FOURTH GULFSTREAM G600 TEST AIRCRAFT MAKES FIRST FLIGHT

SAVANNAH, Georgia, June 2017 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the fourth Gulfstream G600 aircraft completed its debut flight just over six weeks after the third aircraft, further cementing confidence in the G600 program.

The G600 departed Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 6:50 p.m. During the 1-hour and 18-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet/15,545 meters and reached a maximum airspeed of Mach .925. The aircraft landed back in Savannah at 8:08 p.m. local time.

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“To have four first flights and fly more than 570 hours in less than six months is a remarkable achievement,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “The rapid maturity of this program is due to the work we did before the flying even started — the strategic planning, the research, the lab development — combined with the success we’ve had in the similar G500 program. Thanks to our concurrent flight-test programs, we can apply lessons learned from the more mature G500 program to the G600, resulting in a more streamlined certification effort.”

The fifth G600 test aircraft was recently delivered to the Savannah Completions center, where it will be transformed into a fully outfitted production aircraft. During flight test the aircraft will be used to validate interior elements and ensure the successful integration of aircraft systems with the passenger experience.

To date, the G600 program’s four test aircraft have accumulated more than 130 flights.

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Gulfstream is on schedule to receive FAA type certification for the G600 in 2018, with customer deliveries scheduled for later in the year. As previously announced, the all-new, award-winning G500 is on schedule to achieve FAA type certification and enter service in the fourth quarter of this year.

© 2017 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

IFlyA380.com connects passengers with the iconic Airbus jetliner

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The A380 attracts attention wherever it goes, and this 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner was a high-profile visitor once again at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

As the double-deck aircraft is utilised by airlines on a growing worldwide route network, many passengers who have experienced the A380’s comfort want to fly it again – while others are interested in the opportunity and want to know what routes that match their future travels.

Thanks to the iflyA380.com website developed by Airbus, all information necessary to choose an A380 flight is at their fingertips, with improvements being introduced regularly to this tailored on-line portal.

“In the hotel industry, when searching online, you see information and photos of a specific hotel, and the rooms,” said Stéphane Dupont, the IFlyA380 project leader. “But historically when searching for a flight, information on the departure time and the price is given the priority – not the aircraft.”

Seeking out the Airbus A380

With iflyA380.com, users select their departure and destination airports/cities, dates and class of travel, along with the number of travellers. The website’s search function seeks out the opportunities for A380 routes that correspond to the travellers’ plans, directing them seamlessly to an airline’s website for booking at no extra cost.

The iflyA380.com website is clearly resonating with fliers who want to reach their destinations aboard the distinctive aircraft. “We saw our first million visitors in six months – and our second million came in half that time!” said Dupont.

Having transported an overall total of more than 170 million passengers to worldwide destinations in its 10 years of service, the Airbus A380’s claim as a passenger favourite is well substantiated – it regularly receives praise on social media with travellers posting selfies aboard and hashtagging the aircraft.

A social media darling

It was, in fact, the A380’s internet and social media attention that sparked the iflyA380.com website concept. “Leveraging the significant amount of user-generated content was part of the initial idea,” said Dupont. “We knew that people were sharing the experience of an A380; they were searching specifically for flights on the aircraft.”

The social media element plays a significant role in the website today, with a wall showcasing passengers’ Instagram posts of their time aboard an A380.

iflyA380.com is the first of its kind in the aircraft industry, and it’s not just passengers who appreciate it, said Dupont. “We shared the idea with the 13 operators of the A380 before we launched the website, and they were very supportive from the start,” he said. “For them it’s another way to promote their flagship aircraft.”

© Airbus S.A.S. 2017

Boeing Commercial Airplanes customer announcements during 2017 Paris Air Show

BOC Aviation

(10) 737 MAX 10

$1.2 billion

GECAS*

(20) 737 MAX 10

CDB Aviation Lease Finance

(note: includes (6) MAX conversions)

(42) 737 MAX 8

(10) 737 MAX 10

(8) 787-9 Dreamliner

$7.4 billion

TUI Group*

(18) 737 MAX 10

Tibet Financial Leasing

(10) 737 MAX 8

(10) 737 MAX 10

$2.3 billion

SpiceJet

(20) 737 MAX 10

$2.5 billion

SpiceJet*

(20) 737 MAX 10

AerCap

(30) 787-9 Dreamliner

$8.1 billion

ALAFCO

(20) 737 MAX 8

$2.2 billion

Norwegian

(2) 737 MAX 8

$225 million

Monarch**

(15) 737 MAX 8

Lion Air Group

(50) 737 MAX 10

$6.2 billion

ACG

(20) 737 MAX 10

$2.5 billion

Okay Airways

(8) 737 MAX 10
(7) 737 MAX 8
(5) 787-9 Dreamliner

$3.1 billion

Avolon

(75) 737 MAX 8

$8.4 billion

BlueAir**

(6) 737 MAX

Ryanair

(10) 737 MAX 8

(200 seats)

