China’s first narrow-body jet, the C919, obtains domestic certification in muted ceremony

The C919 aircraft has obtained CAAC type certification ©COMAC

China’s first home-produced narrow-body jet, the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) C919, has obtained domestic type certification in what is seen as a major steppingstone on the plane’s journey to challenge both Airbus and Boeing narrow-body jets. The ceremony was held last Thursday in Beijing based on photographs issued of the event that were labelled “C919 aircraft type certificate issuance ceremony” in Chinese. However, according to Reuters News Agency, when contacted, COMAC refused to comment on the day’s event. The launch customer for the C919 is China Eastern Airlines though it is unlikely to enter into service until Read more

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GlobeAir to serve Southern France and Italy with all-electric Lilium Jets

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Lilium N.V. (Lilium), developer of the all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, has announced a partnership with GlobeAir. Under the agreement, GlobeAir intends to purchase 12 Lilium Jets to provide premium and business eVTOL flights to its customer base in the French Riviera and Italy. GlobeAir is one of Europe’s leading private jet operator offering on demand charter services to over 900 airports. GlobeAir is renowned for its innovative leveraging of data analytics for the optimisation of operations, pricing and empty legs to benefit its discerning end customers. The sustainable Lilium Jet will complement GlobeAir’s current offerings in the Read more

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Aergo Capital delivers additional two B737-8 aircraft to Batik Air Malaysia

Batik Air Malaysia Boeing 737-8 ©Aergo

Aergo Capital (Aergo) has delivered two further B737-8 (MAX) aircraft to Batik Air Malaysia. The aircraft, bearing manufacturer serial numbers 43005 and 43012, are the fourth and fifth of eight MAX aircraft to be delivered to the Lion Air Group. Aergo Capital secured a loan facility from AV AirFinance to assist in the finance and acquisition of these aircraft. Neal McElvaney at AV AirFinance, said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Aergo once again and to conclude these fourth and fifth Batik Air transactions. We look forward to closing out one further delivery to conclude Read more

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Iberia takes delivery of 500th manufactured Airbus A350

©Airbus has delivered the 500th manufactured A350 to customer Iberia

The 500th Airbus A350 – an A350-900 – was delivered to Iberia, a major European customer with 20 A350s on order and 14 in service. Beyond a symbol, the 500th A350 marks an important milestone for Airbus and its growing versatile family, now including the A350-900, the A350-1000 and the newest Airbus freighter A350F. With enhanced performance, 25% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions and 50% less noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, the A350 family continuously attracts operators eight years after its entry-into-service offering both high versatility – up to 9,700nm/18 000 km – and efficiency.  This 500th delivery also marks the Read more

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Embraer delivers 1700th production E-Jet to KLM Cityhopper

KLM Cityhopper Embraer E195-E2 jet ©Embraer

Embraer has reached a new milestone on the E-Jet programme, the delivery of the 1700th production aircraft. The Aircastle-leased E195-E2 was handed over to KLM Cityhopper at a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. E-Jets have enjoyed global success in the fleets of 150 airlines and leasing companies from more than 50 countries since the first aircraft entered revenue service in 2004. The E195-E2 is part of a family of advanced-generation E-Jets that offer the quietest, lowest polluting and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the under 150-seat market. The E195-E2 is Embraer’s largest commercial aircraft with seating for Read more

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WestJet expands fleet with order of up to 64 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Canadian carrier WestJet has ordered 42 Boeing 737-10s with options for an additional 22 jets ©Boeing

WestJet is strengthening its commitment to the Boeing 737 MAX family with an order for 42 737-10s and options for an additional 22 jets. The 737-10 will enable the Canadian carrier to undertake an ambitious network expansion and meet its long-term sustainability goals. “The 737-10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the 737-10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our Read more

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Embraer’s Eve and BLADE India announce partnership for Indian UAM ecosystem development

Rendering of BLADE eVTOL vehicle ©Embraer

FlyBlade India (BLADE India) is a joint venture involving Hunch Ventures, a privately held New Delhi investment firm and BLADE India, an offshoot of Blade, the technology-powered urban air mobility (UAM) platform while Eve is an accelerated start-up for the UAM ecosystem backed by Brazilian planemaker Embraer. The two have announced a joint venture whereby BLADE India has agreed to purchase 200 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles from Eve, together with service and support, and Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) software solution. Initially, companies plan to collaborate on a three-month pilot project connecting passengers using helicopters. As Read more

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Air India and Willis Lease Finance ink multiple ConstantThrust® engine sales and leasebacks

Air India has signed definitive sale-and-leaseback agreements with Willis Lease Finance (Willis Lease) for 34 CFM56-5B engines installed on its Airbus A320-family fleet. The engines will be covered under Willis Lease’s ConstantThrust® programme, which will deliver significant reliability and cost savings versus a traditional MRO shop visit programme. This is the first ConstantThrust® sale-and-leaseback agreement for aircraft engines by any Indian carrier. Under the sale side of the transaction, Willis Lease will purchase 34 engines powering 13 Airbus A321 aircraft and four Airbus A320 aircraft from Air India. Through its ConstantThrust® programme, Willis Lease will provide replacement and standby spare Read more

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China Airlines selects Boeing 787 to expand global network and cargo capacity

China Airlines has ordered 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners ©Boeing

Boeing and China Airlines have finalised an order for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, as the carrier invests in the fuel-efficient wide-body jet to expand passenger and cargo operations. The deal includes a firm order for 16 of the longest-range 787-9s with options for eight additional jets, a landmark purchase that will enable the airline to meet its long-term sustainability goals. “We are excited to introduce the 787-9 Dreamliner into our operations as we continue to upgrade our fleet with more modern, fuel-efficient airplanes. Adding the state-of-the-art 787 will help us reduce carbon emissions, while also providing our customers Read more

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AFG Aviation Ireland completes acquisition of Boeing 757-200F aircraft

On 28 September 2022 AFG Aviation Ireland Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH (Germany), completed the acquisition of one Boeing 757-200F aircraft bearing MSN 25622, as well as one Rolls-Royce RB211 engine with ESN 30512 from a subsidiary of ASL Aviation Holdings DAC (Ireland) for its customer Airline Geo Sky (Tbilisi, Georgia). For the Georgian cargo airline, founded in 2017 and currently operating successfully two B747-200F aircraft, the newly added B757-200F will further contribute to the development of the airlines’ freighter network.

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