Kaplanian Report – November 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

  Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight for China A Success

Boeing Co’s 737 MAX test flight for China’s aviation regulator in August was successful and Boeing hopes a two-year grounding will be lifted this year, the head of Boeing’s china said.

“It went off without a hitch,” Boeing China President Sherry Carbary of the test flight, speaking on the sidelines of Airshow China, the country’s biggest air show. 

Boeing working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as it sifts through data and finalists reports before deciding whether the plane can be returned to service, Carbary said.  

The ban, which has been lifted in the West and several Asian countries, could be eased in China around November, people close to the matter have told Reuters.

“We are hopeful it will happen by the end of the year,” Carbary said, declining to be more specific. ”It is up to CAAC. But WE can tell you we are doing all we can to support them and we’re encouraged about how closely they are working with the US.”

The company’s China sales have also been hobbled by U.S. China trade tensions.

Source: Reuters

Boeing Sets up Two 767 Freighter Conversion Lines with GAMECO

Guagzhou-based GAMECO will open two Boeing 767 passenger -to- freighter production lines, becoming the first MRO provider in China to join the Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) program for the 767-300.

The announcement, made during the 2021 edition of Airshow Chinain Zhuhai, will also see GAMECO become China’s first MRO provider to run conversion lines for both the 737-800, as well as the 767-300. 

The Chinese MRO first began work on the 737-800BCFs in late 2019, and steadily ramped up production capacity by opening two more lines in its Guangzhou base.  The 767 conversion lines will also be sited in Gangzhou, says GAMECO chief Norbert Marx. “The introduction of the 767-300BCF program further grows GAMECO’s regional presence and enhances our strategic focus around meeting customer demand. We will open the 767-300BCF conversion lines inner new hanger.” Marx adds.

Source: Boeing,  

                 

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

             Airbus Seeks More Performance and Efficiency from Wings

Airbus confirmed towards the end of September it has been working on what it calls an “extra performing wing” that will be able to adapt its shape, span, and surface during flight. The completely new design of the wing aims to generate additional operating efficiencies and reduce fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions. A scaled demonstrator integrated on a Cessna VII business jet is scheduled to fly by the middle of the decade, Airbus chief technical officer Sabine Klauke said during the company’s sustainability summit at its Toulouse headquarters.

The project is running in tandem with Airbus’s Wing of Tomorrow (WoT) research program, which focuses on exploring new materials, new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture, plus how wing manufacturing and industrialization can be improved to meet future demand. The extra-performance wing demonstrator project focuses on accelerating and validating technologies that will improve and optimize wing aerodynamics and performance for any future aircraft. The two projects are completely complementary, stressed Klauke, noting they both contribute to the company’s decarbonation roadmap.

“Airbus is continuously investigating parallel and complementary solutions such as infrastructure, flight operations, and aircraft structure,” she said. The extra-performing wing technologies are inspired by biomimicry, stimulating the wings and feathers of a soaring. Various technology bricks will be investigated to enable the active control of the new wing, including gust sensors, pop-up spoilers or plates that are rapidly deflected perpendicular to airflow, multifunctional trailing edges that dynamically change wing surface in flight, and a semi-aeroelastic hinge.

Britain’s multi-technology tier one aerospace supplier GKN Aerospace delivered the wing’s composite fixed trailing edge from its UK-based global technology center in Bristol to Airbus’s wing-production plant in Broughton. ”The manufacturing of the first composite fixed trailing edge under the WoT program is great achievement,” said John Pritchard, GKN’s civil airframe president.

“We are proud to be on board of Airbus’ WoT research program. The manufacturing of lighter, stronger, and low maintenance composite wing structures will contribute to the sustainability goals of the aerospace industry and help shape the future of flight.”

Source: Airbus

           

Regional/Business Jets

      Italy Continues Commitment to Piaggio with an Order for Six P180s

Italy has formalized an order for six Piaggio Aerospace P180 Avanti Evo turbo- props for the country’s armed forces. Signed by defense minister Lorenzo Guerni on October 1st, the commitment is valued at $198 million.

The deal also includes the provision of a P180 full flight simulator and continued maintenance of the Rolls-Royce Viper engines powering the The Aeramacchi MB-339s operated by the Italian Force’s Frecce Tricolore display team.

Piaggio Aerospace has been in extraordinary administration—a form of business rescue—since 2018, with a sale process down to a final bidder. Notably, these six aircraft bring the total order portfolio of the P180, including private customers, to 20 units. 

Vincenzo Nicastro, Piaggio Aerospace’s commissioner, says the order shows the Italian government fulfilling its commitment to the company’s turnaround.

Source: Piaggio Aerospace

           Florida-based VIP Completions Refurbished Boeing 767 Business Jet

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Florida-based VIP Completions is taking on what it said is its biggest project yet: a comprehensive interior and exterior refurbishment of a Boeing 767 business jet. Delivery of the refurbished aircraft is scheduled before the end of this year.

The Cabin has been divided into six spaces, the cornerstone of which is the main lounge. It is equipped with an 80-inch video monitors DJ station with an “audiophile-caliber” sound system, and a full dining table. Other spaces include a master bedroom with a queen-size bed and a suite bathroom and two lounge areas that can be converted to bedrooms.

With seating for 33 passengers, the cabin sleeps 16. Two galleys, conference room and seating for eight; plus four lavatories, two with showers round out the new cabin. A custom cabin management system controls high-speed controls, high-speed internet, high definition audio and LED lighting. The aircraft’s exterior features a paint scheme of black, white, and pearl colors accented by a carbon fiber effect on the cowlings.

“While we have successfully completed VIP wide body projects in the past, including multiple BBJs, 757s and others; this project is the biggest in our company’s history,” said VIP Completions president Ben Shirazi.

“Beyond its size and the potential that it offers, the 767 stands out from other VIP wide body platforms because of its range, altitude, and speed capabilities.”

Source: VIP Completions, Picture VIP Completions

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                    Tata Confirms Selection As Winning Air India Bidder

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Executives from Indian conglomerate Tata Sons have confirmed the group has won the bidding for struggling national carrier Air India.

“I am confident the Tata Group will restore the glory of Air India”, said a gracious Singh SpiceJet founder Ajay Singh who submitted the other bid for the flag carrier.

Statement from Tata Sons chairman N. Chandrasekaren call it “a historic moment, and it will be a rare privilege for our Group to own and operate the country’s flag-bearer airline.” He paid tribute to J.R.D. Tata, whom he called a “pioneer of Indian aviation, whose memory we cherish.”

Air India becomes Tata’s third airline acquisition. It holds a majority stake in full-service Vistara with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia India with Malaysian AirAsia.

Once the sale closes by the end of the year, Tata will get  full its profitable subsidiary Air India Express. 50 percent of its share of the joint venture with Singapore Airport Terminal Services, which provides handling services across airports in India.

Air India’s fleet consists of a mix of 117 wide-and narrow-body aircraft and Air India Express flies 24 Boeing 737-800s. In 2020, Air India flew 63 million passengers, giving it a 26 percent market share on 172 domestic routes. It operates 70 international routes, more than any other Indian carrier. More than two-thirds of its consolidated revenues come from the international market.

Sources: Tata Bros, AIM, FlightGlobal

             Japan Clears ANA to Switch Pilots Between A320s & A380s

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Japanese operator All Nippon Airways is introducing mixed-fleet flying between the Airbus A380 and A320 family, enabling crews to switch between long-and short haul operations.

ANA will be the first carrier to bring in the capability between the types, following clearance from the Japanese civil aviation regulator. The carrier has three A380s, which were introduced to operate services to Hawaii, as well as some 40 A320-family jets.

Airbus mixed-fleet flying enables pilots to be cleared to operate more than one type from the airframes’s range-allowing crews to be utilized more efficiently. “It also enables airlines to interchange differently-sized aircraft at short notice without crew-scheduling difficulties, allowing them to better match aircraft capacity to passenger demand,” says Airbus.

Source: All Nippon Airways, Picture Airbus

   Flyr to Take up to 10 Boeing 737 Max-8 Aircraft From Air Lease 

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Norwegian start-up has signed a letter of intent to lease six new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from US lessor Air Lease next year. The first aircraft will be delivered early next year and the carrier aims to have all six aircraft in service during the first half of 2022. Flyr has also taken options on four more aircraft for delivery in 2023.

“The decision to choose the latest generation of brand-new Boeing aircraft is in line with the authorities’ goal of a more sustainable development in aviation,” Flyr chief executive Toje Wikstrom Frislid says.

Flyr launched flights at the end of June, initially on domestic flights, using a Boeing 737-800. The airline in August launched its first international flights, serving Alicante, Nice and Malaga. Cirium fleets data shows the airline operates four 737-800s.

Source: Air Lease Corp., Picture Flyr

LATEST NEWS

  • Flair Airline will add four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in April and May 2022. The additional planes should help Flair to grow its spring schedule by 33%, according to the airline’s statement on October 19, 2021.
  • Alitalia sells the brand to ITA-Italia Transporto Aereo, including the domain http://www.Alitalia.com  for 90 million euros.
  • Icelandair is considering adding up to three more Boeing 737 Max 8s to its fleet to provide additional capacity ahead of next year’s summer season.
  • Bonza, a new low-cost carrier named Bonza aims to commence services with Boeing 737 Max aircraft in Australia next year.

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  • India Navy is continuing to expand its long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I.

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  • Alaska Airlines to add the former SunExpress Airlines of Germany. The aircraft is 737 Max 9 as the airline elected to cancel its order for any Max aircraft.
  • TUI Group travel group to amalgamate its five individual airlines under a single leadership, bundling key functions together in order to streamline operations.
  • Gulf Air started direct twice weekly flight from Bahrain to Tel Aviv on September 30th.
  • Recaro Aircraft Seating is to equip Qatar Airways with its brand new CL3810 economy class seat. Starting at the end of 2022, twenty shipsets of the CL3810 will be installed on the new A321neo fleet.
  • Spirit Airlines is sticking with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans to power at least another incoming Airbus A320neo- family jets

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Sources: Alaska Airlines, Gulf Air, Boeing, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Spirit Airlines

AIR CARGO

                     Europe’s Last MD-11 Exits Lufthansa Cargo Service

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Lufthansa Cargo’s last Boeing MD-11 freighter completed its final service with European carrier on October 17, before its sale to US operator Western Global Airlines.

It marks the end of service for the three-engine type at Lufthansa Cargo after more than 23 years in the carrier’s fleet and also likely end of MD-11 operations with any carrier based outside the USA.

“We are very grateful to our MD-11f fleet for over two decades of loyal service,” says Lufthansa Cargo chief executive Dorothea von Boxberg.”The decisive factor for the introduction of the MD-11F at Lufthansa Cargo in the late nineties was significantly better fuel efficiency compared to the wide body freighter previously used.In the future we will rely on the twin-engine Boeing 777F for the same reason.”

The only registered MD11F to a carrier outside the USA a single Saudia freighter which is in storage and due to be retired in December of this year.

With the departure of its final MD-11, Lufthansa Cargo becomes an all-Boeing 777 Freighter operator, with 11 of the type in service, according to Cirium.

Source: Lufthansa, Picture Lufthansa

     CMA CGM to Supplement New Air Cargo Fleet With 777Fs 

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French logistics firm CMA CGM Group is supplementing its new air cargo operation with a pair of Boeing 777-200LRFs. The company is to purchase the two General Electric GE90-powered aircraft having previously established the new division with a fleet of Airbus A330-200 Fs.

CMA CGM Air cargo was set up in February this year and started in services in March. It expanded from an initial service on the Liege-Chicago route to include routes to New York,Atlanta and Dubai.

CMA CGM says the 777Fs will give the carrier “flexibility” as its air freight network broadens. Boeing has secured total orders for 272 777Fs.

Source: CMA CGM, Picture CMA CGM Group           

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 Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report October 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

 Boeing Reaches $1 Billion in Online Orders in Record Time for the Company

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The milestone was driven by e-commerce advancements and increased demand from commercial services customers, indicating the continued market recovery from the impact of COViD-19.

“We’re seeing innovation accelerated by necessity across our services business as the aerospace industry emerges from one of the toughest periods we’ve faced,” said Ted Colbert, president and chief executive officer, Boeing Global Services.  “The aftermarket supply chain solutions Boeing provides, such as parts support, are essential service for our customers as they emerge from the pandemic. The digital advancement that we’re driving enables us to be nimble in our response to uneven recovery and simplify how Boeing supports our customers.”

As of 2021, customers are now able to purchase from all product lines on the Boeing Distribution,Inc.(formerly Aviall) online parts page. Previously, there were portions of the aftermarket parts offerings that were only available via phone or email purchasing.

A concentrated effort by Boeing’s distribution and technology teams accelerated reaching the milestone by enabling customers to use e-commerce online purchasing, increasing the digital customer navigation and live chat functionality, is focused on simplifying transactions and solving for issues that typically cause challenges when buying online.

Aftermarket customers can access more than 16 million parts with Boeing, as well as 24/7 technical expertise and support on spare parts issues.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 160 countries.  As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact.

Source: Boeing,Picture BoeingGlobal Services distribution center

   

Ethiopian Airlines & Boeing Have Signed Strategic MOU to Position Ethiopia as Africa’s Aviation Hubs   

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Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Boeing company have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa.  Building on the two parties’ seventy years of shared history in aviation, the MoU aims at positioning Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub.

Boeing has recognized Ethiopian as a global aviation leader in the continent.  The MoU is indicative of Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines interest to establish a mutually beneficial world class aviation partnership.  To realize their shared vision, Ethiopian and Boeing have agreed to work in partnership in areas of  strategic collaboration namely: Industrial Development, Advanced Aviation Training, Educational Partnership, and Leadership Development in a span of three years.  To this effect, joint multidisciplinary teams have been established to implement the strategic partnership and important milestones have already been registered.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Of Ethiopian said,”I am very much thrilled not only to sign this historic MoU with our long-standing partner,Boeing but also to the implementation of milestones.We have been working in collaboration with Boeing on different large-scale projects in aviation for more than 70 years to serve the continent of Africa and this partnership expands and builds our ability in multiple fields.  I have a firm conviction that with our dedication in its implementation, the MoU will successfully attain its goal of positioning Ethiopia as the Continent’s aviation hub.  We highly value the critical role of our American partner companies in accomplishing our goals and we will continue to work with key American aviation players like Boeing, GE, Pratt and Whitney and Collins Aerospace in our journey towards excellence in Aviation.”

