China Eastern to introduce first 737 with Boeing Sky Interior

China Eastern Airlines took delivery of its first Next-Generation 737-700 outfitted with both the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior from Boeing. China Eastern will operate the aircraft at the high altitude airports in western China. The airplane will be assigned to China Eastern Airlines Sichuan Co., based in Chengdu.

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StandardAero signs service agreement with Russian regional carrier, Ak Bars Aero

StandardAero has signed a service agreement with Russian regional carrier, Ak Bars Aero, for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the fleet’s General Electric CF34-3B1 engines and Honeywell GTCP36-150RJ Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). The engines and APUs power Ak Bars Aero’s fleet of CRJ200 aircraft. The agreement was signed in July with all engine work being performed at StandardAero’s CF34 engine facility in Winnipeg, Canada, and APU MRO being conducted at the company’s Maryville, Tenn., location.

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MTU Aero Engines kicks off GEnx turbine center frame deliveries

MTU Aero Engines kicked off GEnx turbine center frame deliveries on Wednesday, August 24, when it handed the first production module over to GE Aviation. In a last bolt ceremony held at MTU in Munich, Rhonda Sample, Manager Manufacturing Programs at GE Aviation officially took delivery of the module from MTU CEO Egon Behle. Thus, deliveries of this MTU module for the U.S. manufacturer’s fast-selling new engine started on time. Plans are to ramp up production to be able to ship one turbine center frame a day. MTU’s chief executive Egon Behle explained: “The GEnx, which powers the Boeing 787 Read more

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GA Telesis expands aircraft and engine acquisition and leasing team

GA Telesis, LLC (“GAT”), has entered into a definitive agreement with Mountain Capital Partners, LLC of Denver, Colorado (“MCP”), whereby, on September 1, 2011, the entire MCP team, led by Mark Fabian, will merge into the current GA Telesis aircraft and engine sales and leasing group and Mr. Fabian will take responsibility for oversight and management of the group, reporting directly to the CEO, Abdol Moabery. MCP, founded in 2005, specializes in originating and executing on aircraft and engine sale and lease transactions as well as operating an asset management platform for some of the world’s largest financial institutions. With Read more

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GECAS delivers two new Boeing 737-800s to Skymark Airlines

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) announced delivery of two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft leased to Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines. The aircraft come from GECAS’ existing order book with Boeing. With bases at Tokyo International Airport and Kobe Airport, Skymark now operates a fleet of 20 Boeing 737-800s to 12 destinations in Japan.

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Boeing delivers test bed performance improvement 737

Boeing delivered to United the Next-Generation 737-800 that was used as the flying test bed for the performance improvement package. The airplane played a key role in testing and certifying the performance improvement package now available on Next-Generation 737s. Boeing began performance improvement testing in November 2010 with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by up to 2 percent. For customers, that would mean saving an average of $120,000 per airplane, per year, based on current fuel prices. The result of the testing is a package of performance improvements that includes aerodynamic shaped anti-collision lights, streamlined slat and spoiler trailing Read more

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FlairJet to open bases in Dublin, East Midlands

FlairJet it is to open two new bases at East Midlands and Dublin Airports where it will position two Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft. The new East Midlands location will enable FlairJet to operate its Phenom 24/7, opening up great potential for freight and aero medical charters.  Newly acquired Phenom 100 G-NUDD will be positioned there from the first week of September, complementing FlairJet’s Phenom 100 operations from its home base at Oxford.  A second Phenom 100 will be positioned at Dublin, which has consistently been a popular destination for FlairJet clients travelling on business and for leisure breaks from the UK Read more

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ATSG unit delivers second dry-leased 767 Freighter to RIO

Air Transport Services Group released that Cargo Aircraft Management, (CAM), its aircraft leasing subsidiary, has delivered a second Boeing 767 wide body freighter to RIO Linhas Aéreas, S.A., of Brazil. RIO will dry-lease the Boeing 767-281 special freighter from CAM for 59 months and have access to engine maintenance services through CAM’s contract with Delta Tech Ops. Another freighter leased from CAM under the same terms entered revenue service with RIO earlier this month after becoming the first Boeing 767-200-series special freighter to receive certification by ANAC, the Brazilian civil aviation authority.

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering signs agreement with Percival Aviation

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), has signed an agreement to provide Percival Aviation with EASA Part 21J Design support. Percival Aviation, a Part 21G, Part 21J and Part 145 approved organisation, are leaders in the design and manufacture of aircraft interior products to the commercial and military markets. The agreement will see Monarch Design Services’ highly experienced team provide support to Percival Aviation Limited covering all aspects of EASA Part 21J Design work. This will include avionics/electrical support, enabling Percival Aviation to expand the scope of services they can provide to their current and future customer base.

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ALC reports further acquisitions and lease placements for Boeing 737 Aircraft

 Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced continuing lease placements and acquisitions of 12 additional Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. ALC and XL Airways Germany signed a long term lease for ALC’s Boeing 737-800 (MSN 32920), currently on lease to Air Berlin, for delivery in March 2012. In addition, ALC has acquired the following 11 aircraft:  Two Boeing 737-800s (MSNs 34003 and 34004) leased to Continental Airlines. Two Boeing 737-800s (MSNs 36845 and 35228) leased to Skymark Airlines (Japan).  Two Boeing 737-700s (MSNs 34401 and 34402) leased to Ethiopian Airlines. One Boeing 737-800 (MSN 29669) leased to Travel Service, A.S. (Czech Republic). One Boeing 737-800 (MSN Read more

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