First Sukhoi Superjet 100 for Aeroflot enters into commercial operation

Aeroflot Russian Airlines completed the first passenger flight of new Russian regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) from Moscow to St. Petersburg. This flight marked the beginning of commercial operation of the new aircraft by the Russian National carrier.  Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95008 was delivered to Aeroflot under a lease agreement with VEB-Leasing JSC.  The delivered aircraft is designed to carry 87 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout (12 – business class and 75 – in economy class). Aeroflot ordered 30 SSJ100 aircraft in total and plans to to purchase ten more.

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AAR to provide component MRO solution for Finnair

AAR has been selected to provide a rotable component support program for Finnair’s fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft. The three-year agreement with Finnair Technical Services encompasses materials and repair management for a complete inventory of 757 components that will be housed at Finnair Technical Services’ facilities at Helsinki Airport.  The program provides Finnair with competitive and predictable costs for the repair and provisioning of its 757 inventory while ensuring continuing high levels of service reliability. The program covers more than 250 rotable components for Finnair’s fleet of four 757 aircraft.

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Cambridge Airport selected for new UK professional flight training centre

Pilot Training College (PTC) has selected Cambridge Airport as the location for its new professional flight training academy, Pilot Training College (Cambridge), pending CAA approval, which is expected by Autumn this year.  The new partnership enables Pilot Training College to establish a noteworthy presence in the UK in addition to its existing Training Centres in Ireland at Waterford and Dublin, and in Florida, USA.  PTC trains up to 300 pilots per year and has contracts with leading airlines from around the world such as Flybe, Nasair, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air Astana.  Initially PTC will be basing a new Read more

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Eurocopter inaugurates new global logistics center in southern France

The new Eurocopter Global Logistics facility was inaugurated on June 16th in southern France, marking a major milestone in the evolution of Eurocopter’s global integrated support network for customers and also providing improved internal logistics for the company’s production and industrial activities. Eurocopter Global Logistics is the cornerstone of Eurocopter’s worldwide logistics distribution system, which includes platforms in Donauwörth, Germany, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, and Hong Kong as well as Customer Service Center in both Hong Kong and Dallas, Texas.  Located at the Les Florides industrial park near Eurocopter’s production plant in Marignane, this 53,500-square meter facility houses more than 1.5 Read more

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Boeing to boost 737 production rate to 42 airplanes per month in 2014

Boeing will increase the production rate for its Next-Generation 737 to 42 airplanes per month. Once implemented in the first half of 2014, the 737 program expects to build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes each year. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing. “Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate,” Albaugh said. “New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.” Albaugh emphasized the popularity of Boeing’s new passenger comfort features, noting Read more

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P&WC launches enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault's Falcon 2000S

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched an enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S business jet. The engine upgrade, which will bring improved environmental performance for the PW308C, is currently undergoing validation testing in preparation for certification in 2012.  The enhanced PW308C’s first engine run took place in February 2011 and the emission targets were achieved with margin. Certification is slated to take place within the next year. With product improvements to the combustion and fuel delivery systems, the enhanced PW308C engine will have best-in-class engine smoke and emissions performance.

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Boeing to build 10 C-17 Airlifters for Indian Air Force

India’s Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The Foreign Military Sale — approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2010 — establishes India as the C-17’s largest international customer. According to the agreement, India will take delivery of its C-17s in 2013 and 2014. Boeing will support India’s C-17 fleet through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. The GSP “virtual fleet” arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers — with varied fleet sizes — access to an extensive support Read more

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Virgin America launches LEAP engine with $1.4 billion order

Virgin America launched CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine with an order to power 30 new Airbus A320neo aircraft.  The airline also announced that CFM’s CFM56-5B will power 30 current technology A320s.  The 60 airplanes were announced in January of this year and the engine orders have a combined value of approximately $1.4 billion U.S. at list price.  Both the LEAP and CFM56-5B engines are products of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.  The new airplanes will begin delivery in 2016.

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Avinco places and sources 12 aircraft so far this year

Avinco, the specialist remarketing and leasing advisor based in Monaco and Dublin, has successfully placed five 737s and three A340s so far in 2011 as well as sourcing four A320 family aircraft on behalf of a new Chinese lessor. The 737s included two new surplus 800s sold on behalf of Air Europa, one early production 800 leased to Jet2.com (UK) and two classics sold on behalf of Air Austral (La Réunion). The A340s are owned by a US based fund and placed on long term lease to a South American carrier, due to be delivered later this year.

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Piedmont Aviation Component Services signs APU maintenance agreement with Alliance

Piedmont Aviation Component Services (“Piedmont”), has signed an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) maintenance Agreement with Alliance Airlines covering Alliance Fokker 100 fleet GTCP36-150 model APU. The value of the contract is estimated around  $1.5 million -$2 million over a five year term. Piedmont has been an authorized repair center for APUs for more than 15 years, among which are the Honeywell 36, 85, and 331 series, which allow the company to serve fleets all over the world.

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