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Friday, June 25th, 2021

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Eve and Blade to combine forces in provision of eVTOL UAM vehicles

Embraer subsidiary Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc. (Eve) has chosen to partner with Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Blade) for the provision of up to 60,000 hours of flight time for urban air mobility (UAM) electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOLs), from 2026 onwards, to be used for the Southern Florida and American West Coast markets. This is a unique situation whereby Eve will offer a wide range of products and services.

Eve’s zero-emission and low-noise eVTOL represents a simple and intuitive design that continues to reach development milestones, including the first flight of the engineering simulator in July 2020, and a proof of concept in October 2020. In parallel with this, Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management project has reached a new milestone in its collaboration with the U.K.s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop a scalable environment needed to host UAM flights. “Blade is aligned with our mission as they have created a platform that provides the user seamless access to Urban Air Mobility, and now with Eve to provide an experience that is quiet and without emissions.

The company’s platform will be instrumental in deploying our aircraft in key markets in South Florida and the West Coast of the United States. "This partnership with Blade is the next step in unlocking the future of mobility in these key areas and marks an exciting time for both companies,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve.  In conjunction with local partners, Eve will provide up to 60 eVTOLs for Blade’s use, the latter paying only for flight time of Eve’s aircraft.

The deployment of Eve aircraft across the Blade network is subject to the parties entering into definitive final agreements.  “Blade is pleased to partner with Eve, leveraging Embraer’s deep aerospace expertise to provide Blade with quiet, zero-carbon, electric aircraft," said Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade. “Eve’s aircraft provides ideal operating economics for Blade’s shorter distance routes, adding to our three other recently announced EVA partnerships which, together, can optimize service for Blade’s wide variety of mission profiles and regional hubs.”


China Airlines and AFI KLM E&M sign major GE90 engine support contract

AFI KLM E&M and China Airlines have signed a formal agreement to support the GE90 engines powering the airline's fleet of Boeing 777F aircraft. It binds the two parties exclusively over the long-term with (PBH) “Power By the Hour” support solutions.

This contract covers PBH, such as MRO on engine and LRU, engineering support including spare engine support, transportation, on-wing and on-site support. China Airlines will also benefit from AFI KLM E&M’s engine predictive maintenance solution prognosis for engines.

Air France-KLM Group is the second largest GE90 operator in the world. As an airline-MRO, and through an extensive technical development program, AFI KLM E&M has acquired unparalleled resources and expertise in GE90 engine overhaul and maintenance. With its extensive in-house repair, overhaul and test capabilities, AFI KLM E&M provides MRO services supporting nearly 450 GE90 engines of international airline customers.


U.S. Army special-missions-equipped Beechcraft King Air 300 surpasses 50,000 flight hours

Textron Aviation has announced that a Beechcraft King Air 300, delivered in 1987 and in service in the U.S. Army fleet of aircraft since 2009, has surpassed a significant 50,000 flight hours milestone.

The milestone King Air 300 is one of a larger fleet of Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (MARSS) aircraft. MARSS aircraft are quick reaction capability assets supporting the U.S. Army’s requirement for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. MARSS delivers imagery and signals intelligence data directly to the warfighter.

Nearly 7,600 Beechcraft King Air turboprops have been delivered to customers around the world since 1964, making it the best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide fleet has surpassed 62 million flight hours in its 57 years, serving roles in all branches of the U.S. military and flying both commercial and special mission roles around the world.


Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels signs long-term partnership with Brussels Airport

Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels and Brussels Airport have signed a long-term partnership agreement for the construction of a new generation building at Brucargo North, enabling the aircraft engine manufacturer to develop its new maintenance activities.

A subsidiary of Safran Aircraft Engines, a leading commercial and military aircraft engine manufacturer, Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels has been based at Brussels Airport for 23 years where about 200 staff ensure the maintenance and repair of aircraft engines, in particular the CFM56 engine. Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels will now specialize in the maintenance of the latest-generation LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines, from under-wing inspection to partial disassembly as part of Safran Aircraft Engines' worldwide MRO network. These 'Line & Site Operations' allow to optimize engine availability and their rapid return to operation for the benefit of our airline customers.

At Brucargo, the logistics zone of Brussels Airport, over 100 companies are active. Together, they employ over 5,000 staff. Brucargo North, which will soon welcome Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels, is about to be totally re-developed to exclusively accommodate aeronautical maintenance operations.


Honeywell and SmartSky bring high-speed connectivity to North American business aviation operators

Honeywell has been selected as an authorized reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators. This agreement expands Honeywell’s work with SmartSky, which began in 2019 when Honeywell was named a reseller by SmartSky for the commercial aviation market.

The new air-to-ground connectivity from SmartSky provides Honeywell customers with another option for high-speed internet connectivity that delivers a user experience like that found at home. Honeywell is also a provider of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation via satellite, which is powered by Honeywell’s JetWave™ hardware. In addition, Honeywell offers safety solutions that provide direct data link communications between pilots and air traffic controllers via L-band satellite networks.

SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, more secure and affordable in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for airlines and business aviation operators that want full-functioning IFC.


Satair appointed preferred supplier by SR Technics

Satair, an Airbus Services company, and SR Technics, a leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector, have signed a multi-year agreement covering the supply of a diverse scope of more than 1,000-part numbers in the first year. The agreement is valid from June 2021 and positions Satair as a registered preferred supplier with SR Technics.

SR Technics and Satair have done business on a transactional level for more than 20 years. This agreement broadens and solidifies the existing relationship and will ensure that SR Technics has access to yearly preferential pricing and incentives on a selected scope of Satair’s catalogue.

“In collaboration with Satair, we have been able to do a comprehensive planning of our supply flow and maintain the flexibility to scale the solution according to market demands,” says Konrad Gysel, Head of Strategic Procurement in SR Technics.

Through a proactive review of part scope, pricing, and incentives, this agreement will allow a dynamic adjustment of Satair’s supply activities for SR Technics and ensure efficiency in the challenging market of the aviation industry.

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