AAV News in Brief 11 November 2021

ADB SAFEGATE, Vistara, Direct Maintenance, Air Astana, Farsound

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ADB SAFEGATE unveils LINC 360 communication platform: ADB SAFEGATE has unveiled its Airfield proprietary OFDM-based power line communication platform. This next-generation telemetry offers a 360-degree, real-time view of the airfield. LINC 360 enables faster control and monitoring of airfield assets as well as seamless collection of sensor data. By leveraging the existing airfield lighting power circuit, it transmits this data at high rates that are resistant to external interference and, by doing so, it offers a cost-effective and future-proof way to boost airport performance. LINC 360 is a telemetry component of ADB SAFEGATE’s Airfield 4.0 roadmap which brings digital technologies such as sensors to support intelligent airfield operations. Its main components include the controller in the substation and the internal or external remotes that support individual light control and monitoring in the field. Field sensors can be integrated into the LINC 360 system to detect and transmit local surveillance information via power line communication. An integrated web server allows easy setup, configuration, operation, and maintenance.

Vistara launches non-stop flights to Paris: India’s Vistara has operated its first non-stop flight to Paris CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport. Under the air bubble agreement between India and Europe, Vistara will fly twice a week between the two cities – on Wednesdays and Sundays. Bookings for the flights are open on all channels, including Vistara’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents. Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “Paris is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and CDG an important airport for any airline intending to serve the region. Given the strong economic and cultural ties there is a high demand for direct connectivity between India and France, and therefore Paris fits our network very well. We are delighted to expand our global footprint as we bring India’s finest airline to Paris.”

Direct Maintenance expands in Africa: Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider and part of Magnetic Group, announced the restart of its Line Maintenance activities in Africa with the recent re-opening of the Line Maintenance station in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. The Line Maintenance station was launched due to the maintenance service agreement between Direct Maintenance and Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure travel airline. Direct Maintenance will be providing line maintenance services for the airline’s A340 fleet in both Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar (ZNZ), and will be performing daily checks, weekly checks and transit checks. Direct Maintenance covers over 70 aircraft combinations, including A320NEO, A350-900/1000, A380, B737 MAX, B747-8 and B787 in 27 different locations in Europe and Africa.

Air Astana increases flights to Kyrgyzstan: Air Astana will resume direct flights from Nur-Sultan to Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek on 17 November. The services will initially be operated using Embraer E190-E2 aircraft twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays, with an additional two frequencies on Mondays and Fridays commencing in December. Services between Almaty to Bishkek are already operating daily. Embraer E190-E2 aircraft have Premium Economy and economy class cabin configuration, with premium economy passengers being offered priority check-in and boarding, increased baggage allowance, business class menu and business lounge access. All passengers travelling to Kyrgyzstan, including citizens of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, children from the age of six and transit passengers, must present a PCR certificate with a negative result, with test undertaken with within 72 hours prior to departure. Fully vaccinated passengers exempt from this requirement. Additional information on health requirements is available at the Air Astana website.

Farsound rebrands: Aerospace supplier Farsound has rebranded. Serving the aerospace engine supply chain with its aero engine parts and logistics solutions, Farsound said it now offers innovative and novel MRO supply solutions. With global facilities in the UK, North America, Spain, Singapore, and Japan, Farsound’s ‘best in class’ bespoke supply chain and inventory management solutions deliver aircraft engine parts to the aerospace MRO sector – supplying kitting, direct line feed, carousels and vending solutions as well as scheduled and ad hoc deliveries. Lee Kelsey, Farsound’s Group Sales Director, said: “We are creating something within the aero engine MRO sector that others are not. We strongly believe in giving customers a choice and bring passion and a new dynamic to the sector. We strive for excellence in this dynamic and challenging environment and believe in our people to make this happen. We push the boundaries as we continue to grow and break new ground, developing innovative and novel solutions. We understand our customers’ needs and that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.” Farsound said its new brand “puts people at its heart, with a knowledgeable team who genuinely care about what they are delivering and the people they are delivering to, offering a more personal service and commitment to providing the industry with something better through wider choice.”

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