Friday, April 12th, 2019


OSM Aviation orders 60 Bye Aerospace eFlyer2 all-electric training aircraft

Norway’s OSM Aviation Group, partly owned by low-cost carrier Norwegian Air, has just placed an order for 60 all-electric eFlyer2 aircraft for pilot training purposes at its OSM Aviation Academy. The eFlyer2 is manufactured by Colorado, U.S.-based Bye Aerospace with a book price of approximately US$350,000. The e2Flyer will see the 20 currently used and predominantly Cessna 172 light aircraft phased out partly due to reduced running costs, as well as the reduction in environmental impact. Last year Norway announced that it would be looking to buy electric passenger planes and offer passenger flights by 2025 in a bid to combat climate change. The eFlyer2 offers zero emission and significantly lower noise pollution compared with conventional aircraft, along with enhanced speed and altitude performance.

According to Reuters, the eFlyer2 has estimated running costs of approximately US$20.00 per hour compared to that of US$110.00 per hour for the current traditional training aircraft. Pilots who train with the eFlyer2 will receive the same training and license as existing trainee pilots. The 60 new aircraft will enable OSM to expand its training facilities to more countries, including the U.S.

Bjørn Granviken, Managing Director of the OSM Aviation Academy says: “We’re training the next generation of pilots, and are determined to attract the best candidates. We offer a forward-looking
education which they can be proud to take part in. This order for 60 all-electric aircraft is a key step in that respect.”

“Innovative and revolutionary thinking is an integral part of our DNA at OSM Aviation,” he adds. “We’ve revolutionized the way airlines approach their talent management challenges by providing
airline-ready pilots and crew to the traditional carriers. We’re now taking the first steps to change the way pilots are trained. To us, it’s all about the people.”


Air Premia selects Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines have been selected by new Korean airline Air Premia to power 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline will operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), which incorporates technologies from the Trent XWB engine, offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

Air Premia has also selected the Rolls-Royce flagship long term TotalCare® support service which maximises aircraft availability.

The airline will use its 787-9 aircraft on routes of more than six hours to North America, Europe and Oceania. It plans to start services in 2020 with long-haul services from 2021.

IFPL’s Power and Bluetooth connects with AIX 2019 visitors

Visitors to AIX 2019 in Hamburg experienced the latest products from IFPL who showcased the latest power and Bluetooth connectivity products. This visibly demonstrated its commitment to deliver solutions for the passenger-led trend of wire free Personal Electronic Device (PED) connectivity. These two key products showed how passengers can experience both Bluetooth audio and cable free charging.

IFPL’s Head of Business Development Dave Phillips comments,” To address the growing trend of Bluetooth headsets, IFPL has designed the latest 3.5 mm Long Life audio jack to include Bluetooth connectivity, therefore allowing passengers to pair wirelessly or use a wired headset. Both the airline and the passenger can then select their choice of headset, with the airline also having the option to sell Bluetooth headsets on-board, therefore gaining additional ancillary revenue. This reliable Bluetooth unit is already in service with a leading airframe manufacturer.” Phillips adds, “Powering passengers’ PEDs is now an important requirement in support of the passenger experience. Battery anxiety is recognised as an area of potential stress and concern for travellers. Therefore, IFPL’s USB and wireless charging solves this new issue.”

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GAMECO becomes Boeing supplier for MRO support

Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) have signed an MRO services agreement to work together to provide MRO support in the Asia-Pacific region.

Through this agreement Boeing will provide MRO maintenance training and access to maintenance data and technical support, while GAMECO commits to maintaining Boeing’s rigorous quality standards for MRO services.

“Working with GAMECO supports our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Ken Shaw, vice president of Supply Chain for Boeing Global Services. “By working with an MRO provider in the region, we can utilize their existing footprint and talent to best serve the needs of the local market.”

This agreement also bolsters GAMECO’s capabilities and maintenance support of Boeing airplanes.

