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VoltAero & KinectAir to develop clean, on-demand regional flight services with the Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

The creation of a regional air mobility ecosystem for VoltAero’s new Cassio hybrid-electric airplane has taken an important step forward through the French company’s collaboration with U.S.-based KinectAir, which is developing a flexible on-demand flight network utilizing an artificial intelligence-enabled smartphone application. This cooperation foresees Cassio aircraft integrate...

Despite pandemic complications, on track for first flight - Dassault Falcon 6X

Dassault Aviation is making steady progress toward an early 2021 planned first flight for its latest and roomiest aircraft, the Falcon 6X, despite the upheaval caused by the coronavirus epidemic.  “Bringing the Falcon 6X to market on schedule is a top priority for the company. Our planning and production staff have been diligent and resourceful in adapting procedures to new sanitary gui...

Ascendance Flight Technologies develops new air mobility

Vertical takeoff and landing, hybrid propulsion, autonomy and safety: with its ATEA aircraft, Ascendance Flight Technologies is launched in the race towards the mobility of tomorrow. Now based in Toulouse, the start-up created in 2018 continues to develop its hybrid electric-vertical takeoff plane in the heart of the European aeronautical capital. A project whose ambitions and technological choice...

Liebherr earns spot in Boeing Premier Bidder Program

Liebherr-Aerospace announced it has earned a spot in the Boeing Premier Bidder Program. The program recognizes and rewards consistently high performing Boeing Commercial Airplanes suppliers and gives them an opportunity to increase their business with Boeing. Liebherr supplies Boeing with major systems and components for various aircraft programs: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenbe...

Thinking outside the box - new normal in business aviation - Jetcraft

Post Covid in business aviation, what is going on and how companies are thinking and acting outside the box? Here is a fresh example - Jetcraft has set up a kiosk at Nice Airport this summer, bringing ownership opportunities directly to those holidaying on the Côte d'Azur. The move follows months of high demand from potential aircraft buyers, who have decided to make...

INTEGRAL R - successful first public flight for new generation, twin-seater French aircraft

Designed and developed by AURA AERO, a young Toulouse-based company, the new INTEGRAL R aircraft successfully performed its first public flight today, departing from Toulouse-Francazal airport. The aircraft had already performed its maiden technical flight on June 22. The aircraft, registered F-WJMK, took off at 15:30 local time, for a one hour long flight, during which te...

Airbus Helicopters H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus Helicopters multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year.  “The successful completion of the H160 Type Certificate is...

Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a support contract with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency to support 276 NH90 engines owned by Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) in Germany and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. The RTM322 engines will be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package under NAHEMA management. This NH90...

TARMAC Aerosave opens 4th aircraft storage site at Paris-Vatry airport

TARMAC Aerosave has opened a fourth site at Paris-Vatry airport, in the Grand Est region of France. This site, in addition to the historic site of Tarbes and to the Teruel (Sapin) and Toulouse-Francazal sites, brings the overall capacity of the aircraft storage group to 270 aircraft. The Paris-Vatry site can accommodate all types of aircraft, for associated storage and maintenance service onl...

AW109 Trekker: Leonardo success in the French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy, and the rotorcraft will be operated by S.A.F. Hé...

Air France to serve close to 150 destinations this summer

As air traffic picks up, Air France is gradually reinforcing its flight schedule for summer 2020.By the end of June, the flight schedule will represent 20% of the capacity usually deployed over this period. Subject to the lifting of travel restrictions, the gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations will continue, reaching 35% of the flight schedule initially planned in Ju...

Airbus: Orders and Deliveries May 2020

Airbus 2020 gross orders by May 31st totalled 365 aircraft and net orders stood at 299 aircraft. The Company registered zero cancellations in May and no new order. During the month, 24 deliveries were achieved from the A220, A320 and A350 XWB aircraft families. Business in May brings the overall total orders logged by Airbus since its creation to 20,407 commercial aircraft, which includ...