terça-feira, 22 de Julho de 2014

KALITTA / DHL - B747-400F - N743CK

Ton Jochems - AMS

ISRAIR - A320-200 - 4X-ABG

Ton Jochems - AMS


Alain Charpentier - TLS


Alain Charpentier - TLS

La Compagnie launches scheduled business class operations to Newark

La Compagnie  yesterday (July 21) evening launched its business class passenger operations.
Flight BO 100 departed at 18:30 from Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Newark.

Air Uganda announces indefinite suspension of operations

Air Uganda has announced it is indefinitely suspending operations after the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) last month revoked the Air Operators Certificates of all locally-based international carriers.

In a statement, the carrier placed the blame for its suspension solely on the UCAA and arguing that as an airline, it had conformed to all required international standards including securing its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.

It said the UCAA's failure to pass its most recent International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)-backed audit (Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme - USOAP) had resulted in it, along with Uganda Air Cargo and Transafrik International subsidiary, Transafrik Uganda, losing their AOCs.

"It is now apparent that the audit revealed shortcomings in the CAA’s oversight and regulatory capacities, consequently impacting the CAA’s ability to award Air Operators Certificates. The Ugandan CAA regrettably opted on 17th June to withdraw, without consulting the airlines affected, Air Operator’s Certificates (AOC) for all international commercial air operators registered in the country," it said.

During the process of recertification, the UCAA has instructed all affected airlines to suspend their operations. As a result of this, Air Uganda says it has incurred "massive financial losses on a daily basis" and suffered "reputational damage" warranting the suspension of flights.

Founded in 2007 as part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), Air Uganda operated three CRJ-200s on flights to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta, Dar-es-Salaam, Bujumbura, Kigali, Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, and Juba. CEO Cornwell Muleya has now announced that all its aircraft will now be returned to their lessors in Europe.

Turkish Airlines likely to go ahead with A380/B747-8 order

Turkish Airlines will likely proceed with plans to acquire ultra-widebody aircraft with a decision likely to be made on either the A380-800 or the B747-8 before the end of the year.
Turkish Airlines Chairman, Hamdi Topcu, told Bloomberg news in an interview that among the issues it would have to consider include capacity limitations at its Istanbul Atatürk hub.

To cope with Turkish's ambitious longterm expansion plans, Turkey intends to open a third international gateway in Istanbul capable of handling 150million pax/annum in late 2018.

On his airline's options apropos the mid and large-size wide-body market, Topcu said the Boeing B787 and B777X Families, as well as the Airbus Industrie A350 and A330neo are all currently being studied.

he said. The carrier's widebody order book currently includes thirteen A330-200ss and nineteen B777-300(ER)s.

In a bid to placate both manufacturers, Turkish Airlines has, in the past, opted to split large orders between Airbus and Boeing.
Photo:PedroMB/FPP - Lisboa

Ryanair wet-leasing a Livingston Air A320

Ryanair has wet-leased an A320-200, EI-EXK, from Italian carrier, Livingston Air.

Ryanair has also wet-leased in four B737-400s this summer including two from Air Contractor and two from Air Explore.
Photo:PedroMB /FPP - Lisboa

Flyglinjen rebrands as Sparrow Aviation

Flyglinjen has rebranded as Sparrow Aviation.
Managing Director, Philip Löfgren, said his company's new name and branding better reflects the product it offers which, in this instance, consists of domestic Swedish flights connecting Kristianstad and Stockholm Arlanda using an ERJ-145 wet-leased from bmi regional.

Uzbek government issues statute funding purchase of B787s

Uzbekistan Airways owner, the Uzbek government, has approved a USD246.6million funding mechanism required to purchase two B787-8s from Boeing and one spare engine. According to the Uzbek press, the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (FRDU) will extend a loan worth USD123.3million backing the acquisition with 40% of the remaining capital to come from foreign banks and the carrier's own coffers.

EasySky has leased a B737-500

EasySky has leased a B737-500, HC-COP (msn 25176), from Ecuador's Sudamericana de Aviación. The twinjet adds to the Honduran carrier's in-house fleet which consists of a B737-200Adv., HR-AVR (msn 23104) currently stored at San José Juan Santamaría. Together, the aircraft will be used in resuming scheduled domestic services between San Pedro Sula and Roatán.

A350 XWB MSN001 successfully conducted ‘Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off’ test

Airbus has successfully performed the ‘Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off’ (MERTO) test with the A350 MSN001 on the morning of Saturday 19th July at Istres Air Force Base in France. MERTO, which follows on from the previous ‘High Energy Rejected Take-Off’ (HERTO) preparation test conducted by MSN001 two months ago, is a part of the mandatory series of tests for Certification.

