Successful first flight of zero-emission Alice ushers in new era of electric aviation

Alice takes off on its maiden flight ©Eviation

Eviation Aircraft, the manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, has successfully completed the first flight of its zero-emission Alice aircraft, a historic day and major milestone in electric aviation. The aircraft lifted off at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH), flying for eight minutes at an altitude of 3,500 feet. This trailblazing flight of the technology demonstrator provided Eviation with invaluable data to further optimise the aircraft for commercial production. “Today we embark on the next era of aviation – we have successfully electrified the skies with the unforgettable first flight of Alice,” said Eviation President and CEO Gregory Davis. Read more

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FL Technics launches line maintenance operations in Abu Dhabi

©FL Technics has launched line maintenance operations in Abu Dhabi

FL Technics has started its line maintenance business in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to provide solutions for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. A successful ongoing partnership between the two companies has led to a mutual commitment of growth in the Middle East, where Wizz Air is launching new travel routes, while FL Technics has established a dedicated entity to serve flights in and out of Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), supporting the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The new location is the second FL Technics line maintenance station in the region, in addition to the currently operated station in Read more

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VAS Aero Services acquires six managed Airbus A320 aircraft from Genesis

VAS has acquired six ex-LATAM A320 aircraft from Genesis ©Airbus

VAS Aero Services, a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, has acquired six managed Airbus A320 aircraft from Genesis Aircraft Leasing Services, a full-service aircraft leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland. The Airbus A320 aircraft – serial numbers 1652, 1802, 1827, 1835, 1591 and 1891 – have been operated by LATAM. The airframes will be allocated for teardown and the surplus parts staged in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe for rapid distribution through VAS’ aftermarket network to its airline operator customer base. “The addition of six Airbus A320 airframes to our in-demand portfolio of used serviceable Read more

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easyJet adopts DPO and CDA technology to immediately reduce CO2 emissions

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As art of its bid to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, European low-cost carrier easyJet has invested heavily in the retrofitting of Airbus’ fuel saving Descent Profile Optimisation (DPO) function and also its Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) for compatible aircraft. The immediate effect will be a 1% fuel saving once the fleet-wide retrofit has been completed by this time next year. The outcome will also mean that easyJet will have the world’s largest fleet of DPO- and CDA-enabled aircraft, which should provide a CO2 reduction in the region of 88,600 metric tonnes. Descent Profile Optimisation (DPO) is a fuel Read more

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Rolls-Royce delivers its 1,000th BR725 engine to Gulfstream

The Gulfstream G650 jet is powered by Rolls-Royce BR725 engines ©Gulfstream

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 1,000th BR725 engine to its customer Gulfstream® Aerospace. The milestone engine, that was developed and assembled at the company’s business aviation headquarters in Dahlewitz, Germany, has been shipped to Gulfstream in Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. The BR725 engine exclusively powers Gulfstream’s highly successful ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650™ and Gulfstream G650ER™ business aircraft. Since its entry into service in 2012, the G650 aircraft family has established a reputation for excellent reliability, efficiency and speed, all combined with an outstanding environmental performance. The BR725-powered G650 aircraft family holds 120-plus world speed records, including the one for the farthest, fastest flight Read more

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Middle East Airlines adopts SITA’s cloud-based baggage reconciliation system

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SITA and Middle East Airlines–Air Liban (MEA) have renewed a technology contract and moved the airport’s baggage reconciliation system (BRS) at Rafic Hariri International Airport – Beirut to the cloud, increasing operational efficiency. This technology will significantly reduce operational costs for the airport and airline, with the server-less design avoiding on-site interventions to refresh, upgrade, maintain and support multiple obsolete devices, such as servers.   By installing SITA’s Bag Manager cloud solution, the airport will be able to process around nine million bags per year compared to three million bags in previous years without any significant equipment investment. Airports globally Read more

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NAC executes lease agreements with Loganair and Star Air

Loganair ATR 42-600 aircraft ©AirTeamImages

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has executed a lease agreement for one ATR72-500F and one ATR42-600 with Loganair, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1962, Loganair is a scheduled carrier and cargo operator with a fleet of ATR’s operating within the UK and Europe. The company also executed a lease agreement for two E175s with Star Air, a fast-growing regional carrier based in Bangalore, India that currently operates five E145s, connecting 18 destinations.

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Kim Ashmun joins StandardAero as President Components & Accessories division

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StandardAero has appointed Kim Ashmun to serve as President of the company’s Components & Accessories (C&A) division. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the commercial, operational, financial and technical performance of StandardAero’s C&A business units and facilities located across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.   Ashmun formerly served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations for Lockheed Martin’s Rotary & Mission Systems Sikorsky line of business. In that role, she led a large team, managing a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of ~1,800 suppliers.  Ashmun has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the aerospace industry, working at Read more

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AkzoNobel to introduce new training reality to aerospace

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At the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) event in Orlando, AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings will launch a new innovation in training that takes a virtual approach to the reality of painting an aircraft. AkzoNobel has invested in a technology which mimics a customer’s production environment and multiple coating systems to train teams virtually and in a significantly more sustainable and efficient way than previously possible.  The virtual reality (VR)-based system, developed with technology specialists Virtual Paint Products, has been successfully trialled at AkzoNobel’s training centre in Troy, Michigan and several portable units have since been designed for use at a customer’s Read more

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Atlas Air announces long-term ACMI placement with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Rendering of MSC Air Cargo Boeing 777 freighter ©MSC

Atlas Air and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA have entered into an agreement that enables MSC to expand its reach and capacity for its customers. Under the terms of the long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) agreement, Atlas Air will operate all four of its new and incoming Boeing 777-200 freighters on a global basis for MSC, with the first delivery being taken in Q4 2022. Atlas’ order of these four aircraft was announced in January 2022. The 777-200Fs will provide dedicated airfreight capacity to meet customer demand and will serve as a complementary service to MSC’s container shipping Read more

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