Wednesday, June 20th, 2018



Bell and Safran to collaborate on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems

At the Future of Transportation World Conference in Cologne, Germany, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, announced a newly formed collaboration with Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell's vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept.
Bell Helicopter’s Director of Innovation, Scott Drennan, commented that: "Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places. This announcement is another proof point of our commitment to providing transportation of people and logistics in new, innovative and more efficient ways; our work with Safran is a historical milestone for future transport solutions."
For some time now, Safran innovation teams have been exploring the potential of hybrid solutions for future propulsion systems. Bell and Safran's have a shared vision for electric and hybrid electric aircraft, which is to strive for the successful deployment of Bell Air Taxis and new on-demand mobility systems in the future.
Stéphane Cueille, Safran’s Senior Executive Vice President, R&T and Innovation, stated: "Thanks to the long and sustained technology-development strategy conducted within Safran, we can now offer Bell our hybrid electric power solutions for their next generation products that result in improved performance giving more value to our customers."
Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems, while Safran will bring its technical expertise to bear in the development of a disruptive propulsion system.

Werner Aero

Alaska Airlines to add new nonstop service between Sacramento, California and Kona, Hawaii

Alaska Airlines brings more aloha spirit to Northern California with the addition of new nonstop service between Sacramento, California, and Kona on Hawaii's Big Island.
The new service, which is scheduled to begin Dec. 20, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the two destinations with a flight frequency of three times a week. Alaska currently offers nonstop service from Sacramento to Maui, Hawaii.
"We're pleased that Alaska Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii from Sacramento. This new service to Kona marks our airport's first scheduled service to the Big Island, and enhances the portfolio of nonstop service between Sacramento and the islands," said Mark Haneke, manager of air service development and marketing for Sacramento International Airport.

Cathay Pacific becomes second operator of the A350-1000 widebody

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the second airline to operate the A350-1000, the world’s newest long-range widebody airliner. The airline took delivery of the aircraft at a special event in Toulouse, France.
The aircraft is the first of 20 A350-1000s ordered by Cathay Pacific and will join the carrier’s growing fleet of A350 XWB aircraft, which already includes 22 A350-900s.
With its true long-range capability, the A350-1000 will form an important part of Cathay Pacific long-haul operations. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s new non-stop route from Hong Kong to Washington D.C., representing the longest flight – approximately 17 hours – performed by any airline out of Hong Kong.


Third Superjet 100 delivered to Thai Royal Airforce

On June 19, 2018 the third business version of the SSJ100 landed in Bangkok to join the Thai Royal Airforce fleet.
The service flight Zhukovsky - Bangkok was performed with technical landing in Islamabad (Pakistan).
The SSJ100 aircraft have been operated by the carrier since July 2016. The SSJ100 business-version delivery is being carried out as the result of the contest SCAC won in 2014. The aircraft are being used for government and highest command transportation both within the country and abroad.
The aircraft delivered to the Royal Thai Airforce became the first business-version SSJ100 acquired by the foreign customer. Other operators of the version are: RusJet, special purpose flight detachment 'Rossiya' of the Facilities and Property Management Office under President of Russian Federation, EMERCOM flight detachment, Kazakhmys Corporation and others. Currently there are 10 SSJ100 business version already under operation all over the world.

GECAS delivers first 737 MAX8 to Jet Airways

GECAS has delivered the first Boeing 737 MAX8 to Jet Airways (India) and the first Boeing MAX aircraft to enter service in India. This new aircraft continues GECAS’ partnership with Jet Airways, which began 25 years ago.
Presently India’s second-largest airline with 119 commercial aircraft, Jet Airways operates over 650 flights a day to destinations in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.
The addition of these new technology aircraft, fitted with CFM-LEAP-1B27 engines, aligns with Jet Airways’ growth strategy while offering enhanced fuel efficiency over previous technology.