$1.2 billion

Azerbaijan Airlines

(4) 787-9 Dreamliner

$1.1 billion

CALC

(35) 737 MAX
(15) 737 MAX 10

$5.8 billion

United*

(100) 737 MAX 10

United

(4) 777-300ER

$1.4 billion

Japan Investment Adviser

(10) 737 MAX 8

$1.1 billion

Ethiopian Airlines**

(10) 737 MAX 8

Ethiopian Airlines

(2) 777 Freighters

$651 million

ALC

(5) 737 MAX 7
(7) 737 MAX 8

$1.2 billion

EL AL

(2) 787-8 Dreamliner
(1) 787-9 Dreamliner

$729 million

Mauritania Airlines**

(1) 737 MAX 8

Donghai Airlines*

(10) 737 MAX 10

Malaysia Airlines*

(10) 737 MAX 10

Xiamen Airlines

(10) 737 MAX 10

$1.2 billion

Copa Airlines*

(15) 737 MAX 10

Tassili**

(3) Next Generation

737-800s

Unidentified major
airline customer

(125) 737 MAX 8

$14.1 billion

AerCap*

(15) 737 MAX 10

Ruili

(20) 737 MAX 8

$2.2 billion

Copyright © 1995 – 2017 Boeing.

Israel Airlines Finalize Order for Three Additional 787 Dreamliners

LE BOURGET, France, June 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and EL AL Israel Airlines today finalized an order for three 787 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show, firming up additional commitments originally announced in 2015.

Valued at more than $729 million at current list prices, the order includes two 787-8s and one 787-9. EL AL now has six unfilled orders for 787s, with lease agreements in place for a further seven Dreamliners.

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“Firming up these three 787 Dreamliners that were part of the 787 deal announced in 2015 is an important step in the continuity of our relationship between EL AL and Boeing,” said David Maimon, president and chief executive officer, EL AL Israel Airlines. “The Dreamliner is the most innovative and efficient aircraft ever built and will take EL AL to a new era, providing our passengers with an unparalleled flight experience.”

The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide EL AL with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 percent less fuel and with 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

“We look forward to delivering EL AL’s first Dreamliner in August and are honored that it continues to place its confidence in our products,” said Ray Conner, vice chairman, The Boeing Company.  “We have a special relationship with EL AL that spans more than half a century and are certain that the 787 is the right airplane to usher in a new era for EL AL and its customers, providing new world class passenger comfort, more range, capacity and flexibility from its base in Tel Aviv.”

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EL AL has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing airplane in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airplanes including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s. The Tel Aviv based carrier is set to take delivery of its first 787-9 later this summer.

Copyright © 1995 – 2017 Boeing.

Copa Airlines Announce Selection of 15 737 MAX 10s

LE BOURGET, France, June 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Copa Airlines today announced an order for 15 737 MAX 10s at the 2017 Paris Airshow. With this announcement, Copa is one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10 airplane and will be the first airline in Latin America to operate the newest addition to the 737 MAX family.

Today’s order is a conversion from a previous order of 737 MAX aircraft.

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“Due to the long-term success we’ve had operating the Next-Generation 737, we had placed a sizable order of 737 MAX aircraft for our future, and the 737 MAX 10 provides additional flexibility for certain segments of our network,” said Ahmad Zamany, Copa Airlines Vice President of Technical Operations.

Copa Airlines will use the airplanes to replace existing airplanes and support the carrier’s plans for strategic growth. Copa will be the first airline in the region to operate the 737 MAX on deep South American and North American routes. The 737 MAX 10’s operating economics and passenger comfort are ideally suited to Copa’s route network.

“We are thrilled that Copa is one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX 10 will be the most profitable single-aisle airplane with the lowest seat costs ever and will help Copa grow their business and win market share in the competitive single-aisle market.”

Copa Airlines allows passengers to make fast and convenient connections to 75 destinations in 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas in Panama City, the most internationally connected airline hub in the region. For the last four consecutive years, FlightStats has recognized Copa as “Best Airline in Latin America” for its on-time performance and service quality, and, for the last two consecutive years, the “Second Best in The World,” by OAG.

