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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DHL Express and Singapore Airlines partnership takes off with new B777 freighter

DHL Express and Singapore Airlines are celebrating their new partnership with the arrival of the new Boeing 777 freighter ©Singapore Airlines

DHL Express has welcomed the arrival of its new Boeing 777 freighter at Singapore Changi Airport. The freighter, which sports a dual DHL-Singapore Airlines (SIA) livery, has a maximum capacity of 102 tonnes. SIA will operate it on routes to the United States of America via South Korea thrice weekly from August 2022. In March 2022, DHL Express and SIA signed a crew and maintenance agreement to deploy five Boeing 777 freighters. These freighters will be operated by SIA pilots, with the maintenance overseen by SIA. The second Boeing 777 freighter is slated to enter into service in November 2022, Read more

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ST Engineering to set-up test cell capability for LEAP-1B engine

ST Engineering has released that its Commercial Aerospace business will expand its MRO solutions for the LEAP-1B engine with test cell support, which is expected to be ready by end-2023. The expansion into LEAP-1B test cell capability follows the setting up of quick-turn services for the engine in February this year and the receipt of approval from EASA, FAA and CAAC. ST Engineering will work with testing and technology development solutions provider, Calspan Aero System Engineering (Calspan ASE), in setting up LEAP-1B test cell capability at its engine MRO facility in Singapore. This LEAP-1B test cell will be the first Read more

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JetSMART’s new A321neo comes equipped with Recaro’s launch of SL3710 seating

The SL3710 seat from ©Recaro Aircraft Seating

As part of a larger Indigo Partners’ deal agreed back in 2020, JetSMART’s brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft took to the skies on August 15, the first aircraft to fly with 240 pax of the latest in Recaro’s economy-class seating designs, the SL3710. Over the next five years, 11,000 of the seats will be installed on JetSMART aircraft. The modular SL3710 economy-class seat has a weight of approximately eight kilograms, which helps to minimise operational costs while also supporting JetSMART’s sustainability goals. Created specifically for short-haul flights, the slim, ergonomic design of the seat optimises passenger space while still maintaining Read more

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Frankfurt Airport exceeds five-million monthly passenger mark in July

Frankfurt Airport ©Fraport

In July 2022, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 5.0  million passengers in a single month for the first time since the start of the pandemic – representing an increase of 76.5% compared to July 2021. The upward trend was driven by the ongoing rise in demand for holiday flights. Germany’s largest aviation hub thus maintained its rapid growth momentum – despite a one-day strike by Lufthansa ground staff in late July resulting in some 100,000 passengers less for the reporting month. FRA’s passenger traffic in July 2022 was still 27.4% below the level registered in pre-pandemic July 2019. Cargo volumes Read more

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Delta resumes non-stop service from LAX to Haneda, launches new service from Honolulu

©Delta will resume flights from LAX to Haneda starting December 1.

Delta Air Lines (Delta) will resume flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tokyo International Airport (HND) beginning October 30, in anticipation of Japan’s easing travel restrictions. The route will start operating three times weekly before moving to daily starting December 1. The restart of service will use an Airbus 330-900neo aircraft featuring Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin services. Delta will also start a new daily service between Honolulu and Haneda on December 1. This is the first time Delta has offered service from Haneda to Honolulu with its start delayed due to the pandemic. Customers will be able Read more

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Tony Kondo joins Werner Aero

Tony (Toshinori) Kondo has joined Werner Aero as Executive Vice President. He is expected to be instrumental in leading the company in its next business phase. Prior to joining Werner Aero, Kondo spent the past 14 years in the aircraft and engine leasing business within Sumitomo Corporation. In 2014, he was a founding member of SMBC Aero Engine Lease (SAEL), which has grown to become one of the leading engine leasing companies globally. His role in SAEL was Head of Trading, where he was in charge of all trading activities globally. In 2018, he was selected by Airline Economics as Read more

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