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

                         

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Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@yahoo.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

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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  

 

The Kaplanian Report – July 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

                           Boeing To Unveil More Vertical Integration

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Boeing Global Services          

           

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

      Airbus Dropped the Policy of Publishing Prices of its Aircraft

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Flightglobal/Airbus

                    

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

        The FAA has Certified Gulfstream Aerospace G600 Business Jet

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Gulfstream/Picture Gulfstream         

                                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

  Safran Construct Carbon Brake Manufacturing Facility Near Lyon France

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

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

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

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

Source : Safran/Picture Safran 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Flightglobal/Picture BOC Aviation

   

LATEST NEWS

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

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

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

 

AIR CARGO

     All Nippon Airways Introduced A Boeing 777 Freighter to its Fleet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Flightglobal/Picture ANA

 

MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, OVERHAUL

                     AAR Adding Composite MRO Services In Clearwater

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:  MRO-Network.com

 

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

The Kaplanian Report – June 2019

ON THE BOEING FRONT

  Boeing Remains Committed to $50 Billion in Annual Aircraft Services

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Boeing

                      

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

               Airbus Establishes Airbus Canada to Market the A220                           


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

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

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

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

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

Source : Airbus           

        

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

               Daher Has Secured European Certification for the TBM 940                                  

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Flightglobal/Picture Daher 

            Genghis Khan Airlines to Launch ARJ 21 Service in July

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

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

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

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

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

Source : AIM/Photo Comac                                                                                                                                                           

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

              Lebanon’s MEA Rises Above Structural Disadvantages 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : AIN/Picture MEA

                 Trent 1000 Fix Ranks as Top Priority for Rolls-Royce

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : Rolls-Royce/Air New Zealand Picture

                              Air Premia is Coming to Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source : World Airline News/Forbes/Air Picture Boeing

   

LATEST NEWS

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

AIR CARGO

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

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

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

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

Source : Air Cargo Facts/ Picture Atlas Air      

 

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

           Boeing to Supply Airbus A320 Parts to British Airways

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Researched and Compiled by :

Ed Kaplanian    Commercial Aviation Advisor 

Contact – ekaplanian@msn.com

Editor:   Lee Kaplanian 

                 

 

 

 

June 2017 The Kaplanian Report

ON THE BOEING FRONT

 Boeing Elaborates on 777-9 Design Details 

Boeing has published further preliminary details of the 777-9’s configuration, three years ahead of entry into service. It shows a slightly lower aircraft with an interior re-sculpted to carve out a precious 10.2cm (4in) of internal diameter.

A 79-page document posted on Boeing’s website offers the first detailed update on the larger 777X variant’s dimensions since a brochure version appeared in 2015.

Boeing released both documents to help airport managers prepare for the arrival of the stretched wide body with its extended wingspan.

Compared with the previous iteration, the update shows the 777-9’s designers have made a few minor tweaks.  For example, the height of the vertical tail above the runway is about 17 cm (6.6 in) shorter,while it remains nearly 1m (3.3 ft) taller than the height of the 777-300ER.

The most critical dimensions for the 777-9 remain unchanged, with a 2.9m (9.5 ft) longer fuselage and 7m (22.9 ft) wider unfolded wingspan compared to the 777-300ER.

The folded wingspan of the 777-9 measures 64.82m (212.7 ft), about 2,54cm (0,083 in), wider than the 777-300 ER. Boeing also has

worked to make the 777-9 more comfortable with a standard 10-abreast layout in economy class.

The 777-9 shares an external fuselage cross-section with the 777-300ER, but the internal sidewalls have been carved out by about 10.2cm (4.0in).

Boeing now lists the 777-9’s standard two-class cabin as accommodating 414 passengers, with a three-class cabin holding 349 seats.

Source : Boeing/BoeingPicture

 

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT

                        A330 First Flight Likely to Slip to September

Airbus will now perform the first flight of its A330neo “at the end of the summer”’, a significant delay over its previous timeline for the re-engined aircraft.  Speaking at an event in Toulouse, Airbus executive vice-president for programs Didier Evrard confirmed the slippage.

