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19 July, 2024

Lockheed Martin delivers first C-130J-30 Super Hercules to Ohio Youngstown Air Reserve Station

Lockheed Martin delivered the first of eight C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters assigned to the Ohio Youngstown Air Reserve Station, marking the addition of a new mission capability for the Super Hercules ― the aerial spray mission.



The 910th Airlift Wing has the distinction of maintaining the Department of Defense's only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray capability to eliminate disease-carrying insects and pest insects and to disperse oil spills in large bodies of water. Defined by its versatility, the C-130J Super Hercules now supports 19 unique mission capabilities, including the aerial spray mission.

"Lockheed Martin is honoured to deliver the most advanced Super Hercules ever built to the 910th Airlift Wing, providing cutting-edge technology and enabling a critical mission for the U.S. Air Force Reserve," said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business. "The C-130J is constantly evolving, as reflected with this 19th mission capability, ensuring the Super Hercules remains ready for what's next through unmatched versatility and tactical airlift power."

A longtime C-130 Hercules operator, the 910th Airlift Wing received its first C-130 in 1981 and has operated different variants for more than 40 years. This new fleet of C-130Js will preserve the unit's tactical airlift and aerial spray mission, while providing more space, speed, range, and versatility for decades to come.

Electra's hybrid eSTOL aircraft passes first grass field test flights

Electra’s EL-2 Goldfinch eSTOL technology demonstrator requires no charging infrastructure as the batteries are charged in-flight by the hybrid propulsion system. (Photo credit: J. Langford/Electra.aero)
Electra, a next-gen aerospace company committed to decarbonizing aviation and opening new air transportation markets, has successfully completed off-runway test flights of its EL-2 Goldfinch hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) technology demonstrator aircraft from a grass field near Electra's facility in Manassas, VA.

The flights demonstrate the eSTOL aircraft's effectiveness for operating from austere fields smaller than 300 ft that are minimally prepared. The aircraft flew a series of takeoffs and landings from a grass area and demonstrated the maximum performance climb-out of 32 degrees that would be used in many military missions. It also required no charging infrastructure as the batteries are charged in-flight by the hybrid propulsion system.

The dual-use technology is ideally suited to serve as a small highly fuel-efficient and cost-effective airlifter that supports Agile Combat Employment and expeditionary missions while reducing the operational energy footprint. Small, affordable, runway-independent eSTOL aircraft could also alleviate demand on larger, few-in-number, high-performance fixed-wing and rotorcraft platforms in a contested logistics environment.

Saudia Group Signs Largest Global Agreement With Lilium to Acquire Up to 100 eVTOL Jets

Saudia Group Signs Largest Global Agreement With Lilium to Acquire Up to 100 eVTOL Jets
Saudia Group and Lilium N.V., a leading electric aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (RAM), this week signed a binding sales agreement for 50 Lilium Jets, with options for the purchase of 50 more. The signature ceremony was held at Lilium’s HQ in Munich. The contract was signed by Fahd Al-Jarbou, CEO of Saudia Private, representing Saudia Group, and Lilium's CEO Klaus Roewe, in the presence of several distinguished guests including H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, Michael Kindsgrab, the German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Lilium Chairman Tom Enders. 

This sales agreement, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding between Saudia Group and Lilium signed in October 2022, marks the largest of its kind in the MENA region and represents an important industry milestone as the largest reported firm order of eVTOL aircraft by an airline that plans to operate the aircraft. It signals a substantial commitment to electric aviation from a world-leading operator, as well as a clear preference towards the superior performance, economics, and passenger experience expected to be provided by the Lilium Jet. 

The agreement includes a schedule of deposit and pre-delivery payments, timeline of future deliveries, guarantees on aircraft performance, and provisions on spare parts, maintenance, and repairs. In addition, the parties intend to sign a comprehensive “Lilium POWER ON” agreement for aircraft fleet maintenance and support services. 

