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News : BOC Aviation delivers A321ceo to Interjet

BOC Aviation delivers A321ceo to Interjet


BOC Aviation has delivered the first of three new Airbus A321ceo aircraft to Interjet, which is also the airline’s first of the type.
 
The remaining two aircraft of the type are scheduled to be delivered to Interjet during the fourth quarter of 2016. All three aircraft are from BOC Aviation’s existing order book.
 
Jose Luis Garza, CEO of Interjet, commented, “This A321, the first in our fleet, will be used by Interjet on high-density domestic and international flights operations from Mexico City, raising our efficiency in this airport.”
 
“We are pleased to have Interjet as our newest customer from North America as it grows from strength to strength,” stated BOC Aviation’s managing director and CEO, Robert Martin. “We continue to provide tailor-made fleet solutions for our customers seeking reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
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News : Jazz extends Smart Parts deal with Bombardier

Jazz extends Smart Parts deal with Bombardier


Jazz Aviation has extended its Smarts Parts agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to provide longer-term component support for its growing fleet of Q400 turboprops, which the carrier operates under the Air Canada Express banner.
 
The agreement, which was originally scheduled to conclude in 2020, has been extended to December 2025. The Smart Parts programme provides Jazz with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and on-site inventories based at the airline's hubs in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary.
 
“Jazz and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft began their Smart Parts relationship in 2012, when we selected Bombardier to provide component maintenance support to our then-new fleet of 15 Q400 aircraft. Since then, Jazz has benefited from the ready availability of spare parts that the programme provides and our Q400 fleet has grown to 39 aircraft," said Kal Rebin, vice-president maintenance and engineering, Jazz Aviation.
 
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft launched Smart Parts to provide component management solutions in support of the Q400 aircraft fleet. The fleet supported by the Smart Parts programme has now grown to more than 150 aircraft enrolled by Q400 and C Series aircraft customers.
 
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News : Air France-KLM opts for Gogo IFC

Air France-KLM opts for Gogo IFC


Air France-KLM is to equip its current long-haul fleet of 124 aircraft with Gogo’s 2Ku in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution.  

The fleet of aircraft receiving Gogo's 2Ku technology will include numerous aircraft types from Boeing 777s to Airbus A330s.  

“We are delighted to bring Gogo's industry leading 2Ku technology to one of the largest airlines in the world and two of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation,” commented Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. “2Ku delivers a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today, including the ability to stream video.

“One of the many benefits of 2Ku is that it's built on an open architecture and can leverage new technology advancements in the future, which means the technology will get even better over time and will provide passengers with a superior connectivity experience now and in the future,” added Small.
 
The first Gogo-equipped aircraft is expected to be in service by the end of 2017, with the bulk of the installations taking place during 2018-2019.
 
The agreement also includes the option for Air France-KLM to equip its new aircraft with 2Ku in the future.
 
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News : Wizz Air announces two new routes from Craiova

Wizz Air announces two new routes from Craiova


From 26 and 27 March 2016, Wizz Air will begin operating flights from its Craiova base to Paris Beauvais and Venice Treviso respectively.

The Craiova–Paris Beauvais service will take place on Wednesdays and Sundays, while the Craiova–Venice Treviso flights will run on Mondays and Fridays.  

The carrier’s first flight to Craiova took off from London Luton in 2013 and after one year of operations, Wizz Air based one of its Airbus A320s at Craiova Airport. Wizz Air hopes to grow its fleet in Romania to 20 aircraft by the end of 2016, including four new 230-seat Airbus A321s. 
 
Including its new Paris and Venice services, Wizz Air now offers seven routes to four countries from Craiova.

Gabor Vasarhelyi, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air, stated, “As the largest airline in Romania we are thrilled to be adding two new long-awaited routes to our Craiova network. Paris and Venice are both worldwide popular destinations with rich cultural heritage and we are sure Craiova customers will appreciate visiting these beautiful cities on our low fares, while enjoying our excellent onboard service.

