DHL Express and Singapore Airlines partnership takes off with new B777 freighter

DHL Express and Singapore Airlines are celebrating their new partnership with the arrival of the new Boeing 777 freighter ©Singapore Airlines

DHL Express has welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 777 freighter at Singapore Changi Airport. The freighter, which sports a dual DHL-Singapore Airlines (SIA) livery, has a maximum capacity of 102 tonnes. SIA will operate it on routes to the United States of America via South Korea thrice weekly from August 2022. In March 2022, DHL Express and SIA signed a crew and maintenance agreement to deploy five Boeing 777 freighters. These freighters will be operated by SIA pilots, with the maintenance overseen by SIA. The second Boeing 777 freighter is slated to enter into service in November 2022, Read more

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ST Engineering to set-up test cell capability for LEAP-1B engine

ST Engineering has released that its Commercial Aerospace business will expand its MRO solutions for the LEAP-1B engine with test cell support, which is expected to be ready by end-2023. The expansion into LEAP-1B test cell capability follows the setting up of quick-turn services for the engine in February this year and the receipt of approval from EASA, FAA and CAAC. ST Engineering will work with testing and technology development solutions provider, Calspan Aero System Engineering (Calspan ASE), in setting up LEAP-1B test cell capability at its engine MRO facility in Singapore. This LEAP-1B test cell will be the first Read more

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JetSMART’s new A321neo comes equipped with Recaro’s launch of SL3710 seating

The SL3710 seat from ©Recaro Aircraft Seating

As part of a larger Indigo Partners’ deal agreed back in 2020, JetSMART’s brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft took to the skies on August 15, the first aircraft to fly with 240 pax of the latest in Recaro’s economy-class seating designs, the SL3710. Over the next five years, 11,000 of the seats will be installed on JetSMART aircraft. The modular SL3710 economy-class seat has a weight of approximately eight kilograms, which helps to minimise operational costs while also supporting JetSMART’s sustainability goals. Created specifically for short-haul flights, the slim, ergonomic design of the seat optimises passenger space while still maintaining Read more

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Frankfurt Airport exceeds five-million monthly passenger mark in July

Frankfurt Airport ©Fraport

In July 2022, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 5.0  million passengers in a single month for the first time since the start of the pandemic – representing an increase of 76.5% compared to July 2021. The upward trend was driven by the ongoing rise in demand for holiday flights. Germany’s largest aviation hub thus maintained its rapid growth momentum – despite a one-day strike by Lufthansa ground staff in late July resulting in some 100,000 passengers less for the reporting month. FRA’s passenger traffic in July 2022 was still 27.4% below the level registered in pre-pandemic July 2019. Cargo volumes Read more

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Delta resumes non-stop service from LAX to Haneda, launches new service from Honolulu

©Delta will resume flights from LAX to Haneda starting December 1.

Delta Air Lines (Delta) will resume flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tokyo International Airport (HND) beginning October 30, in anticipation of Japan’s easing travel restrictions. The route will start operating three times weekly before moving to daily starting December 1. The restart of service will use an Airbus 330-900neo aircraft featuring Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin services. Delta will also start a new daily service between Honolulu and Haneda on December 1. This is the first time Delta has offered service from Haneda to Honolulu with its start delayed due to the pandemic. Customers will be able Read more

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Tony Kondo joins Werner Aero

Tony (Toshinori) Kondo has joined Werner Aero as Executive Vice President. He is expected to be instrumental in leading the company in its next business phase. Prior to joining Werner Aero, Kondo spent the past 14 years in the aircraft and engine leasing business within Sumitomo Corporation. In 2014, he was a founding member of SMBC Aero Engine Lease (SAEL), which has grown to become one of the leading engine leasing companies globally. His role in SAEL was Head of Trading, where he was in charge of all trading activities globally. In 2018, he was selected by Airline Economics as Read more

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AJW Group expands power-by-the-hour contract with Air Transat

AJW Group has signed a new PBH support contract with Canadian airline, Air Transat ©AirTeamImages

AJW Group, an independent aircraft component parts, repair and supply chain solutions provider, has signed a new power-by-the-hour (PBH) support contract with Canadian airline, Air Transat. The support contract will see the business use its industry-leading expertise to manage the complete supply, repair, overhaul and warranty of major components for the operator’s expanding fleet of Airbus A321neo and ceo aircraft at Air Transat’s primary base of operations in Montreal, Quebec as well as from bases in Toronto and Vancouver. AJW Group has supported Air Transat with PBH service contracts for nearly ten years, originally for its Airbus A330 fleet.

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Aspire MRO launches new wide-body conversion and maintenance services programme

Aspire MRO has announced the launch of its wide-body MRO and passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion services.  Founded by experienced MRO executives, Aspire will operate six bays available for wide-body heavy maintenance and B777 passenger-to-freighter conversions at the former American Airlines maintenance facility located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is backed by investment funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group. With a highly experienced leadership team, a dedicated 840,000 ft² state-of the-art facility and an exceptionally skilled labour force in place, Aspire is positioned to become a world-class leading heavy maintenance and P2F provider for both Read more

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SAS may avoid bankruptcy after securing US$700 million in fresh financing

SAS ©AirTeamImages

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has confirmed that it has entered into an agreement with Apollo Global Management to raise US$700 million which it hopes will enable the stricken carrier to complete its restructuring process under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement that Norwegian, Danish and Swedish pilots have agreed to accept a collective bargaining agreement which has guaranteed there will be no further strike action taken. The recent 15-day strike by pilots had cost the Scandinavian carrier roughly US$145 million and had affected over 380,000 passengers during what is usually Read more

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Malaysia Airlines to acquire 20 A330neos for wide-body fleet renewal

Malaysian Airlines has selected the A330neo aircraft for its wide-body fleet renewal programme ©Airbus

Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), parent company of Malaysia Airlines, has selected the Airbus A330neo aircraft for the carrier’s wide-body fleet renewal programme. The initial agreements cover the acquisition of 20 A330-900 aircraft, with ten aircraft to be purchased from Airbus and ten to be leased from Dublin-based Avolon. The announcement was made at an event in Kuala Lumpur, attended by MAG CEO Izham Ismail and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus Group International Christian Scherer, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the aircraft to be ordered from Airbus. The agreements with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and Avolon Read more

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