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ISSUE August 2017

Honeywell Connected Aircraft: Fly Limitless, Fly Connected, Like Never Before

Aviation Technology Exclusive: By Kristin Slyker, Vice President and General Manager, Connected Aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace

The connected aircraft market is growing at an unprecedented rate, driven largely by increasing passenger demand for seamless in-flight connectivity. From the moment a passenger steps onto an aircraft its connectivity is put to the test. According to recent reports from the Market Research Engine, the connected aircraft market is expected to exceed USD6 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 14.9 percent over the next few years, a clear indication of the importance of reliable, consistent in-flight connectivity.

With an aim to meet these increasing demands, the aviation industry’s reliance on technology has never been higher, and operators and airlines are looking to enhance the passenger travel experience.

The technology itself has also evolved. The connected aircraft provides a comprehensive and agile platform of inter-connected products and services that make flying safer, more efficient and cost effective, in addition to offering passengers advanced connectivity so they can send emails, connect to social media, and download and stream videos in-flight.

Technology is changing the way people communicate on-board, and Honeywell is leading that change by reinventing the concept of aviation, enhancing how airlines operate and how passengers fly. Honeywell’s mechanical and software heritage is unmatched, making the company the best choice for bringing a comprehensive connected aircraft platform to life.

Honeywell solutions enable aircraft operators to achieve their full potential – from cockpit to cabin. Using all-inclusive connected aircraft solutions, pilots and crew are able to analyze and take actions based on real-time information, which allows for better flight management. For instance, Honeywell’s GoDirect Weather Information Service allows pilots to receive live alerts on potentially hazardous weather along their flight path – from pre-flight planning, to in-flight travels and landing, and benefit from live graphical weather updates to determine the most efficient flight path, reduce fuel costs for airlines and get passengers to their destination safely and on time.

From the onset of a journey - Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Preview app provides a useful, practical and intuitive computer tablet tool that lets pilots know what they can expect during one of the most critical phases of flight by eliminating any surprises, giving pilots a highly accurate preview of the runway and surrounding terrain – long before they begin their approach.

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Emirates and flydubai join forces, announce extensive partnership agreement

Emirates and flydubai (www.flydubai.com) today unveiled an extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based airlines join forces to offer customers unmatched travel options. Both airlines will continue to be managed independently, but will leverage each other’s network to scale up their operations and accelerate growth.

The innovative partnership goes beyond code-sharing and includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling. The new model will give flydubai customers seamless connectivity to Emirates’ worldwide destinations spanning six continents. For Emirates’ customers, it opens up flydubai’s robust regional network.

The two airlines will also further develop their hub at Dubai International, aligning their systems and operations to ensure a seamless travel experience through the ultra-modern airport; currently the world’s busiest for international passengers.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group and Chairman of flydubai, said: “This is an exciting and significant development for Emirates, flydubai, and Dubai aviation. Both airlines have grown independently and successfully over the years, and this new partnership will unlock the immense value that the complementary models of both companies can bring to consumers, each airline, and to Dubai.”

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Italy’s leadership role in strategic investment in aviation infrastructure

Conducting her first mission to Italy, at the invitation of its Government, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, encouraged the country’s aviation leaders to pursue their exemplary approach to developing aviation infrastructure and air connectivity, particularly in terms of the effectiveness of its strategic alignment of policies and practices, and the activities it conducts as a European Union member State.

Her mission, which concluded yesterday, encompassed a variety of high-level meetings, including with Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. Graziano Delrio. Throughout her activities, the Secretary General recognized and stressed the importance of aligning high-quality investments in the aviation sector within the context of broader national, regional or global sustainable socio-economic development.

Dr. Liu showcased the recently published EU Aviation Strategy, to which Italy is a significant contributor, as an encouraging illustration of air transport planning in support of sustainable economic development, and stressed that the EU has a “clear opportunity to foster global leadership and best practices by pursuing comprehensive and proactive aviation development and infrastructure planning,” particularly in light of the fact that air transport is facing similar challenges in other regions of the world. She furthermore commended the EU’s undertaking of a broad spectrum of aviation projects around the world, citing in particular its assistance to 14 States in Africa and the Caribbean with capacity building for emission mitigation.

