ST Engineering signs five-year contract with international air cargo carrier

ST Engineering has signed a five-year airframe heavy maintenance contract with an international air cargo carrier. As part of the contract which took effect January 1, 2021, ST Engineering is to provide heavy maintenance support for multiple fleet types for the carrier at the Group’s airframe facilities in Mobile, Alabama, U.S. and other locations in the Group’s network. In addition to heavy maintenance, ST Engineering also caters to the carrier’s needs for landing gear replacements as well as special maintenance visits of various aircraft types at its Mobile facility.

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Rolls-Royce runs first engine on Testbed 80

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Rolls-Royce has successfully completed the first engine run on its state-of-the-art Testbed 80, which will be the largest and smartest indoor aerospace testbed when it is officially opened in the coming months. With an internal area of 7,500 m2, making it larger than a Premiership football pitch, the testbed conducted its first run on a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine at the test facility in Derby, U.K. This is a major milestone in the project which has been under construction for almost three years and represents a £90 million (US$122 million) investment. Testbed 80 has been designed to test a range Read more

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F/LIST CANADA receives AMO certificate

F/LIST CANADA, a subsidiary of F/LIST, the internationally renowned manufacturer of high-end interiors, is approved pursuant to CAR 573.02 for the maintenance of aeronautical products, and holds ratings in the categories: components, aircraft seats, cabin furnishings, galley and lavatory equipment. F/LIST’s production facility and veneer competence center in Canada has successfully offered full component production, refurbishments, and other aftermarket services, showroom management, and liaison engineering since 2017. The production facility in Laval with fully equipped paint shop, state-of-the-art veneer processing technology, and a manpower of 60 by 2021, can offer fast and flexible production and services. The AMO certificate represents Read more

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All Nippon Helicopter’s H160 completes first flight

First flight of Nippon Helicopters H160 helicopter ©Airbus

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160 will replace one of its AS365s.  The H160 was granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in July 2020, with the certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) expected in early 2021. Upon delivery of the helicopter, Read more

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Norwegian ends all long-haul flights, shelving entire 787 Dreamliner fleet

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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (Norwegian) has announced that the low-cost carrier is ending all long-haul flights. It will now focus on restructuring the airline by concentrating on short-haul domestic routes, flights to other Nordic countries, and key European destinations. “Our short-haul network has always been the backbone of Norwegian and will form the basis of a future resilient business model,” Jacob Schram, the CEO of Norwegian, said. Approximately 1,000 jobs are likely to go this side of the Atlantic, and a further 1,000 jobs will go on the other side in the U.S., with similar number being shed in Spain, Read more

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Patrick Biebel to head MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

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Effective January 1, Patrick Biebel took over the helm of MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Sumitomo Corporation headquartered in Amsterdam. In his role as Managing Director, Biebel follows on from Andrea Lübke and will be responsible for MTU’s leasing business, asset management activities, and driving the company forward. Prior to this position, Biebel was Vice President Corporate Development and in charge of all of MTU’s mergers and acquisitions and business development activities – ensuring the future growth and success of MTU’s aftermarket division. Biebel joined MTU in 2012 and has assumed various Read more

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Delta Air Lines posts December quarter- and full full-year 2020 financial results

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Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2020 and provided its outlook for the March quarter 2021.   Adjusted pre-tax loss of US$2.1 billion excludes nearly US$1 billion of items directly related to the impact of, and in response to, COVID-19, including charges associated with employee pay and benefit changes, which were offset by the benefit of the CARES Act payroll support program (PSP) grant recognized in the quarter. Adjusted operating revenue of US$3.5 billion declined 69% on 62% lower sellable capacity versus the prior-year period. Total operating expense, which includes US$930 million Read more

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AerSale selects Precision to supply modification kits for 24 Boeing 757-200 aircraft

Precision Aircraft Solutions has been awarded a contract from AerSale® to supply Precision B757-200PCF modification kits for AerSale’s 757-200 aircraft. AerSale recently announced the acquisition of (24) 757-200s, and work has already begun to install Precision’s premier 757-200PCF conversion kit on AerSale’s first aircraft, MSN 29594 which was manufactured in 1999. Stated Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Brian McCarthy stated that: “AerSale has been a select 757 cargo conversion facility for Precision since 2013, and is focused on expanding its presence in the narrow-body cargo aircraft arena. As a cargo conversion expert, we are pleased to see their continued Read more

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Mesa officially opens new maintenance hangar at Beja Airport, Portugal

©Mesa's new maintenance hangar at Beja’s Civil Terminal, Portugal

Mesa, the engineering and maintenance company arm of the Hi Fly group, has officially opened its new hangar at Beja’s Civil Terminal for maintenance of Airbus aircraft. The facilities cover an area of about 9,500 m² for aircraft maintenance, and includes workshops, warehouse, offices, training facilities and other support premises. The new hangar operates around the clock and will serve as a base maintenance unit for Hi Fly’s Airbus fleet, as well as for other airlines which have maintenance contracts with MESA. The hangar is ready to receive and service Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330, A340 and A350 aircraft, and Read more

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi commences operations in Abu Dhabi

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing on January 15, followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on February 4, 2021. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings, initially announced a route network that includes Athens, Thessaloniki, Alexandria, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan. Further destinations will be launched over the coming months.

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