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December 28, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 12.28.23: Elixir 4 Airbus, SWA Joins Thrive, Aerobility Chief

 Also: VelocityOne Flightdeck, StandardAero AMTs, Air Inuit Pilots, CAE-Riyadh Air 

Elixir Aircraft sold a handful of brand-new 4th generation Part 23 aircraft to Airbus Flight Academy Europe, highlighting their approved all-glass cockpit. The new EASA-certified flight deck layout allows the French concern to offer customers an affordable, but still sufficiently future-forward product for the training market. Thrive Aviation announced a new partnership with Southwest Airlines, allowing graduates to head into the carrier's Destination 225° Pilot Pathways Program. The program works in the usual cadet program manner, with students working their way through their ratings, instructing, and time building in order to become a SWA FO

HondaJet Fleet Expanded By Volato

22 Additional HondaJet Elite IIs contracted for delivery in 2024 and beyond

Better times seem in store for the HondaJet program as Volato expanded its fleet by 50% to a total of 24 HondaJet aircraft as of December 2023. The expansion includes the addition of three new aircraft delivered in December – two from direct Honda deliveries, and one managed plane. This marks a total of eight aircraft added to Volato’s HondaJet fleet in 2023. Volato's growth strategy includes acquiring aircraft directly from Honda and contracting with owners to manage their planes. This approach has enabled Volato to expand while maintaining high standards in private air travel.

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