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Saudi Arabia Orders Four Additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

(IN BRIEF) Saudi Arabia has ordered four additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). These aircraft will begin conversion in early 2026 and enter service by 2027, enhancing RSAF’s air-to-air refuelling … Read the full press release

MTU Aero Engines Showcases Zero-Emission Flight Technologies at Farnborough Airshow

(IN BRIEF) MTU Aero Engines is celebrating its 90th anniversary at the Farnborough International Airshow with a focus on revolutionary propulsion technologies. Highlighting innovations aimed at zero-emission flight, MTU will showcase its Water-Enhanced Turbofan (WET) and Flying Fuel Cell™ (FFC) … Read the full press release

Saab Secures SEK 2.6 Billion Contract for Third GlobalEye Aircraft with Swedish Defence

(IN BRIEF) Saab has finalized a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the delivery of a third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft, valued at approximately SEK 2.6 billion. This agreement, extending from 2024 to 2029, … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Advances ASCEND Study for Space-Based Data Centers in European Green Initiative

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has announced significant progress in the ASCEND (Advanced Space Cloud for European Net zero emission and Data sovereignty) feasibility study, funded by the European Commission under Horizon Europe. The initiative explores the viability of space-based … Read the full press release

Safran and MTU Launch EURA Alliance for Next-Gen European Military Helicopter Engine

(IN BRIEF) Safran Helicopter Engines and MTU Aero Engines have established a 50/50 joint venture named EURA (European Military Rotorcraft Engine Alliance). This alliance aims to develop a new European engine for future military helicopters by 2040, focusing on enhancing … Read the full press release

Thales Secures First EASA Design Verification Report for Light UAS, Boosting Long-Range Drone Operations

(IN BRIEF) Thales has become the first company to receive a Design Verification Report (DVR) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Light UAS SAIL III, using its ScaleFlyt avionics in the Aeromapper AVEM 300 CERBERE UAV. This … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Launches ASTRA 1P Satellite to Enhance European Broadcast Capabilities

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has successfully launched the ASTRA 1P communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Designed on the Spacebus NEO platform with all-electric propulsion, ASTRA 1P aims to deliver high-definition TV content … Read the full press release

Grupo Oesía and Thales Forge Strategic Alliance to Enhance Defence and Security Technologies

(IN BRIEF) Grupo Oesía and Thales have finalized a strategic collaboration agreement at the Eurosatory fair in Paris, aimed at advancing technology development in defence, security, aerospace, naval, digital transformation, and cybersecurity sectors. The partnership seeks to integrate their respective … Read the full press release

ESA Scientists Use Meteorite Dust to 3D Print Lunar Shelter Bricks, Inspired by LEGO®

(IN BRIEF) The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed 3D printed bricks, called ESA Space Bricks, using 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite dust, inspired by LEGO bricks. These bricks are part of a project to explore using space materials for building astronaut … Read the full press release

Deutsche Bank Acquires EUR 1.67 Billion Aircraft Loans from NORD/LB

(IN BRIEF) Deutsche Bank AG has acquired EUR 1.67 billion in aircraft loans from Norddeutsche Landesbank (NORD/LB), part of NORD/LB’s EUR 2.75 billion aircraft financing portfolio. The loans, secured through a competitive bidding process, cover a diverse range of lessors … Read the full press release

Rheinmetall Ventures Beyond Earth, Showcases Space Initiatives in Berlin Exhibition

(IN BRIEF) Rheinmetall, a leading technology group, is venturing into the space domain, presenting conceptual approaches at ILA 2024 in Berlin. With a focus on leveraging space-based reconnaissance data for military applications, the company aims to provide tailored solutions for … Read the full press release

Forest Management: New tool utilizes Copernicus satellite data and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to map, mitigate, and prevent threats to EU forests

(IN BRIEF) The Horizon Europe-funded SWIFTT project introduces a tool using Copernicus satellite data and AI to combat forest threats like insect outbreaks, wildfires, and windthrow. This innovation aims to boost productivity and cost-effectiveness for forest managers and policymakers. Forests … Read the full press release

SWIFTT: A Copernicus-based forest management tool to map, mitigate, and prevent the main threats to EU forests

The solution will increase forest management productivity and cost-effectiveness, and enable forest managers, authorities, and policymakers to deal with forest threats proactively (IN BRIEF) Insect outbreaks, wildfires, and windthrow pose significant threats to European forests, exacerbated by climate change-induced extreme … Read the full press release

Swissport’s Frankfurt Air Cargo Center Renews CEIV Pharma Certification, Affirming Commitment to Quality Handling

