15 September 2016

Further A380 concerns as Singapore Airlines opts out of lease renewal

Singapore Airlines, the launch customer of the Airbus A380, has decided not to extend the initial 10-year lease agreement under which it acquired the first aircraft in 2007. This is worrying news for Airbus, which has already halved its production rate for the A380, and concerns now surround whether the aircraft will slip back to […]

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China Airlines' first A350 XWB completes maiden flight

The first A350 XWB for China Airlines has completed its maiden flight over the skies of Toulouse in South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests. This first A350-900 for China Airlines is scheduled for delivery in the coming

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft boosts South-East Asia and Australasia sales team

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has appointed François Cognard as Vice President, Sales, South-East Asia and Australasia. Mr. Cognard is an accomplished senior sales leader who will focus on capturing growth and replacement opportunities in the regions that include Australasia – a region of Oceania that comprises Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea, and neighbouring

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Hawaiian pilots open strike operations center as negotiations continue

Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), on September 15 formally opened their Strike Operations Center in Honolulu, exactly one year after their collective bargaining agreement with the airline became amendable. The Strike Operations Center, located near Honolulu International Airport, will serve as the local headquarters for strike operations, should

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GECAS delivers first A320 NEO to AirAsia as part of deal involving nine Airbus aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE, has delivered its first Airbus A320neo to AirAsia from the purchase-and-leaseback transaction with the airline for five new Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM LEAP engines. CFM is a joint venture between GE and Snecma SA. This delivery signifies the first A320neo for

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West Star Aviation receives FAA approval on Lear 60 FANS STC

West Star Aviation has received FAA approval on their Lear 60 Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) STC. West Star has teamed with Universal Avionics and TrueNorth Avionics to offer this new FANS solution for the Lear 60. This package consists of a Universal Avionics UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU), Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and

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PPG inaugurates e-coat primer pilot system in France

PPG officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the PPG coatings research center in Marly, France, to open a new laboratory and inaugurate an electrocoat (e-coat) aerospace primer pilot operation. This is PPG’s second significant investment for an AEROCRON e-coat primer installation, increasing global application capability for customer education. Like the first PPG e-coat aerospace primer

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Embraer and Japan Airlines extend Pool Program for E-Jets fleet

Embraer has extended the Flight Hour Pool Program with Japan Airlines for J-AIR’s growing fleet of E170s and E190s, which currently stand at 20 aircraft. The pool agreement, for up to ten years, covers more than 300 part numbers for J-AIR’s entire E-Jets fleet. J-AIR currently operates 17 E170s and three E190s. The third E190

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