The initial Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine has successfully completed tests, he says: “We will install it during the summer and fly at the end of the summer.”

The maiden flight, he says, would likely take place around September rather than August, due to the lengthy summer break in France.

In the meantime, lessor SMBC Aviation Capital has ruled out interest in the Airbus A330neo. Instead they are focusing its energies on securing more sale-and-leaseback deals for the A350.

Although leaving the door open for the re-engined wide body, SMBC chief executive Peter Barrett says at the moment “it is not something we have considered”.

Source : Airbus/Flightglobal

REGIONAL/BUSINESS JETS

Fourth MRJ Arrives in US; Mitsubishi                                Evaluating Flight Test Program

A fourth Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. MRJ90 flight test aircraft has arrived at Moses Lake, Washington.  The aircraft, which departed Nagoya, Japan, March 13, arrived April 1 at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake. It made stops in Guam, the Marshall Islands, Honolulu and San Jose, California.

The total flight distance flown from Japan was approximately 14,000 km (8,700 miles) and total time was 19 hr and 48 min.

The latest aircraft to arrive in Moses Lake was the last that had been designated to participate in US-based MRJ flight testing.  A fifth MRJ90 flight test aircraft is remaining in Japan, though the majority of flight testing is slated to occur in the US.

Source : ATW/Mitsubishi Aircraft

 

   Dutch to Replace Royal Transport with 737 BBJ

The Dutch transport minister has announced the purchase of a Boeing 737 business jet to replace the current Fokker 70 that is currently used to transport members of the nation’s Royal family and government officials.

Boeing will supply the airframe, while Fokker Technologies will provide the VIP interior.  The aircraft will have a capacity of 24 passengers: the same as the Fokker 70 in current use.  It will carry the registration PH-GOV.

The preliminary agreement has been signed and final contract was finalized in April. The purchase price is estimated at $98.7 million and anticipated delivery is in 2019.

One of the requirements for the new aircraft is that it should be able to reach parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands non-stop, including the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean.

Four responses were received following the release of a public tender last year, but none met all criteria leading the Netherlands to enter negotiations with Boeing over a BBJ acquisition.

One of the pilots for the new VIP transport will be King Willem-Alexander, who also has flown the Fokker 70. He will commence type rating training on the 737 this year.

Source : Flightglobal

 

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

Gulf Air on Track for the First 787-9 Delivery

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, is gearing up for the arrival of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  It will be delivered in April 2018 and will operate the airline’s long haul routes, gradually replacing its Airbus A330s.

A total of 5 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will have entered Gulf Air’s fleet by the end of 2018, with an additional 2 aircraft arriving in 2019 and 3 arriving in 2020.

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will offer 282 seats in a two-class configuration, with 26 Falcon Gild Class seats and 256 Economy Class seats.

“The 787 customer base is growing, not just globally, but in the Middle East as well with airlines such as Gulf Air taking delivery of the Dreamliner,” said Marty Bentrott,Vice President- Sales, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Central Asia.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, ”We are confident that the 787-9 will help Gulf Air achieve a new level of efficiency and profitability, plus will contribute to their future growth and success.”

Source : Bizbahrain

WestJet to Purchase Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

On May 2, WestJet announced a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021; with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.  The airline also announced it has selected General Electric’s GEnx-1B engine for the 787.

“We welcome WestJet to the Dreamliner family and look forward to the new destinations they will serve,” said Ray Conner, Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company. “WestJet, for its entire 21-year history, has been a loyal all-Boeing jet customer and we’re excited to see them expand their fleet with the 787.”

As part of the purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.

Source : WestJet

Oman Air Plans Major Aircraft Order                                         Even as Break-Even is Delayed

Oman Air Transport plans to move ahead with a multi-billion order for wide body jets early next year, even though it won’t now break even in 2017. The low oil prices curbs growth in the Persian Gulf.

