SaxonAir orders new Hawker 900XP

UK based private air charter operator SaxonAir on Tuesday announced an order for a new Hawker 900XP. Financial details of the order were not disclosed.

UK based private air charter operator SaxonAir on Tuesday announced an order for a new Hawker 900XP. Financial details of the order were not disclosed.

Delivery of the new aircraft is expected in Spring this year and it is said to be part of the carrier’s ongoing expansion plans.

The 900XP can travel 2,600 nm with up to eight passengers and their luggage while the stand-up cabin offers a gallery and full-sized private lavatory.

Scandinavian Airlines reintroduces complimentary tea and coffee

Scandinavian Airlines on Monday announced that it introduced complimentary coffee and tea on all European routes.

Scandinavian Airlines on Monday announced that it introduced complimentary coffee and tea on all European routes.

Included in the complimentary tea and coffee reintroduction are the carriers domestic services in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The complimentary service was re-launched on 29 January 2012.

Malaysia Ailrines appoints new senior managers and unveils structure of new short-haul airline

Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday announced the appointment of two new members to its senior management team and unveiled the management structure of its new short-haul airline.

Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday announced the appointment of two new members to its senior management team and unveiled the management structure of its new short-haul airline.

On 1 February 2012 Azhari Mohd Dahlan will join MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE) as chief executive officer. Prior to his appointment with MAE Mohd Dahlan was regional head of engineering for AirAsia Berhad.

Puan Zahrag Zaid will be taking on the position of executive vice president of human capital with the carrier from 8 February 2012. Zaid is replacing Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin who is leaving the carrier in the middle of February 2012.

The carrier also announced the organisational structure of its new unit to manage its short-haul airline operations. The new carrier will operate the short-haul routes of Malaysia Airlines and the Firefly ATR turboprop business and it has a working target to be launched by the second quarter of 2012.

The new carrier will be led by chief executive officer, short haul Mohammed Rashdan Yusof, chief operation officer, short haul will be Ignatius Ong Ming Choy.

Boeing selects Cobham for provision of Body Fuel Tanks

Technology company Cobham PLC (LSE:COB) announced on Monday that Cobham Mission Equipment, a provider of systems integration, has been chose by Boeing to provide Body Fuel Tanks in support of the US Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Programme.

Technology company Cobham PLC (LSE:COB) announced on Monday that Cobham Mission Equipment, a provider of systems integration, has been chose by Boeing to provide Body Fuel Tanks in support of the US Air Force’s KC-46 Tanker Programme.

Financial details of the contract were not available.

The company said that Body Fuel Tanks enable KC-46A mission capability by providing additional fuel for offload and increased range. The engineering manufacturing development (EMD) phase began in January 2012. Low-rate and full-rate production is expected to be carried out through to 2028. The US Air Force plans to initially acquire 179 KC-46A Tankers from Boeing, each of which is expected to carry a quantity of four each of the Cobham Body Fuel Tanks. Work will take place at Cobham Mission Equipment’s centre of excellence in Davenport, Iowa.

Cobham added that it is a key supplier to Boeing on several KC-46 programme systems and is providing a centreline drogue system for the KC-46A tanker aircraft. The contracts relate to the EMD phase of the programme and also include development hardware. Cobham will also provide a pair of wing-mounted aerial refuelling pods to 30 tankers.

Cirrus Aircraft to offer all aircraft models in 2012 with Perspective Global Connect

Personal aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft on Wednesday announced that for 2012 all models of its aircraft can now be equipped with Perspective Global Connect.

Personal aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft on Wednesday announced that for 2012 all models of its aircraft can now be equipped with Perspective Global Connect.

Perspective Global Connect is an avionics enhancement which is intended to contribute to a cockpit and provide access to the on-demand Iridium satellite network to obtain global communications and data.

Features of the Perspective Global Connect include worldwide weather, satellite phone and text messaging capabilities. The system is integrated with the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin cockpit and is able to be used in combination with any aircraft options.

Pricing details of the Perspective Global Connect were not disclosed.

CAA releases statement on Airbus A380 inspections

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced that it is in close touch with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) so it can keep UK air passengers informed of developments with the Airbus A380.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced that it is in close touch with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) so it can keep UK air passengers informed of developments with the Airbus A380.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and EASA are said to be working together to continue the safe operations of the A380 aircraft and EASA is asking for precautionary inspections of wing ribs on some Airbus A380 aircraft.

Currently Airbus A380 aircraft flying into the UK are operated by Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Emirates. No UK airlines currently fly A380s.

EASA is the body responsible for safety oversight of the Airbus A380.

Next discount glitch sells £1198 sofa for just £98

Fashion and homeware retailer ‘Next’ accidently listed a £1,198 sofa on its website for just £98. The blunder meant that the sofa had been reduced by £1,100 instead of the intended £100.

