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    Russian airbase in occupied Crimea rocked by explosions


    The strategically important Black Sea peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014 and is home to air fields and naval bases.

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    ASL takes full control of maintenance firm X-air Services


    ASL Holdings has taken full control of X-air Services, the Belgian MRO joint venture it co-owns with Sabena Technics.

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: August 2022 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    Pratt-powered MC-21 engines swapped to pursue PD-14 certification


    Russian airframer Irkut is preparing to conduct test flights with an MC-21-300 whose engines are being swapped from foreign-built to domestically-built powerplants. The aircraft, number 73051, was originally an MC-21-300 variant fitted with Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines. But Russian state technology firm Rostec says the aircraft will be tested ...

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    Frankfurt hikes passenger forecast but expects to miss satisfaction targets


    Frankfurt Main airport’s operator admits passenger satisfaction targets will probably not be reached this year, as operational capacity bottlenecks persist. Operator Fraport states, in its first-half briefing, that almost 21 million passengers passed through the hub over the six months to 30 June – although this was still 38% below ...

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    Pentagon not ruling out Western fighter jets for Ukraine


    The US Defense Department’s policy chief says a transfer of US-built fighters is not currently in the works, but did not take such a move off the table for the future.

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    Chinese carriers help lift Airbus net orders by nearly 400 aircraft


    Airbus has added nearly 400 net orders to its total for the year, following a strong July, and includes the large agreement for aircraft from four Chinese carriers. These Chinese operators are collectively taking 196 A321neos, plus 82 A320neos and 14 A319neos. Airbus also recorded 39 A321neo orders from LATAM, ...

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    Titan cuts losses and sees profits ahead after freight expansion


    UK carrier Titan Airways highlights the diversification of its activities, including the introduction of Airbus A321 converted freighter operations, as driving a sharp cut in losses for the year ending March 2022 and bright prognosis for the coming year.

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    Russian civil aviation violations put ICAO credibility at risk: European Commission


    Continuing Russian government violation of civil aviation safety procedures threatens the broader credibility of ICAO, the European Commission has warned. Russia is an ICAO Council member but the Commission states that it is “actively working against” principles laid down to ensure air transport safety. Such actions put ICAO’s overall credibility ...

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    Dassault revises 7X and 8X manuals over slat-extension snag


    Operators of Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X executive jets have been instructed urgently to amend the aircraft’s flight manual, owing to a technical issue relating to slats. The order follows an occurrence involving a failed extension of the inboard slats during landing. While the flight-control synoptic correctly depicted the retracted ...

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    Swiss to wet-lease up to six Airbus A220s from Air Baltic


    Swiss will lease as many as six Airbus A220-300 aircraft from Air Baltic in order to “stabilise its schedules” in the coming months.

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    Rolls-Royce chief sees ‘breathing space’ in widebody delivery ramp-up


    The market for new widebody powerplants served by Rolls-Royce is not experiencing the “very intense” pressures on supply chains seen in the narrowbody sector, according to the engine-maker’s outgoing chief executive Warren East. Speaking during a first-half earnings call on 4 August, East explained that while the single-aisle market is ...

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    SAS strike carves into summer passenger numbers


    Scandinavian carrier SAS was forced to cut capacity by 23% in July, compared with the previous month, as a result of the two-week pilot strike. Passenger numbers for the airline were down by almost a third against June’s figures after 3,700 services were cancelled during the 15-day walkout. But changes ...

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    Airlines report profits amid troublesome geopolitical and economic outlooks


    The current financial results season has seen more airline groups return to profit for the quarter ending 30 June, with many reporting higher-than-expected demand and strong yields in passenger and cargo markets. The latest to report is Lufthansa Group, which today cited a “boom in demand for airline tickets” as ...

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    Canadian F-18s deploy to Romania for NATO air mission


    Eight Royal Canadian Air Force fighters will conduct round-the-clock air patrols on NATO’s eastern flank as part of the alliance’s Air Task Force Romania.

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    Boeing signs deal to continue maintenance of Italian air force tankers


    Under the agreement, Boeing will continue to provide logistics support for Italy’s four KC-767A aerial tankers through December 2025.

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    UK start-up Hans Airways introducing ex-Air Europa A330


    UK start-up long-haul carrier Hans Airways has received its first Airbus A330-200, which arrived at Birmingham from Palma de Mallorca on 2 August. The twinjet is a General Electric CF6-powered aircraft, most recently operated by Spanish carrier Air Europa. Air Europa originally took delivery of the A330 in 2008. Hans ...

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    Air Greenland A330-800 emerges from paintshop


    The first pictures have been released of Air Greenland’s Airbus A330-800 in the carrier’s distinctive red livery, after it emerged from the paintshop. The Kangerlussuaq-based operator is set to take delivery of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered twinjet later this year as it replaces its ageing A330-200. Air Greenland A330-800 ...

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    Airbus and Boeing delays add to ‘global supply bottleneck’: Lufthansa chief


    Aviation is facing a “global supply bottleneck”, in the view of Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr, which will constrain capacity going into 2023 and support “sustainable” yields at the European airline group. “The times of overcapacity as we have seen, for example, right before the pandemic, we believe are ...

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    New EASA analysis to explore air traffic controller fatigue risk


    Safety analysts are looking to assess fatigue risks for European air traffic controllers, particularly in light of advances in technology and future evolution of the operational environment. Some 18,000 controllers operate in Europe and a comprehensive view of the way fatigue risk is managed – five years since the introduction ...