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Lufthansa Looks at SAS in Move to Accelerate Airline Consolidation in Europe

Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr said the German carrier wants to play a role in the further consolidation of Europe’s airlines, while suggesting that full mergers aren’t the only option. Responding to reports that Lufthansa is exploring bids for Scandinavian Airlines parent SAS AB and the Condor arm of Thomas Cook Group Plc, Spohr said Friday that the sto...

Elixir prepares piston-single for year-end maiden sortie

French start-up manufacturer and Aero Friedrichshafendebutante Elixir Aircraft has begun assembly of its first two-seat piston-single, and plans to fly the all-composite aircraft in the fourth quarter of this year. The company, based in La Rochelle, western France, recently secured the first tranche of investment which co-founder and chief executive Arthur Léopold-Lé...

Vision SF50 nears certification as orders soar

Work on Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 is approaching the finishing line, with certification and service entry of the only in-development US Part 23 single-engined personal jet set for the second and third quarters of this year, respectively. At the Aero Friedrichshafen show, the US builder of the SR family of piston singles said the popularity of the jet has “grown tremendou...

Textron companies to feature broad product display at Aero Friedrichshafen 2016

Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their participation at the 2016 Aero Friedrichshafen exhibition held April 20-23 at the Friedrichshafen Airport. Textron will be displaying in Hall A3, Chalet 127, with aircraft on static at SD17. Bell Helicopter This year, Bell Helicopter is showcasing its latest in production commercial aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen, including the...

Daher delivers Europe's first TBM 930 to Rheinland Air Service

Aircraft Being Transferred At Ceremony At AERO Friedrichshafen Show In Germany. Daher’s expanded TBM very fast turboprop aircraft product line takes center stage at the annual AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany this week, where the first TBM 930 version for Europe is being delivered to Rheinland Air Service (RAS), the TBM Authorized Distributor in Austria and Germany. The new TBM 930...

Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet in Europe

Honda Aircraft Company recently delivered the first HondaJet in Europe. The announcement was made during a ceremonial delivery at AERO 2016, which is taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from April 20-23. “Delivering the first HondaJet in Europe is a significant milestone in our journey to bring new value to the light jet market,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Mi...

Thomas Rueckert New Head of Aircraft Overhaul Services at Lufthansa Technik

Thomas Rueckert has become head of aircraft overhaul services at Lufthansa Technik. The 45-year-old industrial engineer has replaced Soeren Stark, who has been appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo as COO. In his new function Thomas Rueckert will lead the international overhaul network of Lufthansa Technik with eight sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. "We're delig...

REMOS AG Partners With Scheme Designers for New GXiS Livery

 Ultra-modern, elegant and sleek – that is what the Scheme Designers team of artists set about to capture for the latest member of the REMOS AG family of aircraft, the GXiS, powered by the ROTAX 912iS Sport with electric fuel injection. The new REMOS GXiS promises to be powerful and state-of-the-art, while also being efficient, user friendly and safe. The GXiS is being shown at AERO Fri...

MTU Maintenance signs contract with Mexican VivaAerobus for V2500 overhaul

MTU Maintenance, one of the world’s leading engine maintenance providers, has signed an exclusive 5-year contract with the Mexican low cost carrier VivaAerobus for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the airline’s seven leased V2500-A5-powered aircraft. The German-based service provider for commercial aero engines has already performed more than 4,000 shop visits for the V2500 e...

Short haul flights will be quieter with Siemens and Airbus electric aircraft

Electric vehicles are getting loads of attention withthe fury of Tesla 3 pre-orders, but wait, look up in the sky! About the same time the new Teslas showing up, Siemens and Airbus may have electric aircraft in the air. The high tech pair set 2020 as the target for demonstration planes. They hope to have passenger aircraft with less than 100 seats powered by hybrid/electric propulsion syst...

Piper and Piper Deutschland to display aircraft at AERO Friedrichshafen

 Piper Aircraft Inc. and Piper Generalvertretung Deutschland are collaborating to display aircraft at the upcoming AERO Friedrichshafen 2015, to be held April 15-19. On display will be a single-engine Piper Meridian turboprop, a twin-engine Piper Seneca V, and a Piper Archer DX. “Year after year, AERO Friedrichshafen is where serious general aviation buyers congregate from across Eur...

Bonkers-looking aircraft with 18 rotors take its first crewed flight

Is the Volocopter the 'dawn of a revolution in urban mobility'? The Volocopter, a helicopter-drone hybrid with 18 rotors, took its first manned flight in Southern Germany on March 30th, the company e-volo announced. With e-volo's managing director Alexander Zosel in the cockpit, the truly strange-looking aircraft took to the skies above an airfield, hovered for several minutes, and...