Beach Aviation Group

Air Partner remarketing market update

The first half of 2018 has continued to be busy for Air Partner Remarketing in terms of both remarketing and ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance).
The conclusion of one long-term contract involving the successful sale of four B777s, one spare GE-90 engine and two B737-700s for a national airline dovetailed with a remarketing programme for another national airline, covering several B777 aircraft. These projects, in addition to the remarketing of an ATR72, a B787-8 and some E145s, show that the used aircraft market remains buoyant across all sectors.
Air Partner Remarketing’s acquisition services have also been in strong demand in 2018, with the team receiving an increasing number of enquiries and mandates to help clients source and negotiate purchases or leases on their behalf.
Far from being left behind by the new technology NEO and MAX variants, the ever popular A320ceos and B737NGs remain at the forefront of demand for airlines seeking additional lift.

Prague Airport open new Centralized Security Checkpoint area in Terminal 2

Prague Airport brought new Centralized Security Checkpoint area in Terminal 2 into full operation. All passengers flying to Schengen Area countries will have to go through the new security checkpoint, which will significantly increase the airport’s handling capacity while improving passenger comfort.
The new Centralized Security Checkpoint is the airport’s largest development project to be implemented at Terminal 2 since it opened in 2006.
The new security checkpoint facility will be able to handle up to 2500 passengers per hour, thus increasing the hourly capacity of passenger security screening at Terminal 2 by up to 40%. Also, the new checkpoint area itself will help improve passenger comfort, as it is much larger, airy and easy to navigate.


AJW awarded PBH contract by Cambodia Airways

AJW Group has secured a new power-by-the-hour (PBH) contract with Cambodia Airways.
Cambodia Airways is due to begin operations later this year, serving all countries within the Southeast Asian region, mainland China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan from its bases in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The carrier also has plans to expand its intercontinental network to Europe and Australasia in the coming years.
The long-term contract covers Cambodia Airways’ fleet of A320 family aircraft, which is set to grow to up to 20 over the next five years, and will see AJW use leading expertise to manage the complete supply, repair and overhaul of the carrier’s rotable components.

Founder of WestJet and jetBlue to launch new low-cost carrier

Reuters have reported that the founder of WestJet Airlines and jetBlue Airways, David Neeleman, is making plans to start a new budget airline, with a US$100m in startup capital.
It is believed that the new carrier may be called Moxy and that it has already secured 60 Bombardier CS300 aircraft, though so far Bombardier have declined to comment on the matter. Robert Milton, Air Canada CEO and Henri Courpron, former CEO of Lease Finance Corp are understood to be early investors in the new venture.
WestJet was founded in 1996 by David Neeleman along with Clive Beddoe, Mark Hill, Tom Morgan and Donald Bell and currently faces new competition in the form of Calgary-based low-cost carrier Flair. Having started as a low-cost carrier itself, WestJet moved its market position, and in a bid to regain its hold on low-cost flights, has just launched its subsidiary Swoop.
jetBlue was founded under the name “NewAir” by Neeleman in February 1999 and launched in the U.S. in February 2000. It is now the sixth-largest airline in the country. In 2016 it lost out to Alaska Air Group when it was unsuccessful in acquiring Virgin America.


Airbus A330neo en route to function and reliability tests

The A330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations.
As a final step in the aircraft certification phase, these function and reliability tests, also known as route proving, will include ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) missions, landing at diversion airports and testing airport handling services. After a fly-past over Airbus’ European sites, the A330neo will head for 15 major airports worldwide over five continents, aiming at achieving 150 flight test hours in three trips.
The route proving tests are performed with the first A330-900 production aircraft, fully equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch operator Tap Air Portugal’s colours. The aircraft first flew on May 15, 2018, launching flight tests to check cabin systems such as air conditioning.
The route proving tests form part of the final trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for summer 2018.
Today, two A330-900 flight test aircraft and the TAP customer aircraft are involved in the intensive flight test programme, which will reach 1,000 flight hours during the tour of the Airbus plants.


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