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TEXTRON AVIATION BEGINS DELIVERY OF 10 GRAND CARAVAN EX TURBOPROPS IN BOTSWANA
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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DUBAI - Textron Aviation Inc. announced at the Dubai Airshow that it is has begun delivery to Tuareg Aviation Ltd for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops.

The aircraft will be operated by Mack Air (Pty) Ltd to provide charter, cargo and logistic services between a network of independently owned bush safari lodges in the popular Okavango Delta and Kalahari Plains regions of Botswana. The aircraft will partially replace Mack Air’s current fleet, which currently also includes Grand Caravan turboprops.

"Our business relies on versatile aircraft that not only operate in harsh environments, but also transport our passengers comfortably, along with the necessary cargo required to sustain our clients’ safari lodges," said Mike Weyl of Mack Air Charter. "The Caravan platform has served us well, and we look forward to enhancing our business with the reliable and modernized fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops."

Textron Aviation’s South African based channel partner, Absolute Aviation, will provide maintenance support for the new aircraft at a new maintenance facility in Maun, Botswana. Absolute Aviation’s Maun facility is an addition to its existing aircraft parts business established earlier in 2017, and will include a hangar, aircraft engineers and management.

Source:  Textron Aviation
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL ANNOUNCES ORDER FOR TWO BOMBARDIER Q400S
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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MONTREAL - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has concluded a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 regional turboprops with Nordic Aviation Capital in September 2017.

NAC will lease the aircraft to Jambojet Ltd, based in Nairobi, Kenya. With the addition of these aircraft, NAC has increased its Q400 portfolio to 87 aircraft, and it remains the largest fleet owner and lessor of the type in the world. Jambojet will now operate three Q400 aircraft on lease from two lessors. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$64 million.

"The Q400 aircraft’s performance and economics have been exceptional as we position ourselves for rapid growth. Its proven operational capability in Africa’s hot and diverse landscape is an excellent asset in our portfolio," said Willem Hondius, CEO, Jambojet. "We are looking at retiring our narrowbody fleet and transitioning to an all-Q400 fleet by end of this year."

Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in Africa includes a Regional Support Office (RSO) and spare parts depot, co-located in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia. The latter is a duly authorized and approved Commercial Authorized Service Facility (CASF) for Q Series aircraft and operates the only Q400 flight simulator in Africa. Operating from the company’s regional office located in the United Arab Emirates, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.

Source:  Bombardier
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF TERRAFUGIA
Monday, November 13, 2017
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Terrafugia's Transition flying car

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BOSTON - Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has entered into an agreement with Terrafugia Inc., a US-based company focused on the innovation, engineering and production of flying cars and future technologies, to acquire its operations and assets in their entirety.

Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five award-winning graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since its inception, the company has made considerable progress towards realizing its vision of bringing a new form of mobility to the world, and delivered a number of working prototypes. Terrafugia aims to deliver its first flying car to the market in 2019, with the world’s first VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) flying car being made available by 2023.

Under the terms of the agreement, Terrafugia will remain domiciled and headquartered in the United States of America, and continue to focus on its existing mission of developing flying cars. Terrafugia will also benefit from the Group’s significant expertise and track record of innovation within the global auto industry.

This deal has received approval from all relevant regulators including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFIUS).

Source:  Terrafugia
Associated URL: terrafugia.com
Source Date: November 13, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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