Venezuela is buying up to 12 Shaanxi Y-8 transports from China. The order is part of a series of agreements between the two nations that has already seen 18 Hongdu K-8W jet trainers acquired for the air force, the first of which was delivered in March. The four-engine Y-8 is in widespread Chinese service, and was originally created as a reverse-engineered version of the Antonov An-12 Cub.
The crew of a Bombardier Global Express operated by Germany’s Triple Alpha successfully negotiated multiple operational and security challenges during a recent trip to South America. On a charter mission carrying a party of Russian energy executives, the Global Express became the first of its type to fly out of the world’s highest passenger airport, La Paz’s El Alto International.