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News : Aeromexico become new BOC Aviation customer, leasing 3 E190s

Aeromexico become new BOC Aviation customer, leasing 3 E190s


BOC Aviation has announced that Aeromexico has become a new customer with the lease of three new Embraer 190 aircraft for Aeromexico Connect, with deliveries scheduled between April and June this year.

“We are delighted to work with Aeromexico in expanding its network with the E190, and look forward to developing our business with Aeromexico further in the future,” remarked Steven Townend, chief commercial officer for Europe, Americas and Africa for BOC Aviation. “BOC Aviation has now placed all of its 15 firm orders of E190 aircraft, a milestone for the company.”

“We are pleased to have BOC Aviation, a leading global aircraft lessor, as a partner in our expansion plans,” commented Andres Conesa, Aeromexico chief executive officer. “The E190 has been, for several years, a growth driver for Aeromexico. We now operate 21 E190 aircraft, which has allowed us to cover important domestic and international routes in the United States and Central America. The addition of these three new aircraft will consolidate Aeromexico as the best option to fly into Mexico and from Mexico to the world.”

Photo: André Du-pont (Mexico Air Spotters)

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News : Airbus Managed Inventory service for AirAsia

Airbus Managed Inventory service for AirAsia


AirAsia has signed an agreement to implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service – ensures the automatic and continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities – for its A320 and A330 fleets at bases in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, group head of engineering of AirAsia, commented, “AirAsia is confident that the Airbus Managed Inventory service will support AirAsia and our associated company AirAsia X in paving the way for low-cost aviation through innovative solutions and efficient processes. With AMI we will minimise our spares investment costs while maximising delivery of parts when needed.”

Didier Lux, senior vice-president of customer service at Airbus, observed, “Airbus continuously provides the best possible support to our customers. With Airbus Managed Inventory we are delighted to bring to AirAsia the benefits of our end-to-end supply chain solution covering a large range of Airbus expendables and standard parts.”

With this selection, AirAsia becomes the fourth customer in the Asia-Pacific region to choose the AMI automated inventory management solution. This service helps Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By capturing material consumption information in real-time and automatically triggering replenishment orders within the agreed inventory levels, the service guarantees high on-shelf part availability while decreasing the overall inventory stock level.

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News : Air Canada adds in-flight Wi-Fi to North American fleet

Air Canada adds in-flight Wi-Fi to North American fleet


Air Canada claims it will become the first Canadian carrier to offer passengers on-board internet access when it starts rolling out Wi-Fi connectivity across its North American fleet in May.
 
In-flight connectivity specialist, Gogo, will provide the service with future type-testing of Gogo satellite systems for Wi-Fi on international flights expected to be conducted in 2015. The results will help determine future connectivity options that can be considered as the technology continues to evolve.
 
"Air Canada continually seeks to enhance the travel experience and that is why we are pleased to be the first airline in Canada to offer in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to customers flying over continental North America,” said Benjamin Smith, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer of Air Canada. “In today's connected world, our customers want to access email, mobile device applications and the internet wherever they are, both to increase their work productivity and expand their leisure options.”
 
Air Canada presently has two Wi-Fi-equipped Airbus 319 aircraft operating in Canada and the U.S. and, subject to a final agreement with Gogo, plans to begin outfitting its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircraft, with Air-To-Ground Wi-Fi connectivity. The installations are to begin in May with the goal of equipping 29 aircraft in 2014 and a targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircraft. The system offers peak connection speeds comparable to mobile broadband services available on the ground.
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News : Mitsubishi reports MRJ main wing transfer

Mitsubishi reports MRJ main wing transfer


Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have announced the transfer of  the main wing of the first Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight test aircraft from MHI’s Tobishima Plant to Komaki South Plant.

The 16 m x 4 m and 2.3 tonne right-hand main wing was loaded on a customised trailer, to make the two-hour 35 kilometre journey from the Tobishima Plant to the Komaki South Plant.