H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, commented at the signing event: “Saudia Group is proud to pioneer the MENA region as the first company to acquire all-electric eVTOL jets, which reflects our commitment to continuously reducing our carbon footprint and becoming an industry leader in regional electric aviation. We recognize the critical role that Lilium is positioned to play in enabling us to deliver a sustainable premium aviation experience and transport our guests even closer to their destination. This agreement amplifies our commitment to the Saudi Vision 2030 and is the result of a collaborative effort over the past years between Lilium and Saudia Group to explore how we can best bring eVTOL to the skies of Saudi Arabia. We are looking forward to the journey ahead.” 

Odys Aviation and MWASALAT confirmed partnership to develop aerial logistics programs in the GCC in 2025

Odys Aviation, a sustainable aviation company building hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, and MWASALAT, the Omani National Transport Company, today announced that they will collaborate on the development of programs in Oman for 25 of Odys’ Laila uncrewed aircraft, with the intention of first launching pilot programs on unpopulated and defined routes with pre-production aircraft in 2025. Laila is a hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft designed in multiple configurations for cargo and capable of transporting payloads up to 60kg with a 400 km range. Missions operated via these aircraft provide a low-carbon air cargo alternative for routes across Oman, opening up opportunities that have previously been time-consuming or inaccessible because of infrastructure and geographical challenges.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work together to undertake joint research and development activities to define target routes and services using Odys Aviation’s pre-production aircraft, leveraging the existing relationship and formal engagement Odys has with Oman’s CAA, with a view to establishing new aerial logistics networks with Odys’ Laila aircraft upon receiving full regulatory approval. The partnership also focuses on enhancing the functionality and defining the applications of Odys Aviation’s Laila aircraft in the GCC.

Beyond identifying applications, the two organizations will collaborate to develop concepts of operations that will define aircraft maintenance operations and regulatory compliance for the aircraft in service. During pilot operations, MWASALAT will facilitate use of these aircraft for entities including Oman Post and Asyad Group for logistics operations. In the long-term, it is anticipated that Odys Aviation’s aircraft will support MWASALAT with further applications for various sectors including passenger transportation, oil and gas services, security, tourism, health services and civil defence.

17 July, 2024

The Royal Aeronautical Society calls on new government to focus on modernisation, sustainability, air power, space, innovation and skills

The new government has a vital role in keeping the UK globally-connected, and secure by maximising the value of UK aerospace and driving sustainability, air power and space, innovation, and upskilling, says the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in publishing its position paper today.

Aerospace and aviation connect people, business, and countries, whilst generating value for the nation, creating high-value jobs, and contributing to the protection and security of its citizens.

The position paper calls on the government to:
 

1.   Modernise Our Aviation Infrastructure with Safe and Secure, Sustainable, and Innovative Technologies

A strategic approach for safe and secure infrastructure modernisation, focusing on sustainable development and the incorporation of green technologies to meet environmental targets is an imperative.  As we move towards 2025 and beyond, the UK's focus on modernising its aerospace systems and infrastructure to support global mobility will require a collaborative effort. Commercial aviation is at a turning point with consideration being given to alternative solutions and fuels which will inevitably require government support. By leveraging technological innovations, and prioritising safety and sustainability, the UK can maintain its position in the global aerospace arena, ensuring a secure, connected, and prosperous future.

 

2.    Increase Air Power and Space Capability

The government as a priority should urgently address gaps in vital air power capability and accelerate investment in the creation of an agile, resilient, and technologically advanced air force to ensure the UK remains well defended and secure and maintains its role in supporting global security. It is essential for the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) to move forward at pace. Space exploration and satellite technology are also of vital strategic importance for national security, global telecommunications, and Earth observation. The Government should support UK growth in this sector and its integration with the global space economy. The government cannot afford to neglect air power and space defence considering the growing geo-political challenges facing the world over the coming decade.

