Volocopter and Diehl agree to expand cooperation

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility and Diehl Aerospace, a leading supplier of avionics systems and a joint venture between Diehl Aviation and Thales, are further expanding their cooperation. The contract extension provides for the development and production of an optical splitter to complement the flight control system as well as other components for the battery management system for the first all-electric VoloCity air taxi. Diehl Aerospace has already developed the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for the VoloCity, including the primary and backup control computers. The optical splitter complements the flight control system by providing control information to the Read more

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Lufthansa reactivates Airbus A380

©Lufthansa Airbus A380

Lufthansa has announced that it is reactivating the Airbus A380 in response to the steep rise in customer demand and the delayed delivery of ordered aircraft. The airline expects to use the long-haul aircraft, which is popular with customers and crews, again from summer 2023. The company is currently assessing how many A380s will be reactivated and which destinations the plane will fly to. Lufthansa still has 14 Airbus A380s, which are currently parked in Spain and France for long-term so-called “deep storage”. Six of these aircraft have already been sold, eight A380s remain part of the Lufthansa fleet for Read more

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CharterSync bolsters senior management team with new appointments

Chris Metters

Air cargo charter business, CharterSync, is announcing several strategic appointments to accelerate its global expansion plans. Charter market veteran, Chris Metters, is joining the team in a consultant advisory role to the board as interim Financial Director, following 28 years with leading global air charter broker, Chapman Freeborn where he was Group Financial Director and Global Special Projects Director and Group Compliance and Risk Officer until 2021. In July, Hilary Blackburn will be appointed as Risk Management and Compliance Consultant. Blackburn has over 25 years’ experience in global corporate communications, governance, risk, compliance, and previously worked for Chapman Freeborn for Read more

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Battle for Spirit Airlines heats up as ISS now recommending Frontier offer

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The battle between Frontier Group Holdings (Frontier) and JetBlue Airways Corp. (JetBlue) for the acquisition of Spirit Airlines Inc. (Spirit) has taken another twist as proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS) has changed its recommendation subsequent to the most recent revised offer from Frontier. “On balance, support for the merger with Frontier on the revised terms is warranted,” the proxy firm stated in its most recent report. The reason for the change in advice comes on the back of an offer on June 24 from Frontier of an additional US$2.00 per share, which has now matched the US$2.00 Read more

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Government of Cyprus orders six H145 helicopters

The Government of Cyprus has ordered six five-bladed H145M helicopters ©Airbus Helicopters

The Government of Cyprus has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of six H145Ms with an option for another six aircraft. The five-bladed helicopters will be operated by the Cypriot National Guard. “The implementation of this agreement will provide the National Guard with a cost-effective and high-performance helicopter solution that satisfies the operational requirements set by the General Staff and addresses many of the future challenges of light attack helicopter fleets. Able to operate in very demanding environments, the H145M will enhance the National Guard’s day and night capabilities in delivering rapid response, fire power and precision, Read more

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Fritz Joussen, CEO of TUI, hands over his position to Sebastian Ebel

Sebastian Ebel

Sebastian Ebel, currently the Chief Financial Officer, is to become CEO of TUI. After around ten years at the helm, Fritz Joussen will hand over his position as CEO of the tourism group at the end of September. He is exercising a right of resignation granted in connection with the conditions of the Corona stabilisation measures. He has informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr Dieter Zetsche and the employees of the Group of his decision. The Presiding Committee of the Supervisory Board will propose to the Supervisory Board of TUI AG to appoint Ebel as CEO, effective October Read more

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Embraer signs contract for up to ten passenger-to-freight conversions

©Embraer has signed a firm contract for up to ten P2F conversions with an undisclosed customer

Embraer has signed a firm order for up to ten Embraer E-jets passenger-to-freight (P2F) conversions with an undisclosed customer. Aircraft for conversion will come from the customer’s current E-jets fleet, with deliveries starting in 2024. This is the first firm contract for Embraer’s P2F, being the second agreement for this kind of operation. In May, Embraer and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) announced an agreement in principle to take up to ten conversion slots for E190Fs/E195Fs. The conversion-to-freighter will be performed at Embraer’s facilities in Brazil and includes a main deck front cargo door; cargo handling system; floor reinforcement; Rigid Cargo Read more

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Rolls-Royce signs TotalCare agreement with South Korean airline T’way

South Korean airline T’way has signed a TotalCare® service agreement for Trent 700 engines with ©Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and South Korean airline T’way have signed a TotalCare® service agreement for Trent 700 engines that will power three Airbus A330 aircraft. The agreement is the first time T’way has selected TotalCare – adding another new member to the global family of operators relying on this service. It also marks the first time Trent 700 engines have been operated by a South Korean airline, continuing to demonstrate the global reach of an engine that has now accrued more than 60 million flying hours worldwide.

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Spain orders 20 Eurofighter jets

Spain orders 20 Eurofighter jets under landmark contract to modernise its combat aircraft fleet ©Airbus

The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) has signed a landmark contract for the acquisition of 20 latest generation Eurofighter jets. Known as the Halcon programme, the order will cover the delivery of a fleet of E-Scan (Electronically Scanned) radar equipped fighter aircraft consisting of 16 single-seaters and four twin-seaters to replace the F-18 fleet operated by the Spanish Air Force on the Canary Islands. This contract will see the Spanish Eurofighter fleet grow to 90 aircraft. With the first delivery due in 2026, these new aircraft will enhance and position the Spanish Air Force fighter fleet among its Read more

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HAECO Group selects dentCHECK from 8tree to enhance maintenance operation

©HAECO Group is using 8tree’s dentCHECK tool to enhance the efficiency and quality of its dent-mapping activities

HAECO Group has begun using 8tree’s dentCHECK tool to enhance the efficiency and quality of its dent-mapping activities. In particular, HAECO Hong Kong and HAECO Americas are already making use of dentCHECK’s new automatic large-area mapping capability to drastically reduce the time taken for inspecting incoming hail-damaged aircraft. dentCHECK is the only handheld-portable, completely wireless 3-D scanner tool with integrated AR that is purpose-built for the aviation maintenance industry. The tool delivers real-time ‘go/no-go’ answers at the push of a single-button and significantly reduces damage-mapping and reporting times, compared to traditional manual methods that use depth-gauges and straight-edges.

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