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    Auditor general’s office details ‘dire’ state of SAA organisation


    South Africa’s auditor general’s office has testified to the chaotic condition of South African Airways’ organisation during a judicial commission examining allegations of corruption and fraud in state companies. The office participated for the first time in the audit of SAA’s full-year financial statement covering 2016-17. SAA was experiencing ...

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    Bell reveals 429 demonstrator with four electric tail rotors


    The Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) tail rotors first flew on the light, twin-engined 429 helicopter in May 2019. The aircraft is being tested at the company’s Mirabel, Canada facility and has about 25h of flight time.

  • French Bee A350

    French probe low-speed incident during A350 go-around


    French investigators are probing an incident involving a French Bee Airbus A350-900 during a go-around at Paris Orly. The twinjet (F-HREV) had been conducting its approach to runway 25 on 4 February, following a service from San Francisco. French investigation authority BEA states that the approach was aborted ...

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    Volocopter nets €87 million in Series C funding round


    German eVTOL maker says funding, expertise will support bid for commerical operations in two to four years 

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    Animation reveals Bek Air Fokker 100 crash sequence


    Kazakhstan’s government has released an animation detailing the take-off sequence of the Bek Air Fokker 100 involved in a fatal accident at Almaty. The sequence clearly shows the difficulties the crew experienced in controlling the aircraft as it rotated from runway 05R while departing for Nur-Sultan on 27 December. ...

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    De Havilland Canada sees growing market in Asia for high-density Dash 8


    De Havilland Canada may have left the limelight to arch-rival ATR when it pulled out days before the Singapore air show over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, but the Canadian airframer is confident about prospects for its Dash 8 twin-turboprop in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly high-density variants.

  • 5Y-CET

    Fokker 50 crash crew ignored multiple alerts during take-off roll


    Kenyan investigators have disclosed that the crew of a Fokker 50 continued a take-off roll, despite multiple alerts apparently warning of a serious engine problem, before the aircraft crashed some 50s after becoming airborne. The inquiry into the accident, involving a Skyward International Aviation turboprop departing Nairobi’s main international ...

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    First Air France A380 enters retirement in Ireland


    The first of up to four ex-Air France Airbus A380s has been positioned into Ireland West Airport for storage, signalling the start of the airline’s superjumbo retirement process.

  • Thai Saab Gripen

    Thai air force issues exhaustive list of aircraft requirements for 2020s


    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has outlined an ambitious plan for buying new fighters, tactical transports, and other assets in the coming decade. The RTAF’s White Paper 2020 features an impressive wish-list, stressing that while the service’s legacy types are well maintained, sustainment and spare parts availability is ...

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    ST Engineering engine leasing joint venture sells 30 engines


    ST Engineering’s engine leasing joint venture has entered a securitisation transaction for the sale of 30 aircraft engines. The sale — the first for ST Engineering — will “free up capital for future investments, including aircraft engines and reduce…capital employed”, the company says. Source: International Aero ...

  • Ariana Afgan

    ​Ariana Afghan Airlines seeking to buy six aircraft


    Afghanistan’s Ariana Afghan Airlines is the market to buy six aircraft. A tender document published on the airline’s website shows it is looking for two Airbus A330-200s, two Boeing 767-300ERs and two De Havilland Canada Q300s. The closing date for bids is 26 February 2020. The ...


    New Delhi committee signs off on 24 MH-60Rs as Trump visit approaches


    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the purchase of 24 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters for its navy at an estimated cost of US$2.6 Billion.

  • Lufthansa A380

    Lufthansa effectively grounds 13 widebodies amid China suspension


    Lufthansa has made a network capacity cut equivalent to 13 widebodies, after suspending services to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Star Alliance group says it is taking the opportunity to carry out maintenance work and add reserve capacity in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. “The 13 aircraft ...

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    General Atomics tests space laser communication system for MQ-9


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully tested on the ground a space laser communication system that it intends to use to securely transfer data between its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle and satellites.

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    New Swiss airline FlyBair partners with Helvetic


    A partially crowdfunded Swiss airline named “FlyBair”, to be headquartered in Switzerland’s capital Bern, says that it has partnered with regional carrier Helvetic Airways ahead of beginning service to European vacation destinations from May 2020.

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    Atlas Air reports $293m loss in 2019 as it writes down 747-400 fleet


    Aircraft lessor and air freight company Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings reported a loss for 2019 as it wrote down parts of its fleet due to lower cargo business during the year.

  • GMR

    France's Groupe ADP to take 49% of Indian airport operator GMR


    Parisian airports operator Groupe ADP has provisionally agreed to take a 49% shareholding in the Indian company GMR Airports. The agreement, conditional on regulatory approval, will involve acquisition of an initial shareholding of just under 25% within a few days. ADP states that a further stage will result ...

  • Coronavirus

    Coronavirus means air travel demand could fall for first time since 2009: IATA


    The coronavirus could cause demand for air travel to fall for the first time since the global financial crisis, with operators in Asia-Pacific hardest hit, according to an initial impact assessment from IATA. Based on a scenario where the coronavirus has a “V-shaped impact” similar to that seen during ...

  • Kakinoff Gol

    Gol Q4 profit falls as Max crisis lingers


    Brazil’s Gol continues to suffer from the fallout of the grounding of its seven Boeing 737 Max aircraft, reporting fourth quarter net income that was almost half of that reported for the same period in 2018.

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    Condor tie-up with LOT cleared by German authorities


    German competition regulator Bundeskartellamt has cleared Polish firm Polska Grupa Lotnicza’s acquisition of leisure carrier Condor. The regulator has determined that there is “no relevant overlap” between the activities of Condor – formerly part of Thomas Cook Group – and Polish flag-carrier LOT, a subsidiary of PGL. Bundeskartellamt ...