easyJet adopts DPO and CDA technology to immediately reduce CO2 emissions


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


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

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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


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

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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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Czech Airlines Technics signs new long-term agreement with Transavia Airlines

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The high quality of the services provided has earned Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) long-term co-operation with Transavia Airlines. The new maintenance agreement, in effect from the beginning of September, also includes the new A320neo-type of aircraft and covers the co-operation over the next five years, i.e., until August 31, 2027. Over the past years of co-operation, Czech Airlines Technics has performed multi-level overhauls during 267 aircraft visits for Transavia. “We have to highlight the excellent nature of our co-operation both at the management level of the two companies and on the premises of our hangar, where our maintenance managers meet Read more

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Boeing and Muilenburg agree to pay Securities Commission US$200 million over misleading 737 MAX statements

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American planemaker Boeing Co. together with its former CEO Denis Muilenburg have agreed to pay the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEV) a fine of US$200 million for having misled the public over the two fatal crashes of its 737 MAX jet. The SEC has alleged that both Boeing and Muilenburg knew that there was a problem with the flight control system after the first crash involving a Lion Air jet which resulted in the death of 189 passengers and crew, and that it represented an ongoing concern. Despite this, they made it clear that as far as they were Read more

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Spring Airlines selects Safran for support of nacelles of Airbus A320neo

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Safran Nacelles has been selected by Spring Airlines for the support of the nacelles of its Airbus A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines over a period of three years. Spring Airlines will have access to Safran Nacelles’ shared pool of nacelles end-items. The Chinese airline will also benefit from OEM-guaranteed maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions at Safran Nacelles new repair station in Suzhou, China. These contracts are carried out as part of the NacelleLife™ support and services packages, which cover all Safran Nacelles’ after-sales activities and aims to provide a responsive, reliable, cost effective and high-quality service.

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