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ISSUE November 2016

ICAO Assembly elects new Council for three-year term

The 39th Session of the Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization completed the election of its new Council today. The 36-member Council is the governing body of the Organization and is elected for a three-year term.

The election process was divided into three parts, with the following States elected:

PART I - States of chief importance in air transport: Australia*, Brazil*, Canada*, China*, France*, Germany*, Italy*, Japan*, Russian Federation*, United Kingdom*, and the United States*.

PART II - States which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation: Argentina*, Colombia, Egypt*, India*, Ireland, Mexico*, Nigeria*, Saudi Arabia*, Singapore*, South Africa*, Spain* and Sweden.

PART III - ​States ensuring geographic representation: Algeria, Cabo Verde, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Kenya*, Malaysia*, Panama, Republic of Korea*, Turkey, United Arab Emirates*, United Republic of Tanzania*, and Uruguay.

*Indicates re-election

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September traffic tops 7 million at DXB

Seven million passengers per month is fast becoming the norm at Dubai International (DXB) after September’s numbers eclipsed that total for the sixth time in nine months, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

Passenger traffic at DXB passengers reached 7,094,738 compared to 6,432,654 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 10.3 per cent. Year to date, the world’s leading international hub has welcomed 62,945,091 up 7.2 per cent from the 58,696,877 recorded during the first nine months of 2015.

Eastern Europe again was the fastest-growing market in September (+23.6 per cent) thanks to additional capacity and new services launched by a number of carriers including Emirates and flydubai, followed by GCC (16.6 per cent), Asia (16.2 per cent) and the Indian Subcontinent (12.2 per cent). India remained the top destination country (909,102 passengers), followed by the UK (522,046 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (503,977 passengers).

London was again the top destination city with 323,515 passengers followed by Doha (269,972 passengers) and Kuwait (231,457 passengers). Baku (+184.2 per cent) topped the list of cities in terms of percentage growth, followed by Boston (65.3 per cent), Calicut (63.5 per cent) and Taipei (55 per cent) due to increased capacity.

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Dubai Airports and Huawei to build world’s first Tier 3 designed modular data centre

Dubai Airports will partner with Huawei to design and build the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) at Dubai International (DXB), it was announced today.

The design and construct contract was signed during GITEX Technology Week, one of the biggest annual ICT trade shows. The project will serve the world’s busiest international airport.

On average, almost 230,000 passengers pass through DXB per day and growing towards 325,000 per day by 2023, making zero downtime and high reliability a vital requirement for Dubai Airports.

The DXB data centre will be the first of two planned modular facilities that Huawei will build for Dubai Airports. Together, they will operate as a pair of mirrored Tier III data centres interconnected through a dedicated fibre optic link that will provide high-level resilience and availability to support the critical operations of Dubai Airports.

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Implementation of innovative procedure to boost air traffic movements capacity at Dubai Airports and reduce fuel consumption

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed AlMaktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, Chairman of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), announced the implementation of Approach Peak Offload (APO) procedure; an innovative air traffic management procedure that has led to an increase from 33.2 to 34.8 in average air traffic movements for arrivals during peak hours, as well as reduction of peak arrival delay by 40% at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

H.E.Mohammed A. Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) stated: “Under the guidance, sponsorship and leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, we are committed to and continuously striving to “Transform the Sky” through developing and launching several key air traffic movements capacity enhancement projects in the Emirate of Dubai”. H.E. added: “Developing and implementing innovative procedures such as Approach Peak Offload (APO) have enabled us to deliver enhanced air traffic management services and accommodate the rising demand of our prestigious clientele with up to 86% during peak hours. We have significantly invested our resources in thoroughly assessing the procedure from the 1st of March and until its implementation in live operations through fast time and real time simulation exercises, this in turn has reinforced our efforts in building the safety case of the procedure which has been approved for implementation by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)”.

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DANS 3rd batch graduates unique professional development program in the Aviation Sector

In line with its Corporate values of “Think Ahead” and “Grow Together” that underpin its vision of “Transforming the Sky”, Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans); the leading air navigation services provider for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, celebrated the graduation of a new batch of graduates from its unique “Development Program” for the third year in its occurrence.

The development program is designed to develop employee skills through providing an enhanced learning experience that delivers necessary competencies required to support growth and career advancement in the Air Traffic Management sector. The newly graduated batch comprised of a group of 9 employees from various departments across the organisation such as; Aeronautical Information Management, Air Traffic Control and Air Traffic Management Systems, who successfully completed the “Sun” and “Water” programs. Named after the elements of nature; the “Sun” program aims at training and developing employees to grow into holding team leader positions within the organisation, while the “Water” program strives to equip and up skill its participants with the necessary knowledge and expertise to become the future supervisors in the business.

