AAV News in Brief 17 October 2022

Xejet, Moment, FLYR Labs, Avianca, WheelTug, Schiebel, Magnetic Trading, V-Prep Visual Training, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, cargo.one, FEAM Aero, LOT, Travelex, Hans Airways, Embraer

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https://www.interairport-southeastasia.com/en-gb/lp/exprom-2.htmlXejet selects Moment for digital services: Moment will deploy its Flymingo Box, the portable wireless in-flight entertainment solution on Xejet’s fleet. A partnership which allows the airline to provide passengers with the most advanced in-flight digital experience. Focused on providing a passenger experience that goes beyond comfort, Xejet has decided to acquire entertainment systems with a wide range of advanced features known for its capability, modularity, compact size and ease of installation, Flymingo Box solution has been welcomed by the airline. The solution introduces touchpoints to offer passengers an extensive digital experience. The integrated portable wireless device optimises the in-flight experience in the aircraft cabin. Connected on their personal electronic devices, passengers can access for free, high-quality content in different languages, including films, TV shows, musical playlists, games and podcasts tailored to the airline’s requirements. Modular and flexible, Flymingo Box stands out for its rapid deployment. One Flymingo box can provide fast streaming to a whole single-aisle aircraft, which is a key requirement of the airline. In addition, Flymingo Box offers new crew features. The Crew App simplifies operations related to passenger In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) services and optimises onboard efficiencies. With the use of a tablet, the Xejet crew can monitor the IFE system and, in a few clicks, manage Wi-Fi connections, box battery life or streaming deactivation during announcements.

FLYR Labs signs deal with Avianca: FLYR Labs announced a commercial agreement with Avianca to bring total revenue optimisation and customer centricity together within a vertically integrated platform, enabling new business and commercial models in today’s highly competitive market. The agreement will help Avianca modernise commercial decision-making under a unified set of data intelligence, revenue management, and e-commerce capabilities to optimise business results. FLYR’s platform, The Revenue Operating System, incorporates FLYR’s recent acquisitions of Newshore, a current partner of Avianca, and Pribas, which together equip airlines with a modernised end-to-end technology stack. Avianca also plans to expand its ancillary portfolio, developing new, simpler products better adapted to customer needs. FLYR’s ancillary optimisation solution paired with its latest e-commerce and end-to-end offer, order, retailing, and inventory management capabilities, offers a singular platform to support the entire customer journey while optimising price and revenue performance throughout. “We’re incredibly excited to help transform Avianca into one of the most digitally developed carriers in the world,” said Alex Mans, founder and CEO of FLYR. “The infrastructure and solutions provided by our Revenue Operating System platform will quickly modernise decision-making and optimise commercial-wide performance, all while enhancing the customer experience at Avianca.”

Düsseldorf Airport and WheelTug agree to feasibility study: WheelTug and Düsseldorf Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on conducting a FASTGate (Fast And Safe Turn) feasibility study. The goal is to assess the airport’s preparedness for e-taxi procedures and identify process, safety, and technological gaps, and the corresponding mitigation measures that will enable the airport to take full advantage of WheelTug benefits. The WheelTug system consists of motorised nose wheels that allow the pilot to manoeuvre the aircraft independently. By reducing time spent at the gate and using the APU instead of the main engines for ground movement, WheelTug not only increases airside efficiency and aircraft utilisation, it also significantly decreases carbon and noise emissions. The study will quantify these benefits as well as other financial and non-financial airside benefits for the airport coming from WheelTug equipped aircraft arriving at its gates. The FASTGate project was launched by WheelTug and its partner companies with the goal to prepare airport gate areas for WheelTug e-taxi manoeuvres so that both airlines and airports can benefit from WheelTug. A recent similar feasibility study that the group finalised at Mumbai International Airport quantified yearly airside operational savings at tens of millions of USD, alongside with increased safety and reduced congestion and carbon emissions.

