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ISSUE May 2017

Airport Show to have the largest ever international participation this year

The 17th edition of the Airport Show will have the largest ever international participation with eight dedicated country pavilions for global exhibitors to showcase and launch their products, services and solutions for aviation industry.

The Middle East, led by the UAE, is forecast to record a 4.8 per cent strong growth in passenger numbers, leading to an additional 244 million passengers by 2035 and increasing the total market size to 414 million passengers, according to Air Transport Association (IATA). This growth is fuelling investments toward airport infrastructure and generating a growing interest in the Middle East from global players, keen on enhancing passenger experience by offering seamless travel experience while maintaining an infallible security.

Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, the organisers of Airport Show, said: “The growth of the Middle East region’s aviation sector is opening a wealth of opportunities for international players, as is reflected in the massive interest from global exhibitors this year. Dedicated international pavilions and a larger international participation also adds great value to participants from the Middle East, who are seeking to tap into business opportunities worldwide. We expect business deals to increase this year as a result of wider global participation.”

More than 300 leading companies from over 40 countries will showcase their products and services at the Airport Show 2017, being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, from May 15-17, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Germany will have the largest participation this year with 34 exhibitors showcasing in the exclusive Germany Pavilion, in addition to seven pavilions dedicated to exhibitors from France, Switzerland, UK, China, Denmark, Benelux and North America.

A larger international participation helps aviation industry players network and explore the best available international technologies they can implement according to their requirement.

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Passenger traffic at DXB up 7.4 per cent in Q1

Passenger traffic at the world’s number one airport for international passenger numbers, Dubai International (DXB), climbed 7.4 per cent during the first quarter of 2017 to 22,496,596 compared to 20,948,690 recorded during the same period last year, according to traffic results released today by Dubai Airports.

The year to date totals follow March results which saw a 3.8 per cent increase in passenger numbers to 7,511,431 compared to 7,237,509 reported in March 2016. The more modest growth rate in March was due to the timing of the Easter holiday which fell during March in 2016 and during April in 2017. The number of passenger flights in March grew 1.0 percent to 34,634 compared to 34,303 last year while year-to-date flight numbers were up 0.5 percent to 100,638 compared to 100,116 recorded during the first quarter of 2016.

The average number of passengers per flight in the first three months of the year was 224, compared to 209 during the corresponding period in 2016, an increase of 6.8 per cent.

During the first three months of the year, Eastern Europe was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth (33.3 per cent) as the appreciation of the ruble against the US dollar over the past year has increased spending power in Dubai and spiked demand in the Russian market. Asia was the next fastest growing market (22.6 per cent) which benefited from additional capacity provided by Emirates and flydubai in markets such as Thailand, China and the Philippines, followed by South America (22.2 percent).

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Passenger traffic up 29.5 per cent at Dubai World Central in Q1

Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second international hub, grew an impressive 29.5 per cent during the first quarter of 2017 with 333,780 passengers passing through the facility compared to 257,813 in the same period in 2016 according to Dubai Airports, which also released its 2017 forecast for DWC passenger numbers.

“DWC is starting to make its mark as an emerging regional hub. We expect to surpass the 1 million passenger mark for the first time this year with 1.1 million expected to use the airport in 2017,” said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths.

The top five destinations served by DWC, in terms of total passenger numbers, during the first three months of the year were Doha, Moscow, Kathmandu, Amman and Budapest. Aircraft movements at DWC (passenger, cargo, general aviation and helicopters) totalled 9,811, down 8.9 per cent over the 10,774 recorded during the first quarter of 2016.

Air freight volumes at DWC increased 6.5 per cent during the first three months of the year with 211,144 tonnes being handled compared to 198,295 during the same period last year. After first opening for cargo in June 2010, DWC is already ranked as the 20th busiest airport globally for international air freight volumes.

