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Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M helicopter variant by Italy's Guardia di Finanza

Contract for 22 AW169Ms in dedicated configuration with support and training package valued at 280 million euro with deliveries between summer 2019 and 2024.  Complements a fleet of 14 AW139s to perform patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security missions  The Guardia di Finanza contract for AW169Ms follows the success of the AW169  and stren...

Passenger Traffic Growth Slows in September

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 5.5% compared to the same month in 2017. This was a slowdown from the 6.4% growth recorded in August year-over-year. Capacity climbed 5.8% and load factor slipped for the first time in eight months, down 0.3 percent...

Air Partner to exhibit at Logitrans Turkey in November 2018 following recent success in region

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, will be exhibiting at Logitrans Turkey, the international transport logistics exhibition, for the first time from 14 to 16 November, following on from its recent successes in the region.  The exhibition will be held at the Istanbul Expo Centre and Air Partner will be exhibiting at stand 211 in hall 10, within the German pavilion. Members of...

Bristow Group To Combine With Columbia Helicopters In A $560 Million Transaction

Bristow Group Inc., the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with privately-held Columbia Helicopters, Inc. ("Columbia") for $560 million. Columbia will be designated as an unrestricted subsidiary under the Columbia name and air operating certificate (AOC).  Bristow ex...

New AZAL new campaign on flights from Baku to Beijing and return flight

Azerbaijan  Airlines (AZAL) announces a new campaign on route from Baku to Beijing and return flight. For flights from December 1 to March 26, 2019, the full cost of the ticket in economy class will be: Baku-Beijing-Baku-399 EURO  Beijing-Baku-Beijing-450 USD Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees. Note that the number of tickets at discounted prices is limited.&n...

Russia and Kazakhstan plan joint venture to produce the Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft

Russia and Kazakhstan plan to set up a joint venture to produce the Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft, Chief Executive Officer of IL Alexei Rogozin told reporters on Friday. "The joint venture is planned to be organized in 2019 and first serial products are scheduled for supply in 2022," the top manager said. An agreement of intent for an international cooperation project was sign...

ATR sees demand for over 1,000 new turboprops in China over the next 20 years valued at over US$ 25.6 Billion

ATR has published its new Chinese Market Forecast at the Zhuhai Airshow where it estimates a total market for 1,100 turboprop aircraft in the next 20 years. These aircraft will be required to serve China’s rapidly developing Regional Aviation and General Aviation segments. ATR foresees that in 2037 87% of the Regional and General Aviation activity will come from newly created routes, calcula...

CAE to acquire Bombardier Business Aircraft Training for US$645 million to expand its position in business aviation training

CAE has agreed to acquire Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Training (BAT) business for an enterprise value of US$645 million, expanding its ability to address the training market for customers operating Bombardier business jets, which at more than 4,800 aircraft, is one of the largest and most valuable in-service fleets of business aircraft in the world. The acquisition will also serve to expa...

Qatar Airways Becomes First Airline to Launch GlobalBeacon

Qatar Airways is proud to be the launch customer of GlobalBeacon, a key product solution created by FlightAware®and Aireon that provides the airline with global, real-time flight tracking. In September 2016, Qatar Airways announced that it would be the first airline to adopt this innovative technology that would feed directly into its Integrated Operations Centre. Two years later, Qatar Air...

Lilium makes a series of key hires from Airbus 
 and Audi

Lilium, the disruptive aviation startup developing a revolutionary on-demand air mobility service, has announced today a series of key appointments. Mirko Reuter, formerly Head of Automated Driving at Audi AG, is joining the team as Head of Autonomous Flight at Lilium. Jakob Waeschenbach, formerly Head Of Equipment Installation at Airbus, is joining the team as Head of Aircraft...