The Carrier is now aiming to end losses by the end of next year, contingent on demand not deteriorating further, Chief Executive Officer Paul Gregorowitsch said in an interview on May 2.  While the Mideast carrier will also delay plans to expand to a 70 aircraft and 75 destinations to 2023, from 2020, it still plans to order 15 new wide body jets needed to replace older planes and add capacity, he said.

Further discussions will be held with manufacturers and leasing firms as Oman Air seeks to agree to terms to take either the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787-9.

The 787 model has a slight advantage because the carrier already operates six Dreamliners, with the tally set to increase to 10 in 2018.

Oman Air will also go ahead with deliveries of the 20 Boeing 737 Max planes it has on order  as it leases out some of its current marrow body fleet to better Match seats to demand.

While the carrier is continuing to operate 10 Airbus A330s, which form the core of its wide body operations, those planes will be retired to make way for the new aircraft. Gregorowitsch said.  The upgraded A330neo isn’t of interest.

Source : Bloomberg

 

LATEST NEWS

  • Hawaiian Airlines has launched a companywide rebranding under which it will update its logos and repaint its fleet over the next several years.
  • Rossiya, the Russian carrier has unveiled a Boeing 777-300 with a specialized paint scheme, intended to draw attention to conservation of rare wildlife, including big cats.

  • Delta Air Lines added 10 Boeing 737-900ERs to its order book during the first quarter, bringing its total orders for the type to 130 aircraft.
  • Embraer delivered its 1,100th business jet on May 4. The milestone aircraft is the industry’s best selling Phenom 300, the customer is Net Jets.

  • Boeing has selected Ipeco to design and manufacture a High Comport Attendant Seat for the next generation 777X airplane.  This follows on from a contract awarded last year for the pilot and observer seating for the same aircraft.
  • UPS Airlines is adding its first used Boeing 767-300 freighters to its fleet, with expected entry into service in 2018.
  • SMBC Aviation Capital has placed a direct order from Boeing for three 737-800s, bringing its total owned, managed and committed portfolio for 737-800s to 198.
  • Avolon delivered one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Batik Air.  This is the sixth Avolon aircraft on lease to Batik Air.
  • Asiana Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, which is on lease from Dublin based SMBC Aviation Capital.  The aircraft, part of a six A350 sale-and-leaseback deal is the first of the type to be operated by a Korean Airline.

  • Primera Air Scandinavian leisure carrier has placed an order for eight 737 MAX 9s, has taken purchase rights on four more.  They will lease another eight from US lessor Air Lease Corp.

 

AIR CARGO

        One of the Last Airworthy Boeing 747-200s                      Flies into Retirement

A Kalitta Air Boeing 747-200 delivers a soft puff of white smoke as the jet completes its second-to-last landing ever on Thursday April 20 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  On Friday, April 21st, the jet and its crew shuttled the airplane back to Kalitta Air’s home base in Michigan, where the airplane was retired for good by the cargo carrier.

In a time when the iconic jetliner has been disappearing from fleets across the globe at an astounding rate, another 747 biting the dust may not seem particularly remarkable.  Yet this particular airplane stands out among the crowd: It’s one of the last airworthy 747-200s in commercial service. There are two others still in use as Air Force One.

“I tell ya, this is a nice airplane.It’s old school,” Captain Scott Jaykl says during a post-landing interview aboard the aircraft. “It’s a pilot’s airplane,” Jaykl says from the plane’s antiquated flight deck. ”You have manual control over everything.”

Built in 1987, Captain Jaykl’s jet was among the last “-200“ variants of the 747 to come off the assembly line.  The model was then replaced by the updated 747-400 in 1989, and the -200 variant, which debuted in 1971, ended production completely a few years later.

This specific aircraft was originally bought by United Airlines, converted to a freighter for Northwest Airlines in 2000, then transitioned to Kalitta and added to its fleet in 2010 according to public records.

