AAV News in Brief 1 November 2021

TOKI AIR, Sabre, Avianca Cargo, iCargo, ANTAVIA, Bangalore International Airport, Kale Logistics Solutions, ALSIM, Airbus Flight Academy Europe, Pegasus Airlines, Lufthansa Systems, Universal Avionics, Vistara, Lufthansa, Hermes Logistics Technologies, Wings Capital Partners LLC

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TOKI AIR joins Sabre as Radixx: Radixx, a Sabre company, announced the company has entered into an agreement for the full Radixx product suite with TOKI AIR, a start-up low-cost carrier based in Japan’s port city, Niigata. TOKI AIR will initially focus its strategy on the regional leisure market with flights originating out of Niigata Airport to major domestic destinations within Japan. TOKI AIR chose Radixx as its technology partner due to its established presence within Japan as well as its ability to meet the airline’s implementation timeline.  As part of the engagement, TOKI AIR will take advantage of the full Radixx product suite including Radixx ezyCommerce, Radixx Res, Radixx Go, Radixx Go Touch, and Radixx Insight. The adoption of the full suite will enable the airline to launch sales with the most modern solutions and drive efficiencies from the start of operation. To showcase its e-commerce offers, TOKI AIR will use Radixx ezyCommerce internet booking engine including a fully integrated Travel Agency Portal which will be used by local travel agents. TOKI AIR will maintain a high level of control over their online branding and offers using the Radixx ezyCommerce Content Management System.

Avianca Cargo digitises with iCargo platform: Avianca has completed the implementation of IBS Software’s iCargo air cargo management platform, transforming the end-to-end management of its air cargo sales and operations. IBS Software’s iCargo system provides a single unified cargo management platform for Avianca Cargo and all its affiliated airlines, including AeroUnion – an all-cargo carrier based in Mexico. The implementation includes iCargo Web Portal suite, which provides a range of self-help tools to increase Avianca Cargo’s cargo selling capabilities. It provides Avianca’s customers with a dedicated, continuously available digital channel for booking and tracking as a smarter option to traditional channels like email and call centres. Avianca Cargo has grown through acquisitions and mergers, which resulted in a range of different systems, tools, and business processes. By implementing an end-to-end cargo management platform, Avianca Cargo has unified dissimilar business systems into a single platform used by all group carriers allowing them to offer consolidated routes and bookings.

ANTAVIA announces move to new MRO facility: ANTAVIA, a global provider of MRO services and repair specialist for commercial airlines, business jets, military and governmental wheel & brakes, has opened the doors to its large new facility at Paris CDG today. The 2,500 sqm premises has been brought on-stream as the ANTAVIA team of engineers transitioned from the smaller repair shop nearby, and all workspaces have been redesigned following LEAN/5S principles. ANTAVIA have designed the new shop to replicate the company’s modern unit near Toulouse and the launch is a fitting accolade for the dedicated workforce as the organisation celebrates its 40,000th wheel and brake repair milestone. CAAC certified and located between the main commercial and bizjet hubs of Paris CDG and Paris LBG, ANTAVIA’S larger facility also holds its significant inventory of spare parts, including tyres valued at over US$1 million.

Bangalore International Airport progresses on digitalisation: The roll-out of Kale Logistics Solutions’ Airport Cargo Community System (ACS) at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, has been adopted by 95 percent of airport stakeholders. Airport operator Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) took the decision to implement the ACS to digitalise and streamline cargo operations as part of its goal to become a Smart Airport, with roll out commencing in March this year. Already, the ACS has connected all air cargo stakeholders at the airport, including Customs, Customs brokers, terminal operators, shippers, airlines, trucking companies, ground and cargo handlers and freight forwarders.

