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2012 JULY No. 7 (41)

FRONT SECTION FOR FIRST FLYABLE A350 XWB ARRIVES AT TOULOUSE FAL Airbus has delivered the front fuselage for the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) to the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse (France). The impressive 21 metre long section is already equipped w ith its systems and w as flow n in from Airbus’ site in Saint-Nazaire (France) by the Airbus Beluga transport aircraft. Read more >

BOEING’S 50TH 747-400BCF DELIVERS TO EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES Boeing, Evergreen International Airlines and Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) celebrate the delivery of the 50th 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The airplane is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO. All 747-400BCF deliveries have been completed on or ahead of scheduled commitments to customer airlines. Read more >

Boeing, Aeromexico Announce Commitment for 100 Airplanes Boeing announced a commitment by Aeromexico to purchase up to 100 single- and tw in-aisle airplanes – a combination of 737 MAXs and 787 Dreamliners – in an agreement that w ill fuel the airline’s expansion. Read more >

FL Technics Spare Parts establishes Bombardier CRJ aircraft spare parts stocks FL Technics Spare Parts, a part of the global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services FL Technics, has recently purchased four Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft to be torn dow n for parts and components. Read more >



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Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family The first ‘cutting of metal’ for the Airbus A320neo has taken place in Toulouse. Marking the start of manufacturing of the airliner, machining began of the first engine pylon component at the “Saint-Eloi” Airbus dedicated pylon and nacelle factory in Toulouse. Read more >

CFM logs 960 engine orders through June 2012 orders for CFM International’s CFM56 and LEAP product families reached 960 engines through June. These orders are valued at approximately $10 billion U.S. at list price. Read more >

Vnukovo airport intends to take out a loan of 7 billion rubles to complete the construction of its new terminal The Board of Directors of Vnukovo Airport w ill consider the possibility of taking out a loan to the amount of 7 billion rubles on July 23rd, Interfax reports.

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Emirates and Qantas in talks about potential alliance Qantas Airw ays has said it is in talks w ith Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates about a potential alliance, sending its shares surging more than 9 percent, reports Reuters. Read more >

Qatar Airways to Unveil New Boeing 787 Dreamliner at World’s Largest Aerospace Event at Farnbourgh

Sim w ill provide full flight sim ulators‘ m aintenance and repair services Baltic Aviation Academy, the fastest grow ing aviation training company in Eastern Europe, announced the launch of a new simulators maintenance and repair business branch The start-up w ill provide support and maintenance services for aviation training centers‘ flight training devices. “Having a full flight simulator demands a great number of actions – from finding, purchase and relocation to constant repairs, such as fixing an urgently failed control loading system or a broken oxygen mask. is aimed to meet the needs of aviation training centers by providing allsimulator related services in one hand. The A-Z spectrum of simulator related services conducted by a team of w elltrained professionals are the main stand-outs in the market“, told Arturas Bartkevicius, Engineer Team Leader.

Qatar Airw ays w ill unveil its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time at the w orld’s largest aerospace event, Farnborough International Air Show , taking place in the UK betw een July 9 and 15. Read more >

airberlin selects GEnx engines to power its Boeing 787 Dreamliners Germany’s second largest airline airberlin has selected the GEnx-1B engine to pow er its fleet of 15 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for w hich orders are confirmed. The airline has also signed a 12-year OnPointSM solution agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its’ GEnx engines. Read more >

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Virgin America reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2012. With overall fuel costs higher by 47 percent year-over-year, the financial pressure of the airline’s industry-leading capacity grow th and a revenue shortfall associated w ith the carrier’s transition to a new reservations system, Virgin America reported a first quarter operating loss of $49 million on revenues of $267 million. Read more >

Ethiopian First Dreamliner Enters Paint Shop Ahead of Delivery Ethiopian is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the final stages of preparation for delivery in August 2012. The first Ethiopian Dreamliner left the Boeing assembly plant in Seattle, Washington and headed to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, July 12, 2012 to be painted in Ethiopian livery. Read more >

Pratt and Whitney Canada’s PW610 engine selected to power new Eclipse 550 aircraft Pratt & Whitney’s Canada PW610F engine has been selected by Eclipse Aerospace to pow er the next-generation Eclipse 550 tw in-engine business jet. Read more >

Norwegian Air Shuttle becomes Boeing’s Largest Landing Gear Exchange Customer Boeing announced that Norw egian Air Shuttle, the third largest low -cost airline in Europe , has become the largest customer for the Boeing landing gear exchange program w ith a new service contract covering an additional 15 Next-Generation 737s. Read more > the European crises prompt carriers to change the structure of the spare parts supply chain With a massive European market plunge in the beginning of 2012 follow ed by a number of hardly positive economic forecasts, the aftermath of the Financial Crisis 2008 continues the bombardment of the European economy. Read more >

