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Airbus receives order for up to 44 new helicopters from Global Medical Response

Airbus has received a further firm order from Global Medical Response (GMR) for 21 helicopters from its H125, H130, and H135 families, with an option for a further 23 aircraft. GMR is one of the largest operators of Airbus helicopters and in the last 18 months alone took delivery of 15 of them as part of its Airbus fleet expansion program which currently runs at 133 aircraft.

GMR delivers care through multiple operating brands, including Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp., and REACH Air Medical Services which, combined, transported more than 125,000 patients in 2020. “We fly a variety of Airbus products, but the main thing they have in common – and the most important thing we look for in our critical care transport solutions – is reliability,” said Rob Hamilton, president of the GMR Alliances Group. “Our Airbus fleet allows us to respond quickly and transport critical patients with the appropriate level of care to give them the absolute best chance of survival. With the addition of these new aircraft, our fleet grows stronger and more capable to save lives when it matters most.”

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Gatwick proposing to cap aircraft noise if Northern Runway plan is successful

Gatwick is proposing to set a cap (known as an ‘envelope’) on aircraft noise if its Northern Runway is brought into routine use - with the noise limit tightened further as flight numbers grow – to act an an incentive for airlines to increase the number of quieter aircraft they use at the airport.     

The ‘noise envelope’ would give residents a guarantee that as the project reaches full capacity (circa 2038), it would make less noise compared to noise levels in 2019 – the airport’s busiest year to date.

The airport is able to propose the noise cap because new “next-generation” aircraft - which are quieter - will increasingly replace older, noisier planes in the coming years, outweighing any increase in noise generated by bringing the airport’s Northern Runway into routine use. 

If the Northern Runway is approved, GAL will report on performance of the noise envelope and will forecast performance in the years ahead – so as to avoid the agreed noise envelope being exceeded.

The airport is also proposing a more generous Noise Insulation Scheme for residents living close to the airport - increasing the number of eligible households by up to 1750 homes compared to the existing scheme – and by offering a tiered package depending on the noise experienced at specific locations. 

A new Inner Zone will offer the highest level of noise insulation and will apply to between 250 and 450 households, which would qualify for replacement acoustic glazing or internal secondary glazing to all windows, acoustic ventilators and blinds to noise-sensitive rooms, replacement doors to these rooms where necessary, and acoustic upgrading of bedroom ceilings where necessary and possible.  

A new Outer Zone will apply to around 3,300 homes, outside of the Inner Zone, and will offer acoustic ventilators for noise sensitive rooms, allowing windows to remain closed with ventilation.

Residents who have previously taken up grants under the airport’s existing Noise Insulation Scheme will have the opportunity to apply for the new scheme.

The airport would also work with schools to deliver a suitable noise insulation package if found to be required.

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AerCap signs lease agreements with Spirit Airlines for 20 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft

AerCap has signed agreements with Spirit Airlines for the lease of 20 new Airbus A320neo-family aircraft. All 20 aircraft are scheduled to begin delivery in 2022 with deliveries continuing through 2023 and 2024.

“We are excited to further our longstanding, strategic partnership with AerCap. These 20 new aircraft help us achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023, and our targeted growth in 2024, as we continue our mission of delivering More Go and providing the best value in the sky,” said Simon Gore, VP and Treasurer of Spirit Airlines.

Textron Aviation to make further investments in European service network

Textron Aviation will make additional investments in its European service network, with an expansion of its Stuttgart line station facility becoming a satellite service center. The company is expanding its factory-direct service options at Stuttgart Airport delivering shorter downtime and increased flexibility to its customers with twice the amount of hangar space and the expert engineer team set to double in size. This added footprint and expertise at Stuttgart satellite station will now add service capabilities for the Beechcraft King Air series this fall, further enhancing its service offerings for more than 100 operators in Germany.

“We have strategically enhanced our footprint and capabilities in Europe due to the growing demand for services to ensure access to factory-direct service and support to customers,” said Phil Jones, vice president, European Service Centers. “This new service center model allows us to provide additional factory-direct support and deliver expert care to our aircraft owners and operators, regardless of where they are in the world.”

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Lufthansa Cargo and Kuehne+Nagel agree on partnership to promote CO2-neutral power-to-liquid fuel

The two companies Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo have agreed on an exclusive partnership for the promotion and use of power-to-liquid aviation fuel. The logistics service providers have jointly committed to supporting the world's first production site for synthetic crude oil in Werlte/Emsland in Germany by purchasing the equivalent of 20 tons, or 25,000 liters, annually. The synthetic fuel based on it is considered to be the fuel of the future, which should further reduce the CO2 footprint of aircraft engines in the future. The production site in Werlte is operated by the NGO atmosfair from Bonn.

"We clearly see the key to a sustainable reduction of our emissions in flight operations in the research and use of synthetic, sustainable aviation fuels. The fact that we are now pioneering power-to-liquid technology together with Kuehne+Nagel makes us particularly proud and shows once again that we are actively tackling our climate protection challenges," Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO Lufthansa Cargo, explained the strategic background to the partnership with Kuehne+Nagel.

Atmosfair, a non-profit climate protection organisation based in Berlin, has built its own plant for the production of so-called "syncrude". Syncrude is the alternative to fossil crude oil produced by means of power-to-liquid. This crude oil is then refined into finished Jet A1 fuel for aircraft at the Heide refinery north of Hamburg, fed into the refinery's total volume and delivered to Hamburg Airport. This first industrial plant is so far unique in Germany. Regular operation is planned by atmosfair for the first quarter of 2022.

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United plans largest domestic schedule since March 2020

United has nnounced that it will fly its biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic to meet an expected surge in holiday travel, with an emphasis on connecting the Midwest to warm weather cities like Las Vegas and Orlando as well as offering nearly 70 daily flights to ski destinations, including new service between Orange County and Aspen.

According to United, holiday travel flight searches on united.com and the airline's app are up 16%, compared to 2019. The airline expects the busiest travel days for the Thanksgiving holiday will be Wednesday, November 24 and Sunday, November 28, while popular days for winter holiday travel are expected to be Thursday, December 23 and Sunday, January 2. The airline plans to offer more than 3,500 daily domestic flights in December, representing 91% of its domestic capacity compared to 2019.

In December, United will begin new direct flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix from Cleveland, and to Orlando from Indianapolis. The carrier also will resume eight popular direct flights from Midwest cities, including routes to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, offering the most mainline departures the airline has flown from Cleveland since 2014 including direct service to Nassau and Cancun. United will offer up to 195 daily flights to 12 destinations in Florida this winter, the most flights to the Sunshine State in company history. United is also resuming direct flights from Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh to Fort Myers – which were some of the airline's most popular point-to-point flights last winter.

BNDES supports export of 24 Embraer aircraft to the U.S.

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) approved financing to export 24 Embraer E175 commercial jets to SkyWest Airlines, one of the largest regional aviation company, based in Utah, U.S.A. The deal strengthens Brazil’s industry at a time when it is still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and boosts the presence of high-tech Brazilian products in the world's largest and most competitive aviation market. The deliveries began in August and will continue until April 2022.

The financing of over US$500 million (more than R$ 2.6 billion), is in line with operations carried out by export credit agencies in countries with cutting-edge aeronautical industries. The aeronautical sector is considered strategic by the nations due to aspects such as advanced technology, continuous innovation, and highly skilled workers. Export credit agencies operate to complement the private credit market, doing so more intensely in times of crisis, which is clear in the history between the BNDES and Embraer.
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