Source: Ethiopian, picture Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                               Airbus’ New Single-Aisle Airspace Cabin

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The German airline, Lufthansa, has started operations with its first A320neo aircraft featuring Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Aerospace cabin.  In doing so the airline becomes the first operator in Europe to introduce the new Airspace cabin features for passengers on board A320 Family aircraft.  In 2018, Lufthansa Group, a long time A320 Family customer, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320 Family aircraft on order from Airbus with AirSpace cabins.

The new Airspace features include: slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezel and completely integrated window shades; the largest overhead bins for 60% more bags; the latest full LED lighting technologies; LED-lit entrance area; and new lavatories with hygienic touches features and antimicrobial surfaces.

“Lufthansa has once again made a choice of innovation and passenger appeal, raising the bar for the flying public at large to experience next-level, Airbus leading innovations”, said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.  “I am delighted to welcome one of our long term partners, Lufthansa, to become the first European operator for the A320neo Family Airspace cabin.  I cannot east to fly on one of these aircraft.”

Lufthansa has been operating the A320-family since the 1980s and has been the very first operator of the A321 and A320neo. The airline group is one of the biggest Airbus operators worldwide.

Sources: Lufthansa,Airbus.Air 101,Picture Airbus          

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

Worlds Largest Business Jet Set Two Transatlantic Speed Records

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Announcing an air-speed record from Savannah, Georgia, to Doha, Qatar.  Until you consider the context: This was the world’s largest business jet flying 6,711 nautical miles nonstop at Mach 0.88, or 675 mph, for 13 hours and 16 minutes, on first international flight.  Then it becomes a corporate milestone.

Gulfsream’s new G700 then set another city-pair record from Doha to Paris, flying 2,953 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.90 (690.5 mph) for 6 hours and 15 minutes before retiring to headquarters in Savannah.

Beyond the “records”, the transatlantic flights of Gulfstream’s new ultra-long-range jet shows the business-jet world and potential buyers that the aircraft lives up to the publicity it has attracted since being announced in 2019.  Plus, Doha, the capital of Qatar was more than Gulfstream just throwing a dart on the map: Qatar Airways Group is the launch customer and plans to take delivery of the first G700, which has a list price of $78 million, next year.

The flight gave Qatar Executive a chance to show off the Gulstream flagship with fully outfitted interior at a press conference in Doha.

Source: Gulfstream, Pictures Gulfstream ,Robb Report,Qatar Executive                                                                    

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                       Turkish Aerospace Awarded Two Major Contracts

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Turkish Aerospace (TUSAS) has been awarded two contracts by Spirit AeroSystems.  Turkish Aerospace will manufacture and supply Section 48 Tail Feather for Boeing 737 MAX 8 and over 400 parts and sub-assemblies for various Boeing platforms.

Further to the contracts, ongoing work packages with Spirit AeroSystems for manufacturing and supplying 2125 parts and sub-assemblies for various platforms including 737, 747 and 777 has been extended to 2028.

Temel Kotil, President And CEO, Turkish Aerospace, commented about the about the agreement and said, ”our company continues to be among the manufacturers that have proven in the field of aerostructure with its half a century experience.”

“In this context, while we continue to produce indigenous and national projects in the field of aviation industry in our country, we also carry out high-quality crucial productions for the world’s leading aerial platform manufacturers.  We are delighted for the agreement including work packages of the B737 Max-8 section 48—Tail Feather and various other sub-assemblies for Spirit AeroSystems which will be used on Boeing platforms.”

Source: Turkish Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, Picture Turkish Aerospace

                   Brand name Unveiled for Air Arabia’s New Armenian Budget Carrier

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Armenia’s newly -created national budget carrier is to be be branded Fly Arna, following an open canvassing of the country’s citizen for suggestions.

Fly Arna is being established by the Armenian National Interests Fund through a joint venture with Middle Eastern low-cost operator Air Arabia Group.  Arna is the name acronym for “Armenian National Airline”.

The carrier has yet to disclose details of its fleet and networks well as the timeframe for starting operations.

Air Arabia says over 500 suggestions for the new carrier’s name were received after the competition opened in July and the airline’s board made the final selection.

“It is both inspiring and a sign of shared vision of successful endeavor,” says Armenian National Interests Fund chief David Papazian.

“Despite the current challenges of the pandemic, we are confident the new opportunity that exists for “Fly Arna” to deliver a winning proposition that will benefit the nation and our people.”

Source: Armenian National Interests Fund, Picture Yerevan Airport

                            Helvetic Initiates E190-E2 Services at London City

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Swiss carrier Helvetic Airways has conducted the first commercial service with an Embraer 190-E2 into London City airport, following approval for the type to carry out steep-approach landings.  The E190-E2 secured steep-approach certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in May of this year.

The re-engined E2 family is equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engines and the improved fuel-burn brings more distant destinations from London City—such as Moscow, Casablanca and Istanbul—into range,Says Embraer.

The initial aircraft (HB-AZG) arrived at London City on September 2nd, as the LX456 service from Zurich, operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines.

London City chief Operating officer operating officer Alison FitzGerald says the E2’s arrival is a “significant milestone” in the drive to introduce lower-noise and lower-emissions types to the downtown airport.

Source: Helvetic Airways,Picture Helvetic Airways 

               Korean Air to Retire A380s in Five Years, 747-8Is in 10: CEO

Korean Air plans to entirely exit four-engined passenger aircraft with the next ten years.  The carrier’s plans for the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8I fleets were confirmed by chief executive Walter Cho in an interview with FlightGlobal.

“The A380s will be leaving Korean Air’s fleet within five years, and the Boeing 747-8I fleet will also follow suit within ten years,” says Cho.

According to Korean’s second quarter results presentation, it has 10 A380s and 10 747-8Is.  The presentation also shows that the 747-400 is no longer a part of Korean’s operational fleet.

Cirium fleets data suggests that nine of the A380s and eight of the 747-8Is are in storage; the age of the A380s is 9.3 years, while that of the 747-8Is is 5.2 years.

Korean will also inherit six Asiana Airlines A380s when its acquisition of the rival airline is completed, likely in a few years.   Korean’s A380 are powered by the Engine Alliance GP7200, while Asiana’s are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900.  All six of Asiana’s A380 are in storage.

As for its other wide bodies, Korean operates 26 777-300ERs with an average age of 7.3 years.  It also has orders for 10 787-9 (adding to the 10 in its current inventory) and 20 787-10s.  It has not, however , placed any orders for the developmental 777-9.

“I believe the Boeing 777 is one of the most successful aircraft in aviation history”, says Cho.  If asked, I would say the B777-300ER is my favorite model.  While I haven’t out the Boeing 777X, there are some points that still need verification.  I may consider it after that, but I don’t think we’ll have a large demand for new aircraft for some time as we already have significant number of aircraft in operations or on order.” 

Sources: Korean Air,FlightGlobal,Picture Korean Air

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Emirates is bringing forward to November the delivery of the final three Airbus A380s it has on order.  They are the last of the ultra-large aircraft to be produced.Emirates
  • Malaysia and Singapore are the latest countries to lift the ban on the Boeing 737 MAX, nine months after the resumption of operations in North America.
  • Eastern Airlines will launch a dedicated freighter business with 35 Boeing 777s acquired for modification, using its own cargo conversion tailored for volume-driven express operators.
  • United Aircraft of Russia has conducted the maiden flight of its latest IIyushin II-96-300, the second of the type to start flight-testing this year.        

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  • Aviation Capital Group announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long-term lease to S7 Airlines of Russia.

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  • Vietnam the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing to lift the operational ban on the Boeing 737 Max, and expects China and Indonesia to do the same by the end of September of the Year Award competition.  The airline’s Care First program was recognized for its holistic approach in bringing exceptional protection and comfort to customers during the pandemic.
  • Play Icelandic start-up has firmed plans to lease three Airbus A320neos and one A321neo from aircraft lessor GECAS.

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  • Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will sign a deal valued at nearly $2 billion with General Electric to purchase GEnx engines to power Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Sources: FlightGlobal, Korean Air, Vietnam Civil Aviation of Vietnam, GECAS, Aviation Capital Group, Eastern Airlines

AIR CARGO

     FedEx Express Expands to Paine Field in North Seattle Market

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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, will expand its Seattle-area operations with a new ramp operation at Paine Field Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington in the fall of this year.  It will occupy the former “Dreamlifter Operations Center”.

A new daily Boeing 757 flight will operate Monday through Friday between Paine Field and the FedEx World hub in Memphis, Tenn., offering north Seattle-area customers in 37 Zip codes extended pickup times by up to two hours.  The new flight will also offer earlier market delivery times, additional dry ice capabilities, and increased overall market capacity.

“We are proud to grow our presence and enhance our services in the north Seattle market by expanding operations to Paine Field”, said Tim Wertner, senior vice president U.S. Operations west.  FedEx will occupy a 19.24-acre,68,745-square foot facility, and the grounds offer the ability to expand with additional gates.

Source: FedEx, Picture FedEx

US Firm Mammoth to offer 777-200LR and _300 ER Freighter Conversions

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US based firm Mammoth Freighters, has joined the line-up of companies aiming to offer Boeing 777 cargo conversions, with a portfolio covering the long-range-200LR and-300ER models.

The company intends to begin modification of an 777-200LR-converting it to a -200LRMF in the second quarter of 2022. Mammoth expects US FAA approval for the supplementary type certificate in the second half of 2023.

“Design and engineering for the 777-200LRMF program is well underway with tooling and parts already in fabrication,” it says.

Mammoth has already sourced a feedstock of 10 777-200LRS from Delta Air Lines.  The -200LR was developed as passenger aircraft but the airframe also serves as the platform for Boeing’s new-build 777F.

It estimates that the-200LRMF will have a payload capability of 105t and puts the -300ERMF’s at just under 100t.

The Florida-based company says it is supported by private investment funds associated with Fortress Investment Group.

Both the -200LR and-300ER are powered by General Electric GE90 engines and Mammoth co-chief Bill Tarpley says these aircraft are “renowned for having superior operating economics” compared with older Boeing 747-400s and MD-11s.

Source: FlightGlobal, Picture Mammoth Freighters

                         

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com 

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

 

Kaplanian Report – September 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

        

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Boeing 737 Max 7 took of from Seattle Boeing Field on August 4th and headed to China, where the jet will participate in work related to that country’s 737 Max certification, an industry source says.

The airliner arrived in China on Saturday morning, August 6th, after making stops in Honolulu and Guam to begin validation trials aimed at clearing the aircraft to resume commercial  operations in the country.

Approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) the aircraft ( tail number N7201S) is registered to the manufacturer. It is expected to be prepared to start flight tests with CAAC officials on August 11. Testing in China already began.

Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 showed the 737 Max 7 plane taking off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, with no destination listed, flying in a south-easterly direction and landed in Zhoushan, the site of a Boeing factory designed to install plane interiors.

Boeing declined to comment on the flights, but sources familiar with the operation confirmed to Bloomberg that its purpose was to position the Max for validation trials in China. The CAAC has not issued an official statement on reports that it is preparing to evaluate the aircraft.

Boeing has already delivered around 100 of the new Max aircraft to China, but these cannot fly commercially until the CAAC has given approval.

Sources: Bloomberg, Flightglobal, Air International,Photo Boeing

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

Collins’ Enhanced Vision Sensor to Be Integrated into A320

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Collins Aerospace’s next-generation Enhanced Sensor has been selected to be integrated in Airbus’ Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). EFVS will become a selectable option on Airbus commercial aircraft, expanding approach capability and increasing flight situational awareness during reduced visibility conditions.

The EFVS option, with the collins EVS sensor, will be offered first on the A320 aircraft, with the intention to offer this solution on other platforms in the future.

The sensor uses multiple infrared and visible light cameras to “see through poor visibility conditions” better than the human eye. When the pilots view this camera video on head-up displays, it allows them to better identify the runway environment in all weather conditions—helping pilots overcome many flight disruptions often created by fog or precipitation. In addition, because the technology enables pilots to reduce delays on runway and in the air, it actively reduces the amount of carbon emissions created by the aircraft. The next-generation EVS sensor will also be available for retrofit on existing in-service Airbus aircraft.

Source: Collins Aerospace,Picture Collins Aerospace,Airbus

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JET

                   

Dassault Books First Orders for Falcon 10X

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Dassault Aviation has already racked up sales of its Falcon 10X following the new ultra-long-range twinjet’s unveiling in May.

Eric Trappier, the french airframes’s chief executive, told a July half-year results briefing that the 7,500nm (13,900km-range) business jet has “ received a lot of client interest” and “first orders have already arrived”.

Dassault does not break out order intake by model, but during the first half it booked commitments for 25 Falcon business jets’ significant rise on the five deals recorded in the same period last year.

“The market is really becoming this new aircraft,” he says, which will be delivered from 2025. Trappier sees the market for business jets as showing signs of improvement, particularly in the USA, although there is pressure on pricing  

Source: Dassault Aviation,Picture Dassault Aviation 

                    

Skywest Orders 16 More Embraer E175s 

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U.S. regional airline SkyWest has placed a firm order for 16 Embraer 175s for operation under its partnership with Delta Air Lines, the companies revealed on August 10. Embraer plans to deliver the first 76-seat, three-class jets in Delta livery in mid-2022 and accept the entire allotment by the end of the year.  The Brazilian manufacturer places the value of the contract at $ $798.4 million.

SkyWest plans to replace 16 of the Bombardier CRJ900s that it owns or has financed with new E175s. Now flying under SkyWest’s Delta contract, the CRJ900s carry expiration dates ranging from the second half of 2022 to early 2023. The airline added that it is evaluating the effect of the displacement of the CRJ900s, including a potential non-cash impairment charge. 

“The E175 is the backbone of the North American regional market and as the industry begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are seeing growing long-term demand for the rightsized aircraft to deliver profitable domestic connectivity,” said v-p of sales and marketing of the Americas Mark Neely.

Source: Embraer, Picture Embraer   

                                                             

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                        

    Parker Hannifin to Acquire Meggitt 

Aerospace mergers are back, with US manufacturer Parker Hannifin revealing plans to nearly double the size of its aerospace systems business by acquiring UK-based aerospace company Meggitt for $8.8 billion in cash.

