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Anticipation grows for ACE 18

Air Charter Expo - ACE 18, which takes place at London Biggin Hill Airport on 11th September, will showcase the best in corporate and business aviation.  With many fixed wing and rotary aircraft already committed, the organisers are confident of approaching and beating the 29 aircraft static display from last year.   This year the static display will feature one of the large...

Bombardier Continues African Market Penetration with Pre-Owned Q400

PassionAir becomes first Bombardier operator in Ghana with three Q400 aircraft Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party. “Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we...

Emirates launches destination sale to over 70 global destinations

Emirates has launched one of its biggest sales yet with special fares to over 70 global destinations within its network. Passengers can still plan a short getaway before the summer season ends to destinations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Far East. The offer applies to bookings made...

Turkish Aerospace sets its sights on cooperation opportunities with Indonesian Local Industry participation

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s center of excellence in defence and aerospace industries held a workshop on August 14th, 2018 in Jakarta with an extensive participation of Indonesian Defence and Aviation Industry companies, regarding the possible cooperation on upcoming several bilateral opportuni...

Leading SITAONAIR pilot weather solution certified to deliver real-time weather information on Inmarsat’s SB-S

SITAONAIR’s EFB Weather Awareness Solution (eWAS) is the latest application certified by Inmarsat for use across its next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) communications platform for the flight deck, allowing airlines to now receive the latest weather view in real-time during...

Air BP presents carbon offsetting program for business aviation at LABACE 2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, will highlight its pioneering carbon offset program for business aviation in Brazil at LABACE, the largest business aviation conference and exhibition in Latin America. Through this program Air BP offsets carbon emissions, via B...

AsBAA Hong Kong Chapter Successfully Lobbies for Additional Slots at HKIA

AsBAA first formed a slot co-ordination quarterly meeting in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department and Hong Kong Airport Authority authorities in 2016. We did this to give our members and industry stakeholders a voice to engage with the regulators and Airport Authorities. We are enc...

VRT500 helicopter passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec S...

Norwegian reports record high passenger figures and high load factors in July 2018

Norwegian reported a new passenger record in July as it carried almost 3.8 million passengers in a single month. The total number of passengers increased by 13 percent compared to the same month previous year. The load factor was 93 percent.  Norwegian carried3,796,283 passengers in July,...

VRT500 helicopter passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec State Corporation. The new helicopter's 1:4 scale model was tested in the institute in-house f...

Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft maker to spend some 3.5 bln rubles to modernize An-124 jet

Russia’s Ilyushin aircraft maker plans to create the modernized version of the Antonov An-124 heavy-lift transport plane at the cost of almost 3.5 bln rubles (over $52.5 million at the current exchange rate), the company said in its annual procurement plan for 2018. According to the document, posted on the state procurement web portal, the contract is to be fulfilled by December 2021 and...

Honda Aircraft Company begins HondaJet Elite deliveries

Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has begun deliveries of its new advanced aircraft, the HondaJet Elite, at its headquarters in Greensboro, NC. Deliveries of the HondaJet Elite begin as the HondaJet marks the first half of 2018 as the most delivered aircraft in its class, based on inform...

Airbus Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite flies for longer than any other aircraft during its successful maiden flight

Touch down after 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes System capabilities demonstrated   Maiden Flight objectives achieved Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Sat...

Air China takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Air China has taken delivery of its first A350-900 in Toulouse today. The national flag carrier is the first Chinese mainland customer to order and take ownership of the world’s newest and most efficient twin-engine widebody aircraft. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, Air China&rsqu...

FACC to develop the future of inspection robots

EU RESEARCH PROJECT “SPIRIT” WITH A VALUE OF € 4 MILLION IN COOPERATION WITH PROFACTOR AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS FACC, one of the world’s leading aerospace companies specializing in the design, development and production of innovative aircraft components and systems, ha...

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Leading SITAONAIR pilot weather solution certified to deliver real-time weather information on Inmarsat’s SB-S

SITAONAIR’s EFB Weather Awareness Solution (eWAS) is the latest application certified by Inmarsat for use across its next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) communications platform for the flight deck, allowing airlines to now receive the latest weather view in real-time during flights. Following its certification under Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Provid...