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ICAO Secretary General addressed the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Special Meeting on terrorist threats to international civil aviation

At a Special Meeting convened today by the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu underscored the key priorities to be addressed as the two organizations work to cooperate more effectively on mitigating terrorist threats to international civil aviation.

“Foreign terrorist fighter movements, landside attacks, threats posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns,” Dr. Liu noted, “and our expanding reliance on information technology in all areas of aviation – from navigation to communications to security – exposes us to cyber threats.”

“We must ensure that those who can counter these threats are well prepared to take the appropriate action to deter, detect, and prevent such attacks.”

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309 on Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: Aviation security, was unanimously adopted by the UNSC last September. It was the first to broadly address international civil aviation security and called upon States to implement effective, risk-based measures that mitigate the ever-evolving threat picture.

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ICAO Council President recognizes Vietnam’s progress in enhancing compliance with ICAO standards and policies

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu awarded Vietnam with a Council President Certificate yesterday for the State’s recent and exemplary commitments and achievements in the effective implementation of ICAO safety oversight provisions.

The special ICAO honorarium was presented by President Aliu to Vietnam’s Minister of Transport, H.E. Mr. Truong Quang Nghia, in recognition of the State’s significant progress in the effective implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). President Aliu noted that Vietnam had now surpassed the targets set out in the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan, and encouraged the State toward even higher levels of safety oversight performance in the future.

“It is my great pleasure to congratulate Vietnam on resolving its safety oversight deficiencies and significantly improving its effective implementation of ICAO standards and policies,” President Aliu remarked. “To fortify its air transport system, Vietnam should continue strengthening its compliance with ICAO SARPs through an effective and well-resourced civil aviation authority.”

In his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Trinh Dinh Dung, President Aliu assured him that ICAO would continue to provide and help coordinate all necessary support, notably through its Asia-Pacific (APAC) Regional Office and under its ongoing and highly-successful No Country Left Behind initiative. He also highlighted the importance of assuring adequate investment in national Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and airport infrastructure, so that Vietnam is able to safely, securely and efficiently manage a forecasted doubling of air traffic volumes within the next 15 years.

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ICAO Secretary General stresses value of robust ID management to travel document and border control security and efficiency

ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, delivered a strong message today to the participants of the ICAO TRIP Seminar in Hong Kong, China, on how robust ID management frameworks provide a critical foundation for secure and efficient travel document and border control solutions.

“Through ICAO’s standards, our Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) strategy harmonizes the global line of defence in our shared battle to confront international terrorist movements, cross-border crime, and many other threats to civil society and international aviation,” Dr. Liu stressed.

The ICAO TRIP strategy has been recognized as critical in aviation security especially at combatting foreign terrorist fighters, with a special focus on effective border control management, as reflected in United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) Resolutions 2178 and 2309, which were adopted in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Having attended a special meeting of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) on “Terrorist Threats to Civil Aviation” last week, Dr. Liu advised the Hong Kong audience that the special meeting had considered relevant gaps and vulnerabilities and discussed possible instruments and tools to further support ICAO-compliant border control management systems. “We will continue to explore new means of addressing the terrorist threat through various ICAO TRIP elements”, Dr. Liu remarked.” The ICAO Secretary General stressed the importance of cooperation in implementing the TRIP strategy. “ICAO works closely with many leading organizations. We encourage States to come together at the regional and sub-regional levels to agree on action plans, and to coordinate efforts aimed at rectifying aviation security and facilitation deficiencies in a robust, affordable and sustainable manner,” She commented.

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ICAO Council President: Capacity investments and concrete climate actions must be key priorities for aviation leaders

Addressing the 6th World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum today, hosted by Singapore, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed the continuing and critical need for increasing levels of investments earmarked for air transport infrastructure expansion and modernization, as well as concrete actions on climate and sustainability commitments at the global level.

“Our planet and its environment must be a clear priority for every leader today, no matter their company, country or mandate,” Dr. Aliu told the assembled aviation leaders, who represented public and private sector organizations from over 50 nations, “and the simplest way to ensure we are on the right side of this issue is to be taking concrete actions today.”

