Boeing 737 MAX safe to return to service in Europe

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) gave its seal of approval for the return to service of a modified version of the Boeing 737 MAX, mandating a package of software upgrades, electrical working rework, maintenance checks, operations manual updates and crew training which will allow the plane to fly safely in European skies after almost two years on the ground. “We have reached a significant milestone on a long road,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “Following extensive analysis by EASA, we have determined that the 737 MAX can safely return to service. This assessment was carried out in Read more

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GE’s turnaround gains traction as quarterly free cash flow surges

Boston-based industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) has predicted free cash flow of US$2.5 billion to US$4.5 billion this year after generating cash flow of US$4.4 billion in the fourth quarter. These figures indicate that GE’s Chief Executive Larry Culp’s 2018 turnaround plans are gathering steam, having helped drive cash savings and rendering GE’s businesses more profitable. GE’s power division reported a double-digit growth in equipment orders despite the company’s decision to exit the coal-fired power plants business. Culp has described GE’s turnaround as “a game of inches.” In a phone interview, he said the company still has a lot to Read more

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Air Charter Scotland’s Derek Thomson joins The Air Charter Association Board

Derek Thomson

Air Charter Scotland’s Commercial Director and Accountable Manager Derek Thomson has been appointed to the Board of The Air Charter Association (The ACA) supporting newly appointed CEO Glenn Hogben and fellow board directors. Thomson will draw on his 25 years’ experience in aviation to offer support and advice to operators and charter brokers as The ACA, now in its 72nd year, continues to widen its global membership reach. He is also keen to encourage the next generation of young aviation professionals, a passion he shares with Air Charter Scotland’s Sales Manager Michelle McMullan, who became one of The ACA’s Next Read more

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HondaJet Elite obtains Russian type certification

The HondaJet Elite has received Russian type certification from FATA ©Honda Aircraft Company

The HondaJet Elite has received Russian type certification from the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA), demonstrating that the aircraft meets the safety standards set by the organization. The first HondaJet with Russian registration began its operation in the region immediately after receiving the certification. As customer demand grows, Honda Aircraft Company is continuing to expand its list of type certifications. The HondaJet currently holds 13 type certifications around the world, including, the United States (FAA), Europe (EASA), Mexico (AFAC), Brazil (ANAC), Argentina (ANAC), Panama(AAC), India (DGCA), Japan (JCAB), Canada (TCCA), China (CAAC), Turkey (DGCA) and Pakistan (PCAA).

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Alaska Air Group posts fourth quarter 2020 net loss of US$316 million

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Alaska Air Group has posted a fourth quarter 2020 GAAP net loss of US$430 million, compared to net income of US$181 million in 2019. Excluding the impact of payroll support program wage offsets, special items and mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments, the company reported a fourth quarter adjusted net loss of US$316 million compared to adjusted net income of US$181 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company reported a full-year 2020 GAAP net loss of US$1.3 billion, compared to net income of US$769 million in the prior year. Excluding the impact of payroll support program wage offsets, special items and Read more

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Volare Aviation completes first Hawker Blended Winglet retrofit

Hawker 800XPi airplane Blended Winglet retrofit ©Aviation Partners/Volare Aviation

Oxford, U.K.-based Volare Aviation has completed its first installation of the Blended Winglets retrofit on a Hawker 800XPi airplane, and is appointed an authorized installation partner for Hawker 800 series Blended Winglet retrofits in Europe. API’s Performance Enhancing Blended Winglets for the Hawker 800 series airplanes reduce drag by over seven percent at long range cruise.  This drag reduction increases range by 180 nautical miles or more, allows the airplane to cruise 15-18 knots faster; enables faster time-to-climb, can reduce or eliminate the need for step-climbs for many missions, and improves second segment climb.  In addition, with its unique Scimitar Read more

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C&L Aerospace purchases multi-million-dollar ATR inventory

C&L Aerospace has purchased a multi-million-dollar ATR expendable package. As part of the transaction, C&L has acquired thousands of new, OEM certified “S” part numbers, to be added to its existing ATR inventory. All parts from the program are now stocked in C&L’s U.K., Australian, and Bangor, ME, U.S.A. warehouses. Parts from this purchase will complement C&L’s existing rotable inventory and round out a full service offering to ATR operators. The inventory is currently going through inspection and cataloging process which includes photographing and barcoding the parts and corresponding documentation making both available online to customers.

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Magali Beauregard joins CargoAi as Chief Customer Officer

Magali Beauregard

CargoAi has named Magali Beauregard as Chief Customer Officer effective February 1, 2021. The recruitment of the former Head of Commercial Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Cargo and Senior Account Manager at Booking.com is the perfect embodiment of CargoAi’s strategy: combining expertise in air cargo and digital technology to deliver custom-tailored solutions to its users. “To head the customer department at CargoAi, we needed someone who had a highly pragmatic vision of customer needs. With the combination of her experience of SAAS platforms and her total understanding of air cargo, Magali fits the bill perfectly. A real achiever who has genuine Read more

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Jet Aviation receives IS-BAH Stage II registration for FBO in San Juan

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Jet Aviation has achieved IS-BAH Stage II Registration for its FBO in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The San Juan FBO is a full-service handling operation at one of the most convenient U.S. points of entry for international flights. Jet Aviation acquired full ownership of the FBO at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in February 2019. As the first FBO in Puerto Rico to qualify for IS-BAH Stage I registration in September 2018, Jet Aviation San Juan continues to demonstrate its industry leadership and commitment to the highest safety standards. “Between Hurricanes, the ownership change, and all the new systems that Read more

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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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