Sriwijaya Air selects Rusada’s ENVISION

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 ©Rusada

Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air has signed up for Rusada’s Airworthiness and MRO software, ENVISION. Sriwijaya Air is Indonesia’s third largest carrier, and along with subsidiary Nam Air, provides passenger flights to destinations across the country as well as international flights to Malaysia, Singapore and China. Since launching in 2003, its fleet has grown to 30 aircraft, consisting of Boeing 737’s and ATR 72’s. Sriwijaya Air have signed up for six of ENVISION’s modules, including Fleet Management, Line Maintenance, Inventory Management, and Human Resources. Rusada has already begun work on the implementation project, which will be carried out remotely due to Read more

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Jetcraft strengthens European team

(l) Masssimo Burotti, (r) Fabrice Roger

Jetcraft, a leader in business jet sales and acquisitions, is bolstering its European team with the appointment of Fabrice Roger and Massimo Burotti as Sales Directors for the region. Roger, a French national  who has been with Jetcraft since 2013, is relocating from Miami, U.S.A. to Nice, France, and will cover France, Benelux, Southern Europe and Northern Africa, while Burotti joins Jetcraft from Bombardier as Sales Director for Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary. He will be based at the company’s London, U.K. headquarters.

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Boeing-developed portable UV wand will inactivate viruses and bacteria on airplanes

©Boeing has developed a portable UV wand that inactivates viruses and bacteria on airplanes

Boeing has entered into a patent and technology license with Florida-based Healthe®, under which Healthe will manufacture an ultraviolet (UV) wand designed to sanitize airplane interiors. Boeing designed and developed the UV wand as part of the company’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) to support customers and enhance the safety and well-being of passengers and crews during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthe will produce and distribute the commercial wand, helping airlines and potentially others combat the coronavirus pandemic. The technology could be available for airlines in late fall. The device is an addition to sanitizing and protective measures already in place, which Read more

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Volaris shareholders authorize capital increase

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The general extraordinary shareholders meeting of Mexican low-cost airline Volaris, has authorized a capital increase of up to MXN3.5 billion to strengthen the carrier’s capital position and take advantage of potential growth opportunities. Volaris is evaluating different financing alternatives and has obtained shareholder approval for the issuance of new shares that can be used to raise capital, through a rights offering, the outright sale of shares, or the issuance of debt/convertible debentures in Mexico, the United States of America and other countries. Any such offering could be carried out individually or in conjunction with other transactions. The determination of the Read more

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Recaro CL3710 economy class seat takes flight on Gulf Air’s new A321neo

Gulf Air opted for Ricaro’s CL3710 economy class seats ©Ricaro

Recaro Aircraft Seating’s CL3710 economy class seat is taking flight on Gulf Air’s new A321neoLR aircraft. This is the first of 29 aircraft to be equipped with the CL3710 seat, which are slated for delivery over the next five years. Created with long-haul passengers in-mind, the CL3710 has earned numerous accolades for its sleeping comfort features and lightweight design. The holistic design is comprised of the six-way adjustable headrest, Recaro-patented extended seat bottom, seamless flip cushion for enhanced lumbar support, and a 30-inch seat pitch. The seat’s modular design ensures minimal maintenance and its competitive weight contributes to fuel efficiency. Read more

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CAE launches new digital platform for pilots

CAE has announced the official launch of Airside, a new digital platform and online community for pilots. Airside provides career and training tools to support pilots during the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout their professional career. CAE’s digital team, based at the company’s innovation campus in Montreal, designed and developed this new digital platform after surveying over 3,000 pilots in April 2020. More than 10,000 visitors have accessed Airside since the digital platform first went live in June 2020. With its Resume Builder, Career section, articles, podcast, and much more, Airside is designed to help pilots improve their skills and advance Read more

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Lufthansa to make even greater cuts to fleet and staffing levels


The resurgence of the coronavirus across parts of Europe has further hit airlines as long-haul routes and business travel remain stagnant. Germany’s Lufthansa has been particularly hard hit through its particular reliance on demand for Asian flights and now anticipates operating at between 20% and 30% capacity for the fourth quarter of the year. As a consequence, the flag-carrying airline intends to further reduce its fleet of aircraft by 150 instead of 100 aircraft. In addition, job cuts are likely to well exceed the 22,000 full-time posts that have been earmarked as surplus to requirements. Lufthansa has also struggled to Read more

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Airbus reveals three concepts for world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft

One of three new concepts Airbus unveiled, the AirbusZEROe Turbofan concept ©Airbus

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonization of the entire aviation industry. All of these concepts rely on hydrogen as a primary power source – an option which Airbus believes holds exceptional promise as a clean aviation fuel and is likely to be a solution for aerospace and many other industries to meet their climate-neutral targets.The three Read more

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Embraer achieves 250th business jet delivery milestone in Latin America

©Embraer makes 250th jet delivery in Latin America

Embraer has announced the delivery of a Phenom 100EV and a Phenom 300E to two separate Brazilian customers, marking the company’s 250th business jet delivery in Latin America. The Phenom 100EV was delivered to an undisclosed industrial company, which selected the aircraft to maintain crucial business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Phenom 300E was delivered to AGROJEM, an agribusiness company. “Due to our continuous expansion of operations, we made the decision to transition from a turboprop to the new Phenom 300E. With our previous aircraft, we flew 200 hours per year. Now, with the Phenom 300E, we expect to cover Read more

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Over 1,000 aircraft set to return to lessors in 2021 without new homes says IBA

The commercial aircraft leasing market is set for considerable turmoil in 2021 with over 1,000 aircraft set to be returned to lessors without clear options for onward placement. In a webinar IBA outlined how around 1,300 aircraft, including 200 widebodies, had been scheduled (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) to be returned to its lessors in 2021. IBA believes that, whilst the majority of those leases would have been extended, that option is now extremely unlikely. IBA forecasts that, due to the drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of these aircraft will now not have follow Read more

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