IAG Cargo powers up its customer experience team with new leadership appointments

Pat Dobie and George Efkolodis

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has announced new key customer-focused appointments to its leadership team. Pat Dobie, previously Chief Transformation Officer, is appointed Chief Customer and Infrastructure Officer. George Efkolodis joins the business as Head of Customer Experience, with over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry. These appointments underline the business‘s ‘always moving’ mantra and its commitment to ensuring customers are at the heart of the business. They will focus on the end-to-end customer experience as the business continues to increase capacity on its network whilst offering cargo-only services and its popular charter product. Read more

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Bamboo Airways signs agreement for GEnx engines

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Bamboo Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GE Aviation to purchase GEnx engines for its Boeing 787-9 aircraft order of ten firm and 20 options valued at close to US$2 billion at list price. The MOU agreement is the largest deal in this signing series for Bamboo Airways. According to the agreement, GEnx engines to be delivered in 2022 will power the wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet of Bamboo Airways. This fleet will operate on nonstop routes between Vietnam and the U.S. The Boeing 787-9 is currently one of the few modern wide-body aircraft capable of fulfilling Read more

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Norse Atlantic Airways and British Airline Pilots Association announce partnership

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Norse Atlantic Airways (Norse) and the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) have entered into an agreement that will deliver hundreds of jobs in the U.K. Norse plans to commence affordable flights between Europe and North America in 2022, with a fleet of more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. BALPA’s National Officer Terry Brandon, said: “This is a glimmer of hope for the struggling U.K. aviation industry that is much needed. We are pleased to welcome Norse Atlantic to London and the new jobs they will deliver at this critical time.” “Our negotiating team has been incredibly impressed with the Read more

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Boeing selects Toowoomba, Australia, for first final assembly facility outside North America

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Boeing, in partnership with the Queensland Government, has selected Toowoomba as the preferred site for the company’s first aircraft assembly facility of its kind outside of North America. Boeing Australia will establish the facility in the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defense Precinct at Wellcamp Airport to produce and assemble the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (also known as Loyal Wingman), the first military combat aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in Australia in half a century. The aircraft made its first flight in February 2021. The partnership to establish the facility will create new opportunities for Toowoomba, bringing jobs and skill development to Read more

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Finnair and Turkish Airlines sign code share agreement

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Finnair and Turkish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa. “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and Read more

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Mammoth Freighters adds wide-body MRO facility to B777 cargo conversion program initiative

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Mammoth Freighters (Mammoth) has announced a strategic investment in a world-class wide-body maintenance and modification facility to support its Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER passenger-to-freighter conversion programs.   Through its investment, Mammoth is embarking on a long-term partnership with GDC Technics (GDC), a global aerospace company with extensive expertise in engineeringand technical services, modifications, electronic systems, R&D, and MRO services.  Located at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, GDC has a state-of-the-art facility with 840,000 ft² and six wide-body hangar bays for modification and maintenance work on Boeing 777 aircraft.

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GKN Aerospace delivers first fixed trailing edge for Airbus’ “Wing of Tomorrow” program

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GKN Aerospace has delivered the first FTE for Airbus’ ”Wing of tomorrow” research program from its global technology center (GTC) in Bristol. This builds upon the successful production earlier this year of the single piece composite wing spar, one of the most challenging wing components produced. Chris Everett, GKN Aerospace Senior Vice President – Airbus Business said “The delivery of the first Wing of Tomorrow program trailing edge into Airbus marks a significant step forward in technology deployment for this type of application. Advances in composite manufacture and automated assembly techniques are set to demonstrate the ability to both produce Read more

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Atlas Air Worldwide and FedEx sign new ACMI contract

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Atlas Air has entered into a long-term agreement with FedEx to provide two Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis. This new agreement is in addition to the company’s existing multi-year peak season contract that provides FedEx with a minimum of five aircraft during the fourth quarter. Both 747-400 freighters have entered service and are flying on behalf of FedEx to support its growing express and e-commerce network. “We are pleased to grow our long-term relationship with FedEx. This agreement reflects the continued strong demand for airfreight capacity, particularly in the express and Read more

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Aeroclass, the online aviation training start-up attracts US$1.2 million in seed funding

Aviation e-learning platform Aeroclass has attracted US$1.2 million in seed funding from AeroCity Tech Ventures, a venture capital investing in aviation technologies. Aeroclass is the world’s first start-up to offer a modern online training platform specifically for aviation professionals. According to the company’s CEO and co-founder, Lukas Rasciauskas, Aeroclass aims to revolutionize the aviation training industry by offering aeronautical professionals high-quality training on a convenient, ‘any time, any place’ platform. “The global pandemic has highlighted a long-standing problem with aviation training. The previously rigid sector was for the longest time in need of someone to come and shake the market Read more

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GOL, Grupo Comporte, and Avolon partner for 250 eVTOL purchase

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Gol, Brazil’s largest airline and Grupo Comparte, the country’s leading transport operator, have teamed up with Avolon, the aircraft leasing and lease management specialist, to create an electric vertical and take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle ride-sharing platform in Brazil. The three companies will jointly collaborate to identify and target local partners, infrastructure, and certification requirements across a range of commercial models, launching one of the world’s first eVTOL ride sharing businesses. As part of the joint venture, GOL and Grupo Comporte have agreed to either lease or purchase 250 VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon. Manufactured by Vertical Aerospace, the VA-X4 Read more

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