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CEBU AND JETSTAR JAPAN RECEIVE
FIRST SHARKLET-EQUIPPED A320S
Cebu Pacific and Jetstar Japan have taken
delivery of their first A320s equipped
with Sharklets, becoming the first carriers
in their respective countries to use the new
fuel-saving wing tip devices.
Sharklets, which are an option on
new-build A320 family aircraft and
standard on the A320neo family, offer
fuel burn savings of up to 4% on longer
sectors. The 2.4m tall Sharklets are
made from lightweight composites.
With their 4% fuel savings they allow
operators to add 100nm more range or
allow increased payload capability of
up to 450kg.
Cebu Pacific operates 34 A320
family aircraft and has a further 48
-- 18 A320ceo and 30 A321neo --
on order. Jetstar Japan operates an
all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s,
with the fleet to increase to 24 aircraft
by the end of 2014. -- Emma Kelly
PACIFIC RECEIVES FAA
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service
Centre (SHPBASC) has received certification from
the US Federal Aviation Administration as an
overseas repair station.
SHPBASC is a joint venture between Shanghai
Airport Authority and Australian aviation services
company Hawker Pacific. Located at Shanghai s
Hongqiao International Airport, the joint venture
established a fixed base operation in April 2010 and
has a co-located 4,000sq metre maintenance facility.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific completed the on-site
audit by the FAA in mid-January. This is the first
time that a maintenance facility dedicated to
business aviation in Mainland China has been
granted FAA approval.
"This certification marks the culmination of a
sustained and persistent effort by the company to
provide a strong foundation for business aviation in
China," says Carey Matthews, general manager.
"There are a number of N-registered aircraft that are
based in Asia that are regular clients of our facility.
The MRO is well situated to provide comprehensive
maintenance support for those planes, and we feel
this capability is key to the continuing development
of Shanghai as a hub for business aviation in Asia,"
Matthews adds. -- Emma Kelly
Pilot training and resourcing company CTC
Aviation Group (CTC) has launched a new
airline pilot training programme exclusively
for Indian students.
The company, which has training centres in
the UK and New Zealand, is in discussions
with a number of Indian airlines to tailor the
course to their specific needs, with at least
one airline agreeing to consider pilots from
the course once they have completed, says
CTC chief executive officer Rob Clarke.
Marketing and selection of the initial intake
of 10 Indian nationals will be completed by
the end of the first quarter, with students to
train in the UK and New Zealand. CTC is
also developing a pilot retraining programme
for the unemployed pool of pilots in India.
"We are a global business by nature and
India, as one of the fastest growing aviation
marketplaces, is a truly exciting, vibrant and
important place to be as a business. We see
huge potential for the whole marketplace,
but in particular the low-cost carriers who
want to focus their business model on their
core revenue generating activity of flying
passengers around their network," says Clarke.
CTC recently completed a management
buyout with UK private equity company
Inflexion which has allowed it to expedite
plans to further develop its global reach.
Meanwhile, CTC Aviation Training (NZ)
has received approval from the Hong Kong
Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) to
conduct integrated training for the issue of
Hong Kong CAD commercial pilot licences.
CTC becomes the only airline pilot training
organisation in New Zealand and only the
second outside of Hong Kong to be granted
such approval, says the company.
CTC says the company worked closely with
Hong Kong carrier Dragonair to achieve the
approval. CTC is delivering the Dragonair
Cadet Pilot Programme, which is a fully
integrated training programme that includes
cadet selection, training and placement as
airline pilots with Dragonair. The first 12
cadets have started training in Hamilton,
Globally on an annual basis, CTC trains
216 new pilots for its European partner
airlines and a further 70-100 for Asia-Pacific
partners. Through its type rating training
organisation (TRTO) operation it trains in the
region of 2,000 pilots for approximately 50
client airlines worldwide.
It is currently building its multi-crew pilot
licence (MPL) activities, delivering one
programme with a European client and "on the
verge of commencing" a significant number
of MPL pilots with one of its Middle Eastern
customers. CTC says it is also in discussion with
a further two UK based airlines on MPL.
It is also in discussions with "a number of
organisations" that could lead to expansion
in a "variety of areas" in the future.
-- Emma Kelly
CTC LAUNCHES NEW INDIAN PILOT TRAINING PROGRAMME
Sharklets can cut fuel burn by up to 4%.
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