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USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 25 February

USA Aviation Industry Newsletter 25 February

American Airlines Adds Private Aviation Touches

American Airlines has boosted its Five Star service options on both sides of the U.S. through partnerships with two private aviation companies. Customers traveling through Los Angeles International and New York JFK Airports can now book private helicopter transfers through the airline as part of the American’s agreement with rotorcraft operator Blade. The helicopters will pick passengers up at destinations of their choice in both cities and fly them to the airports, where they will be met by an American Airlines team member and escorted via luxury car to Flagship First check-in.

American Airlines to Apply for Additional Service at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

American Airlines 21 February submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate additional service to Tokyo Haneda (HND) from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Las Vegas (LAS). American’s application is a result of the U.S. and Japan reaching a tentative agreement last month to expand access at HND, which would open up to 12 additional daytime slot pairs for U.S. carrier operations.

Aviation Capital Group Announces the Financing of One B747-8F Aircraft for AirBridgeCargo

Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG) announced 21 February that it has structured, arranged, and provided a guarantee of a loan by MUFG Bank Ltd. (MUFG) to finance a portion of the purchase price of one (1) Boeing 747-8F aircraft delivered to AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines. The ABC financing utilized ACG’s Aircraft Financing Solutions (AFS) program.

Delta proposes flights between Haneda, Tokyo’s city airport, and 5 new U.S. cities

Delta 21 February filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch daily daytime service between Tokyo-Haneda airport and Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, and Portland, Ore., as well as twice-daily service between Haneda and Honolulu. Pending government approvals, the new routes would launch with the summer 2020 flying schedule.

Gulfstream’s G650ER Notches Another Speed Record

Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range flagship G650ER has set another city-pair speed record, flying from Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes. The flight, which departed Changi Airport, traveled the 7,475-nm route at an average speed of Mach 0.87. The flight was the last of a seven-leg mission that set speed records on each leg. The G650ER was joined in Toluca, Mexico, this week by the Savannah airframer’s new large-cabin G500, which made its debut in the static display at the annual AeroExpo. The G500 entered service last year and Gulfstream now has delivered more than 10.

Honeywell To Debut Hybrid-electric Engine at Heli-Expo

Honeywell Aerospace’s hybrid-electric turbogenerator that will power the first generation of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft will make its public debut early next month at Heli-Expo. The hybrid powerplant is an electrified version of its 1,100-shp HTS900 gas turbine engine used on Kopter’s SH09 light turbine helicopter and Eagle Copters’ Eagle 407HP conversion.

United Applies to Serve Tokyo Haneda from Six Leading U.S. Hubs Where Demand Is Highest

United Airlines announced 21 February it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a total of six daily nonstop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Guam’s A.B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM). Pending completion of an aviation agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments later this year, and slots awarded by DOT, the flights are expected to begin service by the summer of 2020.

United Airlines Taps Industry Veteran for Senior Role; Robert Rivkin Named SVP and General Counsel

United Airlines 22 February named transportation industry veteran Robert S. Rivkin senior vice president and general counsel. For the last three decades, Rivkin has drawn on his exceptional legal skills while serving in leadership positions in the airline industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and local government. He will be responsible for all legal matters, as well as ethics, compliance, government contracting and security. Rivkin will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Brett Hart.

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