NetJets looks to acquire up to 325 Textron Cessna business jets

NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company, has struck a deal with Textron to acquire up to 175 super-midsize Cessna Longitude aircraft and 150 Cessna Citation Hemisphere aircraft and which Textron anticipates will be firmed up over the next few weeks. NetJets has operated Cessna aircraft since 1984 and the current deal would see its fleet of Cessna jets increase to approximately 800 over the next fifteen years. NetJets will also be the launch customer for the clean-sheet large-cabin Citation Hemisphere. Delivery of the first Citation Longitude is anticipated for the second half of 2019. The deal appears to have attracted considerable Read more

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Sine Draco selects Ancra as supplier for A321 SDF cargo loading system

Ancra International has been selected by Sine Draco Aviation Technology to provide the cargo loading system and window plugs for Sine Draco A321 passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft (A321 SDF). Sine Draco is an aviation development company, with office locations in the USA and China, that focuses on developing, managing and executing large scale aviation projects, including aircraft design, modification, certification and investment management. Sine Draco announced their development of A321 SDF earlier this year. Ancra is the industry’s leading supplier of aircraft main deck cargo loading system products with its equipment in service in nearly 60% of the world’s freighter fleet Read more

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GKN Aerospace and UTAS sign lifetime Repair License Agreement

GKN Fokker Services and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) have entered into a lifetime Repair License Agreement to support UTAS’ hydraulic flight control components of the Bombardier CRJ200 and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft in the EMEA and APAC regions. The agreement includes a technology license, providing access to the technical data needed to maintain the Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) according to OEM standards and to OEM approved repairs; technical assistance, which provides training and assistance to deliver the required high quality standards; a spare parts purchase agreement, which is fundamental to offer a competitive solution based on the use of OEM approved materials. Read more

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Safran unveils an electric motor from its ENGINeUS range, designed for future hybrid and electric aircraft

Safran is presenting the first electric motor from its ENGINeUS range designed for future hybrid and electric aircraft, at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida. The ENGINeUS 45 motor has a continuous power of 45kW. It has built-in, dedicated control electronics with an energy efficiency of over 94%. It also has an excellent power-to-weight ratio of 2.5kW / kg at 2,500rpm. The ENGINeUS product line will eventually include a range of electric motors with a power output of up to 500kW. The motor on display has been tested and validated on Safran’s electrical integration benches to Read more

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SAF expands fleet with order for six light single and light twin helicopters

French Alps-based civil operator SAF Group has ordered six new Airbus’ helicopters for emergency medical service (EMS) operations, mountain rescue, aerial work and passenger transport. The order includes three light single and three light twin helicopters to be operated in Metropolitan France and in the Reunion Island, where SAF has recently acquired Hélilagon. Delivery of the six aircraft is planned for 2019.

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Tokyo Century Corporation and All Nippon Airways Trading Company complete acquisition of GA Telesis shares

GA Telesis has announced completion of the previously announced share purchase by Tokyo Century Corporation and All Nippon Airways Trading Co., Ltd. (ANATC) from Global Principal Finance Company. The transaction provides the Company with shareholders that have a committed longterm growth strategy in the aviation industry. Tokyo Century and ANATC, respectively, hold a 49.2% and 10% interest in the Company. The Company is now working with its shareholders on the execution of its new engine leasing joint-venture, Gateway Engine Leasing, for launch prior to the end of the year. Tokyo Century has held an investment in GA Telesis since 2012 Read more

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MTU Maintenance introduces Technical Asset Management Services

MTU Maintenance, a global leader in customized solutions for aero engines, launches Technical Asset Management Services (TAMS) for asset owners. This range of services covers comprehensive technical consulting and fleet management, transitions management and housekeeping support for aircraft engines. “We are delighted to be launching TAMS, our new, intelligent and customized service, as a response to market demands and to complement our existing services,” says Martin Friis-Petersen, Managing Director MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. “As a MRO provider, asset manager and lessor, we are in a unique position to understand the individual requirements of operators and asset owners, mitigate risk Read more

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Bombardier Business Aircraft delivers 31 business jets in third-quarter

Bombardier Business Aircraft has reported strong order and delivery performance for the three months ending September 30, 2018. For the quarter ending September 30, 2018, Bombardier delivered 31 business jets. Third-quarter deliveries include four Learjet, 20 Challenger and seven Global aircraft, bringing the year-to-date total to 96. This strong performance represents more than 70% of Bombardier’s planned business aircraft deliveries for the year. The company further announced that its Business Aircraft segment’s backlog rose to approximately US$14.3 billion as at September 30, 2018. The company also confirmed the continued growth of its services offering and international footprint.

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Adient Aerospace starts operations

Boeing and Adient released that their airplane seat joint venture Adient Aerospace is operational after securing regulatory approvals. The companies also appointed Alan Wittman as Chief Executive Officer and named the team that will lead Adient Aerospace in addressing the aviation industry’s need for more capacity and quality in airplane seating. Industry analysts forecast the commercial aircraft seating market to grow from approximately US$4.5 billion in 2017 to US$6 billion by 2026. The joint venture between Boeing and Adient is developing a portfolio of seats for new airplane and retrofit configurations. Adient Aerospace has opened a customer service center in Read more

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Embraer and Western Air sign Flight Hour Pool Program for ERJ-145s

Embraer have signed a Flight Hour Pool Program agreement with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft. Western Air recently purchased three ERJ-145s from Embraer, becoming the first operator of the aircraft in the country, and the operator plans to purchase additional aircraft by the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. The multi-year Flight Hour Pool Program for the carrier’s fleet of Embraer jets includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer’s spare parts warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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