AAV News in Brief 26 March 2021

Jet MS, ALTO Aviation, Fraport Slovenia, Frequentis, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Frontier Airlines, CPaT, Wizz Air, CANSO, CGH Technologies, Servy, AtYourGate, Columbia Helicopters, IATA, Liebherr, Portugália, Sabre, Qantas

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Use this oneJet MS becomes dealer of ALTO Aviation’s premium cabin solutions: Jet MS, a global provider of base and line maintenance services for business and regional aircraft, and a part of the global aerospace business group Avia Solutions Group, gained a dealership agreement with ALTO Aviation, a premium cabin In-Flight Audio/Entertainment system design, manufacture, and distribution company.  Under the partnership, Jet MS will represent Alto Aviation products and will offer its clients not only exceptional components, but also various modifications and upgrades, extending already wide range of Jet MS offered services and products. ALTO Aviation’s user-friendly, intuitive products include a full line of loudspeakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, Cadence Cabin Management System, with drop-in direct replacement passenger controls, Bluetooth audio, System Master Controllers, and cabin entertainment accessories. All company’s components are DO-160 tested and hold TSO certification. Founded in 2007, Jet Maintenance Solutions (JET MS) is a provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions for business and regional aviation. The company is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe with almost 100 offices and production sites providing aviation services and solutions worldwide.

Frequentis FVCX-IPFraport Slovenia enhances aeronautical data quality with Frequentis: Fraport Slovenia has selected Frequentis to enhance aeronautical data quality (ADQ) at Ljubljana airport with its solution, smartADQ. The solution is provided as a service under the Frequentis business model software as a service (SaaS), making Frequentis responsible for every aspect of the service provision and its infrastructure and operation. This business model allows airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airlines to more cost efficiently manage their service, without huge upfront investments in improvements. Fraport Slovenia is enhancing aeronautical data quality with Frequentis in order to support its airport expansion and strategic goals for Ljubljana airport city. Ljubljana Airport is the main Slovenian international gateway, serving more than four million inhabitants. It is also one of the leading airports in the region, connecting the Balkan region with Western and Central Europe. Ljubljana Airport had in recent years seen increased yearly passenger growth and its airport terminal expansion is set to complete in summer 2021.

Recaro Aircraft Seating SL3710 seat makes North American debut: Recaro Aircraft Seating’s (Recaro) lightweight SL3710 seat made its North America debut on Frontier Airlines’ (Frontier) A320 aircraft on 23 March. Weighing in at 8 kilograms, the seat is the lightest member in the economy class seat market and supports Frontier’s mission of being “America’s Greenest Airline.” Frontier is slated to receive 156 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft over the next six years, which will be equipped with 186 and 240 SL3710 seats, respectively. Starting in July 2020, Recaro ramped up the customisation and certification process to ensure the first seats would begin delivery in February 2021. The combination of an ergonomic seat design and durable materials delivers a comfortable and efficient SL3710 Economy Class seat. Revamped armrests, spacious tray tables and adaptable backrest concept provide passengers of all sizes with a comfortable flight experience. The optimized components of the SL3710 seat requires 50 percent less maintenance for airlines. In addition, the lightweight materials and seat coverings created with recycled leather reduce fuel consumption costs and minimize an aircraft’s carbon footprint.

CPaT wins new contract with Wizz Air: CPaT Global announced it was recently awarded a new contract by Wizz Air, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, to supply distance learning solutions for its Airline Training Organisation (ATO). Wizz Air will be using CPaT’s Aircraft Systems courses, Interactive Diagrams, and General Subjects library for initial and recurrent training for their students and instructors on the Airbus 320 family and Airbus 330 fleets. “CPaT is pleased to be selected by Wizz Air to provide type-rating courseware for their students and instructors,” said Capt. Greg Darrow, CPaT’s vice president of sales. “This contract represents the confidence Wizz Air has in CPaT’s distance learning solutions to deliver expertise to its training curriculum.” Wizz Air is Europe’s fastest-growing airline, serving 47 countries and flying to over 170 destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

CANSO, CGH Technologies partner to provide ANSPs with new platform: CANSO and CGH Technologies have signed a deal that will improve collaborative decision-making (CDM) and enhance air traffic flow management (ATFM) worldwide. The agreement secures the provision of a purpose built collaborative software platform based on the successful regional initiative CADENA (CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas). The new platform, CADENCE (CANSO Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Data Exchange Network for Cooperative Excellence), will be made available in all regions, supported by CGH Technologies, the developer of the CADENA platform. CADENCE will enable air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to share information on factors affecting airspace demand and capacity, facilitate enhanced situational awareness, and engagement of all stakeholders in the development of collaborative approaches to optimise air traffic. Recognising that each region is unique, CANSO will undertake consultation with ANSPs in each region and a global CADENCE Task Force will be established to support regional action teams in the set-up of regional operational information systems (OIS) where needed. This will ensure ongoing access to peers and experts and provide guidance, training and information on best practices as local procedures are established.

