Planet 9 bolsters managed aircraft fleet

©Planet 9 adds one Bombardier Global Express to its managed fleet

Planet 9, the Van Nuys, California-based private charter operator and aircraft management company, added a Bombardier Global Express BD-700 (N551SW) ​to its managed fleet at the end of December, the third aircraft to go onto its Part 135 Air Operator’s Certificate since the pandemic took hold in March 2020.    Two more aircraft – a Global Express and Dassault Falcon 7X – are currently being readied to join the managed fleet by the end of February.  Both will be available for charter, boosting the Planet 9 family of owned and managed aircraft to 14. Planet 9, which has operations bases in Teterboro, New York, London Read more

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Prague Airport ready for 2021 traffic enhancement

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Throughout the course of 2020, a total of 3,665,871 passengers passed through the gates of Václav Havel Airport Prague. The operation of the airport was unprecedented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the related restrictions on travel and the worldwide decline in demand for flying. As a result, 79% fewer passengers were handled in Prague compared to 2019. In January and February 2020, there were direct flights serviced from Prague to a total of 111 destinations around the world. In the following months, the offer was limited and continued changing based on the epidemiological situation. Passengers were offered flights Read more

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Massive passenger slump recorded at Frankfurt Airport and Fraport’s Group airports worldwide

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Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 18.8 million passengers in 2020, representing a decrease of 73.4% compared to 2019. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the airport started to experience a major decline in passenger traffic in mid-March 2020. Between April and June, traffic almost came to a complete standstill – with weekly passenger figures plummeting by up to 98% year-on-year. Following a slight traffic recovery in the third quarter of 2020, a new rise in corona-virus infection rates led to intensified travel restrictions. This resulted in passenger numbers falling sharply once again in September and remaining low for Read more

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AerSale selects Precision to supply modification kits for 24 Boeing 757-200 aircraft

Precision Aircraft Solutions has been awarded a contract from AerSale® to supply Precision B757-200PCF modification kits for AerSale’s 757-200 aircraft. AerSale recently announced the acquisition of (24) 757-200s, and work has already begun to install Precision’s premier 757-200PCF conversion kit on AerSale’s first aircraft, MSN 29594 which was manufactured in 1999. Stated Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Brian McCarthy stated that: “AerSale has been a select 757 cargo conversion facility for Precision since 2013, and is focused on expanding its presence in the narrow-body cargo aircraft arena. As a cargo conversion expert, we are pleased to see their continued Read more

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Munich Airport passenger numbers decline to around 11.1 million

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have seen Munich Airport record its lowest traffic figures since it opened in 1992. Due to global travel restrictions, the passenger volume in Munich fell by around 37 million to a little more than eleven million, nearly 77% lower than the previous year’s figure. In the same period, the number of take-offs and landings dropped by more than 270,000 to around 147,000 – a fall of nearly 65%. The cargo volume – including air freight and air mail handled – in Munich came to around 151,000 metric tons in 2020, more than halved compared Read more

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MTU Maintenance signs exclusive contract with new airline Air Sial

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MTU Maintenance and start-up airline Air Sial from Pakistan, have signed an exclusive five-year contract for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of Air Sial’s six V2500 engines. Beyond MRO, the agreement includes engine trend monitoring, on-site services, and lease engine support as well as technical training. Air Sial began operations in December 2020. It currently flies to domestic locations within Pakistan and aims to boost air travel and connectivity in the region. It plans to begin carrying out cross-border flights this year.

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Elliott Aviation acquires Atlanta-based MRO, The Maintenance Group

Elliott Aviation, a leader in business aviation services since 1936, has announced it has acquired Atlanta-based MRO, The Maintenance Group. The Maintenance Group has been successfully operating at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta, GA, for over 25 years. The acquisition of The Maintenance Group adds the following additional airframe service capabilities to Elliott Aviation’s portfolio of qualifications: Gulfstream G550/G450/G-V/G-IV/G-III/G-280/G-200/G-150/G-100, Falcon 2000/50/50EX, and Bombardier Challenger 350/600/601/650. In addition to the aircraft maintenance capabilities, Elliott Aviation’s current facilities in Moline (MLI), Des Moines (DSM), and Eden Prairie (FCM) are authorized service facilities for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, Hawker, King Air, and Read more

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Rex showcases livery on first Boeing 737

Boeing 737 in Rex livery ©Rex

Rex Airlines has marked another major milestone, with the first of its Boeing 737-800NGs in full Rex livery (airline colors) landing in Sydney on Christmas Eve. Rex has leased six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in readiness for its inaugural service from Melbourne to Sydney commencing March 1, 2021. Brisbane will be added to Rex’s capital city network after Easter. Rex’s Deputy Chairman John Sharp said: “Our second 737 is currently being painted by Douglas Aerospace in Wagga Wagga. The remaining four 737s are undergoing scheduled checks and will be brought into the country over the next three months.”

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Swissport wins long-term handling contract with airlines of the Lufthansa Group

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Swissport has been awarded a major long-term contract by the Lufthansa Group for Switzerland. The new contract secures significant business volumes. It covers passenger services and airport ramp handling for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, and Edelweiss Air at the airports in Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The new seven-year contract with the Lufthansa Group runs from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2027. The win comes after a recent agreement for Qantas’ ground services at the three major Australian airports in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Swissport is in the final stage of completing a financial restructuring and will Read more

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IBA forecasts long-term engine value resilience

The long-term value of commercial aircraft engines is set to withstand the worst effects of COVID-19, according to new data from IBA. Engine values and lease rates remain soft across all the wide-body, narrow-body, regional jet markets in the short term. Mature wide-body engines have experienced the greatest reductions and young narrow-body engines the least.  However, engine values are showing long-term stability. Taking a 1999 build Airbus A320ceo as an example, the value of its CFM56 engines has dropped by less than 10%, due to the combined benefits of OEM price inflation and regular reinvestment. The advent of COVID-19 vaccines is driving Read more

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