Polish Ministry awards defense contract to Mesko

 The Polish Ministry of National Defence has awarded a contract worth 932 million zloty (US $220 million) to local defense company Mesko for new Piorun  short-range man-portable air defense systems for the country's military.

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said at the official signing ceremony that the new systems are to ‘protect Poland, and not threaten or attack anyone.’ The first brigades will obtain these weapons later this year.

"Under the deal, the Polish Armed Forces will acquire 1,300 missiles and 420 missile launchers," Macierewicz said, as quoted in a statement released by the Defense Ministry.

 

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Rheinmetall to supply artillery ammunition

 Australia is procuring artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall. Under its ‘Land 17 Phase 1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition’ project, the Australian Defence Force will soon be taking delivery of various projectile types from the Rheinmetall Assegai family as well as fuses and propelling charges, supplied by a team consisting of NIOA, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Nitrochemie and Junghans Defence. The first qualification lots will already be shipped this year. A second partial delivery will take place in 2019. Following successful qualification, Australia will also procure war reserve stocks of the new ammunition.

Encompassing supply of the qualification lot and war reserve stocks, the order – awarded at the end of last year – is worth around AU$ 100 million, roughly €65 million. The contract also includes several options for further five-year periods, with a total value in the triple-digit million AU$ range.

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Airbus Helicopters signs largest HCare Smart contracts for H225M fleets

 Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.

The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which 30 have already been delivered, for the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air force. The aircraft belong to the H-XBR program, signed in 2008 with the Ministry of Defense to provide 50 H225M for the three Armed Forces. The contract with Mexico includes comprehensive support for the 11 H225M aircraft in operation by the Air Force.

 

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Boeing, American Airlines sign major order for 787 Dreamliners

 Boeing and American Airlines recently announced the world's largest airline would more than double its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the super-efficient airplane plus 28 options. The 47 787s are valued at more than $12 billion at list prices and makesAmerican Airlines the largest 787customer in the Western Hemisphere.

American originally ordered 42 787 Dreamliners and has been using the airplanes' tremendous fuel efficiency and superior passenger amenities to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe, and boost its network efficiency. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and expand its fleet.

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Embraer, Widerøe celebrate delivery of E190-E2

 Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer’s first production E190-E2 recently at a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new-generation aircraft seating from 80 to 146-seat E-Jets to be introduced through 2021. Widerøe’s E190-E2 is configured with 114 seats in a single-class layout. Widerøe has contracted for up to 15 E-Jets E2s - three firm E190-E2 orders and purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately USD 873 million if all rights are exercised.

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Executive AirShare’s John Owen named president and CEO

 John Owen, who has served as interim president of Executive AirShare for the past two months, was formally named president and CEO of the Kansas-based fractional ownership provider today. Owen takes over for company co-founder Keith Plumb, who announced in February that he was stepping down after steering the fractional provider over the past 18 years.

Owen joined Executive AirShare in 2016 as CFO after serving as vice president for national search firm EFL Associates and as CFO for OrTran, a supply-chain management company. He also has worked asprincipal for Capitus Group, a Leawood, Kansas-based consulting firm, where he provided CFO advisory services and developed detailed financial packages, business valuations, and analyses for clients, and has served with State Street, Accenture, and KPMG.

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Air Charter Services’ revenue up by 31%

 The German office of global charter specialist, Air Charter Service, enjoyed 23% growth in charter numbers last year and a 31% increase in revenue, making 2017 the office’s most successful year since it opened its doors in 2010.

Caroline Werf, Managing Director of ACS Germany, said, “It has been a great year for all three of our charter divisions – private jets, group charters and cargo aircraft. All boasting growth in sales compared to 2016, with cargo seeing the largest increase. Helped, in part, by this growth, last year we were again voted as ‘Charter Broker of the Year’ at the World Cargo Awards gala night in Munich.

“It’s also been an interesting year in terms of charters over the past 12 months, including our work with Big City Beats’ World Club Dome event, for which we organized a fully customized Airbus A340 to take some of the world’s biggest DJs to the skies to kick off the huge party weekend in Frankfurt. We also arranged some urgent relief work down to Somalia, flying a specialist team and aid goods to Hargeisa to support the drought emergency response effort.

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Latitude 33 Aviation growth rate up by 50%

 Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, announced 50 percent growth in private jet charter hours in 2017. As one of the few private jet charter companies to receive the industry’s highest safety rating, ARGUS Platinum, Latitude 33 continues its significant growth by offering the newest and largest fleet of light jets available.

“Without a doubt, the key to our success has been consistently providing the absolute best client experience possible,” said Casey Miller, President of Latitude 33 Aviation. “Whether our clients are looking to charter a private jet, purchase an aircraft, or have one professionally managed, they can trust us to anticipate their needs and provide a luxury experience.”

“As our aircraft owners’ travel requirements change, we are privileged to be continually selected to manage the sale of their current private jet and acquisition of their next one,” said Solomon Short, Director of Operations. “We are excited to have expanded our mid and super mid-sized aircraft portfolio, allowing us to provide greater flexibility for our charter clients.”

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The visionary businessman who builds FBO one route at a time

 More than a decade ago, Adel Mardini launched Jetex, a fixed base operator or FBO, with the vision to create a one-of-a-kind company catering to the needs of high-profile clients in every aspect of private aviation. 

 Today, Jetex is considered a global leader in executive aviation with presencein 29 countries with over 350 staff, serving an elite clientele, including owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel, through its extensive global network of FBOs and ground handling facilities.

The company, which offers a comprehensive range of international trip planning, ground support and bespoke concierge services, all delivered with a high degree of flexibility and signature personal touch, plans to further expand its operations this year to Asia-Pacific, South Asia and the Caspian region.

 Born and raised in Syria, Mardini believes success is a product of your vision and hard work. His mother is from Syria and his father from Turkey.

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