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  • A Big Thank You
    Posted in: Maintenance, Editorial Comment
    Date: May 18, 2017

    Thank you to all those who took part in the first Annual Airline Economics/MRO Global Dublin Aviation Summit. We had 1,656 attendees come through the doors over the past two days, with 628 attending the awards dinner, which for an inaugural event was a good show, vastly larger than any inaugural event before it. These […]

  • IAA Launches New System at Dublin Airport
    Posted in: Technology
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    The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) deployed a new Electronic Flight Strips system, E-STRIPs supplied by Saab, at Dublin Air Traffic Control tower on the 17th of May 2017. Saab E-STRIPS is a proven, reliable, state-of-the-art electronic flight-progress strip system developed for replacing paper strips in tower and approach environments. E-STRIPS will assist the IAA and […]

  • ST Engineering’s Aerospace Arm Effects Capital Reduction of Subsidiary
    Posted in: Maintenance
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    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd has announced that ST Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. (ST Aviation Resources), a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), has effected a capital reduction of its issued share capital from S$7.0m to S$2.5m. This exercise will result in the cancellation of 4,500,000 ordinary shares in the issued and share capital […]

  • Germania appoints new Chief Operating Officer
    Posted in: People, Zone: Europe
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    Clauspeter Schwarz is to become Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). From July 1st 2017, Schwarz will join the management team of the airline with the green and white livery, which has been led to date by Karsten Balke, Chief Executive Officer and Thomas Wazinski, Chief Technical Officer. Following the appointment by the […]

  • IAI’s TaxiBot Granted Certification for Operation With the Airbus A320 Aircraft Family
    Posted in: Technology, Zone: Europe
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    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. The certification includes the approval for engine start-up during taxi for all types of the A318-319-320-321 aircraft including the NEO variants. Certification of the A320 aircraft family by Airbus and EASA is […]

  • Norwegian’s new transatlantic routes to include U.S Preclearance for passengers flying from Dublin and Shannon
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Europe
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    Norwegian has announced that new low-cost transatlantic flights from Ireland to the US East Coast will include use of the U.S Preclearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports for passengers. In July, Norwegian will begin a series of affordable transatlantic routes from Ireland to airports on the US east coast which offer good access into […]

  • Flybe; Spirit; laptops
    Posted in: Editorial Comment
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    Flybe is in difficult times: its CFO has just resigned; the airline is in transition; and the pound has fallen sharply against the dollar. But, as mentioned three years ago, I believe that the future of Flybe depends on bold fleet management, which is already in progress. Stage one, saw Embraer assist Flybe in cancelling […]

  • Thai Airways union requests government inspection
    Posted in: Regulatory, Zone: Asia/Pacific
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    The Thai Airways International labour union has appealed to the Finance Ministry to inspect the airline’s operations. The union alleged that a lack of transparency in the airline’s operations had resulted in financial losses and damages to its corporate image. In one case, it said, the THAI board resolved to approve the sales of 17 […]

  • ACCC approves Virgin Australia for Fly-in-Fly-out service
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Asia/Pacific
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    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted Virgin Australia Airlines approval for a Fly-in-Fly-out Airline service. The ACCC granted authorization for Virgin Australia, Virgin Regional Airlines (VARA) and the Alliance Aviation Services  to provide corporate charter customers with a Fly-in-Fly-out service. The ACCC says the only significant overlap in operations will be between […]

  • Loss expected for Virgin Australia
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Asia/Pacific
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    Virgin Australia has warned that it is likely to post an annual underlying loss after posting an underlying pre-tax loss of $62.3 million in the three months to March, compared to the $18.6 million underlying loss posted in the year-ago period. The airline blamed subdued domestic industry trading conditions, the impact of Cyclone Debbie in […]

  • Goulet retires from American
    Posted in: People, Zone: Americas
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    American Airlines announced today that Bev Goulet, executive vice president and chief integration officer, will retire in June after 24 years with the company. “Everyone at American Airlines has been positively impacted by the contributions of Bev Goulet, both today and into the future,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “In addition to her important […]

  • Atlas Air prices notes issuances
    Posted in: Finance, Zone: Americas
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    Atlas Air Worldwide has announced the pricing of $260.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 1.875% convertible senior notes due June 1, 2024, in an underwritten public offering. The size of the offering was increased from the previously announced aggregate principal amount of $250.0 million. The company has also granted the underwriters an option to […]

  • Southwest Airlines mulls Hawaii flights
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Americas
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    Southwest Airlines is preparing to add Hawaii flights, confirmed CEO Gary Kelly who said this was a high priority for the airline. “We’re deciding what our plans are for 2018 and Hawaii is important to us,” Kelly said.