Source : USA Today/Ed’s Research/Picture

 

 Cargolux And Emirates SkyCargo Ink                                                  a Memorandum of Understanding

Luxembourg all-freight operator, Cargolux and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo, have signed a memorandum of Understanding (MOU), paving the way for strategic cargo partnership

The partners said the agreement, which was signed at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, is the first of its kind in the air cargo industry between a mainline airline and a specialized freighter operator.

Under the cooperation, Emirates SkyCargo will use Cargolux’s nose-loading 747 freighters for heavy and outsized cargo, complementing its own fleet of 13 777Fs and two 747-400ERFs.  The two carriers will also further develop block space and interline agreements on each other’s network.

Emirates SkyCargo will launch flight operations to Luxembourg from this month, while Cargolux will step up its Dubai World Central frequencies to 3X-weekly. Both airlines’ cargo will be handled at the same facility in Luxembourg, Cargolux will be handled by Emirates SkyCargo at Dubai World Central.

Cargolux operates 14 747-8Fs and 12 747-400Fs, covering 90 destinations. ( five and a half years after the first GEnx powered 747-8F went into service.  Cargolux has become the first operator to fly 1 million operating hours with the new engine type so far, the carrier has experienced no engine-caused in-flight shutdown of a GEnx since its entry into service.) Ed

Source:  ATW

 

 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul News

Lessors Welcome New Engine Entrants

With next generation engine types, the CFM LEAP and the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan having a combined order backlog of nearly 20,000 units, engine lessors are anticipating greater numbers being brought into their portfolios over the next decade.

In a six person panel discussing the engine leasing market at Aviation Week Network’s Engine Leasing,Trading & Finance in London on May 10, lessors foresee opportunities around both the LEAP and the GTF.  While Pat Laffan, SVP structured finance at GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), says the company will focus on GE and CFM engine types in future; primarily in the sale and leaseback market.  They would also consider looking at other engine types should the returns be beneficial.

Julie Dickerson, managing director of Ireland-based Shannon Engine Support, a firm which doesn’t chase sale and leaseback deals, expects a greater focus on early year LEAP engines along with continuing with mature CFM56 types.

The widebody engine market also conjured up some interesting perspectives.  Having found success with sales and aftermarket coverage with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, Bobby Janagan, vice president and general manager at Rolls-Royce and Partners Finance, conceded associated costs with the engine type could be high. Nevertheless they were similar to those of another wide body engine type, the GE90.

Speaking from the perspective of an independent lessor on the XWB, Dan Coulcher, SVP & chief commercial officer at Willis Lease Finance Corporation, pondered if there would be a competitive aftermarket for the engine type powering the Airbus A350, which has been in service since 2015. He also says entry-into-service challenges around Pratt’s GTF are a concern for would be investors, due to questions over changes to bills of materials on the engine.

Source : MRO Network

                          MRO LATEST NEWS 

  • OEMServices has a 15-year Asiana Airlines contract to provide Airbus350-900 component support.
  • AFI KLM E&M extended component support deal with Malaysia Airlines for 54 Boeing 737NGs.
  • FL Technics signed a contract with Russia’s Nordavia to provide CAMO services for its Boeing 737CL aircraft.
  • Epcor was selected by Kenya Airways for APU support for Boeing 737NGs, 787s and Embraer E190s.
  • Airbus has a UPS contract to upgrade 52 Airbus A300-600Fs with new Honeywell avionics.
  • AerFIn agreed to acquire 15 Embraer E170s, plus spares inventory, from Saudia.

 

Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian

Commercial Aviation Advisor

Contact – ed@kaplanianreport.com

Volume 2 Issue 7 July 2015

ON THE BOEING FRONT

Boeing 757 ecoDemonstrator Embarks on Final Test Run 

Energy-harvesting windows, green diesel biofuel and a 3D-printed flight deck monument are three technologies that will be tested on the last series of flights of T U I  G r o u p – b r a n d e d 7 5 7 ecoDemonstrator; destined to be dismantled by the end of this month. Boeing has partnered with the  Aircraft  Fleet  Recycling  Association  to  disassemble the 757 at the conclusion of the tests.  In the pioneering spirit of the ecoDemonstrator program; however, the disassembly will serve as an opportunity to validate a variety of new options for recycling the various materials and systems.

