United Airlines Implements New Protocols During Boarding, Deplaning to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

United Airlines | July 20, 2020

As part of ongoing efforts to further help reduce the spread of COVID-19, United Airlines today announced the implementation of a new protocol that maximizes airflow volume through HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration systems throughout the boarding and deplaning processes. United staff and pilots are working to prepare all mainline aircraft to implement the new procedure starting on July 27.

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Terminal 5 is British Airways home terminal at London Heathrow. This video shows the main areas of the terminal building, check-in area, the Galleries Club lounge for business class passengers or British Airways frequent Silver card holders as well as the Concord Lounge which is exclusive to passengers flying First Class. Also some shots of the outside and planes taxiing.


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AIR TRANSPORT

Travelpro® Launches New Flight Crew Recognition Campaign to Reward the Heroes of the Sky This Holiday Season

Travelpro | December 28, 2021

There's no doubt about it, flight crews are the heroes of the sky. That's why Travelpro® – the luggage brand of choice for over 90 airlines globally announced its #SmilesInTheSky campaign, which aims to recognize and reward these unsung heroes this holiday season. As general negativity and even violence against flight crews and airline employees has increased, Travelpro® is looking to shift the sentiment and conversation to create a more respectful travel environment, and recognize crew for everything they do to get us safely to our destination. Starting today through January 14, 2022, Travelpro® is encouraging travelers to share the random acts of kindness they experience from flight crews and airline employees during their holiday travel with the brand on Instagram or Twitter – from the selfless to the heart-warming. In doing so, 50 of these flight crew and airline employees will be recognized with a new Travelpro® FlightCrew™ 5 suitcase for professional use and a $200 gift card to use for a night out with family, or just some much needed rest and relaxation. "Flight crews and airline employees have a difficult job right now and deserve a world of credit for all they do, especially as we head into the busy holiday season, As a brand with deep roots in the airline and larger travel industry, we know that travel wouldn't be the same without these dedicated crew members. It's essential that we recognize and reward them for going above and beyond on the job, all while navigating the challenging landscape that is post-pandemic air travel." -Ofelia Silva, Chief Growth Officer of Travelpro®. But the #SmilesInTheSky campaign doesn't end there. As an added layer, Travelpro® is encouraging travelers to sign its Change.org petition, which encourages everyone to be respectful of one another while traveling, from the moment of check in to the second their plane lands. To sign the petition, visit Travelpro®'s Change.org landing page. Travelpro® was founded nearly 35 years ago by Northwest Airlines Pilot Bob Plath who changed the luggage industry forever when he invented the first Rollaboard® suitcase. Since then, Travelpro® has worked tirelessly to create durable luggage that can withstand everything professional and leisure travelers need, and in doing so has become the luggage brand of choice for over 90 airlines globally. About Travelpro® For over 30 years, Travelpro® has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard® wheeled luggage, Travelpro® has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers. The company is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently meeting and exceeding their expectations.

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BUSINESS AVIATION

Boeing selects Collins Aerospace electric power generation system for B-52

Collins Aerospace | January 17, 2022

As part of the U.S. Air Force's ongoing modernization efforts to keep the B-52 bomber flying into the 2050s, Boeing has selected Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) company, to upgrade the aircraft with a new electric power generation system (EPGS). Collins will supply a modern EPGS derived from industry-leading commercial technology. The new EPGS will be an upgrade to the B-52's current 70-year-old system, with more efficient technology that requires less power from the engine to operate. This will contribute to the Air Force's goal of a 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency for the B-52 along with a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. "Collins Aerospace is a leading provider of electric power systems for military platforms and the supplier of choice for virtually all U.S. Air Force aircraft, Our new EPGS for the B-52 will leverage proven commercial technology to support greener aircraft operation while also paving the way for future platform enhancements that will extend the operational service life of the Stratofortress for decades to come." -Stan Kottke, vice president, Electric Power Systems for Collins Aerospace. The new EPGS will include eight generators per aircraft providing the added redundancy in onboard electrical power necessary to support future B-52 modernization upgrades including radar, avionics and mission systems. Collins expects to create more than 60 jobs to support the B-52 EPGS program at its Electric Power Systems Center of Excellence in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to the EPGS, Collins has also been selected to provide new wheels and carbon brakes for the B-52. The company currently supplies several systems for the aircraft and is actively working with the Air Force and the plane's manufacturer to explore how it can support further B-52 modernization efforts, including communications and avionics upgrades. About Collins Aerospace Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers' toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. About Raytheon Technologies Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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AEROSPACE

