One Passenger Dies as Southwest Airlines Jet Engine Explodes in Mid Air

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One passenger has died, and seven passengers have been injured as a result of an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines jet bound from New York to Dallas. The plane, Flight 1380 was a Boeing 737-700 with 149 passengers and crew on board. The plane made a successful emergency landing at Philadelphia just before noon, local time. The engine in question was a CFM56 which is widely used on passenger jets, with over 29,000 engines delivered to over 500 operators worldwide, powering 13,400 single-aisle commercial jetliners. It is understood that when the engine exploded, debris shattered one of the planes Read more

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Deer Jet to enroll 12 aircraft from its Gulfstream fleet into Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan

Honeywell has signed a three-year contract with Deer Jet, the largest business aviation operator in Asia Pacific, to enroll 12 aircraft from its Gulfstream fleet into the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan and another nine aircraft into the Honeywell Mechanical Protection Plan. Existing protection plans on Deer Jet aircraft have already saved the company nearly US$1m. The Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) is a maintenance service program and protection plan that offers fast and cost-efficient avionics support to business and general aviation operators. Honeywell’s program plays a significant role in operators avoiding unexpected maintenance costs and keeping fleets optimized and flight-ready. Read more

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Bombardier delivers first Challenger 650 aircraft converted into Air Ambulance to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

Bombardier has delivered the first Challenger 650 aircraft converted into an air ambulance, to long-standing customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. The Swiss air ambulance service will take possession of two more Challenger 650 aircraft this year, replacing its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet. These robust, spacious and high-performing aircraft are being specially outfitted with intensive care units, representing the next generation of airborne medical evacuation. Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, a non-profit foundation and one of the world’s pioneers in aeromedical evacuation, carries out air-rescue operations in Switzerland with a fleet of 17 rescue helicopters and repatriates patients from abroad with three ambulance jets. Read more

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Royal Jordanian signs component services contract with Spairliners

Jordan’s flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, has signed a component services contract with Spairliners, the leading Integrated Component Care provider for Embraer E-Jet and Airbus A380 aircraft. Effective from March 2018 the contract covers the component supply and repair management of Royal Jordanian Airlines’ E-Jet fleet consisting of three E175 and two E195 aircraft. Spairliners will supply Royal Jordanian Airlines’ fleet from its component pool and logistic hub in Paris, France, as well as its central spare parts warehouse in Munich, Germany. The contracted services include streamlined supply chain management, pool access, repair management and tailored logistics services for Line Replaceable Read more

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Rotable Repairs appoints Lionel Fearon MRO General Manager

As part of its ongoing plans for capacity expansion and to inject further knowledge and expertise into its new production lines Rotable Repairs has announced the engagement of Lionel Fearon. Fearon was until recently a Technical Engineer / C.C.E. at the British Airways workshops in Heathrow. Technically responsible for Mechanical Systems / Components in Hydraulics, Fuel, Power Generation and Wheels and Brakes he managed and maintained technical standards, safety and reliability, providing technical support for 150 technicians and engineers and managing a team of 9 Product Support Engineers.

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Jiangsu Jet signs agreement for Jeppesen Operator platform

Jeppesen, a Boeing Company, has signed a three-year agreement with Jiangsu Jet to provide the China-based business aviation operator with Jeppesen Operator, an online business aviation platform. The deal for the next-generation platform strengthens Jeppesen’s services commitment in the region and will assist Jiangsu Jet with enhancing operational efficiency by integrating key business aviation needs, including overall flight planning, runway performance and crew & fleet scheduling and management in a ‘one stop shop,’ self-service environment. A new Personal Assistant app has recently been added as a new Operator feature to increase productivity, providing essential flight information in a quick reference Read more

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Ameco and Sino Jet sign business jet maintenance agreement

On April 18th, during ABACE 2018, Ameco has signed a business jet maintenance agreement with Sino Jet to provide the latter with airframe services. The new agreement will further strengthen the long-term cooperation between the two companies. Ameco will provide its customer high-quality services relying on its maintenance capability and strong service network in eleven domestic cities. Founded in 2011, Sino Jet is managing and operating more than 30 business jets domestically and abroad.

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Embraer announces new Executive Vice-President Finance and Investor Relations

Embraer has reported that José Antonio de Almeida Filippo has resigned as Executive Vice-President Finance and Investor Relations, effective April 17, 2018, to pursue new professional projects. The Board of Directors of the Company elected on April 17, Nelson Krahenbuhl Salgado, as an interim measure, for the position of Executive Vice-President Finance and Investor Relations, replacing Filippo. Nelson will also accumulate his current institutional relations duties. Nelson Salgado holds bachelor´s, master´s and doctorate degree in Engineering and an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He has been with Embraer for 30 years, having started his career in the Read more

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The European Court of Justice has strengthened the rights of passengers

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According to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), airlines may also be obliged to pay compensation to passengers in the event of wild strikes. The Luxembourg judges ruled on Tuesday that airlines are not automatically exempt from their obligation to pay compensation in the event of flight cancellations or delays due to unlawful work stoppages under collective bargaining agreements. Rather, decisions must be taken on a case-by-case basis. The background to the trial was the wild strike by Tuifly employees in autumn 2016, which resulted in more than 100 flights being cancelled, while many others were delayed Read more

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Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech to become new CEO of Austrian Airlines

Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech, currently Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Cargo, is to become the new CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines from August 1, 2018 thus the designated successor to Kay Kratky. The Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines must approve this proposal at its next meeting. Dorothea von Boxberg, currently Head of Global Sales Management at Lufthansa Cargo, shall succeed in the position of Chief Commercial Officer on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo as of August 1, 2018. The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo must approve this proposal at its next meeting.

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