Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A330neo

Air Mauritius A330-900 take off ©Airbus

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first A330-900, on lease from ALC during a ceremony held in Toulouse. The national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius is the first A330neo operator to operate a combination of both the A330neo and A350 XWB. The aircraft will feature a two-class cabin with 28 business class seats and 260 economy class seats. The carrier will deploy the aircraft on routes connecting Mauritius to Europe (mainly London and Geneva), India and South East Asian routes and on regional destinations including Johannesburg, Antananarivo and Reunion Island.

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India’s Jet Airways suspends all operations until further notice

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Unable to obtain emergency funding, Jet Airways, India’s second-largest commercial airline, has cancelled all flights Wednesday, April 17. “Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today,” it said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the decision would take “immediate effect”. The carrier confirmed it had no other option as a consortium of lenders had refused its request for emergency interim funding, leaving it unable to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep operations going. With a current debt of approximately US$1.2 billion, the airline has recently been Read more

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First time 3D print from CATIA V5

The European “Bionic Aircraft” research project has reached yet another milestone for additive manufacturing: For the first time ever, components can be printed directly from the CATIA V5 CAD system. This is made possible with the interface developed by CENIT. With it, there is no need to leave the development environment. All process steps, including post-processing, can be mapped in CATIA V5. Now, exact data is available in CATIA V5 for removing the support structures during 3D part post-processing – elaborate reconstructions of the model and the support structures are a thing of the past. Future users will be able Read more

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Spatial selected by Azul to manufacture A320/330 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer

Spatial, a provider of cabin crew training simulators, is to manufacture a hybrid A320/A330 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer (CEET) for Azul. Manufactured at Spatial’s 50,000 square feet facility in Dubai, the CEET will be specifically designed to provide a highly realistic training environment for the Brazilian airline’s cabin crew. The state-of-the-art simulator will enable crew to become proficient in vital Safety and Emergency Procedures (SEPs) of the A320 aircraft type including door operation, evacuation, fire and smoke training, cabin communications and aircraft systems familiarisation, secure cockpit procedures and emergency equipment usage. The CEET will be fitted with a fully functional Read more

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China’s Airbus H135 final assembly line starts operations

China’s Airbus H135 final assembly ©Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has expanded its industrial footprint and partnership with China with the opening of the H135 final assembly line in Qingdao. The factory is the first helicopter FAL built by a foreign manufacturer in China, as well as the first H135 FAL outside of Europe. The opening of this FAL follows a cooperation agreement signed between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s destined for the Chinese market. Ninety-five of these 100 helicopters will be assembled on this FAL from 2019 onwards. Main components including the main fuselage, main gearbox kits and rear fuselage Read more

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Uganda Airlines takes delivery of first CRJ900 aircraft

CRJ900 in Uganda Airlines Livery ©Bombardier

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first two of four CRJ900 aircraft to Uganda National Airlines Company. The new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets fitted with the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for its upcoming debut, making it the first operator in Africa with this enhanced cabin experience.

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S7 Technics completes first heavy maintenance checks on A320neo

©S7 Technics performs first heavy maintenance checks on A320neo

S7 Technics has become the first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider in Russia and the CIS to perform base maintenance checks on the advanced Airbus A320neo narrow-body aircraft. The maintenance work was conducted at the company’s Moscow Domodedovo airport site and included the 7500 FH / 5000 FC / 24-month 1С-check. A320neos from the fleet of S7 Airlines have two PW1127 engines by Pratt & Whitney. 25 S7 Technics engineers were involved in the first heavy maintenance checks on the A320neos, including eight specialists with B-type licences. All in all, the task required 5,000 man-hours of labour and took Read more

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Rolls-Royce expands services infrastructure for business aircraft

Rolls-Royce is further strengthening its global network of Authorised Service Centres (ASC) for CorporateCare® customers. The global ASC network forms an essential component of Rolls-Royce’s services portfolio for business aircraft and adds to its existing global aftermarket capabilities. Rolls-Royce has 76 ASCs with key maintenance providers worldwide allowing for rapid response times to meet its customers’ needs. The latest member of the ASC network is Bombardier’s Tianjin Service Centre, supporting the BR710A2 engines, which power the successful Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. The powerful service infrastructure of the ASC network is complemented by Read more

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Jet Aviation appoints Jeremie Caillet as Vice President VIP Completion Programs

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Jet Aviation has appointed Jeremie Caillet Vice President VIP Completion Programs, effective immediately. Caillet succeeds Neil Boyle, SVP Global Completions, who is retiring at the end of May 2019. Boyle will remain active with the company through its senior advisory board. In his new role, Caillet will be responsible for the successful execution and delivery of all VIP Completions projects, while providing leadership and direction for all aspects of VIP Completions programs. Caillet previously worked for Dassault Falcon Jet in the US and joined Jet Aviation in 2008 as Engineering Team Leader.

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Airbus Helicopters awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger support contract extension

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Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defence. Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that the five-year, TLS contract extension reflected the current standing of the Tiger in Australia. The two-seater ARH Tiger attack helicopter serves as a key asset for the Australian Army. Today, the fleet of 22 ARH Tiger has flown over 30,000 hours, deployed for day-and-night surveillance and fire-support missions. Globally, 181 Tigers have been delivered to Australia, France, Germany and Spain, and have accumulated over 115,000 flight Read more

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