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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 556 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.


Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 655 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 197 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.


Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 164 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 113 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 80 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 80 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 67 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 66 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 42 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 55 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.


AviaAM Leasing delivers Orenair another Boeing 737 Next Generation

July 1, 2014 · 81 Views

AviaAM Leasing, a WSE listed global aviation holding company engaged in commercial aircraft acquisition, leasing and sales, is further developing its cooperation with Russian carriers by supporting Orenburg Airlines with another Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Under the cooperation, the aircraft is already the third Boeing 737 NG delivered to the Orenair’s fleet. Prior to the aircraft’s delivery, AviaAM Leasing has conducted a wide range of maintenance works, including C-Check, as well as cabin repainting and renewal. The aircraft is already delivered to the carrier, fully set to operate both regional and international flights.


Gama Aviation opens private aviation terminal at Sharjah International Airport

July 1, 2014 · 68 Views

Gama Aviation FZE  opened its exclusive executive terminal (FBO) at Sharjah International Airport, creating a full service private aviation hub serving Sharjah, Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The new facility, which is the latest stage of development by Gama Aviation, its investors including Crescent Enterprises, Growthgate Capital, and Sharjah’s Department of Civil Aviation, was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani. The facility at Sharjah International Airport is already performing above its target for weekly movements as operators and owners seek to cut the transit time of principals and crew to the Northern Emirates.


Clay Jones to retire from Rockwell Collins Board of Directors on July 31st

July 1, 2014 · 87 Views

The Rockwell Collins Board of Directors announced that Clay Jones will retire from his role as a director and non-executive chairman of the board on July 31st. Anthony Carbone, an independent director and long-time member of the Board, has been appointed Jones’ successor as non-executive chairman effective August 1st.


Ducommun wins contract for Boeing 737 MAX

July 1, 2014 · 86 Views

Ducommun Incorporated has received a contract from Boeing to produce engine inlet bulkheads for the 737 MAX — Boeing’s newest family of single-aisle airplanes. Ducommun will produce the titanium assemblies at its Parsons, Kan. operations center and ship them for integration into 737 MAX engine nacelle inlets at Boeing’s new Propulsion South Carolina facility. Ducommun has provided structural solutions for the 737 platform since its inception. This is an excellent win for Ducommun, as we expand our relationship with Boeing on the 737 MAX platform,” said Anthony J. Reardon, chairman and chief executive officer. ”In addition, this is the first time our Kansas operation will work directly with Boeing as a sole-sourced supplier, a major achievement. Our team will use proprietary manufacturing processes and materials that will enhance the fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for this highly-anticipated commercial jetliner.”


Boeing names Craig Cooning President of Network & Space Businesses

July 1, 2014 · 75 Views

Boeing has named Craig R. Cooning president of its Network & Space Systems (N&SS) businesses, effective immediately. Cooning succeeds Roger Krone, who took a position at another company. Cooning had been the vice president and general manager of Space & Intelligence Systems within N&SS. He now reports directly to Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security business unit.


GOL closes a US$68m financing of seven years

July 1, 2014 · 122 Views

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, has closed a financing of US$68m with Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (“Ca-Cib”), guaranteeing 12 proprietary spare CFM56-7B engines, with the possibility of increasing an additional US$100m for future proprietary engine deliveries. The financing is over seven years at a cost of Libor+225bps, with quarterly amortizations of the principal and interest as of September 2014. The operation is in line with GOL’s strategy of maintaining high liquidity and making rational use of this liquidity in order to reduce the cost of the Company’s debt.


BAE Systems announces enhanced partnership with Riyadh Wings

July 1, 2014 · 155 Views

BAE Systems announced a reorganisation of its portfolio of interests in a number of industrial companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and an enhancement of its existing relationship with Riyadh Wings Aviation Academy (Riyadh Wings). Through a number of transactions, the reorganisation will bring together shareholdings of the BAE Systems group and Riyadh Wings in Saudi companies specialising in training, electronics and IT systems engineering under a single holding company. Riyadh Wings will progressively acquire a 49% stake in the holding company with BAE Systems continuing to hold a majority stake. The reorganisation is expected to enhance the growth prospects of these businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. No material near-term impact on underlying earnings for the Group is expected to arise from these transactions. Completion of the transactions to effect the reorganisation is conditional on the satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals.


Boeing completes delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

July 1, 2014 · 164 Views

Boeing and the Royal Canadian Air Force celebrated the delivery of the 15th CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter, ensuring advanced operational capability for the Canadian Chinook fleet. The Canadian CH-147F is an advanced, multi-mission helicopter that features a modernized airframe with a long-range fuel system allowing it to fly twice as far as standard range models. An upgraded electrical system provides additional power and redundancy, while a fully integrated Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit and Digital Automatic Flight Control System reduce pilot workload and provide greater situational awareness. The aircraft also has an advanced Aircraft Survivability Equipment suite that includes a Directional Infrared Countermeasures system that increases crew safety while allowing operations to be conducted in a wider range of threat environments. Boeing is providing in-service support to the CH-147F fleet over the next 20 years under a Performance-Based Logistics contract, with Canadian industry playing a key role. The final CH-147F will join the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, under command of 1 Wing Kingston, Ontario, and will be based at CFB Petawawa.


