China Airlines accepts its first GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft

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China Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo family aircraft, an A321neo with Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. The aircraft, leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), arrived in Taipei, Taiwan, where the airline is preparing it for entry into service. This aircraft is the first of up to 30 A321neo aircraft that the airline ordered in 2019.

“We are excited to begin operating this new fleet in partnership with Pratt & Whitney,” said Wang Houng, S.V.P. of China Airlines. “The highly efficient and eco-friendly GTF engines will help us pave the way to a sustainable future, while providing our passengers with a more comfortable flying experience.”

China Airlines’ order in 2019 covered a combination of owned and leased aircraft – 25 firm with purchase rights for another five – in addition to a long-term EngineWise® comprehensive agreement for the maintenance of the engines. Pratt & Whitney and China Airlines strengthened their relationship again in 2020, with the airline joining the GTF MRO network, in which it will overhaul GTF engines for A320neo family aircraft.

Congratulations to China Airlines on their first GTF-powered A321neo,” said John Plueger, chief executive officer and president at Air Lease Corporation. “China Airlines and its customers will soon benefit from the capacity and range of the A321neo, the economic and environmental performance of its GTF engines, and the financial flexibility of these leased aircraft.”

This first A321neo aircraft joins two GTF-powered A320neo currently operated by China Airlines’ subsidiary Tigerair Taiwan, also based in Taipei. Tigerair Taiwan had selected GTF engines for a fleet of 15 purchased and leased A320neo family aircraft, of which the airline took delivery of its first A320neo earlier this year.

“We are proud to celebrate this milestone with China Airlines,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “Our relationship began more than 60 years ago, when our Twin Wasp engines powered their fleet of Douglas DC-3 aircraft. We thank China Airlines and ALC for their continued trust in the engine that has been pioneering the future of commercial aviation.”

Ryanair announces partnership with Junta de Andalucía

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 Ryanair, Europe’s has announced its latest partnership with Junta de Andalucía in a bid to further boost tourism recovery across the Spanish region. Central to the partnership is an exciting and innovative joint communications campaign aimed at strengthening Spain’s position as an attractive tourist destination and spurring visitors from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. 

 As the most southern region in Spain, Andalucía is famous for its Moorish architecture, autonomous region of hills, clear-blue rivers, and mouth-watering food – the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway this Dec/Jan. 

 Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady said: “We are delighted to partner with Junta de Andalucía and to work together to enhance connectivity between Spain and the rest of Europe, steadily rebuilding the nation’s tourism industry.

 We have already significantly increased connectivity to/from the Spanish region with the introduction of new routes and additional frequencies from across Europe. This partnership will further promote this beautiful region and Ryanair’s network of low fare routes to Spain, which are becoming increasingly popular among our growing customer base as they plan their well-deserved new year breaks.”

 Vice President & Minister for Tourism of the Regional Government of Andalucía, Mr. Juan Marín said: “We are very excited to work with Ryanair, Europe’s no.1 airline, on this incredibly important campaign promoting Andalucía as an attractive tourism destination for European travellers.

 Ryanair is a long-standing supporter of Spain and our connectivity with Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway and Sweden, and has driven tourism to the region for many years now with its strong network of routes and market leading low fares.

 We are sure that Ryanair’s customers will enjoy visiting to our stunning south coast where they can indulge in traditional Andalucían cuisine and take in the stunning sights of our Moorish architecture.”

CPaT announces new Korean contract with Eastar Jet

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CPaT Global, the world’s leading provider of distance learning for the airline and aviation industry, today announced they have been awarded a new contract by Eastar Jet. CPaT will be providing Aircraft Systems for the Boeing 737 Classic, NG and Max, as well as CPaT’s General Subjects library, and Interactive Diagrams.

“CPaT is pleased to partner with Eastar Jet as they ramp up their flight operations,” said Capt. Greg Darrow, Vice President of Sales. “CPaT looks forward to providing premium training solutions to Eastar’s pilots and new students.”

