Rolls-Royce To Consolidate Widebody Engine Manufacture To The UK

Rolls-Royce | August 26, 2020

Rolls-Royce has today shared details of its first half results for 2020. As part of the announcement, the engine manufacturer has spoken of the changes that it is making to mitigate the impact of the global health crisis. One of the decisions that the company has taken is to consolidate the manufacturing of its widebody engines to the United Kingdom.

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The flow of ions is produced aboard the plane and generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight, according to engineers. Unlike turbine-powered planes, the aircraft does not depend on fossil fuels to fly. And unlike propeller-driven drones, the new design is completely silent.


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flyExclusive Invests in Technology Excellence with Garmin G5000® Fleet Upgrade in Partnership with Force Aviation

flyExclusive and Force Aviation | June 03, 2022

flyExclusive, a leading provider of premium private jet charter experiences, announced that it is advancing the efficiency, reliability and safety of its fleet with the installation of the state-of-the-art Garmin G5000® advanced flight deck. Offering one of the most intuitive pilot-vehicle interfaces available in the marketplace, the G5000 demonstrates flyExclusive’s commitment to harnessing innovative technology to enhance operations and deliver elite experiences for its private jet customers. With the addition of the G5000 to its fleet, flyExclusive will transform the way its crew members access flight data. The modernized layout is optimized for fewer hand/eye movements in the cockpit, giving flight crews complete control over navigation and communications systems, traffic surveillance systems, electronic checklist entries and remote audio/intercom systems as well as optional charting, traffic, weather, entertainment and custom display options. “flyExclusive is harnessing technology innovation in a way no other Part 135 operator in the marketplace can match,” said Tommy Sowers, president, flyExclusive. “By upgrading our aircraft with the G5000, we’re elevating our fleet to incorporate the best of the best in avionics technology. This and other investments we are making in technology will help further our mission of providing the safest, most reliable and most efficient private jet experiences in the market.” flyExclusive will partner with Force Aviation to install the G5000 system in 10 of its Cessna Citation Excel aircraft. The private jet charter company chose Force Aviation because of their more than 100 years of collective experience in avionics and preventative maintenance. Like flyExclusive, Force Aviation is deeply committed to providing superior service to its customers and partners as well as preserving the highest quality standards in its business practices. “As a leader in avionics installation and repair and a Garmin Platinum Dealer, we pride ourselves on working with the best brands in aviation to equip their fleets with the most innovative technology available,” said Kelly Brown, director of sales, Force Aviation. “We are excited to partner with flyExclusive on the installation of the G5000 system in their aircraft, giving their pilots a new tool to deliver seamless experiences for pilots and customers.” Additional benefits of the G5000 for flyExclusive’s fleet include Increased dispatch reliability to help optimize fleet availability even amid peak demand, reducing trip cancellations and the need for replacement lift Enhanced safety for crews and passengers due to increased situational awareness and additional safety-aiding items Familiarity for pilots trained in Garmin avionics systems and highly intuitive system for those using the system for the first time compared to other integrated flight decks in the market Ability to display Charts, Datalink Weather, detailed taxi diagrams, Synthetic Vision and options for Controller Pilot Data Link Communications Modernized cockpit layout to match new production aircraft “We designed the G5000 to provide one of the most intuitive pilot-vehicle interfaces available in any business jet avionics system. With this technology, flyExclusive pilots will now have the most robust avionics technology available to enhance the reliability and safety of the private jet experience for flyExclusive’s customers.” Dave Brown, manager, integrated flight deck retrofit programs, Garmin About flyExclusive flyExclusive is a premiere Part 135 owner/operator of private jet experiences that surpass expectations for quality, convenience and safety. From our world-class Jet Club to our unmatched private charter, clients who fly with us receive a curated experience that anticipates their needs for consistency, comfort and style. As the second largest operator of Cessna Citation aircraft in the world with a floating fleet of more than 85 light to heavy jets, flyExclusive offers access to a world of personalized private aviation with on-demand flights that can service a myriad of specialized trip needs. flyExclusive is headquartered in Kinston, NC with services provided across North America, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia and beyond. About Force Aviation Force Aviation a full-completion and maintenance facility. We specialize in engine and systems maintenance, major modifications, advanced avionics installation and repair, structural repair, interior refurbishment, and exterior paint and design. Force Aviation is a Garmin Platinum Dealer and is one of a select few dealers to maintain a seat on the Garmin Advisory Board. About Garmin Garmin products and services have revolutionized flight and become essential to the lives of pilots and aircraft owners and operators around the world. A leading provider of solutions to general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate. Garmin was the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin Autoland, the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates during an emergency to control and land an aircraft without human intervention.

