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Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

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Verdi announces up to 20,000 Lufthansa ground staff to strike this Wednesday

German union Verdi, which is representing approximately 20,000 Lufthansa ground staff, has called on them to strike for one day on Wednesday to add leverage to ongoing salary negotiations. The peak season planned walk out will last from 3.45 a.m. until 6.00 a m. on the Thursday following. The German airline has yet to confirm how many flights will be affected by what it has called an “unreasonable” walkout.

Lufthansa believes that the offer made to the ground staff offered a socially high and balanced increase. The carrier is also reluctant to increase pay further while it is facing tense financial times owing to the pandemic, high debt burdens and an uncertain global economy.

The ground crew members included in the walkout are logistics workers and technicians without whom planes will be unable to take off. Currently Verdi is looking for a 9.5% pay increase for its members and will be returning to the negotiating table on August 3-4. Christine Behle, negotiating on behalf of the ground staff commented that in view of the workload, high inflation and a wage sacrifice during the pandemic, significant wage increases are justified.

The news of the walkout adds to Lufthansa’s troubles, having already had to cancel thousands of flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich this year owing to problems with a combination of increased demand and a severe shortage of staff.


Berry Aviation signs up for Rusada’s ENVISION

Private services operator Berry Aviation, has selected Rusada’s ENVISION software to manage its airworthiness and maintenance activities.

Berry Aviation, based in San Marcos Texas, provides specialty passenger, cargo, and medevac services to the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as cargo flights for civilian organisations and third-party MRO services. The company operates a mixed fleet of over 20 aircraft consisting of De Havilland DHC-6, De Havilland DHC-8-200, Embraer 120, Fairchild Swearingen Metro III, King Air 350, and Cessna 206.

As well as serving all branches of the U.S. military, Berry Aviation’s customers also include Fortune 500 companies, NCAA athletic teams, NASCAR teams and other Part 135 and 121 carriers.

Berry Aviation has signed up for six of ENVISION’s modules, including Fleet Management, Base Maintenance and Inventory Management, along with Rusada’s ENVISION Tasks and ENVISION Stock mobile applications.

The solution will be implemented by Rusada’s North American Client Services teams, with work on the project having already begun.


AFG Aviation Ventures No.1 acquires Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engine

On July 20, 2022, AFG Aviation Ventures No. 1 (Ireland), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany, has completed the acquisition of one Rolls Royce RB211-535E4 engine, bearing ESN 31391, from a subsidiary of Florida-based Gryphon Aviation Leasing.

The engine is currently on its way to Budapest (Hungary) where it awaits installation on a Boeing 757-200F airframe.

Qatar Airways orders LEAP-1B engines for new Boeing 737-10 fleet

Qatar Airways and CFM International have signed an agreement for installed and spare LEAP-1B engines to power the airline’s new fleet of 25 firm Boeing 737-10 aircraft announced at the Farnborough Airshow, along with a services agreement that covers the entire fleet.

The national airline of the state of Qatar has been a CFM customer since 2015 and currently operates eight CFM56-powered aircraft.


AAR announces implementation of Airvolution® digital repair cycle management tool with Textron Aviation Defense

AAR CORP. has announced the implementation of Airvolution®, AAR’s customisable, cloud-based, end-to-end repair cycle management (RCM) tool focused on optimising the administration of aircraft component repairs — at Textron Aviation Defense.

Airvolution® was designed by AAR to meet the demands and challenges of the aviation supply chain by enhancing aviation repair teams’ management efficiencies, reducing operational costs, maximizing productivity, improving component availability, and streamlining supplier performance management.

“The launch of Airvolution®is the most recent example of AAR’s focus on developing digital technologies to increase efficiencies and decrease operational costs of our customers,” said Rahul S. Ghai, AAR’s Chief Digital Officer. “Implementation of this product with Textron Aviation Defense demonstrates AAR’s commitment to helping our customers better achieve their goals by providing cutting-edge applications and we look forward to offering the product to AAR’s other customers and end users.”


