New Ryanair maintenance hangar at Milan Bergamo
Ryanair has opened its first Italian maintenance hangar and technological centre of excellence at Milan Bergamo Airport.
The hangar will undertake line maintenance on Ryanair’s fleet of Boeing 737-800s, helping to create 50 high-tech positions for licensed engineers, mechanics and support staff, while the centre of excellence will create a further 30 jobs, as Ryanair invests over €32.5 million at the airport.
Ryanair recently announced its Milan Bergamo summer 2017 schedule, including five new routes to Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Luxembourg, Oradea and Vigo, making 76 routes in total.
“As Italy’s biggest airline, we are delighted to open our first Italian maintenance hangar facility at Milan Bergamo,” declared Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. “This investment would not have been possible without the support of the airport authorities and the local region. We are also pleased to officially open our new Technological Centre of Excellence at Milan Bergamo, which houses a full scale training aircraft, a full motion simulator and extensive engineering storage. These two very significant infrastructural investments, totalling over €32.5 million, have created 80 jobs, underlining Ryanair’s ongoing commitment to Italy and Milan Bergamo.”
Pictured opening Ryanair’s new aircraft maintenance hangar at Milan Bergamo are (l-r): Miro Radici (general director of SACBO), Michael O’Leary (Ryanair chief executive), Claudia Terzi (councillor for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development) and Giorgio Gori (Mayor of Bergamo).
STG’s LED lighting chosen by Airlink
South African regional carrier Airlink has signed a purchase order with STG Aerospace to retrofit 12 Avro RJ85s with the latter’s drop-in liTeMood LED lighting system.
Installations are under way, making Airlink the 12th airline to install this lighting solution.
Neil Wilson, Airlink’s executive manager, fleet support and RPA, commented, “Not only were we extremely pleased with the enhanced quality of the light in the cabin, we were equally impressed by STG Aerospace’s ability to meet our supply deadlines and the ease with which we are able to install the system on our fleet.”
Marcus Williams, global sales and marketing director at STG Aerospace, added, “We are delighted that Airlink, a valued long term customer of STG over the years, has chosen to install our LED cabin lighting across their fleet, and in doing so becomes our first LED lighting customer in Africa.”
WOW air ups transatlantic frequencies
WOW air plans to increase the number of flights from London to its hub in Iceland to two per day, as well as increases to its onward long-haul services to California.
From 27 March 2017, the airline will fly daily from London to Los Angeles and San Francisco, via Reykjavik (KEF). The year-round services currently operate four times a week to Los Angeles and five times a week to San Francisco. WOW air also flies daily to Boston and Washington DC with new services to New York set to begin in November 2016 and to Miami from April 2017.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air commented, “Reception towards our new US routes this year has been overwhelmingly positive. It is due to this that we are able to put on even more flights and continue realising our aim of changing the landscape of low-cost transatlantic travel. It’s a very exciting time with lots of growth plans in the pipeline. We look to the future and to expanding our network even further.”
California routes are operated with Airbus A330-300s, the first widebody aircraft in the WOW air fleet, each carrying 350 passengers in a single-class configuration.
SR Technics to support CFM56s on Volotea’s A319s
SR Technics has been awarded with a 10-year exclusive power-by-the-hour (PBH) type agreement from Volotea.
In addition to providing engine maintenance, repair and overhaul for the airline’s CFM56-5B engines on its Airbus A319 fleet, SR Technics will offer in-service and on-wing support. All engine work will be completed at the MRO provider’s Zurich facilities.
The new agreement is part of the carrier’s re-fleeting plans as it expands its fleet in the coming years. “We are delighted to partner with SR Technics, which will ensure we get top-notch technical support for our expanding A319 fleet. Relying on such a strong partner will allow us to focus on our core business of transporting our passengers safely and on-time,” remarked Román Pané, Volotea’s COO.
“We are very pleased to be awarded with this agreement from Volotea,” added Frank Walschot, COO at SR Technics. “Volotea has grown significantly in recent years, and while relying on our high-quality engine services, the airline can concentrate on expanding its route map and flying even more passengers. We look forward to building on our collaboration to support Volotea’s future growth.”
Pegasus Airlines continues to grow in the first nine months of 2016
Pegasus Airlines has announced its January-September 2016 traffic results, featuring a 7.4% year-on-year growth – to 18.08 million – in the combined number of passengers carried on domestic and international routes.