  • Dubai secures airport expansion investment
    Posted in: Finance, Zone: Middle East/Africa
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    The Dubai government has secured $3 billion (Dh11 billion) in credit facilities to finance the expansion of Dubai’s two airports — Dubai International and Al Maktoum International (DWC). The credit facilities signify the first stage of a larger funding programme that will turn DWC into the emirate’s primary airport, serving up to 146 million passengers […]

  • SAA predicts full year loss
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Middle East/Africa
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    South Africa Airways (SAA) is predicting a loss of R853million in the 2016/17 financial year, which ended in March. In a plan submitted to the parliament’s oversight committee on finance, SAA said that it is relying on lenders to survive and has more than R19 billion on guarantees. The airline’s financial rescue plan, which is […]

  • Materna announces growth and continues to expand its aviation business
    Posted in: Technology
    Date: May 17, 2017

    The Materna Group, a globally active IT company and supplier of software and hardware solutions for automated passenger handling throughout the world, achieved a record turnover of €223 million in the year 2016, which is six percent up on the previous year. The share of turnover achieved outside Germany in 2016 was 15 percent (€33 […]

  • Malindo Air celebrates first 737 MAX delivery
    Posted in: Technology
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    Boeing has delivered the first new 737 MAX to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service. “This airplane will change the face of the single-aisle market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. “The 737 MAX 8 is […]

  • 21JAeroDesign issued with first EASA STC approval
    Posted in: Maintenance
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    Within a month of receiving EASA Design Organisation Approval, 21jAeroDesign has been issued with their first EASA Supplemental Type Certificate, approving replacement thrust reverser adapter ring segments on Airbus SA aircraft powered by CFM56-5A/5B engines. Operators have experienced heavy exfoliation corrosion affecting the thrust reverser adapter ring, often discovered while in-service and resulting in operational […]

  • Aviation 100 MRO Global Award winners
    Posted in: Maintenance
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    Last night, after the first successful day of the Dublin Aviation Summit, attendees celebrated the Aviation 100 MRO Global Awards at a gala dinner in support of Airlink. Airline Economics and MRO Global would like to congratulate all of the winners named last night, which are: Component MRO of the Year 2017 AAR Conversion Specialist […]

  • Malaysia Airlines plans to lease 12 widebodies
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Asia/Pacific
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    In response to rising demand, Malaysia Airlines has indicated that it is seeking up to 12 aircraft for lease until 2019 to serve nine key routes across Asia. Chief executive officer, Peter Bellew, told local media that passenger loads were rising and demand for the airline’s services, including business class, was growing. Passengers numbers for […]

  • Bombardier Signs Agreement with IBM to Accelerate IT Business Transformation
    Posted in: Technology, Zone: Americas
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    Bombardier has reached a long-term partnership agreement with IBM to support the global integration of Information Technology services across Bombardier Transportation and the Company’s aerospace segments. “As part of our turnaround plan, Bombardier is working to improve productivity, reduce costs and grow earnings. The IT transformation initiative announced today will help us better integrate globally […]

  • A Message from Airlink
    Posted in: Zone: Americas, AirLink
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    Give the gift of hope to disaster survivors with a gift to Airlink. Your donation empowers Airlink as our aviation industry’s response to humanitarian disasters. Help Airlink to connect nonprofit organisations with transportation for humanitarian relief worldwide, sending relief workers and aid supplies where they are needed most, when they are needed,  directly benefiting those […]

  • MTU Maintenance Canada installs new test cell
    Posted in: Maintenance, Zone: Americas
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    MTU Maintenance Canada has recently installed and implemented a new test cell for high-flow pneumatic starter testing capabilities. The addition of this capability expands the existing engine, accessories, and Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) portfolio of MTU Maintenance, the largest independent provider of engine services world-wide, and provides customers with more integrated services, faster turnaround times, […]

  • LATAM reports April traffic
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Americas
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    For the month of April 2016, LATAM Airlines Group system passenger traffic increased by 1.7% while capacity increased by 0.2% compared to April 2016. As a result, the load factor for the month increased 1.2 points to 83.9%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 59% of the month’s total passenger traffic.

  • Azul focuses on reducing debt
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Americas
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    David Neeleman, chief executive of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has confirmed that the airline is focusing on cutting debt after its recent successful $644 million initial public offering. The carrier will also look to rebalance its fleet to add more capacity to long-haul flights. For the first quarter of 2017, Azul reported a profit of […]

  • easyJet announces largest ever pilot recruitment drive
    Posted in: People, Zone: Europe
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    easyJet has announced that it will be launching a recruitment campaign called “For the love of Flying” to attract up to 450 new pilots at the beginning of June. This will be the largest recruitment drive in the airline’s history – an increase on the record 426 recruited last year. Opportunities range from cadet pilots […]

  • Aero Norway repairs 150th CFM56 engine
    Posted in: Maintenance, Zone: Europe
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    Norway-based engine MRO facility Aero Norway reached an important milestone this month as technicians celebrated completing the 150th repaired CFM56 engine in the past 18 months. Aero Norway has recently moved to a shift work programme to increase its engineering capacity as the rate of engine inductions at the facility continues to grow. This engine […]

  • Kenya Airways opts for AFI KLM E&M APU Services
    Posted in: Maintenance
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    EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specializing in the overhaul and maintenance of APUs and pneumatic components, is to handle maintenance for the APUs equipping Kenya Airways Boeing 737 Next Generation (GTCP131-9B), Boeing 787 (APS5000) and Embraer 190 (APS2300) aircraft under the terms of an exclusive contract signed between the Kenyan carrier and AFI KLM […]

  • IATA: New Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance and Safety in Global Aviation Fueling
    Posted in: Technology, Zone: Europe
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    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities. “Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and […]

  • easyJet to introduce larger Airbus A321neo aircraft
    Posted in: Airline, Zone: Europe
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    easyJet has reached an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 current A320neo orders to A321neo aircraft with a 235 seat configuration, with the first delivery expected in Summer 2018. This is part of the existing easyJet Airbus framework agreement signed in 2013. The A321neo aircraft will enable easyJet to continue to deliver growth in slot […]