CIT signs firm order for 50 A320neo aircraft

CIT Aerospace, a unit of CIT Group a global leader in transportation finance, has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for the 50 A320neo family aircraft, which it had committed to at the 49th Le Bourget airshow on 21st June 2011. This deal brings the total number of Airbus aircraft ordered by CIT since 1999 to 237 comprising 191 A320 Family aircraft (including the 50 A320neo aircraft), 41 A330s, five A350 XWBs of which 144 have been delivered so far.

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering signs deal with Air Malta

 Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has signed a line maintenance technical handling agreement with Air Malta. The agreement will see MAEL’s  experienced engineering team provide support for the Maltese flag carrier’s operational fleet of A319 & A320 aircraft at their line stations in Luton, Birmingham, Dublin, Alicante and Malaga.

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SIA to order eight more Boeing 777-300ERs

Singapore Airlines has agreed to order eight more Boeing 777-300ERs to support growth plans for the years ahead. Deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in the 2013/14 financial year. They will be operated by Singapore Airlines on medium and long-haul routes. Powered by General Electric GE90 engines, the aircraft will join 19 B777-300ERs already in service. The order is valued at $2.3 billion at list prices.

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GOL receives 737NG with improved engine performance

GOL took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft with CFM56-7BE engines, which were developed with turbine pressure changes and other improvements that reduce drag, reducing friction of the aircraft with the air, cutting fuel consumption up to 2% over the currently-used CFM56-7B1 engines.

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AWAS delivers Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to new customer GMG Airlines

AWAS has delivered a Boeing 767-300ER widebody aircraft to its new customer, GMG Airlines of Bangladesh. GMG Airlines, owned by the industrial conglomerate Beximco, started operations on April 6, 1998. It began with domestic services and launched international flights in September 2004, with flights between Chittagong and Kolkata.

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SuperJet International completes first “Type Rating Recovery Courses”

SuperJet International (SJI) reported the successfull completion of the first stage of “Type Rating Recovery Courses” for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance staff. The training activity performed without any significant events and occurrences, reporting a proficiency of 99%, according to a detailed risk analysis. The Recovery Courses involved 48 pilots and lasted 69 calendar days, included 384 flight hours and 236 flights on board of the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The lessons engaged SJI instructors, Aeroflot and Armavia Crews, together with 27 flight attendants and 69 maintenance technicians with different skills and background. The type training for technicians were supplied at Customer site with the use Read more

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Garuda Indonesia finalises order for 25 A320 Family aircraft

Garuda Indonesia has finalised an order with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A320 Family aircraft, firming up an MOU announced during the Paris Air Show in June. The order makes Garuda Indonesia a new A320 Family customer and covers 15 standard A320s and 10 A320neo aircraft for operation by the carrier’s low cost unit Citilink. The airline will announce its engine selection for the aircraft in the near future.

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Airbus in Nantes delivers first A350 XWB centre wing box

The first A350 XWB centre wing box has been delivered from Airbus’ site in Nantes, France to Airbus’ St Nazaire, France facility where it will be assembled into the first A350 XWB fuselage. The impressive A350 XWB centre wing box, made from 40% carbon fibre reinforced plastics, measures 6.5 metres by 5.5 metres and is 3.9 metres tall. Loaded onto a special transport jig, the A350 XWB centre wing box left Nantes by river barge, together with an A380 centre wing box, travelling along the Loire River to reach St Nazaire a few hours later. Once the part is installed Read more

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Eurocopter delivers fourth EC225 to China Ministry of Transport

The delivery of the latest EC225 to the China Ministry of Transport’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau completes the fulfilment of the contract signed in 2009 for the supply of two EC225 for offshore search and rescue missions, with the earlier unit being delivered end of June this year. The two new helicopters are to be operated by the Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) for offshore SAR missions.

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Cebu Pacific finalises order for 30 A321neo aircraft

Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has finalised a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neo aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced MOU signed in June. With this latest purchase agreement the fast-growing carrier has increased its total firm orders for the A320 Family to 71, of which 16 have already been delivered. The airline currently operates 25 A320 Family aircraft, including the 16 purchased from Airbus and nine leased aircraft. Cebu Pacific plans to configure its A321neo fleet with 220 seats in a single class layout and will fly the aircraft across its expanding pan-Asian Read more

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