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ISSUE February 2018

United Nations General Assembly highlights air transport contributions to Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Recognizing that increasing investment in transportation infrastructure will be critical to integrating global economies and driving long-term economic growth, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new Resolution in December aimed at strengthening the links between all modes of transport to achieve the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Welcoming the additional focus which the Assembly placed on the importance of enhancing inter-island connectivity and linking the economies of small island developing States to regional markets and global supply chains, ICAO’s Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu commented that:

“This Resolution could not have come at a better moment for the air transport sector, given the incredible rate of civil aviation growth we’re currently seeing and the doubling of flights and passengers now being forecast for the next fifteen years. The economic promise inherent in air transport connectivity can only be optimized where sufficient airport and air navigation infrastructure has been established, and ICAO greatly welcomes the General Assembly’s linking of this near-term planning and investment priority to governments’ longer-term sustainable development aspirations.”

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu stressed that she appreciated the Resolution’s recognition of the important role of sustainable transport in promoting policy synergies, trade facilitation, and financial cooperation, as well as its emphasis on the fact that: “States should develop investment frameworks which actively support private sector investment, public-private partnerships, and grant/loan blending for new infrastructure development. ICAO’s annual World Aviation Forums are specifically designed to forge these partnerships, and to help ensure that government project proposals are transparently presented and accountably managed, consistent with the expectations of today’s financing, investment and donor communities.”

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Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.

The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over US$ 60 billion.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Emirates truly represents Dubai’s spirit of growth, innovation and resilience. It also epitomises the city’s increasing role in connecting the world in terms of people, capital and information flows. This deal reflects Emirates’ confidence in shaping the future, and its commitment to advancing Dubai’s vision to grow further as a world-class destination and aviation hub.”

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai.

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Emirates and flydubai to offer travellers even more connections in 2018

Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June.

Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their complementary networks, with codeshares to 81 destinations and more to follow.

The partnership initially began with codeshare flights to 29 cities, and this has quickly expanded to meet demand as customers realise the benefits of increased flight frequencies, expanded access to global destinations on a single ticket, the convenience of checking in their baggage through to the final destination, smooth transfers during transit in Dubai, and more.

In the two months since the first codeshare flights took off on 29 October, over 165,000 passengers have benefitted from the partnership.

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Continued passenger traffic growth and robust air cargo demand in 2017

A new record 4.1 billion passengers were carried by the aviation industry on scheduled services in 2017, according to the preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This indicates a 7.1% increase over 2016. The number of departures rose to approximately 37 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), posted an increase of 7.6% with approximately 7.7 trillion RPKs performed. This growth is a slight improvement from the 7.4% achieved in 2016.

“The sustainability of the tremendous growth in international civil air traffic is demonstrated by the continuous improvements to its safety, security, efficiency and environmental footprint. This sustainability is the result of concerted efforts and cooperation at the national, regional, and global levels, particularly in terms of ICAO compliancy, which is key to accessing the global network,” remarked ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

“Air traffic growth is making key contributions towards the achievement of United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, offering an opportunity to lift a generation out of poverty, figuratively and literally,” added ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. “As a UN agency, ICAO is deeply committed to ensuring that all countries have an opportunity to benefit from the doubling in flight and passenger volumes forecast for the next 15 years.”

This is illustrated by the fact that over half of the world’s 1.2 billion tourists who travelled across international borders last year were transported by air, and that air transport now carries some 35% of world trade by value. Indeed, more than 90% of cross border Business-to-Consumer (B2C) e-commerce was carried by air transport.

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ERA has been selected to deliver its WAM system to cover TMA for Osh Airport in Kyrgyzstan

ERA recently announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver a WAM system covering the Terminal Manoeuvring Area of Osh International Airport and two main flight corridors en-route towards the borders with Kyrgyzstan's neighbours, namely Russia, direction Moscow. ERA will provide Air Traffic Control solutions based on its tried and tested NEO multi-sensor surveillance system. The contract was assigned by the local ANSP Kyrkgyzaeronavigatsia as a result of a tendering procedure, which ERA successfully won in February.

