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WESSCO EVP Anita Gittelson Announces Retirement

After 29 years of cabin comfort magic, WESSCO’s Executive VP and “Godmother” of the modern amenity kit passes the torch Oftentimes, an era comes and goes without fanfare to mark its passing. In other cases, something happens, or a person comes along and enables us to see – with great clarity – where we have come from, what we have learned, and how we must cont...

Boeing, Jet2.com Finalize Order for Three Additional Next Generation 737-800s

Boeing and UK Leisure Airline Jet2.com finalized an order today for three Next Generation 737-800s, valued at $288 million at current list prices.  Jet2.com previously ordered 27 Next Generation 737-800s in September 2015 and operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 airplanes. Jet2.com is a subsidiary of Dart Group PLC, a UK Aim listed Le...

Global Hawk readies for new payload tests

Northrop Grumman has scheduled flight tests of three new payloads for the RQ-4B Global Hawk fleet next year. The tests are made possible by the development of a universal payload adaptor jointly funded by Northrop and the US Air Force. In its original form, the RQ-4B lacked the payload attach points to fit two sensors carried by the Lockheed Martin U-2S, the reconnaissance aircraft the Globa...

Rolls-Royce announces new senior management structure

Rolls-Royce is today announcing a new senior management structure as the first step in the wide-ranging restructuring announced on 12 November 2015. The move will simplify the organisation, drive operational excellence and reduce cost; ensuring Rolls-Royce is better placed to deliver long-term profitable growth. The current divisional structure of Aerospace and Land & Sea will end, removing...

Flexjet, Flight Options Pilots Agree To Unionize

Pilots at Flexjet and Flight Options have narrowly voted in favor of representation by the International Local Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Polls closed on the election yesterday following a three-week voting period. A little more than 51 percent of the 644 pilots who voted (330) voted for representation. Approval is decided by a simple majority of the votes. A total of 663 pilots were eligible...

Landmark Aviation earns ARGUS CHEQ Platinium rating

Landmark Aviation’s Milwaukee charter certificate has obtained the Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) Platinum Rating from ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS). This achievement means that Landmark’s entire charter operation, encompassing four Part 135 certificates, have now earned a Platinum rating. “Achieving the prestigious ARGUS Platinum rating is another means fo...

Embraer 190s, More Boeing 737-900ERs Coming to Delta

Delta Air Lines will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Co. The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft. The...

Time running out for iconic Boeing 747

Time is running out for Boeing’s iconic 747 jumbo jetliner, the plane that brought global travel to the masses in the 1970s. The storied 747 has fallen from favour in the modern airline industry as carriers turn to twin-engined aircraft that can fly farther and use less fuel, such as Boeing’s own 777 or the Airbus A350. Sales of the cavernous freight model have waned as well, done i...

United Airlines 2016 Fleet Plan

We are now getting our first look at United’s 2016 fleet plan.  Some of the highlights include United taking delivery of older ex-China Southern A319 aircraft as well as new 737-900ERs, Dreamliners, and its first 777-300ER. A319: United operates 55 A319s in its fleet, and in 2016 the airline plans to take delivery of 9 of the 14 ex China Southern aircraft leased fr...

U.S. hopes to conclude Cuba aviation talks 'very, very soon'

The United States hopes to conclude aviation talks with Cuba about the resumption of scheduled commercial airline flights "very, very soon," a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday. The official was speaking ahead of Thursday's one-year anniversary of the United States and Cuba's agreement after 18 months of secret talks to restore diplomatic ties that Washingt...

mba Provides Maintenance Cash Flow Forecast for CLAS US$713 Million ABS Deal

Morten Beyer & Agnew (mba) provided Castlelake, L.P. with Maintenance Cash Flow Forecast and General Market Analysis for their Aircraft Securitization Trust (“CLAS 2015-1”) consisting of fifty-four (54) aircraft and six (6) engines (the “Portfolio”), subject to twenty-three (23) operators, spanning eighteen (18) different countries.  CLAS 2015-1 was made pu...

GE Capital Aviation Services and Virgin America Sign Lease Agreement for 10 Airbus A321neo Aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it signed an agreement with Virgin America, Inc., to lease 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engines to expand the carrier’s fleet. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in Q1 2017 and the remainder will deliver in 2017 and 2018. All 10 air...