Tunisair chooses A350s, A330s and A320s to modernise and expand its fleet

North African airline Tunisair has signed a letter of acceptance of the Airbus proposal for the acquisition of three A350-800s, three A330-200s and ten A320s, as part of an important fleet development plan that will modernise and expand the fleet of this growing airline. With this acquisition, Tunisair is the third African airline to order the all-new A350 XWB. Tunisair currently already has 12 A320s, four A319s of which two with extended range capability and three A300-600s in operation. The all-new, eco-efficient A350s will provide the right aircraft for the long-term development plans of Tunisair for long haul routes to Read more

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Embraer 190 Jet receives 120-minute ETOPS approval

The EMBRAER 190 jet received ETOPS (Extended Operations) certification for 120 minutes, this month, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This third member of the E-Jets family, seating up to 114 passengers, had already obtained the same certification from Brazil

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Fourth A380 joins Singapore Airlines' fleet

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its fourth A380 at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The addition of this fourth aircraft into its fleet will allow Singapore Airlines to commence daily A380 flights to Tokyo Narita on Tuesday 20 May 2008. Tokyo is the Airline

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Cessna rolls out first production Citation XLS+

Cessna Aircraft Company celebrated the roll out of the first production Citation XLS+ on April 25th at the company’s primary design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita. The XLS+ is the latest version of the business jet model. The first production unit now will go to paint and interiors, while two flight test aircraft continue to work toward type certification. Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected by mid year, with deliveries starting before the end of 2008. The upgrade to the mid-size Excel/XLS will feature the fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and electronically controlled (FADEC) engines from Read more

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Bombardier surpasses 1,500th CRJ Regional Jet delivery

Bombardier Aerospace announced that the CRJ Series program has celebrated and exceeded its 1,500th delivery milestone. The 1,500th aircraft, a CRJ900 NextGen model, was handed over to Northwest Airlines in March, 2008, and will be operated by Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlink carrier.

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Rockwell Collins' net income increases 20%

Rockwell Collins reported net income of $168 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 ended March 31, 2008, an increase of $28 million, or 20% over fiscal year 2007 second quarter net income of $140 million. Second quarter fiscal year 2008 sales increased $103 million, or 10%, to $1.186 billion compared to year ago second quarter sales of $1.083 billion. Cash provided by operating activities of $130 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2008 was lower than the $186 million reported for the same period last year as the impact of higher net income was Read more

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AerCap releases first quarter transactions

AirCap signed new lease agreements for 23 aircraft, delivered seven aircraft and ten engines under lease agreements, purchased 19 aircraft, sold eight aircraft, and disassembled three older aircraft. In addition to transactions closed in the first quarter 2008, AerCap closed two financing transactions during April 2008 which increased available funding by $338 million. These debt facilities will be used for the financing of pre-delivery payments on new A320 family aircraft and A330 aircraft on order from Airbus. With the pre-delivery debt facility for the A320 aircraft, AerVenture, AerCap’s joint venture with Load Air and Al Fawares of Kuwait, has now Read more

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Nextant Aerospace wins exclusive Pro Line 21 contract

Nextant Aerospace announced an exclusive contract with Rockwell Collins to provide a Pro Line 21 Major Retrofit program for the Beechjet 400A. The initial 40 aircraft order is placed against a planned production requirement for 436 aircraft with a total value of $62 million. Nextant expects STC approval in the third quarter of 2008 with installations and delivery immediately to follow.

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