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ICAO Summit formalizes new Dubai Declaration to ensure global aviation remains united, proactive on cybersecurity preparedness

Underscoring the inherent value in establishing a global cybersecurity framework for aviation, the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, welcomed a special commemorative Dubai Declaration yesterday which signifies the commitment and unity of the air transport sector towards achieving effective cyber resilience.

The new Dubai Declaration was presented to President Aliu during a special ceremony at the UN agency’s inaugural Cyber Summit and Exhibition in Dubai, which is running from 4-6 April and being conducted in close partnership with the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates.

“New and more sophisticated digital technologies and processes are coming online daily it seems, impacting as they do our network and its relationships with shippers and the travelling public,” President Aliu stressed to the more than 500 experts from 90+ countries attending the ICAO Summit. “What this means for cybersecurity and cybersafety stakeholders is that threats are emerging at an ever-increasing rate.”

At ICAO’s 39th Assembly last October, world governments signalled their awareness and concern on cyber risks and threats through Resolution A39-19 on Addressing Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation. Concerning variations currently persist among States, air navigation service providers, aircraft and airport operators, and others in terms of the cyber mitigation measures being set out – highlighting the need for improved sector-wide collaboration.

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ICAO highlights infrastructure development and economic policy priorities at IATA Wings of Change event in Brazil

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu delivered a strong message on the importance of States’ commitments for infrastructure development to address looming capacity shortfalls and optimize air transport benefits, when she presented a keynote address this week at the 2017 IATA Wings of Change event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The airline operator gathering was taking place concurrently with the International Brazil Air Show, which Dr. Liu opened one day earlier, and brought together leaders of the air transport industry in ICAO’s South American (SAM) Region.

“Over the last few years, South America has witnessed enhanced air connectivity, expanded passenger and cargo markets, more competitive fare structures, increased destinations for travellers, and positive socio-economic contributions from the industry,” Dr. Liu highlighted. “If we ask ourselves how we might further optimize these benefits, and sustain this projected growth, improved compliance with ICAO’s global standards is the first and most obvious response, but this is followed very closely by the need for modernized air transport facilities and infrastructure.”

Dr. Liu stressed to the aviation leaders that while Brazil’s recent airport development example has been a positive one, many other facilities across the region were not prepared to handle the currently-projected traffic growth.

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ICAO Global Aviation Training Symposium emphasizes pressing need to address training capacity gaps

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) continued its efforts to bolster worldwide aviation training capacity this week, during the Fourth ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event, hosted by Ethiopian Airlines and continuing from 11-13 April, is the first ICAO Global Aviation Training Symposium to take place on the African continent. It presents a unique opportunity for ICAO Member States and training organizations to come together and explore new collaboration and partnership opportunities, and to increase their awareness on key near- and long-term aviation training capacity priorities.

In her opening address, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu spoke to these concerns, pointing to the positive and robust growth trends in the global air transport network and the imminent doubling of its flight and passenger volumes.

“Over the next twenty years, this projected growth will require many new skilled personnel such as pilots, maintenance engineers and air traffic controllers,” she stressed. “These pressing needs for aviation personnel, especially in light of competition for their skills from other high-tech sectors, make clear for us that we must address our persisting training capacity gaps sooner than later, ultimately ensuring a sustainable skilled workforce for the future of civil aviation.”

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Honeywell Introduces New Lightweight Satellite Communications System For Cockpit Safety

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) released its latest global satellite communications system, the Aspire 300, delivering International Civil Aviation Association-approved cockpit voice and safety services that improve the overall safety of airline operations. Even slight improvements in size or weight are significant in a cockpit, and the new system is 75 percent smaller with an antenna that is 90 percent smaller than those in other cockpit systems in the market today — saving airlines thousands of dollars per aircraft in fuel costs.

“Having access to consistent and reliable cockpit communications is critical for flight safety. Honeywell’s Aspire 300 satellite communications system is approved for cockpit safety services, voice, and datalink for oceanic, long-range communications,” said Warren Nechtman, vice president, Connectivity Equipment, Honeywell. “Our latest technological advancements also deliver significant savings in terms of weight, power and volume while dramatically enhancing the aircraft’s overall safety of operation for airlines.”

