Bombardier unveils Mach 0.94, 8,000nm-range Global 8000 flagship aircraft

The Global 8000 jet ©Bombardier

Bombardier has introduced its latest business jet, the Global 8000, which should enter into service in 2025. The Global 8000 with its twin GE Aviation Passport engines will be the world’s fastest and longest-range business jet. The jet will be able to fly at Mach 0.94, will have a range of 8,000 nautical miles and will provide passengers with one of the lowest cabin altitudes of 2,900 ft when flying at 41,000 feet. During testing, the jet reached speeds of Mach 1.015, making it not only the fastest business jet, but also the fastest in civil aviation since the days Read more

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Rusada appoints Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development

Larry Strykowski

Rusada, the global aviation software provider, has announced the appointment of Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development. Strykowski has a wealth of experience in the aviation software industry, having served as Managing Director Technology – MRO and Supply Chain Systems for both Continental Airlines and United Airlines, where he selected and implemented enterprise-wide solutions for maintenance planning and technical publications, as well as various MRO commercial products. He also planned and initiated the complex consolidation of technical solutions when Continental and United merged in 2010. Strykowski then moved on to become Director of Technology for the Bristow Helicopter Group, Read more

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Finnair wet leases one Airbus A320 from DAT for anticipated busy summer season

Finnair will wet lease an Airbus A320 aircraft and crew from Danish airline DAT for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating on selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October this year. The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT while the flights have Finnair’s service concept.    “We are preparing for a busy summer season, and this agreement with DAT supports our target of ensuring stable and reliable operations as travel is now picking Read more

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FL Technics Engine Services ventures into next stage of business development

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at FL Technics Engine Services new facility in Kaunas ©FL Technics

Following ISO EN 9110:2018 certification, FL Technics Engine Services ventured into the next stage of business development as operations moved to a new purpose-built facility. The necessary shift of location was made to meet the growing demand of the market as Lithuania is becoming one of the most appealing destinations for aircraft engine redeliveries, repair, and maintenance, with an established MRO infrastructure, including a fully-fledged aircraft redelivery hub near the new FL Technics Engine Services location. Ongoing repair and maintenance projects were moved along with dedicated equipment and tooling to a brand-new facility in Kaunas FEZ (Free Economic Zone), next Read more

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Leonardo’s VIP/corporate helicopter fleet set to grow in Europe

Contract signing at EBACE 2022 between Leonardo and Sloane Helicopters ©Leonardo

Leonardo has received new helicopter orders at EBACE 2022 (Geneva 23-25 May), including three AW109 GrandNew light twin, one AW109 Trekker and two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters with deliveries to the UK, Italy and Germany in 2022 and 2023.  Official distributor for UK & Ireland Sloane Helicopters ordered three AW109 GrandNew with deliveries expected in the second half of 2023, adding to the three aircraft of the same model purchased in early March. One AW109 Trekker in VIP configuration has recently been sold to a private operator in Germany marking the introduction of this model in this country, with delivery Read more

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GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group announce Wilmington Air Park as location for engine maintenance joint venture

GA Telesis and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services, have reached an agreement with the Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA), JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development to locate their 72,000 ft² Specialised Procedures Aeroengine Hospital (SPAH) at the Wilmington Air Park in southwestern Ohio. The new SPAH is projected to be operational by September 2022 and will be capable of inducting more than two hundred engines per year, focused on those manufactured by General Electric and CFM International. “We are thrilled to be taking the next step Read more

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MNG Airlines becomes new customer for N-Flight Planning

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MNG Airlines, which holds a significant share of the air cargo sector in Turkey, has signed with NAVBLUE to implement N-Flight Planning (N-FP) on its all-Airbus fleet of nine aircraft. MNG Airlines will benefit from a more compliant flight planning solution, including ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations approval), management-by-exception solution, event-driven automation and added flexibility in terms of integrations. NAVBLUE’s N-FP responds perfectly to cargo airlines’ needs thanks to the ETOPS and escape routes functionality and is flexible in terms of integration. MNG Airlines is based in Istanbul Airport, Turkey, and operates scheduled and charter services within the Middle East, Read more

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U.S. Army awards Airbus contract for continued logistics support

UH-72B helicopter ©Airbus

Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract with the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s entire UH-72A and UH-72B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a six-month base and 4.5 option years, with a potential total value of more than US$1.5 billion. Airbus will provide support across 67 Lakota sites in the U.S. and overseas. This includes National Guard bases in 43 states and Fort Rucker in Alabama, where the UH-72A performs the Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission (IERW). The CLS contract with the Read more

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EULEN America receives ISAGO certification from IATA

EULEN America, a leader in providing services and innovative solutions to companies, including aviation services, has been credited with the ISAGO certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This International certification authenticates the compliance of operation safety standards for organisation and management (ORM), load control (LOD), passenger and baggage handling (PAB), aircraft handling and loading (HDL), aircraft ground movement (AGM) as well as cargo and mail handling (CGM). The certification is valid for two years, due for renewal in November 2023. “We are committed to providing the highest level of quality of service and safety standards to our clients,” Read more

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Air France-KLM considering €500 million private equity loan to pay off state aid

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Air France-KLM has announced that it is in negotiations with private equity Firm Apollo Global Management over a potential €500 million capital injection which will be used to partially repay French state aid connected to one of its engineering and maintenance units which owns a pool of engines. The deal will not involve any equity and is being viewed as an alternative to a more traditional sale-and-leaseback deal involving the spare engines. The Dutch finance ministry, a shareholder in the airline group, said it supported the proposal. “Attracting private investors is good for the financial position of the company. We Read more

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