FACC announces commitment to sustainable packaging

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Aircraft component supplier FACC has a goal to achieve carbon-neutral manufacturing by 2040 and the company has announced it is using new, sustainable packaging going forward.

For smaller parts, it avoids plastic and only packaging and filling materials made of recycled cardboard are used.

For overseas deliveries and complex systems requiring additional filling material, air cushion foil is produced at FACC from sustainable materials with recycled content of 40% and it is produced in a 100% carbon-neutral process. According to FACC, it is essential that the foil is inflated with air only after reaching its destination: in this way, transport of the foil requires around 25 times less space than before. This alone saves 30 truck trips per year. In total, this amounts to CO2 savings of approximately 40 metric tons, equivalent to the consumption of around 20 single-family homes per year.

FACC says the foil was tested and certified by the company specifically for use in aviation. Two newly acquired machines will supply logistics with the sustainable packaging material in the future.

“In the best case, greater sustainability goes hand in hand with greater efficiency,” said CEO Robert Machtlinger. “With these measures, we have not only minimised our environmental footprint, but also cut costs.”

In addition, total packaging effort at the newly constructed ergonomic packing table was reduced by half by improving processes. This translates into significant savings, given that approximately 100,000 m2 of cardboard are required per year.

Cargo.one announces partnership with Turkish Cargo

Cargo.one announces partnership with Turkish Cargo

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Cargo.one announces partnership with Turkish Cargo

Cargo.one and Turkish Cargo, the Turkish national carrier’s cargo division, have announced a partnership for digital air cargo bookings.

The companies say the combination of Turkish Cargo’s capacities and cargo.one’s seamless digital booking experience now offers freight forwarders worldwide a valuable new proposition. With 40 bookable airlines on board, cargo.one has now secured close to 50% of global air cargo capacity for instant booking on its platform.

According to cargo.one, customers worldwide can book capacities within weeks across Turkish Cargo’s extensive network of more than 340 destinations, 100 of direct cargo – including important centres of commerce in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Turkish Cargo has a fleet of 20 freighters that operates to more international direct cargo destinations than any other airline, and it plans to increase this from 100 to 120 by 2025.

Adnan Karaismailoğlu, Senior Vice President of Cargo Business Development and Organization at Turkish Cargo commented: “Turkish Cargo’s partnership with cargo.one will be expanding our digital footprint and improve sales capabilities. We, as Turkish Cargo, are firmly on a trajectory towards our target to become one of the top three air cargo brands in the world in line with the strategic vision.

“We believe that cargo.one will support us to drive this growth and further raise the bar for our customers, with enhanced innovation standards for delivering the best new digital alternatives to empower success.”

“We are delighted that with Turkish Cargo, yet another major cargo airline trusts in cargo.one as a core component of its digital strategy”, says Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of cargo.one.

“This is great news for every freight forwarder – no other platform offers more airlines for live booking than cargo.one, making it not just the most user-friendly, but also the most useful platform out there.”

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Condor chooses Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity

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Condor has chosen Inmarsat’s high-speed GX Aviation in-flight broadband for its upcoming fleet of Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

The German leisure carrier is renewing its long-haul fleet with 18 Airbus A330-900neos and passengers will be able to enjoy the award-winning service from later this year.

The aircraft will be delivered with GX Aviation as a linefit installation and will fly Condor’s international routes to the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. The first three A330-900neos are scheduled to enter service by the end of this year.

Inmarsat says GX Aviation offers reliable, consistent and high-speed connectivity that meets the rising passenger expectations. The solution will also unlock new ancillary revenue streams for the airline as  passengers are able to purchase a connectivity package directly from their personal devices.

There is soaring demand for in-flight connectivity as passengers return to the skies after the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Inmarsat’s 2022  Passenger Experience Survey, which surveyed 11,000 passengers worldwide, 77% said in-flight Wi-Fi is important to them when they travel. Wi-Fi allows them to stay connected with friends and family and supports a touch-free environment onboard the aircraft. 82% said quality Wi-Fi would lead them to rebook with that airline.

Niels Steenstrup, President of Inmarsat Aviation commented: “As we have witnessed over the past few months, demand for air travel has continued to increase significantly and with that, passenger expectations around a digital onboard experience have also evolved rapidly. Fast, reliable in-flight broadband is now integral to ensuring that airlines stay ahead of the curve in today’s climate and Inmarsat’s new partnership with Condor is testament to the important role that connectivity solutions play in the airline industry’s recovery and growth strategies. Inmarsat looks forward to rolling out GX Aviation on Condor’s Airbus A330-900neo aircraft as part of the airline’s efforts to renew its fleet and enhance its onboard experience.”

Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor, said: “As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is focused on providing a superior passenger experience and cementing our status as a European frontrunner on long-haul flights. A key part of this strategy is the introduction of brand-new Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins, which offer the highest levels of comfort and feature world-class technology such as Inmarsat’s GX Aviation to ensure passenger expectations for fast, consistent and reliable inflight broadband are met.

