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 that and will aid in meeting the demand. SunExpress is a joint airline venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Read more

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Avianca and CDB Aviation sign new lease agreements

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has signed new lease agreements with Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca) for two Airbus A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) and one A320neo aircraft. The new agreements bring the total of CDB Aviation aircraft on lease to Colombia’s flag carrier to eight. In addition to the newly leased aircraft, the carrier is expected to take delivery of an additional five A320neos from the lessor between 2022 and 2023.

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Lilium announces partnership with Honeywell and DENSO for Lilium Jet electric motor

©Lilium Jet

Having already been developing the avionics and flight control systems for the Lilium Jet, Honeywell, together with DENSO will partner with Lilium to produce the electric motor which will power the Lilium Jet. Honeywell currently collaborates with DENSO to develop aerospace electric propulsion solutions. Lilium developed the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and the new Lilium e-motor has been worked on by all three companies over the past two years. The e-motor should provide exceptional performance and reliability while producing zero-emissions. The e-motor is air cooled as opposed to water cooled, thus reducing maintenance requirements and reducing Read more

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Elix Aviation delivers one Dash 8-100 to Renegade Air

Elix Aviation, the international regional aircraft leasing company, has confirmed the sale and delivery of one Dash 8-100, MSN 361, to Renegade Air. With this new delivery, Elix Aviation continues to expand its sales/leasing and asset management services in the African market. Renegade Air is an aviation company incorporated in Kenya in 2012 to provide safe, dependable and cost-effective air transport solutions to a diversity of clients and partners. Renegade’s primary service was chartered flights and flights to Wajir County however, starting in 2021 they have introduced new scheduled destinations daily to Masai Mara, Amboseli, Malindi and Lamu.

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Täby delivers 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion

©Täby Air Maintenance has delivered the 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion

TAM, Täby Air Maintenance, has delivered its 30th Saab 340 cargo-conversion, a Saab 340B with msn 225. The aircraft was converted to full TAM Cargo-Conversion Generation II on behalf of Latvia-based RAF-Avia, who already operates a mix of cargo- and passenger-configured Saab 340s, ATR 72s and Antonov 26s. Saab 340 cargo-conversions has come to be an ever increasing business for TAM, where the current milestone of 30 conversions was preceded as late as in February this year when the 25th cargo converted aircraft was delivered. Cargo conversion backlog – kits as well as full conversions – stretches way into 2023. Read more

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VoltAero brings Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft on demonstration flights to the Netherlands

Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft ©VoltAero

VoltAero’s Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft is to perform demonstration flights across selected routes in the Netherlands beginning June 13, 2022, to promote highly sustainable regional aviation throughout the Dutch regions. Utilising VoltAero’s Cassio 1 testbed – the first parallel hybrid aircraft – this week-long deployment will be part of the Netherlands’ Power Up initiative, which is a collaboration aimed at positioning the country for the introduction of electric-powered commercial passenger flights within five years. The flights are to include analyses of operational costs, noise performance, ground infrastructure requirements and technical support for the future use of Cassio family aircraft by commercial Read more

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Bombardier unveils Mach 0.94, 8,000nm-range Global 8000 flagship aircraft

The Global 8000 jet ©Bombardier

Bombardier has introduced its latest business jet, the Global 8000, which should enter into service in 2025. The Global 8000 with its twin GE Aviation Passport engines will be the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet. The jet will be able to fly at Mach 0.94, will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles and will provide passengers with one of the lowest cabin altitudes of 2,900 ft when flying at 41,000 feet. During testing, the jet reached speeds of Mach 1.015, making it not only the fastest business jet, but also the fastest in civil aviation since the days Read more

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Finnair wet leases one Airbus A320 from DAT for anticipated busy summer season

Finnair will wet lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and crew from Danish airline DAT for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating on selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October this year. The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT while the flights have Finnair’s service concept.    “We are preparing for a busy summer season, and this agreement with DAT supports our target of ensuring stable and reliable operations as travel is now picking Read more

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Leonardo’s VIP/corporate helicopter fleet set to grow in Europe

Contract signing at EBACE 2022 between Leonardo and Sloane Helicopters ©Leonardo

Leonardo has received new helicopter orders at EBACE 2022 (Geneva 23-25 May), including three AW109 GrandNew light twin, one AW109 Trekker and two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters with deliveries to the UK, Italy and Germany in 2022 and 2023.  Official distributor for UK & Ireland Sloane Helicopters ordered three AW109 GrandNew with deliveries expected in the second half of 2023, adding to the three aircraft of the same model purchased in early March. One AW109 Trekker in VIP configuration has recently been sold to a private operator in Germany marking the introduction of this model in this country, with delivery Read more

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GE Aviation completes testing of Passport engine using 100% SAF

GE Aviation has completed successful testing of its Passport long-range business aviation engine using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a lower carbon alternative jet fuel. The Passport engine today can operate on approved SAF and the recent testing shows the capability of the engine to run on 100% SAF. Currently, SAF approved for use is a blend of petroleum-based Jet A or Jet A-1 fuel and an SAF component with a maximum blend limit of 50%. ASTM International, an organisation that develops technical standards, has not yet qualified 100% SAF. One of GE’s fuel experts chairs an international task force Read more

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