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ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft

  ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and 10 A330neos, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on 30th September 2021. In addition, the…

Air Peace – a new client for SmartLynx Airlines

  SmartLynx Airlines, a renowned specialist in full-service ACMI aircraft lease services and a respected ACMI cargo and charter provider in the EU has announced the welcome procurement of a new client, Nigerian airline, Air Peace – Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline. The agreement was signed between SmartLynx Malta…

First in-flight 100% sustainable-fuels emissions study of passenger jet shows early promise (with video)

  Initial findings from a world-first study of the impact of 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines of a commercial jet have provided promising early results. The ECLIF3 study, involving Airbus, Rolls-Royce, German research centre DLR and SAF producer Neste, marks the first time 100% SAF has been…

Hi Fly lands first ever Airbus A340 in Antarctica (with video)

  Captain Carlos Mirpuri and his crew flew the widebody aircraft, from Cape Town to the White Continent and back; the journey is 2,500 nautical miles, flying for just over five hours each way. Never before has an A340 landed on an Antarctic blue glacial ice runway. The aircraft will be…

Boeing Delivers First P-8A Poseidon to Norway

  The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) accepted the first of five Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will be operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). “Norway is responsible for large maritime areas in a strategically important part of the world, and the new P-8A…

Indonesia Ministry of Defence orders two Airbus A400Ms (with video)

  The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft in multirole tanker and transport configuration. The contract, which will become effective in 2022, will bring the total number of A400M operators to ten nations. The agreement includes a complete maintenance and training support package.…

Indigo Partners portfolio airlines order 255 A321neo Family aircraft

  Wizz Air (Hungary), Frontier (United States), Volaris (Mexico) and JetSMART (Chile, Argentina), Indigo Partners portfolio airlines, have announced an order for 255 additional A321neo Family aircraft under a joint Indigo Partners agreement. The firm order was signed at the Dubai Airshow. This order brings the total number of aircraft…

SmartLynx adds two more A321Fs to its expanding cargo fleet

  As part of an ambitious expansion strategy, SmartLynx Airlines, a high-profile European ACMI charter and cargo operator has announced the addition of two more A321Fs to its growing cargo fleet. The two new cargo freighters aircraft will bring the airline’s A321F fleet to a total of eight (8) active…

KlasJet to repatriate lion cub and leopard from Russia to Tanzania

  On October 26th a private plane took off from the Russian city of Chelyabinsk having filed a flight plan to its final destination, the Tanzanian city of Moshi, in Northern Tanzania, on the African east coast. The unusual passengers onboard this prestigious KlasJet private aircraft are a lion and…

First A319neo flight with 100% sustainable aviation fuel

  Airbus, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, the French Ministry of Transports and Safran have launched the first in-flight study of a single-aisle aircraft running on unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the flight test over the Toulouse region on 28 October, one CFM LEAP-1A engine of an Airbus A319neo test aircraft…

AviaAM Leasing delivers its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to the lessee – Bluebird Nordic

  AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in tailored aircraft leasing and trading services, has announced the delivery of the company’s first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to the lessee – Icelandic air cargo transportation company Bluebird Nordic. The 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter underwent the P2F conversion works at…

SmartLynx Airlines: Around the world in 7 days

  7 days – this is how long it takes for SmartLynx Airlines Malta, EU-based specialists in full-service ACMI aircraft leasing solutions and air cargo charters, to transport your freight shipment around the world. With 5 recently added Airbus A330 aircraft, modified to Zero LOPA, SmartLynx Airlines are on their…

Bell Celebrates Grand Opening of 525 Experience Center in Norway

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled its new 525 Experience Center at the Stavanger Airport in Norway. The center is an innovative space designed to showcase the Bell 525 capabilities for customers in Norway who perform missions in oil and gas, search and rescue (SAR),…

Airbus Helicopters starts flight tests with engine back-up system

  Airbus Helicopters, in partnership with the French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC, has started flight testing an engine back-up system (EBS) onboard its Flightlab. The project opens the way to a future hybridised propulsion system for light helicopters while delivering concrete flight safety improvements in the short term. The campaign’s…

Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125 helicopters

  The Phoenix Police Department has signed a new order to upgrade its airborne law enforcement helicopter fleet with five new H125 helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next year. “We spent a lot of time analyzing which platform would best fit all of our operational needs as we began…