Norwegian reports record high passenger figures and high load factors in July 2018

Norwegian reported a new passenger record in July as it carried almost 3.8 million passengers in a single month. The total number of passengers increased by 13 percent compared to the same month previous year. The load factor was 93 percent.  Norwegian carried3,796,283 passengers in July, an increase of 13 percent compared to the same month last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) incre...

airBaltic Reaches 1 500 Employee Mark

Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its 1 500themployee. The newest member of the airBalticteam will be working as a technician taking care of aircraft technical maintenance. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: ”We are delighted to announce that we have re...

IATA: Passenger Demand Accelerates in June 2018

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for June showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 7.8% compared to June 2017. This was up from 6.0% year-over-year growth recorded in both May and April. June cap...

Minimizing crash risks: can tech make aviation safer?

The never-ceasing technology quest keeps shaping the landscape of aviation. Transforming existing payment technologies, exploring the vista of cryptocurrencies use, fostering artificial intelligence and augmented reality are just a few of recent developments that are aimed to improve aviation safety...

Demand for inflight Wi-Fi is driving airline loyalty amongst passengers

Two thirds of passengers would be more likely to rebook with an airline if high-quality inflight Wi-Fi is offered Inflight Wi-Fi is a key driver in forming customer loyalty and satisfaction among today’s airline passengers, according to the industry’s largest poll of passenger attitud...

Flightdocs partners with HondaJet Owners and Pilots Association to offer discounted services to members

Flightdocs, the leading provider of cloud-based aircraft maintenance tracking, compliance, and inventory management services, announced that it has partnered with the HondaJet Owners & Pilots Association (HJOPA) to offer discounted services to HJOPA members. The annual cost for its Enterprise service will be significantly less than a competitive system that is also offered to HJOPA members, wi...

SR Technics expands presence at Malta International Airport with modern new hangar

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Malta Enterprise and Malta Industrial Parks Limited to expand its aircraft maintenance facility in Malta, following last year’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement includes the construction of a modern multi-bay hangar facility for narrow- and wide-body aircraft at Mal...

First A330-200P2F re-delivery to Egyptair Cargo

Egyptair Cargo has taken delivery of the A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from the Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus, following the successful completion of test flights in June and awarding of the Supplemental Type C...

IATA, CFM International Sign Pro-Competitive Agreement on Engine Maintenance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with CFM International (CFM) that will lead to increased competition in the market for maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) on engines manufactured by CFM, a 50/50 partnership between GE and...

Indonesian airline Citilink signs fleet-wide contract for GX Aviation inflight broadband

Inmarsat partners with Mahata Aero Teknologi, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik to rollout award-winning connectivity service on 50 Airbus A320s Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a contract with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT...

AMAC Aerospace awarded with new maintenance contracts

AMAC Aerospace proudly announces that a new maintenance contract on a head-of-state A320 aircraft has been awarded to the facility in Basel, Switzerland. Besides a C-Check, that will be performed on the narrow-body, AMAC will also upgrade the existing IFE (inflight entertainment system) with the...

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AVIAÂ appoints Matt Smith as Vice President of Business Development

Helping business jet operators and aircraft owners save a significant amount of money on their mainstay purchases through group purchasing has convinced business aviation professional Matt Smith to commit to a new role – as Vice President of Business Development.   Used to a high-pressure environment, having working globally in a senior sales role with Air Charter Service Plc, M...

Boeing Sending Last Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson Back to Space

Veteran of three space shuttle missions will be first corporate astronaut to fly a new spacecraft with NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, who led the final space shuttle mission, will make his fourth spaceflight when he and NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Mann take the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft to the International Space Station. The three pioneers will he...

FL Technics CEO Zilvinas Lapinskas on the trends of MRO industry

With over twenty years leading international enterprises and teams of 4000+ employees, Zilvinas Lapinskas boasts experience in development of new markets and customers, design and management of corporate commercial and marketing strategies, management and guidance of customer support and sales teams...

