GE Aviation expands agreement as Aircraft Industries engine provider

GE Aviation has signed an agreement with Aircraft Industries to supply GE H Series turboprop engines for Let L-410 and L-410 NG models manufactured by the Czech-based aircraft maker. GE’s H Series is a family of turboprop engines offering a wide range of power and performance customized for business and general aviation aircraft. Featuring power output options from 750 to 850 SHP for both takeoff and maximum continuous operation, the H Series is the ideal power solution to meet the requirements of the L-410 series. L-410 commuters powered by M601 or H Series engines have operated in over 60 countries Read more

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Boeing receives order for up to 50 737 Max 8s from South Korea’s Jeju Air

South Korean low cost carrier Jeju Air orders 50 737-MAX airplanes ©Boeing

Boeing has received the largest order of jets from a South Korean low-cost carrier –40 Max 8s and an option for a further ten from Jeju Air. At list price the deal is valued at US$5.9 billion. “With Korea’s growing commercial aviation market, we are excited to take the next step in expanding our business with the 737 MAX, a world-class airplane that will allow us to improve our operation and continue to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our passengers,” said Seok-Joo Lee, President and CEO of Jeju Air. “The 737 MAX 8 and its superior performance and Read more

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easyJet orders additional 17 A320neo

easyJet orders additional 17 A320neo aircraft ©Airbus

Airbus has reached an agreement with easyJet that extends the airline’s fleet plans into 2023, exercising purchase rights to firm orders for 17 A320neo. This takes its combined order for the NEO to 147 (including 30 A321neo) and means easyJet has ordered 468 A320 Family aircraft to date. The aircraft are configured with 186 seats in a single class configuration and powered by Leap CFM engines. easyJet currently operates a fleet of 316 A320 Family including 17 A320neo and three A321neo, making it the world’s largest airline operator of Airbus’ single aisle aircraft. easyJet serves over 130 European airports in Read more

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ACJ320neo takes to the skies for the first time

The first ACJ320neo made a successful first flight on November 16, 2018, ©Airbus

The first ACJ320neo successfully completed a two hour and 40 minute first flight from Hamburg on November 16th, getting its short test-programme off to a good start. Derived from the popular A320neo airliner family, some 500 of which are in airline service, the corporate jet version includes features such as extra fuel-tanks in the cargo-hold that will deliver even more intercontinental range, plus greater cabin-pressure for better passenger comfort. These features are being tested before delivery of the aircraft to Acropolis Aviation in the coming months. The aircraft will then undergo cabin outfitting by AMAC in Basle, Switzerland, and be Read more

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BOC Aviation places Air Macau’s first three new Airbus A320neo aircraft

BOC Aviation has announced the placement of three new Airbus A320NEO aircraft with Air Macau (Air Macau), all of which are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2019. The aircraft will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ Engines. “We are pleased to add Air Macau as a new customer and to support its fleet and network growth plans as it capitalises on its position in the thriving Pearl River Delta region” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “BOC Aviation is well-placed to support expansion in the China air transportation Read more

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Vietnam Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

First A321neo for Vietnam Airlines ©Airbus

Vietnam Airlines (VNA), the national carrier of Vietnam, has taken delivery of its first A321neo in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft has been acquired on lease from Aviation Capital Group (ACG). Vietnam Airlines will receive 20 A321neo aircraft under its fleet renewal programme. The new addition complements the airline’s Airbus fleet that currently includes 57 A321ceo, three A330-200s and 12 long-range A350 XWB aircraft. Powered by Pratt and Whitney Pure Power engines, the Vietnam Airlines A321neo features a premium two-class layout with eight business class seats and 195 economy class seats. Selected for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, the Read more

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Delta Air Lines orders 10 additional Airbus A330-900s

Delta Air Lines has ordered 10 additional Airbus A330-900 widebody aircraft, expanding their A330neo order book from 25 to 35 aircraft. This latest order supports Delta’s international growth strategy in the near to medium term. Simultaneously, Delta and Airbus have agreed to defer 10 previously ordered A350 XWBs to 2025-26 in order to accommodate the airline’s long-term growth strategy. Delta currently operates 11 A350-900 aircraft and expects a further four in 2019-2020. Delta’s A330 fleet stands today at 42 widebody aircraft.

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GE’s original Flying Testbed touches down at its new home at Pima Air & Space Museum

GE's Original FlyingTestbed ©GE Aviation

GE Aviation’s original Boeing 747 Flying Testbed aircraft made its final flight today from the Flight Test Operation in Victorville, California to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. The donated aircraft will join more than 350 historical aircraft at the museum that is one of the largest non-government funded aviation and space museums in the world. The aircraft was the oldest 747 in active service, rolling off the assembly line on October 17, 1969 and making its first flight with Pan American World Airlines on March 3, 1970. GE Aviation acquired the aircraft in 1992 after Pan Read more

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SaudiGulf Airlines selects CFM LEAP-1A to power new A320neo family aircraft

Al-Qahtani Aviation, parent company of SaudiGulf Airlines, and CFM International have signed a purchase agreement for LEAP-1A engines to power 10 firm, 10 option A320neo family aircraft that are scheduled to begin delivery in 2023. The value of the agreement, which includes the firm engine order and a long-term service agreement, is more than US$1.0 billion U.S. at list price. The airline is also leasing an additional 20 LEAP-powered A320neo aircraft and plans to take its first aircraft in 2020. To support the entire fleet, including the leased aircraft, the airline has also signed a 12-year Rate per Flight Hour Read more

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BelugaXL arrives at Airbus’ Bremen site

The Beluga XL is landing in Bremen, Germany ©Airbus

Touching down in Bremen, Germany for the first time on November 14, the BelugaXL will remain at this major Airbus site while performing loading and unloading tests as part of the airlifter’s validation and certification process. As the first of five upsized transporters to carry complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the company’s final assembly lines in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany, the BelugaXL is a highly modified version of the Airbus A330 freighter variant. The BelugaXL’s flight test campaign was initiated with the no.1 aircraft’s maiden flight on July 19, 2018 from Airbus’ Read more

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