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UTC to split into three after completing Rockwell Collins acquisition


26 November 2018


United Technologies Corp has completed the acquisition of Rockwell Collins, one of the largest acquisitions in aerospace history, and now intends to separate its commercial businesses into three independent entities.


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Helitech International looks forward to new identity


23 November 2018


Thousands of rotorcraft professionals flocked to Helitech International 2018 in Amsterdam in October, looking to source the most innovative new equipment and solutions from more than 150 international suppliers.


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Boeing and SparkCognition to launch joint venture SkyGrid


22 November 2018


Boeing and SparkCognition are planning to launch SkyGrid, a new company aiming to enable the future of urban aerial mobility. 


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New era dawns for Airbus corporate jets


20 November 2018


The ACJ320neo took to the air for the first time from Hamburg on 16 November, successfully completing a two hour and 40 minute first flight.


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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works starts cutting X-59 parts


19 November 2018


Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has begun to manufacture the first parts for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft, in a quest to remove restrictions on supersonic commercial air travel over land.


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Hyundai Motor Co partners with unmanned aerial vehicle start-up


16 November 2018


Hyundai Motor Company has formed a strategic partnership with Top Flight Technologies Inc, a start-up in hybrid-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies.


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Boeing and Safran JV approved to start operations


12 November 2018


Boeing and Safran have received regulatory approvals for the joint venture they announced in June, to design, build and service aircraft auxiliary power units. 


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Magellan awarded C$140 million contract extension with Airbus


9 November 2018


Magellan Aerospace Corporation has secured a six year contract extension with Airbus for the manufacture of A350 XWB centre wing box and keel beam detail parts. 


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Bombardier’s Dash 8 program acquired by Longview Aviation


8 November 2018


Bombardier has agreed to sell its entire Dash 8 program, including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Q400 program, to Longview Aviation Capital Corp . . . 


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Urumqi Air to take five ARJ21-700 aircraft from COMAC by end of 2019


6 November 2018


Urumqi Air has agreed with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) to take delivery of two ARJ21-700s by the end of this year and three more in 2019.


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American Airlines orders another 15 E175s from Embraer


5 November 2018


Embraer and American Airlines have signed a firm order for 15 E175 jets, valued at $705 million on current list prices, for delivery in 2020.


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Superior Technical Ceramics acquired by Artemis Capital Partners


29 October 2018


Superior Technical Ceramics, based in St. Albans, Vermont, has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners, a private equity firm founded in 2010 and based in Boston, Massachusetts. 


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STARS air ambulance to replace ageing fleet with Airbus H145 


26 October 2018


After an extensive RFP process, the Airbus H145 has been selected as the replacement aircraft for STARS aging fleet of air ambulances, becoming the first H145s in HEMS configuration to enter Canada.


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Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft receives Brazilian type certificate 


24 October 2018


Embraer has received type certification for its multi-mission cargo plane KC-390 from Brazilian aviation authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. 


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Aegean Airlines selects Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for its Airbus A320neo aircraft 


22 October 2018


Athens-based Aegean Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power up to 62 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.


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Goodrich de-icing solution chosen for Cessna SkyCourier 


19 October 2018


UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Textron Aviation to provide Goodrich brand pneumatic de-icers and support services for the Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine turboprop program.


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Arrowhead Products adds STS Component Solutions as distribution partner


18 October 2018


Aerospace component manufacturer Arrowhead Products of Los Alamitos, California has named STS Component Solutions of Palm City, Florida as an authorized distribution partner for its commercial aftermarket products.


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Boeing launches disruptive computing organization


17 October 2018


Boeing has launched a new Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) organization to develop computing and communications solutions for advanced commercial and government aerospace applications.


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Gulfstream opens Manhattan Sales and Design Center


11 October 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp has opened a Sales and Design Center in Midtown Manhattan, to serve one of the world's busiest business-aviation regions. 