Eastar Jet is based out of Seoul, Korea and provides short and medium-haul services from its four bases in Seoul, Gunsan, Cheongju and Jeju.

Wizz Air announces traffic and CO2 emission statistics for November

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Wizz Air Holdings Plc (“Wizz Air”), has announced its passenger and CO2 emission statistics for November 2021

In November 2021, Wizz Air carried 2,172,000 passengers at a load factor of 76.1%. Wizz Air continued to grow its network and improve its customer offering as follows:

  • Wizz Air announced that it has signed an agreement with Airbus S.A.S. for the purchase of a further 102 Airbus A321 aircraft, comprising 75 Airbus A321neo and 27 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, with the bulk to be delivered between 2025 and 2027. Under certain circumstances, Wizz Air may acquire a further 19 A321neo aircraft. Airbus has also granted Wizz Air 75 A321neo purchase rights for deliveries in 2028- 29, to be converted into a firm order by the end of 2022.
  • Wizz Air announced the allocation of an additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to its Rome Fiumicino fleet and the start of 13 new routes to Madrid, Menorca, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Lyon, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Preveza, Basel, Turku, Podgorica, Belgrade and Yerevan. The introduction of the firth aircraft within just a year, underpins Wizz Air’s commitment to Italy, to diversifying its Italian network and consolidating its Italian presence.
  • Wizz Air continuously operates amongst the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger/km amongst all competitor airlines, with 66.2 grams per passenger/km for the rolling 12 months to 30 November 2021. For the month of November, emissions in grams per passenger/km were 8.4% lower compared to same month last year, as we witness an improvement in load factors over same time.

Avmax delivers second Dash 8-300 to PassionAir in Ghana

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Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of a second Dash 8-300 (MSN 305) to PassionAir, based in Accra, Ghana. PassionAir received its first Dash 8-300 (MSN 216) from Avmax in December 2020.

“The West African market continues to be of strategic importance to the Avmax Group. Airlines in that region are recovering from the pandemic and this is highlighted by PassionAir, who is committed to providing exemplary service to its passengers. We are pleased to see our partnership with PassionAir continue to grow and we are proud to support their fleet expansion” – Mark Maydaniuk, CEO

“Our Dash 8 fleet has served us very well during the pandemic, and we are now adding more destinations and frequencies to serve the recovering domestic market. We are pleased to grow our relationship with the Avmax Group, who continue to demonstrate their commitment to support PassionAir with its growth.” – Edward Annan, Founder & Accountable manager.

Keiron Mc Neill joins RAS completions and interiors as Managing Director

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RAS aircraft completions and interiors – a subsidiary of JETMS, and a family member of Avia Solutions Group – are pleased to announce the appointment of Keiron Mc Neill as the company’s Managing Director.

The new Managing Director arrives at RAS from his previous role as Chief Technical Officer for Loganair in the UK market. With Loganair, Keiron was a member of the airline’s leadership team charged with responsibility for the technical introduction of the Embraer 135/145 fleet along with the ATR 42/72 into the airline’s resources.

He also brings with him extensive experience gained with regional and international airlines, VVIP operations, the aviation resource industries in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia with such prestigious names as Virgin Atlantic, BHP Billiton, and the VVIP Bahrain Royal Flight. The Managing Director has also undertaken many Engineering leadership roles which stem from his foundation in Engineering as a UK/EASA Licensed Aircraft Engineer. He also holds a BA(Hons) Degree in Business Management from Lincoln University to complement a list of other valuable qualifications in Project Management and Leadership.

“It is with great pleasure that I commence my new role with RAS completions and interiors, along with joining the global ranks of the Avia Solutions Group family,” the Managing Director commented. “I am aware that there will be many challenges on the road ahead, but I am buoyed by the resilience demonstrated by the aviation sector in what has been some of the most challenging times witnessed by any industry. My goal will be to help lead the company forward through the next stages of its development, and I greatly look forward to the support and assistance of a hugely experienced team of leading industry specialists.”

