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September 03, 2023

Torres Strait Air Acquires 10 Britten-Norman Islanders

Australian Carrier Undertakes $25 Million (AUD) Fleet Modernization

Queensland, Australia’s Torres Strait Air is making ready to take deliveries of no fewer than ten new Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft. The $25-million AUD ($16.3-million USD) acquisition speaks to the scope of the company’s fleet modernization plan. Over the period spanning 2023 through 2028, Torres Strait Air will refurbish the aggregation of aging BN-2, Cessna 206, and North American Rockwell Shrike Commanders with which it services locales within the vicinity of its namesake Torres Strait.

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Embraer and CAE Expand Global E-Jet E2 Training Network

E-Jet Training to Commence at CAE Singapore Facility

In a joint statement set forth at 2023’s Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS), Embraer and CAE announced the expansion of the two companies’ long-standing partnership, which includes the training of pilots and cabin-crews operating the Brazilian airframer’s E-Jet E2 family of commercial aircraft. Embraer-CAE Training Services (ECTS) will launch a new pilot training program and state-of-the-art E-Jet E2 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) at CAE’s Singapore Flight Training Centre, at which training events are scheduled to commence in December 2023.

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American Airlines Flight Attendants Vote to Authorize Strike

AAL Cabin Crews Without Pay Increases Since 2019

American Airlines (AAL) Flight Attendants are demanding a new contract comprising long-sought pay and quality-of-life improvements. On 30 August 2023, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)—the labor union by which American Airlines flight attendants are represented—reported that upwards of 99-percent of American’s 26,000-plus flight attendants voted to authorize union leaders to call for a strike. The move, which puts tremendous pressure on the airlines’ management to affect a more accommodating negotiating tenor, precedes the busy holiday travel season.

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