SkyWorks posts second-quarter 2020 activities

SkyWorks Holdings has reported transactions and activities performed during the second quarter of 2020. SkyWorks was retained by a group of bondholders in the LATAM 2015-1 EETC to manage the repossession and remarketing of 17 aircraft consisting of 11 A321-200s, four 787-9s, and two A350-900s. Copa Airlines retained SkyWorks to manage the sale of up to 20 737NG aircraft. On behalf of a U.S.-based financial institution, SkyWorks managed the lease return of a 747-400F aircraft from its previous operator and arranged the subsequent sale to Western Global Airlines. Also on behalf of a U.S.-based investor, SkyWorks arranged the sale of Read more

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Premium AEROTEC commences first metal cut for A321XLR’s Rear Center Tank

©Airbus A321XLR

Airbus’ manufacturing subsidiary Premium AEROTEC in Augsburg, Germany, has commenced production of the first Rear Center Tank (RCT) for the Airbus A321XLR. The “first metal cut” – the production of the first machined part for the tank – took place on June 25, 2020. The RCT, which is unique to the new long-range A321XLR, is a permanently installed high-capacity fuel tank which makes maximum volumetric use of the aircraft’s lower fuselage. The RCT structure, which is integrated in fuselage Sections 15 and 17, is located behind the main landing gear bay and holds up to 12,900 liters – which is Read more

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Finnair traffic performance in June 2020

In June, Finnair carried 55,200 passengers, which is 96.0% less than in the corresponding period of 2019 but 107.2% more than in May 2020. The overall capacity decreased in June by 96.9% year-on-year. Finnair’s traffic decreased by 98.4%. The passenger load factor decreased by 42.4% points to 43.8%. All passenger traffic figures were still heavily impacted by the significant COVID-19 pandemic related capacity reductions, which was visible especially in the Asian and North Atlantic figures as there were no scheduled flights to Asia and only one North Atlantic scheduled flight in June.

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Trip & Co announces patent pending for cargo-in-cabin innovations

©Trip & Co and SII have joined forces to develop efficient products to transport cargo on board of passenger flights

Trip & Co and SII have joined forces in order to develop efficient products to transport cargo on board of passenger flights. They now have received a tremendous number of requests from companies and corporations all over the world. Their new products are designed specifically for cargo-in-cabin applications and while suitable for all sorts of cargo, efficient loading and unloading will result in higher revenues. Owing to the Covid-19 crisis, many companies are coming up with creative initiatives in order to create new types of business and business-models for airlines. Trip & Co delivers products that guarantee (air) cargo safety Read more

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North American Aerospace Industries Corporation urges aviation industry to adopt best practices for sustainability

North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI)’s Managing Principal/General Manager, Sven Daniel Koechler, PhD, believes the aviation industry can do more to promote sustainability. The top executive of this end-to-end aircraft recycling solutions provider stated: “We are about to break ground on our planned aircraft recycling facilities in the GlobalTrans Park in Kinston, North Carolina.  Although, we are looking to build a profitable business, it is equally important that, in doing so, we apply sustainable practices to protect our environment. We believe all sectors of the aviation industry, from recyclers, MROs and FBOs to the airlines and leasing companies, should be Read more

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Air France to cut staffing levels by 15%, Hop! by 50%. 7,500 jobs to go


The flag carrying airline Air France, along with its low-cost subsidiary Hop!, are to make substantial staffing cuts as a direct consequence of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel. Air France has indicated that it will shed 6,000 jobs from a workforce of approximately 41,000 staff, while Hop! will reduce its approximate 2,000 staff by 1,020. The carrier’s parent company, Air France-KLM is Europe’s second-largest carrier and the job cuts are anticipated to take place over a three-year period. After discussions with unions, the carrier confirmed that: “Air France and Hop! are working together with the unions Read more

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Strata delivers 100-shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

©Strata delivers 100-shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has successfully delivered 100-shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full first article inspection for the fabrication of six IBF components at its state-of-the-art facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, Strata now assumes fabrication and assembly duties in partnership with Airbus. To fully-automate the IBF manufacturing process, Strata will utilize Hot Drape Forming (HDF) and computer-controlled robotic Automated Tape Layup (ATL) machines, which gained first part qualification and first article inspection design and quality verifications early this year.

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MTU Aero Engines to adjust personnel capacity by end of 2021

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international aviation, MTU Aero Engines plans to adjust its personnel capacities. By the end of 2021, the company aims to reduce capacity at its German and international locations by a total of around 10 to 15%. This will be carried out largely through individual agreements such as the increased use of partial retirement, early retirement and other arrangements. The target figure will also be reached through measures that have already been initiated, such as an extensive hiring freeze or waiver to fill vacant positions, as well as a reduction in working Read more

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AerCap delivers new A321neo-LR to Air Transat

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AerCap has delivered a new Airbus A321LR on operating lease to Air Transat. “The A321LR is the ideal new-generation aircraft for the transformation of our fleet and the relaunch of our air operations, which will resume on July 23,” said Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat. “The arrival of our fourth A321LR allows us to become more efficient and provide a better experience for our customers, while taking an important step in the energy transition in air transportation.”

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Lockheed Martin delivers F-35 Distributed Mission Training capability

F-35 Distributed Mission Training connects simulators across the world in a virtual environment ©Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, the Joint Program Office, and the U.S. Air Force have successfully connected the F-35, F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a highly contested simulated environment during a Distributed Mission Training final acceptance test at Nellis AFB, Nevada. This simulated training event was the first time these platforms were connected virtually. Additional platforms such as the F-15 can also connect into this shared virtual environment. The F-35 DMT capability creates interoperability across military platforms for continuation training and large force exercises. The initial delivery at Nellis AFB is a major step forward as it establishes the framework for F-35 Read more

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