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Monday, August 30th, 2021

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Air Austral becomes first French carrier to fly the Airbus A220 powered by P&W GTF™ engines

Having placed an order in 2019 for three of this particular model of aircraft, Air Austral, based in Réunion has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, becoming the first French carrier to do so.

“We are excited to fly our first Airbus A220 with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, becoming the first French operator to fly this type of aircraft,” said Marie-Joseph Male, CEO for Air Austral. “This game-changing engine and aircraft combination will deliver superior economics to develop our network, quiet flights for our passengers, and low fuel burn and emissions for our environment. We look forward to flying this aircraft for years to come.” Air Austral currently operates an ATR 72-500 aircraft powered by PW100 turboprop engines, in addition to two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, each equipped with a Pratt & Whitney APS5000 auxiliary power unit (APU).


United Rotorcraft awards contract to Sikorsky for five S-70 Black Hawk helicopters

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, has awarded Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, a contract for five S-70 Black Hawk helicopters. The bulk order will enable United Rotorcraft, as the only company authorized by Sikorsky to modify Black Hawk aircraft to the FIREHAWK configuration, to quickly deliver these new production aircraft for aerial firefighting in support of public agencies battling increasingly destructive wildland fires.

Sikorsky will produce the five S-70 Black Hawk aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s PZL Mielec manufacturing line in Poland. Deliveries to United Rotorcraft’s 55,000+ ft² completions facility in Colorado are expected between early 2022 and mid-2023. The first aircraft received will be configured as a FIREHAWK helicopter for the State of Colorado, which announced its contract with United Rotorcraft on August 16.

To modify a Black Hawk helicopter to the Firehawk configuration, United Rotorcraft installs and integrates a 1,000-gallon (3,785-liter) external water tank system to the aircraft’s belly. Fingertip controls allow pilots to drop the precise amount of water with high accuracy and refill the tank via a retractable snorkel in 60 seconds or less while hovering 10 feet over a water source. United Rotorcraft works hand in hand with public agencies to further customize the aircraft, as needed, from communications and navigation systems, to cabin interiors, transforming the FIREHAWK into a true multi-mission aircraft, with the ability to transport up to 12 firefighters, provide medical care on board, or perform search and rescue operations.

Cathay Pacific selects HAECO Vector Economy seats for new Airbus A321neo

HAECO Cabin Solutions is supplying Vector Economy – its fully featured economy class seat for Cathay Pacific’s latest aircraft, the new single-aisle Airbus A321neo. The fleet is now flying from Hong Kong to regional destinations in Asia.

The seat has comfort-enhancing features including an ergonomic headrest, a folding tablet holder/smartphone ledge, an 11.6-inch HD video screen, and USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

Doug Rasmussen, President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions, said: “The Vector Economy seat provides an unparalleled level of passenger comfort for short and long-haul operations. In addition to providing outstanding passenger living space and comfort enhancing features, the seat is lightweight and durable, key considerations for any airline.”


David Lara joins CargoAi’s board of advisors

David Lara will be a part of CargoAi's next quarterly business review, starting September 1, along with other members of the Board of Advisors. There will be a work program based on product development and its roadmap, business development, and the strategy of CargoAi.

“Beyond his role and contribution, David is a great mentor for the team. David perfectly understands our industry, the needs of each player and especially those of freight forwarders and airlines in terms of procurement and commercial management. It is a priceless opportunity for CargoAi to be able to benefit from his expertise and an absolute honour to have him with us on the Board of Advisors” says Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi.

Ensuring newly offered products are in line with customer expectations and are brought to the market as fast as possible, is one of the factors driving the strategy of the Air Cargo Digital Solutions platform CargoAi.co. The Board of Advisors brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Embraer opens new office in Hungary

Embraer has announced the opening of a new office in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The main objective is to foster cooperation in Hungary, which could result in future developments under new partnerships. The office also creates an administrative hub for projects development in Central and Eastern Europe.

“Embraer is keen to increase its presence in Hungary and to expand our network with Hungarian high-technology representatives and other stakeholders, aiming to establish a deep and well-structured cooperation with some of the most qualified and innovative companies in the country,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

This initiative is part of Embraer’s strategy to establish new partnerships in select markets. Some of the key aspects of this future cooperation are the collaborative efforts with new partners, long-term projects, and investment in reliable dual-use technology.


Joramco signs first maintenance agreement with GetJet Airlines

Joramco, the Amman-based maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), has signed its first maintenance agreement with GetJet Airlines, headquartered in Lithuania, that offers charter services on behalf of numerous international airlines, including LOT Polish Airlines, Wizz Air, Finnair, Air Malta, Tunisair, and others.

The partnership between GetJet Airlines and Joramco began in June of this year when the MRO provider successfully performed maintenance work on one of GetJet’s A320 aircraft. Joramco then completed a successful and comprehensive C-check on one of GetJet’s A330 aircraft in July.

“The partnership with Joramco opens new possibilities. A trustful MRO partner enables us to plan business processes, including an aircraft check, more accurately. It is essential, especially in these post-pandemic times with recovering aviation. Therefore, we are looking forward to having another fruitful collaboration with Joramco,” said Darius Viltrakis, GetJet Airlines CEO.

Joramco aims to elevate the standards of commercial aircraft maintenance for the entire MENA region and strives to be a global leader in offering efficient, world-class, technology-driven MRO and technical aviation services to its clients around the world.

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