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A350-1000 performed ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign in Latin America

With the objective of conducting a ‘High and Warm’ flight test campaign to check aircraft and engine performance in high-altitude, warm and humid conditions, the A350-1000 MSN071 test aircraft flew first to Bolivia before completing its tour in Colombia and then returning to Toulouse, France, after 10 days of flight and ground tests.  The flight test campaign took place at thre...

Gulfstream G500 on schedule for certification

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s G500 flight-test program continues to make significant progress toward the aircraft's anticipated 2017 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The five G500 test aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft, have surpassed 2,600 flying hours and accumulated more than 600 flights. "Development testing is complete; company...

Investor To Join TP Aerospace

We are happy to announce that 20 March 2017 we embarked on a new partnership with the Danish private equity fund CataCap who has acquired a majority stake in our company. The two founders and owners of TP Aerospace, Peter Lyager and Thomas Ibsø, will continue to form the exe...

airBaltic Adds New Summer Routes

This weekend the Latvian airline airBaltic, will switch to the summer flight schedule and start offering popular destinations, thus linking the Baltic region with attractive summer vacation spots. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “We are delighted to enter t...

Emirates announces A380 service to the French Riviera, adds Monaco transfers by helicopter

Emirates announced the launch of a daily A380 service to Nice, gateway to the French Riviera and Provence. The daily A380 service will start on 1st July 2017, just in time for the beginning of the summer holiday season. After Paris, Nice becomes Emirates’ second destination in France to welcom...

Garmin announces EASA certification for all-in-one ADS-B transponders

Garmin is pleased to announce it has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders in fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and helicopters. The GTX 345/335 include Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS, as...

Jetex Appointed as Handling Partner for Breitling DC-3 World Tour in the UAE

Jetex is proud to be the handling partner of Swiss luxury watchmaker and aviation chronograph specialist, Breitling, during the UAE leg of the Breitling DC-3 World Tour. The flagship Jetex FBO Terminal, located at Al Maktoum International Airport, plays host to the Breitling DC-3 from the 21st to&nb...

Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09 order book hits 101 units at Heli Expo

Following its participation at the 2017 Heli Expo, Marenco Swisshelicopter has reached a new commercial milestone with the 101st engagement signed in Dallas for the SKYe SH09 helicopter. With this seventh participation at the US event, the MSH team has been able to witness the continued interest...

Finnair Issues EUR 200 Million Bond

Finnair Plc issues a senior unsecured bond of EUR 200 million (the “Bond”). The Bond matures on 29 March 2022, it bears a fixed annual interest at the rate of 2.250 percent and has an issue price of 99.925 percent. The bond is callable before its final maturity. “Finna...

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TAG Aviation Receives Renewal of IS-BAO Stage 3

TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd. has demonstrated its commitment to safety by successfully renewing International Standard Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 3 certification, the highest level of achievement to be awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).  The UK-based operating Centre also renewed its accreditation to the Wyvern Wingman safety program last summer.  ...

Pilatus PC-12 NG is world's best-selling turboprop business aircraft in 2016

Delivery of 91 PC-12 NG single engine turboprops in 2016 make it officially the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. With 91 aircraft delivered to customers around the world in 2016, the PC-12 NG outpaced sales of all other individual models of turbine-powered business aircraft. In mid-2017, Pilatus will deliver the 1,500th PC-12. At this year’s “Annual I...

First HondaJet in France

As we found out, first HondaJet's business jet in France delivered to a client last week. The owner of the new aircraft is a private customer, whose name is not disclosed by the manufacturer. E.A.T.I.S. Flight Academy, based at Strasbourg Airport and specializing in training pilot...

Luxaviation UK welcomes Athens-based Challenger 604 to fleet

Luxaviation UK, the UK’s largest private jet charter operator, is welcoming a Bombardier Challenger 604 to its fleet, available for charter from April 2017. The Challenger 604 (G-MOCL) will be based at Athens International Airport with a full-time crew, allowing for last-minute charter requ...

EAD Aerospace adds A330 to SUMS family of Satcom STCs

Having received one of the first EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a Honeywell JetWave™ installation last year for an A320 (applicable to A320, A321) aircraft, EAD Aerospace (EASA DOA PART21 FRA21 J&G), an Eclipse company, has now received an EASA STC for an A330 aircraft. Th...

