Liebherr to supply thrust reverser actuation system for Rolls-Royce Pearl® 10X engine

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Liebherr-Aerospace has been selected by Spirit AeroSystems to supply the thrust reverser actuation system for the Rolls-Royce Pearl® 10X engine. It is the first thrust reverser actuation system contract for Liebherr and thus marks an important milestone in the company’s history.

Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH (Germany), centre of excellence for flight controls, actuation, landing gear systems, gears, gearboxes as well as electronics, was selected by Spirit AeroSystems to supply the thrust reverser actuation system. A first in the history of the German aircraft OEM.

Leveraging on its expertise, Liebherr developed the new system in a short time with low development risk. It is fully compliant to the latest REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) requirements, which is an important step on the path towards more environmentally friendly aircraft.

Liebherr profits from its knowledge of hydraulic and mechanical actuation that is proven by uncountable flight hours in commercial and business aviation. The thrust reverser actuation is being developed based on technologies that are available and mature at Liebherr.

Despite the very demanding situation during the COVID-pandemic, which allows only virtual meetings, the high quality of the cooperation between Spirit AeroSystems and Liebherr enabled the development team to achieve the first significant development milestone in time. The successful Preliminary Design Review was as well a demonstration of the seamless collaboration within the worldwide Liebherr liaison network, in this case with the Liebherr office in Seattle, WA (USA), which always assures the proximity to the Customer.

Liebherr is very pleased to be able to count Spirit AeroSystems among its customers and is looking forward to continuing the successful collaboration.

AirAsia reaffirms commitment for fleet migration to Airbus A321neo with conversion of remaining A320 orders

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AirAsia Group has reaffirmed its commitment to transform its present mainly-A320 aircraft fleet to the higher-capacity, more fuel-efficient A321neo with the signing of an amendment agreement with Airbus S.A.S, in which AirAsia will convert its remaining A320 aircraft orders to the A321neo.

The contract marked AirAsia’s commitment to purchase the largest model in the best-selling A320 Family. Seating up to 236 passengers in a single class layout, the A321neo will enable the airline to increase capacity while benefiting from the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle category. Equipped with Airbus’s Space-Flex Cabin that allows for a more efficient configuration of the cabin space, the A321neo delivers optimal passenger comfort and efficiency.

With the conversion of its remaining 13 A320 undelivered aircraft to the A321neo, AirAsia now has a total order of 362 A321neo aircraft that will be allocated based on demand among its airlines within the Group, with deliveries up until 2035, as agreed between AirAsia and Airbus. AirAsia received its first A321neo in November 2019 and currently has a total of 4 A321neo in service. At present, the Group has a total fleet size of 211 aircraft comprising 169 A320, 38 A320neo, and 4 A321neo aircraft.

Bo Lingam, President (Airlines) of AirAsia Group said: “Our airline network and fleet strategy has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure flying on the most popular and profitable routes as we prepare for travel resumption across our network. Our business model is robust, and there is a lot of pent-up demand. We are confident that our airlines will be able to rebound and recover strongly as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

“We have always been in close engagement with Airbus and we look forward to a full A321neo fleet conversion that will further solidify our lowest cost base and lean cost structure. The A321neo will revolutionise the flying experience for our guests as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel post-Covid-19. The A321neo is a leader in its category and it will enable AirAsia to serve the demand across our network with significant operational efficiencies, with more than 10% fuel savings. The A321neo also includes an additional 50 seats and extra cargo space, and will allow us to further reduce our cost per Available Seat Kilometre (ASK) across the group, which will be passed on as lower airfares for our guests.”

The A321neos will eventually replace the older A320s, which will lead to significant sustainability benefits, where the fuel savings translate into some 5,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide (CO2) emission per aircraft per year, in addition to the double-digit reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions and reduced engine noise.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia Group further commented: “With the gradual easing of travel restrictions and resumption of freight and cargo activities in all of our key markets, we need to make sure that our fleet is cost- and fuel-efficient and highly optimised for our airline operations, as well as for our logistics venture, Teleport. Teleport is experiencing significant growth in line with an overwhelming demand for air freight and cargo services, back to pre-pandemic performance, and growing faster than before. We are expanding Teleport’s delivery and digital cargo capabilities to prepare for strong regional expansion as soon as travel restrictions ease and international borders reopen.

“During the downtime in flying, we have turned AirAsia from one of Asia’s leading airline brands into a one-stop travel and lifestyle digital travel platform, catering for much more than just air travel. With our huge passenger volume, the impending improvement in travel demand will provide an added boost to the AirAsia Super App, as well as our fintech and digital payment service, BigPay.

“Our Super App, Teleport, and BigPay are equally important to complete our ecosystem. They work in tandem symbiotically, to meet increasing demand in the e-commerce and distribution space. From e-money and international remittance to micro-insurance and budgeting, BigPay has been successful in providing a wide range of regulated financial products to become a one-stop solution for our customers’ financial needs.

