Savback signals US$45m purchase of 25 Mayman Speeders

US-based Mayman Aerospace and Savback Helicopters said they have signed a “letter of intent” for the “sale and purchase” of 25 of Mayman’s Speeder Air Utility Vehicles, a type of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) flyer. The deal “positions Savback as the first civilian customer”, according to statement by the…

Embraer confirms Spanish customer in deal for five aircraft

Embraer has named Spanish airline Binter as the customer of five aircraft the Brazilian manufacturer said last week were ordered by an unnamed buyer. The E195-E2s are to be delivered next year and the year after, Embraer confirmed, and will be added to five of the jets Binter bought in…

Airbus pledges to stop buying Russian titanium

After arguing for months that governments should not list titanium among the commodities sanctioned in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Airbus on Friday (Dec.2) said it would stop sourcing the metal from Russia. “We are in the process of decoupling from Russia when it comes to titanium. It will…

First Maker transition flight completed by Archer

Archer confirmed that it has “completed Maker’s first full transition flight”, a landmark that came less than a year after its first hover flight and what it said was “the culmination of several months of intensive flight testing”. Archer said the progress was “another significant building block” as it pushes…

Pratt & Whitney Canada gets FAA thumbs-up for business jet engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada has confirmed that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had certified its PW812D engine, the third official seal of approval  granted after those of Transport Canada and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. The newly-approved piece of kit is to power the Dassault Falcon 6X business…

Alaska Airlines claims US first with electronic bag-tagging

Alaska Airlines (AA) on Wednesday said it was “the first US airline to launch an electronic bag tag programme” with new tech that allows passengers to tag luggage on the airline’s phone app. The roll-out is to see 2,500 Alaska Mileage Plan members begin receiving their electronic bag tag this…

United Airlines invests in battery maker Natron Energy

United Airlines said that it has made a “strategic equity investment”of an unspecified amount of money in Natron Energy. The deal with what United labelled a “cutting-edge” battery manufacturer is aimed, it added, at helping reduce emissions from ground operations. Natreon’s sodium-ion batteries, United said, “presented an ideal opportunity to…

Jetstar provides customers with flexible payment option through Zip

Jetstar has expanded its Qantas partnership by providing flexible payment options to Jetstar customers using the pay later platform Zip. Both Zip Pay and Zip Money will be available for eligible Jetstar customers. Zip Pay allows customers to flexibly pay for purchases of up to $2,000, while Zip Money facilitates…

IndiGo launches Digital e-logbook for pilots for operational efficiency

IndiGo airlines in collaboration with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched a Digital e-logbook for pilots. This e-logbook will provide information like direct flight data transfer from IndiGo systems to eGCA logbooks. Captain Ashim Mitra, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations, IndiGo said, “We are proud to partner…

Airbus adds CERN to its “clean aviation” research network

Airbus’s UpNext subsidiary is to launch a project with the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) to look into how superconductivity can decarbonisation of future aircraft systems”. The tie-up is the latest in a series of so-called “clean aviation” projects announced this week by the French manufacturer, which is hosting…

Airbus announces more emissions-reducing tech plans

At its annual summit on Wednesday, Airbus unveiled its “DisruptiveLab”, described as “a new flying laboratory designed to test technologies destined to improve aircraft performance and to reduce helicopters’ CO2 emissions”. The DisruptiveLab will, the French manufacturer announced, soon take to the skies to “evaluate a new aerodynamic architecture intended…