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Halo orders 200 eVTOL aircraft from Eve, becomes launch customer

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve) and Halo have announced a partnership focused on developing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom. This partnership includes an order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026. This order represents one of the largest in the UAM industry and secures Halo as the launch partner for Eve in both the U.S. and the U.K. markets.

Under the terms of this agreement, Halo, a leading premium helicopter travel provider in the U.S. and U.K. will work with Eve to develop a new eVTOL operation in both countries. Eve is an independent company formed by Embraer S.A. to accelerate the UAM ecosystem around the world.

Beyond the initial order and collaboration to develop a new eVTOL operation, Eve and Halo will also partner on the continued development of Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management system as well as the fleet operations and services product offerings that Eve offers as an ecosystem integrator for UAM operations. The strength of Halo’s international operations, together with Eve’s UAM portfolio, will be an important demonstration of how such partnerships can increase accessibility and affordability as these two companies work to safely scale UAM operations around the world.

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Lufthansa Cargo adds another Boeing 777F to freighter fleet

Another brand-new Boeing 777F aircraft is being added to Lufthansa Cargo's highly efficient freighter fleet. Delivery of the aircraft is expected before the end of this year. A total of fifteen full freighters will then be in service for Lufthansa Cargo's customers.

"We are very pleased that we will be able to offer our customers additional freighter capacity in the future. The Corona crisis has impressively underlined how important these aircraft are for global supply," said Dorothea von Boxberg, Lufthansa Cargo's Chief Executive Officer.

The twin-engine Boeing 777F has a standard payload capacity of 103 metric tons with a range of more than 9,000 kilometers. It is the most efficient freighter in its class and significantly more silent than previously operated three- or four-engine models.

Most recently, in March, Lufthansa Cargo announced the fourteenth aircraft of this type for fall 2021.

North America and Asia Pacific see aviation recovery while rest of the world stalls

Analysis of the airline industry between February and the end of April by IBA, which is well known for delivering independent, expert business analysis and data on the aviation sector, has shown that while both North American and Asian carriers have begun to bounce back in terms of utilization, Europe, CIS, Africa and Latin America have remained predominantly flat. Operating at 55% of pre-pandemic levels in February, North America and Asia Pacific are now operating at 66% and 75% of pre-pandemic levels, respectively, with over 80% of all flights being on domestic routes.

Conversely, Europe and CIS, which were operating at 27% of pre-pandemic levels in February are currently operating at only 33%. Utilization in Africa and Latin America, while both operating at over 50% of pre-pandemic levels, fell from February to April, and Middle East grew only marginally from 49% to 51%. Use of passenger aircraft currently lies at 60% of pre-pandemic levels, which is comprised of narrow-body jets operating at 60%, regional jets at 66%, and wide-body aircraft increasing from 42% to 52% of pre-pandemic levels between February and April.

At the other end of the scale, freighter aircraft usage has boomed to 139% of pre-pandemic levels, and charter aircraft at 124%. Optimism relating to the recovering market is witnessed through the expected arrival of 130 new airlines taking to the skies between 2021 and 2022, with 40% based in and around Europe, 23% in the Americas and 22% in Asia Pacific. The new airlines will broadly focus on short haul and regional market segments, with over 80 of the start-ups considering using narrow-body or turboprop aircraft, taking advantage of the current low cost of aircraft acquisition and leasing. IBA forecasts that deliveries of new aircraft will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025. While 747 aircraft were delivered in 2020, deliveries for 2021 are forecast at a modest 1,100.

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Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow gets new locations for providing Boeing 777-200/300 (GE 90) maintenance

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), MRO provider of foreign aircraft maintenance in Russia, has received Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) approval for Boeing 777-200/300 (GE 90) maintenance provision at Domodedovo (Moscow) and Krasnoyarsk airports.

The company, which initially received BCAA approval for the Boeing 777-200/-300 (GE 90) maintenance in May 2019, now can provide maintenance of this aircraft type at three stations in Russia: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Krasnoyarsk. The range of services provided covers line maintenance, routine works and defect rectification and at Sheremetyevo airport VDTM can perform more complex works up to 5A-check.

JET MS signs partnership agreement with The Allen Groupe

Jet Maintenance Solutions (JET MS), a leading global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul solutions for business and regional aircraft, has signed a new agreement with European-based professional aircraft detailing company The Allen Groupe.

Through this agreement, JET MS, a part of the global aerospace business group Avia Solutions Group (ASG), will further enhance the already comprehensive range of services valued by the aviation industry.

Building on JET MS’s complete range of MRO services, the partnership agreement with The Allen Groupe will confirm JET MS’s commitment to providing the highest standard of service in the most timely and cost-effective manner. With unprecedented growth in the demand for MRO services in the business aviation sector The Allen Group will provide unique services to complement the existing range of line maintenance support services through, interior cleaning, exterior cleaning, maintenance, restocking services, and aircraft disinfection services.

The French-headquartered Allen Groupe is perfectly established to compliment the MRO services offered by JET MS’s new line maintenance station, located in Nice, Côte d’Azur Airport in the south of France. Already, JET MS are looking ahead to the opening of several other new stations in a number of locations where this new agreement will help ensure compliance in hygiene standards and cleanliness of its customer’s private jets, along with a range of other values and benefits.

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ANA and Peach Aviation to begin offering codeshare

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline will begin a codeshare agreement with Peach Aviation. Set to begin in August, the codeshare agreement will allow travelers to reserve and purchase flights for Peach Aviation under ANA and accumulate ANA miles while flying on Peach Aviation aircraft. In addition, ANA mileage may be exchanged for Peach points.

"ANA is excited to expand our customer service options and reach new markets by offering codeshare flights with Peach Aviation," said Juichi Hirasawa, Senior Vice President and Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President at ANA overseeing Customer Experience Management & Planning. "By combining our resources, both companies will be better equipped to provide travelers with more choices and the flexibility they need when traveling. Since this partnership allows for passengers to accumulate ANA miles when travelling with Peach Aviation, it will also help open up new opportunities."

The agreement helps ANA reach new markets and improve its business model amid a global decrease in demand over the past year. The Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Peach crew members will provide service on the routes included in the codeshare agreement.

ARCTOS awarded 13-year Engineering Assessment, Procurement, Integration, and Contractor Logistics Support (EPIC) IDIQ contract

ARCTOS Mission Solutions (ARCTOS) was selected by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) to serve on the Engineering Assessment, Procurement, Integration and Contractor Logistics Support (EPIC) program, a 13-year, multiple-award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued at US$1 billion.

In support of the AFLCMC’s mission to deliver critical aircraft assets to allies in austere locations, ARCTOS will provide global procurement, integration and logistics for foreign military fleets of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. The locations of performance will include desert and mountainous environments within Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. ARCTOS will also provide U.S.-based operational support at its Tampa headquarters and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base office location.
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