“We will continue to innovate and adapt. We are already seeing improvements in terms of customer base, as well as revenue and other key metrics. We are set to return stronger and more robust in a post-Covid world.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International said: “We are pleased to reach this agreement with our long-standing partner AirAsia. It’s another endorsement of the A321neo as the world’s most efficient and popular single-aisle aircraft. It’s also an example of how we at Airbus have worked together with our customers to find solutions to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. We are encouraged to see traffic rebound around the world as the travel restrictions ease. AirAsia will be well equipped to benefit from the rebound that will also surely come in Asia, thanks to the combination of pent-up demand, the efficiency of its Airbus fleet, and its unique brand.”

Universal Avionics sees strong year for InSightTM integrated flight deck upgrades

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Universal Avionics (UA) sees increased interest in its InSight Integrated Flight Deck Solution among business jet operators. In 2021, the system was certified or set on a path to certification on five different aircraft platforms for a total of nine different STC solutions to date, a testament to the technology’s adaptability.

Building on UA’s Citation VII STC, an F900B STC was recently awarded and included UA’s SBAS FMS and UniLink data communication system. Other aircraft platforms that embarked on such upgrades in 2021 include Falcon 900B with factory FMS, Falcon 50, Falcon 20, Hawker 800A/XP, and Gulfstream G-III.

“Universal Avionics’ InSight flight deck upgrade provides a state-of-the-art solution to a variety of business jets. The InSight display system, along with Universal’s FMS LPV, Data Communication (FANS / CPDLC / ATN-B1), and ClearVisionTM Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS), is a full solution to bring any business jet into the front line of technology”, says Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO.

To celebrate this milestone for InSight, UA is offering special upgrade incentives to operators through December 15, 2021. Visitors to the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada are invited to visit UA at Booth No. 2545 or contact your UA Sales Representative to learn more. You can also catch a replay of UA’s Falcon 900B Flight Deck Refresh Webinar available from uasc.com/webinars for more on InSight.

InSight Display System

The InSight Display System is UA’s proven flight deck solution, a fully integrated display system with a rich feature set for enhanced situational awareness and improved safety. It features an embedded 2nd Next Generation 3D Synthetic Vision System (SVS), interactive digital map, embedded charting, map support, advanced radio control with embedded radio tuning, and more. InSight is complemented with the latest in Human Machine Interface (HMI) design including touch control interactions with the flight plan, etc., for reduced crew workload.

The InSight avionics modernization package leads to fuel savings and decreased flight times. It is a key to preparing operators for the FAA’s NextGen and the European Union’s SESAR, particularly when including UA’s SBAS-FMS with LPV for more direct routings. Operators can also save 15 minutes or more on typical flights when using CPDLC for controller communications instead of verbal exchanges by taking advantage of UA’s Data Communications System (UniLinkTM CMU and KaptureTM Cockpit Voice Recorder). The system enables FANS 1/A+, Data Comm, CPDLC / CPDLC DCL, en-route clearances, ATN B1, and other communications such as OOOI reporting, automatic position reporting, flight planning route uplinks (push to load), and future big data connectivity.

Replacing antiquated instruments from analog or cathode ray tubes (CRT) to a fully digital technology to display flight and aircraft information increases aircraft payload by more than 200 lbs. (91 kg) while reducing maintenance costs and dramatically improving equipment reliability. InSight is supported by unique web-based maintenance and diagnostic tool. Flight deck maintenance teams or UA’s Field Service Engineers if needed, can diagnose in situ or even remotely.

Remote connection is an unprecedented use of technology allowing UA to instantly sync, troubleshoot, diagnose, and configure systems while they are installed in an aircraft. By utilizing remote access tools, the flight department can increase aircraft readiness and reduce aircraft downtime. Learn more here.

The system’s lightning-fast ethernet busses and powerful internal processors are an ideal companion for the continued introduction of NextGen technologies, including UA’s ClearVision EFVS with SkyLensTM Head-Wearable Display, Interactive SVS (i-SVS), and where appropriate display options for engine indication.

ATR inaugurates cutting-edge Customer Experience Studio

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ATR, the world-leading regional aircraft manufacturer, today inaugurated it’s brand new innovative Customer Experience Studio at its headquarters in France, in the presence of local officials. Equipped with seven cameras, a high-performance sound system, touch screens, and virtual reality devices, the ATR Customer Experience Studio is the first of its kind in the aeronautical industry.

