AJW Aviation to deliver power-by-the-hour support to Brazilian operator, Modern Logistics

October 22, 2015

London, October 22nd 2015:  Modern Logistics has chosen AJW Aviation and AJW Leasing to provide full power-by-the-hour services for its B737-400 freighters and augment dispatch reliability as the fleet expands to fifteen aircraft by 2017.  The multi-year contract recognises the reputation that AJW has forged in the Brazilian marketplace and the Company’s willingness to be flexible and support start-up airlines with their alignment of operational costs.

“This strategic partnership is AJW’s first PBH contract in Brazil and it spearheads the establishment of a local pool of spares with our other airline and MRO partners” reports James Hardman, VP Customer Services – Latin America, at AJW Aviation. “AJW’s ability to scale up the PBH support as Modern Logistics’ fleet develops, and our own focus on transforming aviation efficiency, ensured that we were the obvious choice of support partner.  As the relationship develops, we also envisage utilising Modern Logistics to provide services to AJW throughout the region.”

Modern Logistics’ Commercial Manager, Andre Nascimento, says “Our plan is grow up to thirty aircraft including ATRs. The pace of growth will depend on several factors but we should have fifteen aircraft by 2017. We chose AJW because of its structure and technical expertise as well as the high protection levels that are delivered by its 24/7 AOG service. Also important is the fair market value for the parts that we will lease. Modern Logistics will become the pre-eminent cargo operator in Brazil where there is little competition. We serve and support a needy market where dangerous and special goods need to be transported by air due to poor road system.”

This contract with Modern Logistics is further proof that AJW’s policy to ring the globe with strategic hubs of commercial Airbus and Boeing spares in support of specific power-by-the-hour contracts, is vital to sustain the Company’s award-winning 24/7/365 AOG service.  AJW currently supports 69% of global fleet operators with appropriate Airbus and Boeing aircraft types and this is fully underpinned by AJW Technique, the organisation’s component repair and overhaul facility in Montreal that is focused on streamlining processes to minimise turn-times and further guarantee dispatch reliability.

AJW’s new contract with Modern Logistics underlines the outstanding value for money and excellent customer service that is embodied within a power-by-the-hour agreement.  AJW now has a global fleet of over 1,000 aircraft under contract providing wide and flexible component coverage, expert advice and recommendations on minimising home base stock requirements, and world class logistics. Serving a global customer base of more than 1,000 airlines in 115 different countries, AJW is the ideal partner for airlines and MRO organisations requiring fully integrated support solutions to help achieve competitive advantage.

LATAM Airlines Group announces 6 new international routes and will be the only Latin American carrier with regularly scheduled flights to Africa

October 20, 2015

·         The Group plans to launch six new international routes over the last quarter 2015 and next year between Latin America and North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
·         LAN Peru, part of LATAM Airlines Group, will commence flights between Washington DC and Lima in the second half of 2016, the only airline operating a nonstop route between the two capital cities.
·         TAM, part of LATAM Airlines group, will be the only Latin American carrier with regularly scheduled flights to Africa with a new route between Sao Paulo and Johannesburg pending approval from regulatory authorities.

October 19, 2015 –   As part of its strategy to offer the best network of connection to, from and within Latin America, LATAM Airlines Group announces plans to launch six new international routes from now through the end of 2016.
These new destinations will strengthen the Group’s connectivity in Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Some of these new routes include LAN Peru’s first ever nonstop flight between Washington DC and Lima. LAN Peru’s will operate 4 weekly flights between Washington DC and Lima starting in the second half of 2016, thus becoming the only airline operating a nonstop route between the two capital cities.

In addition, TAM is awaiting approval from authorities to operate from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg, making LATAM Airlines Group the only Latin American airline with regularly scheduled flights to the African continent.

“We are extremely pleased with this announcement as it represents an important milestone for the group since we are beginning operations to a fifth destination within the United States, becoming the only operator to offer nonstop service between Lima and Washington DC. This strengthens the Company’s operations between Latin America and the US. In addition, TAM is awaiting approval from authorities to launch a route from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg in 2016. Currently, there are no other Latin American airlines that connect Latin America to Africa,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO LATAM Airlines Group

Among the new routes, on December 2015, LAN Peru will add nonstop flights between Lima and Montevideo and Lima and Antofagasta, and will also increase weekly flights from 14 to 17 on the Miami to Lima route.