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United Applies to Launch Historic, First-Ever Nonstop Service between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town

United | May 21, 2022

United Airlines announced today it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for three weekly nonstop flights between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, South Africa. If approved, United's flights will become the first nonstop service ever between Washington D.C. and South Africa's legislative capital, Cape Town. This long-overdue route will benefit important government-to-government connections and increase communication and commerce with a region that has strong cultural ties to South Africa. United's proposed service would begin Nov. 17, 2022, and operate on 787-9 aircraft, maximized to meet consumer demand and benefit both U.S. and South African travelers. If approved, the flights between Dulles and Cape Town will connect 55 cities across the United States to Cape Town, representing more than 90 percent of the entire U.S. travel demand to Cape Town. United's Washington Dulles hub is a gateway to the nation's capital and elsewhere, operating more than 230 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations around the world – including more than 10 world capitals and new service to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. From creating new jobs, to supporting key civic and aid organizations, United has taken tremendous pride in growing our family and operations in South Africa, and across the African continent, If awarded by the DOT, this historic nonstop service will significantly enhance travel options for consumers, strengthen ties between our countries legislative and diplomatic epicenters, and benefit thriving travel and tourism industries serving our respective countries." Patrick Quayle, United's Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances. United has worked diligently to develop an African network to promote competition and provide affordable and consistent service options for U.S. travelers. The service will supplement United's existing flights to four cities in three countries in Africa. It will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in South Africa, and to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with its South African based partner Airlink and their Cape Town hub. The Washington D.C. to Cape Town route is the largest between the U.S. and South Africa without nonstop service. D.C. is the second largest point in the U.S. for Cape Town demand and holds the fifth largest South-African-born population. United's proposed weekly flights will address this gap and complement United's existing South Africa service between New York/Newark and Cape Town and Johannesburg, providing nearly daily service to Cape Town offered by a single carrier. United also maintains a close relationship with the Mandela Foundation and BPESA (Business Processing Enabling South Africa) a not-for-profit company that serves as the industry body and trade association for Global Business Services in South Africa. United recently announced a collaboration with travel company Certified Africa. Certified Africa's mission is to make travel to African countries easy, immersive, and life changing for millions of the African Diaspora across the United States. About United United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." From our U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., United operates the most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers. United is bringing back our customers' favorite destinations and adding new ones on its way to becoming the world's best airline.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES JOINS VISION 2045 CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

SOUTHWEST | February 17, 2022

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") is excited to announce it has joined the Vision 2045 campaign, a collaboration among multiple organizations and companies to share films and resources that aim to inspire businesses and people to take action toward a more sustainable future. "Southwest® is honored to be part of the Vision 2045 campaign showcasing how the Company is making sustainability a priority through a series of near-term actions and long-term goals, while being the airline with Heart, We're thrilled to join other organizations from across the globe that are telling their stories and highlighting the collective effort through this innovative campaign." -Stacy Malphurs, Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Environmental Sustainability for Southwest Airlines. Sustainability is a priority for Southwest, and the Vision 2045 campaign highlights the Company's initiatives to address its environmental impact. This includes a 10-year plan to maintain carbon neutral growth to 2019 levels while continuing to grow its operations, and a long-term goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world's most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across 11 countries. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline1. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its more than 55,0002 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV). Southwest continues to develop tangible steps toward an environmental sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, including offering an opportunity for Customers to contribute toward helping Southwest offset its carbon emissions.

