Lufthansa’s new leisure airline Eurowings Discover takes off in July

Eurowings Discover will make its inaugural flight on July 24 ©Lufthansa

In time for the current steep rise in demand for holiday bookings, the Lufthansa Group’s new leisure airline is ready for take-off. With the issuance of its operating license and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the German Federal Aviation Authority, the young start-up airline Eurowings Discover has successfully completed the final stage on its way to independent flight operations. The certificate was issued by the German Federal Aviation Authority on June 16. Eurowings Discover is the first airline in Germany to receive an unlimited permit under a new aviation law requirement known as partial CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization). The Read more

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GA Telesis and Aero Staking sign distribution agreement

GA Telesis (GAT) has announced an agreement with Aero Staking, to become a global distributor of its extensive product line of aircraft tooling, bearings, and bearing testing equipment. This partnership represents GA Telesis’ Tarmac Solutions commitment to supporting airlines and MROs in reducing their overall maintenance costs while finding those solutions all in one location. To date, the Tarmac Solutions division of the Flight Solutions Group (FSG) has expanded its portfolio of aftermarket supplier partnerships, providing greater overall tool and GSE options for its customers globally. “Aero Staking brings a unique product line to the industry, and we are delighted Read more

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Avianor and LATAM Cargo team-up for cargo modifications on three Boeing 767s

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Montreal Mirabel International Airport-based Avianor, and LATAM Cargo, based in Santiago, Chile, have completed and certified temporary cargo modifications on three Boeing 767aircraft. Avianor, an affiliate company of DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation, was previously contracted through a mutual collaborator to perform cabin reconfiguration work on LATAM’s 767 and 777 aircraft. Avianor’s experience and familiarity of these aircraft, along with its turnkey temporary cargo conversation solution, encouraged LATAM Cargo to contact Avianor to repurpose the cabin interiors of its 767 aircraft. In May, LATAM Cargo announced that up to ten 767 will be permanently converted to cargo in the coming Read more

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SAF Group orders three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services

H145 helicopter ©Airbus Helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145 helicopters for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions in Belgium. SAF CEO Tristan Serretta says: “Introducing six new H145s in France and Belgium in just twelve months is in line with our strategy to increase the capacity of the growing number of EMS services that place their trust in us. This increase Read more

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TOPCAST and ECT sign distribution agreement for delivering augmented engine wash technologies

Topcast Aviation Supplies (TOPCAST) and Engine Cleaning Technology (ECT) have signed a distribution agreement in May 2021, delivering biodegradable, non-toxic and non-flammable compressor cleaner for aviation jet engines.  Aircraft engines are the most complicated part that powers an aircraft to fly. To endure the best performance of aircraft operations, washing the jet engine with utmost care on a regular basis offers better fuel efficiency, extends lifecycle and secure aviation safety. ECT R-MC’s patented formula is eco-friendly, easy to rinse chemicals that meet the stringent needs for MIL85704 and all OEM specifications. The revolutionary technology for washing engines entails a quick Read more

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Ryanair takes delivery of first 737 MAX after two-year delay

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The Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 jet that landed at Dublin Airport on June 16, was the first of 210 of the MAX 8 variant ordered by the Irish low-cost carrier. Though one of Boeing’s biggest customers, Ryanair has been particularly critical these last few weeks over delays to deliveries and also a clear lack of communication. Ryanair had anticipated having its first MAX jet in service by March this year, with 24 in service for the summer. Instead, in April, the carrier revised that figure down from 24 to 16, and then down to 14 in May when Ryanair’s chief Read more

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Finnair flies to 70 destinations in the winter season

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Many countries are opening travel as vaccination coverage increases. Finnair has now updated its offering for September-October and for the winter season 2021/2022 (November – March) to meet the needs of its travel-hungry customers. Destinations for autumn and winter include Canary Islands, with flights starting already in September as well as Miami and Thailand in the winter season. Altogether, Finnair flies to some 70 destinations during winter 2021/2022.  The Finnish Lapland continues to attract travellers, and in September Finnair offers frequent flights to Kittilä and Ivalo in northern Finland – great destinations to experience the wonderful autumn colours of Lapland. Frequencies to Scandinavia are increased in October when Finnair flies to Oslo and Copenhagen three times per Read more

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Five-year truce reached over Boeing-Airbus aid dispute

A five year truce has been negotiated between the U.S and EU concerning the 17-year spat over aircraft subsidies provided to Boeing and Airbus that were seen as unfair. As a consequence, many of the Trump-era retaliatory subsidies have also been suspended. Since 2004 both planemakers have taken their case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in which they have both argued that subsidies received by either company resulted in unfair competition against the other. In March this year a four-month suspension of tit-for-tat tariffs by both sides were suspended, which included those placed on EU cheese and wine, and Read more

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Flynas takes delivery of three Airbus A320neo aircraft from Jackson Square Aviation

Flynas Airbus A320neo aircraft ©Jackson Square Aviation

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) has closed the purchase-and-leaseback financing for Flynas, Saudi Arabia with delivery of three Airbus A320neo aircraft under long-term leases. “We are excited to provide a comprehensive financing solution to Flynas with the delivery of these latest-technology and fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft and welcome the airline as our newest customer”, said Chris Dailey, JSA President and Chief Commercial Officer.

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U.S. Navy receives first TH-73A training helicopter

Leonardo has delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy, during a ceremony held at its Philadelphia, U.S.A. campus. The TH-73A is based on the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) variant of the commercial AW119Kx, certified as the only single-engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems. The TH-73A is extremely flexible and can satisfy every training flight requirement, featuring an adjustable observer seat that provides a complete view of the cockpit, Read more

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