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Pratt and Whitney Canada’s PW127XT gets approval from Transport Canada

Designed to power all newly built ATR aircraft, the PW127XT-M regional turboprop engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada has obtained certification from Transport Canada. Unveiled at the Dubai Airshow in November 2021, Pratt and Whitney Canada has claimed that the PW127XT-M will deliver 40 percent extended time on wing, 20 percent lower maintenance costs, and 3 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the Pratt engines that power the existing ATR 42s and ATR72s. The PW127XT will require only two scheduled engine overhauls in a ten-year period compared to three for the PW127M.

The 40 percent extension of the engine maintenance interval (time-on-wing) means the overhaul interval will increase from 14,000 to 20,000 flight hours. The three percent improvement in fuel burn the XT offers over the M series extends the 40 percent fuel-burn advantage ATR holds over regional jets in the same seat category, according to Pratt & Whitney Canada. The PW127XT has also won a place on the D328eco under development by Deutsche Aircraft.

Commenting on the engine, Pratt & Whitney Regional Aviation vice president for product marketing and sales Timothy Swail said: “We worked closely with ATR earlier this year on the flight testing of our new PW127XT-M and the previous generation PW127M engines using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),” adding: “Most notably, Braathens Regional Airlines flew one of its ATR 72-600 aircraft using 100 percent SAF in both its PW127M engines with excellent results.” Based in Longueuil, Quebec, Pratt & Whitney Canada is a division of US-based Pratt & Whitney, which itself is a business unit of Raytheon Technologies Corporation.


MTU Maintenance reaches 4,000 CF6 shop visits milestone

MTU Maintenance has celebrated the delivery of its 4,000th CF6 engine, a CF6-80C2 from customer Air Transport International, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. The shop visit was performed by MTU Maintenance’s North American branch in Vancouver.

MTU Maintenance has been supporting the CF6 since four decades, starting with CF6-50 in 1982. The CF6-80C2 version was introduced in its portfolio in 1989 and counts for more than half of shop visits performed thus far. While MTU stopped serving the CF6-50 in 2020, the company remains committed to the CF6-80C2 as MTU also provides MRO services for the military variant of the engine, the F138.

Bluebird Nordic has received third Boeing 737-800BCF, continues to expand its fleet

Icelandic cargo airline Bluebird Nordic, a member of the Avia Solutions Group, has received another Boeing 737-800 freighter aircraft (BCF), making it the third in the company’s cargo fleet.

The B737-800 is a part of Bluebird Nordic’s fleet renewal. Last year the company began its expansion, adding additional aircraft to its fleet, and are planning to continue doing so in the upcoming several years. The growing demand for cargo transport is one of the main reasons why Bluebird Nordic has been undergoing new development in its growth plan.

“So far, our and our customers’ experience operating the converted B737-800 is very positive,” said Audronė Keinytė, CEO of Bluebird Nordic. “The aircraft are ensuring reliable operations – with impressive range and payload for an aircraft of this size. We are expecting five more aircraft before the end of the year, which will take us to eight -800s in our fleet, in addition to our B737 classic fleet.”

Bluebird Nordic will continue to add more B737-800s to its fleet in 2023.


Canada Jetlines confirms first scheduled flight from Toronto to Calgary in September 2022

Canada Jetlines Operations will begin operations out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport, with its first scheduled route into Calgary International Airport next month.

Set for its debut on September 22, 2022, Canada Jetlines will begin operations with biweekly flights operating Thursdays and Sundays out of Toronto to Calgary from 07:55am – 10:10am EST and returns from Calgary to Toronto 11:40am – 17:20 EST. Frequency will increase to three flights per week, Thursdays through Sundays, starting October 13. This route will be the first operated by Canada Jetlines with more routes to exciting destinations to be announced soon.

“The launch of Canada Jetlines is yet another milestone marking recovery in the travel and tourism sector,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “YYC is eager to welcome Canada Jetlines’ guests by showcasing the effortless and memorable experiences that reflect our region and Calgary’s legendary hospitality.”


Finnair to launch daily services from Nordic capitals to Doha in strategic partnership with Qatar Airways

Finnair and oneworld partner Qatar Airways have agreed to establish a long-term strategic cooperation between Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen and Doha. Finnair and Qatar Airways are exploring opening services also between another European destination and Doha.

These services will be supported by a comprehensive codeshare agreement with shared passenger and cargo capacity between both airlines.

Customers from the three Nordic cities will benefit from seamless connections via Doha to Qatar Airways’ extensive network of around 100 destinations across Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The collaboration will also open new destinations and connection opportunities across Finnair’s Nordic network for Qatar Airways’ customers.

The services are planned to start between November and December 2022. They will be operated with Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Finnair’s new long-haul cabins, including industry-leading Air Lounge business class seats, a brand-new premium economy travel class and refreshed economy class.

The flights to Doha are to be sold and marketed by both Finnair and Qatar Airways as per the schedule below:
  • 7 weekly flights to and from Helsinki
  • 7 weekly flights to and from Stockholm
  • 7 weekly flights to and from Copenhagen

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