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Air France's new long-haul cabins serve 5 additional destinations

The move upmarket of Air France’s products and services is gaining momentum. This week, the Company is increasing the number of destinations served by its new long-haul cabins by introducing them on 5 additional routes on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Customers can now enjoy optimum comfort during their trips to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Boston, Bangalore and Osaka. These except...

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...

Falcon Aviation to ferry 400 workers daily on Q400s

Falcon Aviation Services has launched one of the world’s biggest regular business-aviation services, ferrying 400 oil workers daily from its Al Bateen base in Abu Dhabi to two facilities on islands off the coast of the emirate. Falcon will use two Bombardier Q400 aircraft to transport employees from the refurbished Sheikh Zayed terminal at the city centre airport to Abu Dhabi Marine Opera...

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...

Falcon 5X Timing Still Unclear, as New Engine Issue Surfaces

During a meeting today with AJPAE, the French association of aerospace journalists, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said he is “still waiting for a new calendar from Snecma,” regarding delays with the Falcon 5X's engines.“Snecma is facing some difficulties with the Silvercrest engine, which will delay the 5X’s certification even if the confi...

Airbus Awards Eight Best in Class Suppliers of the Year

Airbus acknowledged eight suppliers’ outstanding contribution and presented them with Best in Class 2015 Partner Awards. The awards, split into three categories - Best Performer, Innovation and Support - distinguish the outstanding contributions from the selected partners in the areas of aerostructure and material, systems & equipment - cabin and propulsion and general procurement. Th...

Airbus gets patent for 'Concorde-2'

Airbus received a patent for a "rocket motor"-propelled aircraft that would have the capability of carrying passengers from New York to London in 60 minutes.  The U.S. government approved Airbus' patented design in July that would travel at speeds of up to 4.5 times the speed of sound. This would be three times as fast as the speed of the original Concorde jet, which was...

Upgrade brings new capabilities to Falcon 900A and B Operators

Dassault Aviation has introduced a new avionics upgrade that will provide Falcon 900A and B operators with a range of important operational benefits, including an enhanced air traffic management capability and more reliable, cost-effective component offerings. Known as “Falcon Select II”, the upgrade will enable operators to take advantage of next-generation ATM features such as ADS...

More Eco-Responsible Cleaning for FedEx Aircraft

New Procedure Implemented at the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle European Hub FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and the world's largest express transportation company, has implemented a new fuselage cleaning procedure for the 13 aircraft serving Europe from its Roissy-Charles De Gaulle hub.  In addition to the visual advantage, this new technique is also helping FedEx to be more...

Dassault Begins Completions on Initial Falcon 8X Jets

Dassault Aviation has begun completion work on the first customer-bound Falcon 8X long-range trijet as the company progresses toward certification and deliveries next year. The aircraft, S/N 04, arrived in the Dassault Falcon Jet completion facility in Little Rock, Ark., on October 9, the company announced Thursday. S/N 04 was the second of Dassault’s new 8X family to be sent to Litt...

Dassault Falcon Service Breaks Ground on Bordeaux-Mérignac Maintenance Facility

Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, recently began work on a new maintenance facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac to expand its Falcon overhaul capability. Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO and Jean Kayanakis, General Manager, Dassault Falcon Service, were present at the groundbreaking ceremony, which was also attended by a large number of elected offic...

Air France to Cut Some Jobs in 2016, Rest of Plan Negotiable: CEO

Air France will cut less than a third of the 2,900 job cuts it proposed in a 2016/2017 plan that triggered clashes with some staff, the chief executive of parent company Air France-KLM said on Sunday. The job cuts in 2016 would be voluntary and heavier job losses in 2017 could be avoided if talks with unions led to an agreement on alternative savings measures by the beginning of next year, Alex...