ATR and Air New Zealand explore the future of a regional aviation ecosystem including hybrid aircraft

ATR and Air New Zealand have signed an agreement to explore the role of new propulsion technologies, could play in the future of the regional aircraft ecosystem. Under the agreement the partners will investigate the development of these new solutions and the required systems to support them such as airport and regulatory infrastructure, maintenance, ground and flight operations. Air New Zeal...

President of AZAL met with Commander of United States Transportation Command

Delegation headed by the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, General Stephen Lyons, arrived in Baku for a working visit. During the visit, the guests got acquainted with Baku Cargo Terminal located at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Total Terminal building area is 25,000 m2and is the biggest and most technically advanced cargo terminal in CIS. Baku Cargo Terminal is a link for th...

Boeing, Safran Joint Venture to Start Operations

Boeing and Safran secure regulatory approvals to begin their joint venture for designing, building and servicing Auxiliary Power Units Boeing and Safran have received regulatory approvals for a joint venture so they can begin designing, building and servicing aircraft Auxiliary Power Units (APUs)—onboard engines that are primarily used to start the main engines and power aircraft sys...

Satcom Direct to showcase SD Xperience connectivity solution on multi-leg international flight

Following on from the SD Xperience launch at NBAA, Satcom Direct is taking its Gulfstream GIV on a circumnavigation of the globe to showcase the power of the new connectivity offering to the international business aviation community. A team of SD executives, including Chief Operating Officer Chris Moore, will spend just under ten days flying the aircraft into leading business aviation destina...

Rolls-Royce Introduces New Engine Change Service

Rolls-Royce introduced a new Trent XWB Engine Change Service, with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“HAECO Hong Kong”) as its launch partner. The service enables Rolls-Royce customers to access its OEM expertise and supplier network, with Rolls-Royce acting as a one-stop shop to organise labour, parts and/or tooling for any Trent XWB engine change event. Offered on...

Diamond Aircraft 1st Flight Multi-engine Hybrid Electric Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH in collaboration with Siemens AG is pleased to announce the first flight of a jointly developed multi-engine hybrid electric aircraft, commenced on the 31st of October 2018 at Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH in collaboration with Siemens AG is pleased to announce the first flight of a jointly de...

Norwegian highlights the cheapest transatlantic premium seats with new fare calendar

Norwegian launches a brand-new feature on its website that gives customers easier access to its cheapest Premium fares on long-haul flights. The new Premium Fare Calendar gives holidaymakers and business travellers an easier way to choose the most affordable dates to travel in Norwegian’s comfortable and spacious Premium cabin. Voted Skytrax 2018 World’s Best Low-Cost Long...

Bombardier’s Award-winning Global 7500 Business Jet Earns FAA Approval

Bombardier is proud to announce that its flagship business jet, the Global 7500 aircraft, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, achieving another important milestone as it approaches entry-into-service later this year. “This milestone is the latest accomplishment for our award-winning Global 7500 business jet, which has been exceeding expect...

Russian Helicopters successfully tests Ansat equipped with Emergency Floatation System

Specialists at Kazan Helicopters of the holding company Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) have completed testing of an Ansat helicopter equipped with an Emergency Floatation System (EFS). It is designed for emergency water landings and is used to save the lives of crew and passengers. The EFS is currently in the certification phase. When the work is complete, the Federal...

Airshare to Add Gogo AVANCE L3 to Fleet of Embraer Phenom 100s

Gogo Business Aviation’s latest connectivity solution for light jets – Gogo AVANCE L3 – has been selected by Airshare for installation across its entire fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft. “We’re thrilled to partner with Airshare to bring connectivity and inflight entertainment to its travelers,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales, Gog...

China will need more than 7,400 new aircraft in the next 20 years

China will need over 7,400 new passenger aircraft and freighters from 2018 to 2037, with a total market value of US $1,060 billion, according to Airbus’ latest China Market Forecast. It represents more than 19 percent of the world total demand for over 37,400 new aircraft in the next 20 years. According to Airbus’ 2018-2037 Global Market Forecast, new deliveries of passenger and fre...