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Pratt & Whitney delivers 1,000th GTF engine powering the A320neo family

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Pratt & Whitney has delivered its 1,000th GTF engine powering the Airbus A320neo family.

The 1,000th aircraft was an A321neo delivered to Hungarian carrier Wizz Air which selected the GTF engines to power its 276 A320neo family aircraft. Pratt & Whitney also powers the airline’s fleet of 105 A320ceo family aircraft with V2500 engines.

Owain Jones, chief development officer at Wizz Air, said: “We are thrilled to accept the 1,000th GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft. The industry-leading technology in the GTF engine is helping to power our growth, while significantly reducing our impact on the environment and further reducing our already best-in-class operating costs. Our collaboration with Pratt & Whitney has helped us make air travel affordable for more people than ever before, and they are now partnering with us through our efforts to help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters reach safe destinations.”

Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney, said: “Congratulations to the Wizz Air team on the 1,000th GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, and on the success that we’ve achieved together since your first flight in 2004. We are honoured to work with you in connecting people and in making the world more sustainable.”

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Anuvu brings new in-flight games to airline passengers

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High-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions provider Anuvu has announced a new collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.

The deal brings several of Marvel’s popular characters to airline passengers around the globe and builds on Anuvu’s existing collaboration with Disney.

Anuvu says the collaboration comes at a time when the company is focused on supporting airlines in future-proofing their media and content strategies, as passengers demand increased flexibility and convenience, including streaming capabilities.

According to the company, the deal allows airlines to provide Marvel’s games through their seatback entertainment systems or stream them directly to passengers’ personal devices while on board the aircraft in the air.

“Anuvu has had a longstanding relationship with Disney for over 15 years. Expanding our collaboration to include Marvel content and characters is a natural next step,” says Mike Pigott, EVP of Connectivity at Anuvu. “By broadening our trusted and valued relationship, we expand our gaming catalog so that airlines can deliver flexible, affordable, and best-in-class gaming experiences to their passengers.”

Anuvu licenses and develops games, with a library of 175 popular games that include top video game and mobile game brands.

Satair And Eaton Extend Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement.

Satair and Eaton extend global distribution agreement

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Satair And Eaton Extend Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement.

Airbus Services company Satair and Eaton have signed a contract to renew their exclusive global distribution agreement for a multi-year period.

According to Satair, it will distribute Eaton’s fuel and motion control products from Eaton’s Grand Rapids, Euclid and Titchfield-based facilities to the commercial transport segment.

Eaton delivers a range of reliable and fuel-efficient systems for today’s commercial aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing platforms. The company’s aerospace portfolio includes engine fuel pumps, fuel distribution and vent systems and motion control solutions, all designed to optimise safety, reliability and weight savings while helping customers lower lifecycle costs and reduce emissions.

Satair says the companies entered into an agreement in 2010 which marked a change in the dynamics of the support structure for Eaton’s fuel and motion control products, going from direct support of commercial aftermarket customers to support through Satair’s global distribution network.

“We are pleased to renew this agreement and enhance our close relationship with Eaton. We look forward to continuing to deliver world-class products to our customers across the world,“ said Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair.

Mark Schmidt, Vice President, Aftermarket for Eaton’s Aerospace Group commented: “The extension of this agreement will ensure a solid foundation for further enhancement of the customer-focused service and support already provided to our mutual customers.”


World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo celebrates 10th anniversary

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The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The show, which returns to Hamburg Messe from 14 to 16 June, has a series of initiatives to mark the milestone and will focus on enabling the industry to accelerate its post-pandemic recovery and enhance the passenger travel experience.

The key themes this year include sustainability and wellness, passenger personalisation, boosting ancillary revenue and inspiring the next generation. The event will feature more than 250 suppliers of onboard products and services, including more than 75 companies making their WTCE debut this year such as GreenMouse, Cocktailmenot, Landgarten and catering specialists SATS.

WTCE has also announced that a new competition, Onboard Icons, will be launched at the event. The competition will spotlight the industry’s most influential people and recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals in the sector over the last decade.

WTCE Event Director Polly Magraw said: “We’re thrilled that we’ll be reuniting back at the Hamburg Messe for WTCE once again after a three-year break, and I’m sure the industry is equally as keen to meet old contacts and create new relationships at the event.

“We are particularly excited to celebrate WTCE’s 10th anniversary and share some of the industry’s fantastic successes from the past decade, while looking ahead to the next 10 years. Although it has been a tough couple of years for the aviation and travel industry, we’re looking forward to celebrating and supporting our visitors and exhibitors with a programme packed with opportunities to learn, discover and build sustainable businesses for the future.”

