C&L Aerospace announces exclusive supply chain agreement with ExpressJet

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C&L Aerospace, a C&L Aviation Group company, has signed a five-year agreement with ExpressJet, operating as aha! to provide full supply chain support for its fleet of ERJ145 aircraft.

The contract includes parts procurement, managed repairs, inventory management, shipping and logistics, on-site staff support and a sizeable consignment inventory.

“We at C&L are honoured that ExpressJet selected our experienced team to provide them with this all-inclusive level of support,” said Martin Cooper, Senior Vice President of Sales for C&L Aerospace. “Our past performance supporting the ERJ145 aircraft make us an ideal partner for the airline as they continue to ramp up their operations and fleet size. We look forward to supporting ExpressJet in every step of this process as they continue to grow.”

C&L offers a wide variety of aircraft parts support programmes, all customisable to meet the needs of the individual operator. Programmes range in size from initial provisioning and rotable repair management to hourly support and exclusive supply chain management programmes like this one.

First Airbus A320neo with Airspace cabin delivered to SWISS

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SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo featuring the new Airspace cabin configuration. The new Airspace cabin features include slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades; the largest overhead bins for 60% more bags; the latest full LED lighting technologies; LED-lit entrance area; and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.SWISS is a long-standing Airbus customer, operating Airbus A220 and A320 family aircraft on its European network and in addition A330s and A340s globally. In 2018 Lufthansa Group, the parent company of SWISS, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320 family aircraft on order from Airbus with Airspace cabins. The A320neo family is the most successful aircraft family ever, with a 99.7% operational reliability rate. The A320neo provides operators with a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The A320neo family incorporates the latest technologies including new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices. The Airbus’ A320neo family offers unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’s 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

Nigerian operator Air Peace increases its A320 fleet

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The Nigerian-based airline Air Peace has taken delivery of two Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing the carrier’s Airbus fleet to four A320 aircraft.

The flag carrier diversified its narrow and widebody fleet in November 2021, adding its first two Airbus A320-200 aircraft through a six-month damp-lease agreement with EU-based ACMI charter and cargo operator SmartLynx Airlines. The aircraft operate on the airline’s domestic and regional routes.

The two new A320 aircraft, delivered on 18 January 18, will join Air Peace’s flight schedule and are intended to further support the airline’s domestic and regional operations.

Air Peace is the largest airline in Nigeria and West Africa. The operator has a fleet of around 30 aircraft, comprising Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft along with Dornier Do-328s, Embraer ERJ-145s, and Embraer E2s.

Ryanair announces largest ever Dublin schedule

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Ryanair has announced its largest-ever summer schedule from Dublin Airport, with 120 destinations and over 900 weekly flights available for its Irish customers this summer.

This record-breaking schedule includes fantastic sun getaways to Spain, Portugal and Italy, including Sardinia and Sicily, as well as exciting destinations in the Greek islands, Croatia, and regional France.

Ryanair will also increase its investment with the basing of a 33rd aircraft at Dublin Airport this summer, representing a further $100m investment and bringing its total investment at Dublin Airport to $3.3bn. Ryanair also confirmed today that it will create 30 direct jobs as a result of this additional aircraft based in Dublin.

Ryanair DAC’s CEO, Eddie Wilson, said: We are pleased to announce our largest ever flight schedule at Dublin Airport this summer. This extensive programme will see Ryanair operate over 900 weekly flights to over 120 destinations, giving inbound tourism a much-needed boost while also giving Irish consumers the widest choice of great destinations.

“After two years of stop-start ineffective travel restrictions, the DAA has finally been given the tools to incentivise travel with its Traffic Recovery Support Scheme (TRSS), which was recommended by the Aviation Task Force to the government in their report of July 2020. This scheme gives Ryanair the confidence to invest in our largest ever summer schedule and the largest number of based aircraft at Dublin Airport.

“The DAA’s TRSS scheme will ensure airport charges are competitively priced versus other EU countries this summer, and Ryanair has responded by launching its largest ever investment in aircraft, connections, and jobs at Dublin Airport.

“With many airlines cutting routes and jobs, it is important that Ireland’s airport charges remain competitive versus other EU countries and regions so that this investment can be maintained in this period of recovery and it is vital that this Traffic Recovery Scheme is extended into winter ’22/23 to keep that investment and connectivity in Ireland.”

DAA’s CEO, Dalton Philips, said: “Government funding announced in Budget 2022 has allowed DAA to offer additional attractive incentives to our airline partners to rebuild international connectivity from Dublin Airport and this investment by Ryanair for the busy summer season ahead is testament to that.”

‘Spirit of Innovation’ officially breaks all-electric aircraft speed record

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Rolls-Royce has announced that its all-electric Spirit of Innovation aircraft is officially the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, having set two new world records which have now been independently confirmed.