Jet Aviation receives Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department approval for G650 aircraft

Jet Aviation recently received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) to support Gulfstream G650 aircraft with line and base maintenance. Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Hong Kong is an approved Gulfstream Factory Authorized Warranty Service Center for...

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Lufthansa Systems acquires new customer Onur Air

Lufthansa Systems announced that Istanbul-based Turkish private airline Onur Air has opted for its Lido/Flight 4D solution. This new generation of the proven flight planning solution from Lufthansa Systems offers the airline a modern graphical user interface and extensive automation functions for flight planning and control processes. The two companies recently signed a five-year contract for the...

British Airways owner enters low-cost long-haul fray with new airline Level

The launch by British Airways’ owner of a low-cost long-haul airline could be a key staging post in the development of the growing trend for cheaper and longer flights. 'Level' has been unveiled by International Airlines Group as a low-cost, long-haul carrier operating out of Barcelona from June with flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana in the Dominic...

AZALJET launches flights from Azerbaijani regions to Moscow

AZALJET, low-cost brand of Azerbaijan Airlines, starts regular flights from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Azerbaijani regions - Ganja and Gabala from March 15. On the occasion of the first Moscow-Ganja flight a solemn event was held with the participation of AZAL vice-president Eldar Hajiyev and Dire...

airBaltic CS300 Logs 1000 Hours

The Latvian airline airBaltic has completed more than 500 flights and flown over 1000 block hours with the brand new Bombardier CS300 aircraft – the greenest commercial aircraft in the world. Martin Sedlacky, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic: “This is the best entry in servic...

UAE airlines likely to see falling profits this year: IATA

The profitability of airlines based in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East's main aviation hub, is likely to fall this year amid limited growth in demand, the head of IATA said on Tuesday. The UAE is home to Emirates [EMIRA.UL], which flies more passengers long haul than any o...

Vision Systems unveils second generation of electronically dimmable window and latest smart interactive window

Following the establishment of Smart Lite, a new division devoted to the design, production and commercialization of electronically dimmable solutions last September, Vision Systems is proud to disclose its latest innovations at AIX 2017: Nuance V2, the new generation of Electronically Dimmable Wind...

Gulfstream G500 on schedule for certification

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s G500 flight-test program continues to make significant progress toward the aircraft's anticipated 2017 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The five G500 test aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft, have surpassed 2,600 flying hours and accumulated more than 600 flights. "Development testing is complete; company...

Garmin announces EASA certification for all-in-one ADS-B transponders

Garmin is pleased to announce it has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders in fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and helicopters. The GTX 345/335 include Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B Out with options for built-in WAAS, as well as dual-link ADS-B In. The GTX 345/335 are compatible with a wide variety of current and legacy...

Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09 order book hits 101 units at Heli Expo

Following its participation at the 2017 Heli Expo, Marenco Swisshelicopter has reached a new commercial milestone with the 101st engagement signed in Dallas for the SKYe SH09 helicopter. With this seventh participation at the US event, the MSH team has been able to witness the continued interest...

Boeing, Ryanair Celebrate Delivery of Airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800

Boeing and Ryanair celebrated the delivery of the airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This significant milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999.   "Ryan...

Embraer Flies Fourth E190-E2 Prototype and Advances in the Certification Campaign

Embraer performed last Friday afternoon, at the São José dos Campos facility, the maiden flight of the E190-E2 fourth prototype, which was completed in two hours. This aircraft will be used for specific interior tests such as cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise....

Momentum builds in Cessna Citation Longitude program

Textron Aviation announced that the third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour...

Emirates announces A380 service to the French Riviera, adds Monaco transfers by helicopter

Emirates announced the launch of a daily A380 service to Nice, gateway to the French Riviera and Provence. The daily A380 service will start on 1st July 2017, just in time for the beginning of the summer holiday season. After Paris, Nice becomes Emirates’ second destination in France to welcome the iconic double decker, further stimulating demand for travel to the region. Nice is currentl...

Thomas Cook launches new destinations for Summer 2018

Thomas Cook will tomorrow, 23 March, launch Summer 2018 with an exciting range of new destinations to choose from. These include the Olympus Riviera in Greece, which is exclusive to Thomas Cook in the UK, as well as Golden Sands in Bulgaria, Spain’s Costa Brava and Madeira. As well as new destinations, Thomas Cook is offering customers seven new own-brand hotels to choose from including t...