Visitors and exhibitors are invited to a free-to-attend drinks reception, sponsored by Heineken, to celebrate the 10th anniversary and to network with other attendees on Wednesday 15 June.

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Hawaiian to offer free high-speed Starlink internet on trans-Pacific fleet

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Hawaiian Airlines has announced an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access on board flights between the islands and continental US, Asia and Oceania.

The carrier says it will equip its Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft as well as its incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s with Starlink’s satellite internet connectivity service.

“When we launch with Starlink, we will have the best connectivity experience available in the air,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. “We waited until technology caught up with our high standards for guest experience, but it will be worth the wait. Our guests can look forward to fast, seamless and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning onboard Hawaiian hospitality.”

“Hawaiian Airlines is ensuring its passengers will experience high-speed internet the way we expect it in the 21st century, making hassles like downloading movies before takeoff a relic of the past,” said SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales, Jonathan Hofeller. “With Starlink, the in-flight experience is greatly simplified so that once passengers step on board the plane the internet works seamlessly throughout their flight. Soon, passengers will enjoy all the benefits of having the world’s best in-flight internet connectivity from the comfort of their seats.”

Starlink’s low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites, the latest of which utilise a revolutionary laser mesh network, offers reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity on trans-Pacific flights. Hawaiian says passengers will be able to stream content, play games live with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time and use social media. Connecting to the internet will be seamless when guests walk on board, without registration pages or payment portals.

Hawaiian and Starlink expect to begin installing the product on select aircraft next year.

FACC has established itself as a high-performing and reliable partner in the repair, maintenance and modernization of aircraft for airlines worldwide.

FACC announces partnership with Leki Aviation

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FACC has established itself as a high-performing and reliable partner in the repair, maintenance and modernization of aircraft for airlines worldwide.

Aircraft modernisation, repair and maintenance company FACC has announced its partnership with international parts distributor and service provider Leki Aviation.

FACC’s services range from high-tech lightweight components for space to service and repair offerings for airlines and aircraft operators. Growth opportunities are very high according to the company particularly in the aftermarket services segment.

“The market for maintenance, repair and overhaul in civil aviation is making a noticeable recovery. Thanks to our innovative solutions, we have been able to establish an excellent position in this field in recent years, and are thus ideally equipped for the future,” says Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC.

The number of passenger aircraft worldwide, currently around 23,000, is expected to double to around 46,000 in the next 20 years, the company says, with demand for service and repair services growing rapidly. By 2030, the global market volume is set to exceed $180 billion, compared with approximately $70 billion at present. According to FACC, the Chinese growth market is particularly attractive.

Leki Aviation operates two branches in China and, thanks to its proximity to major Chinese airlines, occupies an outstanding position in the largest and most important growth market in the aircraft industry. Whenever airlines need a spare part for one of their aircraft, they will in future rely on components produced by FACC.

Leki Aviation has a total of nine locations worldwide, including four distribution centres and two repair stations.

Etihad Engineering signs agreement with Touchdown Aviation

Etihad Engineering signs agreement with Touchdown Aviation

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Etihad Engineering signs agreement with Touchdown Aviation

Etihad Engineering has signed a component agreement with Touchdown Aviation (TDA), a global company which specialises in the supply, loan, exchange, and repair of aircraft components.

TDA will be providing Etihad Engineering supply chain solutions in Abu Dhabi to ensure the availability of high-demand aircraft parts.

Frederic Dupont, Vice President Technical Sales & Customer Service, Etihad Engineering said: “As we continue to expand our components repair capabilities, we are delighted to have signed an agreement with Touchdown Aviation, as it will not only contribute to our component services growth strategy and at the same time facilitate parts availability for our customers from across the globe.”

Joey Blok, Director of Sales, Touchdown Aviation said: “I am proud that through intensive cooperation between our respective teams, this Component Agreement has come to life. It’s another step to a long term and fruitful partnership between both TDA and Etihad Engineering. Being able to support our MENA customers with ready to go parts that are stored locally, will give both our companies the opportunity to further develop our position within this steadily growing region for years to come.”

Etihad Engineering’s 500,000 square-metre facility is located in Abu Dhabi, adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The company says it has successfully completed maintenance projects over the years for airlines from all over the world.

Up & Away sees strong growth in its commercial airline business

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Aircraft interior, exterior, valeting and detailing specialist Up & Away Aviation is seeing strong growth in its commercial airline activity.

According to the company, it is now regularly supporting three premier low-cost carriers and cleans and services airliners day and night across nine UK airports.

This sector of the company’s business has seen turnover increase from £2.5 million in 2019 (when commercial aviation activity was split off from its mainstay business aviation work) to £18 million this year.

“Covid significantly propelled this growth and steered us into more commercial work,” said Up & Away founding Managing Director Stefan Murphy.

