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Gulfstream G500 passes 100 flight hours

The Gulfstream G500 has flown more than 100 hours over 45 flights. The longest flight so far has lasted for 5 hours and 22 minutes. Since the aircraft’s first flight in May, the test aircraft has flown up to 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and reached a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80. &l...

Fitch Expects to Rate Boeing's Senior Notes 'A'

Fitch Ratings expects to assign an ‘A’ long-term rating to The Boeing Company’s (BA) proposed issuance of approximately $900 million of senior unsecured notes. The notes will be issued in three parts, with maturities of 2020, 2022, and 2025. Proceeds will be used for general corpor...


Dassault Offers FANS 1/A+ Certification for Falcon 900 Legacy Aircraft

Dassault Aviation has completed certifications of FANS 1/A+ for its Falcon 900A/B and 900C/EX aircraft. Obtained in association with Honeywell, the approval will allow operators to meet worldwide mandates for preferential routing in the North Atlantic tracks region and other oceanic airspace, greatly improving communications over oceanic and other remote routes. FANS 1/A+ provides new functi...

India will purchase 154 Russian PAK FA fighters

Indian newspaper The Financial Express reported with reference to the country’s Ministry of Defense that a contract for delivery of T-50 fighters may be signed in November, Rossiyskaya gazeta reports. A delegation from Delhi responsible for signing the contract will arrive in Moscow in late autumn. It is planned that the agreement will provide India with 154 new FGFA fighters (export vers...

Qatar Airways launches five-star service for travelling horses

Horses have become the latest airline passenger segment to be given the luxury treatment as Qatar Airways launches a five-star service for its equine customers. Forget flying butlers, the Doha-based carrier is offering dedicated grooms for its hoofed clientele as part of a massive push to expand its cargo business. The carrier’s stable of luxury services now includes a live animal...

U.S. Federal agencies ban e-cigarettes from checked luggage

The U.S. DOT and FAA have issued an “interim final rule” prohibiting e-cigarettes and other “electronic nicotine delivery systems” from being carried in checked baggage. Delta already barred the practice. E-cigarettes may be taken on board in carry-on luggage but not used in flight. The new federal rule also prohibits the charging of such devices and their batteries aboa...

NBA comes to the skies with IMG deal

The National Basketball Association and IMG gave signed a multiyear agreement to broadcast live NBA games on Sport 24, the only 24/7 sports channel available inflight. The new partnership will include more than 100 live regular-season, playoff and Finals games each season on inflight channel Sport 24.  The IMG-owned and produced channel is available on more than 250 aircraft on ten airl...

Air New Zealand Gets Green Light for In-flight Device Use

Passengers on Air New Zealand's regional routes will soon be able to keep electronic devices switched on throughout their flight. The airline says from November 4, passengers on its regional turboprop fleet (ATR72-500 and 600, Q300 and Beech 1900D aircraft) will be able to keep their electronic devices on for the duration of their journey. The decision comes after approval by the Ne...

AZAL first flight lands in Vnukovo

AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines AZAL and Vnukovo Airport  made first step in cooperation. October 25, 2015. When the airline made its first regular flight on the route Moscow-Baku. To honor the beginning of AZAL flights Vnukovo prepared a special festive program. The opening ceremony was attended by Adviser to the Azerbaijani Embassy in Russia Vugar Rafig oglu Imamaliev,...

China-Developed C929 Passenger Aircraft Aims to Replace Boeing 777: Reports

A China-made large passenger aircraft expected to give the Boeing 777 a tough competition is set to take off commercially, a media report said on Monday. The passenger aircraft C919 that made its debut at an exhibition in November 2010 will begin to roll off the production line from November 2, the China Daily reported. Its maiden flight is expected to be in the third quarter of the nex...

CAAC: Ranking of Airline On-time Performance in September 2015

The on-time performance of Chinese passenger airlines averaged 73.87 % in September 2015, up 11.33 percentage points year on year and 16.76 percentage points month on month, according to the data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on October 21. Data shows that 34 passenger airlines operated 285,203 flights in September and delivered 73.87% of their flights on time. F...

Airlines Step Up Efforts to Tackle Cyber Security Risks

The aviation industry is stepping up efforts to enlist coordinated international support in the battle against the threats posed to airlines and passengers by hackers and those seeking to exploit IT systems. The security of commercial airlines and whether the systems crucial to fly planes are vulnerable to cyber attacks hit the headlines in April after a security researcher claimed that he...

Analyst Predicts More Bizjet Shipments, Lower Values

A new business jet forecast released today by industry analyst Brian Foley predicts the delivery of 8,594 business jets worth $238 billion over the next decade. While the number of units is increasing, Foley expects the mix to contain less costly light and midsize jets and fewer more expensive large-cabin aircraft, meaning that values could decrease or remain flat at best. “Common se...

French Helicopter Operators Consolidate Further

In a further consolidation move in the French helicopter operator industry, the HBG holding company has taken over the Loc'Héli group and is thus claiming the largest fleet in the country, with a combined 117 aircraft. HBG is adding three companies to its portfolio—Hélicoptères de France and HDF Maintenance in full ownership, as well as...

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ATR accelerates Performance Based Navigation globally

ATR continues to drive the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and the use of on-board and satellite technology around the world to provide flight safety and operational benefits...

