Boeing woes as Airbus secures 300-plane Chinese state airlines’ order

China Southern Airlines is one of three Chinese state-owned airlines to place a 300-airplane order with Airbus ©AirTeamImages

Airbus, the European planemaker, has confirmed that it has secured orders for 300 of its jets from the top-three Chinese state airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. Boeing was quick to point to Airbus’ success as a consequence of “constructive dialogue” between Beijing and European governments, while pushing for Chinese and US governments to recommence productive discussions. Airbus, however, chose not to place any credit on political diplomacy, instead crediting the successful order as being down to “strong confidence in Airbus”. Announcing the news almost simultaneously, Air China and China Southern Airlines, said each had agreed Read more

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Vallair and UUDS Group announce Airbus A330-300 E-Class cargo conversion

©Vallair and UUDS Group, in partnership with Regio Lease & Deucalion Aviation, announce their Airbus A330-300 E-Class cargo conversion

Vallair, the mature asset specialist, has unveiled the first ever E-Class wide-body freighter conversion capability at its brand new state-of-the-art mega hangar in Châteauroux, France. Designed to bridge the gap while operators currently wait five years or more for full freighter conversion slots, this innovative solution is the result of a joint investment between France-based companies Vallair and UUDS, which is Part 21 certified. Grégoire Lebigot, Founder, President & CEO of Vallair, explains the importance of the programme and what it means for operators, particularly those involved with e-commerce. “Innovation is and has always been integral to Vallair’s DNA. Turning the Read more

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PZL-Świdnik awarded contract for 32 AW149 multirole helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces

AW149 helicopter ©Polish MoD

PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully owned by Leonardo, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth PLN 8.25 billion (approximately €1.76 billion) for the supply of 32 AW149 multirole helicopters. The contract was announced during an official ceremony held at PZL-Świdnik’s facility on July 1, in the presence of representatives of the Polish Government.  In addition, the contract includes logistics, training and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spares and consumable parts, as well as equipment for the ground handling of the helicopters. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training of Read more

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Turkish Technic and Oman Air sign component pool and advance exchange services agreement

Contract signing between Turkish Technic and Oman Air ©Turkish Technic

Turkish Technic and the national airline of Oman, Oman Air, have signed a comprehensive ten-year component pool and advance exchange contract for the airline’s fleet of Boeing B737 Next Generation and Boeing 737 MAX family. In accordance with the contract, Istanbul-based maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, Turkish Technic, will provide component pool, component maintenance and advance exchange services for Oman Air’s Boeing B737 Next Generation and Boeing B737 MAX family fleet. This multi-year contract will enable Oman Air to benefit from Turkish Technic’s decades of experience in component maintenance.

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Daher completes acquisition of Stuart, Florida aerostructures production facility

The Stuart, Florida facility is specialised in the assembly of large, complex metallic and composite aerostructures ©Daher

Daher has marked a major expansion of its U.S. industrial presence by acquiring the metallic and composite aerostructures assembly facility in Stuart, Florida, reinforcing the company’s position as a Tier 1 supplier for aircraft manufacturers in North America and beyond. The completion of this acquisition from TRIUMPH is bringing Stuart’s approximately 400 employees into Daher’s industry division – which already is a major supplier of complex aerostructures for leading airframers. “With the Stuart facility, Daher has reached a critical size that is essential in the aerostructures business, while also marking an important expansion of our overall industrial footprint in North Read more

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Large enterprises, forced to innovate by supply chain disruption, see costs and complexity ramp up

Two-thirds (66%) of large enterprises globally say they are keeping more stock on hand now compared to the pre-pandemic period, with nearly one in five in total (18%) retaining “significantly more” stock. This growing focus on taking innovative measures to address supply chain disruption is highlighted in new research commissioned by IFS, polling over 1,450 senior decision-makers at large enterprises across France, Germany, Nordics, U.S.A., the UK and the UAE. Further highlighting the impact of supply chain disruption, seven out of ten respondents polled for the survey (70%) said they had increased the number of suppliers of materials/products they use Read more

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Sören Stark takes over as Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik

Sören Stark (l) and Harald Gloy (r)

Harald Gloy completes the three-member Executive Board as new COO and Labor Director, Sören Stark has taken over as Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik from Dr Johannes Bussmann who leaves the Lufthansa Group at his own request after 23 years. At the same time, Gloy has succeeded Stark as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. Gloy thus bears responsibility as “Accountable Manager” in accordance with EASA Part 145 and is the contact person for aviation authorities with regard to Lufthansa Technik’s MRO operations. Dr William Willms continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer in the three-member Executive Board Read more

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Stratos opens office in Japan

Stratos, a leading aircraft investment specialist and asset manager with a substantial portfolio of leased aircraft, has expanded its presence in Japan with a dedicated office in Toranomon, Tokyo staffed by two industry veterans. Masayuki Kamada has been appointed as Head of Japan and joins from FPG where he spent the past seven years as branch manager/senior sales executive covering various key territories around Japan. In addition, Yukari Tokuda (Business Manager) has spent the past five years as Senior Director at JP Lease. Both, Masayuki and Yukari, have built extensive careers at leading international banks in Japan. David Goring Thomas, Read more

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FAA’s role in Boeing 737 and 787 production oversight to be audited

The office of the inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department has confirmed that it will now audit the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) oversight of Boeing’s manufacture of the 737 and 787 jet. In particular the FAA will review the FAA’s processes for “identifying and resolving” production issues and “addressing allegations of undue pressure within the production environment.” Deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner were suspended in May 2021 after concerns were voiced over proposed inspection methods. According to Reuters news agency, House Transportation Committee chair Peter DeFazio and aviation subcommittee chair Rick Larsen said in a statement late Wednesday the Read more

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Embraer and P&W complete 100% SAF flight testing of GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft

©Embraer and Pratt & Whitney have successfully tested a GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft on 100% SAF

Embraer and Pratt & Whitney have successfully tested a GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test, with one engine running on 100% SAF, validated that GTF engines and the E-Jets E2 family can fly on both engines with blends of up to 100% SAF without any compromise to safety or performance. The aircraft completed two days of ground tests at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, culminating in a 70-minute flight test at Vero Beach Regional Airport in Florida. All Pratt & Whitney engines and Embraer aircraft are currently certified to operate with SAF blended up to 50% Read more

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