Kyrkgyzaeronavigatsia aims to replace their out-of-lifecycle Secondary Surveillance Radar which would not have provided the benefits of next-generation technology such as multilateration. ERA as the primary contractor in co-operation with the local company Asiainfo will deliver its multi sensor surveillance systems NEO, a composite solution of multilateration and ADS-B. The actual WAM installation will consist of nine ground stations with the expectation of an extension of an additional nine GS in the nearest future.

"ERA's experience in the deployment of WAM solutions in areas with difficult terrain and harsh climate according the references from other ANSPs in the post-Soviet region was also one of the key factors in selecting them for this project", stated Zhakypbaev Mamatnazar, the Deputy to the Director General of Kyrkgyzaeronavigatsia.

Due to the mountainous terrain in the country, five of the ground stations will be located in an area about 2,900 metres above sea level. A team of ERA experts carried out a site survey and has chosen proper locations in June. The high quality and reliability of ERA's NEO system has been verified and confirmed during the Factory Acceptance Tests in the end of November.

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A350-1000 begins Demonstration Tour in the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific

The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbus’ leading Widebody family, has embarked on a three-week Demonstration Tour to the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region.

The Demonstration Tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign, which lasted less than one year and culminated in joint EASA and FAA type certification, demonstrating the aircraft’s excellent design, performance and maturity. The A350-1000 tour comes ahead of the first customer delivery to Qatar Airways in the coming weeks.

During the tour, the A350-1000 flight test aircraft (MSN065) will visit 12 destinations to demonstrate the aircraft’s exclusive features to airlines. The itinerary will see it travel over 30,000 nautical miles / 55,500 kilometres, with stops in Doha, Muscat, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Hanoi, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo and Manila.

The aircraft will stop for several days in Singapore, where it will be on static display from 6 to 8 February at the Singapore Airshow 2018.

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Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF

Airbus has completed assembly of the first A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) at its facilities in Hamburg. The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines will undergo ground tests prior to its scheduled first flight in the coming weeks. First delivery of an A321neo ACF to a customer is scheduled for mid-2018.

The A321neo ACF is the latest addition to the successful A320 Family. By applying modifications to the fuselage the ACF enables more flexible cabin configurations for up to 240 passengers. Compared to the previous A321 variant, the most visible modifications are a new rear section and a modified passenger door configuration, where the door located forward of the wing is removed and new overwing emergency exits in the centre section are introduced. The A321neo ACF is an option today and will become standard for all A321neos around 2020.

The A321neo ACF is the base for a longer range variant known as the A321LR. The A321LR has an increased MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight) of 97 tonnes and a third underfloor fuel tank allowing airlines to increase its range to 4,000nm for intercontinental flights. The first delivery of an A321LR is targeted for Q4 2018.

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First BelugaXL transporter rolls out

The first structurally complete airframe for the new BelugaXL rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France this month. Once operational, a fleet of these next-generation airlifters will be used to transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company’s European production sites and to its final assembly lines in France, Germany and Spain.

The BelugaXL is one of the most voluminous aircraft in existence, and everything about it speaks to that fact. With a bulging upper forward fuselage and enormous cargo area, the BelugaXL is hardly recognizable as the outsized airlifter version of the Airbus A330-200 jetliner from which it is derived. “We have the A330 as a foundation,” said Bertrand George, head of the BelugaXL programme, “but many changes have been successfully designed, introduced into the aircraft and tested. Transforming an existing product into a super transporter is not a simple task.”

This initial BelugaXL is expected to be flying by mid-2018. “The whole team is really looking forward to seeing its first flight and, of course, its smiling livery,” said George, referring to the supersized smile that will be painted across the ‘face’ of the transporter, the winning design of six options presented to Airbus employees for a vote in early 2017.

Before that can happen, the aircraft will undergo a months-long battery of tests after installation of its two jet engines, ensuring each of the BelugaXL’s systems function as intended. All the while, said George, “We will perform bench tests in Toulouse and Hamburg, Germany – testing our systems on flight simulators and in laboratories” as well as using hydraulic jacks to simulate flight loads on full-scale copies of specific joints between the new upper bubble and A330’s lower fuselage.

