Canadian Army to conduct a Joint International Counter Explosive Threat Exercise

A soldier participates in Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER on September 22, 2016. The purpose of the exercise is to develop and sharpen the skills of Canadian Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operators and Counter Explosive Threat enablers.

Photo credit: 8 Wing Imaging © 2016 DND-MDN Canada

October 16, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces will conduct a counter explosive threat exercise involving international military participants and Canadian law enforcement agencies at Canadian Forces Base Borden and 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford from October 16 to November 3, 2017.

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Textron Aviation inks order for 11 aircraft to support air ambulance missions in Norway

WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has secured a fleet order from Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance for 11 aircraft, including the first medevac-configured Cessna Citation Latitude midsize jet and 10 Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprops.  The aircraft will support Babcock’s contract with Air Ambulance Services of Norway to provide communities across Norway with vital air ambulance support.

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China Airlines returns to the UK: Only non-top service to Taiwan launching 1 Dec!

Only non-stop service between the UK and Taiwan to begin 1 December

China Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is returning to the UK following a five year hiatus, with the launch of a new non-stop service between London Gatwick and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from Friday 1 December.

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Lufthansa Group submits a concept for establishing a re-structured Alitalia


The Lufthansa Group has submitted an offer letter today, expressing its interest in establishing a “NewAlitalia”. Lufthansa has opted not to make an offer for the complete Airline but has stated interest in only parts of the Global network traffic and European and domestic point-to-point business.

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AW169 helicopter scores first contract success in the US emergency services market

 The order for three AW169 Emergency Medical Services helicopters was placed by Travis County, Texas for its STAR Flight program
 Travis County’s AW169s will be the first in the US to support patient transport, search and rescue, law enforcement and firefighting missions
 Contract builds on the global success of the AW169 for EMS and public service operations, as total orders exceed 160 of the type for 70 customers in 30 countries around the world

Rome, 16 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, USA that Travis County, Texas has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169s for its STAR Flight program as the county-based EMS provider upgrades its helicopter fleet to more modern and capable aircraft.

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Firefighting helicopters to be deployed by Prefectures and Agencies of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi

 Expanding presence in Japan includes first AW189 for a Japanese customer and the first firefighting configured AW169
 The AW189 and AW169, with two additional AW139s, will add to a fleet of 120 Leonardo helicopters operated in Japan also for government, medical emergency and first response missions
 Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi agencies will replace older helicopter types with Leonardo products between 2019 and 2020

Rome, 16 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today that it has significantly grown its market share in the Japanese helicopter market by securing orders for AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters in firefighting configuration following highly competitive tenders.

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Oman Air crew confident of closing the gap as Extreme Sailing Series heads towards its conclusion

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Pictures of the Oman Air race team in action during practise racing. Skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) Peter Greenhalgh (GBR), Nasser Al Mashari (OMA), Ed Smyth (NZL) and James Wierzbowski (AUS)
Credit – Lloyd Images

The Oman Air team head into the penultimate Act in the year-long Extreme Sailing Series confident they can close the narrow gap to the top of the overall table.

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