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“We are going to recycle the heck out of the airplane”, says Jeanne Yu, Boeing’s environmental performance director, in a recent interview. “Boeing will look to recycle some components in the existing fleet or recycle pieces to be used in other ways on flying aircraft”, she says. Until then, the 757 ecoDemonstrator will continue a new series of flight tests after a first series concluded two months ago.

The 757 ecoDemonstrator follows a series of tests in 2012 on an American Airlines 737-800 and in 2014 a former 787 test aircraft. The first series of flights on the 757 focused on several drag-reducing technologies; such as an active flow control system mounted on a tail fin, bug “phobic” coatings on the leading edge of the right wing and a laminar flow-protecting Krueger flap on the left wing. Finally, the 757 ecoDemonstrator flight deck also features an aft aisle stand made using scrap carbon fiber material from the 787 production system.  A3D printer was used to transform the crap material into the aisle stand.

Source: Boeing/Flightglobal /Photo Boeing

 

ON THE AIRBUS FRONT 

Airbus A380 Shows Off Illuminated Decal Technology 

One of Airbus’s A380 test aircraft has demonstrated a new electro-luminescent display technology designed for external use on the aircraft.

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The technology developed by Safran division Aircelle, comprises thin markings which can be applied to the fuselage skin and engine nacelle to provide illuminated branding and logos using on-board electrical power.

Initial airborne tests using A380 MSN1 were carried out at night on June 8th, with the aircraft featuring an Airbus logo on its outboard left-hand Rolls-Royce tent 900 power plant.

Aircelle says the flight was able to demonstrate the “brightness, clarity and readability” of the marking in various lighting conditions.

Aircelle showed the development at the Paris Air Show last month, Aircelle says that the display can be placed “almost anywhere” on the aircraft, including the underside of the fuselage and the tail.

Source : Flightglobal/Picture Airbus

 

BUSINESS/REGIONAL NEWS

Gulfstream Boosts Connectivity for G450 and G550 

Gulfstream has received Us Federal Aviation Administration approval for a modification that allows operators of G450 and G550 aircraft to benefit from enhanced connectivity.

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Covering the installation of the Satcom Direct Router, (SDR) the enhancement simplifies cabin communications on the two twin jets.

“This equipment elevates the airborne office to a new level,” says Mike West, vice-president product support sales and new business development, Gulfstream.

“The addition of a smart router allows for more communications options in the cabin, including Satcom Direct’s GlobalVT, which allows passengers to use their personal smartphones to call and text in flight.”

The SDR also supports mobile applications for onboard cabin services, including moving map and flight tracker, command and control of satellite links and real-time connection status reporting.

Installation of the SDR and accompanying software is standard on new G550 and G450 aircraft and available as a retrofit for in-service examples.

Gulfstream is pursuing similar supplemental type certificates from the FAA to add the enhancement to G650/G650ER, GV and GIV aircraft.

Source: Flightglobal/Gulfstream

 

OTHER AVIATION NEWS

 

Lufthansa Technik Partners with GE for GE9X and GEnx-2B Overhaul

Lufthansa Technik is building a joint-venture overhaul shop with General Electric to service the engines powering Boeing 747-8s and the in development 777X.

The two partners signed a tentative agreement at the Paris Air Show last month, though the closing of the deal will depend on regulatory approval, says the German MRO group. Lufthansa operates 747-8s and has 777Xs  on order, but third-party clients’ engines will also be supported from the European facility.

While the precise location of the operation has still to be decided, a 2018 opening is targeted.

Lufthansa Technik’s own engine overhaul facilities – except for regional aircraft power plants – have traditionally been at its base in Hamburg. It has a shop for CFM International CFM56s and international Aero V2500s; plus a separate facility for large legacy types such as the CF 6.

