Copa Airlines takes delivery of 12th Embraer 190 aircraft

Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings S.A. has taken delivery of its twelfth EMBRAER 190 aircraft, bringing its fleet total to 38. The EMBRAER 190 is equipped with modern engineering design features, including high-performance GE engines and “winglets” (wingtip extensions), which reduce drag and fuel consumption. The EMBRAER 190 seats 94 passengers, 10 in Business Class and 84 in coach. In addition to its 12 EMBRAER aircraft, Copa Airlines operates 26 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.

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Aer Lingus orders Airbus A350-900s and more A330-300s

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, has become the latest airline to place a firm order for the all-new A350 XWB. In its biggest ever acquisition for long-haul aircraft, the Irish airline has received shareholder approval to purchase six A350-900s, along with six additional A330-300s, confirming its earlier placed contract. This latest contract brings total firm orders for the A350 XWB to 362 from 22 customers. Aer Lingus’ new A350-900s will be deployed on the airline’s growing long haul network to the United States and on other new long-range routes that are being considered for the future. The additional six new Read more

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Finnair sells six Boeing MD-80 aircraft

The Finnair Group’s Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy has sold six Boeing MD-80 aircraft and three spare engines it owns to Allegiant Travel Company’s low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A. The aircraft are currently flying in the colours of the Swedish airline FlyNordic. In July last year, Finnair sold FlyNordic to the low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle. The MD-80 aircraft were sold to Allegiant Air complete with lease agreements, and the aircraft will continue to be operated by FlyNordic until the end of their leasing periods in 2008 and 2009, when they will transfer to the use Read more

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PAL to acquire three Bombardier Q300 and six Q400 aircraft

Philippine Airlines is acquiring up to nine turbo-propeller aircraft to serve its revived inter-island operations, a major move by the flag carrier aimed at boosting trade, tourism and local economies in rural island communities. PAL’s turbo-prop fleet will consist of three Bombardier Q300 and six Q400 aircraft valued at $150 million based on list prices. Deliveries of all nine turbo-props are expected within the next four to six months. The aircraft will enable PAL to provide better service to passengers commuting between island points across the archipelago. The aircraft are equipped with two Pratt & Whitney turbo-prop engines with maximum Read more

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First Boeing 777 Freighter enters final assembly

Mechanics at the Boeing Company began final assembly work on the first 777 Freighter at the company’s Everett, Wash., facility this week. The new cargo airplane will roll out of the factory later this month, and work will begin to prepare the airplane for flight test this summer.

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Czech Airlines extends lease agreement with Air India

Czech Airlines has signed an agreement with Air India for the lease of an Airbus A310 aircraft and crew for another year. The airplane has operated out of Bombay Airport since last March, thus far flying on the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur routes. From May, it will be newly deployed on flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Delhi and Hyderabad in India. The agreement has been concluded for 12 months and for that period, Czech Airlines will provide Air India with the aircraft and a crew, comprising two pilots and a head cabin attendant, including insurance and technical maintenance. Read more

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Boeing revises 787 first flight and delivery plans for the third time

Boeing announced a revised plan for first flight and initial deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner that includes additional schedule margin to reduce risk of further delays on the program. Boeing stated, that while significant progress has been made assembling Airplane #1, first flight is being rescheduled due to slower than expected completion of work that traveled from supplier facilities into Boeing’s final assembly line, unanticipated rework, and the addition of margin into the testing schedule. The new delivery schedule is based on a more conservative production plan developed with the 787 partner team. That schedule now targets approximately 25 deliveries Read more

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