Airbus to build two new HOTBIRD satellites for Eutelsat

Eutelsat selects Airbus to build two HOTBIRD new generation telecommunication satellites ©Airbus

Airbus has announced it has been selected by Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellites operators, to build two HOTBIRD new-generation telecommunication satellites to replace current spacecraft and enhance capacity at Eutelsat’s premium broadcasting position at 13° East, improving performances over the European and Middle-Eastern footprint, reinforced by a powerful European Superbeam. The new satellites will ensure full service continuity over the operational 102 Ku-band transponders/frequencies, secure deployment and capacity redundancy; the The HOTBIRD fleet forming one of the largest broadcasting systems in Europe, which broadcasts over 1,000 television channels to more than 135 million homes in Europe, North Africa Read more

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Delta refinery to use feedstock from waste plastic

Delta has reported that a portion of the oil refined by Monroe Energy will come from synthetic feedstock converted from waste plastic, under an agreement announced last week with Agilyx, an environmental technology and development company. Under the agreement, Agilyx will supply about 2,500 barrels per day of the synthetic feedstock by 2020. “The Agilyx technology is an innovative process, reducing the amount of plastic that is currently being landfilled,” said Jeff Warmann, CEO – Monroe Energy. “I am proud that our company can play such a significant role in converting waste plastics into useful jet fuel for Delta.” Monroe, Read more

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SR Technics appoints new Head of Engine Services business unit

MRO service provider SR Technics, has named Owen McClave as Senior Vice President Engine Services, effective as of January 1, 2019 and reporting directly to Jean-Marc Lenz, Chief Operating Officer. He will succeed Roberto Furlan, who has decided to step down. Owen McClave is a senior level executive with strong commercial and financial acumen. Over three decades of work with OEMs, independent MROs and leasing companies, mainly on engine and component business, he has increased the operational excellence of a range of organizations in the aviation industry.

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Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and Asiana Airlines sign technical support agreement

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen and Asiana Airlines have signed a five-year agreement for technical support on V2500 thrust reverser. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen will support Asiana Airlines in developing its in-house capabilities for the V2500 thrust reverser and other related components by providing technical training, tools and equipment as well as on-site support. The aim is to establish a flexible and mutually beneficial cooperation based on the respective expertise and needs of both companies and to deepen their relationships. With the quality standards and experience of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen, Asiana Airlines will take a significant step Read more

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Baines Simmons appoints Jim Creber as Senior Consultant

Baines Simmons, part of the Consulting & Training division of global aviation services group Air Partner, has appointed Jim Creber as Senior Consultant. Creber reports directly to Mike Wallace, Head of Training & Consulting Operations and is based at Baines Simmons’ headquarters at Fairoaks airport. Creber has over 25 years of systems engineering experience gained across a wide range of industries, including 18 years as an engineer in the Royal Air Force. For the past 10 years, he has applied his significant expertise to the Aviation Safety domain, developing and delivering a number of strategic safety initiatives. Notably, he was Read more

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ACJ320neo takes to the skies for the first time

The first ACJ320neo made a successful first flight on November 16, 2018, ©Airbus

The first ACJ320neo successfully completed a two hour and 40 minute first flight from Hamburg on November 16th, getting its short test-programme off to a good start. Derived from the popular A320neo airliner family, some 500 of which are in airline service, the corporate jet version includes features such as extra fuel-tanks in the cargo-hold that will deliver even more intercontinental range, plus greater cabin-pressure for better passenger comfort. These features are being tested before delivery of the aircraft to Acropolis Aviation in the coming months. The aircraft will then undergo cabin outfitting by AMAC in Basle, Switzerland, and be Read more

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Avianca now operating non-stop service from Munich to Bogotá

Munich Airport marked the launch of Avianca’s new service to Bogotá with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Hernán Rincón, the CEO of Avianca, and Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport. Munich is now the only German destination served non-stop by the Colombian carrier. Avianca will depart from Munich to the Colombian capital five times a week. Passengers flying to Bogotá will benefit from the wide range of connecting flights to attractive Latin American destinations offered by the Star Alliance member Avianca at its home hub. Along with 20 Colombian cities, Avianca flies to 60 other Read more

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Pattonair hires first Group Innovation Director

Jason Rance

Global aerospace and defence supply chain provider, Pattonair, has hired its first Group Innovation Director to drive the implementation of the company’s strategy of applying leading edge technologies to deliver innovative solutions across the supply chain. Jason Rance has been appointed to the new role, reporting to Pattonair CEO, Wayne Hollinshead. Rance has a successful track record in developing growth and innovation strategies for world class consumer brands and in disruptive e-commerce and service businesses.

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BOC Aviation places Air Macau’s first three new Airbus A320neo aircraft

BOC Aviation has announced the placement of three new Airbus A320NEO aircraft with Air Macau (Air Macau), all of which are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2019. The aircraft will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ Engines. “We are pleased to add Air Macau as a new customer and to support its fleet and network growth plans as it capitalises on its position in the thriving Pearl River Delta region” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “BOC Aviation is well-placed to support expansion in the China air transportation Read more

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Alaska Air Group reports October 2018 operational results

Alaska Air Group has reported October operational results on a consolidated basis for its mainline operations operated by subsidiary Alaska Airlines and for its regional flying operated by subsidiary Horizon Air Industries and third-party regional carriers SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines. On a combined basis for all operations, Air Group reported a 2.4% increase in traffic on a 2.4% increase in capacity compared to October 2017. Load factor was 83.8%, the same as the prior year.

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