Alis Aerolinee Italiane selects the all-new A330-200F to start cargo operations

Alis Aerolinee Italiane, an Italian cargo start-up company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of five A330-200 Freighter aircraft, plus three options. An engine choice has not been made yet. With an important cargo market potential, Alis Aerolinee Italiane intends to establish direct links between Northern Italy and long haul markets such as North America, India, China, Japan and South-East Asia.

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Nord-Flyg to acquire five Q400 aircraft

Nord-Flyg of Eskilstuna, Sweden has launched a Q400 PF (Package Freighter) program with two previously owned aircraft which will be re-configured by Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Nord-Flyg said it had also signed a Letter of Intent to acquire three additional Q400 PF aircraft from a third party. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to Nord-Flyg in the last quarter of 2008 for its overnight package delivery services in Europe.

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AWAS selects V2500 and Trent engines

AWAS, has placed a new order for the V2500 from IAE International Aero Engines to power 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft in a deal worth in excess of $500 million. The aircraft are due to be delivered between 2011 and 2015. AWAS has also selected the Trent 700 to power up to six Airbus A330s with a potential engine value of more than $200 million to Rolls-Royce.

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Trent 1000 to power LCAL

LCAL has selected Trent 1000 engines to power five more Boeing 787-8 aircraft in a deal valued at more than $170 million. Dubai-based LCAL, which already has six Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787s on firm order, has based its business exclusively on the Boeing 787. It became the first leasing company to order the aircraft in 2005, when LCAL was established, and it will be the first leasing company to take delivery of the aircraft.

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AerCap Holdings signs agreement to convert 30 Airbus A320/A321s

AerCap Holdings has signed an agreement with Airbus Freighter Conversions GmbH (“AFC”) for converting 30 of its older Airbus A320s and A321s from passenger to freighter aircraft. With this agreement, AerCap will also become the launch customer for the A320/A321 passenger to freighter (“P2F”) conversion programme of AFC and will provide the first aircraft for AFC’s A320 Family P2F certification expected for 2011. The other 29 firm conversion slots are scheduled between 2012 and 2015.

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