November 24, 2023


Sofema Aviation Services shares the latest events in the Aviation business from around the world in our
Aviation Weekly News Roundup:

> SMBC Aviation Capital orders 60 A320neo family airliners
Aviation finance specialists SMBC Aviation Capital (SMBC) has confirmed an order with Airbus for 60 A320neo family airliners bringing its total purchase of the type from Airbus to almost 340. The latest deal makes it clear that SMBC sees growing demand for Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family and provides it with an almost continuous delivery stream of the family for the foreseeable future. Read more

> Lufthansa Cargo starts construction of new Frankfurt hub
With its LCCevolution project, Lufthansa Cargo is pressing ahead with modernizing the Frankfurt hub. Lufthansa Cargo plans to invest around 500 million euros in construction and modernization of Cargo City North at Frankfurt Airport. Read more

> Emirates signs up for 15 more A350s despite engine concerns
Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has confirmed an order for 15 more A350-900 airliners from European aerospace giant Airbus despite concerns raised over the maintenance schedules of the Rolls-Royce XWB engines. Read more

> Malaysia’s SKS Airways suspends services, seeks funding
Malaysian carrier SKS Airways (KI, Johor Bahru) has suspended its scheduled flight operations amid reports it is facing a shortage of funds, and its order for ten E195-E2s is under threat. If the order holds, the carrier is in line to become Malaysia’s first Embraer operator. Read more

> Gulfstream Completes First Transatlantic Flight on 100% SAF
Gulfstream continued its pioneering use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), accomplishing the first transatlantic flight powered by 100 percent SAF yesterday. The milestone was accomplished with a G600 burning unblended SAF in both Pratt & Whitney PW615GA engines on a flight from the airframer’s Savannah, Georgia headquarters to London-area Farnborough Airport. Total flight time was six hours 56 minutes. Read more

> 25,000 tickets already sold for Air Tattoo 2024
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2024, which takes place from the 19th to the 21st of July next year at RAF Fairford has already sold 25,000 tickets according to organisers. Read more

> Norse Atlantic flies first-ever Dreamliner to Antarctica
Norse Atlantic Airways has made a historic aviation milestone this week by flying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Antarctica, the largest airliner ever to land in the region. Read more

> Black Friday is not just a day at Sofema Online – Explore a full week of learning opportunities with 20% off on Aviation Diplomas!
Mark your calendars – From 24 November to 1 December 2023, you can benefit from the Sofema Online (SOL) Black Week Offer: Save 20% off the price of SOL Aviation Diplomas. Read more

> The OTAR​ Part 39 course was completed by delegates from Regio Lease
Sofema Aviation Services is pleased to share that the OTAR​ Part 39 training was completed by delegates from Regio Lease. The course was carried out as a webinar by our knowledgeable instructor Shakil Siddiqui. Read more


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