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Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

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JetBlue enters service with first A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines

JetBlue Airways' (JetBlue) first Airbus A220-300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines, has officially entered scheduled service with the first revenue flight from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Tampa International Airport (TPA). The aircraft – which was assembled at Airbus's U.S. production facility in Mobile, Ala. – is scheduled to operate between the Northeast and Florida for the next several weeks. JetBlue’s second A220 is on track for delivery in the coming days, with the third expected to arrive next month.

JetBlue ordered 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2018 and later expanded the order to 70 aircraft in 2019. The airline has also ordered 85 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, including 13 A321LR and 13 A321XLR aircraft. The airline currently operates 16 of the A321neo variant powered by GTF engines, 193 A320ceo family aircraft powered by V2500® engines, and 60 Embraer E190 aircraft equipped with the APS2300E auxiliary power unit (APU).


IATA buoyed by European Commission president’s comments over EU-U.S. travel

With Ursula von der Leyen commenting that the EU intends to grant unrestricted access to travelers from the U.S. who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) was quick to announce its encouragement.

“This is a step in the right direction. It gives hope to people for so many reasons—to travel, to reunite with loved ones, to develop business opportunities or to get back to work. To fulfil that hope, details of the EC’s intentions are essential. To be fully prepared, it is imperative that the EC works with the industry so that airlines can plan within the public health benchmarks and timelines that will enable unconditional travel for those vaccinated, not just from the US but from all countries using vaccines that are approved by the European Medicines Association. Equally critical will be clear, simple and secure digital processes for vaccination certificates. The IATA Travel Pass can help industry and governments manage and verify vaccination status, as it does with testing certificates. But we are still awaiting the development of globally recognized standards for digital vaccine certificates. As a first step, it is vital that the EU accelerates adoption of the European Green Certificate. President von der Leyen’s comments should add urgency to this work,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

However, the IATA felt that travel should not be restricted to those whose who have had access to a vaccine and should also include those who in possession of a negative COVID-19 test. “The freedom to travel must not be restricted to only those who have access to vaccinations. Vaccines are not the only way to safely re-open borders. Government risk-models should also include COVID-19 testing,” said Walsh.


Bombardier appoints Ève Laurier Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing

Bombardier has appointed Ève Laurier as Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing. She will report directly to Bombardier President and CEO Éric Martel and will lead the company’s community engagement, employee, and customer outreach, and steward the brand journey internally and externally, around the world.

Laurier brings more than 20 years of experience in the fields of public relations, communications, corporate marketing, and branding. She most recently served as a General Manager at Edelman, a worldwide communications firm that partners with businesses and organizations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.

Egypt’s low-fare airline, Air Cairo, receives first A320neo aircraft

Air Cairo has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft will join Air Cairo’s all Airbus fleet of seven aircraft. The aircraft is on lease from ICBC Leasing and is equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines.

With improved levels of efficiency, the new aircraft will be deployed on Air Cairo’s regional and international network to serve countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo. Air Cairo’s fleet expansion and modernization strategy coincides with the airline’s decision to open more routes, fostering closer links with countries across continents.

Offering the airline exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance, Air Cairo’s A320neo is configured with 186 seats in an all-economy-class cabin.


C&L Aviation Group purchases nine ERJ 145 aircraft for teardown

C&L Aerospace has purchased nine ERJ 145 aircraft from a European-based operator for teardown. The package consists of nine complete ERJ 145 aircraft and 14 AE3007 Rolls Royce Engines. All aircraft are located in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where they are currently being torn down, with expected completion in October of 2021. Parts from these aircraft will be located at C&L’s global warehouses, with the majority being stored at the company’s main headquarters in Bangor, Maine.

“C&L has been investing in our ERJ 135/145 program for many years now,” said Warrick Hood, Senior Vice President, C&L Aerospace. “We support operators around the world in a variety of ways including spare parts supply and exchanges to power-by-the-hour programs and consignment inventories. Having parts available on-site at our MRO facility in Maine is a huge benefit for our ERJ maintenance customers as well.”

AvAir gains 1.5 million parts from Iberia Maintenance

AvAir, an inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, has secured its largest acquisition to date with Iberia Maintenance to gain more than 1.5 million consumable parts and 30,000 tagged rotable components.

Iberia Maintenance offers Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services to more than 50 customers worldwide including all IAG airlines, Iberia, Iberia Express, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Level and Vueling; OEMs and other customers from all five continents.

“AvAir created a strategic solution that addressed our needs,” said Iván González Vallejo, Director of Strategy and Supply Chain for Iberia Maintenance. “This agreement not only provides liquidity, but a rapid adjustment of our asset needs going forward and the establishment of a working relationship with AvAir that will improve how we can better support our customers in the future.”  


NAS and Colossal Africa to acquire South Africa’s largest ground handler – BidAir Services

South Africa’s largest ground handling company, BidAir Services will be changing hands. National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprised of the current executive management team, have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group. The closing of the acquisition is subject to fulfilling final requirements from the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) that manages South African airports as well as other regulatory approvals.

BidAir Services provides quality-handling services including passenger and ramp handling, load control and operations, cleaning, toilet and water services, amongst others at nine South African airports. The airports include three main international gateways - O.R. Tambo International in Johannesburg, Cape Town International and King Shaka International in Durban. BidAir’s clientele of over 28 major airlines includes international carriers such as Emirates, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir.

NAS and Colossal Africa are committed to investing into the development of facilities and infrastructure, latest equipment, technology, recruitment and training. Green technology and paperless digital platforms will also be an important part of the operational landscape. The inclusion of the executive management team as part of the acquiring group will also ensure that there is a smooth transition to the new owners with no disruption to the excellent services that BidAir’s clients have become accustomed.

Once the transaction is complete and regulatory approvals are obtained, BidAir Services will join the largest airport services network in Africa – NAS.

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