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Rolls-Royce once again teams up with Shell – this time zero emissions is the target

Rolls-Royce and Shell have worked together at times for over a century, and the signing of the latest memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to support decarbonization of the aviation industry and make further progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

The MoU will expand and accelerate a number of existing areas of cooperation between the two companies, including advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This includes Rolls-Royce’s new SAFinity service, for which Shell is the exclusive SAF supplier, and working together on demonstrating the use of 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” solution. This will see the companies explore opportunities in order to progress the use of 100% SAF towards certification, building on Rolls-Royce’s current 100% SAF testing program.

“The heritage of collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Shell is a strong foundation for the future, particularly when it comes to our shared ambitions for achieving net zero emissions,” said Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation. “Being from different parts of the aviation value chain means Rolls-Royce and Shell bring complementary expertise, experiences and ideas to the table. Wide-ranging cooperation can drive new solutions that will help the aviation industry and our customers navigate a pathway to net zero.”

The MoU will explore opportunities for Shell and Rolls-Royce to provide decarbonisation solutions to meet their respective targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This will include both companies contributing technologies and expertise to help reduce operational emissions. Shell evaluate opportunities to support Rolls-Royce in reducing travel emissions through the supply of SAF, while Rolls-Royce will provide its technical expertise to advise Shell in the development of its new fuels, and also innovative low-carbon energy alternatives for new aircraft and power systems.

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Bombardier delivers first two Global 7500 aircraft to Canadian customers

Bombardier has handed over two Global 7500 aircraft to two different Canadian customers, marking the first deliveries of the flagship business jet in Canada. Both aircraft will be managed and offered for charter by Canadian aircraft services provider, Chartright Air Group, and will be based at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

With production ramped up and a growing worldwide fleet numbering more than 50 aircraft, the Global 7500 aircraft continues to exceed the market’s expectations and reinforces its reputation as an entirely new class of business jet.

“As the Global 7500 business jet is assembled in Toronto and completed and delivered from Montreal, we are delighted that more Canadians will have the opportunity to share the enormous pride we feel at Bombardier when we witness this spectacular aircraft take to the skies,” said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier.

Southwest Airlines promotes Linda Rutherford to Executive Vice President People & Communications

Southwest Airlines has announced the promotion of Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Linda Rutherford to Executive Vice President People & Communications, effective immediately. Rutherford will succeed Bob Jordan in what was the Executive Vice President Corporate Services role, as he pivots to making the CEO transition as smooth as possible and spending time with Employees across the Company.

Rutherford will report directly to Jordan and will continue to serve as the Chief Communications Officer for the Company. She will continue to oversee Communications & Outreach and Culture & Engagement, while adding Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I), People, and Southwest Airlines University to her responsibilities. Reporting to Rutherford in her new role will be Vice President and Chief People Officer Julie Weber, Managing Director Communications & Outreach Laurie Barnett, Managing Director Culture & Engagement Whitney Eichinger, Vice President Southwest Airlines University Elizabeth Bryant, and Director DE&I Raquel Daniels.

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MTU Maintenance launches ON-SITEPlus product branding

MTU Maintenance launches ON-SITEPlus, a larger group of on-site, near-wing and quick-turn services. This development and rebranding of the portfolio underscores the importance of on-site and near wing activities as a means to reduce maintenance cost and extend on-wing times – a trend that has been particularly prevalent during the COVID-19 crisis and is expected to continue as the industry recovers post-pandemic.

MTU Maintenance’s growing ON-SITEPlus team carries out AOG support, on and near-wing repairs from borescope inspections to module swaps as well as hospital shop visits for a large engine portfolio, including the popular CF6, CF34, CFM56, GE90, LEAP, and V2500 engines. The company has six on-site facilities across the globe and over 120 authority approvals.

Its largest ON-SITEPlus facility MTU Maintenance Dallas, which can dispatch teams to customers or provide workscopes up to hospital shop visits, has recently expanded its available dock space by 40,000 ft² to provide short and long-term engine storage to support customer needs. MTU Maintenance Dallas is an MTU center of excellence for on-site and quick turn repairs for CF34, CF6, CFM56, GE90, V2500, PW2000 and PW4000 engines on the American continent.

LATAM selects Aeroxchange as supply chain collaboration platform

LATAM Airlines Group has selected AeroBuy® and AeroRepair® to digitalize purchase and repair order management and automate transactions with its global supply base. As part of the implementation plan, and to support the airline’s international operations, LATAM will be connecting its two back-office systems, both MXI and SAP, to Aeroxchange’s platform.

AeroBuy and AeroRepair are web-based applications on Aeroxchange’s platform designed to accelerate parts procurement and repair order management, increase supply chain transparency, improve sourcing opportunities and pricing and streamline collaboration between trading partners.

Created by 13 major global airlines in July 2000, Aeroxchange is a privately owned company providing software solutions that maximize efficiency across the aviation supply chain. Aeroxchange’s tailored solutions offer a seamless e-commerce experience between aerospace companies and their trading partners.

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Embraer delivers first limited-edition Phenom 300E aircraft

Embraer has delivered the first limited-edition Phenom 300E aircraft—part of the Duet collaboration with Porsche—to an undisclosed customer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The aircraft was delivered at Embraer’s state-of-the-art Global Customer Center in Melbourne, Florida.

Duet marks the first-ever collaboration between leading aviation and automotive manufacturers, pairing the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot certified jet with the gold standard in production sports cars, the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Embraer and Porsche, both known for world-class engineering, performance, and design, worked in tandem to create a seamless experience from ground to air using matching design elements that are only available in this pairing. Only ten of this limited-edition pairing will ever be produced.

Aviator provides ground handling services for new Norwegian airline Flyr

Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, has signed a partnership agreement with new Norwegian airline Flyr for ground handling services.

The brand-new modern airline Flyr has had its first passenger flight on June 30, from Oslo to Tromsø. After the landing at Tromsø Airport, Aviator has provided the airline with deice, passenger- and ramp-handling services.

Under the partnership, Aviator Airport Alliance will provide Flyr with full passenger- and ramp-handling services, including de-icing, at all Norwegian airports where Aviator operates and Flyr has chosen as a destination: Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Tromsø and Bodø.

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Switzerland selects F-35 Lightning II for future air defense requirements

The Swiss Federal Council announced Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II is the aircraft selected from its new fighter aircraft competition. The Swiss Air Force will receive F-35A aircraft, a sustainment solution tailored to Swiss autonomy requirements, and a comprehensive training program.

The F-35 selection will deliver economic and technical advantages to the nation for decades to come. Swiss industry will have the opportunity to participate in research and development, production and sustainment opportunities that will extend their capabilities into the future. As a new participant in the F-35 program, Switzerland will benefit from Lockheed Martin's dedication to autonomy and sovereignty in integrating indigenous solutions.

To date, the F-35 operates from 21 bases worldwide, with nine nations operating F-35s on their home soil. There are more than 655 F-35s in service today, with more than 1,380 pilots and 10,670 maintainers trained on the aircraft.
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