 

3.    Accelerate Regulatory Frameworks for Future Flight Technology

The government should accelerate the development of new legal and regulatory frameworks with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as well as maintaining access to EU frameworks through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Creating flexible, forward-looking regulatory frameworks will be paramount in harnessing the potential of future flight technologies. This approach will ensure the UK's airspace remains safe, competitive, and conducive to innovation, positioning the country as a leader in the next generation of aviation and aerospace development.


4.    Maximise Economic Benefits

Investment in aerospace, aviation, and space remains vital for the UK’s economic growth and national security. An investment-friendly environment should include regulatory stability, tax incentives, and streamlined procurement processes. The government will need to sustain, multi-year investment in industry to support the UK’s global competitiveness. Any new strategic approach by the government should be underpinned by providing an attractive investment environment, addressing on-going workforce shortages, and putting the UK on a more resilient, competitive footing.


5.    Develop Future and Existing Talent

To maintain a steady stream of skilled personnel into the sector, including pilots and engineers, the government should ensure that vocational training and STEM is accessible to everyone to prepare the next generation of aerospace engineers, technicians, and scientists. This includes expanding apprenticeship programs, enhancing university-industry collaboration, and ensuring diversity and inclusion within the workforce through professional careers advice and support in schools from an early age to industrial placements with technical colleges and universities. The government can play a stronger coordinating role to maximise the initiatives and programmes in addressing the current skills gap. 
 

Setting out the Society’s priorities for the new government RAeS Chief Executive, David Edwards FRAeS said:   “From the outset the new government should continue to invest in essential air power capability, enable the sustainable growth of aviation through research with alternative fuels, invest in new airport infrastructure and airspace modernisation, optimise the economic potential of future flight vehicles and satellite and space technology, and help maintain a steady flow of diverse talent in the industry. 

With the active support from and in partnership with the government the aerospace sector can help achieve these goals and assure the UK’s leading position in air connectivity, maintaining international competitiveness and keeping the country secure.

The Royal Aeronautical Society looks forward to working with the new government to realise the full potential of the sector.”





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The British Aerospace ATP......


The British Aerospace ATP (Advanced Turbo-Prop) aircraft represents a significant milestone in British aviation history, combining advanced technology with practical design to serve regional air travel needs efficiently. 


History and Background


The BAe ATP was developed by British Aerospace in the 1980s as an upgraded version of the Hawker Siddeley HS 748. It was introduced during a period marked by increasing concerns over fuel efficiency and noise pollution, which significantly influenced its design. The ATP made its maiden flight on August 6, 1986, and entered commercial service in 1988. The aircraft was primarily assembled at BAe's Woodford and Prestwick facilities, with airframe and wing manufacturing conducted at the Chadderton plant.

Despite its promising start, production of the ATP ceased in 1996, with a total of 65 units built. The aircraft found a niche in regional air travel and cargo operations, thanks to its robust design and versatility.

The BAe ATP was designed to address the demands for quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft. Key design features include:

Stretched Fuselage: Compared to its predecessor, the ATP features a longer fuselage, allowing for a maximum seating capacity of 72 passengers. This design improvement enhanced its appeal for regional airlines.
   
Advanced Engines: The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW126 turboprop engines, which provide greater fuel efficiency and reduced noise. These engines drive six-bladed Hamilton Standard propellers, contributing to the aircraft's superior performance.

Aerodynamic Enhancements: The ATP boasts improved aerodynamics, including a redesigned wing with a larger wingspan and optimized lift characteristics. These enhancements result in better fuel efficiency and a smoother flight experience.

Noise Reduction: One of the ATP's significant advancements is its noise reduction capability. The combination of quieter engines and advanced propeller design ensures minimal noise pollution, making it ideal for operations in noise-sensitive airports.