Baltic Aviation Academ y Arranged its First International Open Door Day On the 30th of June the aviation training centre Baltic Aviation Academy organized its first international open door day event in the Darius and Girenas aerodrome in Kaunas. The event entitled ‘Mission: Pilot’ w elcomed guests not only from across various Lithuanian cities but also from Spain, Russia, Estonia and Latvia. During the event all Baltic Aviation Academy guests w ere introduced to the facts from the daily pilots’ lives and the differences betw een distinct training programs. A lot of them also embraced the opportunity to communicate w ith the actual professional pilots w ho w ere more than happy to share their experience and tips on how to speed up the process of completing one’s mission to become a pilot.

LOT signs agreement with Monarch



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Aircraft Engineering Limited for service to Dreamliners LOT Polish Airlines has signed an agreement, on the basis of w hich Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) Company of Great Britain w ill service the Polish carrierís Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Read more >

Baltic Ground Services to provide catering delivery services in Warsaw Airport Fuel, passenger and aircraft ground handling services provider Baltic Ground Services is rapidly expanding the assortment of its services in the Warsaw International Frederic Chopin Airport, Poland. On the 6th of July Baltic Ground Services introduced catering delivery services to passengers and aircraft crew serving its first Small Planet Airlines flight to Marsa Allam, Egypt. Read more >

Solar Impulse returns Home to Switzerland after 6’000 km After accomplishing the mission of connecting Africa to Europe, the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg w ill take-off tomorrow , 24 July 2012 at 07:00 AM (UTC+2) to complete the w orld’s first roundtrip intercontinental flight w ithout a drop of fuel. Read more >

The National Team of Georgia will arrive at the Olympics with Small Planet Airlines The National Olympic Team of Georgia, the members of its Olympic Committee and the country’s ministry officials w ill reach the London Olympic Games w ith Small Planet Airlines.

Airbus and GMF AeroAsia to develop strategic m aintenance training partnership in Indonesia Sharing Airbus experience on long term basis for the benefit of our customers Airbus and GMF AeroAsia (GMF), the maintenance and repair subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, have signed a memorandum agreement for Maintenance Training Collaboration to develop a 10year strategic partnership. As part of this, GMF w ill become Airbus’ local maintenance training centre in Indonesia. This partnership, to be finalised follow ing a definitive agreement in the near future, is aimed at developing the maintenance training capabilities locally in Indonesia, based on respective strengths and assets of GMF and Airbus. This co-operation w ill provide Airbus training standards locally to deliver flexibility and cost effectiveness. The scope of such collaboration w ill also address the follow ing:

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• Developing GMF’s ‘ab-initio’ (basic) training capabilities

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• Integration of GMF’s instructors into Airbus’ global maintenance training organisation;

THAI Smile takes delivery of its first A320 AeroMexico Connect takes delivery of first of three EMB 170′s Estonian Air passengers doubled in June, and up by 51.4% in the first six months Korean Air’s 737-900ER Lands at Farnborough to Show case New Boeing Sky Interior

• Developing Type-training capabilities for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft maintenance; • Enabling of EASA 147 approval in Indonesia for type and basic maintenance training. the global aviation industry unites in the struggle w ith future HR-shortage airBaltic Signs Letter of Intent for up to 20 Bombardier CSeries Airliners UK Prime Minister w elcomed on board Malaysia Airlines A380 Armavia refused to purchase the second Superjet Wizz Air Improves Boarding Experience United Announces Order For 150 Boeing Aircraft Farnborough: Oman Air’s Business Class seat w ins at World Airline Aw ards 2012 the grow th in the USA and across the Asia-Pacific w ill counterbalance the abating demand in Europe

UTair Aviation and Airbus signed a contract on delivery of 20 A321 aircraft Farnborough International 4/6


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Estonian Air to make first code share flight w ith Air France In June 2012, Latvian airline airBaltic operated 4,368 flights, or 21% less than in June 2011 w hen airBaltic 5,506 flights China Airlines to Lease Three New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft Changes to Qantas executive team JetBlue and Cathay Pacific Announce Interline Agreement for New Connections to Asia Pacific Another Boeing 737-700 NG joins Yakutia Airlines’ fleet Qatar Airw ays Expands African Netw ork to Kilimanjaro Singapore Airlines: GROUP PROFIT IMPROVES DESPITE CHALLENGING CONDITIONS AirAsia Accelerates Indonesian Expansion Plans: AirAsia and PT Fersindo Nusaperkasa acquire Batavia Air

