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ISSUE January 2018

Digital twins, AI, mobile apps and drones: The four technology developments set to hit commercial aviation in 2018

Despite longer-lasting aircraft, more durable engines and innovations in maintenance techniques, recent research has shown maintenance spending continues to increase. In fact, airlines now spend more money on maintenance than on fuel or crew. The need to cut maintenance, repair and overhaul costs is a pressing issue for airlines, as is the need to keep assets operationally available. So how can airlines keep aircraft in the air while reducing maintenance costs? Here, Mark Martin, Director, Commercial Aviation Product Line, Aviation & Defense Business Unit, IFS, sets out four major technological developments that will help airlines meet these challenges and produce major benefits across the commercial aviation industry through 2018.

1. Seeing double: Digital twins will set new maintenance standards

Maintenance is one of the major contributors to aircraft operating costs. Flight delays and cancellations from unplanned maintenance cost airlines billions of dollars every year, not to mention the impact on customer satisfaction. Because of this, the minimization of operating costs and optimization of operational availability continue to be top priorities for airlines.

Digital twins, a state-of-the-art method of monitoring engines when in use, will help airlines achieve these aims. A digital twin refers to a virtual replica of a physical asset, like an aircraft engine, which can display how the engine is running to engineers on the ground while the aircraft is still in the air. These can then be linked to IT systems to help streamline and optimize maintenance processes and operational availability.

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Emirates’ New Boeing 777 Cabins Wow Customers

Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its game changing fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins, has now entered service, to the delight of customers.

The new Emirates cabins were unveiled for the first time at the Dubai Airshow last month, to positive acclaim from visitors at the show who had the opportunity to view the product. It also generated international excitement as consumers around the world viewed the first images, videos, and reviews of Emirates’ latest inflight offering.

Following its Dubai Airshow debut, Emirates’ first 777-300ER with the new cabin products has now begun operating on the Dubai to Brussels route. The first flight EK183 landed in Brussels yesterday (1 December) with 288 passengers onboard, including a full First Class cabin.

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Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel wins Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award

Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award.

Now in its thirteenth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program that includes more than 1000 airport lounges, in over 500 cities, and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

The winning lounge, with a capacity of 177 guests ensures that visitors can find a dedicated area that caters to their personal and professional needs. A Personalized Meet and Greet service, great food and beverage options, Wi-Fi connectivity, express spa treatments, child-friendly play area, special kids’ menus and a business centre all contributed to the lounge’s win. The lounge was also highly commended in the Best Business Facilities category.

Jan Freida de Leon, Manager, Ahlan Business Class Lounge, said “We are extremely honoured to receive such an important award from Priority Pass. We are grateful for the recognition received for the team’s hard work. Thank you.”

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Enhanced airspace capacity, fuel savings and greener aviation from the key deliverables of the Air Space Restructuring Project in the Emirate of Dubai

In an unprecedented milestone in the history of Aviation, the Emirate of Dubai witnessed the implementation of the new designed airspace that enhances its efficient utilization to cater to the growth and the expansion plans in the sector. Spearheaded by Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, that ensured the implementation of 90 new air traffic management procedures and the introduction of 150 new way points, in addition to the training of 168 air traffic controllers to guarantee the successful and seamless transition to the new design of the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

The Air Space Restructuring (ARP) project aims at delivering crucial benefits to the aviation sector in the UAE at large, such as the enhancement of the airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2020 and beyond, and increasing access to all airports within the country. In the Dubai Aviation sector in particular, the project deliverables cascade into specific transformational results on annual basis such as enabling airlines to save fuel consumption of a total value of USD 14.6 million, driving CO2 emission reductions of 90,401 metric tons, furthermore enhancing air traffic movements capacity to accommodate continuous growth in the Controlled Airspace for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli, the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) stated: “In accordance with the vision of the nation’s leaders to shape the future of Aviation, and in line with the vision of HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and the guidance and leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services, we are tremendously proud to be amongst the leading entities who have contributed and supported in the delivery and implementation of the new airspace design of the UAE. We highly appreciate the close support we received from HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and H.E. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, during the project, as well as the active management and noble cooperation spirit from the General Civil Aviation Authority. The past three years whilst working on the project, have demonstrated the importance of cross sector collaboration for the greater benefit of the United Arab Emirates. We are also proud to witness the Aviation sector arrive at new and unprecedented fronts, as it continues to cater to its prestigious customers of airports, airlines and authorities. Moreover, it is also crucial to acknowledge the tremendous and exemplary efforts exerted by the various project teams, who ensured the successful delivery and implementation of the project”.

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First A330-300P2F enters service with DHL

DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. This delivery, which took place at EFW’s freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, follows the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. DHL Express has firm orders for eight A330-300P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.

“DHL Express is very excited to be bringing the first A330-300 P2F into commercial operation within our international air network,” said Geoff Kehr, SVP, Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express. “The first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth.”

