Delta Air Lines has placed its first order for Airbus airplanes in some two decades, signing for 30 A321s and 10 A330-300s, the European airframer announced Wednesday. The airline has chosen CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s and CF6-80E1 engines from GE Aviation for its new A330s.
Aviation Modification Leaders (AML) of Denton, Texas, completed the first installation of its high-speed AML 200 cabin router in a Piaggio Avanti.
The new carry-on/carry-off technology acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot and requires no STC. It allows up to 10 passengers in the aircraft simultaneous airborne access to Swiftbroadband Internet service worldwide (excluding polar regions) as well as a full complement of standard Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities with any personal electronic device, regardless of brand.
Cessna has selected the side-facing, inflating passenger protection system from Aviation Occupant Safety (AOS) as standard for the two-place, side-facing seat configuration in the new Citation Latitude. Cessna is the first OEM to offer the system.
The inflatable restraint system was introduced at the NBAA Convention last year. Aviation Occupant Safety of Creedmoor, N.C., is a joint venture of two global safety restraint industry leaders: Aircraft Belts, also in Creedmoor, N.C., and Key Safety Systems of Sterling Heights, Mich.
The Turkish government has tasked Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with designing and building a home-grown helicopter to replace that country’s aging fleet of Bell UH-1s and for the export market. The deal could rely on a technology transfer from Sikorsky, and it is likely TAI will need to go engine shopping on the international market. TAI hopes to have a prototype flying within three years. Turkey is the world’s ninth-largest helicopter market, and its military estimates a need for up to 800 helicopters in the coming decade.
The Pacific offshore helicopter symposium will be held in Australia next month in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center at Darling Harbour. Topics to be discussed at the October 8 event include the new CASA rules on commercial operations such as the latest IFR, copilot qualifications and multi-engine performance standards. Changes to the latter could result in many hospital helipads and oil rig platforms operations being considered unsuitable for the current crop of medium to heavy helicopters, unless the new EASA rules are modified.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest plans to return to Delta Air Lines another 24 fifty-seat Bombardier CRJ200s by the end of this December as part of the transition to 34 larger, dual-class jets specified by a new Delta Connection agreement signed in August last year. Under the terms of the deal, it added five 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700s and 29 seventy-six-seat CRJ900s to its Delta Connection network by the end of this past May and transferred 22 CRJ200s to its American Eagle network by June 30.
Marshall Aerospace announced yesterday that it purchased Beechcraft’s flagship European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business, Hawker Beechcraft Ltd. The facilities were also known as Hawker Beechcraft Services Chester and had provided a full range of Hawker and Beechcraft maintenance, modification, paint and upgrade services for more than 50 years.
Southern England-based business aircraft sales, charter and management firm ConnectJets has been awarded the UK dealership for the Piaggio Aero Avanti II. As such, it is now the dealer for the twin turboprop in the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. ConnectJets said it will soon announce a partner so it can launch a shared-ownership program later this year for Avanti II clients throughout the UK and aforementioned self-governing Crown dependencies.
FlightSafety International has signed a new eight-year training services agreement with Republic Airways, the companies announced last month.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways subsidiary Republic Airlines launched its first Embraer E-Jet service as an American Eagle affiliate on August 1, flying 76-seat E175s from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Albuquerque International Sunport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. Operating the E175s under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines, Republic expects delivery of two or three of the airplanes each month until Embraer fills its order for 47 by the first quarter of 2015.