Noting that the percentage of the air cargo share of items purchased online, grew dramatically from 16 to 74 per cent between 2010 and 2015, and is projected to grow to a remarkable 91 per cent by 2025, President Aliu also stressed to assembled CEOs that “the expectations being fostered today in modern consumers – whether for access to global products and services or ‘next-day’ delivery – are wholly dependent on international air transport to move their online purchases, rapidly and reliably.”

The ICAO Council President further highlighted how international air transport connectivity brings tremendous socio-economic benefits to the States and Regions who set out strong commitments and suitable investments to assure that they are effectively implementing ICAO’s global standards and policies, and ensuring the capacity and efficiency of their local networks through modernized airport and air navigation infrastructure.

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ICAO Council President urges cooperation towards harmonized airspace management for unmanned aircraft

Opening the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium in Abuja yesterday, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed the importance of a globally coherent regulatory framework for the management of unmanned air traffic.

“If you consider a company envisaging a global drone fleet to enhance its deliveries, the value of having a myriad of domestic national regulations aligned via globally harmonized international standards becomes clearly apparent,” President Aliu remarked.

He also stressed the complexity of this task, notably in terms of the tremendous diversity of types and applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and the need to place safety first. “States are facing increasing pressure to open the door widely for unmanned aircraft, and while their socio-economic benefits seem clear, we must avoid the tendency to rush headlong into unmanned aircraft system operational frameworks which have not benefitted from all due diligence and the careful regard required for existing airspace users.”

The ICAO RPAS Symposium provided an important and timely opportunity for operators and regulators to contribute their expertise to the airspace management framework ICAO will be developing. The UN specialized agency recently requested national governments, industry, academia and other stakeholders to submit concept proposals as of 15 July, and these will be reviewed by ICAO’s UAS Advisory Group (UAS-AG) to assess their validity. Selected submissions will then be presented at ‘DroneEnable’, ICAO’s upcoming UAS Industry Symposium.

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ICAO Secretary General emphasizes need for commitment and action at Ibero-American Climate Change Symposium

Stressing that this is a very important moment for our planet and for the air transport sector, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu emphasized this week to the participants of the week-long Ibero-American Symposium on Environment, Civil Aviation and Climate Change, that “it is a time for bold commitments and determined efforts supporting our shared goal of eliminating the threats now posed by accelerating global warming.”

The important regional environment event attracted high-level officials and expert participants from North and Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa to Guatemala City, Guatemala, where Dr. Liu highlighted ICAO’s ongoing work on a variety of programmes and priorities aimed at mitigating the carbon and other emissions impacts from international flight operations.

The majority of her remarks focused on the historic adoption by world governments last October during the 39th ICAO Assembly of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or ‘CORSIA’, and updated them on the comprehensive work now being undertaken through ICAO to address CORSIA’s coming global roll-out – a world first for any major global industry sector.

“ICAO and its Member States, with close cooperation from our industry colleagues and other stakeholders, will continue to lead the sector-wide efforts to address the environmental impacts of international aviation, including the CORSIA’s successful implementation,” Secretary General Liu confirmed. “To date, 71 States representing 87.7 per cent of international air traffic have already announced their voluntary participation in CORSIA as of its pilot phase in 2021,” she added, recognizing the admirable and proactive local CORSIA commitments on behalf of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company signs GTA for 140 Airbus aircraft

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed with Airbus a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of a total of 140 aircraft. The agreement comprises of 100 A320 Family aircraft and 40 A350 XWB Family aircraft, reflecting the strong demand of Chinese airlines in all market segments including domestic, low cost, regional and international long haul.

The GTA was signed in Berlin by Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and Sun Bo, Executive Vice President of CAS, in the presence of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“This big order is a great endorsement for our leading products in both single aisle and wide body segments”, said Tom Enders. “China is today one of the world’s most important markets for aviation, and we are honoured to support the development and rapid growth of China’s civil aviation with our competitive product portfolio.”

The world’s passenger aircraft fleet above 100 seats is set to more than double in the next 20 years to over 40,000 planes as traffic is forecast to grow at 4.4 percent per year. Emerging markets such as China continue to be an engine for growth, with domestic traffic to become the world’s largest market, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2017-2036.