The deal, which the companies hope to close in the third quarter of 2022, marks a revival of merger activity in an aerospace industry badly depressed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Analysts view the takeover as sensible, noting the already-merged state of the aerospace industry and that the companies each make a broad range of aerospace products.

“The planned acquisition also reveals that some aerospace companies remain flush with cash despite the downturn”, says Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst with Teal Group.

“Meggitt and Parker are complementary across diverse portfolios of products, and will thus expand and develop core product lines, and add new capabilities and enable innovations on more-electric, low-carbon and other key technologies,” the companies say.

Meggitt produces a variety of aircraft components, including brakes, fire and safety systems, power and sensing systems, composites and polymer seals.

Its products are found on military and unmanned aircraft, as well as on civil aircraft such as Boeing 737s and 787s, Airbus A220s, A330s and A350s, Comac’s ARJ21, DeHavilland Dash 8 turboprops, and Cessna, Dassault and Gulfstream business jets.

At the end of 2020, the UK company had some 9,000 employees, including 2,305 in the UK and 4,871 in the USA. It generated $2.3 billion in 2020 revenue, losing $436 million.The companies note that 70% of Meggitt’s revenue comes from selling products for which it is sole supplier.

Source: FlightGlobal

        Italian National Carrier ITA Secures Operating Certificate 

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ITA( Italia Transport Aereo)on August 16, 2021, started operating test flights using Airbus A330-202 EI-EJN as the AOC proving aircraft. The new airline has completed the certification process for obtaining its AOC-Air Operators Certificate and Transport Passengers License.

Issue of the certificate and license means the carrier will be able to start selling tickets. ITA aims To commence services in October, initially with a fleet of 52 aircraft, increasing to 78 next year. It has already indicated that it wants to acquire the Alitalia name.

The Civil Aviation Authority ENAC president Pierluigi say he hopes the new airline will be able to contribute “in a decisive way” to overcoming the problems caused by the pandemic and supporting a “restart” of the air transport sector.

He adds that ENAC will monitor ITA’s operational start-up and ensure that it complies with passenger rights requirements and other public interests.

Sources: World Airline News,FlightGlobal,Picture ITA

            US Export Bank Backs Turkish Airlines’ $ 833m Purchase of Boeing Jets

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The USA’s export-credit agency has agreed to guarantees $833 million in financing for the the acquisition by Turkish Airlines of an undisclosed number of Boeing 737 Max and 787s.

The Export-Input Bank of the United States disclosed the guarantees on August 2nd, though the finance agency has provided few details.

The Ex-IMBank’s board of directors approved “ $832.5 million in loan guarantees to support exports of Boeing 787-9 aircraft, 737 Max 8 aircraft, respectively, to Turkish Airlines in Istanbul”, the credit agency says.

It did not disclose the number of jets those funds will finance. Neither Boeing nor Turkish Airlines responded to a request for comment. The bank could not be reached for comment.

Turkish Airlines holds unfilled orders with Boeing for 10 787-9s and nine 737 Max, according to Boeing’s figures. “These are solid transactions at a critical time, and they provide a reasonable assurance of repayment,” says EX-IM Bank’s acting first vice-president James Cruise. The agency’s support for aircraft export deals is “especially needed at this time because of the significant financial impact of Covid-19”, adds acting president James Burrows.

Source: US Import Export Bank

                         

Alaska Orders Another 12 737 Max 9s

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Alaska Airlines has ordered 12 Boeing 737 Max 9s and taken 25 new purchase options-a deal handing another needed win to Boeing’s rebounding narrowbody program. The 12 orders were converted from Purchase options by Alaska, which expects to receive the jets in 2023 and 2024. The new order brings Alask’s total outstanding number of 737 Max 9 to 88 jets.The carrier already has five 737 Max in service.

Alaska’s updated fleet plan called for the Seattle-based airline to receive 12 737 Max 9s in 2021, 31 in 2022, and 32 in 2023 and 18 in 2024.

The Airline has made several changes to its Max orders in recent months. Until late last year,Alaska held orders for 32 737 Max9s and options for another 37.

In December 2020, the airline said it had revamped its agreements with Boeing to include 68 Max9 orders and 53 options. Since then, Alaska has converted 25 of those options to firm orders and taken 25 new options.

Source: Alaska Airlines,Picture Alaska Airlines

LATEST NEWS

  • Delta Air Lines has ordered another 30 Airbus A321neos, bringing its total firm orders for the Airbus’ narrowbody to 155 aircraft, deliveries of which are scheduled to start in the first half of 2022.
  • Japan Airlines signed an engine services agreement with GE, aviation, covering the CFM56-7B turbofans that power its Boeing 737-800s.

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  • Emirates is marking the UAE’s 50th anniversary with the unveiling of special liveries to commemorate the nation’s Golden Jubilee.
  • Lufthansa enters the Armenian market already serviced by subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. The airline will operate flights between Frankfurt and Yerevan with three frequencies per week.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Etihad Engineering have agreed to partner on two new Passenger to Freighter(P2F) conversion lines for Boeing 777-300ERs in Abu Dhabi as demand for cargo capacity continues to surge amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • El Al has deferred delivery of its final Boeing at least until the end of this year, as it holds discussions on financing the twinjet.

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  • Rolls-Royce has delivered the 100th Pearl 15 turbofan to Bombardier for Global 5500/6500, reaching the milestone a little more than three years after unveiling the Pearl family and less than two years after the engine entered service.

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  • Sun Country Airlines is prepared to buy aircraft – even if it does not yet need them – to meet its goal of having 50 passenger aircraft by the end of 2023.
  • India regulators have cleared the country’s carriers to resume operations with Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
  • SpiceJet expects to resume operations by the end of this month, though it acknowledges that the ultimate decision rests with the country’s regulators.

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Sources: Emirates,Rolls-Royce,El Al,Japan Airlines,FlightGlobal,Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa

AIR CARGO

    Kargo Xpress to Lease two B737-800 BCFs From GECAS

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Kargo Xpress, the freight-focused start-up subsidiary of M Jets International, will lease two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters(BCF) from GECAS.

The first aircraft is set to be delivered to the Malaysia-based carrier in October this year, followed by the second one in December.

Kargo Xpress began scheduled flights with a single Boeing 737-400F in June this year. The added capacity from the GECAS-leased aircraft will enable the carrier to provide “fast, timely and efficient delivery of goods” as it expands its footprint to include Northern China and Western India, as well as operating on thinner, underserved routes.

Gunasekar Mariappan, managing director of M Jets International, commented:”Kargo Xpress appreciates the close working relationship with GECAS to induct our initial two 737-800 BCFs.”

“We are focused on developing a robust, reliable, cost-effective network within Asia, centered around a fleet of 737 freighters.Our goal is to be the provider of choice for express e-commerce shipments, as well as point-to point delivery, trans-shipment and light-truck services for our time-to-market sensitive customers with Asia.”

Richard Greener, senior vice president and manager of GECAS cargo, added: “Thanks to its versatility, efficiency, and reliability, the 737-800BCF is well suited to Kargo Xpress’ planned growth strategy. At GECAS Cargo, we are pleased to support Kargo Xpress as they look to develop more routes and expand their operations.”

Earlier this year,GECAS announced a deal to lease out six of its B737-800BCFs to Russian carrier Atran and four to an unidentified customer. Currently, 40 of GECAS’  B737-800BCFs are in operation.

Source : GECAS Cargo, Kargo Xpress, Picture GECAS 

 

Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report – August 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

                                            Boeing 737 MAX 10 Makes Maiden Flight

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Under clear skies, Boeing’s Max 10 took off at 10:07 a.m. on June 18 from Renton Municipal airport and landed at 12:38 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.

“The airplane performed beautifully,” said 737 Chief Pilot Capt.  Jennifer Henderson.  ”The profile we flew allowed us to test the airplane’s systems, flight controls and handling qualities, all of which checked out exactly as we expected”.

The largest and last of four Max variants to extend the Max 9’s length by 66 inches.  Other changes include minor wing changes to accommodate the airplane’s levered 777-style main landing gear and a four-inch wider mid-exit door to allow the extra 12 passengers, bringing maximum capacity to 230.

When Boeing officially launched the 737 Max 10 during the first day of the Paris Air show, its direct competitor, the Airbus A321neo, had just a month earlier entered service with its first operator following a period of considerable sales momentum.  At the time, Boeing billed the Max 10 as a lighter, more fuel-efficient answer to the Airbus product, whose larger engines produced 25 percent more thrust than its U.S. rival’s offering; while allowing eventual variants namely the A321LR and A321XLR to provide Atlantic range.  However, Boeing said its prospective airline customers preferred the lighter, shorter-range Max type for 361 examples from 16 customers during the show.

On June 29, 2021, United Airlines announced the carrier will expand its 737 order book by purchasing additional 200 Max jets, including 150 for for the largest member of the family, the 737 Max 10, and 50 for the airplane that serves the heart of the single-aisle market, the 737 MAX 8.

Boeing expects to deliver the first Max 10 in 2023, some three years later than originally anticipated.

Sources: Boeing,United Airlines,Picture Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                                  Airbus Starts Receiving A321XLR Forward Fuselage Sections

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Airbus has received the first A321XLR fuselage sections to be manufactured by aerostructures supplier Stelia Aerospace.  Stelia is responsible for the design and production of all forward fuselage sections of the long-range aircraft, including the cockpit, nose-gear bay, forward passenger exit section, and passenger cabin barrels.

Three of the six sections have been handed over by Stelia following manufacture at the company’s French facilities in Meaulte and Rochefort. Airbus is intending the A321XLR which will have a range of 4,700nm (8,700km) to enter service in 2023.

“The A321XLR requires modifications on all the sections, of the front fuselage, with reference to the previous versions, regarding the structure and equipment support,” adds the firm.

Several Stelia divisions and plants have contributed to the sections, including operations in Tunisia and Morocco, which have provided parts and sub-assemblies.

Source: Stelia Aerospace, FlightGlobal, Picture Stelia Aerospace           

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

                             RoyalJet adds Privately owned BBJ to its Fleet

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RoyalJet, the Abu Dhabi owned and operated private aviation company, has added a privately owned Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) to its growing fleet of managed aircraft.  The aircraft has now been released back into service by Jet Aviation Basel after completion of extensive upgrades and maintenance.  The aircraft will continue to be based in both Europe and/or United Arab Emirates, where it will be operated for the owner and offered for charter to select customers.

The aircraft now has the longest flight range in its category on the market and is able to fly for up to 12 hours or 5000 nautical miles.  This is thanks to its configuration, increased fuel capacity, better wing configuration and reduced weight.

In addition to installing these new systems, Jet Aviation has upgraded the soundproofing to reduce in-flight noise levels, implemented a low cabin altitude modification and added humidifiers to reduce passenger fatigue on long flights, and upgraded various other interior elements.

This is the first BBJ, and possibly the first private aircraft globally to offer such high levels of on board air quality achieved by the new Needle Point BI-Polar ionization system provided by Aviation Clean Air.

Source: Arabian Aerospace, Picture RoyalJet

                                         Dassault Flies Third Falcon 6X

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Dassault Aviation now has three Falcon 6x prototypes flying, with  latest example on June 24 having performed its maiden sortie from the airframes’s Merignac site near Bordeaux.

Fitted with a complete interior, MSN003(F-WAVE) made a 2 hour hop from Merignac to Dassault’s Istres flight-test center near Marseille, in the process climbing to 40,000 ft and traveling at Mach 0.85.

Certification for the ultra-widebody business jet is scheduled for 2022.So far, the program has accumulated 130 flight hours with two prototypes at a rate of two to three sorties each week since Falcon 6X’s maiden sortie on March 10.

“This latest flight is yet another sign of smooth progress we have been making with the 6X test program,” says Eric Trappier, Dassault chief executive.

A fourth aircraft will also be equipped with full cabin interior, currently being installed in Merignac.  It will conduct a two-month-long flight campaign to ensure maturity at service entry.

Source: Dassault Aviation,Picture Dassault Aviation                                                                     

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

      Air Arabia to Launch Armenian Budget Carrier with Investment Fund support

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Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia is to participate in launching a new low-cost carrier in Armenia, which will be based at the capital Yerevan.  Air Arabia has reached an agreement to form a joint venture company with the Armenian National Interests Fund.

It will use the low-cost business model on which Sharjah-based Air Arabia was built.  The carrier says it will shortly begin work to obtain an air operator’s certificate.

Air Arabia uses a fleet of Airbus A320-family jets.  But no details have been disclosed on the fleet, network or the timeline for initial flights for the Armenian operator.

Its name, however, will be chosen by Armenian citizens who are being invited to submit suggestions from which the successful candidate will be selected.

Armenian National Interests Fund is a state-owned organization which acts as a co-investor with industrial partners on large economy and infrastructure projects within the country.

“Over the course of the past decade, Armenia has recorded some impressive gains as its tourism industry begins to recognize its full potential,” says the fund.  It states that travel and tourism, in 2019, accounted for close to 12% of the pre-pandemic Armenian GDP.

Air Arabia group chief executive Adel Ali says there is “tremendous potential” with the Armenian air transport sector.

“This is an investment program of strategic importance and creates great opportunities for the development of aviation in Armenia”, said Tigran Avinyan Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia.

Source: Armenpress , Picture Armenpress

              Delta to Acquire 29 Used 737s and Seven Used A350s

Delta Air Lines will add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and seven used Airbus A350-900s to its fleet as passenger demand returns following the more than year long global health pandemic.

The Atlanta-based airline said on July 13th, that the aircraft will support its sustainability goals and fleet renewal strategy, and provide a better customer experience.  The aircraft are expected to be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” says the airline’s chief executive Ed Bastian.   ”As we look past the pandemic, Delta’s disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting sustainability commitments.”

Delta will lease the seven Airbus wide bodies from AerCap.  The lessor says the aircraft will be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.  All are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines.

The Majority of the 737-900ERs will be purchased outright from funds managed by aircraft financier Castlelake, while two 737-900ERs will also be financed through Castlelake, Delta says.  Those aircraft will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.  The incoming 737s will bring Delta’s fleet to 159 aircraft.

Source: Delta Air Lines

                     Porter Airlines Acquiring Up to 80 Embraer E195-E2s

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Porter Airlines is extending its service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 fuel-efficient Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to its fleet.  The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service with Porter starting in the second half of 2022.

Porter is Embraer’s North American launch customer for the E2.  The total aircraft order is valued at up to $5.82 billion USD at current list prices, with 30 firm commitments and 50 purchase right options. The aircraft are being acquired by Porter Aircraft Leasing Corporations, sister company of Porter Airlines.

