The Kaplanian Report – November 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

   Boeing Inks Digital Service Training Deals with Korean Carriers

Korean Air signed a 10-year agreement with Boeing for digital navigation services, as well as electronic flight bag(EFB) solutions offered by Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.  The Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro EFB solution will offer pilots digital charting and navigation information.

The Partnership was inked on the sidelines of this year’s Seoul ADEX, and sees Korean Air and Jin Air renewing their contracts for pilot training services.  The five-year agreement covers both carriers’ Boeing fleet, such as the Boeing 737s, 777s and 787s.  Boeing Global Services did not indicate the value of these contracts.

Late September, (see October edition of kaplanianreport.com for more details) the business unit clinched nearly $50 million worth of orders and contracts from Asia Pacific carriers, primarily for the digital products.

It has forecast that the Asia Pacific commercial aviation services market will grow by 5% per annum over the next twenty years and estimates the sector to be worth $3.4 billion by 2038.

Source : Boeing      

               

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

        A350-1000 to be Airbus’s Lead Candidate for Project Sunrise

Airbus is putting forward a longer-range A350-1000 as its lead contender for Qantas’s ultra-long-haul initiative, Project Sunrise, as the Australian carrier prepares to conduct test flights using Boeing 787-9s.

Qantas had requested submissions from both both Airbus and Boeing which would meet the challenging demands of Project Sunrise, which aims to provide nonstop services to Australian east coast cities from NewYork and London.

It is conducting three simulations of Project Sunrise routes- from London and New York to Sydney- using 787-9s on “repurposed” delivery flights in October, November and December, the carrier states.  The 787s will carry only around 40 people to ensure sufficient range.

While 787s are already used by Qantas on nonstop services between London Heathrow and Perth, Boeing is offering the 777-8 as its Project Sunrise candidate— although development of the long-range twinjet has been put on hold.

Airbus confirmed it is offering a version of the A350-1000 in the Qantas ultra-long -haul competition around its Project Sunrise initiative that would enable the airline to launch nonstop flights from Australia’s east coast to London and New York, among others.  “The airplane will be available in the timeframe required by Qantas at the end of 2022,” Airbus head of A350 marketing, Marisa Luisa Ugena said.

Source : Airbus/Flightglobal         

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

     Embraer’s E190-E2 Program Named 2019 PMI Project of the Year

According to the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading association for the project management profession, the E190-E2 was an extremely complex program.  It is a virtually new airplane, new production system, a new and more connected airplane and customer support, and a new global supply chain spread throughout the US,Brazil,Europe and Asia.

The PMI Project of the Year Award recognizes a large and complex project that best delivers superior performance in terms of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society.

The institute also highlighted Embraer’s challenge to bring a family of commercial aircraft to market on schedule and on budgets as well as exceeding performance targets.

“The E2 represents a new benchmark for crossover jets, and we are honored to receive this prestigious award, recognizing the excellence of all Embraer’s teams involved in the program,” said Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s vice president of strategy, innovation and former COO of Ember Commercial Aviation.

Source : Embraer    

                                                               

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

Korea’s Carrier Air Premia has Committed to Acquire Five Boeing 787-9s           

Boeing did not specify a delivery timeline for the five aircraft; the commitment has yet to be finalized into a firm order.

At the start of the year, the Seoul-based carrier said that it plans to operate 10 787-9s over a five-year period, of which five would come from lessors.  In April it signed a lease agreement to take three 787s from Air lease.

“We are honored to welcome Air Premia as Boeing’s newest customer.    As new entrants in Asia continue to launch innovative business models and strategies for growth, we are excited that Air Premia have selected the 787-9 Dreamliner to power their future fleet,” says Boeing’s senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing Ihsanne Mounir.

Air Premia plans to begin services in September 2020, starting off with services within Asia before expanding into long-haul routes in 2021.

Source : Boeing/Picture Boeing                                                                                                            

               Vietnam Airlines has Hit The 100-Aircraft Milestone                                   

Vietnam Airlines has hit the 100-aircraft milestone with the delivery of a Boeing 787-10, its third example of the variant.

The airline celebrated the arrival of the aircraft with a ceremony at Hanoi’s Not Bai International Airport, attended by deputy prime minister Truong Hoa Binh.

“ This opens up new development opportunities for Vietnam Airlines on its quest to leverage Vietnam’s aviation industry among leading airlines in the region and the world,” says company chairman Pham Ngoc Minh.  The airline has used the type between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as on services to South Korea.

Cirium fleets data shows that Vietnam Airlines operates 53 Airbus A321s, 14 A321 neos, 14 A350-900s, 11 787-9s, three 787-10s, and five ATR-500s.  In October 2018, the airline operated 86 aircraft.

Source: Flightglobal/Vietnam Airlines                                                                                                    

Seattle’s AeroTEC inks Deal to Modify Qantas Boeing 747-400 into Rolls-Royce Testbed Aircraft

AeroTEC of Seattle has inked a deal with Rolls-Royce to convert a retired Qantas 747 into a testbed aircraft for evaluating new engines and engine technology.

Under the deal announced on October 15 at Moses Lake, Washington  Rolls-Royce has bought a retired Qantas Airways 747-400 airliner that flew passengers for more than 20 years as part of a $70 million investment in new engine technologies that will be tested at the former Air Force B-52 bomber base.

AeroTEC engineers and technicians will spend the next two years converting the 747 from a passenger jet with 364 seats to a state-of-art flying testbed equipped with instruments and systems that record measurements of in-flight engine performance.

Rolls-Royce took delivery of the Qantas 747-400 at AeroTEC flight test center in Moses Lake on Monday, October 14 after it flew from a storage facility in Southern California.

Gareth Hedicker, a Rolls-Royce director of development and experimental engineering said the collaboration with AeroTEC involves a “significant investment” that will transform the 747 into “ the jewel in the crown of our global test programs.”

Source: Rolls-Royce/picture Rolls-Royce    

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Vietjet Vietnamese low-cost  carrier has placed a firm order for 20 Airbus A321XLRs, making it the first airline to operate the type when it enters service in 2023.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) has issued a proposed airworthiness directive(AD) for the problem-plagued Pratt& Whitney PW1100G engines that power Airbus A320neo-family aircraft.

 

  • Garuda Indonesia will lease two Boeing 737-800 converted freighters from GECAS from mid-2020.

 

  • Boeing Business Jets has taken two orders for BBJ 787-9s from a single unidentified VIP customer.

  • Ural Airlines has received its first Airbus A321neo, the third aircraft from the re-engined family to enter the Russian carrier’s fleet.

  • Cebu Pacific has firmed up its commitment to acquire 16 Airbus A330-900 aircraft, first made at the Paris air show in June.

 

  • GE Aviation delivers the first flight-ready GE-9X engine to Boeing paving the way for the Boeing 777-9 flight tests to resume.

 

  • Chinese MRO Firm Ameco will conduct the world’s first D-check on a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8.

 

  • Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (GAMECO) will open a Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) production line at its Guangzhou base. 

 

  • El Al Israeli Airline has flown its final 747 flight from Rome to Tel Aviv on November 3rd.

AIR CARGO

                  Lufthansa Cargo Orders Two 777-200FLR Freighters                               

Lufthansa Cargo has ordered a further two Boeing 777 Freighters as it accelerates the retirement of its remaining MD-11Fs.

The freighter operator says the latest order is part of a fleet modernization program that will see the carrier retire its 10 MD-11Fs by the end of 2020, four years ahead of a previous target.  The 777Fs will be based at the carrier’s hub in Frankfurt.

Lufthansa Cargo says the higher capacity and range of the new aircraft would allow it to achieve the same performance with fewer aircraft movements.

With a maximum capacity of 103t, the 777F  is around 20% more efficient than the MD-11F, which has a 93t capacity.  Range for the 777F is listed as 4,970nm (9,200km).

The airline currently operates seven 777Fs, alongside its ten MD-11Fs.   In addition to its own fleet,  Lufthansa Cargo can utilize the cargo capacity of four 777Fs operated by Aerologic, a joint venture between the German carrier and DHL.

Source : Lufthansa/Picture Lufthansa Cargo

 

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

      Rolls-Royce Counts Cost of Failed 1000 TEN Redesign                                         

After some fumbled early communications, Rolls-Royce has been relatively open about the ongoing issues affecting its Trent 1000 engines.

Unfortunately, such transparency also serves as a reminder of how the manufacturer has consistently underestimated the scale of its problems.  In its latest trading update, Rolls-Royce predicts that Trent 1000 problems across all variants will cost about $3.1 billion (2.4 pounds) from 2017-2023, which is about 1billion pounds more than forecast a little over a year ago.

Having certified fixes for the durability problems affecting Package B and C variants of the Trent 1000, Rolls is now focusing on the newest iteration, the Trent 1000 TEN.

