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ANA renews GEE contract for IFE services
All Nippon Airways Trading Co. (ANA) has reached a new agreement with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) to continue offering a catalogue of local and international in-flight entertainment (IFE).
Under this renewed agreement, GEE will deliver content and services in multiple languages to ANA, including movies, television programming, audio content and technical services. In addition, GEE will continue to provide the airline with creative services in an aim to enhance the ANA brand and engage the airline’s passengers.
“Global Eagle delivers on ANA’s promise to our passengers to provide an in-flight entertainment experience that is new, exciting and relevant to their travels,” commented Yoshikatsu Shinoda, Head of IFE for All Nippon Airways Trading Co. “We recognise the value our customers receive from the journey we take them on each day, and in-flight entertainment is one of the hallmarks of providing an exceptional passenger experience.”
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Airbus celebrates best ever Farnborough
Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier and COO–customers John Leahy wound up the company’s show by declaring it the best Farnborough Air Show in Airbus’s history – and its third biggest in all air show history.
The company announced orders and commitments for 496 aircraft with a list price total of $75.3 billion. “It was good that we could launch the A330neo with six customers so far after a couple of weeks of intensive marketing,” remarked Bregier. “Also, SMBC Aviation Capital placed the largest single order for an aircraft from a lessor, which took the A320neo family past 3,000 firm orders.”
John Leahy highlighted the fact that the A330neo has a common type rating with A350XWB, thus adding extra value. He also confirmed that the A330 Regional will still go ahead. “The new generation of engines is much heavier, which is not good for 2-3 hr flights. So the A330 Regional will continue to be a far better option for this mission.” The COO also confirmed that an A350 Regional is also in the catalogue.
Asked about ongoing production rates for the A330 and later for the new version, Bregier confirmed that the company has the capacity to produce 10 a month, but remarked that “it is too early to give exact number”. He continued, “Given response we’ve had to the launch, I believe we could meet that 10 a month. A lot depends on the campaigns in the coming months.”
On single-aisle production, with more than 3,000 A320neo family orders, Bregier said that a step-by-step approach is being taken. “We are going to do transition to rate 46 [aircraft a month]. Will we go higher? Probably yes – but the number is not decided yet.”
Leahy underlined the challenge on A320 family production. “It is difficult to get slots before 2020,” he explained, “and the A320ceo slots are just about sold out too.”
Finally, in response to Boeing’s claim that its new 200-seat version is where the market sees its sweet spot and not in the largest member of the new single-aisle families, Leahy commented, “About 50% of our orders this year are moving towards the A321neo. So we are are happy with where we are seeing the sweet spot sitting.”
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
FARNBOROUGH 2014: L-3 Link signs LOI with Interjet for SSJ100 training devices
L-3 Link Simulation & Training has signed a letter of intent with Interjet to build and deliver a Sukhoi Superjet 100 full flight simulator (FFS) and an associated flight training device (FTD).
The SSJ100 FFS and FTD, based on L-3 Link’s RealitySeven simulation solution, will be provided by L-3 Link’s Crawley, UK-based operation for use at Interjet’s Toluca training facility.
“This LOI underscores the valued partnership L-3 Link has established with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and SuperJet International and represents the fourth SSJ100 full flight simulator built by L-3 Link UK,” commented Alan Crawford, managing director of L-3 Link UK. “This order affirms Interjet’s confidence in our flexible and cost-effective RealitySeven simulation equipment, which delivers high degrees of reliability, maintainability and supportability, in addition to providing low life-cycle costs.”
“L-3 is an extraordinary simulation provider and Interjet is delighted to partner with L-3 to strengthen our pilots’ training capability in Mexico,” responded Jose Luis Garza Alvarez, CEO of Interjet.
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Lessors play key role with new orders
Lessors were key to commercial aircraft sales at Farnborough, particularly on aircraft operated by low-fare airlines on both short- and long-haul.
Leading the way in the single-aisle market was SMBC Aviation Capital which placed a firm order for 115 A320 family aircraft (110 A320neos and five A320ceos), which is the industry’s largest ever single firm order by a worldwide leasing company for single-aisle aircraft. The new aircraft take SMBC Aviation Capital’s total orders for Airbus aircraft to 206 A320 family aircraft. SMBC Aviation Capital will announce its engine selection at a later date.
CIT Group signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus which willlead to orders for 15 of the newly-launched A330-900neo aircraft as well as five A321ceo aircraft. CIT will announce its engine selection for the A321s at a later date.