Capability to overhaul the 777X-powering GE9X promises to give the new joint venture access to a large party customer market, but there appears to be limited potential for services on the GEnx-2B, which equips the 747-8.

The site will form part of GE’s network of international repair facilities, and the two partners will cooperate on development of repairs and on-wing support services.

Source:Flightglobal/GE Aviation

 

Royal Jordanian Eyes North America After European Traffic Decline

Royal Jordanian Airlines is planning to expand its transatlantic network as traffic from Europe has declined as a result of political crises in the Middle East and North Africa.

The airline lost “most” of its tourist traffic originating from European countries because travel packages often combined Jordan with Syria and Egypt, fleet and network planning director Eyad Birouti told Flightglobal at the Connect conference in Killarney in Ireland.

Washington DC and Toronto could be served nonstop from Amman with the airline’s five Boeing 787 fleet. But 787-8 flights to Los Angeles, with full payload, would require a fuel stop in Europe, said Birouti. Amsterdam, Dublin and Vienna are among the cities being investigated as potential stopover points.

The carrier is also planning network expansions in Africa and Asia to compensate for declining traffic from Europe, said Birouti. Connecting flights to the Asia-Pacific region could be a way of filling aircraft on existing routes from Europe.

Source : Royal Jordanian

 

Rolls-Royce Makes Progress on Testing 787 Engine Upgrade

Rolls-Royce is close to completing a round of testing on the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine for the Boeing 787, according to the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in the USA.

Since earlier this year, AEDC has hosted an R-R team performing altitude operability performance and icing tests on engine serial number 11003, one of several prototypes developed to certificate the Trent 1000-TEN upgrade.

The tests on engine 11003 have been “fantastically successful”, according to Tom Schmidt, a project manager for Aerospace Testing Alliance, which was overseeing the testing by AEDC.

That echoes comments by R-R executives last month, who said the then-ongoing testing at AEDC had shown better fuel efficiency for the Trent 1000-TEN at higher altitudes.

The TEN upgrade migrates several features developed for the Trent XWB engine back into the lower-thrust engine for the 787. The new features include a rising-line compressor and a three-stage blisk at the front of the high-pressure compressor section.

Rolls-Royce has predicted that the Trent 1000-TEN upgrade will provide a 3% advantage on fuel consumption on short flights to 3,000nm; compared to the competing GE Aviation GEnx-1B engine.

Source : Flight Global /Rolls- Royce

 

GE Aviation, Woodward Form Fuel Systems Joint Venture

GE Aviation and Woodward Inc. have formed a 50/50 venture to design, develop, source, supply and service fuel systems for GE90,GEnx, GE9X and future GE large commercial engines.

GE Aviation president and CEO David Joyce said the joint venture will “further strengthen both companies’ capabilities and secure a high quality fuel systems supplier for GE’s record production volume on large commercial engines.”

According to GE Aviation, production rates for its jet engines and components have increased significantly over the last five years; with large commercial engine production more than doubling to close to 500 engines in 2015.

GE Aviation said that under the terms of the joint venture agreement, Woodward will receive $250 million in cash, and the parties will participate jointly in the operating results of respective programs.

Source : ATW/GE Aviation

 

LATEST NEWS IN BRIEF  

  • United Airlines will spend $100 million to acquire a 5% stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines. The two carriers have entered into a strategic partnership that will include code-sharing and reciprocal loyalty program benefits.
  • GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) has completed a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with Lion Group subsidiary PT Batik Air Indonesia for four new Airbus A320s.
  • Avolon delivered a Boeing 737-800 to Hainan Airlines. This delivery is Avolon’s first aircraft on lease to Hainan Airlines.
  • Bombardier has delivered its 500th Q400 turboprop aircraft to Calgary-based WestJet Encore.
  • Enter Air announced an order for two 737MAX 8s and two Next-Generation 737-800s.  It is the first direct order for Boeing from the Polish charter carrier.

  • Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the second operator of the type.