“The Airbus A330neos will become our first connected aircraft and we look forward to offering GX Aviation as standard across our long-haul flights by mid-2024, when our long-haul fleet renewal programme is expected to be completed, marking an important milestone in Condor’s history.”

GX Aviation is powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, which currently consists of five Ka-band satellites and will be further enhanced with the addition of seven more satellites as part of Inmarsat’s fully-funded technology roadmap.

Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates celebrates 51st UAE National Day on board

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Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates is marking the 51st UAE National Day with a range of exciting activities that include new design motifs and lighting schemes in its aircraft cabins, traditional Arabic sweets served on board and an exclusive UAE commemoration watch for sale on EmiratesRED in the Emirates Lounges in Dubai.

UAE National Day marks the union of the seven emirates and is celebrated on 2 December. Joining the celebrations, Emirates gives passengers in all classes departing Dubai an Emirati-inspired sweet treat, Qahwa or coffee-flavoured milk chocolate in a giftbox adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Passengers visiting Emirates Lounges in Dubai can enjoy miniature date tarts laced with Arabic coffee cream, or a delicately whipped and creamy date mousse.

As passengers board aircraft in Dubai and disembark at their destination, colourful mood lighting representing the UAE flag illuminates the aircraft interior and in another subtle touch, Emirates’ multi-award-winning ice inflight entertainment system will bear the iconic Ghaf tree, a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment. The motif is also used as a design highlight throughout Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft interiors.

Emirates’ in-flight entertainment library offers content about the history and future of the UAE, highlights of food and drink beloved in the region, UAE arts and culture including many movies, podcasts and songs by Emirati artists, as well as travel guides exploring UAE attractions and hidden gems.

Passengers can also purchase a limited edition Zinvo Air Blade 50 years Anniversary Edition Automatic Watch on board all Emirates flights.

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Cirium unveils satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature

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Cirium has unveiled the first satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature for aviation in its Ascend Profiles module.

The new feature, Ground Events, enables aircraft and engine manufacturers, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, parts suppliers, lessors and insurers to monitor and predict future aircraft maintenance events, resulting in businesses better understanding when and where an aircraft last had a maintenance event and forecast its next visit.

It also helps to identify aircraft transitions and define strategies around how and where maintenance and aftermarket budgets are being allocated by operators or owners.

Jeremy Bowen, CEO at Cirium said: “We are innovators and constantly looking to surface new ideas to empower the aviation industry.

“By tracking each Ground Event of an airline’s aircraft, we can identify whether it was for redesigned cabins, new aircraft branding, a maintenance event, or for its return to service.”

Cirium says the first phase of the new Ground Events feature captures all instances when aircraft spend over seven days on the ground and identifies the aircraft registration, airport, arrival date and time, departure date and time, ground event duration (in days) and aircraft age. For specific airlines the feature showcases the types of maintenance activity and the provider.

According to Cirium, the new feature demonstrates the power of combining Cirium’s unrivalled fleets and advanced satellite-based flight tracking data with the MRO locations and MRO relationships data.

In one example, it shows Air France has been redesigning the cabin interiors of all 15 of their Airbus A330 fleet to match the interiors of their A350 aircraft.

This reflects the carrier’s focus on enhancing the passenger experience and benefitted the airline when air travel started to return post the COVID-19 lockdowns. All 15 A330s were ready to return to service with the new interiors installed in July 2020.

The Ground Events feature is part of the Ascend Profiles User Interface which visualises airline and lessor profiles, providing quick insights around aircraft types, airport locations, OEMs, MROs and more.

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AJW Group launches new aircraft remarketing division

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Independent aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider AJW Group has launched a new division within the group specialising in aircraft remarketing.

The company says its new remarketing division includes a team of highly experienced remarketing specialists and provides a tailormade service to meet the challenging needs of aircraft operators, owners, investors, and insolvency practitioners seeking convenience and reduced administration whilst wishing to maximise their assets potential value.

AJW Group, which has over 90 years of nose-to-tail knowledge of aircraft maintenance and operating costs and technical knowledge of the full life cycle of an aircraft, provides a global network and extensive industry insight.

The team is led by Tony Whitty, Senior Vice President Sales, who spent over 30 years in aircraft remarketing, helping many airlines, banks and other owners remarket their assets. Tony is joined by Charley Cleaver and Alex Babis. According to AJW Group, all three have worked together on many projects and collectively have over 75 years of remarketing experience within the commercial aircraft market sector.

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales of AJW Group, commented: “We are proud to add value to our customer experience by offering clients the new remarketing service. Our strong team of specialists bring vast industry insight and by accessing our global network to offer our clients the best solution, reinforce AJWs commitment to supporting aviation efficiency.”


SAUDIA provides a special in-flight experience for children

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Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is keeping families happy on board with a special in-flight experience for children.

The carrier says that when the children are happy and satisfied, parents can also enjoy a relaxed time on board.

When boarding SAUDIA aircraft, children up to 12 years receive a bag printed with colourful SAUDIA cartoon characters containing a colouring book, crayons, a sleeping mask and headphones. SAUDIA says its kids’ amenity kit won the Canadian Pax magazine’s award for the best children’s offering on board.

