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January 2016

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Aeroman recently became the first MRO in the Americas to select the Airbus Competence Training (ACT) Suite, signing a five-year agreement. The Airbus classroom, with a capacity of 16 trainees, will enable Aeroman instructors to perform maintenance and engineering training on site for the Airbus A320 and A330/A340 Family. 

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AJW Group has purchased another CFM56-5B/P engine for teardown. The engine will be dismantled to support AJW’s worldwide network of airline and MRO customers. It will provide inventory for piece parts sales, AJW Engines’ comprehensive Fan Blade Exchange programme, and will bolster strategically located spare parts to support the growing Engine Management Programmes that AJW administers for a number of airlines, including JSC Donavia, Camair-Co and NordStar. This recent purchase brings the total of this type of engine teardowns managed by AJW to three -5Bs, four -7Bs, two -5Cs, six V2500A5s and three RB211s. AJW Engines is actively in pursuit of teardown engines to support its growing business. The third RB211 on consignment from Brickell Asset Management is currently in teardown under AJW’s supervision.

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AJW Technique has been granted renewal of its DGCA Type Certificate Approval by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Indonesia. The facility holds several global approvals: ANAC (Brazil), DGCA (Indonesia) and DCA (Thailand), to complement FAA (US), EASA (Europe) and TCCA (Canada); CAAC (China) is also in progress.

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Alaska Airlines, the Port of Seattle and Boeing are partnering to move towards powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first US airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner. The three partners have signed an MoU to launch a $250,000 Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study that will assess the costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at Sea-Tac, a crucial step toward routine biofuel use in the future.

 

The partners’ longer-term plan is to incorporate significant quantities of biofuel into Sea-Tac’s fuel infrastructure, which is used by all 26 airlines on more than 380,000 flights annually at the airport. Sea-Tac is the 13th busiest airport in the US and will serve over 42 million domestic and international passengers this year.

 

The Port of Seattle will manage the $250,000 study, including the biofuel roadmapping process and, as Sea-Tac Airport’s governing authority, would handle the engineering and integration of biofuel infrastructure on Port property, such as the airport’s fuel farm. An RFP for the infrastructure study will be issued in the spring of 2016 and the study is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Currently, aviation biofuels are not produced in Washington state and must be imported by truck, rail or barge. Boeing is providing expertise about approaches to develop a regional biofuel supply chain to serve the airport, including fuel types, fuel producers, processing technologies and integration with aircraft.

 

The Port’s Century Agenda Goal is to reduce aircraft-related carbon emissions at Sea-Tac Airport by 25% by 2037. The key strategy to reduce these emissions is through aviation biofuel. Historically, the Port has been a leader in supporting the research and development of aviation biofuels. As models of other international airports and airlines using biofuel emerge, Sea-Tac is also developing a market-support role.

 

In the next year, Alaska will partner with Gevo Inc. to fly the first ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel. In addition, as a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA), Alaska plans to fly a demonstration flight next year using a new aviation biofuel made from forest-industry waste. Fuel for both demonstration flights must first be independently certified.

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Boeing and AFI KLM E&M have announced an extension of their joint 737 Component Services Program, which will be expanded to include the future Boeing 737 MAX. The first deliveries of the 737 MAX are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017.

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Boeing, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG, with support from Canada’s aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Canada, which has extensive sustainably certified forests, has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity. A consortium that includes Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, Bombardier, research institutions and industry partners will assess whether forest waste could also be harnessed to produce sustainable aviation biofuel using thermochemical processing.

 

A 2015 Boeing-sponsored study by UBC found that aviation biofuel made from forest waste could meet 10% – about 46 million gallons or 175 million litres – of BC’s annual jet fuel demand. These efforts could also supply biofuel to ground and marine vehicles, saving about 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year on a lifecycle basis across the transportation sector.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first Q400 cargo-combi aircraft to Ryukyu Air Commuter of Japan.

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Bruce Aerospace has obtained both FAA and EASA STC approval for its Full Colour LED Cabin Mood Lighting System on SWISS Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The system was installed by SR Technics and can operate independently in five zones or for the entire aircraft cabin. A Mood Lighting Control Panel (MLCP) has a number of pre-set customised scenarios which can be selected by the cabin crew. The MLCP can also be re-programmed by SWISS.

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CTT Systems has announced a Zonal Drying order for 30 Boeing 737-800s to be factory installed by Boeing for an undisclosed airline customer, with deliveries between September 2016 and April 2018. It has also won an order for a Cair humidification system from Comlux America in Indianapolis, IN, to be installed during the second half of 2016 in an Airbus ACJ330-200 VIP aircraft.

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Emirates has announced its fleet plans for 2016. In total, the airline will retire 26 aircraft including 12 Airbus A330-300s, four A340-300s, one A340-500, six Boeing 777-200ERs, two Boeing 777-300s and one Boeing 777-300ER. The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well below the average industry retirement age of 25. In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 in 2018. Balancing its aircraft retirement programme, Emirates will take delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016 including 20 A380s and 16 Boeing 777-300ERs. At the end of 2016 the aircraft retirements and new deliveries will put Emirates’ average fleet age at 5.6 years, dramatically younger than the global average. A recent analysis shows the average fleet age for the top five airlines in North America is 13.6 years, while the average fleet age for the top five airlines in Europe is 10.7 years.

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