Air Tanzania signs a 5 years IFE contract with Inflight Dublin.

  • Air Tanzania has signed the contract for 5 years
  • This new IFE offering will be available onboard Air Tanzania’s fleet from June 2018.

Inflight Dublin, the global IFE and wireless provider, has recently signed a contract with Air Tanzania to provide the latest content offering onboard its new fleet. This new content agreement includes the latest Hollywood movies, international and local titles, classic TV shows, broad audio selection and a range of broadcast shows. 

All content will be streamed via embedded Panasonic EX3 systems, which will certainly elevate inflight service. Inflight Dublin will provide additional audio services such as pre-recorded announcements and boarding music.

Air Tanzania has signed the contract for 5 years with an aim to significantly improve the airline’s passenger experience by offering IFE.
“This new content services agreement represents exciting inflight entertainment growth opportunities for Air Tanzania and a commitment to provide the best travel experience for our passengers,” said Ladislaus Matindi, Air Tanzania’s CEO and Managing Director. “We are delighted to launch these new services in our fleet, which is now poised to provide the very latest movies, television and audio programming on regional and international flights.”
John White, Infight’s Dublin CEO adds:
“Our cooperation with Air Tanzania improves how its passengers enjoy the airline’s inflight service. As the flag carrier of Tanzania, the airline is committed to driving the nation’s aviation industry by adhering to the latest IFE trends. We are pleased to be part of their long-term plan.”

This new IFE offering will be available onboard Air Tanzania’s fleet from June 2018.

Air Tanzania goes for Hitit reservation ticketing system.

Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has ordered a $67,000 (Sh147 million) reservation ticketing system from Turkey.

The system installation aims to help the company avoid irregularities in ticket sales and improve services to customers, according to ATCL managing director Ladislaus Matindi.
"We signed a contract with an Istanbul-based Hitit Solutions Company over the past two weeks to offer the service. Training on the use of technology has started."
The system was expected to become operational next month.
He hopes the technology will leverage in tracing what happens in ticket sales, hence providing no chance for irregularities as it used to be.
Works, Transport and Communications minister Makame Mbarawa last year suspended ATCL finance manager Stephen Kasubi over the loss of Sh715 million associated with irregularities in ticket sales. Prof Mbarawa said Mr Kasubi allegedly fraudulently facilitated a Comoro-based travel agency -- Salama World Travel Agency -- access Sh715 million tickets against the law.
The law sets Sh15 million as the ceiling for the value of tickets that the company can give to a travel agent, and for which payment must be made before new ones are issued, according to the minister.

"We won't spare unscrupulous workers; we want loss in revenue associated from irregularities in ticket sales to be a thing of the past," said Mr Matindi.

source: the citizen

First made-in-China jetliner begins airline service

SHANGHAI—The first regional jet produced in China’s initiative to compete in the commercial aircraft market made its debut flight Tuesday carrying 70 passengers.

An ARJ21-700 arrives at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Tuesday after its first flight from Chengdu.  (ALY SONG / REUTERS)

The ARJ21-700 jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the ruling Communist Party to transform China from the world’s low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields.

The plane operated by Chengdu Airlines took its passengers from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai in two hours.

China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on foreign-made aircraft. Beijing wants to capture more of those sales. Its major airlines are state-owned, which gives the ruling party a captive pool of potential customers that can be ordered to buy Chinese-made aircraft.

The ARJ21 — or Asian Regional Jet for the 21st Century — is intended to make its state-owned manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, a competitor to Bombardier Inc. of Canada and Brazil’s Embraer SA.

“The first flight of the ARJ21 marks the beginning of commercial, or passenger, operations for the ARJ21 and signifies the first time a domestically made regional jet has been used by a Chinese airline,” said the COMAC chairman, Jin Zhuanglong.

The ARJ21 initiative was launched in 2002. It was scheduled to deliver its first plane in 2007 but that was pushed back due to technical problems. Key components including the nose, fuselage, and tail are the same as used on the Douglas DC-9 and McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series of jetliners.

