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Global Crossing Airlines and Eve sign LoI to purchase up to 200 eVTOL aircraft

With deliveries anticipated to commence in 2026, Embraer offshoot Eve and Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the purchase of up to 200 eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. In addition, the two companies will explore the development of an ecosystem to scale Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and to reinforce the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) in Miami-Dade.

GlobalX’s expertise as a flag airline will contribute not only to the formulation of the infrastructure needed to permit eVTOL flights, but also the deployment of Eve’s aircraft throughout its network. GlobalX is a US 121 domestic flag and supplemental airline flying the Airbus A320 family aircraft. GlobalX flies as a passenger ACMI and charter airline serving the US, Caribbean and Latin American markets.

Backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aerospace expertise and with a singular focus, Eve is taking a holistic approach to progressing the UAM ecosystem, with an advanced eVTOL project, a comprehensive global services and support network and a unique air traffic management solution.

“We are honoured to be working with Eve Air Mobility and believe their affiliation with Embraer ensures Eve will be the best positioned eVTOL OEM. These eVTOLs will enable us to expand our market throughout south Florida, bringing our customers to their flights at MIA and FLL, as well as local flying within Key West and all of the Keys, Naples, and Palm Beach.” said Ed Wegel, Chair and CEO of GlobalX.

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JMC Group wins contract for FLS tasks with Ryanair

JMC Group has signed an agreement to support nine aircraft through the Boeing 737 Flight Length Sensitive (FLS) inspection programme with low-cost carrier, Ryanair. The agreement marks the first time the two companies have worked together, with the two lines of nose-to-tail FLS inspections taking place throughout the remainder of the winter season.

FLS tasks require mandatory fuel tank structure inspections, which involve JMC technicians carrying out all the preparation for NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) by removing sealant and cleaning, often working in compact areas with limited accessibility. After the necessary inspections are completed the JMC technicians will re-seal the disturbed areas.

Joel Crook, JMC Group’s Project Manager for Fixed Price Engineering has been tasked to oversee the team of specialist engineers and ensure all aspects of the work are managed in line with Ryanair’s requirements.

To date JMC Group has overseen over 35 FLS projects across Europe.

Safran and Boeing Commercial Airplanes sign renewal of electrical wiring contracts

Boeing's Commercial Airplanes unit and Safran Electrical & Power have signed the renewal of electrical wiring contracts. This renewal covers the Boeing P8, 737 MAX, 767 Freighter, 777 and 777-X programmes. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 767-2C remain on contract as well.

Today, more than 1,500 Safran Electrical & Power employees in Morocco, Mexico and the United States provide engineering, manufacturing and support services to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In 2021, the company has produced more than 225,000 electrical wire assemblies for the Boeing programmes, i.e. the 767 Freighter and 737, 777, and 787 airplane families.

Leonardo secures contract for two AW139 helicopters from US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration

Leonardo has secured a contract for two AW139 helicopters from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.).

The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West Coast at Henderson Airport in Nevada. NNSA helicopters are equipped with a variety of sensors that relay date back to NNSA headquarters while covering high profile events that include the Super Bowl, in addition to aiding the Federal Emergency Management Agency during disaster relief. The NNSA AW139s will serve two main purposes, search and rescue (SAR) and disaster topography scans. Both aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2024.

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Pratt & Whitney successfully tests GTF Advantage engine on 100% SAF

Pratt & Whitney has successfully tested the GTF Advantage engine configuration with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test took place at the company’s facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA starting on March 1 and marks a key step on the road toward 100% SAF operation of GTF-powered aircraft. The test is also a key element of an extensive development programme to ready the GTF Advantage for entry into service in 2024, by validating the engine’s performance on 100% SAF in thrust transients, starting and operability.

“We’re thrilled to have successfully tested the GTF Advantage engine on unblended SAF,” said Graham Webb, Chief Sustainability Officer at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF Advantage represents the greenest, lowest emission engine in the industry and it is now demonstrating full operational capability for the greenest aviation fuels of today and tomorrow. Operation on 100% SAF is a key component of the industry’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the completion of these tests get us closer to that goal.”

Lufthansa LEOS becomes launch customer of all-electric towbar less aircraft tractor Phoenix E

Lufthansa LEOS, the ground handling specialist of the Lufthansa Group, is the launch customer of the all-electric towbar less aircraft tractor Phoenix E from German manufacturer Goldhofer. The purely battery-electric vehicle operates at Frankfurt Airport. It can move aircraft with a take-off weight of up to 352 tonnes over short and long distances between parking areas, maintenance hangars and departure positions.

After extensive testing and training, Lufthansa LEOS added the electric vehicle to the fleet. The advantages of the electric tug are apparent; it moves aircraft without emissions and noise or vibration.

With a battery capacity of 165-kilowatt hours and a drive power of 240 kilowatts, aircraft can be moved at speeds of up to 25 kilometres per hour. Because the nose wheel of the aircraft is lifted and locked, the tug can move relatively quickly and is easier to manoeuvre than tugs with a tow bar.

Lufthansa LEOS has been committed to sustainability on the ground for many years. Since 2014, the company has been testing novel, sustainable ground handling concepts with Fraport as part of the E-PORT AN initiative. In addition to the all-electric towbar less aircraft tractor, it already has two hybrid tow vehicles in operation at Frankfurt Airport.

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Air Canada restores South Pacific flights

Air Canada has announced a strategic expansion of its South Pacific schedule with the return of daily service to Sydney and resumption of services to both Brisbane and Auckland.  Air Canada's Australia and New Zealand flights operate from its trans-Pacific hub at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which the carrier has built to conveniently connect its international network to its vast North American network.

"Air Canada resuming service from Vancouver to Australia and New Zealand as part of its continued network expansion at YVR is incredibly exciting and marks another step forward as we move through the pandemic," said Mike McNaney, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer at Vancouver Airport Authority. "We know Canadians are eager to travel to the South Pacific and reunite with family and friends after nearly two years of border restrictions. We're looking forward to these flights to Brisbane and Auckland taking off from YVR in July and November, respectively."

HAECO Composite Services completes flight control surfaces repair work for Xiamen Airlines

HAECO Composite Services, a member of the HAECO Group specialising in composite repair for nacelles, radomes and aerostructures, has completed repair work for a Xiamen Airlines aircraft damaged by a severe hailstorm.

To facilitate the extensive repair of the flight control surfaces on the Boeing 737 aircraft, HAECO Composite Services worked hand in hand with Xiamen Airlines’ Fuzhou base maintenance team on this urgent task. Some 32 units including ailerons, elevators, flaps, slats, spoilers, and wedges were promptly shipped to HAECO Composite Services to kick off immediate repair work. Through mutual collaboration with the airline’s engineering and procurement teams in Xiamen and Fuzhou, HAECO Composite Services worked around the clock to meet the customer’s turn-around time expectations, and efficiently returned the units in pristine condition.
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