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Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

SAMAD aerospace unveils luxury Q-Starling Personal Air Vehicle

SAMAD aerospace, the British hybrid electric VTOL aviation company is launching its concept for Q-Starling, a high-end Personal Air Vehicle (PAV).

With an innovative modern design taking elements from both fast jets and VTOL aircraft, the Q- Starling represents a new pinnacle in future sustainable aircraft design. Combining the benefits of traditional flight with VTOL capabilities, the Q-Starling will seat two passengers and can be flown by pilots with an anticipated appropriate class rating.

Taking inspiration from classic aircraft such as the Victor, Hawk, Mustang and modern high-end sport cars, the Q-Starling interior also has an exclusive stylish design. The cockpit has been designed to the highest automotive standards of comfort and will include additional transparencies and synthetic vision to enhance situational awareness. Representing a step forward in VTOL design, the Q-Starling will be a ‘must have’ for those who wish to have the latest and greatest in Personal Air Vehicles.

Q-Starling will be powered by a hybrid-electric turbo-generator which will provide power for a large diameter hover fan and a fly-by-wire controlled ‘Reaction Control System’ (RCS). The turbo- generator will then provide forward thrust once the aircraft has transitioned from vertical flight.

Controlled by a comprehensive electronic flight system, the Q-Starling will have numerous and extensive safety systems in-built to prevent the aircraft from departing the flight envelope. In keeping with other ultra-light aircraft it will feature as a ballistic recovery system. The traditional rudder pedals have been absorbed into the flight system and present the pilot with a simplified side-stick control. The Q-Starling will maintain full authoritative control but having the benefit of a simplified control interface.

The aircraft is expected to have a low entry barrier to private flight with an expected conversion requirement of around 10 hours for the average PPL. All materials used in the aircraft are made of ultra-light carbon fibre giving a higher performance capability and enabling semi-aerobatic manoeuvres due to the increased strength of the composite material and design.


IAG Cargo launches direct route to Lahore, Pakistan

IAG Cargo has announced a new direct service from the U.K. to Lahore, Pakistan, starting from October 2020. The service will run year-round, four times per week from London Heathrow. 

The new service will strengthen IAG Cargo’s existing presence in Pakistan, which since 2019 has also included flights to Islamabad, which resumed service on September 14, 2020, operating daily between the two capital cities.

IAG Cargo’s extensive global network will allow customers seeking to transport essential goods from the region, such as textiles, leather, and surgical goods, access to key markets in Europe, the United States, Europe, Canada and elsewhere. The new route will be operated by British Airways B787-8 wide-body aircraft.

Etihad Airways and Sanad sign new SLB-agreement for XWB and GEnx spare engines

Sanad, an industry leader in aerospace engineering and leasing solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company, and Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, have closed a new spare engine deal.

The new deal, which expands the US$900 million-plus partnership between Sanad and Etihad Airways for additional spare engines and rotable components, includes a sale-and-leaseback (SLB) agreement for an additional GEnx engine and a Rolls Royce Trent XWB engine, with a second XWB spare option. Sanad will also provide access to increased B787 rotable components and extended terms for existing GEnx spare engine agreements.

The announcement of the new deal came during the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi where industry leaders convened to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the aerospace, defence and space industries.


Ascent Aviation set to bring 360 jobs to Roswell Air Center, plans major expansion to New Mexico

Arizona-based Ascent Aviation Services is planning to expand to the Roswell Air Center and hire 360 employees in New Mexico for airplane repair and maintenance services, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced September 29.

Ascent Aviation Services has signed a letter of intent to commence operations at the Roswell Air Center. The firm is set to hire 130 employees in the first year for a total of 360 over the next five years. The State of New Mexico, through its Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job creation fund administered by the Economic Development Department, has pledged up to US$4 million to support the project, while Chaves County has committed an additional US$3 million in utility and infrastructure improvements. Ascent plans to invest US$18 million into the New Mexico location. The project is expected to have a state-wide economic impact of
US$545 million over 10-years.

Ascent also plans to offer scholarship and internship opportunities for students studying aircraft maintenance at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell and Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

Ascent is a one-stop shop for aircraft maintenance including storage, maintenance, reclamation, and fueling. It services narrow, wide-body, and regional aircraft, and has authorizations on Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, and Airbus aircraft. It also services airlines, cargo operators, leasing companies, and VIPs. Ascent has two facilities in Arizona with approximately 500 employees. Its locations at the Pinal Air Park and Tucson International Airport span 1,230 acres and five hangars.


Embraer E195s make Vietnam operational debut with Bamboo Airways

Two Embraer E195s have commenced operations in Vietnam with Bamboo Airways, offering the first jet service to Con Dao from Hanoi, Vinh and Hai Phong.

The Embraer E195s join Bamboo Airways’ fleet on a wet-lease agreement with Denmark based Great Dane Airlines, adding to the growing number of E-Jet operators in the Asia Pacific region.

Bamboo Airways is the first to operate direct flights to Con Dao from three cities; the capital Hanoi, Hai Phong city in the North and Vinh city in the central area. There will be two flights a day on the Hanoi - Con Dao route and daily flights from Hai Phong and Vinh to Con Dao in the initial phase. Bamboo Airways is operating the aircraft in a comfortable single class configuration with 118 seats.


Air Partner expands freight services in Asia Pacific

Air Partner, a leader in global private charter and freight aviation solutions, will further expand its team and product range throughout the Asia Pacific region from the Air Partner office based in Marina Bay, Singapore. The Singapore office was established in summer 2019 and, after early success, was a key player for Air Partner in facilitating the freight charter of personal protective equipment (PPE) following the unprecedented demand earlier this year.

Air Partner is slowly seeing increased activity now in non-PPE movements, corresponding to the gradual industrial recovery since COVID-19 restrictions have begun to ease, and is also looking forward towards peak cargo charter season as production lines begin to build up towards Christmas.

The expansion has been overseen by Mike Hill, Air Partner Director of Freight, who joined the business in 2007 to establish the freight department in Germany, and has now relocated to Singapore in order to strengthen Air Partner’s presence in the region with his experience in building freight business in new markets.

“We’ve worked hard during the last 12 months to build trust with our new client base and to export the Air Partner experience and service excellence into the Asia Pacific region. Our dedication to detail has ensured the smooth running of our client’s freight operations during the most challenging times of the PPE peak. Alongside this, we’ve provided solutions for disrupted supply lines in oil and gas, aerospace and e-commerce on some very time-critical projects.”


Kirsten de Bruijn joins Qatar Airways Cargo

Kirsten de Bruijn has joined Qatar Airways Cargo in the capacity of Senior Vice President, Cargo Sales and Network Planning.

An air cargo veteran with 13-years of experience in management in the air cargo industry, she shares Qatar Airways' belief that the pace of change brought about by recent global events demands value centred leadership around revenue and margin management: “The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the need for flexibility and agility. It has also fast-tracked demand for digitalization. Optimizing the utilization of freighters, the network, pricing and processes will mean embracing digital as the central vector of change. Qatar Airways is a world leader in this space and our ability to constantly adapt and adjust will continue to be part of the fundamental premise of our air cargo strategy,” said Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways.

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