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Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800 reaches 135 purchase deposits and option agreements

Bye Aerospace announced that production backlog has increased to 135 purchase deposit and option total agreements for the all-electric twin-motor eFlyer 800 targeted for the regional airline market. Across all eFlyer models in development, Bye Aerospace is now approaching an unprecedented 900 units total in its backlog including 732 paid purchase deposits and 162 paid, time-limited purch...

Wisk Aero secures $450 million from Boeing to advance certified autonomous electric flight

Wisk has secured $450 million in funding from The Boeing Company, making it one of the most well-funded AAM companies in the world. Combined with previous funding, this investment reinforces Wisk’s strong position as a privately-backed AAM leader and highlights the strength of Wisk’s strategic partnership with Boeing and their collaboration on critical technology development. T...

Certified to fly - Civil Aviation Authority issues AirCar the certificate of airworthiness

AirCar has been issued the official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, following the successful completion of 70 hours of rigorous flight testing compatible with EASA standards, with over 200 takeoffs and landings. The challenging flight tests incl...

Wingcopter landed $16 million contract with Spright for medical deliveries in the USA

Wingcopter and Spright announced a new commercial agreement worth more than US$ 16 million. As part of the deal Spright is acquiring a large fleet of Wingcopter’s new flagship delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198, to meet the increasing demand for medical drone delivery solutions throughout...

Cathay Pacific releases update on 2021 performance and 2022 outlook

Cathay Pacific released its traffic figures for December 2021 together with an update on its performance in the year ended 31 December 2021, which continued to reflect the airline’s substantial capacity reductions in response to significantly reduced demand as well as travel restrictions and q...

MC-21-300 aircraft to be tested under low sub-zero outdoor temperatures in Yakutia

The MC-21-300 prototype aircraft manufactured by Irkut Corporation (a member of Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation) flew from Zhukovsky (Moscow Region) to Yakutsk for testing under sub-zero outside temperatures. A group of specialists from Irkut Corporation and Yakovlev Design Bureau, hea...

CFM and Lufthansa Technik sign CBSA agreement on LEAP-1B engine services

Lufthansa Technik and CFM International have concluded a LEAP-1B* CFM Branded Service Agreement. Being effective since 1st January 2022, this CFM license enables Lufthansa Technik to offer the widest range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for CFM LEAP-1B engines. Lufthansa T...

The acquisition of London Heliport allows Skyports to grow UK vertiport network

Skyports, developer and operator of vertiports for electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, has acquired a heliport, previously known as the Falcon Heliport, which is located in East London and only minutes from Canary Wharf financial district. It is one of only two opera...

Welcome a new generation of ZURI hybrid VTOL aircraft

After more than three years of development and successful ground tests of its technological demonstrator, ZURI presents a new model of its hybrid VTOL aircraft in the passenger version with internal designation ZURI 2.0 and a dedicated version for cargo transport with internal designation ZURI 2.0 C...

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EY announced Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath of Jet It as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021

Ernst & Young LLP that Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath, co-founders of Jet It and JetClub were named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award winners. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, e...

Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO, will receive the 2021 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced that Michimasa Fujino, lead HondaJet designer and President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will receive the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award "for the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural techniques." Fujino will be presented with the award during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on A...

Meet new Head of Flight Physics for Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace announces the appointment of Richard Alexander, formerly Chief Flight Dynamics Integrator on the Mitsubishi M100 Regional Jet and Head of Flight Sciences at Bombardier Aerospace, as Head of Flight Physics to help Vertical move towards their vision of electric fight for everyo...

Jason Huang Joins ICON Aircraft as President

ICON Aircraft, maker of the revolutionary ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft, has named Jason Huang as President. In that role, Huang will oversee all business functions, with a particular focus on maintaining manufacturing excellence, product development and innovation, and providing an ownership experie...

Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia on restart of national aviation industry

If we say Latvia, what will be you first association? If you are aviation professional or related to aviation industry, we bet the first thing you will say - airBaltic, Riga. 50skyshades was closely monitoring how Latvian national airline lived the corona crisis, as well as latest updates from ...

Meet Vertical Aerospace new Chief Engineer - Tim Williams

  Vertical Aerospace has appointed Tim Williams to the role of Chief Engineer to help drive Vertical towards its vision of electric flight for everyone. Tim, formerly a Chief Engineer at Rolls-Royce, will be responsible for leading the development of the new eVTOL aircraf...

Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800 reaches 135 purchase deposits and option agreements

Bye Aerospace announced that production backlog has increased to 135 purchase deposit and option total agreements for the all-electric twin-motor eFlyer 800 targeted for the regional airline market. Across all eFlyer models in development, Bye Aerospace is now approaching an unprecedented 900 units total in its backlog including 732 paid purchase deposits and 162 paid, time-limited purch...

Certified to fly - Civil Aviation Authority issues AirCar the certificate of airworthiness

AirCar has been issued the official Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, following the successful completion of 70 hours of rigorous flight testing compatible with EASA standards, with over 200 takeoffs and landings. The challenging flight tests included the full range of flight and performance maneuvers and demonstrated an astonishing static and d...

Wingcopter landed $16 million contract with Spright for medical deliveries in the USA

Wingcopter and Spright announced a new commercial agreement worth more than US$ 16 million. As part of the deal Spright is acquiring a large fleet of Wingcopter’s new flagship delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198, to meet the increasing demand for medical drone delivery solutions throughout...

MC-21-300 aircraft to be tested under low sub-zero outdoor temperatures in Yakutia

The MC-21-300 prototype aircraft manufactured by Irkut Corporation (a member of Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation) flew from Zhukovsky (Moscow Region) to Yakutsk for testing under sub-zero outside temperatures. A group of specialists from Irkut Corporation and Yakovlev Design Bureau, hea...

Welcome a new generation of ZURI hybrid VTOL aircraft

After more than three years of development and successful ground tests of its technological demonstrator, ZURI presents a new model of its hybrid VTOL aircraft in the passenger version with internal designation ZURI 2.0 and a dedicated version for cargo transport with internal designation ZURI 2.0 C...

The speed record is officially broken - Spirit of Innovation is world fastest all-electric vehicle

The all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft is officially the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, having set two new world records which have now been independently confirmed. At 15.45 (GMT) on 16 November 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph)...

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SWISS further raises travel comfort taking delivery of A320neo with Airspace Cabin

SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo featuring the new Airspace cabin configuration. SWISS is adopting the innovative ‘Airspace’ cabin concept for its aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family to offer its passengers a tangibly enhanced air travel experience on its short- and medium-haul routes. Key features of the new cabin concept include substantially larger overhea...

Saudia encourages race fans worldwide to take their seat for the start of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

The world’s first all-electric motorsport series, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is set to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia later this month for the start of its eighth season and, as the Official Airline Partner of the all-electric street racing series, Saudia is launching a new campaign to connect fans around with world with the sport they love. The Take Your...

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved Norse Atlantic Airways application for transatlantic flights

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for the operation of flights between Norway/The European Union and the United States.   “We are thrilled by the Department of Transportation’s approval of our affordable...

Happy birthday - Wizz Air Abu Dhabi one-year anniversary launching 3 new routes

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is celebrating its one-year anniversary on 15th January and looking forward to future growth, the joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings plc, is ready to capitalise on demand for travel from the UAE capital in 2022. Ready to accelerate and expan...

Extreme temperatures and frozen rain: climate change impact on de-icing

For years now, there has been an ongoing conversation about the impact that the aviation industry has on our environment. Yet recently, more and more businesses have been opening up about the other side of this unfortunate coin – climate change impact on aviation. Aviator Airport Alliance ...

Swissport acquires Aruba Aviation Ground Services in latest expansion in the Dutch Caribbean

At the beginning of this year, Swissport has finalized the acquisition of AGS Aviation Ground Services in Aruba and assumes the Dutch Caribbean company’s ground handling operations at Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad (AUA). With the acquisition of AGS Aviation Ground Servic...

Treat yourself to Paradise - Saint Barthélemy

  Where does one find a place of idyllic happiness and delight? A pleasant and peaceful environment of pristine and abundant natural beauty, where visitors are clothed with garments of light and casual life, and devour from the cuisine for the bon-vivants. No doubt, connoisseurs immediately recognize that St.Barth is meant. Saint Barthélemy is it is officially known, and Ouanalao as...

FACC develops state-of-the-art business jet cabin for Bombardier Challenger 3500

With its successful Challenger family of aircraft, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier holds a leading position in the market segment of super mid-size jets. Recently, Bombardier launched the newest member of its business jet platform: the Challenger 3500. As a long-standing technology partner, FACC is responsible for the development and production of portions of the cabin...

Jet Luxe launches in The Americas and expands fleet of Bombardier Global 6000

Jet Luxe has announced its expansion to The Americas. The brand, which launched in 2020 and rapidly expanded over the past two years has now launched in Miami, covering the company’s operations and service offering in North America, Canada, and Latin America.  Yassine El Moussi, Vice P...

