Norse Atlantic Airways gets green light from USDOT for transatlantic flights

The USDOT has approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for transatlantic flights ©Norse

Founded in 2021, Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) has received notification from the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) that the low-cost long-haul carrier’s application to enable it to fly between Norway, Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA has been approved. The newly formed airline took delivery of the first of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in December last year, while during the same month it also received its Air Operator’s Certificate from Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority. Norse plans to commence operations in spring of this year. Norse intends to provide low-cost flights between Norway, Europe and the USA with Read more

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ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo join forces and launch CargoTech

ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo are coordinating their digital expertise under a new-technology-focused and autonomous company: CargoTech. The pandemic has spotlighted the importance of digitalization across all air cargo processes. With the launch of CargoTech, ECS Group’s inhouse solution developer, Cargo Digital Factory and the French software and data-science company, Wiremind Cargo will focus its efforts on intelligently digitalizing the air cargo industry. CargoTech also supports one of the four pillars of ECS Group’s new augmented GSA concept, comprising commercial, technology, sustainability and new abilities. Based in Paris, France, Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind’s newly established dedicated Read more

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GE successfully concludes Phase-1 testing on second XA100 adaptive cycle engine

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GE has concluded Phase-1 testing on its second XA100 adaptive cycle engine as part of the US Air Force’s Adaptive Engine Transition Programme (AETP). Phase-1 testing took place at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, altitude test facility and enabled GE to continue gathering high-quality performance data validating the engine’s transformational propulsion capability. Phase-2 tests will begin at the US Air Force’s advanced testing facilities at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in the first quarter of 2022. “Phase-1 testing allowed us to further characterise the operation of the engine and puts us in a great position to begin Phase-2 testing at AEDC,” said Read more

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Jackson Square Aviation announces transition of Chief Risk Officer role from Paul Dwyer to Dan Cavanagh

Paul Dwyer (l) and Dan Cavanagh (r)

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA), a full-service commercial aircraft lessor, has announced that Paul Dwyer has transitioned his role as JSA’s Chief Risk Officer ahead of his upcoming retirement. Dan Cavanagh has succeeded Dwyer as Chief Risk Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Dwyer will remain at JSA until his formal retirement on February 28, 2022. JSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin McDonald, commented, “Paul has been a fundamental member of JSA’s leadership team since he joined our company in 2016 and we wish him well in his retirement. We are grateful for the focus and expertise that he brought to our risk Read more

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Voyageur Aviation unveils new EXCL programme with launch customer Sabena technics

Voyageur Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, has entered into an agreement to provide on-site inventory, component repair and overhaul and detailed service level support for the De Havilland aircraft of Canada Dash 8-400 to Sabena technics (Sabena) through Voyageur’s Exchange Component and Leasing Subscription (EXCL) programme. “We are pleased to launch our EXCL programme in Europe with a premier customer, Sabena,” said Gary Gilbert, Vice President Avparts, Voyageur. “The expansion of this programme is an integral part of the continued growth of our Avparts division.” Voyageur developed the EXCL programme to provide customers with more freedom, flexibility and control Read more

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Texel Air’s first 737-800BCF joins growing fleet at Bahrain International Airport

©Texel Air's new Beoing 737-800BCF

Texel Air, an established airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched the latest addition to its fleet and the very-first for the region, a 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The 737-800BCF is a full-freighter aircraft that is highly in demand in the global air cargo market and is the first of its kind in the Middle East with a second of the same aircraft type due to arrive in September 2022. These new aircraft will enable Texel Air to carry larger cargo volumes, fly greater distances and to new destinations on behalf of its current and Read more

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FAA clears estimated 45% of US commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings

The FAA has cleared an estimated 45% of the US commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings at many of the airports where 5G C-band will be deployed on January 19. The agency approved two radio altimeter models that are installed in a wide variety of Boeing and Airbus planes. This combination of aircraft and altimeter approval opens up runways at as many as 48 of the 88 airports most directly affected by 5G C-band interference. As of January 5, none of the 88 airports would have been available for landing during low-visibility conditions. The wireless companies agreed to create buffer Read more

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Delta Air Lines reports financial results for the December quarter and full year 2021

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For the fourth quarter 2021 Delta reported adjusted pre-tax income of US$170 million, excluding a net impact of US$564 million primarily in equity method losses, mark-to-market adjustments on investments and special profit-sharing payment. Adjusted operating revenue of US$8.4 billion, which excluded third-party refinery sales, was 74% recovered versus December quarter 2019 on capacity that was 79% restored. Total operating expense decreased US$833 million compared to the December quarter 2019. Adjusted for costs from third-party refinery sales, total operating expense decreased US$1.9 billion or 19% in the December quarter 2021 versus the comparable 2019 period. At the end of the December Read more

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Spairliners and Collins Aerospace in Poland agree to new evacuation slide repair contract

Spairliners and Collins Aerospace Wroclaw agree to new evacuation slide repair contract ©LHT

Collins Aerospace in Wroclaw, Poland has been awarded a first-time support agreement for evacuation slides by Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in the support of the E-Jet aircraft family. Under the agreement, Collins will provide full test and inspection of evacuation systems, as well as repair, modification and replacement services. The operational and technical engineering support from the Collins Wroclaw facility offers efficient, fast and reliable services for all qualifying component and repair work, including access to loan and exchange units. “This agreement ensures that the fleet of more than 200 E-Jets supported by Spairliners are maintained Read more

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CDB Aviation names Michelle Wu Head of Commercial, Greater China

Michell Wu

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has appointed Michelle Wu as Head of Commercial, Greater China. Wu joins CDB Aviation from GECAS, where she spent a more than two-decades career holding various executive roles focused on executing marketing efforts and nurturing key airline relationships in the region. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President Marketing Commercial & Regional Manager China, leading the lease placement, extension, and sale and leaseback of more than 350 new and used aircraft and freighters. Prior to GECAS, Wu was Deputy Director of Leasing Office at Civil Read more

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