Weekly Roundup 8.1.18 – 12.1.18

A steady takeoff is scheduled for aviation in 2018. On Monday 8 Jan., the Mexican College of Air Pilots (CPAM) commemorated the 108th anniversary of the first flight in Mexico and Latin America, made by Alberto Braniff. Volaris climbed into the Top 20 most punctual airlines and major Mexican airlines including Aeroméxico and VivaAerobus saw their passenger traffic increase during 2017. To support the development of human capital and technology, President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the National Center for Aeronautic Technologies (CENTA) in Queretaro on Friday 12 Jan.

In aerospace news, new technologies and aircraft were either finished or presented this week. Airbus assembled its first A321NEO ACF and the BelugaXL and Boeing has created a new electric AEV destined for cargo.

It was a bittersweet week for space technology and exploration. John Young – one of the most experienced astronaut s– passed away at 87 years of age and an intelligence satellite onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket failed to reach orbit and is presumed destroyed. On the other hand, efforts focused on space technology and science continue taking place. The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and NASA will train astronauts for future Mars missions in Mexico and AEM continues to support space technology advancement through cooperation with academic institutions.


Mars the Mysterious (NASA, 1997) by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. CC BY-NC 2.0

NASA and AEM will train astronauts for 2030 Mars mission in the Sonora desert.

Volaris increases its passenger traffic by 9.5 percent during 2017.

Industry 4.0 transforms aviation, as 62 percent of aerospace companies have adopted smart manufacturing initiatives in comparison to 50 percent of automotive ones.

Aeroméxico increases its RPK by 14.6 percent in 2017.

AEM creates projects with UASLP to support Mexican capacities on scientific rocket development.

The Mexican College of Air Pilots commemorates 108th anniversary of the first flight in Mexico and Latin America.

Volaris is 20th most punctual airline in the world according to aviation intelligence firm OAG.

President Enrique Peña Nieto to inaugurate CENTA research and training center in Queretaro.

VivaAerobus transported over eight million passengers in 2017. This represented a growth of 28.6 percent in comparison to 2016.

C130 by Chris Foss. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Cascade Aerospace will modernize Mexico’s C-130 Hercules aircraft through the installation of Rockwell Collins Flight2 avionics system.

Element Materials Technology completed rebranding of four aerospace laboratories in Mexico and the US after acquiring Exova Group.

Aeroméxico could receive Bombardier C Series aircraft from Delta.


Etihad Airways and Emirates sign security collaboration agreement to share intelligence.

Astronaut John Young dies at 87. He was part of three space programs, six space trips and a moonwalk.


US intelligence satellite launched by SpaceX fails to reach orbit and is presumed either destroyed or sunk at sea. SpaceX defends Falcon 9 rocket performance.


Airbus signs memorandum of understanding with China’s state planner to expand cooperation in the aeronautical industry.

Etihad Airways appoints former JetBlue executive Mark Powers as CFO.

Airbus finishes assembling the first a321neo Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF) in its Hamburg facilities.

IAG group transported 104.8 million passengers in 2017.

China orders 184 aircraft from Airbus for 13 airlines.

Malaysian government will pay seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity US$70 million for finding MH370 aircraft that went missing in 2014.

Airbus presents new BelugaXL cargo plane. It is one of the largest aircraft in existence.

Iberia the most punctual airline worldwide according to FlightGlobal.

Lockheed Martin enhances Aegis missile-defense system capabilities through installation of long-range discrimination radar (LRDR).

Beluga by Resolingaire. CC0

Global business jet market shows recovery signs: Eric Trappier of Dassault Aviation.

Boeing to beat Airbus in aircraft production race in 2017.

Boeing presents prototype for electrical cargo UAV that will be used to test the company’s autonomous technology.

GKN rejects unsolicited offer from Melrose to take over the company. GKN has set out plans to split business in two parts to improve performance.

Lufthansa calls for major cuts in Alitalia before acquiring the airline. This includes reducing staff and fleet. Lufthansa offered EUR€250 million for Alitalia.

China will be the largest aviation market in 2022 according to IATA.


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