Italy’s new national carrier ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft

Formation flight A330-900, A220-1100 and A320neo ©Airbus

ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and ten A330neos – the latest version of the most popular A330 wide-body airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on September 30, 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease Airbus A350s to complement its fleet modernisation. “Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalisation of the order we announced last September. In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological Read more

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GA Telesis expands component offering for Pratt & Whitney PW4168 and PW4056-3 engines

GA Telesis (GAT) has announced another expansion to its inventory of Used Serviceable Material (USM) with the disassembly of one Pratt & Whitney PW4168 and one Pratt & Whitney PW4056-3 engine. In addition, over 30 of the popular Honeywell GTCP131 and GTCP331 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) models will be disassembled over the coming months. GAT’s Component Solutions team will manage the distribution of the USM from these asset teardowns. The Component Solutions team, part of the Flight Solutions Group (FSG), has scheduled a record number of engine and airframe teardowns in 2022 and beyond. With significant changes in airline and Read more

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Stephen Mitchell joins Savback Helicopters as Head of Sales, UK and Ireland

Stephen Mitchell

Savback Helicopters has announced another addition to its sales team, engaging Stephen Mitchell as its Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, effective immediately. Mitchell joins Commercial Director Rick Andrew and both will be based at the company’s newly opened facilities at the Nottingham Heliport, UK. Stephen brings 25 years of experience in civil aviation sales to Savback. Following 12 years’ service in the Royal Air Force, he began a career in helicopter sales, specialising in transacting Robinson and Leonardo Helicopters. This included 17 years with Sloane Helicopters. Following this, he gained experience in both business jet and commercial Read more

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GX Aviation new next-generation terminal receives FAA approval and certification

GX Aviation solution has received approval and certification from the FAA ©Inmarsat

Inmarsat has announced that its next-generation terminal for its GX Aviation solution has received approval and certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   Under the certification, the powerful new Falcon 300 terminal will be authorised to be installed on Boeing 737 aircraft. Developed with GDC Advanced Technology, the terminal includes GDC’s dual modem manager (MODMAN), with components by Kontron, together with a proven, reliable flat panel antenna by ThinKom.  At a critical time for the industry, inflight Wi-Fi is key to helping airlines boost passenger confidence and meet the expectations of post-COVID travel. Inmarsat’s recently released 2021 Passenger Confidence Tracker, found that 41% of air passengers believe that having Wi-Fi on their Read more

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LCI acquires Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland)

Aviation leasing company LCI, has announced an agreement to acquire Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland), a division of the Nova Capital Group. Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) represents the twin-engine rotary and fixed-wing aircraft lease division of the Nova Capital Group, with single-engine operations remaining within the Group. The acquisition will result in a substantial expansion of LCI’s leasing platform to over 140 twin-engine rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. It will also take the proportion of aircraft deployed on emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), offshore wind and utility missions, to over 80% of the entire leasing platform.  Last year, Nova Read more

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easyJet posts wider-than-expected headline fiscal 2021 pre-tax loss

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easyJet Plc (easyJet) has posted a wider-than-expected headline loss for the fiscal year 2021 which the low-cost carrier has put down to the continued disruptive effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Luton, UK-based airline flew 58% fewer passengers compared to the prior-year period at 20.4 million. Total revenue declined by 52% which easyJet attributed to the first half of the prior-year period being relatively unaffected by the pandemic, though the company remains optimistic that it will reach pre-pandemic capacity by 2023. For the year ending September 30, 2021, headline loss before tax widened to £1.14 billion from a loss of Read more

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MENA Cargo Airlines awards ULD supply and management to Unilode

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MENA Cargo Airlines, a dedicated full-service cargo airline of Bahrain-based MENA Aerospace Enterprises, has signed a five-year unit load device (ULD) supply, management and repair agreement with Unilode Aviation Solutions, a market leader in outsourced ULD management and repair services. MENA Cargo is in the midst of securing a fleet of dedicated and converted freighters as part of its expansion plans. Under the new agreement, Unilode will supply digital containers and pallets from its shared ULD pool to MENA Cargo’s scheduled cargo flights and ad-hoc charters and provide repairs at the airline’s hub and other destinations. Peter Hewett, General Manager Read more

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Keiron McNeill joins RAS completions and interiors as Managing Director

Keiron Mc Neill

RAS aircraft completions and interiors – a subsidiary of JETMS and a family member of the Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Keiron McNeill as the company’s Managing Director. McNeill arrives at RAS from his previous role as Chief Technical Officer for Loganair in the UK market. At Loganair he was a member of the airline’s leadership team charged with responsibility for the technical introduction of the Embraer 135/145 fleet along with the ATR 42/72 into the airline’s resources. McNeill brings with him extensive experience gained with regional and international airlines, VVIP operations, the aviation resource industries in Europe, the Middle Read more

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AJW Group purchases A320 CFM56 engine for teardown

AJW Group, an independent aircraft component parts, repair and supply chain solutions provider has announced the purchase of a CFM56-5B engine for teardown to support its expanding engine inventory and engine management programmes. The associated high-quality engine parts will be stored at AJW Groups global facilities to support the needs of worldwide Airbus A320-family operators. Customers will benefit from access to AJW’s pool of high-quality spare parts to support their ongoing operations.

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Passenger numbers at Prague Airport increase by 213% during 2021 summer schedule

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During the 2021 summer operational season, Prague Airport handled over three-million passengers, representing a year-on-year increase of 213%. The offer of connections comprised a total of 123 destinations, operated by 51 air carriers. Over a third of passengers used the services of Smartwings airlines. Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, a state-owned enterprise, provided its services to a total of 291,393 flights in the Czech airspace during the 2021 summer season, representing a 51% year-on-year growth.    Last summer, most passengers headed to Amsterdam. The first choice of traditional holiday retreats was Hurghada; the most popular country became Greece, Read more

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