The Kaplanian Report – May 2019


               Boeing Launches Used Serviceable Material Capability

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Aviation Week/Boeing



            Newly Appointed Airbus CEO Faury Names Leadership Team

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

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

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

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

Source :  Airbus/Picture Airbus      



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Flightglobal/Pilatus/Pilatus Aircraft Picture                                                                             

                       Embraer E195-E2 Receives Type Certification

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

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

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

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

Source : Embraer/Picture Embaer    



                                    First 787-10 Dreamliner for ANA

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

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

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

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

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

Source : ANA/ Picture Boeing                                                                                                                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Flightglobal/ Picture Coulson Aviation                                                                                    

                Senate Vote Restores Full Ex-Im Financing Capacity

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

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

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

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

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

Source : ainonline/aviation-news/air transport



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




    SF Airlines Plans Transpacific Expansion  With New York Freighter         

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

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

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

Source : Air Cargo Facts/Picture SF Airlines                                                                                            

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

 500th Milestone Delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: StandardAero/Photo StandardAero




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Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

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