Norwegian ends all long-haul flights, shelving entire 787 Dreamliner fleet


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norwegian) has announced that the low-cost carrier is ending all long-haul flights. It will now focus on restructuring the airline by concentrating on short-haul domestic routes, flights to other Nordic countries, and key European destinations. “Our short-haul network has always been the backbone of Norwegian and will form the basis of a future resilient business model,” Jacob Schram, the CEO of Norwegian, said. Approximately 1,000 jobs are likely to go this side of the Atlantic, and a further 1,000 jobs will go on the other side in the U.S., with similar number being shed in Spain, Read more

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Patrick Biebel to head MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

Patrick Biebel

Effective January 1, Patrick Biebel took over the helm of MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Sumitomo Corporation headquartered in Amsterdam. In his role as Managing Director, Biebel follows on from Andrea Lübke and will be responsible for MTU’s leasing business, asset management activities and driving the company forward. Prior to this position, Biebel was Vice President Corporate Development and in charge of all of MTU’s mergers and acquisitions and business development activities – ensuring the future growth and success of MTU’s aftermarket division. Biebel joined MTU in 2012 and has assumed various Read more

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Delta Air Lines posts December quarter- and full full-year 2020 financial results

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Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2020 and provided its outlook for the March quarter 2021.  Adjusted pre-tax loss of US$2.1 billion excludes nearly US$1 billion of items directly related to the impact of, and the response to, COVID-19, including charges associated with employee pay and benefit changes, which were offset by the benefit of the CARES Act payroll support program (PSP) grant recognized in the quarter. Adjusted operating revenue of US$3.5 billion declined 69% on 62% lower sellable capacity versus the prior year period. Total operating expense, which includes US$930 million Read more

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AerSale selects Precision to supply modification kits for 24 Boeing 757-200 aircraft

Precision Aircraft Solutions has been awarded a contract from AerSale® to supply Precision B757-200PCF modification kits for AerSale’s 757-200 aircraft. AerSale recently announced the acquisition of (24) 757-200s, and work has already begun to install Precision’s premier 757-200PCF conversion kit on AerSale’s first aircraft, MSN 29594 which was manufactured in 1999. Stated Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Brian McCarthy, “AerSale has been a select 757 cargo conversion facility for Precision since 2013, and is focused on expanding its presence in the narrow-body cargo aircraft arena. As a cargo conversion expert, we are pleased to see their continued preference for Read more

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Mesa officially opens new maintenance hangar at Beja Airport, Portugal

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Mesa, the engineering and maintenance company part of the Hi Fly group, has officially opened its new hangar at Beja’s Civil Terminal  for maintenance of Airbus aircraft. The facilities cover an area of about 9,500 m² for aircraft maintenance, and includes workshops, warehouse, offices, training facilities and other support premises. The new hangar operates around the clock and will serve as a base maintenance unit for Hi Fly’s Airbus fleet, as well as for other airlines which have maintenance contracts with MESA. The Hangar is ready to receive and service Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330, A340 and A350, and has Read more

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi commences operations in Abu Dhabi

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing on January 15, followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on February 4, 2021. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings, initially announced a route network that includes Athens, Thessaloniki, Alexandria, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan. Further destinations will be launched over the coming months.

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Farsound achieves ASA-100 certification

Farsound released that it has met the requirements of the Aviation Suppliers Association’s Quality System Standard ASA-100 and FAA Advisory Circular 00-56B. Recent changes introduced by the CAAC (Chinese Airworthiness Authority) mandate aircraft parts distributors to be approved to quality standard ASA100 if they wish to continue supplying parts into China. Following a successful approval assessment audit, demonstrating compliance to the requirements, Farsound has received its approval certificate to ASA100. The ASA Accreditation Program is a 36-month audit program based on the ASA-100 Standard. The standard was created to comply with the FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 00-56, the Voluntary Industry Read more

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Deutsche Aircraft appoints Nico Neumann as VP Operations and Programs

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM), has appointed Nico Neumann to the position of Vice President Operations and Programs, where he is now responsible for team enhancement, production, maintenance and overall quality management of the D328eco™ as part of the Regional Aircraft Program. He is also tasked with oversight of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) construction at Leipzig Halle Airport. ‍Neumann began his career at 328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) in 2007 and has held a range of operational positions within the company. Most recently, he was the Director of Maintenance and Production, during which Read more

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Air Canada to reduce workforce by 1700 under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan

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Air Canada has announced that under its COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery Plan, it will be adjusting its network by further reducing first quarter system capacity by an additional 25%. This will result in the workforce being reduced by approximately 1700 employees, while a further 200 will be impacted at its Express carriers. The Canadian flag-carrying airline will be reducing approximately 25% of its planned capacity for the balance of the first quarter of 2021. With this reduction, capacity in the first quarter of 2021 will be about 20% of what Air Canada operated in the first quarter of 2019. Air Read more

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Thomas Rückert takes over position as CIO of the Lufthansa Group

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Thomas Rückert has taken over the position as Chief Information Officer of the Lufthansa Group on January 1, 2021.  He succeeds Roland Schütz, who left the company at his own request. Rückert joined Lufthansa Technik as a trainee in 1995 and over the past 25 years, he has held various positions at Lufthansa Technik in Germany, Ireland and the Philippines. Most recently Rückert was Vice President Maintenance Services and headed Lufthansa Technik’s worldwide overhaul network together with two other managers, reporting directly to the company’s Executive Board. As spokesman for the Product Division, his responsibilities included all shared services, product development Read more

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