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HAINAN AIRLINES - B787-9 - B-1343

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SILK AIR - B737 MAX 8 - 9V-MBC

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SHANGHAI AIRLINES - B737 MAX 8 - B1381

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LOT - B737 MAX 8 - SP-LVB

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MAURITANIA AIRLINES - B737-MAX 8 - N6076U

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CHINA EASTERN - B737-MAX 8 - B-1380

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BOEING - B787-1 - N528ZC


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Azores Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo



Becomes first Portuguese A320neo Family operator
Azores Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft. The airline, fully owned by SATA (Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos) becomes the first Portuguese operator to receive a member of the best-selling A320neo Family. The aircraft, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), was delivered during a ceremony held at the Airbus Hamburg site.



This aircraft is the first of six A321neos to be leased by Azores Airlines from ALC. The carrier will deploy the aircraft on transatlantic routes.

Azores Airlines currently operates a fleet of seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircraft across Europe, Canada and North America.

The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family and can seat up to 240 passengers. With the widest single-aisle cabin on the market, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes. The A321neo integrates many innovations such as latest generation engines, Sharklet wingtip devices and cabin improvements, which together will deliver up to 20 percent fuel savings by 2020.


Airbus delivers 50th A320 Family aircraft assembled in the U.S.

Alabama workforce also celebrating meeting goal to produce four A320 Family aircraft a month

Less than two years after Airbus delivered the first A320 Family aircraft from its Airbus A320 Family U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, the company today delivered its 50th aircraft. The A321, designated MSN 7943, was delivered to Delta Air Lines.

The milestone was celebrated by the facility’s employees, as well as Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor and members of the Delta Air Lines delivery team.

“The 50th delivery is a real point of pride not only for our team here in Mobile, but also for tens of thousands of employees from the hundreds of U.S. suppliers that contribute to these aircraft,” said McArtor. “We said in 2012 that we were going to build Airbus aircraft in the U.S. for our U.S.-based customers. We delivered the first aircraft in 2016, and today we stand here celebrating the 50th. We’ve met our originally announced schedule, and we’ve fulfilled the commitment we made to our customers, our suppliers across the country, and this Gulf Coast community.”

Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility praised the team that builds the aircraft. “Team Mobile’s hard work and dedication have brought us to this milestone. We’ve built a great team who together are building great aircraft, meeting challenges head-on and continually seeking ways to improve.”

With the delivery this week, the facility also meets its goal to produce four A320 family aircraft a month – known in the aircraft industry as “rate four.” Airbus has three other A320 Family production facilities around the world: Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

JetGo Australia to acquire E175s for Singapore ops in 1H18



JetGo Australia (JG, Brisbane Int'l) is planning to add EMB-175 equipment to its fleet following the signing of a partnership agreement with the city of Karratha in Western Australia.

In a statement, the municipality said Jetgo would operate regular passenger transport (RPT) services from Karratha to each of Brisbane Int'l (2x weekly) and Singapore Changi (2x weekly) during the first half of 2018.

Service launch is dependent on the requisite government approvals being secured.

Commenting on the development, Jetgo Managing Director Paul Bredereck said the Brisbane-Karratha-Singapore service offered new niche opportunities for the airline.

“The agreement with the City of Karratha would underpin Jetgo moving up from its current fleet of Embraer ERJ regional jets in the 37- to 50-seat market segment to the larger 88-seat Embraer E175. This is a logical step for our business and builds on five and a half years of jet operations, including domestic airline services along with domestic and international jet charter services.”

“We have selected the Embraer E175 due to a combination of size, payload-range, cargo capacity, economics and the ready supply of local expertise due to existing EMB-170 and EMB-190 operators in Australia. It also builds upon an already strong relationship between Jetgo and Embraer.”

Karratha is currently connected to Perth Int'l by each of Qantas (through Network Aviation and Cobham Aviation Services Australia) and Virgin Australia International (through Virgin Australia Regional).
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JetGo currently operates two ERJ-135s, three ERJ-140s, and two ERJ-145s on scheduled passenger flights covering twelve destinations throughout Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

Delta Air Lines places order for 100 A321neo ACF aircraft



Underscores airline’s confidence in Airbus single-aisle family


Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family to meet Delta’s future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The airline’s A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.