Ironically it was this engine, which share just 25% parts commonality with earlier builds, that was supposed to put Trent 1000 problems to bed; instead, its issues appear to be among the most serious.

The OEM had hoped to start retrofitting a redesigned high-pressure turbine blade for the TEN from 2020, only to announce the first week of this month that even the redesign “will not deliver a sufficient level of enhanced durability.”  Asa result it has penciled in the retrofits for early 2021.

According to Rolls-Royce chief executive Warren East, the delay “will give our customers and ourselves a higher degree of certainty as we plan for the servicing of the fleet over the coming years.”

Source : Rolls-Royce/Picture Rolls-Royce

                         

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

The Kaplanian Report – October 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

               Boeing Global Services Continues to Be On the Roll

Boeing’s services business has signed a series of orders and contracts from Asia-Pacific carriers, primarily for its digital products.

This comes on the back of a Boeing Global Services forecast projecting the Asia-Pacific commercial aviation services market will grow 5% annually over the next twenty years.  By 2038, it is estimated to be worth $3.4 billion.

Boeing announced that Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo signed a deal for crew and aircraft scheduling and management solutions offered by Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.

Japanese low-cost operator Peach Aviation has signed for Boeing’s digital aircraft positioning products.  Chinese carriers, Shandong Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines, both renewed multi-year contracts for various Jeppesen products as well.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines inked deals with Boeing for performance improvement packages for their Boeing 777-300ER fleets.

The second version of the packages feature aircraft modifications, associated retrofit parts kits and accompanying service bulletins.  These  will improve aircraft fuel efficiency, payload and range capability without requiring airlines to significantly change operational policies or procedures, says Boeing.

Lastly, Malaysia Airlines signed a consumables and expendables services agreement, allowing Boeing to provide supply chain solutions.

Source : Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

              Airbus Inaugurates Automated Fuselage Line in Hamburg                         

Airbus has inaugurated an automated fuselage structure assembly line for the A320 family of aircraft in Hamburg, the company announced on October 1st.

The new facility features 20 robots, new logistics concept, automated positioning by laser measurement, and digital data acquisition system.

For the initial section assembly, Airbus uses a modular, lightweight automated system called Flextrack, which employs eight robots and counter-sinking 1,100 to 2,400 holes per longitudinal joint.  In the next production step,12 robots, each operating on seven axes, combine the center and aft fuselage sections with the tail to form one major component, drilling, counter-sinking, sealing, and inserting 3,000 rivets per orbital joint.

Besides the use of robots, Airbus will implement new methods and technologies in material and parts logistics to aid production efficiency, improve ergonomics, and shorten lead times. The initiative includes the separation of logistics and production levels, demand-oriented material replenishment, and use of autonomous guided vehicles.

The Hamburg structure assembly facility carries responsibility for joining single fuselage shells into sections and final assembly of single sections to aircraft fuselages.  Mechanics equip aircraft parts with electrical and mechanical systems their delivery to the final assembly lines in France, Germany, China, and the U.S.

Source : ainonline/Picture Airbus             

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

              Flagship Cessna Citation Longitude Enters Service

Textron Aviation has announced the first deliveries of the company’s new flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet, which it says signals the start of a new dimension in business travel.

“The newly certified Citation Longitude brings unrivaled technology to the business travel market, for both the passenger and the pilot, offering our customers the most efficient and productive super-midsize jet now in operation,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO.  ”We are thrilled to now transition this program into service.”

The Longitude features the longest maintenance intervals in its class—800 hours or 18 months—and is the most cost-effective aircraft in its category.

“The Longitude was designed around maximizing reliability and operational availability for our customers,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, global Customer support.

Source : Textron Aviation/Picture Textron Aviation

                                                                       

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

   Aeroflot Announce Contract on 777 Passenger Cabin Modifications

Aeroflot and Boeing announced a contract to modify passenger cabins on 18 of the Russian flagship carrier’s 777-300ERs.

Boeing will perform engineering work and supply component kits for the planned cabin interior reconfiguration.

“It’s a great honor that a leading Russian carrier selected Boeing solutions,” said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services.  ”Aeroflot is an experienced 777 operator and we are pleased to provide them with the expertise that will support their implementation, long-term strategic growth and development plans.” 

Aeroflot is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.  It serves 159 destinations in 54 countries.  Aeroflot’s 249-strong fleet is the youngest of any airline worldwide that operates more than 100 aircraft.  In 2018, Aeroflot carried 35.8 million passengers.

Source : Boeing/Picture Aeroflot

         Gulf Air Receives its Seventh 787-9 Dreamliner with New Livery

The airline received the aircraft at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.In attendance at the event marking the arrival, which took place ahead of Gulf Air’s 70th anniversary, was the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors, HE Zayed, R. Alzayani and the United States Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L.Ross.

Attendees toured the aircraft, which displayed a redesigned vintage of the Golden Falcon Locheed TriStar livery, representing the company’s iconic design from the 1970s.

Alzayani said: “It gives me great honor to reveal this special livery which would definitely resonate nostalgically with our global audience.The revival of this livery is a homage to our resilient national carrier as it celebrates being one of the first established carriers in the Middle East and how it continues to connect the Kingdom of Bahrain to the world”.

The new Dreamliner will join the fleet by the end of this month, increasing the total number of Dreamliners operated by the airline to seven aircraft following the delivery of three more by 2021.

Source : Arabian Aerospace

      Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Delays Entry into Service of A350-1000 Jets

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is delaying the entry into service of five Airbus A350-1000 jets as it strives to return to profitability after three consecutive years of losses.

The state-owned carrier has been downsizing its fleet and route network following a failed strategy to rapidly expand to compete with more established Gulf airlines like Emirates.

The Spokesman for the airline said the largest version of the A350 jet remained important to Etihad’s future plans, but did not say when the airline would start using it.  Airbus declines to comment, referring questions to Etihad.

Etihad has canceled billions of dollars in aircraft orders, including for 40 of the smaller A350-900 jets and two A350-1000s, as part of a five-year turnaround strategy started in 2016.  It has committed to take delivery of five A350-1000s from a current order of 20.

Etihad replaced the management who led the aggressive expansion strategy, which also included investments in airlines that later ceased operations due to their own financial turbulence.

Source : Reuters   

      

LATEST NEWS

  • SpiceXpress has taken delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing converted Freighter (BCF)

  • Pegasus Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo on September 11, equipped with a 239-seat high-density cabin layout.

  • China’s AVIC begins first MA700 assembly; on September 27, aiming for first flight in 2020 and certification in 2022.
  • EasyJet UK budget carrier has emerged as the recipient of the 9,000th Airbus A320-family jet to undergo delivery to customers.
  • Turkmenistan Airlines buys a Boeing 777-200LR which is planned for delivery in January 2021.
  • Mongolian Airlines will receive its first Boeing 787-9 from Air Lease Finance in the Spring of 2021.
  • Saudia the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has welcomed its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner with a special ceremony that included a water cannon salute at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on Monday September 30.

  • Flydubai introduces Split Scimitar Winglets on its NG Boeing 737-800 fleet.

  • Boeing says it remains fully committed to the development of the ultra-long-range 777-8 variant despite its decision to shelve development to focus on recovering the schedule of the baseline 777-9.
  • ATR regional aircraft manufacturer, confirms it has received authorization from the board of directors for the launch of the ATR 42-600S.

 

Sources: Flightglobal, Boeing, Arabian Aerospace, World Airline News, Airbus.

 

AIR CARGO

           Express Cargo Operator Atran Adds Extra 737-800 BCF

 

Russian express airline Atran has added another freighter to its fleet as it continues adding capacity to cater for an e-commerce bonanza.

The addition of a second Boeing 737-800 BCF brings the Volga-Dnepr-owned airline’s fleet to six aircraft.

Atran has now taken delivery of three freighters this year and its fleet also includes four 737-400Fs and another 23t-capacity 737-800BCF.

The company says that the additional capacity will help it meet growing demand for e-commerce shipments, including mail, between China, Russia and CIS states.

The 737-800BCF is 19ft (6m) longer than the -400F variant and also has a wider cargo door.

Atran says that the “step-by-step” fleet expansion and addition of new destinations has allowed it to achieve a “more than 15-fold volume upsurge from China to Russia, eight fold increase of domestic traffic, and more than six-fold uptick from Europe to Russia.”

Source : Volga-Dnepr/Flightglobal/Picture Atran Airlines

 

MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND OVERHAUL NEWS

                  Japan Airlines Strives for No Irregular Operations

Japan Airlines is a bit of a phoenix that has risen past adversity and now has an engineering division that is striving toward achieving the highest safety goals, what it terms zero, zero, 100 irregular operations and inflight shutdowns; zero flight squawks and 100% on-time departure. 

