Friday, June 26, 2020

First Dash 8-400 aircraft for TAAG Angola Airlines

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited delivered the first of six Dash 8-400 aircraft to TAAG Angola Airlines on Friday. The order was disclosed on June 18, 2019 during a ceremonial signing event at the Paris Air Show.

"We selected the Dash 8-400 aircraft to support our development of a stronger domestic network and also to support our regional and international networks," said Rui Carreira, chairman and chief executive officer, TAAG Angola Airlines. "With our acceptance of our first Dash 8-400 aircraft, we are continuing to implement our restructuring strategy and enhancing our service to smaller communities.  The Dash 8-400 aircraft is well known for its comfortable passenger amenities, operational versatility and outstanding economics, which will be critical for TAAG's operations where large aircraft are not economical.  We look forward to its introduction to our fleet and to the diligent, ongoing support of De Havilland Canada's teams as we build our network.”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Video: Emirates modifies 10 Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft for additional cargo capacity

Emirates has modified 10 Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft to create additional cargo capacity by removing seats from the Economy Class cabin. This will allow for up to 17 tons or 132 cubic meters of additional cargo capacity per flight on top of the 40-50 ton cargo capacity in the belly hold.

The modified Boeing 777 aircraft are being deployed on routes to key production and consumer markets where Emirates SkyCargo sees maximum demand for the movement of urgently required goods such as Personal Protective Equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, food, machinery and other supplies around the world.

Video: First CMV-22B aircraft for fleet operations arrives at Naval Air Station North Island

Bell Textron Inc. and Boeing delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on Monday. The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif.

This aircraft is the third overall delivery to the U.S. Navy. Bell Boeing delivered the first CMV-22B at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in February for developmental testing, followed by a second in May. The Navy variant V-22 will take over the Carrier Onboard Delivery Mission, replacing the C-2A Greyhound.

The CMV-22B and C-2A greyhound conducted a symbolic passing of the torch flight in April.

The CMV-22B carries up to 6,000 pounds of cargo and combines the vertical takeoff, hover and landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft.

Bell Boeing designed the Navy variant to have the expanded range needed for fleet operations. Two additional 60-gallon tanks and redesigned forward sponson tanks can cover more than 1,150 nautical miles.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

GA Telesis forms GA Telesis Rotorcraft and acquires seven Bell helicopters

GA Telesis, LLC (GAT) announced the formation of GA Telesis Rotorcraft (GATR) on Wednesday to provide lease and finance solutions in the helicopter sector. GATR has already closed its first helicopter transaction, a portfolio of Bell helicopters.

GAT completed the acquisition of seven Bell 206L4 helicopters, four of which are subject to multi-year leases.  Regarding the other three helicopters, one is available for lease or sale. A second helicopter will be refurbished and made available for lease or sale later this year.  The final helicopter will be parted out and sold as used serviceable material.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Alaska Airlines starts flying Embraer 175 jet in Alaska

Alaska Airlines will start flying the Embraer 175 jet aircraft in the state of Alaska starting in October 2020. The E175, operated by regional partner Horizon Air, will serve select markets in Alaska.

"Alaskans who have flown the E175 jet in the Lower 48 have frequently asked when they might see the plane in the state, and we're thrilled the time has come," said Marilyn Romano, regional vice president. "This jet gives us the flexibility to increase daily frequency between Anchorage and Fairbanks up to seven times a day, and to provide year-round service to King Salmon and Dillingham.”

With no middle seats, the regional jet is configured with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in the main cabin.

Alaska Airlines recently added Boeing 737 service to Cold Bay, and started service one month early to King Salmon and Dillingham. Alaska Air Cargo also began serving Unalakleet earlier this month with our 737-700 freighters.