Airbus resumes work on modernized A320-family FAL in Toulouse

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Airbus has resumed work on the modernization of its A320-family industrial capabilities in Toulouse. This will provide Airbus with increased flexibility throughout its global industrial production system to respond to market recovery and future demand.  The modernized, digitally enabled A320/A321 final assembly line (FAL) will replace one of the original Toulouse A320 FALs. It will be installed in the former A380 Lagardère facility and should be operational by the end of 2022. Initial plans to introduce A321 production capabilities in Toulouse were put on hold at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, following the decision to reduce commercial aircraft production Read more

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Allegiant to hire up to 200 pilots in response to increasing travel demand

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Allegiant Air plans to hire 184 pilots in the coming months, a nearly 19% increase to the company’s current roster of approximately 1,000 pilots. The new hires are part of the company’s growth strategy to meet increasing demand for air travel. The first group of pilots will begin training in July, with classes scheduled to run every few weeks through early 2022. As states have eased pandemic restrictions and the COVID-19 vaccine has rolled out across the country, demand for travel has rebounded. Allegiant, which focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations, was the first domestic Read more

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Gamma Aerospace completes US$10 million in capabilities expansion at two locations

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Gamma Aerospace has completed a US$10 million expansion of service offerings at its Mansfield, Texas operation and its Rapid Anodizing facility (a wholly-owned company subsidiary) located in Los Angeles, California. Headquartered in Mansfield, Texas, Gamma Aerospace is a specialized, end-to-end provider of engineered airframe and flight components for leading original equipment manufacturers and Tier I suppliers in the aerospace and defense industries. The capital investment augments existing processes at the Mansfield and the Rapid Anodizing operations, which include machining, forming, heat treating and assembly of aerospace components. The new investment funded expansion into a range of advanced special processing capabilities Read more

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Airbus looks to reduce A220 losses with appointment of new Canada operations chief

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In an effort to reduce current losses plaguing the A220 program, Airbus has appointed Benoit Schultz, a former Bombardier employee and a current supply chain executive with the European planemaker, to the role of running the Canadian operation. He will adopt his new role on September 1, when the current chief, Philippe Balducchi, leaves to “pursue opportunities” beyond Airbus. Balducchi was responsible for overseeing much of the takeover of the then Bombardier C-Series by Airbus with regard to the transitioning of Bombardier’s production plants into Airbus ones and opening a new U.S. assembly line. While Airbus has been able to Read more

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StandardAero to provide Air Nostrum with PW127M and APU services

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Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum has selected StandardAero to provide support services for the Pratt & Whitney PW127M engines powering its fleet of ATR 72-600 regional turboprops.  Under the exclusive five-year agreement, StandardAero will provide Air Nostrum with PW127M hot section inspections (HSIs) and additional services from its OEM-authorized PW100 Designated Overhaul Facilities (DOFs) in Gonesse, France and Summerside, PE, Canada. Air Nostrum has also renewed its selection of StandardAero as the exclusive support provider for the Honeywell GTCP36-150RJ and RE220[RJ] auxiliary power units (APUs) equipping the airline’s fleet of CRJ200 and CRJ900/1000 regional jets.  Under these contract renewals, StandardAero Read more

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Willis Lease Finance posts first-quarter pre-tax loss of US$1.7 million

Willis Lease Finance has reported first-quarter total revenues of US$61.1 million and a pre-tax loss of US$1.7 million. The company reported lower revenue in the first quarter when compared to the prior year period, primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The slowdown in global travel continues to impact aircraft and engine utilization as well as demand for aircraft and engine spare parts. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, aggregate lease rent and maintenance reserve revenues were US$51.3 million and spare parts and equipment sales were US$4.6 million. As of March 31, 2021, the company’s US$1.888 Read more

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Lufthansa Cargo to build new art warehouse at Frankfurt hub

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Lufthansa Cargo has laid the foundation stone for the construction of its new art storage facility at the Frankfurt hub. The so-called ArtCube at the Lufthansa Cargo Center will, in future, have an area of 168 m² and offer its customers secure and professional storage for valuable works of art of all kinds. The new building is being constructed as part of the modernization of the airfreight hub in Frankfurt initiated by Lufthansa Cargo and is scheduled to go into operation at the end of the year. The new art warehouse will be self-sufficiently equipped with air-conditioning units with heating Read more

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Triumph Group sells three aerostructures sites to Arlington Capital Partners

Triumph Group has completed the sale of three of its aerostructures sites to Arlington Capital Partners. The transaction was effective May 7, 2021 and includes the Triumph Composites business consisting of the Milledgeville, Georgia and Rayong, Thailand operations, as well as its structures operations in Red Oak, Texas. Combined, the businesses encompass approximately 1.8 million ft² of factory space and employ approximately 900 people.    The Triumph Composites businesses provide structural and engine composite fabrications and assemblies across commercial, business jet, and defense platforms. The Red Oak operations specializes in the manufacture of large, complex composite and metallic structures such as Read more

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Liebherr on board Dassault’s new Falcon 10X business jet

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On May 6, 2021 the Falcon 10X was launched by Dassault Aviation and Liebherr will supply major systems and components for the all-new business jet. Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS (France), Liebherr’s center of excellence for air management systems, is responsible for the Falcon 10X’s integrated air management system. This major work package covers the bleed, air conditioning, cabin pressure control, air preparation, overheat detection, and wing anti-ice protection systems. Building on the architecture of the Dassault Falcon 6X air management system also provided by Liebherr, this new package provides a combination of robust and proven equipment, along with new Liebherr component Read more

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ABL Aviation appoints Michael Weiss as CCO to spearheading growth

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ABL Aviation, the global independent aircraft investment management firm, has appointed Michael Weiss as Chief Commercial Officer. Weiss’ appointment further strengthens ABL Aviation’s senior leadership team as the company pursues its growth strategy, underpinned by independent decision making and an innovative approach to aircraft financing. In his new role, Weiss will be responsible for further solidifying ABL Aviation’s close airline and institutional investor relationships and spearheading growth. He will bring over 30 years of broad-ranging aviation industry experience and expertise with him. During his long career he has held senior positions at a number of financial institutions including Investec, where Read more

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