AirAsia is locked in negotiations with Airbus over an order for between 50 and 100 aircraft that the Malaysia-based operator wants to buy to fill gaps in its aggressive expansion plans before it takes delivery of its first new A320neo narrowbody in 2016.
Business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S. slipped by 1.3 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released on Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 flying still leads the operational category segment, but managed to eke out only a 0.3-percent gain. Part 135 charter activity dipped slightly–1.4 percent–while fractional flying dropped by 6.7 percent on a year-over-year basis.
De-icing fluid manufacturer Kilfrost has reported orders for its “environmentally driven” Sustain products in New Zealand, with Air New Zealand and Aviall purchasing 27 metric tons of them over the last year. “All our sustainable products offer significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon savings and low toxicity, with no compromise in terms of performance and functionality,” said CEO Gary Lydiate.
New research from consultancy firm Accenture has found that manufacturers of commercial aircraft need to improve their performance in three key areas.
Mitsubishi Aircraft received a huge dose of credibility at the Farnborough International airshow yesterday by announcing a 100-aircraft commitment for MRJ90s from the largest regional airline holding company in the world–SkyWest Airlines. The agreement in principle, signed just this week, potentially raises the MRJ regional jet family backlog to 170 airplanes and gives Mitsubishi its second major U.S. customer.
With Middle Eastern Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines experiencing exponential growth in the Arabian Gulf, there is a growing requirement for qualified pilots. The Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) will bring a panel of industry experts together to discuss and debate the pilot shortage in the region.
Airbus could withdraw from a commitment to increase A330 production to 11 aircraft per month in two years’ time, if there is no change to the European Union (EU) emissions trading scheme (ETS), according to programs executive vice president Tom Williams.
Opponents of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) were heartened last month when the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it expects to have a draft proposal on how to mitigate carbon dioxide from aircraft by next March.
ICAO Secretary-General Raymond Benjamin said on June 18 that the governing council of the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation worldwide would discuss “market-based measures” to reduce emissions the following week.
Robert Bryant has joined UK-based International Bureau of Aviation as manager of technical projects. He joins the firm from SpiceJet in India, where he was vice president. He has also held senior positions at Air Astana and Al Salam Aircraft and has worked with carriers such as British Airways and Saudia. An IBA spokesman said the consulting firm has seen demand for expert-witness testimony in the field of aircraft maintenance increase 400 percent over the last two years. IBA advises commercial and business aviation clients, aircraft engine manufacturers and operators.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet has named Steve Hughes as director of maintenance and engineering. He will oversee all aspects of Metrojet’s maintenance, including CAMO DME and Part 145 repair station accountable manager responsibilities. Hughes began his 29-year aviation maintenance career in the UK Royal Air Force Tornado squadrons, followed by experience in a variety of fields within business aviation including maintenance manager with Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia. He joins Metrojet from NetJets Europe, where he has been director of maintenance and engineering since 2002.