More than one in three people in the world experience anxiety about flying

It is believed that between 33 % and 40 % of all people experience some form of anxiety related to flying. Most of them feel anxious during the flight and leading up to it, but can manage th...

Norwegian launches scheduled flights from Riga to Trondheim, Norway

As of Wednesday, 1 June, the Norwegian airline will start regular flights up to three times a week on the route Riga – Trondheim. Flights are planned throughout the summer season, prov...

New Academy College Learning Institute course certifies charter flight coordinators

Academy College Learning Institute launched the Charter Flight Coordinator Course — a two-week, 40-hour intensive online course designed for members of the charter industry, speci...

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines announce order for five 777 Freighters

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced further expansion of its all-Boeing freighter fleet with an order for five 777 Freighters. The order is currently unidentified on Boeing's o...

Daher highlights its vision for a more sustainable future of aviation

Daher research, development and production activities that will contribute to an increasingly sustainable aviation industry were outlined by the company during EBACE 2022.  Chief Executive O...

Top Gun: Maverick F-14a Tomcat Decommissioned by MotoArt

What do you do when you find yourself with an F-14A Tomcat? This is the situation in which MotoArt found themselves earlier this year, when they located an F-14, one that had survived destruction...

Thompson launches next generation VantageXL

Following the huge continuing success of the VantageXL platform, Thompson Aero Seating launches a new and enhanced 2022 design VantageXL. With impressive personal living space, a fully flat horiz...

DC Aviation is the new sponsor of DTM Team, SSR Performance

DC Aviation is new sponsor of the Munich DTM team, SSR Performance. During the 2022 DTM season, the DC Aviation logo will adorn the green and black Porsche 911 GT3 R of racecar driver Dennis Olse...

Continued expansion - Luxaviation adds Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 aircraft to its charter fleet

EBACE2022 was the perfect place to make an announcement - Luxaviation adds of the Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 aircraft, the first of the most recent model in Europe, to better serve our clients.The C...

Embraer Energia initiative engages climate tech disrupters on sustainable flight

Embraer has completed its first ‘Start-Up Day’ aimed at encouraging start-up organisations and new entrants with the most innovative technologies, to join its Energia sustainable flight in...

Flying Colours Corp. sees resurgence in regional jet conversions as new customer signs for corporate shuttle

Flying Colours Corp.confirmed the signing of an agreement for a CRJ 200* regional airliner conversion. The new client, a charter operator customer, anticipates using the aircraft to satisfy risin...

AURA AERO and AELIS join forces to act on the decarbonization of aviation

Both convinced of the climate emergency and the need to act, AURA AERO and AELIS announce their long-term collaboration on ERA, AURA AERO’s hybrid-electric regional aircraft. AELIS will pro...

Jet Aviation signs completion contract for Boeing Business Jet MAX 9

Jet Aviation has signed a completion contract for a BBJ MAX 9. This follows the signing of two BBJ MAX 8 aircraft earlier this year. The aircraft is for an undisclosed VVIP customer and is schedu...

World fastest L-band inflight connectivity service for business aviation - SwiftJet

Inmarsat and Honeywell are setting a new benchmark in satellite communications with the launch of SwiftJet, their latest inflight connectivity service for the business aviation industry. It will...

DRONAMICS partners with FlightSafety International on an advanced training programme

DRONAMICS, the leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, today announced it is partnering with FlightSafety International on an advanced training programme for its remote pilots and engi...

Jetstar unveils new livery for its Airbus NEO fleet as delivery countdown for first aircraft begins

In celebration of its 18th birthday today, Jetstar has unveiled the new livery for its world-class fleet of Airbus NEOs as the airline prepares to embark on a new era of flying. The first of...

Zero Time Since Overhaul - Pratt & Whitney Canada launches a P&WCSMART flat-rate exchange for PW615F-A engines powering Cessna Mustang jets

Pratt & Whitney Canada has officially expanded the portfolio of its popular P&WCSMART™ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions with the launch of a new offering for it...

VoltAero brings its Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft to the Netherlands for sustainable aviation demo flights with the country Power Up initiative

VoltAero Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft is to perform demonstration flights across selected routes in the Netherlands beginning June 13 to promote highly sustainable regional aviation throughout...

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches carbon offset service to general aviation customers by signing up JetFly

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that European fractional owner JetFly has signed up its entire fleet of PT6A and PT6 E-Series™ engine-powered Pilatus aircraft that are enrolled in the Eagle...

Ready for kick-off - Falcon 6X round-the-globe proving campaign

Before any important information from manufacturer - we had the pleasure to discover Falcon6X today in Geneva at EBACE2022. Even knowing it is quite subjective... This is an amazing plane, a result of...

Special charter flights from Dubai to Doha ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar - DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

With just under six months to go before kick-off to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim has announced it is offering special charter flights from Dubai to fans to head to Doha and support...

Another complex Bombardier Global Express refit project completed by FAI Technik

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group and subsidiary of German special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet has completed another outstanding Bombardier Globa...

UAS adds flexible global flight planning platform PPS to technology offering

Global trip support and aviation technology solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support has teamed up with global provider of advanced aviation software and ADS-B network, AIR SU...

Leonardo VIP/corporate helicopter fleet set to grow in Europe with new orders announced at EBACE 2022

Leonardo leadership in the VIP/corporate multiengine helicopter market continues to grow with new orders announced at EBACE 2022, including three AW109 GrandNew light twin, one AW109 Trekker and...