The ability to convert purchase rights to smaller E190-E2s is included in the agreement.  Porter intends to operate the E2s to popular destinations from Ottawa,Montreal,Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport and adding service to new North American cities.

Source: Porter Airlines,Picture Embraer

          

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Air France-KLM  has launched a tender to renew the medium-haul fleets of Dutch unit KLM and French and Dutch arms of low-cost subsidiary Transavia for about 160 jets.
  • Bombardier is rolling out a Certified Preowned aircraft program that will offer customers “meticulously selected, inspected, and updated” Learjet, Challenger and Global jets, the Montreal-based manufacturer announced on July 8.
  • WestJet plans to launch a dedicated cargo service and expand its fleet of Boeing 737-800 freighters, the first is expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2022.

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  • FlyDubai has cut to 172 the number of Boeing 737 Max aircraft it has on order; after cancelling 65 of its firm commitments to the type following a review of its post-pandemic fleet plans.
  • Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon rolled out of the paint shop in Renton, in Royal Norwegian Air Force Livery.

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  • Ravn Alaska regional airline is considering a major expansion using Boeing 757s to launch flights from its home state to Asia and the Contiguous USA.
  • India Navy takes delivery of its 10th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft on July 14th.
  • Flyadeal has received the first of 30 Airbus A320neos it is taking via an order placed by parent Saudia in 2019.

Sources: Boeing, FlyDubai, WestJet, Bombardier, Air France-KLM

AIR CARGO

                              BBAM Orders Another 12 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

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US aircraft lessor BBAM Limited Partnership has ordered another 12 737-800 converted freighters, throwing further momentum behind the conversion program at a time of heighten air cargo demand.

Including orders and commitments, BBAM now holds agreements to acquire 31 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCFs), pushing Boeing’s total backlog of the type( including orders and commitments ) to more than 200, Boeing says on July 14.

IATA reported in in early July another strong month for  the air cargo segment, with airlines globally carrying 9.4% more cargo volume in May than the same month of pre-pandemic 2019.

BBAM’s order builds on a deal disclosed in January. That agreement included orders by BBAM for six 737-800BCFs, and six options.

Boeing launched the 737-800BCF program in 2016 and delivered the first aircraft in 2018.  The jet has 2,025 nm (3750km) range, 20,600kg (45,400lb) of maximum payload and capacity to carry 12 cargo containers, according to Boeing.

Source: Boeing,Picture Boeing

                         EVA Air to Take Delivery of Three New 777-200LRFs Within the Year

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During a shareholders’ meeting on July 16, Eva Air Chairman Steve Lin said the company expects to receive three Boeing 777 freighters in the fourth quarter.

Although passenger volume has dropped significantly since the pandemic broke out last year, EVA Air has been able to shift its focus to the cargo market at a time when international air cargo demand has grown due to the tight capacity of container ships, Lin said.

On the cargo market, Lin expects demand to rise in the fourth quarter because major countries started increasing their economic activities. In addition, the fourth quarter has traditionally been a peak season for the cargo sector and many consumer electronic products, such as smartphones, are usually launched during this time, he added.

Cargo fares will remain favorable as demand for cargo space from Asia to Europe remains high,Lin Said.

Source : EVA Air, Picture EVA Air

OTHER NOTEWORTHY NEWS

Ryanair CEO Calls Boeing 737 Max8-20 Performance ‘Fantastic’

Ryanair Group CEO has described the initial performance of the 737 Max 8-200 as fantastic and said that the aircraft has met with glowing reviews from the airline’s crew and passengers.  The low-cost carrier took delivery of its first two 737 Max jets in June and the pair operated some 20 passenger flights from the group’s bases in London Stansted, Dublin, and Milan Gergamo.  Load factor averaged about 75 percent and not one passenger requested to change flights owing to lack of confidence in the safety of the type, O’Leary said.

“We think they deliver what Boeing promised—4 percent more seats compared with its 189-seat 737-800s but probably a 16 to 17 percent lower fuel consumption per seat and 40 percent less CO2 emissions,” he told AIN.

Ten more of the Max 8 subvariant will join the group’s fleet in July, O’Leary said, acknowledging that the plan marks an exception on its standard practice of not adding new aircraft during the peak summer season.  ”Because of the several delays we wanted to have 12 aircraft in the system before starting the pace of eight deliveries per month from September,” said O’Lear.  ”Between September and April 2022, we are taking delivery of 54 Max Gamechanger aircraft.  We bought three simulators and we trained all our pilots and cabin crew in the use of the new aircraft.  We want to start working them.”

Ryanair has 210 Max 8-200s on firm order.  Deliveries will run over the next four years and take the group’s fleet to around 600 aircraft by 2026 financial year.  The Max jets will fly for three of the four Ryanair subsidiaries namely Ryanair, Malta Air, and Poland based Buzz and feature their respective brands.

Source: Air International News/Ryanair

                         

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

Dassault Flies Third Falcon 6X

Kaplanian Report – July 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

     Boeing Preps to Begin 2021 ecoDemonstrator Program Using 737 Max 9

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Boeing will continue its “ecoDemomstrator” program in 2021, using a 737 Max 9 to evaluate new cabin sidewalls, 3D-printed cabin air vents, noise-reducing engine nacelles and a new fire fighting chemical.

Boeing will also use the jet—which is earmarked for delivery to Alaska Airlines in 2022— to evaluate flight-control technology, atmosphere-measuring equipment and use of biofuel, said on June 3rd.

The Company expects to begin this year’s ecoDemonstator flights this month and to wrap up testing in December.  It will fly the 737 Max 9 from Seattle.

The 2021 program will see Boeing evaluate the noise-reducing effects of changes to engine nacelles, particularly the use of “advanced acoustic liners”.

Boeing will perform the acoustic tests over Moses Lake,Washington, where it will collect data using an “acoustic array” system, the company says.

“ These refinements will help address the different noise footprint of next-generation ultra-high-bypass engines and compact Nacelles.”

The 737 Max 9 dedicated to the 2021 ecoDemonstrator program has already been manufactured by Boeing.

The 2021 flights mark the 10th year of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program.Through the effort, Boeing has evaluated technologies using aircraft including a 737-800, 747-8, 757, 777, 787 and Embraer 170, it says.

Source: Boeing,Picture Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

      Airbus Provides Suppliers with an Update on Production Plans

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Airbus has notified suppliers that it plans to boost production of A320-family jets from an average of 45 per month in the fourth quarter in 2021 to 64 per month by the second quarter of 2023.  In a statement issued on Thursday May 27th, the company said it has also started preparing for a rate of 70 per month by the first quarter of 2024, reflecting a bullish outlook for post-covid recovery of the narrowbody sector.

“The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the Covid-19 crisis,” said Airbus Guillaume Faury.  ”The message to our supplier community provides visibility to the entire industrial ecosystem to secure the necessary capabilities and ready when market conditions call for it.  In parallel, we are transforming our industrial system by optimizing our aerostructures set-up and modernizing our A320 Family production facilities.  All these actions are set in motion to prepare our future.”  

Separately, the company confirmed an increase in A220 production from five per month to six in early 2022.  It said it envisions a monthly production rate of 14 per month by the middle of the decade.         

Among wide bodies, plans call for an increase in the monthly A350 rate from five to six by autumn 2022, while A330 production remains at two per month.

Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, (IATA) voiced skepticism a day after Airbus published proposals to almost double single-aisle production to as high as 75 jets a month by 2025.

“Let’s wait and see, because obviously there is a huge disconnect between what the manufacturers say they are going to produce and what the airlines decide to buy,” he told Reuters.  “So, you know that they’re in the business of selling.  I don’t see that there’s going to be the requirement for whatever it is they’re producing,” he added in an interview.

Sources: Airbus,IATA,Reuters

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

                   Jet Aviation Delivers First VVIP-configured 737 Max

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Completion specialist Jet Aviation has delivered a Boeing 737 Max 8 business jet to a customer, outfitted with a VVIp cabin interior. The customer has not been disclosed but the illustration provided by the company shows a Max 8 with the Cayman Islands registration VP-CMA.

Jet Aviation says the design and engineering work was carried out at its center in Basel.  It says the aircraft is the first 737 Max BBJ to have such a cabin fitted.

“The brief was for a cosy residential space in which one could relax and enjoy the ride,” says Jet Aviation senior director of design Grischa Schmidt.  Its features include a seven-seat dining table, kitchens, sofa and indirect lighting.  Among the fittings are woven wooden panelling, cocoon seats and integrated wine fridge.

“This interior is a fine example of the intricacy and attention to detail of our teams here in Basel,” says Jet Aviation vice-president for completion sales Matthew Woollaston.  “This was an exciting opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the next generation of this aircraft.”

Source: Jet Aviation, FlightGlobal ,Picture Jet Aviation    

                                                                 

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

GE & RJ Partner to Use Groundbreaking Jet Engine Cleaning System,  GE’s 360 Foam Wash

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GE Aviation has awarded Royal Jordanian Airlines a technical license to use GE’s patented 360 Foam Wash system on its GEnx-1B aircraft engines.  The technical license allows Royal Jordanian to perform 360 Foam Wash on its fleet of GEnx-1B engines for Boeing 787 aircraft completely on its own.

GE’s 360 Foam Wash is an alternative to the water wash method.  It restores engine performance leading to reductions in fuel consumption.  The process involves injecting a specially-formulated, proprietary solution that removes dust and dirt particles in the engine. 

The system is self-contained, allowing it to be used inside maintenance hangers or outdoors.   GE’s 360 Foam Wash is approved for use on multiple GE engine programs, including models of GE90, GEnx, CF34 and CF6.

During technology trials with its GEnx engines, the 360 Foam Wash solution allowed Royal Jordanian to improve engine performance by reducing build-up of deposits in the engine, lowering engine exhaust temperatures, and improving engine compressor efficiency.  These improvements led to reduced fuel consumption and increased engine time on the wing.

According to RJ Vice Chairman & CEO Samer Majali, ” The 360 Foam Wash is an exciting development in enhanced engine cleaning which assist in reducing maintenance and restore engine performance and fuel efficiency’s well as carbon emissions.”  

Tom Levin, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s After Market Strategic Solutions.  “We’re thankful Royal Jordanian values 360 Foam Wash technology for maintaining its GEnx engines.”

Sources: GE Aviation,Royal Jordanian,Picture GE Aviation 

 

                    Asia-Pacific 737 Max Deliveries Resume 

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Fiji Airways became the first carrier in the Asia-Pacific region to take delivery of new Boeing 737 Max aircraft this year, after Fijian civil aviation authorities lifted the type’s grounding.

However, the pair of new aircraft delivered on May 25 and 27, according to Cirium fleets data, are unlikely to fly anywhere yet, despite the airline’s key markets of Australia and New Zealand also lifting the type’s grounding.

This is due largely to travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Australia, for example, has closed it’s international borders until 2022.  Fiji itself had battled a resurgence in coronavirus cases in April, after being relatively unscathed by the global pandemic.

The Carrier had two 737 Max 8s in storage, which it took delivery of in 2018-2019.  The remaining three jets, which were in its original order of five examples, were due to be delivered in mid-2019, but had to be deferred following the Max’s global grounding.

Fiji Airways chief Andre Viljoen stressed the 737 Max is “the core of the Fiji Airways fleet”, and that the type “will be integral for our economic recovery”.

For more of you interested the deal for five Boeing Max aircraft was announced on November 23, 2016 by Fiji Airways, Boeing and GECAS(the lessor).

The acquisition process was explained in detail at the time, together with details about the groundbreaking acquisition deal; that it was a 12-year Sale & Leaseback Agreement with GECAS, for aircraft to be specifically built for Fiji Airways.  The lessor is effectively renting the aircraft to Fiji Airways.

Source: Fiji Airways,Picture Boeing

 

           Ryanair Finally Took delivery of its First 737 Max 8-200

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After a long wait Ryanair finally took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX jet after a delay of more than two years on Wednesday June 16th.  Flight-tracking websites show that EI-HEN- which is painted in Ryanair’s mainline colors.

Ryanair expects to receive total of 12 Boeing Max 8-200s during the summer season, following the delivery of its first example.

Six of those jets will be in Ryanair mainline colors and six in the livery of Malta Air.  Ryanair then plans to receive an additional 50 of the type-which the carrier refers to as the “game-changer” before Summer 2022.

“These new Boeing 737 aircraft will help Ryanair lower costs, cut fuel consumption and lower noise and CO2 emissions as we invest heavily in new technology to deepen our environmental commitment,” says group chair executive Michael O’Leary.

He further notes that the delivery schedule will enable Ryanair “to rebound strongly, offering new routes, lower fares and rapid traffic recovery to many partner airports across Europe as the tourism industry rebuilds from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/2021”.

Ryanair’s first 737 Max 8-200 a high density variant that has 197 seats and an extra doors.

O’Leary refers to ”regrettable deal” that have seen the airline frequently adjust downwards its expectations for deliveries in 2021, to the point where he suggested in mid-May that Ryanair might not take any Max jets at all this summer.

Ryanair has orders in place for 210 737-8-200 Max aircraft, having firmed up 75 units in early December 2020.

Sources: Ryanair, Boeing,FlightGlobal,Picture Ryanair

      

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Icelandic Start-up carrier Play’s first aircraft has emerged in the airlines’s distinctive all-red livery.  The aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, is fitted with CFM International Leap-1A engines.

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  • Aircastle Limited announced on July 17 that it has deliver an Airbus A320neo aircraft to Frontier Airlines.  This is the first of four new A320neos that Aircastle will deliver to Frontier in 2021.
  • Etihad Airways has been awarded Best Cabin Crew and Best Frequent Flyer Program at this year’s Traveller Middle East Awards 2021.

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  • Flair Airlines introduces a new livery with its new 737 Max 8s.  The first Max 8 was handed to the carrier on May 26, 2021.  Previously on January 27, 2021, Flair announced it would be acquiring 13 new Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

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  • AeroLogic German cargo carrier has extended its multi-year heavy maintenance agreement for another four years.  The contract, which will run from 2021 to 2024, covers AeroLogic’s fleet of 18 Boeing 777 freighters.