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AE Industrial Partners acquires The Atlas Group


9 October 2018


Private equity investor AE Industrial Partners has acquired Aerostructures Acquisition LLC (doing business as The Atlas Group), a manufacturer of assemblies for commercial, military and business aircraft. 


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Helitech International’s new Technology Showcase Theatre


5 October 2018


The latest innovations in rotorcraft technology come under the spotlight in a series of dynamic presentations at this year’s Helitech International, taking place in Amsterdam from 16-18 October 2018. 


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US Army awards Boeing $160 million to continue Chinook rotor blade support


3 October 2018


Boeing will continue its support for the US Army's inventory of H-47 Chinook rotor blades with a new $160 million contract award.


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Lockheed Martin to combine machine learning with 3D printing


2 October 2018


The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research has contracted Lockheed Martin to explore how to apply artificial intelligence to train robots to oversee and optimize 3D printing of complex parts.


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Gulfstream officially acquires NORDAM G500 and G600 nacelle line


1 October 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp has acquired the NORDAM Group’s manufacturing line that produces nacelles for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. 


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Lockheed Martin opens Innovation Center in Orlando


27 September 2018


Lockheed Martin has opened a 6,500-square-foot Innovation Center at its Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) facility in Orlando, Florida to empower employees with the technology and tools to develop creative solutions to complex problems.


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Washington State grant helps AIM Aerospace expansion


26 September 2018


The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded a $125,000 grant to the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County to support capital investments by AIM Aerospace


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RSA National opens new commercial, airside cargo terminal


24 September 2018


RSA National, the joint venture between US-based National Air Cargo and UAE- based RSA Global, has opened its new, flagship air cargo terminal, located airside at Dubai World Central. 


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Airbus delivers first aircraft from Mobile powered by sustainable jet fuel blend


20 September 2018


Airbus is delivering its first American-built aircraft to use sustainable jet fuel today, to New York-based airline JetBlue. 


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Sikorsky/PZL Mielec delivers M28 aircraft to Ecuadorian Army


11 September 2018


An M28 short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft manufactured at PZL Mielec, a facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky, has arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight from Poland. 


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World's biggest equine airlift for FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018


4 September 2018


The largest commercial airlift of horses ever undertaken in the history of equestrian sport is underway ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, which start in North Carolina on 11 September.


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NASA selects SSL to explore commercial satellite assembly in space


31 August 2018


SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, has been selected by NASA to perform a study exploring the use of commercial habitats in space as satellite manufacturing facilities. 


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Lightweighting and fuel efficiency drive high-performance plastics demand


27 August 2018


A recent Frost & Sullivan report reveals that the increasingly popular trends for lightweighting, engine downsizing and vehicle electrification are expected to drive demand and adoption of HPPs in automotive and aerospace applications. 


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Alliance Magnesium receives $30.9 million in financing


22 August 2018


Alliance Magnesium has signed a financing agreement with Investissement Québec and the Government of Quebec's Economic Development Fund in the amount of $30.9 million.


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United Technologies acquires analytics specialist Predikto


21 August 2018


United Technologies Corp has acquired Predikto, Inc, an Atlanta-based predictive analytics software company known for its cloud-based predictive maintenance solution.


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Boeing to acquire Millennium Space Systems


17 August 2018


Boeing is expanding its satellite and space portfolio with the acquisition of Millennium Space Systems, a provider of agile, flight-proven small satellite technologies.


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Magellan Aerospace signs purchase agreement with Pratt & Whitney​


13 August 2018


Magellan Aerospace has signed a six year agreement with Pratt & Whitney to manufacture aluminium castings for its next generation product family of engines.


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Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet Elite 


8 August 2018


Honda Aircraft Company has begun deliveries of its new advanced aircraft, the HondaJet Elite, at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

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Gulf Coast Avionics completes upgrade to Cessna Citation


6 August 2018


Gulf Coast Avionics has completed a dual Garmin touchscreen and transponder installation in a 1997 Cessna Citation CJ2.