Since starting its zero, zero, 100 safety goals in 2017,JAL’s flight operations have improved. One big achievement is not having any inflight shutdowns in 2018 and none in 2019 as of this writing, says Yasuo Yoshida, VP maintenance, corporate planning and finance.  This is a first for JAL.

He also revealed that the airline’s on-time domestic and international on-time departure rate is more than 99.38%, as of August.

“We’d like to be first MRO” to reach the zero, zero, 100 goal, he says.  While he says some people think the airline’s goals are “far too high” or “may sound crazy”, he says they are largely driven by three detrimental things: the crash of  flight JA8119, a Boeing 747 that crashed in 1958 and resulted in 520 deaths; the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau issuing a “business improvement order” in 2005 after a series of three unsafe events: and the airline filing bankruptcy in 2010 after accumulating $264 trillion in debt.

“We had given so much trouble to society due to the accident and bankruptcy that we felt that we needed to give back,” says Yoshida. JAL, relisted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

 

 

 

 

The Kaplanian Report – September 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

                  GE Aviation is Recalling Four GE9X Powerplants From                  Boeing To Address A Previously Disclosed Engine Compressor Issue

News of the recall surfaced in a August 19 regulatory filing with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) by Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which has applied the rights to fly the engines from Washington State to Ohio.

Ohio-based GE Aviation confirms it is shipping four “compliance engines” to its Ohio facilities.  Compliance engines are those that power 777Xs during flight tests.

Volga-Dnepr intends to transport the “GE9X engines, as well as ancillary parts and equipment”, back to GE Aviation within this month on Antonov An-124 freighters, according to its regulatory request with DOT.

Non-US airlines wishing to operate – intra U.S. flights – generally need exemptions from U.S. regulators.   U.S.-based airlines are unable to transport massive GE9X, which ship on a stand measuring roughly 8x4x4m (26x14x13ft) and weighing 36,000lb (16,300kg), Volga-Dnepr’s application says.

“Approval of the requested exemption is necessary to enable Volga-Dnepr to respond to an emergency created by unusual circumstances not arising in the normal course of business,”  GE says.  ”Failure to deliver the engines by air could delay testing, production and subsequent delivery of Boeing airplanes, which would cause financial harm to GE Aviation, Boeing and their customers”.

Boeing tells Flightglobal it is returning the first GE9X test flight engines to GE for retrofit.

Source : Flightglobal/GE Aviation/Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

               Airbus Eyes Toulouse for Further A321 Production

Airbus considers its factory in Toulouse the “front-running” location for the addition of A321neo manufacturing capacity. The European airframer continues to study where it should boost production of its largest narrowbody by 2022.

The deliberations come as the A321 continues to gain share in the overall A320 family backlog—it now accounts for 40 percent of all A320s on order—and Airbus considers what to do with manufacturing space that will be open with the end of A380 production in Toulouse in 2021.

Operations in China and the United States are also being considered as part of an A321 study that Airbus says will be complete this year.

But industry sources say Toulouse is all but certain the ninth A320-family assembly line because of shorter lead times and the availability of cavernous halls built for the A380. The A380 line is shutting down due to weak demand.

The 180-240-seat A321 is the longest version of Airbus medium-haul A320 family which competes with Boeing’s 737 in the busiest part of the jet market, worth $3 trillion over 20 years.

Source : Reuters/Photo Airbus          

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

Pilatus Clinched An Order From The Swedish Air Ambulance Organization            

Pilatus got an order from the Swedish air ambulance organization(KSA) for six PC-24s to be delivered in 2021.  The superlight business jets will be used by the Lulea-headquartered  operator to provide aeromedical services across the country.

The acquisition follows “an extremely intensive selection process”, says Pilatus.

Swedish air ambulance operates across the whole of Sweden and mutually owned and financed by all 21 of its regions.

“The highly selection process confirmed that the PC-24 is indeed the perfect aircraft for medieval missions,” says Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk.   He anticipates “further worldwide market potential” for the platform within this segment.

Pilatus says the PC-24’s pressurized cabin accommodates three beds and additional seats for medical personnel, while its large cargo door facilitates rapid loading and unloading of patients.

Source : Pilatus/Picture Pilatus Aircraft                                                                                                  

                    Embraer Delivers First E195-E2 To Brazil’s Azul

On Thursday, September 12, the first delivery of the Embraer E195-E2 marked the start of what the Brazilian manufacturer hopes will be a continued run of success in the segment of small narrowbody market up to 150 seats.  They also revealed a plan by JetBlue founder and Azul chairman David Neeleman, to launch another new airline, using E195s in the US.

The largest airplane ever built by Embraer, the E195-E2, goes to Brazil’s Azul at a time AerCap CEO Angus Kelly called a unique moment in the company’s economic and industrial history.  The country’s largest domestic carrier is embarking on the next phase of its rapid development.  Appearing with Kelly at Embaer’s manufacturing campus in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, Neeleman thanked  the leasing company executive “for his support and all his money.”  AerCap will lease roughly half of Azul’s E195-E2s, including part of the order for 51 so far publicized.

Azul plans to fly the first of 51 E195-E2s from its main hub in Campinas to Brasilia by the end of October.  An aggressive service entry plan will see a total of six airplanes arrive in Campinas by December.  Embraer plans to deliver 18 E195-E2s by the end of the year. 

Source : AIM/ Picture Embraer                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                                       GEnx Engine Celebrates 15 Years

The GEnx engine, the fastest selling wide body engine that GE Aviation has ever produced, marked its 15th year since its launch in April 2004.  With outstanding performance and utilization, the GEnx engine family has accumulated 25 million flight hours and 4 million flight cycles.

“ The GEnx began as a blank sheet design incorporating the advanced technologies and materials developed and tested after the GE90 engine entered service,” said Mahendra Nair, General Manager of the GEnx program at GE Aviation.These proven and matured technologies and materials combined to produce an engine that was 15 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor with reduced weight, improved performance and lower maintenance costs.

Key to GEnx engine’s are its high pressure compressor, lean burning combustor and lightweight durable composite materials.  With the highest pressure ratio compressor in commercial service today, the GEnx has the best fuel efficiency in its thrust class, enabling it to power many of the longest routes.

Customers prefer the GEnx engine, with more than 2,500 GEnx engines sold, solidifying it as the fastest selling high-thrust GE engine in history.

More than 1,700 engines are flying today with 60 operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 aircraft.

Source : GE Aviation

  

                    American Airlines Retired Its Final MD-80

American Airlines retired the last of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft on September 4th. The iconic airliner departed from Dallas-Fort Worth at 9:00am before landing at Chicago O’Hare at 11:35am.  The aircraft conducting the last flight was the last Md-80 to roll from the Long Beach assembly line.

American Airlines initially announced the retirement of all 26 of the models on June 24th on their website.  The last of these flights took place on the 4th of this month finishing its last journey.  The aircraft was then ferried to Roswell, New Mexico to join the other MD-80s.

Affectionally nicknamed ”Mad Dog”, the aircraft was launched by McDonnell Douglas in 1979. It was built as an upgrade to the manufacturer’s DC-9 which was operated in 1965. The MD-80 held between 130-172 passengers depending on its configuration.

Following McDonnell Douglas’ merger with Boeing, the MD-80s continued to be produced until 1999. Altogether, 1,191 of these models were produced.

American Airlines operated 360 of these over the decades.  Delta Air Lines and other operators still continue to use some of these airliners in their services.

Source : World Airline News/Ed’s Research/Picture American Airline

        Emirates Is Implementing Its Airbus A380 Retirement Plan

Emirates Airline is implementing its Airbus A380 retirement plan which will see its fleet size peak shortly before declining to around 90-100 aircraft by the mid-2020s.

The airline which took delivery of its first A380 in 2008, is to cut its orders for the type from 162 to 123 in the wake of Airbus’s decision to axe the program in 2020.  Cirium fleet data shows that the current stands at 112 aircraft.

“You’ll start seeing A380s coming out of our fleet for various reasons, and we’ve always said this,” Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark. “ These are being dealt with on a tail-by-tail, month- by-month basis under a retirement schedule that is well planned already.”

Two A380s have been withdrawn from service at Dubai World Central (DWC) airport and will be used as a spares source for the operational fleet, says Clark. So, the A380 will remain a major component of our fleet mix for the next 15 years at least.  Clark specifies that the Emirates-owned airframes can be used for spares support of its operational fleet. “What the lessors do with their aircraft is up to them.”