Ryanair beats Berlin airport strike by flying in its own staff

Striking Berlin airport workers may cease giving notice of walkouts after Ryanair began using its own ground staff to help to maintain services from the German capital. The tactic of bringing in foreign "strikebreakers" poses a security threat because the Ryanair employees are being gra...

Skopje Airport eyes strong 2017 growth

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport is heading for another year of record growth with six new routes confirmed so far for the upcoming summer season and a number of carriers adding frequencies. Low cost airline Wizz Air will again fuel the growth at Macedonia's largest airport with a fourth aircr...

Germany’s Hahn airport to be sold to Chinese conglomerate

The local government owner of German airport Hahn has decided to sell the loss-making airport in western Germany to acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA, it said. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate had to restart the sale process last year after the previous winning bidder failed to make a...

airBaltic to launch Riga – Abu Dhabi service

The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017. airBaltic will operate the Riga – Abu Dhabi route 4 times weekly with a long-range Bomb...

FlightSafety Now Offers the Only Factory-Authorized Gulfstream G650 Training

FlightSafety International announces the start of the only factory-authorized Gulfstream G650™ training program located close to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and surrounding regions. The training is provided using the fifth Gulfstream G650 simulator built by FlightSafety. It is installed at the company’s Learning Center located at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingd...

AAR Signs Landing Gear Contract with IndiGo, a Low-Cost Airline in India

AAR, a global leader in aviation aftermarket services, has signed an agreement with India’s largest airline, Interglobe Aviation Limited (“IndiGo”), to provide support for landing gear overhaul services. The contract includes up to 49 full ship sets of A320 landing gear, as well as assemblies and subassemblies, for the next five years. The agreement expands AAR Landi...

Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Centres Earn FAA Diamond Awards

Bombardier bolstered its overall service and support by hiring close to 200 technicians and project managers within the last four months In 2016, Bombardier’s network supported over 9,000 maintenance events, a 20 per cent increase from the prior year Bombardier Business Aircraft&rsqu...

Malaysia Airlines signs with Airbus for A350 XWB flight training

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed an agreement with the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore to provide A350 XWB training to the carrier’s flight crew. The contract will cover complete courses for flight crew transition to the new A350 XWB, as well as regular recurrent tr...

New "SafeDrone" platform minimizes risks for pilots and drones

“SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik” is a new initiative for minimizing uncertainties and risks in unmanned aviation. The open and completely transparent platform allows collaboration between all interested market players and provides them with direct access to recognized ...

Leonardo: the BOD proposes the distribution of a € 14 cent. dividend after six years

Outstanding commercial performance with New Orders for EUR 20 billion. Book-to-bill ratio above 1 in all Sectors EBIT, EBITA and EBITDA higher than 2015 by 11%, 4% and 2% respectively Double-digit profitability target exceeded. 2016 RoS at 10.4%, with all Sectors above 10% Net Result Before...

Patrouille de France 2017 North American Tour

The Patrouille de France performs precision formation aerobatics using Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets. Their aircraft will sport special paint schemes during the 2017 season to commemorate their tour, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in France. Thanks to Yam Wanders we can share with you exclusive photos from Salon de Province!...

German military to use 13 A400M aircraft after failing to find buyers

The German military plans to use 13 Airbus A400M military transport planes for its own needs after failing to find buyers for the aircraft, it told lawmakers on Friday. The move will mean extra costs in coming years. Germany initially planned to buy 60 A400M aircraft, but later lowered the number to 53. Parliament then approved a plan in 2011 under which 13 of those aircr...

Airbus Helicopters wraps up a successful Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas

Airbus Helicopters showcased its best-selling light singles and light twins during Heli-Expo 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The H125, H130, H135, and the H145, on display at the show, represented 351 bookings for Airbus Helicopters in 2016, and accounted for a v...

Germany to buy Triton drone to replace canceled Euro Hawk-sources

Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes built by U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp for deliveries after 2025, ministry sources said on Tuesday. The new drones will replace the Euro Hawk program, which Berlin canceled in May...

iflyA380.com at ITB Berlin 2017

Airbus presents the world’s first online booking assistant of its kind and other travel trends at ITB from 8 to 12 March 2017 A one-of-a-kind booking tool for the world’s most iconic aircraft: Airbus created the online booking assistant iflyA380.com to take travel planning to the next...

