Record U.S. Passenger Numbers Recorded – Satisfaction Levels Drop

While a record number of U.S. passengers were recorded in 2017, an increase of 4.5% compared to 2016 figures, the resultant increase in volume has seen a drop in the level of satisfaction experienced by passengers. The result of an annual Air Travelers in America Survey has revealed that of those passengers questioned, only 81% were satisfied with their overall experience, down from 85% recorded in 2016. This drop is not seen as surprising given an increase in crowding at airports and on flights, mainly due to an improved economy and low fares. All age groups and household income bands Read more

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GE Aviation opens pneumatics laboratory

GE Aviation, Rockford commissioned a world-class facility that enables the company to test jet engine components under a full range of temperatures, pressures and other conditions. The Advanced Engineering Pneumatics Test Laboratory, known as AdEPT, represents a US$13m investment, and will help fuel continued growth at the Rockford plant. The new facility is dedicated to testing of complex, high-precision components including engine pneumatic valves, starter systems, turbo machinery, heat exchangers, and bleed air systems. The 20,000-ft² AdEPT lab is capable of simulating a wide variety of conditions, combining pneumatic temperature, pressure and flow to simulate real-world conditions. The Rockford facility Read more

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hullo Aircrew celebrates online platform launch at London Oxford Airport

Following the successful introduction of the hullo Aircrew brand at EBACE last year, the technology start-up has officially launched its industry-first software platform designed to connect operators with aircrew for freelance and contract flights. Run by former Hangar8 and Gama Aviation executives Keiron Blay and Steve Payne from their base at London Oxford Airport, hullo Aircrew aims to reduce the labour-intensive task of vetting aircrew to just a few clicks and to eliminate expensive agency fees for both operators and freelancers. The platform works in two ways: Aircrew can apply for jobs or operators can request work from them directly Read more

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PPG awarded heated windshield contract for Bell 525 Relentless helicopter

PPG has been awarded the contract by Bell Helicopter to produce heated pilot and co-pilot windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless commercial helicopter. The PPG windshields will be available for customer specification on helicopters operating in mountainous areas and cold environments and for off-shore rescues. Bell has completed critical design review and approved PPG’s design for the composite windshields, which will have an outboard ply of stretched acrylic with a scratch-resistant coating and an inboard polycarbonate ply for enhanced strength. The windshields will meet Bell’s bird-strike requirement, which is to withstand the impact of a 2.2-pound bird at 185 knots. Read more

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Iberia’s first A350 in final assembly stage

Iberia’s first A350-900 is in the final assembly stage at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, with its wings now attached to the fuselage and the engine pylons and horizontal and vertical stabilisers being installed now, as the first electric system tests are also being carried out. Iberia’s first A-350-900 will undergo numerous tests on the ground before the full cockpit and passenger cabin are installed, the engines attached and the entire aircraft painted. Next come flight tests before the aircraft is delivered to the Airbus Delivery Center. Iberia, which flies only Airbus aircraft, has ordered 16 A350-900 that will Read more

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Sébastian Imbourg named new CFM Executive Vice President

CFM International announced that Sébastien Imbourg has been named executive vice president, replacing François Bastin. Bastin, who had served in the role since February 2015, has been appointed executive vice president of Commercial Engine Programs for Safran Aircraft Engines. As part of the CFM Executive Team, Imbourg is responsible for overseeing programs carried out by the CFM joint venture. Along with his counterpart at GE, Allen Paxson, he will also serve as the primary interface between the two companies. Within Safran Aircraft Engines, Imbourg is general manager of the CFM project department. Sébastien Imbourg began his career at Snecma, now Read more

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Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015. The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. Originally, the route was to be operated from May 3 Read more

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Aircraft wheel and brake specialist becomes Honeywell Authorized Service Center

Rotable Repairs, one of UK’s leading providers of wheel and brake MRO services, has signed a multi-year parts supply and license agreement with Honeywell, to become the UK’s first Authorized Wheel and Brake Service Center. The agreement, which came into effect beginning January 2018 will increase customer value and support. This will allow Rotable Repairs to offer competitive lead times, a low, dedicated pricing structure and a trustworthy service for all Honeywell products. Bryan Croft, Sales and Marketing Director of Rotable Repairs stated: “The agreement further establishes our growing relationship with Honeywell and our requirement to provide our customers with Read more

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Southwest Airlines to begin shipping cargo to select destinations

Southwest Airlines intents to begin shipping cargo to select international destinations beginning in May 2018, subject to requisite government approvals. The first international destinations Southwest Airlines Cargo® expects to serve are Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta with more international destinations planned for 2018. “By offering the cross-border services that our Customers are looking for, we’re able to help meet the needs of businesses throughout the United States and, soon, in Mexico,” said Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Cargo and Charters. “As we enter the international cargo market for the first time, Customers will Read more

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Newly Branded Air Italy Aims to Become New Italian Flag-carrying Airline

Sardinia-based airline Meridiana is aiming to become Italy’s premier airline under a new name, Air Italy. The airline acquired the smaller Air Italy in 2011 and will adopt its name and fly as a new Air Italy. Alitalia, Italy’s previous flag carrier, went into administration in May last year and is now being auctioned off in parts to other European airlines. Meridiana is part owned by Qatar Airways (49%) and Alisarda S.p.A which originally owned the Sardinian airline Alisarda, which in turn merged with Spanish carrier Universair in 1991 to form Meridiana. The new Air Italy has put in place Read more

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