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Airbus increases UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies.

A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies.

The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies.

Technology development at the new UK ZEDC, to be based in Filton, Bristol, has already started and will cover the full product and industrial capabilities from components up to whole system and cryogenic testing. End-to-end fuel systems development, a speciality of Airbus in the UK, is one of the most complex technologies crucial to the performance of a future hydrogen aircraft.

The ZEDC complements Airbus’ existing Research and Technology footprint in the UK, as well as the work on cryogenic liquid hydrogen tanks being done at Airbus’ existing ZEDCs in Madrid, Spain and Stade, Germany (composite structure technologies) and in Nantes, France and Bremen, Germany (metallic structural technologies). All Airbus ZEDCs are expected to be fully operational and ready for ground testing with the first fully functional cryogenic hydrogen tank during 2023, and with flight testing starting in 2026.

With this new facility, Airbus reaffirms its long-term commitment to remain a major player in Britain’s world-leading aerospace ecosystem, working with the Jet Zero Council to drive forward research in the sector, supporting green jobs and helping the UK meet its ambitious net zero targets.

The launch of the UK ZEDC follows the opening of the £40 million AIRTeC research and testing facility in Filton in June 2021, jointly funded by the ATI and Airbus, to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing, landing-gear systems and fuel system designs.

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Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines agree order for five 777 Freighters

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it is expanding its 777 Freighter fleet with the purchase of five new aircraft to add to its current fleet of nine 777 Freighters. The African carrier also operates three 737-800 converted freighters.

The 777 Freighter has a range of 4,970 nm (9,200 km), a capacity of 107 tonnes (235,900 lbs) and the twin-engine freighter has a 17% lower fuel burn than previous Boeing freighter aircraft. Ethiopian Airway’s is the world’s fourth-largest carrier by destinations served and provides dedicated cargo services to 66 centres connecting Africa with Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

Delta names Eric Phillips first Chief Digital Officer

Delta has named Eric Phillips S.V.P. and Chief Digital Officer as the airline continues to deliver more personalised, seamless and premium experiences for customers through its digital channels.

In the newly created role, Phillips will lead a matrixed team focused on enhancing customer interactions with Delta’s digital tools and channels, including developing new and better capabilities on Delta.com and the Fly Delta app to address customer needs before, during and after travel. He’ll partner with leaders across the enterprise to accelerate cross-functional initiatives and drive a multidisciplinary approach to deliver an unparalleled customer experience.

Phillips served most recently as S.V.P. - Airport Customer Service, Cargo Operations, GSE and Global Clean. In his 24 years with the company, he’s also held leadership roles in pricing and revenue management.

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Avion Express and SunExpress extend partnership for 2022 summer season

ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) operator, Avion Express, has announced that the company will be continuing its partnership with SunExpress for the summer season of 2022. During the season, Avion Express will damp-lease six aircraft to operate on behalf of Sun Express in the Antalya Airport (AYT) base.

The pent-up travel demand that has been continuing since last year, brought sky-rocketing holiday booking numbers for the current summer season. The continuation of the partnership between Avion Express and SunExpress reflects that and will aid in meeting the demand.

SunExpress is a joint airline venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. This summer season, the airline is flying to 15 cities in Turkey, including, Antalya, Konya, and Mardin, as well as international destinations, which include Beirut, Milan, Nantes, Manchester, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Skopje.

Avion Express is a leading narrow-body ACMI and charter operator operating Airbus A320-family aircraft and a family member of Avia Solutions Group.

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StandardAero announces expanded support services for operators in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Following its recent acquisition of Global Engine Services (GES), StandardAero has now completed the first stage of building a new Mobile Service Team (MST) to support its customers in the UK and the EMEAI region. Combining the experience of H+S Aviation’s UK-based Regional Turbine Centre (RTC) and StandardAero’s existing local capabilities in the UK, France and the Netherlands, the MST will deliver expanded on-site engine support to business aviation customers when and where they need it most.

StandardAero’s MST teams in the UK and Europe are on standby to deploy around the clock, thus providing the customer with the confidence that they can rely on expert support services for their aircraft when they need it most. Services provided include AOG and technical support, troubleshooting, borescope inspections, engine removal/reinstallation, and line maintenance.

StandardAero’s EMEAI MST/RTC team provides support to business aviation customers operating Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, PW300, PW500 and JT15D engines, Honeywell TFE731 and HTF7000 engines, and Honeywell GTCP 36-100/150 auxiliary power units (APUs).

Avianca and CDB Aviation sign new lease agreements

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has signed new lease agreements with Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca) for two Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) and one A320neo aircraft.

The new agreements bring the total of CDB Aviation aircraft on lease to Colombia’s flag carrier to eight. In addition to the newly leased aircraft, the carrier is expected to take delivery of an additional five A320neos from the lessor between 2022 and 2023.

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JSX and Skyborne MOU to build ranks of pilot workforce

Skyborne Airline Academy and JSX, an award-winning U.S.-based Part 135 air carrier, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supply First Officers for its Embraer ERJ fleet.

The MOU allows Skyborne to provide experienced former flight instructors the opportunity to fill First Officer positions at JSX, once they meet JSX’s strict hiring standards, including having achieved at least 1,000 total flight hours and 50 hours of multi-engine time. This agreement helps JSX source qualified pilots while giving Skyborne CFIs the opportunity to enrich their professional experience with a U.S. Part 135 air carrier.

Captain Ed Davidson, Managing Director, Skyborne Airline Academy, says: “Our agreement with JSX marks the first time Skyborne has partnered with a charter operator, and we’re delighted to be supporting the business aviation industry. With more people flying privately in the U.S. than ever before, relationships like this help address the demand for well-trained pilots. JSX is well-known in the industry for delivering exceptional service, so we are very pleased our CFIs will have another avenue of employment with a trusted partner that shares our drive for excellence.”

JSX owns a fleet of 77 Embraer ERJ jets and provides public charter service to a growing network of popular destinations across the United States. The agreement between JSX and Skyborne was effective from April 22, 2022.

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