AAV News in Brief 5 March 2021

Sabre, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, 4Air, IATA, CPaT, Asiana Airlines, Greater Bay Airlines, FLYdocs, Liebherr, Wizz Air, AVIATAR, Vietjet, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Embraer, Ideagen, PHI Aviation, Meggitt

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Use this onechinas-air-traffic-plunged-in-februarySabre signs two Chinese airlines: Sabre announced the implementation of Sabre’s Recovery Manager Operations solution for China’s national flag carrier Air China as well as China Eastern Airlines, to enhance their operational recovery capability and future growth. Air China and China Eastern are both now using Sabre’s Recovery Manager Operations solution to identify operational issues across their extensive domestic and international networks which will help to further increase the footprint of Sabre’s advanced decision support solutions in China’s marketplace. Recovery Manager Operations will empower the airlines to manage flight disruptions by proposing immediate contingency and recovery plans, while minimizing downline impact, improving operational performance, maximizing staff productivity and, ultimately, boosting customer satisfaction.

4AIR joins IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange: 4AIR said it has become the first private aviation stakeholder to make a trade on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), a centralised platform where airlines and other aviation stakeholders can trade carbon offsets to reduce their climate impact. 4AIR has conducted its first transaction on the exchange with ClimeCo Corp., purchasing offsets from the environmental commodity products advisor on behalf of 4AIR Silver Member PrivateFly to help the charter and jet card provider meet its offsetting commitment in relation to its 2020 operations. 4AIR transacted 15,000 carbon offsets on behalf of PrivateFly in support of a solar-renewable energy project developed in India by the Adani Group. In total, the project generates enough solar energy to displace more than 1.5 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in India annually, reducing the carbon impact of a country in which about 80 percent of electricity is generated through fossil fuels. The project spurs economic development, provides job opportunities and expands regional economic activity.

CPaT signs new contract with Asiana Airlines: CPaT Global announced it has been awarded a new contract by Asiana Airlines for the provision of Aircraft Systems courses, Interactive Diagrams, and General Subjects courses for initial and recurrent training on the Airbus A320, A330, and A350, the Boeing B747-400, B767, and B777 fleets. “CPaT is honored to provide aviation distance learning solutions to Asiana Airlines, one of Asia’s premier air carriers,” said Capt. Greg Darrow, CPaT’s vice president of sales. “This contract underlines Asiana’s commitment to safety and service through the selection of CPaT’s high-quality, training solutions.” Asiana Airlines’ international hub is located in Seoul, South Korea at Seoul Incheon International Airport, and its domestic hub is at Gimpo International Airport and Gimhae International Airport. As a member of Star Alliance, Asiana operates 63 international passenger routes, ten domestic and 26 cargo routes throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Start-up Greater Bay Airlines signs records deal with FLYdocs: Greater Bay Airlines (HGB), a Hong Kong based airline announced a partnership with FLYdocs to digitise maintenance records for its fleet of Boeing 737-800s. The start-up airline founded by Hong Kong tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau signed a five-year deal with FLYdocs to automate and digitise its aircraft records. The partnership will enable the operator to capitalise on digital transformation by utilising the seamless integration between FLYdocs® and leading M&E platform, AMOS for full compliance-on-demand. Algernon Yau, CEO of Greater Bay Airlines said: “We are a new player in the market, so it is imperative that we begin operations with processes that deliver on both innovation and efficiency to help us meet our objectives. The entire team at FLYdocs instilled confidence and assurance that the partnership we are creating together represents the future of digitisation to help us drive operational efficiency into our business as we embark on this exciting journey.”

Liebherr celebrates 20,000 component repairs in China: The repair of a flow control valve for an Airbus A320 that belongs to a Chinese operator marks a milestone for Liebherr in China when it became the 20,000th component repaired. Over the past five years, the company has been investing in the development of a growing range of OEM maintenance services on air management systems (ATA Chapters 21 and 36) for various airlines operating Airbus single aisle and long range as well as Bombardier and Embraer aircraft. OEM quality one-stop component maintenance services were also launched for the domestic COMAC ARJ21-700 aircraft operators.  As part of these aerospace services in China, Liebherr built a team of more than 40 employees consisting of customer service representatives, sales, technical support, quality, procurement and logistics experts. Additionally, its state-of-the-art MRO workshop in Shanghai is staffed with repair technicians, engineers, certifying officials and repair instructors. The site is fully supported by Liebherr-Aerospace centres of excellence in Toulouse (France) and Lindenberg (Germany).

