AerCap signs lease agreement with Air Macau

Air Macau signs A321neo lease agreement with ©AerCap

AerCap Holdings N.V. has signed long-term lease agreements with Air Macau for three new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The agreement was signed during a ceremony in Macau to celebrate the airline’s 25th anniversary. The first aircraft is scheduled to deliver in November 2020 with the two remaining units delivering through October 2021. In 1995, Air Macau leased their first aircraft, three Airbus A321s and one A320 from AerCap, which were the first aircraft of their type in Macau.

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Stuttgart sees first urban flight of Volocopter in Europe

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The first urban flight of the Volocopter in Europe has taken place in Stuttgart. The flight was the highlight of the two-day event “Vision Smart City – Experience mobility of the future today” around the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In addition to technical innovations, sustainable traffic concepts for the mobility of the future have been presented. These included offers such as car sharing, electric vehicles and mobile concepts for the future.

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Embraer delivers first E195-E2 to AerCap and Azul

The first Embraer E195-E2 jet for AerCap and launch operator Azul ©Embraer

Embraer has delivered its first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft. The recipients are AerCap, the aircraft leasing company and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. Azul is the global launch operator for the E195-E2 and has placed firm orders for 51 of the type. The airline will receive another five aircraft in 2019.

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Fiji Airways’ first A350 XWB rolls out of paint shop

The first A350-900 for Fiji Airways coming out of the paint shop ©Airbus

Fiji Airways’ first A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse featuring the airline’s signature livery. The aircraft, an A350-900 leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, will be the first of its type to be operated by an airline in the South-Pacific region. The aircraft will now proceed to the final phase of the assembly process, with the installation of engines followed by ground and flight tests, before delivery to Fiji Airways in Q4. The aircraft will be configured with 33 full lie-flat Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. The aircraft will be deployed to enhance Read more

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Elevate Capital Partners acquires three E195 leases

Elevate Capital Partners has closed its fourth transaction, wherein it arranged for the acquisition by a large financial institution of three Embraer E195 aircraft (MSN 19000475, 19000660, and 19000662) on lease to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A.   Elevate will serve as asset and lease manager for the duration of the leases with Azul and beyond. Azul is the third-largest airline in Brazil. Elevate is a leasing and investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, exclusively focused on mid-life commercial aircraft.

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Comlux orders fourth ACJ320neo

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Comlux has placed a new order for an ACJ320neo, re-affirming its role as the largest single customer for the aircraft and taking its total orders for the type to four. The deal means that Comlux has now ordered a total of 20 Airbus corporate jets. Cabin outfitting will be done by Comlux Completion in Indianapolis. The ACJ320neo is derived from the Airbus A320neo Family, which features new engines and wingtip-mounted Sharklets

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Blown cargo door sees Boeing halt 777X load testing

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Boeing has announced the suspension of load testing for its 777X aircraft after a cargo door exploded outwards during a high-pressure ground stress test, as reported in the Seattle Times. The ‘aircraft’ in question was a static test model used for ground testing and is not intended for flight. In a statement, Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said: “During final load testing on the 777X static test airplane, the team encountered an issue that required suspension of the test,” adding that “Overall testing is continuing.” The blown cargo door occurred during a final testing phase that has to be passed in Read more

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Mesa gives Mitsubishi Aircraft major boost for SpaceJet M100 program

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Mitsubishi Aircraft has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mesa Airlines for an order of up to 100 of the newly branded SpaceJet M100 76-seat regional aircraft, previously known as the MRJ100 in a 70-seat configuration. The MoU was signed at the annual Regional Airline Association held in Nashville between September 4 and September 7 and calls for Mitsubishi Aircraft and Mesa Airlines To “commence formal negotiations for the purchase [of 100 M100s].” The deal proposes a firm order for 50 of the Pratt & Whitney PW1200 geared turbofan-powered aircraft and obtaining purchase rights for a Read more

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First A220 delivery to EGYPTAIR

EGYPTAIR A220 ©Airbus

EGYPTAIR has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region, and the sixth operator worldwide. The Cairo-based airline intends to fly the aircraft on routes to and from its main Egyptian Hub in Cairo in the coming days. Representatives from the airline, alongside executives from Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel final assembly line. EGYPTAIR’s brand-new A220-300 is configured in a two-class cabin with 140-seats including 15 premium-economy and 125 economy-class seats, offering every passenger a greater Read more

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