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Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is identical to the first and designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force advanced pilot training requirement.  During the one-hour flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese validated key aspects of the aircraft and...

Lufthansa Technik presents "AVIATAR"

At MRO Americas 2017 Lufthansa Technik is presenting AVIATAR, the initial product of its newly created division Digital Fleet Solutions for the first time. AVIATAR is an innovative and holistic platform that offers an extensive variety of digital products and services for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) by combining multiple apps, web-based, and in one place. Lufthansa Technik's n...

RUAG streamlines TPE331 engine shop

Brand new workstations – organised according to lean management principles – together with new processes, ensure that Honeywell TPE331 engine customers benefit from faster turnaround times and improved efficiency at RUAG Aviation. The engine shop in Stans, Switzerland, has reopen...

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret, near the company headquarters. Fifty years after its maiden flight on 7 April 1967, the Gazelle is still being operated by nearly 100 custome...

Piaggio Aerospace Avanti EVO at EBACE 2017

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defence & security sectors, today announced it will participate with its Avanti EVO in the 17th edition of EBACE, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition staged in Geneva, Switzerland, at the...

London Oxford Airport welcomes new tenant hullo Aircrew

London Oxford Airport is delighted to welcome a new tenant, hullo Aircrew, which recently moved in opposite the OxfordJet FBO. Run by CEO Keiron Blay and COO Steve Payne, both former Hangar8 and Gama Aviation executives, the business centres on a revolutionary new platform which aims to empower pilo...

IATA: Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviati...

IAG Invests in two Hangar 51 start-ups

Following its highly successful Hangar 51 accelerator programme, International Airlines Group (IAG) is to invest in two start-ups: Esplorio and Vchain. More than 450 start-ups applied to join Hangar 51. Following a pitch day, five companies were selected to spend 10 weeks working in IAG’s h...

Capital AviaNeft introduces a Refund Programm during Formula-1 races in Sochi

Shortly before Formula-1 new race season Capital AviaNeft company and Aviapages.com website, which provides B2B solutions for business aviation, announce a new loyalty ”Refund Program”. This promotional campaign will operate on the principles of a rebate program, which allows to return a...

Second Boeing T-X Aircraft Takes Flight

Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is identical to the first and designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force advanced pilot training requirement.  During the one-hour flight, lead T-X Test Pilot Steve Schmidt and Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese validated key aspects of the aircraft and...

Piaggio Aerospace Avanti EVO at EBACE 2017

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business and defence & security sectors, today announced it will participate with its Avanti EVO in the 17th edition of EBACE, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition staged in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palaexpo and Geneva International Airport between 22nd and 24th May, 2017. EBACE is the largest...

Asiana Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the 12th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner.  Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising...

Russian Helicopters Passes Mi-171E Helicopter to Pakistan

Russian Helicopters has made its first Mi-171E civil multirole helicopter delivery to the Pakistani province of Punjab, according to a 19 April company statement. Under the terms of the contract, the reconfigurable version of the Mi-171E was manufactured to allow for its use both as a t...

Lilium celebrates successful flight tests of world’s first electric VTOL jet

Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany. The two-seater prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mo...

AeroMobil, Unique Limited Edition Flying Car, Launched at Top Marques Show

AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company, has unveiled the new model of the AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco, the world’s most exclusive supercar show. This launch fulfils the company’s commitment to deliver a commercially available flying car in 2017 and be ready to take pre...

London Oxford Airport welcomes Travion, its first flight management company

Travion Ltd has selected London Oxford Airport as its worldwide operations base. With its convenient location, comprehensive infrastructure and a ready supply of skilled staff, London Oxford Airport was chosen as an ideal location for this expanding Flight Management company. James Dillon-Godfray, head of business development for the airport said, “It’s an exciting time for Travion...

Norwegian to launch new low-cost flights to Seattle and Denver

- London Gatwick’s only direct flights to Seattle and Denver starting from September with fares from £199 - Seattle and Denver routes return to Gatwick after more than 10 years Norwegian is continuing its transatlantic expansion by launching two new routes from London Gatwick to Seattle and Denver on sale now from £199 at www.norwegian.com/uk More than 125,000 seats are av...

airBaltic Launches Vilnius – Paris

On March 26, the Latvian airline airBaltic launched flights on Vilnius – Paris route. The route offers more convenient travel options for travellers from Lithuania and France.   Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management of airBaltic: “We are delighted to return to Vilnius &nda...

Dutch scientist proposes circular runways for airport efficiency

While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. But that’s precisely the aim of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch scientist working with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre. Dubbed the “endles...

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...

