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Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

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United Airlines and Mesa Airlines to acquire 200 of Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 aircraft

United Airlines Ventures (UAV), along with Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Mesa Airlines, have invested in electric aircraft start-up Heart Aerospace. Heart Aerospace, located at Säve Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that has the potential to fly customers up to 250 miles before the end of this decade. In addition to UAV's investment, United Airlines has conditionally agreed to purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meet United's safety, business and operating requirements. Mesa Airlines, United's key strategic partner in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, has also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to its fleet, subject to similar requirements.

UAV is building a portfolio of companies that focus on innovative sustainability concepts and create the technologies and products necessary to build a carbon-neutral airline and reach United's net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goals. With this new agreement, United is deepening its bold commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2050 without relying on traditional carbon offsets, as well as enabling the growth of Heart Aerospace and participating in the development of aircraft that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from flying.

UAV and BEV are among the first investors in Heart Aerospace, demonstrating confidence in Heart's design and creating potential for Heart to fast track the ES-19 introduction to market as early as 2026.


Further structural problems with 787 Dreamliner sees Boeing cut production numbers

Further structural problems with Boeing’s twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner have forced the American planemaker to adjust production numbers. Boeing has also adjusted anticipated delivery numbers for the year to under half of the remaining 100 in its inventory, as opposed to the “vast majority” previously anticipated. The latest problem will now see the monthly production rate drop below the current five units, though no indication of the new rate was provided.

According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the latest problem with the stricken jet relates to gaps where certain components are joined together in a forward pressure bulkhead. Deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner had only just begun again in March after a five-month break. “We will continue to take the necessary time to ensure Boeing airplanes meet the highest quality prior to delivery,” Boeing said in a statement, while confirming that company’s backlog of aircraft increased in June from 4,121 to 4,166.

Boeing handed over 45 planes to customers in June, its highest monthly total since March 2019, with the June total including ten wide-body aircraft, one of which was a 787-9 for Turkish Airlines. It also delivered 35 737s, including 33 737 MAXs and two P-8 maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Navy.

AerCap leases seven Airbus A350 aircraft to Delta Air Lines

AerCap has executed agreements with Delta Air Lines for the long-term lease of seven Airbus A350-900 aircraft, delivering in the third- and fourth quarter of 2021. All seven aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines.

“This is a significant transaction for AerCap with one of the largest and most successful airlines in the world. We are delighted to support Delta’s ambitious commitment to sustainability by leasing these seven Airbus A350 widebodies, which are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions and external noise footprint over previous-generation aircraft,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “We thank Ed and the team at Delta for the confidence and trust they have placed in AerCap, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”


Southeast Aerospace receives STC for Cessna 206 sensor mount

Southeast Aerospace, a leading Aerospace solutions company, has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), number SA01055DE, for the installation of its sensor mount in the Cessna 206 aircraft.  

Designed by Southeast Aerospace for the Cessna 206 aircraft, the sensor mount simplifies installation, which can be completed in less than one day with no changes or limitations to normal flight operations for payloads up to 70 lbs. The precision machined sensor mount allows for payloads such as the Wescam MX-10 or FLIR 380HDc EO/IR to mount on the left side of the aircraft. The side-mount sensor is outside of the exhaust, with the optics just below the bottom of the aircraft for unobstructed views.

Southeast Aerospace’s mission capable T206H was used for prototype installation and testing. The camera mount is currently being installed on a fleet of new aircraft for an ongoing prime contract with the U.S. Government.


Hermes Logistics Technologies appoints new Chief Technology Officer

Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT), a leading provider of cargo management ecosystems to the air cargo industry, has appointed Marcus Campbell as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) during a successful roll out of its new Hermes 5 (H5) system upgrade for a number of customers worldwide.

Campbell brings over two decades of technology experience to the management role and has worked globally with leading companies including Sony, Oracle, Deloitte, and Accenture, and has significant industry experience within telecoms, retail, fintech, insurance, and shipping industries.

He will be part of HLT’s new implementations and upgrade drive as HLT expands its software engineering internationally to support ongoing growth.


GKN Aerospace leads new Swedish national project on hydrogen propulsion

GKN Aerospace is leading a Swedish national collaboration program called H2JET, aiming to develop technical solutions for three important engine sub-systems for H2-propulsion of medium-range civil aircraft. The two-year project, which started this month, sees GKN Aerospace collaborate with the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University West, Research institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Oxeon.

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the decarbonization strategy of aviation as it can power aircraft efficiently, leaving water as the only by-product. Power can be generated by either direct combustion, the focus of H2JET, or by generating onboard electrical power by use of a fuel cell, the focus of GKN Aerospace’s ‘H2GEAR’ program launched earlier this year.

Whilst H2GEAR is exploring a liquid hydrogen propulsion system for sub-regional aircraft, H2JET will explore hydrogen combustion powered turboprop or turbofan engines for the single aisle market for potential entry into service on intra-European routes in 2035.

H2JET puts GKN Aerospace at the heart of the technology developments needed for the future of more sustainable aviation. This would create a new generation of clean air travel, eliminating harmful CO2 emissions.

By validating subsystem- and component technologies for hydrogen combustion engines, H2JET will speed up the development of vital international engine- and aircraft demonstrator programs, such as Clean Aviation Partnership in the recently launched EU framework program Horizon Europe.

Europe’s aviation sector has committed to an ambitious plan to reach net zero CO2 emissions, presented earlier this year as Destination 2050. The Destination 2050 roadmap shows a possible pathway that combines new technologies, improved operations, sustainable aviation fuels and economic measures. Hydrogen propulsion technology provides one of the most promising opportunities to decarbonize global aviation.


Direct Maintenance opens new line-maintenance station at Cologne-Bonn Airport

Direct Maintenance, a certified line-maintenance service provider, part of Magnetic MRO, has opened its latest line-maintenance station at Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN), Germany. The new station began its operation on July 1.

The new opened line-maintenance station, which is the fourth Direct Maintenance station in Germany alongside stations in Dusseldorf (DUS), Berlin (BER) and Hamburg (HAM) Airport, will be covering line-maintenance services for B747s, B757s, B767s and MD-11 type aircraft, including bespoke home-base line-maintenance concepts in support of a logistic turnkey fleet operation. In the coming period Direct Maintenance will also provide line-maintenance for a wide range of Airbus (A320/A330/A350/A380), Boeing (B737/B787) and Embraer (Embraer 170/190) aircraft types at CGN.

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