Operational Performance

16 July, 2024

Emirates SkyCargo orders 5 Boeing 777 freighters

Emirates SkyCargo announced an order for five additional Boeing 777 Freighters to meet the growing demand the carrier is experiencing.  The new purchase takes Emirates' order book to 245 Boeing widebody aeroplanes, including 10 777 Freighters.


Emirates SkyCargo is the cargo division of Emirates, the world's largest international airline. Its investment in the 777 Freighter will boost main deck cargo capacity 30 percent by 2026. In all, Emirates' freighter fleet will grow to 17 airframes – including 777 Freighters, 777 converted freighters and 747 Freighters.

"Demand for our world-class product and services is growing exponentially, further amplified by Dubai's Economic Agenda which aims to double foreign trade and reinforce the city's position as a global trading hub. This investment in additional Boeing 777 capacity enables us to cater to customer demand and marks a step forward on our long-term strategic growth plan," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, of Emirates Airline and Group. "The next phase of our strategy will include a full assessment for our future freighter fleet reviewing all aircraft options to ensure we are best equipped to respond to the evolving demands of the market and reaffirming our confidence in the role of airfreight and, more specifically, Emirates SkyCargo, in global trade."

DHL and Chinese cargo carrier Central Airlines sign letter of intent on forming new partnership

DHL Express intends to deploy two owned Boeing 777 freighters with Central Airlines through a multi-year Operating agreement.



DHL Express has signed a Letter of Intent to enter into an Operating Agreement with Central Airlines to deploy two DHL 777 freighters. This will be the first time for DHL Express to do so with a local Chinese cargo airline.

"The signing of the Letter of Intent is an important milestone for both parties in the process of establishing a partnership and is another important step for DHL Express to deliver its commitment to long-term development in China, and to seek and deepen its cooperation with Chinese companies. The partnership with Central Airlines will further strengthen our capacity on intercontinental cargo routes from China while providing more convenience and higher efficiency for Chinese enterprises to expand their businesses globally", said Dongming Wu, CEO China at DHL Express. 

The two DHL Boeing 777 freighters to be delivered for operations by Central Airlines will sport a dual DHL and Central Airlines livery. The 777 is the world's largest, longest range, and most capable twin-engine freighter, reducing CO2 emissions by 18 percent compared to the legacy Boeing 747-400s. 

15 July, 2024

Aviation Capital Group expands order for Boeing 737 MAX portfolio by 35 Jets

 Boeing and Aviation Capital Group LLC have inked a deal today for an order of 35 737 MAX jets, including 16 737 MAX 8 and 19 of the larger 737 MAX10 variant. Following an incremental 737 MAX order last year, this new purchase increases ACG's 737 MAX commitment to 82 orders as ACG seeks to profit from growing travel demand. 


"This firm order for additional 737 MAX aircraft enhances the strategic value of ACG's order book, supports a key pillar of our growth strategy and reinforces our commitment to invest in modern and fuel-efficient aircraft technology," said Thomas Baker, Chief Executive Officer and President at ACG. "We look forward to supporting our airline customers throughout the world with these highly versatile and fuel-efficient aircraft."

The 737 MAX 8 can carry up to 210 passengers based on the tightest configuration, while the 737 MAX 10, the largest 737 MAX model is said to accommodate 230 passengers with a range of 3,100 nautical miles.  

"Today's repeat order demonstrates market demand for the 737 MAX family of aeroplanes as ACG's customers seek to operate flexible, fuel-efficient fleets," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "ACG has been a longstanding, valued partner on the 737 MAX program, and we look forward to working together to deliver the latest aeroplane technology to its airline customers."

Aviation Capital Group is one of the world's premier full-service aircraft asset managers with over 480 owned, managed and committed aircraft as of March 31, 2024, leased to roughly 90 airlines in approximately 45 countries. It specializes in commercial aircraft leasing and provides certain aircraft asset management services and aircraft financing solutions for third parties. It was founded in 1989 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century Corporation.


