Airbus announces August delivery figures

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Airbus delivered 40 aircraft in August to bring a figure of 384 since January. Compared to the last three months, the number has thinned out – it delivered 47 in July, 77 in June, and 50 in May.

The A320neo family of aircraft accounted for 80 percent of all deliveries last month:

  • 16 A320neo
  • 16 A323neo
  • 1 A321ceo
  • 5 A220-300
  • 2 A350-900

A LCC giant IndiGo received the maximum number of aircraft: two A320neo and two A321neo. Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific were the only carriers that took the widebody A350-900, at one each.

While deliveries in August may have decreased a little, the orders have shown a more positive trend. The planemaker bagged an impressive order of 102 jets – its best so far this year. The neos were the top choice for airlines, with most orders coming from British LCC Jet2 for 36 A321neos.

Ireland’s newest carrier – Emerald Airlines

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Emerald Airlines is Ireland’s newest airline that has been given its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on 6 September after completing a proving flight three days earlier.

Emerald recently secured a deal to operate the Aer Lingus regional franchise for ten years, formerly held by Stobart Air. However, the contract is not due to commence until 1 January 2023.

Conor McCarthy, founder, and CEO of Emerald Airlines said, “Being granted the first AOC in Ireland since the pandemic is not only a major milestone in our journey as an airline but a significant one for the Irish Aviation industry as it begins its recovery following the worst crisis in its history.”

“We are now able to progress towards the launch of scheduled services, which will be rolled out progressively as our aircraft are delivered and market conditions allow.

“We will be working very closely with Aer Lingus on this now that we have our AOC in place.”

Wizz Air seeks 100 Airbus aircraft deal

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Wizz Air has been linked to talks with Airbus for a substantial new aircraft order. The Hungarian LCC is believed to be seeking an order for at least 100 aircraft.

Talks between Wizz Air and Airbus about the new aircraft order began several months ago and “continued throughout the summer”, industry sources told Reuters. Neither party has revealed anything publically.


Fokker Services signs seven-year overhaul & repair agreement with Collins Aerospace

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Fokker Services, an Independent Aerospace Service Provider, has now entered a seven-year overhaul and repair agreement with Collins Aerospace. The diverse pneumatic capabilities at the Fokker Services Americas facility in LaGrange, GA, ensures full reliability of well-established aircraft platforms. This includes the Airbus A300, Boeing 747 and 767, Embraer ERJ135 and ERJ145, and Fokker 50 and 60. This new contract highlights the organization’s expertise in the aerospace aftermarket sector, and builds on its history of providing high-quality maintenance programs through

Craig Winter, Managing Director at Fokker Services Americas, said: “We have a truly diverse catalogue of pneumatic MRO capabilities. By supporting a broad mix of components for Collins Aerospace, we are their one-stop-shop and simplify their supplier base when it comes to repairs. We are well equipped to take on a vast range of part repairs, all while ensuring a seamless redelivery schedule with our well-established supply chain network.”

Fokker Services Americas has a long history of providing pneumatic MRO services for its customers. The on-site state-of-the-art test stands, such as the Eddy Current Dynamometer Air Starter test stand, Air Driven Pump test stand, and Air Cycle Machine test cell, help to cut down turnaround times and ensure those products are delivered in optimal airworthy condition. With a deep knowledge of long-standing component maintenance capabilities, the team at Fokker Services Americas leverages this expertise and transfers key learnings to provide excellent repairs for newer capabilities.

James Lyman, Director, Repair Services Supply Chain Management, Power and Controls of Collins Aerospace, said: “We welcome Fokker Services Americas to their expanded role as a critical partner in Collins’ third-party MRO Network. Their broad range of MRO capabilities will support Collins’ strategy to manage the lifecycle of our products.”

Fokker Services has collaborated with Collins Aerospace for many years. In 2015, Fokker Services Americas became the official partner for on-site Ball Bearing Air Cycle Machine maintenance. Today, Fokker Services also has an MRO license agreement with Collins Aerospace for Mechanical Systems and Power & Controls products, as well as an OEM parts supply agreement for Electrical Power Generation products. The relationship Fokker Services maintains with worldwide civil aviation authorities such as the FAA, EASA and CAAC further facilitates this continued partnership.

SAMAD Aerospace’s electric Starling Cargo aircraft makes precious air cargo more sustainable

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SAMAD Aerospace has announced that it has started the certification process of its Starling Cargo aircraft.

With a cruising speed of 95mph, flight ceiling of 10,000 feet and a range of up to 135 miles, the electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft will enable flexible point to point air cargo of up to 50 kg payload.

The Starling Cargo aircraft will be remotely piloted with auto pilot capability.

Dr Seyed Mohseni, CEO of SAMAD Aerospace, commented: “Our fully electric VTOL Starling Cargo aircraft will change the future of transportation reducing emissions and carbon footprint of air cargo.”

