Heart ES-30 To Feature Honeywell Flight Control System

Earlier this year, Heart Aerospace announced its collaboration with a US-based aerospace and defence systems supplier. It was for the Electrical Power Distribution System for the ES-30, the Swedish firm’s first all-electric regional aircraft. Today, it has confirmed another such collaboration. Heart Aerospace has decided to partner with Honeywell to integrate the latter’s fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) into the abovementioned aircraft.

The said FCS is in an advanced stage of development on multiple aircraft. That said, its functions are adaptable to the ES-30 plane. This strategy will help Heart Aerospace complete the development process cost-effectively and introduce the aeroplane to the market more quickly.

The aeroplane maker already has 250 firm orders for the ES-30, with options and purchase rights for an additional 120 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines To Buy 50 Boeing Jets

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Vietnam Airlines will expand their business ties further as the latter is set to order fifty 737-8 aeroplanes. Part of Boeing’s famous 737 Max family, the said variant will help the carrier extend service and add new routes to its network. This development surfaced today during a signing ceremony among the Vietnamese government officials, US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinkin.

The Boeing 737 Max family jets will allow Vietnam Airlines to fly up to 3,500 nautical miles (6,480km) non-stop. That means the new aircraft can cover popular international destinations and regional routes. Presently, the airline has a fleet of fifteen Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which help serve more than fifty destinations in seventeen countries.

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Jeep Launches Three New Wrangler Sahara Models In The UAE

Here’s some exciting news for those planning to purchase a Jeep Wrangler Sahara in the UAE. The American brand and its regional distributor, Al-Futtaim Trading Enterprises, have introduced three new special editions of the SUV in question.

The first one is called Wrangler Sahara City. As the name suggests, it raises the sophistication quotient with two accessory add-ons – a hard body-coloured wheel cover with Jeep branding and electric side steps. Next up, the Wrangler Sahara Off-Road. This version comes equipped with a Cold Air Intake, which helps the engine breathe easier in harsher conditions. The special edition also comes with an Air Compressor Kit, which offers the flexibility to inflate/deflate tyres, and a 2-inch lift kit.

The third special edition is the Wrangler Sahara Extreme. This one packs all three add-ons from the Off-Road version, plus a 2-inch towing kit, powered side steps, 3-piece Rubicon front bumper and front bumper skid plate, black mesh 4-door sun bonnet, 18-inch beadlock wheels with BFGoodrich KO2 tyres, Katzkin leather seats, and Mopar 10th anniversary Rubicon Edition WARN Zeon 8S Winch. Clearly, this one will work just about anywhere you take it.

The G700 Leaves Its Maker Astounded

American company Gulfstream Aerospace was pleasantly surprised by its upcoming offering – the G700. In a recent certification flight, the aircraft demonstrated that it could fly faster and cover longer distances than the initial expectations. To be more precise, the claimed range for the G700 has increased to 7,750 nautical miles (14,353km) at Mach 0.85 or 6,650 nautical miles (12,316km) at Mach 0.90. That’s a gain of 250 nautical miles (463km) at both speeds.

The maximum operating speed also saw a bump, up from Mach 0.925 to Mach 0.935. That makes the G700 the fastest model in Gulfstream’s fleet. Another area where the aircraft exceeded original projections was in cabin altitude. A further reduction to 2,840 feet (866 metres) while flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 metres) was observed. That equates to a comfier experience for the passengers.

Gulfstream confirms that with more than 4,100 test hours clocked, the G700’s flight test program is close to completion.

Turkish Airlines Orders More Airbus A350 Jets

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced that it has received an order for an additional ten A350-900 widebody jets from Turkish Airlines. With that, Türkiye’s national flag carrier’s order book for the said type of aeroplane bumps to forty.

In August this year, Turkish Airlines had placed an order for four A350-900s. The airline already operates a fleet of fourteen A350-900s. While there’s no delivery date mentioned yet, the expanded fleet of those Airbus aircraft will help the Istanbul-based carrier reach a broader global customer base.

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Emirates Expands Partnerships With Aegean And United

The world’s largest international airline, Emirates, has confirmed the expansion of codeshare partnerships with two carriers – Aegean and United. With Aegean, Greece’s flagship carrier, the Dubai-based airline has added the Athens-New York (Newark) route. With that included, the codeshare partnership for Aegeon expands to 17 domestic destinations and 53 additional locations in Europe and the Middle East from its hub in Athens. On the other hand, Emirates customers have access to more than 140 destinations worldwide from its Dubai hub. The combined network for both carriers will reach 200 points globally.

With United, Emirates has extended its codeshare partnership to comprise nine destinations in Mexico. That means Emirates passengers will now have access to eight new locations in the Latin American nation. The list includes Mexico City, Cancun, Cozumel, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, San Jose Del Cabo, Leon/Guanajuato, and Queretaro. Passengers can fly to those points via either Houston or Chicago. Those planning to benefit from this codeshare expansion can do so with travels from September 14, 2023. Mexico is the first country outside the USA added to the duo’s growing partnership.

Eurowings Discover Is Now Discover Airlines

Lufthansa Group has given Eurowings Discover a new brand identity. From hereon, the European carrier will be known as Discover Airlines. The first Airbus A320, with registration D-AIUR, flaunting the new design, landed in Frankfurt yesterday and takes its maiden flight to Palma de Mallorca today.

The rebranded airline’s signage at Frankfurt Airport and other stations worldwide, along with several other items, will be replaced in days and weeks to come. The carrier also confirmed that its crews’ uniform accessories and cabin furnishings will reflect the new brand identity from December 2023.

Over the coming year, Discover Airlines will expand its fleet of aircraft to 28. That includes five Airbus A320s and one Airbus A330. Moreover, five short-haul aeroplanes will be based in Munich and take flight around 60 times per week to serve 23 destinations in the summer of 2024. Ten Airbus A320s and thirteen Airbus A330s will be flying from Frankfurt to 33 short- and medium-haul locations and 17 long-haul destinations. Discover Airlines also plans to offer long-haul flights from Munich.

Aviation Capital Group Extends Business With Boeing

One of the world’s top aircraft lessors, Aviation Capital Group (ACG) and Boeing have finalised an order for thirteen 737 Max jets, bumping the former’s order book to 47 for the same aircraft family. Two variants of Boeing’s 737 Max jet comprise the new order – seven 737-8 and six 737-10. The 737-8 can seat up to 210 passengers and offer a range of 3,500 nautical miles. On the other hand, the 737-10, the largest model in the 737 family, can carry up to 230 people with a range of 3,100 nautical miles.

Founded in 1989 and presently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century Corporation, ACG has more than 480 aircraft in its fleet (managed plus committed) as of June-end, 2023. The company has leased aeroplanes to about 90 airlines in nearly 45 countries.