Stratolaunch Roc – the world’s largest aircraft – makes successful maiden flight

©Stratolaunch completes historic first flight of aircraft

Designed to fly satellite-carrying rockets to an altitude of about 35,000 feet (10,700 m), Stratolaunch Systems Corp’s Roc, the world’s largest aircraft, performed its maiden flight over the Mojave Desert in California on April 13. Lasting for over two hours and reaching an altitude of 17,000 feet, the successful flight was for the purposes of testing the aircraft’s performance and handling qualities. Stratolaunch was formed in 2011 by the late co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, with the intention of building an aircraft capable of carrying payloads of up to 500,000 pounds in the form of rockets and other space vehicles Read more

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Contrail Aviation Support completes 26 key transactions during fiscal year 2019

Contrail Aviation Support, a commercial aircraft trading, leasing and parts solutions provider has successfully completed a record 26 key asset transactions during FY 2019 ended March 31, spanning acquisitions, leases, and sales of commercial aircraft and jet engine parts. Total annual sales dollar volume not disclosed. Contrail is a business unit of AIR T, INC., a diversified holding company that is organized as a portfolio of powerful business and financial assets. Acquisition: Contrail acquired two A319-100 aircraft powered by V2500-A5 engines subject to stub-lease from a major global lessor. Two 737-700 aircraft, each equipped with two CFM56-7B22 engines from a Read more

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Air Premia selects Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines have been selected by new Korean airline Air Premia to power 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline will operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), which incorporates technologies from the Trent XWB engine, offering high fuel efficiency and low noise. Air Premia has also selected the Rolls-Royce flagship long term TotalCare® support service which maximises aircraft availability. The airline will use its 787-9 aircraft on routes of more than six hours to North America, Europe and Oceania. It plans to start services in 2020 with Read more

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APOC Aviation acquires three A320 airframes for part-out in China

©APOC Aviation acquires three A320 airframes for part-out

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation, has acquired three A320 airframes for part-out.  MSN 712, 718 and 720 were formerly acquired by CALC Group (China Aircraft Leasing Group) from China Southern Air Leasing earlier this year. APOC will retain CALC Group’s MRO joint venture, FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company (“FL ARI”) to perform the part-out on the Company’s behalf in CALC’s aircraft recycling facility located in Harbin, China. The process is expected to be completed this summer and after which stock will be strategically offered in the Asia market, or partly shipped to Read more

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A350 XWB receives Type Certificate from Japan

Japan Airlines’ first ever order for Airbus aircraft includes 18 A350-900 jetliners ©Airbus

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Tourism (MLITT) has issued Type Certification for the Airbus A350 XWB, enabling the A350 XWB first customer from the country, Japan Airlines, to operate the aircraft. The Type Certification covers the aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. JAL placed an order for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s) in 2013. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. The carrier’s first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. JAL’s A350 XWB fleet will enter service on major domestic routes starting with its Haneda-Fukuoka route from Read more

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GA Telesis launches APU Leasing Business with first sale and leaseback on four Auxiliary Power Units

GA Telesis has reported the first sale and leaseback (SLB) on four Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) with a major Eurasian Airline. The three Airbus A320 and one A330 APUs will be on a long-term operating lease with the carrier. While GA Telesis has transacted on hundreds of APUs in its history, this was its first-ever SLB and will be the commencement of building a large APU lease portfolio for its vast customer base. In addition, GA Telesis has speculated by investing tens of millions of dollars on new and overhauled APUs for current and new technology aircraft that it will Read more

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AviaAM Leasing sells two Airbus A321’s with lease attached

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AviaAM Leasing has sold two Airbus A321 aircraft to global investors. Both aircraft are leased to Air Transat, the Canadian holiday travel airline under 74 months operating lease agreements. AviaAM Leasing has acquired the two aircraft at the beginning of this year and after administrating the throughout maintenance checks required by the operator, delivered them to Air Transat.

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TAP Air Portugal takes delivery of first A321LR

TAP A321LR delivery ©Airbus

Lisbon-based TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of its first of twelve A321LRs on order, becoming the first airline to operate a combined A330neo and A321LR fleet. Powered by CFM engines, TAP’s A321LR is configured with 171 seats (16 full flat Business, 48 Eco Premium and 107 Ecomomy seats). The combination of the A321LR and the A330neo within a single fleet provides operators a powerful lever to cover the needs of the medium- to long-haul market. TAP’s A321LR will be operated on the Lisbon-Tel Aviv route at its entry into service.

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Uganda Airlines firms up order for two A330-800 airliners

©Airbus A330-800 Uganda Airlines

Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has firmed up its order for two A330-800 airliners, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner.  Fitted with the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits to Uganda Airlines and its customers, offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin.  Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800 to build its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technology along with more efficient operations.

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Ethiopian government confirms that Flight 302 crashed despite pilots following Boeing’s guidance

Ethiopian authorities have released the preliminary findings into the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet which crashed just after take-off on March 10, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. It has been confirmed that the jet’s crew followed guidance provided by Boeing on how to fly the plane, also in emergency procedures, but had still failed to regain control of the aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines released a statement on Thursday saying the preliminary report “clearly showed” that the Flight 302 crew “followed the Boeing-recommended and FAA-approved emergency procedures.” Similarities between the flight pattern of Flight 302 and Read more

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