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Embraer spots gap in cargo market and launches the E190F and E195F P2F conversions

Brazil’s Embraer has announced the launch of its E190F and E195F Passenger to Freight (P2F) conversions with a mid-size jet that, capacity wise, fills a gap between turboprops and narrow-body jet freighter aircraft. The first of its converted aircraft, which is available to any pre-owned E-190 and E-195 jets, should be in service by 2024.

With the changing demands of e-commerce that not only require rapid deliveries but also decentralised operations, right-sized jets can provide the necessary cargo economics and unbeatable flexibility. “Perfectly positioned to fill the gap in the freighter market between turboprops and larger narrow-body jets, our P2F E-Jet conversion hits the market as the demand for airfreight continues to take off and as e-commerce and trade in general undergoes a global structural transformation,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Those earlier E-Jets that entered service around ten-plus years ago are now coming out of long-term leases and commencing their replacement cycle, which will continue over the next decade. The full cargo conversion will extend the life of the most mature E-Jets by a further 10 to 15 years, as an efficient, more sustainable and quieter aircraft.

Embraer’s E-Jet P2F conversions will deliver excellent performance and economics. The E-Jet Freighter will have over 50% more volume capacity, three-times the range of large cargo turboprops, and up to 30% lower operating costs than narrow-body jets. The conversion to freighter will be performed at Embraer’s facilities in Brazil and will include: main deck front cargo door; cargo handling system; floor reinforcement; Rigid Cargo Barrier (RCB) – 9G Barrier with access door; cargo smoke detection system, including class “E” extinguishers in upper cargo compartment; Air Management System changes (cooling, pressurisation, etc); interior removal and provisions for hazardous material transportation. The E190F will be able to carry a payload of 23,600lb (10,700kg) while the E195F will be able to carry up to 27,100 lb (12,300 kg).

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StandardAero to serve helicopter customers with more MRO offerings after integration of Signature Aviation's ERO business

StandardAero acquired Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair (ERO) and Overhaul business last year, growing the combined companies’ significant helicopter MRO capabilities to better serve customers with expanded offerings. 

The addition of ERO immediately expanded StandardAero’s existing capabilities for providing MRO services for M250, RR300, PT6T, T700 and CT7 helicopter engines and added new OEM licenses for CTS800 engines and PW200 engines as new platforms to its MRO portfolio, while also expanding parts distribution channels and mobile field services for customers worldwide.

The acquisition also included Signature Aviation's helicopter MRO facilities in Dallas, Portsmouth UK and Broomfield Colorado, providing StandardAero with increased capacity for engine MRO, accessories and component piece part repairs. 

StandardAero’s helicopters team foresees a multitude of benefits for current and future customers including enhanced operational efficiency, better turn times, expanded engineering expertise, expanded global and field service presence and more global aftermarket support network and services.

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Aventure acquires second Copa Airlines Boeing 737NG for teardown

Aventure Aviation has acquired a second Boeing 737NG, MSN 30460, recently retired by Copa Airlines. The teardown is currently underway in Roswell, New Mexico. Components include the landing gear set, APU and various ATA chapter parts. Aventure's first Copa Airlines 737NG was acquired in 2021.

Aventure is in active discussions with owners, financial institutions, lessors and airlines to find revenue-generating teardown solutions for idle aircraft. Talks have increased due to the amount of early lease returns from Russia and conflict zones.

"We have received much interest from owners facing the never-ending costs of keeping aircraft parked with recurring maintenance, insurance and parking fees," said Talha Faruqi, President of Aventure. "Our ability to offer immediate purchase or consignment options are valued by our clients."

Robinson receives two more orders for R66 Police Helicopters from Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Robinson Helicopter Company has received two more R66 Police helicopter orders from Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) less than a year after the department took delivery of its first R66 Police helicopter.

Centrally located between Orlando and Tampa, PSCO flies, on average, 1,100 hours each year providing air support for every law enforcement agency in its 2,000 square mile county (pop. 750,000) as well as surrounding counties. “We are adding a second and third R66 because of our confidence in the helicopter’s ability and functionality. It’s a great aircraft that has reduced our operating costs by nearly fifty percent,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  

Both R66s will be equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks and impact resistant windshields, NVG compatible lighting in the cockpit with a full complement of modern avionics including a Garmin G500H display, AeroComputers moving map system, Genesys HeliSAS Autopilot, Technisonic tactical radio and a Wescam MX-10 camera system.

Both aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2022.

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Chapman Freeborn appoints Hendrik Falk as Senior Vice President of Cargo Americas

Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Hendrik Falk as Senior Vice President of Cargo for the Americas. Born in Germany, Falk spent the majority of his youth in the United States of America. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from UCLA, he began his 32-year career in the aviation industry at Lufthansa Cargo in Atlanta. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions at leading industry organisations around the globe, including Polar Air Cargo, World Airways, Air Bridge Cargo and most recently Swiss International Airlines.

The Chapman Freeborn group was established in the UK in 1973. The company has offices worldwide including North America, Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia and Australia. In the cargo market, Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering specialises in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide-ranging customer base, including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies and a host of industries around the globe.

Avion Express nominated as long-term ACMI partner for Eurowings

ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) operator, Avion Express, has announced a new partnership with Lufthansa Group’s Eurowings, a leisure airline headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport. The cooperation to wet lease 11 A320 aircraft will start at the beginning of the IATA summer season 2022.

After a successful and thorough selection process, Avion Express was nominated as the long-term ACMI partner for Eurowings, which currently flies to more than 100 destinations across Europe as part of its present flight schedule. With the pent-up travel demand continuing from last year, the partnership reflects booming numbers in holiday bookings for the upcoming summer season in 2022.

Eurowings, operating from the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne Bonn, currently has a fleet of 100 aircraft. With a focus on affordable products and services, the airline offers a large number of non-stop flights within Europe.

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Aergo Capital completes purchase and leaseback of five Dash 8-400 aircraft with Porter Aircraft Leasing

Aergo Capital (Aergo) has successfully completed the purchase and leaseback of five De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft with Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porter Aviation Holdings (Porter). The aircraft bearing manufacturing serial numbers 4130, 4134, 4138, 4140 and 4193 all closed in December 2021 and are operated by Porter from their Toronto headquarters.

“The ability to capitalise a portion of Porter’s Dash 8 fleet demonstrates that we have additional financing options to strengthen our balance sheet,” said Jeffrey Brown, executive vice president and CFO, Porter. “We intend to use these funds as supplementary working capital as the airline industry continues its pandemic recovery.”

Smith, Gambrell & Russel acted as a lead counsel to Aergo and KPMG advised on tax matters. Seabury Securities acted as advisor and placement agent to Porter for these transactions, with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless acting as lead legal counsel.
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