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Finland orders 64 F-35A multirole stealth fighters for its air force

The Finnish government has placed an order with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 64 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II multirole stealth fighters. The 64 fighters will come with a robust weapons package, a sustainment solution tailored to Finland's unique security of supply requirements, as well as a comprehensive training programme. The F35 is the most advanced, survivable and connected fighter aircraft, giving pilots an advantage against any adversary. Its interoperability will facilitate seamless information exchanges with surface and air platforms, strengthening interoperability between the different branches of the Finnish defence forces. Additionally, the F-35 will deliver economic and technical advantages to Finland for decades to come.

Finnish industry will have many first-of-a-kind opportunities to work directly on F-35 production and sustainment. Through indirect industrial participation projects outside of F-35 production, Lockheed Martin will build industry partnerships with Finnish companies and academic institutions that offer opportunities focused on developing and advancing security partnerships far into the future. To date, the F-35 operates from 21 bases worldwide, with nine nations operating F-35s on their home soil. There are more than 730 F-35s in service today, with more than 1,535 pilots and 11,500 maintainers trained on the aircraft.


Volga-Dnepr Group initiates creation of Eurasian SAF alliance with key industry stakeholders

Volga-Dnepr Group, Airbus, Gazprom Neft, Aeroflot Airlines, National Research Center Zhukovsky Institute, Federal State Unitary Enterprise State Research Institute of Civil Aviation and S7 Group have signed a declaration with the aim to set Eurasian SAF alliance.

The main task of the newly set alliance will be the development of a favourable ecosystem to ramp up SAF production in Russia and stimulate its further usage. The alliance members will prepare the roadmap to coordinate future joint efforts.

Denis Fisenko, General Director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, highlights: “Volga-Dnepr Group is one of the major air cargo market players in the world. From our side, we are taking actions to mitigate a negative environmental impact – initiatives aimed at fuel consumption efficiency, deployment of eco-friendly freighters with lower CO2 emissions, the introduction of GoGreen initiatives and, most importantly, our efforts to increase load factor and guarantee that we transport vital cargoes other than empty space. The creation of the Eurasian SAF alliance is another step towards a more sustainable air cargo industry. We believe that only collaboration and joint efforts will help us to overcome the barriers preventing SAF introduction in Russia”.

The Alliance is an inclusive and open ecosystem for mutual activities of industry participants along the entire SAF value chain, from fuel producers, airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, up to engine manufacturers and research organisations, that are interested in fruitful cooperation.

First Airbus A321neoLR for the German Air Force arrives at Lufthansa Technik

The first of two Airbus A321neoLR (Long-Range) aircraft for the German Air Force have arrived at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg on December 9. The aircraft bears the military registration 15+10. Its sister aircraft 15+11 will follow in the coming weeks. This marks the start of the cabin conversion of the two aircraft, carried out by the Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services business unit, for various mission types such as troop transports, parliamentary flight operations and the MedEvac (medical evacuation) role. Delivery of the converted aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

With the Airbus A321neoLR, the German Air Force will receive a future-proof, modern passenger aircraft which can be deployed on short-, medium- and long-haul flights. With the installations made by Lufthansa Technik, the aircraft can be used in four different interior configurations. Their passenger transport capacity ranges up to 136.

Furthermore, either the transport of up to six intensive care patients or the transport of up to 12 slightly or moderately ill/injured patients as well as various mixed configurations for patient transport are possible. Lufthansa Technik will therefore supply twelve Patient Transport Units (PTUs) as well as two reserve units required for the MedEvac role to the German Armed Forces.


Airbus to develop new hydrogen technologies in Spain

Airbus is increasing its presence in Spain with the launch of an Airbus UpNext entity, a wholly owned innovation subsidiary, and a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies.

This complements Airbus’ existing footprint in Spain and reaffirms Airbus’ commitment to remain a strong player in the Spanish aerospace ecosystem. Airbus has long been a pioneer in composite technologies in Spain, both in materials and manufacturing processes.

The Airbus UpNext entity will initially be accountable for the study and demonstration of hydrogen-powered non-propulsive energies as well as future tanking operations applying advancements in vision-based technology. This new presence will leverage the expertise of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. Airbus UpNext gives future technologies a development fast-track by building demonstrators at speed and scale. This entails the sourcing of new talent and suppliers in order to evaluate, mature and validate potential innovative products and services that encompass radical technological breakthroughs.

The ZEDC follows the opening of two other ZEDCs in June this year at Airbus sites in Bremen, Germany and Nantes, France. The focus of the Spanish ZEDC is non-propulsive energy, systems for fuel cell cooling and fibre optics, as well as carbon fibre tanks for storing cryogenic liquid hydrogen. The tank development is done in a coordinated approach with the other Airbus national entities. These technologies are critical to fuel a future zero-emission aircraft, supporting the goal of an entry-into-service by 2035.

CTT receives Anti-Fuselage-Condensation System order from Pobeda Airlines

CTT SYSTEMS AB (CTT), a market leader of aircraft humidity control systems, has received anti-fuselage-condensation-system order from Pobeda Airlines (Pobeda), a low-cost carrier in the Aeroflot group, for retrofit installation in 20 Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft. Based on list price, the order value is approx. 14 MSEK.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q1 2022 and to be completed during 2022. The CTT anti-fuselage-condensation system removes trapped water in blankets, keeps the crown area dry and prevents unwanted excess weight from water accumulation. This enables airlines to operate with lower energy needs and less pollutant emissions.

Pobeda has installed and ordered CTT’s anti-fuselage-condensation system across its entire aircraft fleet. With this order, Pobeda will operate 64 moisture protected Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft.


Air France and KLM sign code-share agreements with ITA Airways

Air France and KLM have signed new code-share agreements with Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) Airways. The commercial partnership will offer additional travel opportunities and open up 12 ITA destinations in Italy and Southern Europe for Air France and KLM customers, as where ITA customers will be able to book tickets to a large variety of Air France and KLM destinations in Europe, including the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

Air France, KLM and ITA will facilitate transfers for passengers to connecting flights at their hubs at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol and Rome Fiumicino. Customers will be able to fly seamlessly to the destination of their choice with one single ticket, checking-in at the airport of departure and collecting their checked-through baggage upon arrival at their final destination.

The agreement is effective for KLM as of December 1, and for Air France as of December 9, 2021, for traveling as of December 13, 2021.

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