PW810 engine development program enters high gear

Pratt & Whitney Canada has started detailed design work as well as advanced production preparations for the all-new PW810 engine, just three months after the official launch of its 10,000-pound-thrust-class PW800 engine family. Preliminary design for the PW810, selected by Cessna Aircraft to power its new large-cabin Citation Columbus business aircraft, has been completed. P&WC engineers are now entering into the detail design of various components with collaboration from suppliers and other partners. The company has also started production readiness planning to ensure the engine can be assembled and tested to best meet customer demand. First run of the PW810 Read more

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Czech Airlines to acquire two new Airbus A319s

Czech Airlines is continuing with its renewal of its aircraft fleet in accordance with its development strategy. As part of this process, the Czech Airlines fleet is undergoing optimisation with the aim of strengthening the position of Czech Airlines as a continental European carrier. Czech Airlines will therefore be acquiring two new Airbus A319s, which it will use mainly for European routes. The first will be incorporated into the fleet in 2009 and the second in 2010. This means that in 2010 the medium-haul fleet will be composed of 18 modern Airbus A320s and 17 Boeing 737s. The new aircraft Read more

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Copa Airlines takes delivery of 13th Embraer 190 aircraft

Copa Airlines took delivery of its 13th Embraer-190 aircraft. The airline’s fleet, one of the youngest in the region, now has 39 aircraft and is expected to expand to 43 aircraft by the end of 2008. In addition to its EMBRAER-190 aircraft, Copa Airlines operates 26 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.

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Boeing celebrates debut of the new 777 Freighter

Boeing debuted the new 777 Freighter on May 21. With a maximum takeoff weight of 766,000 pounds (347,450 kilograms), the 777 Freighter will have a revenue payload capability of 226,000 pounds (103 metric tons). Following the debut events, the 777 Freighter will prepare to begin the flight test and certification program in June. The first 777 Freighter will be delivered to Air France in the fourth quarter.

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Honda Aircraft Company begins European sales of HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company began European sales of the HondaJet advanced light jet at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) by introducing its first customer in the region – F-1 racer and business entrepreneur, Jenson Button. To provide sales and service support to its customers in Europe, the company announced that it will establish a new European network of three HondaJet-exclusive sales and service centers. Honda Aircraft Company will partner with TAG Aviation SA to establish HondaJet U.K. & Northern Europe at Farnborough Airport, U.K., with Rheinland Air Service GmbH to establish HondaJet Central Europe in Frankfurt, Germany and Read more

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DC Aviation to order two more Citation XLS

DC Aviation will be upgrading its fleet of Citation XLS to seven aircraft in June with another two Citation XLS. This will make DC Aviation the largest operator of Citation XLS in Europe. In total the company with headquarters in Stuttgart operates then 30 modern private jets of various sizes with an average age that is less than 2.5 years.

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ETA Star Group orders seven Embraer 170 Jets

Embraer signed a contract for the sale of seven Embraer 170 jets to ETA Star Group, of Dubai, with options for three more, and five purchase rights for any E-Jet model. The aircraft will be operated by the newly-created Star Aviation Pvt Ltd., of India. The deal, at list price, comes to $220.5 million, and could total $472.5 million, if all options and purchase rights are confirmed for the Embraer 170. Based in the city of Chennai, south India, Star Aviation will use the Embraer aircraft to operate regional routes on the Indian subcontinent, serving medium and low density markets. Read more

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