“We congratulate DHL on the delivery of its first A330-300P2F. We are confident that this new-generation and efficient mid-sized freighter will bring significant benefits to DHL’s international express operations,” said Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Sales. “With its large internal volume and unbeatable economics, the A330-300P2F allows operators to step up capacity in markets where existing mid-sized freighters are becoming too small.”

The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and their joint venture EFW. ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the STCs from EASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.

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Pegasus Airlines orders 25 A321neo ACF

Pegasus Airlines, the leading Low-Cost-Carrier (LCC) in Turkey, has placed an order for 25 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). This comes on top of 18 A321neo and 57 A320neos already on order bringing Pegasus Airlines total firm order to 100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

Pegasus’ selection to move to an all-Airbus fleet reflects its strategy to grow its domestic as well as its international network with the best middle-of-the-market aircraft available.

Pegasus Airlines General Manager Mehmet T. Nane: “Turkey keeps strengthening its position in the World aviation market everyday and we as Pegasus are an important part of this transformation. The order we placed in 2012 for 100 Airbus aircraft was the biggest order in Turkey’s aviation history at the time. We received the first aircraft of this order in Q3 2016 and now we have an agreement to convert 25 options into firm orders. We will continue to grow our fleet one step at a time and with our new aircraft we will continue to offer more comfortable flights for our passengers.”

“The latest Pegasus Airlines’ order for the A321neo ACF variant underlines that Airbus offers the best, most efficient and most comfortable solution in the Middle of the Market segment”, said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Combining latest innovations in cabin design with unprecedented capacity and range capabilities, the A321 ACF will further boost the airline’s passenger experience and competitiveness in the highly contested growth market while reducing its environmental footprint”.

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ICAO seminar drives progress toward greener airports

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu opened the UN aviation agency’s Seminar on Green Airports last week at its Headquarters in Montréal.

The seminar was organized to permit ICAO Member States and industry stakeholders to exchange ideas on the latest technological, operational and policy advancements with an environmental focus which can assist the ongoing efforts of airports globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and assure more sustainable operations.

“There are presently close to 400 airports worldwide which are either under construction, undergoing major expansions, or are at advanced planning stages for related objectives,” remarked ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu in her opening remarks. “This represents a 25 per cent increase compared to 2016 and this growth trend is being driven by an ever-increasing demand for air travel.”

Dr. Liu reiterated to the audience of environmental and policy experts that current air traffic flight and passenger volumes are projected to double in just 15 years’ time, and that so would aviation’s ability to increase tourism and trade and foster many other sustainable socio-economic benefits for civil societies globally.

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ICAO signs new agreements with RTCA, EUROCAE, SAE and ARINC to better align international aviation standardization

ICAO concluded new technical information sharing agreements today to help ensure greater alignment between its global standards for international aviation and the related work being pursued by RTCA Inc., the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), SAE International, and ARINC Industry Activities.

The four memoranda were signed on the sidelines of the UN aviation agency’s Second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2), and establish new partnerships in aid of more integrated sectoral standards for communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) systems and air traffic management (ATM).

Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu formalized the agreements on behalf of ICAO, and was joined on the occasion by the President of EUROCAE, Mr. Francis Schubert, the President of the RTCA, Ms. Margaret Jenny, SAE International’s Director of Aerospace Standards, Mr. David Alexander, and the Executive Director of ARINC Industry Activities, Mr. Michael D. Rockwell.

“The exchange of information permitted by these new agreements will be very helpful to ICAO’s efforts to develop mature and comprehensive standards for international civil aviation,” Dr. Liu emphasized. “Industry standards serve unique and often complementary roles in support of global air navigation objectives, which underscore the importance of ICAO’s provisions being fully compatible with the efforts of these new partners.”

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ICAO brings together global experts to address how future air navigation will manage forecast aviation growth and innovations

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu welcomed a wide range of government and industry experts to ICAO today to kick off the UN agency’s Second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2).

“As we meet here this week, seeking to renew the air transport network so that it fully meets the social and economic expectations of societies and businesses everywhere, we must acknowledge that it’s time for our air navigation systems and capabilities to take some new steps forward, and well beyond legacy concepts and approaches which have now lost much of their relevance,” he emphasized in opening the week-long activities and exhibition planned.

Stressing that the solutions to be considered by the 600-plus experts in attendance must not only accommodate forecast traffic growth, but also fully integrate air and ground systems, including airports, within a single and coordinated flight control infrastructure, Dr. Aliu further highlighted that intermodal transport environments, and the revolution now underway via remotely-piloted and unmanned operational platforms, present new and compelling flight management challenges.

“Innovations in these areas are expanding not only traditional operations,” he underscored, “but also business models, and the overall process is accelerating the information-centric transition being enabled by System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). This evolved environment will ultimately enable management by trajectory, and deliver much-needed improvements for mission- and business-critical operations. It will also help us to leverage important enhancements to aviation safety, security, and environmental sustainability, while enabling increasingly autonomous operations and more effective human-machine collaboration.”

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Honeywell Survey Shows Low Adoption Of Industrial Cyber Security Measures

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data and operations, even as attacks have increased around the globe.

