VietJet signs agreement with Boeing for 100 737 MAX Airplanes

VietJet signs MOU for 100 737 MAX aircraft ©Boeing

VietJet and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Farnborough International Air Show for an additional 100 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, which includes 80 737 MAX 10s and 20 737 MAX 8s, is valued at more than US$12.7 billion at current list prices. The Vietnamese low-cost carrier will become the largest MAX 10 customer in Asia once the deal is completed. VietJet plans to leverage the added capacity of the MAX 10 to satisfy surging demand on high-dense domestic routes, as well as on popular destinations throughout Asia. As part of the agreement, Boeing would partner with Read more

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Air Nostrum and CityJet join forces to create largest pan European regional airline group

Air Nostrum and CityJet to join forces ©AirTeamImages

Air Nostrum and CityJet have signed a Heads of Terms with the aim to bring about closer co-operation between the two airlines under the umbrella of a new holding company. Such a development will be subject to obtaining the requisite regulatory approvals and the preparation of the relevant filings has begun. The coming together of these two regional airlines would see the creation of the largest pan-European regional airline group. Air Nostrum, who employs 1,450 people, is especially well known as the Regional Operator for Iberia under a longstanding franchise agreement flying to more than 60 destinations within Europe and Read more

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Viva Aerobus firms up order for 25 A321neo, 16 A321neo

Viva Aerobus, the ultra-low-cost carrier based in Mexico, has firmed up an amendment for 25 incremental A321neo and 16 upconversions of A320neos to A321neos to their existing purchase agreement. This latest order brings the all-Airbus operator’s total orderbook to 80 A320 Family aircraft (including 15 A320ceo, 24 A320neo, and 41 A321neo) and the airline’s total backlog from 36 to 61 aircraft. Viva Aerobus has not yet decided on the engine selection and will announce it at a later date.

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Air Tanzania selects StandardAero for tailored PW150A engine maintenance solution

StandardAero has signed an exclusive five-year time-and-material contract with Air Tanzania to provide maintenance and engineering services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150A engines powering the flag carrier’s fleet of three Q400 regional turboprops. This new contract extends StandardAero’s relationship with Air Tanzania, the company having previously provided engine support for the airline’s Q300 aircraft. Under the five-year contract, StandardAero – one of three P&WC network overhaul facilities worldwide for the PW150A – will provide scheduled and unscheduled engine maintenance from its state-of-the-art location in Singapore.

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easyJet takes delivery of first A321neo

easyJet’s first A321neo landing at the Farnborough International Air Show ©Airbus, P. Masclet,

easyJet has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft, marking the milestone with a flight into Farnborough International Airshow on July 18. “This is a great day in our long relationship with easyJet,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “In the past year, they have done a great job of integrating the LEAP engine into their fleet. The A321neo, coupled with the outstanding operating economics of the LEAP-1A engine, will make this airplane a real asset for them.” In 2017, easyJet announced an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 of its existing A320neo aircraft orders to the Read more

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GKN Aerospace to establish new wiring facility in India to support expansion in Asia

GKN Aerospace to establish new wiring facility in Pune, Maharashtra. ©GKN Aerospace

GKN Fokker Elmo and the State of Maharashtra (India) have signed an MOU for investment in a second manufacturing facility for wiring interconnection systems in India at the Farnborough Air Show. The new site, a fully owned GKN Aerospace business, is located in Pune in the state Maharashtra and is scheduled to come on line in the fourth quarter of 2018. Production will start in the first quarter of 2019, the work force is expected to grow to 800 in 2027. The site will focus on the assembly of wiring systems for commercial aircraft and will operate alongside the existing Read more

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Azul renews Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR for next 10 years

After almost eight years of cooperation, ATR and the Brazilian carrier Azul have renewed their Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). This contract covers the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line- Replaceable Units, along with propeller availability and maintenance, plus an on-site stock support. Covering Azul’s whole ATR fleet, currently made up of 33 aircraft, this tailor-made support package represents ATR’s biggest maintenance contract.

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Dowty Propellers extends contract with SpiceJet for fleet of Bombardier Q400 regional airliners

Dowty Propellers have extended its support contract for propeller systems on SpiceJet’s Bombardier Q400 regional airliner fleet, which the Indian carrier is expanding with the purchase of 25 additional twin-engine aircraft. The new seven-year Dowty Propellers agreement with SpiceJet, signed at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, culminates a joint process of developing a comprehensive support package tailored to meet the airline’s growing volume of flights on domestic and international routes.

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Farsound Aviation acquires Sterling Aircraft products

Farsound Aviation have acquired Sterling Aircraft Products (Sterling) from the Pump family for an undisclosed amount. Farsound specialises in the supply of C-Class, B-Class and other fast-moving consumable parts for a customer base that includes several of the world’s leading aero engine MRO organisations, and focuses on total supply chain management, from the forecast requirement through to parts on the production line. With its industry-leading forecasting expertise, Farsound consistently achieves 99.5% product availability for its customers. Sterling, based in Toronto, Canada, has a very strong reputation for excellent customer service and is well reputed in the aerospace industry. As a Read more

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Republic Airlines orders 100 CF34-8E-powered E-Jets

Republic Airlines has ordered 100 CF34-8E-powered Embraer E170/175 regional jets. The engines are valued at more than US$1.4 billion list price. “With this order, Republic Airlines will be the largest operator of CF34-8E-powered Embraer E170/175 aircraft with close to 300 aircraft, and we are proud to partner with Republic and Embraer on this significant milestone for all of us,” says Chaker Chahrour, vice president and general manager of Global Sales & Marketing at GE Aviation.

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Hokkaido Air System signs for ATR 42-600s and EasyFly for five ATR-600 series

Hokkaido Air System, a JAL Group Company and ATR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of two firm ATR 42-600s with an option for a third. HAC will begin operating these aircraft from 2020. These aircraft will replace HAC’s fleet of Saab 340s taking advantage of the superior economics of the cutting-edge ATR -600 series. Colombian airline EasyFly and turboprop manufacturer ATR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of five ATR -600 series aircraft, of which three are ATR 72-600s and two are ATR 42-600s. EasyFly became an ATR operator in 2014 when it Read more

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Liebherr partners with Airbus on Skywise open data platform

Liebherr-Aerospace is collaborating with Airbus to launch new pilot projects on the new aviation data platform, Skywise. Liebherr-Aerospace and Airbus embarked on a series of pilot projects to assess the potential of big data coupled with the knowledge of Liebherr-Aerospace. The pilots were powered by Skywise, the secure cloud-based platform launched during Paris Air Show in June 2017. Based on the success of the pilots, Airbus and Liebherr-Aerospace are now exploring opportunities to expand to additional fields of investigation. Skywise, developed jointly by Airbus and Palantir Technologies, brings together a wide range of aircraft data in a platform with tools Read more

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