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Electric airplane developer, Eviation, establishes US headquarters in Arizona


2 August 2018


Israel-based electric aircraft developer Eviation Aircraft is setting up its US headquarters in Prescott, Arizona. 


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Airbus reports half-year 2018 financial results


27 July 2018


Reporting its half-year results for the period ending 30 June 2018, Airbus maintained its guidance for the full year.


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Embraer sells E-Jets all over the world from Farnborough


26 July 2018


Embraer’s current Market Outlook forecasts worldwide demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats, over the next 20 years, with roughly two thirds of that demand being driven by market growth, and one third by the need to replace ageing aircraft.


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Allegiant chooses Honeywell for APUs and maintenance


24 July 2018


Honeywell has been selected by Allegiant Air to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its auxiliary power units and select avionics components across its fleet of new Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. 


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UTC Aerospace Systems invests in wheel and brake MRO facilities


23 July 2018


UTC Aerospace Systems is making critical investments in its global MRO infrastructure. In London, the company recently relocated to a new 50,000 square foot facility that is 50 per cent larger than the previous site. 


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Airbus wins orders for 431 commercial aircraft at Farnborough


20 July 2018


Airbus announced strong commercial aircraft business during the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, with successes across its broad product portfolio – including the new A220 and A330neo families.


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Boeing freighters fly off the shelves at Farnborough


19 July 2018


Boeing confirmed orders for 88 freighters at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow from some of the leading air freight and cargo companies, including an agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for 35 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters.


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Phenomenal first two days at Farnborough


18 July 2018


The first day of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow saw $46.4 billion worth of deals announced. Orders were placed for 311 civil aircraft across the show worth $43.6 billion. 


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Brazilian airline GOL commits to Boeing 737 MAX


18 July 2018


Brazilian carrier GOL is adding the newest and largest member of the 737 MAX family with a new contract that converts 30 current MAX orders to the 737 MAX 10.


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Spirit AeroSystems to build new R&D complex in Scotland


17 July 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has announced the creation of a new research and development complex at its manufacturing site in Prestwick, Scotland. 


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Boeing announces $2 billion of services orders at Farnborough


16 July 2018


The Farnborough Airshow is barely off the ground, but the orders are flying in. On the first day of the show Boeing has announced over $2 billion worth of services orders  . . . 

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Michelin Aircraft to supply entire Cirrus Aircraft line


12 July 2018


Michelin Aircraft Tire has been selected as the new original-equipment provider for Cirrus Aircraft, the renowned manufacturer of piston aircraft and maker of the world's first single-engine personal jet, the Vision Jet. 


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Royal Air Force celebrates centenary over London


11 July 2018


On 10 July, 100 days after its official 100th birthday, the Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary with a spectacular fly-past of up to 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace in London.


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C Series adopted into Airbus family


10 July 2018


The deal in which Airbus acquired a majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited
Partnership (CSALP) closed on 1 July, but Airbus has now announced that the aircraft
are being rebranded as Airbus A220. 


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Boeing and Embraer to establish strategic aerospace partnership


9 July 2018


Boeing and Embraer have agreed to form a joint venture that would align the commercial
aircraft and services business of Embraer with Boeing's commercial development,
production, marketing and lifecycle services operations. 

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Consolidated Precision Products to acquire Selmet


6 July 2018


Consolidated Precision Products Corp, a manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies
for aerospace and defence, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Selmet, Inc. 


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Airbus and Bombardier celebrate C Series Partnership 


5 July 2018


While the United States was celebrating Independence Day, a group of people in Quebec,
Canada were throwing their own party on the 4th of July this year. 


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Airbus Helicopters and Safran improve endurance of H125 and H130


3 July 2018


Airbus H125 and H130 helicopter customers will get a boost in their operations thanks
to a significant reduction in direct maintenance costs for the Safran Arriel 2D engine.


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Cargo in the spotlight at Farnborough 2018


2 July 2018


Cargo is taking centre-stage at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow with a 1,000sqm
village centred around a static display of ‘giants of the sky’, including 747s and an Antonov. 


