First A330P2F re-delivered by EFW to Altavair for MasAir Cargo

Top Management of Altavair, EFW and MasAir meets at the occasion of the re-delivery of the first A330P2F on January 20, 2022 ©EFW

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has announced the re-delivery of its first Airbus A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft to Altavair L.P., a global leader in commercial aviation finance and leasing. This delivery begins a series of freighter conversions that EFW is performing for its new customer, Altavair, based on technologically advanced Airbus A330 platform. Altavair currently has several A330P2Fs on order including both the A330-200P2F range variant and the A330-300P2F volume variant.  “We are delighted to re-deliver our first converted freighter of 2022 to new customer, Altavair, for operation by MasAir Cargo,” said Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW. “The A330P2F programme Read more

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easyJet and SR Technics Malta renew base maintenance contract

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MRO service provider SR Technics, has announced that its Malta subsidiary SR Technics Malta has renewed its base maintenance contract with low-cost carrier easyJet. The agreement will cover two lines of base maintenance work and will extend for two years. SR Technics has supported easyJet for a number of years, covering a wide range of MRO services and by the end of this year it is scheduled for SR Technics to have serviced 35 aircraft and 45 aircraft by the time the agreement ends. Work to date had been carried out at the existing SR Technics facility in Malta, but Read more

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Airbus to partner with Tarmac Aerosave for China-based “lifecycle” service centre

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Airbus, together with Tarmac Aerosave and the city of Chengdu, China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the first China-based sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China. Activities covered by the MoU will include aircraft parking and storage, to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for various aircraft types. The formal agreement is planned to be signed in mid-2022, while the new centre should become operational by year end 2023. For 15 years Tarmac Aerosave has been responsible for the eco-efficient dismantling of aircraft and it will combine with Airbus subsidiary Satair, which will be responsible for Read more

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Lufthansa Group places major order for ZIM Premium Economy seating

ZIMprivacy (PC-02) Premium Economy seat ©ZIM Aircraft Seating

Having previously ordered the ZIMmagic (PC-01) Premium Economy seat from ZIM Aircraft Seating, Lufthansa Group has placed an order for the new-generation ZIMprivacy (PC-02) seat to be installed on 19 of its flagship Boeing B747-8s and an additional nine SWISS Airbus A330s. The seats will come with a customised specification for trim and finishes so they can enable Swiss and Lufthansa to maintain their individual cabin branding. The ZIMprivacy has set a new standard for comfort and privacy in the Premium Economy class. The highly innovative seat features a mechanical kinematic enclosed within a fixed backrest shell structure and includes Read more

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Norse Atlantic Airways gets green light from USDOT for transatlantic flights

The USDOT has approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for transatlantic flights ©Norse

Founded in 2021, Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) has received notification from the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) that the low-cost long-haul carrier’s application to enable it to fly between Norway, Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA has been approved. The newly formed airline took delivery of the first of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in December last year, while during the same month it also received its Air Operator’s Certificate from Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority. Norse plans to commence operations in spring of this year. Norse intends to provide low-cost flights between Norway, Europe and the USA with Read more

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Delta Air Lines reports financial results for the December quarter and full year 2021

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For the fourth quarter 2021 Delta reported adjusted pre-tax income of US$170 million, excluding a net impact of US$564 million primarily in equity method losses, mark-to-market adjustments on investments and special profit-sharing payment. Adjusted operating revenue of US$8.4 billion, which excluded third-party refinery sales, was 74% recovered versus December quarter 2019 on capacity that was 79% restored. Total operating expense decreased US$833 million compared to the December quarter 2019. Adjusted for costs from third-party refinery sales, total operating expense decreased US$1.9 billion or 19% in the December quarter 2021 versus the comparable 2019 period. At the end of the December Read more

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Aernnova Aerospace to buy Embraer’s Portuguese subsidiaries

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Spain-based Aernnova Aerospace (Aernnova), an international reference company in the supply of aerostructures, has agreed to purchase Embraer’s Portugal-based subsidiaries Embraer Metálicas and Embraer Compósitos industrial units located on the Évora Aeronautical Industry Park for US$172 million (£125.5 million), subject to adjustments on the closing date. The two enterprises, which extend over 37,100 and 31,800 square metres, respectively, employ over 500 staff and are responsible for the production of state-of-the-art composite and metallic airframe structures, including those for the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets, the two generations of the E-Jets family of commercial jets and the KC-390 Millennium Read more

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Falco and Eve expand relationship with potential order for 200 eVTOLs

Eve and Falko announce partnership to develop a global operator network with a potential order for 200 eVTOLs ©Embraer

Having cooperated with Embraer since 2014, Falco Regional Aircraft Limited (Falco), a global leader in the leasing of commercial aircraft, has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent in relation to a potential order for 200 Eve electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of a commercial partnership to develop a global network of eVTOL operators. Eve is a subsidiary of Brazilian planemaker Embraer and the partnership with Falko will commence with the establishment of a working group that will collaborate with existing Falco operators to develop initial route networks for eVTOL aircraft. In addition, Eve’s Read more

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easyJet to explore hydrogen fuel cell propulsion with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

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As part of the company’s commitment to decarbonize aviation, easyJet, one of Europe’s largest airlines, has teamed up with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) to advance the research into a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion unit suitable for commercial aircraft. Currently CAS is developing a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system for an existing nine-seat Britten-Norman Islander aircraft which it hopes will take to the skies next year. The two companies will combine resources to gain a better understanding of how zero-carbon technologies can be integrated into future airline operations. easyJet is currently working with the likes of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Wright Electric Read more

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Ryanair closes base at Frankfurt am Main after fee hike

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Ryanair has chosen to close down its base at Germany’s Frankfurt am Main airport and relocate its five aircraft to other European airports. The decision has been made as a direct consequence of the airport opting to increase airport charges while most others in Europe have chosen to lower them in an effort to help stimulate traffic recovery. Though Ryanair will continue to invest in Germany – it has invested €175 million in two new aircraft for its Nuremberg base. As Europe’s largest carrier, Ryanair is attracted to airports which are reducing their charges, particularly at a time when the Read more

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