China Eastern partners with AFI KLM E&M for new-generation aircraft expertise

 Only a matter of months after turning over its 787 component support requirements to AFI KLM E&M, China Eastern has signed a new contract covering its fleet of Airbus A350-900s, ultimately set to number 20 aircraft. The bespoke A350 contract covers repairs, access to a regional spares pool, and the provision of a Main Base Kit (MBK). The agreement also includes complementary training services and engineering development assistance.

Executive Vice President of Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Anne Brachet said, “This is an honor for us and we are proud to support the development of China Eastern, a great airline that never rests on its laurels and is intent on continuously renewing itself, especially as regards its ambitions to operate a young fleet - one of the youngest in the global airline marketplace. We want to provide China Eastern with component support that lives up to those ambitions.”


Wizz Air, Lufthansa Technik sign AVIATER agreement for digital fleet solutions

 Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik have signed a ten-year AVIATAR agreement to provide one of Europe's fastest growing airlines with innovative digital fleet solutions.

Key element in the partnership approach is to further improve efficiency of Wizz Air's technical operations by using AVIATAR's modular solutions in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance and reliability management. This happens in direct connection to the Maintenance Control Center (MCC) in Budapest. In addition, Wizz Air will also benefit from all other innovative offerings by Lufthansa Technik and third parties on AVIATAR.


HAECO Xiamen partners with Xiamen City University

 HAECO Xiamen, a member of the HAECO Group, announced recently that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Xiamen City University (‘XMCU’). The agreement formalizes co-operation between the two organizations in developing talented individuals for the aircraft maintenance industry.

 Students who enroll in the joint XMCU-HAECO Xiamen program will receive basic skills training in aircraft maintenance at the HAECO Xiamen Technical Training Centre over the course of their three-year academic studies at XMCU. This will give them exposure to the aircraft maintenance industry and, upon graduation; students will receive higher diplomas from XMCU and training certificates from HAECO Xiamen. The integrated program will fast-track the process of developing high-quality aircraft maintenance mechanics by six months. The partners will continue to refine the program's curriculum, assessment criteria, and develop student recruitment plans.


SpaceX unveils powerful GPS satellite ever built

 SpaceX has recently launched the US Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.

A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, recently, hoisting the satellite toward orbit.

Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It's the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth's circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometers).

It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.


Japan seeks more jets, subs, UAVs as part of $243b defense-spending plan

 Japan intends to procure more F-35 fighter jets, shipborne unmanned aircraft and submarines, according to newly released midterm defense guidelines and an associated defense plan.

The long-awaited documents, recently released and formally approved by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, would see Japan spend almost $243 billion on defense over the next five fiscal years, which in Japan begins April 1 and ends March 31 the following year.

Known as the National Defense Program Guidelines and the Mid-Term Defense Plan, or MTDP, the documents outline Japan’s defense policy and outlook for the next five fiscal years as the country grapples with the rising economic and military power by regional rival China and the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.


France orders Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

 Airbus Defense and Space has received a firm order from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defense in 2014.

The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an accelerated timescale requested by France.

In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refueling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refueling pods. The aircraft can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 272 passengers as well as medevac arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to 10 patients as well as 88 passengers.

The combat-proven A330 MRTT has been ordered by 12 nations, which have now placed firm orders for 60 aircraft, of which 34 have been delivered.


Lockheed Martin receives $1.8b contract for PAC-3 missiles

 The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a $1.8 billion contract for production and delivery of Lockheed Martin Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.

The contract includes deliveries for the US Army and Foreign Military Sales of PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptors, launcher modification kits and associated equipment.

"PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE give our customers unmatched, combat-proven hit-to-kill technology to address growing and evolving threats," said Jay Pitman, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE are proven, trusted and reliable interceptors that employ hit-to-kill accuracy, lethality and enhanced safety to address dangers around the world."


China to double its number of civil airports by 2035

 The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) reported that the Asian nation aims to build 216 new airports in the country by 2035. CAAC noted that China currently has 234 civil airports, and plans to have approximately 450 by 2035, according to a report from the state-run China Daily.

A spike in air travel in China, which has around 1.4 billion residents, brings on the building boom. With wealth growing in urban centers, more Chinese are traveling. CAAC reported Chinese airports had 552 million passengers travel through and estimates that number to swell to 720 million by 2020.

"Service has improved substantially, but existing airports are far from adequate and are unevenly distributed throughout the country," said Dong Faxin, director of CAAC's development and planning department.

CAAC also reported that many of the new airports would be built in the Yangtze River Delta region, in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and in the Chongqing and Chengdu city cluster.

