Airbus increases UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

ZEROe formation flight ©Airbus

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies. A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies. The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies. Technology Read more

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Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines agree order for five 777 Freighters

Ethiopian Airlines has ordered five 777 Freighters ©Boeing

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it is expanding its 777 Freighter fleet with the purchase of five new aircraft to add to its current fleet of nine 777 Freighters. The African carrier also operates three 737-800 converted freighters. The 777 Freighter has a range of 4,970 nm (9,200 km), a capacity of 107 tonnes (235,900 lbs) and the twin-engine freighter has a 17% lower fuel burn than previous Boeing freighter aircraft. Ethiopian Airway’s is the world’s fourth-largest carrier by destinations served and provides dedicated cargo services to 66 centres connecting Africa with Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

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Delta names Eric Phillips first Chief Digital Officer

Eric Phillips

Delta has named Eric Phillips S.V.P. and Chief Digital Officer as the airline continues to deliver more personalised, seamless and premium experiences for customers through its digital channels. In the newly created role, Phillips will lead a matrixed team focused on enhancing customer interactions with Delta’s digital tools and channels, including developing new and better capabilities on and the Fly Delta app to address customer needs before, during and after travel. He’ll partner with leaders across the enterprise to accelerate cross-functional initiatives and drive a multidisciplinary approach to deliver an unparalleled customer experience. Phillips served most recently as S.V.P. Read more

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Avion Express and SunExpress extend partnership for 2022 summer season

©Avion Express will be continuing its partnership with SunExpress for the summer season of 2022

ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) operator, Avion Express, has announced that the company will be continuing its partnership with SunExpress for the summer season of 2022. During the season, Avion Express will damp-lease six aircraft to operate on behalf of Sun Express in the Antalya Airport (AYT) base. The pent-up travel demand that has been continuing since last year, brought sky-rocketing holiday booking numbers for the current summer season. The continuation of the partnership between Avion Express and SunExpress reflects that and will aid in meeting the demand. SunExpress is a joint airline venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Read more

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StandardAero announces expanded support services for operators in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Following its recent acquisition of Global Engine Services (GES), StandardAero has now completed the first stage of building a new Mobile Service Team (MST) to support its customers in the UK and the EMEAI region. Combining the experience of H+S Aviation’s UK-based Regional Turbine Centre (RTC) and StandardAero’s existing local capabilities in the UK, France and the Netherlands, the MST will deliver expanded on-site engine support to business aviation customers when and where they need it most. StandardAero’s MST teams in the UK and Europe are on standby to deploy around the clock, thus providing the customer with the confidence Read more

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JSX and Skyborne MOU to build ranks of pilot workforce


Skyborne Airline Academy and JSX, an award-winning U.S.-based Part 135 air carrier, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supply First Officers for its Embraer ERJ fleet. The MOU allows Skyborne to provide experienced former flight instructors the opportunity to fill First Officer positions at JSX, once they meet JSX’s strict hiring standards, including having achieved at least 1,000 total flight hours and 50 hours of multi-engine time. This agreement helps JSX source qualified pilots while giving Skyborne CFIs the opportunity to enrich their professional experience with a U.S. Part 135 air carrier. Captain Ed Davidson, Managing Director, Skyborne Airline Read more

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Avianca and CDB Aviation sign new lease agreements

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has signed new lease agreements with Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca) for two Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) and one A320neo aircraft. The new agreements bring the total of CDB Aviation aircraft on lease to Colombia’s flag carrier to eight. In addition to the newly leased aircraft, the carrier is expected to take delivery of an additional five A320neos from the lessor between 2022 and 2023.

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Lilium announces partnership with Honeywell and DENSO for Lilium Jet electric motor

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Having already been developing the avionics and flight control systems for the Lilium Jet, Honeywell, together with DENSO will partner with Lilium to produce the electric motor which will power the Lilium Jet. Honeywell currently collaborates with DENSO to develop aerospace electric propulsion solutions. Lilium developed the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and the new Lilium e-motor has been worked on by all three companies over the past two years. The e-motor should provide exceptional performance and reliability while producing zero-emissions. The e-motor is air cooled as opposed to water cooled, thus reducing maintenance requirements and reducing Read more

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Elix Aviation delivers one Dash 8-100 to Renegade Air

Elix Aviation, the international regional aircraft leasing company, has confirmed the sale and delivery of one Dash 8-100, MSN 361, to Renegade Air. With this new delivery, Elix Aviation continues to expand its sales/leasing and asset management services in the African market. Renegade Air is an aviation company incorporated in Kenya in 2012 to provide safe, dependable and cost-effective air transport solutions to a diversity of clients and partners. Renegade’s primary service was chartered flights and flights to Wajir County however, starting in 2021 they have introduced new scheduled destinations daily to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Malindi and Lamu.

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Qantas buys 51% stake in fast-growing online travel business TripADeal


Qantas has announced that it will take a majority shareholding in the Australian-made travel business, TripADeal. The stake allows Qantas Loyalty to immediately expand its exposure to the estimated AU$13 billion online packaged holiday booking market, which is experiencing significant growth as leisure demand booms and the shift to e-commerce continues. Over the past decade, TripADeal has built thousands of direct supplier relationships with hotels, tour operators and other vendors that allow it to offer well-priced holiday packages both domestically and overseas. It also has its own tour guides based in over 30 countries. TripADeal packages range from African safaris, Read more

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