Schiebel wins SAR deal: Schiebel was awarded with the iSAR Research and Development programme, which builds on the current CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the aim of further developing its maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities, offering a higher level of automation. The scope of this multi-million euro contract includes the further development and delivery of the high performance CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, including the integration of the latest high-tech sensors, allowing the detection and identification, both day and night, of castaways, drifting objects and polluting substances in the high seas; as well as monitoring toxic and hazardous atmospheres, emissions from ships and sea surface pollution. Furthermore, this project includes a data collection and distribution system combining information from the S-100 sensors, the manned AW139 and CN235 helicopters, as well as sensor data from two ships. The S-100 payloads will include an Overwatch Imaging PT-8DN Oceanwatch, a Trakka TC-300 EO/IR sensor, an Aeromon BH-12 Emission Measuring Device, and a set of SENSIA Gas Imaging Devices. The Maritime Safety and Rescue Society (SASEMAR) is part of the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA).

Polish airlines signed deal with Magnetic Trading: Magnetic Trading, a member of Magnetic Group, has recently announced that the company has been actively expanding its Power-by-hour (PBH) services customer’s portfolio and signed a service agreement with two major Polish airlines: LOT and Enter Air. The recent agreement with Enter Air is the new three-year extension of the previous service agreement, covering Power-by-hour B737 NG component support. In the meantime, the partnership with LOT is brand new for the unit and consists of Power-by-cycle services on the Polish flag carrier’s Boeing 737 fleet wheels and brakes. “I am glad to see that our client’s portfolio is expanding – and to have two major Polish airlines as our customers are nothing short of a privilege for our team. I am confident that our asset management expertise, combined with extensive component maintenance capabilities, will allow us to continue providing timely, top-notch services to both Enter Air and LOT,” said Marijus Milasius, head of PBH at Magnetic Trading.

V-Prep Visual Training launching video-based B737NG platform: Following the international success of its A320 training platform, V-Prep Visual Training is launching a new training package to support pilots flying the Boeing 737NG. The new training platform initially features 60 videos, designed and vetted by current qualified TRI/TRE airline captains, this platform is perfect for pilots either studying their type rating or preparing for recurrent checks. These high-quality videos demonstrate how to perform a variety of procedures and are brought to life using a combination of 2D,3D animations, actual simulator footage and are explained using clear, concise narration. They provide an accurate illustration of what a pilot NEEDS to do, WHY and WHEN. Founded in 2016 by Captain James Feeney, highly accomplished in the aviation industry, acknowledged the need for a professional, up to date way to brief the cadets and type rated pilots he was training. Combining his comprehensive knowledge, along with that of other highly skilled instructors, V-Prep was born!  Over the past few years, V-Prep has supported A320 pilots through their initial and recurrent training worldwide. Captain Thomas Unsworth, who assisted in the development of the new training platform, said “I have been training pilots to operate the Boeing 737-800 since 2011 and during this time, no other platform has come close to delivering such a comprehensive product. I know that my students would use this training aid and that it will improve their breadth of knowledge, comprehension of the wide range of topics required to pass a type rating and retention of all of this knowledge for future training and checking events.”

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo to expand digital offering: Cargo.one and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo unveiled a partnership to bring capacity from one of the world’s largest combined cargo airlines to one of the leading marketplaces for digital air cargo bookings. The additional digital booking option for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will benefit many freight forwarders and offer ideal support for the carrier’s extensive network connectivity. The airline will use this augmented distribution setup to reach more customers across most of its markets. Combining the fleets and capabilities of two national carriers and a renowned air cargo operator, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo aims to provide connections across the world. Offering 295 shipping destinations across 110 countries, its 500 aircraft fleet carried over one million tonnes of cargo in the past 12 months. Its dual hubs of Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offer freight forwarders market-leading speed and reliability.  The airline has utilised digital distribution as a suitable extension of its mission “here to connect” – since its pioneering launch of myCargo in 2018, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has delivered a full spectrum of digital services that allows forwarders to book, share, cancel and modify bookings online. The airline is continuing to build an extensive multi-channel distribution strategy focused on deriving maximum customer value from its strong network and capabilities.

shutterstockFEAM Aero expands facilities: FEAM Aero announced it is expanding with several new line stations to better serve their clients globally. In the United States, FEAM will launch operations with new line stations at Chicago Rockford International Airport [RFD], Sacramento International Airport [SMF], and Southwest Florida International Airport [RSW]. Aligning with their initiative to support commercial passenger recovery and continuing e-commerce growth, this expanded network brings FEAM’s total line station count to 52 with an estimated total of 40 full-time direct hire A&P positions throughout the US locations. Internationally through their acquisition of BOSA, they will also begin operations at London Gatwick Airport [LGW] and Dublin Airport [DUB]. FEAM’s acquisition of BOSA in September of 2021 represented a natural progression of FEAM’s tremendous growth throughout the US and allowed them the opportunity to extend their world-class aircraft maintenance services to existing and new customers internationally. The new international line stations will create an estimated 15 new full-time positions of P66 Licensed Engineers between LGW and DUB.