Jet Edge International to establish Teterboro Airport base with Signature Aviation

Signature Aviation and Jet Edge International have signed an agreement to occupy Signature’s East facility at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey. The New York City area base will grant Jet Edge charter program members, aircraft owners, and its fleet access to dedicated hangar and...

Bristow Group to provide search and rescue helicopter services to Netherlands Coastguard

Bristow Group announced that the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has awarded Bristow their prestigious contract to provide search and rescue helicopter capacity to the Netherlands Coastguard. The 10-year contract, with two one-year extension options, will commence on November...

Jet Aviation received IS-BAH Stage II safety registration certificates for The Netherlands

Jet Aviation has received IS-BAH Stage II Safety Registration for its Amsterdam and Rotterdam FBOs in The Netherlands. The company currently operates 27 IS-BAH-registered FBOs around the world. It expects to gain further IS-BAH certifications in the coming months. “Along with our commi...

Expanding service offering - collaboration - MTU Maintenance and Nayak Group

MTU Maintenance and the Nayak Group have entered into a collaboration agreement to offer a broader variety of services to each of their respective customer groups. From now onwards, MTU Maintenance is able offer its wide range of on-site engine services in combination with aircraft line and base maintenance services, a new addition and to be performed by the Nayak group, to all its customers. In t...

easyJet renews base maintenance contract with SR Technics Malta

easyJet has been supported by SR Technics for a range of MRO services over the years. By December 2022, SR Technics will have serviced a total of 35 aircraft under this particular agreement and expects to handle up to a total of 45 aircraft by the completion of the contract.  While the work to date had been done at the existing facility in Malta, it will soon continue at the MRO supplier&rsqu...

SIAEC signs line maintenance and in-field services agreement with Rolls-Royce

SIAEC has signed a 10-year agreement with Rolls-Royce PLC to provide line maintenance and in-field services for Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, 1000, 900, 800, 700, 500 and XWB engines. SIAEC will provide in-field services at its facilities for Rolls-Royce customers in Singapore including Singapore Air...

SEVENAIR ACADEMY - year 2021 in review and first inauguration of 2022

SEVENAIR ACADEMY comes to review the activity of the past year, as usual. 2021 was still a year full of challenges, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the government and ANAC (Portuguese aviation authority). Nevertheless, thanks to the efforts of al...

Software Specialization Program - Embraer in partnership with UFPE

Embraer announced a partnership with the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) to create a Software Specialization Program, a rapidly expanding professional area in Brazil and worldwide. The initiative aims to accelerate the training of specialists to work in the aerospace sector. The prog...

An extended E-Jet component support contract between Austrian Airlines and Spairliners

Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in E-Jet aircraft family, and Austrian Airlines sign a flight hour agreement to extend the component support for Austrian Airline's E-Jet fleet. Austrian Airlines and Spairliners have signed a long-term flight hour...

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Fearless Forecasts 2022 predicts continued aviation recovery - Avolon

Avolon issued its annual outlook paper for 2022 titled ‘Rise Above’. Co-authored by Jim Morrison, Head of Portfolio Management, and Rosemarie O’Leary, Head of Counterparty Risk, the paper reviews the key trends in the aviation industry for airlines, manufacturers, and lessors, identifying themes that will shape the year ahead and setting out Avolon’s ‘Fearle...

Lockheed Martin Ventures leads series A funding round for Electra.aero

Electra announced that it has received an investment in its Series A funding round from Lockheed Martin Ventures. The funding will support Electra's plans to begin flight testing a full-scale hybrid eSTOL technology demonstrator aircraft later this year.    "Electra's technical approach to sustainable aviation is differentiated, and we are excited to see this concept...

Transition towards net-zero sustainable fuels - LanzaJet partners Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund

LanzaJet has secured financing for its Freedom Pines Fuels plant in Soperton, Georgia, through the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund. The Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund has made a $50M investment to support the construction of LanzaJet’s (and the world’s) first alcohol-to-jet sus...

Jet Edge International received further investment from KKR

Jet Edge International has raised an additional $75 million of funding from credit funds and accounts managed by KKR. The new funding expands KKR’s total credit and equity investments in Jet Edge to approximately $265 million over the past year. Following the initial $150 million credi...

