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Tuesday, January 12th, 2020


President and CEO Rickard Gustafson to leave SAS

The President and CEO of SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Rickard Gustafson, has decided to leave SAS after ten-years. He will leave the company, at the latest, July 1, 2021.

“After ten intense and stimulating years, the time has come for me to pass on the baton to the next CEO of SAS during the first half of 2021," President and CEO Rickard Gustafson commented. "I have accepted an opportunity to join one of Sweden’s largest industrial groups. SAS has a strong position in the Scandinavian market and is well positioned to lead the aviation industry toward a more sustainable future once the pandemic is under control. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all esteemed colleagues, customers and other stakeholders in SAS for their engagement, loyalty and support over the years. SAS is a fantastic organization with extraordinary people that will ensure that SAS remains an important and integrated part of the Scandinavian infrastructure”.

SAS' board has immediately started the process to appoint a new President and CEO.


Elliott Aviation acquires Atlanta-based MRO, The Maintenance Group

Elliott Aviation, a leader in business aviation services since 1936, has announced it has acquired Atlanta-based MRO, The Maintenance Group.

The Maintenance Group has been successfully operating at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta, GA, for over 25 years. The acquisition of The Maintenance Group adds the following additional airframe service capabilities to Elliott Aviation’s portfolio of qualifications: Gulfstream G550/G450/G-V/G-IV/G-III/G-280/G-200/G-150/G-100, Falcon 2000/50/50EX, and Bombardier Challenger 350/600/601/650. In addition to the aforementioned aircraft maintenance capabilities, Elliott Aviation’s current facilities in Moline (MLI), Des Moines (DSM), and Eden Prairie (FCM) are authorized service facilities for Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, Hawker, King Air, and Premier. Elliott Aviation is also an authorized service center for Embraer Legacy 400/500, Phenom 100/300, and TBM. Additionally, they regularly utilize their approvals within their 145-repair station for Challenger 300/604/605, several Learjet models, and most models of Cessna Citation.

The Maintenance Group is equipped to handle major airframe inspections, structural repairs & modifications, wing corrosion repair, DAR import/export airworthiness approvals, STC installation & certification projects, and pre-purchase inspections. This adds an additional 40,000+ ft² to Elliott Aviation’s nationwide footprint.

Columbia chooses Leonardo's AW139 helicopter as new presidential transport helicopter

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new presidential transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. 

The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the first military customer of the type in the country and will expand the existing AW139 fleet in Colombia. The model has already proven successful for civil transport operations supporting the Oil & Gas industry, with five units in service used by prime operator Helistar S.A.S.

The Presidential AW139 will feature, among others, an eight-seat configuration in the largest cabin in its category, the highest safety standards and include a self-defence suite, typically integrated into other helicopters in the Head of State/Government transport role. 

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Bahrain confirms Qatar will have access to its airspace

Bahrain’s civil aviation affairs authority confirmed on Sunday that as of January 11, its airspace will be open to Qatar.

The news follows on from a U.S.-backed deal by Arab states to end a dispute with Doha last week. This announcement also occurred after Riyadh announced a breakthrough at a summit on Tuesday to end the bitter political row in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have already announced they are re-opening their airspace, land and sea-entry points to Qatar.

Jeju Air and Sabre affirm long-term relationship

Software and technology provider Sabre Corporation has announced the renewal of its long-term distribution partnership with Korea’s largest low- cost carrier, Jeju Air. The renewed agreement means that Sabre will continue to distribute Jeju Air’s content to hundreds of thousands of travel agents, and the travellers they serve, through its extensive, worldwide travel marketplace.

Jeju Air typically operates scheduled domestic services between cities across South Korea as well as between Seoul and international destinations including Japan, China, Russia, the Mariana Islands, and a number of key destinations across Southeast Asia. Distributing its air content through Sabre’s Global Distribution System (GDS) will remain an important part of the carrier’s distribution strategy as the travel industry continues to strategize for recovery and growth amid the current pandemic.


AvAir acquires HAECO A320 rotable pool

AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, has acquired Airbus A320 rotable pool from HAECO ITM (HAECO ITM), a member of the HAECO Group.

HAECO ITM provides services ranging from flexible inventory pooling options, Power-By-The-Hour support services and repair management to ad-hoc loans, exchanges and worldwide AOG support. With extensive component engineering and airline operating experience and strong in-house repair capabilities, HAECO ITM offers customised, innovative and cost-effective component management solutions with guaranteed service level and high-quality component maintenance at competitive cost, ensuring customer fleet performance and technical dispatch reliability whilst providing cost visibility.

With this transaction, AvAir will add over 2,000 rotable components including IDG’s, Starters and Avionics for Airbus A320. The entire stock will be added to AvAir’s growing Dublin facility to support their A320 customers in the region.

Elix Aviation Capital delivers Dash 8-202 to Air Kenya Express

Elix Aviation Capital (Elix) has delivered one Dash 8-202, MSN 516, on lease to Air Kenya Express. This is the first aircraft Elix has delivered to Air Kenya. With this new delivery, Elix continues to expand its leasing services in the African market.

Elix Aviation Capital is a regional aircraft leasing platform established in 2013 to offer comprehensive asset management and leasing solutions to airlines, lenders and investors in the regional aircraft market. The company has selectively built a diversified lease portfolio comprised of high-quality Bombardier and ATR turboprops with an attractive and varied group of more than twenty lessees worldwide.


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