Source : Flightglobal

            

LATEST NEWS

  • Turkish Airlines celebrates 787-9 inaugural flight from London to Istanbul.                         
  • KLM has formally transferred an order for seven Airbus A350-900s to its Skyteam and corporate partner Air France.
  • KLM has ordered another two pair of Boeing 777-300ER twinjets, Boeing has disclosed.  The order has previously been listed on the Boeing backlog but attributed to an unidentified customer.                                                                                                               
  • Amazon has bought a minority stake in Canadian freight cargo carrier Cargojet.
  • Egyptair has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region.                                 
  • Tunisair Express and ATR have confirmed a firm order for three ATR 72-600s.                 
  • Mesa Airlines and Mitsubishi Aircraft have a memorandum of understanding covering a potential firm order for 50 SpaceJet M100 regional jets and purchase rights on another 50.                                                                                                                                                     
  • Singapore Airlines launches the first ever nonstop flight from Singapore to Seattle covering 8,010 miles in 15 hours and 50 minutes using the A350-900 on the route.         

AIR CARGO

    Qantas Freight Has Welcomed First of Two Boeing 747-8 Freighters                 

Qantas Freight has welcomed a new addition to its fleet with the first of two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft touching down in Sydney on Tuesday, August 27th.

The next generation freighters will be operated by Atlas Air, on behalf of Qantas.

Each aircraft offers 20 percent more freight capacity and space for seven extra pallets compared to the 747-400F.

Qantas Freight Executive Manager Paul Jones said the arrival of the 747-8F aircraft would better meet customer demand for freight capacity around the globe.

“More capacity and better reliability means we can continue to deliver for our customers in Australia and around the globe,” Mr Jones said.

These aircraft have a far better environmental footprint, producing less carbon emissions and offering greater efficiency, something that we know is really important to our customers.”

The two freighters will operate between Australia, China and the USA, with additional routes currently being explored.  The second 747-8F entered service later the same week.

While the aircraft will be painted in Atlas Air livery, the Qantas Freight logo will be displayed on either side of the nose and underneath the freighter’s nose cargo door. The 747-8’s iconic nose allows easier loading of oversized cargo and helps achieve faster turnaround times.

Source : Qantas/Picture Qantas                                                                                                              

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

                             Joramco Obtained Approval for Boeing 777                                       

This is the fourth EASA Part-145 approval obtained by Joramco since the acquisition by DAE, following earlier approvals for Boeing MAX, Airbus A320neo and Boeing 787.   Joramco currently holds 12 type approvals from EASA: 5 Airbus,5 Boeing and 2 Embraer.

Jeff Wilkinson, Joramco’s chief executive officer said: “Joramco has recently progressed further into the wide body market.  At the request of its existing loyal customer base, we have added the Boeing 777 capability to our extensive in-house portfolio.

Firoz Tarapore, chief executive officer of DAE said: “The addition of this approval further supports our ambition to continue to build a successful and meaningful services provider in the region.  The Boeing 777 is a highly popular long-haul aircraft both regionally as well as globally, and we are very pleased to be able coextend our skillset and service offerings to operators of this type from now on.” 

Source : Arabian Aerospace/Picture DAE                    

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

 

 

The Kaplanian Report – August 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

Boeing Becomes Sole Provider of Aftermarket Parts for New Tecnam P2012 Traveller                                                                                                                                          

Boeing signed a multiyear agreement with Tecnam to be the sole provider of aftermarket spare parts and distribution services for the P2012 Traveller, Tecnam’s first commuter airline aircraft.

Boeing will assume distribution responsibilities, including forecasting, ordering and delivering all original equipment manufacturer(OEM) genuine replacement parts for the P2012 Traveller through its Aviall distribution network.

“We are thrilled to provide our industry leading distribution services for the new aircraft,” said William Ampofo, vice president, Business & General Aviation, Boeing Global Services.” Our global supply chain and agile distribution systems will keep these planes in the air for many years to come.”

The P20012 has completed European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA) certification and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification and is ready to be delivered to Tecnam’s launch customer, Boston based regional airline Cape Air.

Powered by two 375 HP turbo-charged Lycoming engines, the Tecnam P2012 Traveller features a modern design and state-of-the-art equipment.  The aircraft’s simple and easily accessed airframe and systems, fixed landing gear, robust interiors and easy to replace parts, result in high efficiency and low maintenance costs.

Tecnam currently utilizes Boeing’s navigation and charting data through an existing agreement with Jeppesen.

Source : Boeing/Tecnam/ Picture Tecnam

                     

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

          A320neo Also Potentially Vulnerable to Pitch Up Scenario

Airbus has determined that the A320neo is potentially vulnerable to an angle-of attack protection weakness which could result in excessive pitch attitude under certain circumstances.

EASA stresses that the condition has never been encountered during A320 operations.

But it says that a “reduced efficiency” of the aircraft’s angle-of-attack protection under certain flight configurations, and in combination with specific commanded maneuvers from the crew, could lead to excessive pitch and higher workload.

The scenario has been uncovered during analysis and laboratory testing of the A320neo flight-control laws.

Airbus has developed temporary revisions to the A320neo flight manual to address the condition, and EASA has ordered operators to amend their manuals accordingly.

Both the CFM International Leap 1A and Pratt & Whitney PW1100G versions of the aircraft are effected.

EASA has opted for quick implementation of an airworthiness directive, requiring the changes within 30 days of 14 August, postponing the commentary period until after publication.

Airbus is working to develop a flight-control law amendment for the A321neo which will become available next year.

Source : Airbus/Flightglobal

                     

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

   Bombardier’s Challenger 350 Has Hit its 300th Delivery Milestone                 

Bombardier’s Challenger 350 hit its 300th delivery milestone, five years after the first example of the super-midsize business jet entered service.

Launched in May 2013, the 10-seat aircraft is the second iteration of the Challenger 300, which Bombardier launched in 1999 as the continental business jet.  The model entered service four years later.

The Challenger 350 is powered by Honeywell HTF7350 turbofans, each producing 7,323 lb (32.57KN) thrust.  It has a maximum take-off weight of 18,430kg (40,600lb), while maximum range with eight passengers and two crew is 3,200nm (5,920km) at a long range speed of Mach 0.8.  The 27 million aircraft has a maximum speed of M0.82.

Recent enhancements include a combined Collins Aerospace head-up display and enhanced vision system; improved cabin soundproofing and updated cockpit aesthetics.  Also included are braking improvements and rudder control modifications that give the 350 up to 1500nm of additional range when departing from shorter runways.

The aircraft is now facing stiff competition in the segment from Embraer’s Praetor 600, which entered service in June, and the Cessna Citation Longitude, deliveries which are set to begin this quarter.

Source : Bombardier/Bombardier picture/Flightglobal .

                                                                   

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                     FYI Purchasing Process of Commercial Jetliners

During the last Paris Air Show, a lot of orders where announced at the show – specifically Airbus aircraft.   However, when looking at the orders it is important to distinguish between what orders were firm and which are Letter of Intent and Memorandum of Understanding. In this article I will explain what the terms mean from the least committed to most.

  • Letter of Intent (LOI)

This will spell out the details of the intended sale and that discussions have already taken place between manufacturer and the airline covering price, deposit amount, terms of sale, it includes and expiration date for a proposed deal, giving the chance to withdraw if papers are not signed by a certain date.

No deposit is put down for a LOI.  However it is important to remember that a letter of intent is non-binding.

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

An agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each party’s requirements and responsibilities.

It is often the first stage in the formation of a formal contract and does not involve the exchange of money.

Here is where things get a little more complex, there are subtle differences between an LOI vs an MOU.  Investopedia states that the primary difference between the two is that a letter of intent is not binding while legal courts consider a memorandum of understanding legally binding.

  • Firm order

In a firm order a deposit is put down in the deal. However, there are still conditions in place that allow the buyer to back out.  If the buyer happens to back out then there are usually penalties.  Conversely, if the planes are late there can be a refund of deposits.

  • Options

Firm orders can include options.  Airlines will commonly obtain options from the aircraft manufacturer which allow the airline to delay the purchase of additional aircraft until market conditions justify the purchase.

( Recent example – China Airlines has converted three options for Boeing 777 Freighters to firm orders to replace its aging 747-400Fs)

Options also save the airline a position in the manufacturing queue, for a guaranteed delivery slot.  If the airline finally exercises its option(s), it can place its order without going to the end of the queue which would otherwise delay the delivery of the aircraft for years.

However, if future conditions do not justify expansion of the airline’s fleet, the airline is not under obligation to purchase the aircraft.