TransDigm Announces Acquisition of DART Aerospace

TransDigm Group | March 15, 2022

TransDigm Group Incorporated, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DART Aerospace ("DART" or "the Company"), a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. and First Aviation Services Inc., for approximately $360 million in cash. DART is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. The Company is a leading provider of highly engineered, unique helicopter mission equipment solutions that predominantly service civilian aircraft. The Company is expected to generate approximately $100 million in pro forma revenues for the calendar year ending December 31, 2022. Approximately 95% of DART's revenues are derived from proprietary products and about 80% of DART's revenues comes from the aftermarket. The products have a strong presence across major commercial rotary-wing platforms as well as select applications for defense and safety services. The Company employs approximately 400 people and operates from four primary facilities in Hawkesbury, Ontario; Portland, Oregon; Fort Collins, Colorado and Chihuahua, Mexico. "We are excited about the acquisition of DART Aerospace. DART is an industry leader in helicopter mission equipment and its unique helicopter solutions fit well with our proprietary and aftermarket-focused value generation strategy. The Company has established positions on a diverse range of new and existing rotary-wing platforms, strong aftermarket content and an outstanding reputation with its customers. As with all TransDigm acquisitions, we expect the DART acquisition to create equity value in-line with our long-term private equity-like return objectives." Kevin Stein, TransDigm's President and Chief Executive Officer The acquisition, which is expected to close during the second calendar quarter of 2022, is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The acquisition will be financed through existing cash on hand. About TransDigm Group TransDigm Group, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today. Major product offerings, substantially all of which are ultimately provided to end-users in the aerospace industry, include mechanical/electro-mechanical actuators and controls, ignition systems and engine technology, specialized pumps and valves, power conditioning devices, specialized AC/DC electric motors and generators, batteries and chargers, engineered latching and locking devices, engineered rods, engineered connectors and elastomer sealing solutions, databus and power controls, cockpit security components and systems, specialized and advanced cockpit displays, engineered audio, radio and antenna systems, specialized lavatory components, seat belts and safety restraints, engineered and customized interior surfaces and related components, advanced sensor products, switches and relay panels, thermal protection and insulation, lighting and control technology, parachutes, high performance hoists, winches and lifting devices, and cargo loading, handling and delivery systems.

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CARGO MANAGEMENT

AELF FlightService Adds Fifth A330 to Fleet With Flexible Passenger-to-Cargo Configuration

AELF FlightService | April 28, 2022

AELF FlightService announced today that its fifth Airbus 330-200 (registered as 9H-CFS) is officially on certificate, flying in passenger-to-freighter (PTF) configuration. The aircraft commenced its first commercial flight in PTF configuration on April 23, flying from Vietnam to the U.S. The addition of 9H-CFS puts the group in a leading position among ACMI widebody charter operators in the world in terms of fleet size. Its five A330s are currently in PTF configuration, in which passenger seats have been removed and cargo nets have been installed to hold parcel freight in the upper deck, in addition to the standard freight capacity in the lower deck. The configuration is reversible in a matter of weeks, which the company plans to exercise this summer. "As supply chain issues drag on, the addition of 9H-CFS is our commitment to fulfilling the need for capacity in the air cargo market in the short-term, while maximizing our flexibility to return to passenger service later this year." Joe Cirillo, Chief Operating Officer at AELF FlightService As AELF FlightService commences passenger flights this summer, it will do so with the addition of its sixth A330-200. This recently acquired aircraft is configured with a brand-new passenger interior accommodating 295 passengers. An additional three of the company's A330s will also be converted back to passenger configuration by August. The A330 fleet will be operated by the company's affiliate Maleth Aero. "The flexibility of the configuration was a draw for us from the beginning," said Lee Jones, President of Maleth Aero. "Anticipating an inevitable return of passenger demand and a time limit from EASA on the preighter exemption, we looked to the option that would provide a solution for our cargo customers but also allow us to adapt to the regulatory environment and the marketplace." The company has a history of adapting quickly. At the onset of the pandemic, AELF, Inc. expanded its core business as an aircraft lessor to meet the needs of an overwhelmed cargo market. In 2020, the company, together with European partners, led the acquisition of the controlling interest in Malta-based airline Maleth Aero, expanding the group's offerings to charter and ACMI flights. With the acquisition mentioned above, the group now has a total of nine widebody aircraft in operation. While the fleet will undergo transformation to passenger configuration this summer, the group is also exploring its options for a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will allow continued operation of the PTF configuration for one or more of its aircraft beyond the EASA preighter exemption deadline. AELF FlightService offers a full spectrum of air freight and passenger services, including single charter flights and mid-term ACMI/wet and damp leases, as well as more traditional liquidity solutions such as long-term operating leases, sale and leasebacks, sale and wet leasebacks, among other services. About AELF FlightService AELF FlightService is a global aircraft leasing company providing finance, leasing and air charter solutions to the aviation industry. The company offers a full spectrum of services ranging from long-term operating leases to single charter flights and mid-term ACMI programs operated by widebody airline Maleth Aero, with which it shares common ownership. The group has offices in Chicago, Miami and Malta.

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Terminal 5 is British Airways home terminal at London Heathrow. This video shows the main areas of the terminal building, check-in area, the Galleries Club lounge for business class passengers or British Airways frequent Silver card holders as well as the Concord Lounge which is exclusive to passengers flying First Class. Also some shots of the outside and planes taxiing.

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