 

Bargain-hunters rushed online to purchase the deal and the mistake went unnoticed as buyers even received confirmation emails and estimated delivery dates.

 

The pricing error was spotted by users of Hotukdeals, and remained unnoticed for nearly six hours.

 

Customers said that they had £98 – plus delivery charges – debited from their bank accounts, which meant those who managed to get their hands on the homeware, believed they were getting the ‘deal of the century’.

 

However these customers face a disappointment from Next, as the retailer is falling back on its terms and conditions small print which states it can cancel orders before they are dispatched for delivery.

 

After only a few hours Next spotted their mistake and quickly corrected the price. Yesterday the retailer said it planned on contacting all customers involved and explain that their orders would not be fulfilled.

 

The firm had been in talks with Trading Standards regarding the issue, and found they were well within their rights to ‘cancel the order at any time prior to dispatch’.

 

A spokesman for Next said: “For a few hours, one sofa option was shown wrongly priced on our transactional website and telephone ordering system. This was a genuine and unfortunate error, which we corrected as quickly as possible”.

 

He added: “We then discussed with our local Trading Standards offices how to deal with any orders that had been placed at the wrong price. According to our standard terms and conditions, we reserve the right to cancel an order at any time prior to dispatch”.

 

“We are contacting all customers involved, explaining that unfortunately we will not be able to fulfil their order. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointed caused”.

 

Next is not the first retailed to be affected by a price glitch, last year Currys was forced to apologise for listing a Samsung Galaxy Netbook for £22 instead of £229 on its website.

 

In October chocoholics snapped up thousands of boxes of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges from Tesco after an error in the pricing system, which meant the price was lowered to £1.75 for a pack of six instead of £16.50.

AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services to be established in Bahrain

Public agency The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced on Thursday at the second Bahrain International Airshow that US provider of aircraft engine MRO services AeroThrust Holdings LLC USA is to establish AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services WLL in Bahrain.

Public agency The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) announced on Thursday at the second Bahrain International Airshow that US provider of aircraft engine MRO services AeroThrust Holdings LLC USA is to establish AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services WLL in Bahrain.

EDB stated that the formally concluded joint venture agreement with Bahraini partners follows EDB’s proactive outreach and consultation process to support the decision to invest in Bahrain, as well as continuing support around the registration process. The Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) has also declared its support for the venture.

Under the joint venture AeroThrust Holdings LLC’s technical expertise will be leveraged in the aircraft engine MRO services sector and it will provide a full range of aircraft engine MRO services for the Pratt & Whitney JT8 and CFM International’s CFM 56 series of engines.

AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services WLL is expected to invest approximately USD20m in its facility at Bahrain over the next 3 years. The 94,000 sq ft facility will be completely dust free and incorporate the latest climate control technologies, tools and machinery, according to EDB.

Insurers fined for file tampering

RBS owned insurance companies Direct Line and Churchill has been fined for tampering with files.

The files in question are customer compaint files which had been submitted to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

They have been fined £2.17m, however the FSA have said the changes were small and would not effect customers.

The action is a major breach in rules. 

Tracey McDermott of the FSA said: “The firms failed to give clear instructions resulting in staff making inappropriate alterations with one individual even forging the signatures of colleagues.

“The firms’ management did not know what changes had been made or when [but] it is of critical importance that material provided to the FSA must reflect the picture as it is – not as they might like it to be,” she added.

The tampering occurred when insurers tried to sort out the FSA’s continuing enquires, which began three years ago, looking into the approach taken by financial firms when dealing with customer complaints.

Only a year ago RBS itself was fined for inadequately dealing with customer complaints, to the sum of £2.8m.

Direct Line and Churchill both looked into closed complaints and staff were told the complaints must pass.

When the FSA received their sample 50 files in April last year it was told that some may have been altered or “created”.

Further investigation revealed 27 out of 50 had been altered, with seven containing forged signatures.

“In this case, the alterations did not impact on the FSA’s ability to do our job,” the FSA said.

Aircastle and ORBIS International to provide additional eye care services to post-earthquake Haiti

Global acquirer, leasor and seller of commercial jet aircraft Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) on Thursday announced that it is partnering with ORBIS International to provide eye care services to Haiti and further help the country’s reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake.

Global acquirer, leasor and seller of commercial jet aircraft Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) on Thursday announced that it is partnering with ORBIS International to provide eye care services to Haiti and further help the country’s reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake.

ORBIS works in developing countries to prevent and treat blindness by providing eye care, hands-on training and partnering with local health care organisations.

Aircastle initially donated to this cause in the later part of last year and said it will contribute again in 2012.