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World's First Charter Flights on CS300 launched

The Latvian airline airBaltic and Tez Tour Latvija have jointly launched the world's first charter flights with Bombardier CS300 aircraft. For the summer season, charter flights will connect Riga with Antalya (Turkey), Heraklion (Greece), Burgas (Bulgaria) and Rimini (Italy). airBaltic will fly several times a week to these sunny destinations. Konstantins Palgovs, General Manager of Tez Tou...

Thirteenth Austrian Embraer OE-LWE Took Off on Maiden Flight

Austrian operates largest Embraer 195 fleet in Europe and second largest worldwide  Embraer Jets fly to more than 60 airports in Europe  Yesterday evening, another Embraer aircraft took off on its initial flight OS 375 from Vienna to Amsterdam. The Embraer featuring the registration number OE-LWE is the thirteenth aircraft of this type in the Austrian fleet. As a result, t...

Emirates to offer a taste of private yacht living

Flyers who enjoy the onboard luxury of a private yacht will soon be able to feel right at home on Emirates A380 flights. The airline will debut its new A380 Onboard Lounge at the Infinite Possibilities stand in its home-base of Dubai at the 2017 edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) that run...

airBaltic Passengers Up + 12%

In March 2017, the Latvian airline airBaltic carried 224 921 passengers or +12% more than in the same period of 2016 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. During the first three months of 2017, airBaltic has transported a total of 588 768 passengers....

FlyViking AS selects AeroCRS reservation system

AeroCRS is pleased to welcome FlyViking AS as one of its new airline customers. FlyViking AS, a new startup airline from Norway, started domestic flights operations on regular basis at March 27th to several destinations in north Norway such as Hammerfest, Bodø, Svolvaer and more, in a later s...

Dreamliner jet's secret bedrooms where aircraft crew sleep above passengers' heads

We go inside the hidden windowless compartments on a Boeing 787-9 where the flight crew rest on long journeys - right above the passengers' heads If you ever get to fly on a Boeing Dreamliner jet, have a think what’s above your head. Passengers’ hand luggage in the overhead b...

RUAG streamlines TPE331 engine shop

Brand new workstations – organised according to lean management principles – together with new processes, ensure that Honeywell TPE331 engine customers benefit from faster turnaround times and improved efficiency at RUAG Aviation. The engine shop in Stans, Switzerland, has reopened its doors, following more than four months of renovations, and a full redesign and refit of the w...

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret, near the company headquarters. Fifty years after its maiden flight on 7 April 1967, the Gazelle is still being operated by nearly 100 customers in 34 countries and it is appreciated for its ease of maintenance and high reliability. Develo...

Frasca International sells Airbus H125 helicopter flight simulator to Aero Asahi Corporation

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as...

StandardAero's European service centre receives EASA and FAA certifications for HTF7000 engine MRO services

StandardAero's European Service Center (ESC), located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, has received EASA and FAA certifications for Honeywell HTF7000 turbofan MRO services and is now authorized to support business aviation operators within the EMEA region. In March of 2016, StandardAero was autho...

Etihad Airways Engineering And Diehl Sign Deal For First Commercial 3D-Printed Part Retrofit Project

Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Diehl Aerosystems to jointly design, manufacture and install the first serial produced 3D-printed cabin plastic part on an aircraft for one of its customers. Additive manufacturing – commonly referred to as 3D-printing – reduces...

Iran unveils new military trainer

In a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Iran unveiled the latest domestically-made military products developed by the Defense Ministry, including the country's first homegrown jet trainer, dubbed Kowsar. In the ceremony, held at Iran Helicopter Support and Re...

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Air Partner and Camper & Nicholsons International announce strategic partnership

Air Partner plc (“Air Partner”), the global aviation services group, and Camper & Nicholsons International (“Camper & Nicholsons”), the global leader in all luxury yachting activities, today announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership, effective immediately. The agreement will enable the two businesses to leverage each other’s client bases to...

Vision Systems exhibits second-generation electronically dimmable window and latest smart interactive window

EBACE, 22-24 MAY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND BOOTH Y118 Vision Systems, through its recently created division Smart Lite devoted to the design, production and sales of new dimmable solutions, will present the second-generation Electronically Dimmable Window, Nuance V2, and the latest version of its smart interactive window, Acti-Vision Window, adapted to business aviation. The other exhibited...

Pazos FBO in Puerto Rico rebranded as Jet Aviation San Juan

 Jet Aviation and the San Juan-based Pazos FBO, located at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico, recently signed an FBO management agreement. The FBO will be managed by Jet Aviation and rebranded as Jet Aviation San Juan. “This enables us to con...

Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP heliport at Dubai South Al Maktoum International Airport

Falcon Aviation, the UAE’s leading business aviation services, charter and aircraft management Company, is bolstering its service offering at its new Dubai South VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC), with an inauguration of a new VIP Heliport.  The Heliport will be run and manag...

