Milestone Aviation becomes a part of polar history when the Endurance, the ship that Irish born Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton lost in 1915, was discovered in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. The Milestone Aviation owned Bell 412EP helicopter, operated by Ultimate Aviation Group, provided aerial support that assisted in moving crews around the frozen ice, to help achieve this important discovery.
Aengus Kelly is honored with the Excellence in Leadership Award at the 48th annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have made important and significant contributions to the global air transport industry. The awards ceremony took place at a gala dinner in Doha, Qatar, at the closing of the 78TH IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit.
AerCap delivers the first of 8 new Airbus A321neo aircraft on lease to Loong Air. The aircraft is the first of its type to enter the airline's fleet and is equipped with 8 business class seats. The aircraft will be used to transport athletes, their support teams and visitors to the 2022 Hangzhou Asia Games.
AerCap delivers a new Boeing 787-9 to EGYPTAIR, the fifth 787 of a 6-aircraft deal, from AerCap’s order book with Boeing. EGYPTAIR operates the world’s longest 787 delivery flight using sustainable aviation fuel in the delivery trip between Seattle and Cairo, totaling 5,925 nautical miles (10,973 kilometers).
AerCap and Boeing celebrate the milestone delivery of the 100th aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines with the delivery of a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline became the first airline in Africa to reach the milestone. This follows a series of firsts celebrated by AerCap and Ethiopian Airlines. In July 2016 AerCap delivered to Ethiopian Airlines their first Airbus A350 aircraft, making the airline the first operator in Africa, followed by the delivery of their first 787-9 in October 2017.
AerCap launches AerDragon, a joint venture with the Chinese government aircraft procurement agency CASC and Credit Agricole. The venture comprises Dragon Aviation Leasing Company Limited, based in Beijing, People's Republic of China, and AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited, based in Shannon, Co Clare, Ireland.