Frontier Airlines selects P&W engines to power 134 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Frontier Airlines has chosen P&W GTF engines for 134 new Airbus aircraft ©AirTeamImages

Frontier Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power its 134 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The engines will power 49 A320neo, 67 A321neo and 18 A321XLR aircraft, with the first of these aircraft currently scheduled for delivery in 2022. Pratt & Whitney will also provide Frontier with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Frontier Airlines is a portfolio airline of Indigo Partners. The airline is a first-time Pratt & Whitney customer and will operate their GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft on domestic and international routes in North America. The other three airlines Read more

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IAI signs deals to supply Heron MK II UAV systems to Asian country

Heron MKII ©IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed two deals, one to sell and one to lease two Heron MKII UAV systems to a central Asian country. The systems include reconnaissance payloads, Heron MK II drones and land arrays. The Heron MK II reaches an altitude of 35,000 feet, maximum speed of 140 knots, and can stay in the air for up to 45 hours. Thanks to improved production technologies, the Heron MK II has a wider and stronger chassis enabling quick and easy maintenance without affecting the UAV’s net weight. The UAV enables the use of new configurations and has a Read more

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Swansea University and Faradair Aerospace strengthen relationship for U.K. aerospace revival

Artists impression of the Faradair BEHA over London ©Faradair Aerospace

Swansea University and Faradair Aerospace are to expand their relationship with the British company’s commitment to bring back large-scale aircraft production to the U.K. and deliver 300 home-designed, sustainable aircraft for regional air mobility and special missions by 2030.  The enhanced collaboration will see the University’s Bay Campus become a training ground for engineers and interns as Faradair develops new technologies for use on its clean-sheet Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA).  Neil Cloughley, Founder and CEO of Faradair said. “Swansea has been part of this program for four years now and we are delighted to reinforce our position in  making Swansea Read more

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S7 Technics’ volume of maintenance work increased 2.5% in 2020

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At the end of the 2020, S7 Technics specialists have performed 413 A-Checks and 84 C-Checks which is an increase of 2.5% compared to 2019. In 2020, the company’s technical specialists spent 2.035 million standard hours, which is 5.5% less than in 2019, due to a decrease in the number of linear forms performed due to the limitations associated with the pandemic. Specialists of the engine repair shop repaired and handed to customers over 21 engines, some of them were repaired by specialists of the engine repair shop on the provider’s base at  Mineralnye Vody. During 2020, S7 Technics has Read more

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RwandAir opts for TRAX eMRO

RwandAir has chosen TRAX eMRO for its mixed fleet of aircraft ©AirTeamImages

RwandAir has decided in favor of eMRO software to implement a complete, user-friendly, and web-based solution. RwandAir is the flag carrier airline of Rwanda. It operates domestic and international services to East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, from its main base at Kigali International Airport. The airline has passenger air transportation as its core activity, supplemented by air cargo services. RwandAir has a mixed fleet of 12 aircraft that includes Airbus A330s, Boeing 737NGs, Bombardier CRJ-900NGs, and DHC-8 Q400s. eMRO is a leading-edge device-agnostic application designed to cater to virtually every aspect Read more

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U.K. government signs £30 million contract with Sprint for fighter drone project

As part of a major £1.5 billion investment in military research and development, the U.K. government has signed a £30 million design and manufacture contract with the Belfast arm of Sprint AeroSystems for an unmanned fighter drone. In 2020 the U.S. group acquired the former business in Northern Ireland from Bombardier. The deal is to include a full-scale vehicle flight-test program by 2023. According to the British government, the drones will be manufactured to act as a “loyal wingman” to the RAF’s Typhoon jets, capable of shooting down enemy aircraft. The program will also include the U.K. unit of Northrop Read more

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Airbus forced to quarantine 500 staff in Hamburg after COVID-19 outbreak

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Airbus has been forced to quarantine 500 of its 12,000-strong workforce at its Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany site after 21 individuals tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. As of yet it is not known if this is an outbreak of the more virulent variant that has been spreading rapidly throughout Europe from the U.K. These members of staff have been asked to stay at home while the company decides whether or not this will have an impact on production at the Hamburg-Finkenwerder site. Meanwhile, German health authorities are trying to establish the cause of the outbreak, a spokesman of the Hamburg health Read more

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Annette Mann heads Corporate Responsibility unit at Lufthansa Group

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Since the beginning of the year, Annette Mann has headed the newly established unit of Corporate Responsibility at the Lufthansa Group. In this function, she is responsible for the further development, management and implementation of a holistic and Group-wide sustainability program. This includes, in particular, measures for climate-neutral flying, the optimization of the entire travel chain under the aspect of sustainability, Group-wide reporting on non-financial topics, and social commitment. Mann reports directly to Christina Foerster, Executive Board Member Customer, IT & Corporate Responsibility at the Lufthansa Group. In her new role, she has agreed to have Lufthansa Group participate in Read more

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American to update current livery with new, mica-free paint color created for Silver Eagle™

After 12 days in the paint shop, American’s first 737-800 to be repainted with Silver Eagle non-mica paint is ready for departure ©American Airlines

Starting this month, American Airlines’ aircraft approach their regularly scheduled paint refresh date. American will begin repainting them with a new, non-mica gray paint that looks nearly identical to what is soaring across the skies today, but is less expensive, lighter, more fuel efficient and better for the environment. The repaint will update American’s current livery with a new, mica-free paint color created specifically for the airline: Silver Eagle™. “We had an opportunity to do things differently as planes approached their scheduled repaint date,” said Jill Naden, 787 Engineer at American. “We looked at this very carefully and figured out Read more

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German air traffic industry adjusts mandatory mask-wearing requirement with effect from February 1, 2021

As hereby communicated by the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), the association of national and international airlines in Germany, the German air traffic industry adjusts the rules regarding compulsory mask wearing. This means that as of February 1, 2021, all passengers, including children as from six years, at German airports as well as onboard the respective aircraft are obliged to wear medical face masks. Permitted are both surgical as well as FFP2 masks, more specifically masks complying with the standard KN95/N95. A simple cloth face covering is no longer sufficient. Furthermore, visors, masks with an outlet valve as Read more

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