(IN BRIEF) Swissport’s air cargo center at Frankfurt Airport has once again earned CEIV Pharma certification from IATA, highlighting its commitment to excellence in handling pharmaceutical products. This certification reaffirms Swissport’s dedication to maintaining high-quality standards in pharmaceutical logistics, supporting … Read the full press release

Vodafone Germany Partners with FlyNex to Launch DroNet Hub, Revolutionizing Commercial Drone Operations

(IN BRIEF) Vodafone Germany and FlyNex have collaborated to introduce DroNet Hub, an innovative online platform simplifying commercial drone operations for businesses. This comprehensive platform streamlines flight planning, data collection, and analysis, offering real-time data transmission and AI-driven automated reporting. … Read the full press release

Airbus H145 Helicopters Chosen by HTM for Offshore Wind Transport Solutions

(IN BRIEF) HTM Helicopters has initiated an order for an Airbus H145 helicopter, with an option for two more of the same model, to bolster their fleet for offshore wind operations along the coasts of Germany and France. Bernd Brucherseifer, … Read the full press release

Japanese Consortium Invests USD$100m in Airbus Subsidiary AALTO to Propel HAPS Commercialization

(IN BRIEF) In a strategic move set to redefine connectivity and earth observation services in Japan and across Asia, a consortium of leading Japanese businesses and banks, spearheaded by NTT DOCOMO, Inc. and Space Compass Corporation, commits a substantial USD$100 … Read the full press release

Airbus Unveils Wingman Concept, Redefining Manned-Unmanned Teaming in Military Aviation

(IN BRIEF) Airbus introduces its pioneering Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin, showcasing a revolutionary unmanned fighter-type drone designed to operate alongside manned combat aircraft like the Eurofighter. The Wingman, guided by pilots from manned aircraft, … Read the full press release

Belgian Air Traffic Control Enters New Era with Saab’s Digital Tower Technology

(IN BRIEF) Recently unveiled in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, the Digital Tower Test Centre by Skeyes, the Belgian air traffic service provider, stands as a testament to technological innovation. Developed in collaboration with Saab, a pioneer in digital air traffic management technology, … Read the full press release

Melbourne Airport Access Improvement Project Awarded to Seymour Whyte

(IN BRIEF) Seymour Whyte, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction in Australia, has secured a construction contract worth AUD 159 million from Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd. The project aims to enhance access to Melbourne Airport by redeveloping the airport … Read the full press release

Safran Cabin’s CUBE Wins Crystal Cabin Award for Galley Waste Disposal Innovation

(IN BRIEF) Safran Cabin’s groundbreaking galley waste disposal system, the CUBE, earns the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award in the Cabin Systems category for its innovative design and functionality. The CUBE revolutionizes galley waste management with its space-saving features, easy integration, … Read the full press release

DHL Renews IATA Certification, Solidifies Leadership in Pharma Air Freight

(IN BRIEF) DHL Global Forwarding has once again secured certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for excellence in life sciences and healthcare transportation, reinforcing its commitment to maintaining the highest standards in air freight. The renewed CEIV Pharma … Read the full press release

Safran Passenger Innovations Unveils RAVE Cloud Services for Next-Gen In-Flight Entertainment

(IN BRIEF) Safran Passenger Innovations has introduced RAVE Cloud Services, a cutting-edge cloud-based platform for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC). Comprising Distribution Services and Edge Cloud Computing Services, RAVE Cloud Services enables rapid and remote content updates to aircraft fleets … Read the full press release

Vietnam Airlines Makes History with First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flight

(IN BRIEF) Vietnam Airlines achieved a significant milestone by operating its inaugural flight fueled by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, becoming Vietnam’s first airline to utilize sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for commercial passenger flights. The Airbus A321, departing from Changi … Read the full press release

Safran Passenger Innovations Unveils Immersive XR Experience for In-Flight Entertainment

(IN BRIEF) Safran Passenger Innovations introduces a groundbreaking enhancement to its RAVE In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, now supporting Extended Reality (XR) including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) devices. Passengers across all cabin classes can now … Read the full press release

Swissport Makes Strides Towards Sustainability Goals with Electric Vehicle Rollout at Basel and Geneva Airports

(IN BRIEF) Swissport, a prominent airport ground service provider, is advancing its sustainability agenda with the introduction of new electric vehicles (EVs) at Basel and Geneva airports. Aligned with the Science-Based Targets initiative, Swissport aims to achieve short-term CO2 reduction … Read the full press release

