Boeing yesterday delivered the first of 10 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the 787-9 Dreamliner, designed to provide more efficiency over longer range, to serve new international routes.
Construction of Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, has begun to create an assembly line for production of the A220 aircraft.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has teamed with five Belgium-based businesses as part of an industrial collaboration effort with the Belgian aerospace and defense industry. Team SkyGuardian Belgium includes General Atomics (GA-ASI), SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort, and satellite communication technology company Newtec.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is taking another step forward in its commitment to invest and realize the operation of an aircraft utilizing what it terms Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). By the end of January 2019, JAL plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda) with SAF supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Aireon on January 11 completed the eighth and final payload deployment within the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which holds Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. This final Aireon satellite payload was carried into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Placing the final 10 satellites into LEO brings the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and nine spares) and passes one of the last remaining milestones before Aireon can begin a new era of global air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking.
Boeing delivered 69 737 airplanes in December and set a new annual record for the company of 806 deliveries in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 763 deliveries in 2017. Boeing continues to explain, even as it delivered more jetliners than ever before, the company also grew its order book with 893 net orders, including 203 airplane sales in December.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, introduced Canada’s new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems. Scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2019, the regulations set out by Transport Canada apply to all pilots flying drones between 250 grams and 25 kg that are operated within the drone pilot’s Visual Line of Sight (VLOS), regardless of whether the drone is flown for recreation, work or research.
Chorus Aviation Inc, parent company of Jazz Aviation LP, today announced an agreement to extend the capacity purchase agreement (CPA) between Jazz and Air Canada. This announcement also includes a $97.26 million equity investment by Air Canada in Chorus.
Embraer and Boeing received approval by the Government of Brazil concerning the strategic partnership previously announced by the two companies in July 2018.

The government's approval comes after the two companies last month approved terms for the joint venture that will be made up of the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer.

Boeing will hold an 80 percent ownership stake in the new company and Embraer will hold the remaining 20 percent.

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The companies have also agreed to the terms of another joint venture to promote and develop new markets for the multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. Under the terms of this proposed partnership, Embraer will own a 51 percent stake in the joint venture, with Boeing owning the remaining 49 percent.

Once Embraer's Board of Directors ratifies its prior approval, the two companies will then execute definitive transaction documents. The closing of the transaction is expected by the end of 2019 and remains subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
The board of directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) announced that president and CEO, Howard Eng, will retire in 2020 after 40 years as an airport executive, culminating with eight years at the helm of Canada’s largest airport.
Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 demonstrator in December took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France.
Maxar Technologies Inc., formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, has completed its statutory plan of arrangement, pursuant to which the ultimate parent company of Maxar Technologies Ltd. (Maxar Canada) became an entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in the United States.
NovAtel of Calgary, Alberta, won a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety of life WAAS navigation service. The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s portfolio of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) products deployed by the FAA, including the WAAS G-III reference receiver platform.
PrimeFlight Aviation Services has acquired New York-based aircraft appearance and leather care company, ReadyJet. Days earlier, the Houston-based company acquired T Brennan Aircraft Cleaning, LLC and Performance Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning LLC.
Bell Helicopter during CES 2019 revealed the configuration and full-scale design of an air taxi called Bell Nexus. The VTOL vehicle is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s powered lift concept, incorporating six tilting ducted fans.
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