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AviaAM Leasing racquired Boeing 747-400F nose-loader liveried and operational on behalf of Magma Aviation

AviaAM Leasing announced the purchase of a Boeing 747-400F nose-loader aircraft which has already started commercial operations on behalf of Magma Aviation. The aircraft – which is a part of the Magma Aviation fleet – has been recently painted in the Magma Aviation livery with the new addition of the Avia Solutions Group logo.The aircraft has already accomplished its first co...

Corona pandemic considerably impacted Lufthansa result

The collapse in demand for air travel due to the Corona pandemic led to an 80 percent drop in revenue for the Lufthansa Group in the second quarter to 1.9 billion euros (previous year: 9.6 billion euros). Most of the revenue (1.5 billion euros) was generated by Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik. The Lufthansa Group Adjusted EBIT in the quarter under review amounted to minus 1.7 billion euro...

SAS Traffic figues for July 2020

SAS capacity was down by 76% and total number of passengers were 75% lower compared to same period last year. Number of passengers remains low due to limited demand in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SAS continues to resume flights to its destinations as demand returns and travel rest...

EASA approves Airbus maintenance Synchronous Distance Learning

To support Airbus customers and offer them the opportunity to optimise this period of travel restrictions, Airbus Training Services has set up and obtained EASA-approval for a “Synchronous Distance Learning” solution for theoretical certifying maintenance courses and non-certifying...

Jet Flight Service performed 192-Month inspection on the Legacy 600

Jet Flight Service Riga based maintenance service center has recently achieved two milestones by completing 192-month/16-year inspection on the Embraer Legacy 600 this summer and at the same time 96-month inspection/8-year inspection of Gulfstream 450.  To perform the ultra-heavy main...

STC for IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle System for Beechcraft King Air 300 series

Innovative Solutions & Support has been awarded FAA Supplemental Type Certification for its groundbreaking ThrustSense® Autothrottle system for the Beechcraft King Air 300 series turboprops equipped with the Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.  The ThrustSense system will also be standard...

Airbus proposes MEDEVAC conversion of passenger aircraft

A multi-functional team composed of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters has proposed a solution to quickly convert passenger aircraft into a Medical-Evacuation (“MEDEVAC”) configuration to offer to customers worldwide. The French DGS (Direction G&e...

Ansat flights started in Mexico

Flights of Ansat light multipurpose helicopter owned by the Mexican company Craft Avia Center started in Guadalajara.  Ansat helicopter has been supplied by Russian Helicopter Systems company for Craft Avia Center, a Mexican dealer of Russian Helicopters holding company. Ansat helicopters...

Ryanair restores 60% of scheduled flights in August

Ryanair announced it has restored over 60% of normal flight schedules from 1st August, following the successful resumption of its services at the end of June. Throughout July, Ryanair have flown 4.4 million customers to destinations across Europe, reuniting friends and family, allowin...

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Corona pandemic considerably impacted Lufthansa result

The collapse in demand for air travel due to the Corona pandemic led to an 80 percent drop in revenue for the Lufthansa Group in the second quarter to 1.9 billion euros (previous year: 9.6 billion euros). Most of the revenue (1.5 billion euros) was generated by Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik. The Lufthansa Group Adjusted EBIT in the quarter under review amounted to minus 1.7 billion euro...

SAS Traffic figues for July 2020

SAS capacity was down by 76% and total number of passengers were 75% lower compared to same period last year. Number of passengers remains low due to limited demand in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SAS continues to resume flights to its destinations as demand returns and travel restrictions are easing. Compared to June, the number of passengers increased by nearly 300 thousand but...

Ryanair restores 60% of scheduled flights in August

Ryanair announced it has restored over 60% of normal flight schedules from 1st August, following the successful resumption of its services at the end of June. Throughout July, Ryanair have flown 4.4 million customers to destinations across Europe, reuniting friends and family, allowin...

Eurowings extends flight programme by 26 new holiday destinations

The longer the corona crisis lasts, the more people's longing for a holiday from the crisis grows. Eurowings is serving the reawakening desire to travel from its main German airports with 26 additional holiday destinations, which are now being added to the range of the largest German holiday air...

Cathay Pacific to half Single-Use plastic footprint by 2022

The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, providing a comprehensive overview of Cathay Pacific’s and its subsidiaries’ approach to and performance in the areas of environmental, social and governance that are of great importance to our stakeholders....