Through a series of interactive digital experiences, this fully connected space will enable ATR to bring its customers and stakeholders from all over the world to its headquarters, both remotely and in-person, for a fully customisable and comprehensive touch and feel tour of its products and services – with a key focus on the manufacturer’s main competitive advantages, including the low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of its aircraft family.Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, commented: “ATR never stands still. The COVID-19  pandemic has deeply transformed our lives, however, it also acted as a catalyst in the transition towards new innovative ways of connecting to our customers and stakeholders. This Customer Experience Studio will bring the world to ATR, no matter where they are, offering a premium and customisable experience. With this digital-first approach, it will show, not tell, how ATR plays a leading role in regional aviation, at the forefront of sustainability, innovation, and comfort. It is a significant investment to support our long-term vision, in line with our policy of continuous innovation.”

 

Health Management: Two new contracts for Liebherr Analytics Solutions

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Two new airlines, airBaltic and SWISS, will benefit from the health management services developed and offered by Liebherr-Aerospace.  The airlines will take advantage of a growing set of predictive maintenance algorithms and trend monitoring applications.

Toulouse (France), October 2021 – Liebherr Analytics Solutions combine the power of Big Data and the capacities of a proprietary data platform (“Artic”), with the in-depth OEM knowledge of its systems and the associated in-service support experience of Liebherr products. This allows Liebherr-Aerospace to deliver precise and efficient tools for enhancing aircraft maintenance operations.

Liebherr-Aerospace has signed agreements with two new airlines, expanding its existing cooperation with airBaltic, a Latvian carrier, and Swiss International Airlines, based in Zurich and Geneva. airBaltic offers numerous destinations throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and the Middle East with a modern fleet of Airbus A220 aircraft. Swiss International Airlines connects Switzerland to Europe and to the rest of the world, operating a combination of Airbus A220, A320, A321, and other long-range aircraft.

Both airlines will benefit from Liebherr-Aerospace’s set of predictive maintenance algorithms and other trend monitoring applications, combined with advanced technical support, bringing added value to the maintenance of their full-scope of Liebherr products: bleed, air management, landing gear, and flight control system components.

Working with airBaltic and SWISS is also a great opportunity for Liebherr-Aerospace to obtain feedback regarding market demands and expectations when it comes to health management. “By adopting our Analytics Solutions, the airlines will optimize their maintenance operations, benefitting fully from our OEM product know-how and MRO data”, points out Joël Cadaux, Director Business & Services – Customer Services at Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS.

Air Calédonie signs five year GMA extension airline to extend coverage for its fleet of four ATR 72-600 aircraft

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ATR and Air Calédonie announce a five year extension of their Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). The contract will cover Pool and Repair for Line Replaceable Units for the airline’s four ATR 72-600 aircraft. This extension will also see additional Line Replaceable Units P/N and Propeller Services added into the contract. Air Calédonie uses its ATR aircraft to provide essential connectivity throughout New Caledonia’s entire domestic network of archipelagos, supporting passengers to access economic and educational opportunities, as well as supporting the provision of healthcare. Through the GMA, ATR has contributed to reducing operators’ maintenance costs and boosting their operations for over 20 years.
Eric Broutte, Technical Director of Air Calédonie commented: “Optimising maintenance costs is always important for a regional airline, but during these uncertain times, it is crucial to have support that you can rely on. ATR’s commitment to and investment in the support and services they provide makes a real difference to airlines. Extending our relationship with ATR also means that we will continue to benefit from their unrivalled expertise and experience with the aircraft. We are happy to be signing on for another five years.”David Brigante, SVP Customer Support and Services remarked: “This contract represents another step in our shared journey with Air Calédonie which stretches back around 35 years to the delivery of the company’s first ATR 42. An aircraft is only valuable when it is flying and that is why it is vital that we provide the best possible service to our clients. Air Calédonie’s decision to extend and enhance their contract shows the quality of support that we are delivering. To meet the needs of an airline that is providing essential connectivity in a geography as diverse as New Caledonia is a real source of pride for ATR and truly demonstrates the value of our GMA.”

Rusada unveils inventory management app for ENVISION

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Rusada, the global aviation software provider, has released its latest mobile application for its Airworthiness, MRO, and Flight Operations solution ENVISION.

ENVISION Stock allows warehouse and stores personnel to perform multiple common inventory tasks on the go. Users can receive, relocate, and issue stock as well as to conduct inventory counts, and ship assets, all from a tablet or phone.

This removes the need for paper printouts and handwritten notes as all necessary information is available within the app. It is also capable of scanning barcodes on parts or orders using the device’s camera, thereby speeding up data entry and eliminating user errors.

This is the second mobile application released by Rusada this year after their maintenance execution app, ENVISION Tasks,launched in May.

ENVISION Stock is available on iOS and Android devices and is fully approved by both Apple and Google.

Julian Stourton, CEO at Rusada said: “A key focus for us over the last 18 months has been the digitization of processes that are still being carried out via paper. So much time is wasted, and effort duplicated when users are required to perform an activity, record it on paper, go back to a desk and then update a system. ENVISION Stock does away with all this, providing users instant access to information wherever they are.