Source : Sherpa Report/Ed’s Research

 

                                             LATEST NEWS

  • De Havilland Canada delivered the 600th Dash 8-400 to Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Vietnam Airlines agreed to lease two Airbus A320-200neos from Air Lease Corp. for delivery in the second half of 2020.                                                                                          
  • Air France-KLM has signed for up to 120 Airbus A220-300s as part of a fleet renewal plan disclosed on July 30th.                                                                                                           
  • EgyptAir has taken delivery of its fifth 787-9 Dreamliner.  The fifth aircraft is more fuel-efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly sized aircraft.             
  • Air Asia receives its first A330-900 leased from Avolon will be operated by Malaysian carrier affiliate Air Asia X Thailand.
  • Virgin Atlantic became the second UK airline to take delivery of an Airbus A350-1000, following British Airways delivery of the airline first Airbus A350-1000 in July.
  •   Korean Air has finalized an agreement with Boeing to order 20 787 Dreamliners including 10 each of 787-10 and 787-9 models valued at $6.3 billion according to list prices.                                                                                                                                               

 

AIR CARGO

                  FedEx adds its First B767F to its European Network                                 

The express operator said the new aircraft can carry 41 tons, which is around 16% more than the A300F it replaces.  FedEx added that the new aircraft would also reduce fuel consumption by around 9% and also offered noise reduction.

The newly introduced aircraft operates five times a week and connects FedEx in Dublin, London Stansted, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle-one of the major FedEx hubs in Europe alongside Cologne & Liege.

FedEx began upgrading its fleet in 2007 and since then, 210 new aircraft have been introduced into the FedEx fleet which is now comprised of 679 planes.

Last year, the company ordered an additional 12 Boeing 777Freighters and 12 767 Freighters, which are more fuel efficient than the aircraft they will replace.

Source: Air Cargo News/ Picture FedEx B767F                                                                                     

China Airlines Has Converted Three Options for the Boeing 777 Freighters       

China Airlines has converted three options for the Boeing 777 Freighters into firm orders, more than two months after it first inked a memorandum of understanding to take the freighters.

The airline states in a stock exchange disclosure that the total transaction value is estimated to be $ 1.06 billion, or about $352 million per aircraft.

This follows the firming of orders for three 777Fs in late June.  China Airlines said then that the total transaction was around $1.06 billion.

The airline signed the memorandum of understanding with Boeing in May, in a deal comprising three firm-order aircraft and three options.  Boeing then acknowledged the deal during the Paris Air Show in June.

China Airlines will use the 777Fs to replace its aging 747-400Fs.  Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the airline has 18 of those jets in operation, with three more in storage.

Source : China Airlines/Boeing/Boeing Picture/Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer                                            

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

                     Lufthansa Technik & GE Aviation Team Up on 777X                                 

Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation have signed a cooperation agreement, further enlarging the German company’s collaboration for Boeing 777X MRO services.

As part of the deal, Lufthansa Technik will become GE’s authorized service provider for backup generator and converter systems, along with certain electrical load management system components on the new aircraft.

Joe Kriciunas, general manager of GE Aviation Electrical Power Systems commented:              ”Lufthansa Technik brings a breadth of engineering expertise and extensive experience in maintaining civil electrical generators, along with their global logistics network to provide seamless support tour mutual customers.”

Additionally, the German MRO provider will supply various 777X power component services, including original equipment manufacturer-approved repairs, warranty corrections and component modifications on behalf of GE aviation.

Georg Fanta, Lufthansa Technik’s vice president of aircraft component services added: “Together, we will generate additional customer value by combining GE’s vast experience in design and product engineering with Lufthansa Technik’s comprehensive strengths in repair development, MRO and the management and handling of valuable Assets.”

Source : Lufthansa Technik/Picture Lufthansa Technik

              

 

        Researched and Compiled by :   Ed Kaplanian                    Commercial Aviation Advisor                                                Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

         Editor:   Lee Kaplanian

The Kaplanian Report – July 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

                           Boeing To Unveil More Vertical Integration

As Boeing Global Services prepares for its third year of operation starting July 2016, expect to see more vertical integration’s, evidenced by Boeing’s June 14 announcement to buy interiors supplier EnCore Group.

Also expect two vertical integration projects in the avionics arena this year as well as others deployed across its portfolio this year and next…including MQ-25 unmanned aircraft and T-X military trainers well as on the New Midsize Airplane, ( NMA),says Stan Deal,Boeing Global Services president & CEO.  The NMA is advancing as Boeing “builds a robust business case,” he says.

Vertical integration is adding to Boeing’s portfolio “in a way that is creating more value for customers, given the way that we’re doing it to change the acquisition side of the cost equation and the lifecycle side,” he says.  As the company implements these vertical integration plays, ”we’re doing it with the front-end cost acquisition in mind as well as lifecycle costs—so working both of those equations to have better value,” he says.

On the backend, Boeing is about half way finished with implementing SAP across its parts ecosystem— including Aviall, its commercial and government proprietary parts businesses and former KLX Aerospace Solutions (now branded Boeing Distribution Services)— to “eliminate redundancies and rationalizing capacity across the global footprint,” says Deal. This should also reduce repair times, which along with costs, were areas Boeing could improve, according to the 2019 Airline Aftermarket Customer Satisfaction Survey.  While Boeing placed first in this aftermarket survey, Deal acknowledges that customers want Boeing to “improve cycle times and production costs,” as well as provide choices.”They do like the notion of one-stop shopping’s long as it stays competitive,”he says.

As Boeing Global Services started its third year of operation on July 1, Deal forecasts “steady growth,” as evidenced by its 17% year to year growth.  ”We continue to drive where the market is today, but we’ve put the right amount of investment where the market could end up in 10, 20 or 30 years,” says Deal.

Source : Boeing Global Services          

           

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

      Airbus Dropped the Policy of Publishing Prices of its Aircraft

On July 1st, Airbus’s new commercial chief Christian Scherer has dropped the long-held policy of publishing catalog prices for its product line due to their relatively irrelevance in real-world deal values.

The European manufacturer, like Boeing, has traditionally provided annually the pricing range  for each of aircraft by variant. Although Boeing has published its 2019 data, Airbus decided not to.

When asked about list prices at the recent Paris Air Show, Scherer, who is chief commercial officer at Airbus’s commercial division, said: “Catalog prices are relatively meaningless…You’ve seen us go relatively silent on catalog prices.”

While it is widely acknowledged that the values negotiated for aircraft deals are always significantly discounted on the aircraft’s “sticker price”, the publishing of catalog prices enables like-for-like comparisons to be made between Airbus and Boeing products.

Catalog prices do have some relevance in aircraft negotiations.  They can provide the benchmark from which discounts are negotiated and have traditionally been used in aircraft purchase contracts to calculate deposits and scheduled pre-delivery payments.

Source: Flightglobal/Airbus

                    

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

        The FAA has Certified Gulfstream Aerospace G600 Business Jet

The FAA granted both the aircraft’s type certificate and a production certificate, says Gulfstream; clearing the path for the 19-passenger for first delivery later this year.

“Getting both authorizations on the same day is evidence of the maturity of our G600 production processes and speaks to the safety and reliability of the aircraft’s design,” Gulfstream president Mark Burns says.

“The certifications clear the way for the first G600 deliveries to customers as scheduled this year,” Gulfstream says.

The G600 is powered by Pratt& Whitney Canada PW800s and has a range of 6,500nm (12,000Km),and cruises at altitudes up to 51,000ft and can reach speeds up to Mach 0.925, according to the company.

Gulfstream certified the smaller G500 last year and also delivered the first of that variant last year.  Both types have improved fly-by-wire system and Gulfstream’s “Symmetry Flight Deck”, which includes “active control sidesticks” and 10 touch screens.

Source : Gulfstream/Picture Gulfstream         

                                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

  Safran Construct Carbon Brake Manufacturing Facility Near Lyon France

The French aerospace group says the new site in Feyzin, on the southern outskirts of Lyon, will become operational in 2024 and will complement Safran’s existing three production locations for carbon brakes.  They are in nearby Villeurbanne in the northeast of Lyon; at a US facility in Walton,Kentucky; and in Sendayan, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Featuring a modular design, the new site will develop in line with market requirements over the coming decades” and eventually create up to 200 new jobs, Safran says.

The Plant will employ designs to reduce energy and water consumption, and facilitate increased use of renewable energy.

Safran says that it will launch, alongside the new facility, a “major research and technology program” in partnership with laboratories, universities and small businesses in the Lyon region, with local and national government support.

Source : Safran/Picture Safran 

     Air France is to Exchange Six Boeing 787s with KLM Airbus A350s

The French carrier says it will swap the six 787s—with deliveries scheduled in the 2021-23 timeframefor seven A350s its Dutch sister carrier has on order. 

Air France foresees this will allow the two airlines to “realize fleet efficiencies through harmonization and accelerated growth of similar aircraft at both airlines”.

Options for “further fleet development” at Air France within the wider group are currently under study,  in consultancy with all stakeholders, notes the French carrier.

KLM has 13 787-9s and recently received its first 787-10. By next year, it should have 21 Dreamliners with Air France’s six will increase to 27.

“This is the first step towards harmonizing and simplifying the Air France-KLM Group fleet at its two major airlines,” states group chief executive Ben Smith.

