China issues 737 MAX airworthiness directive but troubled jet remains grounded

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China’s aviation authority has issued an airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX, paving the way for the troubled jet to return to the skies over China. The directive provides operators with a list of required revisions and modifications to the jet before it can return to service. However, no date has been set for such an event to take place. Boeing’s shares rose 4.3% on pre-market trading on the news after a four-day-long-drop in share value as a consequence of the latest coronavirus concerns. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was the first regulator to ground the 737 Read more

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NetJets accepts first Global 7500 Business Jet

Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services NetJets (l) and Éric Martel President and CEO Bombardier ©Bombardier

Bombardier has announced the delivery of the 1,000th Global aircraft. The major milestone was reached as the NetJets team led by Patrick Gallagher, President, Sales, Marketing and Services, took delivery of the private aviation company’s first Global 7500 business jet. The addition of a Global 7500 aircraft to the NetJets fleet redefines its large-cabin, long-range offering and elevates the choice of travel options for its international clientele. With a 7,700 nm (14,260 km) range, NetJets owners will be able to fly from New York to Beijing or San Francisco to Sydney without refuelling stops. The Global 7500 aircraft is set Read more

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Italy’s new national carrier ITA Airways firms up order for 28 Airbus aircraft

Formation flight A330-900, A220-1100 and A320neo ©Airbus

ITA Airways, Italy’s new national carrier, has firmed up an order with Airbus for 28 aircraft, including seven A220s, 11 A320neos and ten A330neos – the latest version of the most popular A330 wide-body airliner. The order confirms the Memorandum of Understanding announced on September 30, 2021. In addition, the airline will pursue its plans to lease Airbus A350s to complement its fleet modernisation. “Today the strategic partnership with Airbus takes an important step forward with the finalisation of the order we announced last September. In addition to this agreement, possibilities for further collaboration have emerged, in particular regarding technological Read more

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Embraer and Pratt & Whitney partner on 100% SAF flight demonstration programme

©Embraer and P&W to collaborate on a 100% SAF flight test plan on a GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft

Embraer has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pratt & Whitney to collaborate on studies of 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Technical teams from the two companies will engage to define an integrated ground and flight test plan for 100% SAF in a GTF-powered Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The initiative reflects Embraer´s and Pratt & Whitney’s shared commitment to supporting the aviation industry’s ambitious environmental goals, including the goal of reaching net zero CO2 emissions for air travel by 2050. Alongside efforts to continually improve aircraft and engine efficiency, SAFs have a critical role to play towards decarbonising air travel, by Read more

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ALC delivers first of six new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft to China Airlines

China Airlines Airbus A321neo ©Airbus

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321-200neo aircraft on long-term lease to China Airlines. Featuring Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM engines, this is the first of six new A321-200neos confirmed to deliver to the airline from ALC’s orderbook with Airbus. This aircraft is the first A321neo to deliver to China Airlines. “ALC is honoured to be the first to introduce the A321neo to our long-time customer China Airlines. The A321neo will become the backbone of China Airlines’ single-aisle fleet, providing fleet expansion and modernisation and elevation of its passenger experience to new levels. The greater fuel efficiency and operating Read more

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NAC delivers one DHC8-400 to Flybe on lease

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Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has confirmed that it has delivered one DHC8-400 aircraft, MSN 4155, to Flybe Ltd on lease. MSN 4155 will be the first of twelve NAC aircraft to join Flybe’s fleet. Dave Pflieger, CEO of Flybe Ltd, said: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with NAC to take delivery of our first De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400. This is an exciting time for our team and our new airline, and we look forward to working with both NAC and De Havilland Canada as we launch and grow our fleet with more of these incredibly fast turboprop Read more

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TrueNoord transitions Embraer E190 to MAI

©TrueNoord has transitioned one Embraer E190 aircraft to MAI

TrueNoord, the regional leasing specialist, has finalised the delivery of an Embraer E190 aircraft to MAI (Myanmar Airways International). The aircraft, based at Yangon International Airport, will service domestic routes across Myanmar and regional destinations in Southeast Asia. The aircraft has been transitioned to MAI from previous TrueNoord lessee, Air Astana. Carst Lindeboom, Sales Director – Asia Pacific, says that the Company is steadily expanding its footprint across Asia and the team is pleased to support MAI and the people of Myanmar in these difficult times.

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Frontier Airlines opens new crew base at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Official opening of Frontier’s new crew base in Atlanta ©Frontier Airlines

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has officially marked the opening of its new crew base at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL). Frontier plans to grow the new base to 400 flight crew members, including pilots and flight attendants, over the next year. “We’ve grown over 40% at ATL since 2019 and we now offer more than 30 nonstop routes including new international service to Cancun and Montego Bay starting next week, making Atlanta a significant operation for Frontier and we’re excited to further our commitment in the market with our newest crew base,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial, Read more

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Air Peace becomes new client of SmartLynx Airlines


SmartLynx Airlines, a renowned specialist in full-service ACMI aircraft lease services, has announced the welcome procurement of a new client, Nigerian airline Air Peace – Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline. The agreement was signed between SmartLynx Malta and Air Peace on November 11, 2021 and will last until May 11, 2022. Under the new agreement SmartLynx Airlines will wet lease two A320 aircraft, based in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The lease sees a return to Nigeria for SmartLynx who had operated in the region and the rest of Africa from 2007. The onboarding of Air Peace comes as Read more

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Rolls-Royce delivers 1,000th Trent XWB-84 engine

Trent XWB-84 engine ©Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 1,000th Trent XWB–84 engine, achieving another key milestone for the engine programme. The Trent XWB–84, which will power an Airbus A350-900, was built at the company’s state-of-the-art Production Test Facility in Derby, England. The Trent XWB-84 is the latest in the Trent family to reach this milestone, and has done so faster than any of its predecessors. Following its entry into service in 2015, the Trent XWB-84, quickly became the fastest-selling large engine of all time. It has now achieved more than eight million engine flying hours in service with more than 30 operators, demonstrating its Read more

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