Northrop and Boeing to join White House-backed Additive Manufacturing Forward programme


In an effort to help smaller U.S.-based suppliers up their use of 3-D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies, the White House under President Biden has got behind the Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward) programme. The voluntary programme has been designed to boost the use of additive manufacturing by suppliers. Focusing heavily on 3-D printing, the intention is to enable current technology to build complex shapes in layers using either plastic or metal particles. The Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward) programme has been organised by non-profit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America). “The supply chain crisis Read more

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BOC Aviation posts net loss of US$313 million for first-half 2022

BOC Aviation has reported that total revenues and other income in the first half of 2022 increased 8% to US$1,196 million compared with the first half of 2021. Operating cash flow net of interest increased 29% to US$717 million compared with the first half of 2021. The company posted net loss after tax of US$313 million, compared with net profit after tax of US$254 million in the first half of 2021. This included write-downs of US$804 million related to the net book value of aircraft remaining in Russia partially offset by US$223 million of cash collateral held by the group Read more

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Edita Jakucionyte-Lukse joins FL Technics Group as Head of HR

Edita Jakucionyte-Lukse

FL Technics, a global MRO solutions provider, has announced changes in its management team. Edita Jakucionyte-Lukse will take the position of Head of Human Resources of the FL Technics Group from August 11, 2022. With over 20 years of personnel management experience, Jakucionyte-Lukse joins a strong international team, where she will be responsible for people management strategy, its implementation and company development support decisions. Before joining FL Technics, she held the position of Head of People and Culture at UAB Palink, Head of Human Resources and Communication at AB Grigeo Group and Head of Human Resources at ABB T&D in Read more

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Lufthansa Technik delivers second Airbus A321LR to German Air Force

Handover of the second Airbus A321LR to the German Air Force ©Lufthansa Technik

Following the ceremonial handover of the first aircraft in June at ILA Berlin, Lufthansa Technik AG delivered the second Airbus A321LR (long range) to the German Air Force with a transfer flight from Hamburg to Cologne-Bonn. Like its sister aircraft already in service with the tactical registration 15+10, the new 15+11 will now also be available to the German Air Force for troop transport and parliamentary flight operations on short-, medium- and long-haul routes. The respective capacity of each of the two aircraft in this configuration is 136 passengers. In the coming year, however, both A321LRs will return to Lufthansa Read more

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Stratos delivers pair of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Air Europa

Air Europa has taken delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Stratos ©AirTeamImages

Stratos has delivered two Boeing 737-800 aircraft on long-term operating lease to Mallorca-based Air Europa as the airline takes off towards a new stage of growth with a significant fleet expansion. The aircraft (MSNs 39866 and 39858) are part of the Stratos securitised portfolio JOL Air 2019-1 and underwent substantial cabin and avionic modification works after being returned from Malindo Air, Malaysia. Air Europa commented: “The addition of these new aircraft to our fleet allows us to continue to face both the summer and the second half of the year with maximum guarantees. We continue to increase our supply of Read more

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Indian Akasa Air goes live with AMOS

New start-up airline Akasa Air goes live with AMOS ©Swiss AS

When Akasa Air, the new Indian start-up airline, was searching the market for an MRO software solution that would meet its requirements, the airline had two major criteria to be considered: the start of commercial operation was planned for summer 2022 and the new software needed to support the airworthiness management of the fleet. The start-up airline has 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order and plans to have completed the inductions of the ordered aircraft by 2027, being the reason why the desired software must be scalable and capable to support fleet growth without adding complexity. Due to these Read more

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

The Overture jet is expected to roll out in 2025 and fly its first passengers by 2029 ©American Airlines

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 Read more

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Hans Airways appoints Baroness Usha Prashar to Executive Board

Baroness Usha Prashar

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 Read more

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

Artists impression of Qantas' new flight training centre ©Qantas

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 Read more

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ALC places 19 new Airbus aircraft on lease to Condor

Condor will lease 19 new Airbus aircraft from ALC ©AirTeamImages

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 Read more

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