A full-size jet under development by another state-owned company, the C919, is aimed at competing with Boeing Co. and Airbus. After delays blamed on manufacturing problems, the C919 is due to fly this year and enter service in about 2019.

Boeing forecasts China’s total demand for civilian jetliners over the next two decades at 5,580 planes worth a total of $780 billion.



Boeing has achieved a major milestone toward the entry into service of the 787-10, the largest variant of the Dreamliner family, as the company announced yesterday the completion of its detailed design.

The airframer announced that this program stage was reached nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, which “means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released for fabrication or procurement.” Boeing expects to start the assembly of the 787-10 in 2016, followed by the first flight in 2017.  The first delivery is scheduled for 2018 to United Airlines. The largest operators of the variant will be Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways, with 30 aircraft each.
“With the 787-10, we are building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself to create this newest member of the super-efficient 787 family,” said Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development. “Through our dedicated team and our disciplined processes, we have optimized the design for the needs of the market and are excited as we look forward to production.”
The 787-10 is a stretched version of the 787-9, which was first delivered to Air New Zealand in 2014. Ken Sanger, vice president of 787 Airplane Development. said Boeing is “building upon our experience and the 787-9 design itself” on the 787-10. According to the company, 95% of the design and build of the 787-10 and 787-9 will be identical, thus reducing production costs and risks across the production system.

The 787-10 will be built exclusively at Boeing’s North Charleston, located in South Carolina. The aircraft will have a range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,908 kilometers), and In standard configuration, it will accommodate 323 passengers, which is 33% more than the capacity of 787-8 and 15% more than 787-9. and in standard configuration, it will accommodate 323 passengers, which is 33% more than the capacity of 787-8 and 15% more than the 787-9. To date, customers have placed orders for 164 787-10s, equivalent to 14% of all 787 orders.


In airworthiness terminologies, ‘suppliers’ means any source of components and material external to the approved maintenance organisation. These external sources could be distributors, other approved maintenance organisations, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), operators, etc.

Suppliers play an important role in the success of aviation industry.

The use of components from different suppliers enables aircraft maintenance organisations to carry out maintenance in a cost effective-manner by allowing them to benefit from the worldwide market competition.

Through worldwide market competition the industry gets suppliers who offer reliable, relevant, high-quality products and services that complement and augment aerospace industry technology.

However, acceptance of components from different sources has revealed several issues with suppliers for many years, such as the supply of unapproved parts or counterfeit parts, which may represent a risk to aviation safety.

Regulatory bodies i.e. CAAs provide clear requirements and guidance materials in order to ensure that the risks associated to the acceptance of components/parts from suppliers are mitigated. Maintenance organizations are required by the regulations to establish procedures for the acceptance of components/parts. Among the contents of such procedures include a supplier evaluation control procedures and acceptance/inspection of aircraft components and material from outside contractors.

Acceptance of components is a routine process in the daily activities of any approved maintenance organisation, therefore, clear requirements and detailed guidance material are necessary to ensure mitigating the risks associated to such process. Inadequate procedures or the lack of procedures on how to evaluate suppliers may result on the acceptance and installation by the maintenance organisation of non-conforming parts, unapproved parts and counterfeit parts. The worst foreseeable situation would be that the failure of the installed non-conforming or un-approved parts or counterfeit parts could have catastrophic consequences; however, this occurrence is considered improbable.

Proper evaluation and selection of suppliers helps reducing the number of findings detected by maintenance organisations during acceptance of components, such as components shipped with inadequate documentation, components non-conforming to the purchase order.

Maintenance organizations are required by regulations to keep the list of their approved suppliers. This list is always updated from time to time, meaning that adding and/or removing some of the suppliers accordingly.

One of the ways used by Maintenance organizations to get suppliers to keep into their lists is through the use of on-line suppliers’ directories and it’s always easy to source for suppliers through this way. Directories like provides a number of suppliers whereby maintenance organizations or individuals can easily find a suitable supplier pertinent to their needs.

