Canadian aviation industry stalwart Amy Foy passed away on December 26 after a battle with cancer. Amy Foy most recently directed her passion for aviation by serving as Administrator of the annual Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, a position she held for 10 years. Her passing closely follows the August 2018 death of Wayne Foy, who volunteered his time to advance the Webster Competition.
Moxy, the current but unconfirmed name for a start-up U.S. airline, signed a firm order with Airbus to purchase 60 A220-300 aircraft. Moxy is a new aviation venture led by David Neeleman, who founded JetBlue Airways in 2000. JetBlue has also confirmed an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft. Both deals were previously announced, but not completed until the last week of December.

Neeleman also founded Azul Brazilian Airlines and is the controlling investor in TAP Air Portugal, the latter of which took delivery of the first Airbus A330-900 back in November 2018.

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Plans for Moxy, a low-cost airline, were first reported back in June 2018 and then publicly outlined at the Farnborough International Air Show in July. 

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“With a low cost of operation and spacious cabin, the A220 will allow us to provide passengers with lower fares and a high quality, comfortable flying experience,” said Neeleman, in a statement about Moxy's confirmed order for 60 such plans. “The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique.”

Airbus will produce the A220-300s for Moxy at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of that plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later this month.

Airbus explains the single-aisle A220 is the only aircraft purposely built for the 100- to 150-seat market. The A220 leverages Pratt & Whitney’s new-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer what Airbus describes as at least 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. The aircraft holds a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,020 km).

JetBlue Airways in late December also firmed up an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft. “As we approach our 20th anniversary, the impressive range and economics of the highly efficient A220, combined with the outstanding performance of our existing fleet of Airbus A321 and restyled A320 aircraft, will help ensure we deliver the best onboard experience to customers and meet our long-term financial targets as we continue disciplined growth into the future,” said Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue.

JetBlue’s existing Airbus fleet includes 193 A320 and A321ceo aircraft in operation, with an additional 85 A321neo aircraft on order. Airbus will also produce these A220-300 aircraft at its Mobile facility.

With an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, Airbus explains the A220 holds the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

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Gulfstream Aerospace made the first international deliveries of its clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 to Qatar Airways, receiving two G500 aircraft at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. The aircraft will join five Gulfstream G650ER aircraft already in service with Qatar Executive, the airline’s executive charter business.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, yesterday announced that the Government of Canada is one step closer to providing Canadians with a new air passenger protection rights. The Canadian Transportation Agency’s proposed air passenger protection regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette Part I on December 22, 2018, for a final 60-day public comment period.
Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL) achieved a significant production milestone on the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1200G engine, which is to be used to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's first jet aircraft developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
Flying Colours broke ground on a 100,000-square-foot hangar at its primary location in Peterborough, Ontario. Scheduled for completion in mid-2019, this will be Flying Colours’ largest hangar, large enough to hold A220-size aircraft. The company estimates its new hangar will be an investment of approximately $25 million.
The Carlyle Group today announced it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Textron Aviation Inc. is bringing enhanced flight deck capabilities to new production Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan EX turboprop platforms in 2019. The features include new standard and optional equipment as part of Garmin’s G1000 NXi next-generation integrated flight deck.
Lockheed Martin Canada and L3 MAS are working together in the procurement competition to provide military aircrew training services for the Government of Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program. Future aircrew training services, explains the government, will include classroom instruction, simulator and flight training, as well as numerous on-site support activities.
The Air France board of directors appointed Anne Rigail as CEO of Air France, following their meeting on December 12, 2018. Rigail, who previously served as EVP Customer at Air France, will assume her new role as CEO on December 17, 2018, replacing Benjamin Smith, who was appointed acting CEO of Air France through the end of 2018.
CAE today opened its application process for the CAE Women in Flight scholarship program in collaboration with five global airlines. Worth a total of up to $1 million, the five scholarships, covering the entire cost of a cadet pilot training program, including accommodation and travel, will be awarded to what the company describes as outstanding female ambassadors to become role models and to inspire more women to join the pilot profession.
Sunwest Aviation Ltd. becomes the official Shell AeroCentre at the Calgary International Airport. Sunwest offers over 110,000 square feet of hangar space and five acres of ramp space at its headquarters in Calgary, which is situated in close proximity to the main terminal at the Calgary Airport.
Seven Airbus H145 helicopters have been ordered to replace the German Armed Forces’ Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet, which first entered into service in the early 1970s. The new aircraft, ordered through the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, will be delivered to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in 2020.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to improve air travel safety for passengers and flight crews. The changes, as described by Transport Canada, introduce: Prescribed flight and duty time limits that respect modern fatigue science and international standards to limit the amount of time a crew member can be on the job; and Fatigue Risk Management Systems that allow operators to set flight hours based on their unique operations if they can demonstrate that alertness and safety will not be affected. (Specific details of the changes, noting the difference between old and new regulations, are listed at the end of this article.)
The Government of Canada has published the final flight and duty time (FTD) regulations in Canada Gazette II in an effort to update regulations set back in 1996. In particular, the government argued the past regulatory regime did not reflect the scientific principles and knowledge on fatigue discovered over the last few decades.

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