Aviation News in Brief 12 August 2020

APOC Aviation, Singapore Airlines, Temasek Foundation, North American Aerospace Industries, Bye Aerospace, Aviation Safety Resources, AviaAM, Magma Aviation

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Use this oneAPOC Aviation closes fifth deal with A320 for teardown: APOC Aviation has purchased another A320 family airframe for teardown. Built in 2000, the aircraft was last operated in Europe and it is the fifth narrowbody acquisition that APOC has successfully closed this year. Funding for the purchase was swiftly secured through private placement.  It is anticipated that the first serviceable parts, including landing gear but not engines, will be parted out from the teardown facility in Spain in the fourth quarter of the year. Jasper van den Boogaard, vice president Airframe Acquisition & Trading at APOC Aviation, says the company is confident it can continue to secure investment for the right assets. “APOC Aviation were quick to seize this opportunity and we had secure financing in place to close the deal.  Even in these difficult times I am pleased to say that, despite the constraints of COVID-19, APOC is able to source and finalise deals for our target aircraft.  If something is for sale we’ll look at it but I must emphasise that we are focused on the youngest assets at a price we can afford.” Once teardown of the A320 is completed, parts will be shipped to the company’s audited group of repair stations worldwide whereupon components will be returned to serviceable status before transition to APOC’s Rotterdam warehouse facility.

Singapore Airlines, Temasek Foundation partner for World Food Programme: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the Temasek Foundation are partnering with the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the global COVID-19 response to help transport essential medical supplies and other health and humanitarian items by air to points of need around the world. Providing the logistics backbone for global COVID-19 efforts, WFP operates a network of hubs and passenger and cargo airlinks to ensure a steady flow of supplies and support to the frontlines of the pandemic. Since these services commenced in May, WFP has managed more than 800 humanitarian flights to 159 countries, with enough cargo to fill 188 jumbo jets expected to require WFP transport in the coming weeks. Under this agreement, SIA is making ad-hoc charter flights and freight space in its scheduled services available on a cost-recovery basis, with flight costs being covered by a contribution of up to US$6.5 million from the Temasek Foundation.

North American Aerospace Industries names MRO business development manager: North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI), which provides sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling solutions, announced the appointment of Martin O’Boyle as Business Development Manager – MRO. In this role, O’Boyle will have the responsibility for developing the company’s MRO business in North America. He brings to his new position extensive technical and commercial experience working across aviation for airlines, aircraft lessors, corporate operators, OEMs and maintenance facilities. Directly before joining NAAI, O’Boyle served as Head of Civil Aviation Business Development for Sabena Aerospace. Part of his role was to set up a joint venture in Africa where he was responsible for business development, operations, and the project’s management.

Bye Aerospace selects Aviation Safety Resources: Bye Aerospace, developer of the eFlyer family of FAA Part 23-certified all-electric aircraft, announced the selection of Aviation Safety Resources (ASR), an innovative company that designs, tests and produces emergency recovery systems for aviation, to supply its Soteria line of whole aircraft recovery parachutes systems for the eFlyer 2. Under the terms of the agreement, ASR will design, prototype, test and deliver a recovery system specifically for the eFlyer 2. “We applaud Bye Aerospace for their commitment to safety,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO. “Our Soteria line whole-aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems are designed to safely bring down an entire aircraft and its occupants in the event of a severe inflight emergency. Soteria solutions provide aircraft designers and, ultimately customers, sleeker installations and more cost-effective safety solutions. We look forward to collaborating with the Bye Aerospace team to develop a recovery system that matches the unique configuration of the eFlyer 2.”

AviaAM buys B747 for Magma Aviation: AviaAM Leasing, part of the Avia Solutions Group, has announced the purchase of a Boeing 747-400F nose-loader aircraft which has already started commercial operations on behalf of Magma Aviation. The aircraft – which is a part of the Magma Aviation fleet – has been recently painted in the Magma Aviation livery with the new addition of the Avia Solutions Group logo. The aircraft has already accomplished its first commercial cargo flight. Tom Helyar, general manager at Magma Aviation, which designs and delivers bespoke air cargo transport solutions anywhere in the world said: “We are very excited to add this new B747-400F to our fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft to four. “The benefits of a factory-built freighter, is that it offers greater capability for over-length and heavy cargo, overcoming the constraints of a converted side-door only B747. Added to this, the aircraft has a significantly higher payload – 121 tons compared to 105 tons – and a higher performance range.”

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