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LATAM to equip A320s with fuel-saving engine-idle descent function

Chile’s LATAM Airlines will equip its fleet of Airbus A320-family narrowbodies with an Airbus-supplied system that reduces fuel burn by automating an “optimal” engines-at-idle descent.

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EmbraerX partners start-up Pyka for autonomous aerial agricultural operations

Embraer’s innovation subsidiary EmbraerX is working with North American start-up Pyka to develop autonomous aircraft for agricultural operations. 

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Gol to acquire 250 of Vertical Aerospace’s in-development VA-X4 from lessor Avolon

Brazilian airline Gol intends to lease or purchase 250 of Vertical Aerospace’s in-development VA-X4 air taxis from aircraft lessor Avolon, which ordered 500 of the conceptual aircraft earlier this year.

2021

Opinion

Full rendezvous with reality is still ahead from some airlines

A struggle might be approaching for operators that need to access new equity amid a lack of appetite in the market, writes CTAIRA analyst Chris Tarry

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American to invest $200 million in Gol, expand marketing pact

American Airlines plans to acquire about 5% of Brazilian carrier Gol’s shares for R1.05 billion ($200 million) as part of a plan by the airlines to expand an existing marketing and codeshare agreement.

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Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn re-engining contract for B-52H Stratofortress

The US Air Force has awarded Rolls-Royce a $2.6 billion contract to replace the engines on its Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber fleet.

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Royal Canadian Air Force to upgrade CF-18A Hornets with Raytheon AESA radars

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) plans to upgrade some of its ageing Boeing CF-18A Hornets with Raytheon Technologies’ APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars.

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Why airlines are delighted about the full return of transatlantic travel

Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr described the development as “a major step out of the crisis”, while IATA director general Willie Walsh called it “a major step forward”.

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EmbraerX partners start-up Pyka for autonomous aerial agricultural operations

Embraer’s innovation subsidiary EmbraerX is working with North American start-up Pyka to develop autonomous aircraft for agricultural operations. 

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SIA Engineering extends Hawaiian Airlines A330 MRO support

SIA Engineering has expanded an airframe maintenance service contract with Hawaiian Airlines for its fleet of Airbus A330-200s. 

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Emirates plans to have ‘more than 50’ A380s in service by year-end

Emirates Airline is aiming to have more than 50 of its Airbus A380s in service by the end of the year, under plans to restore 70% of its overall pre-crisis capacity.

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El Al demands $100m compensation from state over damage to its business

Israeli flag-carrier El Al is demanding compensation of $100 million from the government, to offset the effect of state decisions on the airline’s operations.

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USA clears $500 million support deal for Saudi helicopters

The US government has cleared a potential $500 million package to provide support for rotorcraft operated by the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

2021

Opinion

Full rendezvous with reality is still ahead from some airlines

A struggle might be approaching for operators that need to access new equity amid a lack of appetite in the market, writes CTAIRA analyst Chris Tarry

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Middle East funding to help Aeralis trainer take off

UK start-up Aeralis has secured a major funding boost from an undisclosed Middle East backer, plus new technical support from propulsion giant Rolls-Royce, moving its modular jet trainer concept a step closer to manufacturing reality.

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Knafaim charts course for Cyprus’s Tus after investment agreement

Israeli investor Knafaim Holdings is expecting to concentrate initially on services to Mediterranean destinations from Israel and Cyprus, after completing its acquisition of a 49.9% shareholding in Tus Airways.

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Sustainable fuel compatibility among aims of Safran-TotalEnergies tie-up

French aeronautics firm Safran is aiming to ensure current powerplants are capable of operating wholly on sustainable aviation fuel, through a strategic partnership with fuel supplier TotalEnergies.

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Amsterdam Schiphol to test foraging pigs’ suitability as bird deterrent

Amsterdam Schiphol airport’s operator is to carry out a bird-control trial which centres on the use of pigs.

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KLM reinstates Miami and Las Vegas flights after border relaxations

KLM has re-expanded its US network for the coming winter season, in an abrupt change of fortunes following the relaxation of travel restrictions at home and abroad.

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Captain of dual-engine failure An-28 saw icing on cockpit windows

Investigators have found that the captain of an Antonov An-28 observed ice formation on the cockpit as the aircraft climbed, before a dual engine failure that preceded a forced landing in central Russia.

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Taliban urges airlines to restore flights to ‘fully operational’ Kabul airport

Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government is urging airlines to restore services to the Central Asian state, insisting that the main international airport at Kabul is open.

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C919 reportedly faces delays over tightened US export rules

The Comac C919 narrowbody programme appears to have hit a roadblock, months before its targeted service entry. 

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Air New Zealand explores commercial SAF production

The New Zealand government and Air New Zealand have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the feasibility of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production. 

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HAL’s civil Do-228 wins Alliance Air lease deal

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has entered the commercial air traffic with a deal that will see Alliance Air lease a pair of Do-228s for use on regional routes.

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Air Macau signs pilot training agreement with CAAC

Air Macau will for the first time send pilots to the Chinese mainland for training, after it inked a training agreement with Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC). 

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South African Airways resumes flights for first time in a year

Restructured South African Airways has this morning resumed flights, carrying out its first service since last year on the Johannesburg-Cape Town domestic route.

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Wrong turn took student's PA-28 into approach path of 737

South African investigators have found that the student pilot of a Piper PA-28 turned in the wrong direction after an air traffic control instruction, flying just 100ft directly above a Boeing 737-400 on approach to East London airport.

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CRJ200 carried out closed-tower take-off despite warning of opposite inbound flight

South African investigators have disclosed that a CemAir Bombardier CRJ200 crew departed from George airport before the control tower opened, despite being aware of an inbound Airlink Embraer ERJ-135 on approach to the same runway from the opposite direction.

2021

Opinion

Full rendezvous with reality is still ahead from some airlines

A struggle might be approaching for operators that need to access new equity amid a lack of appetite in the market, writes CTAIRA analyst Chris Tarry

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United to serve Lagos from Washington DC

United Airlines will launch flights to Lagos in Nigeria from Washington DC on 29 November.