The development program in dans has been devised by internal expertise in the organisation and it offers; training courses, mentoring, job shadowing, networking opportunities, secondment in other departments as well participation in CSR initiatives. Candidates in the program are selected based on nominations from their line managers and undergo thorough assessments prior to their selection. In addition, an integral part of the program is to drive collaboration with leading entities in the UAE, and the program has experienced support from organisations such as Dubai Hospital and Bait Al Khair. The program that inaugurated in 2014 to develop the future leaders in the Air Traffic Management sector, has witnessed the graduation of a total of 43 employees until date, out of which 40% have been promoted to higher managerial positions.

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ERA Has passed a Factory Acceptance Tests for the ADS-B System in Sri Lanka

ERA is delivering a system comprising five redundant ADS-B stations as well as ADS-B data fusion and a data display system. The contract was assigned by the local ANSP in January as a result of a tendering process, which ERA successfully won in the end of 2015.

“The selection of ERA is the result of the worldwide competitive tendering process where ERA has been selected as the successful bidder after an intensive technical and administration evaluation. Our experience in the deployment of surveillance solutions in other states of South-East Asia such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore was also one of the key factors in selecting us for this project”, stated Viktor Sotona, ERA Managing Director.

A one week of testing at ERA factory has been scheduled together with factory training for AASL Technical staff to fully familiarize with given ADS-B system. Apart from redundant ADS-B ground stations, testing procedures have been focused on ADS-B data fusion and data display system based on ERA´s ERIS product family.

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Historic agreement reached to mitigate international aviation emissions

Government, industry and civil society representatives have agreed today on a new global market-based measure (GMBM) to control CO2 emissions from international aviation.

The historic move came as the Plenary Session of the UN aviation agency’s 39th Assembly agreed to recommend adoption of a final Resolution text for the GMBM.

“It has taken a great deal of effort and understanding to reach this stage, and I want to applaud the spirit of consensus and compromise demonstrated by our Member States, industry and civil society,” remarked ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “We now have practical agreement and consensus on this issue backed by a large number of States who will voluntarily participate in the GMBM – and from its outset. This will permit the CORSIA to serve as a positive and sustainable contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions reduction.”

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ICAO, TIACA accelerate collaborative efforts for more efficient air cargo facilitation

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) have taken steps to intensify their cooperation to optimize the efficiency and security of international air cargo, a sector that is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 4.2 per cent through to 2032.

Their new agreement is outlined in a communiqué resulting from the 28th International Air Cargo Forum & Exhibition (ACF 2016) that was convened in Paris by TIACA and which took place from 26 to 28 October 2016. It builds on a variety of previous agreements that ICAO has undertaken with international bodies on the challenges faced by the air cargo network as it expands.

“The importance of air cargo to the global economy is clearly established, in particular its role in facilitating the delivery of high-value goods, just-in-time freight operations, and growing e-commerce activities,” declared ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu. “Our shared objective with TIACA is to improve regulatory and procedural efficiencies and expedite cargo movements for all global citizens and businesses.”

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Airbus celebrates the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft

Airbus today celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft - an A350-900 for Singapore Airlines. The milestone event was marked by a special ceremony in Toulouse hosted by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders and attended by Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines.

The aircraft delivered today is the sixth A350-900 for Singapore Airlines, out of a total order for 67. Featuring a special “10,000th Airbus” logo, the aircraft will be used to launch the airline’s new non-stop services between Singapore and San Francisco later this month.

The 10,000th Airbus delivery comes as the manufacturer achieves its highest level of production ever and is on track to deliver at least 650 aircraft this year from its extensive product line. These range from 100 to over 600 seats and efficiently meet every airline requirement, from high frequency short haul operations to the world’s longest intercontinental flights.

“Since our earliest days innovation has been at the heart of everything we do at Airbus,” said Tom Enders, Airbus Group CEO. “This has seen us develop what is today the world’s most modern and comprehensive aircraft family. And with a strong emphasis on R&T, continuous innovation and product improvement, we will ensure that we remain ahead of the curve, delivering airlines the best our industry has to offer.”

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Airbus Corporate Jets brings new look to large-cabin design

Airbus Corporate Jets has combined its knowledge of customer preferences with a fresh approach to cabin design, creating a new cabin concept for its ACJ320neo[1] Family.

Called Melody, it features flowing lines inspired by the curves of nature, such as hilly horizons, rolling rivers and desert dunes. These flowing lines are represented in both the main pathway through the cabin and the curved walls of zones within it.

The new concept also focuses on providing a more attractive environment that is both quieter and better adapted to providing sound and vision in a “home cinema” setting.

“A key feature of Airbus corporate jets is the better travel experience that they deliver – through freedom of movement and enhanced sociability as well as their greater space and comfort – and the new Melody cabin highlights this benefit over traditional business jets,” declares Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy.

