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Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

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Music to Boom Supersonic’s ears as American Airlines orders 20 Overture aircraft

Boom Supersonic and American Airlines have jointly announced that the American carrier has confirmed an order for 20 of Boom Supersonic’s aircraft with the payment of a non-refundable deposit, plus an option for an additional 40 of the supersonic jets.

The Overture, which is scheduled to roll out in 2025 and fly its first passengers by 2029, will have a capacity for between 65 and 80 passengers and be capable of flying at Mach 1.7 with a range of 4,250 nautical miles.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boom must meet industry-standard operating, performance and safety requirements as well as American’s other customary conditions before delivery of any Overture jets.

The Overture has been designed to operate on over 600 global routes at twice the speed of current commercial jets. As an example, the Overture will be able to fly from Miami to London in just under five hours and Los Angeles to Honolulu in three hours. The Overture is designed to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and orders, including purchases and options from American Airlines, United Airlines and Japan Airlines, stands at 130 aircraft.


Hans Airways appoints Baroness Usha Prashar to Executive Board

Hans Airways, the new long-haul hybrid airline readying to start scheduled flights between Birmingham, UK and Amritsar, India, has confirmed the appointment of Baroness Usha Prashar, CBE to its Executive Board.

Since 1970, Baroness Prashar has served as director, or chair, of a variety of public and private sector organisations, including NED appointments with Channel Four, ITV Television, UNITE Group Plc and Nationwide Building Society. She has served as Chair of the National Literacy Trust and Trustee of the BBC World Service Trust, hitherto serving as president of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Deputy Chair of the British Council.

Baroness Prashar also previously served as Honorary President of the UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the umbrella organisation for all community foundations, providing philanthropic advice to clients and delivering UK-wide grant-making programmes.

Currently she is the Chair of the UK Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chair of Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity initiating fresh debate on the burning questions facing society.


Qantas Group to train pilots at new purpose-built centre in Sydney

The Qantas Group will train pilots at a new purpose-built centre in Sydney across its current and future fleet including the aircraft that will operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York.

A new multi-million-dollar facility is proposed for St Peters near Sydney Airport and would provide training for up to 4,500 new and current Qantas and Jetstar pilots and cabin crew each year from early 2024.

The centre is expected to house up to eight full-motion flight-simulators, including for the Airbus A350 and A320-family of aircraft that were recently ordered as part of the airline’s Project Sunrise flights and Qantas and Jetstar’s domestic fleet renewal.

The facility will also have fixed flight training devices, emergency procedures equipment with aircraft cabin mock-up and classroom and training facilities.

Senior Qantas and Jetstar training captains will train pilots from the two airlines while global training provider CAE will maintain the simulators and manage the day-to-day operations of the centre as part of a long-term partnership. CAE may also provide training for other airlines in the region at the facility.

Pilots typically do four sessions per year to remain current in their formal qualifications and up to 15 sessions when training for a new aircraft type.

The development is subject to planning approvals, with a submission lodged by LOGOS who will develop the centre in partnership with CAE and Qantas. The New South Wales Government has declared this proposal as state significant and will expedite its assessment.

Qantas relocated simulators from Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane in 2021 to make way for the NSW Government’s Sydney Gateway road project. Sydney-based pilots currently travelling interstate to do their training will resume training in their home state when this facility opens in early 2024.


ALC places 19 new Airbus aircraft on lease to Condor

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced long-term lease placements for 19 new Airbus aircraft with Condor (Germany), including 17 Airbus A321neos and two A320neos. The new aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the airline starting in early 2024 through mid-2027 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. ALC currently leases five aircraft to Condor, including three A321s and two A320s.

“This significant lease placement for 19 Airbus new-generation aircraft continues ALC’s excellent relationship with Condor, one of our key German airline customers,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “The A321neo and A320neo are fundamental to Condor’s fleet operations and to maintain the airline’s highly competitive position in the European market.”


DHL Express and Singapore Airlines partnership takes off with new B777 freighter

DHL Express has welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 777 freighter at Singapore Changi Airport. The freighter, which sports a dual DHL-Singapore Airlines (SIA) livery, has a maximum capacity of 102 tonnes. SIA will operate it on routes to the United States of America via South Korea thrice weekly from August 2022.

In March 2022, DHL Express and SIA signed a crew and maintenance agreement to deploy five Boeing 777 freighters. These freighters will be operated by SIA pilots, with the maintenance overseen by SIA.

The second Boeing 777 freighter is slated to enter into service in November 2022, with both freighters to operate the Singapore-Incheon-Los Angeles-Honolulu-Singapore route six-times weekly. The remaining three freighters are planned for delivery throughout 2023. Following this, all five freighters will operate on routes between the United States and Singapore via points in North Asia and Australia.


ST Engineering to set-up test cell capability for LEAP-1B engine

ST Engineering has released that its Commercial Aerospace business will expand its MRO solutions for the LEAP-1B engine with test cell support, which is expected to be ready by end-2023. The expansion into LEAP-1B test cell capability follows the setting up of quick-turn services for the engine in February this year and the receipt of approval from EASA, FAA and CAAC.

ST Engineering will work with testing and technology development solutions provider, Calspan Aero System Engineering (Calspan ASE), in setting up LEAP-1B test cell capability at its engine MRO facility in Singapore. This LEAP-1B test cell will be the first in Asia-Pacific to implement Calspan ASE’s latest technologies found in its upgraded data acquisition control system and proprietary software, ASE2000LX Version 8. The host of digital tools to be introduced by ST Engineering will enhance the efficiency and performance of aero-engine test cells through automated engine monitoring, process repeatability and data analytics.

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