Path cleared for foreign airlines to enter Brazil’s domestic market

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Following Brazil’s lower chamber approval, the Senate has passed legislation which will allow foreign-controlled airlines to operate domestic flights within the country, which is Latin America’s largest sir-travel market. However, as Congress has added a codicil whereby airlines are now banned from charging passengers for their first checked bag, this now means that President Jair Bolsonaro’s signature will be required before the legislation becomes law. The checked-bag restriction has not been welcomed by airlines or the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association transport group as this may restrict opportunities for low-cost airlines and may ultimately see higher fares being Read more

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Delta receives first highly efficient A330neo

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Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first A330-900, one of 35 A330neos the Atlanta, Georgia-based airline has on order. With new fuel-efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements, and the advanced Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330-900 will give Delta a premier long-haul, widebody aircraft with exceptionally low operating costs. Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus’ newest widebody models. It has 13 A350-900s in its fleet with another 12 on order. Delta operates more than 265 Read more

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RUAG optimizes maintenance visit for Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft

Bombardier Challenger 850 from VistaJet ©RUAG

RUAG MRO International refreshed a Bombardier Challenger 850 belonging to VistaJet with a variety of aircraft services during a scheduled maintenance visit. Project management and services included aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), component MRO, aircraft painting, and the integration of both an avionics ADS-B out upgrade as well as a full cabin refurbishment. This is the first in a series of Challenger 850 projects which will be completed on behalf of VistaJet. The customer chose to optimize a scheduled MRO event on their Bombardier Challenger 850 to save on both time and costs. The aircraft, part of VistaJets’ global Read more

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Panasonic Avionics opens first innovation studio in Pleasanton, California

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has opened its first Innovation Studio in Pleasanton, California. Breaking ground as the first of five planned locations worldwide, Panasonic’s new Innovation Studio in Pleasanton will serve as a hub for innovation, ideation and solution-building. It is designed as a space where airlines and partners will gather and co-create the future of travel experience. David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Innovation is at the center of everything Panasonic Avionics does. Our new facility in Pleasanton will play a major role in fostering our collaboration ethos, and is the first of five such Read more

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Finnair and Silo.AI improve situational awareness of air traffic with artificial intelligence

Finnair and the artificial intelligence company Silo.AI built a machine learning artificial intelligence tool that enables the airline to predict possible disruptions to air traffic more accurately. In Finland, this unprecedented solution can for example be used to assess the impact of weather on the punctuality of flights, so that preparations for irregularities can be done in advance.    Flight punctuality is one of the biggest factors that affect customer satisfaction, and weather is one of the biggest factors affecting the punctuality of air travel globally. With Silo.AI’s artificial intelligence solution, Finnair will be able to better prepare for exceptional circumstances caused by weather and Read more

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MTU Maintenance and GoAir sign exclusive CFM56-5B contract

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MTU Maintenance has signed an exclusive four-year CFM56-5B contract with GoAir, a low-fare carrier based in Mumbai, India. The contract covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as spare engine support and on-site services for the CFM56-5B engines powering the airline’s 17 A320 aircraft. Launched in 2005, GoAir is an aviation foray of the Wadia group, one of the largest conglomerates in India. The carrier operates 230 flights per day across the Indian subcontinent and international flights to Phuket, Male, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. With 144 A320neo aircraft on order, the airline is poised for further growth.

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Héroux-Devtek reports fiscal 2019 net income of CA$26.2 million

Héroux-Devtek, a leading international manufacturer of aerospace products, has reported strong results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. For fiscal 2019, consolidated sales reached CA$483.9 million, up 25.2% from CA$386.6 million in fiscal 2018. Commercial sales were at CA$236.3 million, up from CA$195.1 million a year ago, while defence sales stood at CA$247.6 million, up from CA$191.5 million last year. Sales growth was mainly driven by CESA and Beaver, followed by increased deliveries for the Boeing 777 and 777X programs, higher sales in the business jet market from the ramp-up of deliveries for the Embraer Read more

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Rolls-Royce delivers first Pearl 15 production engines

©Rolls-Royce delivers the first sets of Pearl® 15 production engines to Bombardier for the first Global 6500 aircraft

The first sets of Pearl® 15 production standard engines were delivered to Bombardier and have been fitted to the first Global 6500 aircraft that is now in completions in readiness to power its latest business jet, into service. While Bombardier has started interior completion work on the first customer aircraft, the Rolls-Royce site in Dahlewitz, Germany, is ramping up the Pearl 15 production. Flight testing is on track to support the aircraft certification and a smooth entry into service later this year.  The Pearl 15 is the newest addition to Rolls-Royce’s business aviation engine portfolio, exclusively powering Bombardier’s Global® 5500 Read more

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Passport and CF34 Authorized Service Center network expanding globally

GE Aviation has strengthened its service and support network in critical regions where the Passport-powered Bombardier Global 7500 and CF34-powered Challenger series aircraft and customers are based. GE Aviation named Bombardier’s Tianjin Service Centre in China as an Authorized Service Center for GE’s Passport and CF34-3 engines in April. With the announcement, GE has combined Passport and CF34-3 Authorized Service Centre agreements in place at eight Bombardier Service Centre facilities around the world. These include Tianjin in China, Biggin Hill in England, Singapore, and Hartford, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Wichita and Tucson in the United States.  GE also has services agreements Read more

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