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ISSUE March 2018

CAPA - Centre for Aviation renews REED partnership to deliver leadership summits at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show

CAPA - Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018.

Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world's largest gathering of airport exhibitors, the two conferences will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and share key insights on strategic industry issues.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, both summits will be hosted by Reed Exhibitions Middle East and organised by CAPA.

GALF is now in its sixth year and will bring together airport and aviation leaders from around the world to address strategic challenges and opportunities facing airport operators, regulators and airport industry suppliers. Key issues include the ‘smart’ airport response to IT and automation challenges, opportunities in airport retailing, airline-airport partnerships, airport privatisation and infrastructure financing, the future of robotics and the rise of the aerotropolis.

The CAPA Global ATC Summit is a new event for 2018 and will provide an opportunity for ANSPs, airport and aircraft operators, system suppliers and regulators to discuss best practices for the sustainable growth and modernisation of air navigation systems, with a particular focus on the opportunities and challenges of the fast-growing Middle East region. Among the topics to be discussed are CAPA’s global traffic forecast, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, digitisation, remote towers and harmonisation, funding and privatisation, the use of drones in commercial airspace, satellite based ADS-B and the future role of the ATCO in an era of increasing automation.

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Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020.

The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, Airbus President for Africa and Middle East. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France were also present.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 programme, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain. For Emirates, the A380 has been a successful aircraft for our customers, our operations, and our brand. We look forward to continue working with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product.”

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Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service.

The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said: “We are proud to fly our A380 for a one-off test service to Beirut, which continues to be an important destination for us in the region. Bringing this popular aircraft to Lebanon represents a significant milestone in our operations to Beirut after 27 years of serving the country. This year also marks the Emirates A380’s 10th anniversary since joining our fleet, and the iconic aircraft has brought flying to the next level for over 90 million customers. The upcoming service next month will give travellers the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky.

We would like to thank the Lebanese government and in particular the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Lebanese Civil Aviation Authorities, who have made it possible for us to bring our flagship A380 to this vibrant city, and we look forward to showcasing the innovative onboard products of this aircraft.”

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Vahana, the Self-Piloted, eVTOL aircraft from A3 by Airbus, Successfully Completes First Full-Scale Test Flight

Vahana, the all electric, self-piloted, VTOL aircraft from A3 by Airbus, today announced the successful completion of its first full-scale flight test, reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet) before descending safely. The test was completed at 8:52AM Pacific on January 31, 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon. Its first flight, with a duration of 53 seconds, was fully self-piloted and the vehicle completed a second flight the following day.

“Today we are celebrating a great accomplishment in aerospace innovation,” said Zach Lovering, Project Executive of Vahana. “In just under two years, Vahana took a concept sketch on a napkin and built a full-scale, self-piloted aircraft that has successfully completed its first flight. Our team is grateful for the support we’ve received from A3 and the extended Airbus family, as well as our partners including MTSI and the Pendleton UAS Range.”

Vahana is a project developed at A3, the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus. A3 enables access to unique talent and ideas, new partnership opportunities, and execution at speed. Vahana aims to democratize personal flight and answer the growing need for urban mobility by leveraging the latest technologies in electric propulsion, energy storage, and machine vision.

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New A330-800 rolls-out of paintshop

The newest member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, has rolled out of the paintshop, on track for its first flight mid-2018.

The A330-800 is the new generation 250 seater from Airbus’ leading twin aisle family. With its 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) as base variant, the A330-800 can operate routes of up to 7,500nm and with the recently launched 251-tonne MTOW variant the aircraft can operate ultra-long-range routes of up to 8,150nm. The A330-800 will leverage the A330-200 proven versatility, popularity and reasons for success offering new generation economics.

Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to unprecedented range to the 250-seater aircraft market. Together with the larger 300-seater A330-900 they share 99% commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew training. This gives operators great flexibility to use either aircraft in their fleet according to network needs in size and range. Both of these widebody aircraft incorporate new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, zero-splice nacelle, titanium pylon, new wings and new Airspace by Airbus Cabin. The most visible new features of the A330neo wings are the specially developed curved wingtip Sharklets – which draw on A350 XWB technology, extending the wingspan to 64m, providing state of the art aerodynamic characteristics.

Airlines will benefit from 25% less fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation competitors, reduced maintenance costs and the A330’s market-leading 99.5% operational reliability. Passengers will enjoy the award-winning all new Airspace cabin inspired by the A350 XWB. On top of latest generation In-flight entertainment and connectivity, passengers can look forward to a new welcoming entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and exceptionally quiet flights.

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CAE launches its newest pilot training innovation, the CAE RiseTM training system, with AirAsia

CAE announces today at the 2018 Singapore Airshow the launch of its newest pilot training innovation, the CAE Rise™ training system, with its longstanding partner AirAsia. CAE Rise™ is the first commercial offering of its Next Generation Training System strategic initiatives.

Backed by industry-leading technology, the CAE Rise™ training system will strengthen instructors' ability to deliver standardized training in accordance with AirAsia's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and enable instructors to objectively assess pilot competencies using live data during training sessions. Furthermore, it will equip AirAsia and CAE training stakeholders with deep analytical insights and a new source of data to enhance the airline's pilot training program.