“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience. This order for the state-of-the-art A321neo with Pratt’s Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents.”

“We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo. This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta - one of the world’s best airlines - which we have developed over many years.” said Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “It is also good news for our employees in Mobile, Alabama, where most of the Delta planes will be manufactured. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Delta colours soon.”

Delta’s announcement on the A321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the current engine option (ceo) version of the A321. Delta has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.

The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Most of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has taken delivery of 13 U.S.-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year. In addition, the 50th aircraft to be produced by the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility will be delivered to Delta later this week. The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus’ U.S. customers. Plans for further production ramp up are currently being discussed.

In addition to Airbus’ U.S. manufacturing, the company has a long and strong partnership with American aerospace supplier companies. Today, there is more U.S. content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40% of the company’s aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States.



As of the end of November, Delta was flying a fleet of 196 Airbus aircraft, including 150 A320 Family members, 42 A330 widebodies, and four A350 XWB aircraft.

Singapore Airlines’ receives the first A380 with its customised cabin



Highlighting this carrier’s commitment to the flagship Airbus jetliner

Airbus today delivered the first “New Singapore Airlines A380” with an upgraded and improved cabin that elevates the passenger experience to new heights – the result of four years of development and a significant investment by the airline.

The milestone delivery involves the first of five new double-deck Airbus A380s that Singapore Airlines is adding to its fleet, and the $850 million spent by the carrier in developing the new cabin clearly underscores the airline’s ongoing and full commitment to Airbus’ flagship jetliner.

“We are proud to deliver the first of five new A380s for Singapore Airlines,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders, who noted that Singapore Airlines was the first to fly the A380, and has operated the aircraft with the highest levels of technical excellence from its service entry. “The aircraft has proven to be a huge commercial success in service with the carrier, flying passengers efficiently and in comfort on the airline’s long haul and regional network.”

In addition to its five new aircraft, Singapore Airlines also will retrofit the new cabin on 14 of its A380s already in service. The retrofit programme will begin at the end of 2018, to be undertaken by the airline in conjunction with Services by Airbus – the Airbus operation created to deliver world-leading integrated aviation services. All 14 Singapore Airlines A380s will be retrofitted by 2020.

Improvements throughout

The New Singapore Airlines A380 features six private Suites on the forward upper deck with a swivelling recliner, an office area and a bed; 78 newly designed Business Class seats on the upper deck; and on the main deck, 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats. Throughout, the iconic aircraft offers the latest in-flight entertainment systems and full connectivity from every seat.

The redesigned Suites allow passengers to lounge comfortably in the chair or rest in bed without the need to convert the bed from a sitting position. Business Class seats offer more under-seat stowage space, measure a spacious 25 inches in width and recline into a 78-inch full-flat bed.

The leather-finished seats in Premium Economy Class are 19.5 inches wide, offer a calf-rest and foot-bar, individual in-seat power, and more stowage space under the seat. Economy Class seats offer wider-than-average 18.5-inch seats, an improved design that provides additional back support, a six-way adjustable headrest with foldable wings and an ergonomically-designed footrest with adjustable positions.

For additional information on the delivery of Singapore Airlines’ first A380 with customised cabin, see the press release.




Suparna Airlines takes Hainan's 787-8



Suparna Airlines has taken delivery of its first widebody, a Boeing 787-8 from fellow HNA group carrier Hainan Airlines.

It took delivery of the aircraft on 29 November and will put it on the Shanghai Pudong-Sanya route from 15 December. On its website, Suparna adds that the aircraft will also fly the Zhengzhou-Sanya route.

The Shanghai-based carrier tells FlightGlobal that the jet, registered B-2738, is configured with 36 business and 177 economy seats. Pictures on its Weibo account show that the seats are in Hainan Airlines' colours, and are each fitted with an in-flight entertainment system.
Asked how many 787s it intends to add, Suparna says it would like to introduce more "in the following years", but that this is dependent on the "operational situation".
"Now we are actively applying for international passenger service qualification, and we hope the 787 will fly longer international routes," it says.
"We will create a series of theme cabins together with designers and brand partners to build personalised cabins, bringing more fun for tourists' flying experience."

Suparna's current business scope only allows it to operate domestic passenger services, on top of domestic and international cargo routes.

