Willis Lease to launch 787 engine pool

Willis Lease Finance Corporation is forming a worldwide spare engine pool for 787 modeled after their successful programs for the CFM56-7B serving North America, China and Europe. Willis has been developing the very detailed process to automate spare engine leasing and has achieved a significant success with this method currently adding support for more than 500 member aircraft in three major markets. The agreement allows members to obtain the use of spare engines in a fractional lease arrangement managed by Willis Lease in a matter of minutes on Willis’ web based reservation system. This system eliminates the need for engine Read more

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787 Dreamliner successfully completes fuselage barrel test

The composite technology, design and construction of the 787 was proven during a series of testing scenarios conducted beginning in late 2007 and concluding this week. The tests were performed on a composite fuselage test section and are part of Boeing’s certification efforts for the 787. Boeing engineers proved the composite barrel design through a series of incremental tests that first took the barrel to limit load, a test condition that simulates the most extreme conditions expected to be experienced in the life of the airplane. Next, the test article was taken to 150 percent of limit load — a Read more

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Finnair signs for three more Embraer 190 jets

Finnair signed a new firm order for three more EMBRAER 190s. The total value of the agreement, at list price, is $112.5 million. The aircraft will be configured with 100 seats in a comfortable dual-class layout, and first delivery is scheduled for 2010. Embraer and Finnair initially signed for 12 EMBRAER 170 jets in 2004, with options for another eight aircraft of the E-Jets family. In 2005, the airline expanded its order to include the EMBRAER 190, by converting two firm orders and confirming four options. The remaining four options of the original contract were confirmed in November 2006 and, Read more

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Delta Air Lines takes delivery of first 777-200LR

Boeing delivered the first widebody 777-200LR (longer range) airplane for a U.S. carrier to Delta Air Lines. The airplane was revealed and then dedicated by the airline’s management in honor of Delta employees. The airplane is the first of eight Boeing 777-200LRs ordered by Delta Air Lines, enhancing the airline’s ability to connect customers and cargo between virtually any two cities around the globe, nonstop. The aircraft is scheduled to enter scheduled service March 8 flying between Atlanta and Los Angeles, and will fly on March 9 from Atlanta to Tokyo.

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Shenzhen Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 737-800 Aircraft from BOC

BOC Aviation has delivered the first of five new Boeing 737-800s to Shenzhen Airlines. The remaining four aircraft will be delivered from March to October this year. The delivery marks the first cooperation between BOC Aviation and Shenzhen Airlines.

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Boeing delivers 1,400th 747 to GECAS

Boeing delivered its 1,400th 747, a 747-400 Freighter to GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to AirBridgeCargo Airlines, a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group. This is the seventh 747 freighter in the AirBridgeCargo Airlines fleet, joining five 747-200/-300 Freighters and a 747-400 Freighter. The Volga-Dnepr Group also has ordered five of Boeing’s new 747-8 Freighters, the highly efficient and more capable next model in the 747 freighter family.

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Cessna captures orders for 74 aircraft at Asia-Pacific region shows

Cessna Aircraft Company completed a successful visit to the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition Forum 2008 on Feb. 14 in Hong Kong and the Singapore Airshow Feb. 19-24 by wrapping up orders for 74 aircraft, with an estimated value of more than $219 million. Cessna announced several agreements that were finalized in time for the Singapore Airshow: private aviation services provider BJETS placed an order for 20 Citation CJ2+ business jets worth approximately $150 million; India-based Chimes Aviation ordered 11 Skyhawk 172Rs and nine Skyhawk turbo-diesel models; and Susi Air of Indonesia ordered six Grand Caravan 208Bs. On top Read more

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