"We stay committed to Craiova and keep on expanding our ever-growing network with more attractive services to best meet the needs of our Romanian customers. Our friendly local crew looks forward to welcoming you on board our new Airbus A320 aircraft,” Vasarhelyi concluded. 
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News : MRJ completes ferry flight to the US

MRJ completes ferry flight to the US


Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have announced that the first test aircraft (FTA-1) of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has completed its ferry flight to the US.  

FTA-1 took off from Nagoya Airfield at 13:28 on 26 September 2016 (JST) and arrived at Grant County International Airport in Washington at 09:44 on 29 September 2016 (JST).

Mitsubishi will now carry out frequent flight tests in the US to accelerate the development of the MRJ towards its scheduled type certificate acquisition in 2018.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are developing the MRJ with the assistance of three engineering bases: The Moses Lake Flight Test Center within Grant County International Airport; Seattle Engineering Center and Mitsubishi Aircraft Headquarters in Japan. 
 
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News : SmartSky technology receives FCC certification

SmartSky technology receives FCC certification


SmartSky Networks’ patented SmartSky 4G spectrum reuse radio system has received FCC certification ahead of the launch of the company’s in-flight connectivity solution in mid-2017. 
 
The FCC certification enables SmartSky to make use of the unlicensed 2.4 GHz spectrum band for the aviation market without causing harmful interference to or receiving interference from the operation of the same band on the ground. 
 
To achieve this, SmartSky has implemented new technical methods broadly covered by its growing portfolio of 20 granted patents.  
 
Haynes Griffin, SmartSky’s chairman and CEO (pictured), stated, “After investing tens of millions of dollars and over five years of research and development effort, SmartSky’s now certified technology has unlocked enough spectrum to be able to offer, for the first time, the reliable use of a sophisticated, custom-designed 4G system that can deliver an office-like internet experience in the air for both business aviation and commercial aviation customers.”
 
“Long ago, the FCC authorised the allocation of large blocks of unlicensed spectrum to foster innovation and encourage competition,” remarked Reed Hundt, SmartSky’s vice chairman of the board and former chairman of the FCC. “Today, we see the amazing results of that prescient regulation, which has resulted in ubiquitous Wi-Fi on the ground. By application of novel technologies using 2.4 GHz unlicensed spectrum, SmartSky’s breakthrough will finally give the aviation industry the superior connectivity now taken for granted terrestrially.”   
 
However, SmartSky’s technology and patent portfolio is not limited to the unlicensed band. Most of the patents apply to any frequency and any waveform in any high speed air-to-ground network. “Over time, this will allow SmartSky to keep pace with the latest advances in computing, antennas, radios and networking while still being protected by our foundational patents,” continued Griffin.     
 
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News : Gogo announces development of next generation network

Gogo announces development of next generation network


Gogo is developing next generation ground-based technology, which is due to enter into service in 2018, to better serve the in-flight connectivity market in North America.
 
The company says its next generation network will use unlicensed spectrum, a proprietary modem and a new beam-forming antenna to produce peak network speeds of more than 100 Mbps. 
 
It will also utilise LTE technology and leverage Gogo’s first generation North American network and infrastructure, consisting of more than 250 towers.
 
“Gogo continues to bring the best in-flight connectivity technologies to market,” announced Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “We now have upgrade paths to more than 100 Mbps for both our North American ground-based and our global satellite networks.”
 
“Leveraging our first generation network is key to making this next generation network highly reliable and economical to deploy,” continued Anand Chari, Gogo’s CTO. “Gogo’s next generation network will also be backward-compatible with Gogo’s first generation network, which means an aircraft will be able to seamlessly switch between Gogo’s two networks similar to how a cell phone on the ground connects to the fastest available network.”

Aircraft outfitted with one of Gogo’s earlier generation air-to-ground technologies will need to be outfitted with a new modem and blade antenna to take advantage of the new service. 
 