The number of Pegasus customers flying on Turkish domestic routes increased by 10.9% to reach 11.42 million while the number of travellers on international routes witnessed a 1.9% increase with 6.66 million passengers flown.
Commenting on the nine month traffic results, Pegasus Airlines CEO Mehmet Nane remarked, “The global tourism sector has experienced some challenging geopolitical conditions this year, especially during the peak summer months. At Pegasus Airlines we have continued with our investments despite the fluctuations in the sector and the declining demand on some of our routes and the result is that we have been successful in steadily growing our number of guests and flights.
“Including the delivery of the first aircraft from our Airbus A320 and A321 order in July we have thus far received four new aircraft in total this year,” he continued. “Our A320neo aircraft add value to our company by reducing fuel per seat mile costs by up to 20% compared with counterparts and [they benefit] the environment by offering quieter operations and reduced emissions, as well as providing a more comfortable journey.”
Airlink latest airline to install STG Aerospace LED lighting
South African regional feeder airline Airlink has selected STG Aerospace to retrofit 12 of their aircraft with their drop-in liTeMood LED lighting system.
The first installations were completed in October 2016.
Airlink operates as a franchisee of South African Airways using its own visible brand intellectual property.
Neil Wilson, Airlink’s executive manager, Fleet Support and RPA, commented, “Not only were we extremely pleased with the enhanced quality of the light in the cabin, we were equally impressed by STG Aerospace’s ability to meet our supply deadlines and the ease with which we are able to install the system on our fleet.”
Marcus Williams, global sales and marketing director at STG Aerospace, added, “We are delighted that Airlink, a valued long term customer of STG over the years, has chosen to install our LED cabin lighting across their fleet, and in doing so becomes our first LED lighting customer in Africa. We’re thrilled that they are so pleased with the results.”
MRO Europe: Rockwell Collins enhances connectivity for business aviation customers
Rockwell Collins has partnered with TrueNorth Avionics to offer its advanced Airborne Data Router (ADR) for enhanced connectivity.
The ADR will support a new suite of value-added connectivity features and services being launched by Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect including enhancements to security.
“Connectivity has become a critical part of an aircraft’s capabilities,” said David Stanley, vice president, ARINCDirect Cabin Services for Rockwell Collins. “The Rockwell Collins ADR creates one network with the ability to prioritise traffic to effectively manage an entire suite of connectivity options through one device. That means business aviation operators get access to more connectivity options, faster networks, and more applications and value-added services – all from one service provider.”
In addition to managing onboard networks like Ka, Ku, L-Band, ATG and GSM within the cabin, the ADR enables more flight departments and crews to access ARINCDirect service offerings such ARINCDirect Wi-Fi call and text, media content, international trip planning, Rockwell Collins’ cabin systems and weather services by acting as the communications gateway for any number of connected devices on-board.
Vision Media acquires Fordela
Vision Media Management, a provider of marketing and fulfillment services, has acquired Fordela Corporation, a provider of cloud-based digital asset management, streaming, and video on demand (VOD) solutions.
Fordela adds demonstrated capabilities to handle complex digital media workflows required for the preparation and delivery of content into critical windows such as direct-to-consumer S/VOD, non-theatrical, and in-flight entertainment. Fordela’s platform will further expand on Vision’s Conduco portal that clients already employ for a broad range of digital screener options. Fordela’s advanced content on-boarding and metadata retrieval will also strengthen Vision’s digital offerings.
“This acquisition represented a unique opportunity for Vision to further broaden our digital media services offerings while continuing to assimilate the industry’s most talented resources,” said Michael Alvarez, CEO of Vision.
“With Fordela’s asset management, transcoding, streaming, and video delivery solutions, Vision will be able to expand our existing digital service offerings while offering new ways for our clients to monetise their content from enterprise media supply chain management to direct-to-consumer VOD delivery. We will leverage Fordela’s platform and development expertise to accelerate distinctive solutions for our studio and advertising clients that encompass trailer management, content review, comment, approval, and distribution,” explained Dmitry Primachenko, Vision’s chief product officer.
Panasonic Avionics and Aeromobile confirm global availability of 3G eXPhone system
Building on the success of its eXPhone service, installed on over 450 aircraft across 19 airlines worldwide, Panasonic is now offering the system globally via its partnership with AeroMobile.
