Category: Manufacturers & MRO

Wizz Counts Cost Of Lease Returns

Low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air has reported a 31% rise in maintenance costs, to EUR 27m, for Q1 2017/18. The Budapest-based airline says most of the rise was due to a larger fleet, which increased by 13 aircraft from the year-before period. By 2020 it expects to operate 120 Airbus narrowbodies, including A320neos and A321neos, […]

Russia’s MC-21 And IL-114 Win New Orders At MAKS Air Show

Russian-manufactured aircraft—the Irkut MC-21 and Ilyushin IL-114—won new orders on the second day of the MAKS Air Show in Moscow. Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) signed a letter of intent with Saratov Airlines to lease six MC-21-300s July 19. The 211-seat aircraft is scheduled to be delivered from 2022-2025. The Saratov-based carrier has not yet […]

FL Technics Will More Than Double Asian Staff

Lithuania’s FL Technics is based in one region with healthy aviation growth, but the firm aims to serve the even more rapidly growing markets far to the East. Since opening its first office in Southeast Asia in 2011, FL has added an office in Bangkok and a hangar in Indonesia. The MRO now employs 100 […]

Embraer Flies First Legacy 500 Assembled In Florida

Embraer has flown the first Legacy 500 jet assembled in Melbourne, Florida, completing the company’s efforts to set up final assembly operations outside of Brazil. The Legacy 500’s first flight from Melbourne comes only after the smaller Legacy 450 made a debut flight from the same facility. Embraer also continues to assemble and deliver Legacy […]

Delta TechOps Lands $750 Million ATSG Contract

Delta TechOps, the maintenance division of Delta Air Lines, has signed a new 12-year agreement worth $750 million to service CF6-80A and CF6-80C2 engines operated by the airline subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG). The GE Aviation-manufactured turbofan engine, among the most mature in operation today, is used to power ATSG’s fleet of Boeing […]

Embraer Delivers 35 Commercial and 24 Executive Jets in 2Q17

During the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), Embraer delivered 35 jets to the commercial aviation market and 24 jets to the business aviation market, of which 16 were light jets and eight were large jets. The number of deliveries in Commercial Aviation rose roughly 35% over the same period last year. With respect to Executive […]

Air Transat To Become First North American Airbus A321LR Operator

Ten Airbus A321LR aircraft will be joining the fleet of Canadian airline Air Transat, making it the first North American operator of the longest-range single-aisle aircraft in the world. Air Transat will lease the aircraft through a deal with AerCap, and plans entry into service starting in 2019. The A321LR builds on the success of […]

Increased Hiring, Wages Pressure U.S. MRO Costs

Maintenance cost per flight hour edged up in 2016 for most U. S. airlines. As a group, the three network airlines, American, Delta and United, paid $1,032 per flight hour for their mixed fleets, up 1.7% from 2015. American and United paid the most, $1,175 and $1,000 per flight hour, respectively. Delta paid the least, […]

Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Deliveries

The Boeing Company announced deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the second quarter of 2017. Major program deliveries during the second quarter and year-to-date, including deliveries under operating lease (which are identified by parentheses), were as follows:

COMAC Gains ARJ21 Production Certificate

COMAC has received the production certificate for its ARJ21-700 regional jet, more than 2.5 years after the aircraft received type certification. This was presented to the Chinese manufacturer by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in a ceremony on 9 July, signifying that the aircraft can now enter batch production. In a statement, COMAC […]