APOC Aviation acquires three A320 airframes for part-out in China

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation, has acquired three A320 airframes for part-out.  MSN 712, 718 and 720 were formerly acquired by CALC Group (China Aircraft Leasing Group) from China Southern Air Leasing earlier this year.

APOC will retain CALC Group’s MRO joint venture, FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company (“FL ARI”) to perform the part-out on the Company’s behalf in CALC’s aircraft recycling facility located in Harbin, China. The process is expected to be completed this summer and after which stock will be strategically offered in the Asia market, or partly shipped to APOC’s warehouse in The Netherlands for sale and used to support AOG requirements 24/7 worldwide.


Lufthansa Group Airlines welcome more than 11 million passengers in March

In March 2019, the Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed more than 11 million passengers. This shows an increase of 1.7% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 4.9% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 4.1%. In addition as compared to March 2018, the seat load factor increased by 0.7 percentage points to 80.5%. This is partially due to the postponement of the Easter holidays, which fell into March last year.

The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of around 8.4 million passengers in March, 2.5% more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometres on offer was increased by 4.4% compared with the previous year. Sales rose by 3.2% in the same period. This reduced the seat load factor by 1.0 point to 80.2%.

Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 2.9 million passengers in March. Among this total, 2.6 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 295,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to a reduction of 2.1% on short-haul routes and an increase of 15.3% on long-haul routes compared with the previous year. A 7.3% increase in capacity in March was offset by an 8.2% increase in sales, resulting in an 82.1% increase in seat load factor of 0.7 points.    

Barfield signs major component repair agreement with AerFin

Barfield, an Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) subsidiary in the Americas, has entered into a longterm maintenance agreement with AerFin to cover the repair of regional and single aisle commercial aircraft components.

Under this new agreement, Barfield facilities in Atlanta and Miami will provide support for approximately 170 component part numbers. Today, AerFin already utilizes AFI KLM E&M's facilities in Europe. Working with Barfield in the Americas is a natural extension to that relationship. The
agreement ensures that AerFin will receive services to meet their operational requirements.

CFM continues to expand LEAP aftermarket network

Since the LEAP engine program was launched more than a decade ago, CFM has committed to both developing internal capability through CFM Services, as well as working with its partners to expand third-party MRO capability to support the industry’s fastest-growing fleet.

The LEAP service model is based on the highly-competitive CFM56 model, which has the most open MRO environment in the industry. More than 40 shops including third-party providers, along with CFM parent companies GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines, currently perform CFM56 engine overhauls, resulting in about two-thirds of the worldwide shop visits being completed by non-CFM shops. By having a similar choice of MRO providers for the LEAP engine, aircraft operators and owners get the benefit of competition: lower maintenance cost over the engine life cycle; a broader range of services; and higher residual values.

For the LEAP fleet, there are currently four CFM internal overhaul sites on line and that will expand to a total of six locations by the end of 2019, including Lafayette, Indiana; Queretaro, Mexico; Celma, Brazil; Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, France; Brussels Belgium; and Kuala Lumpur,

In addition to CFM shops, in February 2018, Lufthansa Technik became the first CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) licensee for the LEAP-1A engine. This agreement provides commercial and technical support to Lufthansa Technik so it can offer CFM solutions to maintain the LEAP installed base to the highest standards. CFM offers other licenses that enable MRO providers to offer third-party LEAP engine overhaul. Air France-KLM and TAP have already announced LEAP services capability.

CFM International’s LEAP engine has surpassed four million flight hours in service with 100+ operators worldwide.


A350 XWB receives Type Certificate from Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Tourism (MLITT) has issued Type Certification for the Airbus A350 XWB, enabling the A350 XWB first customer from the country, Japan Airlines, to operate the aircraft. The Type Certification covers the aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

JAL placed an order for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s) in 2013. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.

The carrier’s first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. JAL’s A350 XWB fleet will enter service on major domestic routes starting with its Haneda-Fukuoka route from September, replacing older-generation widebody types.