The wing is now being prepared for attachment to the first test aircraft fuselage as the MRJ moves towards roll-out in early 2015.

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News : BOC Aviation and Lion Air confirm second deal

BOC Aviation and Lion Air confirm second deal


BOC Aviation has announced an agreement with Lion Air for the airline group to lease four Boeing 737-800s and one 737-900ER for delivery this year and in 2015.

This agreement builds on the success of the November 2012 transaction for six Boeing 737-800 and three 737-900ER aircraft. The 737-900ER aircraft delivered to Lion Air were the first of the kind in the BOC Aviation fleet.

“With Indonesia being an important market for tourism and business travel, we are pleased to build on our strong relationship with Lion Air to support its growth strategy,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation.

“The demand for short-haul regional routes remains robust, both within and outside of Indonesia,” said Rusdi Kirana, president-director of Lion Air. “This second transaction with BOC Aviation underscores the success of our strategy and our partnership with BOC Aviation in providing financing solutions for our 737NG aircraft delivery stream.”

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News : Vueling to equip in-flight Wi-Fi on A320s

Vueling to equip in-flight Wi-Fi on A320s


Vueling and telecommunications company, Telefónica, have reached an agreement to install a high-speed Wi-Fi service on four of the airline's Airbus A320 aircraft.

The service will be available during this year and will give passengers a very similar navigation experience to that enjoyed on the ground. To date, this kind of data access has not been possible on short distances in Europe, such as Madrid–Barcelona. The airline claims that this makes it the first European company to offer high-speed Wi-Fi.

Passengers using the in-flight connectivity service will be able to access email, use social networks or be connected to news and events in real time, amongst others.

Telefónica will be responsible for integrating LiveTV's high-speed technology with Eutelsat's AIR ACCESS mobile service via its KA-SAT satellite to provide an internet access solution in the air.
 
Ka band satellite systems are able to offer a 20Mbps user experience in-flight that is similar to ADSL in the home. Telefonica has selected Eutelsat as the provider of the satellite network and mobile service, while LiveTV will provide all the equipment on board the aircraft. LiveTV is also in charge of the process of obtaining the necessary certifications (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the use of this technology in Vueling's Airbus A320s.
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News : Gogo reveals TSA with Boeing for connectivity services

Gogo reveals TSA with Boeing for connectivity services


Gogo and Boeing have put in place a technical services agreement (TSA) so that the aircraft manufacturer can evaluate Gogo’s suite of technology solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft.
 
The agreement initiates the evaluation process for potential installation on new Boeing aircraft orders. Gogo is targeting to have line-fit evaluations completed for its ATG-4 in 2015 and satellite solutions in 2016.
 
"As Gogo continues to retro-fit aircraft with its various connectivity solutions, it's crucial to work towards line-fit of these solutions for all new orders so each aircraft comes off the line with Gogo connectivity already installed and ready for service from day one," explained Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO.
 
In addition, Gogo currently has an agreement in place with Boeing for line-fit provisions for its ATG-4 technologies on 737NG aircraft.
 
The provisioning will allow airlines to make some modifications needed on new aircraft to improve the installation process for the ATG-4 service after an airline takes delivery. The provisioning is believed to be an important step to achieving true line-fit capabilities in the future.
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News : Finnair granted to allow PEDs in all phases of flight

Finnair granted to allow PEDs in all phases of flight


Finnair has been approved by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency to allow passengers the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during take-off and landing.

Passengers on Finnair flights may use handheld devices throughout all phases of flight, as long as the devices – such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers – are kept in flight mode. Passengers may still be asked to switch off their devices if landing in low visibility conditions.
 
The airline does not consider laptop computers to be handheld devices, so these are still to be switched off and stored properly during take-off and landing.
 
