Development of FCAS combat aircraft back on track after Airbus and Dassault reach agreement

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For the past year, Airbus – representing German interests – and Dassault – representing French interests, had been unable to reach agreement over the workshare for the new Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The new aircraft, intended to replace the Eurofighter and Dassault’s Rafale, will be a combination of manned and unmanned aircraft and are projected to enter into service in 2040. However, while Dassault had been given the role of project leader, Airbus had lodged several objections over what it saw was an unfair division of the work involved in the FCAS. Consequently, while the current stage is still Read more

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Long-time GE Aerospace leader to oversee United’s technical operations

Maria Deacon

United Airlines has named Maria Deacon Senior Vice-President Technical Operations, overseeing the carrier’s maintenance operations, ground service equipment and facilities maintenance, supply chain, technical services and planning and strategy. Deacon will also shape the continued growth and investment in United’s Calibrate apprenticeship programme, helping the airline expand and diversify its next generation of maintenance employees. Most recently, Deacon served as GE Aerospace’s General Manager of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul. In her new role at the airline, Deacon will report to United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer Greg Hart. At the helm of GE Aerospace’s extended MRO network, Deacon was responsible for delivering revenue Read more

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Jackson Square Aviation delivers one Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Iberia

Iberia has taken delivery of a second A350-900 aircraft from lessor ©Jackson Square Aviation

Jackson Square Aviation has announced the closing of a sale-and-leaseback financing to Iberia, with the delivery of a second Airbus A350-900 aircraft to the airline. “This delivery is a testament to the strong relationship that we have built with Iberia and its teams over the years,” said Christophe Million-Rousseau, JSA SVP Marketing & Capital Markets EMEA, adding, “We are excited to play a part in Iberia’s fleet renewal plans as it continues to strengthen and expand Spain’s prominent airline market.” Belonging to the IAG group, Iberia is Spain’s largest airline and a member of the oneworld airline alliance. Along with Iberia Read more

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Alaska Airlines to launch electronic bag tag programme

©Alaska Airlines becomes the first U.S. airline to launch the electronic bag tag programme

Alaska Airlines became the first airline in the United States to launch an electronic bag tag programme, which will enable guests to tag their own luggage through the airline’s mobile app before they even reach the airport. Last week 2,500 Alaska Mileage Plan members began receiving their electronic bag tag. Those elite-status members included in the first wave of the programme were guests who have travelled in the last 12 months, checked-in at least one bag and who were among the first to register to use the device. The three-by-five-inch devices are updated with a guest’s flight information through the Read more

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easyJet appoints David Morgan Chief Operating Officer

David Morgan

easyJet has released that, following a comprehensive process, David Morgan has been permanently appointed as Chief Operating Officer, sitting on the airline’s Management Board. Morgan has been an integral part of the easyJet leadership team since he joined the company as Chief Pilot in 2016. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and the airline having undertaken the role of interim COO since the beginning of July 2022. During this time, he has provided strong operational leadership and achieved an operational performance which has been better than the equivalent period in 2019. 

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Canadian Meloche Group acquires Hemmingford Aerospace

Hemmingford Aerospace facility ©Meloche Group

Quebec-based Meloche Group, a leader in developing and manufacturing aero structure and aircraft engine components for the aerospace sector, has acquired Hemmingford Aerospace, a key player in the aircraft engine part machining industry. This acquisition is part of Meloche Group’s growth strategy, which aims to double its sales by 2026, increasing it to CA$200 million (£121 million). “We are pleased to welcome the Hemmingford Aerospace team into our group, bringing the number of employees at our five centres of excellence to 500,” stated Hugue Meloche, President & CEO of Meloche Group. “This acquisition consolidates our position in the market while Read more

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GA Telesis Component Repair Group to introduce main engine fuel pump capability

GA Telesis (GAT), the pioneering leader in integrated aviation services, has released that its MRO Services Component Repair Group has acquired new equipment that will allow it to introduce main engine fuel pump capabilities to its ecosystem. The repairs will be completed at its existing FAA/EASA/CAAC-certified component repair facility at Miami International Airport. With the introduction of new team members and equipment, the company will have the capability to repair, overhaul and test main engine fuel pumps for the most common engines in commercial airline operation, including all variants of the CFM56, CF6-80, V2500, PW4000 and CF34 jet engines. This Read more

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At Drone Days UMILES Next and TECNALIA present technologies that will dominate European skies for safe and sustainable urban air mobility

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The UMILES Next air taxi, Concept Integrity, equipped with FlyFree technology developed by the TECNALIA research centre, was presented on November 30, in Brussels during the Drone Days organised by the European Commission as part of the Drone Strategy 2.0, an initiative aimed at promoting the development of new sustainable drone services and transport solutions that is backed by the European Commission. During these Drone Days, experts from the industry and European politics explored the key strategic areas for the future of innovative urban air mobility and emergency services, and the strength of the synergies between European civil and defence Read more

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IATA reveals October year-on-year global cargo capacity down 13.6%

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The International Air Transport Association has released its global cargo demand figures for the month of October, revealing a year-on-year drop of 13.6%, the first year-on-year contraction since April. However, on a month-on-month basis, international cargo capacity was up by 2.4% as the end of year peak season approaches. IATA also pointed out that new export orders, which are a leading indicator of cargo demand, are shrinking in all markets except China and South Korea. In addition, the latest global goods trade figures revealed a 5.6% expansion in September, a positive sign for the global economy. This is expected to Read more

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Embraer wins order for five E195-E2 jets from undisclosed airline

E195-E2 jet ©Embraer

Embraer has secured a new firm order for five E195-E2 aircraft from an undisclosed airline with plans for future growth. Embraer will deliver four aircraft by the end of 2023, with the final aircraft completing the deal in early 2024. The list price value of the contract is US$389.4 million (£316.5 million), which will be added to Embraer’s Q4 backlog.

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