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ISSUE March 2017

Unlocking aircraft data value requires intelligent integration. by Pierre-Yves Benain, Head of Aircraft Program, SITAONAIR

Today’s connected aircraft generates more, and more complex, data than ever before – and that means it’s never been more vital for airlines to get a firm grip on it.

Since 2015, helping airlines respond to the opportunities and challenges of the big data generated by connected aircraft has been SITAONAIR’s reason-to-be. As the industry’s data experts, we know just how vital, invaluable and essential it is to support airlines to dissect, analyse and unlock data’s enormous value.

But first, there are two major hurdles airlines and other industry stakeholders need to overcome if they are to turn aircraft big data into big value.

Firstly, airlines often take a siloed approach to data systems investment and purchasing, with cabin, cockpit or maintenance investments around the aircraft being made in isolation. Airlines also find it challenging to justify the business case for digitization, from where to start, to what their strategy needs to be, and how they can justify buying Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and connecting Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for retrofit fleets.

Aircraft manufacturers create new concerns. The current market is made up of numerous, fragmented standalone product and service propositions offering limited scope, which can be challenging for airlines to integrate within their pre-existing environments. In addition, the effect of OEMs trying to master the entire IT value chain is the creation of additional constraints to airlines’ IT and aircraft application choices.

Our specialist teams help airlines tackle these problems and build their business cases, drawing the most value for money from connected aircraft investments and using our products and services to create tailored, maximum-value data solutions. We’ve also been working hard to engage with airlines and OEMs to develop an integrated response to the value chain – no mean feat.

Our teams help airlines achieve true interoperability; we are introducing broadband IP services to the aircraft and cockpit through existing interfaces, without disrupting their existing systems and processes, and by providing the appropriate levels of standardization. We collaborate with major OEMs to proactively approach airlines to support this smooth transition; by enabling more data to be retrieved from the aircraft by connecting applications; integrating our software across a range of different platforms, as a service, delivering the best-in-class data exchange, security, synchronization and management, in the air and on the ground.

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Be part of the world's largest annual airport exhibition this May

Established as the world's largest annual airport exhibition and the most important procurement event for over 200 aviation authorities across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, Airport Show 2017 is shaping up to be the best yet. Focusing on over US$ 170 billion in ongoing regional airport expansion, the event attracts over 7,000 attendees annually and is the largest gathering of key decision-makers for the world's fastest growing airports.

This year, Airport Show will welcome over 300 global suppliers, displaying cutting-edge technologies and innovations that will transform the way we travel. Featuring the biggest brands in the industry, Airport Show provides a comprehensive showcase into the most advanced airport solutions in the world today.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, Airport Show will take place from 15 – 17 May 2017 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

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Concourse D Marks its First Anniversary

Concourse D marks its first anniversary on February 24 following a successful inaugural year that saw over 16.6 million passengers enjoy its customer-friendly design and top-flight retail and food and beverage offering.

Concourse D, which represents the final major piece of infrastructure to be built at DXB as part of the $7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020 programme, was a timely addition to the airport when it first opened its doors for passengers on February 24, 2016. The $1.2 billion (4.4 billion AED) facility became the home of 60 international airlines that operate into DXB’s Terminal 1 and connect it to 90 destinations around the world. The facility increased the annual capacity of the airport from 75 million passengers to 90 million passengers.

“Concourse D is the outcome of a well-designed and meticulously planned project that was built around the evolving needs and expectations of our customers – the hundreds of thousands of passengers that pass through our airport every day,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group. “After a successful first year of operations, it is very clear that Concourse D has achieved its goal of delighting our passengers and our business partners.”

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Dubai Airports speeds aircraft boarding at Terminal 2 with new tech

Dubai Airports continues to use technology to improve service and boost capacity as part of its DXB Plus programme designed to elevate capacity at Dubai International (DXB) to 118 million by 2023. The latest innovation takes the form of an Intelligent Traffic System (ITS), which optimises the coordination of buses used to shuttle passengers from Terminal 2 departure gates to the aircraft.

“It is another world first for DXB. It is the first time this technology has been implemented and used in this manner,” said Bryan Thompson, Senior Vice President – Development at Dubai Airports. “The system is fail-safe, and provides a fully automated solution to coordinate bus scheduling which in turn reduces wait times for departing passengers.”

