AAV News in Brief 25 October 2021

Sabena technics, Liebherr-Aerospace, EVA Air, Revima, Air Austral, AFI KLM E&M, Fokker Services, Honeywell, CPaT, Raya Airways, EmbraerX, Republic Airways, GEODIS, Indra, Korean Airport Corp., Lufthansa Technik, easyJet, Cargo Flash Infotech, Kenya Airways, IATA, Frequentis Orthogon, Micro Nav, Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines, EPCOR, Meggitt, FL Technics, Embraer, KLM Cityhopper

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https://www.singaporeairshow.com/exhibit/participation-options?&utm_source=ventura_media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=banner&utm_content=participation_option&utm_term=asian_aviationSabena technics signs with Liebherr-Aerospace for ATR42/72-600 MRO: Sabena technics and Liebherr-Aerospace have signed a 10-year Pay-by-the-Hour maintenance agreement covering the new air management system (NAMS) component repairs for all ATR42/72-600 aircraft fleets supported by the European MRO. The new air management system developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace entered service at the end of 2020 on ATR’s 42/72 aircraft family. The regional aircraft program will benefit from this highly reliable system as it generates and enhances on-board comfort for passengers and crew while substantially reducing operations’ costs. Liebherr-Aerospace will be handling the comprehensive product support and services for Sabena technics’ operators through a back-to-back contract. The support services will be performed by Liebherr-Aerospace’s service stations in Toulouse (France), centre of excellence for air management systems, and Liebherr-Aerospace’s service stations in Singapore and Saline, Michigan (USA).

EVA Air selects Revima for APS5000 APU MRO: EVA Air and REVIMA have entered into a long-term APU MRO agreement under which REVIMA will provide Power By The Hour (PBTH) support to EVA Air’s B787 APU fleet, services include APU and LRU repairs, Health Monitoring and Spare APU & LRU support solutions. Olivier Legrand, Revima Group President & CEO, said “We are extremely proud to have reached an agreement with EVA Air, a company with very high standards of quality and service. This long-term agreement is very comprehensive and includes the use of our technologically advanced predictive maintenance platform, with real time monitoring of APU parameters, for best-in-class APU availability and reliability. The agreement follows closely our selection for multiyear A321 and A330 family landing gear programs.”

Air Austral, AFI KLM E&M in A220 component deal: AFI KLM E&M and Air Austral recently signed an agreement to provide component support for the airline’s fleet of three A220 aircraft. The terms of the contract include parts availability and repair, as well as engineering support and adaptive services management. As announced recently, AFI KLM E&M has set up a specific industrial scheme for A220 component support. Based on its current in-house repair capabilities but also on the continuous development of new repairs, these internal resources will support the growing needs of operators on this new platform.

Fokker Services, Honeywell in MRO deal: Fokker Services, has signed a 10-year repair license agreement with Honeywell Aerospace for the OEM’s LEAP engine accessories and line replaceable units (LRUs.) Until 30 June 2031, Fokker Services is now a Honeywell Aerospace Authorised Service Centre and Warranty Repair Shop for these components. This global contract expands Fokker Services’ engine accessory repair capabilities to include all LEAP engines, allowing the organization to support next-generation engines of commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Comac C919. Fokker Services’ facility will provide repair services on the LEAP engine accessories for global customers, which include LRUs such as the Air Turbine Starter, Starter Air Valves and VBV Actuator. The team will leverage its more than ten years of expertise in repairing CFM56 accessories towards these new capabilities for LEAP engine accessories. In addition, Fokker Services’ custom engineered, fully digital test stands, flow lines and eddy current dynamometers will be utilised to bring best in class testing to each accessory.

CPaT, Raya Airways in training contract: CPaT Global announced it has been awarded a new contract from Raya Airways, one of Malaysia’s leading and most trusted air cargo experts, for the provision of Aircraft Systems courses, Interactive Diagrams, and CPaT’s General Subjects library for initial and recurrent training on the Boeing B767, and 737 fleets. “CPaT is proud to provide distance learning solutions to Raya Airways. Its track record and presence in the Asia-Pacific region is testament to its steady growth,” said Capt. Greg Darrow, CPaT’s Vice President of Sales. “We look forward to providing distance learning to Raya pilots throughout their operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Hong. CPaT’s training solutions will enable Raya pilots to train anytime, anywhere, on any device.”

EmbraerX signs deal with Republic Airways for Beacon: EmbraerX signed a multi-year agreement with Republic Airways for the use of Beacon’s maintenance coordination platform, which will support the airline’s digital transformation. Beacon will support all maintenance operations and accelerate aircraft’s return-to-service time by integrating the platform into Republic’s stations and will include each of their on-call maintenance providers. Republic Airways is currently one of the largest regional commercial operators in the US with a fleet of 223 aircraft, operating regional flights for the three largest US carriers. Over the first six months of 2021, Republic saw an average delay decrease as they adopted Beacon at their base stations. As traveling takes off and Republic flight volume increases, their overall out-of-service delay time has held steady, making a case for Beacon’s technology in managing interruptions and accelerating return-to-service time.

GEODIS Executive Leadership Program recognised: GEODIS has been named ‘Best Leadership Development Program for Top Management’ at the 2021 Asia’s Training & Development Excellence Awards. Hosted by the World HRD Congress and the Employer Branding Institute, the annual event identifies outstanding talent and development initiatives from organizations across Asia, while celebrating the best practices in employer branding and Human Resources (HR). The Executive Leadership Program for the senior management team, comprising 132 global board members and leaders, ensures GEODIS’ leaders have the skillsets and resources to make well-informed strategic decisions amid the industry’s complex climate. This two-year program (2020-2022), delivered by Harvard Business School, features a comprehensive curriculum covering key business issues such as customer centricity, leading in adversity, and CSR and sustainability.

