Brazil’s TRIP Linhas Aéreas today announced plans to acquire 18 new 68-seat ATR 72-600s and reserve options on another 22. The airline will order nine ATR-600s directly from the manufacturer and lease another nine from Air Lease Corporation and Gecas. The addition of the 18 airplanes to the fleet would make TRIP the largest ATR operator in the world, with 51 of the Franco-Italian turboprops.
Few things take the pleasure out of dining or inhibit work efficiency on board more than a chair and table that are too far apart. Jet Aviation St. Louis, at a client request, found a solution, developing an extension for the Falcon 7X starboard side table facing the number-three seat.
Aviation is extraordinarily dependent on the performance of people who fly and maintain aircraft. But figuring out whether they are in the right frame of mind to perform safely is extremely difficult. For example, if a pilot complied with the regulations and stopped drinking alcohol before the mandatory time cutoff and has a blood alcohol level below regulatory limits, is that pilot safe to fly?
The breathtaking artworks by Picasso, Chagall and other masters gracing the TAG Group’s chalet (Stand 7020) are garnering lots of attention among EBACE attendees. But that’s not the only display of fine taste admired by guests at the pavilion–so is the food prepared by London-based caterer Absolute Taste.
The galley of a single- or twin-aisle executive aircraft has rarely been a particularly passenger-friendly place. Welcome to 2011 and the “VVIP Lounge Galley” from German design firm Loher Raumexklusiv. The Wallersdorf-Haidlfing designer has come up with a sophisticated art deco design concept introduced for an A340 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
Lufthansa Technik has once again expanded the cabin envelope, this time with a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use.
Embraer announced the signature of a new contract with Brazil’s Trip Airlines last month for the sale of four E190s. The firm order, valued at $172 million based on list prices, brings to 24 the number of E-Jets ordered by Trip, either from Embraer directly or through leasing companies. Embraer noted that it had included one of the four E190s sold to Trip in its fourth-quarter 2010 sales totals as an order from an undisclosed customer.
This year’s Eurocopter Golden Hour Award went to a rescue crew formed by captain Daniel Aufdenblatten and rescue specialist Richard Lehner of Air Zermatt, Switzerland, and captain Sabin Basnyat, chief pilot of Fishtail Air, Nepal. On April 29, 2010, the team successfully rescued a party of three Spanish mountain climbers stuck aton a steep slope of Mount Annapurna, the world’s second highest mountain, at an altitude of 22,800 ft.
Aviation Fabricators of Clinton, Mo., received EASA and FAA STC approval for the new “Traveler” upgrade of its Air Econo high-density seats for the King Air. Like the Air Econo seats, a King Air B300 reconfiguration will allow a total of 15 passengers in what is typically an 8- to 11-passenger cabin. The design of the Traveler seat allows more passenger legroom and is slightly more comfortable on longer hauls.
Lufthansa Technik is busy and expects to become busier. The Hamburg, Germany-based MRO and completion and refurbishment company is currently working on an A318 for a Middle East customer, a BBJ for a Far East client and two A340-400s for the German government.