American Airlines Sticks By Boeing 737 MAX Commitment

Simple Flying | April 16, 2020

American Airlines Sticks By Boeing 737 MAX Commitment
The CEO of one of the world’s biggest airlines, American Airlines, is sticking to his guns with their Boeing 737 MAX orders. The airline has 76 MAXs on order, due to join its current fleet of 24 MAXs. But despite the challenges facing Boeing’s MAX program, American Airlines, and the wider aviation industry, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker isn’t planning to defer any 737 MAX deliveries.

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ITS Launches Content APIs & Carbon Emissions Features to Benefit the Travel Industry

Internet Travel Solutions, LLC (ITS) | November 18, 2021

ITS is excited to announce a leading Carbon Emissions tracking feature that impacts demand generation, reporting and budgeting for companies. Developed in-house, ITS will provide this tool as a high performance, API service for any industry specialist, NGO, reporting provider, or corporate booking technology provider. ITS provides a per person calculation of Carbon Emissions by flight, displayed and compared to the average for that destination. This real time calculation considers several key and impactful contributors, such as aircraft type, flight time, peak travel times, travel seasonality, origin and destination. These inputs leverage data and carbon emissions tracking methodologies documented by the European Emissions Agency (EEA). ITS adds industry-based knowledge and experience to provide an additional layer of comfort to corporate clients. Features like filters, sorting, and policy will all have a direct impact on which flights shoppers will identify and ultimately choose. The feature will first be rolled out on TripEasy not only per flight, but per Next Generation Storefront (NGS) cabin or shelf. The combination of a crisp, visual display with the ability to assess each branded fare and cabin allows users to compare a complete set of options in the market enabling business travelers to choose the best flight for their preference should now a required feature every company should put on their next RFP list. ITS offers new reporting and budgeting tools for businesses to not only track estimated corporate emissions and add budgeting parameters and compare flights selected vs the lowest carbon producing flights in the market. They can use ITS insights to calculate their carbon footprint and provide a direct option to take action on lowering their footprint. ITS will give insight into how much additional CO2 could have been avoided and the cost differential for the lower emissions flights. Travelers will be presented with options and companies will be provided tools to make a difference. When ITS started to assess the market to find an algorithm or service to determine emissions, we discovered that the industry lacks a true leader in providing thorough emissions content. The options in the market were either too expensive, too broad, or didn't address the issue of flights as full NGS, branded alternates. As a result, we decided to share our custom Amazon Web Services (AWS) emissions content APIs with the industry. By collaborating with AWS, ITS is able to incorporate the latest cloud technology to enable the performance we need for our own products and to provide a scalable solution to new clients who are seeking more accurate and leading emissions content services. Specifically, ITS utilizes Lamdas to help scale, DynamoDB for easy configuration and variable modification and more AWS tools to push the industry closer to a new standard. "AWS works closely with our customers to accelerate mutually shared sustainability goals. Companies like ITS work with AWS to drive digital innovation, and build business applications that can help companies implement more sustainable practices, including the ability use carbon emissions data to make buying decisions. Through the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, ITS is able to respond to changes in travel and innovate and respond to the market and customers quickly. We look forward to helping them deliver an enhanced travel experience for businesses and travelers alike." - Mike Eastman, Director Americas Inside Sales. About ITS Internet Travel Solutions, LLC (ITS) develops and maintains technology for the consumer, corporate, convention, private aviation, cargo, charter, passenger airline, crew hotel accommodation, hotel aggregation and hotel event meeting sectors. Our solutions, products and services solve problems, create savings and provide long-term value. In addition, several companies have customized and private branded solutions around ITS' IROP, Crew, Corporate Direct, Event, and Candidate technology services.

