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Jet2.com orders 15 additional A321neos

Jet2.com has placed a further order for 15 A321neos following its initial order for 36 aircraft placed in August 2021. This takes the total order by the Leeds, United Kingdom-based airline to 51 A321neos. The two orders reflect Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date.

The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60% larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

The A320neo-family incorporates the latest technologies, including new generation engines and sharklets, delivering a 20% reduction in fuel consumption per seat. With an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km, or two tons of extra payload, the A321neo will deliver Jet2.com with additional revenue potential.

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Greenwich Highland secures two A321-200PCF conversions with 321 Precision Conversions

321 Precision Conversions has announced Greenwich Highland Aviation as its latest A321-200PCF customer. Greenwich has initially pledged two aircraft, msn 1438 and 1953, which will induct in early 2022 at HAECO Americas in Lake City, Florida. The pair of A321-200PCFs will be leased to Global Crossing Airlines Group, (the company or GlobalX). 321 Precision Conversions continues to see strong demand for the A321-200PCF freighter conversion, with orders extending well into 2023. 321 Precision Conversions received its FAA STC in April 2021.

“We are excited to have Greenwich Highland Aviation and GlobalX as early adopters of the A321-200PCF and look forward to supporting them for many years as they continue to grow their fleet.” -Zach Young, Director of Sales and Marketing, 321 Precision Conversions.

321 Precision Conversions is a joint venture between Aircraft Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Precision Aircraft Solutions (PAS) to deliver the A321-200PCF freighter conversion across the globe. Precision Aircraft Solutions set the global standard for B757 conversions and continues its legacy of industry-leading passenger-to-freighter cargo conversions with the A321.

Swissport opens three new warehouses in Canada

On October 1, Swissport has opened a new air cargo warehouse at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, its sixth cargo location in Canada and the third new Canadian warehouse in under half a year (besides Montréal–Mirabel International Airport and Edmonton International Airport). With the new 370 m² facility, Swissport complements its local offering in passenger services with air cargo handling and continues to deliver on its ambitions in the Canadian air cargo market. In comparison with 2019, the company’s volumes in Canada are up 35%, underlining the need for increased warehousing and logistics capacity.

“With the opening of new warehouses across Canada, we are leveraging Swissport‘s global expertise to deliver world-class air cargo handling at more Canadian airports,” says Charles Roberge, CEO of Swissport in Canada. “We are adding more services in more places making sure we meet the growing needs of our customers and changes in the industry. With its comprehensive service portfolio Swissport in Canada aspires to be the partner of choice for global and local customer airlines alike and we will continue to invest in our service delivery.”

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GKN Aerospace to lead development of Electric Fan Thruster for electric aircraft

Under the project, which spans over 1.5 years, GKN Aerospace and KTH (the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology) will together develop fan technology for smaller regional aircraft. The project will study aerodynamic design, performance, noise and manufacturing technology for a nested fan powered by electricity, either from batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or even more conventional hybrid propulsion solutions.

The proposed propulsion solution with a nested fan instead of a conventional propeller offers significant advantages in three main areas: safety, noise level and engine installation. By rapidly demonstrating fan technology for electric aviation, the EleFanT project will accelerate the pace of electric aviation development and position the participants for international aero-engine and aircraft development projects.

Europe's aviation industry has set clear targets and adopted an ambitious roadmap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Parallel development of different types of propulsion solutions for aircraft engines is one of the important steps to take. GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan, Sweden with its leading innovative aero-engine solutions and KTH with its wealth of experience in technology development can make a vital contribution to this technology step.

Qantas finalizes ten-year program to renew domestic fleet

Qantas has entered the final stages of a formal tender process with aircraft and engine manufacturers for the long-term renewal of its domestic narrow-body fleet.

The program, which has been flagged previously, will see more than 100 new aircraft enter the national carrier’s domestic fleet by 2034, renewing the Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 717s that currently form the backbone of its domestic jet operations.

Deliveries would start from the end of 2023 but the Group would retain significant flexibility to make adjustments depending on market conditions.

The aircraft being considered are the Boeing 737 MAX family and Airbus A320neo family, as well as the smaller Embraer E-Jet E2 family and the Airbus A220.

The tender process includes detailed evaluation of the aircraft against four key criteria: safety, reliability and performance, sustainability and emissions reduction, and commercial terms.

Final decisions on preferred suppliers of aircraft and engines are expected to be made by the end of 2021 followed by firm orders by mid-2022.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who is meeting Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and engine manufacturers at the International Air Transport Association AGM in Boston this week, said determining the jets that would serve Qantas Domestic for the next two decades was a key milestone for the Group.

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Proposed US$2.3 billion infrastructure increases will stall recovery – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that impending charge increases by airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) will have a damaging effect on international connectivity while also stalling recovery in air travel. Confirmed increases scheduled by airports and ANSPs have already passed the US$2.3 billion mark, while if all proposals tabled came into effect, that figure could multiply tenfold.

“A US$2.3 billion charges increase during this crisis is outrageous. We all want to put COVID-19 behind us. But placing the financial burden of a crisis of apocalyptic proportions on the backs of your customers, just because you can, is a commercial strategy that only a monopoly could dream up. At an absolute minimum, cost reduction—not charges increases—must be top of the agenda for every airport and ANSP. It is for their customer airlines,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

As an example, Europe’s skies are covered by 29 individual ASNPs, most of which are state owned. Collectively, they are looking to recoup €8 billion (US$9.3 billion) from carriers to compensate for lost revenue during the current pandemic. This figure is on top of an intended 40% increase in charges planned for 2022. Meanwhile, London Heathrow Airport is looking to increase its charges by 90% in 2020 and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is looking to increase its charges by 40% over the next three years.

