Iran refuses to pay compensation for downed Ukrainian jet

The Iranian government has refused Ukraine’s request for compensation for the loss of the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737 that was accidentally shot down shortly after take-off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8 this year. While the government does not rule out paying compensation for the victims, even though an initial offer made in February was rejected by the Ukraine, the request to pay compensation for the jet itself has been rejected as it was insured by European insurers, not Iranian insurers. “The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies,” Read more

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AEI adds HAECO Xiamen as authorized AEI Conversion Center

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Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has selected HAECO Xiamen as an authorized AEI Conversion Center. HAECO Xiamen’s first AEI conversion, a B737-800SF, is scheduled to commence in January 2021. This will be followed by an additional line starting in April 2021. AEI currently has four active authorized AEI Conversion Centers, including Commercial Jet, in Miami, Florida; Commercial Jet Services in Dothan, Alabama; KF Aerospace in Kelowna, B.C., Canada and STAECO in Shandong province, People’s Republic of China.

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Great Dane Airlines selects AerFin’s BeyondPool™ flight-hour solution

Great Dane Airlines and AerFin sign long-term Flight-Hour-Agreement ©AirTeamImages

Danish Charter operator Great Dane Airlines, has become the latest airline to select AerFin’s BeyondPool™ component Flight Hour-solution, signing a long-term Flight-Hour Agreement (FHA) to support the airline’s fleet of three (3) E195 E-Jet aircraft. AerFin’s BeyondPool™ is a fully bespoke, comprehensive E-Jet component FHA solution, covering repair, overhaul, pooling and on-site provisioning of E-Jet rotable component inventory and is fully supported out of Great Dane Airlines’ main hub in Aalborg, Denmark. In addition, AerFin will also be positioning a comprehensive on-site stock of inventory into Hanoi, Vietnam – this, following the recent announcement that Great Dane Airlines will be Read more

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Heston MRO and Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport partner for aircraft storage

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Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, a privately funded airport in South East Queensland, and Heston MRO, an independent MRO organisation in Australia, partner up to create a one stop aircraft parking and storage solution. Commencing immediately, the services offered to airlines and aircraft owners include short- and long-term aircraft parking, induction into storage programs, ongoing maintenance support, re-activation, logistics, and other related services. Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport cater for immediate parking of up to 70 aircraft, with a potential to expand this number to up to 200 units. With 2870 meters runway, capable of landing aircraft up to A380, unrestricted 24/7 access, and Read more

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ALC announces pricing of public offering of US$700 million of senior unsecured medium-term notes

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the pricing of its public offering of US$700.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.875% senior unsecured medium-term notes due January 15, 2026. The sale of the notes is expected to close on August 17, 2020, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  The notes will mature on January 15, 2026 and will bear interest at a rate of 2.875% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears on January 15 and July 15 of each year, commencing on January 15, 2021. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, Read more

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Robinson Helicopter delivers R66, serial number 1000

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Robinson Helicopter has delivered R66 Turbine, serial number 1000, to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation (Peachtree City, GA). FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1. 2 million flight hours without a single reported in-flight engine failure. This accomplishment demonstrates a level of reliability that exceeds EASA’s stringent requirements for single-engine helicopters. The R66 has also risen to the challenges of flying to the North Pole and circumnavigating the Read more

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North American Aerospace Industries names Martin O’Boyle Business Development Manager – MRO

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North American Aerospace Industries Corporation (NAAI), a provider of sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling solutions, has appointed Martin O’Boyle as Business Development Manager – MRO. In this role, O’Boyle will have the responsibility for developing the company’s MRO business in North America. He brings to his new position extensive technical and commercial experience working across aviation for airlines, aircraft lessors, corporate operators, OEMs and maintenance facilities. Before joining NAAI, O’Boyle served as Head of Civil Aviation Business Development for Sabena Aerospace. Part of his role was to set up a joint venture in Africa where he was responsible for business development, Read more

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IAI experienced growth in operating- and net income in first-half 2020

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has reported sales increase of 4.6% to US$2,078 million in the first half of 2020 (H1 2020), compared with US$1,986 million in H1 2019 and growth of 7.6% in company sales in the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020) to about US$1,060 million compared with US$985 million in Q2 2019. Sales of the Military Groups in H1 2020 increased to US$1,706 million compared with US$1,448 million in the corresponding period of last year. IAI reported a decrease of 15% in sales of the Aviation Group in H1 2020 to US$612 million compared with about US$721 million Read more

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Repatriation flight ends in tragedy as Air India 737 crashes killing 18 passengers and crew

An Air India Express Boeing 737 repatriation flight carrying 190 passengers and crew has crashed at Calicut International airport, killing 18 passengers and crew, including both pilots. The plane, arriving from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land in poor conditions on the ‘table-top’ runway on August 7, when it shot off the end of the runway and broke into two sections. A table-top runway is a term used to describe a runway which has a relatively steep drop at either one, or both ends. In this instance, the plane sheared in two as it slid off the runway Read more

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Austrian Airlines calls for comprehensive COVID-19 testing to replace landing and entry bans

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On Friday, August 8, the Austrian Federal Government allowed landing bans for flights from 18 countries to expire. These bans did not apply in other EU member states. Nevertheless, the many different travel regulations in the European Union make it more difficult for people to travel freely and for airlines to reliably plan flight schedules. At a press conference, Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech called for comprehensive COVID-19 tests to be carried out on all passengers from high-risk countries as a means of alleviating this situation. “The freedom to travel is an important cornerstone of our modern-day society which Read more

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