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AirAsia Orders Vertical Aerospace’s Electric Aircraft From Avolon

Vertical Aerospace | February 19, 2022

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL] notes Avolon’s announcement today that it will partner with AirAsia Aviation Group Ltd (AirAsia), Asia’s leading low-cost airline, to create a transformational ride sharing platform in Southeast Asia, including a non-binding memorandum of understanding to lease a minimum of 100 VX4s, Vertical’s flagship electric aircraft. As announced in June 2021, Avolon, the world’s second largest aircraft lessor, pre-ordered 500 VX4s from Vertical to place with its global airline customers. This endorsement of the VX4 by AirAsia represents the aircraft’s first expansion into Southeast Asia. With today’s announcement Avolon has now placed 450 of its VX4 pre-order to AirAsia, Japan’s JAL and Brazil’s Gol. Together, these airlines form a growing global community of transport operators that have ordered the VX4. Vertical has directly agreed pre-orders or pre-order options with the likes of American Airlines, Avolon, Virgin Atlantic, Iberojet, Bristow Group and Marubeni resulting in a market-leading pre-order book by value totaling up to 1350 aircraft with a value of $5.4 bn. The VX4 is a piloted four-passenger, zero operating emissions electric aircraft that is projected to fly at speeds of up to 200mph, over a 100-mile range. The VX4 is expected to be near silent when in flight, and with a low cost per passenger mile, it will be an affordable option for passengers with a cost at a slight premium to a taxi. AirAsia’s leasing arrangement through Avolon is the first placement or pre-order since Vertical listed on the NYSE in December 2021 "We are delighted that AirAsia is the latest leading airline committing to lease our zero operating emissions VX4 aircraft. AirAsia provides many fantastic opportunities to travel around some of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world, and I am thrilled that we will be bringing zero emissions flight to people all across Asia." -Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO Vertical Aerospace “Tony Fernandes is an aviation pioneer who has built AirAsia into one of the leading airlines in the world and has now also created Southeast Asia’s fastest growing Super App anchored on travel. We are delighted to partner with AirAsia who share our vision of revolutionising the future of air travel. We look forward to working with Tony, and the AirAsia team, on their eVTOL journey. Together we will develop a ride sharing platform and bring the zero-emissions VX4 aircraft into service, positioning AirAsia as the operator of choice for sustainable air travel in the region.” -Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO Last week, Vertical announced that Leonardo (BIT: LDO) would join its blue-chip partner ecosystem of aerospace, engineering and technology companies that Vertical has created to develop the VX4, and in so doing de-risk operational execution, pathway to certification and allowing for a lean cost structure that will enable production at scale. The partner ecosystem includes Rolls-Royce (LON: RR), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Honeywell (LON: HON), GKN, Solvay and Leonardo. About Vertical Aerospace Vertical Aerospace is pioneering electric aviation. The company was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, an established entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Ovo Group, a leading energy and technology group and Europe’s largest independent energy retailer. Over the past five years, Vertical has focused on building the most experienced and senior team in the eVTOL industry, who have over 1,700 combined years of engineering experience, and have certified and supported over 30 different civil and military aircraft and propulsion systems. Vertical’s top-tier partner ecosystem is expected to de-risk operational execution and its pathway to certification allows for a lean cost structure and enables production at scale. Vertical has a market-leading pre-order book (by value) for a total of up to 1,350 aircraft from American Airlines, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet, which includes conditional pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni, and in doing so, is creating multiple potential near term and actionable routes to market. About VX4 eVTOL Aircraft The four passenger, one pilot VX4 is projected to have speeds up to 200mph, a range over 100 miles, near silent when in flight, zero operating emissions and low cost per passenger mile. The VX4 is expected to open up advanced air mobility to a whole new range of passengers and transform how we travel. Find out more: vertical-aerospace.com

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The flow of ions is produced aboard the plane and generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight, according to engineers. Unlike turbine-powered planes, the aircraft does not depend on fossil fuels to fly. And unlike propeller-driven drones, the new design is completely silent.

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