Sikorsky flies Black Hawk with optionally Piloted Vehicle Technology

A Black Hawk equipped with optionally-piloted vehicle (OPV) technology made its first flight at ©Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility

A technology kit developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, was used for the first time to operate a Black Hawk helicopter with full-authority, fly-by-wire flight controls. The May 29 flight marked the official start to the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted aircraft. Follow-on flight testing aims to include envelope expansion throughout the summer leading to fully autonomous flight (zero pilots) in 2020.  This is the first full authority fly-by-wire retrofit kit developed by Sikorsky that has completely removed mechanical flight controls from the aircraft. Through DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program, Sikorsky is developing Read more

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La Compagnie commences transatlantic services with new A321neo

©Airbus A321neo from La Compagnie, the French exclusively business-class airline

The first single-aisle A321neo destined for La Compagnie, an exclusively business-class French airline operating scheduled transatlantic flights, has commenced transatlantic services on June 6, from Paris Orly Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport. On lease from GECAS, La Compagnie’s A321neo is powered by CFM International LEAP 1A new generation engines and features a business class only cabin with 76 full flat seats, offering passengers unmatched comfort. The cabin also includes a high level of connectivity onboard. With this brand new A321neo, La Compagnie becomes the latest A321neo operator. The airline has two new A321neo aircraft on order.

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Zephyrus Aviation Capital acquires Airbus A330-300 on lease to Thai AirAsia X

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Zephyrus Aviation Capital has acquired an Airbus A330-300 aircraft on lease to Thai AirAsia X, a new customer for Zephyrus. The aircraft is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, and the A330-300 is a new model addition to the Zephyrus fleet. This transaction is the first aircraft acquisition for Zephyrus outside of the 21 aircraft ZCAP 2018-1 ABS facility that closed in October 2018, and which has completed a steady stream of novations since. Zephyrus is an aircraft and engine leasing & trading company led by a team of industry veterans and focused on aircraft which are in the mid Read more

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More than 33,400 CFM56 engines delivered to date

On April 24, 1982, the first-ever airplane powered by CFM56 engines, a Delta Air Lines DC-8-71 powered by the CFM56-2, took to the skies. In the years after that, CFM International would go on to add seven additional engine models that, today, power more than 20 different commercial and military aircraft types for more than 600 operators across the globe. Recently, the CFM56 fleet established a new world record by becoming the first aircraft engine family in aviation history to achieve one billion engine flight hours. This milestone also represents the fastest accumulation on hours ever; the fleet reached 500 Read more

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AZAL follows Garuda’s lead and cancels Boeing 737 Max order, Lion Air likely to do the same

©AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines

With Garuda Indonesia (Garuda) the first airline to officially cancel an order for Boeing’s troubled 737 Max jet, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the flag-carrying airline, has confirmed it is to cancel its US$1 billion order for ten of the narrow-body jets. Garuda’s cancelation was a major blow to Boeing as the original order was for 50 of the jets at a combined value of US$4.9 billion at list price. Garuda had already taken delivery of the first jet of the order that was placed back in 2014 and is also discussing the plane’s return to Boeing. When announcing the order cancelation Read more

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Bombardier A220 programme now called Airbus Canada

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership is responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Airbus A220 Family – of which A220-300 is a member ©Airbus

The change of name of CSALP to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, which was announced in March 2019, came into effect on June 1. The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in the partnership since July 1, 2018. The partnership is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity. Over the course of the coming weeks, the new name will be applied to the limited partnership’s documentation, materials and branded items. The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus Read more

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IATA advises 737 MAX will remain grounded until August

United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX ©AirTeamImages

Despite the fact that it is believed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to approve the updates to the 737 MAX in June, other agencies intend to carry out their own assessments. This has resulted in the likelihood worldwide approval for the lifting of the ban, which was instigated after two fatal crashes involving the passenger jet, will likely not be lifted until early-to-mid-August, well into the peak season for many carriers. Speaking ahead of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Alexandre de Juniac, the IATA CEO, commented that he did not anticipate Read more

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BOC Aviation takes delivery of 350th Airbus aircraft

TAP Air Portugal ©AirTeamImages

BOC Aviation has taken delivery of its 350th Airbus aircraft. The aircraft is an Airbus A320neo and is leased to TAP Portugal. The aircraft is powered by CFM Leap engines.  “We congratulate BOC Aviation on its 350th Airbus aircraft. Great to celebrate this achievement with the best-selling A320neo aircraft,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Being one of the most important lessors in the world and one of Airbus’ largest customers, we are all very proud to have contributed to BOC Aviation’s success and look forward to achieving new important milestones together.”

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Air Partner Remarketing exclusive remarketing agent for two ATR72 cargo aircraft

Air Partner Remarketing, a division of global aviation services group Air Partner, has been mandated to remarket two ATR72 cargo aircraft. Both aircraft are EASA compliant, and have good airframe, engine, propeller and landing gear times remaining. The aircraft are serial numbers 369 and 499, which were manufactured in 1993 and 1997, respectively. Air Partner Remarketing currently has several other exclusive mandates in progress, continuing to build on its success from last year, during which time it concluded a number of sales, including a B777-200ER for Kenya Airways, an ATR72 for Investec Bank plc and three B737-500s on behalf of Read more

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‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ still carrying Hi Fly’s sustainability message to global audience

Hi Fly's Airbus A330 "Turn the Tide on Plastic" ©George Aldrich, Birmingham

Hi Fly’s ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ Airbus A330 continues to circumnavigate the globe on its mission to raise public awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. With close to 20 months now decorated in the livery of the campaign with the ‘Turn the Tide’ message boldly displayed on its fuselage, the aircraft has already travelled to all five continents, taken more than 600 flights and landed in over 60 destinations worldwide. In Europe, the now famous airliner has visited the UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. While in Africa, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Ruanda, Madagascar, Read more

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