Virgin Galactic welcomes SpaceShipTwo Unity to Spaceport America, New Mexico

©Virgin Galactic captive carry test flight marks relocation of spaceflight operations to Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic has successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the company’s manufacturing facilities are based. This captive carry flight provided an opportunity for engineers to evaluate VSS Unity for over three hours at high altitude and cold temperatures, a longer period of time than is experienced during missions to space. These environmental evaluations of system performance are difficult to replicate at ground level, making Read more

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Green Africa Airways signs MoU with Airbus for 50 A220s

Green Africa Airways signs MoU for 50 A220 aircraft ©Airbus

Green Africa Airways, Nigeria’s Lagos-based airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 50 A220-300 aircraft, one of the major orders to be placed globally for the A220 program and the largest ever from the African continent. Babawande Afolabi, Founder & CEO of Green Africa Airways said: “Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent. The Green Africa story is a story of entrepreneurial boldness, strategic foresight and an unwavering commitment to using the power of air travel to create a better future.”

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Rolls-Royce keeps open mind over new Boeing mid-size jet

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Having pulled out of a previous joint attempt with Boeing to address the mid-size jet market over timing issues, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it is currently prepared to keep an open mind with regard to joining Boeing in its latest investigations. With the company being distracted with 737 MAX issues this past year, Boeing is returning its attention to plans for a 220-270-passenger mid-size jet, a sector of the market currently filled by the aerospace giant’s principal rival, Airbus, and the European planemaker’s A321XLR. The delay in Boeing’s investigations have been beneficial for Boeing while it further develops its new Read more

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Aergo Capital sells four Boeing 737-900ER aircraft

Aergo Capital sells two out of four Boeing B737-900ER aircraft to Lion Air ©AirTeamImages

Aergo Capital (Aergo) has completed the sale of two 2008 Vintage Boeing B737-900ER aircraft bearing manufacturers’ serial numbers 35713 and 35716, respectively, to PT Lion Mentari Airlines (Lion Air) and two 2018 Vintage Boeing B737-900ER aircraft bearing manufacturers’ serial numbers 43213 and 43214, respectively, to GTLK Asia Limited (GTLK). The 2008-vintage aircraft were sold to the existing operator working alongside Transportation Partners and were sold subject to their existing operating leases with Lion Air.

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US-Bangla Airlines adds two ATR 72-600 aircraft to fleet

Avation PLC has converted two purchase rights into firm orders for two ATR 72-600 aircraft ©ATR

Avation PLC (AVAP) has converted two purchase rights into firm orders for two ATR 72-600 aircraft. The aircraft will be leased to Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, the biggest private airline in Bangladesh and will support the expansion of the airline’s turboprop fleet by increasing the number of ATR aircraft from six to eight. In addition, AVAP has further acquired an additional two ATR 72-600 purchase rights to replace those that were exercised.

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Kellstrom Aerospace completes acquisition of A319-100 for teardown

Kellstrom Aerospace has acquired an Airbus A319-100 with two part-out CFM56-5B engines. The aircraft will undergo disassembly in Arizona. This project will support Kellstrom Aerospace’s lifecycle solutions by supporting both Kellstrom Aerospace Asset Management division with additional short to-mid-term lease assets and the aftermarket supply business.

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BBAM orders three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

BBAM has ordered three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters ©Boeing

BBAM and Boeing have announced that the lessor has ordered three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), underscoring the growing e-commerce and express sector of the air cargo market. BBAM has one of the world’s biggest Next-Generation 737 fleets and has chosen the BCF program to convert three airplanes in its existing fleet. The 737-800BCF is built on the Next-Generation 737 platform, well known for its reliability and efficiency. The airplane carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of payload with excellent operating economics to maximize operators’ profits. Since entering service in 2018, the 737-800BCF has won 130 orders and Read more

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Korean Air selects Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines for up to 50 Airbus A321neo aircraft

Korean Air has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to power up to 50 Airbus A321neo aircraft.  The aircraft are expected to begin delivery in 2021. Korean Air and Pratt & Whitney are also entering into discussions for the Korean Air Maintenance and Engineering Division to join Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM GTF MRO network.  Korean Air currently operates ten Airbus A220-300 aircraft in service, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines.  In addition, Korean Air’s Pratt & Whitney-powered fleet includes 18 777s, six 747s, and 29 A330s.  Korean Air also operates a fleet of ten A380s powered by the Read more

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TrueNoord delivers second Dash 8-400 to Philippine Airlines

TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor, has delivered the second of two new Dash 8-400 aircraft which it has placed on long-term operating lease agreements with Philippine Airlines (PAL). These aircraft (MSN 4610/4612) are the first Dash 8-400 aircraft manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) to enter service in TrueNoord’s portfolio.

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Airbus reveals “blended wing body” plane design

©Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. ©

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 2.0 meters long and 3.2 meters wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m², MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft. The “blended wing body” configuration also opens up new possibilities for propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a totally new on-board passenger experience. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June Read more

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