Airline places order for up to six Bombardier CSeries aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace reported that an unidentified airline has placed a firm order for three CS100 aircraft and options on three more. Deliveries of the aircraft will start in 2014. Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order placed by the unidentified carrier is valued at $186 million, which could increase to $385 million, should all three options be converted to firm orders.

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Albanian Airlines acquires BAe 146-300 from BAE Systems

Albanian Airlines has bought and taken delivery of a BAe 146-300 regional jetliner from BAE Systems. The aircraft, configured in a comfortable six-abreast, 98-seat all-economy class layout, joins two other BAe 146s (one Series 200 and one Series 300) that are used by the airline. This third aircraft has been acquired to increase frequencies on existing routes from the capital Tirana and for route expansion. Albanian Airlines was acquired in August 2009 by the Turkish Evsen Group, and has been restructured and put on a better foundation for future growth.

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bmi enhances commitment with Lufthansa Technik

British airline group bmi is to further expand its cooperation with Lufthansa Technik with the signing of two new agreements. The first sees bmi and Lufthansa Technik extend the base maintenance agreement for 41 aircraft, the second is a new partnership for line maintenance support at London Heathrow airport. Lufthansa Technik will continue to supply base maintenance services for the 41 aircraft of the complete bmi and bmibaby fleets which consist presently of 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft, two Airbus A330 and 14 Boeing 737 aircraft. More than 200 C-Checks, which will vary in scope and can be individually configured Read more

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AJ Walter Aviation to provide integrated consumables management for Small Planet Airlines

Small Planet Airlines has chosen A J Walter Aviation to provide integrated consumables management. This new contract will support charter flight programmes from Fiumicino (Rome) and Malpensa (Milan) throughout the year. Recently expanded Small Planet Airlines now operates in Italy and AJW will position spares consignments to support the airline’s line maintenance programme. AJW’s flexible and integrated approach to consumables management will ease the demand management process for Small Planet Airlines, resulting in reduced inventory and transaction costs. Small Planet Airlines is part of the Lithuanian aviation business – Avia Solution Group – and provides full charter, ACMI and ad-hoc flights Read more

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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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