Airbus A321 handed over to the German Armed Forces

German Armed Forces takes delivery of converted A321 ©LHT

Lufthansa Technik AG handed over a converted Airbus A321 to the German Armed Forces. In addition to military missions, the aircraft is also used for political/parliamentary purposes. On the customer side BAAINBw was responsible for the procurement and on-schedule and on-budget conversion of the former Lufthansa aircraft named “Neustadt an der Weinstraße”. BAAINBw had awarded the contract with a total volume of around €90 million to Lufthansa Technik following a public tender at the beginning of 2017. In addition to the purchase of the aircraft and its conversion, the contract also included the procurement of spare parts and logistical support Read more

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Airbus delivers first aircraft from Mobile powered by sustainable jet fuel blend

Jet Blue take off, ©Airbus

Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the U.S. will deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue is due to depart Mobile on September 20, with 15% sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. In total, five A321 aircraft are due to be delivered to JetBlue from Mobile using sustainable fuel by the end of 2018. All of the fuel will be supplied and certified by Air BP. It will be loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support, Airbus’ fueling services provider in Mobile. Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option Read more

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Cathay Pacific and Boeing to donate first-ever 777 to Arizona museum

Cathay Pacific and Boeing donate the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona ©Cathay Pacific

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona is to become the recipient of the first-ever Boeing 777 thanks to a joint donation announced on September 18, by Cathay Pacific and Boeing. The 777-200 plane, line number WA001, was retired in May by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific after 18 years of operation for the carrier, having first flown in June 1994. During its service with Cathay Pacific the jet, B-HNL, operated 20,519 flights and recorded 49,687 hours of flying time. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “As the world’s very first 777, B-HNL holds a very special place Read more

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Air Peace signs order with Boeing for 10 737 MAX airplanes

Air Peace signs order for 10 737 MAX airplanes, ©Boeing

Boeing and Air Peace of Nigeria have signed a new order for ten 737 MAX 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony in Lagos. Air Peace already operates Boeing 737s between major cities in Central and West Africa. The airline, which recently added Boeing 777s to its fleet, is looking to soon launch its international flight operations. “We are excited to add the 737 MAX to our fleet as we expand our network to offer more destinations and serve more passengers,” said Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO, Air Peace Limited. “The fuel efficiency and superior operating economics of the 737 MAX Read more

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First Delta Air Lines A220-100 rolls out of painting hangar in Mirabel

Delta's first A220-100 rolls out of painting hangar ©Airbus

Delta Air Lines` first Airbus A220-100 was introduced last week after rolling out of the painting hangar at the A220 final assembly line in Mirabel, Québec. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220, featuring a state-of-the art interior and delivering best-in-class fuel performance. Now that the aircraft is decked out in Delta’s livery, it will move to pre flight activities in the A220 flight line hangar in Mirabel before taking off for its first flight later this fall. Delta’s first A220 is scheduled to begin service in early 2019

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10,000 drone pilots register to fly in New Zealand airspace

More than 10,000 drone pilots are now registered with Airshare to fly in New Zealand airspace. The online hub for drone pilots operated by Airways has released that its database of registered pilots has topped the milestone mark. Drone pilots have enthusiastically adopted Airshare since its launch in December 2014 to access flight information and log flights directly with air traffic control. However registrations have soared over the last year, with close to 1000 in the last three months alone. Recreational pilots account for 80% of registrations and those flying for commercial purposes make up the remainder. Registered pilots are Read more

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Norwegian tops fuel efficiency ranking for transatlantic carriers


The release of a third white paper since 2014 by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has revealed that for a second time, Norwegian has topped the rankings for the most fuel-efficient carrier on transatlantic routes based on passenger kilometers per liter (pax-km/l). Not only did Norwegian head the ranking, but it beat 19 of its rivals, such as Virgin Atlantic, American, Delta, United and British Airways, who burned between 33% and 78% more fuel per passenger-km on the London-New York route, with British Airways, which came bottom in the ranking, burning an astonishing 63% more fuel per passenger Read more

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Biman signs order for three new Bombardier Q400 aircraft

Q400 in Biman livery ©Bombardier

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has ordered three new Q400 turboprops by signing a purchase agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$106 million. Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the National Flag Carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as all domestic routes inside Bangladesh. Read more

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Milestone Aviation and Airbus to provide five H145 helicopters to Aramco

Signing ceremony Aramco, Milestone Aviation and Airbus Helicopters © Airbus Helicopters Christian Keller

Milestone Aviation Group, a GECAS company and a global leader in helicopter leasing, and Airbus Helicopters will provide five H145s to Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. The five aircraft are sourced from Milestone’s orderbook with Airbus and are expected to be delivered to Aramco over the next twelve months. This latest lease commitment of five light-twin aircraft will be in addition to the 24 medium aircraft Milestone currently has contracted on lease to Aramco. Compact in size, the H145 is the aircraft of choice for high intensity operations such Read more

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