The entire 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.

Like Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

Copyright © 1995 – 2017 Boeing

Quick News – Paris Airshow June 2017 Edition

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Airbus and Safran to market an “eTaxi” electric taxiing system for A320 Family

Following the completion of an extensive R&T phase, an electric taxiing solution, called “eTaxi”, has received ‘Authorisation To Market’ approval by Airbus and Safran, for application on the A320 Family. Depending on the airline feedback, the actual program could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU (auxiliary power unit), would allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its jet engines or requiring airport tractors or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on operating costs (including a reduction of around four percent in fuel costs, equal to several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground (saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such reduced carbon and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing.

EFW secures second A330-300P2F conversion contract from DHL Express

DHL Express has ordered an additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017. The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and EFW. ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the supplemental type certificates for the freighter conversions, from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration. Aircraft OEM Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.

Airbus selects Rockwell Collins for “FOMAX” program to digitally connect A320 aircraft and operators

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus for the flight operations and maintenance exchanger (FOMAX) program on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. FOMAX is a compact connectivity unit which collects aircraft maintenance and performance data and automatically sends it to ground-based operations and also to mobile applications used by flight crews. The unit also sends data automatically into efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, maintenance prediction and performance calculators, all of which bring improved new levels of productivity and value to airline operations. The FOMAX architecture facilities the Wi-Fi network for secure crew connectivity on the aircraft, as well as the cellular and terminal Wi-Fi equipment and interfaces with all major SATCOM connectivity types. FOMAX is a key airborne component of Airbus’ Skywise aviation data platform, launched at Le Bourget.

Airbus and Inmarsat partner for European Aviation Network broadband deployment

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a collaborative agreement for its new European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight broadband service with Airbus. Under the strategic partnership, Airbus will offer airlines a specialist retrofit solution to deploy EAN – the world’s first integrated satellite and air-to-ground network dedicated to providing a true in-flight broadband experience for the European aviation industry – on the entire A320 family of aircraft. The Airbus retrofit solution consists of modification kits with all cabin network equipment required for EAN deployment. It also includes service bulletins (SBs) that detail the tasks and materials needed for installation and also certify the airworthiness of related modification work.

Malaysia Airlines signs two Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support agreements with Airbus for its A350 XWB and A330 fleets

Malaysia Airlines has selected Services by Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services (FHS) Components support for its new fleet of six A350 XWB and existing fleet of 18 A330s. These long-term agreements cover guaranteed spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A350 XWB and A330 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), maintenance and logistics services at Malaysia Airlines’ main base and selected outstations. To ensure continuously the highest level of operational performance, Malaysia Airlines will fully benefit from the FHS pool located in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, managed by Airbus.

JetSMART becomes Services by Airbus’ first FHS-TSP customer in Latin America

JetSMART, a new Chilean low cost airline based in Santiago, has signed a Flight Hour Services – Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Airbus for the provision of full components support and fleet technical management services for its brand new A320 family aircraft. This five-year FHS-TSP contract guarantees spare parts availability through an extensive scope of A320 line replaceable units (LRUs), components repair, transportation and expendables provisioning together with fleet technical management (FTM) services where JetSMART will benefit from Airbus’ experience and expertise to optimise their aircraft maintenance and engineering operations. This latest selection by JetSMART marks an important step in Airbus’ FHS strategy to deploy engineering expertise in Latin America. Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 372 aircraft from operators of A320, A330, A380 and A350 XWB. JetSMART is the Chilean-based, ultra-low-cost carrier that was developed this year by private equity investment firm Indigo Partners LLC. Indigo has over 15 years of experience in global aviation. Currently, it has investments in Wizz Air (Europe), Volaris (Mexico) and Frontier Airlines (United States).

Interjet becomes customer of “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” services

Interjet has become customer for Airbus’ “Maintenance Mobility” including electronic Job Cards and “Predictive Risk Management” services following a contract recently signed with Airbus. Maintenance Mobility with electronic Job Cards allows the airline mechanics to have all of the technical information they need on iPads as well as full electronic job cards with electronic signature, hence effectively eliminating paper in maintenance operations. “Maintenance Mobility” and “Predictive Risk Management” are part of several services in the Smarter Fleet™ cloud-based services platform developed by Airbus. The agreement with Interjet covers the integration of the services into the airline’s information systems, including the maintenance information system (MIS), as well as the software and data hosting. The deployment will be accomplished step-by-step with Airbus experts working on-site with Interjet in order to spread the integration and manage change gradually.

