American Airlines uses COVID-19 disruption to retire vintage 737s and other jets

American Airlines Boeing 757-200 ©AirTeamImages

Having announced two weeks ago that it was to retire 34 Boeing 757s and 17 Boeing 767s, American Airlines has announced that with the dramatic downturn in world travel, it will now be retiring 76 Boeing 737s that the carrier acquired between 1999 and 2001. In addition, it will also be retiring nine Airbus and 20 Embraer E190s according to Reuters news agency. There is also the distinct possibility that a number of its 50-seat regional jets will also be retired. American Airlines sees this as an opportune moment to retire an additional number of jets with a view to Read more

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Airbus deploys new air-bridge flight between Europe and China

An A330MRTT being unloaded in Getafe (Spain) ©Airbus

Airbus has deployed a new air-bridge flight between Europe and China to deliver additional face mask supplies to France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom health systems, in support of the COVID-19 crisis efforts. The aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 undergoing conversion as Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), took off on March 26, at 19.15 local time (CET) from Airbus’ Getafe site near Madrid (Spain) reaching the Airbus site in Tianjin (China) on March 27. The aircraft, operated by an Airbus crew, returned to Spain on March 28, at 04.05 local time (CET) with a cargo of more than 4 million face masks. Read more

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Embraer’s new, enhanced Phenom 300E receives triple-certification

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Embraer Executive Jets’ new Phenom 300E was granted its Type Certificate by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The new Phenom 300E is the most enhanced version of the Phenom 300 series, which was the most delivered business jet series in the 2010s. The new Phenom 300E achieved its certification goals with an intracontinental range of 2,010 nautical miles (or 3,723 km, considering NBAA IFR reserves with 5 passengers), a high-speed cruise of 464 ktas, a maximum payload of 2,636 lb (1,196 kg), a takeoff distance of Read more

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GA Telesis purchases five CF6-80C2B1F engines from Atlas Air

GA Telesis (GAT) has completed the acquisition of five General Electric CF6-80C2B1F engines from Atlas Air for part-out that will be immediately inducted for disassembly. The resulting used serviceable material (USM) will be directed towards GA Telesis’ CF6 airline and MRO customer base, including GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES). These engines will allow for increased access to engine USM, which will help reduce the costs of heavy jet engine maintenance for airlines worldwide. In these turbulent times, GAT remains focused on growing and providing continuity of cost-saving solutions for its airline and MRO customers. GA Telesis CEO Abdol Moabery commented Read more

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Cessna SkyCourier starts ground engine tests

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Textron Aviation has successfully completed initial ground engine tests on the prototype Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop, featuring Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65SC engines. These ground engine tests verified the functionality of the fuel system and engines, as well as the interface with the avionics and electrical systems. The Cessna SkyCourier program continues to advance with assembly of the prototype and additional five flight and ground test articles. The tail was installed on the fuselage in early February 2020. Power to the aircraft’s electrical system was turned on in January, and the wings were successfully mated to the fuselage in Read more

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First passenger aircraft full of air cargo lands in Frankfurt

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Loaded with around 30 tons of freight, a Lufthansa passenger aircraft landed in Frankfurt on March 25, after a flight time of 11 hours and 6 minutes. In addition to the cargo compartments of the Airbus A330, the cabin including the stowage compartments above the seats were also loaded. On board the aircraft with the registration number D-AIKI, were various highly urgent goods, mainly from the medical sector, including masks and other protective equipment. The required permits for the flight were issued in seamless cooperation with the foreign ministries and embassies of the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Read more

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AJW Group purchases CFM5B, A320-engine for tear-down

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AJW Group has purchased a CFM56-5B4 engine for tear-down in support of expanding engine management programs. The high-quality engine parts will be stored at AJW Group’s HQ in Sussex, U.K. and shipped to its strategic hubs around the world ready for exchange and sale to support its airline customers’ extensive portfolio of A320 family aircraft.

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Air Seychelles takes delivery of new Airbus A320-200neo from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has delivered one new Airbus A320-200neo aircraft on long-term lease to Air Seychelles. Featuring CFM International LEAP-1A26 engines, this aircraft was delivered from ALC’s order book with Airbus.  “We are pleased to announce this new A320-200neo delivery to Air Seychelles and further ALC’s long-time relationship with the airline,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman, Air Lease Corporation.  “This new A320neo replaces an A320 aircraft that Air Seychelles previously had on lease from ALC and will enhance the airline’s current fleet operations.”

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ALC places two Airbus A330-200 aircraft on lease with Nordwind Airlines

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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has placed two used Airbus A330-200 aircraft on long-term lease with Nordwind Airlines.  Previously on long-term lease from ALC to Vietnam Airlines, these aircraft will deliver to Moscow-based Nordwind Airlines in the spring. On lease from ALC to Vietnam Airlines since 2011, these two used A330-200s were replaced with two new Boeing 787-10 aircraft delivered to Vietnam Airlines from ALC’s order book with Boeing in the past few weeks.  Nordwind Airlines is a Russian leisure airline established in 2008. The company is headquartered in Moscow, and its main hub is at Sheremetyevo International Airport. Nordwind Airlines Read more

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Mitsubishi SpaceJet Flight Test Vehicle 10 makes maiden flight

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has completed the maiden flight of Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10), the first Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 in final, certifiable, baseline configuration. FTV10 took off at 14:53 (JST) from the Prefectural Nagoya Airport and conducted basic aircraft performance tests in normal operating conditions over the Pacific Ocean. After approximately two hours of flight, the aircraft returned to Nagoya at 16:40 (JST). With the completion of FTV10’s first flight, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is prepared to enter the final phase of certification flight testing for the SpaceJet M90, the first commercial jet manufactured in Japan.

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