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First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first flight on the 14 December.    The aircra...

Eclipse Group announces its world exclusive Ka-band Connectivity Bundle

The system, targeted at VIP and Government wide and narrow-body aircraft, comes with a complimentary connectivity system consultation. Eclipse Group is the only company in the world offering a cabin connectivity bundle specifically for VIP and Government wide-and narrow-body aircraft. The Inmarsat Ka-band Connectivity Bundle comprises all the equipment and STCs required to install Honeywel...

Airbus ready to roll-out Pilot Cadet Training co-developed with ENAC

Airbus and the French Civil Aviation University, ENAC, have obtained EASA certification for a co-developed ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme that will be used by a worldwide network of partner flight schools, starting with the first customer Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) in Mexico city early 2019. Pilot Cadets worldwide will now be able to benefit from a complete and fully integrated...

Safran shareholders meeting approves the merger of Zodiac Aerospace into Safran with 99.88% voting in favor

Safran's (Euronext Paris: SAF) shareholders were invited to consider mainly the plan to merge Zodiac Aerospace into Safran at a meeting on November 27, 2018. All the resolutions submitted to the shareholders' vote were approved. Following presentations by Safran of the merger plan and notably the reports of the merger appraisers concluding that the exchange ratio is fair, the shareholde...

ATR delivers 1,500th aircraft

Turboprop manufacturer ATR celebrates its 1,500th aircraft delivery with the entire ATR employee community. The ATR 72-600 was delivered to Japan Air Commuter at the end of October. This represents the latest in a year of milestones for the market-leading regional aircraft manufacturer, after the delivery of the 1,000th ATR 72 in July and the 500th ATR -600 Series in August. Since its first delive...

Bombardier Continues to Expand Worldwide Customer Support Network

Bombardier announced the latest addition to its expanding Services and Support network – a line maintenance station (LMS) located at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France. The new facility is the seventh line maintenance station to be opened in the past 18 months, further strengthening Bombardier’s OEM support services offering for its growing European customer base. In addition to...

First A330-800 successfully completes maiden flight

Dedicated flight-test aircraft to perform flight-physics tests for the A330-800 variant; The newest, most efficient longest-range entry-level widebody; Development on track for A330-800 certification in 2019. The first A330-800 development aircraft to fly, MSN1888, has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 2:35pm local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted fo...

TOP 5 EUROPEAN RANKING ACADEMY EGNATIA AVIATION INVEST €2M IN 6 BRAND-NEW ALSIM SIMULATORS

Alsim is delighted to announce their client, Egnatia Aviation, based in Greece, renewed their confidence in Alsim with an unprecedented order of 6 simulators: 4 AL250s and 2 cutting-edge Airliners. The first AL250 will be installed in October, followed by 3 AL250s and the first Airliner in 2019. The final Airliner will complete their simulator fleet in 2020. Internationally-...

Airbus’ A220 embarks on a world demonstration tour

Visiting five cities in four countries to showcase its unbeatable efficiency and comfort Airbus will fly an airBaltic A220-300 new-generation single-aisle aircraft to five cities in four countries as part of a world demonstration tour. The A220-300 will first attend the Zhuhai airshow (China) from November 5 until November 8 before flying to Chengdu on November 9. The aircraft will...

Vietjet orders 50 more A321neo aircraft

Vietnamese carrier Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft, finalising an  MOU signed at the Farnborough International Airshow last July. The  purchase agreement was signed in Hanoi today by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO and Christian Scherer,  Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. The signing was witnessed by...

China Eastern Airlines’ first A350 XWB performs maiden flight

The first A350-900 for China Eastern Airlines has performed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, ground checks and test flights before being prepared for delivery in the coming weeks. The airline has 20 A350-900s on order. China Eastern Airlines currently operates an Airbus fleet of 363 aircraft, including 305 A320 Family aircraf...

FRENCH PILOT TRAINING SCHOOL ASTONFLY ACQUIRES THEIR THIRD ALSIM AL250 FLIGHT SIM IN 12 MONTHS

Alsim is very pleased to announce the sale of a third AL250 FNPT II simulator, to Astonfly, a flight training school located in Toussus-le-Noble, near Paris, France. The simulator will be delivered beginning of 2019. Alsim developed the EASA & FAA certified AL250 simulator in 2016 in response to a strong market demand. This compact FNPT II addresses initial phase tr...