenue realisation within six months, a 160-strong workforce supporting the business has been established in Almaty, Air Astana’s HQ. This includes 25 pilots and 45 flight attendants, with many seconded from Air Astana. The rest are new recruits who, in addition to undertaking call centre reservations work, are being trained to assist in ambassador roles at check in as part of the FlyArystan ground services team across the seven initial cities served.

Air Astana has supplied an initial two Airbus A320 aircraft from its fleet under its Air Operator’s
Certificate, painted up in the striking FlyArystan red and white livery. A further two A320s will follow in the last quarter of the year, by which time FlyArystan should be operating at least 12 routes and will be looking at obtaining an AOC in its own right.

Jet Parts Engineering

Delta starts new service from New York to Mumbai

Delta will launch service connecting New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with Mumbai beginning Dec. 22. This route establishes a link between the financial capitals of two large trade partners and boosts competition, choice and options for customers traveling between the United States and India.

The JFK-Mumbai flight will be operated out of Delta's premier international gateway at New York-JFK, and will offer convenient connections from more than 50 communities throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. Demand for flights between the U.S. and India has increased significantly in the last decade, and New York is the largest U.S. market to India with the largest base of corporate customers.

NAC delivers one new ATR 72-600 to Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one ATR 72-600, MSN 1458, to Far Eastern Air Transport Corporation (FAT) on lease.

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) is a privately-owned airline providing scheduled international passenger and cargo services from its Taipei base to destinations in North-East Asia, South-East Asia, China and Taiwan, as well as scheduled domestic services linking Taipei and Kaohsiung with regional cities. Domestic and international charter flights are also offered.


AerCap reports financial results for first quarter 2019

AerCap has reported that lease revenue for the first quarter was US$1,162.1 million, compared with US$1,120.3 million for the same period in 2018, primarily due to the delivery of new technology aircraft from January 2018 through March 2019, resulting in a US$2.3 billion increase in average lease assets.

Net income was US$234.2 million, compared with US$265.4 million for the same period in 2018.

Net income was primarily affected by lower net gain on sale of assets, partially offset by higher lease rents. AerCap's sales volume was significantly lower in the first quarter of 2019 than in the first quarter of 2018, resulting in lower net gain on sale of assets. This was partially offset by higher lease rents primarily resulting from the increase in average lease assets.

As of March 31, 2019, AerCap's portfolio consisted of 1,400 aircraft that were owned, on order or managed. The average age of its owned fleet as of March 31, 2019 was 6.2 years and the average remaining contracted lease term was 7.4 years.

Tino La Spina to become CEO of Qantas International

Qantas has announced that current Chief Financial Officer, Tino La Spina, will move to become Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International. This follows the recent resignation of previous CEO, Alison Webster. Vanessa Hudson, who is currently the Group’s Chief Customer Officer, will move to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

These changes will take effect from October 1, 2019, allowing La Spina to close out the current fiscal year through to annual reporting. From mid-May, Vanessa Hudson will be CFO Designate and will work closely with La Spina to ensure a smooth handover.

Narendra Kumar will remain Acting Qantas International CEO while the CFO transition is completed.

SR Technics

Fraport lays cornerstone for new Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport

As part of one of Europe’s largest privately financed infrastructure projects, Fraport AG
has laid the cornerstone for the new Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport. Due for completion in 2021, Pier G will provide capacity for an additional 5 million travelers to the current level of 70 million in 2018. With the completion of Piers H and J by 2023 capacity will have increased by 21 million, while completion of Pier K will increase the overall capacity of Terminal 3 to 25 million travelers, at
an estimated cost of between €3.5 and €4.0 billion (US$3.9 and US$4.5 billion.) Fraport Ausbau Süd GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG, is responsible for managing, supervising and monitoring the construction project.

During the ceremony, Fraport CEO Schulte stated: “We are building the future with Terminal
3―for Frankfurt Airport, the entire Rhine-Main region and far beyond. By employing state-of-the-art technology and intelligent processes to create an outstanding passenger experience, we are meeting the promise inherent in our slogan, ‘Gute Reise! We make it happen’.”


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