Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:56:42 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Delta, Korean Air Joint Venture Granted Approval by U.S. DOT https://aviationvoice.com/delta-korean-air-joint-venture-granted-approval-by-u-s-dot-2-201711201219/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:19:01 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18622 Today, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air took a significant step in the creation of their trans-Pacific joint venture with approval of the joint venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT approval reflects the consumer benefits that will be created by the new joint venture. The two carriers will deepen their relationship, offering customers in the U.S. and Asia an enhanced and expanded flight network as well as more compelling travel options. The airlines have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

“We thank the DOT for approving this world-class partnership, which will create more choices, frequencies and destinations for customers traveling between the key markets in the U.S. and Asia,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to offering our customers the leading customer experience across the Pacific, with seamless connections, world class facilities and amenities on the ground and in the air, as well as substantial frequent flyer benefits.”

The joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.

The joint venture will provide both airlines with the expanded scale and scope to offer new alternatives to customers. The two airlines will also expand codeshare flights on trans-Pacific routes. Customers will benefit from enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS program. In addition, co-location at key airports including Incheon Terminal 2 which will provide customers with a seamless connection and baggage transit experience. Under the agreement, the airlines will share costs and revenues on flights within the scope of the joint venture as they work to expand service options for travelers.

In anticipation of the joint venture, Delta launched new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul earlier this year. This flight complements Korean Air’s existing service and provides customers in the U.S. with greater access to destinations across Asia. Korean Air operates to 10 gateways in the U.S. while Delta has three gateways from Seoul along with nonstop service to six other gateways in Asia. The new joint venture provides U.S. travelers with more options when flying to Asia.

Mango Airlines Boeing 737 Suffers A Bird Strike In Johannesburg https://aviationvoice.com/mango-airlines-boeing-737-suffers-a-bird-strike-in-johannesburg-201711201211/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:11:24 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18619 A Mango Boeing 737-800, registration ZS-SJH performing flight JE-147 from Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa) with 179 people on board, was climbing out of Johannesburg’s runway 03L when a bird impacted the left hand engine inlet (CFM56) causing a dent at the engine inlet.

The crew stopped the climb at about FL200 and decided to return to Johannesburg for a safe landing on runway 03L about 25 minutes after departure.

Passenger Sergio Davids reported a bird impacted the left hand engine, then he could smell smoke in the cabin.

Bombardier Predicts Latin America’s 60-to-150-seat Aircraft Fleet Will Double https://aviationvoice.com/bombardier-predicts-latin-americas-60-to-150-seat-aircraft-fleet-will-double-2-201711201154/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:54:10 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18612 Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s Market Forecast 2017-2036 for Latin America predicts that overall traffic is expected to grow 5.1% annually and intra-regional traffic to grow slightly more than the world average at 5.6% annually over the next 20 years.

Total deliveries in the 60- to 150-seat marked segment to Latin America are expected to number 1,050 aircraft, or eight per cent of total world deliveries of 12,550 aircraft.

Latin America deliveries will consist of 500 large regional aircraft (60 to 100 seats) and 550 small single-aisle aircraft (100 to 150 seats), which will double the size of the current fleet.

“With its dispersed population, the application of smaller-gauge aircraft is necessary in order to develop well-connected networks around the region. Our main strategic growth driver will be the intra-regional connectivity, particularly targeting the smaller communities, which are currently not being served, said Alex Glock, Vice President, Sales, Latin America and Caribbean, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. We are the only manufacturer who can offer a unique portfolio of choice for the complete 60- to 150-seat market segment, in order to address the Latin America’s specific market needs,” he added.

Bombardier market forecasts identifies that approximately 450 regional routes have been dropped in the past ten years. This represents about 16 million potential passengers per year that are not being served with direct flights. Compared to other similar regions, Latin America would need approximately 2,600 intraregional routes instead of the current 1,700 markets with regular scheduled service. That creates a great opportunity to stimulate its connectivity.

Airbus Still Hopeful of A380 Deal by Year End https://aviationvoice.com/airbus-still-hopeful-of-a380-deal-by-year-end-2-201711201131/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:31:31 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18611 Airbus might yet win a long-anticipated A380 superjumbo order from Gulf carrier Emirates before the end of the year, but must pledge to extend the ailing program for a further decade in order to secure the deal.

The European planemaker had planned to announce the sale at this week’s Dubai Air Show, chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier confirmed in an interview, only for the purchase to fall through at the last minute.

“We expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with Emirates, who I think were very close to doing that,” Bregier told Bloomberg TV. “We will need a few more weeks. If we finalize it we will be committed to producing this aircraft, I believe, for at least for the next 10 years.”

Bregier said “the principal” of a deal with Emirates would involve just such a promise, requiring it to win additional orders elsewhere and upgrade the model “massively” in coming years. “This is the plan,” he added. “We probably need to sharpen the pencils a bit.”

