Monday, May 6th, 2019

41 believed dead as Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet-100 catches fire mid-flight

An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superject-100 with 78 passengers on board caught fire after taking off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport a 17:15 local time, Sunday, en route for the city of Murmansk. According to the Interfax news agency, the flight crew issued a distress signal shortly after take-off, but the plane apparently failed with its first attempted emergency landing.

When the plane eventually touched down 30 minutes after take-off the rear section was engulfed
in flames according to Reuters, while passengers evacuated the plane via emergency slides that were immediately deployed after a hard landing. The current death toll stands at 41, with other
passengers reported injured.

GA Telesis

West Star Aviation sees major increase in number of Global Express inspections at ALN

West Star Aviation will be completing four 120-month Global Express inspections at its East Alton (ALN) location in the first half of 2019. The ALN location recently added additional state of the art hangar space, making room for such requests, along with highly experienced technicians to complete each detail of the process.

In addition to all major inspections and repairs, including the 120 & 240-month inspections, West Star offers complete one-stop service for Global, Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS models, as well as being a Factory Authorized service provider for Rolls Royce BR710 engines and Honeywell RE220 APUs. Complete avionics repair and installations, along with exterior paint and interior refurbishments round out the full-service Bombardier Global offerings.

Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Airlines, elected to International Air Cargo Association committee

Turhan Ozen, serving as Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Airlines, was elected to the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) committee, the joint voice of the industry that aims to enhance the air cargo profile with intensive efforts towards the global standards.  

Having a vast amount of knowledge about Balkan countries, the Middle East and Africa region, as well as the surrounding regions of Turkey, Ozen has been leading Turkish Cargo since 2016.


Air France KLM loss widens in first quarter 2019

In the first quarter 2019, the Air France-KLM Group posted an operating result of -303 million, down €185 million compared to last year, which was impacted by the Air France strike for €-75 million. The unit revenue at constant currency of -2.2% compared to last year had a negative impact of €115 million on the operating result. The fuel bill including hedging amounted to €1,201 million for first quarter 2019, up €140 million, of which €44 million is explained by an increase in the fuel price and a volume effect of €34 million for the capacity increase compared to last year. The result of the fuel hedges has been a gain of €35 million. Currencies had a positive €65 million impact on revenues and a negative e108 million on costs including currency hedging. The net impact of currencies thus amounted to a negative €43 million for first quarter 2019.

On a constant currency and fuel price basis, unit costs were down -0.4% in the first quarter 2019, driven in particular by the decrease in customer compensations compared to first quarter 2018 that was marked by the strikes in Air France However this was partly offset by KLM unit cost which were impacted by a 1.3% lower than planned capacity due to weather and technical reasons.

The Group generated positive adjusted operating free cash flow of €241 million, an increase of €99 million compared to last year, mainly explained by a lower capex in the first quarter 2019 due to a year-over-year shift in investment timing pattern.

7-day strike over as SAS reaches deal with pilots’ union

After the cancelation of over 4,000 flights affecting more than 380,000 passengers, Scandinavian airline SAS has reached an agreement with the pilots’ union which sees the 7-day strike come to an end, thought continued disruption of flights as a consequence of strike was expected.

More than 1,400 pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden went on strike after the main pilots' union failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the company. One of the principal points of negotiation was scheduling, which at times would see pilots working seven days in a row, while
a 13 percent pay increase was being sought in comparison to 2.3 percent offered by SAS. It is understood that agreement was reached whereby pilots’ salary would be increased by 3.5 percent for 2019, while greater job security and more predictable work schedules were also offered.

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson told media in Stockholm that: "I'm relieved to inform our customers and employees that we can now put this conflict behind us," adding that "Of course this has cost us both money and trust," when referring to the economic impact the strike had had on the airline. Estimates put the cost of the strike at between 60 and 80 million krona (US$6 and US$8 million) per day. While the share value of SAS has fallen consistently since February, reducing in value by nearly one third by the end of the strike, the announcement of the successful negotiations saw that value increase by nine percent the day after.

Beach Aviation Group

Embraer delivers 11 Commercial and 11 Executive Jets in first quarter

Embraer has delivered a total of 22 jets in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), of which 11 were commercial aircraft and 11 were executive jets (8 light and 3 large). As of March 31st, the firm order backlog totaled US$16.0 billion.

