The announcement of the seven new destinations as well as the return of destinations suspended during the pandemic and the reinforcement of frequencies of many routes was made at the opening of the ITB Berlin on March 7, 2023.
Microsoft Flight Simulator helps build the second An-225
Microsoft Flight Simulator, the world famous flight simulator, has just added the An-225 to its paying packages. The entire amount raised will be donated by Microsoft Flight Simulator to Antonov Airlines to help finance the construction of the second An-225.
MRO : Lufthansa Technik opens new training center for engine mechanics
To meet the increasing demand, Lufthansa Technik is now further qualifying people who have already completed a technical or craft apprenticeship and will invest 7.5 M€ in a training center in Hamburg-Rahlstedt.
ST Engineering and SF Airlines to set up airframe MRO joint-venture in China
The new Joint-Venture will greatly enhance presence of ST Engineering in China, where the Group currently operates airframe MRO facilities in Guangzhou and Shanghai.
BA and Virgin Atlantic announce redeployment to China
The two British airlines will restore their services by the end of the first half of 2023.
Vueling to operate 52 routes to and from France this summer
Of the 52 routes, 36 will be operated from Paris-Orly airport, with three new destinations to Cairo (Egypt), Marrakech (Morocco) and Reus (Spain).
MRO: All OSAC online services now available in English
OSAC, the French airworthiness authority, translates all its online services for English-speaking users who now benefit of a dedicated portal. They only need to create an account.
Crash of a Boeing 737-300 water bomber
A Boeing 737 specialized in fighting forest fires has crashed in Australia. The two pilots were airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries. The aircraft was owned by Coulson Aviation, a company specializing in the provision of firefighting aircraft and helicopters.
Lufthansa Group and VARO Energy sign MoU in the field of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
VARO Energy could supply the Lufthansa Group with large volumes of SAF from as early as 2026, for example to the Munich airport hub.
Air France KLM takes more Airbus A350F and A350-900
Air France-KLM Group is taking more Airbus A350-900 and A350F aircraft, turning options into firm orders. The A350Fs will join Martinair to replace the Boeing 747Fs. On the other hand, still nothing on the A350-1000. A big weakness for the Boeing 777-9 ?
Boom Supersonic begins construction of its plant
A year after Boom announced that Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., would be the site of the Overture Superfactory, Boom has now begun construction of the Overture "Superfactory," a major milestone before the aircraft's production launch in 2024.
Liebherr-Aerospace equips its test center in Toulouse with a hydrogen bench
Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse is working on systems and equipment to reduce fuel consumption, but also to contribute, at its level, to more carbon-neutral aircraft. The equipment manufacturer recently acquired a hydrogen cell installed in its test center at the Toulouse site. This new investment in test facilities will enable Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse to demonstrate the ability to generate electrical power, using fuel cells, to supply the major non-propulsive electrical systems of a new-generation single-aisle aircraft, while ensuring the thermal management of the whole (fuel cells and electrical systems).
Airline industry welcomes further postponement of the entry into force of EES and ETIAS
The EES (Entry Exit System), which is intended to strengthen controls at the EU's external borders, has already been postponed several times at the request of the main players in the sector, citing a lack of preparation and allocation of sufficient staff.
Norse Atlantic Airways further expands its European network
The new Norwegian long-haul low-cost carrier will launch a daily service between Rome-Fiumicino and New York-JFK starting June 19.
Easyjet continues its recovery
The low-cost carrier posted a loss in the first quarter of 2022-2023 (completed Dec. 31) reduced to 133 million pounds from 213 million pounds in the same period of 2022.
39 new airlines have been created in 2022
According to figures provided by IATA (International Air Transport Association), this number of new entrants is lower than in 2021 (58 companies created), but higher than in 2020 (29 companies created).
MRO : Akasa Air signed two contracts with AFI KLM E&M through its wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR, for both component and APU services
The new Indian air transport start-up, Akasa Air, has enlisted the support of AFI KLM E&M for component services as well as dedicated APU solutions from its subsidiary EPCOR.