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Airports worldwide Completion of New ‘Low Cost Terminal’ at Lyon Marks the Start of €260 Million Investment Frankfurt Airport and South African Airw ays Share Six-Decade Partnership Brussels South Charleroi Airport: +9% passengers in June The passenger traffic of Vnukovo airport increased by 19,7% in the first half of 2012

Airshow 2012 – UTair Aviation and Airbus signed a contract on delivery of 20 A321 aircraft, the airline’s press-service reports. The liners ordered by UTair w ill feature a cabin layout seating 220 passengers. The airline intends to operate the jets on the most popular international tourist and domestic routes. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2013. ​The contract w ith Airbus on « delivery of new A321 demonstrates our commitment to keeping the high expansion rates and strengthening our positions among the leaders of Russian market. Airbus А321 aircraft w ere chosen in the netw ork of our fleet modernization program taking into account our company’s policy aimed at increasing flight safety, improving the level of service and expanding our route netw ork», – Andrey Martirosov, CEO of UTair Aviation, noted.

Vienna Airport: 7.1% increase in passengers during June 2012 FRA Welcomes Record Number of Passengers in June A new milestone for Changi Airport Terminal 1 Record Numbers for Heathrow Ahead of the Olympics Solar panels installed at Schiphol Changi Hits 25 Million Passengers in First Half of 2012 Sheremetyevo proved the conformity of security level to the requirements of American and international standards Continued grow th in passengers at Sw edish airports Sheremetyevo airport is ready for servicing Boeing 787

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Aircraft market and industry Airbus to establish assembly line in United States Embraer to Support Executive Jets Operations During Olympics Bombardier Arrives at Farnborough Airshow 2012 w ith a Full Complement of Aircraft and Customer Support Solutions New Customer Places Order for 15 Bombardier CSeries Airliners Malaysia Airlines signs MOU w ith Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engine Totalcare programme on A380 fleet Boeing and Air Lease Corporation Announce Order for 75 737 MAXs Boeing, American Airlines 737-800 ecoDemonstrator Airplane Prepares for Flight Test Program Embraer Delivers 35 Commercial and 20 Executive Jets in 2nd Quarter 2012 Boeing, Avolon Announce Commitment for 737 MAXs and Next-Generation 737s New Bombardier Learjet Aircraft on Track to Enter Service in 2013

FL Technics Training: are older aircraft less airw orthy? Timew orn aircraft, poor quality of MRO services and the shortage of experienced pilots are among the most frequent reasons for the biggest accidents in the aviation history. The last year’s crashes of the Russian aircraft have draw n the attention to the age of aircraft and how it might affect flight safety. A number of recent airw orthiness directives for the general aviation fleet seem to be directly related to aircraft age and flight time. On the other hand, analysts say that human error has accounted for 70 per cent of all aircraft accidents over the last decade. Many aviation experts believe that as concerns aircraft there is no such w ord as ‘old’, stressing that airplanes can fly for many years as long as all maintenance procedures are follow ed. So how old is too old? Many of large airlines operate a 5/6


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Airbus w ins US$16.9 billion w orth of commitments at Farnborough International Air Show 2012 GE upgrades engine w arranties for key models Boeing, Korean Air Announce Order for Tw o 777-300ERs Boeing Aw ards P-8 Supplier Contracts to 2 Australian Companies Bombardier Committed to Continuing Safety Education in Latin America w ith Bigger and Better Safety Standdow n Global 6000 Jet Continues its World Tour w ith China Show case

significant number of oldertechnology-based aircraft an average age of w hich is 18 years. The most common reason w hy carriers decide to replace their old generation aircraft is the disproportionate cost of maintaining them rather than the inherent lack of safety and airw orthiness.

Boeing Delivers Nippon Cargo Airlines’ First 747-8 Freighter

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MRO Overview Rolls-Royce completes restructuring of International Aero Engines collaboration SAS and Lufthansa Technik sign 7-year component services contract Finnair and SR Technics sign 10-year contract on engine and component services GKN acquires the aero engine unit of AB Volvo -Volvo Aero – for £633million FL Technics Training: the grow ing popularity of avionics as an area to w ork in British Airw ays Engineering to support Boeing GoldCare making the spare parts market more transparent Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey services the 1.000th CF34-series engine MTU Maintenance w ins AeroLogic for the maintenance of GE90-110B engines Norw egian Air Shuttle becomes Boeing’s Largest Landing Gear Exchange Customer lengthy deliveries and limited access to required parts may affect flight safety Lufthansa Technik receives CAMO approval from United Arab Emirates AFI KLM E&M Inaugurates 787 Component Service Offer With LOT Polish Airlines easyJet and SR Technics celebrate completion of 50th heavy maintenance check out of Malta facility A J Walter Aviation Completes Part-out of Tw o Boeing 737-600 Aircraft boosting Latin American aviation market calls for more effective supply chain solutions

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