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Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

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New low-cost transatlantic carrier to fill void left by Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse), a brand-new low-cost carrier has announced it plans to commence services in early 2022 and to be fully operational by the summer of that year. With a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the new airline will concentrate solely on low-cost transatlantic flights, filling the void created when Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) downsized its operations to concentrate on the market this side of the Atlantic.

Norse is confident it can succeed where others, including Norwegian, have failed. “We will be the only low-cost long-haul airline across the Atlantic and that will be our position, we will do nothing but that,” the carrier’s chief executive, Bjørn Tore Larsen said. The 15 Dreamliners leased by Norse were previously flown by Norwegian. Norse had hoped to commence operations by the end of this year, but the staggered increase in demand for air travel has forced the new carrier to adopt a cautious approach. “We don’t want to start too early, there is no point flying around with empty aircraft. Having said that, we have a very solid cash position so we can afford to wait it out for a long period of time if that is required,” Larsen told journalists when unveiling the airline’s logo which was inspired by Viking longships.

Established in March by industry veterans, Norse will initially fly routes from London, Paris and Oslo to New York, Fort Lauderdale, and Los Angeles. Once up and running, Norse anticipates selling 10,000 tickets a day and tickets will go on sale approximately three months prior to the first flights. Bjørn Kjos, the former chief executive of Norwegian is also a shareholder in the new carrier.


Norway’s first P-8A Poseidon performs maiden flight

The first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norway performed its maiden flight August 9. The aircraft took off at 10:03 a.m. Pacific time and flew for two hours, 24 minutes, reaching a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet during the flight from Renton Municipal Airport to Boeing Field in Seattle.

The first flight marks the next phase of the production cycle of this aircraft as it is moved to the Installation and Checkout facility, where mission systems will be installed and additional testing will take place before final delivery to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) later this year.

The five P-8As will eventually replace Norway’s current fleet of six P-3 Orions and three DA-20 Jet Falcons. The Royal Norwegian Air Force currently operates its P-3s from Andoya Air Station. With the introduction of the P-8s, flight operations will move to new facilities at Evenes Air Station.


Titan Aviation appoints Eamonn Forbes Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Titan Aviation Holdings, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, has appointed Eamonn Forbes as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Titan Asset Management Ireland, effective August 23, 2021.

Forbes will lead all sales and marketing activities for Titan and he will report directly to Michael Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Aviation Holdings and Chief Commercial Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. He will direct Titan’s global sales team and will be based in Dublin, Ireland. Forbes joins Titan with over 15 years of aviation leasing, legal, and finance experience.

Most recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer of FPG Amentum. Previously, he has held senior positions at SMBC Aviation Capital and Goshawk.


Pro Star Aviation named Embraer Authorized Service Center

Embraer had selected Pro Star Aviation, an innovative aerospace modification center, as the new Northeast Embraer Authorized Service Center, providing line and base maintenance support on the Phenom 100/300, Legacy 450/500, Praetor 500/600, and Legacy 600/650 airframes.

“Embraer is one of the leading Business Jet manufacturers, delivering high-quality aircraft worldwide, and Pro Star is honored to have been selected as an Authorized Service Center,” stated Sean Peterson, Pro Star Aviation’s General Manager. “Our team has extensive experience on many business jet platforms including the Phenom 100/300 for maintenance, avionic upgrades, cabin entertainment, and refurbishments.

Embraer owners will have the advantage of Pro Star’s close proximity to Boston and Hartford, providing avionics upgrades and repairs, as well as full maintenance capabilities. Its state-of-the-art facilities provide dedicated customer offices, conference rooms, complimentary WiFi, and full access to customer's aircraft.


Complete Aircraft Group acquires Aerocare Aviation Services

Complete Aircraft Group (CAG), a leading U.K. independent specialist provider of quality aviation solutions, including the supply of aircraft tooling, parts, and components to airlines worldwide, has announced the acquisition of established business aviation MRO Part 145 provider Aerocare Aviation Services Limited (AASL). The AASL team has been operating for over three decades, providing maintenance, repair, modifications, interior refurbishment, and exterior paint, all to OEM standards. Aerocare will retain its name under the new ownership.

The acquisition propels Exeter-based CAG, founded in November 2020, firmly into the corporate aviation arena. Hawarden Airport / Chester-based AASL undertakes work on aircraft types including Hawker, King Air and Embraer Phenom 300, for leading charter companies, as well as private owners. The combined businesses bring together 100 talented individuals under CAG CEO and Founder, Warren Crook.

CAG supports global airlines, leading MROs, original equipment manufacturers (OEMS) and other aviation related organizations to source and deliver reliable aviation solutions across the world. Utilizing its trusted and established vendor supply chain contacts, CAG customer benefit from cost savings and increased efficiency.

The purchase of AASL marks a strategic investment for CAG, which recently bolstered its senior management with the addition of Alan Barnes, a prolific, seasoned aerospace professional with 30 years’ experience supporting MROs, including those owned and authorized by leading business aviation manufacturers.


IAI and GECAS begin first Boeing 777-300ERSF Passenger-to-Freighter conversion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has begun the structural modification phase in the conversion of the first Boeing 777-300ERSF, in partnership with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). This project is part of an approximately US$400 million agreement signed with GECAS in 2019. The beginning of the conversion marks the end of the development process and the start of the structural and systems modification phase. The conversion process will take approximately 130 days, at the end of which the passenger aircraft will be turned into a freighter aircraft.

The development process is complicated and highlights IAI engineers’ extensive experience in aviation, with their envisioned goal of creating a cargo conversion aircraft that will have the high-quality and capabilities providing clients with the optimal solution. The passenger-to-freighter conversion includes changing the structure, which involves installing a new cargo door, replacing and strengthening the aircraft floor, installing reinforcements near the cargo opening, and modifying electrical systems to enable safe and convenient operation. In addition, the process will include receiving certification for the converted aircraft by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among others.

Magnetic MRO and Aerospheres sign chemical consignment agreement

Magnetic MRO, a Total Technical Care and Asset Management organization, has signed a chemical consignment agreement with Aerospheres U.K., a London-based leader in real-time distribution of chemicals, paints, adhesives, sealants, and composites in support of commercial airline MRO operations worldwide.

Aeropsheres U.K. has been a long-term partner of Magnetic MRO, supplying chemicals and adhesives to the company, but with the new chemical consignment agreement, the partnership extends. It now covers supply chemicals and adhesives required for maintenance tasks as Aerospheres own materials will be stored in Tallinn, Magnetic MRO stock, starting from August 2021.

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