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Embraer delivers 34 jets in second quarter of 2021

Brazilian planemaker Embraer has released its operating figures for the second quarter of 2021. Of the 34 jets delivered, 20 were executive jets and 14 were commercial aircraft. Of the executive jets delivered, 12 were light aircraft and eight were large.

In what represented a return to pre-pandemic levels, as at June 30, the backlog of firm orders totaled US$15.9 billion, a 12% increase on the first-quarter 2021 backlog. Jets delivered included seven E175s and seven E195-E2 in the commercial segment, with one Phenom, 100, 11 phenom 300s in the light executive jet segment, together with three Praetor 500s and five Praetor 600s in the large executive jet section.

The current backlog of commercial jets includes 30 E195-E2 jets which was an order from a previously undisclosed customer, but which was revealed on July 12 to be Canada’s Porter Airlines. During 2Q21, Switzerland’s Helvetic Airways took delivery the first of four new E195-E2 aircraft, having ordered 12 E-Jets E2s to support its fleet renewal initiative: eight E190-E2s (already in service) and four E195-E2s (converted from the original E190-E2 order). The airline also holds purchase rights for a further 12 aircraft.

In the executive aviation segment, during 2Q21, Embraer delivered its 600th Phenom 300 to Superior Capital Holdings in Arkansas. Embraer also delivered the first limited-edition Phenom 300E as part of the Duet collaboration with Porsche to an undisclosed customer in Florida. Embraer completed the first conversion of a Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 jet in Brazil, which was delivered to an undisclosed customer. The conversion work was carried out at Embraer’s Service Center in Sorocaba, Brazil. With this delivery, Embraer has now converted 20 Legacy 450s into Praetor 500s in Europe, North America, and now Brazil.

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Collins Aerospace launches PerigonTM offering to support future flight computing requirements

Collins Aerospace has launched its PerigonTM computer, available for a broad range of commercial and defense platforms. With advanced computing power, open-system architecture and flexible configurability, PerigonTM is designed to enable future flight control and vehicle management needs.

At the 2018 Farnborough International Air Show, Collins announced the development of a next-gen vehicle management computer designed to support autonomous flight. Since then, Collins has built a working prototype and is currently performing detailed development and integration testing, with an eye toward qualification testing in 2022. The company has also branded the computer as PerigonTM, a mathematical term for a 360-degree angle. Collins chose the name to represent the many capabilities PerigonTM can offer customers, the holistic view of systems and inputs it provides, and its enhanced flexibility.

PerigonTM will have the ability to provide 20 times the processing power of Collins’ existing flight control computers, thousands of which are currently in service on a multitude of platforms worldwide. Combined with its open-system design, PerigonTM’s high computing power will allow customers to load it with a variety of complex software applications, including autonomous and fly-by-wire flight control, cybersecurity, vehicle management and predictive health maintenance. In addition, capabilities that previously required multiple computers across a platform may now be able to be performed by PerigonTM alone, thanks to its enhanced processing power. This, in turn, could enable customers to reduce the number of computers onboard and enjoy space, weight and cost savings as a result.

Depending on the customer’s needs, PerigonTM can be configured as simplex, duplex or triplex redundant. It will be FAA certifiable to facilitate aircraft level certification, available for commercial or military rotary and fixed wing platforms.

Aviator extends partnership agreement with FedEx

Aviator Airport Services, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics, has extended a partnership agreement with delivery services company FedEx for ground handling services.

With over 600 aircraft, FedEx is the world’s largest cargo airline, providing global delivery services for more than 50 years. Aviator and FedEx have been in a successful partnership for over 20 years.

The current contract was renewed for a three-year period and will go into effect on September 1, 2021. Aviator will provide FedEx with ground handling services, including de-icing at Malmö Airport in Sweden. The companies also have an ongoing cooperation contract at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

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BAA Training secures €31 million financing for global expansion

BAA Training has announced it will be getting financing for its global expansion provided by U.K. Export Finance (UKEF) and U.S. Apple Bank for Savings. Two companies belonging to Avia Solutions Group (ASG) - BAA Training and ASG Asset Management - were involved in signing the agreements with the financial institutions.

