IndiGo and AFI KLM E&M extend cooperation for component support

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The Airline-MRO AFI KLM E&M and India‘s leading airline operator IndiGo have signed an agreement to extend their component support contract covering over 350 aircraft. The range of services to be delivered by AFI KLM E&M includes component repairs, dedicated pool access, provision of a Main Base Kit (MBK) at the hub of IndiGo‘s airline operations in Delhi, as well as logistics support. By signing this long-term contract, the two companies are extending and strengthening a business relationship that began with the creation of IndiGo in 2006 and has been growing significantly over the past years, driven by the strong Read more

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JetBlue appoints new Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Carol Clements

JetBlue has appointed Carol Clements as Chief Digital and Technology Officer, effective April 26, 2021. In this role, Clements will be responsible for the New York-based airline’s information systems and technology strategies. She succeeds Eash Sundaram, who retired from JetBlue earlier this year after nearly a decade at the helm of innovation and technology strategy for the airline. Clements comes to JetBlue with more than a decade at Southwest Airlines, where she led the company-wide technology initiative to enable all commercial and operational capabilities for the carrier’s first-ever international expansion. During her time at Southwest Airlines, Clements also held leadership Read more

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GA Telesis receives orders for four additional 737-800 freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers

GA Telesis (GAT) has received four additional firm orders for 737-800SF freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI). The contract was executed by GAT’s LIFT (Leasing, Investments, Finance & Trading) Group. The first of the two originally contracted passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions was completed in March and delivered to Ethiopian Airlines. The second freighter aircraft is expected to be completed in May 2021. The additional order will be comprised of three conversion slots in the second half of 2021, with the remaining conversion slot reserved for early 2022. All work will be performed by authorized AEI Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Dothan, Read more

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Viva Aerobus to digitize aircraft records with FLYdocs

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Viva Aerobus, Mexico´s ultra-low-cost carrier, recently signed a deal with FLYdocs to digitize maintenance records for its fleet of 47 aircraft. Through the three-year agreement, Viva Aerobus is expected to benefit from full digital aircraft compliance on-demand by taking advantage of the FLYdocs® platform’s enhanced integration with M&E software AMOS. Francisco Morgado Morfín, Engineering and Maintenance VP at Viva Aerobus said: “Last year we committed to becoming the greenest airline in Mexico as sustainability is at the heart of our operational strategy. Our partnership with FLYdocs will undoubtedly add value and strengthen those efforts by allowing us to utilize digital Read more

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APOC partners with Bonus Tech to complete third engine teardown

APOC Aviation is collaborating with Bonus Tech, part of the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance network, to disassemble its third engine in recent months. The CFM56-7B engine components will be integrated into APOC’s stock in April, ensuring the leasing, trading and part-out specialist is well positioned to support customers as market recovery ramps up.

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29 planes delivered by Boeing in March – records positive net orders two months running

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Boeing has recorded a year-on-year nine plane increase in monthly deliveries with 29 delivered in March 2021 compared to 20 in 2020, while also maintaining a positive net order book for the second month running. February saw the first positive net orders for 14 months as confidence slowly returns to the company’s customers. Orders for 196 of the 737 family of jets made up March’s total orders which, net of cancelations and conversions, resulted in 40 new orders for 737 jets. Boeing confirmed its March gross orders included a previously announced order for 100 737 MAXs by Southwest Airlines and Read more

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Air Astana goes live with Aeroxchange’s software platform

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 Air Astana has gone live on AeroBuy® with plans to later implement AeroRepair®. According to an agreement between the two companies, Air Astana will gain access to both AeroBuy and AeroRepair, enabling the airline to automate its parts procurement and repair management processes. Air Astana will utilize AeroBuy and AeroRepair to accelerate parts procurement and repair order management, improve sourcing opportunities and pricing, increase supply chain transparency, and streamline communication with its trading partners. “By integrating its Trax system with the Aeroxchange platform, Air Astana will drive operational efficiencies, including eliminating the need to manage multiple connections with hundreds of Read more

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Vallair names Maxime Gorsse Director Investor Relations and Project Financing

Maxime Gorsse

Vallair has appointed Maxime Gorsse as Director of Investor Relations and Project Financing. Based in Luxembourg, Gorsse will be pivotal in advising Vallair on all capital expenditure decisions as well as sourcing and negotiating financing for Vallair assets and programs. Gorsse has an MA in Finance and Actuarial Science and has accrued his professional experience in the aviation finance sector. Most recently he worked for CHC Helicopter as Senior Manager of Fleet Transactions. “For any capital-intensive program, project financing is key,” says Grégoire Lebigot, CEO of Vallair. “Our Cargo Conversion program is a prime example of this. As we look Read more

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Air bp scores hattrick of sustainable aviation fuel projects at three new locations in the U.K.

Air bp has supplied SAF to Airbus owned Hawarden for fueling the Beluga ©Airbus U.K.

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the U.K.: dedicated business aviation airport, London Biggin Hill (BQH), Airbus owned Hawarden (CEG) airport in Flintshire, North Wales, which will be used for fueling of the Beluga aircraft, and Centreline FBO, in Bristol (BRS). All three locations expect to have SAF available on an ongoing basis. These latest supply agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport, and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals. The SAF supplied by Read more

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“Big Twin” midway through development

The “Big Twin” Boeing 777-300ERSF ©IAI

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have passed the planned halfway phase of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Development Program for the 777-300ERSF. This is a key milestone for the “Big Twin”, the GECAS-IAI Co investment for the passenger-to-freighter conversion program of the GE-90-powered 777-300ER, as it now moves beyond planning into the phase of physically modifying the aircraft. Rich Greener, SVP and Manager of GECAS Cargo, explains “We’ve begun executing on the dedicated freighter design developed by the IAI and GECAS Cargo team towards manufacturing the kits, and the actual conversion phase under a licensing Read more

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