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UPDATES FROM EMBRAER, ROCKWELL COLLINS, LUFTHANSA TECHNIK,
PILATUS, MUBADALA, FOKKER
Rockwell Collins is to form a joint venture in
China to develop surveillance products for the
Comac C919 narrowbody. The joint venture is
with Leihua Electronic Technology Research
Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation
Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The new entity will be known as AVIC
Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company
and will be the US firm's first joint venture with
AVIC. Kent Statler, executive vice president
and chief operating officer, commercial
systems for Rockwell Collins, said the deal,
"demonstrates a deepening and broadening
of our trusted and collaborative relationship,
which spans nearly three decades."
Once the agreement conditions have been
satisfied and approval by the Peoples Republic
of China examination and approval authorities
is obtained, AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins
Avionics Company will develop, manufacture
and deliver integrated surveillance system
products for the C919 program in China.
LHT OPENS ISTANBUL OFFICE
Lufthansa Technik is opening a new sales
office in Istanbul as it seeks a larger presence
in the growing Turkish market.
"Turkey is one of the ten fastest growing
countries in the world and aviation in particular
is steadily gaining in importance there," says
the MRO provider
"With fifteen airlines within a single country,
Turkey offers us great potential. We want to
be a reliable partner to our customers, and
geographic proximity plays an important
role in that regard in addition to a number of
other factors," explains Wolfgang Weynell,
vice president marketing & sales at Lufthansa
Ms. Fulya Türköz, office manager in
Istanbul, adds: "With the help of this new
office, we want to get closer to our Turkish
customers and be available to them any time
they need us." Lufthansa Technik maintains
24 sales offices around the world.
PILATUS MAKES INDIAN
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Air Charter
Services (ACSPL) as its official PC-12 Sales
and Service Centre in India with responsibility
for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan,
Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand.
As the official Service Centre, the New
Delhi-based facility will manage aircraft sales
and carry out maintenance and warranty work
for the turboprop business aircraft.
"We are delighted to be working with a
partner like ACSPL, who enjoy such a good
reputation", comments Fred Muggli, Head of
Sales & Marketing PC-12 at Pilatus in Stans.
"Asia is an interesting market for us, and in
ACSPL we have found a reliable local partner
with the skills and experience to offer our
customers a first-class service."
Semoun Jolly, Director of ACSPL, already
owns three PC-12s. "The PC-12 can be used
for a wide range of transport missions. Its
ability to operate on unmade runways which
are actually little more than tracks is ideal in
our region", comments Jolly.
Muggli adds: "We believe there are huge
opportunities for the PC-12 in Asia and I am
confident that ACSPL, with its many years of
JAL ADDS ANOTHER E170
JAL has ordered another Embraer E170,
roughly three years after the type originally
went into service with its regional offshoot
J-Air now has ten E170s in service after
taking delivery and the extra jet, valued at
US$38 million at list prices, comes from an
amendment to the original contract. The
tenth jet was delivered in February last year.
As with the previous ones, the extra
E170 will be powered by GE CF34-8E
engines and have a 76-seat single class
configuration. Delivery is planned for the last
quarter of 2012.
"JAL's latest order is an important
recognition of the excellent performance
the E-Jets in terms of schedule reliability,
comfort and economics," said Paulo Cesar
Silva, Embraer president, commercial
aviation. "We continue to build a solid
relationship with JAL, which has been
deploying our E-Jets to right-size some of its
narrow-body markets and developing new
routes across Japan."
"With this additional EMBRAER 170
order, Japan Airlines continues the process
of optimizing its domestic route network,
begun in February 2009, when the first
E-Jet started commercial service at J-Air.
The E170 is extremely popular for a
variety of reasons. First, with our business
customers because it allows us to add
flights as demand in key markets grows;
second, our shareholders because of the
fleet's economic contribution to our turn-
around plan; and third, our Operations
Department because it is among the most
reliable airplanes we operate today," said
Tsuyoshi Yamamura, J-AIR president and
JAL executive officer.
With the current fleet of ten E170s, J-Air
replaced old and inefficient aircraft on
routes such as Tokyo-Haneda to Nanki-
Shirahama and between Osaka-Itami to
Aomori. The airline also re-launched some
routes, including Osaka-Itami to Miyazaki,
previously flown with old and bigger jets,
adjusting capacity to demand.
ROCKWELL COLLINS AND LETRI FORM JOINT VENTURE
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