MAAS Aviation predicts colourful horizons ahead

Condor’s new bold striped livery ©MAAS Aviation

MAAS Aviation, recognised as an expert in aircraft painting and exterior coatings, continues to see mounting optimism in the aviation sector as it reports a buoyant start to 2022. Chief Commercial Officer, Richard Marston, comments: “The industry is seeing strong post-pandemic growth as travel restrictions ease and we go back to everyday life. With more aircraft returning to the skies, the global MAAS teams have been busy with programmes for new and existing customers throughout the first quarter of this year. With the 21/22 winter painting season coming to an end, there is plenty to talk about.” Statistics from IATA Read more

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Altavair opens new office in Dublin

Altavair L.P. (Altavair), a global leader in commercial aviation lease finance, has announced the expansion of its international footprint with the opening of Altavair Limited in Dublin, Ireland. The new office and team will complement Altavair’s existing operations in London, Seattle and Singapore with increased support in marketing, technical, accounting, legal and contract management. “We are energised by our continued growth and believe this is a logical next step in our evolution to better serve our investors and airline customers,” said Steve Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer of Altavair. “Entering the Dublin market has long been on our radar and with Read more

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Staffing problems force IAG to scale back summer short-haul schedule

©British Airways had to cut back on the number of short-haul flights owing to staffing problems

 IAG, parent company to BA, Vueling, Iberia and Aer Lingus, has decided to cut back on an anticipated summer ramp-up in short-haul flights owing to staffing problems. As a result of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus which has led to flight crew shortages, together with a general lack of ground staff, plus IT problems, multiple flights had already been cancelled during the first quarter of the year. This resulted in a first-quarter operating loss of €754 million, substantially missing average analyst forecasts of a €510 million loss, though the Group does expect to be operating profitably throughout the Read more

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Astronics expands and enhances CorePower® product offering for emerging electric aircraft industry

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defence, and other mission critical industries, has expanded its CorePower® product portfolio and capabilities to address the needs of the emerging electric aircraft industry. The company’s CorePower product line offers advanced flight-critical electrical power generation, conversion, distribution and control, primarily for smaller rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in both commercial and military markets. Astronics has over 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing highly efficient and reliable aircraft electrical power solutions. The aerospace industry today is making significant investments in More Electric Aircraft (MEA) architectures, including specifically electric propulsion and Read more

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Airbus expands training portfolio to include Evidence Based Training

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Airbus is expanding its flight training portfolio, by extending its Competency Based [pilot] Training and Assessment (CBTA) offer to include Evidence Based Training (EBT). This new flight training concept will enable airlines to incorporate operational and training data in order to adapt training programmes for technical and non-technical skills. EBT is currently being offered as an option to customers as an alternative to Recurrent Training & Checking (RTC) for pilots -traditionally a method that is oriented towards tasks and task-based training and assessment, or as an enhancement to CBTA – a technique which has been well implemented across the aviation Read more

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Boeing reports increased stability and growth for aircraft finance sector

Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has released the 2022 Commercial Aircraft Financing Market Outlook (CAFMO) showing improving financing stability as the industry recovers from the impacts of the global pandemic. “Financiers and investors remain committed to the long-term fundamentals that continue to make aircraft a valuable asset class,” said Tim Myers, president of Boeing Capital Corporation. “Despite the changing landscape since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry remains resilient and there continues to be sufficient liquidity in the market for our customers with increasing opportunities as traffic recovers.” The 2022 CAFMO reflects Boeing’s Read more

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Kalitta Air commits to using ExxonMobil aviation lubricants across its fleet

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ExxonMobil has announced that Kalitta Air will now use Mobil Jet™ Oil II and Mobil™ HyJet™ IV-Aplus across its entire fleet. Kalitta Air, which currently uses Mobil Jet Oil II as well as Mobilgrease™ 33 and Mobilgrease™ 28 in its Boeing 777 freighter fleet, will commit to using Mobil Jet Oil II in its Boeing 747-400 freighter fleet and transition both to Mobil HyJet IV-Aplus. The airline cited the ability to streamline efficiencies in its procurement and maintenance departments as a key reason for transitioning to ExxonMobil aviation lubricants. To meet customer demands, Kalitta Air needed solutions to boost efficiencies Read more

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Rex and Delta Air Lines announce partnership

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Rex, Australia’s independent regional and domestic airline, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Delta Air Lines, confirming the parties’ intention to enter into a ‘definitive commercial agreement’. The final agreement will see Rex and Delta providing reciprocal interline ticketing and baggage services to each other commencing during the third quarter of 2022. “This is a milestone moment for Rex and our passengers. Rex is delighted to forge a partnership with America’s most awarded airline. Our tie-up with Delta will help boost the post-COVID return of long-haul international travel,” Rex Deputy Chairman, the Hon John Sharp AM, said. “Delta Read more

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IBA outlines continued buoyancy of the freighter aircraft marketplace

IBA, the aviation industry consultant, has outlined the continued buoyancy of the freighter aircraft marketplace, even as the recovery from the pandemic gathers pace. The Boeing 737-800 freighter fleet has almost doubled in size to 113 from 59 a year ago, demonstrating its sustained appeal as an aircraft of optimal size and value for conversion. Despite its increasing legacy status, the Boeing 767-300 freighter fleet has also continued to grow from 127 to 156, driven by the plentiful availability of feedstock aircraft from retiring passenger fleets. Despite their much smaller baseline numbers, data from IBA’s InsightIQ platform demonstrates a clear Read more

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StandardAero sets goals to achieve net 45% carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon footprint by 2050

In conjunction with Earth Day, StandardAero has announced that the company is setting a global goal to reduce its overall carbon footprint by net 45% by the year 2030 and to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050. The new goals were launched to enhance the success of StandardAero’s GreenERmro initiative, a multi-year programme to reduce, reuse and recycle precious resources that promote a circular economy. The GreenERmro programme embodies the company’s quest for sustainability and for taking practical, common sense approaches to make improvements that reduce consumption, minimise waste and limit environmental impact. StandardAero’s most recent GreenERmro efforts were focused Read more

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