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  • Transaero Airline has expanded its European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) certificate to include performing C checks on Boeing 737 Classic and 737NG aircraft.
  • Swiss International Air Line has confirmed that it will be the first operator of the Cseries, with service entry slated for the first half of 2016.
  • Embraer has secured firm orders from three airlines and one aircraft lessor for a total of 50 E-Jets, evenly split between the current generation and the E2 variants.
  • Saudia became the launch customer for the A330-300 Regional with a firm order for 20 of the aircraft plus a firm order for 20 A320ceos.

 

Air Cargo

CAL Cargo Air Lines to Transport Aircraft Engines

CAL Cargo Air lines has launched “CAL Express”, service specifically designed for the transportation of aircraft engines.

Under the new service, the carrier will transport every size and type of aircraft engines around the world, using 747-400s.  CAL is also qualified to deal with dangerous goods, so the carrier will be able to transport non-purged engines as well.

This new service also includes ground-handling, storage and road-feeder services.  In the case of aircraft on the ground, CAL is including expedited customs clearance and transit time, as well as charter options.

According to Eyal Zagagi, CEO of Cal Cargo Airlines, one of the reasons CAL Engines was created in response to a 25% per year increase in engine transport business over the last few years.

Source: Air Cargo World / CAL Photo

 

DHL Expands Global Reach with Cincinnati Upgrade

It is no surprise that DHL’s largest U.S. hub is in Cincinnati.  Its central location allows the express carrier to best reach the U.S. East and West coasts from a flight timing perspective.

Since its exit from the US domestic express market in 2009, DHL has set its sights on growing in international service to/from that country.  DHL invested US$108 million to upgrade and expand its American hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG).  Travis Cobb, DHL’s senior vice president, network operations Americas, said part of the investment would be for a new apron to accommodate an additional 18 aircraft. The remainder would be used for infrastructure, including warehousing and automation.

The Cincinnati hub is one of three global DHL hubs – the others are Leipzig,Germany and Hong Kong. Globally, Cincinnati is second in size and volume only the Leipzig hub, processing approximately 46 million international shipments annually.

Source:   Air Cargo World/DHL

 

                                         MILITARY

Boeing Shifts toward Full-Rate Production of Navy Submarine Hunter

Workers assembling Boeing’s biggest Puget Sound area military contract are preparing to lift its production rate; now that the first group of P-8A  submarine hunter aircraft have proved to be a good investment for the government.

The planned increase to 1.5 aircraft monthly will be dwarfed by the 42-monthly rate for the civilian version from the same Renton site.  It is a significant step for the P-8A.

The P-8A Poseidon is an important contract for Boeing’s military side, and it is also important for the Puget Sound area.

In February 2014, Boeing won a $2.4 billion contract for the first 16 of the full-rate jets. Eventually, the Navy wants 117.

The P-8A contract is important for Boeing and the region; partly because of the revenue it’s pulling in, partly because the program is running so smoothly.

Source : Puget Sound Business Journal

 

Canada Accepts First Six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones

The Royal Canadian Air Force has accepted delivery of its first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime patrol helicopters, making a major step forward for the Sea King replacement program.

The Total value of the Cyclone acquisition is $7.6 billion,including $1.9 billion for development and production of 28 helicopters and$5.7 over 20 years for service contractor support.

The twin-engine, medium-lift Cyclone is derived from Sikorsky’s civil S-92 and is designed for shipboard maritime surveillance and rescue operations on Canada’s east and west coasts.

The cyclones will replace 27 long serving Sikorsky CH-124 Sea Kings that have been in constant operation since 1963 and are the oldest aircraft in the RCAF inventory.

Source : Flightglobal/Picture Canadian Armed Force

 

Researched and Compiled by : Ed Kaplanian

Commercial Aviation Advisor

Contact – ed@kaplanianreport.com

A WORK IN PROGRESS

To all of you who have followed my newsletter, I am changing to a new format.  I am working on creating it and over the next few months you may see changes, goofs and other oddball stuff.  The next edition is due some time in August, so I appreciate your patience.

 

All the best,

Ed