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  • Texel Air, a subsidiary of Chisholm Enterprises, has placed an order with Boeing for the Bahrain-based airline’s second 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).
  • Lufthansa Cargo has placed an order for another Boeing 777 freighter.  The cargo airline says the new purchase agreement takes the total number of full-freighters in the German Carrier’s portfolio to 15.

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  • Air Lease Corp. announced the delivery of one new Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft on a long term lease to Aeromexico on June 2nd.  This is the first of four new 737 Max 9s Areomexico has committed to lease long-term from ALC.

Sources: FlightGlobal,Lufthansa Cargo, AeroLogic, Etihad Airways, Boeing,  Aircastle Limited.

 

AIR CARGO

     Israel Aerospace to Set Up 777 Freighter Conversion line in Seoul

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Israel Aerospace Industries is intending to establish a Boeing 777 passenger-to-freighter conversion facility in South Korea, specializing in both-200ER and -300ER modification.

The Company has reached a preliminary agreement with sharp Technics K and Seoul’s Incheon airport regarding the plan.

IAI says it aims to convert six 777s annually at the facility, which will be part of Incheon maintenance and overhaul cluster, from 2024.

IAI says its Aviation Group division is “ working around the clock” and intends to conclude a licensing process in 2023.

The Company has been developing a modification program and supplemental type certificate, in operation with lessor GECAS, for the 777-300ER — the first aircraft is undergoing conversion in Tel Aviv.

“Over the past few years IAI has transferred production of business jet wings, main frame, and parts of the tail to Korean companies,” says Aviation Group general manager Yossi Melamed.

He says the memorandum reached with Sharp Technics K and Incheon is “directly connected” to this “close co-operation” with South Korea’s aviation industry.

Source: FlightGlobal,Israel Aerospace Industries,Picture Israel Aerospace Industries

 

                         

Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

 

Kaplanian Report – June 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

US Carriers Begin Repairs on Boeing MAX Planes

United Airlines and two other major U.S. Carriers said on Thursday, May 13th, they will quickly repair more than 60 Boeing 737 Max planes grounded early in April over an electrical problem that could have interfered with some critical systems.

Boeing sent all affected carriers service bulletins late on Wednesday the 12th on how to address the production after the FAA had signed off on the service bulletins. The electrical problem being repaired did not cause any in-service failures, the FAA noted.

United spokeswoman Leslie Scott said on Thursday the airline expects its “ Boeing 737 Max aircraft to return to service in the coming days as we complete our inspection process and ensure those aircraft meet rigorous safety standards.”

American Airlines, which said it would begin making required changes and anticipates “all affected aircraft will begin safely returning to service in days.” 

Southwest, which has 32 affected planes, said it estimates the work will take two to three days per aircraft. 

The FAA said in a statement last month that other carriers affected by the electrical issue were Cyman Airways, Copa Airlines, GOL Linhas Aereas, Iceland Air and a few more.

Source: Reuters

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

Airbus Formally Lists Highest-Weight A350-1000 at 319t

Airbus has formally listed its highest weight variant for the A350-1000, which will have a maximum take-off weight of 319t.           

This version of the twinjet, designated as weight variant WV006, is 3t heavier than the previous 316t variant WV002 and WV011.

Fuel capacity of the new variant remains the same as the others figure Airbus gives as 156,000 liters- although the European Union Aviation safety agency puts the -1000’s usable fuel under 158,800 liters including nearly 100,000 liters in the center tank.

The 319t aircraft is listed with a maximum zero-fuel weight of 223t, in revised airport planning documentation, and maximum landing weight of 236t. No payload-range data has been featured for the variant. Airbus still lists the typical range of 316t version at around 8,200nm with 366 passengers.

The Program aims to provide non-stop service to cities including Sydney and Melbourne from points such as London and New York. However, as a consequence of the pandemic, the airline has yet to order the intended A350-100s and has indicated the introduction of Project Sunrise flights is being pushed back at least to 2024.

Qantas selected the A350-1000, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, after considering the General Electric GE(X-powered Boeing 777X.

Source: Airbus,Picture Airbus

BUSINESS/REGIONAL JETS

Pilatus Delivers 1800th PC-12

Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus announced on May 4th that it has delivered its 1800th PC-12 single-engine turboprop. According to the company, the PC-12 fleet has logged more than 8 million flight hours since receiving its FAA type certificate in 1994. It has seen service in areas including executive transport, commuter and regional airline operations, medevac flights, police and border surveillance and cargo transport. Pilatus delivered a total of 82 PC-12s last year. 

“The PC-12 program continues to exceed all expectations original set for it by Pilatus,” said Pilatus Business Aircraft CEO Tomas Bosshard. ”the market response to the PC-12 NGX has been fantastic, and we are seeing many operators of earlier PC-12, twin turboprops, and light jets making a switch to an aircraft which offers proven reliability, performance and safety combined with the latest in engine and avionics technology.” 

The latest PC-12 model, the PC-12 NGX, was introduced at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BAC). It has a range of 1,803 NM, top cruise speed of 290 knots and full fuel payload of 988 pounds. The PC-12 NGX is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-67XP engine. 

Source: Pilatus, Picture Pilatus                                                                   

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

KLM Aims to Complete 737-800 Cabin Upgrades By March 2022  

KLM has debuted a cabin upgrade for the first of 14 Boeing 737-800s, part of a fleet revamp it aims to complete by March next year. 

The refurbished aircraft, which are mostly deployed on European flights, have new seats in economy and business classes. The seats are around 20% lighter than previous seats, contributing to estimated annual savings of 58 tons of fuel and 184 tons of CO2 emissions per aircraft.

The Upgraded cabins also have onboard connectivity, USB ports for charging devices, and longer overhead bins.

KLM executive vice-president customer experience, Boet Kreiken, says: “KLM wants to offer its passengers even more comfort on European flights, while reducing the CO2 emissions of flights. That is why KLM continues to invest in its onboard product and sustainability and can continue to meet our customers’ expectations and emerge stronger from the crisis.”

Source: KLM,KLMPicture

             

  Irkut Receives First Wing Panels for Serial MC-21  

Russian airframer Irkut has received the first MC-21 wing panels for a serial production aircraft, delivered to the Irkutsk-baed facility by road.

The 17.5m(57.4Ft) panel was manufactured at the AeroKompozit plant in Ulyanovsk-a distance of some 3,600km(2237 miles) from the MC-21 final assembly line.

Irkut will use the panels for the initial customer aircraft. This will be a-300 variant, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines.

It says the use of strong, lightweight composite materials for the wing will improve aerodynamic performance and support a large fuselage diameter.

United Aircraft adds that it has developed a specialized road-transport system featuring secure locks and sensors designed to prevent structural damage.

Source: Flightglobal,picture United Aircraft

Avelo Plans US East Coast Expansion                   

Recently launched US start-up Avelo Airlines will expand to the US East Coast this year with flights from Tweed New Haven airport in Connecticut.

Avelo will also open a crew base at Tweed, which has struggled to retain air service in recent years, despite being located with the populous New York metropolitan area.

The Airline, which began operations on April 28 with flights from Burbank, California, will begin flying from Tweed in the third quarter, using Boeing 737-700s, it says on May 6. 

Avelo has not disclosed which routes it will serve from New Haven.  The airline also agreed to invest $1.2 million to help “upgrade and modernize facilities and operations” at Tweed.

Those funds are part of a $100 million project underway at Tweed that includes construction of a new terminal and a runway extension.  Avelo intends to base more than 100 staff at Tweed, including pilots, flight attendants, customer support staff and technicians. 

In the past 15 years, airlines had operated flights from New Haven to cities including Baltimore, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Charlotte & Chicago.  In the past decades, commuter airlines also flew from Tweed to various destinations within New England.

These days, however, Tweed has just one commercial airline route—a flight to Philadelphia operated by Republic Airlines on behalf of American Airlines. 

Source: Avelo, Picture Avelo Airlines  

                             Lufthansa Orders Five A350s And Five 787s 

Lufthansa Group has ordered 10 Airbus and Boeing wide bodies as it continues modernizing its fleet, with a goal of reducing fuel consumption and cost.

The German carrier has placed orders for five A350-900s and five 787-9 Dreamliners, bringing the number of new aircraft to be delivered in this decade to 175, it said on May 3rd.   The twin-engined types will replace the airline’s four-engined A340-family aircraft.

“Even in these challenging times, we are continuing to invest in a more modern, more-efficient and a much lower-emission Lufthansa Group fleet,” says the carrier’s chief executive Carsten Spohr .

“ At the same time, we are pushing ahead with the modernization of our long-haul fleet even faster than planned prior to the coronavirus pandemic due to anti-cyclical opportunities.”

The carrier now has a mix of 45 787s and 777s on order with Boeing.  The Dreamliners will join the fleet during the coming winter season, the airline says, and the following will arrive in the first half of 2022.

The five new A350s will be delivered in 2027 and 2028, the carrier says.

Source: Lufthansa,Picture Lufthansa

    

LATEST NEWS

  • Breeze Airways, the new low-cost airline led by serial aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, began flying on May 27th with a flight from Tampa to Charleston, South Carolina.  The aircraft will then, on the same day, fly from Charleston to Hartford.

  • Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker has been named as chairman of the governing board of the Oneworld Alliance.  He succeeds Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who served in the role since September 2018.
  • AirCap shareholders have voted in favor of the proposed merger with US leasing giant GECAS, which the two companies unveiled in March.
  • Airbus, Boeing vie for a multi-billion dollar Qantas order to replace its aging 737-800 fleet.  The runoff is between the A320neo family and the 737 MAX.  However, basing Qantas’ future fleet around the MAX would continue a relationship in place since October 1993, when the airline took delivery of its first 737,a 737-300.
  • IndiGo Indian budget carrier has selected the CFM International Leap-1A to equip another A320neo-family aircraft.

  • Supersonic Business Jet Development Aerion has unexpectedly ceased operations, after admitting it could not raise enough capital to bring its AS2 program to market.
  • Dassault Aviation has flown the second flight-test Falcon 6X, with the new twinjet making a 2h sortie from the airframes’s Merignac production site near Bordeaux on April 30th.

Sources: Cfm International,AirCap,QatarAirways,Breeze Always, Flightglobal

 

AIR CARGO

                                           Lufthansa Cargo Looks Sharp in  Sharkskin

The airline will be improving its aerodynamics based on what it has learned from sharks.  It will soon be coating its aircraft with AeroSHARK: a foil that reproduces the features of sharkskin, which has evolved since the Paleozoic era a good 500 million years, and gives the animals tremendous gliding ability.  What has proven its worth in water could also be useful in the air, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa Technik, and chemical producer BASF reasoned.  The result of their joint efforts is an artificial sheathing layer for aircraft, reducing kerosene consumption.

According to the three companies’ joint release published on May 3rd, Lufthansa Cargo will equip its entire fleet of 10 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft with AeroShark.  That’s what they call their product foil that mimics the fine structure of sharkskin, consisting of riblets measuring around 50 micrometers each.

Equipping the 10 777 freighters with the foil translates into annual savings of around 3,700 tons of kerosene and just under 11,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.  This is the equivalent of 48 individual fighter flights from Frankfurt to Shanghai.

But just incasing the freighters with sharkskin foil is  definitely not enough since it is a material modification and requires official approval.  Therefore, Lufthansa Cargo first has to obtain a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its 777F from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency(EASA)-Mandatory for operation-before the film can be applied.

Source: Lufthansa Cargo,Picture Lufthansa Cargo

                

                Volga-Dnepr’s Atran Leases two 737-800 Freighters

Russian freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Group’s Atran Airlines division is leasing another two converted Boeing 737-800 freighters from GECAS.

The express cargo operator has received one 737-800BCF-an ex-Ryanair aircraft, registered VQ-BFR-from the lessor.  They will build on the pair of 737-800BCFs which were introduced to Moscow Vnukovo-based Atran’s fleet in 2019.

Atran general director Vitaly Andreev says the type, which offers up to 23.5t of payload capability, ”constitutes the backbone” of the airline’s fleet.

“Additional aircraft will enable us to provide more solutions and guarantee high-quality services to our customers,” adds Andreev.  GECAS has over 60 converted 737-800s on order of which 34 have already been delivered.

Atran’s fleet also includes three 737-400SFs, airframes originally delivered in the late 1990s to Istanbul Airlines and China Xinhua Airlines.

Source: Flight global, Picture GECAS

                       

Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

 

Kaplanian Report – May 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

US FAA and European EASA Approve 737 Max 8-200 Certification

On March 31, the FAA approved the design for the Boeing 737-8200, part of the Boeing MAX series’ necessary step before the U.S. platemaker can begin delivering the airplane to Ryanair. Following that, on April 6, European safety regulators have granted type certificate validation to the Boeing 737 Max 8-200, new high-density variant of the re-engined twinjet.

The 8-200 has been developed to increase the seating capacity of the Max 8. It has the same maximum take-off weight as the Max 8, at 82.2t, and the same baggage hold volumes. Irish budget carrier Ryanair is a major customer for the aircraft, having increased its order from 135 to 210 0f the type in December last year.

Ryanair is configuring its 8-200 with 197 seats. The aircraft has an extra pair of exit doors to meet evacuation requirements.

Source: Boeing, Flightglobal, Picture Boeing   

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

Airbus Switching A320neo to Electronic Rudder Control

Airbus is aiming to replace the mechanical rudder controls on A320nneo-family aircraft, switching to a full electric rudder system by early 2024.

Modification will coincide with the entry into service of the long-range A321XLR, which is being developed with the ‘E-Rudder’ architecture in mind. The E-rudder will become standard on the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo range. But it will not be fitted to conventional A320-family jets, nor it will be available as a retrofit.

The E-rudder program will replace the mechanical interface with an electrical one, saving some 40Kg in weight by enabling the removal of several fixtures and three computer units. Conversion to the E-rudder system involves installing a new rudder-pedal unit in the cockpit, new rudder-position sensors, and a back-up control module.

The Primary flight-control computers will have updated hardware and software, and software changes will be made to several others, while the rudder-actuation will be modified. “Ramp-up will be done over 2023 to standardize E-rudder by early 2024”, says Airbus, adding that simpler system will save fuel and reduce maintenance costs.

Suppliers including Thales, Safran, Collins and Liebherr are participating in the equipment updates for the program. Airbus adds that no relocation of the computers in the avionics bay will be necessary.

Source: Airbus, Picture Airbus 

REGIONAL /BUSINESS JETS

                                            Pilatus Reveals PC-24 order for Qatar’s Air force

Qatar’s air force is to field a pair of Pilatus PC-24 light jets, the Swiss airframer revealed in its annual results publication on April 22.