Honeywell’s Aspire 300 system connects to Iridium’s low-earth orbit satellite network, the only satellite constellation that provides pole-to-pole coverage, which is necessary for effective cockpit voice and safety services. It also satisfies the Future Air Navigation System and controller pilot data link communications flight requirements. This enables a direct data link communication, similar to text messaging, between the pilot and the air traffic controller, giving the pilot the ability to take advantage of the North Atlantic Track System — the daily set of trans-Atlantic flight paths based on wind conditions — and optimize flight time and fuel savings, as well as help lower operational costs.

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Honeywell’s Next-Generation Radio Navigation Technology Receives FAA Certification

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has received an FAA technical standard order certification, which approves the design and production of its Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver, for the air transport industry’s leading all-digital receiver to consolidate multiple navigation functionalities into a single unit. When implemented by airlines, the receiver provides access to the latest precision navigation and landing capabilities, reduces overall cost of ownership for equipment, and weighs 50 percent less compared with current receiver solutions.

Honeywell’s Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver (IMMR) is designed to meet today’s more accurate, satellite-based navigation requirements through its integration of multiple technologies, such as localizer and VHF omnidirectional receivers, with next-generation technologies like GNSS landing systems into one receiver. The IMMR was built upon the success of Honeywell’s Integrated Navigation Receiver, which is standard equipment on the Boeing 787.

“Honeywell’s Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver is currently the only comprehensive and fully-digital navigation receiver to support the airline industry,” said Carl Esposito, president, Electronic Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace. “Its proven technology and benefits stem from Honeywell’s years of experience with GPS-based landing systems, providing airlines and aircraft manufacturers with increased precision and lowered costs. Honeywell has received commitments for more than 1,700 forward-fit and retrofit aircraft installations for the next-generation receiver, and we expect annual production rates in excess of several thousand receivers per year.”

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Airbus delivers first ever A321neo to Virgin America

Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.

“After Virgin America having been the first customer signing for the A320neo back in December 2010, we are today delighted to deliver the first A321neo to them,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “With our largest, latest, most fuel efficient NEO Single Aisle aircraft we are turning a new page. The new A321neo powered by next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines guarantees new levels of efficiency and longer range to its operators, greater comfort to the flying public and less emissions and noise to the airport communities. Thanks to its cutting edge technologies it is today the most eco-sensitive Single Aisle aircraft available.”

The A320neo significantly reduces noise levels, generating only half the noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Equipped with fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices nitrous oxide emissions are 50 percent below regulatory requirements as outlined by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). In addition, the aircraft with LEAP-1A engines is proven to deliver at least a 15 percent fuel savings compared to Virgin America’s current generation aircraft, which is equivalent to cutting 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions with each plane every year.

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Airbus Global University Partner Programme annual meeting to focus on future requirements of aeronautics sector

From April 19th to 21st, nearly 30 representatives from 20 partner universities around the world are gathering with some 70 Airbus employees at the Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse for the 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme (AGUPP).

Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer and Thierry Baril, Airbus Chief HR Officer welcomed participants to AGUPP which is a strategic Airbus initiative connecting a global network of universities and engineering schools to develop high-tech talents of the future. Activities include the development of strategic competences (technical and soft skills), the development of training courses, with a specific focus on Innovation, and support for universities to encourage diversity among engineering students and graduates.

This year’s event is focusing on how universities and industry can work together to define and develop competencies that meet the rapidly changing needs of the aerospace industry.

