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DB Schenker invests as Volocopter extends Series C Round to € 87 million

DB Schenker and Volocopter announced an investment by the global logistics service provider into the pioneer of Urban Air Mobility as Volocopter extends its Series C funding to now total € 87 million. Besides DB Schenker, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group, TransLink Capital join the round as new investors, existing investor Lukasz Gadowski and btov also invested. The funding will go t...

Honeywell to help business aviation operators to increase efficiency and cut costs

Honeywell is bringing an unprecedented level of clarity and control to business aviation flight departments with the introduction of Honeywell Forge. The data-driven analytics platform provides a full suite of mission-management capabilities in the areas of connectivity, flight operations, navigation databases and maintenance, empowering flight departments to improve operational inefficiencie...

MC-21-300 flight-test aircraft with a high-density passenger cabin flew from Irkutsk to Zhukovsky

March 17, 2020 the fourth MC-21-300 flight-test aircraft made a non-stop flight from Irkutsk to the Ramenskoye airfield (Zhukovsky, Moscow region) to continue flight tests. The plane was piloted by a crew of Heroes of Russia, Honored test-pilot Roman Taskaev and 1st class test-pilot Oleg Mutovin. According to Roman Taskaev, the flight was in normal mode. Specialists of the Irkutsk Aviation P...

The production at Airbus French and Spanish sites paused

Airbus is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe and is assessing the situation, the impact on employees, customers, suppliers and the business. The health and safety of Airbus employees is paramount. Airbus is following WHO and local health authority guidance. In addition Airbus has updated its workplace safety and travel recommendations to...

Austrian Temporarily Terminates Regular Flight Operations as of Wednesday

Austrian Airlines decided to temporarily terminate all regular flight operations starting Wednesday night, March 18, 2020. This move is in response to entry bans being imposed across the globe and a rapid decline in demand for air travel. The last flight for the time being departing from Chicago with the flight number OS 066 will land in Vienna on March 19, 2020 in the morning hours. Up until then...

New largest Flying Colours paint hangar at Ontario headquarters

Flying Colours has officially opened the doors of its newest, largest and most advanced paint preparation and application facility at its Peterborough, ON. headquarters. The new purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility gives Flying Colours the capacity to paint any size business aircraft including Bombardier Global 7500, Gulfstream G700 types, as well as narrow body executive airliners such a...

Next AERO Friedrichshafen to take place in April 2021

Our world has been turned upside down. Nevertheless, it is still imperative for Messe Friedrichshafen to look to the future. Since the coronavirus forced us to postpone the AERO Friedrichshafen scheduled for April 1 to 4, 2020, we have considered many possible options for rescheduling the event to take place on a later date. The result of these deliberations is that the next edition of the leading...

EHang Expands in Europe with First UAM Program in Seville

EHang announced that the company entered into a cooperation agreement with the city government of Seville, Spain to execute the first Urban Air Mobility pilot program in Spain. The agreement specifies that EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the urban air mobility including passenger transportation, air logistics and command and control platforms in the city. The...

Geneva Airpark increase in Daily formulas

Geneva Airpark underwent continued its momentum in 2019, with an increase in Daily formulas, very regular activity for aircraft movements and IS-BAH certified services for planes and crews. These new signs of satisfaction from customers demonstrate their interest in the personalized hosting options. 5,000 aircraft movements Geneva Airpark provided a daily average of 14 aircraft movement...

Strata successfully implements automated manufacturing for Airbus A350 inboard flap production line

Strata has deployed two of the latest generation MTorres Automatic Tape Laying machines to support its Airbus A350-900 manufacturing capabilities. The Al Ain based manufacturer has gained First Part Qualification and First Article Inspection design and quality verifications for the use of the computer-controlled robotic ATL machines that will automate Strata’s production...

Airlines call for extraordinary support -oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance

On behalf of their member airlines, the three global airline alliances oneworld®, SkyTeam and Star Alliance are jointly calling on governments and stakeholders to take action to alleviate the unprecedented challenges faced by the global airline industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The three global alliances, which represent almost 60 airlines around the world that contribute more than hal...

Lufthansa Technik technical support for Red Wings and SmartAvia

Red Wings Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide extensive support for its growing Airbus narrowbody fleet. Within the frame of a contract with another Russian airline, Lufthansa Technik will also provide technical services for the Boeing 737 fleet of SmartAvia. Under a six-year contract with Red Wings Airlines, Lufthansa Technik supports the IAE V2500 and CFM56-5B engines of the...

SAS temporarily halt most of the traffic

As an effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the measures that authorities have taken, the demand for international air travel is essentially non-existent. Therefore, SAS has made the decision to temporarily halt most of its traffic starting Monday March 16 until there are yet again conditions to conduct commercial aviation. With consideration to our customers SAS will within the ne...

EBACE 2020 cancelled

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the decision to cancel the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2020 (EBACE2020), due to concerns related to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place in Geneva from 26-28 May, 2020. Both business aviation groups...

airBaltic Suspends All Flight Operations from March 17

The Government of the Republic of Latvia made a decision to tighten the security measures and suspend international air traffic starting on March 17 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. All airBaltic connections will be temporarily suspended starting on March 17 until April 14, 2020 inclusive, including operations of airBaltic from Estonia and Lithuania. Martin Gauss...

La Compagnie Suspends Operations From March 19 To April 12

French boutique airline La Compagnie is forced to reassess its flight schedule for the upcoming months. As such, La Compagnie will continue to operate its normal schedule of flights through March 18th to ensure French and American passengers who are currently traveling are able to return to their destination of origin. However, only American citizens and permanent legal residents and their fa...

Ansat to be equipped with modules for transporting infants

Kazan Helicopters received a permission from Rosaviatsiya to equip Ansat helicopters with a special module for transporting neonatal patients. This equipment can be used to provide evacuation and airborne medical care to infants. Ansat equipped with the neonatal transport module passed whole range of necessary certification tests. During the ground testing stage, the certification team dem...

Three finalists selected for the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award

Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) have selected three finalists for the 7th annual Airbus GEDC Diversity Award. This global award recognises successful initiatives that inspire students from all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. Launched by Airbus in 2012, the long-term goal of the award is to increase diversity amongst engineering professio...

EU Suspension of Slot Use Rules

The European Commission is granting the temporary suspension until June 2020 of the 80-20 “use it or lose it” rule for airport slots. The decision reflects the unprecedented situation facing the airline industry. However, granting the suspension only until June is the very minimum the industry needs, and a decision on a full suspension until October will be needed within the...

Norwegian to suspend more than 4000 flights and implement layoffs

Following the U.S. ban on travel from most of Europe and the escalating coronavirus situation, Norwegian has decided to ground 40 percent of its long-haul fleet and cancel up to 25 percent of its short-haul flights until the end of May. The changes apply to the company’s entire route network. Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian said: “This is an unprecedented situation and our main...

The demand for private jets is skyrocketing due to coronavirus: LunaJets

The effects of Coronavirus are being felt across the travel industry—but as commercial aviation is hit hard, the private jet industry is booming with inquiries. As Coronavirus causes drops in flight bookings, many commercial airlines announced cuts in their flight schedule. Besides, clients are looking to avoid crowded airports, packed cabins of commercial flights or to evacuate affecte...