Charlotte Pedersen - a woman in business aviation - the way to industry, point of view and vision for future

Each EBACE is a perfect opportunity to discuss with industry professionals, but sometimes due to over busy agenda best conversations are happening afterwards. This is exactly the case with this interview with Charlotte Pedersen, CEO of Luxaviation Helicopters. Q. Your way in aviation - was...

G. Ziemelis: Do We Still Have Competition in Aircraft Manufacturing?

Air travel today is down to a very exact science. When airlines are building their fleets, they have a multitude of factors to consider when carefully selecting which aircraft will best help them accomplish their desired mission. “Passenger volume and route distance will dictate if the airline...

BACA appoints two new Council Members – Ilaria Iacobini and Kevin Ducksbury join the BACA Council

Ilaria Iacobini of Universal Aviation and Kevin Ducksbury of Emerge Aviation have been elected to join the Council of BACA - The Air Charter Association.  Their appointments come following the departure of two of the Council’s longest serving members; Bernard Keay and former Chairman Dick...

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Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invests in High-Speed Metal 3D Printing Company Digital Alloys

Patented multi-metal additive manufacturing system enables rapid, low-cost production of aerospace-quality 3D-printed parts Boeing announced its investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications.  Digital Alloys'...

Embraer earnings results 2nd quarter 2018

In 2Q18, Embraer delivered 28 commercial and 20 executive (15 light and 5 large) jets, compared to the 35 commercial and 24 executive (16 light and 8 large) jets in 2Q17; . The Company‟s firm order backlog was US$ 17.4 billion at the end of 2Q18, including contracts of the Services & Support segment; . Reported EBIT and EBITDA1 in 2Q18 were US$ (17.7) million and US$ 44.1 million,...

Lithuanian Joint Venture Sees Unprecedented Growth in China

The largest Lithuanian investor in the People‘s Republic of China – AviaAM Leasing – has added a 14th brand new aircraft to the portfolio of its Joint Venture, AviaAM Financial Leasing China. The aircraft brings the value of the Joint Venture’s portfolio to USD 835 million....

Aircraft to Support the Carrier’s Fleet Expansion and Domestic Growth

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”), a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced the agreement with a Russian carrier, Nordwind Airlines (“Nordwind”), for a long-term lease of thre...

airBaltic Shows Record Revenue in H1 2018

The Latvian airline airBaltic has concluded the first half year of 2018 with a total revenue of 180.8 million euros, which is a 19% increase over the same period last year. At the same time airBaltic has carried 1.9 million passengers, an increase of 20%, and performed 13% more flights during the si...

Piper's Growth Accelerates Q2 2018 Deliveries 65% Higher than Q2 2017

Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced its results for the second quarter of 2018, ending June 30. The company posted Q2 2018 aircraft revenue of $62.3M on 53 deliveries versus $52.1M revenue on 32 aircraft deliveries in 2017.  Piper's growth in both aircraft deliveries and revenue was aide...

Turkish Aerospace sets its sights on cooperation opportunities with Indonesian Local Industry participation

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s center of excellence in defence and aerospace industries held a workshop on August 14th, 2018 in Jakarta with an extensive participation of Indonesian Defence and Aviation Industry companies, regarding the possible cooperation on upcoming several bilateral opportunities such as Unmaned Aerial Vehicle System Tender of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence. With lon...

Air BP presents carbon offsetting program for business aviation at LABACE 2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, will highlight its pioneering carbon offset program for business aviation in Brazil at LABACE, the largest business aviation conference and exhibition in Latin America. Through this program Air BP offsets carbon emissions, via BP Target Neutral, related to the use of aviation fuel supplied to its customers. This initiative...

Award-winning Gulfstream to make Latin American debut at LABACE

Fully Outfitted, Clean-Sheet Aircraft Will Join Gulfstream G650ER And Gulfstream G280 At Annual São Paulo Event​ Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s next aircraft to be certified, the award-winning Gulfstream G600, will make its Latin American debut as part of the company’s static dis...

NBAA to Honor Women Airforce Service Pilots With Meritorious Award at NBAA-BACE

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced it would present its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), at the 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held Oct. 16-18, in Orlando, FL. The Meritorious Se...

