AerCap delivers first Airbus A320neo to EGYPTAIR

EGYPTAIR ©AerCap

AerCap has delivered a new Airbus A320neo aircraft on lease to EGYPTAIR, the first of a 15 A320neo Family aircraft deal with the carrier. With this delivery, EGYPTAIR will become the first airline based in mainland Africa to operate the aircraft type. “We are very pleased to deliver to EGYPTAIR their first A320neo and to be a part of their fleet modernization plan,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “We wish the EGYPTAIR team every success as they continue on their journey to achieve their sustainable growth ambitions with the addition of the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”

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Delta commits US$1 billion to become first carbon neutral airline globally

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Starting March 1, 2020, Delta Air Lines is committing US$1 billion over the next 10 years on its journey to mitigate all emissions from its global business going forward. The airline will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and establishing new projects to mitigate the balance of emissions. “There is no substitute for the power that travel has to connect people, which our world needs today more than ever before. As we connect customers around the globe, it is our responsibility to deliver on our promise to bring people Read more

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Trenchard Aviation Group secures FAA certification for Dubai MRO facility

Trenchard Aviation Group, a leading partner in aircraft cabin component design, manufacture, repair and on-wing maintenance, has released that its MRO facility in Dubai, Aero Technics FZCO, has been confirmed as an approved Repair Station by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Serving airlines across the Middle East region, Aero Technics’ facility offers a wide range of services, from repair of crew seats, galley inserts, megaphones, emergency locator transmitter, cabin and flight handsets to the overhaul of oxygen assemblies, fire extinguishers, and emergency evacuation systems including slides, rafts, life vests and smoke hoods.

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Alaska and American Airlines announce new West Coast international alliance

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Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have announced an alliance to create more choice for West Coast customers. The expanded relationship between the airlines will offer customers several benefits. Alaska Airlines intends to join global airline alliance oneworld® by summer 2021, which will connect Alaska guests to more than 1,200 destinations worldwide. American will launch the first service from Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore, India (BLR) beginning October 2020. A new American route from SEA to the global business hub London Heathrow (LHR) will begin flying in March 2021. The airlines will continue their domestic codeshare that offers customers hassle-free booking and Read more

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Pattonair puts cyber security front and centre with latest accreditation win

Derby-based Pattonair has secured the ISO27001 certificate, an internationally recognised standard that helps organisations manage their information security processes while optimising costs. The achievement serves as a boost for Pattonair’s information security standing, following its significant merger with US-based Wesco Aircraft Holdings. “We’re pleased to have bolstered our reputation with this internationally recognised standard,” said Pattonair/Wesco President Wayne Hollinshead. “It means we can be confident we are prioritising information security and the continual improvement of the protection mechanisms we have in place.

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A330-800 receives joint EASA and FAA Type Certification

First flight of Airbus A330-800, MSN1888 ©Airbus

The A330-800 has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The aircraft’s certification flight-test campaign was successfully performed by aircraft MSN 1888, which completed the programme in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in November 2018. The A330-800, part of a true new-generation A330neo family, is the most efficient longest range entry-level widebody and incorporates new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, a new 3D-optimised wing and new Sharklets using lighter composite materials. Together, these advances bring a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 25% compared with Read more

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SIA Engineering Company forms line maintenance joint venture in Republic of Korea

SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) has entered into a joint venture agreement with Air Innovation Korea (AIK), to form a line maintenance joint venture based in the Republic of Korea. Under the agreement, SIAEC will hold an equity stake of 51% in the joint venture, with AIK taking the remaining 49% stake. The agreement and services to be provided are subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals. The joint venture company will have an initial registration capital of KRW 4,772,000,000, or approximately S$5,525,212. SIAEC will subscribe for KRW 2,433,720,000, or approximately S$2,817,858, in cash and AIK will subscribe for KRW 2,338,280,000, Read more

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Virgin Galactic welcomes SpaceShipTwo Unity to Spaceport America, New Mexico

©Virgin Galactic captive carry test flight marks relocation of spaceflight operations to Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic has successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the Company’s manufacturing facilities are based. This captive carry flight provided an opportunity for engineers to evaluate VSS Unity for over three hours at high altitude and cold temperatures, a longer period of time than is experienced during missions to space. These environmental evaluations of system performance are difficult to replicate at ground level, making Read more

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STS Aviation Services opens new line maintenance station in Humberside

STS Aviation Services (STS), an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider to the global aviation industry, has partnered with Eastern Airways and opens a new line maintenance station at Humberside airport (HUY) in the United Kingdom in direct support of this partnership. STS’ operations at HUY commenced on February 10, 2020. Initially, the company’s core focus will be to support the first of Eastern Airways’ Embraer 170 aircraft into fleet and future Embraer 190 type additions.

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Airbus and the Government of Québec become sole owners of A220 program

Airbus, the Government of Québec and  Bombardier have agreed upon a new ownership structure for the A220 program, whereby Bombardier transferred its remaining shares in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (Airbus Canada) to Airbus and the Government of Québec. The transaction is effective immediately. This agreement brings the shareholdings in Airbus Canada, responsible for the A220, to 75% for Airbus and 25% for the Government of Québec respectively. The Government’s stake is redeemable by Airbus in 2026 – three years later than before. As part of this transaction, Airbus, via its wholly owned subsidiary Stelia Aerospace, has also acquired the A220 Read more

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