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Maersk Air Cargo takes delivery of its first of two new Boeing 777F freighters

On Friday 12 July, Maersk Air Cargo, a division of the massive A.P. Moller – Maersk logistics group took delivery of the first of two new Boeing 777F freighter jets. The newly arrived aircraft is the first Boeing 777 owned by a Danish airline. 

The company said that especially Maersk’s air freight customers in China and Europe will benefit from increased capacity and efficiency by the introduction of the two Boeing 777F. Both will be deployed on Maersk’s existing Europe-China route with initially three weekly flights, and later up to six weekly flights. Besides more capacity on direct routes the 777Fs will ensure shorter transit times as well as faster handling times and quality at origin and destination.

Maersk ordered the two 777Fs in November 2021 as part of the modernization of its fleet. The delivery of the second aircraft is scheduled for later in Q3. Maersk Air Cargo’s owned controlled fleet will then comprise of two Boeing 777F and 20 Boeing 767F.

Lars Jordahn, Head of Maersk Air Cargo said "We are delighted to take this important delivery and upgrade our fleet with two of the largest and most reliable freighters available on the market. With this step we are entering the premier league of cargo aviation. The B777F can transport more than double of payload on each flight compared to our 767Fs, and it is the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world with the GE90 engines."

The Boeing 777F can fly up to 9,200 kilometres (4,970 nautical miles) and carry a maximum payload of 102,000 kilograms. The main deck fits pallets up to 3 metres high, and all cargo decks are temperature-controlled. The Onboard Network System allows connected cargo in the future. Maersk chose GE90 engines for its 777F which are the world's most powerful and reliable commercial jet engines.


Narin Phol, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer (CPO) for Logistics and Services at Maersk commented:  "From a commercial perspective the two Boeing 777Fs are a giant leap in terms of what we can offer our air freight customers going forward. Besides enabling a much more efficient route structuring our 777Fs will improve the availability of space for our customers as we see a growing demand for integrated supply chain solutions which include air. Due to the disruptive environment in logistics, a rising number of cargo owners are choosing to reduce the number of service providers in their supply chain. Increased visibility across fewer providers enables the cargo owners to react more swiftly and much better informed in case of disruption. Availability of air freight capacity and full asset control are important aspects here. Both increase the levels of resilience, visibility and flexibility which are essential in these disruptive times."



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A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As a global leader in logistics services, the company operates in more than 130 countries and employs around 100,000 people. Maersk is aiming to reach net zero emissions by 2040 across the entire business with new technologies, new vessels, and green fuels.

Maersk Air Cargo A/S is a global cargo airline with our own fleet of aircraft, specialising in providing highly reliable cargo capacity. The company was previously under the name Star Air A/S, was founded in 1987.  It operates regular scheduled flights from hubs in Cologne and Leipzig in Germany, catering for global customers within the parcel and express delivery segment. Flights are also operated out of Denmark’s second-largest airport in Billund, serving Maersk customers as part of integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions.

Current routes operated by Maersk’s own controlled network




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12 July, 2024

UK's Royal Air Force participates in major Pacific exercise

Royal Air Force personnel and aircraft have deployed to Hawaii for the largest military training exercise in the region.


Two Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) maritime patrol aircraft have arrived at Hickam Air Force Base to join over 25,000 personnel from 28 other nations participating in Rim of the Pacific 24 (RIMPAC).

The aircraft departed RAF Lossiemouth in early July at the start of a 7,000 nautical mile journey to Honolulu via a refuelling stop at Goose Bay, Canada, and overnight stay near Seattle. On arrival they were greeted by Indian Navy Captain A K Singh, Deputy Commander of Combined Task Force 172 for the exercise.


The biennial exercise and will see members of CXX and 201 Squadrons fly and train alongside other maritime patrol squadrons, fighter aircraft, 40 surface ships and three submarines. Engineering and operations support personnel will also operate alongside multinational colleagues, with others embedded within the exercise headquarters.