Boeing, Avolon Finalize Deal for 75 737 MAX Airplanes https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-avolon-finalize-deal-for-75-737-max-airplanes-2-201711201103/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:03:25 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18608 Boeing and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, today finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. The confirmed order is for 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX 10s, with options for 20 additional MAX 8s.

The agreement, announced as a memorandum of understanding at the 2017 Paris Air Show, is valued at nearly $11 billion at list prices including the 75 firm and 20 option aircraft.

Launched at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MAX 10 will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane. The new airplanes will bolster Avolon’s airplane portfolio to meet growing customer demand in the narrow-body market segment.

“Today’s order for Boeing’s newest 737 MAX airplanes will strengthen Avolon’s position as a leading lessor in the global commercial aviation market,” said Avolon CEO, Dómhnal Slattery. “This is the largest single order that we have placed with Boeing to date and underscores the scale of our ambition and the strength of our business. We have experienced strong interest in our initial MAX orders and this incremental order reflects this demand. With over 140 MAX aircraft now in our owned and committed fleet, we are confident that the superior economics and solid reliability of the 737 MAX family of airplanes will continue to allow our customers to grow their businesses profitably for many years to come.”

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Avolon is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing firms, with an owned, managed and committed fleet of 915 aircraft as of September 30, 2017. Avolon also has the youngest owned fleet amongst the top three lessors and an order book of exclusively new technology aircraft.

“Today’s order solidifies Avolon’s commitment to providing their customers with the most efficient, technologically advanced airplane on the market,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister. “We are honored that the 737 MAX family of airplanes will become a key part of Avolon’s world-class fleet as they look to leverage the surging demand for narrow-body airplanes in markets around the world.”

Turkish Airlines Enjoys Record Q3 Profit Figures https://aviationvoice.com/turkish-airlines-enjoys-record-q3-profit-figures-2-201711171138/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:38:38 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18605 Turkish Airlines has soared back into profitability with $939 million in the third quarter taking the year to date profit to $956 million. The third quarter figures are a record for the Istanbul carrier.

The successful 3rd quarter marked a 23 percent increase on total revenues compared to the same period of 2016, reaching USD 3.6 billion. The 9-monthly average on total revenues marked $8.2 billion with an 8 percent increase.

According to Turkish Airlines 2017 Q3 financial results; the margin of its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 90 percent to $1.5 billion. The 41% EBITDA margin confirms the airline’s position amongst the most profitable airlines of the industry.

“The net profit recorded in 2017 Q3, clearly demonstrates our capacity to generate cash” said Turkish Airlines chairman İlker Aycı said.

“As the Turkish Airlines family with our common aim to become one of the leading five star airlines of the world, we will continue this growth trend without ever compromising form our service quality. As largest exporter of Turkey, our march will continue to position Istanbul as a major hub for international airport” he added.

Sukhoi to Decide on New Superjet Variant by 1Q 2018 https://aviationvoice.com/sukhoi-to-decide-on-new-superjet-variant-by-1q-2018-2-201711171128/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:28:54 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18595 Russian manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Corp. (SCAC) must decide by 1Q 2018 about whether to begin developing a smaller or larger variant of the SSJ100 Superjet.

Speaking at the Dubai Air Show, newly installed SCAC president Alexander Rubtsov said discussions were underway with customers as to whether a shortened 75-seat version or a stretched variant of the 100-seat standard aircraft should be launched first.

Rubtsov, who took up his new role at SCAC two months ago, said one factor being weighed is whether the SSJ100’s Franco-Russian PowerJet SaM 146 turbofan could be modified to produce sufficient thrust for the larger version, or whether an alternative engine should be considered.

The current SSJ100 is an “orphan” aircraft and SCAC is aware of the need to create a family of versions to attract more customers.

Rubtsov said the SSJ100 will begin test flights into London City Airport in December to clear the aircraft for operations for the short-runway airport in the UK capital’s docklands.

High buildings to the west mean that aircraft have to make a 5.5-degree approach, almost twice as steep as the standard 3-degree slope. This requires new control laws for the aircraft’s software, plus a new flap setting and brake modifications.

London City is a major destination for Ireland’s CityJet, which is receiving 15 SSJ100s. Certification is planned for next year, with the modified aircraft ready for service in 2019.

As part of the London City modifications, SCAC is developing a new winglet for the aircraft to help landing and takeoff performance, as well as delivering a 3% improvement in fuel burn. This will become a standard production-line item and be available for retrofitting.

Meanwhile, on the sales front, SCAC is continuing discussions to firm up an MOU with Egypt’s Air Leisure for four SSJ100s and Rubtsov is hopeful of an imminent order for several aircraft from an Azerbaijan customer.

Several orders are in the pipeline, with one for potentially as many as 100 aircraft, he said, adding that airline customers and passengers were very happy with the SSJ100’s comfort and performance. “However, what we are not very happy with is the customer support, which we need to improve,” he admitted.