SAUDIA’s in-flight entertainment programme offers selection of over 50 different games and various children’s channels, as well as Disney movies. The carrier’s fun, delicious and nutritious menu can be managed in advance through the online booking platform and parents travelling with small children can use baby baskets to provide a comfortable sleep for their little ones. SAUDIA’s cabin crew will assist passengers with bottle or food warming and are on hand to help with any other requests.

Established in 1945, SAUDIA has grown to become one of the Middle East’s largest airlines and has invested significantly in upgrading its aircraft and currently operates one of the youngest fleet. The airline serves an extensive global route network covering around 100 destinations across four continents, including all 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia.

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China Cargo Airlines extends Lufthansa Technik component support contract

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China Cargo Airlines has extended its contract with Lufthansa Technik that covers component support for the airline’s Boeing freighter aircraft.

Under the 15-year contract, over ten Boeing 777-200 freighters are covered with fully customised and extensive component services. Lufthansa Technik says it will support China Cargo Airlines’ main base in Shanghai with its component service offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hamburg to coordinate customer support and ensure 24/7 worldwide AOG services at different locations which are vital for flight operations.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s component centres in Hamburg, Germany and Shenzhen, China.

Mr. Liu Gang, Vice President of China Cargo Airlines, highly commended Lufthansa Technik’s service performance level for their existing 747-400F fleet during the past few years: “Our long-term cooperation with Lufthansa Technik started already in 2000 and we have been great partners on the aviation journey for more than two decades. By given fully customised component service scope, we are very confident to continuously rely on Lufthansa Technik in servicing our new 777-200 freighters. ”

“This long-term agreement enhances Lufthansa Technik’s position as a key MRO provider on the Boeing 777 freighter components,” said Dr. Georg Fanta, Head of Commercial Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik. “We also bring a breadth of engineering expertise and extensive experience alongside with our global logistics network to provide seamless support to our customers. ”

Air Canada starts offering live TV on board

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Air Canada has launched live TV on board certain aircraft in its fleet and on domestic routes.

The carrier says it is the only Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to cheer on their favourite sports teams by watching global sporting events in real time or watch live national news on board a flight.

John Moody, Senior Director – Product Design, at Air Canada said: “We are thrilled to launch live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment. Customers will be able to enjoy content from great Canadian channels in both English and French.

“Sports fans flying with us can enjoy the exhilaration of watching regular season, playoff and championship games in real time, while business news junkies will appreciate remaining connected to market trends and current events, right from their seat. As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding live TV to more flights, and bring even more leading content and features in 2023.”

According to Air Canada, live TV is now available on its domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a live TV-enabled aircraft – 40 Boeing 777s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s and Airbus A220s. Air Canada expects 50% of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023. The live TV is delivered through a satellite-connected, in-flight entertainment solution.

Live TV programming on Air Canada flights features:

  • TSN, TSN 2 and RDS delivering comprehensive live sports coverage for marquee sports events including soccer, hockey, basketball, football, baseball, golf, professional motor racing, and more
  • CTV News Channel delivering breaking news from communities across Canada and around the world as the country’s 24-hour all-news network
  • LCN, Quebec’s all-news station delivering news and rich programming from morning to night
  • BNN Bloomberg as Canada’s definitive source for business news, delivering breaking finance updates and live market coverage.
Thompson Aero Seating to open a Dynamic Test Facility

Thompson Aero Seating to open Dynamic Test Facility in Northern Ireland

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Thompson Aero Seating to open a Dynamic Test Facility

Thompson Aero Seating has revealed its plans to create a world-class Dynamic Test Facility (DTF) in Northern Ireland.

The building works for the £7.5 million investment have already begun to extend the premises for the DTF at the Thompson brownfield site in Banbridge, County Down. The building works are planned to complete in spring 2023 and testing is due to begin from autumn 2023.

The company will be recruiting for several test engineering roles, with the DTF providing Thompson enhanced capability to certify new products for airworthiness and to carry out research and development work without needing to leave the factory. Thompson says currently there is no DTF on the island of Ireland. Neil Taggart, CEO of Thompson Aero Seating, says: “Having our own Dynamic Test Facility will give us a huge opportunity to save on lead times in the development of our new seats and improve sustainability – which have to be positives for our airline customers.”

Having enhanced in-house dynamic testing capability will give Thompson greater opportunity for innovation and will allow designs to be optimised, reducing weight and, therefore, reducing the carbon footprint of the seats in flight. Furthermore, testing onsite will be positive for the environment.

Sled testing allows engineers to reproduce the dynamic conditions of a full-scale crash event in a controlled environment. The reverse accelerator sled being installed can produce up to 100g accelerations.

Taggart commented: “The majority of the funding for the project has come from Thompson’s shareholder, with Invest Northern Ireland is part-funding the project. This is a very exciting opportunity for Thompson Aero Seating. It will enable us to push the boundaries of design and bring further innovation to the aircraft interiors industry.”