Adjustments to LATAM Airlines Group’s Brazil international network

In Brazil, TAM will adjust its international network in 2016, focusing on destinations that have the potential to best bolster the country’s economy. Among the changes to the current Brazil network will be the cancellation of the thrice weekly Miami to Belo Horizonte route as of March 2016.  TAM will continue to offer passengers efficient international connection options from other LATAM Airlines Group hubs, like Brasilia, that already offer easy connections to Buenos Aires, Miami and Orlando.  In order to increase connectivity, the existing Brasilia to Orlando route will increase from three flights per week to six.

“LATAM Airlines Group is committed to continually growing and improving connectivity for our passengers throughout Latin America.  The size of the Group, present in several countries in the region, is what allows us to combine flexibility and connectivity to open promising new routes, make strategic changes throughout our network, and make real time adjustments in markets where demand has decreased,” said Cueto.

Also, the Orlando to Sao Paulo route will operate TAM’s new Airbus A350 XWB starting in the second half of 2016 with seven flights per week instead of 11.  In April of 2016 TAM will add another flight on the Miami to Fortaleza route for a total of two flights per week and will reduce weekly frequencies from five to four for the Miami to Manaus route.
In February 2016, TAM will begin operating a nonstop flight from Sao Paulo to Bogota, increasing LATAM Airlines Group’s weekly frequencies for this route from seven to 11 and expanding easy connections to Caribbean destinations via Bogota. Additionally, starting in January 2016, TAM will also begin operating the Sao Paulo to Lima route, which is a route already serviced by LATAM Airlines Group.

New connectivity options from Latin America to Europe

In June 2016, TAM’s new flight from Sao Paulo to Barcelona will add frequencies to become a daily service. Starting next month (November 2015), LAN will start flying the Santiago – Sao Paulo – Milan route. And to strengthen connectivity to Europe even more, the company added three frequencies on the Santiago – Madrid routes during 2015.

More options to the Caribbean

On December 2015, LAN Colombia and TAM will begin operating to Punta Cana from Bogotá (LAN Colombia) and from Brasilia (TAM) 4 times a week in both cases.
Below please find LATAM Airlines Group’s new flight details for 2015 and 2016; some flights are confirmed and some are awaiting approval from authorities.

Rockwell Collins signs five-year service agreement with AJW Group

October 14, 2015

LONDON (October 14, 2015) –  AJW Group has awarded Rockwell Collins a five-year Fixed Price Repair agreement to maintain Rockwell Collins’ equipment installed on AJW customers’ fleets. Aircraft covered include A320, B737, B747 and B767.

“This agreement solidifies a long-standing relationship that we have with AJW through our services business, as well as our Intertrade subsidiary,” said Thierry Tosi, vice president and general manager, Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We’ll be working with AJW to provide predictable maintenance costs and around the clock repair services to hundreds of aircraft around the world.”

Rockwell Collins’ global network of more than 80 locations provides Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of avionics equipment for more than 6,000 commercial, business, corporate and military operations. Additional logistics capabilities include on-board services, service parts, training and simulator systems and services, technical information services and technical services. In addition, Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company, provides competitively priced, recertified engine and airframe parts for sale, exchange or lease.

Airbus launches new Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900

October 13, 2015

Enables Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop flights to the US

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s, taking its total firm orders for the A350 XWB Family to 67.

Optimised for non-stop flights to the US, the aircraft, designated A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range), will ‎include a modified fuel system to increase the fuel carrying capacity, an increase in Maximum Take-Off Weight, plus aerodynamic improvements, enabling service to the US West Coast, as well as to New York.

Representing a distance of some 8,700 nautical miles, the New York service will be the world’s longest commercial passenger route, with an expected flight time of up to 19 hours.  Moreover, the unique flexibility offered by the A350 XWB allows operators to reconfigure their A350-900ULR to the standard long-haul A350-900 specification should they require it.