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2017 a successful year of collaboration with Dubai Aviation entities for Bayanat Engineering

Bayanat Engineering stated that 2017 represented one of the Group’s most successful years in terms of collaboration with Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects and Dubai Air Navigation Services; further positioning the organization as a dominant aviation solutions provider.

To meet Dubai Aviation's growing demand for efficient and reliable solutions, Bayanat Engineering sharpened its solutions spectrum with partnered technology providers. The 2017 achievements illustrate well how the company commits to support Dubai aviation's growth plans.

In its bid to modernize its Air Traffic Communications, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects adopted upgrades to its Air-to-Ground Radio Systems at Dubai International and DWC Airports by awarding Bayanat Engineering a contract to supply and install Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems new Sapphire T6 Radio solutions.

DXB being the busiest international airport in the world projecting 89 million passengers this year, and DWC being ranked in the top 20 airports globally for international air cargo volumes; the Air to Ground Radio systems installed in both airport sites needed to be upgraded due to traffic growth and to have separate Main and Standby Radios in dispersed Radio Shelters and Antenna Masts.

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CAE acquires part of leading aviation training solutions and courseware provider Pelesys

CAE announced today that it has purchased 45% of the shares of Pelesys, a global leader in the provision of aviation training solutions and courseware. Through this partnership, CAE will strengthen its courseware offering and consolidate its cadet-to-captain training delivery across its global network.

"CAE is a long-standing customer of Pelesys and this investment is a natural evolution of our relationship," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "By teaming up with the leading aviation training courseware developer and publisher, we will be able to provide our civil aviation customers with the most advanced training material, for a holistic training solutions experience."

"We are truly excited to be teaming up with CAE, a global leader in our industry. By joining forces, we will be able to offer the industry new levels of truly scalable, end-to-end solutions for civil aviation pilot and maintenance training," said Pelesys President George Wang.

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Entry Point North is awarded two training contracts by Avinor

Following two successful public procurement processes, Entry Point North was selected to deliver both Basic ATS, AFIS, Met-observation (AMO) and Instructor/Assessor training for Avinor AS and Avinor Flysikring of Norway. Both training agreements are for a duration of 3 years with two possible extensions of one year each.

Between 12 and 24 students a year from Avinor are expected to come to Malmö for Basic ATS, AFIS and AMO training. Avinor has been succesfully educating its Norwegian AFIS officers at Entry Point North since the establishment of the academy in 2006.

The Instructor and Assessor training consist of Assessor, OJTI, Assessor Refresher and OJTI Refresher courses for operational Norwegian air traffic controllers and AFIS officers. OJTI Refresher courses will be delivered on-site at Avinor’s premises, while the rest of the courses will take place in Malmö.

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Munich Airport establishes center to fight cybercrime

Munich Airport has opened a new chapter in its IT security activities. At a special ceremony today, the airport launched its Information Security Hub (ISH) – a competency center where IT specialists with the airport operating company (FMG) will work together with experts from the European aviation industry to develop strategies for defending against cyberattacks and new approaches to the fight against cybercrime.

With the spread of digitalization in recent years, there has been a massive increase in the number of attacks on the IT systems of companies and public authorities in Germany. Munich Airport is also the target of all kinds of cyberattacks every single day. "As an airport operating company, we are responsible for the functionality of critical infrastructure and must take up the fight every day to ensure protection against cyberattacks," said Thomas Weyer, the CFO and Director of Infrastructure at FMG. "Attacks on IT systems around the world have taken on new dimensions in terms of quality and quantity in recent years. New viruses, worms and malware are constantly being developed and turned loose on potential vulnerabilities in our IT systems. The further we move ahead with digitalization, and the more functions are performed and networked by computers, the more potential points of attack they will present to global cybercriminals – and the more serious the potential consequences of targeted attacks will become," said Mr. Weyer.

The new competence center at Munich Airport has four training rooms and IT labs, a control room and an amphitheater for presentations and briefings. All of the facilities are equipped with computers, network hardware, cameras and projectors. With this equipment, a group can carry out realistic attacks on IT systems for training purposes, for example, with a second group assigned to take defensive measures.

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