The principal problem for airlines with these increases is the current level of debt accrued during the pandemic. Globally, US$110 billion of financial support provided needs to be paid back, so an increase in infrastructure costs could see multiple carriers fail. Instead, the IATA wants airport and ANSPs to implement sustainable cost control measures, tap shareholders, access capital markets, and seek government aid as a means to counteract the financial effects of the pandemic.

Aviation leaders unite in Milan to rebuild global air connectivity

With millions of jobs and national economies dependent on a strong restart of the air transport sector, World Routes will bring together decision-makers from airlines, airports, and tourism authorities in Milan next week (10-12 October) to rebuild global air connectivity.

Now in its 26th year, World Routes has made a real impact on the world's route networks with over 3,500 new air services being connected to meetings at the event in the last three years alone. More than 125 airlines will be present in Milan to develop recovery strategies including Air Canada, Air China, Air France, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Iberia Airlines, International Airlines Group, Jet2.com, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Wizz Air. 

Airline CEOs, government ministers, and association leaders will outline actions that the industry must take to accelerate the recovery during a series of conference sessions at the event. High-profile speakers include Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air; Jason McGuinness, director of commercial of Ryanair; Garth Lund, CCO of Flair; Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico; Vijay Daryanani, Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port of the Government of Gibraltar; Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General of ACI World and Fabio Lazzerini, CEO of ITA. 

Hosted by SEA Milan Airports, in partnership with the Lombardy Region, the Municipality of Milan, ENIT – Italian Tourist Board and Bergamo Airport, World Routes will deliver long-term growth opportunities for the city and wider region. Air transport's contribution to the Italian economy is significant, supporting 714,000 jobs and contributing €46 billion to the economy – accounting for roughly 2.7% of Italy's GDP in 2019. Following the impact of COVID-19, the positive catalytic effects of air connectivity in increasing trade, tourism, investment, labour supply, and market efficiency will be more important than ever in helping Italy to rebuild its economy.

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Japan Airlines selects Thomas Global’s Flight Displays for Boeing 767 fleet upgrade

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed with Thomas Global Systems to equip the airline’s Boeing 767-300/300ER fleet with the TFD-7000 Series drop-in liquid crystal display (LCD) flight displays. The JAL award follows TFD-7000 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

TFD-7000 Series displays provide a high-performance, cost-effective LCD retrofit that resolves critical issues around cathode ray tube (CRT) obsolescence, increases operational efficiency, and provides a growth platform for new functionality.

The TFD-7076/7066 LCD solution replaces legacy Collins Aerospace EDU-776/766 CRT displays currently installed on Boeing 757, 767, and 737 Classic flight decks. The TFD7076/7066 LCD displays are both interchangeable and intermixable with the existing legacy EDU-776/766 CRT displays, are installable on overnights or at the gate, and are fully compatible with the EFIP-701 and EAP-701/3 Boeing symbol generators. STC approvals have been received from FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, JCAB, ANAC and CAAC.

Magma Aviation appoints Conor Brannigan to CEO

Magma Aviation, the innovative air cargo solutions company, has promoted Conor Brannigan, from Deputy CEO to CEO, following him joining the business in July 2021. Ross Wilson, former CEO, moves to the role of Strategic Advisor to the Magma Aviation Board of Directors.

Since Magma Aviation launched in 2010, Wilson has been at the forefront of the business and instrumental in building it to the success it is today. He will continue to play an indispensable role in developing Magma Aviation further in this new role as Strategic Advisor.

NAC signs agreement to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Emerald Airlines

Regional aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), has committed to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Irelands newest regional airline and operator of the Aer Lingus regional routes, Emerald Airlines.

Emerald Airlines has been granted the exclusive franchise for the Aer Lingus Regional route network from January 1, 2023 until the end of 2032. The airline is continuing to work closely with Aer Lingus to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date. Just last month, Emerald Airlines also received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Irish Aviation Authority, proving its fitness-to-fly capability.

Gulfstream introduces two all-new business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has introduced two all-new aircraft, further expanding its ultra-modern, high-technology family of aircraft: the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream's history, and the Gulfstream G400, the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade.

The G800 offers customers the longest range in the Gulfstream fleet with its 8,000-nautical-mile/14,816-kilometer range at Mach 0.85 and 7,000-nm/12,964-km range at Mach 0.90. Powered by high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and the Gulfstream-designed wing and winglet introduced on the Gulfstream G700, the G800 also features enhanced fuel-efficiency and more city-pair capabilities.

The all-new G400 offers a combination of long-range, high-speed performance; cabin comfort; and environmental efficiency. The G400 ramps up environmental performance by reducing fuel consumption, emissions, and noise through its use of Gulfstream’s aerodynamic clean-wing design and advanced Pratt & Whitney PW812GA engines. The aircraft will fly 4,200 nm/7,778 km at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85. Three floorplans are offered, with options for seating up to nine, 11 or 12 passengers, and the G400 provides the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience and ten Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.
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