08 Mar 2021
North American Newsletter 8 March
AEI to provide Macquarie AirFinance with four Boeing 737-800SF Freighter Conversions
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced the company has entered an agreement to provide Macquarie AirFinance with four Boeing 737-800SF freighter conversions to help meet the growing demand in e-commerce and express cargo. John Willingham, Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie AirFinance, said “We are pleased to partner with AEI to offer our customers in the air cargo sector a proven and efficient way to expand their operations and replace less efficient aircraft. We are seeing particularly strong demand in the express freight sector as the e-commerce industry continues to grow. As one of the largest lessor owners of mature 737-800 aircraft, it makes business sense to extend their life and continue to evolve our offering.”
FAA Confirms Gulfstream G280 as Stage 5 Compliant
The FAA has confirmed Gulfstream Aerospace’s G280 meets Stage 5 noise standards The update reflecting the Stage 5 recognition has been added in the G280 aircraft flight manual and new noise data sheets will be issued to operators. Gulfstream called the acknowledgment important to ensuring continued operational flexibility at noise-sensitive airports, including those with time-of-day entry restrictions.
GA Telesis Announces an Agreement for the Acquisition of a Fleet of Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft
GA Telesis announced it has signed an agreement to acquire a fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft powered by GE90-115B engines with an undisclosed seller. With the world's leading aviation ecosystem and given the relative size of the acquisition, GA Telesis’ plan for this fleet will encompass a broad strategy of aircraft leasing, engine leasing, as well as airframe and engine part-out.
LAS Renamed Harry Reid International Airport
Visitors to Las Vegas will no longer arrive at McCarran International Airport, which was renamed during a meeting by the Clark County Commission. The measure to rename the airport after former Senate majority leader and Nevada native son Harry Reid was unanimously endorsed by the commission. The airport will retain its LAS identifier, while the FAA will begin work on administrative changes such as revising aeronautical charts and maps, which could take several months.
Mesa Air Group Eyes International Growth
Mesa Air Group announced it has entered into a conditional agreement with Gramercy Associates Ltd. based in London, England to develop a European based joint venture. The joint venture will apply for a new Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in the European Union using CRJ-900 aircraft with the goal of introducing a Capacity Purchase Agreement or ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) in passenger or cargo services in Europe. Mesa will own 49% of the partnership once the Air Operator’s Certificate is obtained. The current plan is to begin operations by the end of 2021.
Porter Airlines' tentative return to flying shifts to 19 May
Porter Airlines announced the' tentative return to flying shifts to 19th May."The implementation of more restrictive travel rules by governments since our last update makes an early spring restart unviable," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "While there are signs of progress in containing the pandemic, it is necessary to reset our sights based on changing conditions. We remain optimistic that things are moving in the right direction, but it is possible that this tentative date may also need to be modified if vaccinations don't accelerate to enable the easing of travel restrictions."
United Airlines Boosts Boeing with Follow-on 737 Max Order
United Airlines has placed an order for 25 Boeing 737 Max aircraft for delivery in 2023 and moved forward the delivery schedule for 40 previously ordered Maxes to 2022 and another five to 2023, according to a memo to employees from the airline’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Nocella. Already scheduled to receive 24 Max jets in 2023, United now expects to take a total of 94 of the narrowbodies in 2022 and 2023.
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