Goshawk delivers A320 to Heston Airlines

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Goshawk has announced the delivery of one A320 aircraft to Heston Airlines. The A320 was successfully delivered to the Lithuanian ACMI operator towards the end of November.

Stephen O’Dwyer, Airline Sales & Marketing, EMEA at Goshawk said: “We are delighted to deliver the first aircraft by Goshawk to Heston, marking the beginning of an exciting partnership as they immediately place the aircraft into operations to serve their expanding customer base.”

Jonas Rinkauskas, CEO of Heston Airlines, commented: “The addition of this aircraft will help us achieve our target of building a larger, modern, fuel-efficient fleet. This in turn will enable us to deliver our products and services to a wide network of ACMI and Charter clients.”

Pratt and Whitney’s GTF Advantage Engine flight testing starts on Airbus’ A320neo

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Pratt and Whitney have announced that Airbus has started to test its GTF Advantage engine on an A320neo aircraft.

This flight test will seek to mature the engine by testing it in a number of environments, which includes hot and cold weather and operation from high-altitude environments.

Engine certification is expected to come in the early part of 2023, with the engine already having completed more than 2,400 hours and 7,800 cycles of testing which includes a successful test on 100% SAF.

Capable of a takeoff thrust improvement of 4% at sea level, the engine could enable longer range and higher payload, making it particularly suitable for A321XLR aircraft and unlocking more destinations for airlines. In addition, the engine will offer an increase of up to 8% takeoff thrust at higher altitudes.

“GTF engines already offer the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the A320neo family,” said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF Advantage engine extends that lead. It also enhances aircraft capability by increasing thrust and protects durability by running cooler. For airlines, this means new revenue opportunities and better operating economics. Our revolutionary geared fan architecture is the foundation for more sustainable aviation technologies in the decades ahead, and the GTF Advantage engine is the next step in that journey.”


Xiamen Airlines switches to Airbus A320neo Family to boost fleet

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Xiamen Airlines has placed a firm order for 40 A320neo Family aircraft at a cost of US$4.85billion. The airline is switching from exclusively Boeing aircraft to Airbus for its fleet growth, making the airline the newest Airbus customer.

The agreement was announced by the major shareholder China Southern Airlines to the Shanghai Stock exchange, and the aircraft are due to be delivered between 2024 and 2027.

The more fuel-efficient, quieter, and environmentally friendly of the family, the A320neo Family incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 25 percent fuel and CO 2 savings, as well as a 50 percent noise reduction.

FL Technics signs a new partnership agreement with Saudia

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FL Technics has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia Flag carrier Saudia. Under the agreement, FL Technics will provide them with aircraft base maintenance at the Kaunas hangar for the airline’s Airbus A321 and Airbus A320 model aircraft. The first aircraft already landed at Kaunas airport at the beginning of August.

Saudia is one of the three largest airlines in the Middle East, operating local and international scheduled flights to more than 100 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

“We are delighted that the globally recognised airline Saudia has chosen FL Technics as their base maintenance provider,” says Žilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics. “Saudi Arabian airlines have extremely high requirements for suppliers and services, so the fact that FL Technics won this contract is a huge recognition of the quality of our services, which proves that our strategy of continuous improvement and growth is the right path for the business.”

Goshawk sells two A320 aircraft to WNG Capital

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Goshawk, the Dublin-based lessor, has sold two A320 aircraft to WNG Capital in the middle of August.

Currently on lease with Alaska Airlines, the purchase of these aircraft is the first transaction between Goshawk and WNG Capital, marking the start of an exciting partnership.

Ruth Kelly, CEO at Goshawk said: “We are pleased to have successfully completed this transaction with WNG Capital for the sale of two A320 aircraft. This placement demonstrates the continuing confidence in the aviation industry, where lessors are once again trading aircraft to optimise their portfolios.’’

2Excel Engineering gains CAA approval to add A320s to its MRO Approval Schedule

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2Excel Engineering has gained approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to add Airbus A320 NEO family CFM LEAP-1A aircraft to its ‘Maintenance Organisation Approval Certificate’ at its base in Lasham, Hampshire.

The company already holds approvals to perform “Heavy Maintenance” checks on several aircraft types, including Boeing 727, 737 and 757, as well as the Airbus A320 CEO family, Beechcraft King Air, and Piper PA-31.

Matt Caswell, CEO of 2Excel Engineering, said: “NEO (New Engine Option) is one of many upgrades introduced by Airbus to maintain its A320 product line’s position as the world’s most advanced and fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft family, bringing with it reduced noise levels, as well as upgraded passenger space and comfort.

“We have now welcomed the first ever Airbus 320 family NEO aircraft to Lasham, operated by Titan Airways, to commence its ‘C’ Check and this is a huge moment for the staff involved in making this happen. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication.

“By adding Airbus A320 NEO CFM LEAP-1A aircraft to our Part 145 certificate, we will have expanded our capabilities and this allows us to build stronger relationships with both new and existing customers as they modernise their fleets.”

Alastair Willson, Managing Director of Titan Airways said: “2Excel Engineering has always been a very reliable partner for our Boeing 737 and 757 base maintenance requirements.”

Goshawk delivers first A320 to Avion Express

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Goshawk, the leading Dublin-based global aircraft lessor, is pleased to announce the delivery of one A320 aircraft to Avion Express, the Lithuanian ACMI operator headquartered in Vilnius. The A320 was successfully delivered at the end of June.

Stephen O’Dwyer, Airline Sales & Marketing EMEA at Goshawk said: “As we commence the European summer season, we are delighted to be delivering this A320 to Avion Express, the first of two aircraft to be leased to the airline by Goshawk. This activity aligns with the start of a new period of growth for Avion Express and we are pleased to support the airline as it responds to unprecedented demand from its customer base.”

Goshawk completes second delivery to Viva Aerobus with A320 aircraft

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Goshawk, the leading Dublin-based aircraft lessor, is pleased to announce the delivery of one Airbus A320 aircraft to Viva Aerobus. Viva Aerobus operates point-to-point services from Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City to destinations across Mexico, the USA and Cuba.

The aircraft was successfully delivered on the 15th of June and represents the second aircraft delivery by Goshawk to Viva Aerobus, following the first last November. This additional delivery highlights the ongoing successful relationship established between the two parties.

Stephen Murphy, Head of Airline Marketing at Goshawk said: “The delivery of a second aircraft to Viva Aerobus demonstrates the strengthening of our relationship with this important partner. We are encouraged by the strong demand that we have seen for global travel over recent months and are optimistic that the airline industry will continue on an upward trajectory. We are proud of our relationship with Viva Aerobus and remain excited by the opportunity to further foster positive relations with the airline into the future.”

Finnair wet leases an A320 from DAT for the busy summer season

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Finnair will lease an A320 aircraft and crew from DAT for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June, and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October.

The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT, and the flights have Finnair’s service concept.

“We are preparing for a busy summer season, and this agreement with DAT supports our target of ensuring stable and reliable operations as travel is now picking up”, says Ole Orvér, chief commercial officer, Finnair.

Customers, who have a booking on a flight where the operating carrier changes from Finnair to DAT, will get a message about the change. In case customers wish to make changes to their reservation, they are asked to contact Finnair customer services for assistance.

DAT is a Danish airline, operating regional routes in Denmark, Norway, Italy, Germany and Finland, and providing charter and ACMI services.