Source: Air-France-KLM Group/Picture Air France                                                                               

BOC Aviation Delivered the Final 737-800 to Skymark Airlines of Japan

BOC Aviation has delivered the final Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its order book on lease to Skymark Airlines.   Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows the aircraft, MSN 63410, was ordered by the lessor in February 2017, and placed the aircraft with the Japanese carrier in April.

The Boeing 737-800 has been a cornerstone of our company’s development, with 84 currently operating inner owned fleet,” says Robert Martin, BOC Aviation managing director and chief executive.

The delivery also marks a decade of co-operation between the lessor and Skymark. The airline has 29 737-800s in its fleet, of which three are delivered by BOC Aviation.

Source : Flightglobal/Picture BOC Aviation

   

LATEST NEWS

  • Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first long-range Airbus A321LR, one of three destined for the carrier’s fleet.                                                                                                       
  • Tap Air Portugal took delivery of another Airbus A330-900.
  • Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first of 35 Airbus A330-900s.
  • Korean Air has firmed an order for 20 Boeing 787s, finalizing a letter of intent the carrier signed last month at the Paris Air Show.

  • Tarom Romanian flag-carrier picks ATR 72-600 turboprops to modernize its regional fleet.
  • Qatar Airways A380s are set for early retirements the airline expects to begin phasing out the fleet from 2024.
  • EVA Air received its first Boeing 787-10, which it will deploy on high-density inter-Asia routes this summer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Zipair Tokyo is on track for 2020 start date, having granted an air transport business license by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.  The budget arm of Japan Airlines will operate two Boeing 787-8 aircraft.                                                 
  • Qatar Airways has selected GE Aviation GEnex engines to power 30 on order Boeing 787-9s and signed engine maintenance deals with GE.
  • Air Europa has selected Sabena Technics to complete C-checks on two of Spanish carrier’s Boeing 787s later this year.                                                                                           

Sources : Flightglobal, Air Transport World, World Airline News, Japan Airlines,Airbus

 

AIR CARGO

     All Nippon Airways Introduced A Boeing 777 Freighter to its Fleet

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has introduced a Boeing 777 freighter to its fleet, to meet increased cargo transportation demand in Asia and North America.

The Carrier received the freighter on May 24 at Tokyo Haneda International airport, where it will operate cargo flights on the Tokyo Narita-Osaka Kansai-Shanghai Pudong route between July and August 25th.

From August 26, ANA will operate Tokyo Narita-Shanghai Pudong flights instead.  Starting on October 27, it will begin Tokyo Narita-Chicago service.

The aircraft is specially designed to transport large items, ranging from aircraft engines to semiconductor manufacturing equipment as well as delicate cargo like lithium batteries.

The Japanese carrier placed the order for two 777 freighters in March 2018.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows ANA had received the two freighters it ordered, registered JA771F (MSN65756) and JA772F (MSN65757).

Source : Flightglobal/Picture ANA

 

MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, OVERHAUL

                     AAR Adding Composite MRO Services In Clearwater

AAR plans to add FAA part 145 certification to its facility which specializes in composites. As part of AAR Corp.’s quest to grow demand for work on both new legacy aircraft platforms, it intends to add a repair station to its extensive list of composite services, company executives tell aviation week.

Plans call for AAR’s composite facility in Clearwater, FLa., to be granted an FAA 145 repair station certificate late this year or in early 2020, paving the way for customer work to begin “within the next year,” said Brian Sartain, senior VP, repair and engineering services.

Adding the repair station would round out an already long list of composite work AAR performs. Apart 145 certification would open up a direct business line to third-party customers looking for just component repairs.

The need for composite work is expected to increase as more newer-model aircraft designed with higher amount of composite content, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, become more prevalent.But Sartain notes that demand for work to support many older models is already high.

AAR added its Clearwater facility in 1997 through the acquisition of ATR international.  The shop once held a Part 145 certificate, but shifted its emphasis to new production as part of AAR’s strategy to both grow and broadens business line.

( AAR founded in 1951, I.A.Allen Industrial Sales was incorporated in 1955, renamed Allen Aircraft Radio in 1962 and became AAR Corp. In 1969)   Ed K.

Source:  MRO-Network.com

 

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

The Kaplanian Report – June 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

  Boeing Remains Committed to $50 Billion in Annual Aircraft Services

Boeing remains committed to achieving $50 billion in annual aircraft services revenue by around 2027.  It is part of a broader aim by the company to control more of the commercial aviation ecosystem.

“We did set a big, audacious target,” Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, says during an investor conference hosted by AllianceBernstein on May 29.  “That target has not changed.” “Admittedly it’s a high-bar target.  We think it’s achievable target,” he adds.

Muilenburg set the $50 billion benchmark in late 2016 when the company merged all its aircraft services work into a new dedicated services unit called Boeing Global Services.  The division generated $17 billion in revenue in 2018, up 17% in one year—gains partly reflecting acquisitions like that of parts supplier KLX Inc.

The $50 billion mark remains a stretch, but Muilenburg thinks Boeing can sell more products and services related to aircraft maintenance, modifications, parts, training and software—“things that apply to the brains of our airplanes”.  He calls Boeing’s services expansion an effort to boost”lifecycle value”—meaning the revenue Boeing can earn over the course of an aircraft’s life.

“Investments to grow the services business will continue to be our primary fuel for growth,” he says.  “We do see some opportunity for targeted acquisitions.  But I see those as bolt-on complementary acquisitions rather than large scale acquisitions.

Source : Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

               Airbus Establishes Airbus Canada to Market the A220                           


The change of name of the C Series Aircraft limited Partnership(CSALP) announced in March 2019 to Airbus Canada limited took effect on June 1, 2019.

The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in partnership since July 1, 2018.  The partnership is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

Over the course of the coming weeks, the new name will be applied to the limited partnership’s documentation, materials and branded items.  The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus A220 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft families.

Headquartered in Mirabel, the limited partnership carries responsibility for the development and manufacture of the Airbus A220 family.  Majority owned by Airbus, the entirety includes Bombardier and government controlled agency Investment Quebec and employs some 2,200 people.

Plans call for a second manufacturing facility, located in Mobile, Alabama, to start production in the third quarter of this year.

Source : Airbus           

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

               Daher Has Secured European Certification for the TBM 940                                  

Daher has secured European certification of the TBM 940, nine weeks after launching the latest variant of its 29-year-old single-engined turboprop.  An update to European Union Aviation Agency type certification data shows the approval was achieved on May 10.

Priced at $ 4.13 million, the TBM 940 replaces the flagship 930 introduced in 2016 and incorporates a host of new features including an auto throttle, increased automation for the de-icing system and redesigned and updated interior.

French airframes Daher says the TBM 940’s auto throttle is the first to be installed on a single-engined turboprop weighing less than 12,500lb (5,675kg) and is designed to adjust the aircraft’s speeds based on the present flight profile.

The auto throttle also allows the six-seat aircraft to be operated at the edge of approved power regimes for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D.

The TBM 940 sits above the TBM910 as the baseline model since its launch in 1990.  12 variants of the high-speed aircraft have been produced and around 950 examples delivered globally.

Source : Flightglobal/Picture Daher 

            Genghis Khan Airlines to Launch ARJ 21 Service in July

Chinese start-up Genghis Khan Airlines took delivery of its second Comac ARJ21-700 on June 4th, ahead of its planned launch date in early July.  Based in Inner Mongolia, the newly established carrier becomes the second operator of the type, after Chengdu Airlines, and the first to commit to operating solely of the Chinese-made regional jet.

On June 4th, Genghis Khan commenced verification test flights with its first ARJ21, flying between its base at Hohhot Baita International Airport, located in inner Mongolia’s far north. The carrier carried out two emergency evacuation simulations earlier in the day including a lithium battery fire and an engine failure during take off.  The carrier plans to compete a total of 25 verification test flights as part of its certification process over the next coming weeks.

Genghis Khan took delivery of its first ARJ21-700 on February 22.  A rebrand from the formerly known Tianjiao Airlines, the Chinese carrier shelved initial plans to operate fleet of Bombardier CRJ900s after inking an agreement covering 50 ARJ21s (25 firm orders and 25 options) in August 2018.

Genghis Khan expects to take delivery of two more ARJ21s this year, plans call for a fleet of 25 jets, powered by General Electric CF34-10A engines, to operate to 40 destinations within five years.

Despite mounting political pressure to raise the country’s profile as global aerospace contender, China’s first indigenous airliner as failed to gain traction in its home market.  To date, launch customer Chengdu Airlines remains the sole operator of the Comac regional jet, operating a fleet of 11 ARJ21s to 20 Chinese cities.

