Aerospace firm Triumph creates 60 new jobs in Deeside

An American aerospace company is investing £5m to expand its north Wales site, creating 60 new jobs.

The Triumph Group is carrying out the development at its centre in Deeside, Flintshire.

The company won a contract to supply Airbus with aircraft landing gear components, prompting the development.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said the move “will effectively secure the sustainable long term future of the site”.

The move, backed by £392,000 from the Welsh government, will see production shift from China to north Wales and take the total number of workers at the site to more than 100.

Work on the 2,300sq m extension is set to start in April with production beginning in January 2016.

Sourced by BBC News Wales

GE Aviation Wales confirms plans to reduce its workforce by 100

GE Aviation Wales in Nantgarw

By Sion Barry,

GE Aviation Wales said it is forecasting no more than 100 voluntary redundancies at its Nantgarw engine maintenance facility.

Jet engine testing and overhaul business GE Aviation Wales has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 100 at its giant plant in Nantgarw.

The US-owned venture, which employs 1,350 highly skilled staff at the plant, said the move is a result of a fall in the number of ‘engine shop visits’ to the plant.

The operation’s customers includes many of the world’s leading airlines.

In a statement HR leader for GE Aviation Wales, Chris Doherty said: “GE Aviation Wales develops an annual business plan for the site based upon the forecasted volume of engine shop visits.

“For 2015, current data shows a significant drop in engine volume requirements compared to 2014 and 2013.

“Taking this into account, we are currently evaluating ways in which we can right size the business to accommodate this reduction.

“We are therefore considering a range of options, including tighter controls around overtime, review of the current shift arrangements and the possibility of a voluntary redundancy programme for Aircraft Engineer grade employees.

“Over the coming weeks, the company along with Unite representatives will be reviewing the 2015 business plan against these options to determine how we may implement one or more of these programmes in order to address our current business challenges.”Based on our projections, if we were to progress with a voluntary redundancy programme, we would not anticipate reducing our overall headcount by more than 100 employees.

“Details of any redundancy programme would be the subject of consultation with Unite representatives prior to any final decision being made.

“We remain committed to continuing an open dialogue with our workforce and to providing information and advice to support our employees.”

The business not only employs nearly 1,500 directly, but provides a huge boost to wider economy through its supply chain.

It has a turnover of £1.5bn and is a Welsh Government anchor company.

GE Aviation Wales Facts

  It specialising in the the overhaul, repair and maintenance of a range of aircraft engines.

  It occupies over 1.2 million sq. ft. of workshop space, has two state-of-the-art engine test facilities and employs a highly skilled workforce of over 1,350 people.

]The site specialises in four engine types including the GE90, the world’s most powerful aircraft engine, the GP7200, the engine that powers the new Airbus A380, the Rolls-Royce RB211 and the complete range of CFM56 engines, the world’s most popular aircraft engine.

  The company has over 90 customers worldwide.

It operate as a subsidiary of General Electric Company

The GE Aviation Headquarters is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.

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Airbus launches A321neo with true transatlantic capability

ALC first to commit to Airbus’ increased range option

Airbus Press Release,

Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The Los Angeles based lessor signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 30 more A321neo, upsizing its commitments at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow from 60 to 90 and becoming the launch customer for Airbus’ increased range option.

The A321neo 97t will have, with 4,000nm, the longest range of any single aisle airliner available today and tomorrow, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and will allow airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft.

“We are excited to be the first to sign for the new longer range version of the A321neo,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “ALC wants a footprint in every promising market segment, including ones that can be opened by this new version of the A321neo. We pride ourselves in being able to provide our customers with the very latest, most innovative products and solutions.”

“We are delighted to officially launch the A321neo 97t option with ALC,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “ALC is a forward-looking company who has once again demonstrated its confidence in Airbus’ latest products and innovations just six months after being a launch customer for the A330neo.” He added: “The longer haul single aisle market is a lucrative one that the A321neo will now dominate, thanks to the aircraft’s superior comfort, economics and range. This new version of the A321neo is a high revenue generating aircraft which will open up many new opportunities for our customers.”

Under the assumption that ALC’s MoUs for 30 A321neo aircraft plus 25 A330neo Family become firm orders, ALC’s total orders for Airbus aircraft would stand at 258 (53 A320ceo Family, 140 A320neo Family, 15 A330 Family, 25 A350 XWB Family and 25 A330neo Family).

The A321 97t variant is building on the continued innovations brought to the A320 Family with Airbus Cabin-Flex (ACF), which offers passengers the highest standards of comfort while providing great flexibility and profit optimisation to airlines. Thanks to an additional fuel tank in the forward underfloor hold of the aircraft, as well as minor improvements on the wing and fuselage, the A321neo 97t will be able to fly 206 passengers on longer routes of up to 4,000 nm in a comfortable two-class layout. First deliveries will have started by 2019.

