International Aero Engines (IAE) announced new business and confirmed changes to its management structure on Monday at the Farnborough Airshow, following the departure of Rolls-Royce from the consortium.
China’s ICBC Financial Leasing has placed a firm order for V2500 engines to power five Airbus A320s. In a $90 million deal to be announced by International Aero Engines at the Farnborough International airshow, the transaction calls for deliveries to take place from 2013 to 2015. ICBC has ordered V2500s for 20 A320s, following an initial order during the Singapore Airshow in February involving 15 A320s.
Calgary-based WestJet announced on May 1 that it has signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Bombardier Q400s and take options on another 25. Expected to launch a new regional airline in the second half of 2013, WestJet continues to work on a six-year plan for regional service from various hubs in Canada. Its route network consisting of more than 70 destinations now includes hubs in Calgary and Toronto, as well as so-called focus cities of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
An ostensible change of heart on the part of the chairman of Campinas, Brazil-based low-fare regional airline Azul will allow for the creation of the country’s third largest carrier, pending antitrust authorities’ approval of a plan to merge Azul and fellow Brazilian regional airline Trip.
Brazil’s aviation authority (ANAC) approved the country’s first Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches at Santos Dumont Airport (SBRJ) in Rio de Janeiro on May 7. The validation flight on May 5 was conducted in a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 that also delivered overall RNP operational approval to Gol.
Aeromexico will begin daily service later this month between Mexico City and Washington, D.C., as part of a careful expansion in the U.S. by the publicly traded Mexican flag carrier.
Greenwich AeroGroup and its affiliates have agreed to sell, support and install the Iridium OpenPort-Aero broadband aviation communications platform on business aviation aircraft. LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways that introduced the system to airline passengers several years ago, signed a distribution agreement with Greenwich to branch out into business aviation today at EBACE. Iridium OpenPort-Aero works across the planet, including over oceans and the poles. Greenwich AeroGroup expects to begin installations in the third quarter.
A licensed aircraft maintenance engineer has received a 10-year prison sentence from an Athens, Greece, court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance on a Helios Airways Boeing 737-300. The aircraft subsequently collided with a mountain near Athens in 2005 after the airplane’s oxygen supply failed and the pilots and most of the passengers fell unconscious. “
Former JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon, who’s still sitting in a Texas jail, has decided to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of interfering with other flight crewmembers, according to a court motion filed by his attorney last week. Osbon’s first officer locked him out of the cockpit of his Airbus A320 on March 27, after the captain’s actions had caused the first officer to fear for the safety of the flight.
Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has received authorization from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to provide conventional and electrostatic painting, weighing and recalibration services for other companies’ aircraft in its maintenance center in Confins, Belo Horizonte. ANAC’s authorization covers the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800, identical to those of Gol’s fleet, as well as the 737-300.