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Norse Atlantic Airways gets green light from USDOT for transatlantic flights

Founded in 2021, Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) has received notification from the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) that the low-cost long-haul carrier’s application to enable it to fly between Norway, Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA has been approved.

The newly formed airline took delivery of the first of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in December last year, while during the same month it also received its Air Operator’s Certificate from Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority. Norse plans to commence operations in spring of this year.

Norse intends to provide low-cost flights between Norway, Europe and the USA with its fleet of more environmentally friendly aircraft, though currently there is no confirmation of which American airports it will fly to. However, its application to the USDOT was for operations between Oslo in Norway and Fort Lauderdale, Newburgh and Ontario airports, serving Miami, New York City and Los Angeles, respectively.

Norse had come under criticism from the USA as it was felt that the new carrier might be looking to operate under a similar structure to Norwegian Air Shuttle, which had circumvented Norway’s labour protections through Irish incorporation. However, Nordic had been in close discussion with unions which represented flight attendants in the United States prior to employing staff who live in the USA. In addition, Norse has established a partnership with BALPA, the British Airline Pilots Association. 

ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo join forces and launch CargoTech

ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo are coordinating their digital expertise under a new technology-focused and autonomous company: CargoTech.

The pandemic has spotlighted the importance of digitalization across all air cargo processes. With the launch of CargoTech, ECS Group’s inhouse solution developer, Cargo Digital Factory and the French software and data-science company, Wiremind Cargo will focus their efforts on intelligently digitalizing the air cargo industry. CargoTech also supports one of the four pillars of ECS Group’s new augmented GSA concept, comprising commercial, technology, sustainability and new abilities.

Based in Paris, France, Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind’s newly established dedicated cargo business unit will collaborate to digitalize as many air cargo processes as possible. Existing Cargo Digital Factory products such as its APOLLO BI & Reporting System, PATHFINDER Track & Trace solution and QUANTUM pricing support system and Wiremind Cargo’s shipment volume evaluation and flight planning system SKYPALLET, form the basis of CargoTech’s product portfolio. The two divisions will jointly innovate and design additional digital solutions to expand the standard product portfolio, as well as tailor individual products for all actors of the cargo supply chain: airlines, GHAs, GSAs and freight forwarders.

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GE successfully concludes phase-1 testing on second XA100 adaptive cycle engine

GE has concluded phase-1 testing on its second XA100 adaptive cycle engine as part of the US Air Force’s Adaptive Engine Transition Programme (AETP). Phase-1 testing took place at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, altitude test facility and enabled GE to continue gathering high-quality performance data validating the engine’s transformational propulsion capability. Phase-2 tests will begin at the US Air Force’s advanced testing facilities at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) in the first quarter of 2022.

“Phase-1 testing allowed us to further characterize the operation of the engine and puts us in a great position to begin Phase-2 testing at AEDC,” said David Tweedie, GE Edison Works’ general manager for Advanced Combat Engines. “We continue to burn down risk with full-scale engine testing, which is why the XA100 is the lowest-risk, most-capable and fastest approach to keep the F-35 a preeminent fighter platform for the long-term.”

GE’s XA100 became the world’s first-ever flight-weight, three-stream adaptive cycle engine in December 2020 before initiating tests on its second engine in August 2021. GE’s engine is uniquely designed to fit both the F-35A and F-35C without any structural modifications to either airframe, enabling better aircraft range, acceleration and cooling power to accommodate next-generation mission systems.

Jackson Square Aviation announces transition of Chief Risk Officer role from Paul Dwyer to Dan Cavanagh

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA), a full-service commercial aircraft lessor, has announced that Paul Dwyer has transitioned his role as JSA’s Chief Risk Officer ahead of his upcoming retirement. Dan Cavanagh has succeeded Dwyer as Chief Risk Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Dwyer will remain at JSA until his formal retirement on February 28, 2022.

JSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin McDonald, commented, “Paul has been a fundamental member of JSA’s leadership team since he joined our company in 2016 and we wish him well in his retirement. We are grateful for the focus and expertise that he brought to our risk team, best demonstrated by the health of our customer base and strength of our portfolio over the past two years. We are delighted to appoint Dan to the Chief Risk Officer role. With his varied aviation and risk background, strong relationships and deep industry knowledge, we are confident Dan is the right choice to maintain our customer-focused approach as we emerge from the pandemic and continue on our growth trajectory.”

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Voyageur Aviation unveils new EXCL programme with launch customer Sabena technics

Voyageur Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, has entered into an agreement to provide on-site inventory, component repair and overhaul and detailed service level support for the De Havilland aircraft of Canada Dash 8-400 to Sabena technics (Sabena) through Voyageur’s Exchange Component and Leasing Subscription (EXCL) programme.

“We are pleased to launch our EXCL programme in Europe with a premier customer, Sabena,” said Gary Gilbert, Vice President Avparts, Voyageur. “The expansion of this programme is an integral part of the continued growth of our Avparts division.”

Voyageur developed the EXCL programme to provide customers with more freedom, flexibility and control over maintenance costs with no minimums or maximums on flight hours.

Texel Air's first 737-800BCF joins growing fleet at Bahrain International Airport

Texel Air, an established airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched the latest addition to its fleet and the very first for the region, a 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

The 737-800BCF is a full-freighter aircraft that is highly in demand in the global air cargo market and is the first of its kind in the Middle East with a second of the same aircraft type due to arrive in September 2022. These new aircraft will enable Texel Air to carry larger cargo volumes, fly greater distances and to new destinations on behalf of its current and future customer-base across the Middle East, India, Turkey, East Africa and other global markets.

The aircraft, registration A9C-GWC (MSN 29985), underwent conversion from passenger-to-freighter aircraft at a Boeing MRO supplier facility, with further client specific modifications at Texel Air’s hangar facility prior to transferring onto its Bahrain aircraft operators certificate.

Texel Air’s second 737-800BCF aircraft will be inducted for conversion with Boeing in May 2022 and is expected to enter service in September 2022.

FAA clears estimated 45% of US commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings

The FAA has cleared an estimated 45% of the US commercial fleet to perform low-visibility landings at many of the airports where 5G C-band will be deployed on January 19.

The agency approved two radio altimeter models that are installed in a wide variety of Boeing and Airbus planes. This combination of aircraft and altimeter approval opens up runways at as many as 48 of the 88 airports most directly affected by 5G C-band interference.

As of January 5, none of the 88 airports would have been available for landing during low-visibility conditions. The wireless companies agreed to create buffer zones for six months around airports where transmitters are in close proximity. They also agreed to delay deployment until January 19 while the FAA reviewed new data detailing the location and power of wireless transmitters in all 46 US markets where this service will be deployed.

Even with these new approvals, flights at some airports may still be affected. The FAA also continues to work with manufacturers to understand how radar altimeter data is used in other flight control systems. Passengers should check with their airlines if weather is forecast at a destination where 5G interference is possible.

The airplane models approved include some Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, MD-10/-11 and Airbus A310, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A350 models. FAA expects to issue more approvals in the coming days.
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