“Our customers have been asking us to re-start non-stop Singapore-US flights and we are pleased that Airbus was able to offer the right aircraft to do so in a commercially viable manner,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong. “This is another example of how we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by remaining at the forefront of product and service innovation in our industry. It will also further strengthen the Singapore hub by providing the fastest and most convenient air connectivity between North America and Southeast Asia.”

“We are excited to be working with Singapore Airlines to re-launch its premium non-stop service to the US,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. “The A350 is the perfect, flexible platform for such operations, offering unrivalled operating economics for the very longest routes. And the wider and quieter cabin will provide the perfect environment for passengers to enjoy the world-famous Singapore Airlines in-flight product.”

The all-new A350 XWB entered commercial service earlier this year and features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 783 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 41 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. Singapore Airlines is the largest customer for the A350 XWB in East Asia, with deliveries of its 67 aircraft now on order starting in the first quarter of 2016. Deliveries of the carrier’s A350-900ULR aircraft are scheduled to take place in 2018.

AJW Engines manages engine shop visits for Camair-Co and delivers replacement PW4060 lease engine

October 8, 2015

London, October 7th 2015: AJW Engines is to provide engine shop visit management services for Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co). An experienced team of professional engineers from AJW will manage all aspects of the shop visit for two PW4060 engines. Camair-Co has also signed a lease agreement with AJW Leasing for a replacement PW4060 engine which has been fitted to their B767-300 aircraft.

The Engine Management Service (EMS) offered by AJW Engines is a tailored service that continuously updates customers regarding all processes on a daily basis. AJW challenges the MRO to justify their repair choices keeping everyone focused and this approach not only helps to safeguard the airline from unnecessary expense, but also ensures they operate at maximum efficiency and safety. The AJW Group is recognised for its flexible approach across all aircraft support options and the EMS programme for Camair-Co complements the power-by-the-hour programme that the airline deployed earlier this year.

AJW Aviation signed a multi-year agreement with Camair-Co in April 2015 to provide power-by-the-hour for its expanding fleet of Boeing B767 and B737 NG aircraft.  Full ATA Chapter support is provided, without exemptions, thereby providing Camair-Co with the dispatch reliability, streamlined component management and aligned cost savings that they need to fulfil the airline’s operational objectives and route expansion ambitions. This new EMS programme will keep the shop visit cost to a minimum, ensure that agreed turn-around-times are adhered to, and that the optimum performance to achieve the longest on-wing time is achieved for Camair-Co.

AJW has been supporting the growth of African aviation for decades and is renowned throughout the Continent for its flexibility and can-do attitude which is geared towards smaller airlines seeking reliable component support of the highest quality.  Africa still has many logistical and geographical challenges to overcome and AJW is pleased to further support Camair-Co with the EMS service as they focus on the customer experience and build their airline business.

Operators looking for engine management, inventory consignment or parts supply can rely on AJW Engines. This jet engines division has developed a significant aircraft engine portfolio and offers a range of integrated management solutions providing engineering services, fan blade exchange programmes and quality overhauled condition engine parts. AJW Engines offers a wide range of CFM56-3/5/7, PW2000/4000, RB211-535E4 and V2500 sales and purchasing opportunities.

Boeing Geomobile Satellite Joining Mexico’s Advanced Mexsat System

October 6, 2015

Mexsat provides Mexico with the world’s most capable satellite system

Improves critical communications in remote areas of the country

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct 2, 2015 – A Boeing [NYSE: BA] 702HP (high power) satellite launched today will soon be part of the world’s most capable and advanced mobile satellite system. The satellite, named Morelos-3, is transmitting initial on-orbit signals as it makes its way to its final orbital location within Mexico’s new Mexsat system.

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation commissioned Mexsat – a state-of-the-art satellite-based mobile telecommunications system. Mexsat increases communications capabilities for national security, civil, and humanitarian efforts, providing 3G+ voice and data services to mobile terminals across Mexico and its surrounding waters. The satellite will be operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico (Telecomm) on behalf of the Mexican government from two highly developed satellite control centers in Mexico.

