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Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

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Falco and Eve expand relationship with potential order for 200 eVTOLs

Having cooperated with Embraer since 2014, Falco Regional Aircraft Limited (Falco), a global leader in the leasing of commercial aircraft, has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent in relation to a potential order for 200 Eve electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators.

Eve is a subsidiary of Brazilian planemaker Embraer and the partnership with Falko will commence with the establishment of a working group that will collaborate with existing Falco operators to develop initial route networks for eVTOL aircraft. In addition, Eve’s agnostic product portfolio of next-generation air traffic management software, service capabilities and fleet operations services will also be introduced to create a safe, scalable network for each Falko lessee using Eve’s aircraft.

“I am thrilled to announce this huge development in our long standing and successful relationship with Embraer. We are very excited by our strategic partnership with Eve which forms part of our drive to be at the forefront of the greening of the aviation sector. We firmly believe in the prospects of the eVTOL market and that Eve, with the support of Embraer’s experience in the manufacturing, certification and support of aircraft, will be a market leader,” states Jeremy Barnes, CEO of Falko.

Austrian Airlines and Spairliners extend E-Jet component support contract

Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in E-Jet aircraft family, and Austrian Airlines have sign a flight-hour agreement to extend the component support for Austrian Airline's E-Jet fleet. Austria's leading airline currently operates 17 Embraer E195 aircraft.

The contract includes access to Spairliners' comprehensive component pool, repair services via its extensive maintenance network across the globe, logistics, as well as a dedicated on-site stock at Austrian Airline's home base at Vienna Airport.

"Spairliners has proven to be a very reliable and competent partner to us, and we therefore continue to put our trust in them to provide full component support for our E-Jet fleet. We appreciate the flexible solutions and high level of collaboration they offered during the pandemic and look forward to working together with Spairliners in the future", says Wolfgang Dielacher, Head of Strategic Procurement Technics at Austrian Airlines.

Jet Edge International receives further investment from KKR

Jet Edge International, the Ohio-based private aviation company, has raised an additional US$75 million of funding from credit funds and accounts managed by KKR. The new funding expands KKR’s total credit and equity investments in Jet Edge to approximately US$265 million over the past year. Following the initial US$150 million credit facility announced in June 2021, KKR has continued investing in Jet Edge amidst historic demand for its direct-to-consumer Reserve Membership programme. Jet Edge will utilize the funding to further expand the company’s extensive large-cabin and super-mid-size fleet.

The latest round of capital for Jet Edge follows the company’s successful launch of its Reserve jet card membership programme. Jet Edge added 27 additional charter aircraft to its fleet in 2021, with 20 more aircraft slated to be added in the first half of 2022, bringing its total to 95 private jets.


Czech Airlines Technics to provide services to Eurowings and Bees Airline

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has expanded its customer portfolio. German air carrier Eurowings, that launched operations of its base at Václav Havel Airport Prague last November, now uses CSAT line maintenance services for its Airbus A320ceo and A320neo-family aircraft based in Prague. Another carrier, Bees Airline, that has been operating its flights between Prague and Ukraine since October 2021, has ordered CSAT on-call line maintenance services for the airline’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The new contract with Bees Airline contains the provision of ad hoc line maintenance services, i.e., on-call maintenance. Services provided by CSAT's team at Prague Airport comprises support and possible repairs before scheduled flights. Bees Airline has been flying to Prague since October 2021, operating the Odessa and Lviv routes using B787-800 aircraft. Czech Airlines Technics also provides similar services to EasyJet, KLM, Iberia, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai and others. Last year, the company performed 312 on call assistances.

Sabre SafePoint adds travel restriction tracking capability

Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, has reported the expansion of SafePoint, a travel risk management product, to include global travel restriction tracking. Whilst the solution is not limited to a singular event, it provides information regarding the spread of COVID-19 and new variants as well as destination entry restrictions imposed by countries including masks, vaccinations, health documentation and quarantine requirements. 

SafePoint monitors world events in near real-time, 24/7. It utilizes hundreds of data sources for events and restrictions that may impact travel arrangements and/or traveler safety. It helps Sabre’s travel agencies and corporate customers make more informed decisions and enhance the safety of their travellers by alerting them to restrictions that may impact their itinerary. Travellers will then be able to use the information to take action at any stage of their trip. 

