Month: April 2021

Perlan plans for 2021 flights following loss of ‘compass’ Enevoldson

Perlan Project proved you don’t need fuel to fly to the edge of space. Mountain air will do the trick. But you probably need a man like Einar Enevoldson, the legendary test pilot behind a project that has flown sailplanes to altitudes exceeding 70,000ft, capturing records and advancing high-altitude scientific research. “His primary job was …

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Icelandair Group reaches tentative agreement to sell tour operator

Icelandair Group and tour specialist Nordic Visitor have reached a heads-of-terms agreement over the sale of the group’s entire shareholding in tour operator Iceland Travel. The company, which wholly-owns Iceland Travel, disclosed earlier this year that it would divest the division as part of its focus on core flight operations. Icelandair Group says the proposed …

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‘No compromises’ in agreement for next-generation fighter engine: Safran chief

Olivier Andries, Safran chief executive, says a three-way agreement with MTU Aero Engines and ITP Aero covering the development of a next-generation military powerplant has been reached with “no compromises at all”. The pact, revealed on 29 April, details the workshare arrangement between the parties for the engine that will power the Next-Generation Fighter (NGF) …

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Safran eyes interiors rebound after sluggish start to year

Safran is hopeful that its interiors business is poised for recovery as the year progresses after an “extremely weak” first quarter. Divisional revenue in the first three months of 2021 fell by 54.9%, to €313 million, against €694 million in the same period a year earlier, with original equipment revenue down by 51.9%. But Bernard …

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​Flybe secures Heathrow slots for Scottish services

Reborn UK regional carrier Flybe has secured 86 summer-season slots at London Heathrow airport that it plans to use for services to Edinburgh and Aberdeen in Scotland. Data published by airport slot co-ordinator ACL on 26 April shows the carrier received the slots from British Airways for the period of 28 April to 30 October. It lists the aircraft to be …

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Commercial aircraft market should reach equilibrium by 2023: Udvar-Hazy

The commercial aircraft market should return to something more like its historical balance by 2023, following an accelerated retirement and replacement cycle, in the view of Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy. Speaking during a FlightGlobal webinar on 29 April, Udvar-Hazy explained that after the “supercharged” growth seen in the airline industry over the five or …

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Steven Udvar-Házy on the pandemic, environment and airline market recovery

2021-04-30T15:13:00+01:00 In an exclusive video interview with FlightGlobal, Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy gives his insight on how the pandemic and environmental pressures are changing the airline industry, when the market might return to some kind of normality and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Airbus and Boeing in future aircraft …

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Panasonic sees lockdown influence in streaming lift from unlimited Wi-Fi trial

Panasonic Avionics is highlighting a greater propensity for passengers to stream content as one of the learnings from a recent airline trial offering unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity on board. The trail offering passengers unlimited Wi-Fi access, using Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite connectivity service, was carried out in conjunction with a major airline late last year across more …

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