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Airbus delivers first A350 XWB for Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first U.S. airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes starting in October.

Today’s delivery is the first of five A350-900s scheduled for delivery to Delta in 2017. The aircraft features 32 seats in the Delta One cabin, 48 seats in Delta Premium Select and 226 seats in the Main Cabin.

The A350 XWB was the first aircraft to incorporate the innovative passenger experience elements collectively known as Airspace by Airbus. Delta’s customers will enjoy the quietest twin-aisle cabin, with more personal space and the largest overhead bins in the business. More fresh air, LED ambient lighting, and optimization of cabin pressure, temperature and humidity all combine for absolute passenger wellbeing.

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Air Transat to become first North American Airbus A321LR operator

Ten Airbus A321LR aircraft will be joining the fleet of Canadian airline Air Transat, making it the first North American operator of the longest-range single-aisle aircraft in the world. Air Transat will lease the aircraft through a deal with AerCap, and plans entry into service starting in 2019.

The A321LR builds on the success of the A321neo, which has captured over 80 percent of the market share with more than 1,400 orders to date. The LR option extends the aircraft’s range to up to 4,000 nautical miles and brings with it a 30-percent reduction in operating cost compared to its nearest competitor.

“This is an ideal aircraft for the North American market, and particularly for a carrier like Air Transat,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers. “It gives operators a highly efficient and affordable modern option for their transatlantic routes, and we look forward to other North American carriers following Air Transat’s example.”

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IAG re-affirms confidence in A330-200 with three more for LEVEL

Following the recent and hugely successful launch in Barcelona of International Airlines Group’s (IAG) low cost long-haul airline brand, LEVEL, the Group has selected the A330-200 as its aircraft of choice to further expand operations.

LEVEL began operating in June 2017 with flights from Barcelona to Los Angeles, San Francisco (Oakland), Buenos Aires and Punta Cana, with two new Airbus A330-200s branded in its own livery and fitted with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats.

The A330 is one of the World’s most efficient and versatile widebody aircraft with best in class operating economics making it the benchmark product for the growing low cost long-haul model worldwide. The A330 is the world’s best-selling wide-body in its category.

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Airbus delivers its 100th A350 XWB

Airbus has delivered its 100th A350 XWB, just some 30 months after the first delivery of the world’s most modern widebody aircraft in December 2014. The 100th aircraft delivered is an A350-900 for China Airlines.

“The 100th A350 XWB milestone comes as we reach our fastest widebody production ramp-up, on track to meet the target of 10 A350 deliveries per month by the end of 2018,” said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft. “We are especially proud to deliver today’s aircraft to our long-standing customer China Airlines. The A350 is setting new standards for long haul air travel in terms of efficiency and comfort, thus being the perfect aircraft for China Airlines to expand its long-haul network.”

“China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWB,” said Nuan-shuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines. “This remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. This includes operational efficiency, the step-change reduction in fuel consumption and the in-flight comfort standards it offers our passengers. Worldwide demand for air travel will continue to grow strongly, especially on long haul routes linking Asia with Europe and North America. The A350 XWB is one of the key assets in our fleet and will be the basis for the development of our long haul route network.”

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Munich Airport - Half-year passenger total tops 20 million for the first time

Over the first six months of 2017, Munich Airport posted the best half-yearly figures in its history: with the 21 million passengers handled during that period, the airport topped the 20 million mark for the first time. That number matches the full-year figure for 1999, and convincingly demonstrates the powerful growth dynamic achieved by Bavaria's international hub. In relative terms, passenger traffic was up by around 6 percent as compared with the same period in 2016. As in the previous year, the airport again saw a 4 percent increase in total take-offs and landings to approximately 200,000. The freight segment also reported a new all-time high, with a 9 percent year-on-year increase in cargo turnover to approximately 180,000 tons.

