Boeing and Royal Air Maroc complete 787 Dreamliner order

Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the firm-order agreement for four 787 Dreamliners with an option for the purchase of one additional airplane. The first 787 is scheduled for delivery in late 2008. The Memorandum of Understanding for the 787s was originally signed in July, 2005. Royal Air Maroc’s order for the 787 Dreamliner brings the total number of announced commitments for the airplane to 309 from 25 airlines worldwide, with 241 firm orders.

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Finnair to buy 12 Airbus wide-body aircraft

Finnair announced to acquire 12 new Airbus wide-bodied aircraft, as it modernises its long-haul fleet. Of the aircraft, nine are A350s and three are A340s. The A340 aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2007-08. The Airbus A350 will join the Finnair fleet in 2011. The value of the order is over one billion euros. The current MD-11 fleet of Finnair will be removed from service by 2012.

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Airbus sells 150 A320 family aircraft to China

China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group (CASGC) signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 150 A320 family aircraft. CASGC President Li Hai and Airbus President and CEO Gustav Humbert signed the GTA in Paris in the presence of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. With a total value close to US$ 10 billion, the order for 150 A320 family aircraft comprises A319s, A320s and A321s, marking the largest single order that Airbus has ever received since it entered the Chinese market two decades ago. The 150 aircraft will be Read more

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Cathay Pacific places its largest New Aircraft Orders

Cathay Pacific Airways placed its biggest ever order for new aircraft to grow the airline, modernise and expand its fleet and continue to strengthen Hong Kong as a global aviation hub. The airline has made commitments for 16 advanced wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with purchase rights for 20 more. It also made commitments to acquire three Airbus A330-300s to operate regional routes. The 777-300ER

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Embraer airliners have been granted a common type rating

Embraer announced that the EMBRAER170, EMBRAER 175 and EMBRAER 190 airliners have been granted a common type rating after a joint evaluation by the aeronautical authorities of Brazil, the United States, Canada and Europe. The common type rating allows Embraer aircraft operators to significantly reduce pilot training and crew qualification costs. For flight crewmembers transitioning from one model to the other, familiarization with the new aircraft variant can be achieved through selfinstruction, requiring no computer-based courses, ground school or additional use of flight simulators. The evaluation, which concluded that the aircraft are functionally equivalent variants, was carried out through an Read more

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Skyways Aviation arranges leases of five ERJ 145 aircraft

Skyways Aviation has arranged the long term lease of 5 ERJ aircraft from Chautauqua Airlines of the U.S. (a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings) to Aerolitoral of Mexico. The first three aircraft, serial numbers 145203, 145337 and 145444 were delivered in September 2005 and two further aircraft leases were closed on 28th November (serial numbers 145426 and 145440). The aircraft were placed despite strong competition from several airlines and lessors.

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Airbus receives firm orders for 20 A350s from US Airways

The US Airways Group – the merged entity of the two low-cost carriers US Airways and America West, has firmed up their order and signed the contract for 20 Airbus A350 aircraft. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection or seating configuration for the aircraft. US Airways’ intention is for the A350 to broaden its international service from both the eastern and western United States. Deliveries of the aircraft will begin in 2011 and run through 2014.

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