Boeing has secured a $6.6bn contract from FedEx Express to supply 12 767 and 12 777 freighter aircraft.

The Boeing 777 is already operational with Fed Ex, connecting Asia with its hub in Memphis, US.

The Boeing 767 has the capacity to carry 52.7t of cargo, while the 777 can transport 112t of cargo up to a distance of 9,070km.

Bell Helicopter has partnered with Safran to facilitate the development of hybrid electric power systems for its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

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Safran will work towards the development of advanced propulsion system, while Bell will design, develop and manufacture the VTOL systems, under the partnership.

Canada-based civil aviation training services provider CAE has agreed to form a joint venture (JV) with Avianca.

“SENER intends to enhance its electromechanical, navigational systems and communications systems business through the acquisition.”

The JV will provide training for Colombia-based airlines and full-flight simulator training for commercial pilots in the country.

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The JV will make use of seven full-flight simulators (FFS) to train pilots for operating Airbus A320, A330, ATR and Boeing 787 aircraft.

Avianca will be responsible for the pilot training activities at Avianca-CAE Flight Training, as part of the 15-year agreement.

Scheduled to start operations later this year, the JV will be equally owned by Avianca and CAE.

Spanish engineering and technology firm SENER has acquired TRYO Group Aerospace & Electronics from Alantra for an undisclosed sum.

TRYO’s subsidiaries include RYMSA RF and TRYO Aerospace Flight Segment.

RYMSA RF has 99.8% ownership in Radiacion y Microondas Mexico, SA de CV and holds a 20% stake in Mega Industries.

SENER intends to enhance its electromechanical, navigational systems and communications systems business through the acquisition.

US-based MAG Aerospace has acquired airborne special missions systems integration firm North American Surveillance Systems (NASS).

The acquisition strengthens MAG’s technical services and integration capabilities.

More than 75 professionals from NASS will join MAG, following the completion of the transaction.