With the substantial traffic increases, Munich Airport outpaced the industry as a whole in Germany – largely on the strength of a strong performance by the European traffic segment, which showed an impressive 8 percent year-on-year increase in total passengers. Meanwhile, passenger traffic in the intercontinental segment and on domestic routes was up by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. "Today, 25 years after it opened, Munich Airport is indeed looking stronger than ever before," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the airport's president and CEO, who presented the half-year figures at the Munich Press Club. He also noted the airport's outstanding prospects going forward.

The future outlook has benefited in particular from three key strategic moves by the Lufthansa Group. First: The airline with the distinctive crane logo on the tail will station the first 15 of its 25 new Airbus A350 widebody jets in Munich. This will yield economic benefits and is also a boon to the environment: In addition to very substantial fuel savings of 25 percent achieved by the A350 as compared with its four-engine predecessor, the Airbus A340, it also has a 50 percent smaller noise footprint on takeoff. Second: When the 2018 summer timetable begins, Lufthansa will have five of its 14 A380 aircraft stationed in Munich for the first time. Bavaria's hub will join London, Paris and Frankfurt to become the fourth European airport to be home to an A380 fleet. The gigantic Airbus will be used on routes to Hong Kong, Beijing and Los Angeles. Third: Coming as a further boost to Munich's competitiveness is the decision by Eurowings to station aircraft here. Since the start of this year's summer timetable, the airport has been the home base for several Eurowings planes serving around 30 destinations in Europe.

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Munich Airport hosting International Aviation Security Conference “M-Sec”

For the first time Munich Airport is hosting an international symposium on security issues in civil aviation. The more than 200 renowned security specialists, conflict researchers, politicians and representatives from the European Commission, NATO, Europol and Eurocontrol experts in attendance will discuss current challenges in addressing dangers in aviation. Topics on the agenda include the importance of a transnational data transfer between security authorities as well as the threats posed by drone or cyber attacks on airports. The focus of the “M-Sec” conference at Munich Airport, initiated by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, is on the specific security requirements faced by international airports in their capacity as “critical infrastructure”.

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DFS, Lufthansa and Fraport launch new precision navigation system for a departure procedure

Less aircraft noise for cities and municipalities in the vicinity of the airport through closer adherence to defined flight paths immediately after take-off. This is the objective of a joint project of DFS, Fraport and Lufthansa. With RNP-1 and radius-to-fix, these companies are elevating precision navigation in air traffic to a new quality level. A level that is still unrivalled in Germany. The innovative procedure was used for the first time on 20 July for the departure of a Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 and DFS intends to apply it for further departure routes from Frankfurt. Frankfurt Airport is currently the only airport in Germany that uses this advanced navigation procedure for departures.

The navigation procedure RNP (required navigation performance) allows properly equipped aircraft to fly GPS-based radius-to-fix (RF) legs. Pilots can then fly a highly precise circle with a radius around a reference point determined by the air navigation service provider. In this way, aircraft can maintain their preset ideal curve at a constant distance from the reference point. Such a capability has the potential to positively influence the noise footprint for the people living in this area. The extent of any benefit can currently not yet be estimated with reasonable accuracy. It is planned to conduct trial operations with comprehensive monitoring in the upcoming months to learn more and gather reliable data. DFS and the Environment and Community Centre (UNH), an organisation run by the Federal State of Hesse, will cooperate in this monitoring process.

The procedure has been established at this time on the initiative of the noise abatement officers of the Federal State of Hesse who had identified deviations in the area of the second curve.

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IFS empowers service engineers with mixed reality using Microsoft HoloLens

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces the launch of a new proof of concept, developed by the company’s innovation think tank IFS Labs, to reinvent field service management.

IFS Labs has developed an integration between the enterprise applications suite IFS Applications and Microsoft HoloLens that enables service engineers to visualize holographic IFS software data on the HoloLens screen, which is plotted directly on the asset they are to service.

The data is displayed directly in front of the engineer’s eyes, enabling technicians to use both hands when servicing the asset. By displaying information as a real-time overlay, engineers get immediate access to relevant asset-specific data such as service history, performance analysis, and temperature levels. HoloLens will also make it possible to action the data in real time by clicking a “work guidelines” button to access service instructions stored in IFS Applications.

By leveraging the integrated HoloLens camera, the solution also makes it easy to document the asset and the service performed and store the information in IFS Applications for future reference.

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