Pratt & Whitney Canada advances sustainable hybrid-electric propulsion technology

P&WC is working with De Havilland Canada to integrate hybrid-electric technology into a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 flight demonstrator ©P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, has announced plans to advance its hybrid-electric propulsion technology and flight demonstrator program as part of a CA$163 million (US$128 million) investment, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec. “Pratt & Whitney Canada is proud to be a leader toward ever more sustainable aircraft propulsion technologies and be an integral part of Canada’s green recovery plan,” said Maria Della Posta, President, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “With a long-time commitment to sustainability and as Canada’s top aerospace investor in research and development, having invested CA$500 million (US$394 million) Read more

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Cessna Citation Longitude achieves EASA certification

The Cessna Citation Longitude jet has achieved EASA certification ©Textron Aviation

Textron Aviation’s flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet has achieved certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries to begin in the region. “In the second half of last year we saw a substantial increase in super-midsize flight activity across Europe as individuals relied on these products as a transportation solution,” said Tom Perry, Vice President Sales, EMEA, Textron Aviation. “The introduction of the Longitude to the European market will fulfil the international travel needs of many of our customers, while providing them peace of mind and convenience for both their business and Read more

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AviaAM Leasing adds first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to its fleet

©AviaA Leasing has added the first 737-800 BCF to its fleet

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in tailored aircraft leasing and trading services, has welcomed the first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to its fleet. The passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion project was the first of its kind for the company. Having acquired the aircraft in March 2021, AviaAM Leasing used the opportunity to begin strengthening its position in the freighter aircraft market. With a commitment to having ten 737-800 Converted Freighters by mid-2022, the completed conversion on the company’s first Boeing 737-800 aircraft is a major step forward for the aircraft lessor. The 737-800 Boeing BCF underwent the P2F Read more

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FAA demands operators of 9,315 Boeing 737 jets to check for switch failures

©Southwest Airlines is the largest operator of the Boeing 737 aircraft

Just two months after an electrical fault was discovered on a number of Boeing 737 jets, the FAA has now issued a directive for the operators of 9,300 of the jets, including 2,502 U.S.-registered ones, to perform repetitive tests on two cabin altitude pressure switches. Back in 2012, 737s were fitted with one pressure switch. However, the FAA recognized the importance of the switch function and mandated Boeing ensure that all 737s be fitted with two of the switches to provide redundancy in the event of the failure of one switch. The latest directive follows on from reports from an Read more

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flyadeal receives first brand-new Airbus A320neo aircraft

flyadeal has received the first out of thirty new Airbus A320neo aircraft ©Airbus

Low-cost Jeddah-based airline flyadeal, owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has taken delivery of a brand new A320neo, the first out of 30 to be delivered in the next three years. The aircraft is the first out of 65 A320neo-family aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabian Airlines at the Paris Airshow 2019, and will join flyadeal’s all-Airbus fleet. Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, the A320neo will offer flyadeal outstanding operational, economic, and environmental performance. flyadeal’s A320neo is configured with 186 seats in a comfortable all-economy-class layout and the A320neo is the ideal aircraft for flyadeal to grow and expand its domestic and Read more

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Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility and EDP sign MoU to cooperate on development of eVTOL infrastructure

Eve Urban Air Mobility and EDP sign MoU to cooperate on the development of eVTOL infrastructure ©Embraer

Embraer´s Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian operation of EDP, a multinational energy leader, to collaborate on Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Both companies will cooperate on the research of operational models for charging infrastructure solutions needed for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to begin operations. Some of the subjects covered in the collaborative research will be the evolution of battery technology and charging systems, management of charging points, and payment systems. Together, the companies will evaluate the development of a viable UAM energy infrastructure following the analysis results. Read more

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Sundt Air adds third Bombardier Challenger business jet to its fleet

Sundt Air has added a third brand-new Challenger 350 jet to its fleet ©Bombardier

Norway-based Sundt Air has taken delivery of a brand-new Challenger 350 business jet. Sundt Air, an executive charter, aircraft management, and special mission company, will manage the Challenger 350 business jet out of Oslo. From Western Europe, the Challenger 350 business jet can take eight passengers nonstop all the way to North America or fly from Oslo to Dubai. Its runway agility enables it to operate from highly sought-after European destinations such as Lugano and Cannes and from short runways, such as in Gstaad, Switzerland. In 2019, the Challenger 350 aircraft successfully completed a record speed-flight from Gstaad to Malaga, Read more

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AerCap leases seven Airbus A350 aircraft to Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines has signed lease agreements for seven A350 aircraft with ©AerCap

AerCap has executed agreements with Delta Air Lines for the long-term lease of seven Airbus A350-900 aircraft, delivering in the third and fourth quarter of 2021. All seven aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 engines. “This is a significant transaction for AerCap with one of the largest and most successful airlines in the world. We are delighted to support Delta’s ambitious commitment to sustainability by leasing these seven Airbus A350 wide-bodies, which are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions and external noise footprint over previous-generation aircraft,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “We thank Ed and the team at Read more

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United Airlines and Mesa Airlines to acquire 200 of Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 aircraft

United Airlines together with Mesa Airlines have ordered 200 ES-19 aircraft from Heart Aerospace ©United Airlines

United Airlines Ventures (UAV), along with Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Mesa Airlines, have invested in electric aircraft start-up Heart Aerospace. Heart Aerospace, located at Säve Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that, before the end of this decade, has the potential to fly customers up to 250 miles .In addition to UAV’s investment, United Airlines has conditionally agreed to purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meet United’s safety, business and operating requirements. Mesa Airlines, United’s key strategic partner in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, has also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to Read more

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Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines orders up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 jets

Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets ©Embraer

In a bid to disrupt the Canadian aviation landscape, Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer. In addition, the carrier has taken an option for a further 50 aircraft. With all options exercised, the deal is valued at US$5.82 billion at list price and Porter Airlines will be the North America launch customer for the new E195-E2 jet. Currently, Porter Airlines operates an all-turboprop fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400s (also known as the De Havilland Canada DHC-8 or Dash 8), headquartered in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and commenced operations Read more

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