Aviation suppliers contribute to aviation safety. Suppliers have a role to play in ensuring parts meet the airworthiness requirements and unairworthy aircraft parts are not supplied into the market. Every supplier must comply with relevant aviation safety regulations pertinent to aeronautical parts supply. 

Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft.

A321 for fast-growing Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir
Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. 
“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal.”
“We are especially pleased to be delivering today’s aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region. With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft.”
“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in Asia-Pacific,” said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of VietJetAir. “Based on our proven experience, we are confident that our decision to operate an all Airbus fleet will bring us unbeatable economies of scale while offering our passengers a comfortable travel experience. It will be a great honour for us to welcome the 9000th Airbus aircraft to its new home in sunny Vietnam.”
VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.
Since delivering its first A300 in 1974, Airbus has developed the world’s most modern and comprehensive product line. Today this includes the market-leading single aisle A320 Family and the industry’s most extensive Widebody Family, comprising the super-efficient A330, the all-new A350 XWB and the world’s largest aircraft, the flagship double deck A380.
The 9000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-delivered in August 2013.  Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.

Aircraft Delivery At Airbus Delivery Centre

Before taking delivery of an aircraft and signing the transfer of the title, the customer airline carries out a complete and detailed check. It is represented by a team of experts whose assignment is to check the conformity of the aircraft with the contractual specification. They are assisted in this by the Airbus Delivery team. 
Airbus has modern delivery centres at its final assembly facilities in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany, and Tianjin, China

  • 1st day: ground checks: external surfaces, bays and cabin visual inspection, static aircraft system and cockpit checks, engine tests.
  • 2nd day: acceptance flight: checks during flight of all aircraft systems (including cabin systems) and aircraft behaviour in the whole flight envelope.
  • 3rd day: physical rework or provision of solutions for all technical and quality snags open in delivery.
  • 4th day: completion of technical acceptance. Technical closure of the aircraft and all associated documents attesting the aircraft’s compliance to the type certificate and conformity to the technical specification allowing the issuance of the Certificate of Airworthiness.
  • 5th day: transfer of the aircraft's title deeds to the customer airline: the aircraft changes owner. Preparation of the aircraft for the ferry flight to its home base. 

The delivery phase is spread over four or five days on average, dependent upon the aircraft programme. A standard delivery procedure takes place as follows:

Each representative appointed by the customer airline has responsibility for a specific number of tasks. 
A typical team consists of around seven people (from engineering, quality, maintenance, flight operation, etc.) placed under the authority of a delivery team leader who centralises all the issues. 
Airbus also offers the customer airline a series of presentations about its aircraft throughout the production process, from major component assembly to painting and cabin furnishing, so that it can check that the terms of the contract have been met.

Source: Airbus

10-storey glass airport terminal with largest indoor waterfall, park...

New £726million terminal scheduled to open in 2018

A huge 10-storey glass airport terminal is being built in Singapore's Changi airport, which will boast the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a large indoor park, walking trails, apart from improved facilities for passengers, reports 'DailyMail'.

Called 'Project Jewel', the £726million terminal that is scheduled to open in 2018, will have five storeys above ground and five below ground, with a total footprint of more than 1.4 million square feet.

The round-shaped terminal will house one of the largest indoor collections of plants in Singapore and one of its top attractions will be Forest Valley, a huge five-storey garden filled with thousands of trees, plants, ferns and shrubs.

And a breathtaking 130-ft ‘Rain Vortex’ is expected to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall once complete.

For travellers, Jewel will be an exciting tourist destination. For Singaporeans, it will be a playground near home, the report added. 

Located at the core of the complex, it will transform into a light and sound show with special lighting effects at night. 

Jewel will seamlessly integrate with Terminal 1’s arrival hall and enhance facilities for faster check-ins and luggage drops, as well. 

It is designed by a team led by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and is a joint venture between Changi Airport Group and CapitaMalls Asia.

Changi Airport was named the world’s best airport in 2014 by the World Airport Awards. 

Source: emirates247