Group Captain Pete Thorbjornsen, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, 11 Group RAF said:  “We work closely with allied and partner nations in the Indo-Asia Pacific to improve Inter-operability, enhance security and provide disaster relief in humanitarian crises. RIMPAC will help strengthen and reinforce these relationships and demonstrates our commitment to a free and open region.”

Aircastle reports first quarter 2024 results

Aircastle Limited, the firm that leases and sells commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world has released its latest figures. The company reported total revenues of $205 million and net income of $16 million during the first quarter of 2024.  As of May 31, 2024, Aircastle owned and managed on behalf of its joint ventures 259 aircraft leased to 77 airline customers located in 44 countries.



Mike Inglese, Aircastle's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The increasing demand for air travel has enabled global traffic to meet, and in some regions, exceed 2019 levels.  While IATA is predicting world passengers to increase 3.8% annually over the next 20 years, aircraft and engine manufacturers are not providing the output that meets even baseline needs of airlines.  As a result, we're seeing strong long-term demand for all narrow-body passenger aircraft types and extended viability of current technology aircraft."

Mr. Inglese concluded, "We recently announced that our shareholders, Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing, have completed their $500 million equity commitment. During the first quarter, our IG status was further bolstered by an Outlook revision to Positive from S&P. With positive tailwinds, we're pleased to be putting our equity to work and growing our fleet with the most sought-after narrow-body passenger aircraft."

Highlights for the Three Months Ended May 31, 2024


Total revenues of $205 million and net income of $16 million
Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $186 million
Lease rental revenue and direct financing and sales-type lease revenue increased 14% compared to first quarter 2023
Acquired 9 aircraft for $223 million; net book value of flight equipment is $7.3 billion, up 7% compared to first quarter 2023
Fleet utilization at 99%

Liquidity


Ratings Outlook revised to Positive by S&P
Received $300 million equity from shareholders in June 2024, completing a $500 million total commitment
Total liquidity as of July 5, 2024 of $2.6 billion includes $2.0 billion of undrawn facilities, $0.5 billion of projected adjusted operating cash flows and sales through July 5, 2025, and $0.1 billion of unrestricted cash
212 unencumbered aircraft and other flight equipment with a net book value of $6.0 billion

Metrea announces acquisition of the entire French Air & Space Force KC-135 Tanker Fleet

This week, Metrea announced that it has completed the acquisition of the French Air and Space Forces (FASF) KC-135 aerial refuelling fleet. In an agreement signed on 17 May 2024, Metrea has agreed to acquire all fourteen of the FASF KC-135 tankers, including both the KC-/C-135FR and KC-/C-135RG variants. The FASF is divesting this fleet as they transition to A330-based tankers.

"With this acquisition, Metrea is putting even more 'skin in the game' to ensure that we have the necessary fleet capacity to provide our partners with the commercial aerial refuelling support they require for training, exercises, and force movement," said Jon "Ty" Thomas, Head of Metrea's Air & Space Group. "As the only provider of KC-135 commercial refuelling, we ensure that US, allied, and partners forces can train as they are very likely to operate in a contingency — refuelling behind KC-135 tankers which remain far and away the most prevalent AAR tanker in service today and for the foreseeable future."

The acquisition includes an initial tranche of 11 KC-/C-135FR, which were transferred to Metrea on 26 June 2024, and a second tranche of 3 KC-135RG, which will be transferred at a future date to be determined. The additional aircraft join Metrea's current fleet of 4 KC-135Rs, previously purchased from the Singapore government. With this acquisition, Metrea now has the world's largest commercial aerial refuelling fleet and presents a tanker fleet larger than all but four sovereign countries.

Textron Aviation delivers the first Cessna SkyCourier Combi

Textron Aviation this week announced the delivery of the first Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine utility turboprop equipped with a Combi interior conversion option. The aircraft was delivered to Everts Air, an Alaskan-based Part 135 operator serving passenger, cargo and charter needs throughout Alaska. Everts also operates Part 121, providing cargo and on-demand charter throughout North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands.

