oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance member airlines call on governments and stakeholders for extraordinary support

On behalf of their member airlines, the three global airline alliances oneworld®, SkyTeam and Star Alliance are jointly calling on governments and stakeholders to take action to alleviate the unprecedented challenges faced by the global airline industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three global alliances, which represent almost 60 airlines around the world that contribute more than half of global airline capacity, are strongly supporting a request by the International Air Transport Association for regulators to suspend slot usage rules for the northern summer 2020 season as the airline industry suffers from extraordinary reductions in passenger demand. The alliances welcome Read more

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FAA launches probe after in-flight incident results in 12-inch crack in older Southwest 737 jet

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The FAA is to launch an in-depth investigation after a Southwest Airlines (Southwest) 737, en route to Boise, Idaho from Las Vegas, Nevada, experienced a gradual loss of cabin pressure, during which, over a six-minute period, the pilots began a rapid descent from 36,000 feet down to 22,000 feet, an altitude deemed much safer for passengers. The jet continued its flight to Boise without further incident. The cabin depressurization was sufficiently slow that at no time were oxygen masks automatically deployed from above the passengers and no injuries were reported. On landing at Boise, the older-model 737 was thoroughly inspected Read more

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Jackson Square Aviation delivers two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to Air Europa

Air Europa Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ©AirTeamImages

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA), a full-service commercial aircraft lessor based in San Francisco, has delivered two new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on lease to Spanish airline, Air Europa. These two deliveries result from JSA’s ongoing PDP and SLB delivery financing commitments to Air Europa, running since 2015 through to 2021, across multiple aircraft types.

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Despite interest in wide-body jets, Boeing posts negative 28 orders for February

Having failed for the first time in decades to post any orders for the month of January, while sales of wide-body jets improved, cancelations and conversions of orders for the stricken 737 MAX led to a disappointing month for the American planemaker. Having delivered 95 planes to customers in the first two months of 2019, this figure dropped to just 30 for the first two months this year. Boeing was not alone in feeling the backlash of the coronavirus outbreak with Airbus also witnessing requests from airlines to postpone deliveries and cash down payments for ordered jets. Airbus recorded no Read more

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BOC Aviation signs lease agreement for 22 Boeing Dreamliners with American Airlines

American Airlines will add 22 Dreamliners to its fleet ©AirTeamImages

BOC Aviation Limited (BOC Aviation) has announced an agreement with American Airlines (American) to lease 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with delivery to take place between 2020 and 2021. The aircraft will be powered by General Electric Genx engines. Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation, said: “We are excited to welcome American as a new customer to BOC Aviation, and to celebrate a new milestone, as this transaction becomes the largest lease commitment in our history. We look forward to working closely with American and to playing a long-term role as a key partner. This incremental investment Read more

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Cassio e-aircraft flight testing underway with Safran’s ENGINeUSTM electric motors

Flight tests are underway for VoltaAero's Cassio e-aircraft

VoltAero has marked a significant milestone in developing its all-new family of Cassio e-aircraft with initiation of flight testing using Safran Electrical & Power’s ENGINeUSTM smart electric motors. This testing is a major step toward validating the electric and hybrid-electric powertrains for Cassio aircraft. It keeps the company on track in evolving a family of airplanes with four to nine seats, tailored for operation by private owners, air taxi/charter companies, in commercial flights for point-to-point regional travel, and in various utility-category applications. The current flight evaluations utilize VoltAero’s Cassio 1 testbed aircraft, with the two ENGINeUSTM 45 electric motors installed Read more

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Trial for MH17 plane crash opens in Schiphol, Holland

The trial relating to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014 has begun. The plane, a Boeing 777, was brought down by a Buk anti-aircraft missile, killing all 193 passengers and crew on board, the majority Dutch nationals, but also passengers from Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Britain. The plane was brought down while flying over an area of Eastern Ukraine which, at the time, was held by pro-Russian rebels and it is alleged the Buk missile originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Federation. It is Read more

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U.S. House investigation find fault with both FAA and Boeing for 737 MAX crashes

Boeing 737 MAX storage ©AirTeamImages

An investigative report produced by the U.S. House Transportation Committee into the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes involving the Boeing 737 MAX has found fault both with the way the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the plane’s design, and design failures on the Boeing side. The preliminary investigation classed the FAA’s certification of the aircraft “grossly insufficient” and that the agency had failed in its duty to identify critical safety problems. The 13-page report made it clear that: “The combination of these problems doomed the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines flights,” while also stating that: Boeing’s 737 MAX Read more

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FAI grows jet fleet to 27 with addition of second Premier 1A aircraft

©FAI has acquired a second Premier 1A aircraft

German Special Mission and VIP-Charter Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG, part of FAI Aviation Group, has acquired its second Premier 1A jet aircraft (MSN RB-196, D-IVAG) on behalf of a corporate client. It is anticipated that the Premier 1A will enter turnkey charter operations under management contract in June following a carbon fibre-style full-cabin refurbishment and new exterior designer paint. This latest addition will bring the company’s fleet of jet aircraft to 27. The Premier 1A light jet provides comfort for up to six passengers and will feature a well-appointed, light-gray leather interior in a four-seat Club configuration and two aft Read more

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Increased maximum take-off weight for Airbus A330neo variant to be certified by mid-2020

©Airbus’ new weight variant A330neo makes its first flight

More range and even better economics: these are the key attributes of Airbus’ increased maximum take-off weight A330neo variant, which flew for the first time on February 28. Benefitting from a maximum take-off weight increase to 251 tons, the A330neo offers a significant 650-nautical mile boost in range – or six tons more payload – when compared to the A330neo’s current 242-ton version. This increase in range responds to evolving market needs, enabling airlines to benefit from the unique economics of the A330neo on even longer routes. Taking to the skies for the first time from Toulouse, France, was the Read more

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