This latest test is to confirm the braking system’s ability to safely stop the aircraft following a rejected take-off at high speed and high weight – using a set of worn-out brakes. As these brakes absorb the kinetic energy of the aircraft, they glow bright orange and reach a temperature of around 1,400 degrees centigrade by the time the aircraft has safely come to a standstill, whereupon the tires are deflated by special fuses. According to certification requirements, the aircraft then has to stay put for five minutes unassisted, after which firefighters are allowed to spray the wheels and brakes to cool them. The Airbus Test team received full support from the “DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) – Essais en vols”, which played a key role in facilitating the test.

MERTO is the A350 XWB programme’s final major test before MSN005, one of two cabin-equipped development aircraft, embarks on ‘Route Proving’ in July. The programme has to date achieved more than 2,250 flight hours in around 540 flights, and is on track for certification in Q3 and first delivery to Qatar Airways in Q4.

segunda-feira, 21 de Julho de 2014

ALOHA AIR CARGO - B737-200F - N842AL

Danny loftus - Honolulu

AZAL Azerbaijan sets September date for maiden US flights

AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines has set a tentative date for the launch of its maiden flights to the United States. According to information at hand, the Azerbaijani national carrier is planning to operate a twice weekly Baku to New York JFK service on-board a A340-500 beginning September 24.

QATAR AMIRI FLIGHT - Airbus A 320-200(WL) - A7-HSJ

Alain Charpentier - TLS

Germany's TUIfly to enter Austrian leisure market in 2015

TUIfly is set to enter the Austrian leisure market with the launch of scheduled flights from Vienna to Greece in May of next year.
TUIfly will operate weekly services to:
while Kos and Rhodes will each see twice weekly flights.
All flights will operate on-board a B737-800.
Photo:Ton Jochems - PMI


Marco Moutinho

LOT - ERJ-170-100LR - SP-LDH

Marcin Jaworsk - Warsaw Chopin Airport - Poland

sábado, 19 de Julho de 2014


Danny loftus - Honolulu

TRANS AIR - CONVAIR CV-640-440DF - N587CA (msn 463)

Danny loftus - Honolulu

SAS - ATR-72-600 - F-WWEE

Photo:Alain Charpentier - TLS


Alain Charpentier - TLS

TUIfly - B737-800Split Scimitar Winglets - D-ATUI

Ton Jochems - PMI

THOMSON - B737-800 Split Scimitar Winglets - G-FDZY

Ton Jochems - PMI

US-Bangla Airlines commences operations

US-Bangla Airlines launched scheduled operations on July 16 with twice daily flights from Dhaka to Chittagong and a daily service Jessore.
With two Dash 8-400s in the start-up's fleet.

New AN−158 is getting ready to fly to Cuba

Till the end of the year ANTONOV is going to transfer one more AN−158 and AN−148 to Cuba.
The next AN−158 serial regional jet passenger (with registration No.СU−T1715 ) in 97 seats layout has already been built. Now the aircraft passes the flight production tests program. Till the end of this month it is planned to be delivered to the operator – Cubana de Aviacion. This aircraft will become the fifth AN−158 in the fleet of the Cuban airline. For July 1, its predecessors total flight time equals to more than 3800 hours, they performed more than 2200 commercial flights on regional routes of Caribbean countries. Flights to Canada, Columbia and Mexico are planned to be open.

sexta-feira, 18 de Julho de 2014

THAI's first 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft departed from Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center in Seattle, Washington, USA on a non-stop, 15-hour flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


ETIHAD to Start Boeing 787-9 Service to Moscow from June 2015

ETIHAD has further updated its operational schedule for the 2nd-half of June 2015. Based on this week’s update, ETIHAD will operate Boeing 787-9 aircraft on Abu Dhabi – Moscow Domodedovo on daily basis, starting 01JUN15.



TAAG Angola Plans One-Time 777-300ER Havana Service in late-July 2014

TAAG Angola in late-July 2014 plans to operate Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on Luanda – Havana route on one-time basis, replacing 777-200ER. TAAG plans to operate the -300ER aircraft on 29JUL14 from Luanda, 31JUL14 from Havana.
Photo:PedroMB/FPP - Lisboa

Aerolineas Argentinas to deploy A330s to Europe next year

Aerolineas Argentinas is planning to deploy its fleet of A330-200 on flights to Europe with effect from next year.

