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Cancellation of the 2021 edition of the Paris Air Show

In light of the uncertainty linked to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Paris Air Show organization has made the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the show, which was scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 June 2021.

The next edition of the Paris Air Show will be held in June 2023, at a date that will be announced shortly.


Ryanair orders 75 more Boeing 737 MAX jets

Boeing and Ryanair announced last week that Europe's largest airline is placing a firm order for 75 additional 737 MAX airplanes, which increases its firm order from 135 to 210, with a total value of over $22bn. It expects to take the first delivery in early 2021, and has confirmed 210 firm orders with Boeing for the aircraft, which will be delivered over a four-year period between spring 2021 and December 2024.

According to Boeing and Ryanair the 197-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft is the most audited, most regulated in aviation history. The performance appears to be very good with eight more seats per flight than the aircraft it displaces, burns 16% less fuel, and lowers noise emissions by 40%.


Jet Aviation increases charter services in response to growing demand

With Covid bringing airlines to a near standstill in 2020, Jet Aviation has been responding to a marked increase in demand for aircraft management and charter services. Noting a 5-fold increase in charter inquiries in particular, the company has broadened its service palette to meet the varying requirements of its customers. Flight restrictions and travel bans have nonetheless kept flight activity relatively flat, despite 41 additions to its global fleet.

“A large portion of the new business generated this year is coming from clients new to the world of private aviation,” says Leslie Cheshier, Vice President Owner and Charter Services, USA. “We are seeing both increased price sensitivity and a greater need for flexibility and have expanded our service offerings in response to this.“ Jet Aviation continues to add new aircraft to its global aircraft management and charter fleet. Of the 41 new aircraft additions, 13 are available for third-party charter under the company’s Part 135 charter certificate including six Hawker 900XP, a Gulfstream G450 & G550, a Challenger 300 & 350, a Falcon 2000EX EASy & Falcon 2000LXS, and a Citation Sovereign. Jet Aviation currently manages some 300 aircraft globally, of which 180 are in the Americas.


50,000th Pratt PT6 engine rolls off production line

Pratt & Whitney last week announced that the 50,000th PT6 turboprop engine has rolled off the production line achieving an exceptional milestone in General Aviation. With the new PT6 E-Series engine now in full production, powering the Pilatus PC-12 NGX, the numbers continue to grow.

“From the first application more than 50 years ago, the now iconic PT6 engine has more than 130 different applications today,” said Irene Makris, vice president, sales and marketing at Pratt & Whitney. The engine fleet’s current flying population is more than 25,000 units and it has accumulated more than 410 million flight hours and counting – that’s more flying time than anyone else in this segment.


People: Mike McCready, new Senior VP operations & business development at Argus

Victor CEOs Toby Edwards (left) and James Farley (right)

ARGUS International has hired Mike McCready as senior vice president of operations and business development. Mike McCready has 25 years of experience working in the aviation industry. In 2019, he founded World Jet Group, a consulting firm for aviation executives. He was the Vice President of Sales for the Americas at Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland. Mike also spent eight years as Senior Manager of Business Development at the Boeing Company. Mike started his career managing and building flight training schools and held senior leadership roles at Jeppesen.

While at Jeppesen, he created Jeppesen Operator, a software designed to bring safety and efficiency to aviation operations. By combining flight planning, scheduling, and trip planning into a single platform, Jeppesen Operator allows operators to manage their complete operation and safety management system. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology and Mathematics from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. Mike is a licensed commercial pilot with passion and dedication to the aviation industry.

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