Updates from AJ Walter, AgustaWestland, Bombardier, HAECO
A J WALTER Aviation (AJW) has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide power-by-the-hour (PBH) support to Korean low-cost airline, Eastar Jet. The agreement covers the airline’s current fleet of six Boeing 737NG jetliners – although Eastar Jet plans to rapidly grow this fleet to at least sixteen aircraft by 2021. “This contract is an important step for AJW as it fast-tracks its growth in the Asian market,” the maintenance provider says. Eastar Jet was launched in 2007 and currently operates to regional destinations including Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, Phuket in Thailand and Sapporo in Japan. It aims to become Asia’s top low-cost carrier and to help boost international tourism to Saemangeum, South Korea. The airline’s main operating base is at Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport. AJW say it will stock supplies there to service the fleet, as well as providing further direct support from its Singapore facility. “Our ability to provide local support from our Singapore base was of fundamental importance to Eastar Jet when choosing AJW as their component logistics and maintenance provider”, says Boris Wolstenholme, chief executive officer of AJW. “We’re proud to be able to support another pioneering airline in this region and we will work hard to contribute to the growing success of Eastar Jet in this highly competitive market place.” AJW is able to offer complete aircraft spares support globally including a range of PBH, pooling, leasing, sale, loan and exchange services from its extensive, US$400 million Airbus and Boeing inventories. With more than 375 aircraft under contract, AJW has substantial purchasing power and chooses only the best performing suppliers to maintain its component pools, ensuring guaranteed availability at all times for a comprehensive range of equipment.
AGUSTAWESTLAND and Kaigai Aviotech have announced that Kagoshima International Aviation of Japan has taken delivery of a GrandNew light-twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. A ceremony was held in Kagoshima on 26 December, in the presence of the Governor of Kagoshima Prefecture and the Mayor of Kagoshima City, to celebrate the entry into service of the aircraft. This purchase is part of the ‘Doctor Heli’ programme, intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all prefectures in Japan. This handover marks the debut of the EMS-configured GrandNew in the Japanese market and continues the growing success of the GrandNew and AgustaWestland’s other light twin helicopters in Japan. The GrandNew was selected after a rigorous evaluation process to ensure it could meet mission demands and safety requirements. Kagoshima International Aviation’s GrandNew features a cabin layout able to accommodate two litters plus medical attendants. In addition, an AW109 Power helicopter in the same EMS cabin configuration will serve as a back-up for the GrandNew’s operation.
BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE has appointed Michele Arcamone as president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective 1 February 2012. He succeeds Gary R Scott, who retired on 1 October 2011. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Mike Arcamone to Bombardier Aerospace,” says Guy Hachey, Bombardier Aerospace’s president and chief operating officer. “Mike comes to us with a brilliant track record throughout his 30-year career in the automotive industry. He brings a unique background of international experience to our team. His hands-on leadership approach and wealth of experience in operations and programme management will benefit our Commercial Aircraft business unit, especially as we drive towards bringing the CSeries aircraft to market.” A native of Montreal, Quebec, Arcamone most recently held the position of president and chief executive officer at GM Korea, based in Seoul, where he was accountable for a multi-billion dollar organisation with export sales to 150 customers. Since joining General Motors in 1980, Arcamone successfully delivered multiple large-scale projects and developed a global perspective through his leadership roles in North America, Europe and, in particular, Asia, which is also a key growth region for Bombardier. Arcamone completed undergraduate studies at Concordia University and holds a diploma in Management from McGill University.
THE CIVIL AVIATION Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) have opened a new control tower at Singapore’s Seletar Airport, supporting the adjoining
Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP). The Park is being developed as part of a strategic plan to consolidate Singapore’s position as an aviation hub, capitalising on aviation growth opportunities in the region. The completion of the new control tower marks the latest milestone in the SAP’s development, following the completion of a runway extension in September last year. Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, officially commissioned the new control tower and extended runway on 9 January, at a ceremony jointly organised by the CAAS and CAG at Seletar Airport. “Seletar Airport is the backbone of SAP, providing the connectivity to the region needed to spur the growth of the SAP community. The successful completion of key infrastructure developments at Seletar Airport will enhance its operational efficiency and strengthen its capabilities, thereby delivering better services to meet the needs of airport users," says CAG Chief Executive Officer Lee Seow Hiang.
