11 June 2013

Airbus confirms timing for A350 XWB first flight

Airbus confirms that the A350 XWB first flight is planned for this Friday, 14th June, based on current visibility of the programme and the flight test status. Weather conditions permitting, the A350 XWB “MSN1” will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time. The A350 XWB flight test teams are now carrying …

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JETS promotes Edward Benyon to Sales and Commercial Manager

JETS, the expanding business aviation MRO, owned by the 328 Group, announced the promotion of Edward Benyon to Sales and Commercial Manager for its Bournemouth and new London Biggin Hill facilities. In his new role he will lead a team of four responsible for building strong relationships with customers and developing future growth strategies and …

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AWAS places one A330-300 widebody passenger aircraft with Air Europa

AWAS has delivered an Airbus A330-300 from its current portfolio to Air Europa, a well-established Spanish charter and scheduled service airline. The airline will use this modern widebody aircraft to enhance trans-Atlantic service to its passengers. Air Europa’s network covers a large part of the Spanish territory, as well as destinations in Europe, Western Africa …

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Boeing forecasts demand for more than 35,000 new airplanes

Boeing projects a demand for more than 35,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $4.8 trillion. The company released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) on June 11th, in Paris, forecasting the world fleet to double over the next two decades. Both passenger traffic and cargo traffic are expected to grow 5% …

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Boeing receives US Army contract for up to 215 Chinook helicopters

The US Army and Boeing have signed a $4bn multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting for the aircraft, begin in 2015. “This multi-year contract provides unprecedented savings for …

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Jet Aviation Geneva appointed as new Authorized Service Center

Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi, the world’s only remanufactured business jet, has announced Jet Aviation Geneva as an authorized service center for Europe. Signed at EBACE, the contract will see Jet Aviation Geneva provide maintenance services for Nextant’s growing fleet of aircraft across the continent. Just last month the companies signed a similar …

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Advanced Drone and Aerospace business remains in South Africa

One of Africa’s oldest aerospace companies, ATE, (Advanced Technology and Engineering Company Ltd) manufacturers of high-tech products for the global defence industry, have been saved from liquidation with vital technology and skills now staying in Africa, thanks to the acquisition by Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace business, Paramount Group. Ownership of the aeronautical …

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British Airways poised to become first airline in Europe to introduce both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 into its fleet

British Airways will take delivery into the UK of its first two 787s on consecutive days, June 26th and 27th, followed by its first A380 on July 4th. Keith Williams, chief executive, said: “The delivery of these exciting aircraft opens a new chapter in British Airways’ history. We are proud to be leading the way …

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