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ATR 72-500 Certified for Canada

Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for the ATR 72-500 that will enable Canadian airlines to operate the larger version of the turboprop. Today, around 40 examples of the 48-seat ATR42-500 are flying with carriers in Canada, and the

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Hybrid-Electric Airliner Proposal

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have formed a partnership to develop hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial airliners. The companies are planning to build the E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator, based on a British Aerospace 146 flying testbed, with one of the jet’s

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FedEx Launch Customer for new Cessna SkyCourier 408

Textron Aviation has launched the Cessna SkyCourier 408, with FedEx Express signing up as launch customer. The Memphis-based global freight specialist has signed for up to 100 examples of the twin-engine, high-wing, large-utility turboprop, with entry into service scheduled for

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IAG Acquires Monarch Slots

British Airways owner IAG has completed a deal to acquire former Monarch Airlines slots at London/Gatwick.  The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, came days after administrator KPMG won an appeal to retain lucrative airport slots held by the recently failed

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Surf Air Relocates to London City

Subscription based private carrier Surf Air is relocating its London operations from Luton to London City from December.  The company says it is making the move following feedback from its members. Simon Talling-Smith, CEO of Surf Air Europe, said: “Surf

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A350-1000 Certified

Following an intensive flight test programme Airbus has been awarded the type certificate for the A350-1000 by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration. The milestone was reached in less than a year, during which the aircraft’s

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Island Air Ceases Operations

Hawaii’s Island Air operated it last flights on November 11, just days after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The airline was unable to find a new investor or lender to provide the funding it required to support flight operations

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IndiGo Receives First Turboprop

India’s largest airline by market share, IndiGo, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600.  The aircraft, VH-IYA (c/n 1457), was handed over to the carrier on November 17 and is the first of 50 turboprops it ordered earlier this

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All Change at Utair

Russian carrier Utair has unveiled a new livery as part of a wider rebranding exercise.  Describing the colour scheme as deliberately “clear and concise” to illustrate “simplicity”, the company’s VP passenger airline marketing Alina Scherbinina added: “Passengers are not interested

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KPMG Appeals Monarch Slots Ruling

Administrator KPMG has launched an appeal after losing a High Court battle to retain lucrative airport slots held by the recently failed Monarch Airlines.  The UK’s fifth-biggest carrier ceased operations in early October after running into financial difficulties, leaving thousands

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