Lufthansa and OMV sign significant MoU for supply of 800,000 litres of SAF

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The Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung Aktiengesellschaft (OMV), the global chemicals and energy group, for the supply of in excess of 800,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over a seven-year period between 2023 and 2030. The already existing partnership between the two companies will now be further enhanced through the addition of new locations for the production and off-take of SAF as well as the addition of new technologies. As of March 2022, OMV has been supplying SAF to Lufthansa’s Austrian Airlines at Vienna International Airport. Currently Lufthansa is the largest Read more

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North American aviation market recovering strongly IBA insights show

The North American aviation market is recovering strongly following the COVID-19 pandemic according to insights revealed by IBA, a leading aviation market intelligence and consultancy company. In a webinar entitled “What does the future hold for aviation in the Americas?”, a panel of IBA experts detailed a range of key metrics that demonstrate the improving health of the North American aviation market. These include returning airline profitability, lower levels of aircraft storage, increasing utilisation, strong aircraft orders, and growing values. They also cautioned about a number of economic headwinds, including increases in labour costs and fuel prices, and labour shortages, Read more

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New course for Africa to address IATA priority

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AviAssist has announced the launch of a new product for Africa’s ground handling industry at Aviation Africa 2022. The new online course on Aeronautical Knowledge for Ground Handling will help address one of the main threats to safety that IATA has identified. “We are privileged to have worked with AviAssist to develop this course”, explained NAC2000 managing director Jonathan Lewis at Aviation Africa. NAC2000 is the only IATA (ISAGO)-certified ground handler in Zambia. “It is difficult and expensive to continuously train new staff members at both operational and mid-management levels. Many skilled employees have left the industry and are not coming back. Recruiting, Read more

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IATA reveals air cargo demand back to near pre-pandemic levels for July

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released figures for global air cargo demand for July, indicating a return to near pre-pandemic levels. As a consequence, the figures provided are predominantly a year-on-year comparison as opposed to previous comparisons with the 2019 period. Demand continued to track at near pre-pandemic levels in July (-3.5%), but below July 2021 performance (-9.7%) while global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), fell 9.7% compared to July 2021 (-10.2% for international operations). Demand stood at -3.5% compared to July 2019. Capacity was 3.6% above July 2021 (+6.8% for international operations) but still 7.8% below Read more

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Airbus partners with Hiratagakuen to develop advanced air mobility services in the Kansai region

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Airbus is partnering with Japanese helicopter operator Hiratagakuen to develop advanced air mobility services in the Kansai region and beyond. This is a key addition to the company’s strong regional footprint and growing international network to pioneer the future of mobility. Through this agreement, Airbus and Hiratagakuen will tackle crucial aspects required to launch a commercial transportation service with CityAirbus NextGen. As a major first step, the partners’ joint project to organise a simulation of ideal routes, concepts of operations and necessary equipment for safe eVTOL flights in the Kansai region, has been selected by the Osaka prefecture, with a Read more

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IAG Cargo trials first electric terminal tractor at London Heathrow airport

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IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) has begun to trial the first electric terminal tractor, known as a Terberg YT203EV, at London Heathrow airport. This is the first electric Terberg operating airside worldwide. By replacing an existing terminal tractor with an electric Terberg, approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per vehicle per year – this is the equivalent of planting over 1,250 trees and taking more than 7 cars off the road. Terberg has been creating electric vehicles since 2014 with the team constantly revising the designs. The latest vehicles can deliver the same Read more

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Spatial completes factory acceptance testing on three new cabin crew training devices

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Spatial, a provider of cabin crew simulators, has just completed a factory acceptance test for three training devices with representatives of the Polish Aviation Academy  The devices include a B787 main cabin door trainer, an EMB 170/190 main door and over-wing exit trainer and a B737 cabin emergency evacuation trainer (CEET). The devices will provide their crew with the necessary skills required to operate all doors on each of these aircraft types whilst also incorporating a number of advanced features in the B737 CEET including dynamic visuals, fire and smoke simulation and decompression scenarios. Polish Aviation Academy intends to conduct Read more

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Air Canada Cargo becomes first Canadian carrier to approve Envirotainer Releye RLP and RAP containers

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Air Canada Cargo will be the first Canadian operator to use the new live monitored, temperature-controlled certified aircraft containers, the Envirotainer Releye RLP and larger RAP, as part of the AC Absolute solution. The Releye RLP and RAP containers are designed to meet the strictest requirements in pharmaceutical air freight. With its 170 hours of autonomy (more than one week) on a single battery charge, it will maintain the temperature and protect the cargo longer than any other available solution. These containers enter service following the recent inauguration of Air Canada Cargo’s new cold chain handling facility at its Toronto Read more

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Southeast Aerospace receives STC certification for BELL 407 Helicoptor operator station

Southeast Aerospace has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) number SR04546AT for the installation of their SEA special mission operator station in the Bell 407 helicopter. Southeast Aerospace designed and manufactured the operator station as an ideal mounting solution for housing mission equipment in the Bell 407 helicopter to support Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) missions. Obtaining STCcertification for the operator station provides a seamless path to meeting the regulatory and safety requirements of an FAA-approved installation in the Bell 407, mitigating additional costs or requirements for both the customer and installation facility. The operator station was Read more

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Collins Aerospace opens new facility at the Houston Spaceport

Collins Aerospace has inaugurated a new, 120,000 square-foot facility located at the Spaceport in Houston, Texas. An anchor tenant at the Houston Airport System’s newly created space hub, Collins will transition its current local operations to the new site, further advancing its space exploration programs. With over 40 years in the Houston area and the current site filled to capacity, Collins’ new facility in the Spaceport represents a $30 million investment. The increased footprint allows for expanded operations, manufacturing and testing and is also expected to add an additional 300 jobs in the coming years. Along with Collins’ existing space Read more

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