1 November 2021

Chaos as American Airlines forced to cancel 1,500 flights over the weekend and delay a further 1,000

A combination of bad weather and staff shortages forced American Airlines to cancel 367 flights on Friday, 551 on Saturday, and 634 on Sunday, blaming a combination of bad weather and staff shortages. “With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight …

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Vietjet and Rolls-Royce sign US$400 million deal for modern aircraft engines

Vietjet and Rolls-Royce have signed an agreement to provide engines and engine services for the airline’s future wide-body fleet with a total value of approximately US$400 million (£290 million). The Trent 700 engine is the only engine specifically designed for this wide-body aircraft and is widely recognised for its outstanding efficiency and reliability. Since its …

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CAE to acquire Sabre’s AirCentre airline operations portfolio

CAE and Sabre Corporation have announced an agreement for CAE to acquire Sabre’s AirCentre airline operations portfolio (AirCentre) – a highly valuable suite of flight and crew management and optimisation solutions. The agreement, which is valued at US$ 392.5 million excluding post-closing adjustments, includes the Sabre AirCentre product portfolio, related technology and intellectual property as well …

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First A319neo takes to the skies with 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Airbus, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, the French Ministry of Transports and Safran have launched the first in-flight study of a single-aisle aircraft running on unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the flight test over the Toulouse region on October 28, one CFM LEAP-1A engine of an Airbus A319neo test aircraft operated on 100% SAF. Initial results …

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Boeing breaks ground for new MRO facility in Jacksonville

Boeing has begun construction of a new 370,000 ft² maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cecil Airport that, once complete, will support Boeing’s ability to deliver readiness outcomes for US government customers. The facility will include eight new hangars, additional workspace and offices where Boeing maintainers, engineers and data analysts will support US …

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Air Transat appoints Sonia Kurek as new Commercial Director of UK, Ireland and GSA Markets

Canadian leisure airline Air Transat, has announced the appointment of Sonia Kurek as its new Commercial Director of UK, Ireland and GSA Markets. Joining Air Transat on November 1, 2021, Kurek will lead the airline’s global team to develop its commercial strategy, including all sales and marketing activity across every distribution channel. She will lead …

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MENA Cargo signs charter agreement with euroAtlantic Airways

MENA Cargo has signed its first strategic partnership with euroAtlantic Airways. Portugal-based euroAtlantic Airways will supply aircraft to support MENA Cargo’s global strategy in expanding operations in SE Asia, Europe and the USA. The one-year charter agreement has been signed for a Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, both of which are P2F, with the …

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