Source : AIM/Photo Comac                                                                                                                                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

              Lebanon’s MEA Rises Above Structural Disadvantages 

Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines (MEA) expects to acquire up to 14 replacement aircraft and increase its fleet size to 20 aircraft by 2021.  It is working to overcome serious competitive disadvantages posed by its hub’s open skies policy, explained the airline’s head of commercial strategy and alliances, Walid Abillama.

“Our open skies policy is actually very unfair for us,” he told AIN during an interview at MEA’s headquarters at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport.

“Other carriers are free to add capacity.  If we ask to increase frequencies, they complain that they are not able to get slots.  When an airline comes to your base, you cannot take advantage of their network.  The Gulf carriers are the biggest in the world.  We are a minority at Beirut.  We have only 35 percent market share.”

Referring to traffic, originating from the UAE into Beirut, Abillama said Emirates operates three 777s a day, FlyDubai two flights a day and Etihad another two for total of seven.  ”We operate three flights a day to Dubai and one to Abu Dhabi,” he noted. “That’s seven for them and four for us.  Turkish Airlines operates four flights, Pegasus two and Atlas Jet one.  We have two flights away to Turkey.  Saudi Arabia is a similar situation.”

MEA operates 13 Airbus A320s and five A330s. It plans to replace up to nine A320s with A321, and four A330s with A330neos, which carry more seats.

The net effect could be a total fleet of 20 aircraft by 2021,” said Abillama.

Although MEA does not offer flight to North America, Abillama noted a thriving business in Lebanese passengers traveling to and from the U.S., MEA maintains

What Abillama called “special pro-rate agreements” with U.S. carriers United, American and Delta.  ”We give them tickets on MEA flights, and they sell our seats,” he said “We compete in North America without flying there.

Source : AIN/Picture MEA

                 Trent 1000 Fix Ranks as Top Priority for Rolls-Royce

Addressing premature blade deterioration of Trent 1000s ranks as Rolls-Royce’s “ single most important issue,” acknowledges the aero engine company. They profess “deep regret” for the distraction to customer operations and the resulting groundings that cost the UK manufacturer some about $540 million last year.

Dominic Horwood, the company’s civil-aerospace chief customer officer, called the “significant” disruption to customers “absolutely unacceptable to them and to us”.  He stressed the importance of providing support by returning engines to operators.

Rolls-Royce added it has become “more responsive in turning engines around” and hopes to see single-digit numbers of aircraft on the ground(AOG) by the end of 2019.

Horwood said the company “respects” Air New Zealand’s decision to choose General Electric GEnx power plants for a new batch of Boeing 787-10s over the incumbent Trent 100s that power its 787-9 fleet. “They are still an important customer to us,” he remarked.  “The way we support customers is how we will be remembered.”

The official went to pains to emphasize that the blade-deterioration resulted from design issue specific to the Trent 1000 at the “component level”and does not apply to other Tent-Family variants.

Horwood said the manufacturer, which claims good progress in introducing technical fixes, never stops learning.  The lessons reside very much in detail design of components and an understanding of what can cause deterioration in service.  ”Once we have done that, then it is easy to apply on new engines’’, he explained.  ”This is not about mistakes, but apply lessons we are applying that learning in the UltraFan future-technology program.”

Source : Rolls-Royce/Air New Zealand Picture

                              Air Premia is Coming to Los Angeles

Air Premia is planning to use its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Seoul Tokyo-Los Angeles route starting in 2021 according to Forbes.  This will be the first long-haul route for the new carrier.

Funding for Air Premia went to venture capitalists and financial institutions, with no shareholder so far having more than 20%, according to a spokesperson.

Whereas start-up airlines often often have only a few investors, Air Premia in January stated it has seven public investors. Series B funding raised $147 million, and Air Premia aims at profitability within three years.

One shareholder is Hong Sung Bum, the founder of Hugel, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures Botox.  An Air Premia spokesperson said Hong wanted to diversify into new businesses.

Air Premia does not intend to operate to operate narrowbody aircraft, and nor will fly domestically-a first for a Korean airline.

Initially Air Premia will fly regionally within Asia.  Its first three 787-9s are leased from Air Lease and arrive in July, September and November 2020.

Source : World Airline News/Forbes/Air Picture Boeing

   

LATEST NEWS

  • Vistara indian carrier will lease two Airbus A320neos and four Boeing 737-800NGs from Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation.
  • Korean Air received delivery of its 25th Boeing 777-300ER on May 14, the 200th Boeing aircraft from Boeing over 48 years.Korean Air first introduced the 777-300ER into service in 2009.
  • DHL Express has embarked on a major fleet strengthening plan.  The company placed an order for 14 Boeing 777 Freighters.  The delivery of the first of the planes is expected to be completed this year.
  • Airbus on the first day of the Paris Air Show, Airbus announced the launch of the A321XLR, with large orders from a large numbers of their customers (more details in my July blog.)
  • IAG CEO of one the world’s largest airline groups gave Boeing a significant and highly public boost at the Paris Air Show June 18, announcing a tentative deal for 200 MAX 737s.The deliberate significant of this LOI, for a mix of 737-8s and larger 737-10, cannot be overstated. Boeing just got a huge boost from IAG CEO Willie Walsh, a well-known and respected industry leader, businessman, and a 737 pilot.  “We’re partnering with the Boeing brand.  I have worked with Boeing for years and it’s a brand I trust,” he said.”We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make successful return to service in the coming months, having received approval from regulators.”                      

AIR CARGO

               Qantas to Upgrade Atlas-leased Freighters to 747-8Fs

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which has had a long-standing ACMi lease agreement with Qantas Freight for the operation of two 747-400 freighters, said in a statement that the leased aircraft will be updated to two 747-8Fs.

Both 747-400s operate in Atlas Air Livery rather than Qantas livery, having flown trans-Pacific routes connecting Australia, Asia and North America.  According to Atlas’ statement both -8Fs will operate the same routes beginning late next month.

According to Atlas, the 8Fs will begin operating for Qantas once existing agreement with another Atlas customer expires, while the -400Fs operating now for Qantas will go to the ACMI for another customer. 

Source : Air Cargo Facts/ Picture Atlas Air      

 

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

           Boeing to Supply Airbus A320 Parts to British Airways

Boeing is to supply parts for aircraft made by rival Airbus to British Airways A320 fleet.  British Airways has 67 A320-200s and 10 A320-200neos in its fleet.

“We’re very excited about this,” BA’s chief financial officer Steve Gunning told reporters at the Paris Air Show.  ”To have all of BA’s A320 and A320neo family covered by this arrangement is a great way forward.”

He added: “We went through a very rigorous process.  We know Boeing will bring a wealth of experience and it enables us to really focus on our core operation.

Boeing Global Services chief executive Stan Deal said that the manufacturer was”happy to put our hat in the ring” to offer BA “more choice.”  In addition, the carrier has signed an agreement for three landing gear exchanges for its 777-300ERs.  Through the program, operators receive an overhauled and certified landing gear from an exchange pool maintained by Boeing.

The latter deal comes four months after IAG agreed to buy as many as 42 of the 777X wide body aircraft to replace BA’s aging fleet of 747s.  It has ordered 18 777-9s and took options for an additional 24.

Source: MRO-Network/British Airways/British Airways Photo    

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

                 

 

 

 

The Kaplanian Report – May 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

               Boeing Launches Used Serviceable Material Capability

On April 9, Boeing announced that it is expanding the total lifecycle support offering by managing the entire end-to-end process of its Used Serviceable Material (USM) business. USM provides customers with a convenient and cost-effective alternative to brand-new parts, offering high-quality rectified parts harvested from retired aircraft.

Boeing started prototyping the USM business last year by tearing down aircraft—starting with 777s and testing parts demand and pricing. The full launch is now occurring.

In an exclusive interview with Aviation Week, Stan Deal, chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services, said Boeing contracts multiple third parties to complete the teardown, depending on where it makes sense to do them.  The teardown are primarily done in the U.S. but says future teardown will be done where it makes economic sense.

“The great thing about Boeing doing this is that we can stand behind the quality pedigree of the parts,” and with its repair network, it ”can ensure high quality” for the used material, Says Deal.  This combination gives airlines a choice between Boeing-backed new or used parts to meet an airline’s economic priorities for an asset.

Deal says Boeing would consider tearing down aircraft that it did not manufacture for used parts supply and “we’re evaluating how far we go on engines.” So far, Boeing is not tearing down engines.

Source : Aviation Week/Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

            Newly Appointed Airbus CEO Faury Names Leadership Team

One day after officially taking the helm of Airbus and taking over from Tom Enders as CEO of the European OEM, Guillaume Faury revealed his executive committee, which now includes 12 members—including two women, double the number served on the prior committee.

The elimination of the position of president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the group’s most important unit, stands as the most notable change, however.   Faury formally became CEO of Airbus at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, though the company had already announced his promotion to the top spot last year.

