Air Cote d'Ivoire to take A319neo after order switch

Flightglobal | January 10, 2019

Air Cote d'Ivoire to take A319neo after order switch
Airbus’s slack A319neo sales have been given a small lift following conversion of an Air Cote d’Ivoire order to the variant. Air Cote d’Ivoire ordered a pair of A320neos in April 2016. But Airbus’s latest backlog revision shows that the African carrier switched the aircraft to the smaller A319neo variant last month. Demand for the A319neo has been weak, but the Air Cote d’Ivoire conversion raises total orders for the aircraft to 55. Airbus secured certification for the CFM International Leap-powered version of the A319neo towards the end of 2018.

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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated aviation history and a much anticipated milestone Sept. 25, 2015 when the KC-46A Pegasus Tanker aircraft took off on its inaugural flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Test pilots conducted a four-hour flight, during which they performed a series of system checks before landing four hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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ZeroAvia | December 21, 2021

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At ZeroAvia, McMicking is now responsible for building a strategic roadmap for the business, both from a commercial and technical point of view to reach its 2024 target, working in collaboration with CEO Val Miftakhov and the rest of the executive team. Meanwhile, Arnab Chatterjee also joins the business as Vice President of Infrastructure. Prior to ZeroAvia, Chatterjee spent almost a decade at Shell working on low carbon fuel, digital, e-mobility, and renewable energy solutions in a range of technical, commercial and strategy roles. Most recently, he has been driving Shell's efforts in hydrogen at a global scale. Chatterjee has a background in chemical product development, venture investments and corporate development. He has a PhD in electrochemistry from the University of Oxford. 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"We're delighted to have these three remarkable leaders on our team, Adding strong strategic firepower to the business, as well as industry-leading expertise to continue our rapid R&D advancement, will help us to take things to a new level in 2022." -Val Miftakhov, CEO, ZeroAvia. The executive and advisory board additions bookend an enormously successful year for ZeroAvia. Beyond being named one of the world's most innovative companies by Fast Company and a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, the company made significant strides on its R&D. It completed 35 test flights of its six-seat prototype, part of the UK Government-backed HyFlyer I project. The company also ramped up work on the HyFlyer II project, focused on delivering its commercial entry product, a 600 kW hydrogen-electric powertrain for 10-20 seat aircraft. 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American Unveils New Wifi Subscription Program & Upgraded AirPass Program

American Airlines | November 10, 2020

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Boeing | October 19, 2020

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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated aviation history and a much anticipated milestone Sept. 25, 2015 when the KC-46A Pegasus Tanker aircraft took off on its inaugural flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Test pilots conducted a four-hour flight, during which they performed a series of system checks before landing four hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.