The new system improves efficiency by ensuring buses are fully utilised increasing the average number of passengers per bus trip from 40 to over 60. It reduces the number of bus trips by 20 per cent which in turn limits fuel burn and emissions. And it alleviates congestion during peak operations.

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Airbus Appoints Jean-Brice Dumont as Head of Engineering for Commercial Aircraft

Jean-Brice Dumont, 45, currently Head of Engineering at Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed Head of Engineering at Airbus Commercial Aircraft, following the decision by Charles Champion, 61, to retire by the end of this year. Dumont will join Airbus on 1 September, 2017 and take over from Champion in December 2017 following a transition phase. He will become a member of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Management Committee.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Charles Champion for his outstanding contribution to Airbus throughout his career,” said Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “Since he joined Aérospatiale in 1980, he has been engaged in almost every aspect of the business from Manufacturing to Programmes, Sales to Customer Services and, in the latter years, Engineering. Airbus owes much to his experience, commitment and energy. I wish him all the best for his personal future.”

Dumont will be succeeded at Airbus Helicopters by Alain Flourens, 59, currently Head of the A380 Programme within Airbus Commercial Aircraft. Flourens will join Helicopters as of 1 July, 2017 and take over from Dumont as of 1 September, 2017. Flourens will become a member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Helicopters. His succession will be subject to further notice.

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Air Caraïbes takes delivery of its first A350-900, opening up a new era in air transport to the French Caribbean

With this latest delivery, Air Caraïbes becomes the first French airline to operate the A350 XWB. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on 28 February. It will take off at 14:00 heading for Paris Orly Sud before embarking on its first commercial flight to Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France on 2 March.

This A350-900 can accommodate 389 passengers in a three-class configuration, (18 in Business, 45 in Premium Economy and 326 in Economy). The exceptional comfort and quietness of the ‘Airspace by Airbus’ cabin, combined with its new lighting system – much appreciated by passengers for the way it reduces the effects of jet lag – strengthen the sense of wellbeing and relaxation on long-haul flights.

Air Caraïbes plans to operate its A350 XWB alongside the A330s it already has in service on its Paris <> French Caribbean routes.

The A350 XWB benefits from the latest technological and aerodynamic innovations offering an unprecedented level of operational efficiency while significantly cutting its environmental footprint. Its fuselage and wings are made of carbon fibre and it is powered by the new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

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Airways New Zealand and Aireon Agree to Cooperate on South Pacific Operational Validation

Airways New Zealand, New Zealand’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and Aireon LLC announced today that they have signed an agreement in principle to enter into an operational validation trial.

This agreement will pave the way to a formal operational validation agreement allowing for the development of operational concepts for air traffic management in South Pacific airspace and long-range flow management procedures to major New Zealand destinations. These operational concepts will be based on the use of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data to leverage the efficiency and safety benefits of a global air traffic surveillance capability.

This agreement comes 20 months after the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Aireon and Airways to execute a benefits analysis for deploying space-based ADS-B in their region. Airways also plans to use Aireon data to determine the best configuration of planned terrestrial-based ADS-B installations, augmented with space-based ADS-B, to ensure the most cost-effective use of the designated infrastructure.

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Harris Corporation Receives $189 Million UAE Battlefield Management System Contract

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received a two-year, $189 million contract to provide an integrated battle management system (BMS) to the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The contract was received during the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2017.

The Harris system will provide the UAE with initial operational capabilities as the country implements enhanced battlefield management solutions. The contract was issued under the Emirates Command & Control System (ECCS) Land Tactical System (ELTS) program, a major C4ISR program that will integrate, coordinate and maximize the combined efficiency of UAE Armed Forces assets.

“This Land Tactical System project represents a major milestone in the advancement of battlefield management and staff function capabilities for the UAE Armed Forces,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. "It will help ensure that the UAE Land Forces brigades are equipped to succeed on the modern battlefield.”

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Rockwell Collins offers Pro Line FusionⓇ for LATR platforms

The flexible and modular Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionⓇ integrated avionics system as well as mission system are now available for Light Attack and Trainer (LATR) platforms.

“Pro Line Fusion offers a scalable architecture, total connectivity, intuitive decision-making tools and advanced situational awareness capabilities that enhance safety and efficiency for a huge range of platforms and missions,” said Claude Alber, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins. “We expect to announce the launch customer by the end of 2017.”

