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Sydney Seaplanes orders 50 Eve eVTOL aircraft as part of UAM partnership

Sydney Seaplanes, Australia’s most prominent tourism flight operator, has entered into a partnership with Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve) that includes the purchase of 50 Eve electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, with progressive deliveries anticipated to commence in 2026. The partnership begins the groundwork for proposed electric air taxi operations in the Greater Sydney area and a further step in the direction of achieving zero carbon emissions from all Greater Sydney’s tourism and commuter flights.

In addition to providing the eVTOL aircraft, Eve will also provide globally recognised air traffic management software in order to facilitate the scaling up of the urban air mobility (UAM) industry, along with maintenance, training and other services. Sydney Seaplanes began operations in 2005 with a single six-seat De Haviland Beaver aircraft while, to date, the company has flown some 80,000 flights, transporting 425,000 passengers. In 2020, Sydney seaplanes announced plans to create an all-electric and zero-emissions regional airline Alt Air as soon as 2022, with first all-electric flights planned as early as 2024. Introducing eVTOL aircraft offers an opportunity to extend the catchment of the Rose Bay aviation facilities to efficiently serve all of Greater Sydney.

Commenting on the agreement, Aaron Shaw, CEO of Sydney Seaplanes said: “This is an exciting development for Sydney Seaplanes. Sydney needs a post-COVID lift and what better way to do that than by developing high-tech and zero carbon jobs that support transport, tourism and the vibrancy of this wonderful city. Eve’s eVTOL technology will integrate seamlessly with our electric amphibious fleet to deliver a range of tourism and commuter journeys.”

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Boeing and STAECO to open two additional conversion lines for 737-800BCF in 2022

Boeing and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co. (STAECO) have announced plans to create additional capacity for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to help meet continued strong market demand.

In 2022, Boeing will add two 737-800BCF conversion lines at STAECO’s facility in Jinan, China. The first new line will open in the first quarter of 2022, with the second line expected to begin conversions by midyear of 2022. Once the two new lines are operational, STAECO will have seven conversion lines dedicated to the 737-800BCF.

“Boeing is pleased to continue growing our strong and mutually beneficial relationship with STAECO by creating additional conversion capacity to meet growing global demand,” said Peter Gao, vice president, Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing for China. “STAECO has exhibited the expertise and track record of delivering quality freighter conversions and will play a critical role in helping Boeing meet our customer commitments today and in the future.”

Boeing forecasts 1,720 freighter conversions will be needed over the next 20 years. Of those, 1,200 will be standard body conversions with Asia carriers accounting for 40% of that demand.

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TP Aerospace appoints Nikolaj Jacobsen new CEO

Effective January 1, 2022, co-founder and CEO Peter Lyager will step down as executive director of TP Aerospace and transition to a non-executive position in the company’s Board of Directors. Nikolaj Jacobsen, who joined TP Aerospace as CFO in 2018, has been appointed new CEO of the company alongside President and co-founder Thomas Ibsø. Jacobsen has been with the company since 2018, first as CFO, and for the last year as Group COO and CFO.

Lyager will continue to be invested in TP Aerospace as continued co-owner and will transition to Non-Executive Director in the Board of Directors from where he will continue to be involved in setting the strategic direction for TP Aerospace.

Travelport and Cathay Pacific renew and expand distribution agreement

Travelport and Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s home airline, have extended their long-standing relationship with a renewed and expanded multi-source content distribution agreement which includes a commitment to work with Travelport in advancing its New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiatives.

With this new long-term agreement, Travelport will continue to support Cathay Pacific by providing Travelport-connected agencies around the world with real-time access to search, sell, and book its content and inventory.

The agreement will see the content available to agents progressively expanded, to include a larger range of fares as well as ancillaries than had previously been unavailable.

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First A321XLR development aircraft undergoes final assembly

The very first A321XLR flight test aircraft, MSN11000, took a major step forward this week in becoming reality. This is the first of three planned development aircraft which will perform the flight testing and Type Certification programme, starting in 2022, to pave the way for series production and entry into service in 2023.

The structural completion of MSN11000 in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Hamburg follows the recent assembly and equipping of the Major Component Assemblies (MCAs) and their subsequent delivery and introduction on schedule into the FAL in November. These MCAs notably included (but were not limited to): the nose and forward fuselage, delivered from Saint Nazaire; the centre and aft fuselage assembled in Hamburg; the wings from Broughton; the landing gears supplied by Safran and the vertical and horizontal tailplanes from Stade and Getafe respectively.

While other Airbus FAL locations will eventually be producing A321XLRs to fulfil the type’s large customer order-book, Hamburg has been chosen to ‘pilot’ this new variant into series production. This is starting with the three development flight test aircraft – now in various stages of completion there.

CDB Aviation delivers A320 aircraft to Allegiant

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., (CDB Leasing), has delivered an Airbus A320-200 aircraft to a new customer in the Americas region, Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost airline Allegiant.

“With its efficient air service model focused on providing reliable and affordably accessible air travel, Allegiant has been strengthening its unique position of growth as the industry emerges from the pandemic,” noted Luís da Silva, CDB Aviation’s Head of Commercial, Americas. “This transaction is a valuable component of the carrier’s fleet plan for 2022 and beyond and we look forward to building a long-term, strategic relationship with the Allegiant team.”

The aircraft will enter service, configured with 186 economy seats, to support the carrier’s business model: point-to-point commercial air service that links small city airports to leisure destinations across the United States.

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Qantas to convert two Airbus A330s into freighters

Qantas will convert two of its Airbus A330 passenger aircraft into freighters to support the significant shift towards consumers shopping online.

One of the converted wide-body freighters will be used in Qantas Freight’s international network, while the other will be a new addition to the dedicated fleet that serves Australia Post’s domestic parcel and mail business.

In addition, Qantas Freight will receive its third Airbus A321P2F freighter this week, which will also operate for Australia Post. The narrow-body aircraft previously operated passenger services for Jetstar. The freighter will provide additional capacity ahead of what’s expected to be the busiest Christmas period ever for air cargo.

The seat capacity of the two A330s will be replaced by more efficient scheduling on the Qantas passenger network.

Qantas will also take delivery of three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners during 2022. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the conversion of the two widebody A330 aircraft would significantly increase capacity for both domestic and international freight.

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United Airlines names Nike CFO Matthew Friend to Board of Directors

United Airlines Holdings (UAL) has reported that Matthew Friend will join its Board of Directors. Friend, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nike, Inc., brings more than two decades of corporate finance and strategy experience to the airline’s Board.

“As we emerge from the pandemic as a leader in the industry and stand ready to accelerate our business, United will benefit greatly from Matt’s deep financial acumen and stewardship of one of the leading consumer brands on the planet,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “Plus, his years of global corporate experience will help inform our effort to continue to be a force for good across the country and around the world.”

Friend was named EVP and CFO of Nike, Inc. in March 2020. Since then, he has helped steer Nike through a significant business transformation. Previously, Friend held the roles of CFO for Nike Operating Segments and VP of Investor Relations. He has also served as CFO of Nike Brand, Global Brands & Functions, Emerging Markets, and as VP of Corporate Strategy and Development. Friend is a member of Nike’s Executive Leadership Team and the senior management representative to the Audit & Finance Committee of the Nike, Inc. Board of Directors.
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