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The 350th A350 delivered to Air France

In a nod to the history of the French aviation industry, the 350th Airbus A350 will fly in the Air France colours. The aircraft left the aircraft manufacturer’s assembly line in Toulouse and will shortly begin flying to Bamako and Abidjan. In returning to its tradition of naming its aircraft, Air France has called it Nice, in tribute to the iconic city on the French Riviera and g...

Heli-Expo 2020 resulted with 38 orders for Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters concluded Heli-Expo 2020 with 38 orders, as well as 20 retrofits for the new five-bladed H145. German air rescue and ambulance provider DRF Luftrettung placed an order for 15 H145s, making them the largest operator of the H145. Show highlights included the increased power of the H125 that will enable operators to lift up to an additional 190 kg (419 lbs), She...

Looking to introduce the H160 into service - Shell Aircraft

Airbus Helicopters and Shell Aircraft have been working closely in order to put the H160 into service for offshore transportation. “Shell seeks opportunity for early introduction to service of the H160. Having worked closely with Airbus over the last year to understand the design and manufacturing philosophy behind the H160, Shell Aircraft believes this innovative helicopter offers a po...

VR-Technologies selected Thales FlytX new connected avionics suite

VRT500, the future light single-engine civil helicopter from VR-Technologies will be equiped with the single-screen version of the FlytX avionics suite. VRT500 the unique helicopter operates in 8 different configurations. Whatever the mission, whether it involves passengers, cargo, medical evacuation or public safety, the VRT500 is the solution. State-of-the-art avionics offering pilots new opport...

Brand new Health Monitoring service launched by Safran

Two years after launching the Health Monitoring service that enables customers to track their engines’ health indicator, Safran Helicopter has broaden its service offer. The service now has brand new features such as daily health indicators, in addition to the monthly recommendations; full automation of the engine performance trend follow up; and a newly user-friendly online interface. Safra...

Airbus Helicopters H125 got more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities

A major performance increase on the H125 announced by Airbus Helicopters by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D. The aircraft’s external and internal load lifting capabilities will increase by up to +140 kg, with a large part of it already available at low altitude and low external temperatures, while the hover ceiling OGE will...

Sabena technics confirmed strategy and brand new maintenance hangar

Sabena technics opened this week its brand new hangar based in Bordeaux, France. Confident in its model in the face of the increase in the European fleet, Sabena technics has decided to invest 25 million euros in a 10,000 m² facility offering more capacity to its civil and military customers. To support its growth, Sabena technics is also strengthening...

Advancements in favour of a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in France

As the French Government presented the country’s ambitions with regards to sustainable aviation fuel, in Toulouse, Airbus, Air France, Safran, Suez and Total acknowledge the launch of a new Call for Expression of Interest (CEI). The ambition presented set forth the conclusions of a working group which included government agencies and industrial partners, all of whom signed the Green Deal&nbs...

Liebherr Technology on board of Boeing 777X Maiden Flight

Liebherr-Aerospace congratulates The Boeing Company on a successful first flight for the new 777X airplane! Dr. Klaus Schneider, Managing Director at Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg said: “We congratulate Boeing to this great historic milestone in civil aviation. This first flight is an impressive proof of our very good, open and trustful cooperation and we are looking forward to conti...

Air France style flies to the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean

In 2020, Air France continues its upmarket strategy and unveils the new travel cabins of its Boeing 777-300 mainly serving the Caribbean and Indian Ocean region. On board, Air France joined forces with Brandimage to completely rethink the harmonies of the three cabins. They have in common to assert the style of the Air France brand while retaining their own personality. Extreme comfort, mo...

Professional Aviation chooses the Alsim ALX

Alsim ALX simulator has been selected by Professional Aviation, an ATO located in Ozzano dell'Emilia, nearby Bologna, in Italy. The ALSIM ALX provides single engine piston, twin engine piston up and twin jets (generic B737/A320). The device is designed and approved for ATPL, CPL/MCC in compliance with all current regulatory standards. It has a proven track record for cost-effect...

Airbus is adding A321 production capabilities in Toulouse

Following its strategy to keep its overall production system at the leading edge of technology and to increase industrial capacity and flexibility, Airbus has decided to create new A321 production capabilities at its site in Toulouse. By mid-2022 the current A380 Lagardère facility in Toulouse will accommodate a digitally-enabled A321 line as a step to modernise the A320 production syste...