Government of Iraq orders four more CRJ900 NextGen airliners

The Government of Iraq has placed a firm order for four additional CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, and has taken options on another ten. The firm-ordered aircraft are conversions of the four options Iraq took when it ordered six CRJ900 NextGen airliners, announced on March 13, 2008. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the contract announced today is valued at approximately $159 million. If all ten options are exercised, the value of the contract could rise to $573 million. The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will be used to rebuild domestic and regional civil airline services in Iraq.

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Copa Airlines takes delivery of 12th Embraer 190 aircraft

Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings S.A. has taken delivery of its twelfth EMBRAER 190 aircraft, bringing its fleet total to 38. The EMBRAER 190 is equipped with modern engineering design features, including high-performance GE engines and “winglets” (wingtip extensions), which reduce drag and fuel consumption. The EMBRAER 190 seats 94 passengers, 10 in Business Class and 84 in coach. In addition to its 12 EMBRAER aircraft, Copa Airlines operates 26 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.

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Boeing reconfirms acceptability of painted landing gear truck beam inner surfaces

AAR announced that The Boeing Company has issued a Multi Operator Message (“MOM”) to its 707, 747, 757 and 767 customers, dated April 8, 2008, referencing the FAA South Florida FSDO notice (UPN No. 2008-S2008 0110024) issued on March 25, 2008 (“FAA Notice”) regarding enamel paint applied by AAR to the inside surfaces of the respective aircraft main landing gear (“MGL”) truck beams. The MOM reconfirms the enamel applied by AAR as a top coat to the inner diameter of landing gear truck beams “…to be equivalent to drawing finish requirements and can be considered acceptable subject to all other Read more

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Frontier Airlines receives court approval for first day motions

Frontier Airlines released that a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved the “first day motions” that Frontier and its subsidiaries submitted as part of their voluntary filing for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Approval of these critical motions helps to ensure Frontier’s ability to conduct normal business operations during the reorganization.

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AA canceled more than 570 flights on April 11th

American Airlines has canceled 595 MD80 flights on Friday, April 11, as it works to complete the inspections of its MD-80 fleet. The airline continues efforts to re-accommodate customers affected by this week’s activity. As of Thursday afternoon, 132 MD-80 aircraft were returned to service. On Thursday American Airlines canceled over 930 flights related to the MD-80 inspections. That follows the cancellation of 1,094 flights on Wednesday and 460 canceled flights on Tuesday.

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Frontier Airlines files for chapter 11

Frontier Airlines Holdings announced that, following an unexpected attempt by its principal credit card processor to substantially increase a “holdback” of customer receipts, which threatened to severely impact Frontier’s liquidity, Frontier and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Frontier intends to continue normal business operations throughout its reorganization process. Frontier’s Chapter 11 cases were filed on Friday April 11th in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Aer Lingus orders Airbus A350-900s and more A330-300s

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, has become the latest airline to place a firm order for the all-new A350 XWB. In its biggest ever acquisition for long-haul aircraft, the Irish airline has received shareholder approval to purchase six A350-900s, along with six additional A330-300s, confirming its earlier placed contract. This latest contract brings total firm orders for the A350 XWB to 362 from 22 customers. Aer Lingus’ new A350-900s will be deployed on the airline’s growing long haul network to the United States and on other new long-range routes that are being considered for the future. The additional six new Read more

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SAFRAN reports 2008 first-quarter consolidated sales

SAFRAN reported that consolidated sales amounted to 2,514 million euros for the 2008 first quarter, up 11% at constant scope and exchange rates over the year-earlier period. Aerospace, defense and security businesses grew by 13.2% to 2,377 million euros, at constant scope and exchange rates. Orders for commercial aircraft engines continued to be buoyant, with 1,052 CFM56 engines ordered during the first quarter of 2008 (up 44% over the year-earlier period).

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Finnair sells six Boeing MD-80 aircraft

The Finnair Group’s Finnair Aircraft Finance Oy has sold six Boeing MD-80 aircraft and three spare engines it owns to Allegiant Travel Company’s low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A. The aircraft are currently flying in the colours of the Swedish airline FlyNordic. In July last year, Finnair sold FlyNordic to the low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle. The MD-80 aircraft were sold to Allegiant Air complete with lease agreements, and the aircraft will continue to be operated by FlyNordic until the end of their leasing periods in 2008 and 2009, when they will transfer to the use Read more

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