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CAE wins commercial aviation training solution contracts valued at more than C$200 million

CAE announced today a series of contracts, including training programs with airlines in North America and Asia, as well as the sale of 12 full-flight simulators for airline training worldwide. These agreements, valued at more than C$200 million, highlight some of the orders CAE has won during its second quarter, and illustrate the span of its commercial aviation training solutions. They include:

Airline pilot training agreements, demonstrating the recurring nature of CAE's offering

• An exclusive 3-year training contract renewal for CRJ200 pilot training with Air Georgian in North America

• A training contract extension for Boeing 737NG with JEJU air in Asia

The sale of 12 full-flight simulators and update services, highlighting CAE's continued training equipment market leadership

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Thales will provide AVANT IFE solution for Emirates Boeing 777X fleet

On the opening day of APEX 2016 in Singapore, Thales announces AVANT inflight entertainment solution has been selected by Emirates airline for its future fleet of Boeing 777X aircraft.

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has 150 Boeing 777X aircraft on order and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020. Thales will be the first to equip its inflight entertainment systems on the B777X platform.

The contract is the result of Thales’s significant commitment to strengthen its presence in Dubai. It will also accelerate job creation in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

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Air Arabia ranked 3rd among top 50 airlines in the world

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, has secured the third spot in a list of top 50 global airlines compiled by UK-based ‘Airfinance Journal’. ‘The Airline Top 50’ report evaluated the performance of 137 airlines based on a set of operational and financial parameters, including Total Revenue, Net Income, Passenger Yield, Liquidity, and Leverage.

Amongst the parameters evaluated in the report, Air Arabia was ranked the World’s second in terms of fixed charge cover and fourth in terms of liquidity. According to the report, Air Arabia’s high liquidity rate of 49.2% significantly improves the airline’s ability to divert surplus cash towards supporting business expansion and, alternatively, cushion the business against market headwinds.

Commenting on the report and ranking, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: “We are proud to be ranked among the top three airlines in the world. The report confirms Air Arabia’s solid financial standing and its all-around excellence in maintaining high operational standards.”

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Harris Corporation Selected to Modernize Indonesian Area Control Center

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded a contract to modernize critical air traffic control (ATC) communications at the Area Control Center (ACC) in Makassar, Indonesia.

Harris will supply the latest version of its Liberty-STAR™ Voice Communication and Control Systems (VCCS) to the Makassar ACC to modernize their existing communication system.

Featuring a modular architecture, open-platform software and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, Liberty-STAR™ VCCS delivers a reliable, scalable communications solution for ATC towers, area control centres, airline and area control dispatch, flight service stations, and mobile shelters. The system will be equipped with 78 touch-screen operator positions, radio interfaces, telephone interfaces, and a System Maintenance, Administration and Reconfiguration Terminal (SMART) POSITION™. The system is IP-enabled which will allow Indonesian aviation authorities to migrate to the new technology when they are ready.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim breaks ground on second hangar

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) broke ground today on a major expansion of its facility at Dubai South.

Scheduled for completion by Q3 of 2017, the new hangar will add 6,800 sqm of covered space to the existing DCAF business aviation terminal at Dubai South bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000 sqm and the apron area to 13,000 sqm.

The expansion will more than double the hangar capacity as well as enable DCAF to add two single aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also significantly increase the number and size of aircraft which can be accommodated at the facility

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IFS brings to market Tail Planning, Optimization and Assignment solution for civil aviation sector

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has brought to market a 24/7 tail planning and maintenance allocation solution for the global civil aviation industry. IFS Tail Planning, Optimization & Assignment™ maximizes aircraft allocation efficiency, supports aircraft planning and optimally schedules maintenance events—allowing airline operators to make informed decisions faster.

IFS Tail Planning, Optimization & Assignment provides full visibility and dynamic optimization within a single solution, well in advance of planned flight tasking and maintenance events. Planners can now handle a wider planning window and dynamically manage hard and soft constraints that affect aircraft scheduling, such as destination or maintenance requirements, and analyze the impact of these events on the flight schedule. Maintenance engineers now benefit from full visibility, ahead of planned maintenance events and available aircraft ground times.

Airlines further benefit from access controls, dynamic role-based workflow management, and master data management for constraints—while taking into account service level agreements (SLAs).

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Leading security solutions provider officially sponsoring Airport Solutions Turkey Event

It has been announced that Exruptive, an airports industry security solutions provider from Denmark will be officially sponsoring the inaugural Airport Solutions Turkey 2017, part of the Airport Solutions Global Series of events.

Exruptive is developing an innovative integrated solution for the optimisation of the security- and commercial experience of travellers in international airports offering improved security at lower cost, better flow and increased revenue and efficiency in airport commercial areas. The company targets airport operators and retailers with a proprietary security scanning solution for cabin baggage, as well as chargeable, scanner compatible airport shopping trolleys offering an integrated touch screen platform for personalised traveller interaction, way finding and business intelligence acquisition.

Jakob Schmidt, chief executive officer commented, “Exruptive is pleased to be sponsoring the 2017 Airport Solutions Turkey conference. While the new Istanbul Airport project is impressive on raw numbers alone, it is the evident ambition to deploy a wide range of new passenger friendly technologies throughout the airport that has really grabbed our attention. The winning airports in the coming decade will be those that put the passengers’ experience front and centre of everything they do. Our solutions take the same starting point, so of course we’ll come to Istanbul.”

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