“The Cessna SkyCourier’s new Combi option demonstrates the aircraft’s ability to meet the versatile mission profiles of our customers around the world,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Sales and Flight Operations. “We are grateful that longtime Cessna customers like Everts Air recognize the value in our products as business tools and their capability in serving customers.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted certification for the SkyCourier Combi interior configuration in May 2024. The recently certified option adds more flexibility to the 19-seat passenger variant of the aircraft by allowing operators to modify the interior to accommodate passengers and cargo at the same time. In addition to the existing gravel kit and full freighter conversion options, the Combi conversion expands the aircraft’s utility for diverse global markets and a wide variety of missions, catering to customers such as government bodies, law enforcement, armed forces, businesses and charitable groups.

The aircraft will join the Everts Air Alaska 135 fleet, which also includes a Cessna SkyCourier freighter variant and six Cessna Caravans.

“I look at the Cessna SkyCourier as a next generation aircraft for Bush Alaska,” said Robert W. Everts, owner of Everts Air. “The SkyCourier Combi will allow us to be flexible and serve the unique needs of citizens in remote communities. Along with offering the reliability of a Cessna, the aircraft is highly adaptable and the ultimate solution for air freight and passenger support in Alaska.”

11 July, 2024

JSX named number 1 domestic airline rating in Travel + Leisure’s 2024 World’s Best Awards

                                          Travel + Leisure, an essential, trusted source for travel guidance and inspiration around the globe, announced premium ‘hop-on’ public charter jet service JSX as the No. 1 Domestic Airline in the 2024 edition of the World’s Best Awards.



Led by innovation and commitment to serving the Customer, JSX’s newest award recognition serves as a powerful testament to the values of today’s traveller in search of seamless, stress-free, accessible, and time-saving air travel experiences



Each year, the readers of Travel + Leisure – the most influential travel media brand in the United States, with a total audience of over 33 million across all platforms – share their thoughts on air travel, destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, and more in their annual survey. The illustrious list – curated on reader-generated survey responses – recognizes the greatest travel brands spanning the world on all seven continents.

This recognition is a powerful testament to the experience JSX provides, as Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are a leading barometer of the air carriers and modes of transportation, places, and companies that satisfy some of the world’s most passionate and discerning travellers. Additional information about methodology including criteria can be found here. You can see the full list of the World’s Best Winners in Travel + Leisure's August 2024 issue, on newsstands on July 19 or digitally on Apple News+.

Since 2016, JSX has amassed a reputation for joyful, simple, and reliable air travel by championing a new category of frictionless & crowd-free air travel for all, connecting Customers to must-visit destinations with ease, including Burbank (BUR), Las Vegas (LAS), Scottsdale (SCF), Dallas (DAL), Houston (HOU), Taos (TSM), Boulder (BJC), Concord/Napa (CCR), and more.


CDB Aviation celebrates delivery of Sichuan Airlines’ 200th aircraft

CDB Aviation joined a grand ceremony held at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport on July 9, 2024, to celebrate the delivery of a second Airbus A330-300 Passenger to Freighter on lease to its existing customer, Sichuan Airlines.



“We are thrilled to be joining our partners at Sichuan Airlines in celebrating this significant 200th aircraft milestone in the airline’s impressive regional and international growth story,” commented Jie Chen, CDB Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer. “CDB Aviation congratulates the Sichuan Airlines team on achieving their leading position among airlines in Western China and its growing role as an international airline in both the passenger and cargo markets.”

