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Pegasus’ newest destination: Makhachkala

Turkey’s leading low cost airline, Pegasus, has now added Makhachkala, the largest city in the Northern Caucasus, to its flight network. With the addition of Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan, a Republic of the Russian Federation, Pegasus has increased its number of destinations in Russia to five and the total number in its network to 103. Operating four times weekly sched...

Romania to host production of new, robust, and cost-effective H215 heavy helicopter

In a ceremony held yesterday by Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, and in the presence of Alexandru Nastase, Secretary of State, Airbus Helicopters set down the foundation stone of its new Romanian factory, established to assemble the latest helicopter to join the H Family of aircraft – the H215. The H215 is an evolution of the former AS332 C1e/L1e, offering a new business and in...

Bell Showcases VIP Helicopter Options

The oil and gas sector may have the rotorcraft industry in the doldrums, but demand for VIP-configured helicopters is percolating, and Bell Helicopters (Booth N2132) is showcasing its offerings for the executive vertical lift market here at the NBAA Convention. Leading Bell’s display is a mockup of the MAGnificent VVIP cabin interior developed with Mecae...

Monaco's Monacair orders H130s for Nice scheduled flights

Monacair (Monte Carlo) has signed a firm order agreement with Airbus Helicopters (Marseilles) for six H130s the first of which is due or delivery next month with the remainder to be phased in through to May 2016. The H130 comes from the Ecureuil family of light helicopters and accommodates one pilot and up to six passengers. The helicopters will be the Monégasque operator's first...

Airbus Helicopters accelerates industrialisation in the UK

Airbus Helicopters, the UK’s leading turbine helicopter company, has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). These projects, the first time Airbus Helicopters has participated in UK Government...

GAL and Airbus Helicopters renew services partnership to support the UAE Armed Forces

Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) and Airbus Helicopters have announced the renewal of their customer support services distribution agreement. The agreement represents the cornerstone of GAL’s support services strategy and will strengthen GAL’s capabilities to keep the UAE Armed Forces at a peak state of readiness.   GAL, a subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries...

Sikorsky plays up importance of Asia-Pacific

Sikorsky plans to place a greater emphasis on the Asia-Pacific market, where it sees opportunities for both its military and civilian ranges. “The company recognises the importance of Asia, which is clearly a cornerstone as we rebalance from being a very US-centric company to looking at the international opportunities,” says the company’s regional director for Asia,...

Russian Helicopters plans to sell 230-280 helicopters a year in coming years

Russian Helicopters expect to keep the portfolio of orders at the current level in two coming years and to sell 230-280 helicopters a year, deputy CEO of the company Alexander Scherbinin told TASS on Thursday. Current production and sales of Russian Helicopters are aligned with the global market situation and production capacity of the company, Scherbinin added. "It [the capacity] is ab...

Honeywell Signs Engine Contract With Marenco Swisshelicopter

Honeywell Aerospace has signed a contract to supply its next-generation HTS900 engine to Marenco Swisshelicopter. The HTS900, which generates strong performance at high altitudes and in hot temperatures while reducing emissions and pilot workload, is to be installed in the new Marenco SKYe SH09 helicopter in the first production aircraft agreement for the new Honeywell engine. "The...

Bell Helicopter and Horizon International Flight Academy signs LOI

Bell Helicopter has signed a Letter of Intent with Horizon International Flight Academy to become the first Bell Helicopter authorised training centre in the Middle East. The signing took place at the Dubai Airshow. Horizon International Flight Academy is based at Al Ain International Airport. It is purpose-built for flight training. “We are looking forward to becoming a member of th...

Airbus Helicopters begins flight testing high-compression engine demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of a lightweight, high-compression engine (HCE) on an H120 Colibri helicopter technology demonstrator. The 6 November sortie of the light-single, modified with a 4.6 litre V8 high-compression piston engine, is part of the “green rotorcraft” component of European Clean Sky initiative. The powerplant is designed to lower noise and emis...

Bell Helicopter and Strong Aviation sign LOI for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter announced today the signature of a letter of intent (LOI) with Strong Aviation for a Bell 525 Relentless super medium helicopter. Above: (left to right) David Sale, Regional Sales Manager, Bell Helicopter, Captain Salem Safar, Aviation Manager, Strong Aviation and Patrick Moulay, VP Global Commercial Sales, Bell Helicopter. Established in 1995, Strong Aviation is a p...