DHL to turn UK unit into long-haul arm, targets Austrian AOC
26.05.2021 – 02:42 UTC
DHL Express has announced it will transform its European airline operations with the United Kingdom’s DHL Air (D0, East Midlands) transitioning into a long-haul specialist with a fleet of B767-300F and B777-200F freighters, while all of its B757 freighters will be transferred to a new carrier named DHL Air Austria.
The logistics firm said the Austrian start-up has already begun its certification drive and hopes to complete it in time to launch by year-end. The new company, which will be headquartered near Vienna airport, will not affect DHL’s existing European network.
“Flight plans and operational network (hubs/gateways) will not be affected by this more legal and administrative change,” a DHL spokesman confirmed to ch-aviation.
DHL Air Austria will take over all B757 freighters from DHL Air and run intra-European flights. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the British unit currently has eighteen B757-200(PCF)s and five B757-200(SF)s in its fleet.
Once the B757s are moved to the new unit, DHL Air will consolidate its operations around the…
FAA greenlights B737 MAX electrical fix
17.05.2021 – 03:50 UTC
Boeing (BOE, Chicago O’Hare) has won approval from US regulators for a fix of an electrical grounding issue that affected about 100 B737-8s, clearing the way for their quick return to service after flights were halted in early April, Reuters reports.
An FAA official confirmed the agency had approved the service bulletins and associated instructions, after Boeing had sent two bulletins to affected airlines on May 12, advising them on the fixes.
“After gaining final approvals from the FAA, we have issued service bulletins for the affected fleet,” Boeing told Reuters. “We are also completing the work as we prepare to resume deliveries.”
Boeing on April 8 had notified the FAA that it had recommended to 16 operators of a specific group of recently-built B737 MAX aircraft to temporarily remove them from service to address a manufacturing issue that could affect the operation of a backup power control unit in the cockpit. The recommendation was made to allow for verification that a sufficient ground path existed for a component of the electrical power…
Pipeline crisis forces American Airlines to adopt tech stops
14.05.2021 – 01:06 UTC
American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) long-haul flights affected by a cyber attack-caused fuel supply shortage are to return to normal by May 15, 2021, the airline says.
The carrier was forced to add refuelling stops to a pair of its long-haul flights after hackers on May 7 caused the shut-down of the Colonial Pipeline, the country’s biggest fuel conduit that stretches from Texas to New Jersey.
It delivers jet fuel directly to the airports of Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, Charlotte Int’l, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall, Nashville Int’l, and Washington DC. It also supplies other major eastern airports, such as those in New York, through other pipelines with which it connects.
Two of American’s daily flights from Charlotte Int’l were affected by the outage: Flight AA 569 to Honolulu, usually a 10-hour non-stop service, was forced to route via Dallas/Fort Worth; while Flight AA 730 to London Heathrow, usually only eight hours direct, had to refuel in Boston. American also offered flight options for the latter destination via…
New Austro-Bahraini bizav start-up IJM MENA secures AOC
05.06.2015 – 20:39 UTC
MAE Aircraft Management (MEN, Bahrain Int’l) and Austria’s International Jet Management (IJM, Vienna) have formed a joint-venture – IJM MENA – to promote, sell, and coordinate V-VIP and corporate travel on charter business jets throughout the Gulf.
“The cooperation and partnership with MENA Aerospace is the next step in our strategic and measured expansion,” Felix Feller, Founder and CEO of IJM, said. “We believe there is a huge demand for aircraft management and charter solutions that are tailored to the growing Middle Eastern market. The know-how and experience of IJM in the field of aircraft management and charter services combined with MENA Aerospace’s regional infrastructure, local insight and business network will allow us to achieve our strategy for mutual growth.”
The start-up recently secured its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from Bahrain’s Department of Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA).
The Austrian business aviation specialist’s portfolio consists of approximately 20 aircraft including Learjets, Cessna Aircraft Company Citations, and Dassault Aviation Falcons while MAE specializes in Bombardier Aerospace Challenger 605s and…