The Airliner for the Airports Authority of India– Successful Factory Acceptance Test

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The first of three Airliners being supplied to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has successfully passed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at Alsim’s manufacturing facility in Nantes.

Two senior representatives of AAI travelled to Nantes and performed over 150 tests on the Airliner FNPT II MCC simulator with its collimated visual display system.
The FAT was carried out over the course of five days and was also assisted by the presence of our steadfast Indian partner Three D.
The simulator will soon be packed and shipped off to the first of AAI’s three training centre’s to be installed, tested and commissioned, and will be followed by two more Airliner simulators during the coming months.

Alsim are proud to have made this important step forward towards a successful and long-lasting relationship with AAI and our partner Three D.

The Airliner is a hybrid and versatile jet simulator (Fly-by-wire/Conventional control) designed to address medium to large ATOs’ need for advanced MCC, APS MCC, JOC, LOFT and UPRT training. It meets Competency Based Training (CBT) standards as outlined by ICAO.
The Airliner will help flight schools to provide an enhanced training. It also aims to respond to the needs of Airlines, as test preparation and assessment are among the many capabilities of this new device.

Norwegian enters into agreement to lease two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

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Norwegian continues to selectively grow its aircraft fleet, and the company is pleased to announce that it has entered into agreement to lease two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

“This agreement is an important step in Norwegian’s plan to build an efficient and modern fleet for the future. The flexibility of ‘power-by-the-hour’ will allow us to manage our capacity through the low season adjusting for variations in seasonal demand,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Delivery will begin shortly to enable Norwegian to fulfil the announced Summer 2022 flying programme with approximately 270 routes.

The lease term for each aircraft is for nine years. The agreement includes ‘power-by-the-hour’ (PBH) arrangements for both the IATA Winter Seasons 2021/22 and 2022/23, giving Norwegian necessary flexibility to manage capacity through the low season. Finally, Norwegian has the option, under the agreement, to substitute the subject 737 MAX 8 aircraft for new technology narrow-body aircraft from Airbus. The lessor is well reputed and has a longstanding relationship with Norwegian.

The transaction will enable Norwegian to continue its focus on offering the most environmentally friendly travel options for our customers.

BAA Training deploys new 737 MAX simulator in Spain

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A new Boeing 737 MAX full flight simulator (FFS) manufactured by L3Harris Technologies is now ready for training at BAA Training Spain, near Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

“Compared to more than 200 B737NG simulators globally, approximately three dozen B737 MAX FFSs are a limited number, so we are pleased to be one of a few pilot training providers able to offer this kind of simulator training,” Managing Director at BAA Training Spain, Aurimas Urbonas, said.

To cater to the growing interest in the Boeing 737 MAX, BAA Training Spain is starting with respective training programs and adding other MAX equipment complementary to the FFS.

ERA’s Board continues to go from strength to strength following annual elections

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Two new airlines have joined the ERA Board following this year’s election. Officially announced at the ERA Membership Conference yesterday during the AGM, Gilles Feith, CEO, Luxair and Vasiliki Christidi, General Manager, SKY express will help in representing the 58 airlines within ERA’s membership. Sandrine de Saint Sauveur, President and CEO of APG Airlines was equally re-elected and will remain on the Board for another three-year term.Joining them are manufacturer representatives Wouter van Wersch, EVP, President of Region and Sales – Europe, Airbus and Jérémy Caussade, CEO and Chief Engineer, AURA AERO – both new to the Board for 2021, as well as Clemente Affinito, Vice President Sales EMEA, ATR who was re-elected once again, having joined the Board in 2006.Montserrat Barriga, Director General, ERA, says: “I am very pleased to welcome several new representatives to the ERA Board and welcome back those reappointed. This is a tough period for the aviation industry, and the continued support and commitment of our members emphasises the value found in our association. We are in a strong position to face the current and future challenges together with a Board of diverse industry knowledge and expertise.”