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Croatia acquires 12 Dassault fighters from French Air Force

In a ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, together with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and the Croatian Minister of Defense Mario Banozic, have signed two contracts for the acquisition of 12 Rafale fighters and associated logistics support.

The principal contract covers the transfer of the 12 Rafale fighters from the French Air Force, including their equipment, together with training services to the Croatian Air Force. The second contract was for the provision of three years of logistics support covering all support resources, including additional spare parts for the 12 aircraft. The decision to choose the Rafale jets, announced on May 28, after an international tender involving European and American aircraft, reflects its technological and operational superiority, as well as the excellent work done by the team “France” to consolidate its position in European air forces.

“I am delighted, on behalf of Dassault Aviation and its partners, to be entering into a relationship of trust with Croatia, a European country, and to be writing a new page for the Rafale, which I am certain will give the Croatian Air Force complete satisfaction, while actively contributing to the exercise of Croatia’s national sovereignty,” said Trappier.

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Kenya Airways and South African Airways sign strategic partnership framework

Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways PLC (KQ), has signed a strategic partnership framework with South African Airways (SAA), a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan-African Airline Group by 2023. The partnership framework follows the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that the two airlines signed two months ago to foster the exchange of knowledge, expertise, innovation, digital technologies and best practice between the two airlines.

The signing of the strategic partnership framework by the two African airlines will see both airlines work together to increase passenger traffic, cargo opportunities and general trade by taking advantage of strengths in South Africa, Kenya and Africa.  It is expected that the partnership will improve the financial viability of the two airlines. Customers will also benefit from more competitive price offering for both passenger and cargo segment.

The partnership framework aligns well with the aspirations of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) of providing a single market for goods and services, facilitated by movement of persons and goods to deepen the economic integration and prosperity of the African continent. It also includes demand recovery and other cost containment strategies which will aid the recovery of both carriers in an increasingly competitive African airline environment.

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Leonardo's new Helicopter Service and Logistics Centre in Brazil achieves operational readiness

Leonardo has taken a further step forward to strengthen the level of quality services supporting helicopter operators in Brazil and Latin America with the operational readiness of its all-new Service and Logistics Centre headquartered in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paolo. This is the result of an R$60 million investment (approximately €9 million) - the new site is based on an 80,000 m² area, of which 6,000 m² comprises buildings and infrastructures and it can host up to 20 aircraft simultaneously. There will be the gradual addition of aircraft maintenance, training facilities and a range of industry capabilities such as painting and completion and the new centre will allow the expansion of service capacity by up to 50% compared to the previous dedicated site. 

Five-hundred Leonardo helicopters of various models used for a wide range of applications are in service throughout Latin America today, 190 of which are in Brazil and 120 of these aircraft are in the State of São Paolo. The new site is expected to host up to 370 aircraft every year to deliver its services, with the potential of further expansion. The missions that are carried out by Leonardo helicopters across the region include VIP/corporate and VVIP transport (over 220 units equal to nearly 25% of Leonardo’s global VIP helicopter fleet), offshore transport, rescue duties, law enforcement, fire-fighting and military roles. The most popular types include the AW119 single engine, the AW109 light twin legacy, the AW139 intermediate twin and, more recently, the AW169 light intermediate. The AW189 has introduced new capabilities into the region supporting the energy industry.  

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ST Engineering and A*STAR’s SIMTech team up in additive manufacturing research programme

ST Engineering and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a unit of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR), have teamed up for a three-year research programme to co-develop additive manufacturing (AM) processes for applications in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul.

The collaboration aims to enhance end-to-end AM processes in manufacturing aerospace parts and components, with the long-term view to extend these enhancements to other industries where applicable and strengthen Singapore’s innovation ecosystem in AM.

Earlier in October, ST Engineering announced a first-of-its-kind research collaboration model, named Research Translation @ ST Engineering, aimed at fostering a stronger working relationship between ST Engineering and its partners to drive impactful translation of research that meets fast-evolving market needs and customer demands. The AM research programme with ASTAR’s SIMTech is among the first few collaborations that ST Engineering is embarking on under Research Translation @ ST Engineering.

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Harald Gloy to resign from Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board

Harald Gloy, Chief Operations and Human Resources Officer at Lufthansa Cargo, will leave the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo on February 28, 2022, for personal reasons and will devote himself to new professional challenges outside the Lufthansa Group.

Gloy, an industrial engineer, has been Chief Operations Officer since January 1, 2019. In his role, he was responsible for handling at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs as well as for global handling management, flight operations and security. Since March 1, 2021, Gloy has also been responsible for human resources on the Executive Board and thus assumed the role of Labor Director.

Air Peace becomes new client of SmartLynx Airlines

SmartLynx Airlines, a renowned specialist in full-service ACMI aircraft lease services, has announced the welcome procurement of a new client, Nigerian airline, Air Peace – Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline.

The agreement was signed between SmartLynx Malta and Air Peace on November 11, 2021 and will last until May 11, 2022. Under the new agreement SmartLynx Airlines will wet lease two A320 aircraft, based in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The lease sees a return to Nigeria for SmartLynx who had operated in the region and the rest of Africa from 2007.

The onboarding of Air Peace comes as a part of SmartLynx’ continuous reach into potential new markets. The move also demonstrates the company’s commitment to expanding its client portfolio, in support of the growing demand for safe travel. This commitment to safety has been underlined by SmartLynx’s signing of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) COVID-Charter.
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