Servy and AtYourGate roll out contactless delivery programmes: Following the announcement of their partnership in June last year, Servy, the enterprise self-service platform for hospitality, and in-airport order and delivery app AtYourGate have joined forces to launch several airport programmes. They have also collaborated in airports where both companies were present with relaunched programs powered by Servy’s Grab Airport Marketplace technology. These programs are now up and running in six airports – Chicago Midway International Airport, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Tampa International Airport – with plans to introduce similar initiatives in at least six additional airports by mid-2021. Travellers can now access food and drink deliveries through the website of participating airports, some airlines and other day-of-travel channel partners who leverage the Grab Airport Marketplace technology. As a result, more airport guests are choosing to pre-order meals from their digital devices – at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, for example, as many as 22 percent of Grab orders are now placed through airline apps.

Columbia Helicopters unveils multi-mission programme: Columbia Helicopters has unveiled its multi-mission helicopter programme, featuring the proven Columbia Model 234 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, developed as a single platform solution to support customers’ multi-mission requirements. The programme features Columbia’s Model 234 Chinook helicopter and Columbia’s turnkey operational, training and lifecycle sustainment support. Certified to civilian transport category standards, the base configuration of the Columbia Model 234 is not subject to military surplus aircraft restrictions or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It features the largest and most versatile internal cabin of any helicopter, capable of lifting external loads up to 25,000lbs (11,339kg), and a suite of Columbia customizations designed to rapidly reconfigure the aircraft between mission requirements. In addition to the Columbia Model 234 Chinook’s world-class internal and external fire suppression and long-line cargo capabilities, the aircraft is a very capable transport workhorse. The helicopter can transport 19 passengers with Columbia’s side facing crash resistant seat configuration, and up to 44 passengers in an airline seat configuration.

covid-19-iata-calls-for-relief-for-african-middle-eastern-airlinesIATA launches EPIC for air cargo industry: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitisation of the global air cargo supply chain. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities. As the air cargo industry continues to digitalise, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable  challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In the absence of a tool for companies to exchange the information needed to make these business links, the process of digitization is essentially manual, slow and unduly complex. In addition to supporting business-to-business processes, the participation of customs organizations in EPIC also supports digital customs clearance processes. In particular this will help the efficient roll out of Advance Cargo Information (ACI) requirements, including Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) programmes.

Liebherr signs landing gear MRO with Portugália: Liebherr-Aerospace has been commissioned by Portuguese carrier Portugália Airlines, part of the TAP Group and flying under the brand TAP express, to overhaul the landing gear systems of the airlines’ fleet of Embraer aircraft. Liebherr-Aerospace will carry out all overhaul activities of the nose and main landing gear systems at its facility in Lindenberg (Germany). Christian Franz, Director Customer Services at Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH said: “ We are very happy to start this overhaul campaign with Portugália, which is the result of a close collaboration between our two companies. This new contract is further proof of our leading position in E-Jet landing gear overhauls in Europe.” The complete landing gear system for the E-Jet E1 family (E170/E175/E190/E195) has been developed, manufactured and certified by Liebherr-Aerospace in Lindenberg (Germany), Liebherr’s centre of competence for flight controls, actuation, landing gear systems, gears, gearboxes as well as electronics.

Sabre launches Qantas NDC offers starting in Australia and New Zealand: Sabre is launching NDC offers from Qantas Airways, the flag carrier of Australia, to travel agencies in the airline’s home market and New Zealand. Travel agents connected to Sabre’s global travel marketplace will be able to shop, price, book, pay, cancel, void, refund and exchange unique NDC offers from Qantas. With these capabilities, Sabre is supporting a consistent end-to-end workflow that integrates within well-established agency operations. After the initial launch in Australia and Zealand, Sabre will progressively roll-out the airline’s NDC content in other regions across the world. “Our partnership with Qantas has led us to another milestone in our journey towards our goal of enabling our airline customers to distribute personalized offers – both through our marketplace and through their direct channels,” said Kathy Morgan, vice president, Offer Sourcing, Sabre Travel Solutions. “In today’s challenging environment, travellers increasingly demand personalized offers, which can be delivered through NDC-enabled technology. We are convinced that this provides new opportunities for both Qantas and our agency network to increase their revenues and enhance customer loyalty.”

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