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NEWS IN BRIEF
Eric Chen has been appointed president
of Airbus China. Previously Airbus China
senior vice-president commercial and
external affairs, Chen succeeds Laurence
Barron who has taken over as chief
executive officer and chairman of EADS
China. Chen has worked for Airbus since
1994 when he was area sales director. In
addition, Rafael Gonzalez-Ripoll-Garzon,
formerly head of the Centre of Excellence
Empennage/Aft Fuselage of Airbus in
Spain, has become Airbus China chief
Simulator manufacturer CAE has sold
seven full-flight simulators (FFS) and
training devices to Shanghai East Flight
Training Centre (SEFTC), Zhuhai Flight
Training Centre (ZFTC), and an undisclosed
customer. SEFTC has purchased two
Airbus A320 FFS and a Boeing 737 FFS,
while ZFTC takes an A320 FF and the
undisclosed customer has acquired an
A320 FFS and a Boeing 787 FFS. The
contracts are valued at more than C$95
SAGEM SERVICES INDIA
European navigation, optronics and
avionics systems company Sagrem (Safran)
has established a wholly-owned subsidiary
in India, Sagem Services India. The New
Delhi-based company is focusing on
maintenance and customer support for
Sagem avionics, optronics and inertial
navigation systems in the country.
European turboprop manufacturer ATR had
a bumper year in 2012, reporting a record
turnover of US$1.44 billion and record
deliveries of 64 aircraft.
Aircraft deliveries for the year were
up 18% on the previous year, while 115
aircraft -- 74 firm orders and 41 options --
were sold to 11 customers. ATR says these
orders mean that it is holding the largest
backlog of all manufacturers of up to 90-
seat regional aircraft.
Customers in the Asia-Pacific region
dominated the 2012 sales, including
Malaysia Airlines, TransAsia Airways, Lao
Airlines and Avation -- the latter which is
leasing ATR 72s to Skywest for operation
under the Australian Regional Airline
Network for Virgin Australia.
ATR aircraft also proved successful during
the year with airlines operating island
networks, including Air Tahiti and LIAT.
Fast-growing economies, including Brazil,
Indonesia and Russia, drove deliveries
during the year, with 65% of the year s 64
deliveries going to these countries. Airlines
in the Asia-Pacific region taking delivery of
ATR aircraft during 2012 included Wings
Abadi (Indonesia), Skywest in Australia, Air
New Zealand, India s Jet Airways, Uni Air
of Taiwan and Lao Airlines. By the end of
2012, the manufacturer had delivered 1,033
aircraft -- 422 ATR 42s and 611 ATR 72s.
The order backlog stood at 221 aircraft
at the end of the year, with a value of more
than US$5 billion, and representing 61% of
the overall aircraft backlog up to 90 seats.
This is worth three years of production to
ATR, says the manufacturer.
The European manufacturer has started
2013 with deliveries to a number of
operators in the Asia-Pacific region.
Maldivian carrier Villa Air, which operates as
FlyMe, becomes the first operator of the ATR
72-600 in the Maldives. The aircraft entered
service on the Male-Maamigili route in early
February. The airline already operates two
ATR 42-500s on island domestic routes.
Myanmar s domestic carrier Air KBZ took
delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in January.
A second of the type is due for delivery in
June, with the airline developing a growing
regional network. The airline already
operates four ATR 72-500s in Myanmar.
-- Emma Kelly
Business aviation services company Jet
Aviation Singapore is building a new
maintenance hangar at its Singapore
Seletar facility in response to a growing
demand in Asia.
The new maintenance hangar, work on
which started in January, will be next to
its existing maintenance and fixed base
operation at Seletar Aerospace Park. Due
for completion in early 2014, the new
hangar will triple the company s total
hangar space to 7,500sq metres. The
new hangar will add two floors of shops,
including new battery, tyre, upholstery and
woodworking back shops and two paint
spray booths, and offices covering a gross
area of 2,500sq metres and approximately
9,300sq metres to its apron.
The facility will be tall enough to
accommodate a Boeing Business Jet or
Airbus Corporate Jet.
"Our additional hangar space will
permit up to five [Gulfstream] G650 or
five [Bombardier] Global Express 7000
aircraft and clearly improves our ability to
accommodate large, long-range business
jets, which are the preferred aircraft in the
region," says Gary Dolski, vice-president
and general manager, Jet Aviation
Singapore. -- Emma Kelly
RECORDS IN 2012
A second ATR 72-600 is due to be delivered to Myanmar's Air KBZ in June.
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