Pro Line Fusion is already operational on a number of different platforms, including business jet, air transport, tilt-rotor and military flight decks. The system has also been successfully demonstrated for use as a ground control station for unmanned aerial system (UAS) applications.

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CAE awarded contract by Airbus for comprehensive C295W training solution for Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program

CAE today announced that Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for a comprehensive C295W aircrew and maintenance training solution to support the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program. The contract is worth approximately C$200 million over the next 11 years and includes options to extend an additional 15 years that would take the value to more than C$300 million.

The Airbus C295W was selected by the Government of Canada as its new FWSAR platform in December 2016. As part of the FWSAR program, the RCAF will receive 16 C295W aircraft specifically modified for search and rescue.

"We are honoured to serve as the training systems integrator to lead the overall design and development of a comprehensive C295W training solution for aircrews and maintainers," said Joe Armstrong, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Canada. "The search and rescue mission in Canada is both critical and challenging, and we are proud that we will play a role in helping train and prepare the RCAF for this mission."

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives CAR145 approval extension from GCAA

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation, has received an extension to its CAR145 approval from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to provide line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft type.

With the extension of the CAR145 approval, DCAF is now able to provide B1 (airframe) and B2 (avionics) maintenance services for the Falcon 7X at its hangar located at Dubai South.

“With this approval from the GCAA, we are in a position to offer our expertise and services to other clients in the region that operate the Falcon 7X,” said Michael Lindgren, Director Maintenance at DC Aviation Al-Futtaim. “We are extremely proud to successfully complete all the regulatory procedures to receive our CAR145 extension and this approval is further proof of our commitment to provide our VVIP customers’ with the highest levels of services and maintenance support.”

In addition to the Falcon 7X, DCAF is able to provide line maintenance support for customers operating the Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 604/605, Airbus 320 family, and the Global 6000 and Global 5000 Vision Flight Deck aircraft types.

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Full range of A350 services for commercial and VIP operators

With Lufthansa ready to start scheduled A350 operations on February 10, 2017, Lufthansa Technik's support for the newest Airbus widebody is in full swing. Lufthansa Technik is not only licensed and ready to maintain the Airbus A350 in all aspects of the aircraft's life cycle, the company is also the first address for a unique VVIP cabin completion.

Lufthansa Technik has been supporting the A350's development with a special focus on maintainability from the very beginning. The company is 100 percent ready to provide the engineering and line maintenance services for the A350 today. In the area of material supply, Lufthansa Technik covers a large part of the A350 components, in many cases working together with original equipment manufacturers. Several supported customer fleets have already achieved a very high technical dispatch reliability.

At the beginning of 2017, Lufthansa Technik received an extension of its approval as a design organization for the new aircraft from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21/J). The company is thus authorized to develop and approve repairs and modifications to a limited extent under its own responsibility.

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Lufthansa Technik Middle East begins operations at Dubai South

First GE90 engine inlet cowl, from Etihad Airways, arrived for repair at LTME's new facility in the Dubai South Aviation District.

The new facility of Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) has started MRO services in the Aviation District at Dubai South. Recently, the first component, a GE90 engine inlet cowl from Etihad Airways arrived for repair at LTME.

Speaking on the occasion Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South said: "We are happy to welcome Lufthansa Technik, a leading global player in the aerospace industry, as the first company to begin operations at the newly opened Aerospace Supply Chain. The unique, first-of-its kind facility is designed to offer companies, in the MRO and aerospace industry, a multi-advantage edge given our strategic location and the synergistic aviation ecosystem that we are building at Dubai South."

Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways Engineering Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are delighted to grow our partnership with Lufthansa Technik and immediately start on the next stage of our journey. Partnering with Lufthansa Technik complements our own business model, ensuring faster turnaround time of our off wing components."

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EIZO Releases Industry-First 4K x 2K Primary Control Monitor Developed Specifically for ATC

EIZO today announced the new Raptor RP4325, a 42.5-inch primary control monitor with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution for primary control positions in air traffic control (ATC) centers.

EIZO has been an industry leader in the innovation and development of 2K primary control LCD monitors for over 10 years. Backed by more than 45 years of expertise in visual display solutions, EIZO now brings to the market the first 4K x 2K resolution monitor developed specifically for mission-critical ATC.