At 15:45 GMT on 16 November 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over three kilometres, smashing the existing record by 213.04 km/h (132mph).

In further runs at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing site, the aircraft achieved 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometres – 292.8km/h (182 mph) faster than the previous record. Both records have been officially verified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation that controls and certifies world aeronautical and astronautical records.

During its record-breaking runs, the aircraft, which is part of the UK government-backed ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight”) project, also clocked up a maximum top speed of 623km/h (387.4mph), making it the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle.

Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East said: “Achieving the all-electric world-speed record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. I would like to thank our partners, especially aviation start-up Electroflight, for their collaboration in achieving this pioneering breakthrough. The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this programme has exciting applications for the Advanced Air Mobility market. This is another milestone that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea.”

Half of the ACCEL project’s funding is provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Rolls-Royce’s revolutionary Spirit of Innovation aircraft is yet more proof of the UK’s enviable credentials when it comes to innovation. This record will show the potential of electric flight and help to unlock the technologies that could make it part of everyday life. The government is proud to back projects like this to leverage the private investment necessary to unlock cleaner, greener aircraft which will allow people to fly as they do now, but in a way that cuts emissions.”

Gary Elliott, CEO of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), said: “The ACCEL project demonstrates that strategic investment in UK technology and innovation can achieve extraordinary world-beating results and sets us firmly on the path to decarbonising passenger flight in the future. This achievement of Rolls-Royce, Electroflight and YASA will resonate for many years to come and inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers. They deserve their place in the record books and the ATI is proud to have played our part in that. Congratulations to the whole team.”

The aircraft was propelled on its record-breaking runs by 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain and the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace.

Rolls-Royce worked in partnership with aviation energy storage start-up Electroflight and automotive powertrain supplier YASA. The project and world-record run provided important data for the firm’s future electric power and propulsion systems for all-electric urban air mobility (UAM) and hybrid-electric commuter aircraft. The characteristics that ‘air taxis’ require from batteries, for instance, are very similar to what was developed for the Spirit of Innovation.

Rolls-Royce has a history of flying speed record attempts dating back to the Schneider Trophies of the early 1930s.
The speed achieved by the test pilot and Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations Phill O’Dell in the Spirit of Innovation was more than 213.04 km/h (132 mph) faster than the previous record set by the Siemens eAircraft powered Extra 330 LE Aerobatic aircraft in 2017.

O’Dell said: “Breaking the world record for all-electric flight is a momentous occasion. This is the highlight of my career and is an incredible achievement for the whole team. The opportunity to be at the forefront of another pioneering chapter of Rolls-Royce’s story, as we look to deliver the future of aviation, is what dreams are made of.”

Electroflight pilot Steve Jones flew the Spirit of Innovation aircraft for the 15km record run.

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said: “All three organisations involved in the Spirit of Innovation – Rolls-Royce, Electroflight and YASA – share a passion for innovation and through the development process we have learned from the motorsport background of both our partners and from Electroflight’s pace as a start-up. We have also shared our aerospace expertise, including the rigorous safety and testing methods needed by the civil aviation industry. This combination has helped turn a concept into a world record-breaker.”

Electroflight managing director Stjohn Youngman said: “We are delighted to have played an integral role in this landmark project. Its success is a fitting tribute to the dedication and innovation of the Electroflight team and our suppliers. Developing the propulsion and battery system, in collaboration with experienced program partners, has resulted in a world-class engineering capability that will lead the way towards the decarbonisation of air travel. Our next step is to adopt this pioneering technology so it can be applied across the wider aerospace industry to deliver a more sustainable way to fly.”

Dr Tim Woolmer, YASA’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, said: “Electric flight is set to be as transformative for mobility as the jet engine was 70 years ago. It’s thrilling to see our ultra-high performance, super-low weight electric motors powering the Spirit of Innovation to these great speeds, and to know that collaborative projects like ACCEL take us one step closer to emissions-free electric flight becoming a commercial reality for all.”

The ACCEL programme has also been supported by two further British pioneers – Jaguar Land Rover, who have loaned all-electric zero-emission Jaguar I-PACE cars as towing and support vehicles, and Bremont, the luxury watchmaker, who were the official timing partner for the record attempt.

The aircraft took off from the MoD’s Boscombe Down site, which is managed by QinetiQ, and flew profiles according to the FAI guidelines for record attempts in the Powered Aeroplane C-1C Electric class.

The Rolls-Royce spokesman added: “Our involvement in the ACCEL project is just one of the ways in which we are looking to make aviation more sustainable. In June last year, we announced our pathway to net-zero carbon emissions – a year on from joining the UN Race to Zero campaign. The third record of our all-electric aircraft for the fastest time to climb to 3,000 metres in a time of 202 seconds, breaking the current record by 60 seconds, is still going through the verification process.”

easyJet renews base maintenance contract with SR Technics Malta

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SR Technics, a world-leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce that its Malta subsidiary has renewed a base maintenance contract with easyJet for a further two years. The agreement covers two lines of base maintenance work.

