Joby ahead of schedule as it receives FAA’s Part 135 Certificate

Having received the FAA Part 135 Certificate, Joby is well on schedule to launch its eVTOL services in 2024 ©Joby

California-based Joby has received its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which now allows the company to operate its electric vertical and take-off (eVTOL) aircraft on a commercial basis. However, before the aircraft becomes fully operational Joby still needs to obtain two further FAA approvals, the aircraft’s Type Certificate and also a Production Certificate. The company had not anticipated receiving its Part 135 certification until the second half of the year, so it is well on schedule to launch its eVTOL services in 2024. The five-stage process to obtain Part 135 certification involved the Read more

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Qantas rolls out next generation airport kiosks

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Qantas has begun rolling out next-generation airport kiosks, which will make the airport experience faster and easier for customers travelling on domestic flights. The national carrier has started a limited trial of new self-service kiosks in Terminal 3 at Sydney Airport. After fine tuning the new technology with customers, the airline expects to have them fully installed in Sydney by early June and around 140 kiosks installed across all major domestic airports by September. These will replace the existing kiosks that customers use to check in and print baggage tags. With more than three quarters of customers already checking in Read more

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Kaman Corporation to acquire Parker-Hannifin Aircraft Wheel & Brake division

Kaman Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement with Parker-Hannifin Corporation (Parker), under which Kaman will acquire Parker’s aircraft wheel & brake division (Aircraft Wheel & Brake) for US$440 million (£349 million), subject to a customary working capital adjustment and the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals. Parker is divesting Aircraft Wheel & Brake in order to secure approval from certain governmental authorities in connection with Parker’s previously announced offer to acquire Meggitt PLC. Aircraft Wheel & Brake has been a trusted provider of mission-critical wheel and brake technology products and solutions for more than eighty years. With a strong Read more

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WestJet ratifies ten-year agreement with WestJet flight dispatchers

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WestJet has released that WestJet flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), voted more than 90% in favour of a ten-year agreement. The ratified agreement starts June 1, 2022 and expires on May 31, 2032.   “As our industry continues to recover, this ten-year agreement will help the long-term sustainability of WestJet and demonstrates our commitment to our WestJetters, our guests and the communities we serve,” said Diederik Pen, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our flight dispatchers exemplify true professionalism, dedication and help to ensure our operation runs smoothly day in and day out. The Canadian economy Read more

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Boeing starts new A-10 wing deliveries to U.S. Air Force

Boeing, in partnership with Korean Aerospace Industries and other key suppliers, has delivered the first new wing set for the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet to the U.S. Air Force. The wing set arrived earlier this month to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, where the Air Force has started aircraft integration. Boeing was awarded the contract in August 2019 and is currently working to provide the Air Force with 50 wing sets. Each wing set consists of outer wing assemblies, centre wing assembly, control surfaces and the fuselage integration kit. The upgraded wings are more durable, more efficient and Read more

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Embraer, ITA and FAPESP to invest in Engineering Research Centre to accelerate the future of air mobility

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Embraer, ITA (Technological Institute of Aeronautics), and FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) have announced the approval of a joint investment of R$ 48 million (£8 million) in an Engineering Research Centre (ERC) for the future of air mobility over the next five years. This unprecedented research in Brazil will gather representatives of the scientific community and professionals of the aeronautical industry in activities that are based on three pillars: low carbon aviation, autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing. The initiative creates a favorable environment for knowledge dissemination, highly qualified human resources training and production of high-impact scientific publications. “We are very Read more

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Airbus increases UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

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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

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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 Delta.com 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 this and will aid in meeting the increased demand. SunExpress is a joint airline venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Read more

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