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Tuesday, Febuary 2nd, 2021

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Rolls-Royce trials 100% sustainable business jet aviation fuel

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has just conducted its first tests on a 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is suitable for business jets. The tests are part of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to help areas in which it is involved to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

The tests were performed using the company’s latest business aviation engine in development, the Pearl 700, in Dahlewitz in Germany and follows on from the first use of SAF in engine ground tests on the Trent 100 engine in Derby, the U.K. According to Rolls-Royce, this test demonstrates once again that its current engines for large civil and business jet applications can operate with 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” option, laying the groundwork for moving this type of fuel towards certification.

At present, SAF is only certified for blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel and can be used on all current Rolls-Royce engines. The SAF used in the tests was produced by low-carbon fuel specialist World Energy in Paramount, California, sourced by Shell Aviation and delivered by SkyNRG. This unblended fuel has the potential to reduce net CO2 lifecycle emissions by more than 75% when compared to conventional jet fuel, and possibly more. Dr Joerg Au, Chief Engineer – Business Aviation and Engineering Director Rolls-Royce Deutschland, said: “Sustainable aviation fuels have the potential to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of our engines and combining this potential with the extraordinary performance of our Pearl engine family brings us another important step closer to enabling our customers to achieve net zero carbon emissions.”

The highly efficient Pearl 700 combines the Advance2 engine core, the most efficient core available across the business aviation sector, with a brand-new low-pressure system, resulting in an 8% increase in take-off thrust at 18,250lb compared to the BR725 engine. The engine offers a 12% better thrust-to-weight ratio and 5% higher efficiency, while maintaining its class-leading low noise and emissions performance.

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Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power Air France A220 fleet

Air France-KLM Group has finalized an order for more than 120 GTF engines to power a fleet of 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. These engines will be supported by Pratt & Whitney through a long-term comprehensive service agreement, with engine maintenance planned to be carried out by AFI KLM E&M.The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in September 2021.

“Thanks in large part to Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, we expect our A220 fleet to deliver significant economic and operational benefits to Air France -- and far lower noise and emissions, which will benefit our customers, communities and planet,” said Angus Clarke, Air France Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for Fleet Strategy. “We look forward to working alongside Pratt & Whitney to serve our customers.”

The A220, powered exclusively by GTF engines, offers significantly lower operating costs compared to previous generation aircraft. The engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. They also provide a significant reduction in noise footprint and produce NOx emissions 50% below the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) CAEP/6 regulation.

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SR Technics VIP Consultancy Services Team delivers Boeing 787 VIP aircraft

SR Technics VIP Consultancy Services Team has delivered a Boeing 787 VIP aircraft from a renowned VIP completion center. The aircraft was handed over to the customer in December 2020 with the assistance of the SR Technics program management team and in close cooperation with the customer and the completion center.

The services and work rendered as part of the B787 interior completion ran the full gamut, starting with the project concept and tender all the way to the redelivery acceptance. They included interior design oversight, daily program management together with cost management and scope of work compliance supervision as well as change management, monument inspections, and aircraft redelivery support.

SATENA optimizes fleet support with ATR Global Maintenance Agreement

ATR and SATENA have signed a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) covering onsite stock, standard exchange, line replaceable unit repair and propeller blades. For SATENA, an existing ATR operator, this is the first time it has chosen ATR’s GMA for its fleet support.

Owned and managed by the Colombian Air Force, SATENA provides essential connectivity throughout the country, providing links to communities and economies, supporting growth and development. For 20 years, through the GMA, ATR has contributed to reducing operators’ maintenance costs and boosting their operations.


Rex enhances long-term Sabre PSS deal to power domestic and regional expansion

Sabre Corporation has announced the enhancement of its long-term SabreSonic passenger solutions suite (PSS) agreement with Rex (Regional Express), providing enhanced IT capabilities to support the carrier’s ambitious domestic and regional expansion plans.

Rex already serves 60 destinations across all Australian states and has now bolstered its agreement with Sabre in order to quickly seize opportunities brought about by industry recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Having recently taken delivery of the first of six Boeing 737s as it gears up to begin flying Melbourne to Sydney in March 2021 and to Brisbane from Easter, Rex needed to bulk up its technology solutions to be able to execute its new business model while working to a tight time-to-market schedule.  

Sabre’s customer-focused reservations system, SabreSonic customer sales and service (CSS), is now providing expanded capabilities to support Rex’s sales and operations procedures as part of Sabre’s commercial platform. The amplified agreement will provide Rex with new and enhanced capabilities, including an expanded range of IT capabilities across SabreSonic Inventory, Reservations, Ticketing, Ancillaries and Check-in to support Rex in its customer-centric approach as it rapidly expands its fleet and operations.


DC Aviation launches new cutting-edge wheel shop

DC Aviation is launching its new cutting-edge wheel shop at its Maintenance Center at Stuttgart airport, offering its customers even more comprehensive services. These will now include repair and maintenance of main landing gear wheels and nose gear wheels. In the near future, DC Aviation will be in a position to perform maintenance work in the new wheel shop on the wheels of larger business jets.

DC Aviation already obtained C14 Approval for repair and maintenance of main gear and nose gear wheels in 2017. Currently, these types of services are performed for the Cessna Citation XLS, Bombardier Challenger 300/604/605/850, Bombardier Global 5000, and Gulfstream G650. DC Aviation plans to further expand these services.

To this end, DC Aviation has enlarged the capacity of the existing wheel shop and invested in state-of-the-art equipment. The floor of the new 77 m² area has been sealed with highgloss epoxy sealer. The cutting-edge equipment includes two bead breakers to detach the rubber from rims of various sizes, a hydraulic lift for more ergonomic and effective work around the wheel, a rim washing machine, and a sand blasting cabin for preparing wheels for the detection of cracks.

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