Hahn Air has integrated 20 new carriers into its global network of more than 350 air, rail and shuttle partners as of the end of the third quarter of this year, including nine new interline agreements.

A total of 11 are new partners of H1-Air, a product of Hahn Air Systems, it added. The services of the following airlines are available on the HR-169 ticket under their own designator, thanks to the interline agreement with the German airline:

• Africa World Airlines (AW), Ghana
• Air KBZ (K7), Myanmar
• Air Senegal (HC), Senegal
• Austrian Airlines (OS), Austria
• Eastar Jet (ZE), South Korea
• JC International Airlines (QD), Cambodia
• Jubba Airlines (3J), Kenya
• Lanmei Airlines (LQ), Cambodia
• Sunwing Airlines (WG), Canada

The flights of the 11 new partners of Hahn Air Systems are now available under the reservation code H1 in all Global Distribution Systems.

This year has so far seen agreements with the following airlines and tour operators, according to Hahn:

• Aerolíneas Sosa (S0), Honduras
• Air Kiribati (IK), Kiribati
• Anguilla Air Services (Q3), Anguilla
• Blue Bird Airways (BZ), Greece
• China West Air (PN), China
• Cronos Airlines (C8), Equatorial Guinea
• Easyfly (VE), Colombia
• Jetways Airlines (WU), Kenya
• Lanmei Airlines (LQ), Cambodia
• Myway Airlines (MJ), Georgia
• TravelXperts ag, Switzerland

“We are especially pleased that two of our new interline partners are now making use of a dual partnership with the Hahn Air Group, which means they are combining an interline agreement with our H1-Air product,” said Steve Knackstedt, vice-president of the Airline Business Group at Hahn Air. “Lanmei Airlines and Africa World Airlines are therefore now available on the Hahn Air ticket under their own IATA codes while at the same time, they can be issued in all major GDSs under the Hahn Air Systems code H1. This is a growing trend among our customer airlines as it gives them a truly global approach to indirect distribution via travel agencies.”

Hahn Air is 100%-owned by the Hahn Air Group, based in Dreieich near Frankfurt.

AFI KLM E&M has won a call for tenders launched by regional carrier Air Corsica for heavy maintenance C-Checks on two of its Airbus A320 aircraft.

The narrow-bodies will be overhauled in Casablanca, Morocco by Aerotechnic Industries (ATI), a 50/50 medium-haul focused MRO joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Royal Air Maroc (RAM). The C-checks will take place in the first quarter of 2019 and include implementation of a Service Bulletin (SB), and cabin maintenance and engineering services.

AFI KLM E&M and RAM pooled their experience with medium-haul fleets to use the latter’s facilities at Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca to offer clients its two-bay A320 and Boeing 737NG overhaul capabilities, including C-Checks and D-Checks.

Senior vice-president commercial at AFI KLM E&M, Fabrice Defrance, said: “Overseen under a master contract, our current partnership takes in a vast array of services, from component support to engines, airframes and a range of one-off requests. We are constantly attentive to Air Corsica and are, therefore, very happy that the airline has once again placed its trust in AFI KLM E&M.”

Luc Guiomar, Air Corsica’s technical director, said: “AFI KLM E&M won us over with an economically attractive proposal, and was able to show it could satisfy our demand within the available timeframe. This is a perfect opportunity to bolster an already well-established relationship between our two companies.”

Air Corsica was founded 28 years ago and carries approximately 1.8 million passengers per year, operating over 20,000 flights annually across 33 routes using its fleet of six A320s and six ATR72s turboprops.

Aero Norway will provide engine MRO services for Scandinavian Airlines’ (SAS) fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

The Norwegian MRO specialist signed a rolling agreement with the airline covering scheduled and unscheduled engine removals, maintenance, repair and overhaul for the carrier’s fleet of 67 B737-600/700/800 aircraft equipped with CFM56-7B engines.

Rune Veenstra, chief business officer at Aero Norway, said at MRO Europe in Amsterdam: “MROs, independent engine owners and leasing companies come to us because of the flexibility of workscope that we, as an independent organisation, can offer. This really helps their operational efficiency and the light work scopes, fast slot induction and quick turnaround will all deliver tangible benefits to SAS.”

He added that Aero Norway’s capability for on-site assistance was a key factor in the SAS decision with specific regional coverage able to be deployed in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. “Although Aero Norway has worked on several SAS engines in recent times, it is the flexibility we can offer and our commitment to induct unscheduled removals within specific timeframes that underpins this new agreement.”

Stavanger-based Aero Norway has been a CFM-approved facility for more than 25 years, and is multi-release FAA, EASA, TCCA, CAAC, GCAA and DGCA certified.

 

Bombardier has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAC), Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC) and several former Bombardier employees.

According to Reuters, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer is suing the aircraft unit of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, claiming the former employees passed on trade secrets to help Mitsubishi regional jet programme. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in a federal court in Seattle.

In response, a statement today from MAC said: “Bombardier Inc. of Canada filed a lawsuit against Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation alleging that Mitsubishi Aircraft hired employees from Bombardier to acquire trade secrets. We strongly reject this lawsuit and find their allegations and assertions without merit. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) programme is developing aircraft that will set new standards for performance, airline profitability, and traveller comfort.

“These newer, more advanced aircraft are set to replace the previous generation of <100 seat aircraft based on their double digit fuel savings, best-in-class passenger comfort and Japanese quality. As a result, we see these proceedings as a recognition of our competitive product and this lawsuit primarily as an attempt by Bombardier to stifle global competition. We will strongly defend our position in this case. ”

A further statement from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries added: “Bombardier Inc. of Canada filed a lawsuit against Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, our group company, alleging that Mitsubishi Aircraft hired employees from Bombardier to acquire trade secrets. Mitsubishi Aircraft strongly rejects this lawsuit and finds their allegations and assertions without merit. We, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, continue to support Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) Programme, and will further ensure that this lawsuit has no impact upon the MRJ Programme and its progress.”

AeroTEC has been working with Mitsubishi Aircraft as part of the certification programme for the 90-seat passenger aircraft, which has suffered several delays over the years but is due for Entry Into Service in 2020 with All Nippon Airways.

The lawsuit alleges that Bombardier employees recruited by Mitsubishi or AeroTEC brought with them confidential documents and data related to the certification of aircraft in Canada and the United States. The Canadian OEM is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent Mitsubishi and AeroTEC from using the information it says was taken.