"We are excited today to launch CAE Rise™, which will strengthen instructors' ability to train more consistently to each airline's culture and reality", said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "CAE Rise™ also augments the instructors' capability to identify pilot proficiency gaps and evolve our airline partners' training programs to the most advanced aviation safety standards, including AQP/AQTP and Evidence-Based-Training (EBT) methodologies".

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DC Aviation Group’s Malta operations receives Air Operator Certificate

DC Aviation Group has added another feather in its hat as its operations in Malta – DC Aviation (Malta) Ltd. received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate.

With the AOC in hand, DC Aviation Malta (DCAM) can now operate and manage third-party business aircraft commercially which includes aircraft charter under the Maltese 9H registration. The Malta location joins the company’s other regional AOC operations in Stuttgart, Dubai and Zurich. The additional AOC allows aircraft owners more flexibility in their choice of registrations and operation.

Stanley Bugeja, Managing Director at DCAM, said, “We are extremely pleased to have complied with all the regulatory requirements for receiving our AOC. The receipt of the certification tops off more than one year of hard work and I would like to congratulate and thank the entire team for their efforts.”

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Collinson Group partners with LocusLabs to bring new contextually-aware mapping technology to Priority Pass at Dubai Airports

Collinson Group, the global leader in influencing customer behavior and driving customer devotion, today announces a partnership with indoor mapping and way finding specialist, LocusLabs. The relationship will enhance the lounge experience and airport services available to Collinson Group's customers, including those of Priority Pass - the world's largest independent airport lounge and travel experiences program.

LocusLabs' location-as-a-service technology is successfully used by a number of leading airlines and technology companies. It will be incorporated into the Priority Pass app, making it easier for users to locate lounges and understand how busy different facilities are, such as security wait times, in addition to seeking out other benefits inside terminals. Additionally, those with push notifications enabled on their smart phones can receive recommendations of services when entering an airport to help them navigate to lounges and exclusive discounts.

Priority Pass will be the first lounge membership program to integrate LocusLabs' indoor mapping and way finding features within its app, through an update due in the coming weeks. Initially, key major airports will be covered including Dubai, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Singapore, Manchester, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Istanbul Ataturk airports, with more locations due to follow in the coming months. The two companies are also collaborating on other groundbreaking technologies including Augmented Reality as they look to assist customers in navigating the airport space of the future.

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ATSG subsidiaries select IFS Maintenix for fleet maintenance management solution

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced that Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) (NASDAQ:ATSG), a leading provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation and related services, has selected IFS Maintenix to deliver comprehensive fleet maintenance management across its two cargo airline subsidiaries - ABX Air and Air Transport International - and its aircraft leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management.

As the world's largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft, ATSG has experienced strong growth in recent years. To meet evolving operational demands, ATSG's airline subsidiaries - ABX Air and Air Transport International (ATI) - and its aircraft leasing subsidiary - Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM) - sought a modern, scalable software solution that could drive greater standardization and maintenance management process efficiencies.

Following a market review, ATSG’s subsidiaries selected IFS Maintenix to deliver a full suite of engineering, planning and line maintenance functionality, helping ATSG optimize the maintenance management for its combined fleet.

“ABX Air, ATI and CAM needed a solution that could deliver value in short order with minimal disruption to our business,” said Matt Fedders, Vice President, Controller, at ATSG. “By selecting IFS Maintenix, we are taking the next step forward to better streamline our fleet operations, and by extension, better serve our customers.”

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Munich Airport and Lufthansa start testing of humanoid robot in Terminal 2

She is 120 centimeters tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a pleasant voice: Starting today, "Josie Pepper" the robot will be answering questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Whether they need directions to their gate or want to stop at a certain restaurant or shop – Josie Pepper will look them in the eyes and give them a prompt answer.

With the rollout of Josie Pepper, Munich Airport and Lufthansa are breaking new ground: It is the first-ever test of a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport. For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travelers to the non-public area of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. In her initial deployment, Josie Pepper, who speaks English, will await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building. This test phase will be used to show whether Josie Pepper is accepted by passengers.

Josie Pepper’s "brain" contains a high-performance processor with a WLAN internet access. This creates a connection to a cloud service where speech is processed, interpreted and linked to the airport data. What sets the system apart: When this robot type speaks, it does not just deliver pre-defined texts. With its ability to learn, it answers each question individually. Just like a "real" brain, the system gets steadily better at combining questions with the relevant information to provide more precise replies.

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With Aviation Sector Taking Off Strongly, More Women Taking To The Skies

Compared with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has more women pilots, captains, aircraft engineers, mechanics, aircraft maintenance and air traffic controllers, among others.

Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labour force are in the MENA.

Emirates currently employs nearly 27,000 women, making up 42 percent of the group’s workforce, including women pilots who includes the youngest Emirati female pilot operating the world’s biggest aircraft, A380, of which it is the world’s largest operator. Over 60 of more than 4000 pilots employed by Emirates are females.

Etihad Airways currently employs over 2,850 Emirati women covering various roles, including 50 female pilots and also the first Emirati woman registered as a specialist in aviation medicine. Over 50 per cent of the airline’s 13,000 strong workforce are women and the airline is keen to narrow the gender gap further.

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