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MTU Maintenance has reported that revenues in the first nine months of 2019 for commercial engine business remained at the previous year’s level at €1,995.9 million (1-9/2018: € 2,019.7 million). In terms of organic growth, revenue in the commercial MRO segment has increased by around 8%, driven mainly by the V2500 engine, followed by the CF34 family of regional and business jet engines.


Satys has announced its takeover of the Aéro Technique Espace (ATE) paint site in Châteauroux, France. ATE has been in recovery proceedings since 17 May 2019 and the Commercial Court of Toulouse on 10 October 2019 chose the Satys Group unit in Toulouse to take over the Châteauroux site. Based at the Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, ATE employs about 40 people and has four paint hangars for widebody aircraft. Satys has a target of painting 50 widebody aircraft per year.


ST Engineering has announced that its Aerospace sector has secured new contracts worth about $1.0 billion for 3Q19. These include contracts ranging from nacelle component and floor panel manufacturing to aircraft airframe and helicopter MRO support services. Among the new multi-year MRO contracts is a 10-year agreement to work with Airbus Helicopters starting in early 2021 to support the scheduled maintenance, inspection and on-demand repairs of a substantial part of the German Armed Forces’ NH90 fleet. Other contracts include a five-year extension agreement for airframe maintenance from an A380 operator, and a seven-year agreement to provide component Maintenance-by-the-Hour support to an operator’s fleet of Boeing 737NGs.  


Valsoft Corporation, a Montreal-based company specialising in the acquisition and development of vertical market software businesses, has announced the acquisition of Communications Software (Airline Systems) (Commsoft.)

            Founded as a software house in 1971, Commsoft won its first airline contract in 1975 with Airways in the UK, leading to the launch of the predecessor to OASES (Open Aviation Strategic Engineering System) the following year. Since its first association with the airline industry over 40 years ago, Commsoft has been continually developing its MRO IT system.





Air France will proactively offset 100% of CO2 emissions on its domestic flights as of 1 January 2020 by participating in projects certified by recognised organisations. This represents on average over 450 flights per day and over 57,000 customers. Corporate customers will also be able to opt for voluntary compensation of up to 100% of the emissions generated by their short, medium and long-haul flights via a dedicated offer.

It also intends to reduce fuel consumption per passenger/km by 50% compared to 2005, to less than 3 litres by 2030.


Air France is introducing selective waste sorting on board its flights to Paris, including plastic bottles, Tetra Pak packaging, aluminium cans and glass wine and Champagne bottles. All these materials are sorted by cabin crew then handled by service provider Servair at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly and recycled in France or Europe. 

            Air France has already decided to eliminate the use of single-use plastic items (such as cups, cutlery, stirrers) on board its aircraft from the end of 2019, producing 1,300 fewer tonnes of plastic per year.


International Airlines Group (IAG) has become the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, contributing to both the UK Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5°C. IAG’s emissions’ goal will be achieved through numerous environmental initiatives, including investing more than $400 million in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.

IAG was instrumental in setting up the United Nations’ first global carbon offsetting scheme named CORSIA, which will enable aviation to cut its CO2 emissions by 2.5 billion tonnes between 2020 and 2035 through $40 billion investment in carbon reduction projects.


The Group’s new emissions goal will be achieved through numerous environmental initiatives:

-        British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK from January 2020. The airline will invest in Verified Carbon Standard assured carbon reduction projects around the world, including renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes. The airline operates up to 75 flights a day between London and 10 UK cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Inverness and Jersey. British Airways’ domestic emissions total around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

-        Investing $400 million in sustainable aviation fuel in the next 20 years. This includes British Airways’ partnership with specialist company Velocys to build Europe’s first household waste to jet fuel plant in the UK which will start operations in 2024. The plant will turn household waste destined for landfill into sustainable fuel which produces 70 per cent less CO2emissions than fossil fuel.

-        Replacing older aircraft in the IAG fleet with 142 new aircraft over the next five years, worth $27 billion at list prices. These are up to 25% more carbon efficient than those they replace.

-        Exploring new carbon capture technology by partnering with US company Mosaic Materials via the Group’s start-up accelerator Hangar 51. The start-up has created an innovative adsorbent material to take out CO2 emissions directly from the atmosphere.

-        Management incentives are being developed, in line with IAG’s new targets, for employees to reduce carbon emissions across the Group.


KLM Engineering & Maintenance is using plastic filament made from recycled PET bottles from KLM passenger flights for its 3D printers. The bottles are delivered to recycling specialist Morssinkhof to be turned into pellets that are supplied to filament manufacturer Rymoplast Reflow. The company currently uses around 1.5kg of high quality filament every day and using recycled material has seen the price drop from €60/kg to just €17/kg. 

KLM Engineering & Maintenance has been using 3D printers for quite some time in ways that speed up repair and maintenance processes. For example, special plugs have been developed to ensure that rim holes don't get painted over when the wheels on Boeing 737s are painted; a 3D-printed cover replaces protective tape during the maintenance of turbine blades; and a tool designed by Engine Services for removing overhead baggage bins on board the Boeing 787 means this task can now be carried out by one mechanic instead of two.


United Airlines has committed $40 million toward a new investment vehicle focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonisation technologies. The carrier, which earlier this year agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel over the next two years, will look to collaborate with other environmentally conscious partners on this extraordinary initiative. Among all airlines around the world, United holds more than 50% of all publicly announced purchase commitments to using sustainable aviation fuels and is the only US carrier to currently use this fuel on a continuous basis.

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