Air International 2020-12
News: Commercial, Military
US Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra 165051 ‘MM-20’ operated by Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 (HMLA-773) Detachment A ‘Nomads' makes its final flight over ‘Big Easy’ - New Orleans, Louisiana - on October 14, 2020 during the Whiskey Sundown Ceremony at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. After 933,614 flight hours over a 34-year career, this marked the retirement of the AH-1W from USMC service. The type has been replaced by the AH-1Z Viper
New production Leonardo AW109E Power CSX81393 (c/n 11840) test flying at Venegono, Italy, on October 13, 2020. The helicopter is the first of four destined for the Cameroon Air Force. The other three are CSX81934 (c/n 11841), CSX81935 (c/n 11842) and CSX81936 (c/n 11843). All four have been test flying in Italy for around two years, but none have yet been delivered, for reasons unknown.
Hi Fly A380 9H-MIP (msn 6) is the first A380 on the second-hand market
Hi Fly will withdraw its sole A380-800, 9H-MIP (c/n 006), by the end of this year
The Boeing 777 has been a casualty of cost-cutting at the Atlanta-based Airline
Newly outfitted VVIP Boeing 777-337ER VT-ALV (c/n 36320) arriving on delivery at Delhi - Indira Gandhi Airport on October 1, 2020. The aircraft is allocated military serial K7066 and is the first of two that will be operated by the Indian Air Force on behalf of the government. This former Air India aircraft had been in the US at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Texas, since June 1, 2018, for installation of its VVIP interior. The second aircraft, VT-ALW (c/n 36321), was delivered from Fort Worth to Delhi on October 24 and will become K7067
The Dash 8s will serve the Dutch Coastguard in a variety of capacities
The new P180 Avanti will support SAR missions for Italy’s National Fire Brigade Piaggio Aerospace
Seven new production Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) K-8W Karakorums on the ramp at BAF Base Zahurul Haque, Chittagong, on completion of their delivery flight from China on October 15, 2020. They are part of a contract for an undisclosed number (possibly 23) signed with CATIC - China’s aviation technology import/export body - on June 20, 2018. Previously, the BAF has taken delivery of nine K-8Ws which are operated by 15 Squadron at BAF Base Birsrestho Matiur Rahman, Jessore, although two have been lost in accidents
JMSDF MH-53E Sea Dragon 8630 in storage with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on October 2, 2020. The helicopter had arrived on September 17.
The third RAF Poseidon MRA1 to arrive in the UK, ZP803, kicks up spray from the wet runway as it lands at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, to complete its delivery flight from the USA on the evening of October 14, 2020
RAF Tutor T1 G-BYXH, painted in the first of three new trial colour schemes for the type, at RAF Wittering on October 26, 2020
The first F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), L-001 (c/n AP-01), is pictured here being lifted out of the Electronic Mate and Alignment Station (EMAS) on Lockheed Martin’s one mile-long production line at Fort Worth, Texas, on September 15, 2020. The Danish MoD released the image on October 19, by which time the aircraft was stood on its undercarriage, with its twin tail fins, radar, engine and other systems all installed. The first of the 27 RDAF aircraft on order will be delivered in early 2021 but will initially remain in the USA for training - it will not be until 2023 that the first Danish F-35 aircraft will land at Skrydstrup Air Base
Rolls-Royce motors are set to power Tecnam's all-electric P-Volt
Lufthansa and easyJet A320neos, D-AINZ (c/n 9442) and G-UZHF (c/n 8193), inaugurated the new hub
Airlines can now choose a higher-weight option on the A330-900