Kids Blast Their Way to the Stars: LEGO Unveils Cosmic Creations and Funstellations

(IN BRIEF) In a groundbreaking collaboration between the LEGO Group and space enthusiasts worldwide, a recent study reveals an overwhelming interest among children in space exploration. With 86 percent of kids aspiring to discover new worlds and 77 percent dreaming … Read the full press release

Airbus Spearheads ESA’s Vigil Mission: Enhancing Space Weather Forecasting for Earth’s Protection

(IN BRIEF) Airbus has been chosen by the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the design and construction of the Vigil satellite, marking the inaugural operational mission in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Safety Programme (S2P). Vigil aims to … Read the full press release

Safran Electrical & Power Partners with Bell Textron for U.S. Army’s FLRAA Program Starter-Generation Systems

(IN BRIEF) Safran Electrical & Power has secured a significant agreement with Bell Textron Inc. to supply high-voltage starter-generation systems for the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. This cutting-edge system, designed to meet the evolving electrical … Read the full press release

EIB Funds €300 Million Satellite Program for Dual Civil and Security Use in Poland

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has pledged €300 million to support Poland’s venture into space technology with the development and launch of two Earth observation satellites. These satellites, financed through a loan to Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK), will … Read the full press release

EIB President Calviño and Poland’s PM Tusk Announce €300 Million Satellite Programme Investment

(IN BRIEF) The President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, Nadia Calviño, held discussions with Poland’s political leaders to strategize future financing and announce the initiation of Poland’s first satellite program. The €300 million project, supported by the EIB, … Read the full press release

Swissport Expands Portfolio with Gulf Air and Renews Contracts with Middle Eastern Airlines in Geneva

(IN BRIEF) Swissport Geneva has expanded its customer base by welcoming Gulf Air and renewing contracts with Saudia, EgyptAir, and Kuwait Airways. Gulf Air has signed a 3-year contract for ground handling and cargo operations, while the other airlines have … Read the full press release

Airbus Acquires Aerovel, Enhancing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Capabilities

(IN BRIEF) Airbus has completed the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel, integrating the advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, into its tactical solutions portfolio. The Flexrotor is a compact, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAS designed primarily for intelligence, surveillance, target … Read the full press release

Eviden Launches Mission Critical Systems Technology Center in Lower Austria

(IN BRIEF) Eviden, a leading digital, cloud, big data, and security provider within the Atos Group, has unveiled its new facility, the Eviden Mission Critical Systems Technology Center, situated in Prottes, Lower Austria. This inauguration underscores Eviden’s dedication to advancing … Read the full press release

Brunei Boosts Air Force Capabilities with Airbus H145M Helicopters

(IN BRIEF) Airbus Helicopters has secured a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Brunei for the procurement of six H145M helicopters. The selection of the H145M underscores its reputation for high performance and versatility, with Brunei aiming to enhance … Read the full press release

BAE Systems to Develop ACX Instrument for GeoXO Environmental Monitoring Mission

(IN BRIEF) BAE Systems has been chosen by NASA to develop the Atmospheric Composition instrument (ACX) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constellation. ACX, a hyperspectral imager, will provide hourly air quality measurements … Read the full press release

Safran Helicopter Engines Secures Major Contract with DRF Luftrettung for H145 Fleet Support

(IN BRIEF) Safran Helicopter Engines has inked a substantial support-by-the-hour deal with DRF Luftrettung, encompassing maintenance and repair services for over 90 Arriel 2E engines powering its H145 helicopter fleet. The agreement, managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, highlights the … Read the full press release

MTU Aero Engines Reports Strong Q1 2024 Results Amidst Supply Chain Challenges

(IN BRIEF) MTU Aero Engines AG announced positive financial results for the first quarter of 2024, with adjusted revenue reaching €1.67 billion, marking an 8% increase compared to the same period in 2023. Despite facing challenges in the Geared Turbofan™ … Read the full press release

Airbus Unveils Pléiades Neo Next Program to Enhance Earth Observation Constellation

(IN BRIEF) Airbus has announced the launch of the Pléiades Neo Next program, aimed at expanding its high-resolution Earth observation constellation. This initiative will introduce new satellite assets and capabilities, including improved native resolution, to augment the existing Pléiades Neo … Read the full press release

Saab Delivers Fourth GlobalEye AEW&C Aircraft to UAE in Four Years

(IN BRIEF) Saab has successfully delivered the fourth GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 18, 2024. This milestone marks the rapid delivery pace of these advanced AEW&C platforms, with four … Read the full press release