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Airbus in Hamburg extends Customer Definition Centre (CDC)

Airbus in Hamburg has launched the extension of its Customer Definition Centre (CDC) which will serve customers for A320 and A330 aircraft. Thus far, since its operations began in 2014, the CDC has been the ‘product showroom’ exclusively for A350 XWB customers. Following this extension launch, construction will soon begin in earnest to enlarge the existing CDC premises by redeveloping and equipping a large adjacent aircraft hangar into a state-of-the-art and cooperative working environment. When fully completed in approx. two years, the new facility will encompass approximately 4,500 sq m of additional space over two floors dedicated for A320 and A330 customers, and will foster the realisation of their integrated cabin solutions.

“Many of our A350 XWB customer airlines also operate the A320 and the A330. By extending the CDC to include the A320 and A330 Families, we are further enhancing the valued services we can offer our customers,” says Didier Evrard, EVP of Programmes at Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Customers are able to define their aircraft interior and give us feedback on innovations. At the same time Airbus can harmonise the cabin definition process to improve efficiency for the airlines, Airbus and its cabin suppliers.”

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Airbus and SITA Join Forces to Provide Advanced Cybersecurity Services for the Air Transport Industry

Airbus and SITA have launched new Security Operations Center Services customized for the specific needs of the air transport industry. This new incident detection services will provide airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders with information about unusual cyber activity that may impact their businesses.

These services have been developed to specifically meet an ever-increasing demand for cybersecurity in this industry, fast becoming one of its top priorities. Highlighting the importance of proactive cybersecurity, SITA’s Airline IT Trends Survey 2016 shows that 91% of airlines plan to invest in cybersecurity programs over the next three years.

By joining forces, SITA and Airbus can provide the most advanced cybersecurity solution for the air transport industry. Almost every airline and airport in the world is a customer of SITA and it delivers solutions for the world’s most extensive communications network. Airbus works with companies, critical national infrastructures, governments and defense organizations to detect, analyze and counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

Together they will use their expertize to detect cyber activity relevant to airlines and airports. When requested, the joint Security Operations Center Services will provide appropriate containment and remedial action ensuring that a company’s digital assets are safe from attack.

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SITAONAIR announces 1st European customer to unlock high-speed inflight broadband services

Air Caraïbes and its sister French Blue, France’s first-ever low-cost, long-haul airline, have appointed SITAONAIR to make next-gen inflight connectivity a reality across their fleets.

Trusted connected aircraft service expert, SITAONAIR, has been selected to deliver a nose-to-tail inflight connectivity solution to the Groupe Dubreuil airlines over GX Aviation’s high-speed broadband network – SITAONAIR’s first European customers to adopt it. It will enable pioneering Air Caraïbes and French Blue to advance digitally transformative cabin connectivity services with SITAONAIR’s key cabin solution, Internet ONAIR.

SITAONAIR will ensure global coverage, as well as a consistent and reliable service on the airlines’ long-haul flights between Paris, the French Caribbean and La Réunion. In doing so, it will enable the airlines to establish future-proof end-to-end connectivity services that meet growing passenger and operational data demands.

With Internet ONAIR, the airlines will be empowered to give passengers a personalized, interactive internet connection, akin to a public hotspot on the ground. Its advertising platform also supports a top priority for French Blue – of enriching customer relationships with tailored offers to passengers, as with its current live SKYDeals online shopping promotion, and generating revenue through advertising.

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SITAONAIR to deliver industry first with inflight mobile 3.5G connectivity

SITAONAIR is to pioneer inflight mobile services using high-speed broadband connectivity in an aviation industry first, the company has announced.

The world-leading inflight mobile service provider will deploy cutting-edge inflight 3.5G mobile network services over the high-speed broadband satellite connectivity of GX Aviation. Enhanced 3.5G capabilities will be available to all airlines through SITAONAIR’s popular Mobile ONAIR application by the end of 2017.

There is an insatiable hunger for inflight cellular connectivity, with 19 million passengers opting to connect to SITAONAIR’s inflight mobile services last year. This new technology will provide passengers and crew with high-speed, seamless connectivity, similar to the home experience.