Formerly Yangtze River Express, the carrier was renamed Suparna Airlines in July. Then, it said that the HNA Group airline will also undergo a brand upgrade with a newer, more advanced fleet and more comprehensive services.

Previously an all-cargo operator, HNA Group expanded its scope to include passenger services in 2015, becoming the group's main operator in Shanghai.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Suparna has 13 Boeing 737 Freighters, eight 737-800s, and four 747 Freighters in its fleet. It largely operates cargo services out of its main base at Shanghai Pudong International airport but also has domestic passenger services.

Fleets Analyzer shows that the 2014-built General Electric GEnx-powered 787-8, is owned and managed by Hainan Airlines. It also lists Hainan Airlines with a fleet of 10 -8s and 14 787-9s.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Celebrate the Airline's First 777 Freighter



ISTANBUL, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery today of the airline's first 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.


"The delivery of our first 777 Freighter is a milestone event in our cargo business," said Mr. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. "As a prominent sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations served from 55 to 73 from the beginning of this year, reaching approximately one million tons of cargo with a 29 percent increase. It is surely beyond doubt that this is a remarkable success. We're sure that this significant delivery, which will bring great value to our rapidly growing cargo operations, will also enable our leading sub-brand to further compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations from our hub in Istanbul."

"We are honored to deliver the 777 Freighter to Turkish Airlines," said Marty Bentrott, Senior Vice President of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This aircraft's range capability, combined with its enhanced cargo capacity, makes it a perfect airplane for Turkish Airlines to continue to profitably grow its global cargo service."

The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 329 aircraft today.

CALC takes delivery of its first A320neo



China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited ("CALC"), the Hong-Kong based lessor, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft, and in parallel celebrated handing it over to lessee Frontier Airlines.


Leased to Frontier Airlines

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited ("CALC"), the Hong-Kong based lessor, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft, and in parallel celebrated handing it over to lessee Frontier Airlines.

CALC has 68 A320neo Family aircraft on order and a total of 147 Airbus aircraft in its orderbook. The A320neo powered by CFM engines and equipped with Frontier Airlines's latest cabin products including new seats will offer passengers unparalleled levels of comfort and convenience.

Mr. Mike Poon, Chief Executive Officer of CALC, said, “We are pleased to celebrate CALC‘s 100th aircraft delivery including sale and leasebacks with the debut delivery of an A320neo to Frontier Airlines. From zero to 100 aircraft, CALC has come a long way thanks to the dedication of our team and the support from our business partners. Since its founding, CALC has been committed to product innovation, with a focus on providing reliable and flexible services for our clients around the world. This latest step in our evolution reflects our desire to deliver greater value to our airline customers and stakeholders. Having now delivered our first A320neo, not only have we commenced our cooperation with Indigo Partners, but we have also embarked on a new journey of continuous growth for the Group.”

“We have experienced great success with the A320neo and we are pleased to have the latest one join our fleet with such a momentous delivery,” said Barry Biffle, President and Chief Executive Officer for Frontier Airlines. “In 10 years’ time, we will have tripled the size of our fleet and based on the efficiency of the Airbus A320 Family, we will be in a position to deliver Low Fares Done Right to more than 50 million passengers a year.”

“It is a pleasure to see CALC modernising its fleet with our latest generation single-aisle aircraft. This delivery highlights the continuing market demand for the world’s preferred single aisle aircraft. The A320neo will enable airlines to offer its customers unprecedented levels of comfort.” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer- Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,200 orders received from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Qatar Airways reconfirms and upsizes its order for 50 A321neo ACF



Qatar Airways has re-affirmed its earlier order for 50 A320neo with a firm order for 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). The selection of the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.



Supporting Qatar Airways’ Expansion
Qatar Airways has re-affirmed its earlier order for 50 A320neo with a firm order for 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). The selection of the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.

Joining Qatar Airways’ fleet of 50 A320ceo from 2019 onwards, the A321neo ACF will support the continuous development of Qatar Airways’ network, leveraging the A321neo range capability and the unprecedented customer experience. The total value of the deal is $6.35 billion at list prices.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “At a time when Qatar Airways is experiencing unprecedented growth and expansion the need for efficient, reliable and modern aircraft has never been greater. To answer our need for growth and additional capacity, the A321neo ACF is a world-class choice for our passengers and for our business. Qatar Airways is the fastest growing airline in the world and with this aircraft we will operate the youngest fleet whilst delivering unprecedented comfort and services to our customers.”

