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Monday, January 3rd, 2022

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New airline Norse Atlantic Airways receives AOC

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to Norse Atlantic Airways. The new airline is on track to start transatlantic flights in spring 2022.

An AOC is the approval granted by a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.

Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 and the first flights will depart from Oslo to selected cities in the US.


Bad weather and Omicron variant play global havoc with weekend holiday travel

Across the globe this past weekend, over 4,000 scheduled flights were cancelled either as a direct consequence of poor weather or the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. In the United States alone, over 2,400 flights either arriving or departing were cancelled on Sunday, January 2, while globally, over 11,000 flights were delayed.

According to FlightAware, American carriers with the most cancellations included SkyWest and SouthWest with 510 and 419 cancelled flights respectively. The high level of transmission with the Omicron variant has seen multiple instances of pilots and crew having to quarantine, resulting in multiple flight cancellations. This is despite carriers having provided a raft of attractive financial incentives for previously laid off staff to return, together with bonuses to work over the holiday season. According to some airline unions, the fear of contracting COVID-19 and the prospect of having to deal with increasing numbers of unruly passengers has led to a reluctance to work overtime.

Austrian Airlines repays another €30 million

After the early repayment of the first loan instalment of €30 million in July 2021, Austrian Airlines has repaid another €30 million on December 31, 2021. By the end of 2021 the national carrier has repaid the first €60 million of the state-guaranteed loan with a total of €300 million. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the airline is fulfilling its responsibility and meets the financial agreements as planned.

In June 2020, Austrian Airlines received a Corona aid package totalling €600 million, €150 million as an equity contribution from Lufthansa and a further €150 million as state-cover for damages. The remaining €300 million were guaranteed by the Republic of Austria as a loan through bank financing. The loan is to be repaid in half-yearly instalments by 2026. The state aid package ensured Austrian Airlines’ continuance as a system-relevant partner at the Vienna hub and for the Austrian economy.


PEL-AIR commences operations of NSW Ambulance fixe-wing service

Rex subsidiary Pel-Air Aviation has commenced operations for the NSW Ambulance Air Ambulance fixed wing service with a fleet of new aircraft. The five new aeromedical Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft were delivered between December 2020 and June 2021. They underwent modifications in New South Wales with Pel-Air’s subcontractor, Total Aerospace Solutions, to meet the requirements of NSW Ambulance.

The aircraft have all been prepared for the 24/7 critical care and complex mission requirements of NSW Ambulance across multiple areas. These include standard patient transfers, newborn and paediatric emergency transport service operations, extra corporeal membrane oxygenation operations, intra-aortic balloon pump operations, bariatric patient operations, over-water aeromedical transfers and major incident responses.

Pel-Air is one of Australia’s most trusted fixed-wing air ambulance providers, having already been the incumbent contractor for the Victorian State government for the past ten years.

Elbit Systems Emirates awarded contract to supply DIRCM and Airborne EW self-protection systems to UAE

Elbit Systems' subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates, Elbit Systems Emirates, has been awarded an approximately US$53 million contract to supply Direct Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) systems for the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft of the UAE Air Force. The contract will be performed over a five-year period.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems Emirates will deliver a multi-turret configuration of the J-MUSIC™ Self-Protection System together with the company’s Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning System, providing high levels of protection and redundancy. The company’s DIRCM systems have accumulated more than 350,000 operational flight hours to date and are installed onboard more than 25 types of aircraft. The company is witnessing a growing demand for this type of self-protection capabilities in light of the rising threat that aircraft face from shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles. 

Elbit Systems views the UAE as an important market and believes that this contract award further highlights the technological advantage and maturity of the solutions offered by the company in this field.


GA Telesis unveils Aero Inventory Management programme with launch customer Global Crossing Airlines

GA Telesis has unveiled the innovative Aero Inventory Management (AIM) programme, designed to supply complete parts packages alongside ancillary airline support services with a focus on smaller fleets as well as startup airlines around the globe. The launch customer is Miami-based Global Crossing Airlines Group, which operates a fleet of A320 family aircraft. GA Telesis’ Flight Solutions Group (FSG) will manage the new service, enabling custom-fit solutions for this niche market.

The AIM programme oversees the disassembly of entire aircraft platforms, whereas FSG’s component solutions team will provide the required inventory to GlobalX and a wide range of add-on services, including initial provisioning, parts repair and exchange, logistics services and tooling support. The remaining inventory from disassembly that GlobalX does not require will be consigned to FSG to support the rest of the global customer base.

Airbus and ACG firm up order for 20 A220s and 40 A320neo-family aircraft

Full-service aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group (ACG), wholly owned by Tokyo Century Corporation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 A220s and a firm contract for 40 A320neo-family aircraft, of which five are A321XLRs.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines. Featuring a 50% reduced noise footprint and up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for regional as well as long distance routes operations.

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