“We are in a period of exceptional change in our industry and we need to prepare Airbus for the opportunities and challenges ahead,” Faury commented.”With our pioneering spirit we can build on our past success to prepare the Airbus of tomorrow in order to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and grow in a sustainable way.”

Newcomers to the executive committee include Jean-Brice Dumont, who moves up from executive vice president of engineering at Airbus Commercial Aircraft to the same position at the group level; Julie Kitcher, formerly head of investor relations and financial communication and now executive vice president communications and corporate affairs leading all external and internal communication activities.  KItcher also became Faury’s chief of staff will steer and coordinate the transformation agenda of Airbus and manage audit, performance management, responsibility and sustainability and environmental affairs.  Kitcher takes over from Rainer Ohler, who is leaving Airbus after 24 years at the company.

Source :  Airbus/Picture Airbus      

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

 Pilatus Delivered the First of Two PC-24s to UHaul International                           

The superlight business jet, registered N124UH was handed over on April 29, at the Swiss airframes’s North American subsidiary in Broomfield, Colorado. 

Joining U-Haul’s existing pair of PC-12 single-engined turboprops, the eight-seat jet will be used in a corporate transport role.

Joe Shoen, chairman of U-Haul parent company AMERCO says the firm has been “eagerly looking forward” to the PC-@4’s since Pilatus unveiled the Williams International FJ44-4A – powered twin in 2013.

“We were confident that it would be a real workhorse  along side our two PC-12s, would help us manage our growing operations throughout North America,” says Shoen.

Phoenix, Arizona-based U-Haul will take delivery of its second PC-24 in early 2020, Pilatus says.

The PC-24 entered service on April 1, 2018, with US fractional ownership company and fellow PC-12 operator PlaneSense. To date, in-service fleet of 25 aircraft has logged over 4,000 flight hours, says Pilatus. Output of 40 PC40s is planned for 2029.

Source : Flightglobal/Pilatus/Pilatus Aircraft Picture                                                                             

                       Embraer E195-E2 Receives Type Certification

Embraer has received the type certificate for its E195-E2 airliner from three regulatory authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency; the FAA and EASA. The E195-E2 is the largest of the three-strong family of commercial aircraft and has three additional seat rows that can be configured either with 120 seats in a two-class layout or up to 146 seats in a single class.

John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial aviation said : “Our flight tests confirmed that the aircraft is better than its original specification.

Fuel consumption is 1.4% lower than expected—that’s  25.4% less fuel per seat compared to the current-generation E195.  Maintenance costs are 20% lower as well.  There’s no question that airlines are going to love the E195-E2’s economics and it is ideal aircraft for growing regional business and complementing existing low-cost and mainline fleets.”

The E195-E2 will enter service in the second half of this year with both Azul of Brazil and Winter Canarias of Spain. 

Source : Embraer/Picture Embaer    

                                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                                    First 787-10 Dreamliner for ANA

All Nippon Airways(ANA) has become the first Asian carrier to take delivery of all three Boeing 787 Dreamliner variants following handover of its initial 787-10.

The Japanese airline, the original launch customer for the 787 program, took delivery of the first three 787-10s at a ceremony held at Boeing’s North, Charleston, South Carolina, facility on April 4.

As a stretch of the 787-9, this version carries a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration, adding around 40 more passengers.

According to Boeing figures, the -10 sets new benchmarks for fuel efficiency and operating economics, with a 25% better fuel per seat performance.

This latest delivery marks the 67th example to join ANA’s—36 787-8s, 30 787-9s and one 787-10, the largest Dreamliner  fleet in the world—with a further 16 aircraft on order. The carrier plans to operate the new aircraft on its popular Tokyo to Singapore route.

Source : ANA/ Picture Boeing                                                                                                                  

Coulson Aviation Signed a Landmark Deal to Sell a Boeing 737-300

The sale also includes two Cessna Citation V lead/intelligence aircraft, and a 10-year operating contract with Coulson’s Australian unit to provide all flight and maintenance personnel to support the aircraft.  Purchasing the aircraft will give the NSW Rural Fire Service its first year-round firebombing capability.

Based on a 737-300, the aircraft can deliver 15000I of fire retardant, and the transport up to 72 passengers.  It was certificated by the FAA in 2018 and made its first operational retardant drop in November.

“When we started the 737 Fireliner program, we set out to create a new generation of air tanker.” said Britton Coulson, Vice President of Aviation.

The goal was to utilize the latest smart technology in our tanking system and create a multi-use firefighting aircraft that would create the best value for our customers.”

NSW Rural Fire Service acting commissioner Rob Rogers says that it evaluated several options before deciding to acquire the 737.

Cirium’s Fleet Analizer shows that Coulson’s US unit, Coulson Aircrane, has three 737 Fireliners inits fleet, all aged around 24 years.The Three jets were originally operated by Southwest Airlines before being converted to firefighting aircraft.

Source : Flightglobal/ Picture Coulson Aviation                                                                                    

                Senate Vote Restores Full Ex-Im Financing Capacity

Boeing welcomed a measure of positive news on Wednesday. May 8.  After weeks of negative publicity over the second crash of a 737 Max, when the U.S. Senate confirmed three nominees of President Donald Trump as members of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States(Ex-Im).

The bipartisan vote restores the export credit agency to its full capacity and what Boeing executive vice president of government operations Tim Keating called “an important tool” in the company’s set of available financing instruments.

“Congress took a key step today to help American companies to compete and win in the international market,” said Keating. ”Now the Ex-Im Bank is fully operational and can begin approving the billions in deals stuck in the pipeline that 240,000 American manufacturing workers are counting on.”

“This is a great day for U.S. exporters, their workers, and their suppliers across the country,” said Ex-Im chairman and acting president Jeffrey Gerrish.  ”Ex-Im has nearly $40 billion worth of export deals in the pipeline that can move forward in support of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.”

The new Ex-IM board members include former U.S. Treasury official Kimberly Reed, who will serve as president and board chairman; former U.s. Congressman Spencer Buchus III; and former Overseas Private Investment Corporation(OPIC) vice president of external affairs Judith DelZoppo prior.  Two other nominees await Senate approval.

Source : ainonline/aviation-news/air transport

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8 Engine Achieves 10 Million Flying Hours  which entered service in 1987, powering Gulfstream GIV, GIV-SP, G300 and G400.  It recently reached 10 million flying hours in nearly five million flights.
  • Airbus rolled out the first A330neo for Lion Air Group.                                                         
  • WestJet launched Boeing 787-9 operations(Calgary-London Gatwick).
  • ExpressJet took delivery of its first of 25 Embraer E175s for United Express operations.
  • GECAS delivered the first of three Boeing 737-900ERs to Nordwind subsidiary Ikar Airlines, which operates as Pegas Fly.
  • Air Europa took delivery of first of six new Boeing 787-9s on lease from BOC Aviation.   
  • Air Transat, a Canadian leisure and holiday travel airline, took delivery of its first of 15 Airbus A321LR aircraft.  Air Transat leaves the A321LR from AerCap.
  • GE Aviation has completed testing of the GE9X on the company’s Boeing 747-400 flying test-bed ahead of the engine’s first flight this summer on the 777-9.

 

 

AIR CARGO

    SF Airlines Plans Transpacific Expansion  With New York Freighter         

Fast-growing express carrier SF Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation to launch a scheduled freighter service between its HangZhou hub and New York.

The Chinese carrier hopes to launch the three times per week service in September of this year, utilizing one of its two Boeing 747-400F freighters.

On May 13, SF Airlines has taken delivery of its eighth 767-300 freighter, ex TUI Airways, following the aircraft conversion at Boeing’s authorized conversion center at Taipei.  SF plans to use the aircraft for perishables transportation, including fresh fruits and seafood, during summer and autumn of 2019.

Source : Air Cargo Facts/Picture SF Airlines                                                                                            

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

 500th Milestone Delivery

StandardAero has celebrated the redelivery of its 500th CFM international CFM56-7B turbofan from its Winnipeg, Manitoba, facility.

The engine, which powers a Boeing 737 Next Generation jet operated by a major North American airline, has been overhauled under a package of work through its partnership with GE Aviation.

The Company launched its CFM56-7B program in June 2009, when it was selected to support WestJet’s fleet of engines under an exclusive 13-year

‘ OnPoint’ solution contracted by the Canadian carrier with GE Aviation.

StandardAero completed its initial campaign of 57 CFM56-7B mid-life shop visits for WestJet in December 2012 and has since gone on to process 254 engines for the airline.

Due to StandardAero’s success on the WestJet contract, which also included unscheduled engine removals, GE has begun sending repair and investigation CFM56-7B work to Winnipeg from additional operators, including United Airlines.

Source: StandardAero/Photo StandardAero

                       

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian