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Essential news for 21 Nov 2023

Bell celebrates 505th Bell 505 delivery

Bell delivered the 505thBell 505 aircraft to North America based operator, Austin Claborn. The aircraft will be configured for corporate transportation. The delivery ceremony took place at the Bell Textron Canada facility in Mirabel, Quebec where more than 1,400 highly skilled employees are responsible for Bell’s current commercial production line, including the Bell 505, Bell 407G...

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Intelligent MRO drones take off at Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation maintenance team in Basel has been hard at work bringing more and more applications of drone to life, offering even more choices to customers, and expanding the use of automated maintenance inspections. In addition to ongoing inspections for several aircraft types, including Gulfstream G280 and G550, as well as the Airbus A320 family, the MRO team has performed the firs...

Aviation Home Qatar took delivery of first DA50 RG in the Middle East

First DA50 RG delivered to the Middle East. Khalid Al Khater from Aviation Home Qatar proudly took delivery from Diamond Aircraft representatives. The DA50 RG powered by the FADEC controlled 300hp Continental CD-300 jet-fuel engine features retractable gear and boasts one of the largest luxury cabins in its class. The five-seat single engine piston aircraft is the top choice fo...

Lufthansa Cargo invests €500 million in new Frankfurt Airport Hub

Lufthansa Cargo is pressing ahead with modernizing the Frankfurt hub: In August 2023, construction work began on the new, 40-meter-high tall high-bay warehouse, including the automated transport system and the first building modules in the north of Frankfurt Airport. In addition to the new building, the existing buildings and warehouses of the Lufthansa Cargo Center are to be upgraded and moderniz...

Uzbekistan Airways digitalizes flight operations to drive efficiency and greater agility

Uzbekistan Airways has signed up to deploy SITA Mission Watch. The solution will drive greater agility and efficiency, including annual savings of over US$600,000 in weather-related incidence avoidance and 300 tons of fuel. SITA Mission Watch is a next-generation flight tracking tool used by dispatchers and operational teams. It aggregates and automates aircraft positions combined with r...

airBaltic receives its 45th Airbus A220-300 aircraft

On November 21, 2023, airBaltic welcomed its 45th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABS, in Riga. This is the sixth Airbus A220-300 delivery for airBaltic in 2023. It is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300which airBaltic has ordered. Furthermore, the company has announced a firm purchase agreement for 30 more Airbus A...

SMBC Aviation Capital orders 60 A320neo family aircraft

SMBC Aviation Capital has ordered a further 60 A320neo Family aircraft taking its total for the type to nearly 340 aircraft purchased directly from Airbus. Together with its existing orders for the A320neo Family, this new one ensures SMBC Aviation Capital will have a continuous delivery stream to beyond the end of the decade, deepening Airbus and SMBC Aviation Capital’s long standing s...