Unidentified customer orders up to 24 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft

July 1, 2014 · 155 Views

A customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has placed a firm order for 16 Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has also taken options for eight additional airliners of the same type. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$727m. The value could increase to US$1.12bn should the customer exercise its options.


TES Aviation Group appoints new CEO

July 1, 2014 · 282 Views

Ashley Cooper, Founder and CEO of TES Aviation Group, will step down from his executive position effective July 4th 2014. The Board of Directors announced that Mathew Burris, who is currently COO, will assume the position of CEO. Ashley Cooper will remain on the Board of TES Aviation Group as a Non-Executive Director.


AviaAM Leasing delivers first Boeing 737-700 to SCAT Airlines

July 2, 2014 · 122 Views

AviaAM Leasing reported the delivery of a Boeing 737-700 to one of major Kazakhstan’s carriers – SCAT Airlines. The aircraft is the first Boeing 737-700 in the carrier’s fleet. Under the latest cooperation, AviaAM Leasing has conducted cabin renewal and livery change works, as well as increased the aircraft’s maximum take-off weight and enhanced the power of the engines. Following the customization works, the aircraft has been delivered to the SCAT’s base airport at Shymkent International Airport (CIT).


LATAM Airlines Group selects Flatirons for Boeing and Airbus fleets

July 2, 2014 · 112 Views

Flatirons Solutions released that LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline in Latin America, has selected its manufacturer-independent, content lifecycle management (CLM) solution to manage LATAM’s maintenance and engineering documentation for the group’s Boeing and Airbus fleets of more than 300 aircraft. The choice of Flatirons’ suite of products enables LATAM to meet technical documentation requirements for its existing and new-generation aircraft, including Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350, in a single system.


Eija Hakakari appointed Finnair’s SVP Human Resources

July 2, 2014 · 81 Views

Eija Hakakari has been appointed Finnair’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources and a member of Finnair’s Executive Board. She will start in her new role by the end of 2014. She succeeds Finnair’s current SVP Human Resources Manne Tiensuu, who leaves Finnair on August 31st, 2014.


Delta reports operating performance for June 2014

July 2, 2014 · 100 Views

Delta Air Lines reported June 2014 system traffic increased 3.0% compared to the previous year, while system capacity for the month was up 3.1%. System load factor for June was the same as in June 2013, 87.5%.


Brazilian Navy signs contract for Lynx Mk21A upgrade

July 2, 2014 · 129 Views

The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation has signed a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued in excess of US$160m (€117m), includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines with the CTS800-4N product from LHTEC, navigation, displays suite and mission avionics. A comprehensive support and training package that includes a Flight Training Device is also included in the contract. The upgrade activities will begin in mid-2015 at AgustaWestland’s plant in Yeovil, United Kingdom, with the first helicopter scheduled to be delivered back to the customer in the Autumn of 2017. The complete batch of upgraded aircraft is planned to be delivered by early 2019.


Airbus’ first A320neo reaches completion

July 2, 2014 · 200 Views

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015. The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 1% in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. With a total of nearly 2,700 orders received from more than 50 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60% of the market.


VAS Aero Services signs parts management and distribution agreement with Southwest Airlines

July 2, 2014 · 314 Views

VAS Aero Services, a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, announced it has entered into a five-year surplus parts management and distribution agreement with Southwest Airlines to manage the airline’s surplus parts inventory from its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. This agreement will give VAS’s global 737 Classic and Next Generation customer base access to an expanded pool of surplus inventory, helping VAS further enhance its service and support to customers worldwide. The inventory distribution will be managed from VAS’s Seattle, WA facility, which also manages surplus inventory for The Boeing Company.


Nordwind Airlines partners with Fokker to introduce EFB for iPad on Airbus and Boeing fleet

July 2, 2014 · 152 Views

Fokker Services, part of Fokker Technologies, has received an order from Nordwind Airlines for the introduction of the Fokker Services EFB solution for iPad on Nordwind Airlines’ A320, B737, B757, B767 and B777 fleet. The Fokker Services EFB solution for iPad is a Class 2B, EASA-certified installation including mounting and power supply. Its simplicity allows the advantages of an EFB to be achieved at a fraction of the cost and downtime of other solutions currently being offered. The solution has been sold for nearly 500 aircraft.


Associated Aircraft Group adds fifth S-76 Helicopter to aircraft fleet

July 2, 2014 · 117 Views

Associated Aircraft Group, the East Coast’s premier executive helicopter service, has announced the addition of its fifth Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to its fleet of managed aircraft. The addition of this helicopter increases the total AAG fleet to nine aircraft throughout the Northeast. AAG has the largest fleet of Sikorsky S-76 aircraft available for charter and fractional ownership in the Northeast. The latest S-76 helicopter in AAG’s fleet is a modern Sikorsky executive-configured VIP helicopter, with a finely appointed and spacious eight passenger luxury interior.