The deal, worth €31 million, is one of the most significant agreements for the Lithuania-based company throughout its existence. It will facilitate the acquisition of ten new simulators used for aviation training manufactured by L3Harris Technologies, two Boeing 737 MAX full flight simulators (FFSs) and eight fixed base training devices (FTD Level 2) – Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family.

The training simulators will be installed at BAA Training’s brand-new facility in Barcelona – BAA Training Spain.

Hi Fly adds one more A330-300 to its fleet

Hi Fly airline has added one more Airbus A330-300 aircraft to its fleet. Msn 1779 and registered 9H-HFA, touched down at Beja airport in Portugal, flown in from Malta, on July 21.

With comfortable interiors, warm colours and relaxed atmosphere, the aircraft seats 249 passengers in a two-class configuration (46 high-comfort business class seats with flat beds and 203 economy seats). This new addition to Hi Fly’s fleet is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent engines and state-of-the-art technology and finishing, with a maximum take-off weight of 242 tons.

The aircraft will also be available to customers in the cargo version, offering a volume capacity of 250 m³ and a maximum cargo capacity of 53.500 kg, with a maximum range of 11.400 km and Etops 180 min. The combination of volume, payload and range makes the A330 an unique product in the market place for the transport of cargo, when availability of freighters is not enough to cover the market needs. As a modern jetliner with advanced Airbus technology that includes fly-by-wire flight controls, this A330-300 wide-body offers a highly capable platform for cargo flights.

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Alaska Airlines and AAR team up to create Flow Through program for tomorrow’s aviation maintenance technicians

The nation’s airlines rely on professional maintenance technicians to ensure airplanes safely and compliantly travel across the country, but demand for qualified airline maintenance technicians (AMT) will outpace supply as early as 2022. Over the next 20 years, Boeing forecasts 739,000 technicians are needed globally, and 192,000 are needed in North America alone.

To fill these highly skilled positions, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with AAR CORP., a leading provider of aviation maintenance services, to create a pipeline for qualified airline maintenance technicians for the Seattle-based airline. The Flow Through program is the first of its kind between an airline and an aviation services provider to focus on education and career training and recruit new workers from diverse backgrounds.

Under the program, applicants complete their training and feed into a role at an AAR maintenance facility. If the applicant is in good standing and has completed three years with AAR as an aircraft technician, they qualify to apply to a career opening at Alaska and are guaranteed an interview. Alaska has 14 maintenance-staffed bases across its network.

“The Aviation Maintenance Technician shortage continues to grow as so many are retiring or leaving the business,” said Stan Mayer, general manager at AAR Airframe Maintenance in Oklahoma City, OK. “We believe the Alaska Airlines Flow Through agreement will help to attract new and upcoming technicians, and with our 19-year relationship, it only makes sense to help each other.”

ACC Aviation highlights strong second quarter

ACC Aviation, the global aviation services group, has reported positive growth in the second quarter of 2021, driven by U.S. and U.K. charter as well as steady growth in its consulting division.

Charter volume in the U.S. and U.K. was up 39% year on year. Highlights included an uptick in the use of corporate shuttles, across the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia, from the manufacturing, transport, and sports sectors. ACC Aviation has supported several corporations with regular program flying. U.S. domestic business travel continues to lead the recovery with encouraging booking levels through 2021 into early 2022.

ACC Aviation’s consultancy arm fared well in the second-quarter, with first-half revenues up 18% compared with the same period in 2020, and 33% up on 2019. With increased activity across aircraft disposal and acquisition, and sale-and-leaseback projects, the business is backing further expansion of its consulting division with its entry to Aviation Finance Advisory. ACC Aviation has appointed Viktor Berta as VP of Aviation Finance Advisory where he will be supporting new and existing clients in analyzing financing and leasing arrangements, restructuring existing indebtedness, and sourcing new forms of financing.
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