Iberia Maintenance returns 38 aircraft into operation from park and storage

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Iberia Maintenance returns 38 aircraft into operation from park and storage With the lifting of travel restrictions and improved flight bookings, Iberia Maintenance has supported its customers to increase the number of operating aircraft in their fleets and has returned 38 A320 aircraft into operation from its customer base during the last ten months. Apart from the return to operation tasks, which included cover removal, system tests and wheels and brakes checks, amongst others, Iberia Maintenance has also carried out heavy maintenance programmes required for these aircraft. These checks were due before the entry-into-service of the aircraft, some in combination Read more

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Air Lease Corporation announces lease placements of two new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Qanot Sharq Airlines

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced long-term lease placements for two new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Qanot Sharq Airlines (Uzbekistan), the first privately-owned airline in Uzbekistan. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the airline this fall from ALC’s order book with Airbus. “We are very pleased with this placement of two new A321neo aircraft with Qanot Sharq Airlines. Thanks to positive economic reforms intended to encourage private sector growth, the Uzbek economy and middle-class have been expanding and Qanot Sharq is successfully servicing the increased travel needs of this growing economy,” said AJ Abedin, Vice President of Air Lease Corporation. “With Read more

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Etihad Airways scales up cargo operations with Airbus’ new-generation A350F freighter

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters ©Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new-generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow. This order for the A350F sees the national carrier of the UAE expanding its relationship with Airbus and adding to its existing order for the largest passenger version of A350-1000, five of which have been delivered. Etihad has also firmed up a long-term agreement for Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet, to maintain aircraft performance and optimise reliability. This marks the first agreement for an Airbus FHS contract for an A350 fleet Read more

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GA Telesis names Rainford Knight, PhD Chief Digital Transformation Officer

GA Telesis, LLC, the pioneering leader in integrated aviation services, has named Rainford Knight, PhD as Chief Digital Transformation Officer (CDxO). Dr. Knight will be charged with developing and leading strategy-driven digital innovation that will drive the organisational transformation of the GA Telesis ecosystem. Working with GA Telesis’ in-house global technology team, he will develop actionable initiatives and work to accelerate the adoption of practices that are intended to not only revolutionise the company’s operational efficiencies but will create a sustainable digital organisation to unlock customer value through enhancement, connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This will include building Read more

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Joramco Academy kicks off registration for new class of trainees

©Joramco Academy kicks off registration for its next class of students

Joramco Academy—the aircraft maintenance training academy operated by local and regional MRO provider Joramco, has officially kicked off registration for its next class of students. The four-year training programme, which officially commences in September, prepares individuals for a rewarding career in aircraft maintenance, a field that is witnessing rapid growth and high demand both locally and internationally. Joramco Academy is open to any eligible candidate over the age of 18 who has passed any section of the Tawjihi exam. Students who are admitted to the academy enter a four-year programme that includes two years of theoretical study and two years Read more

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Lockheed Martin doubles size of venture capital fund to US$400 million

Lockheed Martin has doubled its venture capital fund from US$200 million to US$400 million. The company will use the increased funds to continue to accelerate future defence innovation through investment in start-up technology companies. “The success of our venture capital investments to date is a testament to our strategy and allows Lockheed Martin to continue to deliver innovative solutions across all domains,” said Jay Malave, CFO, Lockheed Martin. “Doubling our ventures fund will allow us to increase the number of start-up companies we can work with to advance 21st Century Security technologies for the benefit of our customers.” Lockheed Martin Ventures’ portfolio companies Read more

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Jackson Square Aviation delivers one Airbus A320-232 aircraft to Super Air Jet

Super Air Jet has taken delivery of one Airbus A320-232 from ©Jackson Square Aviation

Jackson Square Aviation (JSA) has delivered one Airbus A320-232 aircraft to Super Air Jet. This delivery completes the first part of a three-aircraft long-term lease package transaction, whereby each aircraft undergo a transition and modification programme to meet the specifications of Super Air Jet aircraft. Commenting on the delivery, David Jones, JSA Head of Asia Pacific Marketing, said: “We are excited to provide Super Air Jet with comprehensive fleet solutions tailored to its needs and are delighted to welcome the airline as our newest customer,” adding, “We look forward to building a strong partnership in the years ahead.”

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Contrail Aviation expands book of business and leadership team

Contrail Aviation Support, a full-service engine asset management platform as well as worldwide supplier of surplus and aftermarket commercial jet engine components, has announced that over the past 12-months, the company has acquired A318s (CFM56-5B powered), A320s (V2500 powered), ten CFM56-5B engines and more V2500-A5 spare engines to support the growing USM demands of Contrail’s engine MRO and airline customers. Additionally, Contrail has placed two CFM56-5B engines on lease with a European airline and acquired V2500-A5 engines on lease, growing its Asian operator base.  As Contrail’s book of business and client list expands, the company has also increased its marketing Read more

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Australia’s new LCC airline Bonza takes delivery of first of seven 737 MAXs on order

Bonza has taken delivery of the first of seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft ©Boeing

Australia’s new low-cost-carrier (LCC) Bonza has confirmed it has taken delivery of the first of seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft it has committed to receiving during 2022. The arrival ceremony was held at the Sunshine Coast Airport, 90km north of Brisbane, where the LCC will be based. The new airline, owned by Miami-based investment firm 777 Partners, and founded by its CEO and former Virgin Blue Administrator Tim Jordan, expects to commence operations in late September this year. The domestic carrier will, initially, operate on 27 routes, serving destinations in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Bonza’s operating model Read more

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Horizon Aircraft successfully completes construction of a 50%-scale prototype VTOL aircraft

The Cavorite X5 ©Horizon Aircraft

Horizon Aircraft (Horizon), an innovative leader in hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, has successfully completed the construction of its innovative 50%-scale “Cavorite X5” prototype. Horizon’s innovative approach and technology allows the aircraft to fly 98% of its mission in a very low-drag configuration like a traditional aircraft. Flying most of the time as a normal aircraft is also safer and should make the aircraft easier to certify than radical new eVTOL designs. The full-scale aircraft will also be powered by a hybrid electric system that can recharge the battery array in-flight while providing additional system redundancy. Read more

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