JAL and Dassault Falcon Service to offer private jet service

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, have agreed to launch a private jet service that will provide airline passengers flying from Tokyo to Paris with seamless interconnection to onward destinations in Europe and Africa. The JAL Falcon Business...

Satcom Direct and Astronics AeroSat Ink Distribution Deal on Connectivity System

Satcom Direct (SD) announced its agreement with Astronics AeroSat to sell the FliteStream T-Series tail mount connectivity system through SD’s global dealer network. The first of its kind in the business aviation market, the FlightStream T-Series solution employs the Panasonic Avionics global...

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Textron Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Textron reported first quarter 2017 income from continuing operations of $0.37 per share or $0.46 per share of adjusted income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure that is defined and reconciled to GAAP in an attachment to this release, compared to $0.55 per share in the first quarter of 2016. During this year’s first quarter, the company recorded ...

Honeywell profit beats; shares hit record high

Honeywell International Inc said on Friday its commercial aviation after-sales business was benefiting from robust air travel, while its energy division was getting a lift from stable oil prices, sending shares to a record high. The diversified U.S. manufacturer's shares rose as much as 3.6 percent to $128.30 in afternoon trading. Honeywell, which made an unsuccessful bid...

ST Engineering’s Aerospace Arm Secures New Contracts Worth about S$1.11b in 1Q2017

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), secured new contracts worth about S$1.11b in the first quarter (1Q) of 2017 for services ranging from line and heavy airframe maintenance to component repair...

Don't Jet Cards Cost More? Is It Better To Just Charter When I Need To Go?

Doug Gollan There are quite a few aspects of buying private jet travel that makes it a very personal decision, and really necessitates some time and effort. In terms of jet cards, there are variances in pricing, fees, daily minimums, the amount of insurance provided, policies on taking your pets...

Amazon's CEO Will Sell $1 Billion in Stock Annually to Fund His Space Travel Company

A BILLION DOLLAR COMMITMENT On Wednesday, April 5, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon , revealed that he is financing Blue Origin, his space company, by selling approximately $1 billion in Amazon stock annually. He made the announcement as he stood before the full-scale mock capsule of hi...

Boeing Forms New Innovation Cell; Invests in Tech Companies Upskill, Zunum Aero

Boeing HorizonX to uncover and accelerate emerging technologies, business models  Effort will pursue venture capital investments, expansion into new business areas, disruptive market solutions The Boeing Company announced  investments in two early-stage technology companies...

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Prince William’s air ambulance nearly hit by drone narrowly averting disaster

Prince William’s air ambulance came within seconds of catastrophic mid air-collision with a drone. The helicopter, which the Prince flies regularly but was not on board at the time, came within half a second of hitting the remote controlled-device as it flew over a McDonald’s near Enfleld An official report stated that a collision had only been ‘narrowly avoided’ with...

Brandon Mitchener Appointed EBAA CEO

Brandon Mitchener has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017. A French and US citizen, Mitchener’s career as a journalist and public affairs professional spans more than 25 years in Europe, including the last 20 in Brussels.   Before joining EBAA, Mitchener headed corporate communications for Monsanto Co. i...

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 prese...

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&rsquo...

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...

Dubai HeliConference 2017 concludes on successful note

Dubai HeliConference, the Middle East’s only dedicated conference for the helicopter industry, concludes today (Tuesday, April 18, 2017), following an overwhelming response from the helicopter segment of the aviation sector. The pioneering event successfully positioned itself as an interactive platform where government and private sector entities from the global helicopter segment brainstorm...

Dassault’s Falcon 8X at ABACE 2017

This year, the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) once again featured the newest business jet in the ultra-long range class:  Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X. The 8X appeared alongside the popular 4,000 nm/7,410 km Falcon 2000LX/EX.   A state-of-the-art Falcon 2000LX Medevac aircraft operated by the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center (999...

Airbus names finalists for “Fly Your Ideas 2017” student competition

Airbus has shortlisted the five finalist student teams competing in the fifth edition of the Fly Your Ideas challenge. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for...

ABACE 2017 Highlights Enthusiasm for Business Aviation

As the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) concluded its third and final day, organizers reported that the sixth edition of the event was perhaps the strongest to date. ABACE took place April 11–13, 2017, at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The event...

Jet Friends Club invites to the football tournament at Geneva!

Jet Friends Club (JFC) presents first international amateur mini football tournament – International Business Aviation Football Cup (IBAFC). The tournament will be held on 23rd of May at Geneva, on the second day of EBACE exhibition. JFC invite...

Amber Aviation Officially Launches at ABACE Shanghai

Amber Aviation, which has ambitions to become Asia’s leader in bespoke business jet management services, today announced its official launch at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai. The company, founded by China business aviation pioneer Mr. Chang Q...