Single-pilot commercial flights on hold until at least 2030 – EASA

EASA has ruled out the prospect of flights with a single pilot until at least 2030 ©AirTeamImages

In response to pitches made by Airbus and Dassault Aviation for the right to operate the cruise phase of commercial flights with only one pilot in the cockpit, the European aviation regulator has ruled out the prospect of flights with a single pilot until at least 2030. However, the regulator is considering the possibility of allowing single-pilot elements of a flight by 2027. Limitations would be set that bar pilots with existing medical conditions or insufficient flight hours from operating on their own at any time. The move to solo pilots relates more to long-haul flights where pilots would be Read more

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Air New Zealand selects Heart Aerospace as partner for mission Next-Gen Aircraft

Regional electric airplane ES-30 ©Heart Aerospace

Swedish electric airplane developer Heart Aerospace has been selected as a long-term partner for Air New Zealand’s Mission Next-Gen Aircraft partnership for the replacement of the airline’s Q300 domestic fleet with a more sustainable option from 2030. Heart Aerospace was selected alongside Airbus, ATR, Embraer, and Universal Hydrogen. Air New Zealand’s Mission Next-Gen Aircraft was created to accelerate the development of zero-emissions aircraft technologies, as well as the infrastructure required to make these a reality for commercial aviation in New Zealand. As a long-term partner, Heart Aerospace will work alongside Air New Zealand over the coming years to make flying Read more

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EFW signs supplier contract with Euro-Composites worth US$80 million

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Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), competence centre for Airbus aircraft conversions (P2F) and for light-weight components, has signed a supplier contract with Euro-Composites S.A (EC), amounting to more than US$80 million. This has secured EFW’s supply for honeycomb products from EC as a long-term partner and supplier. EFW uses this material in the production of its ligh-tweight aerospace products, for example floor panels, which are used in all Airbus aircraft, numbering more than 12,000. In addition, EFW also produces cargo lining and interior for the aerospace market as well as products for the transportation market at its production sites in Dresden Read more

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Ethiopian Airlines inaugurates second Aviation Academy campus in Hawassa

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Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, has inaugurated a new aviation training centre in the city of Hawassa. The new training centre will serve as the second campus for Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) and will currently be providing pilot trainee programmes. The facility accommodates different types of classrooms, three training simulators, three aircraft parking and workshop hangars, trainees’ and instructors’ dorm rooms, a cafeteria and sports ground for various sport types. EAA had been providing aviation trainings at its base campus in Addis Ababa to trainees from different parts of the world. The new training centrerwill enable Read more

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Challenge Group initiates partnership with EXSYN

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The international air cargo conglomeration Challenge Group has chosen to partner with EXSYN with a focus on aircraft data migration. EXSYN’s aircraft data management solution, NEXUS, will play a vital role in managing the complex aircraft data flows as Challenge Airlines and Challenge Technic migrate to the recently selected MRO/M&E system (AMOS) over the coming weeks. Challenge Airline BE will be the first of the Group’s companies to migrate to the new system and will also benefit from the technical expertise of EXSYN’s team of aircraft data consultants. EXSYN’s Aircraft Data Management platform focuses on the three main elements of Read more

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Joramco appoints Lambros Stasi Vice President of Operations

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Joramco, the Amman-based MRO facility and engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has appointed Lambros Stasi as the new Vice President of Operations. Stasi has gained over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the maintenance field in both wide-, and narrow-body airframes from a wide range of operations. In addition to his extensive work as a maintenance professional, he has earned multiple national licenses from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with endorsements on all variants of the B747, A320, A330, A340 and B777 aircraft.

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Italian carrier NEOS takes delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft from CDB Aviation

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CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has delivered two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to a new customer, Milan-based NEOS S.p.A. (Neos). NEOS, which operates services from Italy and Europe to the Americas, Asia and Africa, plans to deploy the two aircraft, configured with 186 single-class seats, on intra-European and intercontinental routes.  “We are excited and proud to welcome the second aircraft leased from CDB Aviation into our fleet. These two aircraft are a perfect fit to support our strategic short-haul fleet renewal plan and commercial operations planned for 2023. We thank the Read more

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FAI Technik expands with new maintenance base at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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German MRO service provider FAI Technik, a 100 % subsidiary of Germany´s special mission operator FAI rent-a-jet, has expanded its presence in Germany with the opening of a maintenance base at the all-new “Willy Brandt” Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), in the country’s capital.  At BER, FAI will offer line and base maintenance for the full line of Hawker HS125 series, Beechcraft Premier 1/1A and King Air series aircraft as well line maintenance checks up to 1C for Gulfstream models including the G280, G450, G500, G550, G650 and G650ER. Additionally, an AOG-team for Learjet and Bombardier aircraft will be deployed to Read more

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Jazeera Airways posts annual profit of US$65.7 million for 2022

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Jazeera Airways has announced record net profits of US$65.7 million (KD20.1 million) for the 2022 full year, an increase of 183.6% over 2021. Operating revenues for 2022 increased to US$595.4 million (KD182.116 million), up 126.5%, and operating profit increased by 148.4% to US$87.6 million (KD26.8 million). With the resumption of operations at the Kuwait International Airport (KIA), the airline built on its quick return to profitability in the second half of 2021. During 2022, Jazeera also exceeded 2019 performance, which was the last comparable full-year of unrestricted operations, by 30%. While overall passenger traffic at the airport dropped by 26% Read more

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Norwegian sees boost to passenger numbers – signs LoI to lease six Boeing 737s


Norwegian has seen a 78% boost in January passenger numbers compared to January 2022, having carried 1,131,474 passengers in what is traditionally a quiet month for travel. “People traditionally travel less in January, instead using this time of year to book their next travels. Nevertheless, we had close to full flights to warmer destinations this month. Our New Year’s sales campaign resulted in more than one million sold seats, a satisfying start to this year’s ticket sales,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian. The load factor for January 2023 was also 78%. The capacity (ASK) was 1,870 million seat kilometres, Read more

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