JetGo Australia to lease three ERJ-140s from Republic

JetGo Austrália will lease three ERJ-140LR aircraft from US operator, Republic Airlines SkyWorld Aviation has revealed.

The Australian corporate shuttle and ad-hoc charter specialist also operates three ERJ-135s with one ERJ-145 on order.

Air China retires the A340-300 from revenue service

Air China has retired the A340-300 from its fleet with the final flight of B-2390 (cn 264) between Beijing Capital and Chengdu on July 15.

China's WCARN aviation news site reports the aircraft was the last of six airframes in operational use with the airline on both long-haul routes as well as services to high-altitude airports.

As it stands, the Chinese carrier's widebody fleet consists of thirty A330-200s, fifteen A330-300s, four B747-400s, ten B777-200(ER)s and nineteen B777-300(ER)s


Transaero Airlines commits to 20 A330s

First A330neo launch customer in Europe
Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for 20 A330 aircraft (8 A330ceo and 12 A330neo). This agreement makes Transaero an important launch customer and the first European airline to commit to the A330neo. The A330s will allow Transaero to continue the massive fleet modernization program and to boost its medium and long-haul domestic and international network.

"This significant order from Transaero proves that both the A330ceo and the A330neo offer airlines unmatched efficiency, working in tandem to improve airline profitability and passenger comfort. We are delighted that a leading European airline has selected both the A330neo and A330ceo," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Transaero Airlines launched services in November 1991, and currently serves more than 200 routes all over the world. Transaero will begin operating its first Airbus aircraft (A321) in 2015. In 2011 Transaero Airlines signed a contact with Airbus for eight A320neo and in 2012 became the first Russian customer for the A380, ordering four aircraft, the first of which will enter into service at the end of 2015.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.

Hong Kong Aviation Capital orders 70 A320neo Family aircraft

Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC), a fast growing aircraft leasing company based in Hong Kong, has signed a firm order with Airbus for a total of 70 A320neo Family aircraft (40 A320neo and 30 A321neo)

The contract was finalised at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow by Donal Boylan, CEO of HKAC and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the 2013 Paris Air Show.

“We are pleased to have finalised the order for 70 A320neo Family aircraft with Airbus. The green credentials of the NEO is one of the key factors for us to choose the aircraft and through reduced fuel burn and emissions, HKAC will enable its airline clients to reduce operating cost while improving their environment impact,” said Donal Boylan, CEO of HKAC. “In addition, the A321neo will enable operators to deliver reduced operating cost per seat, and better compete where airport slots are restricted,” added Donal Boylan.

“We are delighted to welcome Hong Kong Aviation Capital as a new customer for the NEO. It demonstrates the continuing confidence of the market in the world’s most popular and efficient single-aisle aircraft. The A320neo Family is a valuable and profitable asset for lessors and operators”, said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The agreement will be submitted for confirmation of HKAC's majority shareholder, Bohai leasing. HKAC currently has a portfolio of over 50 single and twin aisle Airbus aircraft. It provides financing leasing services to several airlines in Asia and worldwide. This is HKAC's first direct order with any aircraft manufacturer.
The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings and a reduction of 3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year. With more than 3,000 orders received from more than 57 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent of the market, clearly demonstrating its leadership.

quarta-feira, 16 de Julho de 2014


João Pessoa - Lisboa


João Pessoa - Lisboa

Kazakhstan's Bek Air orders seven Sukhoi SuperJets

Bek Air has ordered seven SSJ 100-95s from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft following the signing of an agreement at the ongoing Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Long range variants, three SuperJets will arrive next year with the remaining four due in 2016. The aircraft will be configured in a full-economy layout with 103 passengers.

"This document opens new prospects on the aviation operations market for SSJ100 aircraft within Eurasian Economic Union, which was founded according to agreement signed in Astana in May 2014 by the Heads of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia," a statement read.

Bek Air currently operates a fleet of six Fokker 100s on an exclusively domestic Kazakh network. The carrier does, however, intend to begin regional operations to Russia, Asia and the Middle East in the near future.

Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) commits to up to 12 ATR 72-600s

Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) commits to up to 12 ATR 72-600s

The flag carrier of Myanmar sets out to upgrade its regional aircraft fleet with new ATR 72s following the successful restructuring plan to meet the region’s booming travel business
Myanmar’s state-owned national airline Myanma Airways, to be named Myanmar National Airlines in the near future, today signed a deal with ATR for 6 new generation ATR 72-600s with options for 6 additional aircraft. The acquisition of these new ATRs forms part of the carrier’s ambitious strategy to expand its global footprint to establish Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) as a major carrier in the region. In parallel with the new order, following the company’s dynamic development efforts, ATR will assist Myanma Airways (Myanmar National Airlines) to enhance its maintenance capabilities through the set-up of a modern MRO in Yangon meeting the highest international standards.

