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AviTrader MRO Magazine 2017-11

AviTrader MRO Magazine 2017-11

Cover story: Dubai Air

Cover story: Dubai Air show 2017 22 Garry Snow, Vice President Global Business Development, KLX Aerospace Solutions product line specialisations including chemicals, raw materials, lighting, tools and more and full service solutions. We are proud of our extensive parts and products and services and solutions in the Middle East to support this growing group of airlines, MROs, and OEMs.” IATA estimates that the Middle East region will see an extra 244 million passengers on routes to, from and within the region by 2035. This clearly brings huge opportunities in this market. KLX has a vision of reinventing the supply chain through collaboration and transparency. “We free customers to focus on building aircraft and keep them flying through efficiency and true partnership,” Snow adds. KLX established a Middle East regional focus a few years ago and now has a full customer support and stocking warehouse in Dubai to support the region. “We are ready to support the customers and their growth.” With capacity in the Middle East also starting to noticeably lead traffic, and IATA forecasting respective growth of 10.1% vs 9.0% for 2017, Holmes from Embraer notes that yields are suffering. “The E2 family is gaining significant interest from carriers to drive in yield improvements through the aircraft’s ability to allow carriers to effectively manage capacity. “We’re also proud to be supporting the development of Emirati aviation talent through the provision of our Phenom small executive jet to both Etihad and Emirates for multi-engine pilot training at their respective flying colleges in the UAE,” Holmes tells. For Honeywell, increased traffic in the region means more planes flying daily, which equates to increased support services and technology needed by operators. “As such, we’ve positioned ourselves as an extension to our affiliates in the region who are distributing our technology, and are offering RMU services to local operators,” says Talih. Wilkinson - We’ve been part of this show for many years. Photo: Joramco No doubt, more passengers also means increased wear and tear on aircraft, and that will eventually need maintenance work. “We’ve solidified our presence within the region to offer our Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) and Maintenance Service Agreements (MSA) to give local operators peace of mind when maintenance is required” Talih continues. Joramco is already well placed to capture the market growth in the region and not just the Middle East but also in Europe, South Asia, Africa, Russia and the CIS countries. Wilkinson says, “These opportunities will require the introduction of new services and capabilities to meet this incremental customer demand which is in line with the vision of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE); Joramco’s new majority owner.” DAE invested in acquiring Joramco at the end of last year with the intention of capitalising on its current status and reputation to expand not only in Jordan but globally and such intentions are now being demonstrated through the recent appointment of the new CEO who will be fully supported by DAE to lead the company’s growth and expand its service offerings. Innovation and bringing advanced technologies to the aerospace industry was the key theme at this year’s show in Dubai. Wilkinson attests that Joramco always keeps an eye on new technologies introduced to the aviation market place especially the MRO sector knowing that as new-generation airplanes come to dominate the world fleet over the next 20 years, airframe MRO’s need to invest in introducing new technologies to deal with these new generation aircraft. Mr Snow from KLX acknowledges that improvements in operating efficiency, advanced avionics, interior design and noise reduction capabilities are all driving increased customer demand, which in turn changes the way aircraft are manufactured. He says this creates challenges across the supply chain as the supply base struggles to make the changes necessary to keep up with aircraft demands. “Our investment in capacity planning, forecasting and relationships with key manufacturers within the industry enables greater customer confidence. “We talk about innovation within aerospace all the time, but haven’t always seen it materialise. However, today we are experiencing a renaissance in aerospace innovation driven by OEMs. Supersonic aircraft, flying cars, unmanned aerial systems, and anything Holmes - We intend to make our mark again in the Middle East. Photo: Embarer related to enabling connectivity and data are trending positively,” Snow observes. Holmes says innovation is in Embraer’s DNA and has designed and certified more aircraft than anyone else this century; 11 new aircraft certified over the last 17 years. “There is a fundamental change on how aerospace is approaching business innovation.” He says rather than focus on traditional R&D processes only, more and more companies, from start-ups to traditional players, are joining a more disruptive environment that can bring disruption through new business models, solutions and technologies. However, most excitedly right now, Holmes refers to the imminent delivery of the first of Embraer’s new family of aircraft – the E2s. “These aircraft are packed with innovations based on what we have learnt from the experience of over 20 million flight hours, carrying over one billion passengers, and most importantly what we learned from our customers, over 100 airlines across the world.” The innovations on the E2 range from the highest aspect ratio wings AviTrader MRO - November 2017

Cover story: Dubai Air show 2017 23 flydubai made a game changing order. Photo: Dubai Airshow in the single aisle market, fourth generation fly-by-wire, fuel burn improvements by up to 24% per seat, to new overhead luggage bins that provide up to a 90% increase in carry-on baggage per passenger. “All of this together means we’re excited about the future, especially about the market in this region,” states Holmes. At Honeywell Aerospace innovation goes back 60 years; “We’ve worked with some great institutions to progress advancements in aerospace technology, like the NASA collaboration to bring back supersonic flight, or working with Inmarsat to improve cabin connectivity,” Talih points out. “We’re also striving to independently create new solutions that help aviation move with the rest of the world. The competitive landscape in aviation is one of the strongest but we as peers and competitors are always looking at ways that we can make aviation a better place. Not just for operators, but for passengers, pilots and flight crews too,” Talih comments. Jet Aviation used the occasion to celebrate the opening of a brand new facility in the shared terminal at Dubai South. “We were the first business aviation services company to set up a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, establishing a Saudi-Swiss joint venture company to provide ground handling and maintenance services in Jeddah in 1979. A second FBO was added in Riyadh two years later, followed by Medina in 2012,” says Hardy Butschi, Jet Aviation’s VP and General Manager of MRO and FBO Operations in Dubai. Jet Aviation also established its MRO and FBO facility at Dubai International Airport in May 2005 to strengthen the company’s global network for its clientele in the Middle East. The Dubai MRO facility provides 24/7 AOG support on demand to multiple International Airports (e.g. DXB, DWC, AUH, AZI, SHJ, AAN) and has recently supported numerous aircraft in maintenance, recovery and AOG support missions in Oman, KSA , Jordan, India and other middle East and African countries. Jet Aviation’s FBO facility in Dubai has handled more than 25,000 aircraft and received numerous awards for its 24/7 domestic and international handling services. Most recently, it was voted Best FBO in the Middle East and Africa in the 2017 Professional Pilot PRASE Survey, its 7th such honour. “Our new FBO location at DWC will offer all the comfort and style our discerning customers have come to expect with Jet Aviation, while helping ensure we can meet future capacity requirements,” concludes Butschi. Bütschi - Jet Aviation opened a new facility AviTrader MRO - November 2017

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