In the first quarter 2019, Embraer has delivered the first E175 jet to Mauritania Airlines, the first of this model to the African continent. The airline signed a firm order for two E175 jets in 2018. The contract has a value of USD$93.8 million at current list prices.

Embraer also signed a firm order for 10 E195-E2 jets with Nigeria’s largest airline, Air Peace, which will become the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa. The contract includes purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2. With all purchase rights being exercised, the contract has a value of US$2.12 billion based on current list prices. This order will be included in Embraer’s 2Q19 backlog.

The Phenom 300 reached the mark of the 500th aircraft delivered, becoming the only business jet model to reach this milestone in the last 10 years. The aircraft is in operation in more than 30 countries and has accumulated more than 780,000 flight hours. This milestone followed the announcement of the first Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 business jet sales to Brazilian customers.

Fiji Airways opts for the A350 XWB as part of its expansion plans

Fiji Airways has adopted the A350 XWB as part of its expansion plans to broaden its international network. Two A350-900s will be leased from Dubai-based DAE Capital, making Fiji Airways the newest operator and DAE Capital the latest customer.

With its common type rating with the A330 Family, the A350 XWB was the natural aircraft choice to seamlessly join the airline’s existing fleet of four A330s. The common rating between the A350 XWB and A330 means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can already commence preparations to take the A350 XWB’s controls by undergoing “differences training” only, meaning a significant cost savings and operational flexibility.

The aircraft will be configured with 33 full lie-flat Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The aircraft will be deployed to enhance existing long-haul services between Fiji, Australia and the U.S., and to provide the opportunity to open additional routes.

Werner Aero Services

Etihad innovates its narrowbody fleet with Acro’s Series 6 seat

Acro Aircraft Seating has been selected by Etihad Airways to supply its Series 6 Economy Class seat. The seats are to be retrofitted on twenty-three of the airline’s A320 and A321 aircraft and are expected to enter service in May 2019.

Series 6 is Acro’s next generation Economy Class seat which incorporates the company’s innovative Extra-spatial design. The fully composite seatback curve provides unparalleled levels of living space at the passenger’s knee level and enhances passenger comfort. Acro has been working closely with Etihad to develop a customised version of Series 6 that includes a PED holder, upper and lower literature pockets, fast charging USB provisioning, headrest, bespoke fabric seat covers and backrest cushions.

Another unique seat design that will prove popular with passengers is a centre seat that delivers more living space for passengers as it is an inch wider than the window and aisle seats.

Etihad is progressively upgrading its narrow-body fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with the Series 6 seats and plan to operate the aircraft on short-haul regional services, and further afield to gateways within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi.

BOC Aviation delivers first of seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Air Europa

BOC Aviation has delivered to Air Europa the first of seven new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. These are part of a purchase and leaseback transaction. The remaining six aircraft – also Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners – are scheduled for delivery between now and the fourth quarter of 2020. All seven aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines.

“The aircraft we are delivering from today reflects the culmination of a transaction we first announced back in 2017 and exemplifies the depth of the partnership between ourselves and Air Europa,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “We are delighted to be delivering one of the most popular new generation aircraft in operation today
to support a key customer’s growth plans.”


Ascent Aviation Services announces partnership with Working Heroes

Ascent Aviation Services has announced a new partnership with LAUNCH Working Heroes. Working Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and transitioning service members find rewarding permanent career opportunities. With an industry wide shortage of aviation maintenance personnel, experienced veterans have become a valuable asset in augmenting the existing workforce. This partnership aligns the organizations to optimize their unique opportunities to provide experienced veterans a solid foundation to grow their career in an environment that helps them reach their full potential.

Dave Querio, President of Ascent Aviation Services, stated “We are honored to partner with LAUNCH on the Working Heroes program. Giving veterans who have proudly served an opportunity to utilize the skills and commitment they attained while serving is very important to the entire Ascent team.”

“Transitioning military members have historically had a more difficult time with the transition in to the civilian aviation industry,” stated Patrick Moran, Recruiting Team Manager of LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions. “Five years ago, we started a program that was geared towards bridging the gaps and finding great opportunities for veterans to use their military skills. We’re very excited to be partnering with Ascent to help our military members start their careers in aviation. We always look to connect with facilities that will make transitioning military members feel like they’ve found their new home. We feel very strongly that Ascent is exactly that type of place.”

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