New Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Freighter to debut at 2011 Paris Air Show

Boeing’s two new 747-8 airplane models – the Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter version – will make their international debuts at the Paris Air Show, joining the innovative 787 Dreamliner as highlights of the company’s presence during the show. Also on display at the biennial aerospace exhibition, which begins June 20 at Le Bourget, will be an Air Berlin 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior, a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-200LR – the longest-range passenger jetliner in the world – the C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter, the F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role fighter jet, and the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

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Smyrna Air Center completes first Power 90 Upgrade conversion

Smyrna Air Center has completed its first Power 90 Upgrade conversion for AeroMetric, one of the largest and most experienced full service geospatial solutions companies in the United States. GE Aviation’s M601E-11A engines are now powering AeroMetric’s King Air E-90 aircraft for their site in Anchorage, Alaska. The Power 90 Upgrade Program is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90 aircraft, in which the installed engines are replaced with the powerful 705 shaft-horsepower (shp) GE M601E-11A engines.

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Row 44 and Lufthansa Technik form engineering services

Row 44, provider of the world’s leading in-flight broadband entertainment platform, announced it has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Technik, global provider of manufacturer-independent maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services to civil aviation. As a result of this partnership, commercial airlines that select Row 44’s In-flight Broadband Entertainment Platform will be able to take advantage of Lufthansa Technik’s extensive and globally available installation, certification and integration services. Row 44 will certify and work closely with Lufthansa Technik to reduce installation and maintenance time and costs, reduce overall project risks, and optimize the considerable passenger – facing and airline operational advantages Read more

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Airbus and Russian partners jointly decide to stop freighter conversion programme

Airbus, EADS EFW and their Russian partners, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and IRKUT, have jointly decided to stop the A320/A321 Passenger to Freighter (P2F) conversion development programme for economic reasons and, therefore, to launch the necessary legal procedures for the termination of the joint venture “Airbus Freighter Conversion GmbH (AFC)”. Recent market developments, including the success of the upcoming A320neo, have resulted in more demand for A320 passenger aircraft and less for freighter versions in this aircraft category. In addition, strongly growing passenger traffic results in high demand for used A320 Family aircraft, thus reducing the amount of aircraft available Read more

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Donica International forms In-Flight Entertainment Media Integration company in California

Donica International, one of the leading in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems manufacturers, has set up a new operation in the US to provide comprehensive media integration services to its customers. The new company, which is named Donica Inflight Entertainment Services Inc, will be based at one of the newest, state-of-the-art media integration labs in California. It will provide Donica customers with one point of contact for all of their media integration requirements including the encoding and encryption of movies, TV shows and audio channels for use onboard aircraft. With its new company and operation, Donica aims to develop and grow integration Read more

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Dynamic Airways adds Boeing MD-88 to fleet

Dynamic Aviation, a leading provider of innovative aviation solutions to government and commercial organizations worldwide, was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to add a new Boeing MD-88 jet to its Air Carrier Certificate on May 4. Dynamic Airways has expanded its fleet in response to the rapidly growing demand from international customers for long-term contracts in the leisure-travel market. Launched last October, Dynamic Airways operates nonscheduled jet services for government and commercial customers around the world and is based at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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AWAS delivers first of five planned 737-800s to GOL

AWAS delivered a Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft to Brazilian-based, low-cost airline GOL. This is the first of five planned deliveries to GOL through early 2013. In March of this year GOL and AWAS entered into a purchase and lease back agreement for 5 Boeing 737-800s that the carrier had previously ordered directly from the manufacturer.

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Willis Lease Finance and Mitsui & Co. form joint venture for jet engine leasing

Willis Lease Finance has entered into a joint venture agreement with Mitsui & Co., a major Japanese trading company, to acquire and lease IAE V2500-A5 and General Electric CF34-10E jet engines. IAE V2500 engines are used on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft and CF34-10E engines are used on the Embraer E190 and E195 aircraft. Willis Lease and Mitsui will each own 50% of the new joint venture. The new company, named Willis Mitsui & Co Engine Support Ltd., will be an Irish corporation with offices in Dublin. Initially the joint venture plans to acquire approximately $150 million in assets. Read more

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Spirit AeroSystems and Air Europa sign spare parts agreement

 Spirit AeroSystems and Air Europa Lineas Aereas, S.A.U announced the signing of a supply agreement whereby Spirit will supply thrust reverser, fuselage and wing components for Air Europa’s fleet of Boeing 737 and 767 aircraft. This multi-year contract will enable Air Europa to obtain predictable and competitive pricing for all spare parts in the Spirit catalog while ensuring availability for key parts and components. Air Europa currently operates 25 Boeing 737NG airplanes and two Boeing 767 airplanes

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GE Capital Aviation Services delivers two new Airbus A320s to Aeroflot

GECAS announced the delivery of two new Airbus A320s to Aeroflot Russian Airlines. The aircraft come from GECAS’ existing order book with Airbus. Aeroflot operates a fleet of nearly 100 aircraft to more than 100 destinations. The new A320s leased from GECAS are part of the airline’s multi-year fleet renewal program.

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