Rollout of first test pylon for Bombardier CSeries aircraft program

Spirit AeroSystems reported the rollout of the first test pylon for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft. The pylon and underwing structure used to mount the aircraft’s power plant to the wing are designed and manufactured by Spirit at the company’s Wichita, Kan., facility. In 2009, Bombardier awarded a contract to Spirit AeroSystems to design and build pylons for both the CS100 and CS300 aircraft models. The work package also includes systems, strut-to-wing hardware, and the aft fairing package. Spirit has more than 75 years of experience designing and producing pylons, including those for every Boeing commercial airplane currently in production. Through a Read more

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Israir receives first ATR 72-500

The Israeli airline Israir has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-500, of a total order of two. The aircraft, equipped with PW 127M engines, is configured to transport 72 passengers. It will be used to enhance the airline’s domestic network, adding to its current fleet of three ATR 42-320 and two Airbus A320 aircraft. The second ATR 72-500 is scheduled for delivery at the end of July. The two ATR 72-500s will allow the airline to increase its capacity and the number of flights operating on its main route from Tel Aviv Sde Dov (City Airport) to Eilat (Red Read more

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Eurocopter delivers 100th EC225 to Bristow Group

Eurocopter marked the 100th delivery of an EC225, which was received by Bristow Group Inc. (Bristow) – the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry worldwide. The landmark EC225 was supplied in the oil and gas configuration, but it can be used by Bristow in other missions due to the multi-role helicopter’s designed-in operational flexibility.

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Precision Castparts acquires Primus International for $900 million

Precision Castparts Corp. a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products, has agreed to acquire Primus International (Primus) for $900 million in cash. Primus is a leading supplier of complex components and assemblies to the global aerospace industry, including swaged rods, advanced composites, and machined aluminum and titanium components.  Product applications include wing, fuselage and engine-related assembly, passenger and exit doors, and actuation and flight control assemblies.  Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Primus employs approximately 1,500 people across seven manufacturing locations, including three in the Seattle, Washington area, as well as Tulsa, Oklahoma; Suzhou, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and Farnborough, England.

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VRG Linhas Aereas S.A. to acquire Webjet Linhas Aereas S.A.

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. reported that VRG Linhas Aereas S.A. (“VRG”), its affiliated Company, executed a memorandum of understanding with the controlling shareholders of Webjet Linhas Aereas S.A., (“WebJet”), for the acquisition of 100% of WebJet’s capital stock by VRG; The acquisition is subject to among other conditions, the conclusion of  technical and legal due diligence of WebJet’s activities and assets,  the negotiation and execution of definitive documents by the parties and the approval from the relevant government authorities. The price to be paid for the referred acquisition shall be R$96,000,000.00 (ninety six million Reais), subject to certain adjustments prior Read more

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Turkish Technic signs three new agreements with SunExpress Deutschland

Turkish  Technic signed three new agreements with SunExpress Deutschland. The first agreement covers total APU support for SunExpress Deutschland’s fleet of B737-800 aircraft for 5 years. This total support includes spare APU support, APU repair /overhaul and APU field services. The second agreement was signed for total landing gear support for all B737-800 aircrafts, for 4 years. This support includes landing gear removal /installation, spare support and landing gear overhaul. The third agreement between Turkish Technic and SunExpress Deutschland is an aircraft base maintenance services agreement, again for a period of 4 years. This agreement includes performance of MPD tasks, engineering orders, modifications and additional aircraft services.

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Norwegian mandates aircraft financing to ING for a total of 3 billion NOK

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has mandated ING on a USD 550 million financing facility. The facility covers term financing for 11 Boeing 737-800 HGW which are scheduled for delivery between summer 2011 and end of 2012 and pre-delivery financing for aircraft delivering during the same period. The pre-delivery financing will be utilized by Norwegian to finance/refinance a portion of the scheduled pre-delivery payments due to Boeing, and will be taken out by a long-term financing to be supported by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) ING is the sole lender on the pre-delivery financing, which closed on Read more

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Jet Aviation adds Phenom 300 to charter fleet in central Europe

 Jet Aviation announces the addition of a factory-new Embraer Phenom 300 jet to its fleet of managed aircraft. This is the first Phenom 300 available for charter services in central Europe. The company is currently working in close cooperation with Swiss FOCA to obtain Swiss type certification. With delivery expected in November of this year, the Phenom 300 aircraft will be managed by Jet Aviation and available for charter services as soon as certification for commercial transport is secured.

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering sign with Icelandair

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has signed a line maintenance technical handling agreement with Icelandair. The agreement will see MAELs engineering team provide support to Icelandairs B757 summer operation at their line station in Alicante. Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland, operates 18 B757 aircraft from its hub at Keflavik International Airport.

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Sky Airline picks MTU Maintenance Hannover as V2500 MRO provider

Chilean Sky Airline will have all V2500 engines powering its A320 aircraft maintained by MTU Maintenance Hannover. The two companies have signed a five-year exclusive agreement. MTU is supporting the airline with its Total Engine Care package. The services include engine maintenance, lease engine support, engine condition monitoring, MTUPlus repairs and technical training. The airline operates out of Chile’s Santiago International Airport and serves destinations in South America. It currently has four A320s in its fleet; plans are to double this number in the future.

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