Embraer signs multiple new contracts at MRO Americas

Embraer has signed multiple new contracts at MRO Americas this week. Among others a Pool Program Agreement with Air Botswana to support a wide range of repairable components for its E170 aircraft. The multi-year Pool Program Agreement includes full repair coverage for components and parts as well as unlimited access to a large stock of components at Embraer's distribution center.

Furthermore Embraer and Spain’s Binter have signed a multiyear Total Support Program (TSP) agreement to support the airline’s new E195-E2 fleet, Embraer’s second generation of E-Jets. Besides supporting the airline’s component needs, the Total Support Program also covers a large scope of pool services, all heavy checks, routine and non-routine maintenance, landing and brakes overhaul, spare parts and materials, as well as on site support with an Embraer technical representative to ensure the highest aircraft scheduled reliability and smooth operation.

Mauritania Airlines has also chosen Embraer to support a wide range of repairable components for its two new E175s. Embraer delivered Mauritania’s first E175 at the end of March and the second E175 is slated for the second quarter of 2019. Mauritania Airlines is the first E175 operator in Africa. The multiyear Pool Program Agreement includes full repair coverage for components and parts as well as unlimited access to a large stock of components at Embraer's distribution center. Additionally, Embraer is offering a door-to-door solution to minimize the logistical burden for the customer and the onsite stock, which is the inventory of NO-GO components Embraer provides at the customer’s facility.

Avianca chooses Safran services for A320neo family jetliner nacelles

Safran Nacelles has been selected by Avianca Holdings S.A. to provide repair services and spares pool resources for engine nacelles that equip the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus A320neo family jetliners, which are powered by CFM International LEAP-1A turbofan engines.

Safran Nacelles’ repair services and spares resources are part of the company’s NacelleLife™ support program, which ensures responsive, cost effective and high-quality services that keep airliners in operational condition while minimizing costs.

Avianca Holdings S.A currently operates nine A320neo family aircraft, composed of seven A320neo and two A321neo versions, with 24 additional A320neo family jetliners to be received.


LBAS receives EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance approval for Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft

Whilst Bombardier is delivering its newest and largest aircraft type to the first customers, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) is now ready to offer services for the industry's largest and longest-range aircraft.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services the approval to perform Line Maintenance Services at its home base in Berlin Schoenefeld. Moreover, LBAS can offer AOG services at any location worldwide for the Global 7500 business jet.

"With the EASA approval for Bombardier's new flagship aircraft, we meet the needs of our clients and we can support them during the Entry into Service phase," said Clemens Schrettl, Head of Sales and Marketing at Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services.

BendixKing unveils new fully integrated flight deck

BendixKing, a business unit of Honeywell, has unveiled its new AeroVue Touch Integrated Flight Deck at the 2019 AERO Friedrichshafen trade show.

This advanced Class III cockpit system includes three smart, high-resolution touchscreen displays that incorporate all required functions into one lightweight, panel-mounted flight deck. The system is easily customisable, allowing aircraft manufacturers to create their own unique interface that shows different information applicable to a variety of aircraft, including electric aircraft and future vehicles for urban air mobility.

By upgrading to the AeroVue Touch Integrated Flight Deck, operators get a connected cockpit that enables live flight-data streaming to the ground in real time for enhanced search and rescue and flight analysis. It can also eliminate the need to return aircraft to maintenance centers to update navigation charts by allowing operators to update them wirelessly, wherever the aircraft is located.

John Peery named President and Chief Operating Officer of Mercury Air Cargo

John Peery has been promoted to President & Chief Operating Officer of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Cargo Inc., increasing his responsibilities over all of Mercury Air Cargo’ subsidiaries and affiliates and managing over 1100 employees.

“John’s business skills have helped grow Mercury into the largest air cargo handling company at LAX, SFO and SJC. We’re very excited about his growth plans for all of Mercury’s cargo businesses going forward.” said Joseph A. Czyzyk, Chairman & CEO of Mercury Air Group, Inc., the parent company of Mercury Air Cargo.

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