The leading European airline easyJet has been supported by SR Technics for a range of MRO services over the years. By December 2022, SR Technics will have serviced a total of 35 aircraft under this particular agreement and expects to handle up to a total of 45 aircraft by the completion of the contract. 

While the work to date had been done at the existing facility in Malta, it will soon continue at the MRO supplier’s new six-bay hangar scheduled to open at Malta Airport in Safi in February 2022.

Daniel Galea, SR Technics Malta Vice President Operations, said: “We are immensely delighted and honoured to secure this contract extension with our highly valued and important customer easyJet. It has been an incredible journey since 2010, and we look forward to continuing delivering our services to the highest safety and quality standards.’’

Brendan McConnellogue, easyJet Director of Engineering and Maintenance, said: “We are extremely pleased to be extending our relationship with the SR Technics team in Malta. It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 11 years since SR Technics delivered the first A319 IV check back to easyJet, and they continue to support us in ensuring the highest levels of operational safety for our fleet, all with the same dedication and enthusiasm as they did on the very first aircraft back in 2010.”

Gazprom Neft launches green refuelling with Ural Airlines

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Gazpromneft-Aero, the aviation fuel operator of Gazprom Neft, has carried out the first refuelling of an international Ural Airlines cargo flight with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of an ongoing co-operation programme with the Russian air carrier.

The share of SAF* in the fuel blend exceeded 35 per cent, which reduced the flight’s CO2 emissions by a third. Gazpromneft-Aero refuelled a Ural Airlines A321** cargo aircraft flying from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which was transporting medical supplies and COVID-19 tests and the company plans to continue using sustainable aviation fuel for commercial flights at European airports.

The aviation fuel operator last year helped launch the Eurasian SAF Alliance to develop, certify and produce green fuel in Russia. Alliance members include Airbus, Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, S7 Group and Volga-Dnepr as well as Russian civil aviation research institutes.

Vladimir Yegorov, CEO of Gazpromneft-Aero, said: “We have become the first Russian fuel operator to provide our client with SAF for flights abroad in response to customer demand. The use of fuels made from renewable wastes and residues is one of the most effective ways to decarbonise air travel. According to IATA forecasts, the share of SAF in global aviation fuel consumption will increase four times in the next three years. That is driven by on the one hand new environmental requirements and on the other hand by the desire of air carriers to reach carbon neutrality.”

Sergey Skuratov, General Director of Ural Airlines, said: “We attach great importance to ESG strategy and reducing CO2 emissions. Ural Airlines makes a significant contribution to reducing its carbon footprint annually by purchasing new modern Airbus aircraft with reduced emissions and the ability to be refuelled with SAF.

“The use of environmentally friendlier fuel is another step towards achieving this goal. Today, green refuelling is possible only at a limited number of airports abroad, where the airline performs flights. We are glad to expand our cooperation with Gazpromneft-Aero in this area as well. With the start of SAF production in Russia we will be able to talk about clear plans for the volume of green fuel consumption.”

*SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) is a low-carbon aviation fuel based on esters and fatty acids, which can reduce aviation greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% (calculated with established life cycle assessment methodologies, such as the CORSIA methodology). Gazpromneft-Aero refuels aircraft in Amsterdam with certified JET-A1 fuel with a certified share of SAF in partnership with Neste, the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel.

**All Airbus aircraft today are certified to fly with a 50% SAF blend. The company plans to increase this figure to 100% by the end of the decade.

TrueNoord leases two new ATR42-600s to Silver Airways

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TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor, has delivered two new ATR42-600s to existing lessee Silver Airways.

The aircraft join the ATR72-600 delivered to Silver in May 2021, increasing TrueNoord’s portfolio with the American passenger and cargo regional carrier to three aircraft.

Garry Topp, TrueNoord Sales Director and Head of Americas, said: “It is very encouraging to be involved in the recovery of the US market and supporting Silver Airways’ ATR fleet expansion plans with two new deliveries. The placement of these aircraft increases TrueNoord’s North American footprint and we look forward to further developing our activity in the region this year. This also marks the first ATR42-600s in the TrueNoord fleet and we are enthusiastic about acquiring more of these modern, fuel-efficient regional aircraft in the future.”

Delivered to Silver Airways on a long-term operating lease, these aircraft will be operated across Silver’s passenger network: the south-eastern USA, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Steve Rossum, CEO of Silver Airways, said: “We are delighted to receive these new ATR42-600s on lease from TrueNoord. We have developed an excellent relationship with the TrueNoord team and appreciate their support as Silver expands its safe, reliable and customer-friendly service to meet growing passenger demand as the US market continues to recover strongly.”