GKN Aerospace named supplier of all new Gulfstream G800 and G400 business jets

GKN Aerospace has been selected as a supplier on Gulfstream’s new Gulfstream G800 and Gulfstream G400 business jets. GKN Aerospace is using its leading capability in design and manufacture of business jet empennages and aerostructures on the advanced aircraft. The rudder and elevators from the empennage, in addition to the floorboards, will all feature the latest thermoplastic technology. GKN Aerospace also produces the metal-bonded fuselage panels for the body of the new G800 aircraft, as well as the aluminium-machined wing skins for the G400.

A team of experts from GKN Aerospace has joined the Gulfstream engineering team in the design process. Production will ultimately take place in facilities in Papendrecht and Hoogeveen in the Netherlands, Chihuahua in Mexico and Wellington in the US.


Coleman Jet Solutions appoints new Director of Market Intelligence

Coleman Jet Solutions, a boutique aircraft transaction firm that provides individuals and businesses with technical, regulatory and financial advisory services, has announced the appointment of Mike Pryor as Director of Market Intelligence. With over 30 years of aviation industry experience, Pryor is uniquely qualified to provide Coleman Jet Solutions clients with unequalled market intelligence and acquisitions support in his new role.

While serving as an acquisitions and sales executive at his prior employer, he was responsible for developing sophisticated models for valuing aircraft that included historical business aircraft market research, aircraft sold price data, aircraft transaction insights, quantitative analysis and expertise in statistical modelling.

Prior to that, Pryor served as Assistant General Manager at Signature Flight Support, an FBO located at the Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) and also served as Manager of Administration for Priester Aviation, an Aircraft Charter and Management Firm also based at PWK.

West Star Aviation installs first Prizm LED Cabin Lighting System in Falcon 7x

West Star Aviation has successfully installed a Prizm Lighting LED cabin light system in the first Falcon 7x aircraft. The installation, completed at the company’s East Alton, IL (ALN) location, replaces conventional indirect lighting throughout the cabin, forward and aft lavatories, galley, upwash/downwash and floor lighting with one system.

The Prizm Lighting System provides control of full colour spectrum cabin lighting through all phases of flight using a dedicated phone or tablet app or it can be integrated into existing cabin or IFE controls.  The system will work with most older analogue control systems or with newer digital control systems.

Installation requires the removal of the interior and is best completed concurrently with interior refurbishments.  No STC is required as all components are PMA-certified from the manufacturer – Prizm Lighting.

West Star Aviation has installed several Prizm systems in various airframes across its network, but the 7x installation marks a first. 

Savback Helicopters to distribute Dufour Aerospace eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

Savback Helicopters, the expanding helicopter sales and marketing company and Dufour Aerospace, an innovative Swiss eVTOL company, have announced Savback’s appointment as distributor for Dufour’s innovative eVTOL aircraft. Sweden-based Savback Helicopters will exclusively represent Dufour Aerospace's 8-seater Aero3 tilt-wing aircraft in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.

"We strongly believe that Dufour Aerospace's 8-seater Aero3 provides options for both today’s helicopter market, as well as new use cases which its cutting-edge technology opens up for us," said Reja Savbäck, CEO of Savback Helicopters.

The agreement with Dufour Aerospace demonstrates the confidence that Savback Helicopters have in the future of eVTOL, and the advantages to be gained from being an early mover in the urban air mobility sector, worth an estimated US$1.5 trillion by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley. Savback Helicopters has built up an enviable reputation with over 30 years of experience selling helicopters and provides a significant knowledge of user cases and market prospects coming into the vertical lift market.

The tilt-wing design of Dufour Aerospace’s aircraft family combines the ability to take-off and land vertically like a helicopter with the efficiency and speed of a conventional aircraft. The Aero3 has a maximum take-off weight of 2800kg (6173 lbs), useable weight of 750kg (1653 lbs), maximum speed of 350 km/h (189 knots) and a range of 1020 km (551 nm). The aircraft is being designed to meet EASA's SC-VTOL (Special Condition for VTOL) standards, making use of a hybrid electric propulsion system to meet the requirements of operators in multi platforms.

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