GECAS opts for Boeing 747-8 Freighters and 777-300ERs

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced that it will purchase two 747-8 Freighters and eight 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The 747-8 Freighter is a new model for the GECAS portfolio of airplanes.  “We are pleased to announce GECAS’ intent to purchase two 747-8 Freighters and eight 777-300ERs from Boeing,” said Norman C.T. Liu, president and CEO of GECAS. “The addition of these 777s complements the order we placed last March for ten 777 widebodies, and will help GECAS meet growing airline demand for long-haul passenger airplanes. The two 747-8 Freighters will broaden our cargo portfolio with a high demand freighter that has Read more

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MTU Aero Engines and TECT Power sign strategic agreement

MTU Aero Engines has concluded a strategic agreement with TECT Power for the supply of compressor blisks. The contract provides for the U.S. company to deliver as many as 800 of the high-tech components a year to the Germany engine manufacturer.  Blisks (or IBRs, integrally bladed rotors) are one-piece disk-and-blade components that represent the cutting edge in compressor technology. They are used on advanced engines, as for example the PurePower PW1000G series of geared turbofans built by Pratt & Whitney in partnership with MTU, which will be powering aircraft from 2012 on. Demand for blisks is high, now that Airbus has selected Read more

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Malaysia Airlines exercises option to purchase 10 additional 737s

Boeing and Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines announced the airline has exercised an option to purchase 10 additional Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at more than $800 million at current list prices. The airline still has purchase rights for an additional 10 Next-Generation 737-800s remaining from their initial 2008 contract.

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company receives order for 12 SSJ100

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Indonesian regional carrier PT Sky Aviation signed the Heads of Agreement (HOA) for the delivery of 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100/95B aircraft. The order is valued at 379.2 million at list prices. The document was signed by Vladimir Prisyazhnyuk, President of JSC «Sukhoi Civil Aircraft» and Krisman Tarigan, President Director Sky Aviation. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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Goodrich to provide carbon brakes for KLM and Transavia Boeing 737 NG fleets

Goodrich Corporation has been selected by KLM, transavia.com to supply wheels and carbon brakes for all new Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft deliveries and to retrofit 737 NG in-service aircraft. The airline’s first carbon brake equipped 737 NG aircraft is scheduled for delivery in August 2011 with retrofits beginning thereafter. Goodrich carbon brakes have now been selected by nine 737 Next Generation customers resulting in a 50% market share for delivered and firm aircraft orders.

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China Southern selects CF34-10E-powered Embraer E190s

China Southern Airlines has selected 20 CF34-10E-powered EMBRAER 190 aircraft to add to its fleet. China Southern is leasing the E190s from China Development Bank (CDB) Leasing. Aircraft deliveries will begin this year. “We are confident in the performance and reliability of GE’s CF34 engines,” said Dong Suguang, Vice President of China Southern Airlines. “The CF34-10E-powered E190 will be a great fit for our business expansion in the northwest region, especially in Xinjiang area.”

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TransAsia Airways orders six A321neo aircraft

TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has placed a firm order with Airbus for six A321neo aircraft. The new aircraft will enable the airline to respond to strong growth on regional services, especially on direct routes between Taiwan and mainland China. TransAsia will announce an engine selection for the new aircraft in the near future. TransAsia Airways currently operates five A321s and two A320s on domestic and regional services. In addition to the order announced on June 21st, the airline already has six sharklet-fitted A321s on order for future delivery.

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CFM International and COMAC sign master contract to finalize LEAP-powered C919 agreement

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), its subsidiary, Shanghai Aircraft Manufacture Company, and CFM International signed the Master Contract for the C919 / LEAP Integrated Propulsion System (IPS). The definitive agreement stipulates that CFM International (CFM) will be the sole overseas supplier for an integrated propulsion system (engine, nacelle, thrust reverser) and that the LEAP-X1C engine will be the sole Western powerplant for the new 150-passenger short-to-medium range airplane on schedule to enter service in 2016. COMAC has forecasted a global market for more than 2,000 C919 aircraft over the 20 years following entry into service. This is the first Read more

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VistaJet places firm order for 10 Bombardier Global 8000 Jets

VistaJet of Switzerland has placed a firm order for 10 Global 8000 aircraft. The total value of the order is approximately $650 million, based on the 2011 list price for typically equipped aircraft.  VistaJet, a privately owned company offering revolutionary business aviation solutions through its one-of-a-kind Flight Solutions Program, exclusively purchases and operates Bombardier business aircraft. Just one month ago, Bombardier confirmed that VistaJet ordered two Challenger 605 and six Global 6000 jets in late January 2011. This latest Global aircraft order raises VistaJet’s order backlog value to approximately $2 billion.

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Major Network Carrier places firm order for 10 CSeries aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace released that a major network carrier will be the first operator to take delivery of the first CSeries aircraft. The carrier, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for 10 CS100 aircraft with options on an additional six. Based on the list price for the CS100 aircraft, the firm order is valued at $616 million, which could increase to $1.01 billion, should all six options be converted to firm orders. The new aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G series engines, covered by a PureSolution maintenance service agreement.

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