In addition, SITAONAIR has established a wide-ranging deal with worldwide mobile operators to give passengers stress-free data bundles, simplifying billing through unlimited data usage and capped costs. It will also provide a potential opportunity for airlines to boost ancillary revenues through providing access to different revenue streams by monetizing the cellular service.

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Philippine Airlines crew to enhance passenger experience with SITAONAIR – PAL CrewTab

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and trusted connected aircraft service expert SITAONAIR are co-developing a state-of-the-art CrewTab designed to enhance inflight service delivery.

PAL information will be delivered and stored in tablets provided to flight pursuers, enabling them to digitally view operational data, from general passenger profiles and company service bulletins, to the latest products and service offerings.

The airline considers SITAONAIR's CrewTab its solution of choice, as it empowers inflight frontliners to deliver a more personalized and efficient passenger experience through timely reporting of passenger feedback for improved service recovery.

PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista, said: “As we work towards achieving our vision of becoming a full-service five star carrier, PAL is highly focused on the benefits that new and emerging technologies can bring. We are very pleased to be working towards expanding our connected aircraft relationship with SITAONAIR. With our customized CrewTab, we will definitely take our inflight customer service to the highest standards.”

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Premiere for topsystem at air cargo europe

At air cargo europe, an event hosted during the transport logistic trade fair in Munich from 9 to 12 May 2017, topsystem will present its new Electronic Cargo Handling & Operations System (ECHOS), a web-based system with a modular design that is always process-oriented. The IT solution reliably and efficiently covers all document-based and physical working procedures in the field of air cargo customs clearance – and it does so in a fully automated manner. Paper-based processes are thus a thing of the past. In addition to fulfilling all important tasks related to imports and exports, ECHOS also comes with a host of additional modules and apps, for example dedicated to cargo movement and warehouse management. Trade fair visitors are able to test the solution themselves at exhibition booth 440 in hall B1, where there will also be a live demonstration of the mobile version for smart devices, mECHOS.

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Munich Airport posts strong gains in Q1 2017

Munich Airport's dynamic growth has continued into the first quarter of 2017: both passenger traffic and the number of take-offs and landings were up over 5 percent as compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The airport handled 9.4 million passengers – more than ever before in the first quarter of a calendar year. The number of aircraft movements increased to around 93,000. In the cargo segment, the total airfreight turnover in the first three months of the year was over 85,000 tons – a year-on-year increase of approximately 8 percent.

The first-quarter increase in total passengers at the Bavarian hub mainly reflected growth in continental traffic. In the first three months of the year, European flights accounted for around 5.5 million passengers, or a year-on-year gain of 7 percent. Particularly popular were connections to destinations in the western Mediterranean region, the UK and Eastern Europe.

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Qatar Airways confirms intention to adopt Inmarsat’s GX Aviation for inflight passenger connectivity

Inmarsat (ISAT:L) is pleased to note that Qatar Airways has today announced its intention to install Global Xpress (GX) Aviation across its flagship fleet.

Qatar Airways would be the first Middle Eastern airline to select GX Aviation’s inflight broadband solution and the company has stated that the service would initially be available to passengers onboard more than 130 of its aircraft.

GX technology has already been equipped on a line-fit basis on selected Qatar Airways Airbus A350s. Installations on the airline’s remaining Airbus A350s, together with the Boeing 777s, are planned to commence on a retrofit basis this Summer.

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Alstom and Airbus sign a cooperation agreement in cybersecurity

Alstom and Airbus announce the signature of a strategic cooperation agreement in the field of cybersecurity. The agreement was signed by Marc Fontaine, Marc Fontaine, Digital Transformation Officer at Airbus and Pascal Cléré, Senior Vice President of Alstom's Digital Mobility division, at the Airbus site of Toulouse-Blagnac.

The increase in cyberattacks and the expansion of the Internet of Things and Big Data require new measures to protect transport systems. In response to this challenge, this cooperation will support the emergence of a new risk management model adapted to the evolution of the transport industry.

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