First ACJ320neo is assembled

The first ACJ320neo has been assembled on programme, fitted with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and painted in ACJ house-colours, in preparation for a first flight in the coming weeks. After delivery to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year, the aircraft will enter outfitting at AMAC in Basle, Switzerland, where an Alberto Pinto-designed cabin will be installed, and be repainted in the customer’s colours. Like the airliner versions from which it is derived, the ACJ320neo Family features new-generation engines and Sharklets, saving around 15% in fuel and delivering a leap forward in inter-continental range. The Read more

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LHT signs comprehensive A350 APU support for two Asian airlines

Two major Asian airlines entrusted Lufthansa Technik with the technical support for the HGT1700 auxiliary power units (APU) of their A350-900 fleets. South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines signed a ten year long-term contract for the HGT1700 APUs of its planned fleet of 30 A350-900 aircraft. The services will be provided in the frame of an exclusive time and material agreement and will start in August 2018. All repairs will be performed in the workshops at Lufthansa Technik’s headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Vietnam Airlines also entrusted the maintenance of its HGT1700 APUs to Lufthansa Technik and signed an exclusive time and Read more

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AviaAM Leasing sells two Airbus A321 to new lessor

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales, has sold two Airbus A321-211 aircraft with lease attached. Both aircraft are being operated by Montreal based Canadian low-cost leisure airline Air Transat. The two aircraft were delivered to the new lessor on the 14th of August, 2018. The two A321’s are currently under a 10 year operating lease agreement that has been successfully transferred to the new owner. The aircraft, that are powered by two CFM56 engines, were previously delivered ahead of schedule to Air Transat in Kaunas International Airport, Lithuania.

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Bombardier MRO announces new appointments to its growing international sales team

Bombardier MRO has announced that Joe McDonald has joined the company as Regional Vice-President, Sales for the Americas region. In this key leadership role, McDonald is responsible for developing strategic plans to promote sales growth and ensure excellence in customer satisfaction for the Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services’ component repair business in the region. He will also specifically support the continuing growth and expansion of Bombardier’s Dallas-based MRO facility. Furthermore Martin Williamson has been appointed as Head of Sales and Marketing for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Asia. In his new role, Williamson continues to be part of the Read more

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Flightright initiates legal action in Germany against Ryanair over flight compensation

On August 14, Flightright, the compensation-claim processing platform, filed a lawsuit at a regional court in Frankfurt disputing Ryanair’s opinion that industrial action is “an exceptional circumstance” which allows the low-cost carrier to reject any claims by passengers for compensation. Flightright is arguing that Ryanair has: “caused such a strike through years of wage-dumping and salami tactics in talks with the trade unions,” describing the strike as “home-made” and “the logical consequence of Ryanair’s questionable personnel policy.” Ryanair’s response was simply to confirm that it “fully complies” with EU compensation rules that have been set down under the EU261 regulation. Read more

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Lufthansa and BASF start In-Service-Evaluation of Kerojet® Aquarius

Kerojet® Aquarius, ©Lufthansa

BASF and Lufthansa have successfully started the In-Service-Evaluation (ISE) for BASF’s new water scavenger additive for jet fuel – Kerojet® Aquarius. The ISE marks an important step in the commercialization for this innovative additive. In the course of the ISE, BASF’s additive solution is used on designated flight routes on Airbus air planes. On July 24, the ISE started successfully with an Airbus A340-600 between Munich and San Francisco. The advantage of the additive is that cost intensive measures to extract water at mandatory intervals can be reduced as water accumulation will be minimized. In addition, time consuming and expensive Read more

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CAE reports first quarter fiscal 2019 results

CAE, a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets, has reported revenue of CA$722.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared with CA$656.2 million in the first quarter last year. First quarter net income attributable to equity holders was CA$69.4 million compared to CA$59.6 million last year. First quarter operating profit was CA$98.5 million (13.6% of revenue) compared with CA$91.3 million (13.9% of revenue) in the first quarter of last year. Civil Aviation Training Solutions (Civil) revenue was CA$430.9 million, up 16% compared to the same quarter last year, and Read more

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Level of Chinese aviation expansion revealed by CAAC statistics

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), 93 new general aviation airports were licensed in the first half of 2018, more than doubling the number of general aviation airports in the country. China now has 231 civil airports in a total of 404 airports which support the take-off and landing of general aviation aircraft. 118 new general aviation aircraft were registered the CAAC in the first half of the year, bringing the country’s total to 2,415 with a 9.5-percent year-on-year increase. According to an announcement from the CAAC, China has also recently signed bilateral intergovernmental air transport accords Read more

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Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority recognizes IATA’s Airline Safety Audit Program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner for the improvement of aviation safety. Under the MoU, the parties will work together to establish a framework for using the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) to complement Rwanda’s safety oversight. “Rwanda CAA is committed to improving African aviation safety. Our partnership with IATA will help us to do that by taking greater advantage of IOSA in our safety oversight program,” said Silas Udahemuka, Director General CAA of Rwanda. The Abuja Declaration (2015) committed African governments to establish a Read more

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Honda Aircraft Company begins HondaJet Elite deliveries

©Honda Aircraft Company begins HondaJet Elite deliveries

Honda Aircraft Company has begun deliveries of its new advanced aircraft, the HondaJet Elite, at its headquarters in Greensboro, NC. Deliveries of the HondaJet Elite begin as the HondaJet marks the first half of 2018 as the most delivered aircraft in its class, based on information provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Honda Aircraft Company has established a worldwide dealer and authorized sales network to provide unsurpassed service and support for HondaJet Elite customers that spans territories in North America, Europe, Middle and South America, Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East and Japan. Manufactured at Honda Aircraft Read more

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