Korean Air’s A220 fleet leads recovery in air travel in South Korea

Korean Air is using its A220 fleet to restore its regional and domestic passenger network and provide much-needed connectivity in South Korea, in turn providing a welcome boost to local economies. “Korean Air has been operating ten A220s and these aircraft are used on our domestic and short-haul routes. Thanks to its more fuel-efficient engines, Korean Air’s GTF-powered A220s have lower operating cost, which enables us to utilize the fleet effectively,” said Lee Soo Keun, chief operating officer at Korean Air. “It’s important to us that we continue to support efforts that repatriate and reconnect people to their loved ones, Read more

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Alaska Airlines further modernizes fleet with 13 new leased 737-9 MAX aircraft

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Alaska Airlines (Alaska) has released that it will sell ten Airbus A320s to Air Lease Corporation, and subsequently lease 13 new Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft from them. The 13 737-9 MAX aircraft will be delivered from fourth quarter 2021 through 2022. Alaska will lease the A320s back from Air Lease for a short period of time after the transaction closes. The 13 leased aircraft are in addition to the 32 MAX Alaska currently has on order with Boeing – five of which are expected to be flying by summer 2021. Alaska will begin flying the 737-9 MAX in March 2021. Read more

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CDB Aviation brings next generation A330 P2F freighter to market

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CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), has announced a new partnership with Germany-based EFW GmbH (EFW) to conduct the Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion of two Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2021. The A330-300 P2F conversion program marks CDB Aviation’s first entry into freighter conversion, advancing the lessor’s strategic efforts to deliver ever-more customized fleet solutions to customers, while tapping the long-term growth potential of the medium widebody freighter market. The A330 P2Fs are part of the existing fleet of 228 aircraft, in addition to the lessor’s further commitments for 150 in-demand, next-generation technology Read more

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ExxonMobil signs contract for two Airbus H145 helicopters

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ExxonMobil has signed a contract for two Airbus H145 helicopters to support the PNG (Papua New Guinea) LNG (liquefied natural gas) project in Papua New Guinea. The new H145 model with a five-blade, bearing-less main rotor provides a 150 kg increase in useful load. The aircraft will be based at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP) in Hela Province of the PNG Highlands, and will be used to transport personnel and equipment in support of PNG LNG project operations. In addition to its reliability and superior economics, the new H145’s “hot and high” performance was critical to its selection for Read more

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EASA to give 737 MAX the go-ahead to fly in January

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has confirmed that, independent of the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it anticipates lifting the grounding order on the troubled Boeing 737 MAX and certifying it as safe to take to the skies again by mid-January 2021. “We wanted to carry out a totally independent analysis of the safety of this aircraft, so we performed our own checks and flight tests,” EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky told the Paris Air Forum, an online aviation conference. “All these studies tell us that the 737 MAX can return to service. We have started to put in Read more

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Embraer and EDP sign partnership agreement for joint efforts in electric aircraft research

Embraer and EDP sign partnership for electric aircraft research ©Embraer

Embraer and EDP, a company that operates in all segments of the Brazilian energy sector, have signed a partnership agreement for electric aircraft research. Through its EDP Smart division, the Portuguese-based multinational announced a financial contribution for the acquisition of energy storage and battery charging technologies for Embraer’s all-electric demonstrator aircraft project, utilizing the EMB-203 Ipanema as its test bed. The prototype, which is already in development, is scheduled to complete its inaugural flight in 2021. The investment is part of the cooperation agreement signed by both companies to advance their shared knowledge of energy storage and battery charging technologies Read more

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Boeing 737 MAX gets green light from FAA to resume passenger flights

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The troubled Boeing 737 MAX, grounded since March last year following two fatal crashes, has finally received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resume flights. However, the clearance by the FAA only covers domestic flights within the U.S. and does not include international flights, for which Boeing will now be seeking relevant authority approvals. The FAA noted in a statement that prior to any planes being flown with passengers again, the necessary changes to the 737 Max identified in the approval process must be installed and the FAA must inspect the individual planes. Additionally, the pilots must also Read more

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Boeing’s 2020 World Air Cargo forecast anticipates more than 60% fleet growth over 20 years

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Boeing has released its biennial World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF), reflecting COVID-19 impacts and opportunities as well as substantial long-term demand for freighters over the next two decades. Enabled by a rebound in global trade and long-term growth, the WACF forecasts demand for 2,430 freighters over the next 20 years, including 930 new production freighters and 1,500 freighters converted from passenger airplanes. According to the new forecast, world air cargo traffic will grow at 4% per year over the next 20 years. This growth is influenced by trade and growing express shipments to support expanding e-commerce operations. With these developments Read more

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Airstream arranges Bombardier DHC-8-311 sale

Airstream has arranged the sale of one Bombardier DHC-8-311

Aircraft remarketing specialists Airstream International Group have arranged the sale of a Bombardier DHC-8-311 aircraft on behalf of a US Investor. MSN 527 will be converted to a freighter and is the third aircraft that Airstream has placed with Air Inuit with the relationship dating back to 2012. Airstream has been very active placing DHC-8 aircraft, and successfully arranging the sale or lease of 30 Bombardier aircraft in the last 5 years.

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SpaceX successfully launches rocket with four crew bound for the ISS

In conjunction with NASA, SpaceX, owned by Tesla car maker Elon Musk, successfully launched its Crew Dragon capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Sunday evening, at 7.27 eastern time (0027GMT). Onboard were four astronauts bound for the International Space Station (ISS), the first to be transported to the space station by an American-built rocket in over nine years. More recent trips to the ISS have relied on securing places onboard Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. This is also the first trip to the ISS onboard a privately built spacecraft, the U.S. and NASA deciding not to continue the original space shuttle Read more

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