Tibet Airlines takes delivery of its first A319

Tibet Airlines, a newly established Chinese airline based in Lhasa, Tibetan autonomous region of China, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319, becoming Airbus’ newest operator in China. This aircraft is the first out of three A319s, an order which was placed in May 2010. Tibet Airlines’ A319 accommodates 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, with eight seats in premium and 120 in economy class. The aircraft is powered by CFM56-5B engines. The aircraft will operate at the highest airports in the world such as Ali Kunsha, Tibet, which is above 14,000ft, and fly RNP-AR (Required Navigation Performance – Read more

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Garuda Indonesia adds new A330s to fleet

Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has signed a new firm order for four A330-300s. The airline has chosen the latest 235 tonne maximum take-off weight variant for long-haul services to all destinations to the Middle East, Asia and Pacific from its hubs in Jakarta and Denpasar. The airline will furthermore convert three previously ordered A330-200s into -300 versions. The new aircraft will join a fleet of seven leased A330-200s and six A330-300s already in service with the airline. This purchase agreement follows an order for six A330-200s signed in July 2010 and will increase the total A330 fleet Read more

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StandardAero expands service capabilities at Omaha support center

StandardAero Business Aviation has expanded its service offerings at its support center in Omaha, Neb. to include line level support for the Honeywell, TFE731 engine. This new service addition, combined with StandardAero’s Mobile Service Team (MST) support network, gives Omaha-based operators a local alternative for nose-to-tail services, now including engine support, in the region. StandardAero has long maintained support operations in Omaha but not local TFE731 line level support. The new Honeywell authorization provides a critical support element for operators in the immediate area. StandardAero Omaha is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved repair station pursuant to 14 C.F.R. Part Read more

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Desser Tire & Rubber appointed as Dunlop distributor for The America’s

Desser Tire & Rubber Co., has boosted its global presence with its appointment as a Dunlop distributor for The America’s. Desser Tire and Rubber and its affiliate retreat repair station, Aero Wheel and Brake Service, join one of the world’s specialist aircraft tire manufacturer to provide new aircraft tire distribution and retreading services to the expanding North and South American market.      

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Eurocopter Holding acquires 98.32% of Vector Aerospace corporation shares

Eurocopter Holding, a subsidiary of EADS, and Vector Aerospace Corporation, a Canadian corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, reported that all of the terms and conditions of the offer by 7762798 Canada Inc. (the “Offeror”), to acquire at a price of C$13.00 in cash per share, all of the outstanding Common Shares of Vector Aerospace, including all shares that may be issued on the exercise of options granted under Vector Aerospace’s share option plan (the “Offer”), have been satisfied prior to the expiry of the Offer at 2:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on June 30, 2011. The acquisition of Vector Read more

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to eliminate about 1,500 positions

Lockheed Martin released that there will be reductions in employment across its Aeronautics business area as part of a plan to improve the affordability of its products and increase operational efficiency. Lockheed Martin currently has about 28,000 employees at its principal Aeronautics sites in Texas, Georgia and California and at six smaller locations in as many states. Reductions may occur across the enterprise, with the greatest impacts occurring at the larger sites. An organizational assessment will determine how to trim the organization with a target reduction of approximately 1,500 employees. Ralph D. Heath, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said, “Bold and Read more

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Airbus’ joint venture in China to increase A320 rudder production

Airbus has signed an agreement with its Chinese partners on progressively increasing the production of A320 rudder at the Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and AVIC HAFEI and other Chinese partners. According to the agreement, HMC will increase its production of A320 rudders progressively in the next years to reach 21 shipsets per month by 2014, which represents half of the total production of A320 rudders worldwide. Currently HMC produces about three shipsets of A320 rudders per month.

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Airstream concludes sale of two Fokker 70’s

Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of two Fokker 70 Aircraft on behalf of Gladiator Leasing. The aircraft, serial numbers 11571 and 11575, have been sold to Alliance Airlines of Australia. They were previously operated by Malev Hungarian Airlines. Gladiator acquired the aircraft in 2008 in a sale and leaseback transaction with Malev, also arranged by Airstream.

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ONUR AIR and OEMServices sign extended agreement on A320-A321 component services

ONUR AIR has extended its existing agreement with OEMServices for its 21 A320-A321 fleet, OEMServices providing ONUR AIR with a unique consolidated OEM package including component inventory support, logistics and repair by the hour services. By signing this agreement, ONUR AIR rewards OEMServices for the quality of its support, and will now benefit from extended services for its entire A320 family fleet. ONUR AIR, based in Istanbul, Turkey, operates 21 A320 – A321, as well as some A330 and A300-600 Airbus Aircraft, mainly to European, Middle Eastern and Turkish routes. OEMServices is a Joint Venture founded by four major original Read more

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Airline Services opens major new Aircraft Component Repair Workshop facility

Airline Services Limited (ASL) one of the UK’s leading provider of aircraft interior and ramp presentation services, is further expanding its portfolio with the opening of a major new Aircraft Component Repair Workshop at London Stansted Airport (STN). The new 24,000 sq ft facility will provide test, repair and overhaul services for a wide range of component categories including Avionics, Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics, Safety Equipment, Structures and Tooling Calibration.  This is in addition to existing capability for Galley Equipment, Interior Trim items such as sidewalls, ceiling & cargo bay panels and cockpit sliding windows.

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