AWAS orders 75 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

The Dublin based lessor AWAS has signed a firm contract for 75 A320 Family aircraft bringing their Airbus portfolio to a total of 145, comprising single aisle and long-range aircraft. This is the first order announced by Airbus this year. Being one of the three largest aircraft leasing companies in the world, AWAS has a diversified selection of commercial aircraft and is a leader in next generation technology.

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ACTS signs long-term material and repair agreements with GE and CFM

ACTS announced the signing of a 10 year OnPointSM solutions agreement with GE for material to repair CF34 engines, and a landmark 10 year materials agreement with CFM International (CFM) for the repair and overhaul of the CFM56-2, CFM56-3, CFM56-5A, CFM56-5B and CFM56-5C engines. Worth an estimated $2.5 billion, both agreements cover all life limited and non-life limited parts, as well as component repair and used materials for the GE and CFM engines that ACTS repairs.

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Embraer sets record with the delivery of 169 Jets in 2007

Embraer delivered 61 jets to the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments during the fourth quarter of 2007 (4Q07), meeting its goal of delivering 165 to 170 aircraft in 2007. The Company recorded the largest annual airplane delivery figure in its history, 169 jets, and its firm order backlog achieved a new record of $ 18.8 billion, on December 31, 2007. Embraer delivered 45 jets to the Commercial Aviation segment, 14 Legacy 600s to the Executive Aviation segment and two jets to the Defense and Government segment during the 4Q07.

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OpenSkies takes off

British Airways is planning to launch its new US-EU subsidiary airline “OpenSkies” with daily flights from New York to Brussels and Paris. The airline will launch in June 2008 with one Boeing 757 aircraft that will operate from New York to either Brussels or Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. A second aircraft will be added to the fleet later this year to fly to the other EU destination. The plan is to operate six 757s by the end of 2009, all of which will be sourced from the current British Airways’ fleet. The aircraft will carry up to 82 passengers Read more

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Goodrich to expand customer services campus in Monroe, NC

Goodrich Corporation is expanding its Customer Services headquarters and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) campus in Monroe, NC. The $5.5 million facility expansion, slated for completion in the third quarter of 2008, will increase the company’s capabilities and allow for additional services, including complex repairs of helicopter actuation products and large aircraft cargo systems.

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Thai Airways selects Rolls-Royce Trent 700s and TotalCare for A330 fleet

THAI Airways International has selected the Trent 700 to power a new fleet of eight Airbus A330-300s, in a deal worth around $300 million at engine list prices. The aircraft are due to be delivered from 2009 onwards. In addition, the engines will be covered by a 10 year TotalCare long term services agreement, based on an agreed dollar fee per engine flying hour. THAI was the launch customer for the Trent 800 on both the -200 and -300 versions of the Boeing 777 and has 20 aircraft in its fleet, which now also includes the Trent-powered -200ER version. The Read more

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New VP International & Aeropolitical Affairs at Austrian Airlines

With effect from 1 January 2008, Mr. Walter Reimann has been appointed to the position of Vice President International & Aeropolitical Affairs and Alliances. Mr. Reimann holds a university degree in law and has played a number of different roles at Austrian Airlines since joining the company in 1989.

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