Russian Knights aerobatic team will be first to fly on the new Su-30SM at LIMA 2017

The Russian Knights aerobatic team will perform at the LIMA 2017 air show slated for March 21 to 25 in Malaysia, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Victor Bondarev has told journalists, airrecognition.com reported. "Now, the Russian Knights are training [for the show] ...

Finnair Issues EUR 200 Million Bond

Finnair Plc issues a senior unsecured bond of EUR 200 million (the “Bond”). The Bond matures on 29 March 2022, it bears a fixed annual interest at the rate of 2.250 percent and has an issue price of 99.925 percent. The bond is callable before its final maturity. “Finnair’s prudent execution of its accelerated growth strategy and continued improvement in financi...

EU clears GE acquisition of Danish rotor blade maker LM Wind Power

The European Commission said on Monday it had cleared General Electric Co's (GE.N) $1.65 billion acquisition of Danish rotor blade maker LM Wind Power as the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe. General Electric produces onshore and offshore wind turbines, but only has a relatively small market share, the Commission said in a statement. LM Wind...

Alitalia’s board approves profitability strategy including €1bn in cost cuts by 2019

Alitalia’s board has approved a turnaround plan that will include cost cuts of €1 billion (Dh3.94bn) and an increase in the number of transatlantic flights as the airline seeks to achieve profitability by the end of 2019. The 2017-21 business strategy also envisages a 30 per cent rise...

MTU Aero Engines AG posts new record revenues and earnings for 2016

• 2017: End of investment phase with further increase in revenues, earnings and free cash flow • Outlook for 2017: Revenues of approx. €5.1 to €5.2 billion, stable operating margin, net income rising at a higher rate than operating profit – Provisional figures, subject...

Airbus delivers Full-Year 2016 results in line with guidance

Airbus reported 2016 financial results with its guidance achieved for all key performance indicators and provided an outlook for 2017. “We have delivered on the commitments that we gave a year ago and achieved our guidance and objectives, with one exception, the A400M, where we had to...

LMI Aerospace Enters into Merger Agreement to be Acquired by Sonaca Group

LMI Aerospace Inc.has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company headquartered in Gosselies, Belgium. Under the agreement, LMI shareholders will receive $14 per share in an all-cash transaction. Sonaca’s offer represents a 52...

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BBGA honours Biggin Hill Airport's Andrew Walters with industry award for outstanding services

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has honoured Andrew Walters, owner and chairman of London Biggin Hill Airport as the 2017 recipient of its prestigious annual Michael Wheatley Award  for Outstanding Services to the general aviation industry.  The award was presented at the Association’s 43rd annual conference and AGM at Luton Hoo by Sir Gerald Howarth MP...

Jet Aviation appoints new managing director for its MRO and FBO facility in Vienna

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of Hakan Tin as managing director of its Vienna operation, effective March 1, 2017. Tin has served as Sales Director in Vienna since September 2015.  In his new role with the company, Tin is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations in Vienna, and reports directly to Stefan Benz, Jet Aviation’s senior vice...

Airbus Names Mikail Houari President for Africa and Middle East

Airbus has appointed Mikail Houari, 50, as President for Africa and the Middle East region. Mikail, who previously served as Deputy President for Africa and the Middle East, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience within the industry at a global level. In his new role, he will lea...

Embraer appoints a new CEO for Executive Jets business unit

Embraer announced the appointment of Michael Amalfitano as the President and CEO of its Executive Jets business unit. Amalfitano will succeed Marco Tulio Pellegrini, who will assume another leadership position to be announced soon. The change will become effective as of march 1st 2017...

Piper appoints veteran industry executive Drew McEwen to vice president, international and direct sales

Piper Aircraft Inc. has appointed General Aviation industry veteran, Drew McEwen, to Vice President International and Direct Sales, where he will lead Piper Aircraft’s global, and factory direct sales efforts focused on growing its trainer business and the international distribution network fo...

JetLease Capital is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth Parzygnat to their team!

Kenneth has successfully closed his second transaction since joining the JetLease Capital Team!   Kenneth has served in financial capacities for over 20 years assuming positions ranging from entrepreneur of his own startup distribution company to being the Chief Operating Officer of a well-res...