The Raptor RP4325 emphasizes durability and reliability with 24/7 operation. It is built with industrial-grade components, making it better suited to long-term use compared to commercial-grade products. The monitor uses full sheet steel industrial-grade housing for durability in demanding environments. It is also designed to maintain low heat output without a fan to provide noiseless operation while protecting components.

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Airport operator Avinor extends its investment in IFS Applications

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that state-owned Avinor has chosen to upgrade its existing IFS Applications™ suite to empower its users with a user-friendly and flexible technical platform that provides a solid foundation for driving digitalization.

By upgrading to IFS Applications 9, Avinor will be able to leverage its layered application architecture and new support model, which will ensure that the company is always benefiting from the latest updates and enhancements in a cost-efficient way.

In addition, the upgrade will give Avinor extended capabilities to monitor and document that work processes are carried out in accordance with the industry’s stringent safety requirements. IFS Applications 9 will also empower Avinor employees with the role-based and customizable IFS Lobby™ interface.

“We chose to upgrade to IFS Applications 9 because we see great benefit in running evergreen ERP in the future,” Avinor CIO Brede Nielsen said. “Our goal is to remain the leader in terms of service delivery, safety, quality, and cost efficiency. In an increasingly complex industry, a comprehensive ERP suite is one of the most important enablers for achieving operational excellence.”

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering To Launch Next Generation Fleet Training For Middle East Carriers

Monarch Aircraft Engineering, the GCAA CAR 147 approved organisation, is to launch a series of training programmes that will enable airlines in the Middle East to train their engineers on the new Airbus A320 NEO and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft families.

The courses, which commence in July 2017, will be CAR 147 approved and be run by the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy, with courses offered both at the Academy’s main location in Luton, UK or on site depending on the airline’s preference.

The Academy already runs a number of GCAA-approved aircraft type courses for Boeing 787, Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 family and delivers this to airlines across the globe including carriers based at Dubai and Sharjah.

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flydubai announces 14.4% passenger growth to 10.4 million and profit of AED 31.6 million

Flydubai (www.flydubai.com) has today announced its Full-Year Results for 2016 reporting a profit of AED 31.6 million (USD 8.6 million). It has reported total revenue of AED 5 billion (USD 1.37 billion) an increase of 2.4% compared to the same period last year. The stronger second half, driven by increased passenger numbers, was impacted by downward pressure on yield leading to lower overall revenue growth reflecting a continuation of the same adverse factors reported in the first half.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, said: “these results see flydubai report its fifth consecutive full-year of profitability. In 2012, our third year of operation, we carried 5.1 million passengers. This year, we have carried 10.4 million passengers demonstrating that flydubai continues to help change the way both business and leisure passengers travel around the region. An established tourism destination and global centre for business together with the UAE’s geographic location has supported the need for increased connectivity.”

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of flydubai, reviewing the Annual Results for 2016, commented: “Over the last two years we have seen passenger traffic grow cumulatively by 52% in terms of RPKM [1]. We continue to demonstrate that we gain loyal customers across our network who recognise the benefits of direct air links and enjoy our onboard offering. The continuation of mainly lower fuel prices and ongoing cost management efforts are reflected in the 16% improvement in terms of ASKM [2] over the last two years. We have however seen a difficult pricing and operating environment.”

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Travel catering players to launch new products at WTCEME

Global travel and onboard catering products and service providers will launch and showcase a wide range of their new and innovative products at the fourth edition of World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo Middle East (WTCEME), to be held from 15th to 17th May, 2017, which they consider an ideal launchpad and a platform that provides them tremendous opportunities to connect with aviation industry players worldwide.

Co-located with the Airport Show 2017, WTCEME, held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, will offer its largest ever platform to global travel catering players with an expected over 70 exhibitors and more than 15 per cent increase in the number of visitors this year.

Demand for travel catering and onboard services in the Middle East continues to increase backed by the consistent and strong growth in the region’s aviation sector.

Saeed Mohammed, CEO, Emirates Flight Catering, EKFC, said: “We are excited about the potential for growth in the Middle East travel catering segment. The rise of low-cost carriers and stability of our main carriers means Dubai and the broader region is more accessible and affordable to visit than ever before, and we’re seeing that positively reflected in visitor numbers to Dubai.”

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