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Friday, June 17th, 2022

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easyJet picks up 18 more slots at Portugal’s Lisbon Airport

easyJet has received permission from the European Commission to use the 18 slots at Lisbon Airport that had been relinquished by flag carrying TAP. TAP was forced to release the slots in return for financial aid to help it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back in February this year Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair and Europe’s largest low-cost carrier and the number two operator at Lisbon wrote to the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa to release TAP's unused slots by March 4, citing Ryanair’s significant investment in Lisbon and the Portuguese economy. O’Leary also threatened to reduce the carrier’s service out of Lisbon if the slots were not made available by the summer, warning that the relocation of aircraft could result in the loss of 150 staff and one million passengers at Lisbon Airport.

However, when the slots were put up for tender, it was easyJet who was the successful bidder, allowing it to leapfrog Ryanair to now become the second-largest operator out of Lisbon, ahead of Ryanair. Compared to pre-pandemic levels easyJet has grown by 18% in Portugal: 14% in Lisbon, 50% in Oporto, and 63% in Funchal and in addition the low-cost carrier opened its latest Portuguese base in Faro in 2021.

Jose Lopes, country manager Portugal, easyJet, commented: “We are really pleased with the European Commission’s decision to assign 18 new slots at Lisbon airport to easyJet. This will enable us to keep growing significantly in one of our most important markets.” The slots will become available for use at the end of October 2022 and as part of the tender bid, easyJet had to commit the required number of aircraft to use the slots until the end of 2025.


Jordan to acquire eight new production F-16 Block 70 aircraft

Jordan has officially signed a letter of offer and acceptance to buy eight new production F-16 Block 70 aircraft.

The selection of new production F-16 aircraft extends Jordan’s existing fleet of F-16s, bringing advanced capabilities to the mission combined with affordable operating and lifecycle costs.

Jordan’s new F-16s will be built in Greenville, South Carolina, where Lockheed Martin continues to hire for positions that work directly on building and sustaining these jets.

New Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme testing 30 sustainable technologies on 777-200ER aircraft

Boeing has unveiled its 2022 ecoDemonstrator with a livery that honors a decade of testing to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. The latest ecoDemonstrator, a Boeing-owned 777-200ER, will test about 30 new technologies aimed at improving sustainability and safety for the aerospace industry, including a water conservation system and technologies to improve operational efficiency.

"Boeing is committed to support our customers and enable the commercial aviation industry to meet our shared commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050," said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "The ecoDemonstrator programme's rigorous testing of new technologies further enhances the environmental performance of our products and services and is invaluable to continuously improving safety."

Since its initial flights in 2012, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator programme has accelerated innovation by taking new technologies out of the lab and testing them in an operational environment. Including this year's platform, the programme has tested about 230 technologies to help decarbonise aviation, improve operational efficiency and enhance safety and the passenger experience. Approximately a third of tested technologies have progressed onto Boeing's products and services.


LCI and SMFL deliver two new AW169 helicopters to Alidaunia

LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of the Libra Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have delivered two new Leonardo AW169 helicopters from its joint venture leasing operation to the well-established Italian helicopter operator, Alidaunia.

The two state-of-the-art aircraft will be based in Naples and Salerno on long-term operating leases, from where Alidaunia will use them to deliver mission-critical and socially responsible Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations for the Campania region of Italy.

LCI and SMFL’s joint venture portfolio now totals 38 units valued at over US$420 million - a doubling in size in less than two years from when the JV was launched in September 2020 with 19 aircraft.

C&L Aviation Group approved as Honeywell Aerospace channel partner

C&L Aviation Group has been approved as a Honeywell Aerospace channel partner, offering the full-line of Honeywell’s avionics products. The line includes all NZ 6.1 FMZ-2000 FMS upgrades, DU875 LCD unit system upgrades, Primus Elite, RD-7000 Weather Radar Systems, Laseref IV Internal Reference Systems, CD-830 Touchscreen Display Control Units, and more.

C&L Aviation Group performs Honeywell avionics installations, upgrades, and engineering solutions for customers at its 200,000 ft², Part 145 repair station located in Bangor, Maine. C&L also provides Honeywell avionics repairs, exchanges and outright sales around the globe through its parts sales division.


Elix Aviation delivers one new ATR 72-600 to Afrijet

Elix Aviation, the international regional aircraft leasing company, has confirmed the delivery of one new ATR 72-600 aircraft, MSN 1646, under a sale and leaseback transaction with Afrijet. With this new delivery, Elix Aviation continues
to grow its ATR portfolio and increase its leasing and asset management services in the African market.

Founded in 2005 in Libreville, Afrijet is a Gabonese airline, which became the first airline in the CEMAC zone in 2019. Established as a historical charter player, Afrijet has developed a regional scheduled network since October 2016. IOSA certified for a second consecutive time in June 2022, Afrijet employs 250 people in Gabon, Congo, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Benin. Operating until then a fleet of six turboprops from European manufacturer ATR, the airline is taking delivery of its first new ATR with the finance support of Elix Aviation, the first of a series of new aircraft.

Pentagon 2000SQL™ cloud deployment

Pentagon 2000 Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated MRO and ERP software solutions for the Aerospace & Defence industry, supports application deployment on leading cloud service provider platforms. For companies that prefer on-cloud deployment over on-premises deployment, cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web services offer hosting services to meet individual company needs.

The popular Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS offerings, may be configured with various amounts of server processor, RAM memory, disk storage capacity and network bandwidth. Upgrading cloud resources is generally quick and easy and can often be done without impacting users or taking the application out of service while the resource upgrade is performed.

Benefits to Pentagon 2000SQL™ customers that utilise IaaS from a cloud provider include high levels of system and network availability, reduced cost and complexity of local IT resources, automatic system security patches and 24x7x365 management of the system and network infrastructure.

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