Facing high costs and increased competition, Air France-KLM’s management must pick its battles. Having announced plans for up to 2,800 job cuts on September 18, the European airline this week deferred a decision on whether or not it will provide further investment to plug holes in the sieve-like balance sheet of Alitalia. It holds a 25-percent stake in the Italian carrier, and Italy’s government has indicated it would be willing to see the Franco-Dutch group increase that share to 50 percent.
Bombardier Aerospace boosted the aftermarket support network for operators of its business aircraft in China by announcing a new service agreement with Beijing Airlines, one of mainland China’s top business aviation operators. Under this agreement, Beijing Airlines, originally established in 2003 as China Business Jet, will provide technical support for all Learjets, Challengers and Globals at its Beijing Capital International Airport facilities.
Overriding a three-month-old directive that resulted in difficulties and delays in obtaining crew visas and temporary landing permits (TLPs), India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has authorized the nation’s consulates abroad to grant business visas to crew of nonscheduled and chartered flights. Not to be confused with the landing permit for the aircraft, the TLP permits customs to allow entrance into India by crewmembers of nonscheduled flights, the DGCA said.
New Jersey-based Part 145 repair station Teterboro Rams, which has mechanics’ liens on four ex-Avantair Piaggio Avanti turboprops in its possession, is “in negotiations with two groups [of owners] to release two of the aircraft,” Rams co-owner Dennis Espinosa told AIN. The FAA revoked the airworthiness certificates of all 56 ex-Avantair Avantis not long after the fractional provider was declared insolvent in late July.
Heli-One was awarded a contract yesterday to upgrade and modify two Eurocopter AS332L1s that will enable Lufttransport to perform all-weather search-and-rescue (AWSAR) missions in the Arctic. Next year Lufttransport will become responsible for operating the most northerly AWSAR operation in the world (at 78 degrees north) from a base in Svalbard, Norway. The two AS332L1s are undergoing an “essential modification program” to be able to operate in the “most dangerous and challenging areas on earth,” the companies said.
Airbus announced firm orders, purchase agreements and memoranda of understanding Wednesday at Aviation Expo China in Beijing covering 160 A320-family narrowbodies from four separate customers.
TAG Engineering Le Bourget has joined Bombardier’s authorized service facility (ASF) network as an authorized line maintenance facility. The MRO is now able to provide line- and base-level maintenance services for the Learjet 60, Learjet 60XR, Challenger 300, Challenger 605, Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000 as well as Global 5000 and Global 6000 equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck. It is the only Bombardier ASF at Le Bourget.
Quality Aviation Instruments (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters (GHC) have entered into a joint venture for component repair facilities to be located in Doha, Qatar. The agreement covers component repairs of accessories, avionics and instruments.
Able Aerospace Services has completed the move into larger headquarters at Phoenix-Gateway Airport. The company repairs and overhauls parts for rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft and offers FAA-approved repair alternatives to buying new parts.
The Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre has authorized Jet Aviation Hong Kong to provide maintenance services to third-party aircraft subject to the MRO’s aircraft approval type ratings. The MRO, which also services Jet Aviation Hong Kong’s 25 managed aircraft, offers line maintenance, inspections, defect rectifications and AOG support and has access to a 99,027-sq-ft hangar.