Alaska Air reports April traffic

Alaska Air Group reported April passenger traffic for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon). Alaska’s April traffic increased 3.4%, capacity during April was 3.4% higher than in April 2007 and the passenger load factor for the month was 76.9%, which remained unchanged from April 2007. Horizon’s April traffic decreased 6.9%, capacity during April was 3.8% lower than in April 2007 and the the passenger load factor for the month was 69.2%, compared to 71.5% in April 2007.

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SkyWorks Capital Asia announces appointment of new CEO

SkyWorks Capital Asia announced the appointment of Ian F. Reid as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from May 1st, 2008. Mr. Reid has joined Swire Pacific Limited from his former position as Senior Vice President at RBS Aviation Capital, Hong Kong. Prior to joining RBS, he was Managing Director-Asia for JP Morgan

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BaySys West expands facility by 40,000 square feet

BaySys West has recently expanded into an additional 40,000 square feet of back shop space to accommodate upcoming projects and rising demand of interior completion projects for Boeing and Airbus wide and narrow body VIP and Head of State transport aircraft. This new interior space is equipped to supply the fabrication and finishing of all interior elements for multiple completion and refurbishment programs running in parallel. BaySys has also significantly expanded their in-house staff of interior completion experts, including cabinetry, upholstery, and finishing specialists.

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Flybaboo takes delivery of first Embraer 190 Jet

Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to Swiss carrier Flybaboo S.A., on Wednesday, April 30. The Geneva-based airline, which previously flew a dedicated turboprop fleet, will begin operating the EMBRAER 190 in 2008 under a leasing agreement with M1 Travel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lebanon’s M1 Group. The EMBRAER 190s leased to Flybaboo will support the airline’s current network and also enable it to expand to new destinations.

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Government of Iraq announces order for 30 Boeing 737-800

Boeing and the Government of Iraq announced an order for 30 Boeing 737-800 commercial airplanes, the first step in re-establishing that country’s scheduled commercial aviation operations. Iraq has also contracted options for 10 additional 737s. Valued at $2.2 billion at current list prices, the order was previously accounted for on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site attributed to an unidentified customer. In addition, Iraq and Boeing are finalizing an agreement for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will allow an Iraqi national airline to provide longer-range commercial service. The 787s will be added to Boeing’s order book when the contract is Read more

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Highland Airways takes second Jetstream 41 and adds seventh Jetstream 31

Skyways Aviation reported the conclusion of its first BAE Jetstream 41 deal, the placement of serial number 41014 (G-MAJN) with Highland Airways. The aircraft was purchased from Helitrans of Norway by Enar Lindstrom A.B. of Sweden and placed on an operating lease with the Scottish airline. Highland has also taken an additional Jetstream 31, its seventh serial number 639 (SE-LGB) on lease from Skylease of Sweden.

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