Birmingham becomes Ryanair's 25th base

Ryanair announced its 25th European base in Birmingham with an initial two Boeing 737-800 aircraft ($140 million investment) which will deliver 20 new routes from Birmingham. This will be followed by a further 8 Boeing 737-800 aircraft ($560 million investment) which will deliver 5 million passengers annually and sustain 5,000 jobs in the West Midlands.

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Virgin Atlantic to run 747 on biofuel in February

Virgin Atlantic said it will fly one of its Boeing 747s on biofuel during a demonstration flight in February. It will be the first time that a commercial aircraft has run biofuel in-flight and is part of a major initiative among some airlines and Boeing to discover sources of sustainable aircraft fuel for the future. The Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly from London Heathrow to Amsterdam on a demonstration flight, with no passengers on board, using a truly sustainable type of biofuel that doesn

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Air Pacific orders additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Fiji-based Air Pacific has ordered three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to a 2006 order for five of the high-technology jetliners. The airplanes were added to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site in 2007, attributed to an unidentified customer. The new airplanes are valued at $580 million and bring the total value of Air Pacific’s 787 orders to approximately $1.5 billion, the largest transaction ever undertaken by a Fijian company. Air Pacific also is taking three purchase rights for the same model, which eventually would bring the airline’s fleet to 11 Dreamliners.

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Continental takes delivery of first 737-900ER

Continental Airlines took delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. With this delivery, Continental becomes the first airline in the Americas to operate the 737-900ER, a higher-capacity, longer-range derivative and newest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. Continental currently has 26 more on order. The ailine this year expects to take delivery of an average of two-to-three new Next-Generation 737s per month, which includes a mix of 737-900ERs and 737-800s.

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Jet Airways leases five more 737s from BOC Aviation

BOC Aviation has signed agreements with India’s Jet Airways for the lease of five more Boeing Next Generation 737s. The aircraft will be delivered new from the Boeing final assembly line between March 2010 and November 2011. The aircraft will be leased to the airline for a period of 10 years each. The latest deals with Jet Airways bring to seven the total number of aircraft being leased to the airline from BOC Aviation. Jet Airways will use the aircraft to increase capacity on its extensive domestic route network, as well as on select international routes.

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Airbus delivers second A380 to Singapore Airlines

The second production Airbus A380 (MSN005) was handed over to Singapore Airlines on 11th January in line with the latest delivery schedule. Equipped with four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines, the second aircraft for the first A380 operator follows the delivery of the first A380 (MSN003) that took place on 15th October 2007. The second aircraft is fitted with the same spacious and luxurious cabin-interior Singapore Airlines revealed on the occasion of the delivery of their first A380, also featuring 471 seats in three classes. Singapore Airlines

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Lonrho to acquire 8 ATR 72-500s

ATR and the pan-African investing conglomerate Lonrho announced the signature by Lonrho’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Lonrho Air, of a MoU for the purchase of 8 ATR 72-500s. The aircraft will be operated by Fly540, an airline belonging to the conglomerate. The deal, which includes a comprehensive support and spares package, is valued at over $150 million. The deliveries of these aircraft are scheduled for 2008 and 2009. Lonrho’s Fly540, is developing an expanding aviation network across Africa, providing much needed air transportation at international standards of comfort and service. Fly540 will be operating in eight African countries by early in 2008 Read more

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