“Since the European Aviation Safety Agency recently eased its regulations concerning the operation of portable electronic devices, we have sought to apply these regulations to policies on board Finnair flights,” said Antti Aukia, Finnair’s VP Safety and Quality Management. “Now with the necessary approvals in place, we are able to do so.”
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News : GOL to codeshare with TAP

GOL to codeshare with TAP


GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has signed a contract to implement a codeshare and frequent flyer programme agreement with TAP Portugal.

Initially, the agreement will allow TAP, which has more than 74 weekly flights from Portugal to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife, to include its codes on GOL’s flights, enabling connections to other Brazilian destinations.

The companies will also offer members of GOL’s, SMILES, and TAP’s Victoria, loyalty programmes, the possibility to accrue and redeem miles on all eligible flights operated by the two companies.

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News : WestJet Encore announces Calgary–Penticton non-stop service

WestJet Encore announces Calgary–Penticton non-stop service


Non-stop WestJet service between Penticton and Calgary is to begin on 26 October 2014 using WestJet Encore’s Bombardier Q400s.

“Penticton’s community support and business case fits with our ongoing commitment to serving the Okanagan Valley,” remarked Ferio Pugliese, president, WestJet Encore. “We are excited to bring our low fares, great guest experience and convenient schedule to a community in need of air service options. Guests will now have access to 18 same-day connections to WestJet destinations out of Calgary.”

Flights will depart Calgary at 14:05 and land at Penticton at 14:21. In the opposite direction, the aircraft will push back at Penticton at 14:55 and reach Calgary at 17:00 (all times local).

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News : Thai Lion Air adds Medan–Hat Yai service

Thai Lion Air adds Medan–Hat Yai service


Thai Lion Air is launching a three times weekly service linking Medan with Hat Yai, one of the main gateways into southern Thailand.
 
Hat Yai is also Thai Lion Air’s second major hub, which means that passengers from Medan can make convenient connections in Hat Yai to other destinations in Thailand using Thai Lion Air.
 
“Rather than travel to Jakarta and then fly to Bangkok, people from Medan can fly to Hat Yai and then connect to a flight to Bangkok,” explained Thai Lion Air executive managing director,  Andi Burhan, adding that this is a faster, more convenient way to get to Bangkok.
 
Thai Lion Air’s Medan-Hat Yai service uses a new ATR 72-600, while the Hat Yai–Bangkok service uses new Boeing 737-900ERs.

Thai Lion Air also has ATR 72-600 service from Hat Yai to the city of Surat Thani in southern Thailand, as well as to Hua Hin, a popular beachside town on the Gulf of Thailand.
 
In addition, Thai Lion Air is launching a three times weekly ATR 72-600 service on 13 April linking Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur Subang in Malaysia.

“The decision to launch services from Hat Yai to Medan and Subang airport in Kuala Lumpur is part of our commitment to help develop passenger services between ASEAN countries,” noted Burhan.

Thai Lion Air operates a fleet of four 737-900ERs and one ATR 72-600. By year end it aims to increase its 737-900ER fleet to eight.

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News : GOL cleared to fly from Campinas to both Santos Dumont and Miami

GOL cleared to fly from Campinas to both Santos Dumont and Miami


GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has received authorisation from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and other appropriate authorities to operate regular flights between Campinas airport in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont airport as well as to start flights from Campinas to Miami, USA, via Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

Between Campinas and Santos Dumont, there will be 12 flights per day, while the Campinas–Miami service will operate three times a week initially, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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News : WOI and Magzter bring digital magazines to IFE

WOI and Magzter bring digital magazines to IFE


Western Outdoor Interactive (WOI) has collaborated with Magzter to provide passengers access to over 1200 international and regional magazines as in-flight entertainment (IFE).
 
The titles can be accessed through WOI's 'aeroMagazines' service and will include global publications such as Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, Home & Decor, Elle and Businessweek, as well as regional titles from all over the world including the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA.
 
AeroMagazines is designed so that Magzter’s content retains high levels of quality at any zoom level and offers a digital reading experience with page curl animations and two-page spreads.
 
