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Thursday, August 5th, 2021

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DHL to acquire 12 Eviation Alice all-electric cargo aircraft in push for zero-emission logistics

DHL Express has announced its order for the very first 12 Eviation e-Cargo Alice aircraft with deliveries anticipated to commence in 2024. Seattle-area based Eviation is a manufacturer of all-electric aircraft and its Alice model is due to commence test flights later in the year. Alice can be adapted to meet the needs of cargo operators and passenger carriers who are looking to operate a zero-emissions fleet. The electric aircraft can be flown by a single pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200 kilograms (2,600 lbs). It will require only 30 minutes to charge per flight hour and will have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometers (440 nautical miles).

Alice will be able to operate in all environments currently serviced by piston and turbine aircraft, while its advanced electric motors will have fewer moving parts which should increase reliability as well as reduce maintenance costs. The aircraft will be well-suited for feeder routes and will require less investment in station infrastructure. The Alice can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times that will help maintain DHL Express' tight schedules.

"We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics," says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. "Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint. On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions. Founded in 1969, DHL Express has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation."


C&L Aviation Group completes sale of six Saab 340 aircraft

C&L Aerospace, part of the C&L Aviation Group, has signed a contract for the sale of six Saab 340 aircraft to Legends Airways. C&L is converting all six aircraft for freighter operations. The first two aircraft have been delivered, with the remaining four being delivered by the end of 2021. C&L is also supporting Legends with parts and technical expertise.

The Saab 340 is a versatile aircraft in either passenger or cargo configuration. That, combined with the aircraft’s superior performance in its class, makes it a popular aircraft for operators around the world.

Legends Airway is an FAA Part-135 on-demand air carrier currently operating in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  Legends Airways also owns an FAA Part-141/Part-61 flight school. This unique combination provides an advantage over most Part-135 operators, allowing Legends to train safe, responsible, and professional pilots, and maintain a pipeline of skilled and competent First Officers into its air carrier operation.

APOC builds new warehouse extension to treble spares storage capacity in Europe

Just two years after APOC moved into its new facility in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the innovative leasing, trading, and aircraft part-out specialist is pushing ahead with major expansion plans.  The company is finishing construction of an additional 2,500 m² of warehouse and technical inspections base that adjoins its existing premises and will treble storage capacity.

APOC specializes in narrow-body components and currently has four Boeing 737 airframes undergoing teardown which will balance its Airbus A320-family stock.  Imminent arrival of these parts alongside the extensive investment in other aircraft assets, including landing gear and engines, over the past 12-18 months has brought forward APOC’s expansion plans and stimulated further new stock hubs in Singapore and Miami.  “Naturally, the bulk of our new 737 stock will stay in the U.S. because the biggest fleet of Boeing aircraft in service is there.  Having the right stock in the right place is essential.  We can also be ultra-efficient in terms of shipping bulky items using overnight truck delivery rather than airfreight if it is more cost-effective,” said Max Lutje Wooldrik, CEO APOC.


Air Europa mobilizes maintenance with TRAX eMRO and eMobility

Air Europa Lineas Aéreas (AE) – known for its modern fleet, breakthrough technology, and commitment to sustainability - has successfully implemented the TRAX eMRO and eMobility aviation maintenance software. Air Europa mobilized its maintenance workforce by deploying the TRAX solutions that allow them to work from anywhere on their mobile devices. eMRO is a web-based, device-agnostic ERP software that keeps users connected from wherever they work. The eMobility suite of iOS apps is truly mobile due to its off-line capability and automatic synchronization when network connectivity is available.

For Air Europa, the implementation of TRAX eMRO and eMobility software is a milestone in its aircraft maintenance transformation plan. With its activation, Air Europa becomes the first Spanish airline to have its entire maintenance management system digitalized, which places it at the forefront in the efficiency of processes and complete control of the maintenance of the aircraft that make up the fleet.