Business aviation professionals will give insight in market trends at Jurmala Business Aviation Forum

Jurmala Business Aviation Forum (JUBAF) has released the agenda of the event that will take place in Jurmala, Latvia, August 16-18, 2018. Industry experts and executives of business aviation companies, brokers, FBOs and MRO providers from Europe, the CIS and Russia will give their vision and in...

MEBAA Show 2018 introduces new features

When the MEBAA Show returns to DWC Airshow Site from 10-12 December this year, the show will incorporate the MEBAA Conference on the show floor. The MEBAA Conference will address current important issues facing business aviation in the region, to ensure the business aviation community remains at the...

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Centrik takes London Oxford Airport to new certification heights

London Oxford Airport has adopted Centrik as its operational management system, playing an invaluable role in assisting the airport to join a select club of IS-BAH Stage II accredited support operations. The cloud-based operational management system makes it easy to evidence operational compliance to auditors and regulators – an instrumental factor in London Oxford Airport securing the ac...

BON SOIRÉE ENJOYS STRONG SUMMER

Inflight dining orders up by 20%  Bon Soirée is enjoying one of its busiest summers ever.  A steady flow of business with clients including VistaJet and NetJets flying out of London airports, has prompted the inflight business aviation caterer to order three new Citroen Berlingo refrigerated vans, which will arrive in September.  Director Derek Freeman is taking...

Thai Aviation Services S-76D fleet achieves 10,000 flight hours

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support C...

Satcom Direct confirms first Ka-band installation for Deer Jet subsidiary, Hongkong Jet.

Satcom Direct, the business aviation connectivity, software and hardware provider,has confirmed its first Jet ConneX installation for Deer Jet subsidiary, Hongkong Jet. The ultra-high-speed Ka-band service, powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite constellation, is being supplie...

Transfer Deadline Day sparks surge in private jet usage

Football’s transfer deadline day results in a mad dash for clubs to complete last-minute deals, ensuring their squads are strong enough to compete at the highest level, but it’s also a busy period for private jet charter operators, says Luxaviation UK. The role of a private jet charte...

Pulselite bird strike prevention system approved by EASA and CAAC for Bell 407 aircraft

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite bird strike prevention system has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft. The Pulselite system is an FAA certified lig...

Heydar Aliyev International Airport served over 2.5 million passengers during the first seven months of 2018

During the first seven months of 2018, Heydar Aliyev International Airport served 2.5 million passengers. This indicator exceeds the same indicator of the previous year by 14 percent.   National air carrier Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) carried 1,070,000 passengers, while national low-cost airline Buta Airways – 256,000 passengers. 2.15 mln. passengers (86% of passenge...

GACA selects SITA for tech transformation at Saudi airports in line with Saudi vision 2030

New solutions key to supporting GACA’s transformation of 26 airports Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has selected global IT provider SITA to support the modernization of the country’s biggest airports, implementing a sweeping transformation of airport and communication technology across 26 airports. The new implementation marks another major milestone...

Sheremetyevo achieves a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title

The independent surveyor in the presence of an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator measured the counter in Rublev business lounge — its length is 34m. After the record was confirmed, the adjudicator presented Ms. Tatyana Kuznetsova the CEO of LLC Sheremetyevo VIP with the GUINNESS WORL...

Leonardo-led consortium signs a 150 million Euro contract to upgrade the Baggage Handling Systems at Zurich Airport

The contract, which is worth approximately 120 million euros to Leonardo, is one of the largest in recent years in the European baggage handling field This important achievement has drawn on Leonardo’s exclusive cross-belt technology, which is also in use with other major logistics operat...

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport reports operational results for 2018 FIFA World Cup

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, from June 13 to July 15, 2018, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport welcomed 2.2 million passengers, which represents an 11.4% increase in traffic numbers over the previous year. The number of passengers on domestic flights amounted t...

The number of both passengers and flights increased at Lithuanian Airports in the first half of the year

Almost 3 million passengers were travelling through Lithuanian Airports in the first half of this year. It's 15% more than last year at the same time. The rates of flights and carried cargo grew rapidly, and it`s expected that country`s airports will be able to report about new records at the en...