IAG converts 14 A320neo-family options into firm orders

International Airlines Group (IAG) is converting 14 A320neo-family options, announced in August 2013, into firm orders for 11 A320neos and three A321neos. This is in addition to the conversion of eight A320neo-family options which IAG exercised in March 2022 for six A320neos and two A321neos. These aircraft will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will be used to replace A320ceo-family aircraft in the Group’s short-haul fleet. These modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft will bring both cost efficiencies and environmental benefits to IAG airlines.

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LCI acquires 19-helicopter portfolio

An AW139 operated by Omni Helicopters International – one of the aircraft types in the portfolio ©LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of the Libra Group, has announced the acquisition of a portfolio of 19 helicopters from Lobo Leasing, alongside RIVE Private Investment and Turning Rock Partners. The portfolio is valued at over US$115 million (£94 million) and comprises helicopters from leading manufacturers including Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo and Sikorsky. The acquisition will see LCI continue to diversify its fleet, increase its customer base and expand its geographical reach. Eight of the aircraft are currently placed on lease in South America, with the remainder in Europe and Africa, and will bring the total number Read more

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Government of Canada invests in projects to improve supply chain efficiency for Canadian airlines

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s trade corridors, which support its supply chains, help grow its economy and ensure its recovery, while creating good, middle-class jobs. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced close to CA$105 million for three new projects with NAV CANADA under the National Trade Corridors Fund. These projects will help improve supply chain efficiency for Canadian airlines across the country. The Government of Canada will contribute: Up to CA$39.2 million to provide new technology to improve the reliability, safety, and performance of Canada’s air transportation system, especially in the event of extreme weather and in remote communities. NAV Read more

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Aergo Capital delivers one Boeing 737-8 aircraft to Lion Air

Batik Air will operate the new Boeing 737-8, delivered from ©Aergo Capital

Aergo Capital Limited (Aergo) has successfully delivered the first of eight 737 (Max) aircraft to Lion Air. The aircraft, bearing manufacturer serial number 43016 will be operated by Batik Air, a member of the Lion Air group. Fred Browne, Chief Executive Officer of Aergo, commented: “We are delighted to deliver the first of eight 737 (Max) aircraft to Lion Air. We look forward to completing all deliveries in the coming months and would like to commend all those involved in the transaction for getting this deal over the line.”

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SITA’s research shows pent-up demand for air travel, with passengers embracing mobile and touch-less technologies

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SITA’s 2022 Passenger IT Insights research highlights pent-up demand for both business and leisure travel emerging from the pandemic, with passengers further embracing mobile and touch-less technologies to make the journey as convenient and seamless as possible.The survey reveals an increase in passenger use of mobile devices for booking, on board the airplane, and for bag collection in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2020, while automated gates saw increases in adoption for identity control, boarding, and border control. The results clearly reflect the accelerated digitalisation of air travel since the outbreak of the pandemic and passengers’ willingness to adopt technologies. Read more

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AJW Aviation appoints Rachael Caston as Chief Executive Officer

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AJW Group, a producer of aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider, has appointed Rachael Caston as CEO of AJW Aviation. Caston, who has an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering, an MA in Strategic and International Defence, and qualifications in strategic leadership and management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), will guide the organisation in its mission to transform aviation efficiency, focusing on continued strategic, operational and financial strength in delivering an exceptional customer experience. From September 1, 2022, Caston will assume the role, joining AJW from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership Read more

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ICAO calls on Russian Federation to cease dual registration of its aircraft

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN’s aviation arm, is calling on the Russian Federation to cease the dual registration of its aircraft in an attempt to bypass global sanctions. The request has come about subsequent to the 226th Meeting of the ICAO Council. The Council has made it clear that under the Chicago Convention, a State may change the registration of its aircraft to another state. However, once a State has registered an aircraft, a number of safety-related obligations fall upon it by virtue of the Chicago Convention and its Annexes. The Convention also makes it clear that Read more

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AerFin completes purchase of B737-800 landing gear with lease-back attached

AerFin has completed the purchase of a B737-800 landing gear from Hawker Pacific Aerospace, part of the Lufthansa Technik Group. The purchase-and-leaseback agreement has seen AerFin acquire the landing gear in fully overhauled condition and lease it back to Hawker Pacific Aerospace to support the operation of Hawker’s narrow-body programmes. Commenting on the agreement, Nick Filce, Director – Asset Sales and MRO at AerFin, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer this unique structure to Hawker Pacific and offer it a flexible asset support solution that meets the needs of its operation. Additionally, we are pleased to broaden our portfolio Read more

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Gulfstream G800 makes first flight

The all new G800 jet departs Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport ©Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace’s all-new ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 successfully has completed its first flight, officially launching the flight-test programme of the industry’s longest-range aircraft. Announced in October 2021, the G800 is the latest addition to Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet to take flight and make progress toward customer deliveries. The G800 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 9:00 a.m. local time and landed there two hours later. In keeping with Gulfstream’s commitment to sustainability leadership in aviation, the aircraft made the flight using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel. The G800 can fly 8,000 nautical miles/14,816 kilometres at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km Read more

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Lilium selects Panasonic Avionics for electrical power distribution system

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defence and other mission-critical industries, has been selected by Lilium to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet’s electrical power distribution system. The power distribution units play a critical role within the Lilium Jet’s innovative energy management system. Astronics will be responsible for the secondary power distribution units (SPDUs) and charging power distribution units (CPDUs). Lilium Jets will each be equipped with two SPDUs and one CPDU. SPDUs are responsible for high-voltage (1000 VDC) to low-voltage (28 VDC) conversion and for low-voltage distribution and protection. Compact and light weight, the SPDUs Read more

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