Temporary Change of Flight Destination Policy by airBaltic

To provide additional flexibility to its customers, Latvian airline airBaltic has introduced a new temporary policy, by allowing passengers, whose flights have been cancelled less than 14 days before planned departure due to changing travel restrictions, to change the planned destination w...

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First airBaltic bond coupon is paid

In accordance with the bond calendar outlined in the final prospectus of the bond issue, the Latvian airline airBaltic on July 23, 2020 has made the first bond coupon payment to its investors in the amount of EUR 13.5 million. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said: “Last summer we issued the largest bond in the history of Latvia to support our futur...

EU Commission approves Dutch plans to provide €3.4 billion in urgent liquidity support to KLM

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3.4 billion Dutch aid measure consisting of a State guarantee on loans and a subordinated State loan to KLM to provide urgent liquidity to the company in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The measures were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020. Executive Vice-Pres...

Jet Linx purchases Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter

Jet Linx continued its strategic expansion in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region by acquiring Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter business. Meridian is a full-service private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro Airport. While the terms of the transac...

Signature Flight Support Italy deal completed between SEA Prime and SFS UK

SEA Prime announces the sale of its 40% stake in Signature Flight Support Italy (SFS Italy) to the majority shareholder Signature Flight Support (SFS), who now owns 100% of the Company. Chiara Dorigotti, the CEO of SEA Prime commented: “We are glad to announce this deal with S...

Recession in the Caribbean

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert When there are reports on ‘Latin America & Caribbean’, one has to review them carefully and with some skepticism, to avoid coming to false conclusions or statements; no matter whether the reports are positive or negative.  The economies of the large So...

Cathay Pacific recapitalisation financing of USD5bn

Cathay Pacific announced a recapitalisation plan that will help it maintain its competitiveness and operations, while continuing its commitments to Hong Kong as an international aviation, financial and commercial hub. This three-part plan is designed to provide Cathay Pacific with sufficient fu...

Airbus proposes MEDEVAC conversion of passenger aircraft

A multi-functional team composed of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters has proposed a solution to quickly convert passenger aircraft into a Medical-Evacuation (“MEDEVAC”) configuration to offer to customers worldwide. The French DGS (Direction Générale de la Santé) has actively supported Airbus by providing all the medical s...

Ansat flights started in Mexico

Flights of Ansat light multipurpose helicopter owned by the Mexican company Craft Avia Center started in Guadalajara.  Ansat helicopter has been supplied by Russian Helicopter Systems company for Craft Avia Center, a Mexican dealer of Russian Helicopters holding company. Ansat helicopters are expected to be used in Mexico for VIP transportation, firefighting and other needs. Their cockpi...

Bell celebrated grand opening of New Facility in Wichita

Bell Textron officially opened of the new Bell facility in Wichita, Kansas, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas, including Engineering, Supply Chain, Professional Manufacturing and Corporate Services. Bell held an opening ceremony at the facility with e...

Airbus Orders & Deliveries July 2020

Airbus 2020 gross orders by July 31st totalled 369 aircraft with net orders, after cancellations, of 302 aircraft. The Company registered four new orders in July 2020. During the month, 49 deliveries were achieved from the A220 and A320 aircraft families. In July, Airbus de...

New Flagship of the best-selling turboprop family - Beechcraft King Air 360

Welcome the next generation of egendary King Air turboprop family - the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER.The updated flagship turboprop offers the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin, and enhancements to passenger comfort. The aircraft is currently in producti...

Preliminary results of MC-21-300 tests on engines protection against water penetration summed up

Irkut Corporation summarized the preliminary results of MC-21-300 aircraft ground testing, which confirmed the possibility of operating the aircraft in presence of water on runway.  During the period from 16 to 22 July 2020, the MC-21-300 aircraft performed 29 runs and 3 taxing on water at spee...

Jet Flight Service performed 192-Month inspection on the Legacy 600

Jet Flight Service Riga based maintenance service center has recently achieved two milestones by completing 192-month/16-year inspection on the Embraer Legacy 600 this summer and at the same time 96-month inspection/8-year inspection of Gulfstream 450.  To perform the ultra-heavy maintenance checks requires lots of planning to reduce downtime especially in this difficult pandemic ti...