Avolon also announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 15 A330neos and is also adding to the Boeing aircraft in its portfolio with a commitment for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s. This commitment is Avolon's first order for the 787 and also increases the lessor's 737 MAX portfolio to 20 aircraft.
As well as ordering more ATR 72-600s, Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 25 A330-900neos while simultaneously placing a firm order for 60 A321neos.
Including these deals, ALC’s total orders and commitments for Airbus aircraft reaches 225, of which 200 are firm orders (50 A320ceo family, 110 A320neo family, 15 A330 family, 25 A350 XWB family) plus the MoU for 25 A330neos. ALC will announce engine selections for the 60 A321neo aircraft at a later date.
For its Boeing portfolio, ALC announced an order for six 777-300ERs and firmed up a previous deal for 20 737 MAX 8s. The latter order brings Air Lease Corporation’s combined orders for the 737 MAX to 104 aeroplanes.
Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) signed a firm order with Airbus for a total of 70 A320neo family aircraft – 40 A320neos and 30 A321neos – confirming a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the 2013 Paris Air Show. HKAC currently has a portfolio of more than 50 single and twin aisle Airbus aircraft and this is its first direct order with any aircraft manufacturer.
Staying in the Asia-Pacific, BOC Aviation announced an order for an additional 43 A320 family aircraft, comprising seven A320neo family aircraft and 36 A320ceo aircraft across A320 and A321 variants. The first eight A320ceos powered by engines from IAE have been placed. Engine decisions for the rest of the fleet will follow.
Including this agreement, BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders for new Airbus aircraft reached 255 as of 30 June 2014. Of these, 142 have already been delivered, and another 55 committed to lease.
Finally, AerCap firmed up an order for 50 additional A320neos, the contract being AerCap’s first major aircraft order following its acquisition of ILFC earlier this year. AerCap will announce its engine selection in due course.
Including this order, AerCap’s total order for A320neos rises to 200 and its total orders of Airbus aircraft rises to 945.
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Double ‘500 Club’ for Bombardier with Q400 and CSeries deals
Bombardier has celebrated the 500th firm order for its Q400 turboprop and the CSeries orderbook reaching 500 firm orders and commitments following a series of deals announced by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president, Mike Arcamone.
First up was launch customer for the extra capacity version of the Q400, Nok Air, converting two purchase rights to firm orders to take the Q400 past the 500 order mark. The first of extra-capacity Q400 flew for the first time on 12 July and will shortly head to the paint shop to receive the striking Nok Air livery.
“Our second milestone is to reveal that we have our first CSeries from an African customer, which has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 5 CSeries family aircraft. At present the customer wishes to remain unidentified. This deal also takes the total number of orders and commitments for CSeries aircraft to 500,” Arcamone highlighted.
“Finally, and showing how our CSeries customers value the family, a current CSeries customer has signed a conditional purchase order for seven firm CS300s with purchase rights for a further six. The deal will become firm once it receives the approval of the airline’s board,” explained Arcamone, also noting that this customer too wishes to remain unidentified for the time being.
“The CSeries order and commitment total now stands to 513 and with 203 of those being firm orders we are well on the way to meet our target of 300 firm orders by the time of entry in service. We have now already reached our other EIS goal of 20 customers,” Arcamone emphasised.
Photo shows (l-r) Rob Dewar, vice president and general manager, CSeries program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; Mike Arcamone, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace; and Ray Jones, senior vice-president, sales, marketing and asset management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
digEcor appoints Paul Thorpe to lead EMEA business
digEcor has announced that Paul Thorpe (pictured) will be joining the team as the company’s new President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Thorpe will be based in the UK and direct all activities in the region. He began his aviation career over 20 years ago in the business jet sector then held a range of sales and marketing management roles in the avionics and in-flight entertainment market. He joins digEcor from Rockwell Collins where he recently held the position of Sales Director of Northern Europe.
“The EMEA region has always been an important market for digEcor and Paul’s appointment, and the team he will be putting in place from our new London office, marks our commitment to our existing and future customers in this region,” commented digEcor’s CEO David Withers. “Paul has been very successful in previous roles and we’re confident he’ll drive real growth in this area and provide great leadership as a member of the global executive team.”
“I am eager to jump right in and get to work on the opportunity the EMEA region presents,” said Thorpe. “We have some great customers and a storied history in the area and we see significant growth opportunities in the region.”
