GE Aviation completes GEnx endurance testing

GEnx dust endurance test ©GE Aviation

The GE Aviation GEnx engine recently achieved outstanding endurance test results, completing over 3,000 cycles of dust ingestion testing in a simulated severe environment using a specialized dust ingestion rig. The dust endurance testing is part of the company’s continued investment in the next generation of technology for the engine line. Ten years ago, the GEnx engine entered service powering a Cargolux 747-8. Developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 aircraft, the GEnx has the advantage of lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions up to 15% compared to GE’s CF6 engine. The endurance tests validated several hardware improvements, Read more

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Embraer signs US$1.2 billion deal with NetJets for up to 100 Phenom 300-series jets

NetJets has signed an order for up to 100 Phenom 300-series jets ©Embraer

Brazilian planemaker Embraer has confirmed it has agreed to supply existing Phenom customer NetJets with up to a further 100 of the light jets in an order worth up to US$1.2 billion at list price. In 2010 NetJets first signed a deal with Embraer for 50 Phenom 300 executive jets with an option for a further 75. With this new agreement, which includes a comprehensive services agreement, NetJets has strengthened its commitment to Embraer and its trust in an industry-leading portfolio and customer support network. As part of the deal, NetJets will begin taking delivery of the Phenom 300E in Read more

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AviaAM Leasing delivers first 737-800 BCF to Bluebird Nordic

Bluebird Nordic has received a 737-800 BCF from ©AviaAM Leasing

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in tailored aircraft leasing and trading services, has announced the delivery of the company’s first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to lessee – Icelandic air cargo transportation company Bluebird Nordic. The 737-800 BCF underwent the P2F conversion works at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA), China. A subsequent C Check and a repaint of the airframe to match the future lessee’s livery were performed at Kaunas, Lithuania. The aircraft has already joined the fleet of Bluebird Nordic, an expanding Icelandic air cargo transportation company. As both companies are Read more

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Rolls-Royce, Federal Ministry, and state of Brandenburg strengthen development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems

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Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Brandenburg (MWAE) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to advance the research and development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation in Brandenburg. The partners agreed on the establishment of development, testing, and production facilities, creating an industrial eco-system for hybrid-electric aviation propulsion systems in Dahlewitz and the Lusatia region that is globally unique. The project will be supported by funding from the Structural Strengthening Act, the federal government’s aeronautics research program, and other state funds. Read more

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Air Belgium takes delivery of first A330neo

Air Belgium has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330neo aircraft ©Airbus

Air Belgium, the full-service international destination carrier headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A330-900 aircraft.  The aircraft is configured with 286 seats in a three-class layout (30 comfortable lie-flat business class,  21 premium-class,  and 235 economy-class seats) and is furnished with the Airbus Airspace Cabin. All seats are equipped with the latest-generation, in-flight entertainment system, on-board WiFi, and mood lighting. Air Belgium will deploy the aircraft on routes connecting Brussels to long-haul destinations. The Belgian carrier currently operates an all-Airbus wide-body fleet comprising A330-200Fs and A340-300s; the A340s will be gradually replaced by Read more

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Frontier Airlines retires final Airbus A319 aircraft

The final A319 tail featuring Erma the Ermine flew with Frontier for more than 15 years ©Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines marked a significant fleet milestone with the retirement of its last Airbus A319 aircraft – tail N949FR – delivered to the company in 2006. The phase-out of the A319 is part of a fleet modernization plan by Frontier Airlines that includes a strong focus on operating newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft. The final A319 tail featuring Erma the Ermine flew with Frontier for more than 15 years. The A319-model aircraft, which the company first began flying in 2001, played a vital role in Frontier’s success for more than 20 years, providing efficient, safe and reliable service, including during the Read more

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Airbus receives order for up to 44 new helicopters from Global Medical Response

GMR will add a total of 21 Airbus helicopters from the H125, H130 and H135 families to its growing air medical fleet, with options for up to an additional 23 helicopters ©Airbus

Airbus has received a further firm order from Global Medical Response (GMR) for 21 helicopters from its H125, H130, and H135 families, with an option for a further 23 aircraft. GMR is one of the largest operators of Airbus helicopters and in the last 18 months alone took delivery of 15 of them as part of its Airbus fleet expansion program which currently runs at 133 aircraft. GMR delivers care through multiple operating brands, including Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp., and REACH Air Medical Services which, combined, transported more than 125,000 patients in 2020. “We fly a variety Read more

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AerCap signs lease agreements with Spirit Airlines for 20 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft

Spirit Airlines has signed lease agreements for 20 Airbus A320neo aircraft with lessor ©AerCap

AerCap has signed agreements with Spirit Airlines for the lease of 20 new Airbus A320neo-family aircraft. All 20 aircraft are scheduled to begin delivery in 2022 with deliveries continuing through 2023 and 2024. “We are excited to further our longstanding, strategic partnership with AerCap. These 20 new aircraft help us achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023, and our targeted growth in 2024, as we continue our mission of delivering More Go and providing the best value in the sky,” said Simon Gore, VP and Treasurer of Spirit Airlines.

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Air Asia Group and Airbus reach agreement over restructuring of massive plane order

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Malaysia’s Air Asia Group has come to an agreement with European planemaker Airbus over changes to an existing order for 362 narrow-body planes. As part of the arrangement, 13 A320neos will be switched to the larger A321neo model. While the original schedule for deliveries is not publicly known, the new schedule will see deliveries through to 2035. According to Reuters news agency, Airbus has also improved the terms of the purchase of the planes by the cash-strapped carrier in order to salvage the valuable contract. While Air Asia currently operates four A321neos, it put a halt on deliveries during the Read more

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Jet2.com orders 15 additional A321neos

Jet2 has placed an order for 15 additional A321neos ©Airbus

Jet2.com has placed a further order for 15 A321neos following its initial order for 36 aircraft placed in August 2021. This takes the total order by the Leeds, United Kingdom-based airline to 51 A321neos. The two orders reflect Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date. The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products, and 60% larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage. The A320neo-family incorporates the latest technologies, including new-generation engines and sharklets, delivering a 20% reduction in fuel consumption Read more

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