Finnair announces first phase partners for its biofuel and CO2 offset service

Air travellers are increasingly interested in reducing the CO2 emissions of their flights. Finnair announced last summer that as of early 2019 it will start offering its customers a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels. Finnair has now selected its first partners for its offset service: For sustainable biofuels, Finnair’s partner will be the Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnair will partner with the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, an international financial institution backed by the Nordic Read more

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TrueNoord leases fourth new ATR 72-600 to Wings Air of Indonesia

Wings Air takes delivery of fourth new ATR 72-600 aircraft ©TrueNoord

PT Wings Abadi, operating as Wings Air and a subsidiary of Lion Air Group, has taken delivery of its fourth new ATR 72-600 aircraft leased from TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor. This is the culmination of a deal that has already seen TrueNoord integrate three aircraft into the Wings Air fleet in August, October and November this year. The aircraft are all provided on long term operating leases in association with Transportation Partners and ATR. Financing is provided under TrueNoord’s recent term loan warehouse facility supported by Morgan Stanley, NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and Barclays. Legal services were provided by Read more

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GKN Aerospace announces new £32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol

GKN Aerospace plans a new Technology Centre in Bristol ©GKN

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark and the Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker together have revealed plans for GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre in the UK. The new centre – funded by a £17 million commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15 million commitment from the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute – is expected to open in 2020. Once open the 10,000 m² facillity will host 300 highly skilled engineers, and will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK Read more

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Leonardo S.p.A selects HEICO Component Repair Group as authorized repair center

HEICO Component Repair Group (Structures Division), a subsidiary of HEICO Corporation has been selected as an authorized service center. Under the agreement, HEICO Component Repair will perform modification and repair and overhaul of Embraer 170 and 175 fan cowls and air inlets (Inlet Cowls) by Leonardo S.p.A, the manufacturer of these parts. Vladimir Cervera, VP/GM of HEICO Component Repair Group, Structures Division commented “We are excited to partner with Leonardo to service Embraer E170 & E175 inlet and fan cowls as an OEM authorized service center. Leonardo’s quality products, combined with HEICO’s emphasis on customer satisfaction, ensures the highest level Read more

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Boeing launches longest-range business jet with BBJ 777X

Boeing launches longest- range business jet, the 777-X ©Boeing

Boeing Business Jets is launching the BBJ 777X, a new Boeing Business Jet model that can fly more than half way around the world without stopping. “Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination. The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long range VIP travel,” said Greg Laxton, head of Boeing Business Jets, at the bi-annual Middle East Business Aviation Association Show (MEBAA). Customers can choose between two models: the BBJ 777-8 and BBJ 777-9. The BBJ 777-8 offers Read more

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Brazilian government joins Embraer in challenging court order against Boeing JV

On December 6, the 24th Federal Civil Court of São Paulo issued an order prohibiting the finalizing of any joint venture deal between Embraer and Boeing. However, the order does not prohibit both plane makers from continuing with plans for Boeing to take an 80% stake in Embraer’s commercial aircraft operations. In effect, the order is likely only to delay the creation of the joint venture until the new administration is in power under the leadership of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has already made it clear he is in favour of the tie up between the two companies, while Embraer Read more

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IAI’s Bedek Aviation Group and ATSG celebrated 70 full freighter conversions

IAI’s Bedek Aviation group has concluded the 70th full freighter conversion for Air Transport Services Group. Over the past 25 years the cooperation of the two companies unfolded to encompass a major part of the global P2F conversions market. Bedek performed DC-8 short-to-long duct pylon modifications and JT8 engine overhauls and QEC components and Bedek participated in the conversion program of B767-200 Passenger-to-Package-Freighter configuration, which was followed by the 767-200BDSF Passenger-to-Special-Freighter (SF) conversion program. In 2009 Bedek started the B767-300BDSF conversion program, in partnership with Mitsui of Japan, under which over 60 aircraft have already been converted – most of Read more

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AVIAÂ partners with Jetex to launch Middle East supplier network

Jetex Dubai FBO Terminal ©AVIAÂ

AVIAÂ, the international group purchasing organisation (GPO) for business aviation is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the signing of a new preferred supplier partnership with Jetex, a leading international ground handling specialist in the region. The partnership commences with exclusive savings on full business aircraft handling, through select FBOs in Jetex’s global network. AVIAÂ Business Development Director Matt Smith signed the partner agreement with Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex flight support, at its flagship VIP Dubai South, Dubai World Central Airport FBO. The agreement opens up a wealth of savings for AVIAÂ members, located primarily Read more

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Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh to retire at the end of 2019

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who has served as the President and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH /Munich Airport (FMG) for over 17 years, will retire at the end of 2019. Over his airport management career, Kerkloh came to be seen as one of the most experienced and respected experts in the industry, both in Germany and at the international level. Under his leadership, Bavaria’s gateway to the world has taken its place alongside Europe’s top-performing air transportation hubs – both in terms of traffic growth and commercial success. Major milestones in the Kerkloh years include the opening of Terminal 2 in Read more

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