Sabena Technics opts to equip Venue HD CMS on BBJ
Sabena Technics has chosen Rockwell Collins’ Venue cabin management and high-definition (HD) entertainment system for installation on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
Venue includes features and functionality of home entertainment systems and executive suites. The updated BBJ cabin will feature HD monitors and digital audio throughout the aircraft for watching Blu-Ray Disc movies and other high-resolution content, such as real-time flight information from Rockwell Collins’ Airshow 3D Moving Map.
“Venue emulates the home electronics experience by supplying high-definition entertainment features to the aircraft cabin,” explained Claude Alber, vice president and managing director, Europe, The Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins. “Venue also offers flexible user interfaces that allow business to be conducted seamlessly.”
FARNBOROUGH 2014: LOT selects Liebherr-Aerospace for E-Jet landing gear overhauls
Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg has signed a deal with LOT Polish Airlines to overhaul the main and nose landing gear systems of the carrier’s Embraer E-Jet fleet, which comprises both E170 and E175 aircraft.
In addition to MRO services, the deal includes an integrated support solution, which covers spare parts and engineering services and enables partial risk-sharing between Liebherr-Aerospace and LOT.
LOT, which received the first Embraer 170 just over 10 years ago, has the first scheduled E-Jet landing gear overhauls in Europe. Following the successful overhaul campaign Liebherr performed for LOT’s ERJ 145s, and based on Liebherr’s experience, support package and the two companies’ existing business relationship, LOT has again chosen Liebherr now.
The complete landing gear system, including the brake system, for the E-Jet family – E170, E175, E190 and E195 – was developed by Liebherr-Aerospace. The components of the main landing gear are manufactured at the Lindenberg plant, whereas parts for the nose landing gear and actuators and for the brake subsystems are produced by partners in Brazil and in the USA.
Photo shows Tomasz Przybylski, deputy director, purchasing and supply management, LOT (left) and Arndt Schoenemann, director general, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg, celebrating the signing of the contract at the show.
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Six ATR 72-600s for Myanma Airways
Myanmar's state-owned national airline Myanma Airways, which will actually be rebranded as Myanmar National Airlines in the near future, has signed with ATR a firm order for six ATR 72-600s with options for six additional aircraft.
The move forms part of the carrier's strategy to establish itself as a major carrier in the region. In parallel with the new order, ATR will assist Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) to enhance its maintenance capabilities through the setting-up of a modern MRO in Yangon.
The new aeroplanes are scheduled for delivery from 2015 through to 2017. They will gradually replace the existing ATR fleet, boosting the airline services considerably by opening new routes, increasing flight frequencies to existing routes and offering the highest level of comfort to customers.
Myanma Airways’ managing director, Than Tun, commented, “The decision to continue with ATR for our short haul operations underpins the Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) long term strategy to build up not only a fleet of the world's most fuel efficient and reliable aircraft but also MRO station in Yangon International Airport. The ATR -600 series family's outstanding operational efficiency and comfort make it the right choice for Myanmar National Airways. These new generation airliners match perfectly Myanmar's market.”
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Strategic services deal signed by Bombardier and Flybe for carrier’s UK branded fleet
Flybe and Bombardier have signed a strategic services agreement which confirms the Bombardier Q400 as Flybe's aircraft of choice in its UK branded business and sees Bombardier undertaking a major programme of enhancements which will make Flybe's current 45-strong Q400 fleet one of the most operationally efficient regional fleets in the world.
Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, explained, "We are delighted that Bombardier will be supporting Flybe. The Q400 will operate even more economically and reliably as we begin our services from London City Airport in October. In addition to LCY, Flybe will use Q400s on a number of new routes including the FlyShuttle service, which would not be possible without the performance of the aircraft.
“This strategic agreement with Bombardier is an important part of our commitment to profitable regional flying. Any decisions regarding incremental capacity deployment in the UK will see the Bombardier Q400 aircraft play an integral role,” concluded Hammad.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Dowty Propellers to provide propeller systems for AVIC’s MA700
AVIC Aircraft Xi’an Branch and Dowty Propellers have signed a Letter of Intent for the latter to provide propeller systems for the new MA700 turboprop.
Wan Cheng Kuan, VP AVIC Xi’an Branch and head of the MA 700 programme, and Oliver Towers, president of Dowty Propellers, signed the LOI for the MA700 aircraft’s propeller system, following up on the manufacturer’s LOI with Pratt & Whitney Canada for PW150C engines.
