Planet Nine Private Air places fourth Falcon 7X into service

©Planet Nine Air Falcon 7X

Planet Nine Private Air, the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator and aircraft management company, has added its fourth ultra long-range Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft to its Part 135 certificate.  The aircraft, registration no. N996MS, is a low-time aircraft with less than 500 hours flown.  It is offered with the distinctive Planet Nine 14-seat luxury executive interior, with Wi-Fi and IFE from Swift Broadband. 

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Aero Asset signs four exclusive helicopter remarketing agreements

Airbus AS365 N3 ©Aero Asset

Aero Asset had a successful launch at HAI Heli Expo 2019, held in Atlanta, GA. earlier this month. The new Toronto, Canada-based business, with global reach, headed by co-founders Emmanuel Dupuy, William Sturm and Valerie Pereira, signed four exclusive remarketing agreements:  A 2007 Airbus AS365 N3 SN 6770, 2007 H155 SN6771, 2009 Sikorsky S76C++ SN 760710, and 2002 AW109E SN11145. At HAI Aero Asset presented its 2018 Preowned Heli Market Trends based on its proprietary intelligence and market research. Focusing exclusively on the twin-engined preowned helicopter market, the report, which hereafter will be published bi- annually, ranks the best and Read more

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First A380 for All Nippon Airways

First All Nippon Airways A380 airborne ©Airbus

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft. ANA has ordered three A380s and will operate the aircraft on the popular route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu from May 24. Each ANA A380 will feature a special livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as the Honu. The livery on the first aircraft is painted in blue, while the second will be green and the third orange. ANA’s A380 is configured in a premium layout seating 520 passengers. The upper deck features eight suites Read more

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Vallair partners with Contrail on CFM56-7B engine deals

Vallair, the aircraft and engine asset specialist, has partnered with like-minded CContrail Aviation Support a commercial aircraft trading, leasing and parts solutions provider, in a deal for three CFM56-7B engines. Vallair purchased one CFM56-7B from Contrail with 9,500 cycles remaining, and this was fitted to the Boeing 737NG (MSN36118) in January, which is under lease to SpiceJet. In turn, Contrail acquired two run-out CFM56-7B engines from Vallair, previously removed from this same aircraft, for tear-down. The dismantled components will support the growth of Contrail’s surplus engine parts line of business. 2019 will see Vallair’s own Engine Business Unit, which actively Read more

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STARLUX Airlines orders 17 A350 XWB aircraft

Taiwan’s STARLUX Airlines signs order for 17 Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s ©Airbus

STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region. “We are very glad to sign the official purchase agreement today for Airbus widebodies. The A350’s combination of extra-long-range capability, significantly lower operating costs and high passenger comfort were key factors in our decision,” K.W. Chang, Founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines said. “STARLUX is committed to becoming one of Read more

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FPG Amentum and FPG arrange the acquisition of an A320-200 on lease to ANA Holdings

Tokyo-headquartered financial services firm Financial Products Group and FPG Amentum, the Dublin-based aircraft leasing/management company, have acquired an Airbus A320-200. The aircraft was bought from another lessor at delivery from Airbus and is on lease to ANA Holdings.

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Airbus starts ship-to-shore trials with Skyways parcel delivery drone

Airbus Skyways drone lifting off ©Wilhelmsen

Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions, to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel ‘M/V Pacific Centurion’, 1.5km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5kg of 3D printed consumables.  Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing its cargo to the shipmaster, the Skyways unmanned air vehicle swiftly returned to its base, with Read more

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Rolls-Royce successful ground tests hybrid system using its M250 gas turbine

©Rolls-Royce ground tests Hybrid version of M250 gas turbine

Rolls-Royce has taken a significant step towards realising its ambition to provide hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation. The company announced that it successful ground tested a hybrid system using its M250 gas turbine, a highly successful engine usually powering helicopters. The tests are part of one of the most comprehensive hybrid aerospace turbine engine development and integration programmes and pave the way for experimental flights on aircraft in 2021. Rolls-Royce said that it successfully tested the hybrid version of the M250 gas turbine in a ground demonstration setting in three operating modes: Series Hybrid, Parallel Hybrid Read more

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AviaAM Leasing delivers two Airbus A321 to Air Transat

AviaAM Leasing has delivered two Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Canada‘s holiday travel airline company – Air Transat. Within a few months, AviaAM Leasing team has fully administered the necessary aircraft checks according to the new operator’s requirements. The aircraft MSN 4103 and MSN 4500 were finally delivered to the customer at FL Technics facilities in Kaunas under a 74 months operating lease agreement. AviaAM Leasing’s and Canadian low-cost leisure airline Air Transat’s cooperation started in 2018. The leasing company delivered two Airbus A321-211 to the air carrier ahead of schedule.

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Boeing share price falls again as U.S. grounds all 737 MAX jets

After the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet in under five months, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has halted the operation of the aircraft. This is the second time the FAA has had to intervene with a Boeing Jet in six years after it temporarily grounded the 787 Dreamliner in 2013 over lithium battery problems. According to Reuters, Shares of the world’s biggest plane maker, which were up earlier in the session, fell 2 percent to US$370.48. The shares have fallen about 13 percent since Sunday’s crash, losing about US$32 billion of market value. Speaking to Read more

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