Wizz Air becomes first customer of AVIATAR’s Technical Logbook: Wizz Air becomes the first customer of the Technical Logbook solution of AVIATAR. Through the newly introduced solution, Wizz Air will replace the manual and paper-based process of capturing technical issues during flight/on ground and implement the digital pilot-to-maintenance collaboration application. AVIATAR’s Technical Logbook offers prefilled text blocks and automated input masks that capture technical issues of the aircraft during flight and on ground. It therefore replaces time-consuming manual entries into paper books and improves data quality as well as transparency. The new solution works with any hardware device and provides pilots with access to aircraft status anywhere and anytime. It also offers back-up processes in case of connectivity issues. Real-time data availability, directly connected with the M&E system (maintenance and engineering system), ensures maintenance on arrival and enables a seem-less pilot-to-maintenance collaboration – leading to decreased turnaround times and costs. In addition, the standardised data structure helps airlines to gain insights into trend analytics.

Vietjet certified for COVID-19 compliance: Vietjet has been certified with seven-stars for COVID-19 compliance for global airlines by AirlineRatings. AirlineRatings is the first website with COVID-19 ratings for airlines. The seven-star list also named other airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue, Lufthansa, Southwest, Air New Zealand, and KLM. For full compliance, airlines must have seven criteria in place, including website information on Covid-19 procedures; face masks for passengers; deep clean of aircraft and protection equipment for the crew. The criteria also focuses on social distancing and modified meal services.

Recaro Aircraft Seating enters regional market with Embraer: Recaro Aircraft Seating is entering the regional jet market with its first Embraer installation. The BL3710 and SL3710 seats will be retrofitted on the Embraer E190 and line fitted in Brazil on the Embraer E195-E2 for KLM Cityhopper, the regional arm of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. “Expanding into the regional jet market is a tremendous opportunity for Recaro to grow our capabilities and strengthen our customer base,” said Dr Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “Embraer has been a fantastic party through this experience. I have great confidence in this move and our ability to rise to a new challenge.” KLM Cityhopper is the first regional jet customer for Recaro. Slated for a Q1 2021 delivery, the BL3710 and SL3710 seats are positioned in a hybrid layout on the E190 and E195-E2 KLM Cityhopper regional jets. The E195-E2 is configured with 132 seats, while the E190 has 100 seats. The lightweight SL3710 combines an ergonomic design and durable parts to create a comfortable seat with a reduced total cost of ownership for airlines. Specifically created for short and medium-haul flights, the BL3710 offers a six-way adjustable headrest, additional back support, and the modular seat design ensures a streamlined cabin layout and minimal maintenance.

Ideagen and PHI Aviation sign five-year software deal: Ideagen has announced a five-year deal with PHI Aviation for its Coruson product. Headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, PHI is one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies and has conducted operations in 43 countries across the globe. The company services the offshore oil and gas, onshore mining, air medical and technical services industries. Coruson is an enterprise risk and safety management software that delivers powerful and integrated functionality to give complete control of operational risks. It is used by market leaders in the aviation and rail industries. Considered to be an industry leader in maintenance, technology and overhaul operations, PHI’s facility in Lafayette is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. At this facility PHI’s highly trained and experienced team carry out routine maintenance and repair work, conduct complete overhauls of engines and airframes, deliver state-of-the-art painting operations, study and engineer new parts and lubricants, research new procedures and develop new techniques.

Meggitt awarded deal for 737 MAX cockpit indicators: Meggitt has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing for the supply of cockpit indicators on the 737 MAX. The contract covers a suite of cockpit indicators across all versions of the aircraft. This contract expands Meggitt content on the 737 MAX programme, which already includes the engine and APU fire detection & suppression systems, electrical power conversion equipment, and elastomeric seals. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in Q2 2022. Meggitt Chief Executive Tony Wood said: “We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Boeing at this important time as the 737 MAX returns to service and the wider aviation industry starts to look through the challenges of the last year towards a recovering outlook for air traffic globally.”

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