Indra wins contract for Korean airports: The Korean Airport Corporation (KAC) has awarded Indra a contract for the supply and installation of Indra’s Normarc Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) with a total value of approximately 6 million euros. The systems are used by aircraft for navigating safely to the ground, and will be installed at the airports of Ulsan, Muan and Yeosu. In addition, KAC will have separate systems to be used for testing and training of technical personnel. KAC already uses Indra’s InNOVA tower systems at several airports, but this is the first contract for navigational aids. The contract has been negotiated together with Daeyang. The first delivery took place in October.

Lufthansa Technik renews service deal with easyJet: Lufthansa Technik AG has renewed a substantial base maintenance contract with easyJet for more than 140 aircraft of the airline’s A320 family, which was initially signed back in 2016. This successful cooperation was now extended by another five years. The base maintenance services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s facilities in Sofia, Bulgaria and additionally in Malta and Budapest as required. Brendan McConnellogue, easyJet Director of Engineering, noted: “We have used Lufthansa Technik Maintenance across a number of their sites over the years and have always found them to be a reliable partner in support of our A320 family maintenance.  The renewal of this contract ensures this working relationship continues and maintains easyJet’s high standards of technical reliability.”

Cargo Flash Infotech signs with Kenya Airways: India-based IT and business solution company Cargo Flash Infotech will be replacing Kenya Airways’ manifold of operations and management systems that were either having limited connectivity options or systems working in silos, in which information sharing is restricted due to systems’ limitations. Kenya Airways’ numerous operations and management systems are currently being substituted by Cargo Flash’s single, next-generation ‘nGen’ system that includes Cargo Reservations (RES) System, Cargo Revenue Accounting (CRA) System, Cargo Handling and Warehouse Management, ULD Management Solution, and Customer Portal.

covid-19-iata-calls-for-relief-for-african-middle-eastern-airlinesIATA adds ‘Quote and Book’ function to IATA Net Rates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has added a ‘quote and book’ function to IATA Net Rates. This enables airlines to offer freight forwarders dynamic pricing for booking their shipments. IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), is the first carrier to integrate this new functionality. The Net Rates platform can be accessed through Net Rates online or integrated with customer systems, accelerating the distribution of rates to market while simplifying and reducing the cost of rate handling procedures. The ‘quote and book’ function is initially available to freight forwarders booking IAG Cargo capacity from Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United States and Vietnam, and will expand to additional markets over the coming weeks. The solution supports loose cargo and ULD pricing, general, express and perishable shipments, as well as allocations and block space agreements.

Air traffic management-Driving efficiencyFrequentis Orthogon and Micro Nav enhance air traffic control training: Frequentis Orthogon and Micro Nav have joined forces to offer the next generation of simulation controller working position (SimCWP) to increase the efficiency of air traffic controller (ATCO) training. It offers the highest flexibility in aligning with operational and contingency equipment for en-route and approach simulation. SimCWP offers a flexible controller working position (CWP) for air traffic control (ATC) simulation and training. The state-of-the art system allows a simulated CWP to closely mimic any operational CWP, allowing for more real-life training scenarios to be carried out and the opportunity to shorten the transition from initial training to operational duty. The solution is based on Frequentis Orthogon’s ODS Open Platform, designed to support human-machine interfaces for safety-critical applications. It allows SimCWP, driven by Micro Nav’s state-of-the-art ATC simulator, BEST (Beginning to End for Simulation and Training) to efficiently adapt a CWP to mirror an operational CWP.

Vietjet to resume all domestic flights next month: Vietjet has relaunched all services connecting Vietnam’s largest hub of Ho Chi Minh City with capital city of Hanoi, Da Nang and other localities across the country. The carrier will fully operate its Vietnam flight network of 48 routes from 30 November. Currently, the flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and Da Nang operate two daily round trips. Vietjet also continues to offer its signature zero-fare promotion, encouraging flyers, especially workers from the countryside to come back to Ho Chi Minh City and Southern localities for local workforce stabilization and economic recovery after the country’s fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam Airlines extends APU agreement with EPCOR: EPCOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has extended its APU maintenance contract with Vietnam Airlines for the majority of its fleet. The contract covers the APU maintenance of 131-9A APUs for Airbus A320 fleet and Pratt & Whitney APS5000 APUs of the Boeing 787 fleet. Bernard Kuiken, Commercial Director of EPCOR describes the relation as a true partnership: “Joint efforts in difficult times are proven to strengthen relationships. Therefore, we are proud Vietnam again chose us to be their maintenance partner for the forthcoming years.” Bernard adds, “Part of the AFI KLM E&M network and as an airline-MRO, we know what airlines value most, it is part of our DNA. Our Adaptiveness® mindset, a competitive offer and a close cooperation between EPCOR and Vietnams Engineering department contributed to the decision of Vietnam Airlines.”

Meggitt signs deal with FL Technics: Meggitt has signed a three-year, multimillion euro SMARTSupport contract with FL Technics to supply MRO services for sensors, valves, actuators, and fire extinguishers to operators across Eastern Europe and the CIS. This new SMARTSupport contract is in addition to an existing agreement with FL Technics for the rest of Europe and extends Meggitt’s MRO service offering to better support the company’s growing customer base in Eastern Europe.

Embraer announce pool deal with KLM Cityhopper: Embraer announced a Pool Program agreement with KLM Cityhopper, the regional subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The contract includes broad component support for the airline’s E195-E2s fleet. Currently, Embraer’s Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide. The airline received the first E195-E2 of the 25 jets it has on order, at the beginning of 2021, with all E2 being covered by this contract. Currently, KLM Cityhopper already operates a total of four E195-E2 and a fleet of 49 first-generation E-Jets. Embraer’s Pool Program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on high-value repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

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