ALSIM supplies simulator to Airbus Flight Academy Europe: ALSIM has supplied a second AL42 simulator to Airbus Flight Academy Europe (AFAE). The simulator was delivered to the AFAE site in Angoulême, France. The AL42 is an exact replica of the Diamond DA42, built using genuine aircraft parts and equipped with the latest real-world Garmin G1000 avionics suite. It also comes with the latest generation visual system, GFC 700 autopilot and PBN/LPV capabilities. Airbus Flight Academy Europe is a 100 percent subsidiary of Airbus Group. It was created in 2006 to supply the training assets and services to support the French Air Force and French Navy pilot schools for elementary, basic and advanced pilot training. For the purpose of these contracts, Airbus Flight Academy operates a fleet of 100 aircraft including 54 state owned aircraft (Xingu, Cap 10, D140) and 52 trainer aircraft property of the company (Grob 120A-F, Cirrus SR20 and SR22 and Diamond DA42 VI).

Pegasus Airlines commits to net zero: Managing its operations and activities under a “sustainable environment” approach, Pegasus Airlines has joined the world’s leading airlines in the resolution to achieve “Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050” that was approved at The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 77th Annual General Meeting. With this commitment, which aligns with the target of the Paris Agreement for global warming not to exceed 1.5°C, the aim is to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to make flying sustainable. Commenting on the announcement, Mehmet T. Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines, said: “As Pegasus Airlines, minimising the negative effects on the environment and preventing pollution within the framework of the life cycle are an integral part of our environmental policy. We also carry out monitoring, reporting and improvement work within the framework set out by national and international regulations as part of the efforts towards climate protection and combating global warming.”

Lufthansa Systems provides navigation data to Universal Avionics: Lufthansa Systems is pleased to announce its partnership with Universal Avionics. The Tucson, Arizona, based manufacturer of avionics systems now uses Lido FMS navigation data as the primary source for its navigational databases. Universal Avionics and its customers profit from the Lido FMS, which meets the highest standards in currency, precision, and data integrity. Lufthansa Systems provides Universal Avionics with more than 25,000 aerodromes out of the navigational library, which encompasses over 35,000 aerodromes worldwide. With this partnership, more than 4,500 additional aircraft use Lido FMS through the Universal Avionics flight management system.

Vistara, Lufthansa enter loyalty partnership: Vistara announced a reciprocal partnership for its frequent flyer programme, Club Vistara (CV), with Lufthansa’s Miles & More frequent flyer programme. The partnership enables Club Vistara members to earn and redeem CV Points on flights operated and marketed by Lufthansa, covering an extensive network of nearly 200 destinations across the world. Reciprocally, Miles & More members will be able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by Vistara. Vistara Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan, said: “We are delighted to extend our strong partnership with Lufthansa and bring synergies between our respective frequent flyer programs. I am confident that this will enable us to provide greater value and convenience to our Club Vistara members on their travels across the world. We are also equally excited to welcome Miles & More members and provide them a consistent, world-class flying experience when they fly ‘India’s best airline’.”

Hermes Logistics Technologies launches enhanced interface: Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) has re-engineered the user interface for its import flight planner, providing customers with a streamlined view of more operational data in fewer steps. HLT’s new Import Flight Handling Solution combines data and functionality from the previously separate Pre-Flight and Flight Monitors, enabling users to view all their data without having to open separate windows. Users can simultaneously view air waybill (AWB) and unit load device (ULD) data, and access functions such as Service Management & Recovery, without the need to switch back and forth between screens. HLT’s upgrade was facilitated by the enhanced capabilities of its Hermes 5 Cargo Management System, which provides more desktop tools and improved real estate on which to expose more data.

Wings Capital Partners LLC acquires aircraft: Wings Capital Partners LLC announced the purchase of three narrowbody commercial aircraft, adding two Boeing 737-800 aircraft and one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to its portfolio. The aircraft are on lease to prominent airlines in the United States and Europe. “These purchases, along with our commitment to purchase two additional aircraft in the coming weeks, show Wings’ intention to continue to grow our portfolio with high quality assets. These purchases, along with our commitment to purchase two additional aircraft in the coming weeks, show Wings’ intention to continue to grow our portfolio with high quality assets,” said Nicolas Stable, senior vice president and head of Aircraft Transactions. Wings Capital Partners is a private, full-service aircraft leasing platform primarily investing in single-aisle, in-production commercial jet aircraft on lease to airlines around the world. Wings is owned by active investors Corrum Capital Management, Sightway Capital, a Two Sigma Company, and the Wings Management Team.

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