Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one new Embraer E175 to JSC Belavia-Belarusian Airlines

Belarus Embraer ERJ175 aircraft ©AirTeamImages

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new Embraer E175, MSN 17000852, to Belavia-Belarusian Airlines on lease. This is the final aircraft to deliver as part of a five aircraft transaction which consisted of three E195’s and two E175’s. The placement of this aircraft will be the fifth Embraer E175 in Belavia-Belarusian Airlines aircraft fleet. Belavia is the largest air carrier of the Republic of Belarus. It is based at the National Airport in Minsk and carries out regular flights from Minsk to 56 airports in 30 countries in Europe and Asia.

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APOC Aviation acquires young A319 for teardown from Aircastle

©APOC Aviation has acquired one Airbus A319 from Aircastle for teardown

Access to younger components that will align with commercial operators’ fleet requirements as air traffic restarts is the impetus behind APOC Aviation’s determined acquisition policy. To complement its recent purchases of other A320 family airframes for teardown, the company announced that it has closed a deal with leading lessor Aircastle for a 2008 vintage A319 (MSN 3450) that was returned from lease by Volaris in July. Access to flexible and immediate funding to take advantage of this prime asset purchase was swiftly secured through private placement. The aircraft is heading immediately for part-out at Marana in Arizona – the location Read more

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Qatar renegotiates Airbus deliveries while negotiations with Boeing remain ongoing

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker has confirmed that the flag-carrying Gulf airline has successfully postponed delivery of Airbus jets it has on order with the world’s largest planemaker. The deal is yet another consequence of the downturn in demand for air travel owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have the ability to bring forward the deliveries if there is a rebound in air travel,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said of the Airbus deal at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit. However, he has failed to reach a similar agreement with America’s Boeing. “As far as Boeing is concerned, we Read more

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Otto Aviation officially introduces Celera 500L aircraft

Celera 500L ©Otto Aviation

Otto Aviation has officially introduced the Celera 500L, its commercial passenger aircraft. The full-scale prototype has completed 31 successful test flights that validate its operating performance goals. Otto Aviationcurrently holds seven patents, further contributing to the credibility and potential of the aircraft. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 450 miles per hour, a range of over 4,500 miles, a large stand-up cabin and an astounding fuel economy of only 18 to 25 miles per gallon. According to the company, the dramatic reduction in fuel consumption makes the Celera 500L the most environmentally friendly airplane in its class and Read more

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Lufthansa Cargo welcomes eighth Boeing 777F aircraft in Frankfurt

The first of two new Boeing 777F freighter aircraft arrived at Frankfurt Airport ©LHT Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo has welcomed its eighth brand-new Boeing 777F aircraft at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The cargo aircraft with registration D-ALFH was in flight for 9 hours and 24 minutes as LH8145 after its take-off from Everett Airport (PAE) in Washington State, U.S.A. It is the eighth aircraft of this type in Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet. Lufthansa Cargo had announced the purchase of two brand-new cargo aircraft in November 2019. The second aircraft is expected in a few weeks. The new arrivals are part of a fleet modernization program that began in 2014 and will be completed next year. The twin-engine Boeing 777F is Read more

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Global Crossing Airlines signs for first Airbus A321 passenger aircraft

Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) has signed a letter of intent for its first A321-200 aircraft, under an operating lease with Magnetic Leasing. The aircraft, a 2005 year build previously operated by a major government-owned Asian airline, is expected to be delivered to GlobalX in December 2020. Delivery will occur after signing of definitive lease documents and painting the Aircraft in GlobalX colors at IAC in Lake City, Florida. This aircraft was specifically selected by GlobalX to initiate its services to Cuba, subject to governmental approvals, and planned as the first aircraft that will eventually be converted to freighter configuration. GlobalX Read more

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Boeing woes mount as eight 787 Dreamliners grounded over structural defects creating risk of failure

Singapore Airlines is one of the affected carriers by the latest grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners ©AirTeamImages

Boeing has been forced to ground eight of its 787 Dreamliner jets after the discovery of two manufacturing flaws which could severely compromise the structural integrity of the aircraft. The problems in question relate to the composite barrel sections at the rear of the 787. These sections are melded together at the South Carolina Boeing plant, which has previously suffered lapses in quality, including the 2015 case where Boeing was fined US$12 million. “We are taking the appropriate steps to resolve these issues and prevent them from happening again,” Boeing said by email. The company said it has “fully briefed” Read more

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EASA to begin flight tests on September 7 for the updated Boeing 737 MAX

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The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it is to begin flight tests on the updated Boeing 737 MAX in Vancouver, Canada, on September 7. The move comes two months after both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had completed certification flight tests. According to the EASA, “While Boeing still has some final actions to close off, EASA judges the overall maturity of the re-design process is now sufficient to proceed to flight tests.” The European agency has worked closely with Boeing and the FAA, but progress in getting the troubled aircraft back in the sky Read more

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Texel Air takes delivery of first Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi™

©Texel Air's Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi™ arrives at Bahrain International Airport

Texel Air, an established private airline and MRO based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, reported the arrival of the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi™, a first of a kind aircraft conversion developed to provide the most versatile third party cargo charter solution available in the market today. The aircraft, which will be based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, is unique in its ability to be configured in seven different ways for multiple purposes in a remarkably fast 48-hour time frame. The FlexCombi™ can switch seamlessly to operate humanitarian, government, express integrator and commercial flights from major Read more

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Vertical Aerospace unveils designs for pioneering ‘flying taxis’

©Vertical Aerospace's ‘flying taxi’ VA-1X

Vertical Aerospace, the Bristol-based company pioneering affordable electric aviation, has announced plans for a revolutionary ‘flying taxi’, the VA-1X. Capable of carrying up to five people (four passengers and a pilot), the VA-1X is set to be the world’s first certified winged all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and is on course to start commercial flights in 2024. Build will begin shortly, with manufacturing taking place in the U.K. VA-1X will boast cruise speeds of 150 mph with a useable range of up to 100 miles, meaning passengers could travel from London to Brighton in approximately half an hour, Read more

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