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Boeing to Open Three New Freighter Conversion Lines; Takes Order for Eleven 737-800BCF

Boeing | November 15, 2021

As global demand for freighters continues to soar, Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced plans to add three conversion lines for the market-leading 737-800BCF across North America and Europe. The company also signed a firm order with Icelease for eleven of the freighters as the launch customer for one of the new conversion lines. In 2022, the company will open one conversion line at Boeing's London Gatwick Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, its state-of-the-art hangar in the United Kingdom; and two conversion lines in 2023 at KF Aerospace MRO in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. "Building a diverse and global network of conversion facilities is critical to supporting our customers' growth and meeting regional demand, KF Aerospace and our Boeing teammates at London Gatwick have the infrastructure, capabilities and expertise required to deliver market-leading Boeing Converted Freighters to our customers." - Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing Converted Freighters. "We're very excited to be expanding our relationship with Boeing, We've been working with the Boeing product line for more than 30 years. With our cargo conversion experience, our highly skilled workforce and all the technical requirements already in place, we're ready to get to work and help serve Boeing's customers." - Gregg Evjen, chief operating officer, KF Aerospace. For Icelease, which recently expanded its cooperation with Corrum Capital through a joint venture called Carolus Cargo Leasing, the order for eleven 737-800BCF will be their first converted freighter order with Boeing. The lessor will be the launch customer for conversions at Boeing's London Gatwick MRO facility. Earlier this year, Boeing announced it would create additional 737-800BCF conversion capacity at several sites, including a third conversion line at Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO), and two conversion lines in 2022 with a new supplier, Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) in Costa Rica. Once the new lines become active, Boeing will have conversion sites in North America, Asia and Europe. Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years to meet demand. Of those, 1,200 will be standard-body conversions, with nearly 20% of that demand coming from European carriers, and 30% coming from North America and Latin America. The 737-800BCF is the standard body freighter market leader with more than 200 orders and commitments from 19 customers. The 737-800BCF offers higher reliability, lower fuel consumption, lower operating costs per trip and world-class in-service technical support compared to other standard-body freighters. Learn more about the 737-800BCF and the complete Boeing freighter family here. About Boeing As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Boeing's London Gatwick MRO is a full service maintenance, repair and overhaul facility offering maintenance and repair services, modifications, aircraft transitions, aircraft surveys, and hangar and tooling leasing services. About Icelease Icelease ehf, based in Reykjavik, Iceland, is an aircraft lessor, asset management and trading platform. Icelease was originally spun off from Icelandair in 2005 and is now an independent organization owned by its managing partners. Since the spin-off, Icelease has executed more than $5 billion in aircraft acquisitions and disposals in both short-term trades and long-term investments. The launch of Carolus Cargo Leasing, its Joint Venture project with Corrum Capital, further solidifies the relationship between Corrum and Icelease, who formed an initial joint venture in 2019. Carolus will focus on the acquisition, conversion and leasing of cargo aircraft on a global basis. About KF Aerospace For over 50 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees.

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Flight Safety Foundation Calls for Accelerating Safety Solutions for 5G Rollout

Flight Safety Foundation | January 20, 2022

Flight Safety Foundation is concerned about the continuing confusion surrounding implementation of expanded 5G services in the United States and the disjointed approach taken to resolving potentially significant aviation safety issues. The Foundation urges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and wireless carriers to cooperate to definitively identify which U.S. airports are affected by the implementation of 5G in the C-Band so that accurate and timely guidance on operational restrictions is made available to aircraft operators. In addition, the Foundation calls for accelerating the process of identifying which aircraft types are approved to perform low-visibility landings at airports where C-Band 5G has been deployed. "Safe airline operations rely on clear and unambiguous regulations so that aircraft can be safely dispatched, and crews can safely operate aircraft to their intended destinations, The unclear and sometimes conflicting restrictions and notices on 5G near airports are creating confusion globally and have led to disruptions and cancellations of hundreds of flights. It is imperative to expedite mitigations and approvals, clearing as many aircraft as possible to operate without restriction at airports." -Capt. Conor Nolan, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Governors. The rollout of 5G also affects more than large airports and air carriers. Restrictions on regional aircraft types affect smaller community airports that rely on regional airlines to transport millions of passengers a year. Helicopter operations for emergency medical services are also affected, limiting the transport of patients and medical staff. "The greater the confusion and uncertainty, the greater the risk to safety, The process of resolving or mitigating the safety risks needs to be accelerated and not allowed to drag on for months." -Foundation President and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi. About Flight Safety Foundation Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization engaged in research, education and communications to improve aviation safety. The Foundation's mission is to connect, influence and lead global aviation safety.

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