China issues 737 MAX airworthiness directive but troubled jet remains grounded

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China’s aviation authority has issued an airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX, paving the way for the troubled jet to return to the skies over China. The directive provides operators with a list of required revisions and modifications to the jet before it can return to service. However, no date has been set for such an event to take place. Boeing’s shares rose 4.3% on pre-market trading on the news after a four-day-long-drop in share value as a consequence of the latest coronavirus concerns. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was the first regulator to ground the 737 Read more

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NetJets accepts first Global 7500 Business Jet

Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services NetJets (l) and Éric Martel President and CEO Bombardier ©Bombardier

Bombardier has announced the delivery of the 1,000th Global aircraft. The major milestone was reached as the NetJets team led by Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services, took delivery of the private aviation company’s first Global 7500 business jet. The addition of a Global 7500 aircraft to the NetJets fleet redefines its large-cabin, long-range offering and elevates the choice of travel options for its international clientele. With a 7,700 nm (14,260 km) range, NetJets owners will be able to fly from New York to Beijing or San Francisco to Sydney without refuelling stops. The Global 7500 aircraft is set Read more

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AJW Group appoints Tony Whitty as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement

Tony Whitty

AJW Group has announced the appointment of Tony Whitty as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement. Whitty who joined the business on November 29, 2021, will be responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the AJW Group. Whitty will use his extensive and diverse experience in aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks and other aircraft owners to assist AJW Group in its aircraft and engine trading business. Whitty started his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation. He has been based both in Europe and the USA and has achieved considerable success in aircraft remarketing on behalf of a Read more

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MTU supports Pratt & Whitney’s GTF Advantage engine

©MTU will support the Pratt & Whitney GTF Advantage engine

Pratt & Whitney is introducing the GTF Advantage engine configuration, unveiling a technologically improved geared turbofan engine for the A320neo family. The American engine maker announced that work was in progress. Key optimisations are being supplied by MTU Aero Engines. The new configuration should be available starting in January 2024. The GTF Advantage configuration will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by another one percent each. This will improve the overall picture by 17% compared to prior generation engines. The move will further extend GTF engine’s lead as the most efficient powerplant for the A320neo family. With up to 34,000 Read more

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HAECO and Alaska Airlines extend partnership through 2027

HAECO Americas has extended its long-standing agreement with Alaska Airlines to provide airframe services in the form of heavy-maintenance and modification services on the airline’s growing fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft at its Greensboro, North Carolina facility through 2027. The extension of this agreement builds upon the existing partnership between the HAECO Group and Alaska Airlines, which includes interior reconfiguration and engineering services delivered by HAECO Cabin Solutions in addition to airframe services provided by HAECO Americas.

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Swissport adds six new airports in Chile as part of significant growth strategy

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As part of its growth strategy in Latin America, Swissport has added six more airports to its network in Chile. The provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling is now represented at a total of eight Chilean airports, covering airports in the entire country from Arica (ARI) in the north to Punta Arenas (PUQ) in the south. At all six new locations, Swissport provides passenger and ramp services to LATAM Airlines, one of its largest customers in the Americas. “We are pleased to grow with our customers at six additional locations in Chile. Our check-in, gate and ramp Read more

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Fraport and TAV win tender for new 25-year concession at Turkey’s Antalya Airport

©Fraport and TAV won tender for new Antalya Airport concession

Fraport AG (Fraport) and joint venture partner TAV Airport Holdings (TAV) have come out as winners in a recent tender for the new 25-year concession for Antalya Airport located at the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The concession will begin in 2027 when the existing concession, also secured by Fraport and TAV, runs out. It is anticipated that the new concession will be signed by the second quarter 2022, assuming that approval is granted by the Turkish competition and airport authorities. The two companies bid was for €7.25 billion (£6.2 billion), 25% of which will be due 90 days after Read more

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Travelport reaches NDC distribution agreement with British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling


Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide and International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed a distribution agreement to enable modern travel retailing by bringing New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling to Travelport-connected travel agencies around the world. By channelling its NDC content through the next-generation Travelport+ platform, IAG will be able to offer travel retailers a wider-range of content – including additional price points and an expanded selection of ancillary products – while taking advantage of modern digital retailing tools such as Read more

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Virgin Australia to restart Sydney-Canberra services from January 30, 2022

©Virgin Australia will relaunch services between Sydney and Canberra using Link Airways aircraft and crew

Virgin Australia will resume flights between Sydney and Canberra from January 30, 2022, with more than 50 services available between the two capital cities each week, under an exclusive agreement with Link Airways.   The services, which were first paused in April 2020 at the height of the pandemic, will be operated using Link Airways’ Saab 340 B Plus aircraft and crew, with up to nine flights per weekday. The resumption of Virgin Australia Sydney-Canberra services will be welcome news for corporate, leisure, and government sector customers who will now have more choice and flexibility when travelling to and from Read more

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HAECO welcomes joint maintenance management cooperation agreement

HAECO Group has recently signed a joint maintenance management cooperation arrangement with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM). The new cooperation arrangement will allow mutual recognition of aircraft maintenance licences issued by all three authorities, facilitating licence holders to be able to work in aircraft maintenance organisations located throughout the Chinese Mainland, the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the HAECO Group also operates airframe, engine and component maintenance facilities in the Chinese Mainland, Europe and the United Read more

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