“November 2020 brought exciting news…when we signed a contract with the Qatar Emiri Air Force for two PC-24s,” Pilatus says. The service will employ the aircraft “ for pilot training and VIP transportation”, it adds.

Also included as part of the contract is a five-year support package involving the manufacturer providing “on -site technical assistance” for the business jets.

Qatar’s air force also is a customer for Pilatus’s PC-21 turboprop trainer, with 24 examples in use.

Source: Pilatus, Picture Pilatus     

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                   Air Canada to complete Acquisition of Airbus 220 and Boeing  737 Max

 Air Canada plans to complete plans to acquisition of 33 Airbus 220s and 40 Boeing 737 Max narrow bodies thanks to a C$ 5.879 billion ($ 4,682 billion) financing commitment by the government of Canada under its Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program, the airline said late Monday April 12th.

The package provides for fully repayable loans that Air Canada would draw down only as required, as well as equity investment. It includes a government purchase of C$500 million worth of shares of the airline, meaning Ottawa will again own a part of the Canadian flag Carrier.

“The additional liquidity program we are announcing today achieves several aligned objectives as it provides a significant layer of insurance for Air Canada, it enables us to better resolve customer refunds of non-refundable tickets, maintain our workforce and re-enter regional markets,” said Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau.

“Most importantly, this program provides additional liquidity, if required, to rebuild our business to the benefit of all stakeholders and to remain a significant contributor to the Canadian economy through its recovery and for the long term.”

Finally, the airline agreed to restrict certain expenditures and restrict dividends, share buybacks, and senior executive pay.

Source: Air Canada, Picture Air Canada

Lessor DAE Places $1.8 Billion Order for 15 737 MAX Jets 

Boeing and DUBai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) have announced the aircraft lessor has ordered 15 737-8 Max jets. 

DAE has been investing in the MAX by buying jets from existing customers and leasing them back to the carriers. The announcement follows a sale-and leaseback agreement the lessor signed in the third-quarter with American Airlines for 18 new 737 Max 8s,DAE also completed a sale-and-leaseback with Brazilian low-cost operator Gol for five 737 Max 8s.

DAE’s website indicates it owns and manages 116 737 family aircraft, forming the bulk of Boeing aircraft under its portfolio.

The new order is DAE’s first direct 737 MAX purchase from Boeing as it modernizes its portfolio for better economic and environmental performance.

Firoz Tarapore, chief executive officer of DAE, said: “We are delighted to deepen our already strong relationship with Boeing. Including this order, we own and manage 162 Boeing aircraft. An increasing number of global aviation regulators are retiring the MAX to the skies. We are confident in the success of these aircraft as domestic and regional travel are seeing strong signs of recovery.”  

Source: Boeing, ArabianAerospace, Image Boeing

        

                             Aeromexico Reaches A deal for Massive Fleet Transactions 

On April 23, 2021, Aeromexico announced it reached an agreement with lessors and Boeing to add 24 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft. It will include 737 Max 8s and 737 Max 9s and  four 787-9s as part of the airline’s restructured agreements with Boeing and certain lessors to incorporate new aircraft. Other suppliers and financial entities also participated in these transactions, resulting in a comprehensive deal that offers multiple benefits to the carrier.

The addition of the first aircraft is scheduled for this year, offering service beginning this summer season and the rest arriving in the second half of 2021 and during 2022.

These transactions make it possible for Aeromexico to modify long-term maintenance contracts and reduce leasing costs of eighteen(!*) other aircraft that are part of the current fleet.Aeromexico estimates that reaching the comprehensive agreement will lead to total savings of approximately 2 billion dollars.

Source: Aeromexico, Picture Aeromexico

LATEST NEWS

Southwest Airlines first arrival and departure inaugural flight from Fresno Yosemite International Airport took place on Sunday, April 25, 2021. About 120 passengers were booked for the inaugural flight. For the first flight, Southwest dispatched its “California One” jet, a 737-700 with a paint job depicting the state’s bear.

  • Willie Walsh Former IAG chief executive has officially taken over as director general of IATA on April 1, succeeding Alexandre de Janiac.

  • Air Cairo has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, which joins the Egyptian low-cost carrier’s all-Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.

  • Delta Air Lines has firmed orders for 25 Airbus A321neos and pulled forward A30 and A330 deliveries, reflecting the airline’s anticipation that passenger demand will accelerate in coming years.

  • Indian Regulators have taken the first steps to easing restrictions on Boeing 737 Max flights by approving foreign carriers to overfly its airspace using the type.
  • Etihad Airways has carried out its first scheduled flight to Israel, following the diplomatic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Fiji Airways is set to be the first Asia-Pacific carrier to return the Boeing 737 Max into service, after Fijiian civil aviation authorities lifted the grounding of the narrowbody.

Sources: Flightglobal,Boeing,Etihad Airways,Delta Airlines,Fresno Bee,Airbus


AIR CARGO

       

Silk Way West Airlines has placed an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters, the Azerbaijani carrier’s first commitment for the long-haul twinjet. The airline already operates a fleet of five Boeing 747-8Fs and seven 747-400Fs. The agreement covering the 777s was signed at a ceremony in Baku on April 28.No delivery dates have been disclosed.

Silk Way Group president Zaur Akhundov says: “This deal is an incremental part of our fleet renewal and our commitment to see our customers’ expectations.

I am confident that the acquisition of new freighters will further strengthen our leading position on the global air freight market for the next 15 to 20 years.”

“Silk Way West Airlines has been rapidly expanding the geographic reach of its network. With the global air freight market forecasted to grow more than 60% over the next 20 years, the new order bolsters their ability to meet trade and commerce demand in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, the Middle East ,Asia and North America.” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777 Freighter is the world’s longest range and most capable twin-engine freighter. The airplane’s fuel efficiency and ability to reduce CO2 emissions by 17% compared to legacy airplanes will contribute to the carrier’s sustainability goals, with a range of 9,200 kilometers.

Boeing says adding the longer-range freighter will enable Silk Way to operate long-haul routes more efficiently with fewer stops.

Source: Boeing,Boeing Picture

 OTHER NOTEWORTHY NEWS

Boeing Calls on US Government to Reinstate Trade Relationship with China 

Boeing is calling on the administration of President Joe Biden to reinstate trade relations with China, saying aircraft orders from the country will be key to the airframes’s long term health.

On the Chicago headquarted company’s first-quarter 2021 earnings results call on April 28, Boeing chief executive David Calhoun says the US aerospace industry depends on Chinese orders. The company wants to ensure the administration  knows “the importance of getting the relationship right”.

“It’s time for us to point out the economics of trade with China,” Calhoun says. ”We need to get the order stream going again; I am confident that will happen, and this is the moment to begin to talk about it.” “It will eventually impact our production rates,” he adds.

A major related issue is re-certification of the 737 Max. China has not cleared the type to fly despite the Federal Aviation Administration approving the Max five months ago following a 20-month grounding. More than 160 of the 195 countries’ civil aviation regulators have followed the FAA’s lead but not China. Some industry observers interpret this as retaliation by Chinese authorities.

Calhoun now expects China will re-certification the Max in “the second half of 2021”. “We are still awaiting Max regulatory approval from China and the timing of it will affect our delivery plan,” adds chief financial officer Greg Smith. ”It’s an important market and orders from China will affect future production rates.”

China was the first country to clip the Max’s wings by grounding the aircraft following two fatal accidents, in 2018 and 2019. China’s civil aviation regulator said in Mid April that it has been discussing with Boeing a plan to restore 737 Max service. However, it added that it remains sufficiently un satisfied to clear the jet, leaving China’s timeline for lifting the Max’s grounding uncertain.

China is a huge market for the narrowbody; at the time of the Max founding in March 2019, 12 operators in the country had nearly 100 of the jets in service. Chinese carriers still hold orders for more than 200 of the jets, Cirium fleets data shows. The biggest operator of the type is China Southern Airlines, with 24 examples currently in storage, and 34 more on order with Boeing.

Analysts agree the Max’s long-term prospects in China remain strong because airlines there – indeed, airlines everywhere – will need the narrow bodies to expand in the decades following the pandemic. Boeing’s only real current competitor, Airbus, cannot produce enough A320neo-family  jets to meet demand alone analysts say.

Sources: Boeing, FlightGlobal, Cirium fleets Data

Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report – April 2021

ON THE BOEING FRONT

                                          Boeing 777-9 Performing Runway Tests in Oklahoma

Boeing has sent one of its four 777-9 test aircraft to Clinton-Sherman airport in Oklahoma for a series of tests that will primarily examine the jet’s performance on the runway.

Test aircraft designated “WH001” (registration N779XW) arrived at the airport in the western part of Oklahoma at the last week of February.

“We’re in Oklahoma for testing with our new Boeing 777-9,” Boeing says.  ”We’re conducting comprehensive series of tests and conditions, on the ground and in the air, to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the design.”

The company confirms to FlightGlobal that the jet will primarily complete runway-related tests at Clinton-Sherman until sometime in March, Boeing adds.

Boeing’s flight-test program for the GE Aviation GE9X-powered 777-9 began on January 25, 2020, when aircraft WH001 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington.  At that time, Boeing had intended to begin deliveries this year.

Since then, however, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the global airline-sector downturn and the need for design modifications, Boeing delayed its planned first 777-9 delivery until “late 2023”.

In January, Boeing chief executive David Calhoun said the company was “making prudent design modifications as necessary” to align with regulators “expectations”.

Aircraft WH001 has been assigned the work To completing tests related to avionics, brakes, flutter, ice, low speed aerodynamics, stability and control, Boeing says.

Source: Boeing, FlightGlobal, Picture Boeing 

                     

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                   A321XLR’s Rear Fuel Tank Demands Special Fire-Protection Conditions

Airbus’s A321XLR will be subject to special conditions proposed for the aircraft’s integrated rear center tank, intended to ensure adequate protection from fire.

The large 12,900-liter (3,407 gallons) center tank, located in the aft hold of the twinjet, will contain the furl necessary for the aircraft to achieve its extended range.

Airbus has submitted an application for the change to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and the authority states that the location of the tank is likely to create a “cold feet” cooling effect to the potential discomfort of passengers seated immediately above it.

This means insulation panels will need to be fitted between the tank and the cabin floor, and these would have to meet burn-through criteria.  But Airbus has informed EASA that this is ”technically not feasible”, for various reasons.

Lack of space prevents fitting of compliant panels, while burn-through protection of the cabin floor cannot be comprehensive because decompression panels either side of the fuselage must remain free of insulation panels.

Installation of compliant materials would also “jeopardise” the provision of sufficient ventilation around the tank, says EASA.  EASA states, that the tank’s design is being “thoroughly reviewed” in terms of “structural crashworthiness”, taking into consideration the level of safety provided by the US FAA in an advisory circular on auxiliary fuel system installation; appropriate means of compliance will be defined,” it adds.

There are other potential risks to the fuel tank arising from an external pool fire, including explosion driven by internal volume heating, according to a comment from Boeing during the consultation.

Boeing’s comments also highlight additional safety concerns regarding an integral fuel tank other than the exposure to fire—particularly the protection against structural factor during an otherwise-survivable runway excursion or landing-gear failure.

Airbus is developing the A321XLR from the A321neo airframe, and is planning entry into service in 2023.

Source: FlightGlobal, Airbus, Airbus Picture

                             Final Production Airbus A380 Departs Toulouse to Hamburg

Airbus has flown the last production A380 from Toulouse to Hamburg Finkenwerder plant for completion ahead of its delivery to Emirates.

The flight of the aircraft, MSN272, took place on March 17, a little more than two years after Airbus opted to cease production of the aircraft.  Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury says the maiden flight marks” another remarkable day” for the airframes’s Toulouse facility.  “We are looking forward to supporting this iconic aircraft and its customers for many years,” he adds.  While the last aircraft-fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines carries the serial number 272, airlines have ordered a total of 251 A380s.  Emirates is the largest operator of the type.

Source: Airbus, Picture Airbus            

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

                                              NetJets, FSI Sign MOU for 20 Aerion AS2s, Training 

Aerion has signed a multifaceted memorandum of understanding with NetJets and sister company FlightSafety International, including the rights for NetJets to purchase 20 AS2 supersonic business jets.  The deal would extend Aerion’s backlog for the Mach 1.4 aircraft to $10 billion, Aerion said. 

Under the collaborative agreement, NetJets would become the exclusive business jet operator for Aerion Connect, which is Aerion’s vision for global mobility ecosystem that enables seamless point-to-point travel across multiple modes of transportation in urban and rural settings. 

In addition, Aerion would collaborate with FlightSafety International on Supersonic flight training academy for civil, commercial, and military supersonic aircraft.The Aerion-branded academy will leverage FSI’s training expertise to serve a center of excellence for supersonic flight training and education, Aerion said.

Aerion is planning to bring the AS2 to market later this dacade, saying plans to kick off production at Aerion Park in Melbourne, Florida, remain on track for 2023 after the completion of wind-tunnel validation trials late last year, Aerion said. 

Source: ainonline, Aerion, Picture Aerion  

                                             Falcon 6X Completes Maiden Flight 

Dassault Aviation has announced on March 10 that the company’s wide body Falcon 6X has successfully completed its first flight as planned in the first quarter of 2021, demonstrating the maturity of the program and opening the test campaign for certification.

“Today’s flight is another milestone in Dassault history, made all the more satisfying by the remarkable efforts of the entire Dassault organization and its partners over the challenging past year,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO Eric Trappier.

“The 6X is the latest example of the fusion of military know-how and business aviation expertise for which Dassault Aviation is so respected,” added Trappier.

“The new capabilities in efficiency, performance and safety it offers will set a new benchmark in the long-range segment.  This airplane will also set a new standard in terms of cabin comfort and speciousness, as demanded by our customers.” 

The two-hour-thirty maiden flight was excited per test plan, with pilots testing aircraft handling quantities, engine response and behavior of key aircraft systems.  The aircraft topped out at 40,000 ft and reached a speed of M0.8 before returning to base.  Falcon 6X s/n 02 and 03 are scheduled to take to the air in the coming months.

Source: Dassault Aviation, Picture Dassault Aviation                                                            

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                                   Southwest Airlines Returns Boeing 737 Max to its Fleet

Southwest Airlines, the world’s top Boeing operator, is set to return the 737 Max into its network and schedule, operating several revenue flights on the type for the first time in two years.

