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October 29, 2022

Southwest Acknowledges Aircraft Deliveries Insufficient for 2023

Amid Shortages and Delays, SWA 737 NGs Will Take Up the Slack Until Their Replacements Arrive

Southwest Airlines has issued a warning over the coming ‘crop’ of aircraft from major manufacturers, notifying the industry that future deliveries of passenger aircraft are lagging behind the minimum required to provide consistent service. The news isn’t quite unforeseen after years of logistics issues and economic trouble throughout the economy, but mainline carriers acknowledging that they have a side of “aircraft-flavored” shortage to go with their existing pilot shortage is a new development. 

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Altavair to Lease Converted Airbus A330-300 Freighters to Amazon Air

The High Financial Strata

Altavair L.P. has announced the signing of an agreement by which it will lease ten Airbus A330-300 jets to Amazon Air. Subject aircraft will be delivered following their conversion to freighters by Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH—a joint venture between ST Engineering Aerospace and Airbus. The aircraft are owned by funds and accounts managed by KKR, with Altavair brokering the deal and acting as lease servicer. The first of the A330 freighters are slated to enter service with Amazon Air in late 2023.

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Saudi Arabian Airline First to Enter EVTOL Market With Lilium Purchase

100 Lilium Jets Included in Memorandum of Understanding Between German eVTOL Manufacture and Sauid Flag Carrier

Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has signed an MoU with Lilium for the development and operation of an extensive eVTOL network across the country along with a purchase for 100 Lilium Jets. If the project comes to fruition, Saudia will become the first sustainable, zero-emission passenger aircraft operation, offering electric point-to-point connections across the country. Once complete, the fleet of 100 Jets will help to connect a network of feeder connections to Saudia hubs for business class passengers.

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Honeywell Forge Renamed to “Flight Efficiency” with Cloud-Based Upgrade

Fuel Savings, Analytics, and Data Analysis Improve Cost Savings for Enrolled Customers

Honeywell has updated the “Honeywell Flight Efficiency” platform, a cloud-based fuel-use tool to aid flight planning and operations. The platform, now in use with more than 3,000 operators around the world, is aimed at reducing fuel waste, minimizing emissions, and defraying operating and maintenance costs. The cloud-based suite is easier to scale and faster to enhance for Honeywell, building on the older HoneyWell Forge Flight Efficiency product with networked software and up-to-date information.

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