Uzbekistan Airways orders 12 Airbus A320neo family aircraft
Uzbekistan Airways, the national carrier of the Republic of Uzbekistan, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 12 A320neo family aircraft, eight Airbus A320neo and four Airbus A321neo.
Delta relaunches its Nice-Atlanta route
This service is in addition to the daily seasonal flight between Nice and New York/JFK.
EU-Qatar Open Skies Agreement: FNAM calls for transparency
In light of the suspicions of corruption involving Qatar in the European Parliament, the FNAM considers it urgent to study how the signing process was conducted in 2021.
Delta: 2022 operating revenue at 2% of 2019
The U.S. airline, Air France-KLM's partner in Skyteam, has reached an adjusted operating revenue of $45.6 billion for the full year 2022.
Textron delivers the 3,000th aircraft in the Cessna Caravan family
Textron, through its Cessna subsidiary, has delivered the 3,000th single-engine aircraft in the Cessna Caravan family. The aircraft was handed over to Brazilian airline Azul Conecta, a subsidiary of Azul Airlines based at Jundiai Airport in São Paulo.
Emirates strengthens its Asian network and takes over Tokyo-Haneda
The Dubai-based airline will resume service to Japan from April 2, 2023, adding to the two daily flights operated to Tokyo-Narita by Airbus A380 and Osaka by Boeing 777.
Airbus tests new technologies to enhance pilot assistance
Airbus UpNext, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, has started testing new, on ground and in-flight, pilot assistance technologies on an Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft.
MRO : Sabena technics creates a new subsidiary in Toulouse
Sabena technics continues its development by integrating within its group the activities of Fleet Management & CAMO, Powerplant & APU Boroscope, Aircraft Modifications and Flight Ops & OCC previously operated within Aéroconseil AKKODIS.
Brussels Airport welcomed more than twice as many passengers in 2022 as the previous year
In 2022, Brussels Airport welcomed nearly 19 million passengers, an increase of 102% compared to 2021. It has thus reached 72% of its pre-crisis activity level.
Vinci Airports launches SAF at Toulon Hyères
Toulon Hyères airport is the third hub in Vinci Airports' management portfolio to be supplied with SAF, after Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne and Grenoble Alpes Isère.
HAECO Xiamen to build world’s largest single span aircraft maintenance hangar in Xiamen Xiang’an International Airport
HAECO Xiamen, a member of the HAECO Group, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the construction of its new aircraft maintenance facility in Xiamen Xiang’an International Airport.
Emirates resumes Airbus A380 operations to Birmingham
Emirates Airlines will re-launch its Airbus A380 flights between Dubai and Birmingham in 2023.
EirTrade Aviation Maintenance gains EASA Part 145 Line Maintenance approval
EirTrade Aviation Maintenance has received EASA Part 145 Line Maintenance approval for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families of aircraft at its facility in Ireland West Airport, Knock.
Air India commits over 400 M$ to refurbish widebodies passenger cabins
Air India has announced plans to refurbish its entire legacy wide body fleet, comprising 27 Boeing 787-8 and 13 Boeing 777 aircraft, committing over US$400m for the project.
Falcon Aviation Services upgrades its helicopter fleet with an order for five Airbus H130s
Leading Emirati air charter and sightseeing helicopter tours operator Falcon Aviation Services has ordered five new Airbus H130 helicopters to upgrade its fleet.
Robobrosse: A signature innovation by The MRO Lab
AFI KLM E&M's The MRO Lab CRMA presents a new cleaning robot, initially developed to automate a difficult and repetitive task: the descaling of brake pistons.
Bristow to purchase six Leonardo AW139 to support its “UKSAR2G” SAR programme
These six Leonardo AW139s helicopters will join an existing fleet of nine AW189s, with deliveries between 2023 and 2024.
Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega orders 12 more five-bladed H145s for its mountain bases
The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered a second batch of 12 five-bladed H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases. They will replace the current fleet of Leonardo AW109SP helicopters.
MRO : Jet Aviation Announces Extension of Boeing 777 Maintenance Capabilities in Basel
Jet Aviation Basel is now approved for heavy maintenance on the Boeing 777 up to and including 15-year checks.
Airbus A350F versus Boeing 777-8F at Cathay Pacific Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways has decided to replace its six Boeing 747-400ERF freighters. The Airbus A350F and the Boeing 777-8F are competing for this contract, which also has a high symbolic value.
Embraer supports lawsuit against Boeing for «talent poaching»
Embraer, together with other Brazilian entities of the Security and Defense sector, support the lawsuit against Boeing for its strategy of co-opting Brazilian engineers, reports AviacionLine.
AEI Receives Indonesian (DgCA) STC Approval for B737-800SF Freighter Conversions
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation for the Republic of Indonesia has approved Aeronautical Engineers Inc.’s STC for the 12-pallet position Boeing 737-800SF freighter conversion.
MRO : Embraer and TUI Sign Services Agreement for the E-Jets E2 Fleet
Embraer and TUI have signed a contract for the Pool Program to support TUI’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2s. The TUI Group will take delivery of three E195-E2 from AerCap on long-term lease.
Supersonic: the X-59 receives its turbojet engine
Nasa's silent supersonic X-59 is now powered by the F414-GE-100 engine, which was installed at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California, earlier this month. This is the engine that will power the experimental aircraft in flight.
Highly customised VantageXL First enters service as Virgin Atlantic’s Retreat Suite
The clever configuration of the VantageXL seating range creates the option for a seamless two-class cabin at all-business-class density in Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A330-900.
MRO : HAECO et GE Aerospace signent un accord de service pour le moteur CF34-10A
HAECO et GE Aerospace ont signé un accord de services de marque GE (GBSA) pour les moteurs CF34-10A.
Azul Linhas Aéreas adds three additional Airbus A330neo to fleet
Azul has signed a firm order for three A330-900 which will allow it to further expand its international network and complement its existing A330 operations, bringing the airline’s total fleet of A330neo aircraft to eight.
GKN Aerospace achieves major milestone delivering its first ground-based liquid hydrogen fuel system demonstrator
An end to end liquid hydrogen aircraft fuel system demonstrator comprising liquid hydrogen fuelling, storage and cryogenic hydrogen conditioning apparatus. From concept to operation, the demonstrator was delivered within 12 months.
MRO : Gulf Air signe avec MTU Maintenance pour les moteurs V2500 de sa flotte d'Airbus A321ceo
L'accord, d'une durée de quatre ans, porte sur des services complets de maintenance et d'entretien, sur l'assistance aux unités remplaçables en batterie, sur le suivi des tendances des moteurs et sur les services sur site, ainsi que sur l'assistance aux moteurs de rechange pour les Airbus A321ceo de Gulf Air équipés de moteurs V2500.
Royal Jordanian selects Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines to power up to 30 Airbus and Embraer aircraft
The airline has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power up to 20 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft and up to 10 GTF-powered Embraer E-Jets E2 aircraft.
Lufthansa Group picks up Recaro Aircraft Seating to oufit Economy Class of 100 aircraft
The Recaro Aircraft Seating (Recaro) CL3710 and CL3810 seats were selected by the Lufthansa Group to outfit its economy class cabins. The order of nearly 24,000 economy class seats will be equipped on nearly 100 Lufthansa and SWISS aircraft.
Leonardo AW169 mission capabilities and configuration options expanded with skid and Advanced SAR Mode certifications
The AW169 offers all undercarriage options, including retractable/fixed landing gear and skids; it is the first and only modern CS-29 certified helicopter with these options. The first civil-certified rotorcraft with IFR single pilot SAR Modes operational capability.