In addition, CAAC claimed that China will surpass the United States as the largest air passenger market in the world by 2035, and Chinese nationals will account for one in four airline passengers by the same year, and air travel will account for a third of the total traffic in the country.


Boeing delivers first 737 MAX airplane to Royal Air Maroc

 Boeing recently delivered the first 737 MAX for Royal Air Maroc, which plans to use the fuel-efficient, longer-range version of the popular 737 jet to expand and modernize its fleet.

Morocco's flag carrier - which welcomed its first 787-9 Dreamliner last week - will take delivery of three more 737 MAX 8s and three more 787-9s over the next few months as part of its strategic plan to strengthen its operations.

The 737 MAX 8 airplanes will build on the success of Royal Air Maroc's fleet of Next-Generations 737s. The MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs. It also integrates engine technology to reduce the operational noise footprint of the airplane.


JetBlue Airways firms up order for 60 A220 aircraft

 JetBlue Airways has firmed up an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, the larger model of the new, industry-leading A220 series.

“As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 aircraft, will help ensure we deliver the best onboard experience to customers and meet our long-term financial targets as we continue disciplined growth into the future,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue.

JetBlue’s existing Airbus fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order.


Bombardier announces sale of 4 business jets worth $310m

 Bombardier recently announced the sale of four Global 6000 business jets to an undisclosed customer. This transaction is valued at $310 million US, according to current list prices and including a contract for services.

With its advanced wing design, the Global 6000 aircraft delivers a smooth ride for exceptional comfort and boasts the widest cabin in its class.

The sophisticated and contemporary Premier cabin is available on the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, and was inspired by the Red Dot Award-winning interior aboard the Global 7500 business jet.

The reliable and flexible Global 6000 aircraft can travel 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 kilometers) at Mach 0.85 with eight passengers,* and can link Moscow to Los Angeles non-stop with eight passengers and four crew members.*

The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft offers the most available electrical power in its category in its standard configuration via four variable frequency generators and an auxiliary power unit for ultimate reliability on long missions. The Bombardier Vision flight deck offers a head-up display with both Enhanced and Synthetic Vision.  


Embraer Delivers 15 commercial and 24 executive Jets in 3Q18

 During the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), Embraer delivered 15 jets to the commercial aviation market and 24 business jets, being 17 light jets and 7 large jets. On September 30, Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled $13.6 billion.

Regarding the commercial aviation market, Embraer forecasted in its Market Outlook a demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide over the next 20 years. The in-service fleet is set to increase to 16,000 aircraft, up from the 9,000 aircraft currently in operation. Market growth will drive 65% of this demand, while the remaining 35% of the projected demand will be to replace ageing aircraft.


UTC acquires Rockwell Collins

 United Technologies Corp. (UTC) completed its $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins, laying out a plan to emerge as an aerospace-focused company that comprises the newly formed Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney, UTC announced. The company, meanwhile, will spin off non-aerospace units, including Otis and Carrier, into independent entities.

Completion of the acquisition came shortly after receipt of China clearance, the final of the three key regulatory approvals. China’s signoff followed US clearance in October and European approval in May.


Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak CEO Mubadala Investment Company

 Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak is Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Mubadala Investment Company, responsible for ensuring that the business strategy is aligned with Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification efforts. He is a member of the company’s Board Executive Committee and is Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), which provides strategic policy advice to the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, of which he is also a member.

In addition, he is a member of the UAE Supreme Petroleum Council of the government of Abu Dhabi. Mr. Al Mubarak’s other board positions include Chairman of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); and Manchester City Football Club. He is also a member of the New York University Board of Trustees.


Ahmet Karaman : Turkish Technic CEO

 Ahmet Karaman was born in Beskoy ,which is a district of Koprubası, Trabzon in 1960. He was graduated from Haydarpasa Technical High School in 1978 and Queen Mary University of London, Department of Aeronautical Engineering in 1984. 

Mr. Karaman started his career as an aircraft engineer at Turkish Airlines in 1985. He continued his career as Executive Vice President (Technical) at Tur European Airlines between 1989-1994 and Executive Vice President (Technical and Administrative Affairs) at Air Alfa Airlines between 1994-1998.


First flight with hybrid aircraft engine scheduled for 2019

 The first flight with a new 500 kW hybrid aircraft engine is scheduled for next year, CEO of the Zhukovsky Institute National Research Center Andrei Dutov recently announced.

"A 500 kW electrical engine has been developed. Next year, we hope to carry out the first flight. This is a hybrid engine. In this area, we are even outpacing such rivals as Siemens and Airbus," the chief executive said.

The engine prototype was demonstrated at the Hydro-Aviation exhibition in the Black Sea town of Gelendzhik and at the MAKS air show outside Moscow, he said.


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