The aircraft is still experiencing teething problems including software, airframe and engine glitches—“which is normal for a breakthrough aircraft that was a clean-sheet design” from a company that had only existed in its current form for a few years, compared to decades for Airbus and Boeing, he said.

Nevertheless, he said, “We need to be more responsive to customers’ needs.” Support must be available 24/7, 365 days a year, and he said his team would be focused over the next two years in bringing together aspects of after-sales support including training, engineering and spare parts supply.

IATA Urges Swift GASeP Implementation https://aviationvoice.com/iata-urges-swift-gasep-implementation-201711171125/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:25:26 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18600 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the swift implementation by states of the first Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) which was established this week by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“Flying is secure, but it is also clear that aviation faces security challenges. GASeP has the potential to strengthen security globally by providing governments with a global plan to which they can align their national efforts. The critical factor is implementation. It must be quick, comprehensive and global. The industry congratulates ICAO and its member states for putting the plan together. Industry is ready to support its swift implementation,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

ICAO’s standards and recommended practices (SARPs) for aviation security are contained in Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention. GASeP creates a framework for states to incorporate Annex 17 responsibilities into their national civil aviation security programs in four focus areas: (1) risk awareness and response, (2) security culture, (3) technology enhancement and innovation, (4) security oversight and cooperation among states and with local organizations.

“Governments have the primary responsibility for the security of their citizens—including when they are flying. But differences in the capacity of governments to do this are clear. The implementation of Annex 17 SARPs is far from universal. Focused efforts will be needed to foster cooperation and capacity-building to enable states to meet their obligations,” said de Juniac.

GASeP, if comprehensively implemented, will address four key elements to improve security that de Juniac outlined in a keynote address to the IATA AVSEC World Conference in Abu Dhabi. These are:

  • Closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures,
  • The universal application of global standards,
  • Better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and
  • The efficient implementation of new and existing technology capabilities.

“We have great expectations for GASeP. But states are sovereign and there is no global security regulator. So governments must fully feel the weight of their responsibility to protect the security of 4 billion travelers each year. To stay a step ahead of the threats, governments must incorporate GASeP into their national plans and cooperate through ICAO to make sure that the global system works,” said de Juniac.

Boeing, SCAT Airlines Finalize Order for Six 737 MAX 8s https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-scat-airlines-finalize-order-for-six-737-max-8s-2-201711171112/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:12:55 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18597 Boeing and Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines announced an order for six 737 MAX 8s on the final day of the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

The agreement, valued at $674 million at current list prices, also includes purchase rights for five additional 737 MAX 8s.

“The 737 MAX 8 fits our network strategy as we expand to include destinations in Europe, Russia and the Far East,” said Vladimir Denssov, President, SCAT Airlines. “The reliability and low operating costs of the airplane as well as the passenger experience were the main factors in selecting the 737 MAX.”

SCAT Airlines currently operates a fleet of 737s, 757s and 767s.

“We value our partnership with SCAT Airlines and their ongoing confidence in Boeing products,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to supporting their expansion plans and continuing to play an integral role in their long-term success.”

The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history. The MAX family incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

British Airways to Recruit New Captains https://aviationvoice.com/british-airways-to-recruit-new-captains-2-201711170950/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:50:18 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=18591 BA CityFlyer, a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways, is visiting Birmingham at the end of November as part of a campaign to recruit new captains.

The airline is holding an open day at the Hilton Metropole hotel at Birmingham NEC on Monday November 27 seeking pilots to operate flights on its growing network.

BA CityFlyer is the leading airline at London City Airport, operating a fleet of 20 modern Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft to more than 30 destinations throughout the UK and Europe.

They began flying from Birmingham Airport in May 2017 for the first time in 10 years, and together with new services from Manchester, Bristol and London Stansted, the airline currently operates 58 routes to business and leisure destinations across Europe.

The Birmingham event aims to attract experienced direct entry captains to join the growing business. These new captains will operate services out of one of the airline’s two main bases at London City and Edinburgh.

On the day BA CityFlyer’s Head of Flight Operations, Captain Steve Cook, will be on hand to discuss the airline, career, lifestyle, selection and application process together with fleet managers and representatives from rostering and HR.

Captain Steve Cook said: “As BA CityFlyer continues to grow, we are recruiting captains to play an important role in our continuing success. As an airline we have a proud reputation for safety and highly trained professionals and we are coming to Birmingham to search for exceptional individuals to join us. “

As well as an impressive training record, new captains will need to have a passion for delivering top class customer service.

Steve added: “Our customers are at the heart of our business and it’s important that all our crew combine their flying skills with people skills and understand the importance of excellent onboard service.”

BA CityFlyer currently has 215 pilots, 104 captains and 111 first officers. The airline is also one of the biggest employers of female pilots, representing 15 per cent of the workforce in total, including eight captains.