'The opportunity to join hands with such a quality content provider was something that immediately excited us,” commented Rishad Banatwalla, General Manager of Marketing at WOI. “It allowed the availability of such a vast library without creating issues of onboard weight and yet not compromising customer expectations.”
 
“We are quite excited and gung-ho about this new strategic alliance with WOI to distribute our digital magazines to passengers through the in-flight entertainment channel on the aircraft,” said Vijay Radhakrishnan, President and Co-Founder of Magzter. “This is keeping in line with our vision to innovate and explore new avenues for Magzter to reach out to the global consumers and this step forward will now allow them to read digital magazines even when they are traveling on a flight.”
 
Girish Ramdas, CEO and Co-Founder of Magzter added, “Magzter is keenly looking at enhancing the experience of digital reading to the global consumer and this development could mean that this just might act as a catalyst in accelerating the shift worldwide to digital reading.”
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News : MRO AMERICAS: VivaAerobus signs 8-year support deal with AJW Aviation for its 52 new A320s

MRO AMERICAS: VivaAerobus signs 8-year support deal with AJW Aviation for its 52 new A320s


VivaAerobus has chosen AJW Aviation to provide component power-by-the-hour-type support for its fleet of 52 factory-new A320 aircraft, including 40 A320neos.

Prior to the first deliveries from Airbus in 2015, VivaAerobus will have an additional six interim A320s joining its fleet during 2014 and these also form part of the comprehensive contract with AJW, the deal being announced during MRO Americas in Phoenix.

An extensive inventory of A320 components will be placed in Mexico at Monterrey, Cancun and Guadalajara. AJW will also provide pool inventory support from its hub in Miami – this strategic location proving to be a vital part of the support network for VivaAerobus. Additionally, AJW Technique, the AJW Group’s component MRO located in Montreal, will underpin the service delivery with its specialist Airbus repair and overhaul expertise.

Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus, commented, “We have been impressed by both the AJW team, and the commercial flexibility of this far-reaching agreement. We partnered with AJW years ago and have received world-class support that ensures the punctuality and top performance of our existing fleet of Boeing 737-300s. We will undoubtedly benefit from their A320 expertise throughout our fleet transition.

“This decision to renew our fleet will support our growth strategy, as it will enable us to lower costs and airfares even further, thereby widening VivaAerobus’s price leadership over all airlines in Mexico. These aircraft will provide VivaAerobus with additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities as we deliver even lower fares and continue transferring the Mexican bus consumer to our aeroplanes. We are making aviation history in Mexico and in the travel industry,” added Zuazua.

AJW currently supports VivaAerobus’s Boeing 737 Classic fleet of 19 aircraft and will continue to do so until these leave service as they are replaced by new A320s in late 2016.

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News : AIRCRAFT INTERIORS 2014: Gogo IFE/connectivity to be evaluated for Boeing line-fits

AIRCRAFT INTERIORS 2014: Gogo IFE/connectivity to be evaluated for Boeing line-fits


Gogo has agreed to a technical services agreement (TSA) with Boeing to evaluate Gogo’s suite of technology solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft, which could lead to installation on new Boeing aircraft orders.

Gogo is aiming to have line-fit evaluations completed for its ATG-4 in 2015 and satellite solutions in 2016.

“As Gogo continues to retrofit aircraft with its various connectivity solutions, it’s crucial to work towards line-fit of these solutions for all new orders so each aircraft comes off the line with Gogo connectivity already installed and ready for service from day one,” explained Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO.  

In addition, Gogo currently has an agreement in place with Boeing for line-fit provisions for its ATG-4 technologies on 737NG aircraft. The provisioning will allow airlines to make some modifications needed on new aircraft to improve the installation process for the ATG-4 service after an airline takes delivery. The provisioning is an important step to achieving true line-fit capabilities in the future.

“By taking care of some of the aircraft modification needs at the manufacturing level, this provisioning agreement will make the installation process much smoother after an airline takes delivery of the new aircraft,” added Small.  

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