The survey – Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda – was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell. It polled 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies about their approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and their use of industrial cyber security technologies and practices. Among the findings were:

- More than half of respondents reported working in an industrial facility that already has had a cyber security breach.

- 45% of the responding companies still do not have an accountable enterprise leader for cyber security.

- Only 37% are monitoring for suspicious behavior.

- Although many companies are conducting regular risk assessments, 20% are not doing them at all.

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Two-thirds of airlines to enter new era of connected onboard services by 2020

More than 90% of airlines are set to ramp up investment in advancing wireless services for cabin crew and pilots over the three years to 2020 – an 18% increase since SITA’s 2016 Airline IT Trends survey. This is according to award-winning connected aircraft services expert SITAONAIR, as it presents SITA’s 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights into the connected aircraft.

Over a third (34%) of airlines expect to receive connected aircraft deliveries within the next three years, compared with more than a fifth (21%) in SITA’s 2016 Airline IT Trends Survey. SITA’s 2017 Insights also found 69% of carriers committing to a major program (40%) or R&D/trial (29%) to establish full satellite broadband connectivity to aircraft.

Enhancing the passenger experience is far and away the connected aircraft’s biggest encountered and perceived benefit, according to 43% of airlines. A combined 31% meanwhile, cited operational benefits across maintenance and aircraft health monitoring, cockpit and cabin, as the chief advantages of a connected aircraft. In testament to this, 78% of surveyed carriers reported automatic aircraft data management as an investment priority – 33% through major programs, 45% in R&D programs – by 2020.

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SITAONAIR and DECEA working together to extend ATS datalink services in Brazil

Further enhancing aviation safety and efficiency in Brazil’s airspace, air navigation service provider, the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA), is working with SITAONAIR to expand ATS datalink services for main airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Following previous successful datalink installations, DECEA is expanding ATS datalink services for departure clearance (DCL) and digital ATIS (d-ATIS) for control towers at both Santos Dumont and Campinas airports.

The announcement marks an important step in the country’s role as the regional datalink pioneer, and will play a central role in the wider transformation and modernization program currently taking place across Brazilian airspace and airport infrastructure.

The latest upgrade program follows SITAONAIR’s successful introduction of datalink technology across 23 Brazilian airports in preparation for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Since then, Brazilian airlines such as TAM, GOL and Azul are leading the way, representing nearly 91% of total generated traffic. In total, more than 3.5 million d-ATIS and DCL messages are transmitted every year.

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CAE expands training solutions relationship with JEJUair in Korea

CAE and JEJUair, the largest South Korean low-cost carrier, announced today the signing of a new training solutions agreement, including the sale of two CAE-built Boeing 737 full-flight simulators (FFS) to JEJUair. The CAE 7000XR Series simulators will be equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and will be delivered to the CAE Korea training centre (CAE Flight and Simulator Services Korea Ltd.) which will provide maintenance services. CAE already provides instructor-led training services to JEJUair.

"Since 2015, CAE instructors have been delivering an outstanding training experience to our pilots," said Gyu Nam Choi, JEJUair's Chief Executive Officer. "As we expand our fleet and grow in the region, we look once again to our partner of choice, for continued world-class training solutions through the most innovative training equipment. We are proud to partner with CAE Korea and we look forward to building our relationship further and long into the future".

"As the demand for pilots is on the rise in the Asia Pacific region, it truly is a privilege to support the growing training needs of JEJUair and expand our partnership with the fast-growing Korean airline", said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "This new training equipment agreement is a testament to CAE's ability and commitment to provide our airline partners with the most comprehensive training solutions."

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Belgocontrol and Entry Point North enter into joint venture focussed on training

Belgocontrol organizes its own staff training, including the one to become an air traffic controller. For organizing its training sessions, the national air navigation services provider will enter into a joint venture with Entry Point North, one of the largest Air Traffic Services academies worldwide. That co-operation will ensure that Belgocontrol staff are provided with the necessary training until at least 2025.

Entry Point North was established in 2006 and is jointly owned by three Air Navigation Service Providers: LFV in Sweden, Naviair in Denmark and IAA in Ireland. The company has its headquarters in Malmö (Sweden) and training sites in Budapest, Shannon, Dublin, Copenhagen and Madrid. Brussels will be the seventh city where Entry Point North will be active. The joint venture with Belgocontrol will create a new subsidiary that will be called Entry Point North Belgium. It will be operational by the summer of 2018. Belgocontrol and Entry Point North will each contribute 50% to the new Belgium subsidiary.

This joint venture will surely provide Belgocontrol with a high quality training offer that is tailored to the needs of the company in a cost-efficient way. The new training organisation can benefit from Entry Point North’s know-how and ample experience based on their internationally renowned training methodology and philosophy, while Belgocontrol contributes its staff and infrastructure. Thanks to this cross-pollination Belgocontrol can keep providing its staff training on its own site and further boost the knowledge level of its instructors.

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