 The SAMAD Aerospace team have seen interest in its Starling Cargo aircraft from a number of industry sectors that need to transit high value cargo.  These include oil and gas corporations, gemstone mining companies, medical logistics and emergency response companies.

The Starling Cargo aircraft can be utilised for delivering humanitarian critical cargo of desperately needed food, medicine and equipment to often remote regions of the world with underdeveloped or damaged local infrastructure.

Available to pre-order now for delivery in Q4 2022, the Starling Cargo will offer an air cargo option faster than conventional travel by utilising locations much closer to the customer’s required point of departure and destination, including remote locations.

With the Starling Cargo aircraft, SAMAD Aerospace will revolutionise the way goods fly around the world, making air cargo faster, greener and more sustainable.

ALSIM and Three DIS win contract for three FNPT II MCC simulators for Airports Authority of India

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ALSIM Simulateurs S.A.S., a premium class French company, engaged in design, development and production of state-of-the-art simulators and flight training systems has been awarded a contract by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the design and production of three Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) simulators of EASA Flight Navigation and Procedure Trainer (FNPT) Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) level II types for Single Aisle aircraft – Airbus family type in March 2021.

The Factory Acceptance will be performed in Nantes, France and the Installation/Commission at AAI in India (Three AAI Training Centres: CATC Prayagraj, HTC Hyderabad and NIATAM Gondia). The project includes three years warranty followed by another three years of Annual Maintenance Contract.

The RFP was released by AAI in January 2020 and international manufacturers from Spain, Austria and Germany participated.  The three FNPT II MCC Single Aisle aircraft simulators are scheduled to begin service between the end of 2021 and early 2022.

ALSIM fully supports the “Make in India” program and complies with this initiative. Three DIS Integrated Solutions Ltd. (Three DIS), a New Delhi based company, was selected as the industrial partner in India. Three DIS is a brand agnostic organisation specialising in the domain of Civil Aviation and Defence offering a wide range of mission critical airport related products and services at 33 civilian and 59 military airports.

Three DIS will perform a significant workshare including, supply, integration of RSI’s Collimated Visual Display, the complete simulator installation and site acceptances located at the three AAI training centres. Three DIS will also ensure local support for the warranty and maintenance services. ALSIM will provide the detailed modelling of the fifteen specific airports in India as selected by AAI.

The three FNPT II MCC Single Aisle aircraft simulators contract is instrumental for both ALSIM and Three DIS, to participate as a key player in the field of Flight Simulators for all future projects in India and Asia.

ALSIM and Three DIS are honoured that the Airports Authority of India, DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation continue to trust and support the group as the industry’s premier provider of commercial aircraft flight simulator in support of Air Traffic Controllers training programs.



Deutsche Aircraft selects HEGGEMANN AG for D328ecoTM wing for production    

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Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), has announced the selection of HEGGEMANN AG for the D328ecoTM wing industrialisation and production. This agreement covers the manufacturing of the D328ecoTM wing box and engine support.

The aerodynamically optimised wing design of the D328ecoTM will be manufactured in a state-of-the-art automatised manufacturing process flow. Hereby, progressive quality assurance and digitalized end-to-end processes in terms of “Industry 4.0” will be implemented.

The manufactured wing and its sub-components will be fully sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) compatible, with new sealants, surface protection measures and materials that fit with all mainstream sustainable aviation fuels.

HEGGEMANN has over 55 years of industrial experience, mastering high-volume, industrialised production, which will support the growth of the aviation sector. The company has fully implemented the APQP principle, a digital end-to-end process and product lifecycle tracking system. These attributes are mandatory for Deutsche Aircraft’s deployment of Industry 4.0 manufacturing principles. Aside from digitalisation, HEGGEMANN also offers REACH roadmap that aligns with Deutsche Aircraft’s efforts to minimise environmental impact.

“Combining the advantage of Dornier wing structure, forward-looking SAF compatibility and HEGGEMANN’s production expertise, this partnership will create great synergy for the D328ecoTM programme”, said Nico Neumann, Vice President of Operation and Programme at Deutsche Aircraft GmbH. “We found HEGGEMANN to be the perfect partner for the D328ecoTM wing serial production. Our vision and mission align when it comes to a sustainable production roadmap. Furthermore, we are both proud of our German heritage of unmet engineering excellence and quality”.

“We are very pleased to be an essential part of the development of the D328ecoTM programme. Realising the wing in addition to the landing gear gives us the unique chance to further strengthen our partnership with Deutsche Aircraft. We will use our engineering competence and innovation strength to implement state-of-the-art digital manufacturing strategies and be an efficient manufacturing partner for Deutsche Aircraft,” said Dr Christian Howe, CEO of HEGGEMANN AG.

Embraer E190-E2 makes first commercial flight into London City Airport

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Thursday 2 September 2021 saw an important debut for London City Airport. At, 1749, an Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into the iconic airport in the centre of the British political and financial capital. The Helvetic Airways aircraft, registered HB-AZG, flew from Zurich to London in 1 hour 20 minutes, also re-establishing an essential link for the global financial community.