According to a statement, the move follows increasing airline adoption of the eXPhone platform and increased customer demand for on-board mobile connectivity. The newly launched 3G technology delivers a richer and faster passenger experience and enables access to a greater number of applications.
The in-flight 3G network, which is operated over Panasonic’s eXConnect service, enables a quality and range of services much closer to those experienced on the ground. Faster browsing, bigger attachments, quicker posts, more responsive apps and gaming, all lead to a better connected cabin experience taking travel into a new era.
David Bruner, vice president of Global Communications Services, Panasonic Avionics Corporation commented, “Our continued partnership with AeroMobile is testament to the eXPhone platform and how it enables airlines to offer mobile connectivity in the aircraft cabin that is easy and simple to connect to and use.
“The technology’s continued success demonstrates how Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity are totally complimentary services, consistently doubling the number of connected users in the cabin and revenue opportunities for the airline.”
Kevin Rogers, chief executive officer at AeroMobile added, “Passengers carry different devices, have different connectivity needs and have different payment preferences. Passengers each have their own “connected world.”
“We are all used to choice on the ground – choice between mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity - and we are proud that our partnership with Panasonic continues to enable passengers to access different services at different times and pay in different ways.”
Rockwell Collins to distribute Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-Safety to aviation industry
Inmarsat has appointed Rockwell Collins as its first global partner to deliver next generation aviation safety services, including the SwiftBroadband-Safety service for cockpit and aircraft operations.
The agreement outlines the companies’ mutual interest and plans to work with airlines to develop and introduce a smooth and cost effective migration path from traditional flight deck connectivity solutions to new, higher bandwidth secure IP connections available through SwiftBroadband-Safety services.
Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation’s senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development, said, “We are delighted to extend our successful relationship with Rockwell Collins to include this transformative new generation of aviation safety services. Rockwell Collins has the global market strength and capability to deliver these benefits to the aviation industry. Our confidence is further reinforced by Inmarsat’s current evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety with Hawaiian Airlines, which is being conducted with Rockwell Collins and continues to be extremely successful.”
Michael DiGeorge, Rockwell Collins vice president of Commercial Aviation and Network Services, added, “The aviation community depends on safe, secure and affordable flight deck connectivity for critical operations that are vital to their business. The move to this advanced technology platform ushers in a new era of information and connectivity solutions for the global aviation industry. We anticipate strong demand from our existing and new ARINC GLOBALinkTM customers for SwiftBroadband-Safety services.”
The agreement will provide attractive incentives for upgrading to SwiftBroadband-Safety, together with price assurances for Inmarsat Classic Aero customers served by Rockwell Collins. New enterprise agreement options and shared corporate allowance packages are envisioned to offer additional new benefits, including simplified pricing models, increased flexibility, predictability and highly-competitive packaged data and services.
SwiftBroadband-Safety hardware is currently available for initial retrofit installation on existing aircraft and will become a standard option on new aircraft deliveries starting in 2018.
ALTO Aviation introduces new Cadence Switch System
ALTO Aviation has introduced its new Cadence Switch System (CSS) a new series of modular switch panels that allow fit compatible sizes and functionality through discrete logic, no software, and minimises woodwork and installation costs.
“The fundamental ability for ALTO to design custom switches without changing its pre-engineered switch modules provides a tremendous competitive advantage. ALTO can easily adapt a cover bezel for a fit compatible solution to match any cutout without having to define a completely new switch design. The result is quicker lead times and a lower installation cost alternative since existing woodwork can be preserved,” said Kevin Hayes, ALTO Aviation’s vice president of sales & marketing.
The pre-engineered discrete switch modules come in sizes from 1‐6 positions, pre‐defined headphone and other accessory modules including USB charging, HDMI port, Bluetooth interface and ordinance signage. The CSS also features pre‐defined harness configurations and universal overlay options. Dual LED status placement allows for vertical and horizontal orientations within the same assembly. A final configured switch panel may consist of several different modules placed together in the same bezel.
Since the overlay is defined independently of the switch module, the switch can be designed for a variety of applications. The overlays may be rotated for vertical or horizontal placement. The trim plate conceals the transitions between the overlays and defines the final switch orientation.