Boeing, Hainan Airlines Announce Commitment for 50 737 MAX 8s

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Hainan Airlines today announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for 50 737 MAX 8s, reaffirming the Chinese airline’s preference for an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

Boeing, Jordache's MG Aviation Finalize Order for Two 787-9 Dreamliners

Nakash family's leasing company now has four 787-9s on order

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] and MG Aviation Limited today finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes.

Pictured from left: Ralph Nakash, President, MG Aviation, Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Joe Nakash, Chairman, MG Aviation

Boeing, Qatar Airways Finalize Order for 50 777Xs

Qatar Airways also announced their intent to order four 777 Freighters and options for four more, with a combined value of $2.4 billion at list prices.

In the picture are His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways (left) and Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes at the announcement.
FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways have finalized an order for 50 777-9Xs, valued at $18.9 billion at current list prices. The 777X order was first announced as a commitment at the 2013 Dubai Airshow and part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. In addition, the airline announced a commitment for 50 additional 777-9X purchase rights which if exercised, could take its 777X order tally to 100 airplanes, valued at $37.7 billion at list prices.

Boeing, Air Algerie Announce Order for Two Next-Generation 737-700Cs

-737-700C enables airlines to alternate between all-passenger, all-cargo layouts
-Algerian-flag carrier continues Boeing fleet expansion following recent order for eight 737-800s

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Air Algerie today announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices. The order continues Air Algerie's fleet renewal and expansion following January's order for eight 737-800s.

Boeing Rolls Out 5000th Next-Generation 737

RENTON, Wash., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) rolled out the 5000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The airplane is a Boeing C-40A Clipper, a modified 737-700C, that will serve as a transport aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

"This milestone is another testament to the popularity of our Next-Generation 737 and represents the confidence our customers have in the work of our team," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 is hugely popular with both our commercial and military customers because of its efficiency and proven reliability."

Utilizing the 737 commercial platform takes advantage of the proven efficiencies, manufacturing processes and performance of the existing Next-Generation 737 production system. Boeing's P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and the C-40 are among the 737 military derivatives.

"The quality and dependability of these aircraft are directly linked not simply to their design, but to the hardworking men and women who build them," said Vice Admiral Robin Braun, chief of Navy Reserve and commander, U.S. Navy Reserve Force.

To date, orders stand at 6,804 for Next-Generation 737s and 2,109 for 737 MAXs. Total 737 orders have surpassed 12,000 including Classics and more than 100 orders for military derivatives.

"With more than 280 different customers, it's easy to see why the 737 is the best selling airplane in the world," said Wyse.

Airbus, British Airways, Heathrow and NATS partner for ‘Quieter Flights’

Industry initiative to study noise reduction procedures

Airbus, British Airways (BA), Heathrow Airport (LHR) and NATS (the main air navigation service provider in the United Kingdom) have launched a unique partnership to study and develop operational procedures to reduce the number of people affected by noise around London’s Heathrow. The study will use British Airways’ A380. The A380 is recognised as one of the quietest aircraft today.

This project utilises the capabilities of the A380, the quietest aircraft of its size, and looks at how the aircraft manufacturer, airline, airport and air navigation services provider can further reduce the noise impact of flight operations for local communities. Airbus ProSky, the Air Traffic Management (ATM) subsidiary of Airbus is in charge of designing the departure and arrival procedures based on NATS, LHR and BA recommendations.

The four cross-industry partners have announced a three-stage ‘Quieter Flight’ project.

· The first stage identifies the operational improvements that are possible. These include for departures for example, reducing thrust and optimising the height at which the aircraft is flown. Changes to these departure procedures have the potential to significantly reduce noise levels.

· The second stage will see the testing and training of procedures in a British Airways flight simulator.

· Once all the project stages are complete, the partners expect to bring all the operational improvements together into a series of demonstration flights with the A380, starting from early next year. These procedures will then be made available to other operators and airports around the world.

Airbus’ executive Vice President, Customer affairs, Christopher Buckley said: “the A380 is the ideal aircraft to conduct the “Quieter flights” because it has the latest state of the art technologies that allow optimised paths to be flown very precisely. The A380 is able to further reduce the noise of what is already the quietest aircraft of its type. Together with Airbus ProSky, we are honored to be a key player in this unique industry project that addresses a real issue worldwide.