Preparing the way for return to global operations - Airbus Flight Training COVID taskforce

Airbus Flight Training dedicated COVID taskforce is proactively implementing measures to guide its customers and stakeholders through the crisis and to prepare them for the resumption of normal operations worldwide. To this end, the taskforce has recently rolled-out various measures throughout Airbus’s global training network, National Aviation Authorities and Airbus operators. As well...

DC Aviation Group - successful upgrade of a Global 5000 with the Gogo SCS Elite

The DC Aviation Group has completed the successful upgrade of a Global 5000 with the Gogo Elite Smart Cabin System. The aircraft was also equipped with an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband High Data Rate Service and a new satellite communication system. With the upgrade of a Global 5000 with the Gogo Eli...

Focus on Chinese market: ALSIM cements its relationship with the CAFUC

Alsim is extremely pleased to announce the consolidation of its ongoing partnership with the CAFUC. Alsim has been awarded the recent tender for supply of 4 AL42 simulators sold to CAFUC (Civil Aviation Flight University of China), thus increasing the fleet of Alsims within the CAFUC to 9 simulators...

Virtual classrooms: Magnetic MRO Training receives Part-147 Online Training Approval

Magnetic MRO Training has received Part-147 Online Training Approval from ECAA and is already performing its first Synchronous Distance Learning in Airbus A320 Type Training. Synchronous Distance Learning means that the theoretical part is done virtually; meanwhile, examination and Practical Tr...

Time to Apply for IADA Biz Aviation Scholarships

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) is accepting applications for the organization's Business Aviation Scholarships through Oct. 1. The scholarships, funded by the IADA Foundation, will be from $1,000 to $5,000. In the past year, the IADA Foundation, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (...

TAG Aviation FBO in Geneva and Sion acquired by Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support has acquired TAG Aviation FBO, SA and its two fixed base operator locations at Geneva (GVA) and Sion (SIR). The purchase represents Signature’s first foray into the Swiss private aviation market.  Tracing its roots back to 1966, TAG Aviation’s on-airport presence has been a fixture of the Geneva Airport for over five decades. Featuring three priv...

A unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED - for the best-selling light jet in the market

Welcome a unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED , which is also available for retrofit, through a partnership with umlaut and Aerolite. Embraer and umlaut are jointly developing and certifying a new supplemental type certificate (STC) utilizing Aerolite equipment. The Phenom 300MED, which is now available for customer configuration, is representative of Embraer’s modern and...

Cirrus Aircraft launches VisionAir Ownership Program

Cirrus Aircraft announced VisionAir, a revolutionary ownership program for the Vision Jet. Designed as a completely turnkey program, VisionAir includes everything needed to own, operate and manage a Vision Jet, making the reality of owning the world’s first Personal Jet™ more accessible...

Double delivery for Jetfly - 5th PC-24 and 1st PC-12 NGX

Jetfly Aviation took new aircraft: a fifth PC 24 and an initial PC-12 NGX. These acquisitions further reinforce the partnership of many years between the Swiss aircraft manufacturer and Europe’s largest fleet operator of Pilatus aircraft. Jetfly currently operates 47 Pilatus aircraft.&nbs...

Bizav insider: FTC - trends of the traffic growth in July

The spring of 2020 was truly challenging for business aviation around the world. However, in the beginning of summer there was a hope for a positive growth, and July showed a really optimistic dynamic. FTC Business Jet Management shares its experience in aircraft management and flight operations dur...

The first Pilatus PC-12 NGX in the UK - placed by Oriens Aviation

A private customer based in North West England took delivery of d-generation’ Pilatus PC-12 NGX by Oriens Aviation. With its stylish executive six to eight-seat interior layout, the aircraft is ideal for business and leisure use. “It is notable we have been able to conclud...

The first, The Official Illustrated History of RAF Search and Rescue

Today sees the launch of a thrilling new book written by aviation journalist and editor Paul E Eden. The Official Illustrated History of RAF Search and Rescue is the first ever official documented history of the enthralling and sometimes tragic tales of the legendary bravery of the RAF Search and Rescue community.  Available through Amazon and all good bookshops the book details...

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 available to all- now year round, online & free of charge

Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will go on in 2020 – despite the global pandemic – and it will be bigger and more far-reaching than ever! WAI chapters and corporate members will not host in-person events this year, and will instead deliver a virtual experience through a new Aviation for Girls app that is free and available to all beginning Saturday,...

