Air Arabia and CFM International sign services agreement for LEAP-1A engines

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Air Arabia and CFM International have signed a comprehensive nine-year agreement under the terms of which CFM will provide time and material support for the airline’s fleet of six LEAP-1A-powered A321neo aircraft. Air Arabia (PJSC) is the first and largest leading low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa. Air Arabia commenced operations in October 2003 and currently operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, serving routes from five hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The agreement builds on a successful relationship with CFM that includes a fleet of 52 CFM56-powered A320ceo aircraft and six Read more

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Airbus inaugurates new Singapore campus

Official inauguration of Airbus’ campus in Singapore ©Airbus

Airbus has officially opened its new integrated campus in Singapore. Located at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, the new campus covers an area of 51,000 m². It is an expansion of an existing site, housing the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC), a joint venture between Airbus and Singapore Airlines, and the company’s Asia-Pacific spare parts distribution facility, operated by Airbus subsidiary Satair.   New facilities at the campus include offices serving as the company’s regional hub for its commercial aircraft, defense, space and helicopter businesses. In addition a second Satair warehouse has increased storage volume and capacity by over 70%.      Read more

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Vaclav Rehor, CEO of Prague Airport, elected Board Member of ACI Europe

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Vaclav Rehor, the chief executive officer of Prague Airport, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), a worldwide airport association. During his three-year term, he will represent the region of Eastern Europe and thus gain the opportunity to positively influence the shape of air transport in Europe. The election of new members to the Board of Directors, the supreme body of ACI Europe, took place on November 17, 2020. In total, ACI Europe associates over 500 airports and heliports from 45 European countries.

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Embraer and EDP sign partnership agreement for joint efforts in electric aircraft research

Embraer and EDP sign partnership for electric aircraft research ©Embraer

Embraer and EDP, a company that operates in all segments of the Brazilian energy sector, have signed a partnership agreement for electric aircraft research. Through its EDP Smart division, the Portuguese-based multinational announced a financial contribution for the acquisition of energy storage and battery charging technologies for Embraer’s all-electric demonstrator aircraft project, utilizing the EMB-203 Ipanema as its test bed. The prototype, which is already in development, is scheduled to complete its inaugural flight in 2021. The investment is part of the cooperation agreement signed by both companies to advance their shared knowledge of energy storage and battery charging technologies Read more

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WestJet and Delta Air Lines withdraw joint application

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WestJet and Delta Air Lines have announced that they have withdrawn their joint application before the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity. As a result, the airlines will not implement the proposed U.S. – Canada joint venture at this time. WestJet and Delta remain committed to developing a U.S. – Canada joint venture but in the meantime will explore deepening the alliance for the benefit of its mutual guests.

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France’s VoltAero to receive substantial EU funding for its Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

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VoltAero, based in Médis, France, has been awarded an initial grant of €2.1 million (US$2.5 million) by the European Innovation Council in support of Europe’s Green Deal Strategy and Recovery Plan. The company has been identified from a total of 2,077 candidates for funding as one of several game-changing startups, having received a “seal of excellence” which recognized the Cassio project for its motivated team, aviation knowledge and experience, as well as its sound business model and commercial analysis. VoltAero has also been earmarked for “blended financing” at a higher value that includes an equity portion of up to €11 Read more

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French Navy orders seven Falcon 2000 Albatros

Falcon 2000 Albatros for the French Navy ©Dassault

During a visit to the Dassault Aviation plant in Seclin, in northern France, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced the upcoming notification of the contract for the “Albatros” Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Aircraft (AVSIMAR) program, which will be based on the Dassault Aviation Falcon 2000LXS. In accordance with the multiyear military spending bill (LPM), the initial order is for seven aircraft, to be delivered from 2025, out of the planned total of 12. In line with the aeronautical maintenance transformation policy initiated by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Albatros contract commits Dassault Read more

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Delta launches first domestic digital identity test in U.S.

Delta customers in Detroit will soon be able to use their passport number and TSA PreCheck® or Global Entry membership as a digital ID ©Delta Air Lines

Delta customers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will soon have the option to move through the airport faster and more easily. In partnership with Transportation Security Administration, Delta is launching the first facial recognition option for domestic travelers using a digital ID made up of a customer’s passport number and TSA PreCheck® membership. Beginning next month, customers traveling in the U.S. will be able to use that digital ID – verified by facial recognition technology – to move through the Edward H. McNamara Terminal’s dedicated TSA PreCheck domestic checkpoint. This will expand to bag drop and boarding in early Read more

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Alaska Air Cargo introduces innovative in-seat containers to carry more freight

©Alaska Air Cargo employs HAECO's innovative in-seat stowage system

Alaska Air Cargo is introducing a new in-seat package stowage system to allow full use of an Alaska Airlines passenger aircraft in a cargo-only configuration. As the North American launch customer for HAECO Cabin Solutions’ design, the interior package stowage containers allow Alaska Air Cargo to fill the main cabin passenger seats with an additional 13,500 pounds of cargo on top of what a passenger-only cargo flight can carry. Alaska Air Cargo has used passenger aircraft previously with limited freighter service, but until now, was unable to use the passenger seats. This innovative, FAA-approved design allows cargo personnel to use Read more

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Lilium appoints Geoffrey Richardson as new CFO

Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility, has appointed Geoffrey Richardson as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Effective immediately, the former CFO of autonomous car company Cruise, will work closely with CEO Daniel Wiegand on the company’s next phase of accelerated growth. Based in San Francisco, Richardson brings with him over 20 years of proven expertise in international finance, M&A, fundraising and operations. During his tenure at Cruise, he was instrumental in scaling and growing the company, raising over US$7 billion in funding.

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