“We are pleased that a signature airline like Qatar Airways has chosen the A321neo ACF.” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “This is an endorsement for the largest member of our single-aisle family. It confirms the aircraft’s strong position as the ideal Middle of the Market airplane for the Middle East. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Qatar Airways colours and to contributing to the airline’s continued success and excellence.”

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allowing airlines to make better use of the cabin space and also provide provision for more underfloor fuel capacity for up to 4,000nm transatlantic range.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,200 orders received from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

American Airlines is first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL luggage bins on its A321 fleet



American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.



American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.

Larger overhead luggage bins offer 40 percent more storage space for carry-on bags
Project includes cabin upgrades for 202 A321s
Airbus takes major step into US services market with its largest-ever cabin retrofit contract


American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.

“Thanks to this Airbus cabin retrofit, passengers on American Airlines’ A321s will be able to board faster and will enjoy an overall improved travel experience,” said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus. “This is exactly the type of added-value that our services can bring to airlines. This contract is a major step for Airbus into the US services market, and we are grateful to American Airlines for their trust in our expertise.”

The upgrades are part of a project which will standardise American Airlines’ A321s with a common seat count and interior, providing passengers with a consistent travel experience. New production A321s for American Airlines will also be equipped with Airspace XL bins.

Airbus’ Global Services Forecast projects that over the next 20 years the commercial aircraft upgrades services market will be worth US$180 billion, driven in part by high competition between airlines who value the ‘passenger experience’ as a differentiator (comfort, connectivity, etc.), as well as systems upgrades. Fourteen percent of this demand will come from North America.




American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.

Luxair wet-leasing EMB-175 capacity from Alitalia



Luxair (LG, Luxembourg) has begun wet-leasing EMB-175 capacity from Alitalia CityLiner (CT, Rome Fiumicino) for use in operating its Luxembourg-Milan Linate route, launched on Sunday, December 4. As part of the arrangement, Alitalia (AZ, Rome Fiumicino) is codesharing on the route.

Luxair, which already serves Milan Malpensa, said in a statement the route is aimed primarily at the business segment given Linate's closer proximity to Milan's financial district. The group's EVP Airline Martin Isler told ch-aviation in an e-mailed statement that Luxair has chosen to cooperate with Alitalia on the route as the only slots the Luxembourg-based carrier was finally able to secure at Linate following years of efforts required the flights to be operated by an aircraft based in Milan.
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Embraer Delivers 1,400th E-Jet to American Airlines


São José dos Campos, Brazil, December 6, 2017 – Embraer celebrates the delivery of its 1,400th E-Jet, an E175, during a ceremony at Embraer’s industrial facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil. American Airlines took delivery of this milestone aircraft and selected Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., to operate the aircraft.
Since American Airlines has been a customer of Embraer for nearly 20 years, subsidiary Envoy is one of the original ERJ operators and currently has over 100 ERJs in its fleet. Combining the 2013 and 2017 E-Jet orders, American has ordered 74 E175s and selected Envoy to operate 54 of those E175s; this delivery represents Envoy’s 44th E175.

“The E-Jet program, one of the most successful aircraft programs in history, has been instrumental in shaping the 70 to 130-seat market we see today. And to celebrate the 1,400th E-Jet delivery with our longtime friends, American Airlines and Envoy, is truly a special moment for us, especially after they took delivery of their first E175 just two years ago,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We understand that being part of an airline’s fleet is also being part of their vision, family, and brand. That’s why, as the market leader of this segment, we are committed to continuously raising the standard in order to provide products and solutions that ultimately benefit their customers.”

“Going back to our first jets in 1998, Envoy has enjoyed a long and very successful partnership with Embraer,” said Pedro Fábregas, President and CEO of Envoy Air. “They take great pride in the aircraft they produce, and it shows in the quality of the E175 being delivered today. Our employees love operating the aircraft as much as our customers enjoy traveling on it, so we are delighted to share in this important milestone. We look forward to receiving 10 more E175s in the near future and operating these outstanding aircraft for many years to come.”

