Air bp scores hattrick of sustainable aviation fuel projects at three new locations in the U.K.

Air bp has supplied SAF to Airbus owned Hawarden for fueling the Beluga ©Airbus U.K.

Air bp, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the U.K.: dedicated business aviation airport, London Biggin Hill (BQH), Airbus owned Hawarden (CEG) airport in Flintshire, North Wales, which will be used for fueling of the Beluga aircraft, and Centreline FBO, in Bristol (BRS). All three locations expect to have SAF available on an ongoing basis. These latest supply agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport, and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals. The SAF supplied by Read more

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“Big Twin” midway through development

The “Big Twin” Boeing 777-300ERSF ©IAI

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have passed the planned halfway phase of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Development Program for the 777-300ERSF. This is a key milestone for the “Big Twin”, the GECAS-IAI Co investment for the passenger-to-freighter conversion program of the GE-90-powered 777-300ER, as it now moves beyond planning into the phase of physically modifying the aircraft. Rich Greener, SVP and Manager of GECAS Cargo, explains “We’ve begun executing on the dedicated freighter design developed by the IAI and GECAS Cargo team towards manufacturing the kits, and the actual conversion phase under a licensing Read more

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IFPL reports acquisition of Cobalt Aerospace

IFPL, specializing in the design and manufacture of passenger interface solutions to the global In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) industry, has acquired specialist aerospace design and manufacturing company Cobalt Aerospace Group. Cobalt Aerospace develop innovations that provide comfort, safety, convenience, and ambience to enrich air travel for both passengers and operators. Its product portfolio includes class-leading LED mood lighting, wireless chargers, and new emergency floor path marking system, GLS-7.  IFPL and Cobalt Aerospace will continue to operate under their brand name. Both businesses will operate under the umbrella company IFPL Group.

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SmartLynx to fly full charter for TUI Germany

SmartLynx airplane ©Avia Solutions Group

SmartLynx Airlines will be operating full charters for TUI Deutschland and Involatus. From summer 2021, it will fly to tourist destinations around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands for TUI Deutschland from Basel/ Mulhouse and Saarbrücken airports, as well as to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife for Involatus from various German airports in autumn 2021, the airline announced. SmartLynx is one of Europe’s leading charter and ACMI providers and can underpin its growth plans in Germany with the conclusion of these full charter agreements. SmartLynx Airlines is also relying on a cooperation with the express service provider DHL. From now on, Read more

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DAE signs 48 lease transactions in first quarter of 2021

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has reported its business transactions update for the first quarter of 2021 for its aircraft leasing division, DAE Capital. DAE acquired 13 aircraft in the first quarter of 2021 (owned: nine; managed: four), sold seven aircraft (owned: four; managed: three) and signed lease agreements and extensions for 48 aircraft (owned: 43; managed: five). The company signed one new service agreement in the first quarter. The fleet size at the end of the first quarter comprized 425 aircraft (owned, managed, committed and mandated to manage). DAE has 108 customers in 52 countries and an average fleet age Read more

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France to scrap certain domestic flights where the train offers a viable alternative


As part of a series of beneficial climate and environmental measure, French MPs have voted to ban all domestic flights in France where trains offer a viable alternative in two and a half hours or less travel time. It is estimated that planes that fly these short-haul routes produce 77-times the volume of CO2 per passenger compared to trains. However, the measure, which was put forward by the climate set up by President Macron has been seen by many as only a half measure as the original proposition was to include all flights where routes were also covered by train Read more

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flypop signs multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with Avolon


flypop has signed a multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with aircraft lessor Avolon. Navdip Singh Judge, CEO & Principal of flypop, commented: “As a twin-engine, double-aisle, wide-body that can carry over 400 passengers, the A330-300 aircraft will deliver everything we want to offer our flypop passengers, especially the lowest seat prices to India. With this lease deal we have been able to submit our AOC license application to the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority and expect our first flights to commence by October. And many thanks to the U.K. Government’s Future Fund for its financial assistance, which has enabled us to Read more

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Government of Canada and Air Canada reach deal on relief package

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Air Canada has entered into a series of debt and equity financing agreements with the Government of Canada, which will allow Air Canada to access up to CA$5.879 billion in liquidity through the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) program. The financial package provides for fully repayable loans that Air Canada would only draw down as required, as well as an equity investment, and is comprised of: Gross proceeds of CA$500 million for Air Canada shares at a price of CA$23.1793 per share. As part of the financial package, Air Canada has agreed to a number of commitments related to customer Read more

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Chorus Aviation signs lease agreements with Sky Alps

©De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft

Chorus Aviation Capital (CAC) has entered into agreements to lease two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Sky Alps of Bolzano, Italy. CAC expects to deliver the aircraft (MSN 4230 and 4237) in April and May 2021, respectively. “Sky Alps is very pleased to have selected CAC as our aircraft supplier for the initial launch of services from our South Tyrol base in Bolzano with two Dash 8-400 on long-term operating leases. Throughout our engagement, CAC has demonstrated its expertise in regional aviation matters and its commitment to Sky Alps operations. The Dash 8-400 will play a key role in the development Read more

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Jet Aviation gains FOCA approval for thermography testing in Basel

Thermography testing at Jet Aviation facility ©Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation has received approval from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) to use infrared thermography for non-destructive testing (NDT) in Basel. This is the company’s sixth NDT technique approved in Basel. The Basel NDTshop was established in 1991 and further supports liquid penetrant, X-ray, magnetic particle, eddy current, and ultrasonic testing. Used to detect heat or thermal energy emitted from an object, infrared thermography is a highly sensitive and reliablemethod of non-destructive testing that converts heat energy to a temperature, which can then be depicted asan image of temperature distribution. It is the same technology used in Read more

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