CDB Aviation’s new customer Ural Airlines receives first of three A320neo aircraft

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CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., (CDB Leasing), has delivered an Airbus A320neo aircraft to its new customer in Russia, Yekaterinburg-based Ural Airlines. The aircraft is part of the lease agreement for a fleet of three A320neos, with two further jets slated for arrival through the end of 2019. The delivery also marks the introduction of the first CFM International LEAP-1А-powered A320neo to be operated in Russia. The neo is expected to support the expansion plans of Ural Airlines’ fleet and will be deployed on its growing flight network, with a planned Read more

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BOC Aviation leases ten new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Air China

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BOC Aviation has signed leases for ten new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Air China. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines, and are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020.

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Airstream arranges ATR42-320 aircraft sale

Aircraft remarketing specialist Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of an ATR42-320 on behalf of Regourd Aviation. The 1988 YOM aircraft, serial number 93, was sold to Zimex Aviation. Airstream continues to enjoy a close relationship with Regourd Aviation having placed a number of ERJ-145’s with its subsidiary Amelia International and having sold the last ATR42-300 from Amelia’s fleet.

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Aergo Capital sells one Airbus A330-300 to EMP

2017 Vintage Airbus A330-300 aircraft ©Aergo Capital

Aergo Capital has completed the sale of one 2017 Vintage Airbus A330-300 aircraft bearing manufacturers serial number 1779, to EMP Aviation Ireland. The aircraft remains subject to a long-term operating lease with South African Airways. Fred Browne, Chief Executive Officer of Aergo, commented: “We are delighted to have worked with EMP on such a successful transaction. This sale could not have happened but for a great collaborative effort from all parties involved.”

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BOC Aviation signs purchase-leaseback agreement with Qatar Airways for three A350 aircraft

Qatar Airways signs order for five Airbus A350 aircraft with BOC Aviation ©AirTeamImages

BOC Aviation has signed a purchase-and-leaseback agreement with Qatar Airways for three new Airbus A350 twin-aisle aircraft. The aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines. The three transactions are expected to close in the third quarter of 2019. “Our relationship with Qatar Airways dates back 20 years to 1999, and we are very pleased to partner with our largest customer once again to support their fleet and network expansion plans,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, BOC Aviation.

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COMAC’s fourth C919 prototype completes first test flight

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Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) has announced that its fourth prototype of the C919 narrow-body twin-engine passenger jet has successfully completed its first test flight. The plane took off from Shanghai and lasted 1 hour 25 minutes. COMAC is looking to challenge Airbus and Boeing with its home-grown commercial jet. The company confirmed that its fifth and sixth prototypes are scheduled for their maiden test flights later on this year, while the third prototype first flew in December 2018. COMAC is hoping to obtain type certification by the end of 2020, but certain analysts consider this an optimistic target Read more

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Hongtu Airlines takes delivery of first A320neo on lease from GECAS

Hongtu Airlines takes delivery of first A320neo from ©GECAS

GECAS has delivered the first of four A320neo headed to Yunnan Hongtu Airlines (Hongtu Airlines). As announced at Farnborough 2018, Hongtu Airlines (operating as Air Travel) has agreed to lease four of the new-technology narrowbodies from GECAS’ skyline orderbook. This delivery marks the first LEAP-powered A320neo to enter service with Hongtu Airlines. Launching operations in May 2016, the Kunming-based airline has more than doubled its fleet in the past year, with 9 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family – including A319, A320 and A321.

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Turkish Airlines and Bangkok Airways announce new codeshare partnership

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Turkish Airlines (TK) and Bangkok Airways have announced a new codeshare partnership, which will provide their passengers with convenient travel connections from Turkey to destinations in Thailand and other cities in Southeast Asia, commencing on August 1, 2019. Under this agreement, codeshare flights operated by Bangkok Airways currently cover 16 roundtrip routes on both domestic and international sectors; Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Samui-Phuket, Bangkok-Danang, Bangkok-Phu Quoc, Bangkok-Yangon, Bangkok-Mandalay, Bangkok-Nay Pyi Taw, Bangkok-Vientiane and Bangkok – Luang Prabang. In addition, two more roundtrip routes, Bangkok-Phnom Penh and Bangkok-Siem Reap are pending government approval.

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CDB Aviation delivers first A320neo to Air Seychelles

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CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (CDB Leasing), has delivered a new Airbus A320neo to Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. While being the first A320neo family aircraft type to be delivered to an African airline, the aircraft is also the first unit equipped with CFM’s new generation LEAP-1A engines to be operated on the continent.   In 2018, Air Seychelles announced a new strategic plan designed not only to transform the airline’s existing jet fleet by incorporating one of the world’s most technologically advanced and efficient aircraft, Read more

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GECAS to provide Ural Airlines two LEAP-powered A321neo

©GECAS will provide two A321neo aircraft to Ural Ailines

GECAS has contracted with Ural Airlines to provide two A321neo aircraft from the lessor’s orderbook, with deliveries in October and December of this year. The narrowbody aircraft will be the first LEAP-powered A321neo to enter service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). With a current in-service fleet of 45 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family – including A319, A320 and A321 – the Russian operator now transports more than 9 million passengers annually and is among the largest rapidly-developing Russian airlines.

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