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Friday, April 8th, 2022

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Safran to work with AURA AERO on architecture and electric propulsion systems of INTEGRAL and ERA aircraft

Safran Electrical & Power and AURA AERO, digital and eco-efficient aircraft manufacturer, have announced an agreement to work together on the architecture and electric propulsion systems of two aircraft, the INTEGRAL E training aircraft and the ERA (Electric Regional Aircraft).

Safran Electrical & Power will supply the propulsion system for the INTEGRAL E flight demonstrator (the electric version of the INTEGRAL). This is the aerobatic-capable two-seater training aircraft developed by AURA AERO. This prototype will feature a smart ENGINeUS™ electric motor able to deliver more than 100 kW, and the GENeUSGRID distribution and protection system. The whole system will produce zero CO2 emissions and will generate less noise and conventional aircraft. Around sixty orders are already expected for the INTEGRAL E. The first flight is scheduled for 2022, and deliveries are slated for 2023.

Safran Electrical & Power has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work with AURA AERO on conducting the electrical architecture studies for ERA, a 19-seater regional commercial aircraft with electric propulsion. These studies will focus on the high, direct voltage propulsive architecture which will deliver the power needed for the electric engines. The jointly conducted work will also include the “non-propulsive” electrical architecture, used to power the aircraft’s other systems. It is thought that several hundred orders will be placed for AURA AERO. The aircraft is slated to make its first flight in 2024, with entry into commercial service planned for 2027.


Liebherr and HAL strengthen ties with signing of MoU

Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS and state-owned Indian aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will lay the basis for future strategic cooperation in the field of on-board systems for HAL’s current and future aircraft programmes.

The two companies will combine resources to identify and define the best solutions for HAL’s fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft in landing gears, actuation, air management and power conversion systems. This is another venture between the two companies who have been collaborating for several decades.

Liebherr Aerospace is based in Toulouse, France and is one of eleven divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors. The company has been a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry for more than six decades.

HAL began manufacturing aircraft under the name Hindustan Aircraft in the 1940s and was rebranded in 1964 as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Currently HAL has 11 dedicated research and development (R&D) centres and 21 manufacturing divisions under four production units spread across India.


CDB Aviation signs new sale and leaseback agreement with Volaris for five Airbus aircraft

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing, has entered into a new sale and leaseback agreement with its existing customer Volaris, for a fleet of five Airbus aircraft, encompassing two A320neos and three A321neos.

The new agreement brings the number of CDB Aviation aircraft on lease to Volaris to a total of thirteen aircraft, which were secured through the lessor’s orderbook with Airbus, as well as Sale and Leaseback (SLB) transactions with and without Pre-Delivery Payments (PDP). Four of the aircraft were already delivered and the further nine will be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2024.

Atlas Air appoints new Senior Vice President, Labor Relations

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has appointed Doug McKeen to the newly established position of Senior Vice President, Labor Relations.

In this new role, McKeen will be responsible for continuing to develop and implement the company’s labor relations strategy, as well as the administration of labor agreements that govern represented employees at Atlas.

McKeen previously worked at United Airlines as Senior Vice President, Labor Relations for 11 years, where he developed, implemented and applied labor strategy and negotiated labor agreements for more than 70,000 domestic and international represented employees. Before joining United, he was Senior Vice President, Employee Relations and Communications at ASTAR Air Cargo. Prior to his time at ASTAR, he held executive labor relations leadership roles at US Airways, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines.


Infosys and Rolls-Royce launch joint ‘Aerospace Engineering and Digital Innovation Centre’ in India

Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting and Rolls-Royce have inaugurated their joint ‘Aerospace Engineering and Digital Innovation Centre’ in Bengaluru, India. This centre has been established to provide high-end research and development (R&D) services integrated with advanced digital capabilities to Rolls-Royce’s engineering and group business services from India. Infosys and Rolls-Royce’s collaboration has been reinforced through strategic deals, aimed at yielding mutual benefits to both organisations over the next seven years.

As part of this collaboration, Infosys and Rolls-Royce will combine their aerospace, engineering and digital services capabilities to explore opportunities for driving digital and engineering innovation and associated cost optimisation strategies. By expanding the local talent pool in the country, the two companies will also deliver manufacturing engineering services for the global civil aerospace ecosystem.

Speaking about the new centre, Kishore Jayaraman, President – India and South Asia, Rolls-Royce, said, “Our strategic partnership with Infosys presents an exciting opportunity for both companies to leverage combined strengths in engineering and digital innovation to accelerate growth in the civil aerospace market. Given the aerospace sector is poised for revival and growth in India and across the world, this joint innovation centre will strengthen Rolls-Royce’s global engineering ecosystem and position us well for the future.”


Direct Maintenance re-opens line maintenance station in Copenhagen, Denmark

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider and a member of the Magnetic Group, has re-opened the line maintenance station in Kaastrup Airport, Copenhagen (Denmark).

The station will provide line maintenance services for narrow-body aircraft such as ATR 42/72, Embraer 170/190, Boeing 737NG MAX and Airbus A320ceo and neo aircraft. Soon the station will be capable of starting handling wide-bodies as well, such as the Boeing 777/787 and Airbus A330/A350 aircraft.

In the past few months, the company has been following its ambitious expansion plans and has announced the opening of several line maintenance stations in Germany, including stations at Frankfurt, Munich and Hannover airports.

Thomas Global secures SkyWest Airlines as launch customer for TFD-4000 LCD flight displays

Thomas Global has secured SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, as the launch customer to upgrade its CRJ Pro Line 4 flight decks with Thomas Global’s TFD-4000 LCD flight displays beginning this summer.

The TFD-4000 LCD retrofit for the EFD-4076 Pro Line 4 CRT displays captures the performance, reliability, and lifecycle cost benefits of AMLCD technology, restores flight display supply chain dependability and ensures long-term product support for the Pro Line 4 platform.

The TFD-4000 completed FAA certification in early March. Deliveries to SkyWest are expected to begin mid-2022.

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