Cebu Pacific to order 30 A321neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neo aircraft. The carrier has also exercised existing options for seven more standard A320s, increasing to 41 its total firm orders for the Airbus single aisle product line. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of A319s and A320s flying on the carrier’s fast growing domestic and regional network which covers 33 domestic and 16 international destinations, including Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Beijing, Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore.

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Boeing 747-8 Freighter to fly to Paris Air Show on sustainable biofuel

Boeing will fly the new 747-8 Freighter to its international air show debut in a doubly historic fashion, flying the airplane across the Atlantic Ocean to the Paris Air Show using a renewable aviation jet fuel – the world’s first transatlantic crossing of a commercial jetliner using biologically derived fuel.  Boeing pilots Capt.. Keith Otsuka and Capt. Rick Braun and Cargolux Capt. Sten Rossby will fly the airplane with each of the 747-8 Freighter’s four GE GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15% camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85 percent traditional kerosene fuel (Jet-A). The airplane is scheduled to arrive at Le Read more

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering sign Single Point Assist agreement

Independent aircraft maintenance provider, Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has signed a line maintenance technical handling agreement with Single Point Assist. Single Point Assist, who’s headquarters are based in Wellington, New Zealand provide a unique international AOG maintenance service and assist with AOG’s across the world due to their extensive network of engineering partners. MAEL’s highly experienced engineering team will provide support to the Single Point Assist network within the UK, Ireland, Spain and across the world through existing Monarch Aircraft Engineering line stations.

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First Sukhoi Superjet 100 for Aeroflot enters into commercial operation

Aeroflot Russian Airlines completed the first passenger flight of new Russian regional jet Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) from Moscow to St. Petersburg. This flight marked the beginning of commercial operation of the new aircraft by the Russian National carrier.  Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95008 was delivered to Aeroflot under a lease agreement with VEB-Leasing JSC.  The delivered aircraft is designed to carry 87 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout (12 – business class and 75 – in economy class). Aeroflot ordered 30 SSJ100 aircraft in total and plans to to purchase ten more.

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AAR to provide component MRO solution for Finnair

AAR has been selected to provide a rotable component support program for Finnair’s fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft. The three-year agreement with Finnair Technical Services encompasses materials and repair management for a complete inventory of 757 components that will be housed at Finnair Technical Services’ facilities at Helsinki Airport.  The program provides Finnair with competitive and predictable costs for the repair and provisioning of its 757 inventory while ensuring continuing high levels of service reliability. The program covers more than 250 rotable components for Finnair’s fleet of four 757 aircraft.

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Cambridge Airport selected for new UK professional flight training centre

Pilot Training College (PTC) has selected Cambridge Airport as the location for its new professional flight training academy, Pilot Training College (Cambridge), pending CAA approval, which is expected by Autumn this year.  The new partnership enables Pilot Training College to establish a noteworthy presence in the UK in addition to its existing Training Centres in Ireland at Waterford and Dublin, and in Florida, USA.  PTC trains up to 300 pilots per year and has contracts with leading airlines from around the world such as Flybe, Nasair, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air Astana.  Initially PTC will be basing a new Read more

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Eurocopter inaugurates new global logistics center in southern France

The new Eurocopter Global Logistics facility was inaugurated on June 16th in southern France, marking a major milestone in the evolution of Eurocopter’s global integrated support network for customers and also providing improved internal logistics for the company’s production and industrial activities. Eurocopter Global Logistics is the cornerstone of Eurocopter’s worldwide logistics distribution system, which includes platforms in Donauwörth, Germany, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, and Hong Kong as well as Customer Service Center in both Hong Kong and Dallas, Texas.  Located at the Les Florides industrial park near Eurocopter’s production plant in Marignane, this 53,500-square meter facility houses more than 1.5 Read more

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Boeing to boost 737 production rate to 42 airplanes per month in 2014

Boeing will increase the production rate for its Next-Generation 737 to 42 airplanes per month. Once implemented in the first half of 2014, the 737 program expects to build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 airplanes each year. Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing. “Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate,” Albaugh said. “New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.” Albaugh emphasized the popularity of Boeing’s new passenger comfort features, noting Read more

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P&WC launches enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault's Falcon 2000S

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched an enhanced PW308C engine for Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S business jet. The engine upgrade, which will bring improved environmental performance for the PW308C, is currently undergoing validation testing in preparation for certification in 2012.  The enhanced PW308C’s first engine run took place in February 2011 and the emission targets were achieved with margin. Certification is slated to take place within the next year. With product improvements to the combustion and fuel delivery systems, the enhanced PW308C engine will have best-in-class engine smoke and emissions performance.

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Boeing to build 10 C-17 Airlifters for Indian Air Force

India’s Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The Foreign Military Sale — approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2010 — establishes India as the C-17’s largest international customer. According to the agreement, India will take delivery of its C-17s in 2013 and 2014. Boeing will support India’s C-17 fleet through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program. The GSP “virtual fleet” arrangement ensures mission readiness by providing all C-17 customers — with varied fleet sizes — access to an extensive support Read more

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