London Heathrow gets all-clear for massive passenger charge hike

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the green light to London Heathrow Airport to raise charges levied on carriers for individual passengers by up to a further £13.00 (US$18.00) from a current £22.00. For now, the increase has been capped at £25 to £35 over the next five years, though chiefs at Heathrow wanted the charge to be increased to £43 commencing January 2022. Instead, a £30.00 fee has been agreed for January, though this will become part of a separate November consultation. That £8 increase means an additional cost of £32 for a family of four, on top Read more

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GA Telesis MRO Services Group and Honeywell expand partnership

GA Telesis MRO Services Group has extended its current agreement with Honeywell through the end of 2028. Additionally, a new portfolio of part numbers was added to the existing contract. The initial agreement was entered into December 2017 and was set to expire at the end of 2022. This new contract recognizes GA Telesis as one of Honeywell’s channel customers. Through this agreement, the company can deliver components using genuine OEM material at PMA equivalent cost. Further, the new part numbers added to the agreement will benefit the company’s customers who operate newer fleets. In addition, the part numbers cover Read more

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EmbraerX signs services agreement with Republic Airways for use of Beacon

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EmbraerX has signed a multi-year agreement with Republic Airways for the use of Beacon’s maintenance coordination platform, which will support the airline’s digital transformation. Beacon will support all maintenance operations and accelerate aircraft’s return-to-service time by integrating the platform into Republic’s stations and will include each of its on-call maintenance providers. Republic Airways is currently one of the largest regional commercial operators in the U.S. with a fleet of 223 aircraft, operating regional flights for the three largest U.S. carriers. Over the first six months of 2021, Republic saw an average delay decrease as it adopted Beacon at its base Read more

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Boeing forecasts 20-year Middle East commercial jet and services market valued at more than US$1.4 trillion

Boeing is projecting that airlines in the Middle East will require 3,000 new airplanes valued at US$700 billion and aftermarket services such as maintenance and repair worth US$740 billion, with the region positioned to capitalize on the recovery of regional and international travel and cargo demand. Boeing provided the estimate in its 2021 Commercial Market Outlook (CMO), a forecast of 20-year demand for commercial airplanes and services. Middle East passenger traffic and the region’s commercial fleet are projected to more than double over the 20-year forecast period, according to the CMO. More than two-thirds of airplane deliveries to the Middle Read more

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United Airlines confident to meet 2022 targets

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United Airlines (UAL) has reported third-quarter 2021 financial results. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the third quarter, the company remains confidently on track to achieve the range of longer-term financial targets laid out as part of its United Next plan earlier this summer, and to reduce CASM-ex below 2019 levels next year. Third-quarter 2021 capacity was down 28% compared to the third quarter of 2019. Third-quarter 2021 net income was US$0.5 billion, adjusted net loss was US$0.3 billion. Total operating revenue was US$7.8 billion, down 31.9% compared to the third quarter 2019 while third quarter 2021 Total Read more

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Vallair introduces comprehensive wide-body maintenance capabilities to new Châteauroux hangar from 2022

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Vallair, the multi-faceted aviation business dedicated to the support of both aircraft operators and lessors, will be extending its full maintenance capabilities with the addition of a state-of-the-art hangar at Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, France. Operational from 2022, the facility will be dedicated to the support of wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft and accommodate up to five A321-size aircraft simultaneously, or a combination of A330/A340 and A321s. This unique, A380-capable, 8,500 m² facility has already begun to positively impact employment with the creation of nearly 200 jobs over the coming years which will be divided between Vallair employees and Read more

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IAG Engine Center U.S.A. appoints Joe Ujczo Vice President of Operations

IAG Engine Center U.S.A. has appointed Joe Ujczo as the new Vice President of Operations, effective October 2021. Ujczo will be responsible for all production activities including engineering, material procurement and logistics. Ujczo brings more than 25 years of aerospace engineering, MRO turbine engines and component repair experience to IAG Engine Center U.S.A. He has served as Operations Manager, Component Repair of Rolls-Royce Engine Services Oakland, Commercial Business Unit Manager of Pratt & Whitney San Antonio along with other key positions in industry leading aerospace companies.

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Sabena technics and Liebherr-Aerospace sign ATR42/72-600 maintenance agreement

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Sabena technics and Liebherr-Aerospace have signed a ten-year Pay-by-the-Hour maintenance agreement covering the new air management system (NAMS) component repairs for all ATR42/72-600 aircraft fleets supported by the European MRO. The new air management system developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace, has entered into service at the end of 2020 on ATR’s 42/72 aircraft family. The regional aircraft program will benefit from this highly reliable system as it generates and enhances on-board comfort for passengers and crew while substantially reducing operations’ costs. Through this ten-year agreement, Liebherr-Aerospace will be handling the comprehensive product support and services for Sabena technics’ operators through Read more

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EU and State of Qatar sign fair competition landmark aviation deal

The European Union and the state of Qatar have signed a major aviation transport agreement relating to flights between the two destinations. Currently Qatar is the 15th most-popular destination country for EU travelers, attracting 6.3 million passengers in 2019. The intention is for the agreement between the EU and Qatar to establish a new global benchmark by including social and environmental protection amidst a commitment to fair competition from both sides. European Commissioner Adina Vălean, responsible for mobility and transport, said: “This agreement, the first one between the EU and the Gulf region, is a global benchmark for forward-looking aviation Read more

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Timothy J. McBride named President of ST Engineering North America

ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group, has appointed Timothy J. McBride as President of ST Engineering North America, its U.S. headquarters in Alexandria, VA, effective November 1, 2021. The U.S. is the group’s single largest market outside of Singapore, and contributes about a quarter of total revenue. McBride joins the group from Raytheon Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations, responsible for developing and executing advocacy strategies as well as advancing the company’s global business interests. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for United Technologies (UTC), where he Read more

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