EgyptAir and Boeing announce 777 fleet enhancement

EgyptAir announced an order for two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners as part of the airline’s twin-aisle fleet upgrade for its long-haul service. The order, which is worth $529 million at current list prices, previously was attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site. On July 11, EgyptAir celebrated its induction as the 21st member of Star Alliance, officially expanding its network to 1,624 weekly flights to 69 destinations around the world. The Cairo Airport Authority plans to open a dedicated Star Alliance terminal later this year, capable of serving 11 million passengers annually.

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Alaska Airlines completes transition to all-Boeing fleet

Alaska Airlines completed its transition to an all-Boeing 737 aircraft fleet with the retirement of its last MD-80 series airplane, part of a two-year plan to increase the airline’s operational efficiency and improve fuel conservation. The airline has firm commitments for an additional eight Boeing 737-800s through 2008, which will bring its fleet to 116 Boeing 737 aircraft. That compares to 26 MD-80s and 110 total aircraft at the onset of the airline’s fleet transition in 2006.

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Zoom Airlines suspends operations

Zoom Airlines has suspended operations with effect from Thursday 28 August 2008. Both Zoom Airlines Inc and Zoom Airlines Ltd, the Canadian and UK airlines, have started administration proceedings in their home countries. All Zoom flights have been cancelled and aircraft grounded.

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Aero Republica receives Embraer-190 aircraft

Aero Republica, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A. announced the delivery of its 8th EMBRAER-190 Aircraft directly from the manufacturer. The airline currently operates a fleet of 13 aircraft, consisting of five MD-80 aircraft and eight EMBRAER-190 aircraft. The new aircraft is part of the Aero Republica’s fleet modernization and renewal program, which began in 2006 and aims to replace MD-80 aircraft with modern and efficient EMBRAER-190s. This modern aircraft incorporates advanced technological features such as winglets, efficient and powerful GE CF34 motors and the latest Honeywell Corporation aeronautics equipment.

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Boeing appoints Charlie Miller to lead International Communications

Boeing named Charlie Miller vice president of International Corporate Communications. Miller will be based in London and lead Boeing’s team of communications directors and outside agencies working in more than 30 key markets around the globe. He will oversee all communications activities for the company outside the United States, including media relations.

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Omni Air International announces new President and CEO

Omni Air International, a Part 121 worldwide passenger charter airline, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has announced that Mr. Jeffrey C. Crippen has joined the airline as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Crippen, formerly President of Ryan International Airlines, brings a career of over 20 years of aviation expertise to complement the existing executive management team. Mr. Crippen succeeds Mr. Chuck Pollard, who became OAI’s President/CEO in 2007. Mr. Pollard has been named Vice-Chairman of OAI.

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Kunpeng Airlines signs service contract with Embraer

Embraer signed a five-year Embraer Collaborative Inventory Parts (ECIP) service contract with Kunpeng Airlines Co., Ltd., the newest E-Jets operator in China. Kun Peng currently has more than 1,900 part numbers from seven maintenance bases covered by ECIP. The ECIP program monitors customer parts usage, guarantees automatic stock replenishment, shortens delivery times for contracted parts, and establishes a baseline for the carriers to better manage their costs. By reducing the workload for planning, controlling and purchasing expendable parts, the airlines can also save management time for repairable items. Kunpeng Airlines is a joint venture between China

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Afriqiyah Airways orders GE's CF6 engines for Airbus A330 fleet

Afriqiyah Airways has ordered GE’s CF6-80E1 engines to power its three firm and three option Airbus A330 aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at more than $100 million list price. Deliveries will begin in May 2009. Based in Tripoli, Afriqiyah Airways is 100 percent controlled by the Libyan government. The company started in December 2001 and has expanded operations to include domestic and international routes from Africa to Europe.

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Virgin Blue signs OnPoint solution agreement for CFM56 engines

Virgin Blue has entered a six-year OnPointSM solution agreement that covers the maintenance and overhaul of all CFM56-7B engines operated by Virgin Blue and its international carrier Pacific Blue. The agreement is valued at up to $300 million. With more than 31 percent of the Australian domestic market and a modern fleet of 68 Next Generation Boeing 737-700 and -800 aircraft and Embraer E-190 and E-170 aircraft, Virgin Blue Airlines currently operates more than 2,100 flights a week to 24 Australian cities and centres and eight international destinations incorporating ports in New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Read more

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