The company’s HQ recently moved into bigger premises at the former CAE building at Oxford Airport. The company’s business aviation activity is centred on Oxford and Farnborough Airports and supplemented with bases at Manchester and the London airports of Luton, Stansted and Biggin Hill.

“The variation of work is vast – anything from a helicopter on a private lawn to a Gulfstream at Luton. The nature is ‘go now,’ and we are looking to recruit more detailers in line with our plans to move into France in 2023,” added Stefan Murphy.

The company has also invested in its green credentials by putting 17 electric ABT e-transport vans into service to date, making it the largest fleet operator of the type. Up & Away focused on cabin disinfection work during the pandemic, and says this activity has dropped off around 70% now, except among Middle East and US clients.  The trend has moved on to full scale, thorough interior aircraft cleaning and polishing.

Up & Away’s newest customer is aircraft ground handling company Assured Aviation, which is supporting the relaunched Flybe at Birmingham Airport.  It has subcontracted Up & Away for valeting and cleaning its Dash 8 aircraft.

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SD FlightDeck Freedom chosen as default datalink system for new Gulfstream aircraft

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Satcom Direct Gulfstream G550 equipped with FlightDeck Freedom

Business aviation solutions provider Satcom Direct has announced that its FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) flight deck communications platform has been selected as the default datalink system for in-production Gulfstream G500, G600 and G650ER aircraft with initial line-fits already completed.

Gulfstream operators can now optimise the flexible FDF platform, which Satcom Direct says includes configurable features and monitoring of industry datalink compliance, to support secure and reliable datalink services between crew,  air traffic control, and ground personnel.

“FlightDeck Freedom is much more than datalink. As part of the SD connectivity eco-system, it keeps the entire flight department and crew synced with the aircraft for more efficient flight operations.  FDF provides critical data to support service monitoring and plays a significant part in communicating dynamic situational changes during flight.  This augmented support for flight crew, ground personnel and passengers raises industry standards by improving safety and compliance levels through bolstered communications, and we are proud that Gulfstream has selected SD for its flight deck service,” said John Kummer, Satcom Direct, VP Strategy and Programs.


Equinox launches new initiative to minimise and mitigate carbon emissions

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Music and entertainment industry private aircraft charter broker Equinox Charter and its sister company Equinox Travel have launched a new sustainability scheme called Equinox Enhanced Sustainability Initiative (EESI).

The companies say the initiative is designed to analyse and compare the sustainability efforts of aircraft operators. Clients can now request bespoke and market-tailored sustainability assessments of their preferred airlines or private aircraft operators from a flight operations perspective.

The initiative helps clients make informed aircraft and operator choices to mitigate and minimise their carbon and non-carbon emissions, helping reduce the environmental impact of their touring or corporate travel.

Ian Patterson, CEO of Equinox, said: “We’re not naïve to the impact of aviation on the environment. However, as providers of both commercial and private travel, and an intermediary between travellers and aircraft operators, we feel Equinox is well-positioned to encourage responsible choices when it comes to flying and to drive confidence and assurance by those choices.”

The company’s approach involves varying levels of operator analysis conducted by Equinox’s Sustainable Flight Operations Consultant, Douglas Corbett. Corbett’s experience as a private jet and airline instructor pilot allows him to work closely with the specialist travel team in offering this service to their clients across both commercial airline travel and business aviation.

“The day-to-day impact of flying doesn’t just need mitigating, but also minimising. This is why Equinox and I have set out to examine and assess the primary source of flight emissions: the flight operation itself,” said Corbett.

“Carbon offsetting and SAFs can go a long way, but we also want to be able to assure clients that their preferred operators are doing whatever they can to tackle actual flight emissions at the point of origin.

“We believe sustainable aviation requires a ‘belt and braces’ approach. Every detail, from fuel burn to raw material use, has an impact on emissions. When auditing operators, we rigorously examine the technical and non-technical aspects of flight operations ‘in the field’, and help our clients communicate the tangible action taken by the operators they choose to work with.”

Elliot Bottomley, Managing Director of Equinox Charter, added: “Following a tough couple of years, we’re now seeing a huge appetite for international travel. For many of our clients, particularly touring artists, summer is shaping up to be extremely busy.

“Some artists have already embarked on their world tours, and their measures around sustainable accommodation, ground transportation, and even food consumption, are heavily publicised. However, beyond offsetting, there seem to be no tangible results when it comes to flying. Simply not flying is not the answer.

“Through our Enhanced Sustainability Initiative, we will use in-depth operator insight to empower clients to consider ESG credentials in their decision-making, alongside usual factors such as safety, price and reputation. The three-tiered approach ensures clients can tailor the depth of assessment according to their requirements.”