Flight LX 456, operated by Helvetic Airways on behalf of its partner company Swiss International Air Lines, was welcomed by a water salute from London City Airport’s fire service. On board the sold-out flight were 110 passengers, including representatives of the international media, business travellers and those visiting friends and family.

Re-establishing connectivity between the UK and Switzerland

Commenting on the arrival, LCY’s Chief Operating Officer Alison FitzGerald said: “Welcoming Swiss and Helvetic back, and with the newest LCY-capable aircraft, Embraer’s E190-E2, is a significant milestone for London City. It demonstrates how we are collaborating with manufacturers and airlines to introduce more low-emission, low-noise aircraft to our airport, as well as re-establishing a vital business connection which we believe will go from strength to strength as the UK Government begins to further reduce barriers to travel. Our ambition is to be one of the most sustainable airports of our size in Europe, and it is my expectation that we will be welcoming more of these aircraft with more airlines as the industry recovers from COVID- 19.”

The Embraer E190-E2: the perfect aircraft for London City

With LCY’s runway length of only 1,508 metres and descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, the Embraer E190-E2 is particularly suitable for operations at the legendary Thames-side airport. “Thanks to a reduction of almost 20% in fuel consumption and a noise footprint at take-off that is 63% smaller than our previous-generation aircraft, the E190-E2 delivers not only significant reductions in emissions but also a much quieter experience for local residents,” enthused Cesar Perreira, Embraer’s Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA, shortly before the first flight left Zurich for London.

It should be noted that Embraer aircraft account for nearly 90% of all movements at London City Airport. At the same time, the E190-E2 almost doubles the available range from the airport to more than 4,000 kilometres, bringing destinations such as Istanbul, Casablanca and Moscow within reach for the first time.

Helvetic Airways: the first E2 operator into London City

“With this world premiere, we are particularly proud to be able to offer a product of the highest level in terms of comfort, quiet and sustainability. We are convinced that the Embraer E2 is perfectly suited to the requirements of business customers flying between the financial centres of London and Zurich,” said Tobias Pogorevc, CEO of Helvetic Airways, during the inaugural flight.

With the coronavirus pandemic bringing a more regional emphasis to air transport along with a trend towards the use of smaller aircraft types, Helvetic Airways is ideally equipped both to provide reliable and cost-effective flight operations and to take full and fruitful advantage of the new opportunities currently offered in markets worldwide. With a fleet of 12 Embraer E2 aircraft, Helvetic Airways is presently the largest Embraer E-Jet operator in the world, strengthening its position as a regional airline based in Switzerland and serving Europe and beyond.



Griffin orders five Boeing 737 MAX 8s

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Griffin Global Asset Management – the aircraft leasing company founded by CEO Ryan McKenna and backed by Bain Capital Credit – has announced a direct order with Boeing for five new 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The purchase is Griffin’s first direct order as the company states that it sees strategic opportunities to place the aircraft during the market recovery. The delivery date of the aircraft has not been disclosed.

“As market conditions rebound, we are finding opportunities to serve our airline customers in innovative ways. An important component of this strategy is providing balanced capacity that meets returning passenger demand. The 737-8 is well-positioned to support this objective, and this order lays a strong foundation for more to come with Boeing and Griffin on future opportunities,” said Ryan McKenna, founder, and CEO of Griffin.

The 737-8 seats up to 189 passengers and can fly 3,550 nautical miles – about 600 miles farther than its predecessor – allowing airlines to offer new and more direct routes for passengers.

“Griffin Global Asset Management is building a first-class aircraft leasing business, and we are delighted that they have selected the 737-8 for their single-aisle portfolio. As Griffin places its first direct order with Boeing, we welcome them to the 737 family and look forward to working with the team in the future,” said Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

West Star Aviation promotes Mark Bozada to Bombardier Project Manager at ALN

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West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Bozada to Bombardier Project Manager at their East Alton, IL facility.

Mark has been with West Star since 2014, moving through the AMT ranks up to a lead spot in 2019. He graduated from Linn State Technical College with his A&P license.

“Mark has shown great initiative and we’re excited that he will be continuing to contribute his skills and expertise to the team,” said Scott Koehler, Senior Manager of Project Management.

“The advancement opportunities that West Star continues to offer allows me to develop my skills even further and grow within the company,” said Mark Bozada, Bombardier Project Manager.

West Star is proud to have been voted the No.1 Preferred MRO for eight consecutive years from 2014-2021 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual PRASE Survey. The survey first included the ‘Most Preferred MRO’ category in 2014 and West Star has won the No.1 slot each year since its inception. West Star Aviation specialises in the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and APUs, avionics installations and repair, major modifications, interior refurbishment, exterior paint, accessory services and parts.