Qantas operates 2nd of 3 Project Sunrise research flights, non-stop from London to Sydney

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce (centre) with flight deck crew ©James D. Morgan/Getty Images for Qantas

Qantas, Australia’s national carrier is preparing for its second ultra-long haul research flight, as part of scientific studies into minimising jetlag for passengers and improving crew wellbeing. The first research flight operated between New York and Sydney non-stop four weeks ago with 49 passengers and crew. It cut around three hours off the typical gate-to-gate travel time of current one-stop flights. The airline has re-purposed the delivery flights of three brand new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which would otherwise ferry empty from Seattle to Australia. A third research flight, repeating the New York-Sydney route, will take place in December. Researchers from Read more

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Kenya Airways renews agreement with Joramco for 787 aircraft

Joramco, the Amman based MRO and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has won another base maintenance contract from Kenya Airways, Kenya’s flag carrier, to perform seven heavy checks and modifications on its 787 aircraft. The checks will commence in 2020, between January and September. Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 56 destinations worldwide, 43 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 35 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship Read more

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DAE delivers first of two Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways takes delivery of its first A350 aircraft on lease from DAE ©Airbus

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has delivered the first of two factory new Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Fiji Airways during a delivery ceremony at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. Both aircraft are being delivered on long-term leases. The Airbus A350 XWB is the first of the type to enter Fiji Airways’ fleet, making Fiji Airways the first airline in the South Pacific region to operate this all-new, modern aircraft. The technologically advanced, fuel efficient aircraft will position Fiji Airways as a leader of the environmentally conscious, sustainable travel industry in the South Pacific.

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Jet Aviation Dubai and USW cooperate to provide learning opportunities in aviation maintenance engineering

Jet Aviation Dubai and the University of South Wales (USW) Dubai have announced their cooperation to help support the development of aspiring aviation professionals. Effective immediately, Jet Aviation will provide required on-the-job training opportunities to students in Dubai enrolled at USW Dubai, while USW will support tuition for qualified Jet Aviation employees. This collaboration will help to help build an industry-ready cohort of local aircraft maintenance engineers and related professionals for the aviation industry, fostering teaching, learning, training and knowledge transfer to aspiring aviation professionals in Dubai. Jet Aviation’s EASA, FAA and GCAA approved maintenance facility in Dubai will cooperate Read more

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Embraer signs new aircraft orders with CIAF Leasing and Air Peace

Air Peace, Embraer signing ceremony at the Dubai Air Show

Embraer and Cairo-based CIAF Leasing have signed a firm order for three E190 aircraft. The deal has a value of US$161.4 million at current list prices and will be added to Embraer’s fourth quarter backlog. The three new aircraft will join CIAF’s existing fleet of three E170s, two of which are on lease with Jasmin Airways, the other with Air Cairo. CIAF are also due to receive two E195s in mid-November. Furthermore Air Peace has decided to order three additional E195-E2s, confirming purchase rights from the original contract, signed in April this year. The order was signed on November 17, Read more

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LHT will start completion of first A350 head-of-state cabin in 2020

Work on the first head-of-state cabin conversion of an Airbus A350 long-haul aircraft will begin next year at Lufthansa Technik. The German Federal Government’s Special Air Mission Wing, will be the user of the aircraft. It will be equipped with a special transitional cabin for the transportation of delegations. The transitional cabin will be tailored precisely to the customer’s specific requirements, featuring an office area and spacious conference area, adjoined by a multi-functional lounge area. The rest of the cabin area will be available to the accompanying delegations. It will be equipped with modern, comfortable seats, a generous number of Read more

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SalamAir expands fleet with two new A321neos from GECAS

Salam Air expands fleet with two more A321neos from ©GECAS

SalamAir and GECAS have entered into a lease agreement for two Airbus A321neo to enter service with Oman’s first low-cost carrier. The aircraft are from GECAS’ new order skyline and are outfit with the latest technology CFM-LEAP engines. Based in Oman’s Muscat International Airport and serving routes between 28 destinations across 16 countries, SalamAir will be among the first to operate the A321neo in the Middle East.

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AeroCentury reports third- quarter 2019 results

AeroCentury an independent aircraft leasing company, has reported a third quarter 2019 net loss of US$8.2 million, compared to a net loss of US$4.5 million for the third quarter of 2018.  In the first nine months of 2019, the Company reported a net loss of US$9.6 million, compared to net loss of US$4.2 million in the first nine months of 2018. Third quarter and year-to-date 2019 results reflect the combined operations of AeroCentury and its subsidiary, JetFleet Holding (JetFleet), which was acquired by the Company on October 1, 2018. EBITDA was (US$5.2) million compared to US$5.3 million in the preceding Read more

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Airbus Helicopters delivers first H145M to Luxembourg

The first H145M helicopter for the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg ©Airbus Helicopters/Patrick Heinz

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions to the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Together with the helicopters, Airbus also provides a training and support package to its customer. The delivery of the second helicopter is scheduled before the end of the year. The delivered H145M is the first H145 in Luxembourg.

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Dedienne Aerospace expands UAE presence with new facility in Jebel Ali, Dubai

Dedienne Aerospace is expanding its United Arab Emirates footprint by moving into a new facility in Dubai Jebel Ali, to accommodate continued business growth. Strategically located on a logistic corridor between the main Dubai Port and the main Dubai Cargo Airport (DWC), the new 3000 m² facility will supply aerospace tooling, maintenance and support services for the growing GCC market, along with Africa and Turkey, with it’s prestigious tooling/GSE solutions. The new site will have great proximity to Dubai South Zone, the new aviation district of Dubai, allowing even faster, responsive servicing of Dedienne Aerospace’s customers for years to come. Read more

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AeroGuard Flight Training Center expands into Florida

​​​​​​​AeroGuard Flight Training Center, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, has announced the opening of its 5th campus, located at the Punta Gorda Airport in Charlotte County, Florida. For AeroGuard, this marks its first campus on the East Coast with other locations in Riverside, CA, Austin, TX, Chandler, AZ and Phoenix, AZ. AeroGuard’s core mission is to help young men and women create better futures for themselves through a career as commercial airline pilots. The industry projections show that over 790,000 new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years, putting AeroGuard students on a path toward one of the most Read more

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