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First BelugaXL rolls out of Airbus paint shop


29 June 2018


The first BelugaXL has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France,
sporting a special livery to make it resemble a beluga whale. 


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Spirit AeroSystems opens new facilities in Malaysia 


28 June 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has expanded its manufacturing operations in Subang, Malaysia, with the official opening of the site's new logistics warehouse. 


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First ACJ320neo enters final assembly


27 June 2018


The first ACJ320neo has entered final assembly in Hamburg, marking the start of
a new era in Airbus corporate jets. 


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Boeing HorizonX Ventures invests in UAV start-up Matternet


26 June 2018


Boeing has announced an investment in Matternet, a California-based start-up pioneering safe,
on-demand unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery operations in urban environments. 


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Lockheed Martin to build F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain


25 June 2018


Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract from the US government
to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force. 


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Delta to become launch operator of Bombardier’s Atmosphère cabin


22 June 2018


Delta Air Lines has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft, making it the
launch operator of the new Atmosphère cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.


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Airbus Helicopters delivers first H145s to Rega


21 June 2018


Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.


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Jet Airways takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 


20 June 2018


Jet Airways has become the first airline in India to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX. 


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Norway's first electric flight


19 June 2018


Avinor, Norway's state-run aviation company, conducted its first electric flight at
Oslo Airport on Monday 18 June


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Airbus opens fourth A320 production line in Hamburg


14 June 2018


Airbus has inaugurated the fourth A320 Family production line in Hamburg, Germany. 


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Boeing and Safran to design, build and service auxiliary power units


12 June 2018


Boeing and Safran are joining forces to design, build and service auxiliary power units to create
better value for customers and the industry at large. 


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Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec finalise C Series Partnership 


8 June 2018


After receiving all the required regulatory approvals, Airbus, Bombardier and Investissement Québec
have agreed to close the C Series transaction on 1 July 2018. 


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GE introduces AiRXOS to develop unmanned traffic management 


7 June 2018


GE has founded a new company, AiRXOS, to accelerate the integration of air and ground
space for manned and unmanned vehicles. 


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Drone start-up Kittyhawk secures $5 million funding 


7 June 2018


California-based Kittyhawk, a start-up technology company offering what it calls
a ‘unified approach’ to the safe operation of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS),
has secured $5 million in funding. 


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Honda sells aircraft to Japan


6 June 2018


Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co, has expanded
its sales to Japan with the appointment of Marubeni Aerospace as HondaJet Japan. 


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Pratt & Whitney to build more engines for F-35 program


4 June 2018


The US Department of Defense has ordered another batch of F135 engines from Pratt & Whitney to power all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program. 


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Gulfstream selects TAG Farnborough Airport for new London service centre


30 May 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp has announced an expansion of its maintenance, repair and overhaul
operation in the London area with a new, larger, purpose-built facility at TAG Farnborough Airport.


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United Technologies plans $15 billion investment in United States


29 May 2018


United Technologies has announced plans to invest more than $15 billion in research and
development and capital expenditures in the United States over the next five years. 


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Pratt & Whitney to invest in West Palm Beach facility


25 May 2018


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, is to invest
up to $100 million in its existing West Palm Beach facility.


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Allegiant takes delivery of its first American made Airbus A320


24 May 2018


Allegiant has welcomed its first US-produced A320 aircraft from the Airbus
US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. 


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JetSuite signs up for Zunum’s electric plane


21 May 2018


Charter operator JetSuite has agreed to become the launch customer for a 12-seater
hybrid-electric aircraft being developed by Seattle-based Zunum Aero. 


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Sikorsky starts delivery of CH-53 King Stallion heavy lift helicopters to the US Marine Corps


17 May 2018


Sikorsky has delivered the first of an expected 200 CH-53 King Stallion helicopters
to the US Marine Corps. 


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Raytheon breaks ground on Ontario International Airport hangar


14 May 2018


Raytheon Company and the Ontario International Airport Authority broke ground Friday
on a hangar that will house Raytheon's flying test bed platform.


