Vancouver International Airport breaks ground on multi-year expansion

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) broke ground on a number of capital construction projects to enhance the airport experience and improve YVR’s competitive position as a world-class connecting hub. The projects are part of YVR’s multi-year expansion plans that will see the airport complete 75 major projects, totaling CA$9.1 billion over the next 20 years. YVR is one of the fastest-growing airports in North America. It welcomed a record 24.2 million passengers in 2017 and is forecasting 32 million passengers by 2022. About 327,000 tonnes of cargo are expected to move through the airport by 2020. These newest construction projects will Read more

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SAS opens new route from Copenhagen to Hong Kong

In October, SAS will open a new route from Copenhagen to Hong Kong. This means that the route that currently flies from Stockholm, Arlanda, to Hong Kong, will be moved to Copenhagen, Kastrup, starting from the 2018 winter program. Since launching the route three years ago, SAS has faced challenges when it comes to profitability on the Stockholm-Hong Kong route. However, thanks to a new airport slot, SAS will now be able to offer a more attractive timetable with in demand night flights to and from Hong Kong. In order to be able to exploit the new airport slot and Read more

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Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service receive first H175s in public services configuration

Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations. In 2015, GFS became the launch customer of the H175 in public services version with an order for seven helicopters. The four remaining helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year. GFS’s new H175 will progressively replace their current fleet of AS332 L2 and H155, which currently provide 24-hour Read more

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering wins line maintenance contract with Air Transat

MRO provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), has been awarded a new line maintenance contract with Canadian carrier, Air Transat. The new agreement covers full line maintenance support for Air Transat’s fleet of A310 and A330 aircraft at Glasgow airport. Air Transat, a MAEL customer since 2007, operates six weekly departures from Glasgow from May to October as part of their extended summer flight programme. Since becoming an independent MRO provider in October 2017, MAEL has announced a wide range of new agreements with airlines which, in addition to Air Transat, include Virgin Atlantic Airways, China Airlines, Wizz Air, Icelandair and Read more

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Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines seek antitrust immunized joint venture

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) seeking immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture (JV) that promises significant advantages for consumers. If approved, this will be Hawaiian’s first JV, and the first JV in the United States that does not involve one of the three largest U.S. carriers. The antitrust immunized joint venture (ATI-JV) will build upon the codeshare partnership that the two carriers initiated in March, allowing them to coordinate marketing and sales efforts and share costs Read more

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American Airlines protests innocence as it settles US$45 million lawsuit

American Airlines Group (American), one of four U.S. carriers subject to an antitrust lawsuit over collusion to limit plane capacity and in so doing, driving up domestic airfares, has agreed to pay US$45 million to draw matters to a close. The carrier has admitted no wrongdoing and American’s spokesman Matt Miller advised that the carrier had “dramatically increased” domestic capacity over the investigated period. He made it clear that while capacity had grown, fares had fallen to a near all-time low, stating that: “Despite our firm conviction in the appropriateness of our actions, costs to defend against antitrust litigation often Read more

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Donaldson to develop inlet barrier filters for installation on Leonardo AW169 Helicopters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, has signed an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter. After development and testing, the dry and oiled media IBFs will be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an addition to the Type Certificate. Once certified, the IBFs will be available as a factory option for new Leonardo helicopters as well as retrofitted to in-service European AW169s as a customer option. The IBFs will keep contamination, including dirt, dust, salt, and foreign objects, from degrading the performance of the AW169’s Read more

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NAC lease four new Embraer E190’s to LOT Polish Airlines

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has committed to lease four new Embraer E190’s to LOT Polish Airlines. The placement of the new aircraft are from NAC’s existing Embraer order book. As of January 2019, LOT will operate the E190’s on new routes direct to London (LCY). This will bring their network connection to 100 destinations worldwide. “We are extremely happy to announce this prestigious destination as our 100th connection in our network. LOT has a long lasting history of operations to London Heathrow, where we are flying three times a day. Now we are opening the new chapter by putting two Read more

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Rolls-Royce confirms 4,600 jobs will go

As part of its restructuring, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that 4,600 jobs are to go worldwide, including 3,000 positions based in the UK, the majority being managerial and administrative roles. The company has not ruled out the need for compulsory redundancies. It has also been confirmed that some engineers will also be leaving, predominantly those in early-stage design as they are not presently needed. This is the biggest round of redundancies since 2001 and by the end of this year 1,500 of the 4,600 jobs will have been axed. The cost of these redundancies, along with other restructuring, may well reach Read more

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RUAG accomplishes first overhaul of PW206 engine

For the first time, RUAG Aviation has overhauled a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206 engine. The maintenance of the engine that is used in the Airbus H135 and H135M helicopters was carried out in the engine maintenance shop in Stans. The fact that the PW206 engines can now be maintained in-house at RUAG Aviation will help to increase the availability of the Swiss Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The Swiss Air Force has more than 20 of these helicopters, which are still listed under their former name “EC635”. Each of these helicopters is provided with two Pratt & Whitney PW206 turboshafts. Read more

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