Helvetic Airways takes delivery of Embraer’s 1,600th E-Jet

©Embraer has delivered its 1,600th E-Jet to Helvetic Airways of Switzerland

Embraer has delivered its 1,600th E-Jet, an E190-E2 to Helvetic Airways of Switzerland. Airlines and leasing companies from some 50 countries have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets since the first-generation jets entered revenue service in 2004. The new, highly fuel-efficient second-generation E-Jets family, the E2s, started flying with airlines in 2018. Helvetic Airways is currently transitioning from a fleet of first-generation E-Jets to E2s. The carrier received its first E190-E2 in October 2019 and has added four more since, as part of its fleet renewal program. Helvetic flies the airplanes in a 110-seat single-class configuration on domestic and international Read more

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Airbus’ H160 helicopter receives EASA approval

The H160 multi-role twin engine helicopter has received EASA certification ©Airbus/Eric-Raz

Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin engine H160 helicopter has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the program. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly, prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year. “The successful completion of the H160 Type Certificate is the result of several years of tremendous work and efforts accomplished jointly by the involved technical teams of the Agency and Airbus Helicopters in a remarkable fruitful cooperation spirit,” EASA Certification Director Rachel Daeschler said. “It is the result of thorough design Read more

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Hi Air signs purchase agreement for two ATR 72-500 aircraft

Korean start-up Hi Air has purchased two ATR 72-500 aircraft ©ATR

ATR has sold two ATR 72-500 aircraft from its asset management portfolio to Hi Air. With this purchase the South Korean start-up, which began operations in December 2019, will increase its ATR fleet to four. The two additional aircraft will be delivered in August and October. Supported by the superior economics and versatility of the ATR 72, which burns 40% less fuel and emits 40% less CO2 than a comparable regional jet, the airline is now ready to grow its fleet and expand the number of routes it offers. This summer, Hi Air will launch services on five domestic routes, Read more

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Norwegian in dispute with Boeing – cancels 97-aircraft order


In a statement issued by the Norwegian low-cost carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian) confirmed that recent talks with Boeing with regard to the financial losses it suffered both from the grounding of the 737 MAX after two fatal crashes and engine issues with the Dreamliner 787 have “not led to an agreement with a reasonable compensation.” Norwegian, like most airlines, had been heavily hit by the drop in demand from passengers as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a consequence decided to cancel its current orders for 93 737 MAX jets and five 787 Dreamliners. Norwegian has also Read more

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Falko adds eleven CRJ900 aircraft to its portfolio in a sale-and-leaseback transaction with Delta Air Lines

Delta Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft ©AirTeamImages

Falko Regional Aircraft (Falko), an aircraft operating leasing and asset management company focused on the regional aircraft sector, will add eleven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft to its portfolio. The aircraft are being acquired in a sale-and-leaseback transaction with Delta Air lines and will continue to be operated as part of the Delta Connection regional network in the United States.  “We are delighted to have completed this deal which marks a significant expansion in our managed regional aircraft portfolio to 130 aircraft.” said Mark Hughes, Chief Commercial Officer, Falko Regional Aircraft Limited.   “In particular, we are very pleased to have concluded this Read more

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Embraer delivers first new, enhanced Phenom 300E on schedule

©Embraer has delivered the new Phenom 300E to a customer in Texas, U.S.A.

Embraer has delivered the first of its new, enhanced Phenom 300E — the fast and long-range single-pilot business jet, capable of reaching Mach 0.80 ― to Texas law firm Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law, P.C. The firm, which also owns a Phenom 100EV, took delivery of the enhanced Phenom 300E last week during a ceremony at Embraer’s Global Customer Center in Melbourne, Florida. 

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CDB Aviation and SAS agree on lease of four Airbus aircraft

SAS A350 ©CDB Aviation

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Leasing), announced a new transaction with its long-standing customer, Scandinavian airline SAS, for a fleet of four Airbus aircraft, including three A320neos and one A350-900. The deliveries of these aircraft are expected to occur between June 2020 and May 2022. Torbjørn Wist, SAS Chief Financial Officer, commented: “SAS has worked together with CDB Aviation on several sale-and-leaseback transactions, and we are pleased that we have managed to secure the financing for these four aircraft together with CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Hannigan and his team Read more

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IAI and Iron Drone collaborate to integrate interception capabilities into IAI’s anti-drone system

Interceptor drone ©IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Iron Drone have entered a collaboration agreement for the integration of interception capabilities into IAI’s advanced anti-drone system, Drone Guard. The intercepting drone can be launched during day or night from a docking station that hosts several ready-to-use drones. Several intercepting drones can be launched simultaneously to address several targets or swarms. To date, IAI’s ELTA Systems, which develops and manufactures Drone Guard anti-drone systems, sold over 100 units that detect, identify, and disrupt the operation of malicious drones. ELTA’s collaboration with Iron Drone is part of its strategy to collaborate with startups to leverage Read more

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Airbus successfully concludes Autonomous Taxi, Take-Off and Landing project

©Airbus successfully concluded its ATTOL project

Following an extensive two-year flight test program, Airbus has successfully concluded its Autonomous Taxi, Take-Off and Landing (ATTOL) project. In completing this project, Airbus has achieved autonomous taxiing, take-off and landing of a commercial aircraft through fully automatic vision-based flight tests using on-board image recognition technology – a world-first in aviation. In total, over 500 test flights were conducted. Approximately 450 of those flights were dedicated to gathering raw video data, to support and fine tune algorithms, while a series of six test flights, each one including five take-offs and landings per run, were used to test autonomous flight capabilities. Read more

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HiSky Moldova signs lease agreeement for second Airbus aircraft with ALC

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed a long-term lease agreement for one used Airbus A319-131 aircraft with HiSky Moldova.  Scheduled to deliver this September, this aircraft will be the second aircraft in the fleet of the Moldovan startup airline.  “ALC is pleased to announce this second lease placement with HiSky Moldova,” said David Beker, Vice President and Head of Aircraft Sales and Trading of Air Lease Corporation.  “We have been impressed with the business plan underpinning this new clean-sheet airline in Moldova and are honored to provide the first A319 and A320 aircraft to HiSky Moldova so that they can Read more

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