One of the inherent features of the CSS is its ability to be fit compatible with former CMS/IFE switch offerings. By defining a cover bezel that fits an existing cutout, ALTO may be able to provide a CMS/IFE upgrade solution without changing the woodwork.
The CSS also consists of controllers that provide load control and temperature control. A programmable 8 Channel Relay Controller provides the load switching logic. This controller approach allows a user to easily configure a system to meet any requirement. A temperature controller allows for passenger control in the cabin.
Ryanair’s FY17 guidance cut by 5%
Ryanair has reduced its full year net profit guidance to a new range of €1.30-1.35 billion, a decrease of 5% from its previous forecast range of €1.375-1.425 billion.
The airline attributes this slightly lower growth in its full year profitability is the 18% fall of UK Sterling since the country voted to leave the European Union (also known as Brexit) which will reduce 2H17 average fares by between 13% to 15% as opposed to the previously guided 10% to 12%.
Ryanair confirmed that its 1H17 fares were marginally weaker at –10% compared to previously guided –9%. However, these lower fares will be partly offset by a better-than-expected cost performance. Ryanair now expects full year ex-fuel unit costs to decline by 3% compared with previously guided 1%. Ryanair also expects its full year load factor to be 1% better than guided at 94%, and now expects that full year traffic will increase to 119 million, a 12% increase on last year’s 106 millon booked seats.
“The recent sharp decline in Sterling post Brexit (which accounts for approximately 26% of Ryanair’s FY17 revenues) will weaken 2H17 yields by slightly more than we had originally expected,” explained Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary. “While higher load factors, stronger traffic growth and better cost control will help to ameliorate these weaker revenues, it is prudent now to adjust full year guidance which will rise by approximately 7% (over FY16) rather than our original guidance of 12%. This decline is primarily due to the impact of weaker Sterling on our 2H17 fares.
“We would caution that this revised guidance remains heavily dependent upon no further weakness in 2H17 fares (–13% to –15%) or Sterling from its current levels (€1 = £0.9050),” O’Leary added.
First MRJ test aircraft begins US flight tests
The first flight test aircraft (FTA-1) of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has begun its flight test programme from Moses Lake in the US.
FTA-1 took off from Grant County International Airport at 17:20 local time on 18 October and arrived back at the airport at 20:38 the same day. The total flight time was 3 hours and 18 minutes.
The aircraft is the first of four which will be based at Moses Lake for their flight testing. A fifth test aircraft will carry outits flight testing at Mitusbishi’s Nagoya base in Japan.
Norwegian announces summer 2017 schedule from Edinburgh
Norwegian has put tickets on sale for its flights from Edinburgh in summer 2017, with six city and sun destinations including the return of its newest route to Barcelona.
Norwegian launched twice-weekly flights to Barcelona earlier this year which, as mentioned, will return next summer. This route joins Norwegian’s existing range of business and leisure destinations from Edinburgh Airport including Malaga, Tenerife, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer at Norwegian, remarked, “Our high quality low-cost flights are proving popular in Edinburgh which is why we’re bring back our newest route to Barcelona and affordable fares for the summer. We have big plans for the Scottish capital and putting on sale our summer programme is only the start as we continue to delight passengers with our free onboard Wi-Fi, brand new aircraft and exciting destinations.”
Flybe puts more early release summer 2017 routes on sale
More early release routes have been put on sale by Flybe as part of the airline’s preliminary Summer 2017 schedule.
Included in the preliminary 2017 Summer schedule released to date are three new routes – two from Doncaster Sheffield to Dublin and Dusseldorf, and to Rome Fiumincino from Cardiff. Also highlighted by the airline are routes from: Birmingham to Avignon, Bastia, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Lyons, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse, Berlin and Newquay; Edinburgh to Bergerac; Exeter to Bergerac and Rennes; Newquay to London Gatwick; Manchester to Bergerac, La Rochelle, Lyons, Rennes, Toulouse and Newquay; and Southampton to Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Limoges, La Rochelle, Nantes, Lyons, Nantes, Perpignan, Rennes and Verona.
“We appreciate that many of our customers plan their next summer holidays well in advance to take advantage of the lowest possible fares,” commented Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer. “This is why we have put a preliminary selection some of our most popular leisure routes on sale early, including some of our summer sun routes and those to regional France. This is by no means our complete summer schedule, the full details of which will be released shortly.”
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