ANA increases 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter orders

ANA exercised options for two more 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighters. The value of the agreement is not being disclosed. Previously, ANA launched the 767-300BCF program with a 2005 order for three conversions and four options. In 2006, ANA exercised two of the options and this agreement to exercise the last of the 2005 options brings the airline’s firm order total to seven of the passenger-to-freighter conversions.

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Sichuan Airlines selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700 to power first twin-aisle aircraft

Sichuan Airlines has chosen Trent 700 engines to power its fleet of three leased Airbus A330-200 twinjets from AerCap. The order includes a long term TotalCare services agreement. Sichuan Airlines is the 53rd customer or operator to select the Trent 700 for the A330 and will take delivery of its first aircraft in 2010. Sichuan Airlines currently operates a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 family aircraft equipped with V2500 engines and five Embraer 145s powered by Rolls-Royce AE3007 engines. The V2500 is produced by the International Aero Engines consortium in which Rolls-Royce is a leading shareholder.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle orders 42 737NG Blended Winglet Systems

Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 42 Blended Winglet Systems for their recently ordered new Boeing 737-800’s, to be delivered from June 2009 to May 2014. In addition, the Norway-based carrier will also lease several other 737-800’s equipped with Blended Winglets.

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GE90-94B base engine surpasses 10 million flight hours

The GE90-94B base engine has surpassed 10 million flight hours. “The GE90 engine has surpassed our expectations for performance and reliability, and we look forward to more continued success in the years ahead” said Tom Wygle, general manager of the GE90 Program. In 1995, the first GE90 engine entered service with British Airways and was the first commercial engine to use composite fan blades. Two years later, GE introduced a growth version of the engine, capable of achieving up to 90,000 lbs. of thrust. The GE90-94B entered service in 2000 with advanced 3-D aerodynamic design in the high pressure compressor. Read more

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Malaysia Airlines selects CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800s

Malaysia Airlines has announced an order for up to 55 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800 aircraft to replace its current Boeing 737-400 fleet. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2010 and the engine order for the 35 firm aircraft is valued at $475 million at list price.

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PW545C engine certified to power new Cessna Citation XLS+ jet

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received type certification from Transport Canada for its new PW545C turbofan engine to power the Cessna Citation XLS+ business aircraft. The PW545C, delivering over 4,100 pounds of thrust at takeoff, is the sixth engine in the popular PW500 family selected by Cessna Aircraft Company, for its growing line of light and midsize Citation business jets. The new turbofan outfits the Citation XLS+ with a full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) for reduced pilot workload and intelligent diagnostic capability.

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GEnx-1B engine receives FAA certification

The GEnx-1B engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner received airworthiness engine certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification follows an extensive two-year ground- and flight-test program that involved eight engines and two flight-test programs on GE’s 747 flying test bed. During its development and certification program, the GEnx ran 4,800 cycles and more than 3,600 hours. With more than 1,100 engines sold to date, the GEnx is the fastest-selling engine in GE’s history. Based on the proven architecture of the GE90, the GEnx will succeed GE’s CF6 engine. Compared to the CF6, the Read more

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Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management leases aircraft to three Airlines

Norwegian Air Shuttle, based in Norway, leased one ex-Air Europa Boeing B737-800 for a term of seven years. The aircraft, MSN 30785, is powered by CFM56-7B26 engines. It also took delivery of one new Boeing B737-800 with a lease term of seven years. The aircraft, MSN 34954, is powered by CFM56-7B26 engines. Both aircraft were delivered in February 2008. SpiceJet, based in India, took delivery of one new Boeing B737-800 with a lease term of eight years. The aircraft, MSN 34955, is powered by CFM56-7B24 engines. It was delivered in February 2008. British Midland, based in England, extended their lease Read more

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BAE Systems sells Jetstream 41 to Highland Airways

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has sold a 29-seat Jetstream 41 regional turboprop airliner to Inverness-based Highland Airways. The aircraft (msn 41041) was delivered to Inverness in late March for customisation. Entry into service is planned for early summer. The airline flies five 19-seat Jetstream 31s and a number of smaller Cessna light transports. In addition to its scheduled and charter services, Highland Airways operates two Jetstream 31s on dedicated corporate shuttle work. The newly acquired Jetstream 41 also will be used for this role, ferrying staff for a UK company between Scotland and the English southwest.

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