The newest member of the best-selling A320 Family, the A320neo, incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets which together will deliver 20 percent in fuel savings by 2020. At the end of December 2014, firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers.

Airbus considers stretched ‘superjumbo’

A stretched version of the world’s biggest passenger jet could emerge, according to European manufacturer Airbus.

Reviewing performance in 2014, executives from the company said the double decker A380 could evolve in future.

The company is also launching an extended range A320neo twinjet with an addition fuel tank giving the aircraft the capability to fly transatlantic between Europe and the US east coast.

Airbus president and chief executive Fabrice Brégier Brégier said the company continues to see a bright future for the A380, which is in use by 13 airlines.

“The priority today is finding other customers for the A380’s current version; we believe we can and we will do this – because the A380 is the most efficient, today and tomorrow,” he said.

The possibility of higher-density cabins is being offered – with 11-abreast seating in economy class, while still retaining an 18-inch seat width comfort standard for long-haul flights.

“In the longer term, I believe we will move to evolutions of the A380: one might well be an A380neo concept – meaning some upgrades of the aircraft, together with a re-engining; which would make sense,” Brégier added.

“As the A380 is a young platform, we will continue improving this aircraft in the coming 20 years.

“There probably even could be a stretched version – depending on the market demand, and looking at what we can do technically and financially.”

Airbus chief operating officer – customers, John Leahy, said the longer-range A321neo version extends the A320neo family’s market reach.

“This aircraft goes after the market that everyone said needed a replacement: segments flown by the old 757-200s, where single-aisle jetliners are used on long-range operations,” he said.

“We foresee some 500 aircraft in replacement, but it’s more: there’s another 500 aircraft for growth from new market opportunities that can be flown by the long-range A321neo, which will burn about 30% less fuel.”

Airbus has said it “exceeded its targets for 2014” and beaten Boeing for numbers of orders.

Airbus announced that it had won 1,456 net orders last year, down from 1,503 in 2013 – but above Boeing’s total of 1,432.

However, Boeing remains ahead on the number of aircraft delivered – 723 compared to Airbus’s 629.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

50 new jobs at Bridgend aerospace firm TBD Owen Holland

Library image of Qatar Airways  plane

The firm supplies equipment to firms including Qatar Airways

A firm which provides support and equipment to the aerospace and defence sectors is expanding with the creation of 50 new jobs.

TBD (Owen Holland) Ltd, in Bridgend, had considered moving part of its operation to Abu Dhabi to be closer to its main customer base.

But the Welsh government awarded a £700,000 grant to ensure the £2m expansion went ahead in Bridgend.

The firm, based at Waterton Industrial Estate, currently employs 90 people.

The company’s founder Steve Meredith said the firm expected overseas sales to rise 30% in the next two years, having attracted new clients including Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Kuwait Airways and Fly Dubai.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased the company would continue to grow in Wales, creating new well-paid jobs and economic benefits to the region.

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Cardiff Aviation MRO Appoints Sales & Marketing Director

Cardiff Aviation MRO, the fully-approved and certificated aviation maintenance company has recently appointed Phil Swanson as its Director of Sales and Marketing.

Phil is an aviation sales professional with wide experience of the aircraft industry. He began his career with an aircraft engineering apprenticeship at British Aerospace and worked as an engineer on new production aircraft and military fast jets before promotion to senior management. Phil established his aircraft maintenance sales career at BAE SYSTEMS in the nineties where he developed new business with Airbus operators in the US, China, India, Europe and the Middle East. Phil was appointed as a Director of Sales at BAE SYSTEMS Asset Management in 2003 where he successfully placed more than fifty aircraft with airlines and operators world-wide.

Academically Phil has studied marketing at university and management at business school. As a self-certified aviation enthusiast Phil has a current private pilot’s license, he is also a member of the historic Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society at Old Warden in Bedfordshire.

Cardiff Aviation’s Chief Executive Mario Fulgoni commented that Phil’s aviation sales career, his passion for the industry and his previous senior management experience make him ideal to lead the Sales and Marketing team at Cardiff Aviation MRO.

A350 XWB test fleet now complete: ‘MSN005’ – the fifth and final flight-test aircraft takes to the skies

Press Release by Airbus

With the first flight today of A350 MSN005, the five-strong development fleet is now complete. Being the second passenger cabin-equipped A350 and tasked with route proving and ETOPS validation, MSN005 embodies the operationally definitive configuration for Type Certification duties. This milestone means that the A350 XWB development programme is at full speed and on track for certification in the third quarter of this year, to be followed thereafter by delivery of the first customer aircraft to Qatar Airways in the fourth quarter.

As of today, the A350 XWB programme has already achieved more than 2,000 flight-test hours in around 500 flights, and with this the programme is demonstrating the highest flying rate ever achieved in Airbus flight tests, with around 80 flight hours per aircraft per month.