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ATRAN Airlines to lease two further 737-800 BCFs from GECAS

ATRAN Airlines (ATRAN) has taken delivery of the first of two Boeing 737-800 converted freighters (BCFs) from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the second to be delivered later in May.

ATRAN is a scheduled express cargo carrier and since 2011 it has been part of the Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group of Companies. These two jets will combine with its two other 737-800 BCFs which entered into service in March and October of 2019, thus extending the cargo transporter’s short- and mid-range routes across Russia, China, Europe, and the CIS. From its base at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the carrier provides dedicated cargo services for mail and express shipments.

Equipped with CFM56-7B engines, the narrow-body 737-800 freighter can carry up to 23.5 tons of cargo, GECAS is the largest customer for the type, having taken delivery of 34 of the converted jets, with a further 60 on order.

“At ATRAN, we appreciate the support from GECAS’ Cargo team as we continue to expand our fleet and network. Boeing 737-800BCF constitutes the backbone of our fleet and additional planes will enable us to provide more solutions and guarantee high-quality services to our customers,” stated Vitaliy Andreev, General Director of ATRAN Airlines.

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Recaro Aircraft Seating integrates SL3710 and BL3710 seats into hybrid layout on TAP's new Airbus fleet

Recaro Aircraft Seating (Recaro) has integrated its SL3710 and BL3710 seats into a hybrid layout on TAP Air Portugal’s (TAP) new Airbus fleet. TAP was the first announced customer for the SL3710 seat, and its A320 is the first Airbus aircraft to be equipped with the economy class seats.

TAP took delivery of its new A320 in April and entered into service on May 18. In an effort to maximize efficiency, Recaro collaborated with TAP on the hybrid seat configuration of the SL3710 and BL3710 seats.

As the first customer to select the SL3710, TAP was heavily involved in the research and development phase of the new economy class seat. Weighing in at eight kilograms, the seat is the lightest in its class. The ergonomic backrest concept, developed by Recaro, allows for maximum comfort for passengers of all sizes. To ensure seamless integration, TAP chose to outfit the SL3710 in the same colors as the Recaro BL3530 and SL3510 aircraft seats that are currently flying on TAP aircraft.

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French Navy orders two more H160 helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south of France.

The six H160s will be delivered in a Search and Rescue (SAR) configuration and will gradually start operating from May 2022 from Lanveoc-Poulmic naval air station (Britany), Cherbourg airport (Normandy), and Hyères naval air station (Provence). Awaiting the H160M “Guépard” deliveries in the frame of the French Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger: HIL) program, these H160s will take over the SAR missions  currently conducted by the NH90s and Panthers, allowing these combat helicopters to fulfill its main tasks at sea on board combat vessels.

The French Navy’s operational feedback with these H160s will benefit the design of the military version of the aircraft and its associated support system.

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AerFin officially launches its Engine MRO Lite Service

AerFin has launched Engine MRO Lite, a scope of leading engine MRO services from its 100,000 ft², CAA/EASA and FAA approved facility in Caerphilly.

Focused on optimizing engine residual value to provide efficient and sustainable solutions, this new service offers a range of in-house and off-wing engine maintenance solutions, including quick-turn services, hospital shop repairs, and engine transitions across CF34-8, CFM56-5 & 7, and RB211-524 platforms.

The MRO facility, which recently achieved its approved Repair Stations accreditation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAR 145) is complete with OEM engine line tooling, a ten-ton gantry overhead crane and has the capacity to store up-to 55 fan engines.

Bob James, CEO of AirFin, said: “The launch of our Engine MRO Lite services is a fantastic opportunity to further strengthen our relationships with airlines, lessors and MROs, and will help us to build substantially on our ability to deliver cost-effective sustainable solutions to the aviation industry.”

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DALaviation Switzerland becomes first Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 customer in Europe

Textron Aviation has announced Geneva-based private jet charter company DALaviation Switzerland as the first Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 customer in Europe. The largest Citation jet in the light jet segment, the Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 will support DALaviation Switzerland as the company continues to increase its customer base throughout Europe. The Citation CJ4 Gen2 will be the third addition to DALaviation Switzerland’s business jet fleet, which includes a Cessna Citation CJ2+ and a Citation CJ1.

The new aircraft will be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at delivery in the coming weeks, aligning with Textron Aviation’s commitment to meet industry goals for reducing carbon emissions.

The Cessna Citation CJ4, a 525C type aircraft, achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in 2011, and EASA interior certification for the CJ4 Gen2 is expected in June.

HAECO completes first Airbus A330F C-check for Air Hong Kong

HAECO Hong Kong, a member of the HAECO Group, has completed its first Airbus A330F C-Check for Air Hong Kong. The aircraft is one of five A330 freighters that Air Hong Kong has introduced to its fleet to meet growing cargo demand. Based in Hong Kong, the freighter airline currently operates nine Airbus A300-600F and five Airbus A330-200/300F.

This redelivery marks another significant milestone in the relationship between the two companies and reaffirms HAECO Hong Kong as a leading maintenance service provider for customers based in Hong Kong. The close partnership between HAECO and Air Hong Kong dates back to 2004 when HAECO began providing light maintenance services for the Air Hong Kong fleet. In addition, HAECO provides an array of services including comprehensive technical assistance, certificate of release to service (CRS), and AOG support for Air Hong Kong.
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