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Aleris to supply aluminium to Boeing


8 May 2018


Boeing has signed a multi-year contract with Aleris for the supply of aluminium
plate and sheet. 


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Spirit AeroSystems to acquire EU-based supplier Asco Industries


4 May 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has agreed to acquire SRIF, the parent company of Asco Industries,
for $650 million in cash. 


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Jet Aviation completes acquisition of Hawker Pacific


3 May 2018


Jet Aviation has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of civil MRO,
fleet and FBO services, and aircraft sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. 


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Boeing to acquire aerospace parts distributor KLX Inc


2 May 2018


To enhance its growing services business, Boeing has agreed to acquire aerospace parts distributor
KLX Inc for $4.25 billion in an all-cash transaction.


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Lockheed Martin opens new facility in Florida to support F-35 production 


1 May 2018


Lockheed Martin has formally opened a new manufacturing facility in Pinellas Park, Florida
to support the increasing F-35 production rate. 


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Deloitte predicts sustained growth for aerospace and defence sector


27 April 2018


The global aerospace and defence industry is expected to experience significant growth in 2018,
according to Deloitte Global's 2018 Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook.


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Gulfstream to expand service facilities in Savannah


24 April 2018


Gulfstream Aerospace Corp is to build a new service centre at Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport in response to its growing customer fleet's needs for maintenance and service. 


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Magellan Aerospace secures Airbus A330 wing rib contract


20 April 2018


Magellan Aerospace has secured a 5-year agreement with Airbus to supply wing ribs
for the A330 aircraft. 


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Government of Canada invests in aerospace sector


17 April 2018


The Government of Canada is investing in Canada's aerospace sector to advance innovation and
create well-paying middle-class jobs.


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Pratt & Whitney grows geared turbofan engine repair network


16 April 2018


Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, is to develop a global network of providers
who maintain its PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engine.


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Government of Canada investing in safety at local airports


12 April 2018


The Government of Canada has announced a program to invest in safety at a number of local airports
across the country.


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Safran Nacelles provides life support for Interjet and WOW air


11 April 2018


At the MRO Americas 2018 exhibition in Orlando, Florida, Safran Nacelles has signed five year
agreements with Mexican airline Interjet and Icelandic carrier WOW air, to provide repair services
and spares pool resources for engine nacelles on the airlines’ Airbus A320neo-series jetliners.

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Spirit AeroSystems opens fabrication centre of excellence at McAlester, Oklahoma


6 April 2018


Spirit AeroSystems has officially opened its second centre of excellence for the fabrication of
complex commercial and military aircraft parts. 


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Aviation Technical Services acquires American Cooler Service


5 April 2018


Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has acquired American Cooler Service (ACS) Inc., a company that
specializes in heat exchangers, fuel systems, pneumatics, and electromechanical components. 


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AeroCision to become part of Bromford Industries


4 April 2018


AeroCision, a Connecticut-based supplier of engine components and assemblies for the global
aerospace industry, has been acquired by private equity firm Liberty Hall Capital Partners.


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NASA appoints Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to build passenger X-plane


3 April 2018


NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works a contract to design, build and flight test
the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, an X-plane designed to revive the commercial viability of
supersonic passenger air travel.


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Godrej Aerospace launches centre of excellence in Mumbai


29 March 2018


Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, has opened a centre of excellence in Mumbai, India, to enhance its manufacturing capabilities in the aero engine industry.


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Qantas makes first direct flight from Perth to London


26 March 2018


The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK touched down Sunday morning at
London's Heathrow Airport. 


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Hexcel opens new manufacturing facility in Casablanca


23 March 2018


Advanced composite materials manufacturer Hexcel has officially opened a new $20 million
state-of-the art manufacturing facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone in Casablanca.


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TransDigm to acquire Extant Aerospace


20 March 2018


TransDigm Group is to acquire Extant Components Group Holdings, a supplier of proprietary
electronics and electromechanical products for the aerospace and defence markets . . .


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