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Top 5 news highlights from the aerospace world

Aviation has once again demonstrated its ability to surprise and advance, with developments that propel the industry into a promising future.

1. Guardians of the African Sky: Cessna Grand Caravans on Special Missions

Last March 13, 2024 Textron Aviation announced a contract awarded by the U.S. contracting command for 2 Cessna Grand Caravan Ex turboprop aircraft, this aircraft will be Djibouti Air Force (DAF) priority, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

It was recently established that up to US$100 million is allowed for the procurement of Textron Aviation aircraft over a 5-year period.

"These 2 space mission aircraft will be equipped with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to secure the Djibouti country's border sovereignty," said Bob Gibbs, Textron Aviation's vice president of sales.

2. Pratt & Whitney's most cost-effective and sustainable engine

Pratt & Whitney's PW127XT engine reaches new heights in efficiency and performance with a 40% increase in flight time, a 20% reduction in maintenance costs and a 3% improvement in fuel efficiency. It is equipped with a new high-pressure turbine module and state-of-the-art materials.

With dedicated global teams and customized solutions for each operator, this breakthrough is ready to connect regions, economies and people.

3. JetSMART begins flying in Colombia with affordable fares

Colombian airline JetSMART starts operating domestic flights in Colombia, with routes from Bogotá to Medellín, Pereira and Santa Marta, and from Medellín to Santa Marta and Cartagena, among others. The company seeks to offer low prices and a safe and reliable service. In addition, it has established Medellín as its operational base in the country. This marks a milestone in Colombia's air connectivity and shows JetSMART's commitment to development and tourism in the region.

JetSMART Airbus A320 - 271 N
JetSMART Airbus A320 - 271 N

4- Stellar Meeting in Berlin: Top Aerospace Leaders Gather at ERA Conference

250 aviation industry executives representing 140 companies and 38 European airline leaders gathered at the conference organized by ERA in Berlin, Germany.

Among the topics discussed was the possibility for all regional airlines to thrive in the changing aviation landscape in Europe.

One of the most important points is the financing of the green revolution to achieve net zero CO2 emissions, with an investment of 800 billion euros by 2050. On the other hand, an agreement was reached with regional aviation, addressing the key pillars for net zero CO2 emissions, with the adoption of new technologies, sustainable fuels (SAF) and operational measures.

5. Recognition of Elena Mayoral, as Engineer of the Year

Aena's General Director of Airports, Elena Mayoral, has been awarded the "Engineer of the Year 2024" prize by the Official College of Aeronautical Engineers in Spain (COIAE). This recognition highlighted her career and significant contributions to the Spanish aeronautical sector, including her leadership in key initiatives at Madrid-Barajas Airport. With more than 22 years of experience, Mayoral is recognized for her dedication and professional excellence, joining a distinguished list of aeronautical engineers who have received this honor in previous years.

Lady in gray jacket, against a backdrop of lights above.
Elena Mayoral, General Director of Airports

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