“This latest milestone represents Boeing’s fourth generation of satellites for Mexico and underscores how our satellites’ capabilities improve daily and emergency communications,” said Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International.

Boeing is responsible for the design, development and delivery of this integrated system, comprised of a fixed service satellite and two Boeing geomobile satellites, two ground stations in Mexico for network and satellite control, and prototype user terminals. The first Boeing-built satellite for the Mexsat system launched in May 2015, but was lost due to a launch vehicle failure.

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LAN Airlines and Jetstar Airways sign codeshare agreement to strengthen LATAM Airlines Group’s connectivity with Oceania

October 1, 2015

LAN passengers now have the option of connecting to attractive destinations in Oceania and soon to those in Southeast Asia.

Santiago, September 30, 2015 – LAN Airlines, a member of LATAM Airlines Group, the largest airline group in Latin America, and Jetstar Airways (Jetstar), an affiliate of Qantas, have signed a codeshare agreement to complement the current agreements that LAN Airlines maintains with Qantas, effectively strengthening the connectivity between South America and Oceania.

Through the codeshare agreement, starting today, LAN Airlines passengers can access 15 new destinations offered by the Australian carrier within Australia and New Zealand. In the future, the airline expects to strengthen the alliance by incorporating international routes between countries in Oceania and Southeast Asia.

“The new agreement, which strengthens the existing relationship between LAN Airlines and Jetstar Airways, expands our network of tourist destinations in Oceania and allows our passengers to connect from Sydney and Auckland to attractive destinations in the region,” explained Soledad Berrios, VP Strategic Alliances, LATAM Airlines Group.

The new routes that enable the codeshare agreement

The agreement will expand international connectivity between South America and Oceania and allow LAN Airlines passengers to fly from Santiago, Chile to 15 destinations in Australia and New Zealand.

The agreement will optimize connectivity from Auckland to important cities in Australia, such as Gold Coast and Melbourne. In New Zealand, passengers will be able to connect from Auckland to destinations such as Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Queenstown. Meanwhile, in Australia, the agreement will connect Sydney to cities such as Byron Bay, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Hamilton Island, Sunshine Coast, and more.

Thanks to the alliance, LAN Airlines passengers will be able to purchase a single ticket to any of the destinations and earn KM LANPASS on all Jetstar flights covered by the codeshare agreement via any of LAN Airlines sales channels.

Jetstar Airways fleet

For domestic flights within Australia and New Zealand and international flights between the two countries, Jetstar uses a fleet of Airbus A320. For long haul international flights from Australia, the carrier operates the Boeing 787-8, one of the industry’s most modern jetliners.

Boeing Opens Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in South Carolina

September 25, 2015

– New 104,000-square-foot facility offers state-of-the-art labs and equipment

– Manufacturing research and development to focus on composite airplane fuselage and propulsion improvements

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today opened its research and technology center in South Carolina, which is devoted to current and next-generation technology development.

Boeing leaders joined local dignitaries and employees for a ribbon cutting and tours of the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, which leads the company’s research and development efforts in areas of advanced manufacturing with a focus on composite fuselage and propulsion systems production. The center broke ground in early 2014.

“This new research center will help us better meet the needs of our customers by enhancing our ability to provide effective, relevant technology in today’s competitive marketplace as we enter our second century of business,” said John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology.

The state-of-the-art center includes lab spaces where scientists and engineers research and develop technologies in advanced production systems; nondestructive evaluation and inspection; production analytics and advanced test systems; structural repair technologies; electromagnetic effects; chemical technology; and composite fabrication and materials. The center also includes two autoclaves, which are used to cure parts made from composite materials; a paint booth with automation capabilities; and a clean room to combine composite layers together.

“The people and facilities we’re introducing today will help us apply new technology and solutions to our products across the entire company faster and more efficiently than ever before,” said Lane Ballard, leader of the Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center.

