First ever purpose-built regional freighter takes flight

First flight of ATR's new purpose-built regional freighter aircraft ©ATR

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has reported the successful first flight of its new purpose-built regional freighter aircraft. The flight took off at its Saint-Martin site and lasted two hours. During the flight, crew onboard performed several tests to measure the new aircraft’s flight envelope and flight performance. The first aircraft will be delivered to FedEx Express, one of the world’s largest cargo airlines and express transportation companies, which placed a firm order for 30 aircraft, plus 20 options, in November 2017. The brand-new straight-from-factory cargo aircraft will offer a number of unique advantages to operators. With a large cargo door Read more

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North American Aerospace Industries announces merger with Aircraft Interior Recycling Association

North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI, Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.A.), a provider of sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling, has merged with Aircraft Interior Recycling Association (AIRA, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom), a total aircraft interior support company. While the news is formidable for both organizations, it also offers new opportunities for airlines, aircraft owners and OEMs to generate new revenue streams, gain savings, reduce their carbon footprints, and help address critical social needs; all of which have become more important in today’s post-pandemic period. Through its merged organizations, NAAI and AIRA will help their customers gain the maximum return on their aircraft Read more

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Jet Aviation acquires Arlin’s Aircraft Service FBO operation in Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman FBO tarmac ©JetAviation

Jet Aviation has acquired Arlin’s FBO operations located at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana, U.S.A. Bozeman Airport serves the Yellowstone Club, Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone National Park. The acquisition continues Jet Aviation’s strategic global FBO network expansion, particularly in the Western United States. The Bozeman FBO, which will operate as Jet Aviation Bozeman, has been providing ground handling services since 1979, including fueling, de-icing, hangarage and office space. With the acquisition, Jet Aviation acquires all assets of the FBO operation, in addition to its employees. “Arlin’s FBO in Bozeman is a most welcome addition to our FBO network,” Read more

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DC Aviation signs general agreement with AeroVisto Group

Contract signing of DC Aviation and AeroVisto Group ©DC Aviation

DC Aviation has signed a general agreement with AeroVisto Group, which specializes in the field of certified interior refurbishment and technology solutions for business and commercial aircraft. AeroVisto will supply all aircraft interior services required by DC Aviation. The works will include cabin refurbishment, repairs, cabin modifications and upgrades with latest cabin technologies. Juergen Sehne, Vice President Maintenance & CAMO, DC Aviation said: “Our aim is to enable top-quality work on the interior of our managed fleet and to aircraft of third-party customers. We are very pleased that with this agreement we are able to offer our clients the whole Read more

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AvAir acquires Aerolíneas Argentinas’ complete surplus inventory

AvAir has purchased the complete surplus inventory of Aerolíneas Argentinas ©AirTeamImages

AvAir, the inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, has purchased the complete surplus inventory of Aerolíneas Argentinas’, Argentina’s largest airline and the country’s flag carrier. The inventory consists of 45,000 line items of rotable and consumable material from Aerolíneas Argentinas’ retired fleets.  “The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the airline industry and has given us an opportunity to provide companies liquidity when they need it most,” said Mike Bianco, CEO of AvAir. “This acquisition is our largest yet and will allow us to continue to deliver excellent service to our more than 2,700 customers around the world.” With this transaction, AvAir Read more

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West Star Aviation completes structural FOD-repair on Embraer Legacy 650E

West Star Aviation has completed a major structural repair to an Embraer Legacy 650E fuselage. The project also included a new exterior paint scheme. The FOD incident occurred as a result of metal objects being launched by a military helicopter landing next to the aircraft while in Peru.  The aircraft was evaluated and subsequently ferried to West Star’s full-service MRO facility in East Alton, IL (ALN) for repairs.  West Star is an authorized Embraer base maintenance service and warranty provider for most models at its ALN, GJT, and CHA locations.

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Spirit AeroSystems and Belcan International enter into strategic partnership

Belcan International and Spirit AeroSystems signed the MOU earlier this year in Prestwick to formalize the agreement. (Photo was taken in February, pre-social distancing requirements.)

Spirit AeroSystems (Spirit) has announced that Belcan International will be onsite as a strategic partner in Spirit’s Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC) in Prestwick, Scotland.  Belcan will work directly alongside Spirit engineers when the facility opens. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enter into a strategic partnership. Belcan, a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting and information technology services, will provide Spirit with broad-based engineering capabilities and specific skills, primarily focused on supporting Spirit’s wing engineering activities in Prestwick. This includes multi-disciplinary engineering skills, program management and manufacturing engineering resources. The AIC is an 85,000 Read more

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C&L Aviation Group completes first Bongiovi speaker-less sound system installation in Embraer 135

©C&L Aviation group installing Bongiovi audio system

C&L Aviation Services (C&L) has successfully installed a Bongiovi speaker less cabin audio system into an Embraer 135 aircraft. The system, which uses Bongiovi’s patented Digital Power Station (DPS) signal processing technology, coupled with transducers attached to the backside of aircraft interior panels, is the first such system installed into an Embraer 135 aircraft. The resulting sound is an immersive audio experience that produces a high-fidelity sound that remains consistent throughout the entire aircraft cabin. “C&L are experts in modifying and improving regional aircraft like the ERJ 135/145, making them the ideal choice for a project like this one,” said Read more

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AELS acquires A319 from Bellinger Aviation for disassembly

©AELS has acquired an Airbus A319 for disassembly

Complementing the airframes currently being dismantled, Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) has acquired an Airbus A319 (MSN 1086), from Bellinger Aviation. The aircraft, formerly operated by Brussels Airlines, was flown to AELS’ home-base at Twente Airport, the Netherlands and dismantling has meanwhile begun. USM components will become available from September onwards. Since 2006 AELS has been buying end-of-life Boeing and Airbus aircraft that the company disassembles at its own facility. AELS handles the entire supply chain for aircraft that reach end-of-life, from disassembly and dismantling, component management to material recycling.

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AeroLogic and LHT sign ten-year TCS® contract for AeroLogic’s Boeing 777F fleet

Boeing 777F-image Aerologic ©Boeing

AeroLogic, the joint freight carrier of DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, is continuing its partnership with Lufthansa Technik through a multi-year agreement covering extensive component services (Total Component Support – TCS®). This new contract governs supply for AeroLogic’s entire current fleet of 16 Boeing 777F aircraft over a period of ten years. In conjunction with component supply, Lufthansa Technik is also providing AeroLogic with predictors via its digital platform AVIATAR to optimize both component supply and AeroLogic’s operational planning. With this Total Component Support TCS® agreement, the carrier benefits from an individual supply concept that enables short and rapid transport Read more

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