The Dallas-headquartered airline started operations with the type on multiple routes on March 11th the flights departed at or around the same time on that date, and the airline did not celebrate its post-grounding flight as other carriers have done.

“Initially, the aircraft will operate up to 44 daily flights to 15 cities.  By mid-April, the airplane will resume operations throughout Southwest’s network.” the airline said.  The carrier’s Max fleet has been in storage for almost two years after the plane was grounded.  Southwest becomes the 14th airline to return the Max to its fleet.  As of early March, the in-service fleet worldwide has passed 100 aircraft.

So far, the narrow body type has been re-certified in numerous jurisdictions in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, but has not received approval from Asia.  Southwest says it ended 2020 with 718 aircraft in its fleet, including 41 737 Max.  It expects to end this year with 69 of the type.

Source: Southwest, Southwest Airlines Picture

                                       777 Investment Firm Secures 24 737 MAX orders 

Miami-based 777 Partners, which has a stake in Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines, ordered 24 Boeing 737 Max 8s and has taken options to buy a further 60 of the type, adding fresh momentum to the narrow body’s backlog.

Boeing disclosed the order on March 12, saying 777 Partners intends to lease the jets to  its affiliated operating low-cost carriers. 

In addition to aircraft leasing, 777 Partners strategically invests in a host of aviation businesses, from operating carriers to technology-driven solutions.  The firm’s travel sector strategy is largely focused on innovative solutions for interlining, passenger connectivity, and creating new commerce channels for its airline investments and customers.

“We could not be more excited to partner with Boeing on this transformative order for our growing aviation business. The 737 Max 8 aircraft are a fantastic addition to our aviation portfolio and will enable our partners to leverage the jets’ superior economic performance to deliver low fares for their passengers while reducing their carbon footprint,” said Joshua Wander, founder and managing partner of 777 Partners.

Source: 777 Partners,Boeing

                               IATA Aims for in-Person AGM with Postponement to October

IATA’s annual general meeting has been postponed to October 3-5, 2021, as the airline industry association seeks to ensure an in-person event happens this year amid a hoped for recovery from the worst effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Originally due to be held on June 27-29, the 77th AGM and World Air Transport summit will still take place in Boston, with JetBlue Airways as the host.

“We believe that it is vital to do all we can to meet as an industry face to face,” says outgoing IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac.”   Doing so will affirm that airlines can safely connect the world, demonstrate our industry’s resilience, and confirm the inestimable value of in-person meetings, facilitated by aviation.”

The event will mark Willie Walsh’s first as the new IATA director general, with the former IAG chief set to take the helm of the association from April 1.  IATA’s last in-person AGM was held in Seoul on June 1-3 2019.

Source: Flightglobal, Picture IATA

LATEST NEWS

  • Air China has disclosed plans to acquire 18 Airbus A320neos from GECAS subsidiary AFS investments.

  • US Department of Transportation (DOT) has given start-up low-cost airline Breeze Airways the green light to begin operations
  • American Airlines will fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Dallas/Fort Worth to Anchorage, Alaska, this summer, potentially in anticipation of a surge of leisure travel.
  • Boeing inked the last sale of a VIP 747-8i, marking the end of an era of opulence in private aviation.  According to Boeing, the green aircraft was not newly built but the company declined to disclose when it was produced or the delivery date.  It also did not disclose the customer and origin, nor plans for completion.

  • Recaro Aircraft Seating  has received additional orders to outfit Alaska Airlines’ new 737 MAX aircraft with 13 chipsets of the CL4710 business class and BL3530 economy class seats.
  • Wideroe Scandinavian Regional Airline committed to introducing Tecnam’s new all-electric P-Volt aircraft into commercial service on scheduled routes starting in 2026.  Rolls-Royce Electrical is developing a propulsion system for the nine passenger aircraft, which is based on Tecnam’s existing P2012 Traveller twin-piston model.

  • China Airlines on March 20, China airlines operated its last passenger-carrying 747 flight.  The aircraft, which took delivery of in 2005, is also the final passenger carrying 747-400 produced by Boeing.

  • Rolls-Royce has secured an exclusive position on the Airbus A350-900 for the remainder of the decade.  The agreement means the Trent XWB will remain the sole powerplant on the A350 until at least 2030.
  •  Diehl Aerospace has secured a contract extension from Boeing for the delivery of interior lighting system for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

 AIR CARGO

  Two Icelandair 767s to be Converted to Freighters in Leaseback

Icelandair Group has repacked a sale-and-leaseback agreement for a pair of Boeing 767-300ER which will be converted into freighters.  The aircraft are being sold to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ associated joint venture Titan Aircraft Investments.  Icelandair Group says the 767s will be converted in spring of next year and be re-introduced, to the fleet of Icelandair Cargo, in September 2022.  They will replace a pair of Boeing 757-200 freighters which will be withdrawn from the fleet in 2023-24.

“Until then,The aircraft will be operated within Icelandair Group’s network and leasing operations,” the company states.  There are four 767-300ERs in Icelandair fleet all of which are fitted with General Electric CF6 engines.

Icelandair Group says the lease period for the twinsets is 10 years.”  The agreement will have a positive impact on our liquidity,” the company adds.  Chief executive Bogi Nils Bogason says the 767s have 50% more capacity than the 757 freighters and “fit very well” into the network.

Source: Icelandair, Picture Icelandair

NOTEWORHTY NEWS

“Wise Guy” is Back

“Wise Guy” joins “Ghost Rider,”which was the first B-52 to be regenerated, and brings the Air Force B-52 fleet up to full strength at 76 total aircraft.

Nearly a year after arriving at Oklahoma City Logistics Complex, the second B-52H Stratofortress bomber to be resurrected from the Arizona desert has left to rejoin the Air Force Fleet.

“Wise Guy” departed Tinker Air Force Base on March 10, 2021 ,to return to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB,North Dakota, where it re-entered service.

One at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, the 76th Commodities Maintenance Group repaired and manufactured parts, the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group overhauled engines and manufactured parts, the 565th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron completed the structural repairs, and the 10th Flight Test Squadron ensured that the aircraft was safe to fly.

Source: Business Insider, Picture US Air Force

 

                 

 Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

Kaplanian Report March 2021

On The Boeing Front

Boeing Delays 737 Max 10 Deliveries to 2023

Boeing has further delayed its 737 Max 10 program by two years, with deliveries of the largest variant of its re-engined narrowbody now scheduled in 2023.  The company also now expects to deliver the first 737 Max 7  this year; that milestone was previously anticipated last year.

Boeing disclosed the tweaked timelines in its latest annual report, made public on February 1.  Several days earlier, during Boeing’s January 27 earnings call, the company said it pushed back the first 777-9 delivery from this year to 2023.

“We now anticipate that the first 737 Max 10 and the 777X delivery will occur in 2023,” Boeing’s securities filing says.  ”This schedule reflects a number of factors, including an updated assessment of global certification requirements informed by continued discussions with regulators and resulting in a management decision to make modifications to the aircraft’s design.

Boeing has disclosed it is modifying the 777-9 due to certification requirements but has not mentioned Max 10 design changes. However, recent document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says the Max 10 will receive an angle-of-attack AoA) sensor” integrity enhancement”—essentially a means of reducing the risk from failure of one of the two AoA sensors.

Boeing rolled out the first Max 10 in November 2019.  The Jet’s differences from its smaller siblings include longer landing gear, which ensures appropriate clearance between the rear fuselage and the ground during take-off rotation.

Source: Boeing/Picture Boeing 

                     

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

  Airbus to Seek ETOPS Approval for the BelugaXL

Airbus is to seek extended twin-engined operations approval for the BelugaXL transporter, in order to support commercial services involving overwater flights.   Three BelugaXLs based on the A330, have been built and introduced in October 2020.  Another three will be built, the last two of which will have 180 min ETOPS approval, according to BelugaXL chief engineer Pascal Vialleton.

Vialleton disclosed the ETOPS plan during a Royal Aeronautical Society event on February 4th.  He says Airbus wants to have the final two aircraft, due to arrive in 2022 and 2023, to have the flexibility to conduct transatlantic flights, to the possibility of satellite transport to launch stations in North America.

Vialleton says the current A300-600ST Beluga fleet will be phased out as the XLs arrive.  Demand on the-600St fleet rose from 6,000h in 2014 to 8,600h in 2017, but the XL offers capacity relief because it is able to accommodate two A350 wings at a time.  Each XL will operate about 1,000 flights and 1,700h per year.

The capacity strategy rather than the-600St’s age, says Vialleton, is the main reason for the fleet renewal: “We still can use the -600ST.  But what to do with it?”

Airbus is looking to improve the XL’s capabilities following its entry into service in January of last year.  Its original flight-test aircraft will become part of the operational XL fleet, says Vialleton, but is likely to be the last to be introduced, joining once its on-board test instrumentation has been removed.

Source: Airbus/Picture Airbus       

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

                                            Gulfstream to Expand Appleton Completions

Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding and renovating its completions facility in Appleton, Wisconsin, as part of a larger effort to modernize its facilities and enhance customer support. 

The Savannah, Georgia-based airframer will add more than 13,000 sq ft to its completions hanger at Appleton International Airport, bringing the facility to 126,500 sq ft. The improvements will also include upgrading the future finishing shop, consolidating back shops for improving workflow, and enhancing the shipping and receiving areas.  Along with the expansion, Gulfstream expects to add 200 new jobs.

“This expansion is another effort in our long-range plan to upgrade and modernize Gulfstream facilities to further support our customers,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns.  ” Enhancing the Appleton completions operations is in line with Gulfstream’s culture of continuous improvement.”  Gulfstream expects the project to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

Source: Gulfstream/Picture Gulfstream                                                                      

                                             Nigeria’s Air Peace Takes First E195-E2

Air Peace took delivery of its first of 13 firm ordered E195-E2s, it was formerly handed over to the Nigerian carrier on January 27, 2021, at Embraer’s site at Sao Jose dos Campos.

“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our domestic and regional operations.  The E195-E2 aircraft will further help us actualize our ambition of connecting not just the whole of Nigeria, but the entire African continent, while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub,” Chairman and Chief Executive Allan Onyema said.

Besides a further twelve units on firm order, the Nigerian carrier also holds purchase rights for seventeen additional regional jets. The carrier also operates eight E145s (operated by its regional Air Peace Hopper), one Do328-300 for Vip charters, eight B737-300s, five B737-500, one B777-200ER, and two B777-300ERs.

Air Peace will become the second operator of the E2 aircraft since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, following Belavia which took its first E195-E2 in December 2020.

Source: Embraer/Picture Embark

    OTHER AVIATION NEWS

                            RAF Welcomes Fifth Poseidon P-8A at Lossiemouth Base

The UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft fleet has been boosted by the arrival of its fifth example of the adopted Boeing 737NG.

Named Fulmar, aircraft ZP805 touched down at the service’s Lossiemouth in Scotland on February 2, following an 8h-plus delivery from Boeing field near Seattle. 

The service notes that this represents the first time an RAF Poseidon has been delivered to Scotland straight from the factory”.

“The arrival of this latest aircraft helps to ensure that we have the continued capability to defend our waters and support our NATO partners,” says the RAF, which notes that it also “ comes at a time of unprecedented submarine activity close to UK waters”.   A total of nine Poseidon MRA1s will be introduced, with the type operated by 120 Sqn. 

Source: Flightglobal/Picture Crown Copyright

                                      EuroAtlantic’s First 787 a former Aeromexico Jet  

Portuguese wet-lease specialist EuroAtlantic Airways has identified a former Aeromexico Boeing 787-8 as the first example of the twinjet to be introduced to its fleet.  EuroAtlantic disclosed last year that it planned to acquire two used 787s for 2021, through an agreement with lessor AerCap. 

Cirium fleets data shows that the aircraft has been operated by Aeromexico since being delivered to the airline a little more than seven years ago, in August 2013.  It lists the aircraft as being due for transfer to EuroAtlantic in the middle of this month. AeroMexico has been operating the 787-8 with a 243-seat layout.

EuroAtlantic will become the first airline in Portugal to introduce the 787.  The fleet includes the Boeing 777-200ER, 767-300ER and 737-800.

Source: EuroAtlantic/Cirium/Picture EuroAtlantic

                   KLM Makes First Regular Flight With Sustainable Synthetic Fuel 

Air France-KLM’s Dutch arm operated a passenger flight from Amsterdam to Madrid that the carrier says was the first in the world to use sustainable derived synthetic aviation fuel.  The Boeing Co. 737-800 narrow body plane carried 500 liters of fuel produced by Royal Dutch SellPlc, equating to more than 5% of total requirement for the trip, KLM said in a statement.

While flights partly powered by plant-derived biofuels have become commonplace as aviation seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, fully synthetic propellants have taken longer to develop.  KLM said the Madrid flight, which took place on January 22, was groundbreaking in combining carbon capture with solar and wind power to produce a fully sustainable kerosene substitute. 

“ The introduction of sustainable aviation fuel is very important to us,” KLM Chief Executive Officer Pieter Elbers said in a webinar on SAF, where news of the flight was disclosed.  ”The captain informed the passengers that this was a big step for the industry.  They didn’t notice any difference.”  

Fuel for the KLM flight was produced in a Shell lab using carbon dioxide captured from Europe’s biggest oil refinery in Pernis, near Rotterdam, and from a cattle farm in the northern Netherlands. 

Source: KLM/Picture KLMs

      LATEST NEWS

  • Singapore Airlines has made significant changes to its order book by swapping Boeing 787-10 for more 777-9s in a move that sees it defer more than $3.01 billion in capital spending by about three years.
  • French Shipping Giant CMA CGM French logistics and sea transport firm CMA CGM is branching into air freight operations, with the acquisition of four Airbus A330-200Fs.
  • Copa Airlines of Panama announced of February 11 that it expects to receive 8 Boeing 737 MAX planes this year.
  • Pilatus hands over the first Pilatus PC-24 with a higher-density, 10-seat configuration to customer in the western United States in late January.
  • TUI Fly Belgium on Wednesday February 17 became the first EU carrier to resume service with the Boeing 737 Max since its March 2019 grounding with a flight from Brussels to Alicante and Malaga, Spain.
  • Flydubai is to start the process of returning its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to service after the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority cleared the type for operations again.
  • S7 Airlines of Russia has taken delivery of the first of a pair Boeing 737-800 converted freighters.The aircraft are being leased to the airline by GECAS.
  • Icelandair is optimistic that it will be able to start ramping its network in the second quarter of this year, and intends to return is Boeing 737 Max fleet to service in spring.                                       

Source: GECAS, Flydubai, Copa Airlines, Pilatus, Singapore Airlines, Flightglobal 

AIR CARGO

                                         ASL Orders 10 More 787-800 Converted Freighters

Irish airline group ASL Aviation Holdings has ordered another 10 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters, bringing to 21 the number of those jets it intends to acquire.  The orders are conversions of previously held options.  ASL, based near Dublin, took those options along side a firm order for 10 737-800 BCFs that it placed at the Paris air show in 2019.  With the deal, Boeing holds orders and order commitments to sell more than 150 737-800BCFs, Boeing says.