“Increasing our research and development footprint here demonstrates our continued commitment to the state of South Carolina, and will help Boeing and the region attract, develop and retain the best talent in the industry,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

BR&T is the company’s advanced research and development organization, providing technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services. BR&T-South Carolina joins the company’s 10 other research centers around the world in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Russia and the United States, including Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington.

LATAM Airlines Group added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive year

September 25, 2015

§  The DJSI is the world’s most respected index among investors, allowing them to follow the performance of major companies in the area of sustainability by tracking the economic, social and environmental performance of participating companies.
§  LATAM Airlines Group was once again included on the DJSI World Index, one of only two companies within the airline industry.
§  LATAM Airlines Group is currently the only company based in Chile on the DJSI World Index.

Santiago, September 24, 2015. – For the fourth consecutive year, LATAM Airlines Group was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and recognized among a select group of leading companies in sustainability for their economic, social and environmental performance focused on the long term.

LATAM Airlines Group has been part of the “DJSI Emerging Markets” index since 2012, and for the second consecutive year, together with the Air France-KLM Group, is one of only two airlines currently listed in the DJSI World Index.

“Being added once again to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and in its highest category, confirms our daily commitment of being a transparent and responsible company for our clients and investors, while playing an important role in the development of Latin America. We are happy to see that more companies from the region were listed on the ‘DJSI Emerging Markets Index,’ proving that we are undoubtedly on the right path in terms of our sustainability performance,” said Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.
LATAM Airlines Group is currently the only company based in Chile listed in the DJSI World Index. Only 12 other companies from the region were listed on this index, six from Brazil and six from Colombia.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index evaluates economic, social and environmental criteria for the companies its selects, including: Social Reporting, Development of Human Capital, Commitment to Stakeholders, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Trust, Environmental Reporting and Management, Efficiency and Customer Relations Management, among others.

LATAM Airlines Group has the ability of generating great value to passengers through the destinations it serves, its people that make up the Company and its environmental responsibility. As such, one of their main goals is to support the development of South America and preserve its cultural and natural heritage by promoting sustainable tourism and NGOs in the region.

In the environmental category, LATAM Airlines Group focuses on Operational Eco-Efficiency and Climate Change Strategy; therefore, the company focuses on efficient fuel use management and reduction of its CO2 emissions, achieving one of the lowest CO2 emission rates per passenger mile in the global airline industry.

The DJSI World Index invites the 2,500 companies with the best financial performance in the world, measured by market capitalization by the S&P Global Broad Market Index, which covers 59 industries in 47 countries. Of the companies invited, 317 were added to the DJSI World Index, including LATAM Airlines Group.

The evaluation system is based on the “Best in Class” logic and elects the companies with the best performance in their industry each year. In the last four years, LATAM Airlines Group was the only airline listed on the DJSI Emerging Markets Index in the “Travel & Leisure” category for its leadership in terms of corporate sustainability.

Dominican Republic selects Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution for enhanced security and passenger processing

September 23, 2015

Supports OECD program dedicated to worldwide economic development
Annapolis, Md. (September 23, 2015) – Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution has been selected by the Dominican Republic for enhanced immigration and border control, as part of a larger customs management system implemented by Hyundai Autoever of South Korea.

The overall project is made possible through South Korea’s participation in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of countries dedicated to promoting policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

“The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems, like border control,” said Kenneth Schreder, managing director, Networks and Managed Services for Rockwell Collins. “This agreement serves as a model of how Rockwell Collins can work with agencies, governments and industry around the world to provide solutions that improve security for everyone.”

The ARINC Border Management solution, which will be used by the Dirección General de Migración of the Dominican Republic, will allow officials to use Advanced Passenger Information (API) data, Passenger Name Record (PNR) and Interactive API data to significantly enhance border security and passenger processing. The ability to review passenger information in advance allows law enforcement agencies to identify high risk individuals.

Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will provide a turnkey Border Management solution, including the information systems which receive and transmit API data as well as automated security gates for immigration.

Rockwell Collins is a leading provider of border management solutions around the the world with systems deployed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, CARICOM (an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies), South Korean, China, Hong Kong and India, amongst others.

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