Delta to become launch customer for Bombardier’s CRJ900 with ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin

Bombardier's new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin ©Bombardier

Bombardier has announced that with a firm order for 20 CRJ900s, Delta Air Lines will become the launch customer for the regional jet fitted out with the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin. Based on the list price, the order has a value of US$961 million. On the order, Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said: “We are thrilled that Delta continues to select the CRJ Series as the airline looks into the future growth of its regional operations. Together with Delta, we have driven the development of regional aviation in the U.S., and we are looking forward to further enhancing regional air Read more

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FedEx Express orders 24 medium and large freighters from Boeing

Boeing and FedEx Express have signed a new order for 12 767 Freighters and 12 777 Freighters as one of the world’s largest air cargo carrier continues to invest in new freighters to better serve its customers. “We are taking another positive step in our fleet modernization program as we add more efficient, lower emission aircraft to our global fleet,” said David L. Cunningham, President and CEO of FedEx Express. “The Boeing 767 and 777 Freighters have brought greater efficiency and reliability to our air operations. The 777, with its tremendous range characteristics, has allowed us to provide faster transit Read more

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LHT puts new tail dock in operation at Munich base

On June 20, 2018, Lufthansa Technik AG has put a new tail dock in operation at its Munich base. The company invested over €2 million in the new infrastructure. The dock is used for maintenance work on the aircraft types Airbus A330, A340 and A350. The dock facilitates maintenance work at the rear of long-haul aircraft, as it makes the vertical and horizontal stabilizer and the auxiliary power unit, APU, easier to access. It also allows different work packages to be carried out simultaneously. The dock is 28.5 meters wide, 21 meters deep and 20.7 meters high. The weight is Read more

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Rolls-Royce joins celebrations as Cathay Pacific receives first A350-1000

Rolls-Royce has joined Cathay Pacific Airways to celebrate the delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000, powered by the Trent XWB-97, the latest version of the Trent XWB, the most efficient large aero engine in service today. Greeted by aviation enthusiasts, the aircraft arrived in Hong Kong on June 20, making Cathay Pacific the first airline in the Greater China region to receive an A350-1000. Cathay Pacific has ordered a total of 20 A350-1000 aircraft, and the engines are all fully covered by Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare® service. Rolls-Royce has supplied engines to Cathay Pacific for more than 40 years and the Read more

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Argentina’s economic turmoil hits international travel

The fall-out from Argentina’s financial turmoil is having a huge impact on travel to and from the country, according to latest figures from ForwardKeys which predicts future travel patterns by analysing 17 million booking transactions a day. Outbound travel bookings collapsed after the Peso crashed in May and President Macri asked the IMF for a bailout. Bookings for travel from Argentina to other Latin American countries (which have the largest share of Argentina’s outbound travel, at 43%) slumped year-on-year by 26.1%. Total international outbound bookings were down 20.4%, having shown an increase of 8.4% between January and April. Other destinations Read more

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FAI grows fleet with addition of fifth Global Express

German Special Mission Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has expanded its fleet of managed aircraft with the addition of a fifth Global Express (S/N 9084). This brings FAI’s total fleet to 25, including its 10 managed aircraft. In addition to the five Bombardier Global Express jets, FAI currently operates five Challenger 604s, 12 Learjet 60s, one Learjet 55, one Premier 1A and a King Air 350. All Bombardier aircraft are maintained by FAI Technik. The new Global Express will be German registered and operated on behalf of a corporate client. It will be based at FAI’s corporate headquarters in Nuremberg following Read more

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WestJet Link takes flight

WestJet has inaugurated its new regional airline service, WestJet Link, from Cranbrook and Prince George to Calgary. Service starts from Lethbridge and Lloydminster to Calgary on June 21 and Medicine Hat to Calgary on June 22. Overall, WestJet Link connects five new cities to WestJet’s growing hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport. All WestJet Link flights are operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

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OEMServices and Whippany Actuation Systems partner to service operators in the Middle East, Africa and Russia

OEMServices and Whippany Actuation Systems have partnered to service operators in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Whippany Actuation Systems, specialized in electromechanical actuation components, systems and subsystems for commercial and military applications has entrusted OEMServices with a long term component services agreement. OEMServices, a leader in component, logistic and trading services for airlines and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), will operate component aftermarket services for Whippany Actuation Systems’ operators in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. More specifically, the component services provided by OEMServices include a one-stop shop through its worldwide service centers for repair needs and a 24/7 AOG Read more

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Bell and Safran to collaborate on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems

At the Future of Transportation World Conference in Cologne, Germany, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. Bell Helicopter’s Director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, commented that: “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places. This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and Read more

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Alaska Airlines to add new nonstop service between Sacramento, California and Kona, Hawaii

Alaska Airlines brings more aloha spirit to Northern California with the addition of new nonstop service between Sacramento, California, and Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The new service, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 20, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two destinations with a flight frequency of three times a week. Alaska currently offers nonstop service from Sacramento to Maui, Hawaii. “We’re pleased that Alaska Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii from Sacramento. This new service to Kona marks our airport’s first scheduled service to the Big Island, and enhances the portfolio of nonstop service Read more

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