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HAL Bags IAI Orders for Supply of Boeing Main Deck Cargo Door
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been selected by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for further supply of Boeing 737 Main Deck Cargo Door and a contract to this effect was signed at Aero India 2017 on February 17. “This reflects the confidence reposed by our valued customer”, said T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL.
HAL has already manufactured and supplied more than 30 of 737 Main Deck Cargo Doors to IAI. Appreciating the timely delivery and quality, IAI has placed further orders.
Air India Becomes Latest A320neo Operator
Air India has become the latest A320neo operator after taking delivery of the first of 14 aircraft leased from Aviation Lease And Finance Company (ALAFCO) headquartered in Kuwait. With this delivery, Air India becomes the first CFM powered neo operator in India. The delivery is also the first neo for ALAFCO from an order for 85 A320neo family. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 family aircraft. Previously, IndiGo ordered a total of 430 A320neo aircraft which are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.
The A320neo is new engine operation which incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines and large sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 per cent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020.
The A320neo family has over 5,000 orders from 92 customers since its launch in 2010 acquiring almost 60 per cent share of the market. To date over 70 A320neo have been delivered to 18 customers.
Lao Skyway Starts the Year with First Airbus H125 Helicopter Delivery
Lao Skyway received its first Airbus H125 helicopter, becoming the first of its kind to fly in the Laotian skies. Lao Skyway acquired two Airbus H125 helicopters in August 2016, for civil and para-public missions, including domestic charter flights and search-and-locate missions. The second H125 is expected to be delivered in May 2017.
“We are happy to find a trusted partner in Airbus for the past 15 years, and are excited to extend this relationship with the receipt of a brand new H125”, said Bounma Chanthavongsa, managing director of Lao Skyway. “We are confident that our newly-acquired H125 from the same Ecureuil family that we have been operating will fulfil our varying missions, with its outstanding performance, multi-role capabilities and reliability”.
“We are honoured by Lao Skyway’s trust and confidence in us, as the H125 begins its maiden flight in Laos this year”, said Derek Sharples, managing director of Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia. “Laos is an important market for Airbus, and we are delighted to see our presence growing in this country, with our helicopters serving the needs of the Laotian skies well. We remain committed to ensuring the fullest support to Lao Skyway, as it grows its fleet and operations in the coming years”.
The Ecureuil is Airbus’ best-selling light, single-engine helicopter family, with over 6,000 delivered and flying globally today. Specifically in the Asia Pacific region, more than 750 Eureuils are deployed in 21 countries, serving various needs in the civil and para-public markets.
Airbus H125 is the first and only helicopter in its class to operate in Laos. Known for its superior performance, agility and long endurance, the H125 provides commercial operators with fast cruise speed, long range and high altitude capability, while offering low maintenance, which is crucial for business sustainability. It is an ideal platform with successful deployments in various civil, para-public and commercial missions, including power line, mining, tourism, search missions, as well as emergency medical services in Laos and the region.
Cessna Citation Latitude Redefines Market Standard as Best-Selling Midsize Business Jet
Textron Aviation Inc. on February 23 announced that the Cessna Citation Latitude has quickly become one of the world’s best-selling business jets since entering the market in August 2015, and is the leader in the midsize segment with more deliveries in 2016 than any other aircraft in its category.
Since its introduction, the aircraft rapidly set a new standard, redefining the expectations of a midsize business jet. In 2016, the company delivered 42 Latitudes, making it the most delivered midsize jet in the world for that year. With certification in 35 countries, the global fleet of 58 aircraft has already surpassed 18,000 flight hours.
“The Citation Latitude uniquely fits a niche in the market for customers who want the amenities and comfort of a large-cabin aircraft at a midsize acquisition price and best-in-class operating costs,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Its success is another great example of how listening to our customers and investing in our products is helping to invigorate this segment, and we look forward to continuing the momentum in 2017.”
The Latitude, with a maximum range of 2,850 nautical miles (5,278 km) and a best-in-class four-passenger range of 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 km) at high-speed cruise, is set apart from the competition by its combination of comfort and efficiency. The aircraft offers an unrivaled cabin experience featuring the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in its category. With a flat floor and six feet of cabin height, innovation abounds with exceptional features designed throughout the aircraft.
Textron Aviation’s wireless cabin management system provides productive connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices. Improving cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the Latitude features a new cabin cooling system and a new pressurisation system which provides a 5,950-foot cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet. With standard seating configurations, the Latitude can comfortably accommodate up to nine passengers. Extended maintenance intervals provide owners with the lowest direct operating costs in the midsize segment.
Gulfstream G280 Showcases Performance with 58th City-Pair Record
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on February 21, announced that its Gulfstream G280 aircraft recently set another speed record in Africa, flying from Windhoek, Namibia, in the southern part of the continent to Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast. The flight took 7 hours and 38 minutes.
The super mid-sized business jet left Windhoek Eros Airport at 8:20 a.m. local time and arrived at Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport at 1:58 p.m. local time, completing the 3,248-nautical-mile/6,015-kilometer flight at an average speed of Mach 0.80.
“The G280 easily departed the high-altitude airfield and short runway,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. “Our customer’s very specific mission requirement allowed us to demonstrate the aircraft’s maximum takeoff performance and smooth handling under challenging conditions.”