The propeller for the MA 700 incorporates new blade aerodynamic designs, along with a highly-reliable and proven propeller system. The propeller is designed to allow the aircraft to deliver optimal levels of endurance and fuel efficiency, while achieving a low-noise environment for the cabin, and competitive life-cycle costs.
Photo shows Wan Cheng Kuan, VP AVIC Xi’an Branch and head of the MA 700 programme, and Oliver Towers, president of Dowty Propellers, signing the LOI.
AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband terminal approved by EASA for Boeing 757s
Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband terminal can now be operated on Boeing 757 aircraft following the approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The STC, developed by Cobham SATCOM partner Scandinavian Avionics, includes the installation and activation of the AVIATOR 300's built-in Wi-Fi option, which offers access to a range of communications capabilities.
"We are delighted to report this STC for such an exceptionally well-known and versatile aircraft as the Boeing 757,” commented Kim Gram, VP Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM. “We have many commercial customers already using Cobham antenna systems, but this STC for the Boeing 757 establishes AVIATOR SwiftBroadband as a significant communication option for commercial transport operators.”
With data speeds up to 332 kbps, the system aims to offer fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, supporting voice calling and data services.
Gogo extends Ku-band satellite services across Eastern and Western Russia
Gogo is now able to offer in-flight connectivity for aircraft on routes over the eastern and western regions of Russia after receiving regulatory approval of its Ku-band satellite connectivity service.
This approval has been granted based on Gogo's agreements with satellite communication specialists, AltegroSky and RuSat.
"This licence will allow us to offer our current international airline partners coverage for their existing airline routes and is another significant step in giving us a truly global in-flight communications network,” remarked Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer.
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Bombardier launches Q400 Combi and Fuel Efficiency Manual
Bombardier has launched a new passenger-cargo combi version of the Q400 Next Gen turboprop and released its Q400 Fuel Efficiency Manual which, according to Simon Roberts, vice-president and general manager–turboprops, describes 16 techniques to save fuel in everyday operations.
There are two fixed bulkhead positions for different settings, but the main setting shown by the OEM features seats for 50-passengers at 32 inch pitch plus room for 1,150 ft3 of cargo volume to carry up to 8,200 lb in weight.
The Q400 Fuel Efficiency Manual shows ways to manipulate the long-range cruise speed to create a 12% fuel saving. Single-engine taxi, says the Manual, can save up to 3%. “You can also save 3% by flying at Flight Level 270 in the cruise. Certification to allow airlines to do that is due later this year,” added Roberts. “Finally, RNP AR approaches will also cut the fuel burn by 3%. Horizon is already operating at RNP 0.1 and the aircraft is certified for RNP 0.3.”
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
FARNBOROUGH 2014: Air Seychelles grows Viking Twin Otter Series 400 fleet
Viking Air has officially handed over the keys to the second of a total four Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft purchased by Air Seychelles during a ceremony at the aircraft outside the company’s air show pavilion.
Both the aircraft at the show and one other – the second and third for the carrier’s fleet – were officially accepted by the airline before the show, with one heading straight to the Seychelles and the other coming to Farnborough for display. The latter will be ferried to the Seychelles after the show.
The first Air Seychelles Twin Otter Series 400 was delivered in 2011 and the fourth and final from the order Air Seychelles Series 400 Twin Otter is scheduled for delivery in mid-2015.
Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles’ CEO, commented, “As fully backed by our shareholders – the government of Seychelles and Etihad Airways – Viking Air is without question our preferred supplier and partner in the 19-seat aircraft category. This delivery of new Twin Otters to serve the inter-islands is a win–win for Viking Air, Air Seychelles and the thousands of passengers who fly on domestic services in Seychelles every year. Island hopping by air in Seychelles is growing in popularity and the new aircraft will be a terrific addition to our fleet. They are the right tools at the right time for Air Seychelles.”
David Curtis, Viking president and CEO, added, “We believe that Air Seychelles’ selection of the Twin Otter Series 400 will not only positively impact their ability to service travellers throughout the island nation, but as a strategic partner to Etihad Airways, will help to expand the Series 400 brand presence throughout the entire Middle East/North African region.”
Photo shows Air Seychelles’ CEO, Manoj Papa (left), accepting the Twin Otter from David Curtis, president and CEO of Viking Air.
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