“I would like to congratulate our development teams on the launch of another excellent application and am looking forward to seeing it in use in the real world with our growing customer base.”

Air France KLM Component Services Shanghai and AvtechTyee cooperation agreement

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Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance Components China and AvtechTyee signed an industrial  cooperation agreement, which entitled the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary based Shanghai to be an  authorised repair shop in China.

Under this agreement, AFI KLM E&M Components China is now the repair station of AvtechTyee in China mainland to support the OEM aftermarket services on their products.

With this agreement, AFI KLM E&M Components China becomes a fully authorised provider for the Chinese Operators on the AvtechTyee Products. In addition to the test, repair and overhaul services, AFI KLM E&M Components China offers best in class local MRO Solutions from avionics modification to OEM Warranty management.

“AvtechTyee is always looking for ways to offer fast and reliable MRO support to our airlines customers in China mainland, while maintaining our high OEM quality standards. We see AFI KLM E&M Components China as a mature and dedicated partner that can help us achieve that goal.” Kevin Hanson, VP, Sales & Marketing of AvtechTyee.

The continuous ambition of AFI KLM E&M is to support the airlines in all their operational expectations and as close as possible to where they operate. This cooperation will allow both parties to explore future market needs. “This agreement reflects our deep understanding of the market needs as a subsidiary of the airline-MRO. It reflects the high service level provided by AFI KLM E&M Components China’s.

US-Bangla Airlines appoints ACC Aviation as remarketing agent for three de Havilland Dash 8-Q400s

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US-Bangla Airlines, the Dhaka, Bangladesh-based carrier, has appointed global aviation services group ACC Aviation as remarketing agent to dispose of three de Havilland Dash 8-Q400 turboprops.  The aircraft (MSN 4034, 4044 and MSN 4058) all built in the early 2000s, will be disposed of, along with an extensive list of DHC8-Q400 spares and components as a packaged transaction.

Leveraging its extensive relationships, ACC Aviation will guide US-Bangla Airlines throughout the entire remarketing and disposal of the assets process and seek out potential buyers for the aircraft, while ensuring that every aspect of the transaction is fair and within industry standards.

“ACC Aviation is pleased to have the opportunity to remarket US-Bangla Airlines‘ Dash 8-Q400s,” said Robert Sitta, Vice President Asset Management at ACC Aviation.

US-Bangla Airlines has an extensive scheduled passenger network, operating a mainstay fleet of ATR72-600’s and B737-800’s.

ACC Aviation is a steadfast partner that industry colleagues and clients have come to rely upon. Its global team in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and North America offer professional, impartial advice and expertise across a comprehensive range of aviation services.

Vallair delivers its third Airbus A321 freighter

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Vallair, the mature aircraft asset specialist dedicated to the support of both operators and lessors, and launch customer of the A321 freighter conversion (A321F), has delivered its third Airbus A321 freighter, bearing serial number 1017. This aircraft follows two Airbus A321Fs already delivered by Vallair that are presently in operation: MSN835 delivered in October 2020 and MSN 891 delivered in June 2021.

As the first ever Airbus A321 cargo conversion aircraft to have been inducted in China, MSN 1017 is now registered in Europe and has been delivered to SmartLynx Malta who will operate the aircraft on behalf of DHL.

Vallair has been engaged in cargo conversions for more than ten years and this delivery further strengthens its pioneering vision established at the start of the Airbus A321F conversion programme. Data and feedback from existing operators confirm the A321 freighter variant is better for the environment due to its circa 15% reduction in fuel burn versus its most direct competitor, as well as offering exceptional range, payload, and additional cost benefits compared to other narrowbody competitors.

Following conversion, maintenance and painting activities have been carried out at Vallair’s specialist MRO facility located in Montpellier, France.

“As the first cargo conversion to take place in China, the delivery of MSN1017 to a European operator is another significant milestone for Vallair,” comments Patrick Leopold, Head of Trading & Leasing at Vallair. “Fuel efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions, availability of feedstock and an aircraft type that is still in production are all key drivers of this programme. Month on month we see the ever-augmenting demands of e-commerce and e-freight and the A321F is the ideal candidate in terms of payload and capacity – the ability to offer containerised cargo on the main and lower deck, thus reducing turn-around-times is also an advantage. It is, however, important to also remember that in addition to the vital role it continues to play in supporting the global economy, the air cargo market is now becoming increasingly important in powering global COVID vaccine distribution and feeding of the post-COVID global supply chain needs.”

“Last, but not least, today MSN1017 becomes the third Airbus A321 converted into freighter and delivered to its operator by Vallair, all within less than a year,” continues Leopold. “This further demonstrates our capability to successfully run such a programme involving several stakeholders from all over the world. This has been made possible thanks to the dedication and efficiency of our engineering and project management teams who are also able to rely on our own industrial capabilities”