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Top 5 news highlights from in aviation

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



1. Netjets bets on air luxury: Orders 12 Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft


Netjets has made a major investment in air luxury by ordering 12 new Challenger 3500 aircraft from Bombardier. This deal, initially valued at $326.4 million, could be worth as much as $6 billion if they decide to include the option to extend the purchase order to 232 more aircraft.


The acquisition consolidates NetJets as one of the most modern fleets in the market and also boosts Bombardier's position. The Challenger 3500, an evolution of the Challenger series, redefines the standards of luxury and performance in private aviation, with innovative features that transform the flying experience. Netjets estimates delivery of these new 12 aircraft for the second half of 2025.


Bombardier Challenger 3500 Aircraft
Bombardier Challenger 3500. Photo: Bombardier

2. Europe welcomes space revolution with Collins Aerospace's Pro Line Fusion retrofits on Cessna aircraft


The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted approval to Collins Aerospace, a division of Raytheon Technologies (RTX), to perform Pro Line Fusion upgrades on popular Cessna Citation CJ1+/ 2+ aircraft registered in Europe.


This news marks an important milestone for the European aerospace industry, as Cessna aircraft owners and operators can now access the advanced avionics technology offered by Pro Line Fusion. With intuitive and modular technology integration, this upgrade promises to simplify operations and increase safety for pilots and passengers.


Nathan Voight, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Avionics at Collins aerospace, highlighted the importance of this approval noting that “this milestone underscores Collins' commitment to supporting CJ's global network of operators with flight deck technology that makes operations safer, more efficient and predictable on each and every flight.”


 Pro Line Fusion
Pro Line Fusion Upgrade

3. Cessna skycourier: Certification for passenger and freight transportation


Textron Aviation has reached a significant milestone with the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of the Cessna SkyCourier combi option. This certification opens the door to a new era in aviation versatility, allowing the SkyCourier to carry up to 9 passengers and cargo simultaneously.


The Cessna SkyCourier's combi option offers operators unprecedented operational flexibility. From regional airline services to critical cargo missions, this aircraft can accommodate a wide range of transportation needs. Its robust design, with a large cargo door and flat floor, facilitates efficient loading and unloading of cargo.


Equipped with Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC engines, the Cessna Skycourier is recognized for its efficiency and short runway takeoff and landing capability. The certification of the combi option further extends its versatility, allowing airlines to optimize their operations according to the specific demand of each flight.


With this certification, the company reaffirms its commitment to providing innovative and efficient solutions to its customers. The first deliveries of units with the combi option are scheduled for the end of 2024, marking an important milestone in the evolution of the Cessna SkyCourier family and promoting a new era of versatility in air transport.

Cessna Skycourier in the sky flying, with two propellers
Cessna Skycourier

4. Pratt & Whitney Canada starts construction of its flagship plant in Casablanca, Morocco


Pratt & Whitney Canada has announced the start of construction of its new plant in Casablanca, Morocco, called Pratt & Whitney Maroc (PWM). This facility will focus on the production of key machined parts for the company's aircraft engines, including the renowned PT6. The choice of Morocco as the location for this plant represents confidence in the country's industrial platform and its growing center of aerospace enterprise in Casablanca.


The PWM will be built with lean operating principles to drive efficiency, improve quality and reduce costs, while incorporating advanced environmental practices. Once operational, it will complement Pratt & Whitney Canada's existing supply chain and help meet growing global customer demand in the aerospace industry.


The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour, along with Pratt & Whitney Canada executives and local business leaders. Mr. Mezzour stressed the importance of this investment as part of the dynamics of the revaluation of the Moroccan aeronautical base.


The process of hiring local employees has already begun, with the support of the Institut des Métier de i'Aéronautique (IMA), and the installation of the main machines is underway. The opening of the PWM marks a significant step in Pratt & Whitney Canada's expansion and commitment to innovation and sustainable growth in the global aerospace industry.


Construction mock-up of Pratt& Whitney Canada's manufacturing plant in Casablanca, Morocco
Construction of Pratt& Whitney Canada's manufacturing plant in Casablanca, Morocco

5. Private jet center sets new safety standard


London City Airport becomes the epicenter of innovation in private travel with the Private Jet Center (PJC) leading the way to a new standard of security. As pioneers in the UK, PJC has implemented next-generation security scanners, marking a revolutionary milestone in the industry.


Passengers can now stop removing their electronic devices and liquids from their carry-on baggage. Travelers can carry up to 2-liter bottles with them without worry.


The Private Jet Center also features a dedicated checked baggage screening area designed to streamline the boarding process. “We are delighted to offer state-of-the-art technology, which will completely transform the travel experience for our passengers. Our goal is to reduce stress and hassle, allowing travelers to enjoy a faster and smoother experience,” enthusiastically shared Chris Clayton, PJC's commercial manager.


This innovation was launched in anticipation of the Paris Olympics and the European Football Championship in Germany. PJC is ready to cater to the increased traffic with its state-of-the-art security.


City of London Airport Facility
London City Airport

Rodrigo Perdomo Gutiérrez de Piñeres

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