Airbus successfully tests firefighting kit on A400M

Airbus has successfully tested a removable firefighting demonstrator kit on the A400M new generation airlifter during a flight test campaign in Spain.

The test campaign took place in daylight conditions with a minimum operating height of 150 ft, flight speeds as low as 125 knots and drops involving up to 20 tonnes of water from the current tank in less than ten seconds. The main objective of the campaign is to validate the drop water quantity and time as well as the ability of the A400M to carry out this new role with the kit.

The development of this prototype and the tests have been carried out in close collaboration with the 43rd Group of the Spanish Air Force, as well as European authorities in firefighting operations and the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO).

“The development of this firefighting kit is an intrinsic part of our journey towards helping to create a more sustainable and safer world, not only by our actions but also through our products. We strongly believe the A400M can play a vital role in the fight against the ever increasing threat posed by wildfires and support the restoration of social and environmental systems,” said Mike Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.


Embraer delivers 11 commercial and 21 executive jets in 2Q22

Embraer delivered 32 jets in the second quarter of 2022, of which 11 were commercial and 21 were executive jets (12 light and nine large). As of June 30, the company has delivered a total of 46 aircraft (17 commercial and 29 executive). The firm order backlog at the end of 2Q22 stood at US$17.8 billion, the highest level since 2Q18, driven by new sales of aircraft and services, an increase of 12% when compared to the US$15.9 billion recorded in the same period in 2021.

During the period, Embraer welcomed Sky High from the Dominican Republic to the E-Jets operator family, which will operate two first-generation E190 jets. These aircraft will be covered by the pool programme, which contract was announced by Embraer Services & Support.

In June, Embraer signed a firm order to convert up to 10 E-Jets into passenger-to-freight (P2F) aircraft with an “undisclosed” customer. The aircraft will come from this customer's current fleet of E-Jets, with deliveries starting in 2024. This is the first firm contract for the conversion of E-Jets and the second agreement for this type of operation. In another contract, announced in May, Embraer and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) agreed on ten conversion positions for the E190F/E195F jets.

Also in the second quarter of 2022, Embraer Defense & Security delivered the last modernised AF-1 fighter jet to the Brazilian Navy. In the business aviation market, the results and growing demand confirm Embraer's solid positioning in the light- and mid-size jet segments.


Daher unveils the Kodiak 900 aircraft

The Kodiak 900 made its world debut at AirVenture Oshkosh on July 25, with Daher’s introduction of this larger, faster version of the robust and rugged Kodiak 100 – filling out the company’s airplane product line in joining the TBM 910 and TBM 960 very fast turboprop aircraft.

Inheriting the Kodiak 100’s remarkable qualities as a back country STOL (short take-off and landing) and multi-role airplane, the Kodiak 900 marks a further step with its fuselage length extension of 3.9 feet to provide more passenger room and cargo space, a cruise speed increase to 210 KTAS and a greater useful load while offering a maximum range of 1,129 nm.

In addition to these enhancements, the Kodiak 900’s operating economics have been improved, with a nine percent reduction in specific fuel consumption – which are in double digits when compared to competitors. This lowers the cost-per-seat-mile and the direct operating costs for commercial operators.

The Kodiak 900 was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on July 20 and deliveries will begin in 2023. Production of the Kodiak 900, along with the Kodiak 100 in its latest Series III version, is performed at the Sandpoint, Idaho facility of Daher’s Aircraft division.

Abelo sells one Dash 8-100 to ALS Ltd, Kenya

Aircraft lessor Abelo has confirmed the sale of one Dash 8-100 aircraft, MSN 33, to ALS Ltd in Kenya. With this new sale, Abelo continues to expand its sales/leasing and asset management services in the African market.

ALS Ltd is an aviation company based at Wilson Airport Nairobi, with a fleet of 33 aircraft (ten Embraer jets, 13 Dash 8 100/200/300s, five Beech 1900Ds and five C208Bs). ALS Ltd is an industry leader offering a range of customised and comprehensive aviation solutions for the benefit of Humanitarian Operations, Airlines, Oil/Resource exploration and VIP clientele.

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