Embraer’s E-Jet family, launched in 1999, has made its mark in the aviation landscape as Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four aircraft specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment.
With an average mission completion rate of 99.9% and more than 16 million flight cycles, the E-Jet fleet has surpassed the 22 million flight hour milestone. In addition to their proven reliability, E-Jets have a strategically-located global network of customer support and services with more than 40 MRO centers, 9 of which are authorized and over 31 are independent.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, when the first aircraft was delivered to LOT Polish Airlines, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders and delivered 1,400 aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 130-seat family has flown more than one billion passengers and flies with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

Japan Airlines invests in Boom; eyes twenty supersonic jets



JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda) has announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Boom Technology (Denver Centennial) concerning the development and launch of a commercial supersonic aircraft.
Boom's yet-to-be-named jet will transport 45-55 passengers in a premium-class configuration at speeds of up to Mach 2.2 over a distance of 8,334 kilometres. Its EIS is estimated to be in the mid-2020s.

The Japanese carrier said in a statement that as part of the agreement, it had injected USD10 million into Boom and is also collaborating with the company to refine the design of the aircraft. It is also assisting in defining the passenger experience for supersonic travel.

As such, JAL also has the option to purchase up to twenty Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement.

“We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now,” Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, said. “JAL’s passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations. We’re thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers. Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any international airline’s fleet.”
As part of its own future transport development needs, rival carrier ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda) last year secured a 7% stake in PD Aerospace, a private Japanese firm that specializes in manned spacecraft development.


PD Aerospace aims to launch a reusable eight-seater spacecraft, propelled by an engine capable of switching between jet- and rocket-power depending on the environment, by 2023

Boeing Shanghai Completes First Wi-Fi Installation on 9 Air Next-Generation 737-800

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) today announced the completion of the first Next-Generation 737-800 Wi-Fi installation in China at Boeing Shanghai's hangar at Shanghai Pudong Airport, under a Wi-Fi modification agreement with 9 Air.

The relationship with 9 Air broadens Boeing Shanghai's position in the Chinese market for Next Generation 737 connectivity modifications. The modification work was conducted with a Supplemental Type Certificate held by GEE.

"We are pleased with the Wi-Fi installation performed by Boeing Shanghai. The modification allows 9 Air to create a more passenger-friendly experience for our customers. We hope it is a good start to our long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation," said He Jian, Vice President of 9 Air.
"The completion of a Wi-Fi installation on a Next-Generation 737-800 is an important milestone for us as we expand capability and serve the Chinese market. 9 Air is a valued customer and we appreciate their confidence in Boeing Shanghai," said Dermot Swan, CEO of Boeing Shanghai. "To support 9 Air's requirements, Boeing Shanghai employees and GEE worked closely to complete this WiFi installation. We look forward to a long-term relationship with 9 Air and GEE as their preferred aircraft modification service provider."

Contributed by Boeing Shanghai / China Aviation Daily

Jetlines unveils Halifax as eastern hub


Jetlines (Vancouver Int'l) has announced it has selected Halifax as its eastern operational hub. According to the start-up carrier, operations there will commence during Summer 2018.

The capital of the province of Nova Scotia will complement the ULCC start-up's western Canadian hub, Abbotsford, which is also due to come online during summer next year.
“We are pleased to announce the selection of Halifax Stanfield International Airport as our eastern operations base," Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated. "Halifax is the leading airport of the Atlantic provinces and we look forward to lowering the cost of air travel to and from Atlantic Canada with our ultra-low fares."
Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) with plans to operate flights across Canada as well as from Canada to the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
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Air Timor closes Bali route, blames gvt policy, dumping


Air Timor (6C, Dili) has terminated flights to Denpasar, Indonesia as of January 10, 2017, blaming Timorese government policy for having enabled Indonesian carriers to dump capacity in the market.
The service commenced in September 2015 and operated daily in partnership with Indonesian LCC Citilink (QG, Surabaya).
In a statement, Air Timor President Abessy Bento singled out Vice-Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Inácio Moreira, for policies, he believes, have damaged the country's aviation industry and interests.
In the first instance, he lambasted the minister for having allowed NAM Air (IN, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) to start Dili-Denpasar flights in late 2015 despite Air Timor and Citilink's existing service.