CDB Aviation completed deliveries of 15 new Boeing aircraft to United

CDB Aviation announced the completion of deliveries of a fleet of fifteen new Boeing aircraft to U.S.-based United Airlines Holdings, Inc. The sale and leaseback transaction covered a fleet of two 787-9 Dreamliners and thirteen 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which were delivered between 2020 and 2021. ...

Austrian Airlines: loan installments of 60 million euros repaid in 2021

After the early repayment of the first loan installment of 30 million euros in July 2021, Austrian Airlines repays another 30 million euros on 31 December 2021. By the end of 2021 the national carrier has repaid the first 60 million euros of the state-guaranteed loan with a total of 300 million. Des...

Successful premiere of EUROPEAN ROTORS – exceeded expectations

The debut of EUROPEAN ROTORS, the new trade fair and conference for VTOL aircraft was a great success: More than 150 exhibitors, visitors from 36 nations, over 65 accredited journalists and several world and European premieres showed the high demand of the industry to meet again in person and to shape the restart after the global pandemic. • sold out show floor • visitors from 36 n...

Support of the industry - MACE 2021 - Dr. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

Once again, we're back to Malta Aviation Conference & Expo 2021. Honestly, the quality of speakers and variety of topics we've discussed is very important, so we keep sharing the best with you. An obvious point for 50skyshades was an opportunity to ask some essential questions to Dr. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects. Once again, we thank Mr. Mi...

Remove before flight - Captain Charles Pace MACE 2021 interview - ready for business

Life is truly interesting and surprising sometimes, a summer job taken in between of studies can lead you to become Director General for Civil Aviation authority. Aviation is an industry which when you fall in love with you’re never goingto look back and are there to stay. Captain Char...

Comprehensive conference programme at European Rotors

The countdown is on for the premiere of the new EUROPEAN ROTORS trade fair in Cologne (16 to 18 November): Only a few more days, then the show will start. The exhibition hall is fully booked and the extensive and top-class conference programme with over 130 speakers is unparalleled. The first e...

MACE 2021 interview – Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Clayton Bartolo

Getting ready to visit Malta again flying for MACE 2021 - Malta aviation conference & expo, we wanted to find out more on how the island lived pandemic crisis and how the recovery goes on. Malta is a tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and hi...

Mr Joseph Bugeja, Chairman & CEO of Transport Malta - pandemic crisis, industry recovery and vision for future

During MACE 2021 - Malta Aviation conference & Expo, we had an opportunity to interview Mr Joseph Bugeja, Chairman & CEO of Transport Malta. To discuss on pandemic crisis, aviation industry recovery and his vision for future development. We are glad to share with you the essencial: Q. Glo...

SmartSky Networks, GE Aviation, and Mosaic ATM address advanced air mobility safety

SmartSky Networks announced a collaboration with GE Aviation and Mosaic ATM to enhance Flight Management Systems (FMS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The combined work effort, conducted under a NASA Innovation Award, uniquely connects the airborne and cloud-based FMS to optimize airspace management while maintaining critical flight safety controls and serves...

Riga Airport handled 2.35 million passengers in 2021

Operational data on Airport performance show that the number of passengers handled at Riga Airport in 2021 exceeded 2.35 million, which is an increase of 17% as compared to 2020; in comparison to 2019, the number of passengers dropped by 70%. Passenger carriage shows a gradual stabilization London, Tallinn, Frankfurt, Kiev and Amsterdam were the most popular destinations from Riga in 2021. L...

Airport Dimensions and AMBAAR Lounge expand the network with openings at 2 international airports in Brazil

Following the opening of their first AMBAAR Club lounge at Viracopos International Airport in December 2021, leading airport lounge operator and travel experience expert Airport Dimensions and VIP lounge operator AMBAAR Lounge have opened the concept at two further renowned Brazilian airports this m...

VINCI Airports took over the operation of Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport

On the 1st of January 2022 VINCI Airports took over operations at Annecy Mont Blanc Airport, following the signing of the public service delegation agreement with the Haute-Savoie Departmental Council last July. VINCI Airports will now manage and operate the airport for 15 years, extending its...

Prague Airport defends ACI Airport Health Accreditation

Prague Airport remains a safe place for travel as confirmed by the ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) Certificate, re-assigned to Prague Airport for a high level of protective measures implemented, which ensures increased safety of passengers flying through Prague. The Certificate appreciates th...

Palmerola International Airport takes off - first scheduled flights at new Honduran capital airport

After five years of planning, developing and commissioning the new Honduran capital airport Palmerola International Airport, the first scheduled flights took off and the first passengers were welcomed recently.  On December 11, the airport greeted Spirit Airlines as the first schedule...