OGMA got certified as a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization

Industria Aeronautica de Portugal, got certified as a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) by the Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil (INAC), per the European Agency for the Safety of Aviation (EASA) applicable regulations; this new competence includes as well the capacity to perform aircraft condition evaluations and issue the related Airworthiness Evaluation Certificates. With this certification OGMA widens its scope of services to aircraft airworthiness management, including maintenance planning and control, reliability management of components, systems and structures and also condition evaluation, adding value to its already extensive portfolio in aircraft, engines and components maintenance. At start, this certification covers all Read more

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Starflyer takes delivery of first A320-200 from AWAS

AWAS delivered an Airbus A320-200 passenger aircraft to Starflyer, a successful and growing Japanese airline.  This is the first of three planned deliveries from AWAS to Starflyer through 2014, and this delivery will be the sixth aircraft in their fleet.This new aircraft will be used on three routes: Tokyo (Haneda) to Kitakyushu, Kansai and Fukuoka (from July 2011).

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First Airbus Military C295 with AEW&C rotodome completes maiden flight

The first Airbus Military C295 development aircraft fitted with an Airbone Early Warning and Command (AEW&C) rotodome has successfully completed its first flight on 7th June 2011 at Airbus Military’s site in Seville (Spain). The flight follows extensive research and development work, including wind tunnel testing, leading to the conversion of a C295 to be fitted with the in-house developed rotodome. The aircraft took off at 17h16 local time (15h16 UTC) and landed at 20h04 local time (18h04 UTC), after a flight lasting 2h48 (wheels off – wheels down).

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Air Lease Corporation issues $120 million in unsecured notes

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has issued $120 million in Senior Unsecured Notes in a private placement to institutional investors. The notes contain a 5% coupon for a 5-year term with a maturity of June 6, 2016. The issuance constitutes the first time ALC has obtained long term unsecured financing under the SEC’s Regulation D in a private placement to institutional investors. “The issuance of these notes sends a strong signal from the investment community about ALC’s stated goal of tapping unsecured financing to fund our future fleet acquisitions,” said Jim Clarke, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ALC.

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REVIMA APU joins REVIMA Group

Brotonne Capital, the holding company of REVIMA, a leading landing gear MRO provider based in Normandy, France, has completed the acquisition of REVIMA APU from Hamilton Sundstrand, forming the REVIMA Group. Over the past six years, REVIMA APU has become a world class APU MRO provider, developing significantly its activity on Hamilton Sundstrand, Pratt and Whitney Canada (“P&WC”), and Honeywell APU families.  As a wholly-owned company of Hamilton Sundstrand, REVIMA APU implemented numerous strategic process improvements in an effort to better serve their growing customer base. REVIMA APU will significantly grow the portfolio of the REVIMA Group, positioning REVIMA APU as the largest Read more

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First ANA crews complete Boeing 787 pilot training

Boeing and ANA have completed pilot training in Seattle, Wash., for the first airline crews who will fly the 787 Dreamliner. Ten ANA pilots concluded their training after each pilot performed flights in ZA001 – the first 787 flight test airplane – over Washington state. These initial crews to go through training are ANA’s senior training pilots and check airmen and will conduct both simulator and airplane line training for ANA in Japan. They will be the first pilots on 787 commercial flights for ANA. Airplane ZA001 was used to conduct two base training flights on May 25 with Boeing instructor pilots Read more

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Airline places order for up to six Bombardier CSeries aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace reported that an unidentified airline has placed a firm order for three CS100 aircraft and options on three more. Deliveries of the aircraft will start in 2014. Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order placed by the unidentified carrier is valued at $186 million, which could increase to $385 million, should all three options be converted to firm orders.

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Albanian Airlines acquires BAe 146-300 from BAE Systems

Albanian Airlines has bought and taken delivery of a BAe 146-300 regional jetliner from BAE Systems. The aircraft, configured in a comfortable six-abreast, 98-seat all-economy class layout, joins two other BAe 146s (one Series 200 and one Series 300) that are used by the airline. This third aircraft has been acquired to increase frequencies on existing routes from the capital Tirana and for route expansion. Albanian Airlines was acquired in August 2009 by the Turkish Evsen Group, and has been restructured and put on a better foundation for future growth.

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bmi enhances commitment with Lufthansa Technik

British airline group bmi is to further expand its cooperation with Lufthansa Technik with the signing of two new agreements. The first sees bmi and Lufthansa Technik extend the base maintenance agreement for 41 aircraft, the second is a new partnership for line maintenance support at London Heathrow airport. Lufthansa Technik will continue to supply base maintenance services for the 41 aircraft of the complete bmi and bmibaby fleets which consist presently of 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft, two Airbus A330 and 14 Boeing 737 aircraft. More than 200 C-Checks, which will vary in scope and can be individually configured Read more

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AJ Walter Aviation to provide integrated consumables management for Small Planet Airlines

Small Planet Airlines has chosen A J Walter Aviation to provide integrated consumables management. This new contract will support charter flight programmes from Fiumicino (Rome) and Malpensa (Milan) throughout the year. Recently expanded Small Planet Airlines now operates in Italy and AJW will position spares consignments to support the airline’s line maintenance programme. AJW’s flexible and integrated approach to consumables management will ease the demand management process for Small Planet Airlines, resulting in reduced inventory and transaction costs. Small Planet Airlines is part of the Lithuanian aviation business – Avia Solution Group – and provides full charter, ACMI and ad-hoc flights Read more

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