Adam Aircraft A700 completes environmental testing

In early December, Adam Aircraft completed a successful series of tests at the world-renowned McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. During the five-day testing exercise, the Williams FJ-33 engines were exposed to freezing fog, freezing rain and blowing snow to evaluate the ground performance of the engine inlet anti-ice system under these extremely harsh environmental conditions. The anti-ice tests, conducted for FAA certification credit and critically evaluated, were completed satisfactorily and will form the initial part of the overall Powerplant Operating Characteristics and Airplane Anti-ice Protection certification effort which will be completed later this year.

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AWAS orders 75 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

The Dublin based lessor AWAS has signed a firm contract for 75 A320 Family aircraft bringing their Airbus portfolio to a total of 145, comprising single aisle and long-range aircraft. This is the first order announced by Airbus this year. Being one of the three largest aircraft leasing companies in the world, AWAS has a diversified selection of commercial aircraft and is a leader in next generation technology.

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Embraer sets record with the delivery of 169 Jets in 2007

Embraer delivered 61 jets to the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments during the fourth quarter of 2007 (4Q07), meeting its goal of delivering 165 to 170 aircraft in 2007. The Company recorded the largest annual airplane delivery figure in its history, 169 jets, and its firm order backlog achieved a new record of $ 18.8 billion, on December 31, 2007. Embraer delivered 45 jets to the Commercial Aviation segment, 14 Legacy 600s to the Executive Aviation segment and two jets to the Defense and Government segment during the 4Q07.

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Thai Airways selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700s and TotalCare for A330 fleet

THAI Airways International has selected the Trent 700 to power a new fleet of eight Airbus A330-300s, in a deal worth around $300 million at engine list prices. The aircraft are due to be delivered from 2009 onwards. In addition, the engines will be covered by a 10 year TotalCare long term services agreement, based on an agreed dollar fee per engine flying hour. THAI was the launch customer for the Trent 800 on both the -200 and -300 versions of the Boeing 777 and has 20 aircraft in its fleet, which now also includes the Trent-powered -200ER version. The Read more

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TAP Portugal to lease six new Airbus A320 from AerVenture

AerVenture Limited, a joint venture company owned by AerCap, LoadAir and Al Fawares, has signed agreements to lease six new Airbus A320-200 aircraft to the Portuguese national airline TAP for a period of eight years. The aircraft are powered by CFM56 engines and are scheduled to be delivered in 2009. The six new A320s will be leased to TAP under an operating lease agreement and are part of the order for 70 A320 family aircraft that the joint venture company placed in December 2005.

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River Hawk Aviation subsidiary adds aircraft to aviation management program

River Hawk Aviation has reached agreement with its aviation partner Aerologistics Investment Partners, LLC (Aerologistics), to provide aviation management services for a Cessna Citation II that it is acquiring. The management services are to be provided through Profile Aviation Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. The Cessna Citation II is a very popular corporate aircraft configured with seating for 8 passengers. The aircraft is expected to be placed under management on approximately February 1, 2008.

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ABX Air to provide additional airlift for DHL network

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the first very light jet (VLJ), has received certification of Avio NG from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Avio NG Total Aircraft Integration system, exclusive to the Eclipse 500 VLJ, provides centralized control of virtually all Eclipse 500 systems and avionics functions. Avio NG significantly reduces pilot workload by simplifying tasks, generating useful information and acting as a virtual copilot.

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British Airways and Boeing finalize contract for 24 787 Dreamliners

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the first very light jet (VLJ), has received certification of Avio NG from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Avio NG Total Aircraft Integration system, exclusive to the Eclipse 500 VLJ, provides centralized control of virtually all Eclipse 500 systems and avionics functions. Avio NG significantly reduces pilot workload by simplifying tasks, generating useful information and acting as a virtual copilot.

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GOL increases Boeing 737-800 Next Generation order to 161 aircraft

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. has exercised firm orders for 34 Boeing 737-800 NGs, completing the purchase option for 121 aircraft negotiated in October 2006, and has signed a new contract for the acquisition of 40 additional aircraft for delivery in 2012-2014. The Company also announced that it has accelerated its plans for modernization and renewal of the GOL and VRG fleets. By the end of 2009, 50 percent of the narrow-body fleet will be comprised of 737-800SFP aircraft, reducing the average age of the combined narrow-body fleet to 5.5 years. At the end of 2012, over 75 percent of Read more

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South Korea's Jeju Air completes order for 737-800s

South Korea-based Jeju Air has ordered five Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s to meet future growth plans. The new airplanes are valued at $370 million at list prices. The 737s will be the first Boeing airplanes to enter the Jeju Air fleet. The airline currently operates five regional jets of smaller capacity.

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