HONG KONG Aircraft Engineering (HAECO) has signed a preliminary agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways covering the management of the airline group’s airframe rotable components. The transaction is expected to yield benefits in component-asset utilisation, pool synergy, business scalability, supplier relationships, and physical component repair capability development opportunities, putting HAECO in a strong position to secure potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region, where strong growth is expected in air travel demand. The HAECO Inventory Technical Management (ITM) business is based in Hong Kong, with extensive logistics infrastructure and freight-network coverage to serve airline needs around the world. “We are delighted to have reached a significant milestone with Cathay Pacific, strengthening the strategic position of this business in our portfolio,” says Augustus Tang, HAECO’s chief executive officer.
EXECUJET ASIA has announced that its Malaysian operation, based at Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur, was recently awarded the first direct Cayman Islands Aircraft Maintenance Organisation certification in Malaysia, known as an OTAR Part 145 Option 2 approval. This will permit ExecuJet Malaysia to work on Cayman-registered Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 300, Challenger 604/605 and Gulfstream GIV/SP aircraft, complimenting approvals previously granted by the Malaysian, Philippines and Isle of Man aviation authorities, together with the company’s appointment by Bombardier last year as an Authorised Line Facility on all models. “This approval is very important to ExecuJet and its Malaysian base, given the increasing numbers of Cayman-registered aircraft operating within South-East Asia,” says Graeme Duckworth, managing director of ExecuJet Asia. The Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry is the registry of choice for many owners and management companies with corporate aircraft ranging from Cessna Citation, Gulfstream, Embraer, Airbus and Boeing Business Jets. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands is the statutory body responsible for regulatory oversight throughout the Cayman Islands and for aircraft registered there. ExecuJet Malaysia has been in operation for two years and focuses on aircraft maintenance and management for customers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.
THE AIRLINE Academy of Australia (AAA), based at Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport, has taken delivery of two next-generation flight-training simulators, to increase its capacity to train future airline pilots on multiple aircraft types. The US-made Redbird FMX Simulators have just been installed at AAA’s training facility and are the first Redbird devices to be CASA certified in Australia. Each has quick-change cockpit configurations and instrument displays, enabling them to replicate every aircraft in the AAA training fleet. This includes switching from single-engine Cessna 172 trainers to twin-engine Beech King Airs, and from analogue instrument displays to new glass cockpits. Conversion of the simulator displays and layout from one aircraft type to another takes just minutes, providing significant flexibility for the academy, which is accredited to train pilots for a range of customers including international airlines. Allan Brooks, Chief Executive of Airline Academy of Australia, and Royal Queensland Aero Club, said the new simulators would be used to upgrade and expand the airline training capabilities of the AAA. “These devices will replace our previous front-line simulators for general aviation pilot training, and offer significantly improved capabilities and training scenarios,” said Mr Brooks.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signalled its commitment to deepening relations with Air BP Lubricants by putting forward125 of its Maintenance and Engineering (M & E) personnel to take advantage of the Air BP Lubricants’ online Training Academy. Air BP Lubricants is the specialist aviation division of BP and is the world’s largest supplier of high-performance capable, aero-derived turbine oils. The move, which represents the largest commitment made to the Air BP Lubricants’ online Training Academy by a single airline, highlights the way the educational tool is being chosen to complement Air BP Lubricants supply of high performance turbine oils and disseminate the company’s technical expertise. “The Air BP Lubricants’ Training Academy is all about supporting our customers in all lubricant related operations and providing them with a means of continuous professional training,” says Rodger Harris, Air BP Lubricants, Global Sales Director.