Gogo says the new technology will offer a ground-like performance, including the ability to stream videos, for business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets and select narrow-body aircraft operating within the US and Canada.
 
The company also cites benefits such as low equipment cost and weight, overnight installation, low drag on the aircraft due to the small size of the antennas, advantages in terms of latency compared to satellite solutions. 
 
 
 

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News : Zetta Jet takes delivery of new Global 6000

Zetta Jet takes delivery of new Global 6000


Zetta Jet has taken delivery of a new Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft which is the first of the type to be enabled with Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX (JX) in-flight connectivity service. 

Rockwell Collins is the service provider and a value added reseller of JX connectivity as part of its ARINCDirect offering.

Furthermore, Zetta Jet’s Global 6000 is equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck powered by Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics. It also features the latest version of Bombardier Business Aircraft’s cabin management system, which has been adapted from Rockwell Collins’ Venue CMS. 

Zetta Jet says the CMS which, among other things, controls a dedicated media bay with multiple HDMI and USB ports, features an intuitive user interface with design details that complement the aircraft’s luxurious interior.

On the OEM’s latest Global aircraft, the CMS is paired with JX connectivity so users can seamlessly stream content straight to high-definition monitors.

“Our passengers will be among the first in the world to experience the fastest and most reliable in-flight internet service available, which aligns with our goal of providing unparalleled luxury, performance and personalised service to our elite clientele,” commented Geoffery Cassidy, managing director of Zetta Jet. “With ARINCDirect service, our customers can meet their business and entertainment needs by bringing their office into the sky, streaming videos and using social media to make their time onboard productive and enjoyable.”

“We are moving from basic satellite connectivity on aircraft to creating an airborne network,” stated David Stanley, VP ARINCDirect cabin services, Rockwell Collins. “Our team played a key role in the delivery of this service by architecting, configuring and troubleshooting the network so Zetta Jet’s passengers get the best experience possible.”

“We are delighted that our Global family of aircraft continues to support Zetta Jet’s industry-leading value proposition to its customers and, in turn, the company’s remarkable rate of growth,” declared Peter Likoray, SVP sales and marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, with its benchmark-setting combination of comfort, range and performance, is designed to meet the needs of the most discerning customers.”

The delivery of the Global 6000 took place at Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Global Completion Centre in Montréal and the aircraft will operate out of Zetta Jet’s North America hub in Los Angeles. 
 
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News : KLM UK Engineering approved for E170/190 base maintenance

KLM UK Engineering approved for E170/190 base maintenance


KLM UK Engineering is to add Embraer 170/190 approval to its base maintenance portfolio from October 2016. 
 
Already certified to work on BAe146/Avro RJ, Fokker 70/100, Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family aircraft, KLM UK Engineering has extended its services to include the Embraer 170/190 family to meet the demands from its customer base. This latest offering complements the existing portfolio at KLM UK Engineering’s Norwich facility, where it can maintain five lines of heavy maintenance, provide onsite workshop support and where it also operates a technical training college delivering Part147 courses.
 
“We are delighted to be adding the E170/190 to our heavy maintenance portfolio and will provide a competitive rate, high quality product & short turnaround times to both existing and new customers,” declared the company’s managing director Peter van der Horst. “We have been delivering line maintenance support for a number of years on the Embraer product and will start our first heavy checks in Norwich with the KLM Cityhopper fleet, starting in October.”
 
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News : Falko buys two E190s from Avolon

Falko buys two E190s from Avolon


Falko Regional Aircraft has added two Embraer 190s – currently on lease to Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper – to its portfolio following their acquisition from Avolon.
 