"There were so many seats available compared to market demand that the three airlines could only achieve 50% or less Load Factor. Airlines usually need 70% to breakeven. Air fares dropped to USD70 - far below normal market prices," he said adding that Nam Air had palmed excess capacity off onto its Sriwijaya Air (SJ, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) parent thus exacerbating the situation.
Bento said Air Timor had incurred cumulative losses of USD3 million as of December 2016 as a result of NAM & Sriwijaya Air's market entry. With Moreira's decision to renew NAM Air's access to the Dili market, Air Timor could no longer operate the route.
"Over the last eight years we have built one of Timor’s best companies, been a big taxpayer and supporter of Tourism and support of the Government. In one year Government policy has destroyed us."
In the second instance, Bento singled out what he said was Moreira's inconsistent application of policy.
He claims that in April 2016, the Ministry asked Air Timor to replace its eighteen year-old A320-200 with a younger model. Timorese ageing aircraft regulations limit commercial airliners to twenty years of age before they are ineligible for service.
While Air Timor complied, Bento says Moreira's threat to bar NAM Air and Sriwijaya Air from Dili should they not comply, was not enforced despite their alleged violation of the directive.

Owing to knock-on effects from the Denpasar route price war, Air Timor said it would shortly reduce its only remaining destination - Singapore Changi - from 3x weekly to 2x weekly. The service operates in tandem with SilkAir (MI, Singapore Changi).
"If the Singapore route is not revived it will close in 2017," Bento ended.
Neither Sriwijaya Air nor Minister Moreira were immediately available for comment.
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Primera Air takes two more Boeing 737 MAX 9s



Scandinavian leisure carrier Primera Air has ordered two more Boeing 737 MAX 9s, taking the original order signed in May 2017 from eight to 10 aircraft.

Primera Air said the amended order will further enhance the carrier’s growth potential with possibilities of adding even more new routes to its already extensive network.

The airline is part of Primera Travel Group, which has travel agencies and tour operating companies in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

“Being the first airline in the world to take the Boeing 737 Max 9-Extended Range into service gives Primera Air a fantastic opportunity and position to grow new traffic on routes that so far have been either underserved or simply very expensive,” Primera Air president and owner Andri Már Ingólfsson said in a statement.

At the same time, Primera Air said it has signed an agreement with Aviation Capital Group for the sale and leaseback of three Boeing 737 Max 9s that the carrier has on order from Boeing scheduled for delivery in 2019. The total value of the three aircraft is $360 million. Under the terms of the agreement, the aircraft will be leased back for 12 years.

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Florida's IBC Airways set for first Saab 340B freighter

IBC Airways (II, Miami Int'l) is set to diversify its fleet of Saab aircraft with the upcoming induction of a maiden Saab 340B into its fleet.

On lease from Jetstream Aviation Capital, N9CJ (msn 224) will be deployed into service for IBC Airways within its Caribbean cargo network.
IBC is the largest North American operator of Saab 340 Cargo aircraft with nine Saab 340A freighters currently in service. It also operates two ERJ-145s.
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China Airlines launched a new link from Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) to London Gatwick (LGW) on 1 December

The Taiwanese flag carrier will operate the 9,786-kilometre route four times per week with A350-900s and faces no direct competition. It will increase frequency on the service to five flights per week in March 2018. “As the only non-stop service between the two countries, we want to highlight to travellers the benefits to travelling to Taipei, for business or leisure purposes,” said Nuan-Hsuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines. “In addition, our extensive route network offers destinations throughout Asia and onward to Australia for British travellers to enjoy.” Guy Stephenson, CCO of London Gatwick said: “We welcome China Airlines to Gatwick for the launch of this new service that will provide a vital link between the UK and Taiwan at a critical time in our economic history. The new route will boost trade between our two enterprising economies and help our businesses to get goods to market as quickly and efficiently as possible.The airport is increasingly connecting the UK to more and more long haul destinations across the globe and our 60+ long-haul network now includes destinations in China, the Far East, Africa, South America and across the US.” China Airlines last served the UK capital from Taoyuan in 2012, when it operated into London Heathrow.
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