Breeze Airways reveals new A220 livery, confirms order for 20 additional A220-300 aircraft from Mobile Final Assembly Line

  Breeze Airways has revealed its new A220-300 livery, while confirming that it has reached a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 more of the aircraft. This previously undisclosed order for 20 brings Breeze’s total order book to 80 A220-300s, the first of which will be delivered in Q4 2021.…

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army National Guard

  Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With…

Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Airspace cabin enters into service with Lufthansa Group

  Lufthansa has started operations with its first A320 Family aircraft – an A321neo – featuring Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Airspace cabin. In doing so, the airline becomes the first operator in Europe to introduce the new Airspace cabin features for passengers on board A320 Family aircraft. In 2018 Lufthansa Group,…

Aviator signs partnership agreement with Norwegian for de-icing services

  Aviator Airport Alliance, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics and a family member of one the largest aerospace service groups Avia Solutions Group, has signed a new partnership agreement with Norway’s largest airline Norwegian for de-icing services. The new De-icing contract with Norwegian…

The Republic of Kazakhstan orders two Airbus A400Ms (video)

  The Republic of Kazakhstan has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft and becomes the ninth operator together with Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Malaysia and Luxembourg. With delivery of the first aircraft scheduled in 2024, the contract includes a complete suite of maintenance and training…

Jet2.com orders 36 A321neos, becoming a new Airbus customer

  Jet2.com has placed an initial order for 36 A321neos making the airline based in Leeds, United Kingdom, a new Airbus customer and a new Airbus A320neo Family operator. The order reflects Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date. Philip Meeson,…

Ryanair accuses TAP of blocking slots at Lisbon airport preventing competition

  The president of Ryanair on Tuesday accused TAP of blocking ‘slots’ at Lisbon airport, preventing the growth of other airlines, and announced the launch of 26 new routes from Portugal for the winter. At a press conference, Michael O’Leary, said Ryanair is focusing on Portugal while TAP is “cutting…

How electric will prove a winner for aviation ground-support equipment in the long-run

  How electric will prove a winner for aviation ground-support equipment in the long-run At present most of the equipment used on-ramp is powered by diesel or other fossil fuel burning engines. Starting with tow trucks and finishing with refrigerated lorries, the environmental impact of tens of fuel-guzzling machines working…

Airbus celebrates the 1,000th aircraft covered by Flight Hour Services with flyadeal

  flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement to support its A320 fleet. The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight Hour Services. The carrier will benefit from integrated material services including spare pool access, on-site-stock at…

The Madrid Hub is a major logistics centre through which more than three million doses of anti Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed

  Iberia and IAG Cargo, the company handling air freight for all IAG airlines, continue to focus their efforts in the struggle against the pandemic by helping move Covid-19 vaccines around the globe. Shipments of vaccines began in December 2020 and, since the very beginning, the Madrid airport became a…

Chile’s SKY takes delivery of its first A321neo

  SKY, a Chilean-based low-cost carrier, on last 27  July, has taken delivery of its first A321neo leased from Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), becoming the first airline in Chile to operate the A321neo. SKY’s A321neo aircraft are powered by CFM Leap-1A engines and can seat up to 238 passengers…

BAA Training to Open a New Training Centre for Transavia France

  BAA Training, a part of Avia Solutions Group, and Transavia Airlines, a part of Air France-KLM Group, have signed a term sheet contract that sets out the conditions based on which BAA Training will open a new training centre dedicated to Transavia’s pilot training needs. The new aviation training…

Wright International and Flair Airlines announce maintenance partnership

  Wright International, a subsidiary of FL Technics, and Flair Airlines announce the start of a partnership, covering line maintenance services for the fleet of 13 Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft at Toronto Pearson Airport and the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The services will include transit and overnight services…

Aviator extends partnership agreement with FedEx

  Aviator Airport Services, a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics and a family member of one the largest aerospace service groups Avia Solutions Group, extended a partnership agreement with delivery services company FedEx for ground handling services. With over 600 aircraft, FedEx is the…

AviaAM Leasing adds first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to its fleet

  AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in tailored aircraft leasing and trading services, has welcomed its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter to the fleet. The Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion project was the first of its kind for the company. Having acquired the aircraft in March 2021, AviaAM Leasing…