The G280, which was on static display at Aviation Africa conference in Kigali Rwanda, on February 22 and 23, has earned 58 speed records since its November 2012 entry into service, including four within Africa. At Mach 0.80, it can travel 3,600 nm/6,667 km. The aircraft has the best cabin in its class, with high-definition entertainment, industry-leading cabin sound levels and 19 super-sized windows.
After being approved by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the city-pair record was sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record. The G280’s three other speed records in Africa are Luanda, Angola, to Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa, to Luanda; and Libreville, Gabon, to Casablanca, Morocco.
Textron Aviation Bolsters Sales Network in India
Textron Aviation Inc., announced on February 16 at Aero India 2017 that it had appointed Jubilant Enpro Private Ltd., based in Noida, India, as its newest channel partner, serving as an authorised sales representative in the region for Cessna Citation business jets and Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan turboprop aircraft.
“We consistently strive to expand our global capabilities and availability to our customers, and this new appointment is our latest example of that commitment,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Textron Aviation. “Jubilant Enpro has the in-depth knowledge of the Indian market and an established team of aviation professionals that make it an ideal strategic partner for us. As we continue to see growing demand for our aircraft in the region, we expect our customers to benefit greatly from the increased convenience and support.”
Formed in 1993, Jubilant Enpro’s aerospace division serves the India region with a complete comprehensive offering of aviation products and services. Jubilant Enpro’s aerospace division has represented Textron Aviation’s sister company, Bell Helicopter, since 1995.
“Jubilant Enpro is delighted to work with Textron Aviation to market and promote the iconic brands of Cessna and Beechcraft in India,” stated Hari Bhartia, managing director and Shyam Bhartia, Director, Jubilant Enpro. “As the economy continues to improve, the business and general aviation sector is likely to expand exponentially. We believe that the range of products available through Textron Aviation will fulfil the needs of the business and general aviation industry for strategic mobility.”
With this appointment, Textron Aviation now has two in-region channel partners, with Aerosystems Delhi representing the company’s piston product line. The company also maintains its team of sales experts positioned throughout the region to ensure customers have direct access to the company.
With approximately 150 jets and turboprops operating throughout India, Textron Aviation has experienced great success throughout the region with its broad product portfolio. The Citation line of business jets offers an exceptional blend of performance, dependability and value, which is attractive to business and charter operators in the region, while the company’s King Air and Caravan turboprop aircraft are uniquely suited for operating in the diverse environments of the region. The King Air series has long led the turboprop market in India and the company continues to experience demand for special mission applications.
Gulfstream G650 and G650ER Certified for China Registration
On February 15 Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER have received type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The validation confirms the type certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and is one of the last steps required for an aircraft to be registered in a particular country. The additional milestone marks the 26th country where the G650 is now certified and the 16th for the G650ER.
“The G650 and G650ER demonstrate real-world capability that our customers value,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. “As business aviation needs in the Asia-Pacific region continue to increase, we are pleased to offer our customers in China the safety, performance and reliability that the G650 and G650ER offer.”
The G650 and G650ER fly farther faster than any other business jet. The G650 can travel 7,000 nautical miles/12,964 kilometers at Mach 0.85. The G650ER extends the range of its sister ship and can travel 7,500 nm/13,890 km at Mach 0.85.
In February 2015, the G650ER set two city-pair records while flying around the world in one stop. The aircraft travelled between White Plains, New York, and Beijing, a distance of 6,939 nm/12,851 km, at a speed of Mach 0.87. It then flew from Beijing to Savannah, covering 6,572 nm/12,171 km at Mach 0.89.
The G650 and G650ER have the largest purpose-built business-jet cabins and offer passengers wider seats, more aisle room, 16 panoramic windows and the lowest cabin altitude of any business jet. The cabins also feature the quietest cabin sound levels, 100 per cent fresh air and in-flight connectivity.
Dassault Announces 2017 Falcon Regional M&O Seminar Schedule
Dassault’s 2017 Falcon Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Seminars will kick off 11 April 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The seminars will make their way to eight cities around the world before concluding in Mahwah, New Jersey, on 18 May 2017.
This year, for the first time, the Seminar Series was preceded by a special forum tailored to the needs of operators of older, out-of-production models like the Falcon 10, Falcon 20 and Falcon 50. This event, called Falcon Classic, took place on February 1, in Dallas, Texas.
“The M&O Seminar Series has been an annual tradition since 1966, attracting hundreds of attendees between multiple venues,” said Jacques Chauvet, Dassault Aviation senior vice president of Worldwide Falcon Customer Service. “But we also recognised that many of the earliest Falcons that we built are still flying. The Falcon Classic forum, which drew over 100 operators, was created to address the needs of this very unique community.”
As in previous editions, this year’s M&O Series will provide in-depth information on Dassault’s latest products and services, including the Falcon Response portfolio of AOG support services, along with demonstrations of the company’s latest performance software and app solutions and tips on how to keep Falcon aircraft up to the most advanced technological standards. Dassault Aviation’s partners will be present at each seminar location to answer Falcon operators’ questions.
Seminars will include model-specific and general technical sessions addressing operational and technical topics ranging from troubleshooting solutions to reliability improvements and STC updates. Dedicated pilot sessions led by Falcon Pilot Support Teams will keep Falcon flight crews abreast of the latest developments in flight operations.
More than 2,100 Falcons are currently flying, with 1,225 operators around the world, in 90 countries.