“We are very happy to strengthen on our relationship with CDB Aviation and appreciate Jie Chen and his team for their continued hard work in bringing the second A330 P2F aircraft to Sichuan Airlines,” said Zuyi Shi, Chairman of Sichuan Airlines. “The aircraft is a superb addition to our cargo fleet, providing us with more widebody freighter capacity and enhancing our operational capabilities to meet the rapidly expanded market demand. This will further ensure our airlines’ sustainable growth in the long term.”

“CDB Aviation values our strong and long-standing relationship with Sichuan Airlines, and we are grateful for the confidence the airline has placed in our international leasing platform. We look forward to supporting Sichuan Airlines’ future growth,” concluded Chen.

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10 July, 2024

Blackshape’s Gabriél BK160-200 Secures FAA Certification

Blackshape, known for its fusion of Italian aesthetics and cutting-edge technology, announces the Gabriél BK160-200’s esteemed FAA certification. This achievement emphasizes Blackshape's steadfast commitment to safety and innovative advancement. Moreover, it paves the path for the commencement of commercial deliveries, with the first batch of Gabriél BK160-200 aircraft set to be delivered to customers by the end of Q4 2024.

“We are proud to finally announce the achievement of this milestone, which certifies the value of the product and the entire company, now formally allowing Blackshape to enter the American aeronautical market both in the Certified category with the Gabriél and in the Experimental category with the same Gabriél as well as the Prime,” says Niccolò Chierroni, CEO of Blackshape. “Our development roadmap in the US is a priority, and we already have partners in the territory that enable us to be present at upcoming Airshows and to operate with a first-class commercial and maintenance network. The best is yet to come...”


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09 July, 2024

Turkish Airlines to lease ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft.......

AerCap has just confirmed it has reached an agreement with Turkish Airlines for the lease of ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

"We are very pleased to support Turkish Airlines with the lease of these ten new A321neo aircraft, helping them to continue to grow their extensive route network while modernizing their narrowbody fleet for greater operational efficiency," said Aengus Kelly, the Chief Executive Officer of AerCap. "We wish Prof. Ahmet Bolat, Mr. Levent Konukcu and the entire Turkish Airlines' management team every success and we look forward to building on our long-term partnership as these aircraft deliver, and beyond."



Commenting on the agreement, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee, Prof. Ahmet Bolat, stated, "We are happy to further enhance our fleet with ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft through our partnership with AerCap. This addition aligns with our strategy to continue offering our passengers a modern and efficient travel experience, while supporting our ongoing expansion plans for new routes and increasing the frequency of existing ones. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with AerCap."



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BOC Aviation's latest operational results......


BOC Aviation Limited has enjoyed a busy quarter as its latest release testifies. The aircraft operating leasing company has a fleet of 680 aircraft owned, managed and on order. Its owned and managed fleet was leased to 93 airlines in 47 countries and regions worldwide as at 30 June 2024.

Its key operational transactions for the quarter ended 30 June 2024 included an order book of 219 aircraft, a total fleet of 680 aircraft owned, managed and on order.  The average aircraft age of 4.9 years and an average remaining lease term of 7.9 years for the 429 owned aircraft fleet, both weighted by net book value.  

 During the quarter, BOC Aviation executed a total of 59 transactions including:
Commitments to purchase four aircraft 
Delivery of 13 aircraft
Sale of 11 owned aircraft
24 lease commitments

Owned aircraft utilisation was 99% for the second quarter

Raised US$500 million of five-year bonds at the tightest spread in the Company’s history.

 



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04 July, 2024

Alaska Airlines honours US military with newest aircraft livery

As the USA celebrates Independence Day, Alaska Airlines has unveiled its latest livery as a tribute to service members past and present. 



In partnership with Boeing, the airline was proud to unveil the specially designed “Honoring Those Who Serve” aircraft. The design, which is almost identical to three other jets, features a new patriotic paint scheme with symbolic imagery representing all six branches of the US Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force.


From its star-spangled design to the heartfelt message emblazoned on its side, this aircraft is a flying tribute to the courage and dedication of those who serve today, and those who served in the past. 


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