Topp added: “The ATR is the perfect aircraft to enable efficient and reliable connectivity between vital short-haul routes, boosting domestic networks in this part of the US. Silver Airways delivers an exceptional service to its customers, showcasing the role and economic value contemporary turboprops can provide in the US. We are proud to be part of Silver Airways’ continued growth.”

Europe’s most sustainable airline

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Wizz Air has been recognised as Europe’s most sustainable airline based on the Sustainalytics ratings system.

Sustainalytics’ risk ratings measure how well a company proactively manages the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that are the most material to their business. Based on a structured, objective and transparent methodology, the Sustainalytics ESG Risk Ratings provide an assessment of the company’s ability to mitigate risks and capitalise on opportunities.

Wizz Air has significantly improved its sustainability rating over the past year and now has the best among European airlines.

This improvement is the result of Wizz Air’s conscious attention to sustainability. Not only does Wizz Air have the lowest environmental footprint on the continent per passenger kilometre, it remained financially stable even during the past 24 months, welcomed over 30 brand new aircraft to its modern fleet, and was the first airline to reinstate pilot and cabin crew salaries to pre-pandemic levels, while having hired over 1,000 new employees.

The opening of 18 new bases and the addition of over 300 new routes to the airline’s network also prove that Wizz Air’s business is sustainable and successful, which will support the airline in its goal of tripling its size and having 20,000 employees and 500 aircraft in its fleet by the end of the decade.

Sustainalytics’ Peer Performance Insights give an in-depth analysis of the company’s ESG strengths and weaknesses compared to its competitors and industry performance.

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, said: “We are proud to be in this prestigious industry-leading position which confirms Wizz Air’s sustainability efforts. Having been recognised as the most sustainable European airline reassures our steps in this direction and gives us extra energy to keep on developing our airline. I would like to express my gratitude to all my colleagues who have been working relentlessly to make Wizz Air the best airline in Europe. We are committed to our goals and to leading the industry by example in 2022 and beyond.”

Menzies Aviation strengthens presence in Latin America with new contracts in Mexico

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Menzies Aviation, the global aviation logistics specialist, has announced several new ground services contracts in Mexico, where it now operates at 31 airports. The contracts are with American Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Flair Airlines, Frontier Airlines and TAG Airlines, and represent the strengthening of Menzies’ presence in the Latin American market.

John Redmond, Menzies’ Executive Vice President Americas, said: “We are excited to further expand our presence in Latin America with these new contract wins across Mexico, which highlight the positive reputation Menzies has built for providing safe, secure and consistent quality service across the region. We look forward to continuing to strengthen and grow our relationships with each of these airlines in the future.”

American Airlines: Menzies has won two new contracts for the delivery of passenger, ramp, and cabin cleaning services at Chetumal, and for ramp and cabin cleaning services at Manzanillo. These wins build on Menzies’ relationship with American Airlines, which it already services at 16 airports across Mexico. Chetumal is a new airport for Menzies’ Mexico operations.

Aeroflot: At Cancun, Mexico’s second busiest airport, Menzies is providing Aeroflot with passenger, ramp, and cabin cleaning services. The Russian carrier has recently launched operations at the airport and is a new customer for Menzies at this location.

Air Canada: Menzies has secured contracts to provide ramp and cabin cleaning services at Huatulco and Zihuatanejo.  Air Canada is a large customer for Menzies, but these are the first contracts with the airline in Mexico.

Delta Air Lines: Delta has awarded Menzies ramp and cabin cleaning services contracts at two stations in Mexico, which will see Menzies servicing 355 flights a year from Guadalajara Airport and 575 flights a year at Monterrey Airport. Monterrey is a new station for Menzies, becoming its 31st airport in Mexico and its 40th in the Latin America region.

Flair Airlines: Menzies has been selected to support Flair Airlines’ start-up across Mexico, where the Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier is establishing new routes. Menzies will provide ground handling services at Los Cabos and Cancun from February. This builds on Menzies and Flair Airlines’ existing partnership in Canada, where Menzies provides ground services at nine airports.

Frontier Airlines: Menzies has won a contract with the US-based ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines for the provision of ground handling services at Cancun (CUN). Menzies has a large existing relationship with Frontier and CUN is a new and very important growth location for both Frontier and Menzies.   

TAG Airlines: Menzies has been awarded a ground handling services contract for TAG Airlines at five different locations in Mexico: Cancun, Merida, Oaxaca, Tuxla Gutierrez and Guadalajara. The contract is a significant win for Menzies as it will bring an additional 1,667 turns to the business in Mexico, further strengthening its presence in the country.