LOT expanding fleet: Six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are entering PLL LOT’s fleet to operate short- and medium-haul flights. All the aircrafts will be picked up by the carrier as early as in October. One of them will be delivered from the Seattle factory. “LOT is in the process of selecting a new fleet in the regional and narrow-body segment. Until a supplier is selected, we are planning to source aircraft as a bridging solution – the first Embraer 175 and 190 have already joined LOT Polish Airlines’ fleet and will soon be followed by the Boeing 737 MAX 8. I am very pleased to see these reliable and economical aircraft completing our single-aisle fleet.” Maciej Wilk, chief operating officer of LOT Polish Airlines, said. The new aircraft were sourced by LOT following the suspended operations of Romanian carrier Blue Air, in the form of an operating lease from US-based Air Lease Corporation, which has already leased five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and one Dreamliner to LOT Polish Airlines. The Polish carrier plans to operate Boeing 737 MAX 8 on the most popular short- and medium-haul flights. The first of the six ordered will operate from mid-October from Warsaw to major European cities in the LOT’s network.

Travelex launches new ATM service at Brisbane: Travelex has launched a Foreign Currency ATM click & collect service, enabling customers to pre-order foreign cash online at Travelex’s best possible rate before collecting it contact free from an airport ATM. The service, which has initially launched at Brisbane Airport and Heathrow in the UK, sees customers place their order via the Travelex website, and then securely collect their currency from selected ATMs, using their phone and credentials. There are no collection fees and orders can be collected from the ATMs at any time of day. Travelex, who have an increasing focus on digital products, partnered with Brisbane Airport to launch ATM click & collect given both organisations’ strong history of digital innovation. Travelex’s digital achievements include launching the first foreign exchange ATM and the first multi-FX pre-paid card in Australia, whilst in recent years Brisbane Airport has launched a digital currency airport experience and a digital departure card.

Moment secures IFE commitment from Hans Airways: Hans Airways, the UK’s newest start up airline has signed a Letter of Intent with Moment to equip its newly delivered Airbus A330 (MSN 950) aircraft with the Flymingo inflight entertainment solution. Moment’s Flymingo box will be fitted aboard its first Airbus A330-200 ahead of the company’s revenue operations. Hans Airways is a privately-owned UK start-up, originally founded in October 2019. It is a hybrid, long-haul model which intends to operate from the UK’s Birmingham Airport to India, initially serving the Indian diaspora’s needs in Europe – then moving on to North America.  Hans Airways is a community airline, focused on a customer-centric and value for money ethos. Through the portable W-IFE solution Flymingo Box, Hans Airways’ passengers will be able to connect with a variety of premium content, including films, TV shows, infotainment or games streamed directly from passengers’ own devices. Flymingo presents a compact and powerful server.  As an autonomous solution, Flymingo Box adapts to non-connected environments and does not require any additional connectivity, operating with its own Wi-Fi network.

Embraer closes credit deal: Embraer announced the closing of a US$100 million credit transaction to finance purchases of supplies made by Embraer in the UK. The credit has been granted by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., London Branch and guaranteed by UK Export Finance; a British government agency focused on financing local exports. It is the first time that UK Export Finance has been involved in an operation with Embraer. The credit operation between UK Export Finance, JPMorgan, and Embraer will bring several benefits to the company, such as diversification of credit operations and more competitive rates and terms for Embraer’s loan profile. “The diversification of our credit operations is significant in all regions of the world where Embraer operates. We are always looking for actions that improve the profile of our debt, and this is another step in that direction”, says Antonio Carlos Garcia, CFO of Embraer.


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