ASL received its first 737-800BCF in January, placing that jet into service with subsidiary ASL Airlines France.  It received a second 737-800BCF, which will be operated by K-Mile Asia, a Bangkok airport-based carrier co-owned by ASL.

“The aircraft offers an excellent option for our express-cargo customers, as they develop their networks to meet demand in the years ahead,” ASL chief executive Dave Andrew says.  ” It is right-sized in payload And range.”

Boeing launched the 737-800 conversion program in 2016 with orders and commitments to sell 55 of the jets.  Boeing modifies the aircraft to have main-deck cargo doors, cargo-handling systems and capacity to carry 12 pallets, in standard pallets and one half pallet.  The 737-800 BCF can carry 23.9t of cargo and has,2,025nm(3,750km) range says ASL.

Source: ASL Aviation Holdings/Boeing/Picture ASL

 OTHER NOTEWORTHY NEWS

                    US FAA Tracking All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Via Satellite Data

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Friday February 19 it is tracking all Boeing 737 MAX airplanes using satellite data under an agreement with air traffic surveillance firm Aireon LLC based in McLean, Virginia.  The FAA said that “ Aireon is providing the agency with ADS-B flight data for all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.”

Aireon’s system will flag deviations from certain parameters during all phases of flight and alert the FAA’s aviation safety division. Safety engineers and inspectors will use the early notification to further analyze the incident,” the agency said.  Boeing did not immediately comment.

The FAA 737 MAX monitoring began on January 29, Aireon Chief Technology Officer Vinny Capezzuto said during a February12 web event hosted by Aviation Week.  You can literally monitor it on a situational awareness display and it has event detection tied into it,” Capezzuto said, adding the FAA can look for emergency codes and track other data.  The system emails FAA”when events are detected and every day you get a report card on” data from flights from the previous day,”  he said.

Source: Reuters/Picture Aireon

Boeing is Again Under the Microscope

When will the news media leave Boeing alone?   It seems the company is always in the news, after February 20th engine failure on a United 777-200, the media is attacking Boeing again.  The aircraft in question was delivered to launch customer United Airlines in 1995.  When the the aircraft was built the -200, -200 ER and -300, they were offered with three engine options to customers with the PW4000 competing with Rolls-Royce Trent 800, and General Electric GE90.  The PW4000 was offered to airlines as PW4073 to PW4084 (the engine that had the problem on the United flight was PW4077)

The Point to remember is that Boeing does not make or maintain engines.  Boeing said there were 69 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines in service and another 59 in storage.  United had 24 of these planes in service.  For about the last 15 years, new 777s have all been delivered with GE 90 engines.  So the grounding of the 777 only applies to the models, I mentioned at the beginning of this piece, the average person does not know this information.

Source: Ed Kaplanian

                         

Researched and Compiled by : 

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor  

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian  

 

Kaplanian Report – Feb. 2021

On The Boeing Front

  Boeing Commits to Deliver Commercial Aircraft Ready to Fly on 100% Sustainable Fuel

Boeing has committed that its new commercial aircraft will be able to burn 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.  Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum fuels to address the urgent challenge of climate change.

Boeing says it continues to study other carbon-reducing technologies, such as hybrid-electric and hydrogen propulsion systems.But it describes sustainable aviation fuel(SAF),which includes biofuel, as the prime means by which the sector can reach IATA’s goal of,2050 cutting airline emissions to half of 2005 levels.

“Our industry and customers are committed to addressing climate change and sustainable aviation fuels are the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decades,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal.  ”We are committed to working with regulators engine companies and other key stakeholders to ensure our airplanes and eventually our industry can fly entirely on sustainable jet fuels”.

Boeing has been a pioneer in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality, partnering globally with airlines, industry governments and research institutions to expand limited supplies and reduce the fuels’ cost.  Boeing worked with airlines, engine manufacturers and others to conduct biofuel test flights starting in 2008 and gain approval for sustainable fuels in 2011.  In 2018, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight-test program made the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100% sustainable fuels with a 777 Freighter, in collaboration with FedEx Express.

Source: Boeing/Picture Neste     

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                                     Airbus Puts the Brakes on A320 Rate Increases

“Airbus will slow a planned increase in A320-family production as it reacts to further demand pressure created by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the company said on Thursday January 21, 2021.  The expected gradual increase from the current rate of 40 A320s per month will now increase to 43 per month in the third quarter and 45 in the fourth quarter, compared with previously planned jump to 47 of the narrow bodies starting in July. 

The Company’s A220 monthly production will increase from four to five aircraft per month starting at the end of the first quarter as previously planned.  Wide body output remains at current levels.  Airbus also said it  will postpone a potential increase for the A350 and maintain its five-per- month rate.  A330 will remain at two-per-month for the foreseeable future.

“Airbus continues to monitor the market closely,” said the company in a statement.  ”With these revised rates, Airbus preserves its ability to meet customer demand while protecting its ability to further adapt as the global market evolves.

Airbus expects the commercial aircraft market to return to pre-Covid levels by 2023 to 2025.” 

Source: Airbus/Picture Airbus        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

                            De Havilland Set to Pause Dash 8 Q400 Production

De Havilland Canada (DHC) is set to pause production once the current Dash 8-400 is completed the company indicated.  Currently, De Havilland has 17 Dash 8-400 orders scheduled for customers in 2021.  There are two more Dash 8s in the backlog without identified customers.

“We will continue to sell, deliver and support the Dash 8-400 while taking appropriate measures to safeguard our people and business,” said DHC in a statement to Aerotime News.  ”Our manufacturing operations have capacity to produce aircraft at our Downsview facility into 2023.  However, we will not be producing “whitetails” and market demand will guide our future production plans for the Dash 8-400 Aircraft.”

In October 2020, two Dash 8-400 aircraft were delivered to Ethiopian Airlines, including the airline’s 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Source: De Havilland/Picture De Havilland

      F/List To Develop Cabin Features for Aerion’s AS2 Supersonic Jet 

Aerion has selected high-end interiors manufacturer F/List to supply the AS2 supersonic business jet.  The agreement builds on a relationship that has been ongoing between F/List and Aerion since 2014.  F/List already has provided Aerion with expertise in interior engineering, certification support, materials and process, and finishes. 

Under the expanded agreement, F/List will work with Aerion to develop an ”innovative, ultra-luxury cabin experience” to include cabinets, liners, hard floorings, and baggage liners. 

“The AS2 will be a step into the future for passenger experience and the cabin will link emerging technologies, new materials, visionary style, traditional craftsmanship to create the future of luxury,” said Tim Fagan, the director of industrial design for Aerion. 

Source: Aerion/Picture Aerion                                                                   

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

 Saudia the National Flag carrier of Saudi Arabia Introduces comprehensive Flight Guide in Braille

Saudia has become the world’s first airline to introduce a comprehensive flight guide in braille for visually-impaired and blind passengers.  The airline features Braille entertainment options include audio descriptive movies.

Guests can select a Braille cuisine option at time of booking through a simple step while making a booking from the airline’s website or calling SAUDIA.  The airline provides services such as elevators, special meals and menus, safety procedures and magazines printed in Braille for guests.

Chief executive officer of Saudi, Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy said: “Saudia is committed to being an inclusive airline, providing amenities, services and support for all guests.  We take pride in making our very best efforts to provide a comfortable, welcoming and hospitable experience from each point of the journey.”

Source: Saudia/Picture Saudia

                               First UK Wedgetail Arrives for Conversion By STS 

A former Deer Jet-operated Boeing 737NG  will be modified into an E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF); it arrived at its UK conversion site earlier last month.

Currently registered N946BC, the narrowbody arrived at the Birmingham airport facilities of STS Aviation Services on January 7th, following a 6 hour flight from Bangor, Maine, in the USA. 

Cirium fleets data recorded the twinjet as having previously been operated in a 737-BBJ1 configuration with 29 seats.  First flown in June 2010, before undergoing conversion for VIP operations, it was used by Deer Jet under registration B-5273-via China’s AVIC international leasing-before being acquired by Boeing in June 2019. 

Boeing Defence UK managing director Anna Keeling describes the milestone as a “major accomplishment”. “While hundreds of people throughout the UK and around the world have been working on this program since the contract was signed, we now have the airframe that will become the RAF’s first Wedgetail in the country,” she notes.

The Other pre-owned asset scheduled to undergo conversion for the RAF as also originally ordered by Deer Jet, now registered as N947BC and first flown in June 2011, the platform saw use with Deer Jet’s sister operators Hong Kong Jet, and business Aviation services Guernsey, as well as Bermuda firm Longtail Aviation, Cirium fleet records show. 

In addition to these two airframes, the UK will also field a trio of new build 737-700s, to complete its E-7 fleet.  Ordered via $2 billion acquisition to replace aged E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft, the fleet will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, alongside the Raf’s 737NG-based P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft. 

Source: Flightglobal/Cirium Fleets Data/picture Boeing Defence UK

                    Qantas to Revisit Project Sunrise at End of 2021: Alan Joyce  

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce believes the carrier’s Project Sunrise initiative to launch ultra-long haul flights will be even more viable in the post-coronavirus world.  Joyce adds that plan will be revisited at the end of 2021, potentially setting the stage to launch services from Melbourne and Sydney to London and New York.

As the Covid-19 pandemic grew more severe, in May, 2020, Qantas pressed pause on Project Sunrise.  The initiative could have seen it order up to 12 Airbus A350-1000s.  “We were pretty close…within a couple of weeks of placing orders for the aircraft,” says Joyce.

He adds that Airbus would have provided a “specially designed version” of the -1000 “to allow us to do these sectors economically and the business case looked really good.”

Joyce made the remarks during an interview on the Reuters Next virtual conference.

“I am optimistic that the Project Sunrise business case will still look good,”says Joyce, “But we’re obviously not going to put an order in for new aircraft until we see the international markets recovering.”

Source: Reuters/Picture Qantas  

      

LATEST NEWS

  • Gulf Air is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to delay some aircraft deliveries as the pandemic continues to disrupt global travel.
  • WestJet of Canada returned the Boeing 737 Max to revenue service on January 21st with a flight from Calgary to Vancouver; becoming Canada’s first airline to fly the aircraft commercially following an almost two-year pause.
  • FedEx US cargo giant plans to retire its remaining MD-11s by 2023.  Over the years, the MD-10s were the workhorse of FedEx’s fleet.
  • Alaska Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max on January 14th, it will mark the first of 68 units of the narrowbody to join the carrier this decade.
  • American Airlines continues to reactivate its 737 Max fleet post grounding, the airline on January 20th set to exceed 200 flights of the type.  It is now operating up to 23 flights with the type each day.
  • China Aircraft Leasing(CALC) has placed an order for 30 Comac ARJ21 aircraft with an Indonesian airline, TransNusa in which CALC and two of its most senior executives have a 49% takes a co-buyer.
  • Frontier Airlines has selected Pratt & Whiney PW1100Gs to power 134 incoming Airbus A320neo family jets a move that will diversify its fleet way from complete reliance on CFM International power plants.      
  • United Airlines revealed the first 12 routes that its Boeing 737 aircraft will fly.  Starting with 24 daily departures, with that number quickly growing to 32.
  • Jordan Aviation has filed an application with the US Transportation Department ( Dot) to begin flights between Jordan and the US.  The privately owned airline, which primarily provide wet lease services and charter flights, is seeking a foreign air carrier permit to start scheduled US flights from April 1.

Sources: United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Gulf Air, FedEx, Routes Online, Arabian AeroSpace, Flightglobal

AIR CARGO

Freighter Line Hands Boeing Advantage in Twin-Aisle Orders and Delivery Contest

While Airbus delivered far more aircraft overall than Boeing last year, Boeing freighter activity meant it was able to hand over a greater number of twin-aisle models.

Boeing’s freighter business contrasted sharply with that of Airbus, which has not sold a new-build cargo aircraft for nearly six years and whose diminishing freighter backlog was zeroed in December of last year with the cancellation of a long-dormant order.

Boeing benefited particularly from its freighter activity.  The 46 deliveries comprised five 747-8Fs (all to UPS), 19 767-300Fs and 22 777Fs, and retains 96 freighters in its backlog.

While Atlas Air has agreed to take the final four 747-8Fs from the production line, Boeing still has commitments for 85 777Fs and 767-300 Fs.

Airbus’s last freighter order was recorded in March 2015 when Turkish Airlines agreed to take four A330-200Fs, the only new build cargo aircraft by Airbus.

The Cancellation of three outstanding A330-200Fs ordered by Turkey’s MNG Airlines means there is no current backlog for the type, the only new build freighter offered by Airbus.

Source: Flightglobal/Boeing/Picture DHL

                   BBAM Orders Another Six 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

Aircraft lessor BBAM limited Partnership has placed orders with Boeing for the conversion of six additional 737-800s into the Boeing Converted Freighter configuration.

San Francisco-based BBAM has also taken options with Boeing for an additional six 737-800BCF conversions, part of a deal reflecting the strength of the e-commerce market, Boeing says on January 19.  With the deal, BBAM has ordered or taken options on 15 737-800BCFs.  The company’s portfolio of jets includes 132 737-800s and two 737-800BCFs, according to its website.

Boeing has landed more than 150 737-800BCF orders and commitments, Boeing Says.

“The continued strong demand for the 737-800BCF demonstrates the critical role these converted freighters play in the growing express and e-commerce market,” says Boeing senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir.

Source: Boeing/Picture Boeing                         

   

                                                          Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian   

                                                          Commercial Aviation Advisor  

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Editor:   Lee Kaplanian