Afriqiyah Airways receives first Airbus A319

Afriqiyah Airways from Libya took delivery of its first medium range Airbus A319. This A319 is the first of three aircraft of this type to be delivered to Afriqiyah Airways, and is part of an order signed in 2006, which also includes 11 A320s and three long range A330-200s. To date two A320s have also been delivered to the airline. In 2007, Afriqiyah signed another firm contract for six A350XWB aircraft to further expand their growing international long haul network. The A319 will be integrated into Afriqiyah’s all Airbus fleet, and be deployed from their hub in Tripoli, from where Read more

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Airbus presents power 8+

Airbus presented to ts European Work Council (ECA) the Power8+ programme. It is designed to deliver cost savings of Euro 650 mio. in 2012, adding to the Power8 target of Euro 2.1 bn for 2010. Power8+ will be partly achieved by extending the Power8 initiatives up to 2012 (Euro 350 mio.) and partly by further internationalisation of engineering and manufacturing work (Euro 300 mio.). Power8+ does not envisage social plans for further headcount reductions. Power8+ is Airbus’ contribution to EADS’ Euro 1 bn cost cutting initiative.

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Spirit responds to labor strike at Boeing

Spirit AeroSystems reported that the company is taking immediate action to reduce production volumes on certain Boeing products as a result of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) strike at The Boeing Company. Spirit will implement a revised production and delivery schedule utilizing a reduced work week for employees who support, manufacture and assemble the affected products. Spirit successfully managed through a prior IAM strike at Boeing in September 2005 using a shortened work week instead of stopping production and furloughing employees.

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BCI Aircraft Leasing completes refinancing of two A340-300'S

Chicago-based BCI Aircraft Leasing announced that it has completed the refinancing of two Airbus A340-300 commercial aircraft that are on lease to Air Namibia. The aircraft belong to BCI’s wholly owned and managed Irish subsidiary and the financing is provided by FirstRand (Ireland) PLC. The planes, which bear serial numbers 047 and 051, were both manufactured in 1994.

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Delta AirElite becomes first charter operator of the Dassault Falcon 7X in the U.S.

Delta AirElite Business Jets becomes the first charter operator of a 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X in the United States. The aircraft, based in the Rocky Mountain region, was added to the AirElite fleet this month. With a non-stop range of nearly 7,000 statute miles and a maximum cruise speed of 559 mph, the Falcon 7X offers true global reach as well as speed and comfort for domestic trips. The cabin is full of modern amenities and seats up to 11 passengers.

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