“We are delighted to have completed this deal with Avolon which further expands our portfolio of Embraer manufactured aircraft,” commented Mark Hughes, Falko’s executive vice president – corporate finance.
“This deal has been funded by capital from our regional aircraft fund and again illustrates the continuing development and growth of Falko as a key player in the regional aircraft market. This further expands our E-Jet portfolio to 10 aircraft and further diversifies our customer base. We are delighted to add KLM Cityhopper, one of the most significant players in the European regional market, as a new lessee in our portfolio.”
 
“This is our second transaction with Falko, a market leader in the regional aircraft leasing sector and we are pleased to provide a further two aircraft to Falko’s new fund,” added John Higgins, president and chief commercial officer, Avolon.
 
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News :  Ryanair announces summer 2017 schedule for Girona

Ryanair announces summer 2017 schedule for Girona


Ryanair has launched its Girona summer 2017 schedule, with nine new routes to Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Oradea.
 
There will also be extra flights to London Stansted taking the frequency to six a week. The airline says these developments, equating to growth at Girona of 19%, will help deliver 1.4 million customers a year and support around 1,000 jobs at the airport.
 
Ryanair will continue to connect Girona with major leisure and business centres on high frequency, low-fare services including Brussels (8 a week), Dublin (5 a week) and London (6 a week), with better timings and lower fares.
 
Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs commented, “We are pleased to launch our Girona summer 2017 schedule. Customers can look forward to even lower fares when they make advance bookings for summer 2017. As our recent guidance confirmed, Ryanair expects average fares to fall by between 10% to 12% in the six months to March 2017. There’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair.”
 
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News : Apple Pay available on easyJet website

Apple Pay available on easyJet website


easyJet has announced that customers can now use Apple Pay on the internet for bookings made on the carrier’s website, a move which makes payment a “2 touch” process.
 
Apple Pay is already available via easyJet’s iOS mobile app, but now customers will also be able to confirm their booking via easyJet.com on their Apple iPad or Apple Mac. Customers using easyJet.com to make a booking will see a ‘Buy with Apple Pay’ button on the checkout screen and will then be able to select the card of their choice and authorise a secure payment via Touch ID fingerprint recognition.
 
If the customer is on an Apple Mac there will be a seamless hand-off to the customer’s iPhone where they will use Touch ID or their Apple Watch to authorise the payment. There is no need to enter in any card details at all making it a quick, secure and easy way to pay.
 
James Millett, easyJet’s head of digital, explained, “We’re delighted that from today we’re one of the first airlines in the world to introduce Apple Pay on Web for easyJet.com. We’re all about innovating to make it easier for customers and we’re proud to be leading the way in the future of payments.”
 
“Gone are the days of scrambling around searching for a bank card to book a flight. Whether you’re booking a flight on your Apple iPad or Apple Mac paying for flights is as easy as selecting ‘Buy with Apple Pay’ and placing your finger on Touch ID on your mobile. Booking flights has never been so easy!”
 
Apple Pay provides an easy and secure way to pay for services. Since the launch of easyJet’s iPhone app in 2011 the innovative app has evolved from easy booking and check-in functionality to include popular features like passport scanning, live flight tracking, mobile boarding passes and Touch ID. It is also complimented by the easyJet Apple Watch app and real-time airport push notifications for go-to-gate and bag reclaim information.
 
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News : CS300 begins European route-proving tour

CS300 begins European route-proving tour


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s second CS300 flight test vehicle has embarked on a series of European and Middle Eastern route-proving flights alongside its first operator, airBaltic. 

The flights will operate from airBaltic’s base in Riga and will include stops in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tallinn, Estonia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

The route-proving flights will provide an indication of how the aircraft will perform in typical day-to-day airline operations by observing airfield performance, airport turnaround times and on-ground operations at various airports. During the tour, the CS300 will abide by airBaltic’s air and ground operational practices.
 
“It’s exciting for the airBaltic team to welcome the CS300 to its home base in Riga for the first time to see the aircraft simulate operations in our route system that covers much of Europe – all in advance of our first delivery later this fall,” explained Martin Gauss, airBaltic’s CEO. “The CS300 aircraft has outstanding performance, admirable efficiency and an impressive cabin that offers maximum comfort and we are looking forward to introducing this fine aircraft to our passengers and airports in our network.”