Chorus Aviation to lease two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Connect Airlines

Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC) has entered into agreements to lease two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Waltzing Matilda Airlines, doing business as Connect Airlines. CAC expects to deliver the aircraft in September and November 2021.

These two aircraft are the last two remaining Dash 8-400s previously operated by Flybe and re-possessed by CAC in 2020. Inclusive of the previously announced transactions with Cobham and Sky Alps, CAC has now remarketed and successfully placed all the re-possessed Dash 8-400 aircraft.

All aircraft underwent reconfiguration and return-to-service work at Chorus’ subsidiaries, Voyageur Aviation and Jazz Technical Services.


Kellstrom Aerospace Group appoints John McKirdy as new Senior Vice President

Kellstrom Aerospace Group, a leader in aviation life-cycle cost management solutions, has appointed John McKirdy as Senior Vice President. McKirdy has been involved in broad aviation aftermarket services for over 30 years with a focus and experience in executive management, operational excellence, and strategic sales.

His most recent role was Chief Commercial Officer at Wencor Group. Prior to that role, while at Chromalloy Gas Turbine, McKirdy served as Vice President of Global Aftermarket and General Manager of the San Diego Engine FAA Repair Station. Previously, McKirdy was with Air Canada in a variety of leadership roles, including P&L responsibility for the Engine Maintenance Center and Eastern Operations for Airframe Maintenance.

AMETEK Antavia and Viking to strengthen collaboration in support of aerial firefighting

Antavia AMETEK MRO and Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, have renewed their comprehensive landing gear maintenance support for an additional three years. This agreement, originally initiated in 2018, confirms Antavia as a Factory Endorsed Component Centre (FECC) and official repair station to support Viking’s Canadair’s fleet of CL215/CL215T/415/415EAF with landing gear.

With 20 years of experience and expertise, Antavia thus reaffirms its position as Canadair’s landing gear maintenance leader, covering more than 60% of the worldwide fleet. Viking continues to select Antavia as the preferred vendor to provide landing gear maintenance under the Maintenance Plus (M+) program, a maintenance program specifically developed by Viking to meet operators’ requirements.

Antavia’s commitment to Viking, and to the aerial firefighting community, is shown through the company’s continuous investment not only in the technical field, but in the human element as well. Over the last several years, Antavia has developed a spare parts inventory of US$10 million, strengthened its dedicated engineering and workshop teams, and added new machining resources.


China Eastern becomes launch customer for Panasonic Avionics' Live Television

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has announced China Eastern Airlines (China Eastern) as the launch customer in China for its in-flight Live Television service.

The service will be rolled out across its entire widebody fleet of Airbus A330, A350 and Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft in the future, initially providing its passengers with unmissable live coverage from major local broadcasters, such as CCTV and CGTN.

Live Television is enabled by Panasonic Avionics’ third generation (Gen-3) communications network of high-speed, high-bandwidth Ku-band satellites. The network covers over 99% of all routes, and places capacity where it is most needed to meet the growing needs of airlines and its passengers.

The most recent addition to the Gen-3 network is APSTAR 6D, Panasonic Avionics’ first extreme high throughput satellite, which has significantly boosted satellite capacity over China through teleports which have just gone live in Beijing. This will enable China Eastern, and other airlines based in China and flying over it, to benefit from this enhanced capacity and a range of other in-flight connectivity services.

British Airways extends contract for Airbus A380 base maintenance services with LHT

British Airways has extended its contract with Lufthansa Technik for base maintenance services for its Airbus A380 aircraft. The contract will run from August 2022 for more than five years and includes services for the airline's 12 A380s to be performed at the Lufthansa Technik Philippines facility in Manila.

During the past five years, British Airways and Lufthansa Technik have worked closely together on the A380 base maintenance services and with both parties aligned to the same high standards of safety and professionalism. The organizational skills, experience, technical knowledge and flexibility of both companies have led to the extension of this contract, which includes 12 year-checks for A380 aircraft.

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