U.S. follows Europe’s example and bans all Pakistan International Airlines flights

Pakistan International Airlines ©AirTeamImages

In the wake of the grounding of nearly one-third of all Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) pilots, the U.S has followed in the footsteps of the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA)and has revoked the permission for PIA charter flights to fly to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation took such action on the recommendation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) owing to its concerns over the validity of pilot certifications. A copy of the revocation of special authorization was dated July 1 and a copy was sent to Reuters news agency. The EASA issued a six-month ban on PIA Read more

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New joint unit cements cooperation between EASA and EUROCONTROL

Official opening of the joint EASA-EUROCONTROL Technical and Coordination Office (TeCO)

Director General EUROCONTROL Eamonn Brennan and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky together officially opened the joint EASA-EUROCONTROL Technical and Coordination Office (TeCO) at EUROCONTROL’s Brussels Headquarters. The Office is designed to improve the efficiency of the two organisations’ joint activities.   For Eamonn Brennan, this “marks a major step forward in the increasingly strong cooperation between the two organisations, providing strong cooperation at all levels. Through the Joint TeCO, we will be able to provide the required technical support to EASA, further improve our cooperation and avoid duplication.” The safety and efficient running of Read more

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FACL new handling partner at Lufthansa Cargo Center in Frankfurt

At the Lufthansa Cargo Center (LCC) in Frankfurt, Fiege Air Cargo Logistics (FACL) will take over the operative handling and co-ordination of inbound and outbound standard shipments in several phases until mid 2021. The physical cargo handling processes in the LCC had already been largely outsourced to various external service providers for many years. In the course of digitalization, the process landscape in LCC was standardized across the board and consistently aligned with the material flow. “Our future partner contributes additional expertise in the area of digitalization as well as efficient design and implementation of warehouse processes. At the same Read more

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Sault College implements WinAir Version 7 for maintenance and inventory control software

Sault College soaring to new heights with WinAir Version 7 ©WinAir

Sault College and WinAir have partnered together to fully implemented WinAir Version 7 – the latest and fully web-based release of WinAir’s aviation management software – for the College’s School of Aviation. The software provides an aviation maintenance solution for supporting the daily operations at the College’s flight school. This decision to collaborate with WinAir led to a remarkably simple product implementation with WinAir’s software implementation team, which took place in mid-January. Since WinAir’s software workflow and proven training methodology adheres to aviation maintenance best practices, Sault College was able to quickly take charge of the solution and go live Read more

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Boeing completes helicopter deliveries to Indian Air Force

Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF. Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) has been producing aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both U.S. Army and international customers. TBAL marks a major step towards the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defense in Read more

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Delta Cargo partners with PayCargo

Delta Cargo teams up with PayCargo and Unisys ©Delta Air Lines

Delta Cargo has partnered with online payment platform PayCargo and Unisys to offer customers an additional option to pay for their shipments’ destination charges. The new service for cargo shipments that originated internationally and delivered throughout the U.S. is available since July 10, 2020. PayCargo is a leading online payment platform for the air cargo and shipping industry. Its secure and easy-to-use system has cost benefits directly for Delta Cargo’s customers as it automates data flows, eliminates the need to send paper checks and enables same-day release of cargo. “Delta Cargo is focused on making it easy to do business Read more

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Austrian Airlines to double offer from current 20% to almost 40%

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Austrian Airlines has published the remaining summer flight schedule 2020, which will run until the end of October. By then, Austria’s home carrier will double its offer from the current 20% to almost 40% compared to the previous year’s schedule, subject to new official restrictions. Starting in August, Austrian Airlines will be flying to Shanghai again – initially once a week. From September onwards, further routes will be added to the flight schedule, which will initially be operated up to once a day. This concerns Chişinău, Dnipro, Iaşi, Klagenfurt, Leipzig, Lviv, Lyon, Nuremberg, Odessa and Yerevan. In addition to resuming Read more

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Rolls-Royce burns through £3 billion in first half of 2020


With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seeing flight hours of Rolls-Royce engines halved, the British company has advised that it has already burned through £3 billion (US$3.8 billion) and anticipates that a further £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) of outflow will transpire in the second half of the year. For the months of April through June, flying hours for its engines fell 75 percent. While still having £8.1 billion (US$10.5 billion) available, Rolls-Royce is now looking at options to strengthen its balance sheet, according to Warren East, the company’s CEO. He told reporters this Thursday that: “The COVID-19 pandemic has Read more

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AerCap raises US$3 billion of funding in second-quarter 2020

AerCap has announced its major business transactions during the second quarter of 2020: AirCap has raised funding of US$3 billion, including US$2.5 billion of unsecured bonds during the second-quarter. The company purchased two new aircraft, Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, and executed sale transactions for nine owned aircraft, including three Airbus A320 Family aircraft, five Boeing 737NGs and one Boeing 757 aircraft. AerCap has signed lease agreements for ten aircraft, including one widebody-aircraft and nine narrowbody-aircraft.

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German Bundeswehr renews service contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali

Heron 1 ©Bundeswehr

Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services was extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. It has successfully logged up more than 46,000 flight hours in over 4,100 operational flights. Also, in March this year, the German Air Force passed the milestone of ten years of Heron 1 operations in Afghanistan, with a first operational flight dating back to  March Read more

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