British Airways’ environment strategy manager, Captain Dean Plumb said: “The A380 is the ideal aircraft for this project as it has unique operational capabilities that can be adjusted to reduce noise during take-off and landing. The next step for the Quieter Flight Partnership is to train our pilots to use the optimised noise procedures in the simulator and then to test these improvements in flight trials.”

Matt Gorman, Sustainability Director for Heathrow said “We are really pleased to be working closely with industry partners on this project. Heathrow is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle aircraft noise and collaborations such as this form part of our long term commitment to do this whilst also safeguarding the connectivity and growth that Heathrow provides.”

Ian Jopson, NATS Head of Environmental and Community Affairs, added: “Air traffic management has a vital role to play in tackling the impact of aircraft noise and NATS has an excellent track record of working with the rest of the aviation industry and community groups on this important issue. The Quieter Flight project, brings together the expertise of the whole industry, and when combined with the wide range of other initiatives we are working on, will help make a difference to those people living under the flightpath.”

Air Mauritius orders six A350 XWB

A350 key to modernising Air Mauritius’ all Airbus long-haul fleet
Air Mauritius, the flag carrier of Mauritius has decided to expand and modernise its long-haul fleet with a Memorandum of Understanding for four A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. The airline has also announced that it is leasing two more A350-900s. The 6 A350 XWB will be operated on European, Asian and Australian routes.
Air Mauritius, voted the leading airline in the Indian Ocean at the World Travel Awards for the last last nine years and recently awarded a 4-STAR Skytrax rating, currently operates ten Airbus aircraft including two A330-200s and two A319s.
 “The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernising our fleet while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” said Andries Viljoen, Air Mauritius’ Chief Executive Officer. “These highly comfortable and fuel-efficient aircraft will fit nicely into our existing Airbus fleet, and our passengers will be able to enjoy seamless service and comfort levels throughout our entire product range.”
“We are honoured that Air Mauritius, a long-standing customer for 20 years, is ordering more Airbus aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The fleet commonality unique to Airbus will maximise operational efficiency for the airline, and passengers will benefit from unmatched comfort levels on the world’s most modern aircraft.”
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range product line comprising three versions offering from 276 to 369 seats. The A350 XWB stands out in its class thanks to its combination of passenger comfort, technological innovation and its unique industrial process. Built hand-in-hand with our customers, the A350 XWB sets new standards in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide

Airbus recognises suppliers for best in-service performance

On the occasion of the annual Airbus Suppliers Awards ceremony held during the Farnborough Air Show 2014, Didier Lux, Airbus Senior Vice President Customer Services, and Geneviève Laurens-Chassagne, Head of Supplier Support Management presented awards to Systems & Equipment suppliers to Airbus who achieved outstanding levels of customer satisfaction.

The yearly ‘Supplier Support Rating’ survey is designed to recognize performance and commitment to customer satisfaction, as well as to identify areas for support improvement. To determine the shortlist from the 39 suppliers assessed, the rating process included inputs from 111 participating Airbus operators who together submitted more than 3,400 questionnaires. The awards are divided into two categories: ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ and the top rankings in these categories are as follows:

Gold Award:

Airbus Engineering Avionics; Airbus KID Systeme; Rockwell Collins Avionics; Diehl Aerospace; and Thales Avionics.

Silver Award:

ACCS; Sogerma (Technical Seats); Diehl Aircabin; UTAS Air Management System; and Siemens.

Most Improved Supplier Award: ACCS.

Didier Lux commented: “Every one of us creates value for our customers! This is why it is important to understand their needs and expectations, so that we can implement the relevant actions and ensure customer confidence and future success.” He adds: “Once more, the high number of participating operators in the survey clearly shows that the Airbus Supplier Support Rating is setting the standards within our industry.”

Geneviève Laurens-Chassagne added: “This is a real competition to recognise our suppliers for their flexibility in being able to adapt to the evolution of the market and to the evolution of our Customer’s needs.”

The next rating cycle will be launched during the final quarter of 2014. Airbus monitors suppliers ensuring they instigate dedicated actions and thus continuously improve their own performance, and benefiting the reliability of the Airbus fleet as a whole.

Low-Cost Carrier Nok Air Converts Two Q400 NextGen Aircraft Purchase Rights to Firm; Now Has Six on Order

Brings the total number of Q400 turboprop airliners sold to 501

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Thai carrier Nok Air has converted two of four previously acquired Q400 NextGen aircraft purchase rights to firm orders. The purchase rights were acquired under a contract announced on November 19, 2013 that also included two firm-ordered aircraft and two options, which were converted to firm orders on March 31, 2014.