Delta receives first highly efficient A330neo

Delta's new A330-900 takes off ©Airbus

Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first A330-900, one of 35 A330neos the Atlanta, Georgia-based airline has on order. With new fuel-efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements, and the advanced Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330-900 will give Delta a premier long-haul, widebody aircraft with exceptionally low operating costs. Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus’ newest widebody models. It has 13 A350-900s in its fleet with another 12 on order. Delta operates more than 265 Read more

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Rolls-Royce delivers first Pearl 15 production engines

©Rolls-Royce delivers the first sets of Pearl® 15 production engines to Bombardier for the first Global 6500 aircraft

The first sets of Pearl® 15 production standard engines were delivered to Bombardier and have been fitted to the first Global 6500 aircraft that is now in completions in readiness to power its latest business jet, into service. While Bombardier has started interior completion work on the first customer aircraft, the Rolls-Royce site in Dahlewitz, Germany, is ramping up the Pearl 15 production. Flight testing is on track to support the aircraft certification and a smooth entry into service later this year.  The Pearl 15 is the newest addition to Rolls-Royce’s business aviation engine portfolio, exclusively powering Bombardier’s Global® 5500 Read more

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HK Bellawings Jet signs LOI for five Global 7500 aircraft

©Bombardier and HK Bellawings Jet signing ceremony at EBACE 2019

Hong Kong aircraft management company HK Bellawings Jet Limited has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for five new Global 7500 business jets and has also exercised options for two Global 7500 business jets, as part of the initial agreement signed in May last year. The Global 7500 aircraft was showcased for the first time at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Established in 2014, HK Bellawings Jet Limited is a distinguished business jet management company dedicated to providing a diverse array of professional, highly efficient and comprehensive business aviation services and solutions, which include business Read more

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Helitrans becomes first operator to receive H125s with digital logcards

One of Helitrans’ Airbus H125 helicopters delivered with digital logcards ©Airbus Helicopters/Eric-Raz

Norwegian helicopter operator Helitrans has taken delivery of two Airbus H125 helicopters with digital logcards, becoming the first H125 operator able to manage the maintenance history of its aircraft components digitally, resulting in better data quality, time savings, and simpler processes, thereby reinforcing flight safety. These helicopters are the first two in a series of seven H125s ordered by Helitrans to be delivered with fully digital logcards. They will be used for a wide range of missions that cover powerline construction and firefighting, as well as sightseeing trips, passenger transport, photography and telecom network development.

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Air Lease Corporation delivers new Airbus A350-900 to Sichuan Airlines

Air Lease Corporation has delivered one new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on long-term lease to Sichuan Airlines.  Featuring Trent XWB-84 engines, this A350-900 is the first ALC A350-900 to deliver to an airline in China.  The aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Airbus and joins eight Airbus aircraft currently on lease from ALC to Sichuan Airlines for a total of nine aircraft.  

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SAS and Airbus to research hybrid and electric aircraft

©SAS and Airbus research hybrid electric aircraft

SAS and Airbus have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. This is a unique cooperation to establish the requirements for the next generation of sustainable aircraft. The project aims to gain an understanding of the introduction of hybrid-electric aircraft for large-scale commercial use. The partnership involves a joint research project where SAS and Airbus will work together to build knowledge of the opportunities and challenges regarding operations and infrastructure linked to large scale introduction of hybrid and electric aircraft in commercial traffic. SAS has for decades worked to reduce emissions Read more

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Three major Chinese Airlines turn to Boeing for 737 MAX compensation

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According to Chinese state media reports, Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, the country’s largest three airlines, have all submitted formal requests to Boeing for compensation as a consequence of the grounding of all 737 MAX jets worldwide. Following the second of two fatal crashes involving the MAX jet which had displayed similar problems to the first, China’s regulator was the first to order the grounding of all Chinese airline-owned 737 MAX jets. Currently China Southern Airlines has 24 grounded 737 MAX jets, while it also has orders for 56 more, though delivery of these will now be delayed Read more

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Airbus increases A220 aircraft range by up to 450 nm

©Airbus A220 Family in flight

Airbus has reported that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from H2 2020. The A220 aircraft maximum take-off weight (MTOW*) is now confirmed to increase by 2,268 kg (2.3 metric tonnes). The new MTOW will increase the respective maximum range capabilities to 3,350 nm for the A220-300 and 3,400 nm for the A220-100, some 450 nm more than currently advertised. This performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into Read more

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Four Seasons selects A321LR for aircruises

Four Seasons A321LR seating ©Airbus

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has chosen the A321LR as its private jet for luxury worldwide travel, launching a new role for the Airbus corporate jet family. The aircraft will enter service in 2021. Airbus’ A321LR is one of the newest aircraft in its NEO family, and features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets – as well as extra fuel tanks in the cargo-hold. These features give the A321LR  the efficiency and range to fly nonstop to landmark sights around the world, while maintaining the ability to land at nearby airports. “The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury aviation, Read more

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