Next steps for aviation amid COVID-19: a survival guide - Air Convention Digital Week

June 15th  – 19th, 2020 Monday - Friday, 2 PM (CET) Join the live stream for free! Next steps for aviation amid COVID-19: a survival guide  ·   The biggest digital aviation conference worldwide ·   Speakers from 10+ different...

ILA Berlin 2020 goes digital with RED Aircraft

RED Aircraft confirms its participation in the ongoing ILA Berlin 2020 digital aerospace exibition. This is a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public airshow. It is held every even year at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport near Schönefeld. Owing to th...

Aerobility launches the Armchair Airshow

Coming soon to your own living room - an airshow with a difference!  Scheduled for June 20th, the Armchair Airshow 2020 promises live pilot interviews, walk-throughs and never before seen air-display and in-cockpit footage. While final details of this exclusive online broadcast event...

Saudi International Airshow 2021 doubles in size

The 2021 edition will double in size, with more than 100,000 sqm surface exhibition space, two new exhibition halls in addition to the existing hall and a static display. Despite COVID-19 and several months of slow business, many requests for exhibiting have been received as Saudi International A...

15 additional destinations: Austrian Airlines expands summer flight schedule

On Wednesday evening, the Austrian federal government announced that the landing bans for flights from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, Egypt, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia as well as Great Britain, Sweden and Ukraine will expire on July 31. This makes it possible to reintroduce these destinations into the flight program of Austrian Airlines. The new entry regul...

A new passenger departures terminal at Vilnius Airport

Mitnija has won an almost EUR 25 million public tender to build a new 14,400 sq. m passenger terminal at Vilnius International Airport. The contract also includes transformation of another 34,000 sq. m of access areas. The project was commissioned by Lithuanian Airports, a state-owned enterprise. After completion of equipment installation and other technical work, the terminal will welcome pa...

You have to follow strict protocols for entering the St.Barth island

In these difficult times around the health concerns caused by the Covid-19 virus pandemic, there are many confusing reports in the region and abroad about borders opening or remaining closed, and about the varying related restrictions.  St.Barth takes this occasion to provide clarity on ho...

Opening of the BER Airport on 31 October 2020

With the opening of BER Airport, all air traffic in the German capital region will be concentrated in one location. Berlin is a tourist magnet, a political centre and a trade fair city. Brandenburg is an up-and-coming economic region with global players such as Tesla and attracts holidayma...

Riga Airport joined EASA COVID-19 prevention charter

Riga Airport has joined the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Charter to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, demonstrating that the company is ready to work according to the highest aviation epidemiological safety standards and to cooperate on the national and international level to redu...

First in the world to obtain Biosafety Trust certification- Fiumicino and Ciampino

Major international recognition for Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 and in preventing biological risk from pathogens. The two Rome airports managed by ADR are the first airports in the world to obtain the Biosafety Trust certification, issued by the certif...

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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 Riga International Airport. We had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of T...

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 aircraft being developed by Vertical – this will be the third prototype built by Vertical as the...

Martin Gauss on situation in aviation industry, airBaltic present and future

I am born Latvian. Despite possible critics, for me it is a special feeling, a proud, to see green tail of airBaltic aicraft arround the Europe. The actual situation in aviation industry is more than complicated for giants, it is quite evident that it is even more difficult for smaller companies. &n...

Thales appoints a new Executive Vice President, Land & Air Systems

Christophe Salomon is appointed Executive Vice President, Thales, Land and Air Systems. He will be part of the Thales Executive Committee. He succeeds Alex Cresswell, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Thales in the UK. Christophe, a graduate engineer of the Ecole...

La Compagnie presents: two female pilots stories and advice

Would you agree that pilot still predominantly a male job? Imagine, cccording to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the proportion of female pilots worldwide in 2018 was only 3%.The feminization of the profession is now on the increase! Let us present two female pilots of La Compagnie. A...

New Aerobatics course from Patty Wagstaff & Sportys

 Sporty's has partnered with airshow legend Patty Wagstaff to introduce an all-new course that focuses on the art and sport of high-performance flying. Perfect for any pilot who has ever wondered what it's like to fly a loop or considered taking an upset recovery course, ...