Rob Dewar, VP C Series, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, remarked, “Because of the 99% commonality between the CS100 and CS300 aircraft and the diverse routes that award-winning airline airBaltic operates, we are expecting to see a perfect blend of performance, outstanding reliability and operational ground support. Our teams are working closely together as we ramp up activities for a real indication of how the CS300 will operate in the network and we are confident that its entry-into-service with airBaltic later this year will be impressive.”

airBaltic has placed a firm order for 20 CS300 airliners, which will join airBaltic’s 12 Q400 turboprops to form an all-Bombardier fleet. 
 
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News : ​Bombardier WAVE available for retrofit on Global aircraft

​Bombardier WAVE available for retrofit on Global aircraft


Bombardier WAVE, the OEM’s Ka-Band in-flight connectivity service, can now be installed as a retrofit at all Bombardier Service Centres.

A new supplemental type certificate means Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere), which is powered by Inmarsat’s JetConneX solution and Honeywell’s JetWave hardware, is available for retrofit on Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft as well as on previous Global aircraft models.

The first customer has already received a retrofit installation of Bombardier WAVE on a Global 5000 aircraft at the OEM’s Singapore Service Centre. This aircraft now allows passengers to browse the internet, stream online media and stage a videoconference as they would at home or in the office.

“Existing Global aircraft customers can install the system at any of our Bombardier Service Centres, and take advantage of an ultra-high-speed in-flight connectivity and productivity solution to make the most efficient use of their time onboard,” commented Jean-Christophe Gallagher, VP and general manager of customer experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Global customers can benefit from the Service Centre Network’s comprehensive capabilities and flexibility, all while maximising their downtime by pairing their installation with their next aircraft maintenance event.”

Bombardier’s Service Centre Network continues to grow, with new additions in Tianjin, China, and at London Biggin Hill Airport. 
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News : bmi regional partners with Sixt and Booking.com

bmi regional partners with Sixt and Booking.com


From 26 September 2016, passengers will be able to book flights, car hire and accommodation via bmi regional’s website thanks to the airline’s new exclusive partnerships with Sixt and Booking.com.

Direct links from bmiregional.com will enable passengers to enjoy up to 15% off a variety of vehicles and other upcoming ground transport solutions with Sixt. The airline’s customers will be able to hire Sixt vehicles across all of bmi regional’s 32 destinations in the UK and Europe.

Jochen Schnadt, bmi regional’s chief commercial officer, commented, “The partnership with Sixt is all part of our ongoing growth strategy to improve our product offering and enable greater convenience for all passengers. With car hire it means passengers can now enjoy a door to door high quality experience with bmi regional, all booked via our website. Like bmi regional, Sixt is also an independent company (Sixt is family managed, and bmi privately owned) meaning both businesses can be nimble and innovative in meeting our combined clients’ needs.

“We’ve also added accommodation into the mix, thanks to a new deal with global giant Booking.com,” Schnadt continued.

“We’re delighted to welcome bmi regional as a partner of Sixt,” averred Regine Sixt, senior EVP international marketing of Sixt SE. “It allows us to offer bmi regional’s passengers exclusive rates on a wide range of vehicles and very soon on all mobility products like car sharing from DriveNow and MyDriver and the affordable Chauffer Service. Sixt and bmi regional focus heavily on customer comfort and satisfaction with quality and consistency throughout.  bmi regional’s passengers have become accustomed to travelling in style and with this partnership it means we can offer continuity from the airport onwards thanks to our choice of top end vehicles.”

Bryan Batista, head of global partnerships at Booking.com, remarked, “With more than a million unique accommodation options to choose from worldwide, no matter where customers may be travelling, we’ve got the perfect stay to meet their needs.”
 
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