Airbus supports the pilot training partnership between ENAC and Institut MERMOZ

French aviation school ENAC, together with Institut MERMOZ are partnering to provide a single theoretical ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) offer, for phases 1 & 2 of a cadet’s flight training curriculum, a major part of the flight training. The agreement supersedes their previously individual ATPLs textbooks collections with one brand new collection, taking the best practices from both. ENAC and Institut MERMOZ will also offer fully fledged e-learning services for theoritical ATPL. Airbus provides its aircraft images, logos and schemas within this ATPL, and has demonstrated its support by allowing them to state ‘in co-operation with Airbus’ and use the Airbus logo on the cover.

Airbus recognises suppliers for excellent in-service performance

On the occasion of the annual Airbus Suppliers Awards ceremony at the Paris Air Show, Airbus distributed Awards and Certificates to Systems & Equipment suppliers. Five suppliers obtained the top award: Airbus (avionics), Rockwell Collins (avionics), Thales avionics, Airbus (cabin electronics) / Kid-Systeme and Crane Aerospace. Their respective high performances were identified through Airbus’ annual Supplier Support Rating process, which this year captured in-service feedback from over 150 Airbus customers. Airbus takes the rating feedback as a basis to drive the suppliers’ support improvements by ensuring dedicated actions are launched by the suppliers. This benefits the operators of Airbus fleet all over the world. The next rating cycle will be launched in January 2018.

Services by Airbus now accessible via online portal and apps

Services by Airbus has launched a new dedicated portal designed for customers, available from any devices at the following address: services.airbus.com. Complementing Services by Airbus’ portfolio of products and services and the latest news, the portal allows customers to request a booking of a dry Full-Flight Simulator session or e-training. In the future the portal will also offer a private function to optimise services delivery by enabling eCommerce and a dashboard capacity.

NAVBLUE partners with Flightradar24 to launch N-tracking and Airbus digital eco-system is initiated

With the upcoming ICAO mandate leading to full Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) capability by 2021, NAVBLUE, the Airbus Flight Ops and ATM services company, reinforces its partnership with Flightradar24, following the last two years successful collaboration together, to provide aircraft operators with an innovative flight tracking solution, called N-Tracking. N-Tracking integrates different sources of information to track aircraft in the world based on the Flightradar24 ground receivers and ACARS. The solution will provide alerts in case of critical aircraft operations and a collaborative decision making information system for dispatcher to manage airport congestions, delays and turnarounds. NAVBLUE offering and all the industry will benefit in the near future from the Airbus collaboration with Spire and Flightradar24 to develop a surveillance digital eco-system fusing space and ground data to provide near real time global data.

NAVBLUE appointed by Aviolinx as exclusive resell partner for its Airline Management System

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with Aviolinx, a Swedish-based company specialised in software, communications and services to the airline industry, to appoint NAVBLUE as an exclusive resell partner for its solution called “RAIDO” – an airline management system. RAIDO covers aspects of airline management processes and handles the entire end-to-end planning and operation process in one single application using multi source of information and one database. RAIDO caters to types of airline business models, from national to low cost carriers, enabling airlines to efficiently manage operations and crew resources in both the long and short term. With RAIDO as a complement to NAVBLUE’s crew and flight-planning applications, NAVBLUE offers the state-of-the-art applications for Operation Control Centers to manage efficiently operations and giving operators the edge over the competition.

NAVBLUE partners with OpenAirlines on fuel-saving analytics solution

NAVBLUE has signed a MoU with OpenAirlines, a Toulouse-based company, to become a reseller partner for its solution called Skybreathe, a comprehensive fuel preservation solution for airlines. Skybreathe uses Big Data algorithms and automatically analyses the large amount of available data in flight data recorders to assess flights’ efficiency. Results of the analysis are displayed into an intuitive interface accessible from desk computer, laptops, tablets and mobile. Skybreathe will constitute the Optimize module of the Analytics by NAVBLUE suite, which will help operators to save more than two percent of fuel.

© Airbus S.A.S. 2017

WOW air becomes first A321neo operator in Europe

WOW air, the Icelandic low-fare carrier, has taken delivery of its first A321neo at a ceremony during the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow. The aircraft was officially handed over to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Skúli Mogensen. The aircraft leased from Air Lease Corporation will join WOW air’s existing all Airbus Fleet of 15 A320 Family aircraft.

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The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, is configured in a comfortable 218 seat layout. WOW air’s A321neo will be based at Keflavik airport in Iceland and operate commercial flights from Europe to North America.

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The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,000 orders received from 92 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

© Airbus S.A.S. 2017